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  • 4 Ways Not to Be a Jerk Online. Matt Smethurst shares four ways to be a faithful Christian online.
  • Rest in God’s Faithfulness, Not Yours. Paul Tripp writes “He can be trusted even when you cannot. He will be faithful and good even when you’re not. He will do what is right and best even when you don’t. And he is faithful to forgive you when convicting grace reveals how unfaithful you have been.”
  • Your Neighbor is Not a Virus. Daniel Darling writes “So as we venture back into what we think will be normalcy, as we slowly pull back our masks, as we move a little closer to our friends, as we once again engage in the healthy habits of human life, let’s try to see others, not as potential risks to our physical and spiritual health, but as people crafted in the image of the Almighty.”
  • Every Other Hope Will Disappoint. Paul Tripp writes “From the smallest concerns to the grandest ones, our lives are shaped, directed, motivated, and frustrated by hope.”

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  • 3 Reality Checks for Your Marriage. Paul Tripp shares essential wisdom perspectives that Scripture gives us that enable us to have realistic expectations for our marriage.

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  • How Does Chronic Pain Glorify God? On this episode of the Ask Pastor John podcast, John Piper responds to the question “My mother, a believer, struggles with debilitating — very debilitating — nerve pain and can get no medical relief from anything doctors have tried. She suffers endlessly. How does such unalleviated suffering glorify God when it seems that God refuses to answer any of our prayers for mercy?”
  • What Makes Women the “Weaker Vessel”? On this episode of the Ask Pastor John podcast, John Piper answers the question “What does Peter mean in 1 Peter 3:7 when he writes that husbands should live with their wives in an understanding way, ‘as the weaker vessel’? Specifically, what is the weaker vessel? Is she physically weaker, emotionally weaker, spiritually weaker, or something altogether different?
  • Does God Love the Wicked the Same Way He Loves the Elect? Does God love everyone in the same way—both His redeemed people and His enemies? From one of the Ligonier live events, C.Sproul helps us understand what it means that “God so loved the world” (John 3:16).

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  • Many Out of One? Carl Trueman writes “By choosing to reject its ability to foster unity as an institution, with ceremonies rooted in notions of shared identity, Columbia is a microcosm for what is happening in the nation.”
  • They’re Coming for Oral Roberts University, and that Means They Are Coming for You Too. Albert Mohler writes “The only question that remains is this: Will your school capitulate or stand firm in the truth of God and the promises of his Word? Whether you realize it or not, you are making that decision right now.”

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  • Prohibiting Prayer in Australia. Carl Trueman writes “The state of Victoria in Australia just passed a bill that will considerably intensify the conflict between religious freedom, individual choice, and identity politics. And it might well become a model for laws elsewhere in the democratic world.”
  • The Way Home: Dr. Carl Trueman on the Modern Self and the Sexual Revolution. On this episode of The Way Home podcast, Daniel Darling is joined by Carl Trueman to talk about his new book The Rise and Triumph of the Modern Self. Daniel Darling states “I think this is one of the most important books written in the past decade, as it helps us make sense of the moment we’re in.”
  • Ravi Zacharias and the Judgement of God. Collin Hansen writes “Ravi Zacharias may have escaped justice in this world. But no one escapes justice in the next.”
  • ‘You Are One Step Away from Complete and Total Insanity’. David French writing about Ravi Zacharias, and RZIM’s attempt to cover up his sins, states “Christian ministries are populated by leadership teams who derive not just their paychecks but also their own public reputations from their affiliation with the famous founder. They’re admired in part because the founder is admired. They have influence in part because the founder has influence. When the founder fails, they lose more than a paycheck. There is powerful personal incentive to circle the wagons and to defend the ministry, even when that defense destroys lives.”

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One Last Shot Over the Left Field Wall. Andy Andrews writes a tribute to Hank Aaron, the home run king, who died January 22 at age 86. My favorite Hank Aaron memory took place at a 1965 game at Busch Stadium 1 (also known as Sportsman’s Park) in St. Louis. My Dad, Mom, brother Mike (age 6) and I (age 8) were attending the game between the Cardinals and the Milwaukee Braves. Cardinal pitcher Curt Simmons got Aaron out throughout the game with a big lollypop pitch. Aaron was frustrated, but ready for the pitch late in the game, and crushed the ball out of the park. But Aaron was so anxious to hit the pitch that he actually stepped out of the batter’s box and was called out. Read about it here.

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