A Sovereign Grace Valentine

Beloved, think deeply on the finished work of Christ, God’s labor of undying love in the person and work of Christ Jesus on behalf of poor sinners like you and me! This is love. Love that shall not fail to do that which God has purposed to perform. Oh that God would teach our hearts anew the great lessons of love in the finished work of Christ’s accomplished redemption, a redemption conditioned solely on the perfect offering of our Lord Christ. May we be strengthened in faith and hope as we grow in the grace and knowledge of the Lord Jesus Christ, God’s perfect expression of divine love.

“Turn My Eyes from Worthless Things!”

For what do you depend on for righteousness? Do you trust in your ability to sin differently than your neighbor? Do you take special pride in your unblemished church attendance record? Perhaps you trust in some emotional experience you once had years ago. Here is the truth of it: all of these things are worthless, miserable physicians for the soul in need of true righteousness, true life.

A Brief Word Against Wesley’s Perfectionism Error

Recently, while browsing the Internet, I happened upon a Wesleyan Holiness preacher teaching about the necessity of a “second work of grace” in the lives of believers. He promised to anyone who would simply “empty their hearts of self” (whatever that is supposed to mean)  that God would “eradicate their sinful disposition, freeing them from indwelling…

BUYER BEWARE: How “Buy-In” Religion Distorts the Gospel

Have you ever wondered why you had to give your name, street address and phone number to a mattress salesperson almost as soon as he greeted you? Ever wondered why the salesperson at the kitchen cabinet outlet immediately started addressing you by your name as soon as he learned it? Well, “Mr. Jones,” it’s all…

The Lord is My Portion Forever!

God’s people know exactly where to flee for refuge, true and everlasting refuge! They believe rightly that God “will have compassion according to the multitude of his mercies (Lamentations 3:32a). As was truly declared by the Psalmist, “My flesh and my heart faileth: but God is the strength of my heart, and my portion for ever” (73:26).

What’s Up with that Collar, Man?

Like so many Sovereign Grace preachers before me, I wear a collar. I understand that in a culture that has become more and more casual in it’s standards of dress any level of apparent formality immediately looks suspect. It is my hope, however, that after reading my thoughts on the issue, many of those apprehensions are, at minimum, put at ease.

Jesus + Me = Still Lost in Sin

Recently, I overheard a conversation between two men, one saved and one lost. The first man, testifying to the keeping power of God in Christ, quoted the passage from John’s Gospel, “and no one shall be able to take them out of my Father’s hand.” Immediately, the other man quickly added, “except yourself!” The fellow who added that bit…