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Weekly Wisdom (4/8/16)

Articles and More... Cross Collaboration Missions Update: Read the latest from the Bonham and Gutierrez families. The Five Fruites of Calvinism: Here is Part 3 in the series on the Doctrines of Grace. From the Pulpit... ...

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Weekly Wisdom (4-1-16)

Articles and More... Why These 66 Books?: A follow-up to last Sunday's sermon. "Have you ever looked at your Bible and wondered, 'How do we know that these 66 books, and no others, comprise the inspired Word of God?'" Three Ways to Present the Doctrines of Grace: Here is a look at three different ways that the Doctrines of Grace have been presented. This is Part 2 in a...

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Weekly Wisdom (3-25-16)

Articles and More... A Quiz on Christ: "Jesus is the one figure who divides history and who towers over history. How well do you know what the Bible teaches about Jesus?" The Five Distortions of Calvinism: "As with every truth of God, the Devil has worked to deny or distort every single one of the doctrines of grace, resulting in various errors and imbalances" This is ...

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Weekly Wisdom (3-17-16)

Articles and More... You Are Not Enslaved to Your Past: "Christianity means change is possible. Deep, fundamental change." Five Strategies for Daily Bible Reading: Here are some helpful ideas. From the Pulpit... ...

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Weekly Wisdom (3-11-16)

Articles and More... How Caring for the Elderly Points Us to the Gospel: "...we are dependent children who need one another, and who need a Father, to live and move and have our being" Are You Called to Missions?: "The call to missions has more to do with the condition of our heart than it does the location of our feet." From the Pulpit... ...

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Weekly Wisdom (3-4-16)

Articles and More... The Hidden Ministry of Motherhood: "We can follow Jesus's example in our homes everyday by taking the form of a servant. A life emptied of itself, in Jesus's name, does not go unnoticed to God. This is all that truly matters: to be seen by God in our seemingly hidden roles." Cross-Collaboration Mission Update: Click here to read the latest update f...

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Weekly Wisdom (2-26-16)

Articles and More... Helpers for Unfinished Husbands: A good read for wives: "We help our husbands when we study and love God's word and when we seek to apply it in our marriage. Our practical service in the home is important, but we also practically live out the gospel in our homes through God-honoring attitudes, words, and actions toward our husbands." Single You Wil...

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Weekly Wisdom (02-19-16)

Articles and More... Re-ignite Bible Reading That's Become Boring: Here are 12 simple ideas that can help re-ignite your Bible reading. Reignite Your Prayer Life: And, while we're at it, here is an article with ways to help you re-ignite your prayer life. From the Pulpit... ...

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Weekly Wisdom (2-12-16)

Articles and More... Knowing God: A Cheat Sheet: Some truths about God that we know from His word. What God Thinks About You: "God has a lot to say about what he thinks about us a whole Bible full." From the Pulpit... ...

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Weekly Wisdom (2-5-16)

Articles and More... Dependence: Randy Alcorn writes on the importance of dependence. How Marginalization Can Empower Christians on Mission: "If the university is a microcosm of the rest of society and a sign of where our culture is headed, then Christians can expect hostility and marginalization to increase in the coming years. The good news is: if Christian organizat...

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Weekly Wisdom (1-29-16)

Articles and More... How Sinful Is Man?: R.C. Sproul explains the sinfulness of man. Bonham and Gutierrez 2016 Video Update(does the background music sound familiar?) From the Pulpit... ...

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Weekly Wisdom (1-22-16)

Articles and More... How Comfort Food Poses as Spiritual Food: "My deceitful heart takes the affections that God Himself placed within me, affections that were meant for Him alone, and sets them on food that can never fill me up." Dependence: "...my weakness draws me to greater dependence upon Christ." From the Pulpit... ...

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Weekly Wisdom (1-15-16)

Articles and More... Fasting for Beginners: "Chances are you are among the massive majority of Christians who rarely or never fast...If we are to learn the lost art of fasting and enjoy its fruit, it will not come with our ear to the ground of society, but with Bibles open." An Organic Journey Towards the Doctrines of Grace: "In two minutes, Trip Lee talks about his or...

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Weekly Wisdom (1-8-16)

Articles and More... 4 Simple Ways Fred Elliot Disciplined His Children: "Because the saying is true that disciples aren't born they're made, it is difficult to understate the influence Fred had on Jim's spiritual formation." The Guilt and the Shame: "Christian, when you commit sin and feel shame, embrace it as an opportunity to turn again to the Lord, to repent of tha...

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Weekly Wisdom (1-1-16)

Articles and More... Bible Reading Plans: On this first day of a new year, remember that we have Bible Reading plans available on both our website and our app. 3 Reminders as You Enter the New Year 2016: Here are three reminders to get this year off to a good start. From the Pulpit... ...

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Weekly Wisdom (12-27-15)

Articles and More... Four Gospels: "As we gather the lens of the synoptic Gospel together and bring them into focus with the telescope of John's Gospel, we see Jesus in His glory, Son of God and Son of Man, son of Abraham, true Israel, second Adam, Servant of the Lord and the eternal Word coming to redeem His own and to bring them to glory." Notecard Answers for Why I ...

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Weekly Wisdom (12-18-15)

Articles and More... Be a Yoda, Not a Grinch: In this article, Marshall Segal says that he is "putting a light saber into the hands of the greedy Grinch and pitting him against the Star Wars hero of blockbuster past. In the end, the two may only have a green complexion in common, but comparing them really can be an exercise in treasuring the coming of Christ, and in liv...

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Weekly Wisdom (12-11-15)

Articles and More... God's Not Really That Holy, I'm Not Really That Bad: "The gospel says that God really is far holier than I dared even imagine and that I am far more sinful than I ever could have guessed... Right there the gospel gives hope." You Are a Saint, Sinner, and Sufferer: "...we must strive to have a well balanced view of our identity in Jesus." From th...

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Weekly Wisdom (12-4-15)

Articles and More... Helpers for Unfinished Husbands: Wives, "we treasure the photo the image of Jesus Christ in our husbands but our faith rests on the real thing, the resurrected and reigning one." Cross-Collaboration December Newsletter: Click here to read the latest from the Bonham and Gutierrez families (and check out their first stop on their home ministry assi...

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Weekly Wisdom (11-27-15)

Articles and More... Six Ways to Cultivate Thankfulness and Joy: "Aswe make gratitude a habit by practicing it over and over, it becomes part of us. Natural. As natural as complaining. And eventually thankfulness will drive out that demon of grumbling and we'll experience more and more consistent joy." Making Jesus Central in Your Family's Life: "...here are some impor...

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Weekly Wisdom (11-20-15)

Articles and More... The Great Work Taking Place in Our World: "If we live for that day now, it will strengthen us to the work of building the church of Christ together, in His name and with His power, striving with all our might to safeguard the gospel, which gives the only hope of salvation to a world lost in sin." The Danger of Comparison: "The purpose of our breath...

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Weekly Wisdom (11-13-15)

Articles and More... What About Those Who Have Never Heard of Jesus?: A classic illustration from Francis Schaeffer. The 6 Assassins of a Man's Contentment: "You have enemies as you try to live as a content man. Most of the time we think the enemies are from withoutpeople around us and circumstances upon us. But the true enemies of contentment are within in us, which i...

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Weekly Wisdom (11-6-15)

Articles and More... Why an Eternal Perspective Changes Everything: "Having an eternal perspective is in many ways the key to living a true Christ-following life." Exploring Peru: The Sacred Valley: An update from our friends in Peru, Nate and Nikki Bonham, as they travel to Cusco and explore their new home country. The Bonham Family Update: And while we're keeping up...

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Weekly Wisdom (10-30-15)

Articles and More... The Church in God's Eternal Plan: This is a continuation of an earlier post. (Click here to read "Why I Love the Church") Instead of Worrying: This article discusses "two antidotes to anxiety". From the Pulpit... ...

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Weekly Wisdom (10-23-15)

Articles and More... 3 Reasons We Need to Pray: "It's a simple habit, this. But it's both beautiful and meaningful." There Is Hope in Your Struggle for Light: A beautiful illustration of the purpose in our struggles. From the Pulpit... ...

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Weekly Wisdom (10-16-15)

Articles and More... The Christian and Common Grace: "...we are all sinful creatures. If we don't accept this truth, if we only see the good in people, how will we be compelled to share the gospel with them?" Why I Love the Church (Part 1): "It is impossible to overstate the importance of the church in the eternal plan of God." From the Pulpit... ...

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Weekly Wisdom (10-9-15)

Articles and More... What Does the Bible Say?: "Nothing will simplify our lives more than finding the will of God on a matter and doing it. And the best way to discover the will of God is to search the Word of God." Praying Most for What You Love the Most: "The truth is that our prayers are not saturated with Scriptural petitions (which place a great deal of emphasis o...

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Weekly Wisdom (10-2-15)

Articles and More... Sex Belongs to Believers: After reading this article, you'll think that John Piper had a discussion with Richard Owens about his sermon "Radical Righteousness: Purity". Unstoppable: "When people ask why I've spent the last 10 years sharing the gospel in Africa, I tell them about Jesus' promise of rest." From the Pulpit... ...

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Weekly Wisdom (9-25-15)

Articles and More... How To Read Through the Gospels in 30 Days: Crossway has developed a free reading plan that will take you through the books of Matthew, Mark, Luke and John in 30 days. Mercy Ministry Newsletter: Check out MTW's latest newsleter. From the Pulpit... ...

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Weekly Wisdom (9-18-15)

Articles and More... Cross Collaboration September Newsletter: A funeral, vodka, coca leaves, and the Gospel. Find out how these things come together. What Would I Lose If I Lost Worship?: "Worship is a privilege, to be sure. But it is also a requirement, a responsibility. And the greatest responsibility and the greatest privilege in worship is to bring glory to God." ...

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Weekly Wisdom (9-11-15)

Articles and More... How We Do Family Devotions: "I think the best way to learn family devotions is by example: Find out what other people do, and imitate them as your starting point. So let me tell you how we do family devotions and, if you have not yet developed the habit, at least consider beginning here." The Weakness of Ruth is Greater Than the Strength of Samson:...

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Weekly Wisdom (8-28-15)

Articles and More... Why We Don't Ask God for Things-And Why We Should: "Asking is an expression of dependence: when we ask, we rely on God rather than ourselves." God Will Give You More Than You Can Handle: "Suffering doesn't get the last line in the script. In this life, God will give you more than you can handle, but the coming weight of glory will be greater than y...

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Weekly Wisdom (8-21-15)

Articles and More... How I Started Praying the Bible: "It is gratifying to be able to share with you something that has been so meaningful to me for so long. I hope you will find the practice of praying the Bible equally meaningful and helpful in your own prayer life." Too Busy for God's Word?: "...when we aren't pursuing communion with God in prayer and reading His ...

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Weekly Wisdom (8-14-15)

Articles and More... The World Map of Christian Apps: Here is a map that will help you navigate through some of the many tools that are available to Christians. 4 Ways to Reach a Child's Heart: "To really open up a child's heart, a father must observe the work-and-keep model of Genesis 2:15." Seven Subtle Symptoms of Pride: "In his essay on undetected pride, Jonathan ...

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Weekly Wisdom (8-7-15)

Articles and More... Every Hair on Your Head is Numbered: "Christians struggling because of difficult circumstances can take great comfort in the fact that, no matter what befalls them in this life, nothing happens outside of their heavenly Father's loving plan for their ultimate salvation." 24 Free e-Books for You: Desiring God has a series of e-books available free o...

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Weekly Wisdom (7-31-15)

Articles and More... Looking Forward to a Heaven We Can Imagine: This is the next part in the series on the key doctrines of the Christian faith. "What God made us to desire is exactly what he promises to those who follow Jesus Christ: a resurrected life in a resurrected body, with the resurrected Christ on a resurrected earth. Our desires correspond precisely to God's ...

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Weekly Wisdom (7-24-15)

Articles and More... Strange is Good With the Trinity: This is another installment in The Gospel Coalition's series on "The Key Doctrines of the Christian Faith". Praying the Bible: "Join Don Whitney on a 5-day journey to learn a simple, practical, and biblical approach to prayer that will turn duty into delight!" How Then Shall We Worship?: Amazon is offering a f...

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Weekly Wisdom (7-17-15)

Articles and More... Searcher of our Hearts: "God knows everything. For many Christians, this theological statement was part of our basic Sunday school training. But it also tends to be one of those doctrines we affirm without much thought about what it means for our everyday lives." Too Busy to See We're Blind: This article goes hand-in-hand with Corley Moses' blo...

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Weekly Wisdom (7-10-15)

Articles and More... Adopted by the Living God: "By God's grace, the teaching on adoption enables us to do what it difficult for some of usto believe that God truly loves us (1 John 4:16)." Grace to You Bible App: This app is free and includes the ESV Bible and many John MacArthur resources. Cross Collaboration July Newsletter: Enjoy this update from the Bonham and Gu...

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Weekly Wisdom (7-3-15)

Articles and More... Christ Will Come Again:"'Christ has died. Christ has risen. Christ will come again.' So goes the well-known memorial acclamation. But sometimes we don't think much about the third of these three declarations. Where does Christ's second coming fit in with his first coming? And how does it shape our life and hope now?" Is Christianity Dying?: "Bible ...

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Weekly Wisdom (6-26-15)

Articles and More... Jesus Ever Lives Above, For You To Intercede: "Jesus intercedes for believers. This is a classical, if often neglected, part of Christian theology. But what does this mean? And what value is it in our daily life?" 12 Questions for a Six-Month Spiritual Checkup: As you think about last week's sermon, this will be a helpful guide to consider what it ...

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Weekly Wisdom (6-19-15)

Articles and More... Why I Loved Elisabeth Elliot:John Piper reflects on a life well-lived. (And The Gospel Coalition recounts her life and testimony here.) Norris Bookbinding: WJTV News highlighted Greenwood's Norris Bookbinding as their "Faith in Focus" segment recently.(The video is no longer available on WJTV's website, but can still be viewed on Facebook.) "The B...

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Weekly Wisdom (6-12-15)

Articles and More... Death Has Been Swallowed Up By Death: "Every Sunday morning millions of Christians confess from the Apostles' Creed that Christ 'was crucified, died, and was buried; he descended into hell; on the third day he rose again from the dead.' Have you ever wondered what it means to say that Christ "descended into hell"?" He Looked Into Their Eyes: Katie ...

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Weekly Wisdom (6-5-15)

Articles and More... Escape the Zero Sum Ministry Priorities Game: "When we disciple people to connect their work and their faith, they live out that faith in deeper and wider dimensions than ever beforebusiness, teaching, engineering, the arts, and in so many other spheres. More, not less, kingdom work gets done." A 5-Minute Video Overview of the Whole Bible - for Kid...

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Weekly Wisdom (5-29-15)

Articles and More... The Christian and Common Grace: "Temporal sufferings, like temporal blessings, are an opportunity to bring glory to God. If we who have Christ as our model don't believe that, a lost and dying world never will." 5 Reasons to Rejoice in Persecution: This is another article that challenges our definition of "blessed". The Gospel in Mexico: An Interv...

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Weekly Wisdom (5-22-15)

Articles and More... How to Pray All Day: After reading about John Calvin's 4 Rules of Prayer last week, this is a consideration as to how we can live out Paul's exhortation to "pray without ceasing". Christians, You Will Suffer: "Those who suffer know Him better." Bonham Gutierrez Missions Newsletter - May 2015 Family Edition: This month Cross Collaboration has a "F...

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Weekly Wisdom (5-15-15)

Articles and More... The Wonder of Sunday Morning: A great reminder of the wonder and beauty that take place every Sunday morning. John Calvin's 4 Rules of Prayer: "For John Calvin, prayer cannot be accomplished without discipline. He writes, 'Unless we fix certain hours in the day for prayer, it easily slips from our memory.' He goes on to prescribe several rules to g...

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Weekly Wisdom (5-8-15)

Articles and More... Come and Die: "Christianity is about suffering like a soldier, training like an athlete, and working hard like a farmer. One thing these three examples have in common is a stubborn commitment to a diligent daily grind for a payoff that is not instant or immediate." In Praise of Hymns: Check out this CBS Sunday Morning Cover Story that takes a look ...

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Weekly Wisdom (5-1-15)

Articles and More... The Inner Ring: This is the C. S. Lewis article that Richard referenced in his sermon on Sunday. "I am not going to say that the existence of Inner Rings is an Evil. It is certainly unavoidable...But the desire which draws us into Inner Rings is another matter." A very thought-provoking read! Lewis on Disordered Desire to Enter the Inner Ring: For ...

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