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Apr 2013 25 Apr 25, 2013

“Sanctification is not by surrender, but by divinely enabled toil and effort” (Kevin DeYoung, The Hole in our Holiness, 90)....Read More

Apr 2013 25 Apr 25, 2013

I’m continually shocked by the way in which secular theorists and so-called “experts” seek to account for or explain why people commit heinous acts of violence. The most recent example appeared in Wednesday’s edition of USA Today (April 24, 2013). The article was titled, “Tsarnaevs’ Deadly Brotherhood.” The sub-heading reads: “Understanding motivation requires examination of human need for belonging.” The author of th...Read More

Apr 2013 24 Apr 24, 2013

“Defeatist Christians who do not fight against sins because they figure they were ‘born this way’ or ‘will never change’ or ‘don’t have enough faith’ are not being humble. They dishonor the Holy Spirit who strengthens us with supernatural power” (Kevin DeYoung, The Hole in our Holiness, 82)....Read More

Apr 2013 24 Apr 24, 2013
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In a previous post we saw that one of the two primary characteristics of Christian love is that it is governed by knowledge. We now see as well that true love, the sort of love that will accomplish good in the life of the beloved, must be characterized by discernment. What Paul has in mind with this word is the spiritual ability to make difficult moral decisions in the midst of a vast array of competing and confusing choices. Gullible and naïve love is worse th...Read More

Apr 2013 23 Apr 23, 2013
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“What sort of parent rolls his eyes when his child falls off the bike on the first try? There is no righteousness that makes us right with God except for the righteousness of Christ. But for those who have been made right with God by grace alone through faith alone and therefore have been adopted into God’s family, many of our righteous deeds are not only not filthy in God’s eyes, they are exceedingly sweet, precious, and pleasing to him” (Kevin D...Read More

Apr 2013 23 Apr 23, 2013

This past Saturday I spoke at a men’s retreat here in the OKC area. One of the things I focused on was why men struggle so much with repentance. That’s not to say women don’t have their own problems with it, but I typically find that men are less inclined to repent than women. They are more given to rationalization and self-defense. Why? Here are a few possible reasons. (1) Satan and the world system have led men to believe the lie that their value or ...Read More

Apr 2013 22 Apr 22, 2013

Today, April 22, 2013, John Piper posted a letter (www.desiringgod.org) that he wrote to a grieving mother following the stillborn death of her son. I, too, have had women in my church who've endured this sort of devastating loss (one as recently as Saturday). I thought many of you might profit from reading it. Earlier this year, a grieving mother, who recently had given birth to a stillborn son, wrote to me asking for counsel and comfort. The team at Desiring God thoug...Read More

Apr 2013 22 Apr 22, 2013
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“It sounds really spiritual to say God is interested in a relationship, not in rules. But it’s not biblical. From top to bottom the Bible is full of commands. They aren’t meant to stifle a relationship with God, but to protect it, seal it, and define it” (Kevin DeYoung, The Hole in our Holiness, 45)....Read More

Apr 2013 21 Apr 21, 2013
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Listen closely to what Paul said in 1 Thessalonians 3:12 - “and may the Lord make you increase and abound in love for one another and for all, as we do for you.” If their love is to increase, indeed if our love for one another is to increase, God has to make it happen. Yes, we are responsible to love others, to do whatever is needed to clear away obstacles and to extend forgiveness and to overcome bitterness and jealousy and envy and rivalry and all the sinf...Read More

Apr 2013 19 Apr 19, 2013
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I’m happy to announce that my new book, Tough Topics: Biblical Answers to 25 Challenging Questions, is now available. Crossway, under the Re:Lit label (a ministry of the Resurgence), has done a tremendous job. Lord willing, there will be a second volume to follow in a year or so with answers to 25 more challenging questions. But for now, the 366 pages of this first volume will have to suffice! Even though Amazon currently lists it as not available until April 30, ...Read More