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Spiritual Gifts: Are Signs and Wonders for Today?

Paul corrects the church in Corinth's worldly view of spiritual gifts by grounding the use of all gifts in love.

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Uncomfortable Condescension

Guests, Mark Hogan   |   May 3,2016   |   New Testament, John   |  Type: Morning Devotions Series

 Jesus' life proved that humility leads to glory. It is only when we see how much we have been served by Christ when we can forsake ourselves and count it a joy to follow in the example of Christ--and wash the feet of the saints. It is through suffering and humility that we follow in Christ's footsteps, and through suffering we can rejoice until our mortal bodies are glorified. 

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Momentary Affliction, Eternal Glory

To those who are weary and tired, Paul exhorts them to "not lose heart."  How is this possible?  While the afflictions are momentary, eternal glory awaits for those who are in Christ. 

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The Unmaking of a Man of God

Guests, Mark Lauterbach   |   April 26,2016   |   New Testament, Luke   |  Type: Morning Devotions Series

 God makes faithful ministers through prayer, study, and suffering. Over the years he purposes to diminish our self-confidence and bring us into greater dependence on grace. The ever increasing discovery of our weakness makes us increasingly effective shepherds of God's flock.

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A Merciful, Public, Integral Ministry

The Apostle Paul's defense of his ministry against the accusations of the self-described "super apostles" and other critics is instructive for ministers young and old. In contrast to theirs, his ministry began with God's mercy to sinners in Christ, was conducted in the open for all to see, and unlike his critics, his preaching and life were consistent.

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How Great is their Darkness

In 2 Cor 4:3–6, Paul asserts the deadly work of Satan on unbelievers blinding them to the glory and life-giving light of Christ in his gospel which believers know and which shapes his ministry.

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The Five-fold chain

 As Paul encourages Timothy to press on in his ministry, he describes the Gospel and its spread. It is all the work of God, and yet the Lord's servants play a crucial role. 

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The Temptation of Jesus

Guests, Eric Landry   |   April 5,2016   |   New Testament, Luke   |  Type: Morning Devotions Series

Jesus’ temptation in the wilderness replicated key moments of human faithlessness. Where others—like Adam, Israel, and you and me—failed, he remained faithful. 

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The High Cost Of Being A Disciple

Guests, Melvin Dotinga   |   March 15,2016   |   New Testament, Luke   |  Type: Morning Devotions Series

Jesus makes clear to three would-be disciples that following Him means self-denial, suffering, and sacrifice.

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Destroying Strongholds

The word of God has the power to destroy strongholds of the world through the gospel. It will accomplish the ends for which God has set it forth.

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The Frontend of an Arduous Journey

Guests, Russ Kapusinski   |   March 8,2016   |   New Testament, 2 Timothy   |  Type: Morning Devotions Series

Our faith is inflamed with the beauty, the truth, and the goodness of the gospel. 

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Letter & Spirit

Dr. Michael Horton exposits 2 Cor. 3, in particular to those seeking to go into pastoral ministry. He shows from this text that pastors are a "letter of recommendation" from Jesus as ministers of the New Covenant. 

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Going Black and White

Paul exhorts the Corinthian believers to live according to their New Covenant status by portraying the world in absolute contrasts.

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Benediction

At the end of 2 Corinthians Paul proclaims a fitting benediction upon his readers.

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Greatness Redefined

Guests, Chris Sandoval   |   February 16,2016   |   New Testament, Mark   |  Type: Morning Devotions Series

Obsessed with success and power, the disciples are confronted with Jesus' radical definition of greatness.

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