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How Christ Blesses Our Children

As we engage in various ways to bring our children to Jesus, let us be urgent but never desperate. Even when we do not immediately see the fruits of faith in our children, let us have a quiet confidence in God, who knows how to work in our children in...
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The Inspiring Contagiousness of Submission

…the real issue is not how many afflictions we experience but whether those sorrows bring us into sweet submission before God as we surrender everything to him. Would you sacrifice your most cherished hopes and dreams if God asked you to? Jephthah’s daughter did and set an example for thousands...
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We are uniquely made

And God said, Let us make man in our image, after our likeness: and let them have dominion…. And God blessed them, and God said unto them, Be fruitful, and multiply, and replenish the earth, and subdue it: and have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the...
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Enjoying Friendship with God

Pastors who are constantly bombarded with information and intrusions on their time and attention via cell phones, BlackBerries, the Internet, and iPods may think it’s impossible to find more time to commune with the Lord. But what is your primary calling as a pastor? Unless you are marketing spiritual novelties...
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The Blessedness of Christian Law-Keeping

Law-keeping blesses believers in many ways. Here I will expound just three major ways it does so: 1. The Law as an Objective Guide to Evidencing Justification The Puritans taught that the role of good works in the Christian life is to confirm and demonstrate one’s justification. While the Antinomians...
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The pursuit of illumination

What does this mean for the unbeliever? It means that you should be smitten with grief over your willful blindness to Jesus Christ. You are guilty for your blindness, for your heart hates the light. You resist the Holy Spirit. You deserve for God to hand you over to Satan’s...
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Deliverance from Worldliness

God delivers His people from worldliness in three ways: 1. Initial deliverance. Every true work of grace in the heart of a sinner includes radical deliverance from the world and a lifestyle of worldliness. The umbilical cord that tied us to the womb of worldliness is cut when we are...
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Experiential preaching is applicatory

Experiential preaching is applicatory. It applies the text to every aspect of the listener’s life, promoting religion that is not just a “form of godliness” but also the “power” of God (2 Tim. 3:5). Robert Burns (1789–1869) says that experiential religion is “Christianity brought home to ‘men’s business and bosoms.’”...
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Developing Good Communication Skills

When you marry, you enter a covenant of companionship. Malachi 2:14 says, “The wife of thy youth” is “thy companion, and the wife of thy covenant.” But healthy, God-honoring companionship cannot exist without good communication. As husband and wife, you must seek by God’s grace to develop good ways of...
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Assurance Well-Cultivated Produces Fruits

Westminster 18.3 stresses that assurance produces God-glorifying, delightful fruit, so that the believer’s “heart may be enlarged in peace and joy in the Holy Ghost, in love and thankfulness to God, and in strength and cheerfulness in the duties of obedience, the proper fruits of this assurance; so far is...
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