Author Archives: Jeff Dillard

Christian Confidence 103: “What is ultimately ‘good’?”

Christmas day was just a few days ago.  How good yours was?  Answering that depends on how the one asking is using the term ‘good’, right?  They may mean enjoyable good, effectively good, eternally good, or some combination.  Those three … Continue reading

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Christian Confidence 102: “What is God like?”

Christmas just passed, so this is a good time to reflect on the question, “What is God really like?” Last week we addressed the question “What is real/true, and how can I know?” And we noted that the ultimate reality/truth is … Continue reading

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Christian Confidence 101: “What is real/true, and how can I know?”

In last week’s video I introduced 5 questions that need answering for a person to have confidence in Christ.  Today we’re addressing the first: “What is real/true, and how can I know?”  As I also noted last week, this brief series is … Continue reading

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“Stamina” – physical and spiritual fitness in Christ

STAMINA – “Good beginnings aren’t enough” Proverbs 24:16, Isaiah 40:21-26, Hosea 10:12, Galatians 5:6-7 and 6:9-10, Ephesians 6:16-18, 1 Timothy 6:11-12, 2 Timothy 4:7-8, Hebrews 12:4-13   On 24 June 2011, the University of Virginia’s Cavaliers and the University of … Continue reading

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Link to “Becket Law” (a Christian Website)

Becket is a non-profit, public-interest legal and educational institute with a mission to protect the free expression of all faiths. Becket exists to vindicate a simple but frequently neglected principle: that because the religious impulse is natural to human beings, religious … Continue reading

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Christian Music Videos on “Stamina” (physical pictures of the Gospel)

Over and over, the Lord Jesus said that those who endure to the end will be saved. (Matthew 10:22, etc.)  That is a hope that can only be realized by following Jesus by faith in Him.  Without His sacrifice on … Continue reading

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A Word for the Week: “Emotion” (Ephesians 4:26-32)

“Be angry and do not sin; do not let the sun go down on your anger, and give no opportunity to the devil.  Let the thief no longer steal, but rather let him labor, doing honest work with his own hands, so that he may have … Continue reading

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Christian Confidence 100: an Introduction

This shorter series (100-105) is a precursor to the next series on Christian Joy, for confidence is a prerequisite to joy.  Of course, confidence doesn’t make anything real.  But when we know that the foundation of our beliefs – in Christ, our … Continue reading

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“Safety” – physical and spiritual fitness in Christ

Safety – “Watch yourself – others need you!” Proverbs 4:23; 11:14, 18:10; and 25:28, Jeremiah 12:5, Matthew 12:25-29, Luke 11:21-22, 1 Corinthians 6:12-13   Military communities are big on safety. We require our Soldiers to be immunized; motorcycle riders and bicyclists … Continue reading

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Link to “Christian Book Distributors” (a Christian Website)

Since late 1970s to today’s leading resource for Christian goods, Christian Book Distributors has provided a broad selection of commercial goods related to the Christian faith.  You can learn more about the founders, the Hendrickson family, CBD’s catalogs and website, … Continue reading

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Christian Music Videos on “Safety” (physical pictures of the Gospel)

As much as we need physical safety, it’s nothing compared to the safety that our souls need in the Lord Jesus Christ.  I hope the following music videos and related Scriptures will equip and encourage you to follow Him by faith … Continue reading

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A Word for the Week: “Decisions” (Acts 16:6-8)

“And they went through the region of Phrygia and Galatia, having been forbidden by the Holy Spirit to speak the word in Asia.   And when they had come up to Mysia, they attempted to go into Bithynia, but the Spirit of Jesus did … Continue reading

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Christian Marriage 305: Sexuality (2 of 2)

Sexuality. In the previous article, we considered some related basics of God’s design for marriage.  This week, we consider a few common concerns and (more importantly) the underlying beliefs and desires that often accompany them. Because they’re good questions that … Continue reading

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“Sacrifice” – physical and spiritual fitness in Christ

  SACRIFICE – “’No’ could save your life!” Proverbs 25:27-28, Matthew 5:27-30 and Mark 8:34-36, Romans 12:1-3, 1 Corinthians 10:23-33, 2 Timothy 2:3-4, Hebrews 12:1-3 I’ve read several books on counseling that describe all people as addicts in some form … Continue reading

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Link to “Voice of the Maryters” (a Christian Website)

The Voice of the Martyrs is a nonprofit, interdenominational Christian missions organization dedicated to serving our persecuted family worldwide through practical and spiritual assistance and leading other members of the body of Christ into fellowship with them. VOM was founded in … Continue reading

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A Word for the Week: “Candor” (Proverbs 27:6)

Faithful are the wounds of a friend; profuse are the kisses of an enemy. (Proverbs 27:6)     If you’d like to know more about who publishes the articles, videos, and other materials on tools4trenches, you can click on the picture of me … Continue reading

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Christian Marriage 305: Sexuality (1 of 2)

Sexuality. Although God calls us to live in work relationships (1 Corinthians 7:21ff), governments (Romans 13:1ff), neighborhoods (Leviticus 19:13ff,) etc., when He created Adam and Eve to reflect His image, He designed them as husband and wife (Genesis 1:26-27, 2:24-25, 3:8ff). Yet, … Continue reading

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“Reward” – physical and spiritual fitness in Christ

  REWARD – “Keep your eyes on the Prize” Genesis 15:1, Ecclesiastes 9:11, 1 Corinthians 9:24, Philippians 3:12-16, 1 Timothy 4:7-8, 2 Timothy 4:7-8   What rewards are you enjoying? What results are you pursuing? I ask because the type … Continue reading

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Link to “The Bible Project” (a Christian Website)

The Bible Project is a creative team of two Christian men who design and publish creative animated videos on the Bible.  Their summary stories of biblical books, specific biblical accounts, and larger chronologies effectively communicate volumes and details of information … Continue reading

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A Word for the Week: “Boundaries” (Joshua 1:6-8)

(After Moses’ death, the Lord said to Joshua) “Be strong and courageous, for you shall cause this people to inherit the land that I swore to their fathers to give them.  Only be strong and very courageous, being careful to do according … Continue reading

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Christian Marriage 304: Stewardship

Stewardship: taking care of people, property, etc. that belong to someone else. The very definition explains why many struggle to find meaning and joy in life: we want to believe our lives belong to us.  For that reason, our stewardship is … Continue reading

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“Rest” – physical and spiritual fitness in Christ

  REST – “Chill out now or burn out later!” 1 Kings 19:1-18 (especially vs 5-9), Exodus 17:8-13, Psalm 121:3-4 and 127:1-2, Isaiah 40:26-31, Matthew 11:28-30, Hebrew 4:7-10 I thank God for helping me find the picture for this section. … Continue reading

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Link to “K-Love” (a Christian Music Website)

K-LOVE is a web-based ministry, streaming contemporary Christian music to inspire and encourage listeners to have a meaningful relationship with Christ.  Their statement of belief is solid, and their music points to the solid Rock:  Jesus.   If you’d like to … Continue reading

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Christian Music Videos on “Sacrifice” (physical pictures of the Gospel)

Given the Lord Jesus’ own words that “Greater love has no man than this: that he lay down his life for his friends” (John 15:13), the highest expression of love may be sacrifice.  May these music videos and related Scriptures … Continue reading

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A Word for the Week: “Ability” (Mark 10:23-27)

And Jesus looked around and said to his disciples, “How difficult it will be for those who have wealth to enter the kingdom of God!”  And the disciples were amazed at his words. But Jesus said to them again, “Children, how difficult it is to enter the kingdom … Continue reading

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