Thomas Manton on Acts 3:26: Let me lay down this, that those blessings that are most proper to the Mediator are spiritual blessings. We forfeited all by sin, but especially the grace of the Spirit, whereby we might be made serviceable to God. Other mercies run in the channel of common providence, but spiritual blessings … Continue reading Deliverance From Sin Is Never Hurtful To Us
“…sometimes we look upon the prosperity of men and think, this man lives well and comfortably, but if we only know what troubles he has in his family, in his possessions, in his dealings with men, we would not think his position so happy. A man may have a very fine new shoe, but nobody … Continue reading For Contentment Be Aware of False Appearances
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What are non-Christians seeking? One thing they are not seeking: God. “Paul declared, “There is none who seeks after God” (Rom. 3:11). The unbeliever never seeks God. The unbeliever is a fugitive from God. The natural pattern for humanity is to run from Him, to hide from Him. Jesus came to seek and to save the lost (Luke 19:10). He is the Seeker; we are the ones who are running. In humanity’s sinful state, we may look for answers to life’s puzzles, but we do not seek God.
Why, then, does it so often seem to us that unbelievers are seeking God? We observe them. They are seeking happiness, peace of mind, relief from guilt, a meaningful life, and a host of other things that we know only God can give them. But they are not seeking God. They are seeking the benefits of God. Natural humanity’s sin is precisely…
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https://youtu.be/6BpWj8bOHSM Words: Charles Wesley, 1739. Stanzas 8-10, author unknown, 14th Century; translated from Latin to English in Lyra Davidica. This exuberant song is one of the most popular Easter hymns in the English language. Music: Easter Hymn, composer unknown, in Lyra Davidica (London: 1708) (MIDI, score). Wesley’s words were written for use at the first … Continue reading Jesus Christ Has Risen!
"...we should labour to know our hearts well, that when they are out of tune, we may know what is the matter. This knowledge of our hearts will help us to contentment, because by it we shall come to know what best suits our condition. A man who does not know his own heart does … Continue reading What Best Suits Our Condition
Nor must we overlook the grand source of encouragement to a returning soul, – that which springs from the cross of Christ. But for a crucified Savior, there could be no possible return to God; in no other way could he consistently with the holiness and rectitude of the Divine government, with what he owes … Continue reading What More Could He Have Done?
Luke 23:39-43. First of all, we must gaze at the centre cross, or rather at Him who was nailed thereon — Jesus of Nazareth — that blessed One who had spent His life in labours of love, healing the sick, cleansing the lepers, opening the eyes of the blind, raising the dead, feeding the hungry, … Continue reading The Three Crosses by C.H. Mackintosh
“There is no sinfulness in the will and affections without some error in the understanding. All lusts which a natural man lives in, are lusts of ignorance.” ~George Gillespie Source: http://www.puritanboard.com/showthread.php/87764-Gillespie-On-Ignorance, Comment #1 https://paddlingupcreek.wordpress.com/2016/03/25/lusts-of-ignorance/
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If you’re like me, you cringe when you hear the trite phrase, “love the sinner, hate the sin.” Depending on who who says and hears this, this can be interpreted a multitude of ways. A liberal leaning might mean it as, “love the sinner, accept the sin.” Another way that someone might take this is “love the sinner, accommodate/tolerate the sin.” Of course, whenever this subject comes up with professing Christians, it tends to lean more toward, “love the sinner, don’t talk about the sin.” In other words, love them as they are, and simply share the love of Christ (whatever that looks like these days). But then you have the more dreaded extreme by which certain people love the sinner, by showing the maximum amount of hatred toward the sin. That is, they show that they “love” the sinner through harshly expressing their extreme hatred for the sin.
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“By studying your heart you will come soon to discover wherein your discontent lies. When you are discontented you will find out the root of any discontent if you study your heart well. Many men and women are discontented, and the truth is they do not know why; they think this and the other thing … Continue reading The Root of Discontentment