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Realism & Retroactive Identity in Christ

April 17, 2017 by


By Ken Hamrick John Murray’s treatment of sanctification, particularly his essay, “The Agency in Definitive Sanctification,” makes some surprising inroads toward grasping the believer’s retroactive, realistic identification with Christ.[1] He does not go as far as to acknowledge that the reality of the spiritual union of Christ in the believer brings a title to all […]

Facing Discouragement? We Need Protection in God’s Encouragement | Ronnie Floyd

December 17, 2014 by


Discouragement is one of the enemy’s most effective tools against the people of God. How many small group leaders begin with great dreams of seeing spiritual growth in their group members only to become discouraged and quit? How many pastors assume leadership in a new church only to run afoul of a power structure, become […]

Why Personal Devotions Aren’t Enough | Christianity Today

December 13, 2014 by


The Bible was made to be read in church first. Wesley Hill / December 12, 2014 Each day began the same way: I would get out of bed, take a shower, and sit down at my desk. I’d place my New American Standard Bible in front of me and open it to where the bright […]

When God Doesn’t Zap Away Our Sin | Challies Dot Com

December 12, 2014 by


God promises grace to battle sin and to overcome sin. We believe that God gives that kind of grace to his people. This is not something we deserve; it is not something he owes us, but he gives it anyway. It is undeserved, the overflow of his love for us. And we long for that […]

The Gospel in a Good Marriage | The Gospel Centered Woman

November 5, 2014 by


We almost killed each other coming out of the gate, but the relentless, self-crushing grace of God chased us down, and now we’re rounding the corner to our 30th wedding anniversary. Snorting our way neck-and-neck down the backstretch, we blindly run through a dust of faith that continues to spotlight our inadequacy against the backdrop […]

“Jesus, Continued” Releases Today! | J.D. GREEAR

November 5, 2014 by


Jesus, Continued…: Why the Spirit Inside You Is Better than Jesus Beside You is officially available to order starting today! Most books about the Holy Spirit focus on describing who the Holy Spirit is. This book is not so much about the Holy Spirit as it is for helping you understand the Spirit’s guidance in […]

The Danger of Overconfidence, Part 2 | Grace to You

October 10, 2014 by


by John MacArthur A gun-toting, beer-drinking, foul-mouthed “pastor” recently made headlines when he was arrested for driving while intoxicated. In an emotional apology to the church, he confessed he had been abusing alcohol for years. While the extent of his drinking had been kept relatively private until then, he had built both his reputation and […]

The Danger of Overconfidence, Part 1 | Grace to You

October 8, 2014 by


by John MacArthur Overconfidence is a sure way to fall into temptation and sin. To assume you’re beyond the world’s grasp, immune to its enticements, and free to do whatever you like is often the first step toward the harsh realization that you’re not. Many believers in Corinth felt perfectly secure in their Christian lives […]

Christ in You, the Hope of Glory

July 5, 2013 by


This is a repost of an old article, but with a more appropriate title. I think it’s worth posting again… The Church long ago embraced the idea that what happens within substantial reality is not necessary to how God views a man.

This World Will Leave You Empty

September 14, 2012 by


Yesterday I wrote an article that spoke of living as an exile in this world. So, I thought I’d follow that up with a related thought that God has been impressing upon me more and more as time passes. It seems that people are often allured by the things of this world, whether it be […]