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Precious Remedies Against Satan’s Devices – Lessening of Sin

Thomas Brooks in “Precious Remedies Against Satan’s devices” lists strategies that Satan uses to entice us to sin. The third strategy is by extenuating and lessening of sin. Ah! says Satan, it is but a little pride, a little worldliness, a little uncleanness, a little drunkenness, etc… Alas! says Satan, it is but a very […]

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Precious Remedies Against Satan’s Devices – Gilded Sin

In “Precious Remedies Against Satan’s Devices” Puritan Thomas Brooks lists several “devices” or strategies Satan uses to tempt us. Previously we covered Satan’s strategy to “present the bait and hide the hook” – that is, to present everything that is alluring and attractive about sin while hiding or denying everything hurtful and damning about sin. […]

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Precious Remedies Against Satan’s Devices – Proof and the First Device

Brooks begins by proving that Satan has “devices” by which he tempts people. He points us to Ephesians 6:11 – “Put on the whole armor of God, that you may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil.” God would not have commanded us to put on armor if it weren’t absolutely necessary. […]

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Introducing “Precious Remedies Against Satan’s Devices” by Thomas Brooks

Recently Thomas Brooks’ old book, Precious Remedies Against Satan’s Devices, came up in conversation. I had made a joke about doing a course called, “Defense Against the Dark Arts” where we would study sin, temptation, and how to protect ourselves against them. There was some interest in the topic, so I’ll be blogging chapter by […]

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Early Christian Community

Recently we heard a sermon on Acts 2:42-47 that described the earliest Christian community. One person mentioned that they wish the contemporary church was more like what was described. I’ve heard that complaint a lot and it does seem fair – we are far away from what is described by these few verses. I wanted […]

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Reflections on Mark 14

Mark 14:3-9 And while he was at Bethany in the house of Simon the leper, as he was reclining at table, a woman came with an alabaster flask of ointment of pure nard, very costly, and she broke the flask and poured it over his head. There were some who said to themselves indignantly, “Why […]

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Reflections on Genesis 49-50

Genesis 47:6: “… Settle your father and your brothers in the best of the land.” Genesis 49:29-30: Then he commanded them and said to them, “I am to be gathered to my people; bury me with my fathers in the cave that is in the field of Ephron the Hittite, in the cave that is in the field at […]

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Rock of Ages (When the Day Seems Long) by Indelible Grace Music

Listen here Rock of Ages, when the day seems long From this labor and this heartache, I have come The skies will wear out, but you remain the same Rock of Ages, I praise your name Rock of Ages, you have brought me near You have poured out your life-blood, your love, your tears To […]

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Reflections on Genesis 46-47

Genesis 12:10 – Now there was a famine in the land.  So Abram went down to Egypt to sojourn there, for the famine was severe in the land. Genesis 26:1 – Now there was a famine in the land — besides the previous famine in Abraham’s time –and Isaac went to Abimelek king of the […]

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Regrets

Non-regrets Towards my wife I have never regretted being patient with my wife I have never regretted encouraging my wife I have never regretted spending time with my wife I have never regretted paying attention to my wife I have never regretted being gentle towards my wife Towards my work I have never regretted attempting […]

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