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Gill: It puts grace into man’s power, not man’s will under the power of grace.

THE ABSURDITIES OF FREE-WILLDr. John Gill Free-will brings with it so many absurdities that it cannot be received. 1. It makes man the cause of his own salvation. 2. It puts grace into man’s power, not man’s will under the power of grace. 3. It robs God of the honour of making one to differ from another, and ascribes it to man. 4. It allows man a liberty of boasting to God, saying, “God, I thank Thee that Thou gavest me power to will (yet Thou gavest that to Judas as well as me), but I thank myself for the act of willingness, since I receive from Thee no more than Judas did.” 5. It exempts the creature from the power of God, as if man, spider-like, could spin a thread out of his own bowels whereon to climb to Heaven. 6. It maketh man the cause why God willeth this or that; so God must attend on the will of man, and not be infallible in His decrees, nor working all things according to the counsel of His own will (Eph 1:11, Ps 115:3). 7. Then the apostle James lied in saying “every good gift” i…
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Thought Life and Anxiety
How often do you take personal inventory of your thought life? Have you ever noticed the connection between where your mind is focused and the levels of anxiety you feel? 

I, like many of you, can see much of my anxiety in mood swings and my reactions to things. However, I do not often stop to reflect on where my thought life has been and how it is affecting my level of anxiety. 
Captive Imaginations?
One of the primary reasons we can lack peace from so much of our anxieties is because our imaginations have been filled with everything else but God.
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Horton: Revelation 20 as symbolizing the present reign of Christ.

Especially in the light of the straightforward statements of Jesus and the rest of the New Testament, it makes better sense to interpret the thousand years of Revelation 20 as symbolizing the present reign of Christ. In this perspective, the part of John’s vision that we find in Revelation 20 happens in heaven, not on earth, and in the present day, not simply in a future event. The whole book is meant to be read not chronologically but as snapshots of the current age of the church from a heavenly point of view and to provide comfort and assurance to the suffering church by testifying to the final triumph of the Lamb. 

With good reason, premillennialists wonder how we could interpret Revelation 20 as occurring now, when it seems obvious to them that Satan is not bound and that he is in fact deceiving the nations. Yet if Satan were not currently bound—if he were free to rule and reign over the earth—there could be no church, much less one that endures through the centuries despite heresy…

Boice: Weakness of Contemporary Preaching

Weakness of Contemporary Preaching

Where do most people begin when making a presentation of Christian truth, assuming that they even speak of it to others? Where does most of today’s Christian “preaching” begin?

Many begin with what is often termed “a felt need,” a lack or a longing that the listener will acknowledge. The need may involve feelings of inadequacy; a recognition of problems in the individual’s personal relationships or work or aspirations; moods; fears; or simply bad habits. The basic issue may be loneliness, or it may be uncontrollable desires. According to this theory, preaching should begin with felt needs, because this alone establishes a point of contact with a listener and wins a hearing. 

But does it? Oh, it may establish a contact between the teacher and the listener. But this is not the same thing as establishing contact between the listener and God, which is what preaching is about. Nor is it even necessarily a contact between the listener and the truth, since fel…

Keller: Deep Idols

Over the last several years there is one book that I continue to read again and again.  It is Tim Keller's Counterfeit Gods: The Empty Promises of Money, Sex, and Power, and the Only Hope that Matters. 


As it pertains to discerning our real issues with money, he calls us to consider more deeply what we genuinely are valuing above God.

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Grace and Deep Idols
...There are “deep idols” within the heart beneath the more concrete and visible “surface idols” that we serve.
Sin in our hearts affects our basic motivational drives so they become idolatrous, “deep idols.” Some people are strongly motivated by a desire for influence and power, while others are more excited by approval and appreciation. Some want emotional and physical comfort more than anything else, while still others want security, the control of their environment. People with the deep idol of power do not mind being unpopular in order to gain influence. People who are most motivated by approval are the opposite—they …

Boice: "If faith were a human achievement..."

Romans 1 v 8
8 First, I thank my God through Jesus Christ for all of you, because your faith is being reported all over the world.
This is a faith that God himself brought into being and not something that welled up unaided in the heart of mere human beings. This is why Paul begins by thanking God for these Christians and not by praising them for their commitment. If faith were a human achievement, then Paul should have praised the Roman Christians. He should have said, “First, I thank you for believing in Jesus Christ” or “I praise you for your faith.” But Paul does not do this. Faith is worked in us by God as a result of the new birth. Therefore, Paul praises God, not man, for the Roman Christians.

Robert Haldane wrote that in thanking God for the faith of those to whom he is writing “Paul … thus acknowledges God as the author of the Gospel, not only on account of his causing it to be preached to them, but because he had actually given them grace to believe.”

Calvin said of this verse, …