Resources relating to discipleship and lifestyle, including sanctification, taking up our cross, prayer and fasting, sojourning unto the age to come, friendship and intimacy with Jesus, and persecution.

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By Stephen Venable Posted on January 5, 2012

In today's Christianity, "Christ" has become a synonym for "Jesus", and "Lord" has become a synonym for "master". But for the early church, Lord and Christ had significant meaning.

In this teaching, Stephen Venable analyzes Peter's sermon in Acts 2. By His resurrection, Jesus was confirmed to be the Christ, the anointed king who would sit on David's throne in Jerusalem. By His ascension, Jesus was confirmed to be the Lord, the Creator and Sustainer of all things, because He took His seat on God's throne at His right hand.

The significance of this truth cannot be...

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Posted on December 22, 2016

We live in a world where Hollywood blockbusters, school plays, department stores, and our church hymnals all contribute to the way we understand and remember the birth of the promised king of Israel. This secularization has given rise to overfamiliarity with the story of Jesus’ birth. Our children’s books and nativity scenes, while helpful in some ways, have also given us a false sense of confidence when it comes to the details. Ask the average westerner today to tell you the story of Jesus’ birth and you will almost certainly hear things that are altogether inaccurate or utterly...

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By Josh Hawkins Posted on December 20, 2015

Why does it seem easier to take a restful nap in Times Square during rush hour than it does to pray for more than five minutes? Perhaps it is because the meaning and purpose of prayer is so often divorced from the Biblical story. In this teaching, Josh walks through the Lord's Prayer and Paul's prayer in Ephesians 1, connecting them with the story of redemptive history.

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By Josh Hawkins Posted on November 15, 2015

What is "the faith"? What is it that Christians actually believe and what unifies us together? In this talk from the Daniel Training Network annual conference in October 2015, Josh outlines the Gospel as the Apostles of Jesus passed it down to us.

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By Josh Hawkins Posted on October 22, 2015

What is "the faith"? What is it that Christians actually believe and what unifies us together? In this talk from the Daniel Training Network annual conference in October 2015, Josh outlines the Gospel as the Apostles of Jesus passed it down to us.

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Posted on February 19, 2015

I've been thinking a lot about the 21 Egyptian Christians killed by ISIS in Libya for their faith earlier this week. The media has not only given us glimpse into this horrific situation, but has also put before the world a very potent witness of the worth of Jesus. From the moment I heard about what had happened and from the subsequent details that emerged over the next several days, I was very emotional. I was moved to tears when I saw the brother in the picture above saying his final prayers and when I heard that in the last moments of their lives that the Christians all cried in...

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By Josh Hawkins Posted on November 24, 2014

“Thanksgiving” is a concept seen throughout the Scriptures. Although it’s good that Americans set aside a Thursday every November to be intentionally thankful, the Bible says much more about giving thanks than just one day a year can handle. Christian gratitude is rooted in the story of the Gospel.

In this teaching given in November 2014 in College Station, TX, Josh walks through the story of the Bible and explains why thanksgiving must be experienced and not merely be words on our lips.

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By Josh Hawkins Posted on November 24, 2014

“Thanksgiving” is a concept seen throughout the Scriptures. Although it’s good that Americans set aside a Thursday every November to be intentionally thankful, the Bible says much more about giving thanks than just one day a year can handle. Christian gratitude is rooted in the story of the Gospel.

In this teaching given in November 2014 in College Station, TX, Josh walks through the story of the Bible and explains why thanksgiving must be experienced and not merely be words on our lips.

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By Josh Hawkins Posted on November 10, 2014

How does our love and faith in Jesus grow stronger? In this short teaching given to a group of college ministry interns, Josh walks through some practical steps of growing in love for Jesus by growing in the knowledge of Him. By looking at what He said, what He did, and what He promised to do, we can grow in substantial relationship with Him.

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By Josh Hawkins Posted on October 13, 2014

The pages of Scripture constantly call God's people to walk in humility because of the way it bears witness to His character. In this teaching given in College Station, Texas in October 2014, Josh walks through the story of Jesus as seen in Philippians 2:5-11. In seeing who He is and what He has done, we see true humility and are empowered to walk in it.

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