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Digital Berean

Articles and Musings on the Christian Life

 

The Supremacy of Christ

This is an astoundingly beautiful sermon by John Piper on the supremacy of Jesus Christ in all things.

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In A Better Place: The Universalism of Funerals

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I can still remember it like it was yesterday. The man’s facial expressions needed no words. It was both anger and sadness. I came up to this man not long after a friend of mine was sharing the gospel with him at a bus station. As a walked close enough to hear, I heard him say, “Look, I’ve been to so many funerals of friends who were wicked men and at each I’ve heard it said that they are in a ‘better place’. So your gospel message is meaningless to me.”

I stood there and watched this man tell my friend that he could just walk away. He had no interest in anything we had to say to him. I stood there for a moment, processing what I had just seen and heard and said to myself, “You know, he’s right!” This man had a point. If everyone goes to a better place when they die, there really is no need for a gospel. You might as well live like the devil and enjoy every fleeting pleasur...

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The Three Worst Friends

The English Baptist preacher Charles Spurgeon, often called the “prince of preachers”, had great insight into the dangers, toils and snares of the Christian life. It’s no wonder that he is often referred to as the last of the Puritans. Like the Puritans of old, he not only had a grasp of the gospel and the Scriptures, but he also had an experiential and biblical understanding of the realities of the Christian life.

There are droves of sermons, books and articles that speak on the Christian life in almost fairytale ways. Most of them make the Christian life sound like something out of a movie. They tend to portray a life of abundance, happiness, prosperity and freedom from any conflict. In fact, it wasn’t too long ago that one of the best selling books in most Christian bookstores described the Christian life as the best it gets right here and now. There are so many misleading resources that sadly Christians have become influenced by much of them. We need to get b...

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Darkness Ordained by the Physician of Light

The Christian life is not easy. No matter what the rolex-clad television preacher tells you, Jesus makes it perfectly clear that the life of a believer is no walk in the park. (John 16:33) In fact, it’s pretty much impossible to find any instance in the Scriptures of faithful believers living their best life now. A quick perusal of “the hall of faith” in Hebrews 11 shows that believers suffer mightily as they live as pilgrims looking forward to the life to come.

The reason for suffering is something that is often debated among Christian circles. In my estimation, there really shouldn’t be much debating. I believe that God has spoken clearly in the Scriptures that suffering isn’t only expected, but is ordained by God. In his infinite wisdom, God uses suffering in the lives of believers to sanctify them and conform them more into the likeness of Jesus. For example, when Paul penned the letter to the Philippians he told them that they were not only appointed by Go...

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Battling the Dragon of Lust

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We'd probably sin less if we spent less time thinking about our sins, sexual or otherwise, and more time meditating on the love and holiness of God." - Kevin DeYoung

That quote by Kevin DeYoung is key to our battle again all types of sin. Sexual sin is often one of those “dragon” sins that is so difficult to slay. Sexual immorality is rampant in today's culture and sadly it is a tremendous sin within the church. Statistics on pornography usage are so saddening - even among church leaders. According to Covenant Eyes, a respectable online accountability company, there have been over 3.1 billion searches for internet pornography since 2015. (covenanteyes.com/pornstats/)

One cannot help but to be bombarded with sexual temptation given the amount of sex on television, movies, the internet and even on billboards. I know all too well the lure of sexual temptation through the inter...

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All Roads Lead to God

Brace yourself - all roads do in fact lead to God.

Ok, I know what you’re thinking. You’re thinking this guy has turned into a heretic. You’ve probably been taught and brought up being told that all roads don’t lead to God. Well, that’s true in one sense. But in another very important sense, it’s also true that all roads do lead to God. Let me explain.

You’ve probably been flipping the channel on your TV and stopped on a popular talkshow featuring a panel of spiritual people—everyone from Christians to Atheists. Inevitably, someone either from the audience or the host will utter that dreaded phrase, “but all religions lead to God!” As a Christian you probably cringe when you hear that and your inner instinct is to shout at the television, “there is only one way to God and that one way is Jesus Christ!” And you’d be right, if you qualify what “to God” means.

The Christian faith is clear that there is only one w...

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The Cylinder: An Allegory on Life and Death

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I woke up sweating. My mind racing trying to remember every sight, smell, and sound from the scenes that seemed to project in my head for what seemed like hours. I wiped some of the sweat from my brow and sat up in bed to take a few deep breaths. I could feel my pulse racing. I was experiencing so many different feelings. Was it panic? No, more of an excitement and awe that makes you sit and think about everything you’ve just experienced to try and dissect the meanings of every little element.

I don’t dream very often, but when I do it is like a surreal experience. All of my senses are in overdrive. Can you smell a dream? Apparently, I can. I can still smell that odd odor of metal. You know, like the smell of a new dime or quarter. It’s a strange smell, and that’s what makes it memorable. Oh and the sounds! Clanking and banging of what could only be described as a thousand stee...

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To the Motherless on Mother's Day

For many, Mother's Day is a joyous occasion to honor our mothers and pay them special respect. But for many, this holiday can open up painful memories or wounds. I speak specifically to those who are motherless. It may be that your mother abandoned you. It may be that you are estranged from your mother for whatever reason. Or it could simply be that you no longer have your mother with you - whether it be that she has died or you live far from her. The Scriptures and the grand truths they convey to us provide a balm for the wearied soul for those who may find themselves in dark places this Mother's Day.

Paul ends his letter to the Romans with a series of greetings to those in the church in Rome. One of those greetings that stand out to me is verse 13 of chapter 16. It reads:

"Greet Rufus, chosen in the Lord; also his mother, who has been a mother to me as well." Romans 16:13

It helps to understand that before Paul became a Christian he was a ...

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Here Today, Gone Tomorrow. The Cure for Worry & Anxiety.

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I know this may sound weird, but sometimes I love to get down on the ground in my backyard to get a good close look at all the little plants, sticks and rocks. What amazes me is the detail in some of the smallest of plants.

Most people have a fascination with beautiful flowers. A zoo in our city built an entire facility called the botanical gardens just for gazing at plants. Larger flowers like irises and gladiolas are always striking and stunning in their shape and colors. But have you ever stopped to take a look at the flowers that pop open in the smallest of plants?

The photo included in this article is one I took in my backyard. It’s a picture of a weed. That’s right, a tiny plant that is here today, gone tomorrow. It’s a plant that I wouldn’t think twice of either pulling out of the ground root and all, drenching with weed killer, or plowing down with my mower.

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