I Am a Sojourner on the Earth | Psalm 119:19

I am a sojourner on the earth;hide not your commandments from me! Psalm 119:19 ESV Having already referred to himself as God’s servant, the psalmist now calls himself a sojourner. In the ancient world, a sojourner was quite different from being a modern-day tourist. Today, we are able to go to the other side of …

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Heaven Taken by Storm

Answering Objections | Chapter 15

We are continuing to read through Heaven Taken by Storm together. You can find our reading plan and links to previous posts here. Chapter Fifteen Outline Objection #1 – But we have no power to save ourselves…Objection #2 – But this offering violence is hard…Objection #3 – But I will lose the pleasure of sin…Objection #4 – But …

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God’s Word Prepares Us for Suffering | John Calvin

The following quotation is from one of Calvin’s sermons that were collected together as a short book. Its subject is a heavy one. Many who claimed to agree with the Reformation were buckling under the threat of (and often enacted) persecution. A common mentality was of private support of Protestantism, while maintaining the public motions …

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Should You Follow the Liturgical Calendar?

The Affair of the Sausage was the effective start of the Reformation in Switzerland. The setting was the season of Lent in the year 1522. Huldrych Zwingli was already drawn into the Reformation that Martin Luther began via his 95 Theses in 1517, but this meat-eating event proved to be the watershed moment of the …

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Sword of the Spirit | Ephesians 6:17

 and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God, Ephesians 6:17 ESV As we rapidly approach the conclusion of Ephesians as a whole and of Kingdom War particularly, we conclude our study of the individual pieces of the armor of God with the only weapon of offense in the set. Gurnall comments …

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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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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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