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By This We Know Love

Brothers and sisters, if you want to know what love is look to the cross. See your Savior graciously giving his life for you. See him dying a death that should have been yours to die. See him bearing a punishment that should have been yours to bear. That is what John would have us do – look to Jesus: “By this we know love, that he laid down his life for us.”

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Jonathan Cruse
The Trouble with Asking

But every time God answers “no,” we learn a little more about how to pray. We can say that, even though God did not answer this specific request, He did so to teach me patience, or trust, or humility, and maybe that’s what I should have been praying for all along! So whatever God’s response may be to our petitions, we are still better off for praying!

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So Few to Take Him

O, pity for evermore that there should be such a one as Christ Jesus, so boundless, so bottomless, and so incomparable in infinite excellency, and sweetness, and so few to take Him! O, ye poor dry dead souls, why will ye not come hither with your vessels and your empty souls to this huge, and fair, and deep, and sweet well of life, and fill all your vessels?

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The Gentleness of Jesus

For though we are a bruised reed, Jesus will not break us. He is gentle. How does He show this gentleness to us? By being broken for us. We are so delicate that we could never hope to take the harsh blow that God’s justice requires, so Jesus took it for us.

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God's Glory Alone

God’s glory is the splendid, majestic, and marvelous manifestation of any and all of His attributes. God’s glory is everything that makes Him God. And can you imagine claiming that as our own for even one second?

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Scripture Alone

Inasmuch as it is the rule of all truth, containing all that is necessary for the service of God and for our salvation, it is not lawful for me, nor even for angels, to add to it, to take away from it, or to change it.

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Grace Alone

Without salvation by grace alone we can have no “peace and rest in our consciences.” We will always be fretting about, wondering if we have done enough, prayed enough, or paid enough to earn God’s good pleasure.

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Stain Removal

In the Gospel we are presented with a stain-removing Savior, Jesus Christ. There is hope for your blemished, tarnished soul in His hands.

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The Praying Church

The reality is, however, that prayer does not come naturally. It is a supernatural, spiritual action. Therefore, since it is not an inherent instinct or reflex, we need to practice.

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What Is the Lord's Supper? (Part II)

Friends, you don’t want a mere memorial meal. Ultimately, that can do nothing for your soul—it cannot strengthen you, sustain you, or save you. You want Jesus. If you have Jesus, you have everything. And in the Supper you have Jesus!

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Jonathan Cruse