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What Does It Matter?

What Does It Matter?

Confronting Conflict with the Gospel #5: What Does It Matter? The former preach Christ out of selfish ambition, not sincerely, supposing that they can stir up trouble for me while I am in chains. But what does it matter? The important thing is that in every way,...
His Love’s the Only Thing that Really Works

His Love’s the Only Thing that Really Works

Confronting Conflict with the Gospel #4: His Love’s the only thing that really works. And this is my prayer: that your love may abound more and more in knowledge and depth of insight, so that you may be able to discern what is best and may be pure and blameless for...
Right to be Angry at the Unfinished State of Other Believers?

Right to be Angry at the Unfinished State of Other Believers?

Confronting Conflict with the Gospel #3: Right to be Angry at the Unfinished State of Other Believers? Being confident of this, that he who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus. Philippians 1:6 A woman shook her Bible...
Are You Fighting With Your Partners?

Are You Fighting With Your Partners?

Confronting Conflict with the Gospel #2: Are You Fighting With Your Partners? I always pray with joy because of your partnership in the gospel from the first day until now. Philippians 1:4-5 I hate conflict in the church as much as anyone. But we all know it...
Are We Correctly Addressing Church Conflict?

Are We Correctly Addressing Church Conflict?

Confronting Conflict with the Gospel #1: Are We Correctly Addressing Church Conflict? Whatever happens, conduct yourselves in a manner worthy of the gospel of Christ. Then, whether I come and see you or only hear about you in my absence, I will know that you stand...
Keeping the Faith

Keeping the Faith

Bruised Reeds, Second Chances and Finishing Well Part 20: Keeping the Faith I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith. Now there is in store for me the crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous Judge, will award to me on...
What is The Missing Middle of the Gospel?

What is The Missing Middle of the Gospel?

Bruised Reeds, Second Chances and Finishing Well Part 19: What is The Missing Middle of the Gospel? I have been crucified with Christ and I no longer live, but Christ lives in me. The life I now live in the body, I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and...
Don’t Quit on the Gospel

Don’t Quit on the Gospel

Bruised Reeds, Second Chances and Finishing Well Part 18: Don’t Quit on the Gospel. But when I saw that their conduct was not in step with the truth of the gospel, I said to Cephas (Peter) before them all, “If you, though a Jew, live like a Gentile and not like a Jew,...
Can You Be Transparent?

Can You Be Transparent?

Bruised Reeds, Second Chances and Finishing Well Part 17: Can You Be Transparent? For I am the least of the apostles and do not even deserve to be called an apostle, because I persecuted the church of God. But by the grace of God I am what I am, and his grace to me...