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Tom Ascol’s reflections on the 2014 Southern Baptist Convention

Practical advice for raising daughters to the glory of God

“Our prayers are an extract and copy of the work of the Holy Spirit in us, given us by Himself.” (John Owen)

“A knowledge of our misery is necessary for our comfort.” (Zacharias Ursinus)

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The Quest for Wisdom

THE QUEST FOR WISDOM

“The fear of the Lord is wisdom, because it sets a person in communion with God and sets him on the path to the fullness of knowledge that will dawn in Christ. Indeed, the fear of the Lord is granted to a sinful person only for the sake of Christ. God acts in mercy towards people in Old Testament times by reckoning for their benefit beforehand the grace that will be accomplished in Christ. Even in the Old Testament, godly people experienced beforehand some foretaste of the wisdom of God and the communion with God. The full realization of that communion awaited the coming of Christ. And of course we still await a yet fuller communion with God in the new heavens and the new earth.” (Vern Poythress)

For more on this subject, visit Frame & Poythress.

 

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Thanksgiving Thursday

BE PARTICULAR IN YOUR THANKS TO GOD

“Thank God for making you in His image…

We must give thanks that he has made us reasonable creatures, capable of knowing, loving, serving, and enjoying him, and that he has not made us like the beasts that perish.

We praise you, for we are fearfully and wonderfully made; and that our souls, our nobler part, know very well; for no man knows a person’s thoughts except the spirit of that person, which is in him.

You have made us of that rank of beings which is a little lower than the heavenly beings and is crowned with glory and honor; for it is the spirit in man, the breath of the Almighty, that makes him understand;  and the spirit of a man is the lamp of the LORD.

Our bodies are capable of being the temples of the Holy Spirit, and our souls of having the Spirit of God dwell in them; we therefore glorify you with our bodies and with our spirits, which are both yours.

You, Lord, have formed us for yourself, that we might declare your praise.” (Matthew Henry)

THE GOODNESS OF HIS NATURE

 

For more on this subject, visit Method for Prayer.

 

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Family Friday

MARRIAGE TO THE GLORY OF GOD

“None of our family relations will be right unless we fear God. This is the soul of godliness—fearing Him. When your marriage is governed by this fear of God it means that you will revere the eternity of God, and His illimitable knowledge, His authority over everything in heaven and hell, His providence over every hair on our heads, His power over the waves and winds, His purity, trustworthiness, justice that renders all moral accounts on the cross or in hell, His atoning mercy, His wrath that one day we will give an account to Him, His grace that forgives the penitent and so on. That is fearing God, and blessing comes to the church by marriages like this.” (Derek Thomas)

For more on this subject, visit the Pastoral Theology page.

 

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Friday with Ferguson

DISCOVERING GOD’S WILL

“Of course we have our spiritual liberties. But when we find ourselves unable to enjoy the Christian life without our liberties, then we have become enslaved to them. There is, for example, presumably no built-in evil about owning a new car, or living in pleasant house, or enjoying various foods, spending time in various pursuits, or with certain kinds of people. But when we cannot be content without them; when we simply must have them—they are no longer our liberties, but our chains. The Christian should develop in Christ a sensitivity to those things to which he will most readily allow himself to be brought into bondage. ‘Will this enslave me?’ will be a question never far from his thinking. ‘I will not be mastered by anything’ (2 Tim. 1:7) is a good motto text for the man who has received a spirit of self-discipline.” (Sinclair Ferguson)

For more on this subject, please visit the Pastoral Theology page.

 

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Monday with Manton

GOD’S WORD IN OUR HEARTS

“We are not merely to study the Word for the comfort of it, and the suitableness to the conscience. As man is a reasonable creature, he will delight in knowledge; and as he has a conscience which presages death and judgment to come, he may delight in the comfort of it. Many search out promises, but do not love precepts. The stony ground seem to have a joy; they may delight in the comfortable part of religion, but this joy comes to nothing—this gladsome forward spring is no sure prognostication of a plentiful harvest. Then only do we receive the Word aright when we look to the holy part, and mortify our natural desires and affections. Many deal with the Word as great men do with fleshly companions—willing to entertain them at their tables—to hear their discourse, because of the pleasantness of their mirth; but to enter into bonds for them, and discharge them from debt, or better their fortunes, that they will not do. So many will give Christ and the Word, especially the comfortable part of it, entertainment; but they are loath to take the duty of the Gospel unto themselves. Therefore it is not enough to study the Word merely that we may cherish our own persons with the comforting part of it, but we must also study the holy part and that which does require our duty. Then let us labor to hide the Word in our hearts as David did: that we may not sin against God.” (Thomas Manton)

For more on the subject, please visit Meet the Puritans.

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