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Mortification of sin in believers

Posted by on Nov 21, 2009 in News | 0 comments

Are you a Christian who struggles with sin? Are there any Christians who don’t struggle with sin? How are we to mortify this sin? Is it even possible to mortify sin? These questions and more are answered in the wonderful book “The Mortification of Sin in Believers” by John Owen.

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“People like you are just troublemakers in the body!!!”

Posted by on Nov 21, 2009 in Mark Kielar, Videos | 0 comments

Just as in the days of the apostles, so at this day we are forced to hear from certain denominations that we (by our own obstinacy to adhere to the truth) do offend against love and unity in the churches, because we reject their doctrine. It would be better (they say) that we should let it pass, especially since the doctrine in dispute is what they call ‘non-essential’. And, therefore, (they say) to stir up so great a discord and contention in the church over ‘one or two doctrines (and those not the most important ones)… is ‘unfruitful’ and unnecessary. To this I reply:
Cursed be that love and unity which cannot be preserved except at the peril of the Word of God!

Martin Luther

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There is an Eye that sees all things as they are!

Posted by on Nov 21, 2009 in Grace Gems, J. R. Miller | 0 comments

“I tell you the truth: Among those born of women there has not risen anyone greater than John the Baptist.” Matthew 11:11

These were the strong words which fell from the lips of the Master. It was a wonderful thing to have our Lord speak such praise. He knew what was in men, and He never spoke an insincere word.

Human estimates of greatness are ofttimes defective, sometimes false. Men see only the outward appearance.

Many people are not as great–as they seem to be. They practice tricks which deceive the world. They pass for great–while in reality, they are very small in character. Strip off their gaudy tinsel–and but little would be left.

Other people, however, are greater than they seem. They lack the popular qualities which attract attention and win applause. Yet they are great in their souls, great in spiritual graces, in heart-purity, in the elements of true manhood, in moral strength.

But there is an Eye that sees all things as they are! It pierces all thin disguises, and penetrates to the core of things! It discerns the poor shriveled soul–which is hidden beneath the external glitter. On the other hand, it sees in the humble life, which gets but little praise of men, whose outer form is homely and plain–the true worth, the qualities of holy character.

It is well that we sometimes stop to think–how we appear to God, what God thinks of us. One says, “There is some things in every man’s heart, which, if we could know–would make us hate him!” Perhaps this is true; but it is true also that there is something in every Christian, in even the most repulsive, which, if we could know, would make us love him.

As God sees us, we are both worse and better than we seem to any other eyes in all the world. He sees the hidden faults and the secret stains; but He also sees the feeble yearnings which at length will be splendid spiritual qualities. I love to think of this side of the lives of my fellows–not the poor stained fragments of being which my eyes now see–but what they will be when God’s work of grace in them is finished!

(J. R. Miller, “Life’s Byways and Waysides”)

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