Monthly Archives: March 2013

John Calvin on “the proper fruit of heavenly doctrine”

From Calvin’s comments on Luke 24:32, “Did not our hearts burn within us while [Jesus] spoke to us on the road, while he opened up to us the Scriptures.” It cannot be doubted that he then engraved an uncommon mark … Continue reading

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Piper: “The design of the atonement is racial diversity in the company of the redeemed.”

Revelation 5:9-10 is a glimpse into the purposes of God in the death of His Son, the Lamb of God, Jesus Christ: “And they sang a new song, saying, “Worthy are you [referring to the slain and risen Lamb of … Continue reading

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David Powlison on “Retooling our prayer requests…[so as to] talk about things that really matter, the things that are on God’s heart”

The Bible’s prayers are rarely about health, travel mercies, finances, doing well on a test, finding a job, or the salvation of unsaved relatives. Of course, these are legitimate things to pray for, but they are a minor emphasis in … Continue reading

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Paul Tripp on the “false definition of maturity that is the result of the academic enculturation that tends to take place in seminary.”

It is quite easy in ministry to give in to a subtle but significant redefinition of what spiritual maturity is and does. This definition has it roots in how we think about what sin is and what sin does. I … Continue reading

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Paul Tripp: “Human beings are always assigning to themselves some kind of identity… Ministry had become my identity.”

Human beings are always assigning to themselves some kind of identity. There are only two places to look. Either you will be getting your identity vertically from who you are in Christ, or you will be shopping for it horizontally … Continue reading

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John Stott: “Our parentage is either divine or diabolical.”

Commenting on 1 John 3:10 (“By this it is evident who are the children of God, and who are the children of the devil: whoever does not practice righteousness is not of God, nor is the one who does not … Continue reading

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