Monthly Archives: July 2014

You must go against wind and tide

The truth about discipleship, from Christian to By-ends in Pilgrim’s Progress: If you will go with us you must go against wind and tide, the which I perceive is against your opinion; you must also own religion in in his … Continue reading

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The Lord’s Supper proclaims the forgiveness of sin

Yes, the Lord’s Supper should remind us of the seriousness of our sin, and our urgent need to repent and flee from from it. But for repentant sinners, the dominant note at the Lord’s Table is not fear, guilt, or … Continue reading

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The thistle and the cedar

After Amaziah, king of Judah, had defeated the armies of Edom, he went to pick a fight with Jehoash, king of Israel (2 Kings 14:8). Here is Jehoash’s wise reply: A thistle on Lebanon sent to a cedar on Lebanon, … Continue reading

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Up the Hill Difficulty

The further I go in the Christian life, the more I treasure this section from The Pilgrim’s Progress, where John Bunyan describes Christian’s necessary climb up the Hill Difficulty. So many strong, Bible truths here that will brace us for … Continue reading

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How Christian pilgrims talk about their King

Now I saw in my dream that thus they sat talking together until supper was ready. So when they had made ready they sat down to meat. Now the table was furnished with fat things and with wine that was … Continue reading

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Why do you want to go to Heaven?

This was the question the girl Prudence asked the pilgrim named Christian, in John Bunyan’s Pilgrim’s Progress. His answer: Why, there I hope to see him alive, that did hang dead on the Cross; and there I hope to be … Continue reading

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The eternal value of holiness

The pursuit of holiness can be discouraging sometimes: the fight against sin is hard, and our progress sometimes seems so small. This passage from John Owen deeply encouraged me this morning, reminding me that every effort toward sanctification will matter … Continue reading

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