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Gospel Glimpses (Page 2)

Gospel Glimpses is all about getting a fresh look at the Good News brought and blood bought by our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.

A Disciple Or A Diotrephes?

Scotty Smith I have written something to the church, but Diotrephes, who loves to be first, does not acknowledge our authority. So if I come, I will bring up what he is doing, talking wicked nonsense against us. And not content with that, he refuses to welcome the brothers, and also stops those who want…

Ever Wondered – HOW TO PRAY ALL DAY?

Tim Challis “Pray without ceasing,” Paul says. Simple words, but a seemingly impossible challenge. How can you be expected to pray all the time? In chapter 54 of their work A Puritan Theology, Joel Beeke and Mark Jones dive deep into Matthew Henry’s great book A Method for Prayer to distil what he says about…

The Mission of Your Words

Paul Tripp Why do we speak to other people? First and foremost, we speak because it’s our natural design. God hardwired us with the unique ability and desire to engage in a social environment. But what motivates us to choose the specific words we use? Maybe you speak to acquire an item: a train ticket,…

I Confess: I’m A Cracked Pot

Owning Our Jar-of-Clay-ness Scotty Smith 2 Corinthians 4:7-9 7 But we have this treasure in jars of clay to show that this all-surpassing power is from God and not from us. Lord Jesus, to have you plus nothing, makes us as rich as anybody in the history of the cosmos. To have you plus everything…

Much More Than Daily Bread!

Much More Than Daily Bread! Spurgeon Luke 11:3 Give us each day our daily bread Herein he well pictures the happy position of all the Lord’s people. A daily portion is all that a man really needs. We do not need tomorrow’s supplies; for that day has not yet dawned, and its needs are as…

Saving Faith Isn’t Easily Satisfied

John Piper If they had been thinking of that land from which they had gone out, they would have had opportunity to return. But as it is, they desire a better country, that is, a heavenly one.(Hebrews 11:15–16) Faith sees the promised future that God offers and “desires” it. “As it is, they desire a…

Trusting God to Write Our Stories

Scotty Smith I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans for welfare and not for evil, to give you a future and a hope. Jer. 29:11 (ESV) Heavenly Father, this oft-quoted much-loved verse simultaneously confronts us and consoles us. It confronts that part of us that wishes you’d simply rubber-stamp—signing off…

YOUR HEAVENLY FATHER KNOWS

John Piper “Do not be anxious, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’ For the Gentiles seek after all these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them all.” (Matthew 6:31–32) Jesus wants his followers to be free from worry. In Matthew 6:25–34, he gives…

For Those In Christ Who Suffer!

For Those In Christ Who Suffer! Gaining and Maintaining a Gospel-Perspective on Suffering Scotty Smith Do not fear, for I have redeemed you; I have summoned you by name; you are mine. When you pass through the waters, I will be with you; and when you pass through the rivers, they will not sweep over…

Getting Bitter Or Better – A Mirror!

Love & Irritability – by Eric Davis It was a typical night waiting tables in the fine dining room of the country club. Napkins were creased, flowers centered, and tables angled just right. Then my manager came to me with a warning I’ll never forget. “Ok, Eric. Mr. So-and-so has a reservation tonight at 6pm.” Since…