Author Archives: Jeff Dillard

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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Christian Marriage 303: Communications

Communications. As a counselor, I’ve heard spouses name many concerns as “the” problem in their marriage, but communications is almost always an underlying issue: one won’t open up or the other has no filter; when they talk it’s either superficial or problem-oriented; … Continue reading

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“Partners” – physical and spiritual fitness in Christ

  PARTNERS – “We need each other!” Exodus 18:8-27, Proverbs 27:17, Ecclesiastes 4:9-12, Romans 12:3-13, 1 Corinthians 3:6-9 and 12:12-27, Galatians 6:2-5 All athletes, regardless of their sport, know the value of partners.  Even if we’re into individual sports like … Continue reading

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Link to “The Gospel Coalition” (a Christian Website)

The Gospel Coalition is a fellowship of pastors and qualified elders who teach, write, and discuss to clarify and highlight areas of Christian leadership.  They meet annually for fellowship, discussion, planning, accountability, and prayer around the gospel of our Lord Jesus.  Their … Continue reading

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

Our sense of reward is whoever or whatever inspires us to get up in the morning and keeps us going through the day.  For those who follow Christ, knowing Him and His perfect love is our reward.  May the following … Continue reading

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A Word for the Week: “Zeal” (John 15:13)

Greater love has no one than this: to lay down one’s life for one’s friends. (John 15:13)   If you’d like to know more about who publishes the articles, videos, and other materials on tools4trenches, you can click on the … Continue reading

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Christian Marriage 302: Corporate Worship

“Corporate Worship” The written portion of this article is a redo of a previous one that you may have seen elsewhere.  The joy that can come from corporate worship is too important for me to leave you with that article.  … Continue reading

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“Pain” – physical and spiritual fitness in Christ

  PAIN – “Departing the comfort zone!” (Genesis 3:15-19 & 32:22-32, Proverbs 23:31-35, Jeremiah 4:19, Mark 3:27 (& Acts 19:13-16), Romans 5:3-7, 1 Corinthians 12:26, 2 Timothy 2:3-5, Hebrews 12:4ff, 1 Peter 4:1-4, Revelation 21:4)   In the Army, the only pause during … Continue reading

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Link to “Challies.com” (a Christian Website)

Tim Challies writes insightfully, pointedly, and practically on a broad range of  concerns for Christians and others seeking truth and honest insights.  He is honest on hard topics without being rude, clear on controversial topics without being simplistic or claiming … Continue reading

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

Where do you go to find peace?   Security?  Revujination?  Satisfaction?  These and more are forms of rest that only a relationship of trust and submission to the Lord Jesus Christ can provide.  I pray that the following music videos … Continue reading

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A Word for the Week: “Yield” (Roman 14:1-4)

Accept the one whose faith is weak, without quarreling over disputable matters.  One person’s faith allows them to eat anything, but another, whose faith is weak, eats only vegetables.  The one who eats everything must not treat with contempt the one who … Continue reading

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Christian Marriage 301: Structure (2 of 2)

“The Structure of Love”, part 2 of 2 In last week’s video, CM 301 (part 1 of 2), we began by focusing on love in God as the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit: one God in three persons.  … Continue reading

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“Maturity” – physical and spiritual fitness in Christ

  MATURITY – “Measure your progress” (Deuteronomy 8, Proverbs 20:29, Ecclesiastes 12, Matthew 18:1-5, Luke 8:14, John 15, Galatians 6:1-5, Ephesians 4:11- 16, Colossians 4:12, Hebrews 5:11-14)   The word “maturity‟ is used in so many different contexts in American … Continue reading

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Link to “Desiring God” (a Website of Dr. John Piper)

John Piper is bold and passionate, Jesus-loving pastor, prolific author, and chancellor of Bethlehem Baptist Seminary.  His teaching and preaching continue to bring powerful insights and encouragements to my love for Christ. If you’d like to read or listen to … Continue reading

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

In the creation week, the Lord pronounced many things as “good”.  Only one time did He say something was not good:  that Adam was alone.  And this was even more basic than an introduction to the goodness of marriage, for God’s Word … Continue reading

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A Word for the Week: “Yes” (1 Peter 4:7-11)

The end of all things is near.  Therefore be alert and of sober mind so that you may pray.  Above all, love each other deeply, because love covers over a multitude of sins.  Offer hospitality to one another without grumbling.  Each of … Continue reading

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Christian Marriage 301: Structure (1 of 2)

“The Structure of Love”, part 1 of 2 Per the introduction in CM 300, we’re beginning to consider ‘power tools’ for marriage in Jesus Christ. And one of the most powerful – for good or bad – can be the … Continue reading

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“Instinct” – physical and spiritual fitness in Christ

INSTINCT – “To cling or not to cling?” (Proverbs 20:5, Isaiah 30:20-22, Jeremiah 2:23-25, Luke 11:9-13, John 10:27, Galatians 5:16-26, Ephesians 5:28-30, 2 Peter 2:12-13, Jude 10)   Joe Weider was one of the founders of bodybuilding.  One of the tenants … Continue reading

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Link to “Grace To You” (website ministries of Dr. David Jeremiah)

The Lord has used Dr. Jeremiah’s clear and practical teaching on Scripture and related ministries to build the faith and obedience of thousands around the world. May his website encourage and strengthen your life in Christ, too. If you’d like … Continue reading

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

The process of physical fitness is one of God’s many pictures of spiritual growth.  For example, we know that pushing through pain is a necessary part of getting physically stronger, losing weight, building endurance, etc.  And if we try to … Continue reading

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A Word for the Week: “Xenophobia” (Mark 4:38-41)

  Jesus was in the stern, sleeping on a cushion. The disciples woke him and said to him, “Teacher, don’t you care if we drown?”  He got up, rebuked the wind and said to the waves, “Quiet!  Be still!”  Then the … Continue reading

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