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The Christian Discipline of Knowing and Doing One's Duty


The Lord answered, "Who then is the faithful and wise manager, whom the master puts in charge of his servants to give them their food allowance at the proper time? It will be good for that servant whom the master finds doing so when he returns. Truly I tell you, he will put him in charge of all his possessions. But suppose the servant says to himself, 'My master is takin...

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Samuel Rutherford: Lessons on Suffering

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Faithfulness to Christ necessarily entails suffering. On this, the Scriptures are abundantly clear: "Indeed, all who desire to live a godly life in Christ Jesus will be persecuted" (2 Tim. 3:12). "When they had preached the gospel to that city and had made many disciples, they returned to Lystra and to Iconium and to Antioch, strengthening the souls of the disciple...

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Fight or Flight? A Psalmic Response to Retreat


Psalm 13 In the Lord I take refuge;how can you say to my soul,"Flee like a bird to your mountain,for behold, the wicked bend the bow;they have fitted their arrow to the stringto shoot in the dark at the upright in heart;if the foundations are destroyed,what can the righteous do?" The Lord is in his holy templethe Lord's throne is in heaven;his eyes see, his eyelids tes...

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From Depths to Heights: Learning the Language of Repentance in Psalm 130


In the first of his 95 theses, Martin Luther famously wrote that when Christ said "Repent" (Matt. 4:17), He was indicating that the entire Christian life must be one of repentancea daily turning away from sin and unbelief, towards trust, obedience, and joy in God. In my own experience, developing this posture of repentance doesn't come naturally; in fact, it's a bit like ...

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A Crisis of Courage


Recently it seems that everyone from celebrities to scientists to LCBO workers are being heralded as paragons of courage. But what does it actuallymean to have courage? Merriam-Webster defines courage as the "mental or moral strength to venture, persevere, and withstand danger, fear, or difficulty." However this seems like one of those broad definitions that manages to no...

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Mercy on Doubters


We all have doubts from time to time. Doubts about the past can lead to regret, doubts about the future can lead to worry, and doubts about the present can lead to despair. We are not alone. The Bible is populated with people like Abraham and Sarah, who doubted whether they could have a child in their nineties (Genesis 17:17; Genesis 18:12) and Moses, who doubted whether h...

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The Surprisingly Practical Doctrine You Didn’t Think You Needed


Rock climbers don't scale the sheer granite walls of El Capitan because it's easy. Nor do freedivers plunge to watery depths as a pleasant distraction from life. The motivation behind such ventures is not the gruelling effort in itself, but rather the rewards that come after the challenge: the breathtaking view from the summit or the sight of stunning coral displays on the...

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Finding Strength in Jesus' Superior Peace


John 14:27 Peace I leave with you; my peace I give to you. Not as the world gives do I give to you. Let not your hearts be troubled, neither let them be afraid. To a world drowning in COVID-19 panic, the subject of cheese spreads might not seem immediately relevant, but hear me out. For nearly every food product (except eggnog, but that's another story) you will usually f...

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The Solace of the Ancient


There is comfort in the proximity of ancient things. If such things have endured for so many years, we reason, why shouldn't they endure for many more? And they may. Old trees, John Prine once said, just grow stronger, and old rivers grow wilder every day. And yet we know that even old trees will at some point become rotten and precarious; and even old rivers have been kn...

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Death: The Missing Piece in Our Worldview


We don't talk about death in our culture. In fact, we often do everything in our power to forget the reality of death. Talking about it makes us uncomfortable, thinking about it is depressing. Nevertheless, at all timeswhether we acknowledge it or notdeath looms over us and will at some point be a reality we all experience. The Bible, however, encourages a very different...

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