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Andy Naselli provides an extended a lesser known, but very helpful book, by Don Whitney.

If you struggle with assurance regarding your salvation, you are not alone.  There’s help here.

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The April edition of Tabletalk is out. This issue examines the nature of personhood. Throughout history, systematic persecution has resulted whenever oppressors redefine human personhood and rights in a way that excludes members of the oppressed group. Scripture, however, reveals that all human beings have dignity, personhood, and rights given to them by our Creator. Christians must affirm God’s perspective on human personhood and dignity, and, therefore, stand against every form of dehumanization in our day, especially the dehumanization evident in the scourge of abortion.

Contributors include R.C. Sproul along with W. Robert Godfrey, Mark E. Ross, Justin Holcomb, Randy Alcorn, R.C. Sproul Jr., Scotty Smith, Ted Turnau and Tim Challies.

Here are links to several free columns and articles from this month:

HT: Ligonier

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Here are six reasons I’m glad Jesus returned to the Father:

  1. We can go home, too. Jesus tells his disciples a little later that he’s going to prepare a place for them in his Father’s house. Because Jesus returned to the Father, I can say with Paul that “to live is Christ, and to die is gain”—when I depart, I will be with Jesus.
  2. Jesus mediates for us to God. It’s phenomenal: Jesus, the God-man, advocates for me before the holy and righteous God. He knows what it’s like to be human (Hebrews 4:14–16), but he’s not just asking God to give me a break. Jesus was broken, and because of his perfect sacrifice, he sustains our right relationship with God (Hebrews 9:15).
  3. Jesus says we should rejoice. Jesus is pretty straightforward about this one: “If you loved Me, you would have rejoiced because I go to the Father.” This alone is reason to be glad.
  4. We get the Holy Spirit. Jesus plainly states that he must leave in order to send the Holy Spirit (John 16:7). The Spirit teaches and convicts and comforts us—I’m glad he’s here.
  5. We have the inspired Gospels. Jesus promises his disciples that the Holy Spirit will teach them and remind them of all that he said (John 14:25–26). And that’s good for us, because the disciples were able to give accurate accounts of events they didn’t understand while they were happening (Matthew 15:15–1716:9Mark 6:529:32John 12:16).
  6. My king is where he belongs. Jesus, the King of Kings and Lord of Lords, has taken his seat in glory at the Father’s right hand (Hebrews 1:3). He obeyed, and at his name every knee will bow, and every tongue will confess that he is Lord (Philippians 2:9–11).

–Jeffrey Kranz has more here

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