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Aug 2013 13 Aug 13, 2013

“Since the world would be altogether good for nothing without intelligent beings, so intelligent beings would be altogether good for nothing except to contemplate the Creator. Hence we learn that devotion, and not mutual love, charity, justice, beneficence, etc., is the highest end of man, and devotion is his principal business.” (Jonathan Edwards / Miscellany kk)...Read More

Aug 2013 12 Aug 12, 2013

Let’s look again at Philippians 2:1-2. Paul writes: “So if there is any encouragement in Christ, any comfort from love, any participation in the Spirit, any affection and sympathy, complete my joy by being of the same mind, having the same love, being in full accord and of one mind” (Phil. 2:1-2). What is it that Paul is asking them to do? He wants the Philippians to bring his joy to consummation, to cap it off, to cause it to bubble up and overflow. D...Read More

Aug 2013 12 Aug 12, 2013

People often wonder if their capacity to experience pleasure and joy in heaven will be the same as is presently possible on earth. In other words, are the range and depth of our experience now the measure of what it will be in the new heavens and new earth? Or will there be a transformation in us both physically and spiritually such that the pleasures we currently enjoy pale in comparison with what we will know and see and feel in the age to come? Jonathan Edwards has an...Read More

Aug 2013 12 Aug 12, 2013

What kind or sort of relational culture do you want to see and experience at your local church? What ought to be the personal, inter-relational atmosphere in your church? For what do you want to be known by those outside your community? When people speak of your church and the way all of you interact with one another, what do they say? What you do want them to say? That’s what I want us to think about in this article. But before I go any farther, let me give you an...Read More

Aug 2013 10 Aug 10, 2013
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Some people are unnerved by the thought that God is omniscient. To know that God knows everything, and especially that he knows everything about us, can be frightening. But it shouldn’t be. J. I. Packer explains why: “Certainly there are moments when we have reason to be grateful that no other person can read our own minds – except God! Even that may feel a little unnerving. That the God who knows every square inch of the faintest star in the unviers...Read More

Aug 2013 10 Aug 10, 2013

“Heavenly lovers will have no doubt of the love of each other. They shall have no fear that their professions and testimonies of love are hypocritical; they shall be perfectly satisfied of the sincerity and strength of each other’s love, as much as if there were a window in all their breasts, that they could see other’s hearts. There shall be no such thing as flattery or dissimulation in heaven, but there perfect sincerity shall reign through all. Every...Read More

Aug 2013 9 Aug 9, 2013

“How soon do earthly lovers come to an end of their discoveries of each other’s beauty; how soon do they see all that is to be seen! . . . And how happy is that love, in which there is an eternal progress in all these things; wherein new beauties are continually discovered, and more and more loveliness, and in which we shall forever increase in beauty ourselves; where we shall be made capable of finding out and giving, and shall receive, more and more endeari...Read More

Aug 2013 8 Aug 8, 2013
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Many people who pray do so with great hesitation in their hearts. They virtually tip toe to the throne of grace, fearful of upsetting God with what they perceive to be their own insolence or presumption. They lack confidence and courage. This is why we need to hear yet again the exhortation of Hebrews 4:16, “Let us then with confidence draw near to the throne of grace, that we may receive mercy and find grace to help in time of need.” But confidence in ...Read More

Aug 2013 8 Aug 8, 2013

Won’t our remembrance of sin spoil the joy of heaven? No, said Jonathan Edwards. The saints in heaven “will so perfectly see at the same time, how that ‘tis turned to the best, to the glory of God, or at least will so perfectly know that it is so; and particularly, they will have so much the more admiring and joyful sense of God’s grace in pardoning them, that the remembrance of their sins will rather be an indirect occasion of joy” (Misc...Read More

Aug 2013 8 Aug 8, 2013

Duty and morality are the language of “ought” and “must” that often run counter to desire. They shouldn’t, but they do. We are sinfully selfish creatures who must be told by God what is right and how we should live. But in heaven, where all sinful and selfish impulses will have been eradicated, desire and duty will converge. What we “ought” to feel and think and do will come spontaneously, as an expression of our deepest inner de...Read More