A. W. Pink – The Mediation of Christ

For there is one God, and one Mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus” (1 Tim 2:5). Some unregenerate men, who deny the God-head of Christ, imagine they find something in this verse which supports their system of infidelity, but this only serves to make the more evident the fearful blindness of their minds. As well might they reason from Galatians 1:1 (where we read, “Paul, an apostle, not of men, neither by man, but by Jesus Christ”), that the Lord Jesus is not Man, as to infer from 1 Timothy 2:5 that He is not God. As we shall show in what follows, none could possibly heal the breach between God and men save one who partook of each of their natures.

“For there is one God, and one Mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus” (1 Tim 2:5). “In that great difference between God and men, occasioned by our sin and apostasy from Him, which of itself could issue in nothing but the utter ruin of the whole race of mankind, there was none in heaven or earth, in their original nature and operations, who was meet or able to make up a peace between them. Yet this must be done by a mediator, or cease forever. This mediator could not be God Himself absolutely considered, for ‘a mediator is not of one, but God is one’ (Gal 3:20). And as for creatures, there was none in heaven or earth, there was none meet to undertake this office. ‘For if one man sin against another, the judge shall judge him; but if a man sin against the Lord, who shall intreat for him?’ (1 Sam 2:25)” (John Owen, 1616-1683).

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A. W. Pink – Salvation from the Pleasure of Sin

It is here that God begins His actual application of salvation unto His elect. God saves us from the pleasure or love of sin before He delivers us from the penalty or punishment of sin. Necessarily so, for it would be neither an act of holiness nor of righteousness were He to grant full pardon to one who was still a rebel against Him, loving that which He hates. God is a God of order throughout, and nothing ever more evidences the perfections of His works than the orderliness of them. And how does God save His people from the pleasure of sin? The answer is, “By imparting to them a nature which hates evil and loves holiness.” This takes place when they are born again, so that actual salvation begins with regeneration. Of course it does: where else could it commence? Fallen man can never perceive his desperate need of salvation nor come to Christ for it, till he has been renewed by the Holy Spirit.

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Paul Carter – 10 Parenting Imperatives from the Book of Proverbs

Parenting is sacred, smelly, exciting, crushing, frustrating and expensive. It’s the most important thing that people ever do and to be completely honest with you, it scares the life out of me.

Who is sufficient for these things?

What should I be teaching my kids? What guidance should I be giving? Where do I go to learn how to raise and disciple sons and daughters of the King?

There is really only one place I can think of. The Book of Proverbs is presented as the counsel and wisdom of a royal couple to their son. “Hear, my son, your father’s instruction, and forsake not your mother’s teaching” (Proverbs 1:8 ESV).

It is an entire God-breathed and Divinely authorized manual on how to raise little kings and queens.

It is well worth reading from start to finish. Until you get a chance to do that, here are 10 things that the King and Queen in Proverbs say to their child that you should say to yours.

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Scott Slayton – Five Areas in Which Husbands Must Grow

Like most things in life, marriages are not static. It may feel like there are times when we settle into comfortable seasons, but marriages aren’t like McDonalds’ chicken nuggets. If we ignore them for a week, they will not look the same when we come back. Every marriage is growing stronger or weakening. There is no exception.

Marriages grow because the husband and wife are growing. Our marriages don’t exist in some strange limbo where they aren’t affected by our character, spiritual growth, and emotional maturity.

Husbands Must Grow in Their Walk with Jesus

A man’s walk with King Jesus sets the direction for everything else in his life. It does not guarantee that you will have a great marriage, but it will be the foundation upon which all of your growth will be built. When you have a growing walk with Jesus, you will be actively putting to death. Your sin is not only a dishonor to your Lord and a hindrance to your walk, but it also has negative consequences in your marriage. Therefore, a growing Christian man repents and seeks to cut the things out of his life that don’t look like Jesus.

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A. W. Pink – The Wrath of God

It is sad indeed, to find so many professing Christians who appear to regard the wrath of God as something for which they need to make an apology—or who at least wish there were no such thing. While some who would not go so far as to openly admit that they consider it a blemish on the divine character, yet they are far from regarding it with delight. They do not like to think about it, and they rarely hear it mentioned, without a secret resentment rising up in their hearts against it. Even with those who are more sober in their judgment, not a few seem to imagine that there is a severity about the divine wrath, which makes it too terrifying to form a theme for profitable contemplation. Others harbor the delusion that God’s wrath is not consistent with His goodness, and so seek to banish it from their thoughts!

Yes, many there are who turn away from a vision of God’s wrath, as though they were called to look upon some blotch in the divine character or some blot upon the divine government. But what says the Scriptures? As we turn to them we find that God has made no attempt to conceal the facts concerning His wrath. He is not ashamed to make it known that vengeance and fury belong unto Him. His own challenge is:

“Look now; I myself am He! There is no god other than Me! I am the one who kills and gives life; I am the one who wounds and heals; no one delivers from My power! Now I raise My hand to heaven and declare, “As surely as I live, when I sharpen My flashing sword and begin to carry out justice, I will bring vengeance on My enemies and repay those who hate Me. I will make My arrows drunk with blood, and My sword will devour flesh!” (Deut 32:39-42).

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Michael Boling – Thou Shalt Not Be Snarky!

“Thou shalt not be snarky.” Okay, I will admit that is not actually listed word for word in the Ten Commandments. Or is it?

We do find commands about honoring our father and mother (item number 4). Additionally, Jesus noted in Matthew 22:37-40, “‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.’ This is the first and greatest commandment. And the second is like it: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’ All the Law and the Prophets depend on these two commandments.”

I would submit that being snarky is likely something not under the umbrella of loving God or our neighbor. After all, the definition of snarky is being “sharply critical, cutting, or snide.” Are those attributes of godly love we find listed in Scripture? Definitely the answer to that question is a resounding and reverberating no!

Love is noted as being patient, kind, does not dishonor others, is not easily angered, and keeps no record of wrongs. Being snarky does the complete opposite of biblical love.

The Fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control (Galatians 5:22-23). Being snarky is anything but the Fruit of the Spirit.
If a hallmark of the believer is one who loves God and loves their neighbor according to the definition of biblical love and the Fruit of the Spirit, then being snarky needs to be eradicated from our lives. There simply is no place for it whatsoever.

Admittedly, the tongue is the source of great evil. Cutting remarks, jokes at the expense of others, and being sharply critical of others (i.e. the speck in another’s eye while there is a giant redwood tree in your eye) are far too easy actions. Habitual snarky behavior becomes almost second nature. Perhaps at times we don’t intend to be mean, but the nature of snarky comments and actions is just that, namely an attempt to belittle another in an effort to elevate oneself.

All these little one-liners that bring down others and destroy and semblance of constructive conversation and relationships are made all the more easy by social media. Just log on to Twitter and see hashtag this or that or see the latest meme on Facebook. That which seems as nothing more than a funny picture, joke, or comment is actually a snarky and ungodly response to our fellow man.

I think the best way to rid ourselves of this nasty behavior is to follow the wisdom of James 1:19-21 which states, “Everyone should be quick to listen, slow to speak, and slow to anger, for man’s anger does not bring about the righteousness that God desires. Therefore, get rid of all moral filth and every expression of evil, and humbly receive the word planted in you, which can save your souls.”

To put is simply, hush your mouth before it gets you in trouble and perpetuates habitual snarky behavior. Being snarky is nothing more than moral filth.

Think about it!

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Michael Boling – The Wiles of the Devil: What is a Wile Anyway?

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“Put on the whole armor of God, that you may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil,” (Eph. 6:11)

This is a rather familiar passage of Scripture as it begins the section of the Apostle Paul’s instructions on what it looks like to put on the full armor of God. Perhaps we often overlook what it is we are arming ourselves against. Clearly we are donning this armor to do battle, otherwise what would be the point of such an effort? We know who the enemy is as Paul states the one we do battle with is the devil. With that said, Paul notes something particular about how the devil wages war – the wiles of the devil.

Now this word wiles is one not typically used in everyday conversation. Those who used to watch the Looney Tunes cartoons might remember a character called Wile E. Coyote. He was famous for hatching a variety of ploys by which he would most assuredly capture the elusive roadrunner – courtesy of those fine folks at the Acme Corporation of course. Unfortunately for Wile E. Coyote, regardless of how elaborate his scheme was he could never seem to catch his prey.

We can learn a bit about what the term wiles means from the actions of Wile E. Coyote. First and foremost, this cartoon character used well planned albeit poorly executed trickery. His underlying plan was to try and catch the roadrunner unawares. This connotes the idea of a methodology which in fact is exactly what the Greek noun methodeia that is translated as wiles means. The term is defined as “cunning arts, deceit, craft, trickery.”

The devil is a bit more competent than Wile E. Coyote; however, the same approach taken to lure the roadrunner is what our enemy uses in his attempts to trick humanity. Mind you the devil will not use rocket powered roller skates nor will he paint a tunnel on the face of a cliff face. His wiles are far more thought out and cunning. Think back to the Garden of Eden and the encounter between the devil and Eve. There was no boulder perched on the top of a mountain ready to be unleashed on Eve as she walked below. What took place was quite simply and devastatingly for us all a carefully planned and executed rewording of God’s statement to Adam and Eve. That was all it was – a few words switched around and left out, the very definition of cunning, deceit, and trickery.

It seems we are often so focused on looking for the full frontal assault of the enemy that we are caught unawares by his true wiles. Those sneak attacks are the ones that arguably get us in the most trouble. The “did God really say that” approach is one of the enemies most well-honed attack strategies. It is the proverbial trip wire we stumble over. Rest assured the enemy will employ a frontal assault, but it seems such attacks are intended to make us forget about his attempt to sneakily direct his focus on our rear guard.

This is why Paul noted the necessity of constantly donning the full armor of God. Each piece of armor protects us from the enemy’s wiles so that we may be able to stand. Forget a piece of armor and those wiles will more often than not find their mark through deceit and trickery. However, a believer who is cognizant of the need to put on the whole armor of God is promised they will be able to not only stand against those wiles, but they will also be able to gain ground against the enemy through the power of God working in their life.

This is spiritual warfare 101, so vigilantly and diligently be on the lookout for all the devil’s subtle wiles and by all means don the full armor of God. Our enemy is clever, but God has made known to us the devil’s playbook. Those who root themselves in the Word of God will be able to identify the wiles of the devil and respond by wielding the sword of the Spirit which is the Word of God.

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Michael Horton – Man

Secular humanism has no way of explaining either the greatness or the tragedy of human existence. However, the biblical story of creation and the fall provides the basis for affirming both human dignity and depravity. We are born into the world “in Adam,” that is, as glorious traitors.

Glorious in Every Way

God created us for His glory. We exist for Him, not He for us. And yet, unlike the rest of creation, we were created in God’s image for a special relationship with Him, naturally “endued with knowledge, righteousness, and true holiness, after his own image; having the law of God written in [our] hearts, and power to fulfill it” (Westminster Confession of Faith 4.2). According to Scripture, human beings are neither semi-divine nor demonic, but creatures who have been given a royal dignity as God’s viceroys.

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Nick Batzig – Nothing to Complain About

Of all the sins that are grievous to the Lord (and there are plenty of them in our hearts and lives), I have recently been sensitive to the fact that we are all quick to gloss over two of the most serious–namely, ingratitude and complaining. It was these sins in particular that marked Israel’s sojourning through the wilderness. Moses tells us, in Numbers 11:1, “The people complained in the hearing of the Lord about their misfortunes, and when the Lord heard it, his anger was kindled, and the fire of the Lord burned among them and consumed some outlying parts of the camp.” Unthankfulness for all the blessings–material and spiritual–with which God daily loads us is one of the most egregious of sins. Ingratitude always fosters a complaining spirit of entitlement in the hearts of men and women.

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John Murray – The Atonement

Atonement is the term that has come to be widely used to denote the substitutionary work of Christ which culminated in the sacrifice of Calvary. The term occurs frequently in the Authorized Version of the Old Testament as the rendering of the Hebrew root kaphar but only once in the New Testament (Rom 5:11) where it refers to the reconciliation. The term itself is not adequate to express what is involved in Christ’s vicarious work. In fact, no one term can express the manifold aspects from which, according to Scripture, this work of Christ must be viewed. Atonement, however, when understood in the way that usage has determined, is sufficiently inclusive to serve as a general designation.

1. The Source

Any doctrine of the atonement is misdirected from the outset if it does not take account of the fact that the atonement is the provision of God’s love. “God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son” (John 3:16). “Herein is love, not that we loved God, but that he loved us, and sent his Son to be the propitiation for our sins” (1 John 4:10; cf. Rom. 5:8; 8:32; Eph. 2:4, 5; 1 John 4:9). The title “God” in these texts refers specifically to God the Father. So it is to the initiative of the Father’s love that our attention is drawn when we think of the fountain from which the atonement emanates. And all that has been achieved by Christ’s vicarious undertaking must always be subordinated to the design and purpose of the Father’s love. This is the orientation which the classic exponents of Reformed doctrine have always recognized, and it is a caricature of their position to suppose that they represented the love and compassion of the Father as constrained by the sacrifice of Christ.

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