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Satan stays active, keeping pace

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Satan stays active, keeping pace wth God, cunning aiming to spoil God’s work and to thwart His plans to do good for his people and bring praise to his name. So teh church must be at war with Satan, since Satan is always at war with it – with us who believe

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From the book "The Gospel: How the Church Portrays the Beauty of Christ (9Marks: Building Healthy Churches Book 5)"

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Always in some way they

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Always in some way they will throw light on the twin themes of sin and grace; for these are the things that the whole Bible is about.Whatever part of the counsel of God they deal with, expository sermons will relate it to “Christ and him crucified,” for the Christ of Calvary is, so to speak, the hub around which the whole Biblical revelation revolves.And the preacher is not handling his texts biblically unless he is seeing and setting them in their proper relation to Christ. If the expositor finds himself out of sight of Calvary, that shows that he has lost his way.

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From the book "Honouring the Written Word of God: 3 (Collected Shorter Writings of J. I. Packer)"

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I start with the truism

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I start with the truism that each Christian’s prayer life, like every good marriage, has in it common factors about which one can generalise and also uniqueness which no other Christian’s prayer life will quite match. You are you and I am I, and we must each find our own way with God.

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Packer said, "The very act

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Packer said, "The very act of setting out Calvinistic soteriology [the doctrine of salvation] in the form of five distinct points (a number due, as we saw, merely to the fact that there were five Arminian points for the Synod of Dort to answer) tends to obscure the organic character of Calvinistic thought on this subject. For the five points, though separately stated, are inseparable. They hang together; you cannot reject one without rejecting them all, at least in the sense in which the Synod meant them. For to Calvinism there is really only one point to be made in the field of soteriology: the point that God saves sinners. "God – the Triune Jehovah, Father, Son and Spirit; three Persons working together in sovereign wisdom, power and love to achieve the salvation of a chosen people, the Father electing, the Son fulfilling the Father’s will by redeeming, the Spirit executing the purpose of Father and Son by renewing." "Saves – does everything, first to last, that is involved in bringing man from death in sin to life in glory: plans, achieves and communicates redemption, calls and keeps, justifies, sanctifies, glorifies." "Sinners – men as God finds them, guilty, vile, helpless, powerless, unable to lift a finger to do God’s will or better their spiritual lot. God saves sinners – and the force of this confession may not be weakened by disrupting the unity of the work of the Trinity, or by dividing the achievement of salvation between God and man and making the decisive part man’s own, or by soft-pedalling the sinner’s inability so as to allow him to share the praise of his salvation with his Saviour. This is the one point of Calvinistic soteriology which the "five points" are concerned to establish and Arminianism in all its forms to deny: namely, that sinners to not save themselves in any sense at all, but that salvation, first and last, whole and entire, past, present and future, is of the Lord, to whom be glory for ever; amen."

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As it would be cruel

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As it would be cruel to an Amazonian tribesman to fly him to London, put him down without explanation in Trafalgar Square and leave him, as one who knew nothing of English or England, to fend for himself, so we are cruel to ourselves if we try to live in this world without knowing the God whose world it is and runs it. The world becomes a strange, mad, painfulplave and life in it a disappointing and unpleasant business, for those who don’t know about God

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Meditation is the activity of

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Meditation is the activity of calling to mind, and thinking over, and dwelling on, and applying to oneself, the various things that one knows about the works and ways and purposes and promises of God.
It is an activity of holy thought, consciously performed in the presence of God, under the eye of God, by the help of God, as a means of communion with God.Its purpose is to clear one’s mental and spiritual vision of God and to let His truth makes its full and proper impact on one’s mind and heart.

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Justification is a forensic idea,

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Justification is a forensic idea, conceived in terms of law, and viewing
God as judge. In justification, God declares of penitent believers that
they are not, and never will be, liable to the death that their sins deserve,
because Jesus Christ, their substitute and sacrifice, tasted death in their
place on the cross.
But contrast this, now, with adoption. Adoption is a family idea,
conceived in terms of love, and viewing God as father. In adoption, God
takes us into his family and fellowship, and establishes us as his children
and heirs. Closeness, affection and generosity are at the heart of the
relationship. To be right with God the judge is a great thing, but to be
loved and cared for by God is a greater

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