Monthly Archives: July 2012

John Frame on the danger of hearing/studying the word of God “merely as an academic exercise”

So the word of God is powerful both in judgment and in blessing. These are the twin covenant sanctions. In the covenant, the Lord promises blessing to the obedient, judgment to the disobedient (Deut. 27-28). So the commandments of God … Continue reading

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C.H. Spurgeon: “Preach the love of God in connection with his justice”

Preach earnestly the love of God in Christ Jesus, and magnify the abounding mercy of the Lord; but always preach it in connection with His justice. Do not extol the single attribute of love in the method too generally followed, … Continue reading

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Will Metzger on the broad and narrow definition of personal witness to the gospel: “It is easy to excuse ourselves by saying ‘Well, I told her the gospel!’ or ‘I just live my life before others.'”

In thinking of witnessing, we have to walk between a narrow and a broad definition. Narrowly defined, witnessing is confined to a rehearsal of a few gospel facts in the hearing of a nonbeliever. Broadly defined, it is whatever we do as … Continue reading

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Martyn Lloyd-Jones: The gospel is an announcement, a declaration, a proclamation, not an opinion

Lloyd-Jones is here preaching on 1 John 1:1-3, “[That] which we have seen and heard declare we unto you…” The gospel is an announcement. We can put that negatively by saying that the gospel of Jesus Christ is not a … Continue reading

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Henri Nouwen on the new birth and being freed from resentment, “Indeed, something has to happen that I myself cannot cause to happen.”

Writing about the elder son in Luke 15:11-32, My resentment [toward others] is not something that can be easily distinguished and dealt with rationally. It is far more pernicious: something that has attached itself to the underside of my virtue. … Continue reading

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Lloyd-Jones on joy: What it is and where it comes from

In a sermon on 1 John 1:4, “And these things write we unto you, that your joy may be full.” (1948) [Here], I suggest, are the elements of joy. Firstly, a state of complete satisfaction. There is no joy unless … Continue reading

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