A Word to Parents

Many factors play a role in the development of a child, but we cannot escape the reality that the majority of the way a child comes to understand their own life and the world around them is through the influence of parents. “Train up a child in the way he should go; even when he is old he will not depart from it.” And if this is true, could it not also be said that if your child is trained up in a way that they should not go, then when they are old they will not depart from it?

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Highlights: The Ten Commandments Part 2

I appreciate the way Pink has helped me see all sorts of little areas of application that I’d never seen before, here and in each other commandment. He takes time to pull out the implications, both positively and negatively. The Christian calling is much higher than to abstain from a set list of external actions. In any given circumstance we can ask ourselves, “Does this thought or action, when sown into my life, reap purity or tend to sin?”

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Highlights: The Ten Commandments Part 1

God said to, “love Me and keep My commandments.” God has never asked for or wanted merely external obedience to His will absent of our loving Him. Jesus said it like this, “This people honors me with their lips, but their heart is far from me.” A formal profession of following God, while not desiring Him with the heart, is not obedience. Love and obedience are not mutually exclusive, they go hand-in-hand.

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If There Is Any Excellence

That is the brief opening reflection, the excellence of the gospel of grace, “that being justified by His grace we might become heirs according to the hope of eternal life.” We are told that if there is any excellence, we are to think on those things. So I have been on the lookout for any verses that say what is excellent. And rest assured, these things are excellent and profitable for people.

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Whatever Is Commendable

There is a big problem with claiming the name of Christ, but not obeying Him. Though it reflects badly on us as well, it’s ultimately God’s reputation that suffers. Paul, after some probing questions asking if the Jews fully lived up to what they themselves taught, said the problem culminates in this: For, as it is written: The name of God is blasphemed among the Gentiles because of you.

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Christmas Carol Theology

What other time of the year do you constantly hear songs of praise to God across radio stations and public places like the grocery store and shopping malls? Even when the world around us spends more and more time focusing away from Christ as the Christmases go on, every now and again it rings out: “Joy to the world, the Lord is come!” “Born is the King of Israel!” Exclamations of praise and joy keep leaping forth from these time tested Christmas hymns.

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Whatever Is Lovely

God’s presence is being considered as the place where He manifests Himself; the place where He reveals Himself and makes His glory known; the place where He causes His face to shine on us so that we may know and experience Him. God is spirit, eternal and infinite, so His actual dwelling place cannot be limited to a physical location.

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Whatever Is Pure

Just as silver that has been properly refined, is free from impurity, so is God’s word. And as if that analogy wasn’t enough, he says that it is like silver that has gone through that refining process seven times! As you may well be aware of, the number seven in the bible is significant. That number wasn’t chosen arbitrarily, but is perfectly fitting, being the number that represents completeness and perfection.

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Highlights: Forgiveness by J.C. Ryle

The name of Charles Spurgeon is well known among many Christians across many denominations, and for good reason! Ryle however, writing around the same time, is much lesser known. I hope that will change though. Ryle, like Spurgeon, is pastoral and practical. He is very easy to read, straightforward, and full of Scripture quotations. While some of his works consist of commentaries, most of his books are simply compilations of his sermons.

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