Spiritual Depression in the Psalms

Spiritual Depression in the Psalms
Sermon Video and Transcript from John Piper
Scripture Reference:  Psalm 42
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Spiritual Depression in the Psalms
Spiritual Depression in the Psalms



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God Made You a Hedonist

God Made You a Hedonist
Do You Suppress Your Desire for Happiness?
by David Mathis for desiringGod ministries


Early on, my Christianity was very duty-oriented. My grandfather lived duty at its best as a WWII vet, and my dad diligently taught me to do what life demanded, whether I wanted to or not. My heart and my happiness seemed second-best, at best, and in my latent unbelief, I assumed the same about Christianity. My ache to be happy, I suspected, was more a liability than an asset.

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9 Words for Every Marriage

Nine Words for Every Marriage
by Josh Squires for desiringGod ministries
Someday my children will introduce me to the person they intend to marry. When they do, there are three sentences – nine simple words total – that I want to know they can say, in earnest, before they can have my blessing: 
I was wrong. I am sorry. Please forgive me.

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Why Are Christian Women More Religious Than Christian Men?

Why Are Christian Women More Religious 
Than Christian Men?
 
According to a Pew Center study Christian women in the United States express a higher level of religiosity and religious commitment than Christian men.
 
by Joe Carter for The Aquila Report
The Story: Christian women in the United States are significantly more religious than Christian men, and this religion gender gap is greater than in a number of other developed nations, including Canada, the UK, Germany, and France.

The Background: As a study conducted by the Pew Research Center finds, based on a broad range of factors, Christian women in the United States express a higher level of religiosity and religious commitment than Christian men.

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I Pray My Children Have a “Boring” Testimony

I Pray My Children Have a “Boring” Testimony
by Matt Giesman for The Aquila Report

I pray my children have a “boring” testimony, and I pray that they never call it boring.
 

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Yes, You Can Say “No’ in Ministry

Yes, You Can Say ‘No’ in Ministry
To say ‘no,’ I must ask God for the grace to set down my idol of image.
by Kimberly Girard for The Aquila Report
We recently moved to a brand-new city, leaving a rich community after 13 years. We were involved in so many good things there, but I was often completely spent. At one point, I told some friends I was finished serving people-serving people only led to pain and suffering and I wanted nothing more to do with it.
 

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Are Sports and Hobbies a Waste of Time?

Are Sports and Hobbies a Waste of Time?
by Tim Challies for The Aquila Report
We live in a privileged age in which we can indulge, and in fact are expected to indulge, in all kinds of sports and hobbies. However, many of these pursuits may seem like they do not honor God. Christians often question the validity of how they spend the hours they are not working or evangelizing. How can we as Christians determine if we are sinning in the sports and hobbies we participate in? That’s the kind of question I attempt to answer here…
 

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Does Your Heart Run on Hype?

Does Your Heart Run on Hype?
The Emotional Power of Ordinary Sundays

by Matt Merker for desiringGod

 
Have you ever felt like the odd one out at a church service, the only one who’s not “feeling it”? Does it sometimes seem like everyone else is on the emotional mountaintop and you’ve been left behind in the valley?

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A Tale of Two Pastors

A Tale of Two Pastors
One has enduring fruit that wasn’t choked by the cares of this world and the deceitfulness of wealth (Mark 4:19)
by Wendy Alsup for The Aquila Report


Pastor A started Church X in a basement in Seattle around the same time Pastor B started Church Y. Both paid homage to the Seattle music scene made famous by Nirvana. Both spoke gritty sermons that resonated with grunge culture. Church X and Church Y began growing beyond expectations, and both Pastor A and Pastor B were regularly invited to church planting and denominational conferences.

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Presidential Biographies

What I Learned from Reading Presidential Biographies
by Scott Slayton
For the last three years, I have been slowly making my way through a biography of each American President. While I have not completed the journey, (I am 2/3 of the way through,) some important lessons have emerged from my reading. There are many lessons to learn from the courageous acts of the men who have served as President of the United States and also many to be learned from their flaws and shortcomings.
There are many little nuggets I could share, but these are the four main things I have learned from reading Presidential biography.
 

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