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The Only Thing We Have a Right to

Posted by on Feb 21, 2012 in Challies.com, David Murray, Tim Challies | 2 comments

I was listening to Tim Challies and David Murray talk about entitlement today and this stuck out to me.  Right now we’re in a time where people think we’re entitled to everything we want.  This quote is specifically from David Murray about the only entitlement that we truly have.

As a Christian, I believe in one entitlement.

I’m entitled to Hell. That’s the only entitlement I have. That’s all I deserve, because of my sin. Anything else is grace, an unmerited bonus from the God of all grace. I don’t deserve a breath of life, a crumb of food, a drop of water, a stitch of clothing, a cent in my wallet, or an hour of education. I’m not entitled to one friend, one vacation, one verse of Scripture, or even one sermon. I’m certainly not entitled to salvation and heaven. I’m entitled to damnation and Hell.

That sense of entitlement makes me seek mercy, receive mercy, enjoy mercy, and be merciful to others. To paraphrase the Apostle Paul, “What have I that I did not receive as a free gift of divine grace? How therefore can I ever boast as if I had actually been entitled to it or earned it?”

So, there are basically only two ways to live: with a proud and angry sense of entitlement or with a humble and thankful sense of responsibility.

To summarize, “The wages of sin is death but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord” (Rom. 6:23).

You can listen to the full podcast on Challies website.  It’s a quick listen, only about  14 minutes long, but very informative and packed with a lot of truth.

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When He comes to us in the garb of pain or sorrow

Posted by on Oct 3, 2011 in Grace Gems, J. R. Miller | 0 comments

“He came unto His own–but His own did not receive Him.” John 1:11

We say that the Jews, “His own,” were very ungrateful to treat their Messiah in this way; and also that their rejection was a terrible wrong to themselves, for they thrust away in Christ, the most glorious things of Heaven and eternity!

But how is it with ourselves? Christ comes to us. He is continually coming. His hands are full of blessings. Do we really take from the hand of Christ–all that He offers to us? Do we not daily grieve Him and rob ourselves of blessings–by declining what He brings?

Especially do we reject Christ often–when He comes to us in the garb of pain or sorrow. Many times the blessings which He brings to us then–are the very richest and the most precious in all His treasury of grace!

But how many of us receive Christ as gladly, and take the gifts from His hand as cheerfully and gratefully, when He comes in grief or suffering–as when He comes in the garb of joy or worldly prosperity?

Why should we not do so? Can we not trust His love and wisdom?

He never sends pain–unless pain is best for us.

He never chastens us–unless there is a blessing in the chastening.

Thanks Grace Gems! (J.R. Miller, “Daily Bible Readings in the Life of Christ” 1890)

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MacArthur Study Bible ESV Contest

Posted by on Jun 21, 2011 in John MacArthur, News | 2 comments

The contest is over and Dustin Ranem is the winner!  He will be receiving his prize shortly.  Enjoy!

In light of releasing my first app to the iOS App Store, I decided to celebrate by giving away one copy of MacArthur Study Bible ESV to one blessed winner. The contest ends July 31, 2011.

Amazon Product Description:

The ESV MacArthur Study Bible is an essential resource for growing Christians. It can transform your personal time in God’s Word by clarifying difficult passages, bringing unseen cultural and historical details to life, and helping you understand and apply biblical truth.

  • Complete ESV Bible text
  • Nearly 25,000 explanatory notes from Dr. John MacArthur
  • Bible text in 8.5 point type, 7.5 point study notes
  • More than 140 two-color maps, charts, timelines, and illustrations
  • Complete introductions to each Bible book
  • Concise articles on How We Got the Bible and Introduction to the Bible
  • 80,000 cross-references
  • An extensive concordance
  • A section of full-color maps
  • Bible reading plans
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The Indicative and the Imperative

Posted by on Apr 14, 2011 in Jim McClarty, Videos | 0 comments

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Gods Law: Do You Know It?

Posted by on Aug 3, 2010 in Bible, Jim McClarty, Videos | 0 comments

Do you know the ten commandments by heart? What about backwards? Or even out of order?

Jesus said in John 14:121, “He who has My commandments and keeps them is the one who loves Me; and he who loves Me will be loved by My Father, and I will love him and will disclose Myself to him.”

In these videos Pastor Jim McClarty takes you through the ten commandments in a way that will help you remember them in any order you try to recall them. It only takes 5-15 minutes to get started and if you think you don’t have a good enough memory I implore you to give it a try anyway. You won’t regret it, I promise!

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Rick Warren Exposed

Posted by on May 28, 2010 in Bible, Books, John MacArthur, John Piper, Videos, Wretched | 1 comment

“Christ is more valuable than ANYTHING!” – John Piper

Rick Warren on spiritual maturity:

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Rick Warrens ‘gospel’:

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John MacArthur on Rick Warren’s ‘gospel’ in the Purpose Driven Life:

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2 Timothy 4:1-5 (NASB, emphasis added):
1. I charge you in the presence of God and of Christ Jesus, who is to judge the living and the dead, and by his appearing and his kingdom:
2. preach the word; be ready in season and out of season; reprove, rebuke, and exhort, with complete patience and teaching.
3. For the time is coming when people will not endure sound teaching, but having itching ears they will accumulate for themselves teachers to suit their own passions,
4. and will turn away from listening to the truth and wander off into myths.

5. As for you, always be sober-minded, endure suffering, do the work of an evangelist, fulfill your ministry.

Ask yourself this: “Does my Church preach the Gospel of Christ? Or does it preach a social ‘gospel’?” If your church preaches a social gospel, flee from that church! Find a good, solid Bible Preaching Church! I highly recommend checking out 9marks.org.

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