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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2 Corinthians 5:17

I am sure that you would join me in saying 2 Corinthians 5:17 is one of your favorite verses in the Bible. Paul said, “Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation. The old has passed away; behold, the new has come.” That is an incredible statement. Let’s look at it word […]

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What A Day That Will Be!

I’ve been saved longer than I was lost.  I’m 48 and I was saved over 30 years ago, but I still haven’t gotten over the despair of lostness and I don’t want to forget it.  It’s a lot like the horror when you realize that the smell you’ve been smelling is on the bottom of […]

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The Power of Regeneration

One of the best books I have ever read on the Holy Spirit is by Sinclair Ferguson. In one chapter he deals with the Spirit’s work in our salvation/regeneration. He said, “Regeneration is, consequently, as all-pervasive as depravity. On the basis of such statements as ‘the heart is…beyond all cure’ (Jer. 17:9), theologians have spoken […]

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Why Does Penal Substitutionary Atonement Matter?

Last week I wrote about the controversy over the PC USA wanting to take the line, “Till on that cross as Jesus died/The wrath of God was satisfied,” from the hymn, In Christ Alone. They wanted to change the line to “Till on that cross as Jesus died/The love of God was magnified.”  When you […]

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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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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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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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How Will an Unholy Man Enjoy Heaven?

I tend to write about the things I’m reading; thus, you’ve been reading a lot of JC Ryle and John Owen lately.  I do this for two reasons: first, I hope to whet your appetite to go and read good books, and second, if you are not going to go and read the book at […]

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Thirsty? Come to Me and Drink!

In January of this year I began a journey into the Gospel of John.  Yesterday that journey took us to John 7 and to the famous words of Jesus, “If anyone thirsts, let him come to me and drink.  Whoever believes in me, as the Scripture has said, ‘Out of his heart will flow rivers […]

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