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KNOWING THE WILL OF GOD

By Doug Ponder on Jan. 16, 2019

The Great Search I don’t know any Christian who hasn’t wondered about the will of God for their life. What does God want me to do? How can I know if God’s will, not mine? What am I supposed to do next? Unsure of what to do, many people feel that they must "pray hard," "live rig...

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  • SOMETHING'S MISSING

    By Doug Ponder on Aug. 2, 2017

    Something's Missing - Round 1 Can you imagine how exciting it must have been when John the Baptizer (a.k.a., John the Baptist) showed up one day in the area around Judea to announce that the long-awaited Messiah would soon be here? “Prepare the way for the Lord; make straight paths for him,” ...
  • A FISH OUT OF WATER ISN'T FREE

    By Doug Ponder on July 25, 2017

    Does Christianity Make You Free? Christianity is commonly criticized as being “oppressive” or “regressive” because it places limits on our freedom to believe or behave as we like. “Thou shalt not kill,” “Thou shalt not commit adultery,” “Thou shalt not steal,&...
  • THE GOSPEL CHANGES EVERYTHING

    By Doug Ponder on July 18, 2017

    The Gospel and Its Effects The gospel is not everything, but it does change everything. That brief, dense sentence is the key to understanding Christianity. The gospel is not a message about everything, but it is a message that changes everything. The first idea clarifies what the “gospel” is. T...
  • REPENT AND BELIEVE

    By Doug Ponder on July 11, 2017

    The First Words of Jesus When I’m on vacation in a new place one of my favorite hobbies is to find a brick-and-mortar bookstore where I can read the opening lines to classic works of literature. “It is a truth universally acknowledged, that a single man in possession of a good fortune, must be in w...
  • BLESSED ARE THE HUNGRY

    By Doug Ponder on July 4, 2017

    Hungry for More One of the ways of understanding what’s wrong with the world is to analyze what’s wrong with our desires. We want things we can’t have, so we complain (Phil. 2:14), or we covet (Ex. 20:17) or we argue (Jas. 4:1), or we even hurt others and ourselves (Jas. 4:2). The proble...
  • WHAT MAKES A WOMAN?

    By Doug Ponder on June 27, 2017

    Jenner vs. Feminism vs. Jesus From time to time God gives us an occasion for seeing our hardhearted blindness. By almost every measure, the Bruce Jenner saga is just such an occasion. In the first place, we have witnessed our society support someone who is very sick instead of actually helping him. In the name...