God’s Wisdom in Suffering| J. I. Packer

The following quotations comes from Packer's classic book, Knowing God, which you should make plans to read immediately, if you haven't already done so. But how are we to meet these baffling and trying situations, if we cannot for the moment see God's purpose in them? First, by taking them as from God, and asking …

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The Gospel Transforms...

How We See Ministry | Colossians 1:24-29

Now I rejoice in my sufferings for your sake, and in my flesh I am filling up what is lacking in Christ’s afflictions for the sake of his body, that is, the church, of which I am a minister according to the stewardship from God that was given to me for you, to make the …

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Why I’m Not a Stoic

Of all the various philosophies to choose from, Stoicism is particularly fascinating to me (as I've noted previously). Far from the stereotype of seeking to remain emotionless through life, Stoics seeks to live each day as if they might not have another, to master their primal appetites and desires, and to face with resolve and …

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The Pilgrim’s Playlist

Blessed Is Everyone Who Fears the LORD | Psalm 128

Blessed is everyone who fears the LORD, who walks in his ways! You shall eat the fruit of the labor of your hands;             you shall be blessed, and it shall be well with you. Your wife will be like a fruitful vine within your house; your children will be like olive shoots around your …

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Knowing Christ & His Resurrection | Philippians 3:10-11

that I may know him and the power of his resurrection, and may share his sufferings, becoming like him in his death, that by any means possible I may attain the resurrection from the dead. Philippians 3:10-11 ESV   Having expressed his dependency upon the grace of God for righteousness, Paul now proceeds to detail …

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Advancing the Gospel | Philippians 1:12-18

I want you to know, brothers, that what has happened to me has really served to advance the gospel, so that it has become known throughout the whole imperial guard and to all the rest that my imprisonment is for Christ. And most of the brothers, having become confident in the Lord by my imprisonment, …

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Vanity Under the Sun

The Vanity of Laughter Under the Sun | Ecclesiastes 7:1-14

SUGGESTED VERSES FOR MEMORIZATION & MEDITATION Ecclesiastes 7:2 | It is better to go to the house of mourning than to go to the house of feasting for this is the end of all mankind, and the living will lay it to heart. Ecclesiastes 7:14 | In the day of prosperity be joyful, and in …

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Christmas, Sin, & Small Towns (Dec 2, 2016)

Here are a few articles from around the Internet that are worth reading. A Plea to Pastors: Don't Cancel Church on Christmas Christmas falls on a Sunday this year, so why should we attend church on Christmas? It’s the day we celebrate the incarnation, the birth of the Messiah, the entrance into our world of …

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To Philadelphia: Patiently Endure | Revelation 3:7-13

Seven Letters Week 7 SUGGESTED VERSES FOR MEMORIZATION & MEDITATION I know your works. Behold, I have set before you an open door, which no one is able to shut. I know that you have kept my word and have not denied my name. (Revelation 3:8) Because you have kept my word about patient endurance, …

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4 Things Abraham Taught Me

This week, we will finish our almost four month long study of the life of Abraham in Genesis. Before completely jumping into the next sermon series, I thought it might be beneficial for me to reflect upon some lessons that the LORD taught me through studying Abraham’s life. 1. Abraham’s physical life represents our spiritual …

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