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The Line of Least Resistance

In a world infected by human sin and its toxic byproducts, accomplishing physical, intellectual, and relational goals requires hard labor. 

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Scattered Like Seed

 “Dispersion,” scattering, is a bittersweet theme. On the one hand, the Creator authorized his animate creatures and humanity, their rulers, to “fill the earth”—very good. 

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Church Growth Is Word Growth

The Lord gives to his church “mercy servants,” whose deeds of compassion complement the gospel witness of his “Word servants.”

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Spirit-filled Servants

The seven servants were qualified to care for widows’ material needs because Christ’s church discerned that they were “full of the Spirit and wisdom.”  

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Differentiating “Diakoniai”

The apostles’ response to the need of Greek-speaking widows in the Jerusalem church shows two truths that define how ministry must be done in Christ’s church.

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Diversity and Division

Resident Faculty, Dennis E. Johnson   |   September 20,2016   |   New Testament, Acts   |  Type: Morning Devotions Series, Acts 6:1-7

Not only does the Lord love to lavish his grace to multitudes of people, to see them multiply to become a countless choir to sing his praise (as we saw in the first meditation on Acts 6:1-7); but he also delights in diversity—different kinds of people, speaking different languages and practicing different customs. 

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Multiplication

The Jerusalem church’s appointment of seven servants to care for widows is a pivotal event in the spread of Christ’s gospel after the Holy Spirit’s descent at Pentecost.

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The Holy Spirit and Sancification

Resident Faculty, Dennis E. Johnson   |   February 22,2016   |  Type: Interviews, Office Hours

Office Hours talks to Dr. Dennis Johnson about the Holy Spirit's role in our sanctification.

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The Holy Spirit at Pentecost

Now in the new covenant the Spirit of God (who empowered Israel’s kings, prophets, and priests) distributes to all believers his diverse gifts, to enable every member of Christ’s body to serve others and foster the growth of the whole church.

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Gospel Application in Preaching

Resident Faculty, Dennis E. Johnson   |   January 14,2016   |  Type: Articles, UPDATE Magazine

"These days, it seems, one sure-fire way to instigate a vigorous discussion in Reformed circles—whether around the Sunday dinner table or in the blogosphere—is to bring up the topic of “application” in sermons."

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From Age to Age the Same

Hebrews shows us that Psalm 102:25-27 reveals the eternal permanence of God's Son, our Savior, Jesus.

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Enthroned in Heaven

 Jesus, our priest-king, is seated in Heaven.

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2016 Annual Conference Preview: The Holy Spirit at Pentecost

"In every age the Holy Spirit has done his life giving work bringing spiritually dead people to life."

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Your Throne, O God, Is Forever

Jesus is the king who can be trusted to rule our lives and circumstances with absolute control, for he
would never succumb to power's corrupting influence.

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God’s Angels, Spirit-Servants to the Son

Our hopes and lives can only rest secure in Jesus Christ the Son, who is "the same yesterday, today, and forever" (Heb. 13:8).

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