Living as sheep surrounded by goats!

Last night I finished reading, The Work of the Pastor, by William Still.  The title tells you that it is a book for pastors, but it is well worth the time you will invest in reading it.  It is short, only five chapters, but there are many profound thoughts and quotes throughout the 127 pages. […]

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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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Beneath the Cross of Jesus!

My Tuesday morning reading group read the fifth chapter of John Stott’s book, The Cross of Christ, this morning.  At the end of the chapter Stott summed it all up with these words, “How then can God express His holiness without consuming us, and His love without condoning our sins?  How can God satisfy His […]

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Stop Loving the World!

Yesterday I took advantage of the beautiful weather by sitting on the front porch reading the rest of Thomas Watson’s book, , and by reading William Greenhill’s book, Stop Loving the World .  It isn’t often that I get to read the Puritan’s all day, but I can tell you I was greatly blessed by the […]

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Backsliding and the Neglect of Prayer!

In my last blog I quoted from JC Ryle’s A Call to Prayer.  Let me quote from him again today…Ryle speaks of the great need to prayer and in the sixth session he says, “I ask whether you pray, because neglect of prayer is one great cause of backsliding.”  In the midst of his discussion […]

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Let me Continually Glow and Burn out for Thee!

In Valley of Vision we find these words. “Thou art my divine treasury in whom all fullness dwells, my life, hope, joy, peace, glory, end; May I be daily more and more conformed to Thee, with the meekness and calmness of the Lamb in my soul, and a feeling sense of the felicity of heaven, […]

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The Teaching Ministry of Ezra

I find it interesting that the king sent Ezra to Jerusalem to teach the people the Law of God and the first means that he uses to teach is prayer.  Ezra taught them the Law of God as he prayed in chapter 9.  He prayed and spoke of the laws they had broken and he […]

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Ezra’s Broken Heart

In the last two blogs we looked at Ezra’s heart and his faith…today I want you to see his brokenness.  In chapter 8 we find the people fasting and praying for God’s protection as they travel to Jerusalem.  In chapter 9 we find Ezra hearing about the sins to the Levites.  “The people of Israel […]

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The Faith of Ezra

Yesterday we looked at the heart of Ezra, but today I want take you to his faith.  I find the faith of Ezra to be amazing. First, consider the times in which Ezra sought to know the Law of God.  He was in captivity in Babylon.  The Temple had been destroyed; the things within the […]

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