New Life in Christ!

“While we continue to be influenced by our past life, ‘in the flesh,’ it is no longer the dominating influence in our present existence.  We are no longer in the flesh, but in the Spirit (Rom. 8:9).  Christ’s past (if we may so speak) is now dominant.  Our past is a past ‘in Adam'; our […]

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In Christ

Over the last weeks I’ve been thinking more and more about what it means to be “in Christ.” I’ve meditated upon Romans 8 for most of the year and the idea of being in Christ and not in the flesh just sort of jumps out and slaps you every time you read it. This weekend […]

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Son of Adam or Son of God?

In Romans 6:6 Paul said, “We know that our old self was crucified with him in order that the body of sin might be brought to nothing, so that we would no longer be enslaved to sin.” (ESV)  Sinclair Ferguson spoke of this verse in his book The Holy Spirit.  He said, “Old self…: In […]

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We live by the Holy Spirit

Are we aware of just how dependent we are upon the work of the Holy Spirit for everything in life?  JC Ryle, in his sermon “Having the Spirit” said,  “True Christians, we are taught, are ‘born of the Holy Spirit.’ (1 Cor. 12:3)  They live in the Spirit; they are led by the Spirit; by […]

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Jesus and the Holy Spirit

Abraham Kuyper wrote that “the Church has never sufficiently confessed the influence the Holy Spirit exerted upon the work of Christ.”  He is right!  We take the fact that Jesus was God and somehow think that His Divine nature made Him a man who didn’t struggle with the things with which we struggle; yet, the […]

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God the Spirit

O LORD GOD, I pray not so much for graces as for the Spirit Himself, Because I feel His absence, and act by my own spirit in everything. Give me not weak desires but the power of His presence, For this is the surest way to have all His graces, And when I have the […]

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“Spiritus Sanctus”

I’ve spent several hours this week studying John 14:15-17 with especial attention to what Jesus said about the Holy Spirit.  I can’t wait to preach that text this Sunday, but I thought it might draw our hearts close to the text by sharing a prayer from Valley of Vision.  The title of the prayer is […]

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The Work of the Holy Spirit in our Sanctification (part 2)

For the last few days I’ve been quoting from Puritan writers John Flavel and John Owen.  Today I want to go back to a book that I’ve quoted from a while back by Dan Phillips.  In The World-Tilting Gospel Phillips spoke of the work of the Holy Spirit and the work He calls us to […]

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The Work of the Holy Spirit in our Sanctification

Both John Flavel, in The Mystery of Providence, and John Owen, in The Mortification of Sin,” speak of the work of the Holy Spirit in our sanctification.  The opening paragraph of Owen’s third chapter says, “The Holy Spirit is our only sufficiency for the work of mortification.  All ways and means apart from Him have […]

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April 14, Words of Wisdom from Gus!

One of the things I love about being gone on mission trips is that I am reminded of just how much I love my wife and my girls.  Absence does make the heart grow fonder, but last year while I was in Kenya and again while I was in China a few weeks ago I […]

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