Monthly Archives: September 2010

God’s good creation

As we begin to look at the issue of Christian liberty, the appropriate place to start is at the beginning!  In the creation account in Genesis 1 six different times God pronounces what he has made “good.”  Then in Genesis … Continue reading

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The Fruit of the Vine: Introduction

As far back as I can remember, this congregation has used grape juice in its observance of the Lord’s Supper.  Some time ago your elders, the session, began to give thought to whether that is the best, the most biblical … Continue reading

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Wages or Gift?

Owens warns: [Sin] will so take up and possess the mind and affections with the baits and desirableness of sin, that it shall divert them from an actual and practical contemplation of the danger of it. . . . [Sin] will use a thousand wiles to hide from [the soul] the terror of the Lord, the end of transgressions, and especially of that peculiar folly which it solicits the mind unto. (John Owen, _Indwelling Sin_ in _Overcoming Sin and Temptation_, p. 330, © 2006, Edited by Kapic and Talyor. Pub. by Crossway Books.)
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Reflections on who’s in charge

“It is only because sin does not reign that it can be said, ‘Therefore let not sin reign’. . . . To say to the slave who has not been emancipated, ‘Do not behave as a slave’ is to mock his enslavement. But to say the same to the slave who has been set free is the necessary appeal to put into effect the privileges and rights of his liberation. So in this case the sequence is: sin does not have the dominion; therefore do not allow it to reign.” (John Murray, The Epistle to the Romans, NICNT Vol. 1, p. 227) Continue reading

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Reflections on life and death

“They who imagine that gratuitous righteousness is given us by him, apart from newness of life, shamefully rend Christ asunder.” John Calvin commenting on Romans 6:1 Continue reading

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