We’ve Missed It

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Working on a study on the Holy Spirit for Sunday and reading the quotes below really made me realize what a Christless Christianity I and so many other have tasted in our churches. We have become dreary-eyed and listless at the lack of an exaltation of the glory of Christ and many have given up altogether. Indeed, the main thing is to keep the main thing the main thing, and the written words of God resound with an earshattering roar that the only ultimate thing in this life and the next can be the glory of the Son of God. If the entire work of the Spirit is ultimately to foster adoration of Christ so that people will become like him, and the family of God and its leaders are to be contributing to that effect, why do we have Christless churches?

β€œThe revelation made of Christ in the blessed Gospel is far more excellent, more glorious, and more filled with rays of divine wisdom and goodness, than the whole creation and the just comprehension of it, if attainable, can contain or afford. Without the knowledge hereof, the mind of man, however priding itself in other inventions and discoveries, is wrapped up in darkness and confusion.”

β€œFor all persons not immersed in sensual pleasures, -not overdrenched in the love of this world and present things,- who have any generous or noble thoughts about their own nature, being, and end, – are under the highest obligation to betake themselves unto this contemplation of Christ and his glory. Without this, [the contemplation of Christ and his glory] they shall never attain true rest or satisfaction in their own minds. He it is alone in whom the race of mankind may boast and glory, on whom all its felicities do depend.”
John OwenThe Glory of Christ

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The Cup

C.J. Mahaney describes the cup of wrath Christ drank for my sin. Moving.

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Sanctity of Life Sunday

To help you think about the sin of 52,000,000 babies, since 1973, that have been murdered before they were born, contemplate the power and privilege of God-given life in this short video:

Recovering Biblical Christianity

I feel Washer echoes my observations and concerns about the distortion of the Gospel in our churches and its effects. He also describes many of the landmarks that have led me in a passion for recovering the Gospel and proclaiming that to our people.

An interview with Paul Washer

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Jonathan Edwards on Hell

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“His winnowing fork is in His hand, and He will clear His threshing floor, gathering His wheat into the barn–and burning up the chaff with unquenchable fire!” Matthew 3:12

“They will throw them into the fiery furnace, where there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth!” Matthew 13:42

“Then He will say to those on the left–Depart from Me, you who are cursed, into the eternal fire prepared for the Devil and his angels!” Matthew 25:41

“If your hand causes you to sin, cut it off. It is better for you to enter life maimed than with two hands to go into hell–where the fire never goes out!” Mark 9:43

“He will burn up the chaff with unquenchable fire!” Luke 3:17

“I am in agony in this fire!” Luke 16:24

“Those who suffer the punishment of eternal fire!” Jude 1:7

To help your conception of what hell is–imagine yourself to be cast into a fiery oven–or into the midst of a great furnace, where your pain would be as much greater than that occasioned by accidentally touching a coal of fire–as the heat is greater. Imagine also, that your body were to lie there for a quarter of an hour, full of fire, as full as a bright coal of fire, all the while full of quick sense. What horror would you feel at the entrance of such a furnace! And how long would that quarter of an hour seem to you! If it were to be measured by the hour-glass, how long would the glass seem to be running! And after you had endured it for one minute, how unbearable would it be to you–to think that you had yet to endure the other fourteen minutes!

But what would be the effect on your soul–if you knew you must lie there enduring that torment to the full–for twenty-four hours! And how much greater would be the effect–if you knew you must endure it for a whole year! And how vastly greater still–if you knew you must endure it for a thousand years! O then, how would your heart sink, if you thought, if you knew–that you must bear it forever and ever! That there would be no end–that after millions of millions of ages, your torment would be no nearer to an end, than it ever was; and that you would never, never be delivered!

But your torment in Hell will be immeasurably greater than this illustration represents! How then will the heart of a poor creature sink under it! How utterly inexpressible and inconceivable, must the sinking of the soul be in such a case!

“If anyone’s name was not found written in the book of life, he was thrown into the lake of fire!” Revelation 20:15

(Jonathan Edwards)

Flee to the cross behind which no flames of hell can touch and the love of the Lamb shelters His own!

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Escape from Hamas

The personal testimony of the son of a Hamas leader becomes disgusted with the organization and Islam and searches for Christ.

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