No Need to Defend the Gospel

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Remedy of the Cross

"...lest in the unmeasured abundance of our riches we go wild; lest, puffed up with honors, we become proud; lest, swollen with other good things--either of the soul or of the body, or of fortune--we grow haughty, the Lord himself, according as he sees it expedient, confronts us and subjects and restrains our unrestrained flesh … Continue reading Remedy of the Cross

We Are Not Our Own

“We are not our own; therefore, neither our reason nor our will should dominate our plans and actions. We are not our own; therefore, let us not make the gratification of our flesh our end. We are not our own; therefore, as much as possible, let us forget ourselves and our own interests. Rather, we … Continue reading We Are Not Our Own

No Matter How Small Our Successes

“Therefore, let us keep trying so that we might continually make some gains in the way of the Lord, and neither let us despair over how small our successes are. For however much our successes fall short of our desire, our efforts aren’t in vain when we are farther along today than yesterday. So let … Continue reading No Matter How Small Our Successes

Day By Day Along the Narrow Way

"Of course, none of us is capable of running swiftly on the right course while we remain in the earthly confinement of our bodies. Indeed, most of us are so oppressed with weakness that we make little progress--staggering, limping, and crawling on the ground. But let us move forward according to the measure of our … Continue reading Day By Day Along the Narrow Way

Goal of Our Calling

“When we contemplate this relationship between ourselves and God, let us remember that holiness is the bond of our union with Him. Not of course, because we enter into fellowship with Him by the merit of our own holiness. Rather, we first of all cling to Him, and then, having received His holiness, we follow … Continue reading Goal of Our Calling

Doctrine’s Transformative Power

“…true doctrine is not a matter of the tongue, but of life; neither is Christian doctrine grasped only by the intellect and memory, as truth is grasped in other fields of study. Rather, doctrine is rightly received when it takes possession of the entire soul and finds a dwelling place and shelter in the most … Continue reading Doctrine’s Transformative Power

Some Thoughts on idolatry!

"These men have set up their idols in their hearts!" Ezekiel 14:3 "Their heart went after their idols!" Ezekiel 20:16 "We are all born idolaters!" Thomas Watson "An idol is an idol--whether worshiped inwardly in heart, or adorned outwardly by the knee." J.C. Philpot "Every one of us is, from his mother's womb, expert in … Continue reading Some Thoughts on idolatry!

If He Wasn’t Watching…

“So numerous are the dangers which surround us, that we could not stand a single moment, if his eye did not watch over our preservation. But the true security for a happy life lies in being persuaded that we are under divine government.” ~John Calvin https://paddlingupcreek.wordpress.com/2016/05/25/the-true-security-for-a-happy-life/