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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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He Destroys the Works of the Devil

Why did Jesus come? Bring social justice? Spread love? To provide an example? Yes, in some ways, but what is His primary work? His primary work is to destroy the works of the devil through the regenerating power of the Holy Spirit! When God saves His people, he not only forgives them  and supplies, beauty for ashes, […]

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The Role of a Grandfather

Last year I was interviewed for a conference in New Zealand on a number of matters, here is what they produced on grandfathers.

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The Love of a Father

John declares, “Behold what manner of love the father has given unto us that we should be called children of God.” John wants the church in Ephesus to remember that they are children of God with all the privileges of a child towards their father. He wants them to stop and marvel at the love of God […]

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Closed Till the New Year

As we close what to me was a happy and fruitful year, and at the same time, a disappointing and painful year, I am mindful of how wise God is to bring to us what we need. Here are seven meditations on the wonders of life that God has ordained for His children, with seven […]

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