Don’t Be Too Nice

Sometimes, people (like me) are too concerned with being nice. Don't get me wrong — nice is good. But there are times when it can become a problem, namely, when it makes us soft about sin. Sin, the vicious rebellion we rage against God, does not merit sympathy and softness. And that's where it gets us... Continue Reading →

7 Ways Teens Can Contribute When the Church Meets

“How can I participate right away in the church?” That was a wonderful question to hear from a teenager who recently became a believer and joined our church. I don’t remember my exact answer, but I have since thought about that question, primarily as it relates to teenage believers at church meetings. Teenage believers, you can... Continue Reading →

When I am God by Tim Challies

Sin is inherently anti-God, inherently pro-self. Each time I sin I make a statement about myself and a statement about (and against) God. Each time I sin, I declare my own independence, my own desire to be rid of God; I declare that I can do better than God, that I can be a better... Continue Reading →

When God Feels Distant, He May Want Us to Grow Up

  Interview with John Piper  Founder & Teacher, Audio Transcript Is God distant because I messed up? Because I angered him? Because I made choices that made him mad at me? This line of questions is actually a surprisingly common email we get from people, especially when it feels like nothing in life is going... Continue Reading →

A Social Media Heart Check

Before social media, life seemed simpler, uncluttered. You knew what you alone were having for dinner, not twenty others. Hours in a day were more productive. Focused. No scroll-and-click distractions. No blog hopping. You hunkered down and worked — or played with your kids or read a good book — without thought as to what... Continue Reading →

5 Truths for Your Times of Doubt

Living the Christian life isn’t easy. When you’ve been a Christian for a short or long period of time doubts can creep in. Maybe God isn’t really there for me all the time. Maybe he doesn’t really care for me. What if God doesn’t really answer my prayers? You may have doubts just like these... Continue Reading →

Counter Culture Community Group Study

The world is full of injustice and we are often quick to defend social issues that are popular such as serving the poor, orphaned, and enslaved. But there are other issues of morality shaping our culture that are more costly and unpopular for us to combat such as persecution, abortion, and same-sex marriage. The gospel... Continue Reading →


This is a video from The Village Church originally posted on their website here. Though we may not realize it week to week, the Lord shapes us through the gathering of the saints, and we must not abandon that gathering. -Matt Chandler Senior Pastor at The Village Church

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