Monthly Archives: April 2012

Genuine spirituality is homesick for heaven

Working on Sunday night’s message on Philippians 3:20-4:1, I ran across this fine quote from D.A. Carson: “Genuine spirituality cannot live long without an attitude that is homesick for heaven, that lives with eternity’s values in view, that eagerly awaits … Continue reading

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I want to simplify my life

“The fear of the Lord simplifies life.” Ed Welch, When People are Big and God is Small (Philippsburg, NJ: P&R, 1997), 228.

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A simple question for treating the fear of man

Here, according to biblical counselor and author Ed Welch, is an essential component in treating the fear of man in our lives:  Love people more and need people (to satisfy our psychological cravings) less. [Ed Welch, When People are Big … Continue reading

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A lifelong repetition of conversion

Christian believers never move beyond turning from sin in repentance, and turning to Christ in faith. As Charles Hodge notes below, the whole Christian life might be summed up as an ongoing repetition of our initial experience of conversion: “As … Continue reading

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Flies Buzzing around the Sacrifice

Ever been frustrated by wandering thoughts during prayer or studying the Bible? Ever wanted to articulate that frustration with a vivid, Old Testament image? Look no further. I think I’ll always picture an exasperated priest swatting flies away from the … Continue reading

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Oliver Hart’s Robust Understanding of “Preaching the Gospel”

When Baptist pastor Oliver Hart (1723-1795) charges ministers to “preach the gospel”, notice what all he assumes “preaching the gospel” will include: “Preaching the gospel will lead to an explanation of what the apostle calls “the form of sound words … Continue reading

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Are you getting in on this?

No Christian is a member of a particular church at random. The sovereign Lord Jesus is purposefully  building his church, and the sovereign Holy Spirit is purposefully gifting every individual member for God-glorifying service more significant than we can know … Continue reading

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