“Whatever happens to us…”

“Whatever happens to us, let us always assure ourselves that we have good cause to praise our God, and that even if we are poor and miserable in this world, the happiness of heaven is enough to appease us, to sweeten all our afflictions and sorrows, and to give us such content that we may […]

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Free John Calvin eBooks

From Ligonier: John Calvin was born on this day in 1509. In honor of his birthday, Reformation Trust and Ligonier Ministries are making two John Calvin ebooks available free for 24 hours. The Expository Genius of John Calvin by Steven Lawson John Calvin: A Heart for Devotion, Doctrine, and Doxology edited by Burk Parsons “John […]

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The profitability of prayer

John Calvin, Institutes of the Christian Religion: Words fail to explain how necessary prayer is, and in how many ways the exercise of prayer is profitable.  Surely with good reason the Heavenly Father affirms that the only stronghold of safety is in calling upon his name (Joel 2:32).  By so doing we invoke the presence […]

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Is Your Heart An Idol Factory?

From Mike Leake’s blog this morning: “From this we may gather that man’s nature, so to speak, is a perpetual factory of idols…Man’s mind, full as it is of pride and boldness, dares to imagine a god according to its own capacity; as it sluggishly plods, indeed is overwhelmed with the crassest ignorance, it conceives […]

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You’ve heard of T.U.L.I.P.?

The five points of Calvinism have generally been summarized by the acronym T.U.L.I.P. — Total depravity Unconditional election Limited atonement Irresistible grace Perseverance of the saints Someone has recently thought of a new way to think of the topic, and perhaps this might be an easier way for some to remember the points of Calvinism […]

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Kevin DeYoung quotes John Calvin: If there is no more effective remedy for anger and impatience, he has surely benefited greatly who has so learned to meditate upon God’s providence that he can always recall his mind to this point: the Lord has willed it; therefore it must be borne, not only because one may […]

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Two encouragements to pray

I know of no one who is completely satisfied with his prayer life.  All could pray more and more effectively.  Even when fellowship with Christ in prayer is good, the godly man desires more of that fellowship — just as a husband and wife seek more and greater fellowship with each other even when (especially […]

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Sunday Leftovers (9/12/10)

John Calvin has a fitting summary of the principles we spoke of this morning — how to build God-exalting and Christ-glorifying relationships: If anyone, therefore, appears before you who is in need of your kind services, you have no reason to refuse him your help. Suppose he is a stranger; yet the Lord has pressed […]

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A different kind of life

The life of the believer will be different from the life of the unbeliever. There will be transformation into the image of Christ in the life of the believer (he will not be perfect, and there will be differing levels of maturity, but his trajectory will be towards Christ). John Calvin said it this way:” […]

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Our duty and privilege

Echoing the thoughts of the privilege of ministry and service from last Sunday are two comments from pastors from other centuries: If anyone, therefore, appears before you who is in need of your kind services, you have no reason to refuse him your help. Suppose he is a stranger; yet the Lord has pressed his […]

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Book Review: John Calvin

Title:  John Calvin:  A Heart for Devotion, Doctrine & Doxology Editor:  Burk Parsons Contributors Include:  Jay Adams, Jerry Bridges, Sinclair Ferguson, Michael Horton, Steve Lawson, John MacArthur, Philip Ryken Publisher:  Reformation Trust, 2008; 257 pp. $19.00 Recommendation (4-star scale):  This year, in honor of the 500th anniversary of John Calvin’s birth, I have focused more […]

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