The Most Powerful Thing We Can Say (Welch)

I've mentioned this helpful book before: Side by Side by Ed Welch. It's a very good resource on friendships and the details of Christians walking through life with other Christians - together. In the fourth chapter Welch discusses the weight of sin. One section of the chapter discusses some of the blessings or benefits that …

Why Didn’t God Do Something? (Whyte)

Alexander Whyte (d. 1921) was a well-known Scottish preacher who pastored a congregation in the Free Church of Scotland over 100 years ago. Many were touched by his sermons and his teaching. Whyte also wrote several books, including Lord, Teach Us to Pray. After reading several other authors mention Whyte, I picked up a book …

Monday Meditation: Psalm 51:12a (Warfield)

Most of our readers are familiar with Psalm 51. This is the Psalm David wrote after his deeply sinful thoughts and actions in the terrible Bathsheba affair. David's sin grieved him greatly and he sought out forgiveness from God. In Psalm 51:12 David prayed, "Restore to me the joy of your salvation" [NIV]. Aroundn one …

A Prayer for Help to Flee from Sin (Luther)

Most certainly and primarily the Christian learns to pray from the teaching of Scripture. We have examples of prayers in both Testaments. Most of the Psalms are prayers. Jesus taught us a pattern of prayer. Scripture is our primary resource for improving our prayer lives. However, we can also learn how to pray from other …

Shameful Acts Contrary to Nature (Augustine)

A few chapters into his Confessions, Augustine wrestled with ethics, truth, justice, law, and so on. In this section Augustine wrote that God is supreme over all and must be "unhesitatingly obeyed" because he's the "governor of all his creation" (p. 46). Right before these statements he wrote this on sexual sin: Can it be …

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