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Note: This is a guest post since I am currently away.  This is by Micah.  If you have thoughts and questions, feel free to comment and when he has time he will respond. His blog can be found here.  He also tweets

If you are truly Calvinistic, you’ve heard the popular passage from Isaiah 64:6, “And all our righteous deeds are like a filthy garment.” It is a passage frequently quoted to kill the monster of works righteousness and legalistic salvation, a monster that tends to pop its head out in religious circles. And rightly so, God does not take notice of the deeds of the man whose heart has not been cleansed by Christ and who has no love for Him.

Though this teaching is true, it may lead some Christians to wonder if God could ever be pleased. The war against the flesh is real, and sometimes believers can wallow in defeat and in doubt, even though they are saved. They ask, “Could God ever be happy with my life?” Christians get stuck in this kind of discouragement during seasons of weakness and sin struggles so they search for a way out.

Thankfully, Scripture has examples of men who, as sinners, displayed a type of obedience that truly and genuinely pleased God. It showed that God’s people are capable by His grace to exhibit real obedience to God without accomplishing perfect obedience. Since Christ was the only perfectly obedient man to ever live, we’re not required to be perfectly obedient. Nevertheless, our new life in Christ demands we strive for holiness and express the good works we were predestined to do.

This blog assumes that you are a Christian, not trusting in works for your salvation, but saved and washed by the blood of Christ. With that said, here are a few examples to encourage you in your walk with the Lord. They are instances of God’s people who were imperfect yet still lived a life pleasing unto God.

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Last year I shared a conference called the Veritas Conference.  While last year’s topic is on the Gospel this past year’s conference is on the theme of Sanctification.

How much do you know about what the Bible has to say about Sanctification?

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Fighting temptation is not easy.  But God has given us means of resisting temptation.

And we must not neglect the greatest weapon against resisting temptation.

Do you want to know what that is?

Here’s a witty ditty that hopefully helps you with your memory:

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Hope in Suffering Part 2

Romans 5:3-5

And not only this, but we also exult in our tribulations, knowing that tribulation brings about perseverance; 4 and perseverance, proven character; and proven character, hope; 5 and hope does not disappoint, because the love of God has been poured out within our hearts through the Holy Spirit who was given to us.

Purpose: There are three truths we need to know in order that we might not be crushed during suffering in our lives so that we would have hope in our suffering.

  1. We need to know that we all will face tribulations (v.3a)
  2. We need to know that God is working within us (v.3b-4)
  3. We need to know that God loves us greatly (v.5) 

Last time we went over the first point, “We need to know that we all will face tribulations (v.3a)

Today we will look at the second point:

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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 plan the next few weeks to look at some practical counseling booklets and post my reviews of them on here.

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David Powlison. Stress: Peace Amid Pressure.  Phillipsburg, NJ: Presbyterian and Reformed Publishing, July 1st, 2004. 28 pp.

4 out of 5

This is a counseling booklet that’s part of the series published by Presbyterian and Reformed called “Resources for Changing Lives.”  I thought this work is a great resource for Pastors to assign as a reading assignment for someone they are counseling on the topic of stress.  I read through this short work for my own edification and also alongside another brother at church.

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Is church discipline unloving?  How many times it has happened in churches all across America where leaders in the church say practicing church discipline as described in the Bible in such places as Matthew 18 is “unloving.”  Then their reasoning continues with the conclusion that “if  church discipline is unloving therefore we should not practice church discipline.”

We as Christians must ask if this type of argument is biblical.

Let me be clear up front that I think people can mess up church discipline in an unloving manner, just like how people can mess any good and right act outwardly with a wrong motive and attitude.

However the issue I want to deal with is whether church discipline in of itself is “unloving.”  I think the contents of the book of 1 Corinthians helps us answer this question biblically.

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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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books

For Christians its important to read.  To read the Bible. To read books on the Bible.  To read books that would help with Christian living.  To read books to know more about God.  Many Christians get this.  Many Christians might feel guilty.  Sometimes one’s life is also very busy.  How does one read more books when life is busy?  This post is meant to be pastoral, practical and encouraging.  I admit I haven’t arrived so if you have other ideas and advice please share.  So here’s my thoughts.

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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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  1. Establish the need: Do you know what is the doctrine of sanctification? And have you ever wonder how does those doctrines helps our marriage? This is a brief sketch.
  2. Purpose: In this series we will explore how theology shapes marriage and here in our third session we shall consider how does the doctrine of sanctification helps us have a more godly marriage.

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People are not always easy to deal with.  This sermon is titled “How to Deal with Mean People.”  This message is delivered by David O. Dykes, Pastor of Green Acres Baptist Church in Tyler, Texas.  It was delivered at the chapel for Southern Seminary and the sermon is based upon Romans 12:17-21.  It’s more of an encouragement with the insight and experience of an older preacher than a detailed exegetical sermon.  But it’s worthwhile!

 

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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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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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