But even if you should suffer for the sake of righteousness, you are blessed. And do not fear their intimidation, and do not be troubled, but sanctify Christ as Lord in your hearts, always being ready to make a defense to everyone who asks you to give an account for the hope that is in you yet with gentleness and reverence; and keep a good conscience so that in the thing in which you are slandered, those who revile your good behavior in Christ will be put to shame.  1 Peter 3: 14-16

Sunday, 26 January 2020 07:00

Peers v Parents

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Peer pressure causes many to drop out of Wisdom University. But there is a way to stay enrolled and to graduate with honors, as Proverbs 1 :8-19 demonstrates.

For more, see my sermon notes from my second sermon in the Proverbs series entitled Wisdom University (down...

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Saturday, 25 January 2020 23:40

From People-Pleasing to God Pleasing

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Carol was a people-pleaser? She lived to make other people happy. Her whole life was dominated with questions like: “How can I make my boss happy?” or “How can I make my parents happy?” or “How can I make my husband happy?” or “How can I make my kids...

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Thursday, 23 January 2020 05:58

How to Teach and Preach from Hosea

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I enjoyed chatting with Nancy Guthrie about how to teach and preach on Hosea. It was part of her Help Me Teach the Bible podcast. You can listen here and also access additional resources on Hosea.

Authors: David Murray...

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Sunday, 19 January 2020 07:05

Too Much Information

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TMI “Too Much Information” sums up our culture. We are drowning in a tsunami of information. The data stream that became a river that became an ocean is drowning us.

But although there is a tsunami of information, there is a drought of wisdom. In this sermon I show how the...

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Saturday, 18 January 2020 23:35

Heavenly Hope or Worldly Pessimism

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Pessimism damages our health, our relationships, and even our careers. But it has even worse spiritual consequences. Thankfully, heavenly hope is a great cure for worldly pessimism. Here are my sermon notes on this uplifting subject (Download pdf here).  Scroll down a bit further and...

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Tessa Thompson is one of the most remarkable women I’ve ever met. If you suffer or minister to sufferers, you will benefit hugely from her book, Laughing at the Days to Come: Facing Present Trials and Future Uncertainties with Gospel Hope. I want to present three pieces of evidence to...

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The holy grail of modern life is to achieve work/life balance. But despite millions of ‘new decade resolutions’ to that effect, the vast majority will fail miserably in 2020, making this year as miserable as last year for themselves and for those around them.

Maybe you’re one of...

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Monday, 13 January 2020 11:52

Preaching Primer: Expository Exultation

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Last week I posted a Preaching Checklist, an updated list of questions that I use to regularly “audit” my sermons and make sure I’m not forgetting the basics or drifting into bad habits.

This week, I’m posting a Preaching Primer. It’s basically a help to “priming...

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Wednesday, 08 January 2020 05:41

Check out

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“Born That Way” No More: The New Science of Sexual Orientation“A new study adds to a growing body of evidence demonstrating that the dominant narrative about sexual orientation—that it is genetically determined—simply cannot be true. Instead, the science shows that a...

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Tuesday, 07 January 2020 01:00

Preaching Checklist

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I’ve been reading a few books on preaching recently. John Piper’s Expository Exultation: Christian Preaching as Worship and Tim Keller’s Preaching: Communicating Faith in an Age of Skepticism have been especially helpful. I’ll share some of what I learned from...

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Monday, 06 January 2020 04:50

Personal Update

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I’m very grateful to all those who subscribe to the HeadHeartHand blog and to all who regularly visit the website. Over the years, many of you have been very faithful encouragers of me and my blog ministry. Thank you to you all.

I know some of you have been wondering why the blog has been so...

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Friday, 01 November 2019 01:33

Real Men Grow through Disappointment

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You are going to be disappointed in life. If disappointment is so inevitable, how do we recover from it? Visit the Christian Man Academy for a transcript of this video and to enroll in the Academy.

 

Authors: David Murray...

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Friday, 25 October 2019 04:46

Real Men Fail Well … by Learning from Failure

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You are going to fail. It’s inevitable. Although it can be extremely painful, you will learn much from failure. Visit the Christian Man Academy for a transcript of this video and to enroll in the Academy.

Authors: David Murray...

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Friday, 18 October 2019 05:15

Gospel Motives for Gospel Perseverance

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It’s been a sad time for the Christian Church over the past couple of years as various prominent Christian preachers and teachers have fallen into sin or, worse, fallen from the faith. I’m sure many of us look at this and ask, “If they fall, what hope for me? If they don’t...

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How prominent is Christ in your worldview? When you view the world, what place does Christ have in it? When you look back at history and look ahead to the how big does Christ appear? I’m sure these questions convict all of us and create within us a desire to restore the supremacy of Christ in...

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Friday, 18 October 2019 02:33

How to Move from People-Pleasing to God-Pleasing

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We all struggle with people-pleasing to one degree or another, which not only displeases God but also drains pleasure from our lives. So how do we move from people pleasing to God-pleasing and the pleasure that such a life produces? We can find an answer to that question in Colossians 1:9-14.

Below...

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Thursday, 17 October 2019 11:39

A Revolution in Sermon Preparation

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I want to introduce a book to you that has revolutionized my approach to sermon preparation. However, it’s not a book about preaching; it’s a book about improving Powerpoint presentations!

It’s called The Compelling Communicator: Mastering the Art and Science of Exceptional...

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God does not forgive those who don’t want forgiveness. So, neither should we. Visit the Christian Man Academy for a transcript of this video and to enroll in the Academy.

 

Authors: David Murray...

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Thursday, 19 September 2019 01:35

Real Men Confront Sin

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The right and wrong ways to confront sin. Visit the Christian Man Academy for a transcript of this video and to enroll in the Academy.

Authors: David Murray...

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Wednesday, 11 September 2019 05:50

Real Men Know When to Cover Offenses

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How do we know when to lovingly cover an offense or lovingly confront it? Visit the Christian Man Academy for a transcript of this video and to enroll in the Academy.

Authors: David Murray...

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Friday, 06 September 2019 03:29

Real Men Are Models

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No matter how young you are, you are to model godliness to others. Visit the Christian Man Academy for a transcript of this video and to enroll in the Academy.

Authors: David Murray...

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Monday, 05 August 2019 16:30

Real Men Encourage Others

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The world needs more Barnabases. Here are eight encouragements to be a better encourager. Visit the Christian Man Academy for a transcript of this video and to enroll in the Academy.

Authors: David Murray...

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Thursday, 01 August 2019 01:32

Real Men Are Courageous Men

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Seven steps to Christ-like courage. Visit the Christian Man Academy for a transcript of this video and to enroll in the Academy.

Authors: David Murray...

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Thursday, 25 July 2019 06:33

Real Men Find Pleasure in God’s Law

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Have you ever heard of “The Ten Pleasures?” That’s another way to view the Ten Commandments. Although most of the commandments are stated negatively, each negative also implies a positive, and each prohibition of vice implies a pleasure in virtue. Visit the Christian Man...

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Thursday, 18 July 2019 08:30

Real Men Obey Lawful Authority

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Obedience to lawful authority is a basic foundation of a godly life. So, what are the lawful authorities in our lives? And what are the limits of our obedience to them? Visit the Christian Man Academy for a transcript of this video and to enroll in the Academy.

Authors: David Murray...

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