Editor’s Note: This blog is the second of a two part series discussing how to fight Wanton, how to counsel others who are in the grasp of Wanton, and application points for the believer. Be sure you read the first post in this series.   A brief recap: In post one, we defined Wanton […]

  Editor’s Note: This blog is the first of a two part series discussing how to fight Wanton, how to counsel others who are in the grasp of Wanton, and application points for the believer.   WATCH OUT! Wanton wants to woo you from the path of purity to the brink of utter ruin (Prov […]

    Introduction In a previous post, we looked at the relationship between mortification of sin and a biblical assurance of salvation. An overview of Romans, leading up to Paul’s teaching on the Christian life in chapter 8, demonstrated that the Holy Spirit testifies to the sonship of the believer, as the believer is being […]

  The biblical response to the gospel of Jesus Christ is repentance and faith. When the Bible exhorts men to lay hold of gospel grace, at times they’re told to believe (Acts 16:30-31, Jn 3:16, Rom 10:9, Eph 2:8-9, etc.), at other times to repent (Lk 24:45-47, Acts 2:38, 3:19, 17:30, 2 Cor 7:10, etc.), […]

  Note: This post is the second post in a two-part series on Religious OCD. You can read part 1 here.  Review of Religious OCD Post 1 In a previous post, I labeled Scrupulosity or Religious OCD as being characterized by obsessions related to issues that are specifically moral or spiritual in nature. In contrast to […]

  Note: This post is part three of a three-part series looking at the meditation of the heart and mind. Read also part one and two of this post. In The Heavenly Trade, Bartholomew Ashwood wrote that “Meditation chews the cud, and gets the sweetness and nutritive virtue of the Word into the heart and […]

  Note: This post is part two of a three-part series looking at the meditation of the heart and mind. Read part one of this post here.  In a recent struggle, Psalm 15:1-2 became as a life vest to this drowning sinner in a overwhelming storm of despair. “O LORD, who shall sojourn in your […]

  This post is a book review of Counseling the Hard Cases: True Stories Illustrating the Sufficiency of God’s Resources in Scripture, edited by Stuart Scott and Heath Lambert; B&H, 2015 (paper); 366 pp. $24.99 I’ve been pastoring for over two decades. I have a deep appreciation for my seminary training and the churches in which I was raised, […]

  People coming for biblical counseling often struggle with the question of assurance of salvation. Perhaps they have misunderstood what assurance is (for example, they might believe that they have assurance because they prayed a sinner’s prayer as a child), or it could be that they are rightly lacking assurance because they have not been […]

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