Salt and Light

Character Then Influence In his commentary on the Sermon on the Mount, John Stott reminds his readers that if Matthew 5:3-12 (the Beatitudes) is about a Christian’s character, then Matthew 5:13-16 is about a Christian’s influence in this world. I have always loved the words of Matthew 5:13-16, which describe Christian influence as salt and light. These words …

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How Should I Think About My Work?

The men's groups at my church are working their way through Pat Morley's book, The Christian Man (make sure to check out that link). It's an excellent book and has generated some great discussions, offered helpful encouragement and creative ideas, and even provided a little correction in our mindsets here and there. Besides the book, …

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Prayer Journal: Week 6

Beware in your prayer, above everything, of limiting God, not only by unbelief, but by fancying that you know what he can do. (Andrew Murray) This Week’s Scripture·         Jeremiah 29:1-7·         Psalm 66·         2 Timothy 2:8-15·         Luke 17:11-19 AdorationPsalm 66:1-4 Shout for joy to God, all the earth;2     sing the glory of his name;    give to him glorious …

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Deliverance by the Only Mediator

The Heidelberg Catechism: Lord's Day 5 12. Question: Since, according to God's righteous judgment we deserve temporal and eternal punishment, how can we escape this punishment and be again received into favor? Answer: God demands that His justice be satisfied.[1] Therefore full payment must be made either by ourselves or by another.[2] [1] Ex. 20:5; 23:7; Rom. 2:1-11. [2] …

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Prayer Journal: Week 5

Do not pray for easy lives. Pray to be stronger men. Do not pray for tasks equal to your powers. Pray for powers equal to your task. (Phillips Brooks) This Week’s Scripture·         Joel 2:23-32·         Psalm 65·         2 Timothy 4:6-18·         Luke 18:9-14AdorationPsalm 65:5 By awesome deeds you answer us with righteousness,    O God of our salvation,the hope …

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Prayer Journal: Week 4

At the profoundest depths in life, men talk not about God but with him. (D. Elton Trueblood) This Week’s Scripture·         Lamentations 1:1-6·         Psalm 137·         2 Timothy 1:1-14·         Luke 17:5-10AdorationLuke 17:5-6 The apostles said to the Lord, “Increase our faith!” 6 And the Lord said, “If you had faith like a grain of mustard seed, you could …

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The Cause of Our Sin and Misery

The Heidelberg Catechism: Lord's Day 36. Question: Did God, then, create man so wicked and perverse? Answer: No, on the contrary, God created man good[1] and in His image,[2] that is, in true righteousness and holiness,[3] so that he might rightly know God His Creator,[4] heartily love Him, and live with Him in eternal blessedness to praise and glorify …

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Prayer Journal: Week 3

As it is the business of tailors to make clothes and of cobblers to mend shoes, so it is the business of Christians to pray. (Martin Luther) This Week’s Scripture·         Jeremiah 32:1-3, 6-15·         Psalm 91:1-6, 14-16·         1 Timothy 6:6-19·         Luke 16:19-31AdorationPsalm 91:1-2 He who dwells in the shelter of the Most High    will abide in the …

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