How a husband loves his wife

Scripture makes very clear what a husband’s responsibility to his wife is: “Husbands, love your wives just as Christ also loved the church and gave Himself up for her, so that He might sanctify her, having cleansed her by the washing of water with the word, that He might present to Himself the church in […]

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Grab bag

Some helpful articles from the last week: Denny Burk writes about sexual orientation in, “Is Homosexual Orientation Sinful?” I do not dispute that there is a legitimate distinction to be made between orientation and behavior. I do question, however, whether the Bible supports the notion that only homosexual behavior is sinful while homosexual orientation is […]

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What God changes at salvation

The writer to the Hebrews exhorts his readers to “consider Him who has endured such hostility by sinners against Himself, so that you will not grow weary and lose heart” (12:3).  In other words, one antidote to discouragement, despondency, and depression is a serious consideration and meditation on the work of Christ. To that end, […]

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Holiness is…

J. I. Packer, Keep In Step with the Spirit: Holiness…is the fruit of the Spirit, displayed as the Christian walks by the Spirit (Galatians 5:16, 22, 25). Holiness is consecrated closeness to God. Holiness is in essence obeying God, living to God and for God, imitating God, keeping his law, taking his side against sin, […]

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Self-examination for weak consciences

It has been said that the self-examined life is not worth living. I’ve repeated that slogan many times.  But there is a tempering corollary that is not said often enough.  The self-examined life is not worth living.  And the over-examined life may be detrimental. The latter statement needs to be made because the over-examined life […]

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Sermon: Who is the Holy Spirit?

Who is the Holy Spirit? Selected Scriptures February 16, 2014 It seems that we live in a time when theological error is particularly thriving.  There have always been false teachers.  They just seem to abound today: There is confusion about the church and unity — should we embrace every entity that calls itself a church […]

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The Execution of Lady Jane Grey

From Justin Taylor, yesterday: Lady Jane Grey (1536/7-1554) is a daughter of the Reformation whose story of faithfulness and grace deserves to be better known. To explain why this 18-year-old girl was beheaded after a 9-day reign as Queen of England, we first have to offer an all-too-brief primer on the political background of Tudor […]

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Essentials Conference audio

Audio from the recent Essentials Conference on fellowship, hosted by Countryside Bible Church is now available.  The messages included: Sunday, Feb. 9 “The Challenge and Limits of Biblical Koinonia” (Romans 15:5-7) — Mike Fabarez “The Kind of Body Life God Favors” (1 Thessalonians 5:12-15) — Jerry Wragg “Body Life: Deformity or Symmetry” (Romans 12:3-8; 1 […]

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Sermon: Love One Another (Pt. 3)

Love One Another, Pt. 3 1 John 3:19-24 February 9, 2014 Many people struggle with the question of whether or not one is saved.  John Piper gets to the central issue about assurance when he writes: The most agonizing problem about the assurance of salvation is not the problem of whether the objective facts of […]

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God is working today

Melvin Tinker, Intended for Good: …it is in and through the ordinary day-to-day things of life and the most unassuming of people that God is mightily at work, moving secretly and silently to bring about his great plan of salvation for the world.…We are not to make the mistake of thinking that God is only […]

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God and Exodus

A few theological thoughts about while doing today’s Bible reading (Exodus 5-8): Pharaoh’s initial response to Moses’ request to release the Israelites was similar to and a precursor to the way many unbeliever’s today reject God — “why should I do that?  Who is God and why should I obey Him?” (Ex. 5:2) God actively […]

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