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The Pursuit of Holiness

The Pursuit of Holiness by Jerry Bridges, Paperback, 158 pages, The Navigators, 1978. The Pursuit of Holiness by Jerry Bridges is a brief book about just that—pursuing holiness—from a Reformed, biblical perspective. In short, this book is a concise, easy-to-read manual on holy living for the Christian. The author makes known that the title of […]

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A Little Isn’t So Bad? (2)

Last time we considered the serious spiritual problems that result when one acts on the thinking “A little isn’t so bad.” Chief among these is a compromising attitude that leads one to commit seemingly minor sins without repentance. However, these “minor” sins are the “little foxes that spoil the vines” (cf. Song of Solomon 2:15). […]

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A Little Isn’t So Bad? (1)

Intentionally or unconsciously, this argument can often be used by Christians in an attempt to justify one’s actions. A young Christian may rationalize under-age drinking, wrongful sharing of schoolwork, attending movies, telling dirty jokes, or disobedience to parents. The older Christian may justify (a little) excess drinking, coveting material things, watching movies or television sitcoms […]

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Glory Worked In Us Through Afflictions

There are many different and difficult circumstances that Christian young people face today. Times of discouragement might come when you don’t do as well in school as you had hoped or as your parents had expected. Or, the situation might be that you begin to wonder whether it is even in God’s plan for you […]

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The Beginning of Knowledge (3)

Last time we considered God’s holiness and how it applies to us as Christians. Now let’s take a closer look at how true obedience to God’s law is an expression of our proper fear of the Lord. Jehovah admonished the nation of Israel again and again by the mouth of Moses both to fear Him […]

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The Beginning of Knowledge (2)

Last time, we briefly considered some teachings and practices that are not characterized by proper fear of the Lord. We saw that godly fear is different from the fear of pure dread or terror that the world has. This attitude is not Christian or godly because it does not draw us closer to God. Said […]

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The Beginning of Knowledge (1)

Fear of the Lord, as we know from the words of inspired Solomon, is the beginning of the knowledge of God (Prov. 1:7; Prov. 2:5). This idea of reverence and awe of Him is prevalent throughout the holy Scriptures. We can get a better understanding of what it means to properly fear God by first […]

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