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Faith Is?

martyn-lloyd-jones1“Faith, obviously, is not a mere matter of feeling. It cannot be, because one’s feelings in this kind of condition can be very changeable. A Christian is not meant to be dejected when everything goes wrong. He is told to “rejoice”. Feelings belong to happiness alone, rejoicing takes in something much bigger than feelings; and if faith were a matter of feelings only, then when things go wrong and feelings change, faith will go. But faith is not a matter of feelings only, faith takes up the whole man including his mind, his intellect and his understanding. It is response to truth.” (Martyn Lloyd Jones Spiritual Depression – Its Causes and its Cures)

Martyn Lloyd Jones also said…

“Faith is a refusal to panic”

and that’s a beautiful thing!
Soli Deo Gloria
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MacArthur Monday

For that which I am doing, I do not understand; for I am not practicing what I would like to do, but I am doing the very thing I hate. Romans 7:15

Dr. John MacArthurPaul’s proof that sin still indwelt him was in the reality that that which I am doing, I do not understand; for I am not practicing what I would like to do.

Ginõskõ (understand) has the basic meaning of taking in knowledge in regard to something or someone, knowledge that goes beyond the merely factual. By extension, the term frequently was used of a special relationship between the person who knows and the object of the knowledge.

For more watch below…..

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Romish Idolatry

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“Flee from idolatry!” 1 Corinthians 10:14

It is idolatry, not only to worship a false god—but
to worship the true God in a false manner.

See the goodness of God to our nation, in delivering us
from popery, which is Romish idolatry—and causing the
light of His truth to break forth gloriously among us. In
former times, England was overspread with idolatry.
We had . . .
purgatory,
indulgences,
the idolatrous mass,
prayers to saints and angels,
and image-worship.

What is the popish religion, but a bundle of ridiculous
ceremonies! Their candles, beads, crucifixes; what are
these but Satan’s policy, to dress up a carnal worship,
fitted to carnal minds! Oh! what cause have we to bless
God for delivering us from popery! It was a mercy to be
delivered from the Spanish invasion; but it is a far greater
mercy to be delivered from the popish religion!

“What have I to do any more with idols?” Hosea 14:8

(Thomas Watson, “The Ten Commandments”) HT: Grace Gems

Soli Deo Gloria
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Comforts for the Christian

What was from the beginning, what we have heard, what we have seen with our eyes, what we have looked at and touched with our hands, concerning the Word of Life- 2 and the life was manifested, and we have seen and testify and proclaim to you the eternal life, which was with the Father and was manifested to us- 3 what we have seen and heard we proclaim to you also, so that you too may have fellowship with us; and indeed our fellowship is with the Father, and with His Son Jesus Christ. 4 These things we write, so that our joy may be made complete. 1 John 1:1-4

Comfort in true fellowship

Comfort in true fellowship

The Christian finds great comfort in having true fellowship with other believers. However those who are keeping some darkness don’t desire to come to the meetings because they’ve got something they are trying to hide and find themselves uncomfortable. But the children of Light say “Here we are, I’m all here, it’s all me!”


HT: ill be honest

These things we write,
so that our joy may
be made complete.

and that’s a beautiful thing!
Soli Deo Gloria
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MacArthur Monday

Let us hold fast the confession of our hope without wavering, for He who promised is faithful; and let us consider how to stimulate one another to love and good deeds, not forsaking our own assembling together, as is the habit of some, but encouraging one another; and all the more as you see the day drawing near. Hebrews 10:23–25

Dr. John MacArthurDr. MacArthur writes… How can the people of God “stimulate one another to love and good deeds” if they aren’t regularly meeting together? It can’t happen. Forsaking the fellowship of other believers cuts you off from a key, God-ordained source of biblical instruction, refining accountability, and spiritual growth (cf. Proverbs 27:17).

And the need for fellowship is even greater as we draw nearer to the return of Christ. The shepherdless flock won’t thrive; it’ll scatter. And the rogue sheep is easy prey for wolves. Faithful fellowship helps insulate you from the influences of a world that’s sprinting to hell. Why wouldn’t a Christian take advantage of that?

Instead, too many believers today approach church like a duty or a task—one that’s quickly pushed aside and forgotten as soon as it’s been accomplished.

I can’t understand that attitude. I want to be with the people of God every opportunity I get. I want to share together in our common love for the Lord and His truth. I want to build and deepen friendships, bear each other’s burdens, and extend comfort and encouragement to those who need it. I want to come together with a collective choir of believers to sing praises to the Lord. I want to pray and worship with people who love God’s Word, and I want to see firsthand what His Word is accomplishing in their lives.

All of that is meant to happen in the church, not in spite of it. (Taken from Membership Is Fellowship)

Dr. MacArthur on the importance of the local church below.

stimulate one another
to love and good deeds,

and that’s a beautiful thing!
Soli Deo Gloria
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Top 10 Reasons Our Kids Leave Church

Top 10 Reasons Our Kids Leave Church

Top 10 Reasons Our Kids Leave Church

Marc at marc5solas writes….We all know them, the kids who were raised in church. They were stars of the youth group. They maybe even sang in the praise band or led worship. And then… they graduate from High School and they leave church. What happened?

It seems to happen so often that I wanted to do some digging; To talk to these kids and get some honest answers. I work in a major college town with a large number of 20-somethings. Nearly all of them were raised in very typical evangelical churches. Nearly all of them have left the church with no intention of returning. I spend a lot of time with them and it takes very little to get them to vent, and I’m happy to listen. So, after lots of hours spent in coffee shops and after buying a few lunches, here are the most common thoughts taken from dozens of conversations. I hope some of them make you angry. Not at the message, but at the failure of our pragmatic replacement of the gospel of the cross with an Americanized gospel of glory. This isn’t a negative “beat up on the church” post. I love the church, and I want to see American evangelicalism return to the gospel of repentance and faith in christ for the forgiveness of sins; not just as something on our “what we believe” page on our website, but as the core of what we preach from our pulpits to our children, our youth, and our adults.
Here is his top 10 in reverse order:

10. The Church is “Relevant.”

9. They never attended church to begin with.

8. They get smart.

7. You sent them out unarmed.

6. You gave them hand-me-downs.

5. Community.

4. They found better feelings.

3. They got tired of pretending.

2. They know the truth.

1. They don’t need it.

To read the rest and get an explanation of each click HERE

Ht:Justin Taylor

Soli Deo Gloria
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Looking for a Few Good Men

few-good-menIt may be wise to recognize men who are already qualified and are already doing elder-type work rather than to “make” men elders simply by training them.

An elder is simply a man of exemplary, Christlike character who is able to lead God’s people by teaching them God’s Word in a way that profits them spiritually.

What are the practical benefits of having more than one elder?
1. It balances pastoral weakness.
2. It diffuses congregational criticism.
3. It adds pastoral wisdom.
4. It indigenizes leadership.
5. It enables corrective discipline.
6. It defuses “us vs. him.”

(Mark Dever and Paul Alexander Looking for a Few Good Men, taken from The Deliberate Church)

We cannot sit back and wait for the sheep to lead. A few will, but by and large they are looking to us for direction, feeding, and leadership by our stepping out courageously in faith.  (Curtis C. Thomas Practical Wisdom for Pastors)

and that’s a beautiful thing!
Soli Deo Gloria
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MacArthur Monday

Dr. John MacArthurIt is obvious I like to listen to Dr. MacArthur preach, but every once in a while he does these question and answer sessions with his church Grace Community Church that are just so rich. I had some time this past Saturday and was just so blessed and edified with these two videos, so learn more about his church and his ministry below in these two question and answer session. He talks about Church, the function of the Church, discipline, preaching and his preparation for preaching, just very rich and refreshing to hear.

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Free Will or Free Grace?

but I believe you will before you enter heaven

Free-will doctrine – what does it? It magnifies man into God; it declares God’s purposes a nullity, since they cannot be carried out unless men are willing. It makes God’s will a waiting servant to the will of man, and the whole covenant of grace dependent upon human action. Denying election on the ground of injustice it holds God to be a debtor to sinners, so that if He gives grace to one He is bound to do so to all. It teaches that the blood of Christ was shed equally for all men and since some are lost, this doctrine ascribes the difference to man’s own will, thus making the atonement itself a powerless thing until the will of man gives it efficacy. Those sentiments dilute the scriptural description of man’s depravity, and by imputing strength to fallen humanity, rob the Spirit of the glory of His effectual grace: this theory says in effect that it is of him that willeth, and of him that runneth, and not of God that showeth mercy. ( Spurgeon from A Jealous God, you can view Here.)

Spurgeon writes further… I believe, that the work of regeneration, conversion, sanctification and faith, is not an act of man’s free will and power, but of the mighty, efficacious and irresistible grace of God. 

and that’s a beautiful thing!
Soli Deo Gloria
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You Will

“The doctrines of original sin, election, and effectual calling, final perseverance, and all those great truths which are called Calvinism – though Calvin was not the author of them, but simply an able writer and preacher upon the subject – are, I believe, the essential doctrines of the gospel that is in Jesus Christ. Now, I do not ask you whether you believe all this – it is possible you may not; but I believe you will before you enter heaven.”
― Charles H. Spurgeon

and that’s a beautiful thing!
Soli Deo Gloria
Lenny

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