Joy in Christ

Think About These Things | Philippians 4:8-9

This sermon was originally preached in 2018. Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is commendable, if there is any excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things. What you have learned and received and heard and seen in me—practice …

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Take Not the Word of Truth Utterly Out of My Mouth | Psalm 119:43

And take not the word of truth utterly out of my mouth,for my hope is in your rules. Psalm 119:43 ESV Again, this verse is bound to the one before it for a proper understanding. So far in our present stanza, Waw, the psalmist has cried out for God’s steadfast love and salvation to come …

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I Will Meditate on Your Wondrous Works | Psalm 119:27

Make me understand the way of your precepts,and I will meditate on your wondrous works. Psalm 119:27 ESV Although we discussed the overall structure and content of this verse last week, I found myself this week unable to move on to verse 28. I will meditate on your wondrous works latched itself onto my mind …

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Make Me Understand | Psalm 119:27

Make me understand the way of your precepts,and I will meditate on your wondrous works. Psalm 119:27 ESV Continuing the stanza of Psalm 119 which corresponds to the Hebrew letter daleth, we come now to verse 27 which very much piggybacks onto verse 26. In the previous verse, the psalmist laid his ways before the …

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I Will Meditate | Psalm 119:15

I will meditate on your preceptsand fix my eyes on your ways. Psalm 119:15 ESV In the penultimate verse of this stanza, the psalmist continues to his resolutions for how he will store God’s Word in his heart and guard his way with it. Just as he has determined to declare and delight in the …

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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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Stop Meditating on Headlines & Start Meditating on Jesus

This past Sunday I preached from Ephesians 4:17-24 where Paul exhorts us to cling to Christ and the truth that is in Him by putting off our old selves, renewing our minds, and putting on our new selves, which are made in Jesus’ image. The apostle says roughly the same thing in a few other …

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God’s Battle Plan for the Mind | Book Review

https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/160178371X/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&tag=bcnewton-20&camp=1789&creative=9325&linkCode=as2&creativeASIN=160178371X&linkId=f029758145080b0a7613153cd02d97d5 As the subtitle suggests, Saxton is drawing from a deep well of Puritan thoughts upon this subject. While Eastern forms of meditation are becoming ever more pervasive today, few associate meditation with Christianity; the Puritans, however, "regularly wrote, taught, and exhorted God's people to a life of meditation" (2). They are, therefore, a rich …

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Biblical Worship

A Life of Worship | Psalm 1

Blessed is the man who walks not in the counsel of the wicked, nor stands in the way of sinners, nor sits in the seat of scoffers; but his delight is in the law of the LORD, and on his law he meditates day and night. He is like a tree planted by steams of …

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Biblical Wisdom

Walk with the Wise | Proverbs 13:20

Whoever walks with the wise becomes wise, but the companion of fools will suffer harm. Proverbs 13:20 ESV   Wisdom, the skill of living, can be found in walking among the wise. Choosing to associate with wise people will inevitably lead to wisdom. Why is this? The heart dwells wherever the feet traverse. Movements, actions, …

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