Archive for the ‘holiness’ Category


R. Kent Hughes. Disciplines of a Godly Man. Wheaton, IL: Crossway, January 10th 2006.  304 pp.

4 out of 5

Purchase: Westminster |Amazon

Are you looking for a book on biblical manhood?  By biblical manhood I want to emphasize “biblical,” and not something weird that’s all about beating one’s chest and following after some kind of cultural stereotype of what a man should be.  If so this book is one you should consider picking up and reading; or purchasing for someone as a gift.  This is a Christian classic that many in my church have read through and used extensively by previous pastors before me.  My most recent reading of this book was in the last two years as I slowly went over it with some of the high school young men in my church.


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If you follow us on our Facebook page and Twitter you no doubt know that every morning we share quotes from the theologian and apologist John Frame.

Here’s one quote from his book Doctrine of the Word of God:


Obviously John Frame here is not saying every theologian makes this error of chopping the Scriptures; nor that just because one is a theologian it therefore means one will make that mistake.  Actually everyone is prone to making this blunder of “reporting” on segments of Scripture in isolation.

Which means we must watch ourselves even in how we read Scripture.

I’m going to go on a tangent from Frame’s book with this quote as a spring board to examine three practical examples of how people including myself can over-emphasize one aspect of Scripture over and against another:


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About two weeks ago I posted my Review and Free Booklet: Struggles of Conscience by Charles Spurgeon.  I mentioned in that review that this turned out to have been my favorite work from Spurgeon thus far for this year (I’ve been having a craving for things by Spurgeon this year).

It turns out this book, which was originally a sermon by Spurgeon, is also available as an audio on Youtube!  This is for those who are busy although I always prefer actual reading of a book more than listening to audiobooks if one can.

So here it is below:


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The last few Sundays we have featured posts tackling the sin of the love of money.  I thought I share them all in one post as a table of contents.

The first post is important because if one doesn’t realize they have the love of money, they aren’t going to see the importance of how one combat one’s love of money.  The second and third posts deals with fighting against the love of money in terms of what to put off and what to put on instead, respectively.

Here are the posts:

How do you tell if you are a lover of money?

How do you combat the love of money? Part 1

How do you combat the love of money? Part 2

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Today’s post I want to answer the question: “How do you combat the love of money?”

This is part two of looking at the Bible for answer.  See Part 1 here.  Whereas last week we focused on the means to “put off” the love of money here in part two will then look at what we “put on” instead in place of the love of money.

So here’s what we “put on” which is part of our repentance:


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Establish the need: Why should we care about what the Bible say about demons in regards to marriages? When we know someone is out to destroy our marriage we would be very proactive to defend it; but did you know there are supernatural beings out to destroy your marriage?  Specifically they are led by the devil so the devil will be our focus for our present study.

Purpose: In this series we will explore how theology shapes marriage and here in our fifth session we shall consider the Bible’s teaching on the devil and how to resist Him in order to protect our marriage.


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I begin first with an analogy from the physical realm.  There’s a business idea out there that some businesses out there are “too big to fail.”  There’s even an investopedia definition of this economic term:

Too big to fail” is the idea that specific businesses, such as the biggest banks, are so vital to the U.S. economy that it would be disastrous if they went bankrupt. The government would provide bailouts to protect creditors against losses and enable managers to retain their high wages and bonuses.

Of course the idea of “too big to fail” is a dangerous mentality for those in the leadership of these big businesses, because there is less incentive for them to do the right thing and more incentive to take irrational risks because there’s always a safety net of the American tax payer.  In the end we pay for these business mistakes instead of the businesses and the business leaders.

This leads to a corollary that there are some people who are “too big to jail.”  For instance, recently Green Party’s candidate Jill Stein have pointed out how Hillary was ‘too big to jail’ in email case.  This isn’t just with Hillary Clinton, its been true with other federal government bureaucrats too.

I believe many Christians believe there’s something wrong with the mentality of “too big to fail” and “too big to jail” in the examples mentioned.  But when it comes to the spiritual realm of Christians, some have adopted the very mentality that they reject in other sphere.


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Lou Priolo faithfulness review

Lou Priolo. Faithfulness: No More Excuses.  Phillipsburg, NJ: Presbyterian and Reformed Publishing, June 30th, 2016. 48 pp.

This is an excellent resource on Christian living using biblical principles and God centered motivation.  I realize the term “faithfulness” can be rather broad and my only real critique of this book is that it might have been better titled “Responsibilities” or something along that line so readers understand right away what the book is about.  I totally enjoyed this book and found it immensely practical and helpful.  Even for those who would say they are quite responsible would benefit from this book as the beginning of this work made clear that the more one grows in responsibilities, the more one sees one’s shortcoming and need for grace for improvement.  With such an introduction I was compelled to read this all the way through.


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grace or legalism

In another forum someone asked a good question about what are the signs one might know they are walking more of an attitude of legalism rather than by God’s grace.  I think this is an important question Christians should think about.

Here’s my quick reply:


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Blogger  shared something today that I thought was totally amazing and worth sharing.  It’s an animated explanation of God’s Holiness made by the Bible Project.  It’s a six minutes video that explains very well the Holiness of God.  

Here’s the video:


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Al Mohler

Al Mohler: Biblical Description of a Preacher

Malachi 2

There are no minor prophets there are just short books

Purpose: We shall see a biblical description of a preacher

The preacher’s fear

The preacher’s walk

The preacher’s task


Some preliminary question:

Little is known about Malachi, his name means “messenger.”

What is the covenant of Levi?

Genesis 34 we see God curse Levi for his sin against his sister but then in Exodus 32 and 33 we see the Tribe of Levi being given a role of priesthood

We also see Jeremiah 33:17-22 that God promised that the

We often forget that the role of the priest it was one of teaching; though preachers in the New Testament and Levite priests are identical nevertheless we see their role of teaching

In one sense, the role of the preacher is seen in Malachi 1:1 of preachers being a messenger of what He has delivered to us in Scripture.

When we look at the context of Malachi we see a corruption of the culture and the corruption of the priesthood; thus this book is a call to holiness, truth and as a focus, to the priesthood

Malachi 2:4 mentioned God gave a covenant of life and peace

The greatest miracle about preaching for us is that you survived.

Malachi 2:4 is also amazing in that it was given to God

And it is a covenant of fear


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Note: Currently the book is not in stock with Amazon but Grace Books do have this book on sale.

Sanctification The Christian Pursuit of God-Given Holiness Riccardi

Michael Riccardi. Sanctification: The Christian Pursuit of God-Given Holiness.  Sun Valley, CA: Grace Books, 2015. 78 pp.

This is a short book on sanctification by Michael Riccardi, the pastor of local outreach at Grace Community Church where John MacArthur is the Senior Pastor.  It is true that you shouldn’t just a book by its cover—nor by its size.  While it is only 78 pages long, the content of the book is packed with biblical truths that would sanctify readers.  Riccardi’s chief purpose in the book is to argue that beholding the glory of Christ is foundational and the motivation that fuel Christian sanctification.  His thesis is well argued and for the last two weeks since reading the book it has left me renewed and in awe of Christ’s glory and it’s connection with our sanctification.


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The Transforming Power of the Gospel Jerry Bridges

Jerry Bridges.  The Transforming Power of the Gospel.  Colorado Springs, CO: NavPress, December 22nd 2011. 192 pp.

I finished this book four days before the death of the author, Jerry Bridges.   Upon finishing this book I thought to myself, “I’m glad that such a saint is alive and with us.”  Of course Jerry Bridges has been promoted to glory and in heaven.  I am glad that by God’s grace and providence He ordained Jerry Bridges to author this book.  This book has become one of my favorite book on how the Gospel fuel our sanctification and currently is my recommendations to those struggling with holiness.


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jerry bridges passing


Last night I saw online from Justin Taylor’s social media that Christian writer and preacher Jerry Bridges was hospitalized.  It turned out that today he passed away and was promoted to eternity.

I appreciate his ministry very much.  I just finished last week his book The Transforming Power of the Gospel which I was planning to write and post a review on our blog tomorrow.  I have also appreciated other works of his, whether physical books or audio books.  Sadly I’ve only heard him preached once.  But that one time I heard him preached I remember older seasoned saints were deeply moved and edified.


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doctrine of sanctification

Do you know the three P’s of Christian Sanctification?  And why should it matter for the Christian life?  Is it mere “theologizing?”

Sanctification can be broken down into positional, progressive and perfected sanctification.  Each of these can be understood temporally as past, present and future respectively.


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