March 18, 2014
Itâ€™s one of those things we know to be true on an intellectual level, but we forget it easily in personal experience. Temptation is not the same as sin. This truth is obvious from the Scriptures. In the Lordâ€™s Prayer, we are taught to pray â€œforgive us our debtsâ€ and â€œlead us not into temptationâ€ (Matt. 6:12-13). Debts and trespasses require forgiveness; temptation needs deliverance. They are not the same.
March 10, 2014
Jesus wants women to be theologically minded and grounded in the Scriptures. That's why he commended Mary, who sat "at the Lord's feet and listened to his teaching" (Luke 10:39), while Martha served Jesus and his disciples. Instead of applauding Martha for her service, Jesus approved Mary for choosing "the good portion, which will not be taken away from her" (Luke 10:42). Mary chose the one thing that is still necessary today. Women who are students of the Bible, serious about studying it and hearing it taught, choose the good portion, the one thing that is necessary.
March 2, 2014
God never intended the true believer to live the Christian life alone. After Christâ€™s ascension, the apostles went everywhere starting churches and ordaining elders in each (Acts 14:23). They did this so the young Christians could be strengthened, encouraged, guided, instructed, and above all worship God together.
February 23, 2014
Growth is not an option for a Christian. God is changing us through the Word of Christ by the Spirit of Christ into the image of Christ. How can we recognize God's sovereign hand in our sanctification, and glorify Him in and through it? How do we as a church grow together into maturity? Receive some practical guidance in this month's Herald.
January 5, 2014
New video is now available from our fall 'Global Missions and the Church' conference with John Piper.
December 2, 2013
Please feel free to download, view, or listen to these main session talks at our fall missions conference. Please do not change the content in any way.
November 12, 2013
Missions exists because worship doesnâ€™t. So we at UCCD have the greatest privilege in the universe: to increase the worship of God by sharing the gospel of Jesus Christ. In the UAE we have unique opportunities and challenges but the message and the method are the same: Go, make, baptize, teach. How can we be bold and faithful to share Christ in our homes, neighbourhoods and workplaces?
October 8, 2013
Obedience to the Great Commission requires that we engage in spiritual warfare. How do you think about spiritual warfare? What does church planting have to do with it? In view of our RAK and Sharjah church plants, whether you go or stay, your eyes need to be fixed on the one who conquered Satan and death on the cross.
September 27, 2013
According to the forty-seventh Psalm, we are to sing the praise of the Lord "with skillfulness." I will leave the musical instruction side of that commandment, with its pitches, note reading, beat, proper breathing, harmonizing, etc., to those more gifted than I am in this area (which would be quite a number of people). Yet a congregation can make vast improvements in its singing even without choral training. How? Simply by listening to and obeying the Word of God's instruction on how we are to sing in the presence of God. Consider applying in a purposeful way these short exhortations to your singing as you go to the house of the Lord the next time.
September 8, 2013
The book of Revelation is the revelation of Jesus Christ. It encourages us to wait patiently and faithfully for His return. But how do we faithfully interpret this famously misunderstood book? How can we apply its message to our lives in 2013?