Category Archives: Spiritual growth

Facing temptation

From John MacArthur’s sermon, “Man of Sorrows – Part 1”.  (Matthew 26:36-46) http://www.gty.org/resources/sermons/80-158/man-of-sorrows-part-1 “Verse 41 is the principal, he said it to the disciples, he says it to us, “Keep watching and praying that you may not enter into temptation. … Continue reading

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The Mount of Transfiguration, of Internet Trolls, and the Proto-Evangelium of James

This Dividing Line Program by Dr. James White is in 3 sections:  The Mount of Transfiguration – Matthew 17:1-8 (see also in Mark 9:1-8 and Luke 9:28-36) Dr. White makes some very interesting points here.  Why Moses and Elijah?  Usually … Continue reading

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Prayer to the True God

A great prayer to the True God of the Bible, the Holy Trinity:  The Father, the Son, the Holy Spirit; Three Persons in ONE GOD. Another Prayer, this time, in Song: A prayer to the Holy Spirit to work in … Continue reading

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Knowing the Bible does not automatically make you more holy

http://andynaselli.com/don-carson-on-how-knowing-the-bible-does-not-automatically-make-you-more-holy#more-16547 This article was a very good reminder of the danger of pride and arrogance that can come from knowing the Scriptures and knowing Greek and Hebrew, and theology and church history.  D. A. Carson gives example of liberal theologians … Continue reading

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Dealing with Gluttony

“heart idols are more dangerous than stone idols”  Jim Newheiser http://www.ibcd.org/resources/messages/gluttony-diet-fitness-and-body-idolatry/ dealing-with-gluttony-newheiser  

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Hebrews 3:12-14 – John Piper

http://www.desiringgod.org/labs/take-care-brothers This is where knowing the Greek tense of a verb is very helpful.  Verse 14, “We have become partakers of Christ . . . ” (past perfect tense) – “if we hold fast” = if we persevere, it proves … Continue reading

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Letting the Psalms shape your mind and emotions – John Piper – “Thinking and Feeling with God”

  At Desiring God:  Psalms:  Songs that Shape the heart and mind Reading this sermon is also very helpful. The first contrast is with the two spheres of influence on our souls.  The sphere of the world/culture around us, vs. … Continue reading

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