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Rediscovering Holiness by J.I. Packer  $2.99

Is It My Fault?: Hope and Healing for Those Suffering Domestic Violence  by Justin Holcomb $3.99

John Newton: From Disgrace to Amazing Grace  by Philip Yancey $..99

What Is a Healthy Church Member? by Thabiti Anyabwile  $.99

Ordinary by Michael Horton $7.99

New Mercies by Paul Tripp  $9.99

Prone to Wander by Duguiid and Houk  $9.99

 

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Kevin DeYoung’s outstanding contribution on the subject of personal holiness is less than a dollar in Kindle format.  (Remember you don’t need a Kindle to read this book. There are free apps for computer and mobile devices).  Get The Hole in our Holiness

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“The neglect of prayer is a grand hindrance to holiness.” —John Wesley

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Kevin DeYoung put this list together.  All of the Scripture passages come from 2 Peter.  May this help us to see that there are more reasons to pursue holiness in our lives other than “God said to.”  That’s a good reason.  And a good reason not to sin is simply “because God said don’t do it.”  But we miss out on so much of the richness of Scripture if we just use those two reasons exclusively for deciding what we should do and not do!  May these reasons provide powerful incentives to live the sort of godly and holy lives that God has called us to live until Jesus comes or we die!

  1. We pursue holiness so we might become partakers of the divine nature (1:4)
  2. We make every effort to grow in godliness because God has already set us free from the corruption that is in the world (1:4)
  3. We grow in grace so that we will not be ineffective and unfruitful in the knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ (1:8)
  4. We pursue Christlike character so that we will not be blind, not forgetting that we have been cleansed from our former sins (1:9)
  5. We work hard at holiness so as to make our calling and election sure (1:10)
  6. We practice these godly qualities so there will be richly provided for us an entrance into the eternal kingdom (1:11)
  7. We pursue godliness because Jesus is coming back in great power (1:16-21)
  8. We walk in obedience to Christ because those who wander into sensuality are condemned and will be destroyed (2:3)
  9. We are serious about holiness because we believe God knows how to judge the wicked and save the righteous (2:4-10)
  10. We turn from ungodliness because sin is ugly (2:12-14)
  11. We pursue holiness because sin never delivers on its promises (2:17)
  12. We pursue holiness because those who live in their sin and return to their sin are like those who go back into slavery, those who return to the mire or get down and put their face in their own vomit (2:19-21)
  13. We remember to be holy because in the last days there will be scoffers who will tell us to follow our own desires (3:3)
  14. We make every effort to be godly because the world will not always continue as it is, but the heavens and the earth are stored up for fire and the judgement and destruction of the ungodly (3:4-7)
  15. We take Christlikeness seriously because we do not know when the Lord will return (3:10)
  16. We pursue holiness because all our works will be exposed on the last day (3:10)
  17. We pursue holiness because whatever we live for in this life will be burned up and dissolved (3:11)
  18. We strive for obedience and repentance to hasten the coming of the day of the Lord (3:12)
  19. We live in righteousness now because we are waiting for a new heavens and a new earth in which righteousness will dwell forever (3:13)
  20. We pursue godliness so that Christ might be glorified now and to the day of eternity (3:18)

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God has set apart His people from before the foundation of the world to be His chosen and peculiar inheritance. We are sanctified in Christ Jesus by the Holy Spirit when he subdues our corruptions, imparts to us grace, and leads us onward in the divine walk and life of faith. Christian men are not to be used for anything but God. They are a set-apart people; they are vessels of mercy, they are not for the devil’s use, not for their own use, not for the world’s use, but for their Master’s use. He has made them on purpose to be used entirely, solely and wholly for Him. O Christian people, be holy, for Christ is holy. Do not pollute that holy Name wherewith you are named. Let your family life, your personal life, your business life, be as holy as Christ your Lord would have it to be. Shall saints be shams when sinners are so real?

–Charles Spurgeon

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Douglas Moo warning us about a wrong conclusion we can draw from believing in the perseverance of the saints:

But the danger is that such a theological position will lead to smug satisfaction, a presumption on God’s grace. Belief in eternal security must not lead to unconcern about holiness of life. We may believe that God promises to preserve his saints to the end, but we must also recognize that it is in that very perseverance that the saints are recognized (see Heb. 3:6, 14). Thus we Christians are called to respond to the truth about God that we learn and are warned about the consequences if we fail to do so.  . . .

“Cheap grace” is endemic among contemporary evangelicals. We constantly hear that God loves us, that Christ’s blood covers our sins, that “if we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins” (1 John 1:9)—precious promises, not to be toned down for a minute. The problem is that we don’t often enough hear that God is holy and terrible in his majesty, that he is just and cannot abide sin, that “we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ, that each one may receive what is due him for the things done while in the body” (2 Cor. 5:10). The litmus test of our Christianity is not how much we know but the degree to which what we know affects our attitudes and actions. We Calvinists must be extremely careful that we do not allow our belief in or teaching about eternal security to remove or lessen the responsibility that God places on our shoulders to grow in the grace he so richly makes available.

Moo, Douglas J. (2011-02-22). 2 Peter, Jude (NIV Application Commentary, The) (Kindle Locations 3533-3547). Zondervan. Kindle Edition.

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The Dark Side of Christian Celebrity:  We love the rise and we love the fall. Both make for fantastic entertainment. I wonder sometimes if the reason we end up tearing down our celebrities is that we have elevated them to such a degree in the first place. Once we have done that, once we have put them on the biggest platforms and once we have given them publishing deals with the wealthiest publishers, there is really only one way for them to go, and it’s not up.

Help with holiness:  The Cripplegate has four solid book recommendations if you are interested in seriously knowing what God’s Word says about holiness.

Don’t Waste Your MRI:  Erik shares two spiritual lessons he took away from his MRI experience the other day.

Why You Should Celebrate Your Undone To-Do List:  David Murray thinks he may have just found a way to turn this daily self-torture into a cause for praise and rejoicing.

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