Looking Forward | Looking Back (2021)

Today we say goodbye to 2021 and make ourselves ready for 2022. As I did last year, I would like to make my final post of the year one that both looks forward to what the new year might hold as well as looking back on some highlights of the previous year. So, what’s the …

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Quotes from A Little Book on the Christian Life

With our brief walk-through John Calvin's A Little Book on the Christian Life completed, I will continue the pattern that I set after completing Mortification of Sin and Heaven Taken by Storm by listing some of my favorite quotations from throughout the book. Of course, this study I also began to give a quote of …

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FIVE | How the Present Life and Its Comforts Should Be Used

QUOTE OF THE WEEK Consequently, the one who directs himself toward the goal of observing God’s calling will have a life well composed. Free from rash impulses, he won’t attempt more than his calling warrants. He will understand that he shouldn’t overstep his boundaries. He who lives in obscurity will live an ordinary life without …

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FOUR | Meditations on Our Future Life

QUOTE OF THE WEEK When they once have raised their heads above this earth, even though they should see the ungodly decked out in wealth and awards, enjoying the utmost tranquility, flaunting every kind of splendor and luxury, and abounding in every kind of pleasure—even if, moreover, they should be wickedly attacked by the ungodly, …

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THREE | Bearing Our Cross Is a Part of Self-Denial

QUOTE OF THE WEEK If, then, we want to be disciples of Christ, we should make it our aim to soak our minds in the sort of sensitivity and obedience to God that can tame and subdue every natural impulse contrary to His command. So it will be that no matter what kind of cross …

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TWO | Self-Denial in the Christian Life

QUOTE OF THE WEEK If we are not our own but the Lord’s, it’s clear what errors we must flee, and what we must direct our whole lives toward. We are not our own; therefore, neither our reason nor our will should dominate our plans and actions. We are not our own; therefore, let us …

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ONE | Scripture’s Call to Christian Living

QUOTE OF THE WEEK God has manifested Himself as Father to us. If we do not manifest ourselves as sons to Him in turn, we prove ourselves to be extremely ungrateful (Mal. 1:6; 1 John 3:1). 9 SUMMARY In this chapter, Calvin addresses how Scripture commands Christians to live, which is not intended to be …

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Let’s Read A Little Book on the Christian Life Together

Throughout the month of October (and a bit of November), I invite you to read one more book together for this year, A Little Book on the Christian Life by John Calvin. The previous two books that we have read together were both written by Puritans (Thomas Watson and John Owen); John Calvin, however, was …

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Quotes from The Mortification of Sin

Having concluded our read together through Owen's classic The Mortification of Sin, a gathering of some of my favorite quotations from the book seems to be fitting sort of epilogue. Of course, I did the same with Thomas Watson's book, Heaven Taken by Storm, but there is certainly a significant difference between the two. Watson …

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Chapter 14 (Mortification of Sin)

We arrive at last to the final chapter of Owen's treatise on mortifying sin. Here Owen explains that while the previous nine directions have largely focused upon preparing ourselves to mortify sin, he now speaks to "the work itself" (145). In our present edition of study, only one direction is distinguished here; Richard Rushing in …

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