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Don’t Just Pray About It

The Bible instructs both to pray and to expectantly watch. Both are demonstrations of faith.

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We are Saved By God, From God and For God

If you are a Christian you are saved from God (from his just wrath), you are saved by God (by his sacrifice) and you are saved for God (for his delight and praise).

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Created with the Kiss of God

When God created Adam he did so with startling intimacy and intentionality. So too in the new creation where God visits the spiritually lifeless with the life-giving gospel.

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We Are Getting Closer

A new year means we are that much closer to walking in Immanuel’s Land.

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If He Can’t Destroy You, He’s Content to Divert You.

We are not ignorant of his schemes (2 Cor. 2.11). If Satan can’t destroy you he is content to simply divert you.

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The Christmas Story is Personal

The Christmas story is about the deepest, most personal, secure, and powerful love that could ever be experienced. It is about intimacy through full-knowledge and security through full-redemption. When this penny drops it is an absolute game-changer for us.

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Advent Meditation: Swaddling Righteousness

The one who swaddled the stars with darkness (Job 38.9) is now swaddled in cloth as a baby. This is such mind bending, heart melting truth! Christ, the Lord God, becomes a man, and dwells among us (John 1.14).

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Book Review: The Precious Things of God

You can tell a lot about a person by what they hold to be precious. We give our hearts, time, and resources to these things. They hold value to us. As Christians our objective is to agree with God about what he finds precious and to pursue these same things ourselves. One of the most helpful resources that I have found in this pursuit is entitledĀ The Precious Things of God. It remains a tremendous resource to drive my heart after what is valued by God.

The Precious Things of GodĀ was written by Octavius Winslow. He was a 19th Century English pastor and author. Winslow was a dear friend and contemporary of Charles Spurgeon. When you read Winslow it is not difficult to see why. He writes with the same lucid, descriptive, and gospel-dripping pen that Spurgeon deployed in his reservoir of writings for the church.

The book has 12 chapters, each of them quoting a verse to show that something or someone is particularly precious to God. The titles include:

    The Preciousness of Christ
    The Preciousness of Faith
    The Preciousness of Trial
    The Preciousness of God’s Thoughts
    The Preciousness of the Divine Promises
    The Preciousness of Christ’s Blood
    The Precious Anointing
    The Preciousness of God’s Children
    The Preciousness of God’s Word
    The Preciousness of Prayer
    The Preciousness of Christ’s Sympathy with our Infirmities
    The Death of the Saints Precious

As I flip through my old copy of this book the pages are covered with notes and underlining. This book has been like a jar of honey to a sore throat. I have often turned …

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Toward a More Informed and Sustained Thanksgiving

 

Think with me about the specific qualifications for humanity’s savior. He must be a perfect man. He cannot sin. If he is to be our substitute and rescuer then he cannot be a transgressor of this same Law. He must be perfect. He must be both God and man. Wholly God and fully man.

Of course there is no one created who qualifies for this post. We are, after all, created beings. And, as descendants of the first Adam, therefore beset by the same weakness as he.

Furthermore, no angel may pick up this mantle. In addition to not being eternally and inherently righteous they are not human. Therefore, the arch-angel Michael is not a suitable substitute for humanity.

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Are You a Thankful Person?

 

Here in the US we have the privilege of celebrating Thanksgiving this week. There may be 5 billion things that we could be thankful for at any moment; and truthfully we are probably aware of less than 5. The Christian is to always be aware of and deeply affected by at least one: the gospel of Christ.

The Scriptures teach that every good and perfect gift comes from God (James 1:17). This is a staggering fact. He, the unchanging, ever-perfect, always good God–gives gifts to imperfect, weak, needy people.

Why does he do it? Well, one could rightly say, it is because he has abundance and we are needy. This is true. God needs nothing and we need everything. However, his giving is more than a cold, mechanical, divine donation. God gives because God loves. He loves us. And, his giving is the overflow of his love in sharing himself and his creation with us.

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