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Jul 2013 16 Jul 16, 2013

“I have many times had a sense of the glory of the third person in the Trinity, in his office of Sanctifier; in his holy operations, communicating divine light and life to the soul. God, in the communications of his Holy Spirit, has appeared as an infinite fountain of divine glory and sweetness; being full, and sufficient to fill and satisfy the soul; pouring forth itself in sweet communications; like the sun in its glory, sweetly and pleasantly diffusing light and...Read More

Jul 2013 16 Jul 16, 2013

I don’t think I would have enjoyed living during the time of the Old Testament, that era of redemptive history before the coming of Jesus Christ. I don’t think I would have enjoyed having to bring a blood sacrifice year after year after year, knowing that the offering up of bulls and goats could never truly and finally take away the guilt of my sin. I don’t think I would have enjoyed the long list of detailed and often bizarre regulations and laws that ...Read More

Jul 2013 15 Jul 15, 2013
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Jonathan Edwards was convinced that the goodness and generosity and grace of God shine forth with greatest brilliance in his commands to you and me. That’s right, in his commands. In his sermon entitled “Christian Happiness” (304), he explains: “What could the most merciful being have done more for our encouragement? All that he desires of us is that we would not be miserable, that we would not follow those courses which of themselves would end...Read More

Jul 2013 15 Jul 15, 2013
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Frederick K. C. Price, a popular author and spokesman for the Word of Faith / Prosperity gospel, insists that Job suffered because he sinned. It was Job, says Price, not God, who lowered the hedge around himself (1:10). "As long as Job walked in faith, the wall – the hedge – was up. But when he started walking in unbelief and doubt the hedge was pulled down. Job pulled it down." But there simply is no basis in the text for concluding that Job suffered becaus...Read More

Jul 2013 13 Jul 13, 2013
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As you read what Jonathan Edwards said about Scripture, ask yourself if it reflects your own point of view: “I had then, and at other times, the greatest delight in the holy scriptures, of any book whatsoever. Oftentimes in reading it, every word seemed to touch my heart. I felt a harmony between something in my heart, and those sweet and powerful words. I seemed often to see so much light exhibited by every sentence, and such a refreshing food communicated, tha...Read More

Jul 2013 12 Jul 12, 2013
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I love words. I love them because through them I find truth, and in truth is joy and freedom and blessing. I love how words sound. I love how they look. I love sentences. Sentences, properly constructed and aesthetically written, change lives. That is is one of the reasons why I’m so disheartened by the gradual disintegration of grammar in our day. I don’t know whom to blame. I suppose we should start with parents who fail to teach their children in the form...Read More

Jul 2013 12 Jul 12, 2013

The biblical fact of the matter is that, ultimately speaking, God has no need of us. I know this cuts deeply into our sense of self-importance, but look closely at what the apostle Paul said to the Athenian philosophers: "He is not served by human hands as though he needed anything, since he himself gives to all men life and breath and everything" (Acts 17:25). In another text Paul extols God precisely because "all things are from him and through him and to him" (Rom. 11...Read More

Jul 2013 11 Jul 11, 2013
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[Today at www.desiringgod.org Rosaria Butterfield writes the following insightful and challenging article.] DOMA and the Rock July 11, 2013 | by Rosaria Champagne Butterfield In 1996, when Bill Clinton signed the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA), I grieved with my people. I was an atheist then, and lived in a monogamous lesbian relationship, working as a tenure-track professor specializing in English literature and Queer Theory. Now, some 17 years later, in the summer ...Read More

Jul 2013 11 Jul 11, 2013
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Late one night, Linus, the Peanuts cartoon character, is preparing himself for bed. He appears to be deep in thought as he moves his hands in differing positions. Lucy, his sister, enters the room only to find Linus on his knees, praying. “I think I’ve made a new theological discovery,” declares Linus. “What is it?” asks Lucy. “If you hold your hands upside down, you get the opposite of what you pray for!” Before we too quick...Read More

Jul 2013 10 Jul 10, 2013

Meditate deeply on Jonathan Edwards’ comments concerning God’s design in our redemption: “It was a great design of God to advance all the elect to an exceeding pitch of glory, such as eye has not seen. He intended to bring them to perfect excellency and beauty in his image and in holiness which is the proper beauty of spiritual beings, and to advance ‘em to a glorious degree of honor and also to an ineffable pitch of pleasure and joy.” In ...Read More