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Posts by Pastor Maguire

Grace Is Pardon — and Power!

John Piper   By the grace of God I am what I am, and his grace toward me was not in vain. On the contrary, I worked harder than any of them, though it was not I, but the grace of God that is with me. (1 Corinthians 15:10)   Grace is not simply leniency…

For Senior Saints: Remaining Fruitful, Vital, and Green, Well into Old Age Scotty Smith   The godly will flourish like palm trees and grow strong like the cedars of Lebanon; for they are transplanted to the Lord’s own house. They flourish in the courts of our God. Even in old age they will still produce…

Don’t Pursue Feelings, Pursue Christ!

Joe Thorn   Human beings are emotional creatures. We love or hate, feel happy or sad, angry or joyful. And yet christians sometimes struggle with integrating emotion into their spiritual lives and end up falling victim to dangerous tendencies when it comes to their emotions. These tendencies occupy two ends of a spectrum, and they…

A Dead Dog Like You – 1 & 2

Charels Spurgeon   And he paid homage and said, “What is your servant, that you should show regard for a dead dog such as I?” – 2 Sam 9:8 ESV   If Mephibosheth was thus humbled by David’s kindness, what shall we be in the presence of our gracious Lord? The more grace we have—the…

Your Kingdom Awaits

Paul Tripp I live in Philadelphia, and a few miles outside the city limits is the King of Prussia Mall. This complex contains more dedicated retail space than any other shopping mall in the United States! A few years ago, the mall had a marketing slogan: “Your Kingdom Awaits.” Whoever came up with the phrase…

The Worst Consequence of Skipping Church

Tim Challies We are a culture of convenience, of personalization, of individualism. We have a million ways of customizing our lives to perfectly suit our every preference. When things are difficult, we think little of pulling away from responsibilities, of reorienting our lives away from whatever causes inconvenience. This can even extend to something as…

Gentle Me, Lord

Scotty Smith   Let your gentleness be evident to all. The Lord is near. Phil. 4:5 Lord Jesus, this Scripture immediately makes me think of you, for you are quintessential gentleness. No one is as kind to the broken, patient with the challenging, calm in crisis, or peace-full in disruption, as you are.   You’re…

Christ’s Atonement: The Wonderful Exchange

Tim Hoke The English term ‘atonement’ has been around quite awhile, entering the world during the Middle English era (12th-15th centuries). The English Reformation employed it widely, and ‘atonement’ has been a staple theological term ever since. A compound word, at-one-ment, means simply to “make amends.” Interestingly, the term graces the Old Testament but not…

Perfect Peace in a Perfectly Peace-less World

You keep him in perfect peace whose mind is stayed on you, because he trusts in you. Trust in the Lord forever, for the Lord God is an everlasting rock. Isa. 26:3-4   Most kind and trustworthy Father, you haven’t promised us a storm-less, hassle-free, conflict-empty life. You offer us no formulas for decreasing the…