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How Not to Discourage Your Own Family

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Husband and wife discouraged and fighting with each other.

The Battle in My Home I have an ongoing “battle” with my wife Lindsay. I want our home clean and orderly and she does too, just not to the extent that I do. In the home that I grew up in, you could have built microchips so clean and dust free was it. And there were just two of us children, no dogs, and my mother was a very fastidious keeper of the house. My daily words to Lindsay expressing my dissatisfaction as to the state of our home discourages her because, in her mind, she is doing all she. . .
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Hide the Kids, the Pastor is Here — Family Hypocrisy

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Hypocrisy in the Family If you are reading this article, there is a very good possibility you have a family. And, there is a very good possibility you go to a church. Both of these institutions, the family and the church, are listed in the title. Given that, I want to ask you to honestly consider a couple of questions. Why do you take your family to church? What is your motivation? Is there something that you desire to see the church do for your family, specifically your children? And, if so, how do you expect that to happen? As. . .
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Teaching Your Children About Total Depravity

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Teaching Your Children About Total Depravity

Dinner Table Doctrine I recently taught my children the meaning of total depravity. We started with the first word: total. Sitting around the dinner table I explained the biblical truth that there is nothing good in us. Not even a speck. Until God gives us a new heart, our hearts (and toes, and elbows, and eyelashes, etc) are completely bad. There is no innocence, no righteousness, nothing within us as fallen creatures that is pleasing to God. I think that they got it. And I really mean that, about their understanding what Daddy was teaching, but I also know that. . .
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The Problem with Conspiracy Theories

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The Problem with Conspiracy Theories

Conspiracy Theories & Gossip When nations gossip we often call it a conspiracy. Sometimes the conspiracy sounds plausible but others are so absurd that you just have to wonder how any rational person could believe such nonsense. Often, the plot is so complex and the number of people involved so large that you have to throw out everything we know about human nature to believe the story we are told. After all, the Scriptures do assert that we are prone to gossip. It is a sin God warns us about more than once, presumably because we needed that warning. And. . .
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The Lord’s Supper — Feast for Sinners

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The Lord's Supper — Feast for Sinners

Sundays are for Sinners I love Sundays. My children love Sundays. In fact, they love them so much I’m sure they learned the days of the week so they could know when the next Sunday was coming. “What day is it daddy,” they’d ask. “What day comes next.” Then they would keep asking until they knew just how many days there were until Sunday. I might be stretching it a bit, but they may have learned to count for the same reason. Each week our anticipation rises as we make ready our home for the covenant families who will share. . .
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Ask Paul and R.C.: Why Do Christians Still Sin?

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Dr. Sproul recently gave a sermon on Romans 7: 15-20 and tries to answer the question: Why Do Christians Still Sin? Listen here. 15 For I do not understand my own actions. For I do not do what I want, but I do the very thing I hate. 16 Now if I do what I do not want, I agree with the law, that it is good. 17 So now it is no longer I who do it, but sin that dwells within me. 18 For I know that nothing good dwells in me, that is, in my flesh. For I have the desire to do what. . .
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Plumb

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  When Rob Bell commented recently that “I have gay friends who are serious followers of Jesus,” I wasn’t surprised at all. Bell, who masquerades as a Christian pastor, has always pushed the envelope when it comes to Truth, challenging orthodox Christianity on just about every important point. But his choice of words is very telling: “followers of Jesus.” I hate that term; I really do. But “Christ-follower” has gained lots of traction in the past few years, mainly among the thirty-something set. And, for a large part, these are actually genuine converts who say this. (Set aside for a moment today’s. . .
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Babies Are Murdered Here

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The spectacle of the Kermit Gosnell trial has captured the attention of quite a lot of Americans these past few weeks. At first the major news outlets refused to air the story but eventually they were shamed into talking about this sordid case. We have been dragged (shall we say) kicking and screaming through the gates of Hades to gawk at the horrors now laid bare. There we discovered again the masterful, beguiling language of the ultimate Evil Genius being worked toward its usual destructive ends. We found that “suctioning pieces” meant pulling off arms and legs of an unborn. . .
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Mass Shootings and the Terror Culture

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This week’s mass shooting in Newtown, Connecticut instantly became the talk across America. Everyone wondered how anyone could so callously murder twenty little kids, and six adults, with seemingly no remorse. It is an ugly day, a tragic era, when these kinds of things are brought before our faces. It is disconcerting to me though, how our responses and expectations have changed over the past few decades. I am thinking about our emotional response to this event, and how different it is from a similar one 46 years ago. It was in August of 1966 that Charles Whitman, a college. . .
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The Ten Amendments

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It is hard to convince your average American citizen that they live in a tyranny. If you look at the sheer quantity of laws, the take of government as a percentage of the Gross National Product, and the abrogation of the bill of rights, this country is far more tyrannical than it was for George Washington, Abraham Lincoln, Mark Twain, and William Jennings Bryan. Our tyranny is unique in that it is still reasonably comfortable. Nobody is walking around in leg irons. Nobody is missing any meals and no big fat guy in a black mask is whacking on the. . .
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