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Wednesday Wisdom 06.20.18

"[I]t matters nothing what the world thinks right or wrong. There is only one sure test of truth. What saith the Scripture? What is written in the Bible? What is the mind of the Holy Ghost?If we cannot submit our judgments to this infallible umpire, it is useless to pretend that we have any religion at all." - J.C. Ryle, Old Paths...

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Wednesday Wisdom 06.06.18

"[F]aith involves both a renunciation and a reliance. First, we must renounce any trust in our own performance as the basis of our acceptance before God. We trust in our own performance when we believe we've earned God's acceptance by our good works. But we also trust in our own performance when we believe we've lost God's acceptance by our bad worksby our sin. So we must ...

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Wednesday Wisdom 05.30.18

"Any time that we are tempted to doubt God's love for us, we should go back to the Cross. We should reason somewhat in this fashion: If God loved me enough to give His Son to die for me when I was His enemy, surely He loves me enough to care for me now that I am His child. Having loved me to the ultimate extent at the Cross, He cannot possibly fail to love me in my times o...

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Wednesday Wisdom 05.23.18

"We are noweven now pardoned; even now are our sins put away; even now we stand in the sight of God accepted, as though we had never been guilty. 'There is therefore now no condemnation to them which are in Christ Jesus.' There is not a sin in the Book of God, even now, against one of his people. Who dareth to lay anything to their charge? There is neither speck, nor spot,...

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Wednesday Wisdom 05.09.18

"God is the highest good of the reasonable creature, and the enjoyment of Him is the only happiness with which our souls can be satisfied. To go to heaven, fully to enjoy God, is infinitely better than the most pleasant accommodations here. Fathers and mothers, husbands, wives, children, or the company of earthly friends are but shadows, but the enjoyment of God is the sub...

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Wednesday Wisdom 04.18.18

"Remember the perfections of that God whom you worship, that he is a Spirit, and therefore to be worshipped in spirit and truth; and that he is most great and terrible, and therefore to be worshipped with seriousness and reverence, and not to be dallied with, or served with toys or lifeless lip-service; and that he is most holy, pure, and jealous, and therefore to be purel...

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Wednesday Wisdom 04.11.18

"The One who has done the greatest thing of all for you, must be concerned about you in everything, and though the clouds are thick and you cannot see His face, you know He is there. 'Behind a frowning providence He hides a smiling face.' Now hold on to that. You say that you do not see His smile. I agree that these earthborn clouds prevent my seeing Him, but He is there a...

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Wednesday Wisdom 03.28.18

To see the King of heaven fall In anguish to His knees, The Light and Hope of all the world Now overwhelmed with grief. What nameless horrors must He see, To cry out in the garden: "Oh, take this cup away from me Yet not my will but Yours, Yet not my will but Yours."To know each friend will fall away, And heaven's voice be still, For hell to have its vengeful day Upon Gol...

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Wednesday Wisdom 03.21.18

Q. How does Christ's return "to judge the living and the dead" comfort you? A. In all my distress and persecution I turn my eyes to the heavens and confidently await as judge the very One who has already stood trial in my place before God and so has removed the whole curse from me. All His enemies and mine He will condemn to everlasting punishment: but me and all His chose...

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Wednesday Wisdom 03.14.18

"Jesus, I my cross have taken, all to leave and follow Thee.Destitute, despised, forsaken, Thou from hence my all shall be.Perish every fond ambition, all I've sought or hoped or known.Yet how rich is my condition! God and Heaven are still mine own. Let the world despise and leave me, they have left my Savior, too.Human hearts and looks deceive me; Thou art not, like them...

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Wednesday Wisdom 03.07.18

"Before the charge 'know thyself,' ought to come the far greater charge, 'know thy God.' But, though the study of the being and character of God is a duty which we dare not disregard, still, let us not be unmindful of the fact that we vile, short-sighted worms should approach the solemn task of studying God with feelings of humility and awe. God is found of the lowly, but ...

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Wednesday Wisdom 02.21.18

"I have been examining myself and looking back upon my past life, but I can find nothing in myself and nothing in all my past services to recommend me at the bar of Jehovah. Christ is my all. His blood is my only hope of acceptance...My pains are great; but, blessed be God, they are not eternal. I long to be in heaven." - Lemuel Haynes, quoted by Timothy Mather Cooley,Sket...

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Wednesday Wisdom 02.14.18

"Now, dear Lord, hear my cry, 'Make Thy way straight before my face.' (Psalm 5:8) Compel me, by the power of Thy love and Thy example, to go in the narrow road; 'hedge up my way with thorns,' (Hosea 2:6) rather than that I should take a step out of Thy way which Thou has laid down for me.What if, sometimes, there be mists and fogs so thick that I cannot see the path? 'Tis ...

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Wednesday Wisdom 02.07.18

"Our Lord does not promise to change life for us; He does not promise to remove difficulties and trials and problems and tribulations; He does not say that He is going to cut out all the thorns and leave the roses with their wonderful perfume. No; He faces life realistically, and tells us that these are things to which the flesh is heir, and which are bound to come. But He...

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Wednesday Wisdom 01.24.18

"[T]here is nothing in us or done by us, at any stage of our earthly development, because of which we are acceptable to God. We must always be accepted for Christ's sake, or we cannot ever be accepted at all. This is not true of us only 'when we believe.' It is just as true after we have believed. It will continue to be true as long as we live. Our need of Christ does not ...

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Wednesday Wisdom 01.17.18

"Hast thou repented? God looks upon thee as if thou hadst not offended; He becomes a friend, a father; He will now bring forth the best robe and put it on thee: God is pacified towards thee, and will with the father of the prodigal, fall upon thy neck and kiss thee...Hast thou been penitentially humbled? The Lord will never upbraid thee with thy former sins. After Peter we...

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Wednesday Wisdom 01.10.18

"Most merciful Father, I give You all praise and thanks and glory, for You have been pleased to give me, a miserable sinner, so excellent a gift and treasure, as to be received into the fellowship and company of Your dear Son Jesus Christ, my Lord. I pray now that You would grant this request that You would never allow me to grow so callous as to forget Your many blessings...

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Wednesday Wisdom 01.03.18

"We must renounce our sinful desire to know the future and to be in control. We are not gods. We walk by faith, not by sight. We risk because God does not risk. We walk into the future in God-glorifying confidence, not because the future is known to us but because it is known to God. And that's all we need to know. Worry about the future is not simply a character tic, it i...

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Wednesday Wisdom 12.27.17

"God became man. The divine Son became a Jew. The Almighty appeared on earth as a helpless human baby, unable to do more than lie and stare and wriggle and make noises, needing to be fed and changed and taught to talk like any other child. And there was no illusion or deception in this; the babyhood of the Son of God was a reality. The more you think about it, the more sta...

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Wednesday Wisdom 12.20.17

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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 strength...

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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. 19:67). 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 saints of o...

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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 theein ceaseless flow.When I think upon and converse with theeten thousand delightful thoughts spring up,ten thousand sources of pleasure are unsealed,ten thousand refreshing joys spread ove...

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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 Trinityin what we might think of as an inner-Trinitarian planning meetinghad 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 sprinkling by...

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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 sorrow, ...

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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 you are ...

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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 right there in the first v...

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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 for o...

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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 continue to the en...

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