Donnie Berry

Two for Tuesday – Preaching the Gospel to Ourselves

By Donnie Berry / May 20, 2014

1. Speak the Truth to Yourself by Christina Fox
2. A Prayer for Preaching the Gospel to Ourselves by Scotty Smith
Two great encouragements to not just listen to ourselves and all the negative thoughts that tend to fill our minds. Instead, we need to preach the gospel to ourselves everyday!

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Two for Tuesday – Failure, Acceptance, and Grace

By Donnie Berry / May 13, 2014

1. Two Movements of the Gospel – a short, but powerful quote from Tim Keller
2. Acknowledging Failure is a Virtue by Tullian Tchividjian – a response to Jen Wilkin’s article (Failure is Not a Virtue) that was in last week’s Two-for-Tuesday; wonderful reminder of the gospel of grace.

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Two for Tuesday – the Gospel and our Obedience

By Donnie Berry / May 6, 2014

1. I Press on Because – Ray Ortlund
2. Failure is not a Virtue – Jen Wilkin
Two helpful articles that bring together the grace that abounds in the gospel, and the obedience that flows out of that grace. It’s easy to focus on one or the other. The good news of the gospel includes both.

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Two for Tuesday – Shame, Cutting and the Gospel

By Donnie Berry / April 29, 2014

Two for Tuesday:
1. Going for Blood by Ed Welch – The pain and the shame we carry can be unbearable at times, and many people take refuge in cutting in order to cope. Ed Welch recounts the struggles of a young lady he counsels and how the blood of Jesus is setting her free.
2. Jesus Over Shame by Jen Smidt – Shame is a close companion to all of us. Shame over our sins and failure. Shame from sins committed against us. But Jesus doesn’t deal in shame. His love and grace triumph over it.

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Two for Tuesday – The Gospel and our 9 to 5

By Donnie Berry / April 22, 2014

Two for Tuesday:
1. When the Gospel Transforms Your 9 to 5 – Matt Smethurst
2. A prayer for Labor Day – Scotty Smith
The gospel transforms the way we work. These articles are practical and powerful examples of the way the gospel intersects with and shapes how we view our 9 to 5.

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Two for Tuesday – Perfectionism and the Gospel

By Donnie Berry / April 15, 2014

Two for Tuesday:
1. The Torment of Perfectionism
2. A Prayer for Slaying the Beast of Perfectionism
Two great resources for those of us who struggle with perfectionism, measure our worth by how well we’re doing at something, or care far too much about what others think of us. Good gospel truth applied to the soul of those who want to get it just right, but can’t.

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Two for Tuesday – Porn, Sex, and the Gospel

By Donnie Berry / April 8, 2014

Two for Tuesday:
1. Porn, Sex, God, and the Gospel – Tim Chester
2. A Prayer for Dropping Our Pose – Scotty Smith
The gospel addresses the nitty gritty, everyday stuff of life. Struggles with lust, sexuality, and our failure is a big one. These articles point us to the root of our sin, and then point us to the compassionate, merciful love of God found in the gospel to broken souls.

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Two for Tuesday – Rethinking Progress and Grace in our Parenting

By Donnie Berry / April 1, 2014

Two for Tuesday:
1. Rethinking Progress by Tullian Tchividjian – We tend to measure spiritual growth progress mainly by behavioral improvement. Tchividjian argues that we need to rethink what progress really looks like. “When breathed in, the radical, unconditional, free grace of God reverses every natural instinct regarding what it means to spiritually “survive and thrive.” Only the “toxin” of God’s grace can reverse the way we typically think about Christian growth.”
2. How Grace Changes Relationships (Grace in Parenting, Families, and Our Own Lives) – Interview with Paul Tripp and Elyse Fitzpatrick – This 19-minute video is pure gold. It has the potential to transform how you parent, and to transform your own heart. Watch it! And then come back to it and watch it again and again.

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Two for Tuesday – Anger, Insecurity, and the Gospel

By Donnie Berry / March 25, 2014

Two for Tuesday:
1. Anger: The Image of Satan by Jonathan Dodson – Anger, complaining, grumbling, discontentment–all too common for most of us. Just a part of life, right? Dodson shows us how our anger and grumbling often reveal our belief in a false gospel–believing something other than Jesus will make us happy–better weather, better marital intimacy, a better job, whatever. He points us to the true gospel where we learn to trust God’s goodness (and find freedom from our anger) no matter what circumstances we may be facing.
2. The unparalleled Beauty of Christ by Britney Hamm – Ever feel insecure? Unhappy with your looks, your body, your hair, your clothes? Britney Hamm shares about her struggles and about how we tend to adopt strategies to “fix” ourselves that only reinforce our discontentment. She shows how freedom and joy are found, not in focusing on ourselves, but in becoming caught up in Jesus and his riches that are ours through the gospel.

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Two for Tuesday – Spiritual Disciplines and Experiencing the Gospel

By Donnie Berry / March 18, 2014

Two for Tuesday:
1. John Flavel on the Importance of Gospel Delight
2. Put Yourself in the Path of God’s Grace – David Mathis
Two great articles on the need to not just know but also to experience God’s love and grace deeply in our hearts. How does that happen? Only the Holy Spirit can do that work, but he has pathways of grace (spiritual disciplines) where he often travels, and these articles show us how we can step into the space where the Holy Spirit travels and encounter his grace anew.

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