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The Dangers of Seeking to Restore

It is the responsibility of every Christian to seek to restore a fallen brother or sister; howoever, there are very real dangers involved in seeking to live out this reality in the covenant community. In Galatians 6:1, the apostle Paul writes, "If any man is caught in a trespass, you who are spiritual restore such a one in a spirit of gentleness, considering yourself lest ...

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Sinclair Ferguson 2004-2011 Tabletalk Articles

I--together with so many others that I know--owe a great debt of gratitude to Dr. Sinclair Ferguson for the influence of his writing and preaching. There is almost no one who brings out the depth and and riches of the Scriptures and the Gospel in the way that he does. It is a joy to know that Ligonier Ministries has had Dr. Ferguson write so often over the past three decad...

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Don't Waste Your Grill or Boat

As a church planter in North America, I am constantly forced to consider the most advantageous ways of reaching our community with the Gospel. While missionaries and pastors in third world countries, and the 10/40 window, have many difficulties and challenges that I may never know personally, I have been called by God to spread the Gospel throughout the Southeast region of...

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The Astonishment of Jesus

It is not often that we think about the way in which the sinless God-Man--living in the world that He and His Father had created, and yet, living among fallen mankind--was affected by His surroundings. The Scriptures speak of Christ's astonishment at the unbelief and the faith of the men He had made--in response to His claims about Himself. William Law, in his though-provo...

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Luther and Calvin on Galatians 5:6

When he comes to the fifth chapter  in his Commentary on Galatians (i.e. the imperatival section of the book), Martin Luther carefully explained the language of "faith working through love"--as it is found in Galatians 5:6. Note how carefully Luther defines the relationship between faith that justifies apart from anything we do, and how that faith then goes on to work t...

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One Thing Leads to Another

J.W. Alexander, in Thoughts on Preaching, raises the following sober--yet much needed--warning for ministers of the Gospel to be on guard against spiritual declension: You will be called, as a minister, to spend much time in laborious study, the tendency of which is to draw the mind off from spiritual concerns; and sometimes in the perusal of erroneous, heretical, an...

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Free Martyn Lloyd-Jones Sermons

The Martyn Lloyd-Jones Recording Trust have recently made the messages that Dr. Lloyd-Jones preached at the Hawethorne Bible Church in 1963 available for free download. Here is their summary of the history of these messages: Martyn Lloyd-Jones preached these at the Summer Bible Conference held at Hawthorne Gospel Church, New Jersey, USA, in 1963; the week before he attend...

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The Secret of Sanctification

One of the most beneficial things I learned from my professors during my seminary days was that ministers must continually preach the message of the cross to the people of God for their growth in grace. One professor in particular constantly exhorted us to preach Christ “for pardon and power.” The longer I have been a Christian, the more I see the wisdom of this counse...

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