I’ve finally got round to reading J.C. Ryle’s classic Holiness. Here is a quote that captures the piercing writing style of Ryle: “Heavy must that weight of human sin be that made Jesus groan and sweat drops of blood in agony at Gethsemane, and cry at Golgotha, “My God, my God, why hast thou forsaken me?” (Matt. 27:46). Nothing, I am convinced, will astonish us … Continue reading Heavy must that weight of human sin be…
Therefore, rid yourselves of all malice and all deceit, hypocrisy, envy, and slander of every kind. 2 Like newborn babies, crave pure spiritual milk, so that by it you may grow up in your salvation, 3 now that you have tasted that the Lord is good. 1 Peter 2:1-3 (NIV) Here, in these 3 verses, we see the central place of pleasure in spiritually healthy living. Verse … Continue reading Seek pleasure
“For the word of God is alive and active. Sharper than any double-edged sword, it penetrates even to dividing soul and spirit, joints and marrow; it judges the thoughts and attitudes of the heart.” Hebrews 4:12 (NIV) “The description of the Bible as a sword that can pierce and divide the soul demonstrates the invasive quality of the Word. When we approach Scripture with a … Continue reading Warning: God’s word is invasive
The following is a beautifully challenging line from one of the prayers from ‘The valley of vision’ (a collection of puritan prayers and devotions): “I will not love a world that crucified him, neither cherish nor endure the sin that put him to grief.” Continue reading Love of Christ and hatred of sin
How many times have you asked or heard someone else ask “so what is sin?”. Here is a brilliant response to that from John Piper: “What is sin? It is the glory of God not honored. The holiness of God not reverenced. The greatness of God not admired. The power of God not praised. The truth of God not sought. The wisdom of God not … Continue reading What is Sin?
This is a great article by Sam Storms on a subject which often gets ‘squiffy’: http://www.samstorms.com/enjoying-god-blog/post/is-it-possible-to-repent-for-the-sins-of-others Continue reading Is it possible to repent for sins of others?