The Blessings of a Long Battle, part 2

 “Do not fear the conflict, and do not flee from it; where there is no struggle, there is no virtue.”   John of Kronstadt Part 1 of this post highlighted how God can bring good out of a long struggle with a sin, weakness, and/or problem by helping the Christian make the transition from putting their faith in formulas (e.g.,Continue reading “The Blessings of a Long Battle, part 2”

A Retrograde Faith

ret·ro·grade   [re-truh greyd]  (ret·ro·grad·ed, ret·ro·grad·ing.) adjective 1. moving backward; having a backward motion or direction; retiring or retreating. 2. inverse or reversed, as order. 3. Chiefly Biology. exhibiting degeneration or deterioration. * Dictionary.com Unabridged. Random House, Inc. 16 Jul. 2013. <Dictionary.com http://dictionary.reference.com/browse/retrograde>. % * 24 “But my people would not listen to me. They kept doing whatever they wanted, following the stubborn desires of their evil hearts. They went backward instead of forward.” –Jeremiah 7:24, NLT * I seldom seekContinue reading “A Retrograde Faith”

Chosen, (But Chastened Nevertheless)

“God never punishes his children in the sense of avenging justice. He chastens as a father does his child, but he never punishes his redeemed as a judge does a criminal. It is unjust to exact punishment from redeemed souls since Christ has been punished in their place. How shall the Lord punish twice forContinue reading “Chosen, (But Chastened Nevertheless)”

On Being Loved

9 “The human heart is the most deceitful of all things, and desperately wicked. Who really knows how bad it is?” Jeremiah 17:9 7 For the sinful nature is always hostile to God. It never did obey God’s laws, and it never will. 8 That’s why those who are still under the control of their sinful nature can never pleaseContinue reading “On Being Loved”