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Link to “Monergism” (a Christian Website)

A collection of resources centered on the glorious grace of God’s sovereignty in all things. These are some of the deepest yet most helpful truths in all of Scripture. May God’s Spirit use them to draw you even closer and … Continue reading

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A Word for the Week: “Joy” (Isaiah 34:3-10)

Strengthen the weak hands, and make firm the feeble knees.  Say to those who have an anxious heart, “Be strong; fear not!  Behold, your God will come with vengeance, with the recompense of God.  He will come and save you.  … Continue reading

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Christian Joy 105: the Purpose of Christ (1 of 7)

My goal in this series is our greater joy in Jesus, even in complex struggles intellectually, emotionally, relationally, etc.  So, each time I will offer a buffet on 8 ‘P’s of good news.  Chew and savor whatever helps your joy … Continue reading

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“Weight” – physical and spiritual fitness in Christ

WEIGHT – “B.M.O.C!”  “Heavy!”  “Phat!” (Genesis 11:4, 1 Samuel 2:29, Ecclesiastes 1:2-3, 2 Corinthians 4:16-18, Ephesians 3:14-19 and 4:11-13, Colossians 2:6-10)   Some expressions are popular with every generation. You’ve probably heard some of the ones on the left. Images … Continue reading

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Link to “Harvest” (Website helps for those struggling with sexual additions)

This website seeks to care for and battle with some of the most controversial and sensitive subjects in the Church. If you’d like to know more about who publishes the articles, videos, and other materials on tools4trenches, you can click … Continue reading

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Christian Music Videos on “Weight” (physical pictures of Spiritual Life)

Did you know that the original Hebrew word that we translate as “glory” in the Old Testament literally means “weight”?  It was used an idiomatic expressions to convey the great significance of a person or thing.  We’ve used similar expressions … Continue reading

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A Word for the Week: “Initiative” (Isaiah 1:16-17)

“Wash and make yourselves clean.  Take your evil deeds out of my sight; stop doing wrong.  Learn to do right; seek justice.  Defend the oppressed.  Take up the cause of the fatherless; plead the case of the widow.” (Isaiah 1:16-17)     If you’d like to know more … Continue reading

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Christian Joy 104: the Provision of Christ (2 of 2)

My goal in this series is our greater joy in Jesus, even in complex struggles intellectually, emotionally, relationally, etc.  So, each time I will offer a buffet on 8 ‘P’s of good news.  Chew and savor whatever helps your joy … Continue reading

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“Vision” – physical and spiritual fitness in Christ

VISION – “Identify the goal, and start walking!” Numbers 22:31, 2 Kings 6:17-20, Psalm 119:18, John 9:1ff, 1 Corinthians 9:26-27, Philippians 3:12-14, Hebrews 12:2-3   By now, you may have a better understanding of how and why you need to grow … Continue reading

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Link to “Perimeter” (Website of an intimate ‘mega church’ of mercy ministries, discipleship and more)

I consider Perimeter church to be a “whole” body of believers.  Randy Pope and the other ministers there teach the Word of God, do the work of God and offer the worship of God through Jesus Christ.  They link arms … Continue reading

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Christian Music Videos on “Vision” (physical pictures of Spiritual Life)

Many organizations from ministries to businesses to sporting teams use the concept of vision to guide their planning and daily decisions.  In that sense, vision is a detailed view of a better future.  The image should be so clear that everyone in the … Continue reading

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A Word for the Week: “Help” (Matthew 14:25-33)

Shortly before dawn Jesus went out to them, walking on the lake. When the disciples saw him walking on the lake, they were terrified. “It’s a ghost,” they said, and cried out in fear.  But Jesus immediately said to them: “Take courage! It is I. … Continue reading

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Christian Joy 104: the Provision of Christ (1 of 2)

My goal in this series is our greater joy in Jesus, even in complex struggles intellectually, emotionally, relationally, etc.  So, each time I will offer a buffet on 8 ‘P’s of good news.  Chew and savor whatever helps your joy … Continue reading

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“Training” – physical and spiritual fitness in Christ

  TRAINING – “Show me, teach me, stick with me!!” 2 Samuel 22:35, 2 Chronicles 2:12-14, Psalm 144:1ff, Proverbs 22:6, Luke 6:40, 1 Corinthians 9:25, Ephesians 6:4, 1 Timothy 4:7-8, Hebrews 5:14 and 12:11 In this age of ubiquitous technology, much … Continue reading

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Link to website “Focus on the Family”

For good reason, Focus on the Family is one of the oldest and most popular Christian media ministries. Dr. James Dobson, his staff and their many friends in ministry provide a seemingly endless variety of resources to assist Christian families … Continue reading

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Christian Music Videos on “Training” (physical pictures of Spiritual Life)

For many who follow Christ – maybe even for most of us – the way we see God is skewed by our personal experience of our human father.  If we had a kind, wise, and giving Dad, but he was … Continue reading

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A Word for the Week: “Growth” (Luke 12:27-31)

 “Consider how the wild flowers grow. They do not labor or spin. Yet I tell you, not even Solomon in all his splendor was dressed like one of these. 28 If that is how God clothes the grass of the field, which is … Continue reading

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Christian Joy 103: the Protection of Christ (2 of 2)

My goal in this series is our greater joy in Jesus, even in complex struggles intellectually, emotionally, relationally, etc.  So, each time I will offer a buffet on 8 ‘P’s of good news.  Chew and savor whatever helps your joy … Continue reading

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“Tools” – physical and spiritual fitness in Christ

TOOLS – “Because we all need more than we have!” (Genesis 4:17-26, Judges 16:25-30, 2 Samuel 22:36, Isaiah 6:1-8 and 59:15-18, Jeremiah 38:7-13, Joel 3:9-11, Micah 4:1-5, Zechariah 3:1-4, Ephesians 6:10-18)   As a man, I appreciate a good tool box … Continue reading

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Link to the website, “Hebrew for Christians”

Most Christians probably tend to focus on the New Testament. After all, that’s where we see the Lord Jesus most clearly (even though He was working throughout the Old Testament times, too.) Yet virtually every person, event and subject in … Continue reading

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Christian Music Videos on “Tools” (physical pictures of Spiritual Life)

The Lord Jesus gives every one of His people “tools” to strengthen us:  physical strength, natural creativity, intellectual understanding, common graces of talents, providential circumstances, spiritual gifts, and more.  And every person who follows Jesus by faith in Him is … Continue reading

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A Word for the Week: “Flexibility” (Galatians 6:1-5)

“Brothers, if anyone is caught in any transgression, you who are spiritual should restore him in a spirit of gentleness.  Keep watch on yourself, lest you too be tempted.  Bear one another’s burdens, and so fulfill the law of Christ.  For if … Continue reading

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Leadership and 10 Strategies for building Trust (2 of 2)

Building and maintaining trust is essential anyone is a position to lead others:  parents, supervisors, mentors, coaches, and more.  Over the last several weeks, we’ve considered the importance of trust through “circles of proof and circles of access“, understanding “hindrances … Continue reading

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Christian Joy 103: the Protection of Christ (1 of 2)

My goal in this series is our greater joy in Jesus, even in complex struggles intellectually, emotionally, relationally, etc.  So, each time I will offer a buffet on 8 ‘P’s of good news.  Chew and savor whatever helps your joy … Continue reading

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“Stress” – physical and spiritual fitness in Christ

  STRESS – “Progress will usually cost you” (Judges 3:1-2, John 12:24, 2 Timothy 2:3-7, Romans 5:3-4, 1 Corinthians 10:13, James 1:2-4, 1 Peter 1:6-7, 2 Peter 1:5-8)   In the last few years, I’ve had to be more creative … Continue reading

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