He was oppressed, and he was afflicted, yet he opened not his mouth; like a lamb that is led to the slaughter, and like a sheep that before its shearers is silent, so he opened not his mouth.  (Isaiah 53:7) Isaiah uses the phrase “he opened not his mouth” twice in this sentence, and I…

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As a Christian, how are you established in God’s love? This 10-day Bible reading schedule will deepen your understanding of the wondrous love of God, and how it is not only something He did for you 2000 years ago, but something He continues to do today. For the print-quality version, please visit our Resources page.

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At times during God’s sanctifying process, a believer can drift from the good news of the gospel.  This graphic illustrates what causes the drift (law keeping and idols of the heart), and how the gospel calls us home.  This concept is laid out in the highly recommended IBCD training course.  Graphic by thekiln.org.  

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The most succinct definition of the gospel is found in 1 Corinthians 15:1-4. “Now I would remind you, brothers, of the gospel I preached to you, which you received, in which you stand, and by which you are being saved, if you hold fast to the word I preached to you—unless you believed in vain.  For…

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Resting in the Gospel is resting in the good news of what God has done for you. Jesus said, “Come to me, all who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest” (Matthew 11:28).  When you come to Jesus – when you submit yourself to Him as Lord – you find rest…

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Romans 8:28 is one of the most popular verses in the Bible: “And we know that for those who love God all things work together for good, for those who are called according to his purpose.” First, what does “all things” refer to in your life? “All things” refers to everything that has happened in…

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Regrets come at times, and can even dominate our thought lives.  Regrets over decisions made, how we spent our time, and how situations were handled.  You may have made decisions based on the best information you had at the time, and the decision may have turned out to be a poor one. There is a…

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In the moment of anger, consider the great mercy God extended to you.  Isaiah wrote that God pardons abundantly (Isaiah 55:7). Considering what God did for you in Christ in the moment of anger will help your response to others.  Because God has been merciful to you, you can be a merciful person.  Even if you’ve…

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Martin Luther said, “You cannot keep birds from flying over your head but you can keep them from building a nest in your hair”.   Anger will come at times in your life, so what does God’s Word have to say about handling anger properly? First, Scripture tells us to (1) “be angry, and sin not: …

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The standard definition of grace in evangelical Christianity is usually summed up with these two words:  “unmerited favor”.  This is a really good definition, but I think it needs to be fleshed out a bit further.  More specifically, grace is God asking us to be with Him, helping us grow in our walk with him.…

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