Resources relating to self-denial and embracing our cross in this age unto fellowship with Jesus.

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Posted on September 20, 2012

Apple recently announced their new flagship phone, the iPhone 5. Yes, it's faster, thinner, brighter, and cooler than its predecessors. Every bit of it is meticulously designed to increase productivity, give you more "surf time", and make your friends jealous because your phone has a bigger, clearer screen and can do so many other things that theirs can't.

No matter how much Tim Cook and the folks at Apple tell us how "amazing" their products are, one thing remains true about every one of them - we will eventually be bored with them. The luster of the upgrade...

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Posted on June 4, 2012

This morning as I was reading and praying with Jon Thurlow's 8am set in the prayer room, this tweet that John Piper posted last year came to mind:

Heaven is not a hall of mirrors where we like what we see, but the grand gift of self-forgetful joy in the glory of Christ.

In this present evil age, sin causes us to believe that life's greatest joys are found in being praised, affirmed, loved, and recognized. In our quest for lasting joy we work...

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Posted on March 22, 2012

From about age 9 until my early teen years I remember looking forward to camping in the woods of New England with my church's youth group. We would pack our provisions and drive several hours to set up our camp with the basics - shelter, food, and fire. We learned essential wilderness survival skills, knots, safe food storage, and water purification. The older ones taught the younger ones, and everyone learned and grew together. We were far from the comforts of running water, furnaces, air conditioning, and home cooking. We were in the wilderness.

Yet all of us knew...

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Posted on March 6, 2012

Have your words or actions ever been misconstrued? Have you ever felt the pain of rejection from close friends or family? Though sin and the curse have made these things a common human experience, God Himself has felt the pain of misunderstanding.

Throughout Jesus' life and ministry, there were several groups of people who interacted frequently with Him:

  • His own family (His mother Mary, His four brothers and His sisters) - Matthew 13:55-56
  • The women who attended to Him and cared for His needs (Mary Magdalene, Joanna, Susanna) - Luke 8:2-3
  • ...
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Posted on February 2, 2012

In Galatians 6:14, The Apostle Paul boldly asserted that his only boasting should be in the cross of Jesus. In Philippians 3, he proclaimed that everything he had used for his own gain had been counted as loss for the sake of Christ. It does not take much to see that such confessions from a believer have a prerequisite of heart surgery from the Holy Spirit.

In our sin, we use our God-given breath, strength, finance, or wisdom in order to make much of ourselves. But the fruit of the Spirit in the life of a believer is evident when what was once used for selfish gain is now used...

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By John Harrigan Posted on December 23, 2011

In modernity, "Christ" has been used as an expletive. Christians often perceive it simply as Jesus' "last name". However, a right understanding of "the Christ" is rooted in Genesis 3:15 and the promise of the "seed". The Messiah is one who would restore humanity's relationship to God and restore creation to its original perfection.

Further developments of this anointed deliverer would be seen through the Abrahamic and Davidic covenants.

The surprise to the Jewish people, however, would be that the Christ must suffer before entering into His glory.

In this...

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By John Harrigan Posted on December 23, 2011

In modernity, "Christ" has been used as an expletive. Christians often perceive it simply as Jesus' "last name". However, a right understanding of "the Christ" is rooted in Genesis 3:15 and the promise of the "seed". The Messiah is one who would restore humanity's relationship to God and restore creation to its original perfection.

Further developments of this anointed deliverer would be seen through the Abrahamic and Davidic covenants.

The surprise to the Jewish people, however, would be that the Christ must suffer before entering into His glory.

In this set of...

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By John Harrigan Posted on December 23, 2011

Modern Western Christian theology has developed in tandem with the Western worldview, which incorrectly divides existence into two distinct realms - "natural" and "supernatural". Because of this unbiblical dichotomy, two streams of thought have developed regarding salvation and sovereignty - that God is "saving souls for an ethereal heaven" (float on a cloud and play a harp), and/or God is attempting to regain dominion over the world through the church (transforming society and taking dominion).

In session 3 of the Biblical Theology Seminar, John Harrigan teaches on the...

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By John Harrigan Posted on December 23, 2011

Modern Western Christian theology has developed in tandem with the Western worldview, which incorrectly divides existence into two distinct realms - "natural" and "supernatural". Because of this unbiblical dichotomy, two streams of thought have developed regarding salvation and sovereignty - that God is "saving souls for an ethereal heaven" (float on a cloud and play a harp), and/or God is attempting to regain dominion over the world through the church (transforming society and taking dominion).

In these notes for session 3 of the Biblical Theology Seminar, John Harrigan...

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By John Harrigan Posted on December 23, 2011

In this teaching for Session 1 of the Biblical Theology Seminar, John Harrigan outlines the three-fold nature of truth - truth of heart, truth of mind, and truth of lifestyle.

The judgment of the Day of the LORD is first an evaluation of the heart based on the standard of the cross of Christ. In this light, we must guard against hypocrisy and a lifestyle like the Pharisees.

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