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Let Us Love One Another

In this passage John explains what love is, the source of it and how to express it. In the previous verse, (John 4:6), He urges the church to “test the spirits.” Now He gives an infallible test of true Christianity: genuine love. He has just made it clear that it is loving to test the spirits, […]

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Fear of God Devotional: What Should Holiness Look Like in Your Life?

What does holiness look like in the everyday life of a father or husband? Joel Beeke explains in this video that a father demonstrates holiness when he prays with his wife, prays with his children, prays in family worship, and prays spontaneously, such that his children and his wife feel that he is constantly in […]

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Fear of God Devotional: Why People Do Not Worship

What is a primary reason that people do not worship God? Kevin Swanson answers that question by explaining that many people do not know God or of God. This is because He has not been preached and His Word has not been laid out. He has not been preached about and described by preachers. Instead, […]

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Expository Preachers and Expository Fathers

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The Duties Of Parents: Part 1 – J.C. Ryle

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Fear of God Devotional: Wrong Views of Holiness – The “Carnal Christian”

Historically, what have been wrong views of sanctification and holiness? Marcus Serven briefly describes in this video two wrong views of sanctification. First, in the 1980’s, there was a wrong idea that a person could somehow live as a “carnal Christian.” Specifically, by making a profession of faith, an individual’s current life did not need […]

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Fear of God Devotional: A True Experience of Grace

What does a proper understanding of grace lead to? Jeff Pollard explains in this video that if we understand grace properly, it leads us to worship, magnify, and glorify God. God saves us, not only to make us holy, but to make us worshippers. Accordingly, we worship Him both at church and throughout our daily […]

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Fear of God Devotional: Denying Ungodliness Here and Now

How should the grace of God affect our lives? Does it give us the liberty to act as our flesh dictates? Craig Houston explains in this video that all too often, there is an abuse of the grace of God in our current culture. Yet, according to Scripture, we are not to sin so that […]

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Don’t Believe Everything You Hear

John has been teaching his church how to know love and how to know if you yourself love. Now he turns to clarifying a question in their minds, “so if the mark of a Christian is love, then what about people who preach another Jesus. How are we supposed to love them?”  John makes it clear […]

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Fear of God Devotional: What Does a Holy Man or Woman Look Like

What are characteristics of a holy man or woman? Joel Beeke explains in this video that a holy man or woman would start by telling you how unholy they are. He explains that holiness is like humility – the more you have of it, the less you think you have. He shares how his mother […]

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Fear of God Devotional: Sanctification and the “One Another’s”

What does sanctification look like in the life of a believer? Marcus Serven explains in this video that sanctification can occur in two different ways. One way can be through discipleship, where we’re encouraging and supporting and helping other Christians to go further in the Gospel. Additionally, sanctification can mean that we’re speaking into each […]

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Fear of God Devotional: A Cancer in the Ministry Today

What does being a pastor or elder involve? Why should an individual be motivated to become an elder or pastor? Craig Houston explains in this video that the office of a pastor or elder is a call to live a separated life, a call to live a life that is set apart to the Lord. […]

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Fear of God Devotional: The Power of the Spirit in Holiness

How does the Holy Spirit work holiness in our lives? Joel Beeke explains in this video that Jesus compared the Holy Spirit’s power in effectually calling a sinner to the wind. The Holy Spirit takes the Word, “blows down” your self-righteousness, and you are born again. The Spirit thus begins that great saving work. Then, […]

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Fear of God Devotional: Our Part in Our Own Sanctification

What is a Christian’s responsibility in sanctification? Marcus Serven explains in this video that one of the key passages in Scripture that explains and discusses the interplay between holiness and knowing that you are complete in Christ is found in Philippians. While it may seem as though you alone are responsible for your sanctification, Paul […]

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Friends Your Age Are Not Enough

Here is a great article by Jaquelle Crowe on desiringgod.org:  http://ift.tt/2iVnMMr She opens the article by saying: We like people who are like us. Beginning as children, we’re corralled by different categories and compartmentalization. Age may be the biggest. From grade school to Sunday school to the workplace, we tend to intuitively gravitate to those […]

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