Tag Archives: Christian Life

Hope vs. Optimism

As we have been studying through 1 Peter together, we have thought much about hope. Peter begins the letter by saying that as Christians, we “have been born again to a living hope” (1:3). Often when we speak of hope … Continue reading

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Growing Up In Christ

“Like newborn infants, long for the pure spiritual milk, that by it you may grow up into salvation—if indeed you have tasted that the Lord is good.” -1 Peter 2:2-3 On Sunday, I offered a quote from Ed Clowney on … Continue reading

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Maturity In Christ

This week I have been reading Darryl Dash’s helpful book, How to Grow: Applying the Gospel to All of Your Life. I found Dash’s thoughts about maturity in Christ to be helpful, challenging, and encouraging. As a church, we have … Continue reading

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Justified Sinner

Tim Chester gives a good quick explanation of the teaching coming out of the Reformation that Christians are simultaneously sinners and justified. I’m a sinner, but I’m a justified sinner. The Reformers had a Latin phrase to capture this truth: … Continue reading

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“Holiness is a Harvest”

Every week there are things that don’t make it into the sermon because, well, attention spans and posteriors can only endure so much. I know, you’re thinking; “really, your sermons could actually be longer than they already are!?” Well, in … Continue reading

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Unsinkable Hope

What is hope? Typically when used today, the word hope means nothing more than wishful thinking. Examples of this would include, “I hope it doesn’t rain today” or “I hope my team wins tonight.” In stark contrast is the Biblical … Continue reading

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Newton on the Christian Life

John Newton (1725-1807), who is known for penning the hymn “Amazing Grace,” also has a well-known summary statement of Christian sanctification. It comes from a devotional sermon he offered at a friend’s house. According to Tony Reinke, the statement survives … Continue reading

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A Final Exhortation

“Everyone then who hears these words of mine and does them will be like a wise man who built his house on the rock.” (7:24) On this past Sunday, we concluded our study of the Sermon on the Mount. Sinclair … Continue reading

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Denying Self

“Then Jesus told his disciples, ‘If anyone would come after me, let him deny himself and take up his cross and follow me.’” -Matthew 16:24 In the sermon on Sunday, I offered the following statements from Sam Allberry on this … Continue reading

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Beware of the “Death-trap”

As we have been studying through the Sermon on the Mount, we have seen Jesus continually confront religious hypocrisy. C.S. Lewis offers, what I believe to be, a good analysis of the pride that feeds religious hypocrisy. In Mere Christianity, … Continue reading

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