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 December 23, 2011

The call to "follow" Jesus has been severely watered down through the passing centuries. In today's culture, "following Jesus" can simply mean upholding certain moral standards or having zeal for certain causes. In modernity, the gospel has turned into a message self-affirmation for the glory of man, not self-denial for the glory of Jesus.

In these notes, Stephen Venable walks through each phrase of Jesus' call to discipleship in Luke 9, describing the normal lifestyle of the believer - self-denial, suffering, yet filled with unspeakable joy for the glory of Jesus.

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By Stephen Venable Posted on December 23, 2011

The call to "follow" Jesus has been severely watered down through the passing centuries. In today's culture, "following Jesus" can simply mean upholding certain moral standards or having zeal for certain causes. In modernity, the gospel has turned into a message self-affirmation for the glory of man, not self-denial for the glory of Jesus.

In this teaching, Stephen Venable walks through each phrase of Jesus' call to discipleship in Luke 9, describing the normal lifestyle of the believer - self-denial, suffering, yet filled with unspeakable joy for the glory of Jesus.

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By Stephen Venable Posted on December 22, 2011

The circumstantial ease of the West has contributed to a false understanding that suffering is not normal to the Christian life. Jesus often spoke otherwise.

Jesus is seen as glorious through the alleviation of suffering and the display of His power, but is also seen as glorious through the restraint of His power. We glorify Jesus in the midst of suffering by rejoicing in Him, and we glorify Him in the midst of ease when we shed tears of longing for Him.

In this teaching, Stephen Venable presents a biblical theology of suffering with the glory of Christ as the backdrop,...

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By Stephen Venable Posted on December 22, 2011

The circumstantial ease of the West has contributed to a false understanding that suffering is not normal to the Christian life. Jesus often spoke otherwise.

Jesus is seen as glorious through the alleviation of suffering and the display of His power, but is also seen as glorious through the restraint of His power. We glorify Jesus in the midst of suffering by rejoicing in Him, and we glorify Him in the midst of ease when we shed tears of longing for Him.

In these notes, Stephen Venable presents a biblical theology of suffering with the glory of Christ as the backdrop,...

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By Stephen Venable Posted on December 22, 2011

True passion for Jesus can only be found when our pursuit of Him is rooted in the knowledge of who He is. If our passion is for a person, the most natural thing we would do would be to devour every detail about His life that was available to us.

In this teaching, Stephen Venable clarifies the need of the hour to know Jesus deeply, and the means to know Him - the study of His life.

This teaching was given in Kansas City, MO in April, 2011.

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By Stephen Venable Posted on December 22, 2011

True passion for Jesus can only be found when our pursuit of Him is rooted in the knowledge of who He is. If our passion is for a person, the most natural thing we would do would be to devour every detail about His life that was available to us.

In these notes, Stephen Venable clarifies the need of the hour to know Jesus deeply, and the means to know Him - the study of His life.

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Posted on October 28, 2011

Earlier I was reading this article on Voice of the Martyr’s persecution.com, a website dedicated to assisting the worldwide persecuted church. The article briefly described how a 30-year old Indian Christian was deported from the Maldives simply for possessing a Bible in his home.

Upon reading more articles from the site, I was struck afresh with the normalcy of suffering to the Christian life. The circumstantial ease of the West has contributed to a false understanding of suffering, persecution...

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By Josh Hawkins Posted on August 13, 2011

Why is it that even after the best times of our lives, we lay our head to sleep and still feel unsatisfied? No matter how many possessions we obtain, how many friends we have that like us, or how perfect our circumstances turned out, we still inevitably will come to a point where we retire in solitude and ask “Really? That’s it?”

Humanity has either given unsatisfactory answers to this question or simply ignored it altogether by pacifying our ache of dissatisfaction through various means. In the West where affluence and ease permeate our culture like a strong fragrance...

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By Josh Hawkins Posted on July 30, 2011

In our modern churchgoing generation, the word doctrine often bears a scholarly, academic stigma. Most western Christians would not say that they are into doctrine. However, most would probably say they are into truth. This dichotomy is an unbiblical one. Doctrine is simply the ordering of truth, and the way that Biblical truths fit together as sound doctrine matters much more to the health and vibrancy of our hearts than we probably realize.

Another unbiblical dichotomy we often make is between the teaching of sound doctrine...

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Posted on June 30, 2011

Undoubtedly we’ve all had a memorable teacher in our lives at one point or another, whether in school growing up, on the job, or at a later point on our life. Teachers, instructors, mentors, and tutors all serve a common purpose – to make the seemingly complex and difficult into something tenable, simple, and attainable, and then to see their students be successful in what they’ve learned.

In writing to Titus, the Apostle Paul spoke of a teacher that every Christian who has trusted in Jesus for salvation has available to them - the grace of God:

“For...

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