Open My Eyes | Psalm 119:18

Open my eyes, that I may beholdwondrous things in your law. Psalm 119:18 ESV In this verse, we find the second of the psalmist’s prayer for direct intervention from the LORD of this stanza. After praying for God to deal bountifully with him, he now prays for God to open his eyes that he may …

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Commanded to Feast | Deuteronomy 14:26

and spend the money for whatever you desire—oxen or sheep or wine or strong drink, whatever your appetite craves. And you shall eat there before the LORD your God and rejoice, you and your household. Deuteronomy 14:26 ESV This intriguing verse is found within the context of Moses providing instructions for tithing. The primary command …

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Heaven Taken by Storm

Examining Ourselves | Chapter 14

We are continuing to read through Heaven Taken by Storm together. You can find our reading plan and links to previous posts here. Note: Because this chapter is predominately a series of questions for self-reflection and self-examination, I will not be providing questions of my own. Instead, below is the chapter outline with the list of the eleven …

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If the Church Could Be Aroused | J. H. Thornwell

Reading Iain Murray's The Puritan Hope has certainly helped to stir up my estimation of the value and necessity of hope for God's people, both individually and corporately, which I pray come through while studying the helmet of salvation. In the introduction, Murray provides the following quotation from J. H. Thornwell regarding the need for …

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Sermon Series

Helmet of Salvation | Ephesians 6:17

and take the helmet of salvation, Ephesians 6:17 ESV We come now to the fifth component of the armor of God, the helmet of salvation. With truth as our belt, righteousness as a breastplate, readiness of the gospel as shoes, and faith as a shield, the protection of a helmet for our head must now …

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Biblical Wisdom

Bold as a Lion | Proverbs 28:1

The wicked flee when no one pursues,but the righteous are bold as a lion. Proverbs 28:1 Why do the wicked flee when no one pursues them? Their guilt keeps them from all peace. They are constantly on the run because they know that others have reason to pursue them. Or at least their own conscience …

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The Strongest Spell | C. S. Lewis

Here’s how I see it. Effective writers are able to communicate their intended message. Good writers do the same but in a memorable fashion. Great writers are both effective and memorable but also keep you coming back for more. C. S. Lewis was a great writer whose books warrant frequent revisits. The following passage from …

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Heaven Taken by Storm

Arrows of Reproof | Chapter 13

We are continuing to read through Heaven Taken by Storm together. You can find our reading plan and links to previous posts here. Chapter Thirteen Outline It reproves the slothful.It reproves the formalist.Formalism keeps up men’s credit with the world.Formalism stops the mouth of the conscience.It reproves the violent in the bad sense.In opposing good.They offer violence against …

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Kids Need Genealogies

For a while, my daughter only wanted to listen to Ruth and Jonah in the car. Both books are short and using a dramatized audio Bible (this one) made them into immersive experiences. Jonah is obviously captivating for the frightening storm and unexpected fish, and while not as action-packed, Ruth contains a large amount of …

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Sermon Series

Shield of Faith | Ephesians 6:16

 In all circumstances take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming darts of the evil one; Ephesians 6:16 ESV Now that we are halfway through the armor of God, we have studied the belt of truth, the breastplate of righteousness, and the shoes of readiness. Still before us is …

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