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September 17, 2014

Growth in Grace 8 — Knowledge Must Be Supplied with Self-control

Do you want the male version or the female version?  Have you ever heard that question?  Or perhaps you have yourself asked that question.  You know the difference between the male and female versions of a story. Take the simple … Continue reading

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September 16, 2014

Book Review: Stanley D. Gale, A Vine-Ripened Life

Stanley D. Gale, A Vine-Ripened Life: Spiritual Fruitfulness Through Abiding in Christ (Grand Rapids: Reformation Heritage Books, 2014). Reviewed by John Divito With all of the confusion surrounding our growing in grace and godliness, I am always on the lookout for a … Continue reading

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September 15, 2014

Growth in Grace 7 — Knowledge Must Be Supplied in Moral Excellence 2

A second question which must be asked about supplying moral excellence with knowledge: What kind of knowledge must moral excellence by supplied with? In other words, what is this knowledge of which Peter is speaking?  Peter uses a word that … Continue reading

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September 12, 2014

Dr. Sam Waldron Video on the Outline of the 1689 Confession

In light of the upcoming conference Baptists, Confessionalism and the Providence of God, Dr. Sam Waldron has recorded a series of brief videos on the topics that he will be addressing. Here is the first video:

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September 10, 2014

Growth in Grace 6 — Knowledge Must Be Supplied in Moral Excellence

Doctrine!  Theology!  These are not words calculated to inspire interest or rapt attention among modern Americans or even American Christians.  If we did the word-association game, the associations of these words would probably be negative.  Once more in this matter … Continue reading

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September 8, 2014

Growth in Grace 5 — Moral Excellence Must Be Added to Faith

Contrary to popular opinion, God does not save people simply to keep them from going to hell.  Of course, our compassionate God does desire to keep people from going to hell, but God’s ultimate purpose involves the Christian’s growth in … Continue reading

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September 3, 2014

Growth in Grace 4 — Effort Is Necessary! Practical Conclusions

In 2 Peter 1:5 Peter quadruplely emphasizes that effort is necessary in the Christian life.  He says:  “… applying … all … diligence … supply …”  Now I take up some of the practical conclusions which follow from this emphasis … Continue reading

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September 1, 2014

Growth in Grace 3 — Effort Is Necessary!

It is important to realize that there are many ways teach the Scriptures expositorily.  One can take long passages at a time, or one can take very short passages and bring the expository microscope to bear on a single word … Continue reading

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August 27, 2014

Growth in Grace 2 — Why Faith Is Foundational

2 Peter 1:5-7 is the Bible’s Most Systematic and Detailed Exhortation to Growth in Grace.  And it begins its list of eight graces with faith! Why is faith first in the matter of growth in grace?  Why must faith be … Continue reading

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August 25, 2014

Growth in Grace 1 — Faith Is Foundational

In the past few years progressive sanctification or, in other words, growth in grace has been back in the headlines because of the controversy that blew up in the movement that is generally known as the New Calvinism.  Generally speaking, … Continue reading

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