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Chap Bettis

Dr. Timothy Paul Jones: How We Got the Bible

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As Christians, we claim that our Bibles are God’s inspired word. Yet how did we get our Bible? God didn’t just drop those 66 books down from heaven to your local publisher. Are these ancient documents filled with error, giving us wrong information about Jesus? In today’s podcast  we are going to talk to Dr. Timothy Paul Jones, a professor at Southern Seminary about his book How We Got the Bible. I once had a seminary professor say to our class, “There are two doctrines that are always under attack by the devil – the doctrine of the cross and the…

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The Intersection of Jesus and Your Suffering

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Has suffering touched your life? No doubt it has. There are big trials and small trials that each of us walk through. Sometimes suffering can cause a person to lose their faith in Christ. But it doesn’t have to be that way. In this today’s podcast  we are going to think about suffering. Suffering can come at us when we least expect it. Life seems to be going well and then a large incident comes at us. We might call that macrosuffering. Or maybe it is a series of smaller things that are repeated over and over. Often we can think that…

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A Short Answer to the Objection of Suffering in the World

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I was talking to a friend at school about God, and she responded that a God who is all-powerful and good couldn’t exist because of the evil in the world. She says that hurricanes and earthquakes prove that God does not exist. I didn’t know what to say to this. What do you think? The problem of evil and suffering is often a reason that people dismiss the existence of God. Our children will run into this question and will probably have the question themselves. How would you give a short answer to the fictional question as a pastor or…

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Bob Lepine: Love Like You Mean It

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Our children are watching our marriage. They have a front row seat. So it’s scary to ask, “Does my marriage commend the Gospel? Marriage can be a glorious relationship. But it can also be one of the most difficult ones to navigate. Sometimes it can bring out the worst in us. And to top it all off, our children are right there to watch our actions, our reactions, and to hear our words. When our children look at our marriage, do they see a Christian marriage? Do they see us living out the Gospel in our home? How do we…

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Jeff Dalrymple: Making Our Church a Safe Place

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Nothing is more precious to us than our children and their innocence. But how do we know that when we drop them off at school or church it is a safe place? And what can we do to make it safer? In today’s podcast, we are going to talk to my friend Jeff Dalrymple about a ministry that can help diminish the threat of sexual abuse in the church. This is a vital topic both for the safety of our children and the reputation of Christ. Jeff has been the catalyst behind a new national organization – The Evangelical Council…

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The Power of God’s Book

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What is the most relevant parenting book to help you face the new year? In this episode, I point you to the one essential resource for your family.  It has the answer to every problem you will face. In this episode where we continue to hit restart, I invite you to listen to a sermon I recently preached. In our time together we looked at the well-known passage of 2 Timothy 3:16-17. Although I didn’t make specific applications to parents, I think they will be obvious. All of us need God’s book for our own intimate walk with Christ and to equip us…

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Injustice, Chaos, and Habakkuk

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We are living in a time of social unrest. Our screens are filled regularly with scenes of injustice and cries of injustice. Where is God in all this? Is he asleep? Uninterested? Perhaps he doesn’t even exist at all. In this episode, I invite you to listen to a sermon I preached this past summer. But it is as relevant this week as it was then. Last year was a tumultuous summer. Between the fears of quarantine and rationing to the well-publicized shootings and resulting protests and riots, it will be remembered in the history books. Our country’s politics are…

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Preventing Destructive Marital Conflict

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Conflict in marriage is a common issue. It is not the sign of an unhealthy marriage. The goal is not to have a conflict-free marriage. The goal is to have healthy conflict. Healthy conflict builds a marriage. Unhealthy or destructive conflict can destroy a marriage. What are some principles that can keep us from destructive conflict? I would suggest the following: 1. Cultivate self-awareness. The rest of these principles will do no good if you are not aware of or if you are constantly excusing what comes out of your mouth. We must start with an ongoing awareness of what…

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