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Killing Sin Does Not Make You New

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If we boil the Christian life down to simply killing sin, we rob ourselves of the deepest hope and highest joys.Yes, every true Christian will be killing sin. Any other version or distortion of Christianity falls short of what Christ died for. “Put off your old self, which belongs to your former manner of life and is corrupt through deceitful desires” (Ephesians 4:22). “If you live according to the flesh you will die, but if by the Spirit you put to death the deeds of the body, you will live” (Romans 8:13). If we do not kill sin, we will die in our sin. But if we wage war against our sin, in the power of the Spirit, we prove that Christ is alive in us, and that we will never die.Killing sin is essential to the Christian life, but it’s not the essence of the Christian life. When Christ calls us to deny ourselves, take up our cross daily, and follow him — and he does summon us to deny ourselves — he does so that we “may have life and have it abundantly” (John 10:10). What we put on is f…

Discover Spurgeon’s Notes in Your Bible

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Charles Spurgeon, the famous Baptist preacher of the 19th century, filled over 60 volumes with sermons—making him one of the most prolific preachers in Christian history. What would he have written in the margins of his own Bible?Now B&H has brought together the writings of Spurgeon alongside the trusted CSB translation of the Bible to make the CSB Spurgeon Study Bible—a unique resource that provides Scriptural texts alongside relevant notes from the works of Spurgeon.For a limited time, we’re offering the CSB Spurgeon Study Bible Notes for only $17.99—40% off the regular price! However, these “pre-pub” savings go away when this product ships.Reserve your copy of the CSB Spurgeon Study Bible Notes today on pre-pub.The CSB Spurgeon Study Bible includes an introductory biography of Spurgeon, study notes crafted from Spurgeon’s sermons, extracted sermon illustrations, sermon notes and outlines in Spurgeon’s own handwriting, “Spurgeon Quotables,” book introductions with book overview…

A Sound Conversion

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by Richard SibbesIt is evident that our conversion is sound when we loathe and hate sin from the heart.

A man may know his hatred of evil to be true, first, if it is universal- he that hates sin truly, hates all sin.

Secondly, true hatred of sin is fixed- there is no appeasing it but by abolishing the thing hated.

Thirdly, true hatred of sin is a more rooted affection than anger- anger may be appeased, but hatred of sin remains and sets itself against the whole kind.

Fourthly, if our hatred of sin is true, we hate all evil,
in ourselves foremost, and secondarily in others-
he that hates a toad, would hate it most in his own bosom.Many, like Judah, are severe in censuring others (Genesis 38:24), but partial to themselves.

Fifthly, he that hates sin truly, hates the greatest sin in the greatest measure; he hates all evil in a just proportion.

Sixthly, our hatred to sin is right if we can endure admonition and reproof for sin, and not be enraged- therefore, those that swell against reproof do…

Adam’s Royal Life

The garden was a kingdom that the Lord fashioned by divine fiat in which he would reign in life with his holy people. Within the garden-kingdom of God, Adam, the image bearer of God, was appointed to be the Lord’s royal representative or vice-gerent.[1] Therefore, protological life of covenantal communion with God can be understood more precisely as a kind of royal living or kingdom life. It was Adam sharing in the reign of God as an expression of his solidarity with God and the face-to-face fellowship he enjoyed with him in the reciprocal giving of one’s self to the other.Van Groningen speaks of this as God bringing humanity into “his royal family.”[2] He continues, “[God endowed] them with the privilege and responsibility to be co-workers with Him in the regal tasks to be carried out in creation.”[3] God does not bestow life by bringing people into his presence to be peasants or slaves, but to sit with him on his throne to share in the glory of his kingdom. This point will prove sig…

AGR: The Christian’s Continual Struggle with Sin (Part 1)

It was my pleasure to fill-in for Chris Gordon on Abounding Grace Radio this week. On Monday we broadcast a sermon on Romans 13. In that message I tried to help the congregation read Romans 13 against the social-political background of the . . . Continue reading →

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Five-time Olympian Clark embraces mentor role

PYEONGCHANG, South Korea (BP)—Kelly Clark remembers every detail about the day that changed her life when she was a 14-year-old high school freshman.She had recorded the snowboarding competition during the Olympics in Nagano, Japan. It was the first year for snowboarding to be an Olympic event. After school, she took the VHS tape and watched.“That was the moment for me where I said, ‘This is what I want to do with my life,’” Clark said. “I’m grateful to still get to be chasing that dream down.”Clark, who is making her fifth Olympics appearance this year, competed in the finals after emerging from qualifying heats.In Pyeongchang, she has taken on a larger mentorship role with the younger members on the team than ever before. For Clark, that’s one way to leave the sport better than she found it.“I love the Olympics perhaps more than anyone,” she said. “I’m on my fifth Olympic journey. But I always kind of encourage my teammates to not make the Olympics a destination. I think it’s very e…

The Day of No More Badness and Eternal Gladness

The reason the Son of God appeared was to destroy the devil’s work.1 John 3:8 (NIV)Since the children have flesh and blood, he too shared in their humanity so that by his death he might break the power of him who holds the power of death—that is, the devilHeb. 2:14 (NIV)He disarmed the rulers and authorities and put them to open shame, by triumphing over them in him.Col. 2:15 (ESV)Lord Jesus, we’re so grateful eternal life includes a world completelydevoid of all sin and evil, brokenness and badness. Though it’ll require your second coming, nonetheless, we’re grateful for that Day, and long for it more than ever.The eternal Day of no more bombings or kidnappings, human trafficking or even bad traffic; no more greed or need, harming or hurting, meanness or madness. No more disease or dismay, racism or racing around trying to make a name for ourselves.No more orphans, immigrants, or refugees; no more splits or spats—for we will live in your forever welcome, as your, perfected, gathere…

Looking for Lovely: Collecting Moments that Matter

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Author(s): Annie F. Downs
Publisher: B&H Books
Price: $2.99“I want you to take every step of your life with excitement for where you are headed. And I want you to feel beautiful and confident as you do.”But how? When the enemy whispers lies that you are not smart enough, pretty enough, or rich enough? Or you are too dumb, too loud, too quiet, too thin, too fat, too much or not enough? What if you don’t have what it takes to be who you really want to be?In Looking for Lovely, Annie F. Downs shares personal stories, biblical truth, and examples of how others have courageously walked the path God paved for their lives by remembering all God had done, loving what was right in front of them, and seeing God in the everyday—whether that be nature, friends, or the face they see in the mirror.Intensely personal, yet incredibly powerful, Looking for Lovely will spark transformative conversations and life changing patterns. No matter who we are and what path God has us on, we all need to look …

Unlocking the Scriptures

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Author(s): Jeff Lasseigne
Publisher: Baker Books
Price: $0.99 (Ends Feb 28)
How We Got the Bible and Why It Is ReliableThe Bible is the bestselling, most read, most beloved, most criticized, most neglected, and most antagonizing book in history. It’s also the most misunderstood–sometimes even by those who claim to follow its teachings. So what exactly is it? Who wrote it and how did those writings come together into what we now know as the Bible? And how do we know we can trust what it says?For the curious reader, whether a lifelong Christian, a new believer, or an unconvinced skeptic, Unlocking the Bible provides the answers to these questions and more. In easy-to-understand language, it covers the Bible’s origin, its transmission throughout history, its trustworthiness, and its significance. It also explains how to read this unique collection of religious texts and outlines how to study and teach it to others. Click the following post title to view these deals with the purchase links:

The Imitation of Christ (Read and Reflect with the Classics)

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Author(s): Thomas á Kempis
Publisher: B&H Books
Price: $3.41This classic of Christian devotional literature, with readings focused on the life of Christ, has brought understanding and comfort to millions for centuries. Written in a candid and conversational style, The Imitation of Christ discusses liberation from worldly inclinations, recollection as a preparation for prayer, the consolations of prayer, and the place of eucharistic communion in a devout life.The Read & Reflect with the Classics edition of The Imitation of Christ includes the classic text in an easy to read adaption coupled with personal reflection questions, additional study questions, and prayer prompts for today’s Christian reader. Click the following post title to view these deals with the purchase links: The Imitation of Christ (Read and Reflect with the Classics)

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Sheila Walsh Sale for Girls

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In this grab bag we have 4 e-books for girls which were written by Sheila Walsh and published by Thomas Nelson. The prices and sale dates that the publisher has provided are under each ebook cover.
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The Captain’s Daughter (London Beginnings Book #1)

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Author(s): Jennifer Delamere
Publisher: Bethany House Publishers
Price: $1.99 (Ends Mar 31)
Warm-Hearted Victorian Romance Brings 1880s London to LifeWhen a series of circumstances beyond her control leave Rosalyn Bernay alone and penniless in London, she chances upon a job backstage at a theater that is presenting the most popular show in London. A talented musician and singer, she feels immediately at home and soon becomes enthralled with the idea of pursuing a career on the stage.A hand injury during a skirmish in India has forced Nate Moran out of the army until he recovers. Filling his time at a stable of horses for hire in London, he has also spent the past two months working nights as a stagehand, filling in for his injured brother. Although he’s glad he can help his family through a tough time, he is counting the days until he can rejoin his regiment. London holds bitter memories for him that he is anxious to escape. But then he meets the beautiful woman who has found a new lease…

Last Chance to Get 2 John Stott Commentaries for $1.99!

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Through February 28, you can still get two top-rated commentaries from John Stott for just $1.99. But during this short month, the deal goes away sooner than you might expect.Stott, of course, is an evangelical legend—a preacher and evangelist, former rector of All Souls Church in London, principal framer of the Lausanne Covenant, and author whose books have sold millions worldwide. His biblical commentary deserves a place in every serious library.Free: The Message of the Sermon on the MountAs Dr. Stott sees it, the Sermon on the Mount is the perfect New Testament description of Christian counter-culture. “The followers of Jesus are to be different,” he writes. “And this Christian counter-culture is the life of the kingdom of God, a fully human life indeed but lived out under the divine rule.” Stott’s goal is to let Christ speak his sermon once again, but this time to the modern world—to us.“Not a better commentary out there on the Sermon on the Mount,” says one reviewer. “Dr. Stott …

Education: Does God Have an Opinion?

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Author(s): Israel Wayne
Publisher: Master Books
Price: $2.99Since the beginning of the 20th century, the vast majority of Christians have embraced the idea that it is a proper role and function of the civil government to control and guide the education of children. Most Christians believe God doesn’t care, one way or the other, how our children are schooled or what methods are employed. This book will use Scripture to prove otherwise.
What you read in this book will radically challenge your assumptions and preconceived ideas.– Discover the true purpose of an education and how this affects and influences students
– Explore a truly Biblical philosophy of education and how it compares to traditional schooling
– Learn to apply a Biblical worldview strategically and systematically to core subjects of educationThere is almost no topic that is as relevant to the future of Christianity or as controversial as the education of children. Students in school classrooms spend thousands of hours being in…

Everything Romance: A Celebration of Love for Couples

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Author(s): Todd Hafer
Publisher: Waterbrook Press
Price: $1.99 (Ends Mar 4)
Romance is always in season when you’re in love.Ready to create romantic memories? If you’re looking for new and unique ways to celebrate love, captivate the heart of your true love, or simply enjoy each other’s company, Everything Romance offers all of this and much more.Inside you’ll find…Ways to engage your loved one with conversation starters for couples; Fun and creative date and gift ideas for any budget; Heartwarming love stories and poems; Love busters and love boosters to add fun, zing, and zest; Trivia about the history of love and romance; Recipes to fan the heartflames.Why wait for a special occasion to share the joy of being in love? Opening Everything Romance is like opening a door to romantic adventure—any day, any time!Any moment is the perfect time for you as a couple to celebrate the beauty and wonder of love, especially when you’re equipped with a treasure trove of creative ways to do so. With …

Weekend reading (2/24)

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As I shared earlier this week, we just launched a brand-new podcast with the Gospel Project called The Hero of the Story. I hope you’ll check it out, subscribe and leave a review on Apple Podcasts.Solo: The “Sabotage” CutThis fan-edit trailer of the upcoming Han Solo movie is one of the best uses of this specific Beastie Boys song I’ve seen recently. (Note: language warning, hence no embedding for me).When I Am Afraid In The AirportSteve Burchett:I enjoy following along on social media as different pastors and church groups travel to various countries for ministry. Pictures, updates, videos—never have we had such colorful, immediate knowledge about the efforts of other believers. I especially like to look at the faces of the people when pictures are posted of the group sitting in the airport, awaiting their adventure. Some look eager and prepared. Others are goofing off to pass the time. A few appear anxious. I can relate to that last group.What does gospel-centered teaching look like…

Exodus 7; Luke 10; Job 24; 1 Corinthians 11

Exodus 7; Luke 10; Job 24; 1 Corinthians 11THE STORY IS TOLD of Dr. Martyn Lloyd-Jones, one of the most influential preachers of the twentieth century. When he was dying of cancer, one of his friends and former associates asked him, in effect, “How are you managing to bear up? You have been accustomed to preaching several times a week. You have begun important Christian enterprises; your influence has extended through tapes and books to Christians on five continents. And now you have been put on the shelf. You are reduced to sitting quietly, sometimes managing a little editing. I am not so much asking therefore how you are coping with the disease itself. Rather, how are you coping with the stress of being out of the swim of things?”Lloyd-Jones responded in the words of Luke 10: “Do not rejoice that the spirits submit to you, but rejoice that your names are written in heaven” (10:20 – though of course Lloyd-Jones would have cited the King James Version).The quotation was remarkably app…

Praying For Our Children

“I don’t pray long winded prayers. I pray these words, kiss them on the cheek, and turn out the lights. True, they don’t know what theologians or missionaries are (yet) and they are not quite sure why I want them to be like trees, but those days will come. What is important now is that God hears. In my praying, I’m asking him to do marvelous things in my sons.”Parenting children is hard work.There are so many times I’m at a loss when it comes to leading my family. Should I discipline in this situation or let it slide? Am I being unreasonable with my requirements? How can I speak truth in such a way as to penetrate their hearts? What’s the right word of encouragement in this circumstance? How can I lead them to love the Bible, and Jesus, and the church?So many questions. So often, very few answers.So often, I simply struggle to know how best to lead my kids. I don’t exactly know how to help them through every struggle, pain, and problem. It feels like I’m continually groping in the dar…

Mobile Ed: TH351 Perspectives on Justification by Faith: Five Views on Its Meaning and Significance (4 hour course)

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The doctrine of justification is central to the Christian faith. However, believers from different backgrounds have a variety of different understandings of what exactly being “justified by faith” means. In this course, five preeminent theologians present their perspectives on …

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Supreme Court: You Are On Your Own

The Supreme Court ruled on Monday that the police did not have a constitutional duty to protect a person from harm, even a woman who had obtained a court-issued protective order against a violent husband making an arrest mandatory for a violation. . . . Continue reading →

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39 Articles—The Visible and Invisible Church (4)

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We have examined how the Reformation’s rediscovery of sola scriptura reset both the authority of the Church (Article 20) and the authority of General Councils (Article 21) to their proper status. Having set the necessary limits in how the visible church must remain within the bounds of the invisible, the Articles give an example of the seriousness of making the visible preeminent in the decisions of Church or Council. Article 22 lists three doctrines of the Roman Catholic Church are weighed in the balance of their fidelity to the Scriptures and found wanting: Purgatory with its attendant pardons, worship and the adoration of images and relics, and the intercessory invocation to the saints. All three have, “…no warranty of Scripture …but are repugnant to the Word of God.”  XXII — Of Purgatory
 The Romish Doctrine concerning Purgatory, Pardons, Worshipping, and Adoration, as well of Images as of Reliques, and also invocation of Saints, is a fond thing vainly invented, and grounded upon no…

The Best Way to Find God’s Will for Your Gifts

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Let’s imagine, for the sake of illustration, that you’re not very familiar with fish (perhaps you don’t have to imagine). And you’ve agreed to participate in an experiment where you’re asked to identify whatever is placed before you. You don’t know it, but you’re about to view anatomical parts of a largemouth bass.First comes the translucent green pectoral fin in a petri dish. You look at it and answer, “Is it some kind of leaf?” Next comes the slimy swim bladder. “Gross! I’m guessing it’s some small animal’s intestine or something.” Next comes a red piece of gill tissue. “I have no idea what that is!”Now, had you viewed these parts in the context of the fish’s body, you’d grasp to some degree their importance in helping the fish function properly. But taken out of the context of the body, the parts make little sense. It takes the fish’s body to understand the function of a part and it takes all the parts to make a fish function.“So it is with Christ” (1 Corinthians 12:12). Each of us…

Philippians 2:1–2: Five Incentives for Christian Unity

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It is biblically illogical to think we can live a life worthy of the gospel and be indifferent to Christian unity.Watch Now

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Why We’re Studying Deuteronomy at #TGCW18

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It’s hard for me to imagine a book more obviously relevant to our generation than the book of Deuteronomy.In certain respects, as a North American church we’re at a pivotal point—a moment of decision. Those who embrace the biblical gospel are facing enormous obstacles. Everyday, you and I are being tempted to grow cold in our love for God and for one another.Even though we’re family in Christ, we’re often tweeting at one another in cheap disapproval rather than coming alongside one another in costly compassion. We grieve over fracture and division among us, and yet we’re still tempted to value our own rights more than the rights of others, even those neediest members of our family in Christ. And because we’re a strange people in a troubled world, we’re tempted to relate to our neighbors in fear or arrogance, or else to compromise our distinct identity as God’s blood-bought people.Today is a day of decision for us—will we choose to listen to God’s voice above all others, and live the l…

Billy Graham's Southern Baptist ties highlighted

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Copyright (c) 2018 Baptist Press. Reprinted from Baptist Press (www.baptistpress.com), news service of the Southern Baptist Convention.
The original story can be found at http://ift.tt/2BMsB6u; NEW - 17 minutes agoBilly Graham's Southern Baptist ties highlightedMONTREAT, N.C. (BP) -- While Billy Graham was widely known for working across denominational lines, he also was more involved in his own denomination -- the Southern Baptist Convention -- than many may realize.When Billy Graham preached at the 1979 SBC annual meeting, more than 1,200 people registered decisions to "go where [God] wants you to go," as Graham put it.SBHLA photo When Billy Graham preached at the 1979 SBC annual meeting, more than 1,200 people registered decisions to "go where [God] wants you to go," as Graham put it.SBHLA photo Graham, who died Feb. 21, spoke at 13 SBC annual meetings between 1951 and 1995, served as a trustee of two SBC entities, and, including references to two institutions …