A reflection on the Christian life as a long obedience in a consistent direction. This is not a process where Jesus gets us in, and then we set to work to keep ourselves in. This is a constant remembering of the fact we’re only in because of what Jesus has done. The more our lives …

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Peter Adam points out that being in pastoral ministry is not being in an environment that automatically promotes growth in Godliness and firewalls the pastor from sin. The opposite is true. Pastoral ministry provides a rich environment of stumbling blocks through which temptation yield the fruit of besetting sin. Pastors can learn and those who …

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Scotty Smith offers a prayer about where God leads His people. Not where we’d go by our own decision, but it’s where we need to go. It’s written for a Monday, but as the week flows along you can see how the prayer is being answered. Do you show contempt for the riches of his …

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A reminder from Chad Bird that life as a disciple of Jesus is life with the Church; and growth as a disciple of Jesus with the church is a slow-cooker experience, not a microwave experience. The work of Jesus in our lives, and in the life of his church, creeps along like that Matthew genealogy. …

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Abigail Dodds writes an article that directly addresses women, but speaks to the experience of every Christian. She contends that increasing age should represent a growth in more that the number of candles on our birthday cakes. Now, instead of growing old, we are growing new. The mature Christian woman is the one who has …

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Joni Eareckson Tada is well known as a Christian how ministers from a life experience as a paraplegic. In an article taken from her book Heaven she recounts a situation where, after another painful physical therapy situation, she hears a question, and responds: “I bet you can’t wait for heaven. You know, like Paul said, …

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Heidelberg Catechism – Lord’s Day 44 113. Q. What is required in the tenth commandment? A. That there should never enter our heart even the least inclination or thought contrary to any commandment of God, but that we should always hate sin with our whole heart and find satisfaction and joy in all righteousness. 114. …

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