“Can you thank me for this, even if I don’t tell you why?”

In The Cost of Discipleship, Bonhoeffer wrote, “Suffering, then, is the badge of true discipleship.  The disciple is not above his master.  Following Christ means passio passive, suffering because we have to suffer.  That is why Luther reckoned suffering among the marks of the true Church, and one of the memoranda drawn up in preparation […]

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“I got nothing I asked for, but everything that I hoped for.”

I found the following letter, attributed to a Civil War soldier, in Brian Chapell’s book Praying Backwards. I asked God for strength, that I might achieve. I was made weak that I might humbly learn to obey. I asked for health, that I might do greater things. I was given infirmity, that I might do […]

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What’s your THIS?

I’m always amazed at Jesus’ letters to the seven churches in Revelation.  Jim Hamilton in his book, Revelation: The Spirit Speaks To The Churches, (you can get it here), suggests that the seven letters could be viewed as a picture frame.  The first and seventh letters have similar problems, the second and sixth churches are commended and […]

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Fight the Good Fight Against Sin!

How do you deal with sin?  Are you like Mark Twain who once said he had no problem with temptation because every time he was tempted he just gave in or are you more like John Owen who said we must always be killing sin or it will be killing us?  If you follow my […]

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Warning Tracks in Life!

On Monday I mentioned the reading group I am in that is going through John Owen’s The Mortification of Sin.  In our discussion of chapter two we came across the following statement, “You know what sin did in David, and in others.  Every time sin rises to tempt or entice, it always seeks to express […]

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