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The Miracles of Jesus How the Savior's Mighty Acts Serve as Signs of Redemption Poythress

Vern Poythress is a professor of New Testament but he’s not just any other New Testament professor.  He’s written a lot on a Christian worldview applied to other areas of study, ranging from a biblical worldview of math, logic, philosophy, science, sociology, linguistics, etc.  His recent book is on the miracle of Jesus and already he’s made the PDF copy of this book available online!

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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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Spreading the Feast

Howard Griffith. Spreading the Feast.  Phillipsburg, NJ: Presbyterian and Reformed Publishing, December 11st, 2015. 160 pp.

I’ve enjoyed this book on communion.  I would guess that many Protestant Evangelical Christians probably don’t think much about the Lord’s Supper as much as they should and this probably include those in ministry.  Thus this book  is a much welcomed resource for pastors.

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Why were the Angels rejoicing?

Luke 2:10-13

 

Establish the need:  Some people get really grumpy this time of the year; they feel obligated to get gifts.  They are stressed out wanting to find the right gifts for others.  There is long lines everywhere.  But we must ask why on the first Christmas were the Angels rejoicing?

 

But the angel said to them, “Do not be afraid; for behold, I bring you good news of great joy which will be for all the people; 11 for today in the city of David there has been born for you a Savior, who is [e]Christ the Lord. 12 This will be a sign for you: you will find a baby wrapped in cloths and lying in a [f]manger.” 13 And suddenly there appeared with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God and saying,

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pananian lamb sacrifice

Here’s a tragic news story: –

A relative performed a lamb sacrifice to protect a 20-year-old man from harm and evil just days before his body landed on a 5 Freeway sign after being ejected in a fatal car crash in Glendale, according to a fundraising page set up for him.

Richard Pananian died on Friday morning. He was allegedly driving his 2004 Ford Fiesta at a high rate of speed and passing vehicles on the freeway’s right shoulder when his car hit the rear of a truck and veered out of control, the California Highway Patrol said at the time.

The Fiesta then overturned and rolled over multiple times.

As the car went up an embankment, Pananian was ejected about 20 feet into the air. His body landed on the Colorado Street exit ramp sign overhead

The tragedy is no laughing matter.  That’s a person that died, a person made in the image of God.

The news that days before his family sacrificed a lamb for his protection was also tragic for me to hear:

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Did the Samaritans receive Jesus?

A site skeptical of the Bible says yes.  That’s what John 4:39-40 teaches:

39 From that city many of the Samaritans believed in Him because of the word of the woman who testified, “He told me all the things that I have done.” 40 So when the Samaritans came to Jesus, they were asking Him to stay with them; and He stayed there two days.

At the same the same skeptic says the Bible teaches no according to Luke 9:52-53:

52 and He sent messengers on ahead of Him, and they went and entered a village of the Samaritans to [a]make arrangements for Him. 53 But they did not receive Him, because [b]He was traveling toward Jerusalem.

How do we respond to those who claim this is a Bible contradiction?

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