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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Our Two Journeys!

A while back I picked up Andrew Davis’ book, An Infinite Journey. I finally started reading it today and the first few chapters were really helpful. As Christians, Davis said, we are involved in two journeys. The first is external—it involves the “worldwide advance of the Kingdom of Jesus Christ to all nations.” The second […]

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The Saint Must Walk Alone

Over the years AW Tozer has spoken to my heart. He just seems to understand the deep frustrations of my inner being and has the knack of feeding my soul in just the right way. His words are not always easy to swallow, but they always nourish me. Recently I read a chapter, “The Saint […]

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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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“All that we need for Life and Godliness”

Yesterday I sat outside and did some reading.  I found myself closing out 1 Peter and turning to 2 Peter and once again I was amazed by the words of Peter, “His divine power has granted to us all things that pertain to life and godliness, through the knowledge of him who called us to […]

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In Romans 12:1-2 we find these familiar words, “I appeal to you therefore, brothers, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and acceptable to God, which is your spiritual worship. 2 Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that […]

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The Certainty of our Reconciliation!

This past week I came across a great reminder of the certainty of the work of sanctification in the lives of those whom God justifies.  It comes from RC Sproul in his classic book Holiness. “Luther used a simple analogy to explain it.  He described the condition of a patient who was mortally ill.  The […]

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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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“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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Living In or Below our Spiritual Privileges

This morning my reading group discussed chapter six of JC Ryle’s book Holiness.  Chapter six is on Christian Growth and is one of the more practical chapters in the book.  It centers around three points: 1) The Reality of Religious Growth, 2) The Marks of Religious Growth, and 3) The Means of Religious Growth.  There […]

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