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The Christian life is not a playground! It is a battlefield!   Sin is destructive. Halfway measures in dealing with sin will not do!  You have to sever the head of sin, gouge it out of your life, hack it to pieces!  We will never be victorious in this battle if we pamper our sin.  We have to put it to death!  When the temptation comes, especially to our besetting sins, whether that be anger,  greed, lust or some other addiction, we have to fling it aside decisively and immediately.  Dillydallying with sin and temptation is deadly.  Vacillating will kill you ever sin.  You need to be killing sin or it will be killing you.  Shadow-boxing won’t do!

And if your hand causes you to sin, cut it off. It is better for you to enter life crippled than with two hands to go to hell, to the unquenchable fire.And if your foot causes you to sin, cut it off. It is better for you to enter life lame than with two feet to be thrown into hell. And if your eye causes you to sin, tear it out. It is better for you to enter the kingdom of God with one eye than with two eyes to be thrown into hell, ‘where their worm does not die and the fire is not quenched.’ ” (Mark 9:43–48, ESV)

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Love or die?

My daughter Camille heard Alexander Strauch at the Truth for Life Conference at the Master’s College in January 2011.  They gave each of the students his book Love or Die which she has recently read.  She has posted about it here and provided a lot of challenging quotes from the book.

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Last evening we watched a docu-drama on The Pilgrim’s Progress by John Bunyan.  We viewed the scenes in the Interpreter’s House including the dusty parlor which symbolized the heart of man that was never sanctified by the sweet grace of the gospel.  The dust in the room is our sin. A man enters and starts sweeping the dust on the floor and creates quite the mess. He represents the Law.  But then a woman comes in and sprinkles the floor with water which represents the gospel.

The commentator Mark Keilar reminded us that God did not give the law as something to keep, but the purpose of the law was that we could see it and compare it to our lives and see that we haven’t kept it and thus flee to God for mercy.

Earlier this week I listened to an in-depth message on this subject by Dr. Albert Mohler entitled “So I Really Do Need the Law?” Toward the end he presented the following purposes of the Law of God that I found helpful in their summary.

  1. To show us God loves us.
  2. To define and preserve human flourishing.
  3. To restrain evil in a fallen world.
  4. To show us our need of Christ.
  5. To instruct us in righteousness.
  6. To show us the glory of God in the gospel of Jesus Christ.
  7. To make us yearn for glory.

To the last point, Dr. Mohler reminded us that there will be no copy of the Ten Commandments posted in heaven.  How true–for then we shall be perfect!

This message will soon be posted at resolved.org.  I will update post when it is available.

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John Newton:

I asked the Lord that I might grow
In faith, and love, and every grace;
Might more of His salvation know,
And seek, more earnestly, His face.

’Twas He who taught me thus to pray,
And He, I trust, has answered prayer!
But it has been in such a way,
As almost drove me to despair.

I hoped that in some favored hour,
At once He’d answer my request;
And by His love’s constraining pow’r,
Subdue my sins, and give me rest.

Instead of this, He made me feel
The hidden evils of my heart;
And let the angry pow’rs of hell
Assault my soul in every part.

Yea more, with His own hand He seemed
Intent to aggravate my woe;
Crossed all the fair designs I schemed,
Blasted my gourds, and laid me low.

Lord, why is this, I trembling cried,
Wilt thou pursue thy worm to death?
“’Tis in this way, the Lord replied,
I answer prayer for grace and faith.

These inward trials I employ,
From self, and pride, to set thee free;
And break thy schemes of earthly joy,
That thou may’st find thy all in Me.”

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A must-read article by Albert Mohler on the impact of New York state legalizing so-called “same-sex marriage.”

His conclusion:

In the end, it is difficult to know how one can exaggerate the importance of New York’s shift on marriage. New York is not merely a highly populous state — it also includes the nation’s most significant city in terms of economics, business, and cultural influence.

The legalization of same-sex marriage represents nothing less than a moral revolution, for what the law allows and recognizes, it also approves. Last Friday was a sad day for marriage and, if the advocates of same-sex marriage are right, it was also a sign of things to come.

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David Powlison, a biblical counselor with Christian Counseling and Education Foundation, offers some biblical wisdom in this answer to one of life’s hard questions. Perhaps this grief has affected you personally or you know someone who would benefit from this counsel.

Even if you haven’t experienced miscarriage in your immediate family, this is worth watching for two reasons:  1) to watch how Dr. Powlision deals compassionately with life issues and 2) to be reminded that Scripture is a book of hope to those full of grief and groaning.

[vimeo 20478923]

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