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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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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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JC Ryle on Sanctification!

On Tuesday mornings I meet with a group of men and we read through different books…we are currently on chapter two of JC Ryle’s Holiness.  Chapter 2 deals with sanctification.  What is sanctification?  Ryle said, “Sanctification is that inward spiritual work which the Lord Jesus Christ works in a man by the Holy Ghost, when […]

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Burn before you’d Turn!

A few years ago I came across a book by one of my favorite Puritan writers, John Bunyan.  I love John Bunyan—I think it was Spurgeon who said if you cut Bunyan he would bleed Bible.  A few of my preacher friends give me a hard time because of the amount of time I spend […]

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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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The Means of Sanctification

The buzzword in the theological circles lately seems to be sanctification.  It turns up in sermons and on blogs and I’m thrilled to see it because I am convinced we don’t think about it enough…we either see God’s part or our part, but rarely do we have a proper balance. I was going over John […]

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Mortification & Sanctification!

On July 19 Justin Taylor posted a conversation between John Piper and Tim Keller on Sanctification.  About seven minutes into the video Tim Keller said “I’m a John Owens guy!”  I loved that statement and today I want to piggyback on what we saw yesterday from John Flavel. If I were to list a top five […]

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May 1, The Mark of Righteousness

In John 20:31 John gave us the purpose of his Gospel.  In 1 John 5:13 John gave us the purpose of his first letter.  On Sunday morning I came to John 3:3 and wanted to show how we could know that we have been born again and took them to John’s first letter.  John said, […]

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