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Wednesday Wisdom 12.13.17

"He lies in a manger, but He holds the whole world in His hands; He sucks His mother’s breasts, but feeds the angels; He is swaddled in rags, but clothes us in immortality; He is suckled, but also worshiped; He could find no room in the inn, but makes a temple for Himself in the hearts of believers. It was in order, you see, that weakness might become strong, that st...

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Wednesday Wisdom 12.06.17

"'Hallelujah! For the Lord our God the Almighty reigns. Let us rejoice and exult and give him the glory' (Rev. 19:6–7). On into eternity the song echoes. It is the celebration chant of the redeemed. And one day we will join that multitude, no longer looking forward in hope but looking back with the security of redemption accomplished, and with the angels and the sain...

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Wednesday Wisdom 11.29.17

"Many people visualize a God who sits comfortably on a distant throne, remote, aloof, uninterested, and indifferent to the needs of mortals, until, it may be, they can badger him into taking action on their behalf. Such a view is wholly false. The Bible reveals a God who, long before it even occurs to man to turn to him, while man is still lost in darkness and sunk in sin,...

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Wednesday Wisdom 11.15.17

"O MY GOD, Thou fairest, greatest, first of all objects, my heart admires, adores, loves thee, for my little vessel is as full as it can be, and I would pour out all that fullness before thee in ceaseless flow.When I think upon and converse with thee ten thousand delightful thoughts spring up, ten thousand sources of pleasure are unsealed,&nb...

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Wednesday Wisdom 11.08.17

"There is no attribute of God more comforting to his children than the doctrine of Divine Sovereignty. Under the most adverse circumstances, in the most severe troubles, they believe that Sovereignty hath ordained their afflictions, that Sovereignty overrules them, and that Sovereignty will sanctify them all. There is nothing for which the children of God ought more earnes...

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Wednesday Wisdom 11.01.17

"From the twelve apostles to the Auca missionaries of our generation, the history of the Christian church is the history of 'wasted' lives. The Christian may tabulate all the assets of his personality and take inventory of his preferences, but he casts all these at the feet of Christ. He is not seeking fulfillment but expendability. He counts not his life dear to himself, ...

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Wednesday Wisdom 10.18.17

"So the problem with the human race is not most deeply that everybody does various kinds of sins - those sins are real, they are huge and they are enough to condemn us. Paul is very concerned about them. But the deepest problem is that behind all our depravity and all our guilt and all our sinning, there is a deep mysterious connection with Adam whose sin became our sin an...

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Wednesday Wisdom 10.11.17

"First, God is adequate as our keeper. 'Nothing...can separate us from the love of God,' because the love of God holds us fast. Christians 'are kept by the power of God through faith unto salvation' (1 Pet 1:5 KJV), and the power of God keeps them believing as well as keeping them safe through believing. Your faith will not fail while God sustains it; you are not strong en...

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Wednesday Wisdom 10.04.17

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Wednesday Wisdom 09.27.17

"The entire being of God in the fellowship of the Trinity—in what we might think of as an inner-Trinitarian planning meeting—had this great purpose in mind for us: chosen by the Father, we will be saved by the Son, and sanctified by the Spirit. God set his heart on accomplishing all this for us even before the foundation of the world. He chose us; we experience...

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Wednesday Wisdom 09.20.17

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Wednesday Wisdom 09.13.17

"Friend, what are you looking for in a church? Good music? A happening atmosphere? A traditional order of service? How about: a group of pardoned rebels... whom God wants to use to display his glory... before all the heavenly host... because they tell the truth about him... and look increasingly just like him - holy, loving, united?" - Mark Dever What Is a Healthy Church...

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Wednesday Wisdom 09.06.17

"According to Jesus, God does exercise His sovereignty in very minute events - even the life and death of an almost worthless sparrow. And Jesus' whole point is: If God so exercises His sovereignty in regard to sparrows, most certainly He will exercise it in regard to His children. While it is certainly true that God’s love for us does not protect us from pain and so...

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Wednesday Wisdom 08.30.17

"Failure to deal with the presence of sin can often be traced back to spiritual amnesia – forgetting our new, true, real identity. As a believer, I am someone who has been delivered from the dominion of sin and who therefore is free and motivated to fight against the remnants of sin in my heart. You must know, rest in, think through, and act upon your new identity &n...

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Wednesday Wisdom 08.23.17

"Sin is cosmic treason. Sin is treason against a perfectly pure Sovereign. It is an act of supreme ingratitude toward the One to whom we owe everything, to the One who has given us life itself. Have you ever considered the deeper implications of the slightest sin, of the most minute peccadillo? What are we saying to our Creator when we disobey Him at the slightest point? W...

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Wednesday Wisdom 08.16.17

"And a truly humble man is sensible of the small extent of his own knowledge, and the great extent of his ignorance, and of the small extent of his understanding as compared with the understanding of God. He is sensible of his weakness; how little his strength is, and how little he is able to do. He is sensible of his natural distance from God; of his dependence on Him; of...

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Wednesday Wisdom 08.09.17

"Help me to be in reality before Thee as in appearance I am before men, to be religious before I profess religion, to leave the world before I enter the church, to set my affections on things above, to shun forbidden follies and vanities, to be a dispenser as well as a partaker of grace, to be prepared to bear evil as well as to do good. O God, make me worthy of this calli...

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Wednesday Wisdom 08.02.17

"What's actually true is that when I come to the Lord after I've blown it, I've only one argument to make. It’s not the argument of the difficulty of the environment that I am in. It’s not the argument of the difficult people that I’m near. It’s not the argument of good intentions that were thwarted in some way. No, I have only one argument. It's ri...

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Wednesday Wisdom 07.26.17

The Ground of All Human Assurance Before God from The Gospel Coalition on Vimeo....

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Wednesday Wisdom 07.19.17

"What is sin?It is the glory of God not honored.The holiness of God not reverenced.The greatness of God not admired.The power of God not praised.The truth of God not sought.The wisdom of God not esteemed.The beauty of God not treasured.The goodness of God not savored.The faithfulness of God not trusted.The commandments of God not obeyed.The justice of God not respected.The...

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Wednesday Wisdom 07.12.17

"We must believe the truth that God carries out His own good purposes without ever being thwarted, and He so directs and controls all events and all actions of His creatures that they never act outside of His sovereign will. That which should distinguish the suffering of believers from unbelievers is the confidence that our suffering is under the control of an all-powerful...

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Wednesday Wisdom 07.05.17

"Every one of us can honestly claim that 'worst of sinners' title. No, it isn't specially reserved for the Adolf Hitlers, Timothy McVeighs, and Osama bin Ladens of the world. William Law writes, 'We may justly condemn ourselves as the greatest sinners we know because we know more of the folly of our own heart than we do of other people's.' So admit you're the worst sinner ...

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Wednesday Wisdom 06.28.17

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Wednesday Wisdom 06.21.17

If Jesus has died and made full payment for our sins, however, there is no payment left for us to make on them. God can’t punish two people for the same offense. If Jesus has taken our defilement into himself, there is no stain left upon us. The foul spot has finally been purged away, transmitted to Christ. Therefore, because God is faithful and just, and the penalty...

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Wednesday Wisdom 06.14.17

The advantages of afflictions, when the Lord is pleased to employ them for the good of his people, are many and great. Permit me to mention a few of them; and the Lord grant that we may all find those blessed ends answered to ourselves, by the trials he is pleased to appoint us. Afflictions quicken us to prayer. It is a pity it should be so; experience testifies that a lo...

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Wednesday Wisdom 06.07.17

It is grace at the beginning, grace at the end. So that when you and I come to lie upon our deathbeds, the one thing that should comfort and help and strengthen us there is the thing that helped us at the beginning. Not what we have been, not what we have done, but the grace of God in Jesus Christ our Lord. The Christian life starts with grace, it must continue with grace,...

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Wednesday Wisdom 05.31.17

"On Christ Alone" — Elder D.J. Ward (T4G 2016) from Together for the Gospel (T4G) on Vimeo....

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Wednesday Wisdom 05.24.17

"Looking unto Jesus." — Hebrews 12:2 It is ever the Holy Spirit's work to turn our eyes away from self to Jesus; but Satan's work is just the opposite of this, for he is constantly trying to make us regard ourselves instead of Christ. He insinuates, "Your sins are too great for pardon; you have no faith; you do not repent enough; you will never be able to con...

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