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It is not enough that we go to Church and hear sermons. We may do so for fifty years, and be nothing better, but rather worse. “Take heed,” says our Lord, “how you hear.” Would any one know how to hear properly? Then let them lay to heartthree simple rules.

1) We must hear with FAITH, believing implicitly that every word of God is true, and shall stand. The word in old time did not profit the Jews, since it was “not mixed with faith in those who heard it” (Heb. 4:2).

2) We must hear with REVERENCE, remembering constantly that the Bible is the book of God. This was the habit of the Thessalonians. They received Paul’s message, “not as the word of men, but the word of God” (1 Thess. 2:13).

3) We must bear with PRAYER, praying for God’s blessing before the sermon is preached, praying for God’s blessing again when the sermon is over. Here lies the grand defect of the hearing of many. They ask no blessing, and so they have none. The sermon passes through their minds like water through a leaky vessel, and leaves nothing behind.

► Summary:

Let us bear these rules in mind every Sunday morning, before we go to hear the Word of God preached. Let us not rush into God’s presence careless, reckless, and unprepared, as if it mattered not in what way such work was done. Let us carry with us faith, reverence, and prayer. If these three are our companions, we will hear with profit, and return with praise.

~ J.C. Ryle via J. C. Ryle Quotes

Expository Thoughts on the Gospels: Luke volume 1, [Carlisle, PA: Banner of Truth, 1986], 258-259. {Luke 8:16-21}

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Increase our faith

Faith is always looking up to God. It is seeing beyond the visible to the invisible, peering beyond the temporal to the eternal, squinting beyond the physical to the spiritual. Faith is the upward vision of the believing soul, looking beyond the circumstances of life to the Lord himself, who stands behind those events and presides over them for his glory. Faith sees that God has an eternal purpose in all things, an all wise plan for all that occurs. The eyes of faith glance away from self and away from this world, focusing upon  God who reigns above. Faith is looking beyond this present world to the unseen realm above, beholding God, who rules as King upon his throne.

–Steve Lawson, Psalms 76-150,  p. 272

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Never listened to the song but these words will sure stir the heart that loves Jesus Christ as we think about this coming Sunday.

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With help from the ESV Study Bible, Justin Taylor provides  an attempted harmony/chronology of the words and actions of Jesus in the final week of his pre-resurrection life.

Here’s what happened on Thursday.

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