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10 Essentials for Sabbath Soul Care

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The Bible, especially the Psalms. Praying the Psalms Prayers on the Psalms from the Scottish Psalter of 1595 The Valley of Vision: A Collection of Puritan Prayers Spurgeon’s Morning and Evening Hymns of Grace The Letters of Samuel Rutherford Walking with God Day by Day Octavius ...

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Jared C. Wilson on Old Hymns

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The Gospel of the Kingdom is Like an Old HymnJared C. Wilson The gospel is an old hymn. The gospel is sheet music printed in antiquarian typeface on a yellowed page in a dusty book. It’s the “old, old story” and the “old rugged cross.” It is four verses—and ...

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Barbarism in the American Church

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Rod Dreher is Senior Editor at The American Conservative. He made the following observation at a panel discussion hosted by the Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission on August 11, 2015: “The core of barbarism is forgetting: a forgetting of cultural roots, a forgetting of ...

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Jesus and Paul and the Women Who Loved Them

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Arguably, one aspect of Jesus's ministry which gets little attention is the way in which he received and responded to the women who ministered to him. In the opening verses of Luke 8 we are introduced to three women by name (and many others unnamed) "who ministered to him out of their substance." ...

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What Does it Mean to "Rest" on the Sabbath Day?

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By "rest" we do not mean "idleness." To rest on the Sabbath day is to cease from one kind of working (the ordinary labor and preoccupations of our daily lives) to enter fully into the "rest" provided to us in the working of God, namely the atoning sacrifice of His Son and all of the benefits which ...

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Good News for Sabbath Breakers

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While at Reformation Heritage Books in Grand Rapids last week I picked up a copy of Nicholas Bownd's work, The True Doctrine of the Sabbath (446 pages and the definitive work on Sabbath observance for Bible believing Christians). None of us has perfectly kept the Ten Commandments. But if there ...

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The Momentous Work of Offering Christ to Men

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From James S. Stewart's Heralds of God: ​"'I came into the town,' wrote John Wesley in his Journal, 'and offered them Christ.' To spend your days doing that -- not just describing Christianity or arguing for a creed, nor apologizing for the faith or debating fine shades of religious ...

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King David Sinned, So Can I

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We must be careful that we do not presume upon the grace of God. Often good Christians will excuse their sin by looking to the examples of sinners in the Bible and, seeing the grace which God granted to them in forgiving them even the vilest of sins, excuse their own sin. The English Puritan John ...

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Katherine Hankey and The Old, Old Story

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We sing two hymns occasionally in our worship services both of which were adapted from a rather long - two part - poem by Katherine Hankey: Tell Me the Old, Old Story and I Love to Tell the Story. Katherine Hankey lived in London, England from 1834 - 1911. You can read a short biography of her ...

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The Regulative Principle – A Baptist Doctrine

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The Regulative Principle – A Baptist Doctrine Posted on March 25th, 2016, by Jeff Robinson God is being worshiped in new and inventive ways in Baptist churches these days. Years ago, one massive Baptist church installed a baptismal pool in the shape of a fire truck complete with red ...

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