Thomas Watson

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“To know that nothing hurts the godly, is a matter of comfort; but to be assured that all things which fall out shall co-operate for their good, that their crosses shall be turned into blessings, that showers of affliction water the withering root of their grace and make it flourish more; this may fill their hearts with joy till they …

John Bunyan

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“Run, John, run,” the law demands,but gives me neither feet nor hands.Better news the Gospel brings,It bids me fly and gives me wings.”

Rejoice with Trembling

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“Serve the LORD with fear, and rejoice with trembling. Kiss the Son, lest he be angry, and you perish in the way, for his wrath is quickly kindled. Blessed are all who take refuge in him.” (Ps. 2:11–12) Serve the Lord with fear… This command does not cancel out Psalm 100:2: “Serve the Lord with gladness.” Serving the Lord with fear and …

You Are Neither Too Good to Need Grace, Nor Too Bad to Receive It

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Following up on Tim Keller and John Newton’s thoughts on superiority and inferiority complexes, here are some wise thoughts form David Powlison’s chapter “Who Is God?” in Seeing with New Eyes: Counseling and the Human Condition through the Lens of Scripture: Left to ourselves, we think we are either too good to need grace or too bad to receive it. …

The Happiness of God: Foundation for Christian Hedonism

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Jeremiah 32:36-41 Now therefore thus says the LORD, the God of Israel, concerning this city of which you say, ‘It is given into the hand of the king of Babylon by sword, by famine, and by pestilence’: 37 Behold, I will gather them from all the countries to which I drove them in my anger and my wrath and in …

Why the Cross Matters

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Is it possible to talk too much about the cross? I ask this question only because some preachers and writers and teachers seem to talk about the cross a lot.  Some do so almost continually.  We can understand why they might carry on in this way because we know the primacy and weight of Calvary.  But there are still times …

What Is Good and Acceptable and Perfect Thoughts on Romans 12:2

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When we were focusing attention on Romans 12:2 you may recall that I did not say much about the last part of the verse. Verse 2 says, “ Do not be conformed to this world,but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable …

The Fierce Fruit of Self-Control

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As the Hebrews were promised the land, but had to take it by force, one town at a time, so we are promised the gift of self-control, yet we also must take it by force. The very concept of “self-control” implies a battle between a divided self. It implies that our “self” produces desires we should not satisfy but instead …

Real Choice, Divine Sway, and the Way Paul Lived – Desiring God

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One of the most influential passages in the Bible that God used to open my mind to his sovereignty over my will is Philippians 2:12-13. Work out your own salvation with fear and trembling, for it is God who works in you, both to will and to work for his good pleasure. So my working and willing are necessary. They …

Top 10 Most-Searched Bible Verses: What’s Missing?

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After watching many National Football League games growing up, I finally grew curious enough to walk into my parents’ office and pick up the family Bible. It seemed every football broadcast included shots of someone standing in the end zone, behind and between the goal posts, holding up a simple sign: JOHN 3:16. I knew enough about the Bible to …