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A New Life

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Thirteen years ago, I was working as a volunteer in a Christian conference center in Canada. Thirteen years ago I wrote a short postcard to a one of my MSN contacts (remember MSN?!) to congratulate him for his baptism. It concluded with Jim Eliott’s famous quote: ‘He is not fool the one who gives what he cannot keep in order to gain what he cannot lose.’

Thirteen years ago, Yann was a student in Nice, France. Thirteen years ago, he decided to publicly show his commitment to Christ through baptism. It was the 13th of June, 2004.

Thirteen years ago little did we know that this single postcard would tie us forever.

Public Jesus

When Jesus goes public in Jerusalem He goes public not with miracles, but with teaching. And what He teaches when He goes public is that He is totally committed to God’s exaltation, not self-exaltation.
John PIPER, “The One Who Seeks God’s Glory”

Continual Repentance

O God of Grace,

Thou hast imputed my sin to my substitute, and hast imputed his righteousness to my soul, clothing me with a bridegroom’s robe, decking me with jewels of holiness. But in my Christian walk I am till in rags; my best prayers are stained with sin; my penitential tears are so much impurity; my confessions of wrong are so many aggravation of sin; my receiving the Spirit is tinctured with selfishness. […]

Need of Grace

Thou knowest my great unfitness for service, my present deadness, my inability to do anything for thy glory, my distressing coldness of heart. I am weak, ignorant, unprofitable, and loathe and abhor myself. […] I confide in thee and lean upon thee, and need thee at all times to assist and lead me. O that all my distresses and apprehensions might prove but Christ’s school to make me fit for greater service by teaching me the great lesson of humility.
Excerpt from The Valley of Vision, A Collection of Puritan Prayers & Devotions

Doctrine Matters

Gospel doctrine matters because the good news is so full and rich and wonderful that it must be opened like a treasure chest, and all its treasure brought out for the enjoyment of the world. Doctrine is the description of these treasures. Doctrine describes their true value and why they are so valuable. […]