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When we confuse the order and priority of biblical truths, we often lose the good news. ... Keep Reading

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Confusing the Spirit in You with Christ For You

August 13, 2014 | by: Ricky Jones | 0 Comments

When we look at the slow process of growing in holiness, sometimes we get discouraged or even doubt our salvation. Remember the work of the Spirit in you does not alter or take anything away from the finished work of Christ for you. Christ's work for you is the ground of your peace. ... Keep Reading

Is the gospel a new law?

August 12, 2014 | by: Ricky Jones | 0 Comments

We easily get led astray into thinking of the gospel as a new law. Now all we have to do is believe and be saved. Not only is this completely untrue, but it is unhelpful. This idea just throws us into the never ending loop of wondering whether or not we have believed sincerely enough. Jesus did not come to make it easier for us to save ourselves. He came to save us. ... Keep Reading

My Repentance is not Complete Enough

August 11, 2014 | by: Ricky Jones | 0 Comments

Some may protest: I do not deserve peace. I am a sinner and I have not repented fully enough yet. If you did repent fully enough wouldn't you be a proud piece of work. Then you would have to repent of all that pride. Stop trying to please yourself with your repentance and be pleased with Christ. ... Keep Reading

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My Love is Not Pure Enough

August 9, 2014 | by: Ricky Jones | 0 Comments

Do I love Christ purely enough to be saved. Of course not. But his love for you is more than enough. ... Keep Reading

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My Faith is Not Strong Enough

August 8, 2014 | by: Ricky Jones | 0 Comments

Maybe you have no peace because your faith is not strong enough. Much more likely, you have no peace because you are looking to your faith to give you peace instead of looking to Christ alone. ... Keep Reading

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What keeps Christians from enjoying the peace God wants them to enjoy? If you understand the gospel, but still do not have peace, I would invite you to go back and examine the gospel again. You are probably resting peace on yourself and not on Christ. In this Chapter, Bonar looks at every reason you might think God rejects you and corrects your understanding of the Gospel. I hope you find it helpful.... Keep Reading

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Thank God for Arguments

August 5, 2014 | by: Ricky Jones | 3 Comments

Many couples assume conflict means they have marital problems. It is truer to say conflict means a marriage exists. By pressing into conflict we learn how to love each other better and move toward the goal of marriage: oneness. ... Keep Reading

Leftover Questions

June 12, 2014 | by: Ricky Jones | 0 Comments

The resurrection is proof of God's radical commitment to his creation. He loves all of it, and is committed to redeeming it completely. ... Keep Reading

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The Unexpected Legacy of Divorce

May 29, 2014 | by: Ricky Jones | 0 Comments

My review of Judith Wallerstein's important book: "The Unexpected Legacy of Divorce." On my 45th birthday I have much to be thankful for: family, friends, work. My entire life has been one example after another of falling backwards into grace. Yet with all those blessings, I am still haunted by my parents' divorce. Having deep instability at that point in your life shapes a person. I must continually bring those hurts to Jesus for healing. ... Keep Reading

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