How do you respond when your 12-year-old boy dies?

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A moving testimony here from Rob and Terri Stellrecht, whose 12-year-old boy Trent was killed in a youth group skiing accident last Friday. May God continue to give them much grace, and may he bring much gospel fruit from Trent’s short life and death. On Friday February 18, 2011, God did the unthinkable in our […]

Do You Really Mean What You Pray?

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God looks not at the elegancy of your prayers, to see how neat they are; nor yet at the geometry of your prayers, to see how long they are; nor yet at the arithmetic of your prayers, to see how many they are; nor yet at the music of your prayers, nor yet at the sweetness of your voice, […]

What a mountain!

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“Now to him who is able to do far more abundantly than all we ask or think . . . .”  Ephesians 3:20 “Not above some things that we ask, but all.  Not above some of our dimmer conceptions, our lower thoughts, but above all that we think.  Now just put together all that you […]

Hell Trembles

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“‘Good Prayers,’ says an old divine, ‘never come weeping home. I am sure I shall receive either what I ask, or what I should ask. Prayer pulls the rope below, and the great bell rings above in the ears of God. Some scarcely stir the bell, for they pray so languidly: others give but an […]

The Abomination of Grace

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“He who justifies the wicked and he who condemns the righteous are both alike an abomination to the Lord.” – Proverbs 17:15 This is the mystery of the Gospel: that God himself would stoop to such abominable levels to redeem sinners.  He looked on our sin with holy wrath, turned and poured it all out on his […]

Nothing

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There is nothing–no circumstance, no trouble, no testing–that can ever touch me until, first of all, it has gone past God and past Christ right through to me.  If it has come that far, it has come with a great purpose, which I may not understand at the moment.  But as I refuse to become […]

Calvary

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‘Would I know the fullness and completeness of the salvation God has provided for sinners? Where shall I see it most distinctly? Shall I go to the general declarations in the Bible about God’s mercy? Shall I rest in the general truth that God is a God of love? Oh, no! I will look at […]

A Day Is Coming

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Sobering words from Bishop J. C. Ryle (Practical Religion pg. 40): A day is coming when banknotes will be as useless as rags, and gold will be as worthless as the dust of the earth. A day is coming when thousands will care nothing for the things for which they once lived, and will desire […]

The Holy Spirit's Light-Shining Role

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J.I. Packer: The Holy Spirit’s distinctive new covenant role, then, is to fulfill what we may call a floodlight ministry in relation to the Lord Jesus Christ. So far as this role was concerned, the Spirit “was not yet” (John 7:39, literal Greek) while Jesus was on earth; only when the Father had glorified him […]