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Tim Brister

  • 4 Steps to Sharing the Gospel with Your Family During Christmas

    Here are four steps for sharing the gospel with your family. Check them out.
    Tim Brister
    December 16,2014
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  • The Complexities of Christmas

    Not everything is as “wonderful” this time of the year as we think. For many, it is the most stressful, demanding, and overwhelming time of the year, with challenges awaiting from all facets of life.
    Tim Brister
    December 9,2014
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  • Please Teach Disciples How to Live

    Looking back, one of the most glaring (and I would add scandalous) omissions is that my church never taught me how to live. I knew how to do a ton of religious things, but when it came to living out my faith as a disciple of Jesus, I really had no clue.
    Tim Brister
    December 2,2014
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  • A Prayer of Praise and Thanksgiving

    This prayer is taken from a collection Puritan prayers and devotions in a book called The Valley of Vision (highly recommended). It is almost always at my side in my personal devotion and study.
    Tim Brister
    November 25,2014
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  • Triperspectivalism in the Psalms

    While working through the Psalms devotionally, I began to see a triperspectival pattern (to no one’s surprise) worth mentioning. A great example of this would be Psalm 71.
    Tim Brister
    November 18,2014
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  • Story-Formed Disciple-Making

    God’s people are responsible to tell others what God has done for them. At the end of the day, faithfulness to God is a matter of stewardship to tell the story.
    Tim Brister
    November 11,2014
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  • Life is Too Short to be in a Hurry

    Someone in a hurry makes an idol out of time. They allow the present to be dictated by the future.
    Tim Brister
    November 4,2014
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  • Disciple-Making and the Promises of God

    One of the great encouragements we have to live as disciple-making disciples is the powerful promises of God. Have you ever considered how the Great Commission is sandwiched with the power and promise of Jesus?
    Tim Brister
    October 28,2014
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  • Gospel Centeredness Requires a High View of the Law

    A high view of the law will expose the sinfulness and seriousness of sin. The law was never meant to make us righteous in the sight of God (legalism) but to cause us to look for an alien righteousness found in Christ’s life.
    Tim Brister
    October 21,2014
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  • To Be Gospel-Centered, You Need the Holy Spirit

    Are we talking about the gospel to the neglect of the Spirit’s working in our lives? Are we substituting the gospel for the Spirit when explaining how we operate as Christians in the world? I think those are valid questions, and I want to briefly attempt to answer the question in this post.
    Tim Brister
    October 14,2014
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  • Gospel-Centered Application of the Word

    It is not enough that the preacher’s sermon is Christ-centered. The congregation should be trained to be, too. That entails not only expectations but also application, which is what I want to address in this post.
    Tim Brister
    October 7,2014
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  • Gospel-Centered Expectations

    What is the nature of your expectations every time you hear the Word of God preached? A gospel-centered church will have a congregation full of gospel-centered expectations every time the Word of God is proclaimed.
    Tim Brister
    September 30,2014
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  • Deliver Us from Inconsequential Successes

    When it comes to the Great Commission, there are basically three responses a church can have. A church can do nothing, something, or one thing.
    Tim Brister
    September 23,2014
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  • We are Debtors to the Triune God

    If you don’t know Octavius Winslow, let me introduce him to you...
    Tim Brister
    September 16,2014
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  • Re-Entering Every “Place” for Gospel Advance

    If we are going to follow Jesus into the world to make disciples through gospel advance, we need to be empowered by the Spirit to reject “subcultural” norms and re-enter for the purpose of showing and sharing the gospel of Jesus Christ.
    Tim Brister
    September 9,2014
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  • 3 Truths about Platforms from John the Baptist

    The paradox of greatness according to Jesus runs on a totally different set of tracks than the world of raw, selfish ambition. What can we learn from the life of John the Baptist, since, after all, he did it better than anyone else?
    Tim Brister
    September 2,2014
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  • How Jesus Did NOT Pursue Celebrity and Prosperity

    Two key areas of struggle, it seems, for evangelicalism today can be found in celebrity culture and the prosperity gospel. In light of that, I found this excerpt from Henry Scougal’s The Life of God in the Soul of Man to be insightful and convicting.
    Tim Brister
    August 26,2014
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  • From Strangers to Missionaries: A Neighborhood Strategy for Mission

    Even in “reached” areas of our cities, there are many unreached and unengaged people. Let’s be honest: What percentage of our city is unengaged with the gospel? What percentage of people have any proximity to the kingdom of Christ?
    Tim Brister
    August 19,2014
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  • The Self-Dedication of Jonathan Edwards

    In my study of what it means to be a “living sacrifice,” I came across this journal entry from Jonathan Edwards on his self-dedication to God at the age of 20(!). I find this to be a powerful summary of what it means to be a living sacrifice to God.
    Tim Brister
    August 12,2014
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  • Toward a Counter-Cultural Community Part 3: On Idealized Community

    What forms biblical community is the gospel, and what continues to constitute Christian community is the gospel. But what if instead of the gospel, something else is at the center of community?
    Tim Brister
    August 5,2014
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