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Who's Controlling Your Heart?

"All human desire must be held in submission to a greater purpose, the desires of God for his kingdom."...

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Sustaining Marital Love

"It's the covenant that sustains the love, not the love that sustains the covenant." Check out this fantastic 5 minute discussion aboutsustaining the covenant of marital love. It's part of several roundtable discussions between D.A. Carson, John Piper, and Tim Keller of The Gospel Coalition....

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Is There Room at the Cross for Christians?

Christ Died For The Sins Of Christians Too-This is aGREATarticle reminding the reader about what the gospel is, and who it's for! There's a helpful (and needed, I think) splash of church history / historical theology to boot. I commend it's reading! A few highlights (boldfacemine): "The whole gospel is outside of us." "This 'alien' nature of the gospel is a primary them...

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Pursuing Maturity and its Challenges - Shaping Ministry to Youth, Young Adults, and Their Families,

Finally... the last post in this series. If you haven't already, please take time to read theprevious parts:1,2,3,4,5,6,7, and8. This is the last entry for this series on what we hope will shape our church ministry to young people - roughly 12-18 years old - along with their families. I've been sketching the 9 "vision pillars" on which we hope our ministry will be built....

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Rejoicing in God’s Design for Manhood and Womanhood - Shaping Ministry to Youth, Young Adults, and T

This is part 8 in this series of posts. If you haven't already, please take time to read the previous parts:1,2,3,4,5,6, and7. As Christians, we hope to engage with the culture around us. While we may be tempted either to indulge in the culture, or, to isolate ourselves from it, we want to avoid those two ditches for the sake of the gospel. We want to engage with the wor...

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Spreading the Gospel - Shaping Ministry to Youth, Young Adults, and Their Families, Part 7

This is part 7 in this series of posts. If you haven't already, please take time to read the previous parts:1,2,3,4,5, and6. At one point ourCongregational Affirmation of Faithstates that "God has laid upon the members of the local church the primary task of giving the gospel of Jesus Christ to a lost world." As a church, we want to advance the kingdom of Godthroughthe go...

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Delighting in Scripture and Praying in the Spirit - Shaping Ministry Youth, Young Adults and Their F

This is part 6 in this series of posts. If you haven't already, please take time to read the previous parts:1,2,3,4, and5. Two morevision pillarson which we'll aim to build our church's ministry to both young people and their parents have to do with the Bible and prayer - delighting in Scripture and Praying in the Spirit: ...Delighting in Scripture:We want to help y...

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Growing in the Church-Home Partnership - Shaping Ministry to Youth, Young Adults, and Their Families

This is part 5 in this series of posts. If you haven't already, please take time to read parts1,2,3, and4 As I've mentioned in the previous posts, we hope to build the youth and young adult ministry of Christ Redeemer Church on top of severalvision pillars.The fourth one (in no particular order, by the way) has to do with the role of a young person's family and church r...

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Thriving in the Church - Shaping Ministry to Youth, Young Adults, and Their Families, Part 4

This is part 4 in this series of posts. If you haven't already, please take time to read parts1,2, and3. Not only do we want to see young people enjoying the benefits of biblical fellowship together with their peers and families, but we also want to see them flourishing in the local church as contributors to its mission. We want young men and young women invested througho...

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Enjoying Fellowship - Shaping Ministry to Youth, Young Adults, and Their Families, Part 3

This is part 3 in this series of posts. If you haven't already, please take time to read parts1and2. Christ Redeemer Church wants to see God's kingdom advance through the gospel of Jesus Christ for the Glory of God and the joy of all peoples. Under that broad vision, we want to see young people loving Jesus together with others who love Jesus. That's the thrust of our se...

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