In All Thy Ways… Let Him Be Supreme.

“In all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make straight your paths.” Proverbs 3:6. “Take one step at a time, every step under Divine warrant and direction. Ever plan for yourself in simple dependence on God. It is nothing less than self-idolatry to conceive that we can carry on even ordinary matters of the day without his counsel. He loves to be consulted. Therefore take all thy difficulties to be resolved by him. Consider no circumstances too clear to…

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Your Unusual Story

Some years ago, Christian History Magazine devoted an entire issue to Charles Spurgeon. An opening feature was titled, “Did you know? A collection of true and unusual facts about Charles Haddon Spurgeon.” Among the many facts—all of them true, all of them interesting—about C. H. Spurgeon, two of the most fascinating are stories of conversions that came about through Spurgeon’s influence, but under very unlikely circumstances. Eric W. Hayden reports: “One woman was converted through reading a single page of one of Spurgeon’s sermons wrapped around…

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Remembering Jerry Bridges, One Year Later

This week marks one year since the passing of my dear friend Jerry Bridges. I miss my friend! Every time I reread his work (which is often!), I’m grateful to God for Jerry’s friendship and the profound ways he taught me to preach the gospel to myself every day. Last year, I posted an interview with Jerry Bridges, in which Jerry’s humor, wisdom, and godliness are all on full display. I also wrote a post, Remembering Jerry Bridges, to honor the memory…

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We Live By Grace Every Day

“Your worst days are never so bad that you are beyond the reach of God’s grace. And your best days are never so good that you are beyond the need of God’s grace. Every day of our Christian experience should be a day of relating to God on the basis of His grace alone. We are not only saved by grace, but we also live by grace every day.” Jerry Bridges, The Discipline of Grace, 18.

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The Emotional Paradox of the Mature Christian

In J.R.R. Tolkien’s Return of the King, Tolkien describes a scene where the young hobbit Pippin studies the face of the ancient wizard Gandalf: “Pippin glanced in some wonder at the face now close beside his own…he saw at first only lines of care and sorrow; though as he looked more intently he perceived that under all there was a great joy: a fountain of mirth enough to set a kingdom laughing, were it to gush forth.” Tolkien insightfully and…

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