The King Has Come

The Time Is Fulfilled | Mark 1:14-20

Now after John was arrested, Jesus came into Galilee, proclaiming the gospel of God, and saying, “The time is fulfilled, and the kingdom of God is at hand; repent and believe in the gospel.” Passing alongside the Sea of Galilee, he saw Simon and Andrew the brother of Simon casting a net into the sea, …

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Turn My Eyes from Looking at Worthless Things | Psalm 119:37

Turn my eyes from looking at worthless things;and give me life in your ways. Psalm 119:37 ESV “The eye is not satisfied with seeing…” (Ecclesiastes 1:8). Despite the very best efforts of streaming services like Netflix, the Preacher’s words still remain true. Our eyes now have literally more content to view than can possibly be …

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Reading Together

Chapter 1 (Mortification of Sin)

Owen begins the book by establishing for us the verse that serves as the premise of the study, Romans 8:13, “For if you live according to the flesh you will die, but if by the Spirit you put to death the deeds of the body, you will live.” Rob Edwards suggests reading Romans 8:1-17 “to …

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The Baptism & Temptation of Jesus | Mark 1:9-13

In those days Jesus came from Nazareth of Galilee and was baptized by John in the Jordan. And when he came up out of the water, immediately he saw the heavens being torn open and the Spirit descending on him like a dove. And a voice came from heaven, “You are my beloved Son; with …

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Biblical Wisdom

The Fear of the LORD | Proverbs 1:7

The fear of the LORD is the beginning of knowledge; fools despise wisdom and instruction. Proverbs 1:7 ESV This verse is the thesis of the entire book of Proverbs and a crucial key to understanding our relationship with God. But why is the statement that fearing God is the beginning of knowledge? It seems natural …

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Little Pilgrim’s Big Journey

For being the second most widely sold book of all time (behind only the Bible), John Bunyan’s The Pilgrim’s Progress seems to be falling on hard times. Despite allegorical imagery that can easily capture youthful hearts and attentions, I never even heard of the book until I had reached adulthood, even though I was raised …

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The Voice Crying in the Wilderness | Mark 1:2-8

As it is written in Isaiah the prophet,             “Behold, I send my messenger before your face,            who will prepare your way,the voice of one crying in the wilderness:            ‘Prepare the way of the Lord,            make his paths straight,’”                        John appeared, baptizing in the wilderness and proclaiming a baptism of repentance for the forgiveness …

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Incline My Heart to Your Testimonies | Psalm 119:36

Incline my heart to your testimonies,and not to selfish gain! Psalm 119:36 ESV Recently, my wife and I were reminded by the author of one of our daughter’s books that “you don’t need to teach children to do wrong but you do need to teach them to do right—and to trust in the only one …

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Reading Together

Let’s Read The Mortification of Sin Together

Welcome to our next Reading Together series! This time we will be reading through the book The Mortification of Sin by John Owen. Below is an audio introduction to Owen and the book. Beginning in May, we will read and discuss this short book chapter by chapter, as you will find in the reading plan …

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The Beginning of the Gospel | Mark 1:1

The beginning of the gospel of Jesus Christ, the Son of God. Mark 1:1 ESV Mark is an overlooked book. Consider the book’s companions. John and Matthew were both firsthand witnesses to Jesus. Matthew’s Gospel serves as a perfect bridge from the Old Testament to the New Testament, while showing Jesus to be the promised …

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