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Fear of God Devotional: Grace Alone

What was the Puritan’s view of Scripture and of grace? Joel Beeke explains in this video that everything that comes to us is by God’s grace. The Reformers and the Puritans loved Scripture. They meditated on it. They were guided by it. They understood that everything was a gift from God. They were saved by […]

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Fear of God Devotional: Characteristics of Worldly Sorrow

What are characteristics of worldly sorrow? Dennis Gunderson explains in this video that those who demonstrate only worldly sorrow are absorbed with the consequences of their sin in relation to other people and don’t recognize the breach of fellowship with God when they sin. They fail to have a deep enough of a relationship with […]

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Fear of God Devotional: Ways in Which the Reformation Fell Short

In what ways did the Reformation fall short?   Sam Waldron explains in this video that while generally speaking, the Reformation made significant progress in conforming life to Scripture, there were still certain areas where reforms were incomplete or they did go far enough. These shortcomings still negatively affect the Church today. For instance, Martin […]

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Fear of God Devotional: Mere Guilt And Tears Cannot Merit Salvation

How is worldly sorrow different from godly sorrow? Paul Carrington explains in this video that the difference between worldly and godly sorrow is night and day. People can cry genuine tears and experience guilt, but it is not godly sorrow if they don’t repent of their sin. Worldly sorrow does not lead to repentance, a […]

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Fear of God Devotional: What Areas Need Reformation Today?

How are we to engage in reformation today? Kevin Swanson explains that we are called to not necessarily repeat the Reformation and address the same issues that they faced. Instead, we are called to reform the various issues relevant to and affecting the Church and family today. For instance, we are called to engage in […]

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Fear of God Devotional: How a Family is Reformed

How does a family participate in reformation? Anthony Mathenia explains in this video that family reformation occurs when a family looks to Scripture and does away with the things in their life that do not line up with Scripture and begins to do the things that are commanded in Scripture. It is a doing away […]

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Fear of God Devotional: Characteristics of Repentance

What are some of the characteristics of repentance? Jeff Pollard explains in this video that true, biblical repentance has certain characteristics that Paul lays out in 2 Corinthians 7. Specifically, repentance brings about a sorrow for sin, an indignation and a hatred towards sin, and a zeal to strive after godly things. Those who have […]

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Fear of God Devotional: The Distinction Between Worldly and Godly Sorrow

What is the distinction between worldly and godly sorrow? John Snyder explains in this video that not all repentance is the same. The Bible explains that there is a distinction between godly and worldly sorrow. Specifically, 2 Corinthians 7:10 states that, “[G]odly sorrow produces repentance leading to salvation, not to be regretted; but the sorrow […]

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Fear of God Devotional: The Effect of Seeing Scripture as Sufficient

What is the effect of seeing Scripture as sufficient? Carlton McLeod explains in this video that it is one thing to believe that Scripture is infallible and inspired, but it is another to believe that it is sufficient for all of life. In Scripture, we find everything we need for life, ministry, and discipleship. God’s […]

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Do Not Be Discouraged, Dearly Beloved

Robert Murray M’Cheyne, in one of his pastoral letters, puts his finger in the wound and reveals what is often upon us in our sorrows… we pray for breakthrough, but it may be long time in coming, “Do not be discouraged, dearly beloved, because God bears long with you- because He does not seem to […]

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Fear of God Devotional: Repentance Continues Throughout Our Lives

Is repentance a one-time act? Rob Ventura explains in this video that repentance is a change of mind that brings about a change of direction. It is an about-face, a 180-degree turn. One example of repentance comes from the life of the prodigal son, who confessed that he had sinned against God and his father […]

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Work, For I Am With You

Our text brings us to a moment in the lives of the people of Jerusalem when the Word of the Lord came to them, to disrupt their lives and change the course of their labors. These were the years of distraction and wilderness. Only God could shake them. In this message you will hear the voices of two prophets […]

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Fear of God Devotional: What Repentance Can Be Compared To

What can repentance be compared to? Paul Thompson explains in this video that repentance can be illustrated by a vehicle driving in one direction and then making a 180-degree turn. Repentance does not involve continuing to live the same life that you used to live and following the same, sinful patterns.  Rather, repentance is marked […]

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Fear of God Devotional: What are the Components of Repentance?

What are the components of repentance? Mike Davenport explains in this video that there are two elements of repentance. Repentance first involves a turning to God and a subsequent turning away from sin. You cannot serve both God and indulge in your sin. There cannot be an association or connection between God and sin. Repentance […]

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Fear of God Devotional: The Difference Between Worldly and Godly Sorrow

How is worldly sorrow different from godly sorrow? Don Hart explains in this video that every person has experienced worldly sorrow, but only Christians have experienced godly sorrow. Worldly sorrow involves regret or remorse over committing sin, but there is no sorrow for grieving a holy God. Worldly sorrow does not involve sorrow over the […]

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