Teach Me Your Statutes! | Psalm 119:12

Blessed are you, O LORD;teach me your statutes! Psalm 119:12 ESV As verse 11 paralleled with verse 9 by both expressing the necessity of God’s Word in order to fight against our sin, verse 12 also parallels verse 10 by crying out to God for His help. Thus, the first four verses of this stanza …

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Standing as Priests

Last Sunday, I preached about Paul’s fourfold command to stand in Ephesians 6:10-14. In that sermon, I presented three large implications for standing firm against the schemes of the devil and for withstanding the cosmic powers over this present darkness. Within the second of those points, I cited Hebrews 10:11-14, which presents pointed contrast between …

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Heaven Taken by Storm

Hearing the Word & Prayer | Chapters 4-5

We are continuing to read through Heaven Taken by Storm together. You can find our reading plan and links to previous posts here. Chapter Four Outline The great devotion required to properly hear the Word.A description of those who don’t hear the Word diligently.They scarcely mind what is said.They hear in a dull, drowsy manner.Considerations …

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Notebook Scribbles (ii)

This is part two of sharing some various ponderings that I've scribbled into Evernote. As with part one, I present them in hope of stirring with you further ponderings. If the chief end of man is to glorify God and enjoy Him forever, then Heaven shall be the fulfillment of our very being. Hell, however, …

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Stand Firm | Ephesians 6:10-13

DOWNLOAD PDF Finally, be strong in the Lord and in the strength of his might. Put on the whole armor of God, that you may be able to stand against the schemes of the devil. For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the cosmic powers …

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I Have Stored Up Your Word | Psalm 119:11

I have stored up your word in my heart,that I might not sin against you. Psalm 119:11 ESV We come now to one of the verses for which Psalm 119 is best known. As we mentioned previously, the driving theme of this second stanza is the psalmist’s pursuit and quest for purity, which he notes …

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Heaven Taken by Storm

Self-Violence & Reading the Word | Chapters 2-3

We continue our reading through Heaven Taken by Storm by discussing chapters 2 and 3. Below are links to the chapter outlines, questions for reflection, and links to our reading plan and chapter one's discussion. Reading Plan Chapter One Chapter Two Outline Mortification of SinProvocation to Duty Chapter Three Outline Each paragraph in this chapter …

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Him Who Sits on the Throne

The Holiness of God

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WsyYFMS6YAM Worship the LORD in the splendor of his holiness;tremble before him, all the earth! Psalm 96:9 ESV In Isaiah 6:1-7, we read the following account of the prophet: In the year that King Uzziah died I saw the Lord sitting upon a throne, high and lifted up; and the train of his robe filled …

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A Word of Encouragement to Wrestlers | William Gurnall

The three volumes of William Gurnall's The Christian in Complete Armor have been sitting on my shelf for several months, waiting to be read alongside the final segment of my study through Ephesians. Thus far, it has certainly not disappointed. The quotation below is a kind of sidebar word of encouragement that Gurnall makes to …

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The Schemes of the Devil | Ephesians 6:11

DOWNLOAD PDF Put on the whole armor of God, that you may be able to stand against the schemes of the devil. Ephesians 6:11 ESV Although Ephesians 6 is mostly known for its presentation of the armor of God, the Apostle Paul prefaces the armor with verses 10-13, which describe the overall nature of the …

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