Crash Helmets, Life Preservers, and the Hurricane Who Is Our God!

AW Tozer said, “What comes to mind when we thing about God is the most important thing about us.”  In one of his books he said, “Worship, I say, rises or falls with our concept of God; that is why I do not believe in these half-converted cowboys who call God “the Man Upstairs.”  I […]

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Christ is All!

Last night I preached on Colossians 3:11 and took aim at the words of Paul, “Christ is all.”  In JC Ryle’s book HOLINESS there is a chapter devoted to that one phrase.  It is one of the best chapters I have ever read and in it he said, “He is the High Priest, the Mediator, […]

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Developing a Christ-centered Heart

JI Packer, in his book Rediscovering Holiness, said, “There is no holiness without a Christ-centered, Christ-seeking, Christ-serving, Christ-adoring heart.  And the plan of salvation requires us to get our hearts into this frame and keep them there.”  How do we do that?  Packer suggests three things that I want to pass on to you this morning: […]

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Seeing Salvation as a Three Legged Stool

This weekend I’ve been reading JI Packer’s book, Rediscovering Holiness, and is quickly climbing my list of “Must Read” books.  In the second chapter, “Exploring Salvation: Why Holiness is Necessary,” Packer takes his reader back to a well used and important illustration of the Christian life. He said, “Many years ago a wise man explained […]

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“Christ is All!”

In the 20th Chapter of JC Ryle’s book Holiness, Ryle concludes his book by speaking about Colossians 3:11, “Here there is not Greek and Jew, circumcised and uncircumcised, barbarian, Scythian, slave, free; but Christ is all, and in all.”  He actually spends the entire chapter talking about a phrase from that verse, “Christ is all.”  […]

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Preaching With Distinct Doctrinal Theology

If you follow my blog you know that I’ve quoted from JC Ryle’s book Holiness quite a bit.  I’m reading through the book with a group of men on Tuesday mornings and this morning I found the following quote helpful. “Mark what I say.  If you want to do good in these times, you must […]

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Seven Priceless Promises!

Jesus said,  I am the bread of life; whoever comes to me shall not hunger, and whoever believes in me shall never thirst. John 6:35  All that the Father gives me will come to me, and whoever comes to me I will never cast out. John 6:37  If anyone thirsts, let him come to me […]

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IN CHRIST!

Over and over again the Bible says that those who are born again are in Christ.  What does this mean?  Listen to JC Ryle’s explanation. “What the ark was to Noah, what the Passover Lamb was to Israel in Egypt, what the manna, the smitten rock, the brazen serpent, the pillar of cloud and the […]

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It Is All JESUS!

“It is Christ who calls the members of the church in due time.  They are ‘the called of Jesus Christ’ (Romans 1:6).  It is Christ who quickens them. ‘The Son quickeneth whom He will.’ (John 5:21).  It is Christ who washes away their sins.  He ‘has loved us, and washed us from our sins in […]

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“They believe in heaven and yet seem faintly to long for it!”

On Tuesday morning our reading group came to JC Ryle’s chapter on Lot in his classic book, Holiness.  The chapter was excellent, but I really loved the section where he compared men and women who claim the title of Christian, but like Lot they are more prone to linger than obey.  In his chapter Ryle said, […]

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