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This section has articles that emphasize your personal relationship with the Lord. We will continue to add articles that will challenge you personally. Our prayer is that you will be blessed. If you donít feel you yet have a personal relationship with God, please feel free to contact us (see ďAbout UsĒ on this site).
What Does Art Have to Do With the Spiritual Life?
For the Christian all of life is meant to glorify God. This fact has been used both to encourage and to discourage the use of art by Christians. Historically, of course, Christianity (and religion in general) has provided the most important motivation and sources for the development of art.
Bunyan Characters by Alexander Whyte
The word 'character' occurs only once in the New Testament, and that is in the passage in the prologue of the Epistle to the Hebrews, where the original word is translated 'express image' in our version. Our Lord is....
Missing the Grand Canyon

Written by Christine Anderson
Several years ago, on our annual Mother-Daughter Ret
The Parable of the Four Bells

Written by Christine Anderson
The First Baptist Church of Clappersville announced auditions for an open position in their handbell choir. Four shiny C7 handbells arrived all excited....
JOHN MACARTHUR SERMONS
John MacArthur and his ministry, Grace to You, is making his full sermon archive of his sermons available for free MP3 download...
Are You Legalistic? Legalism, Grace, and the Motivation For Obedience
For several years I served as a professor at a conservative Christian college in the Chicago area. Perhaps ninety percent of my students....
Jesus is the Glory of God
Christ does not exist in order to make much of us. We exist in order to enjoy making much of him. The assumption of this book is that to know the glories of Christ is an end, not a means. Christ is not glorious so that...
Seeing and Savoring the Glory of God
The created universe is all about glory. The deepest longing of the human heart and the deepest meaning of heaven and earth are summed up in this: the glory of God. The universe was made to show it....
The Lion and the Lamb
A lion is admirable for its ferocious strength and imperial appearance. A lamb is admirable for its meekness and servant-like provision of wool for our clothing. But even more admirable is a lion-like lamb....
The Power of Jesus
In July 1995, my wife, NoŽl, two of our children, and I huddled on the floor....
Guarding My Heart
After my first year of college, I accepted a summer job selling a family Bible study program....
Singleness of Heart
The central error of modern thinking, surely, is that today men and women imagine they have the right to decide for themselves, anew and afresh, what Christianity is, what the....
The Communion of the Saints
Having explored some of the intellectual and moral disagreements between Christianity and modern thought....
Others May, You Cannot!
If God has called you to be really like Jesus, He will...
An Immutable God and a Strong Consolation
WE live in a mutable world. The revolutions of the seasons; the vicissitudes of day and night; the alternations of weather from heat to cold and from dry to wet
Consecration
To be able to offer anything to God is a perfect mystery. Consecration is a....
Knowing God More Deeply
Given the opportunityóto live now or to live during the time when Jesus Christ walked this very earthówhich would we choose?
Spiritual Times & Seasons
"A time to kill, and a time to heal; a time to break down, and a time to build up; a time to weep, and a time to laugh; a time to mourn, and a time to dance."
Ecclesiastes 3:3,4.
The Blessing Secured
I may have some air, a little air, in my lungs, but not enough to keep up a healthy, vigorous life. But...
How To Know If You Are A Real Christian
"You believe that there is one God. Good! Even the demons believe that-and shudder." James 2:19.

How do you know if you belong to God?
Carnal or Spiritual?
"And Peter went out and wept bitterly." --Luke 22:62

These words indicate the turning point in the life of Peter,--a crisis. There is often a question about the life of holiness. Do you grow into it? Or do you come into it be a crisis suddenly?
Is Christian Experience Valid?
You could get the same response from that table if you it possessed the same attributes as your God," said the young law student. This articulate skeptic was telling me what thousands feel--that Christian experience is completely personal and subjective and has no objective, eternal and universal validity.
Out of and Into
I have spoken of the crisis that comes in the life of the man who sees that his Christian experience is low and carnal, and who desires to enter into the full life of God.
Privilege and Experience
If we are to experience a deepening of spiritual life, we want to discover clearly what is the spiritual life that God would have us live, on the one hand; and, on the other, to ask whether we are living that life; or, if not, what hinders us living it out fully.
Christ Died For Us
Why did Christ die? A simple question, yes, but the answer is most profound.
God Raised Jesus From the Dead
Everybody knew he was dead, from the governor to the executing soldiers to the women who buried him to the adversaries who feared a conspiracy of resurrection rumor. They all knew he was dead. That is why the fabrication concocted to explain the empty tomb was not that he wasn't really dead, but that the disciples stole the body....
Inspiration of the Bible
The inspiration of the Bible is of great importance, for all Christian doctrines are developed from the Bible and rest upon it for authority. The conviction that the eternal God has revealed Himself to man has always been central in the Christian faith.
The Indestructible Joy: The Gladness of Jesus Christ
If a lifeguard saves you from the undertow of the Atlantic Ocean, you don't care if he is gloomy. It doesn't matter what his mental state is when you are hugging your family on the beach. But with the salvation of Jesus, things are very different. Jesus does not save us for our family, but for himself. If he is gloomy, our salvation will be sad. And that is no great salvation.
Beyond Failure: Steps to Spiritual Success
The moment the apostle Peter committed his greatest sin, there is probably no one who felt his future was darker. But his faithlessness in the face of the Lordís faithfulness drives home a powerful point. Peterís failure brought him on a spiritual journey toward wholeness and holiness...
Daily Fellowship With God
The first and chief need of our Christian life is, Fellowship with God. The Divine life within us comes from God, and is entirely dependent upon Him. As I need every moment afresh the air to breathe, as the sun every moment afresh sends down its light, so it is only in direct living communication with God that my soul can be strong.
God Will Guide You
Do you trust that God will guide you through life? Not all Christians do...
Discipleship
This world is no friend to grace. A person who makes a commitment to Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior does not find a crowd immediately forming to applaud the decision or old friends spontaneously gathering around to offer congratulations and counsel...
Do It Again Lord! A National Prayer
A prayer written for "America Prays," a national prayer vigil September 15, 2001.
God's Heart for the City
It is not always easy to live, work, or worship in the city. Thomas Jefferson viewed cities "as pestilential to the morals, the health, and the liberties of men."
The Effective Ambassador
Sometimes weíre going along and suddenly weíre knocked down in the surf of life by some circumstance that is totally unexpected. And we begin spiritually to flail around: everything is out of focus, weíre gasping for breath, we donít understand, weíre panicked. A great deal doesnít matter to us that ordinarily does...
A Beliver's Colloquy With His Soul
WHAT a proof it is of the truth and inspiration of the word of God, that no sooner is the Lord pleased to quicken our souls into spiritual life, than we find the Bible to become our companion, counsellor, and friend. True, we might possibly before that time, from a sense of duty or out of custom, have read the Scriptures, and that diligently. We might have been taught them from childhood, and committed large portions to memory;....
A Peculiar People
WHAT an involuntary testimony do ungodly persons often bear to the truth of the Scriptures!....
Anticipating The Worst
It is one thing to run into trouble in the course of a day. But what about those days when, before you even begin, you know you are going to face odds that are definitely against you and you will need to take a very unpopular course of action? What do you do?
Confusion in Christian Music?
Serge Denisoff, sociologist at Bowling Green University, said: "If you want to reach young people in this country, write a song, don't buy an ad" (Newsweek, 30 December 1985, p. 54). Christians have long recognized that music can be a powerful platform from which to communicate God's truth to the masses. Of course, music can also be a powerful platform for communicating wrong interpretations or misrepresentations of God's truth.
It Is I
Is it stormy weather with you? Do cares, disappointments, bereavements, as a heavy cloud, deluge you with sorrow? Do spiritual troubles assail you as a hurricane, and drive here and there your harassed soul?
PRIDE
Of all sins pride seems most deeply imbedded in the very heart of man. Unbelief, sensuality, covetousness, rebellion, presumption, contempt of God's holy will and word, hatred and enmity against the saints of the Most High, deceit and falsehood, cruelty and wrath, violence and murder--these, and a forest of other sins have indeed struck deep roots into the black and noxious soil of our fallen nature;....
Submitting to Government?
How do Christians deal with the tension created by their presence in a society in which the need to preserve their integrity as individuals and to be faithful to their understanding of the lordship of Christ may conflict with the demands of that society?
The FoolóHis Character, Affliction, and Deliverance
"Fools, because of their transgression, and because of their iniquities, are afflicted. Their soul abhors all manner of food; and they draw near unto the gates of death. Then they cried unto the Lord in their trouble, and he saved them out of their distresses. He sent his word, and healed them, and delivered them from their destructions" (Psalm 107:17-20).
The Master's Bounty, and the Servant's Obedience
What a fund of true and vital experience is contained in Psalm 119! What simplicity and godly sincerity shine through it! What breathings after God's presence and manifested favor! What desires to live to the glory of God! What fervent pourings out of the Psalmist's heart, that he might be enabled to keep God's precepts!
The Mighty Watcher, and His Twofold Work
True religionóvital godliness, (the words with me are synonymous), has two sides to it. And by this mark it is distinguished from all pretension, without actual possession.