Biblical Wisdom

Guard Your Heart | Proverbs 4:20-27

Yesterday I was invited to be a guest preacher at a sister congregation, and these are the notes for that sermon. For the next passage in Mark that was preached yesterday, you can listen to Pastor Jim's sermon here. My son, be attentive to my words;incline your ear to my sayings.Let them not escape from …

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The Man of Faith

The Conversion of Abraham | Genesis 12:1-9

This sermon was originally preached in 2015 Now the LORD said to Abram, “Go from your country and your kindred and your father’s house to the land that I will show you. And I will make of you a great nation, and I will bless you and make your name great, so that you will …

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I Will Lift Up My Hands | Psalm 119:48

In order to attempt to do justice to chapter 2 of Calvin's Little Book on the Christian Life, that post will come on Friday this week rather than today. In exchange, I leave you with what was intended to be Friday's post. I will lift up my hands toward your commandments, which I love,and I …

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I Find My Delight in Your Commandments | Psalm 119:47

for I find my delight in your commandments,which I love. Psalm 119:47 ESV As is common to stanza waw, this verse is a continuation of the previous verse, in which the psalmist declared that he would speak of the testimonies of God before kings without shame. Of course, that verse too was rooted particularly in …

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I Shall Walk in a Wide Place | Psalm 119:45

And I shall walk in a wide place,for I have sought your precepts. Psalm 119:45 ESV Given that this verse begins with the word and, we would do well to set it within the context of the previous verse: “I will keep your law continually, forever and ever” (v. 44). Having made that his intention, …

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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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I Will Keep Your Law Continually | Psalm 119:44

I will keep your law continually,forever and ever, Psalm 119:44 ESV After the twofold petition that the psalmist made in verses 41-43 (first for salvation, then for God’s Word not to be taken from him), the psalmist now moves into a series of declarations that will last the remainder of stanza waw. He begins with …

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Reading Together

Chapter 8 (Mortification of Sin)

In this chapter, Owen discusses the second general rule for mortifying sin: “Without sincerity and diligence in the universality of obedience, there is no mortification of any one perplexing lust to be obtained” (81). In other words, if we are not striving to obey Christ with every aspect of our lives, we will never properly …

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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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Lead Me in the Path of Your Commandments | Psalm 119:35

Lead me in the path of your commandments,for I delight in it. Psalm 119:35 ESV Who delights in following commandments? Sadly, most of us do not. As our original father and mother did in the garden so we also follow their example by constantly pressing back against the regulations that God imposes upon us, for …

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