In the world, but not of it

How the believer in Christ relates to the world is an old question.  Both Christ and the apostles addressed the question. “I have given them Your word; and the world has hated them, because they are not of the world, even as I am not of the world.  I do not ask You to take […]

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Everything God sends is needful

Yesterday morning in our worship service, we introduced Thomas Watson’s exposition of Romans 8:28 — All Things for Good — as our book of the month (review forthcoming).  The truth of God’s sovereignty in all things is a precious comfort and a source of stability to the believer.  And Watson is hardly the only writer […]

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What disobedience ultimately is

What is disobedience? Ask any child or teen and you will likely get a response something like, “not doing what I was told to do.”  That answer is not significantly different from what most adults might say — “disobedience is a failure to do something commanded by a superior or authority figure in one’s life.” […]

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God moves in a mysterious way

In his book, The Hidden Smile of God, John Piper recounts the story of hymn writer William Cowper (pronounced “Cooper”).  His is a sad tale including the death of his mother at age six, his abandonment by his father into boarding schools where it seems certain he was abused, and his constant battles with despair […]

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These Inward Trials

These Inward Trials I asked the Lord, that I might grow In faith, and love, and every grace; Might more of His salvation know, And seek more earnestly His face. I hoped that in some favoured hour At once He’d answer my request, And by His love’s constraining power Subdue my sins, and give me […]

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