The Grace of the Cross

As we come off of one of the highlights of the Christian’s year…let’s not forget what Jesus did on the Cross and in His Resurrection. This morning I read the following words from John Owen’s book The Glory of Christ, “That intimate conjunction that is between Christ and the Church; whence it is just and […]

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Seeking the Glory of Christ

As we approach the holidays I want to encourage you to stay strong and to keep seeking God. It is easy to get wrapped up in the business and to forget the most important part of our lives…our pursuit of God. In The Glory of Christ, John Owen speaks of our need to seek after […]

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The High Cost of Sin

In his classic book, Disciplines of a Godly Man, R Kent Hughes writes about David’s sin and danger of ignoring the sin in our life.  He gave several steps to David’s moral disaster. Desensitization Relaxation Fixation Rationalization Degeneration David fell and when he fell he took his family and his nation with him.  Think of David’s life–the […]

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“Sin Untunes and Unframes the Heart!”

How do you deal with your own personal sin?  Do you justify it—“Well, God wants me to be happy!”  Do you excuse it—“Well, it might be wrong, but I’m not as bad as (insert name here)!”  Do you delight in it—“Well, it might be wrong, but man it is fun and it makes me feel […]

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The Work of the Holy Spirit in Salvation

Over the last few months I’ve read as much as I can on the work of the Holy Spirit in the Christian life as I’ve prepared to preach through chapters 14-16 in the Gospel of John.  This Sunday our journey through John’s Gospel leads us to John 15:18-16:4.  As I’ve studied this week I found […]

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Are You Filled With The Holy Spirit?

My study of John 14 has led me to some rather deep waters in terms of the work of the Holy Spirit.  Outside of the commentaries I’ve used throughout the series I have poured myself into three books—JI Packer’s Keep In Step With The Spirit, Sinclair Ferguson’s The Holy Spirit, and John Owen’s work, The […]

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In Awe of the Majesty of God!

I found the following quote in John Owen’s book The Mortification of Sin, “Seek to keep your heart in a continual awe of the majesty of God.”  (page 89)  As I read and discussed that quote I thought of the number of times I hurriedly tried to rush my children along from the car to […]

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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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The Ancient Paths

Yesterday morning my Bible reading plan led me to Jeremiah chapters 6-10.  In Jeremiah 6:16 I found these words, “Thus says the LORD, ‘Stand by the roads, and look and ask for the ancient paths, where the good way is, and walk in it, and find rest for your souls.” There are many in this […]

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The Danger of the “little” Sin

In The Mortification of Sin, John Owen speaks of what happens when we do not kill the sin that so easily entangles us.  He said it will weaken the soul and deprive it of its vigor.  In other words it will take away our resolve to fight the good fight and to keep the faith.  […]

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