The Despair of Unworthiness and the Love of God (Sibbes)

Hosea 14:4 contains a wonderful promise of God: "I will heal their waywardness and love them freely..." (NIV). This two-fold promise can help the Christian who struggles with feelings of unworthiness before God. Richard Sibbes (d. 1635) explained this reality quite well. The quote is rich, but it's not too long. It really is worth… Continue reading The Despair of Unworthiness and the Love of God (Sibbes)

Martin Luther on Grace Alone

This is a repost from March 15, 2011. Here are some great words from Martin Luther on salvation by grace alone.  These quotes are from a sermon on Titus 3:4-8 and can be found in volume 3 of Baker’s 7-volume set of Luther’s sermons (edited by J. N. Lenker and others). “So he [Paul in… Continue reading Martin Luther on Grace Alone

The Woman of Samaria (John 4)

One of the many astounding stories in the NT is found in John 4. In this story Jesus encountered a Samaritan woman at Jacob's well near Sychar. The story is astounding because Jesus asked her for a drink, dialogued with her, and even shared with her some of the deep truths of God. In that… Continue reading The Woman of Samaria (John 4)

…No Sinner Should Despair of Finding Mercy… (Chrysostom)

John Chrysostom's "Homilies on the First Epistle of St. Paul to Timothy" are an excellent resource for those studying 1 Timothy. I've enjoyed reading Chrysostom's sermons in my own sermon preparation as I work through 1 Timothy. Here's a very encouraging section of Chrysostom's sermon on 1 Timothy 1:16 (...But for that very reason I… Continue reading …No Sinner Should Despair of Finding Mercy… (Chrysostom)

Good Deeds, Bad Deeds, and God’s Grace (Bunyan)

John Bunyan made a great point about saving grace in the following excerpt from "Saved by Grace." I was going to summarize it here, but I'll just let you read it and think about it on your own. The English is a little dated, but it's a great truth! Here's Bunyan: Are men saved by… Continue reading Good Deeds, Bad Deeds, and God’s Grace (Bunyan)