Grab bag

Some helpful articles from around the internet: Jon Bloom offers “Seven Ways to Pray for Your Heart.” David Murray reminds us, “All things for good.” Sin too?  All sin is evil. No sin is worth it. It’s always better that we not sin. However, sin is also part of the “all things” that God works together […]

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How’s your heart?

John R. W. Stott recounts the letter written by Robert Murray M’Cheyne to the Rev. Dan Edwards on October 2, 1840 after Edwards’ ordination as a missionary: I trust you will have a pleasant and profitable time in Germany.  I know you will apply hard to German; but do not forget the culture of the […]

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Christ, our joy

A. W. Tozer: If men do not have joy in their hearts they will seek it somewhere else.  If Christians are forbidden to enjoy the wine of the Spirit they will turn to the wine of the flesh for enjoyment.  The human heart with its divine capacity for holy pleasure must no longer be allowed […]

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What belongs to God?

In the final days of Jesus, His opponents used various means to attempt to discredit His teaching and malign His character.  The questions they asked were not genuine desires to learn from Him or to clarify their understanding; the queries were not-so-cleverly disguised attempts to trap Him into saying something unintended that would make Him […]

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When obedience is not obedience

Not all obedience is obedience. If you have children, that statement is often easy to validate.  Children will begrudgingly say, “sorry” when they’ve sinned, with little evident demonstrations of remorse or repentance.  Children will fulfill a task (e.g., cleaning, chores, homework), all the while grumbling about it, so the job is done, but with all […]

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