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Adversity Is Different

Then we were given new life in Christ; we were reconciled to God. Being reconciled to God does not mean our circumstances suddenly improve. Our gastrointestinal trouble may continue. We may lose our jobs. We may be sued. And all these things might happen in the same week. But our experience of adversity is different … Continue reading

Our Salvation Hangs On It

We must get the doctrine of Christ’s person right, as John presents it, because our salvation hangs on it. Our salvation depends on the sacrifice of the body of Jesus as the utterly unique God-man. If you take away Jesus’ physical body, there is no sacrifice. Only a human can sacrificially stand in place of … Continue reading

Master of the Unlikely

Think about the Christians you know; thing about yourself; and you will remember that God is a master at using the unlikely. We serve the God who calls old men to father many nations and lead revolutions, young men to fight experienced warriors and to tell off kings to their faces. We serve the God … Continue reading

Wise Love, Wise Lives

Philippians 1:9 And it is my prayer that your love may abound more and more, with knowledge and all discernment, 10 so that you may approve what is excellent, and so be pure and blameless for the day of Christ, 11 filled with the fruit of righteousness that comes through Jesus Christ, to the glory … Continue reading

At Least A Little Selfishness?

Even amid thoughts of his own death, Paul is concerned for the Philippians. We tend to think our suffering justifies at least a little selfishness. Have you ever thought to yourself, “Times are real tough right now. Maybe under normal circumstances this would not be right. But God understands. I have a lot on my … Continue reading

Paul Knew

What an amazing attitude! Paul had been heckled, hauled before a magistrate, and imprisoned, and now he sat in a jail praying and singing hymns at midnight. It was as if Paul knew God was in control and that everything had happened according to God’s plan. -Mark Dever, The Message of the New Testament: Philippians:Humility

God-centered Life

In the next verses, Paul writes, “Be joyful always; pray continually; give thanks in all circumstances, for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus” (5:16-18). How can you be joyful always? Not by centering your life upon circumstances. Circumstances will always change. However, if you center your life on God, regardless of what … Continue reading

Quotes about 1 Thess.

In addition to love and holiness, he wants them to grow in hope (5:23-24). Paul knows that in order for the Thessalonians to live differently than the world as well as differently than their own pasts, they must have a different hope-a different goal in life-one that will inspire them to endure in the faith…Paul … Continue reading

The Power of the Gospel

We’re about to start 1 Thess. at church. To prepare, I have begun to read a commentary on 1 Thess. The introduction was talking about where Thessalonica was (Macedonia) and how Paul (Acts 17:1-13) came to the area (the Macedonian call). Mark Dever says, “When Paul answered that missionary call, history changed. The gospel of … Continue reading

Working in Certain Ways

If you are anything like me, you are probably accustomed to God working in your life in certain ways, and as long as he continues to work in those ways you  find it relatively easy to trust him. But the moment the normal operating procedures change (maybe answering your prayers differently; maybe allowing you to … Continue reading

Peace, Hope, and Trust in God

"Oh, the sweet live of a Christian that hath made his peace with God! He is fit for all conditions: for life, for death, for everything." – Richard Sibbes "God will have it so, for the comfort of Christians, that every day they live they may think…my best is to come, that every day they … Continue reading

So I Will Trust…

"That was Abraham’s faith. He knew his God so well that if this God called him to slay his own son, he could obey because he knew God would be faithful to raise his son. He knew that the one who created the world and made life could give life to his son again. That … Continue reading