Fix My Feelings!

Thoughts on a visit to the doctor: So, this morning I went to an orthopedic surgeon to get some floaty things in my knee checked out. While filling out the paper work, reflected on how precise doctors are about finding out the problem so they can give the right diagnosis…...
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Go

Little words carry big weight. In the Great Commission, after asserting His unbounded authority, Jesus says, “Go therefore and make disciples of all nations” (Matthew 28:19a, ESV). The main verb and imperative in the command is “make disciples.”...
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God Displeased

David is rightly known as a man after God’s own heart and the sweet Psalmist of Israel. God made an everlasting covenant with Him. Christ descended from the Davidic line. And David defeated Goliath! All these truths about David often cause us to view him as an impregnable...
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Correspondence with Heaven

In his little book A Guide to Prayer published in 1715, Isaac Watts presents many helpful insights. The book concludes with a chapter titled, “Persuasive Arguments to Learn to Pray.” Six arguments attempt to motivate the reader to invest appropriate effort in learning...
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“Prepared to Stand Alone”

This year one of my favorite authors, Ian Murray, published a work on the life of J.C. Ryle. Ryle’s writings have encouraged, challenged, and educated me for the past fifteen years or so. Some of my favorites include Holiness, Thoughts for Young Men, Zeal, and his comments...
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Knowing Fear Away

A couple of months ago, my daughters enjoyed playing in a hotel swimming pool. They are not entirely comfortable in the water, so getting them to jump in requires some coaxing. Once I convince them that I will catch them and keep them afloat, they jump. Knowing that I am for them...
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Parable of the Sower, Part 4

Unstable hearers create confusion for gospel proclaimers. Jesus notes that these people receive the word with joy. The positive response encourages those sowing the gospel. A little endurance adds to the encouragement. But at a certain point, these unproductive hearers...
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Parable of the Sower, Part 3

The parable of the sower challenges gospel proclaimers to fulfill their responsibility regardless of the response. Jesus describes three unproductive responses and one productive response that yields differing quantities. Unproductive hearers will always be unregenerate and...
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Parable of the Sower, Part 2

Jesus teaches that disciple-makers carry the responsibility to spread the Word broadly. Varying responses to the Word do not alter the responsibility. These responses fall into two categories – unproductive and productive. Jesus describes three unproductive responses...
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Parable of the Sower

Matthew 13 records Jesus’ use of parables to teach the crowds and His disciples. These parables set out principles related to the kingdom of heaven. The first parable Jesus uses describes a sower scattering seed that falls on four kinds of soil. When the disciples ask Jesus...
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