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Believers Ought to Make the Mortification of Indwelling Sin their Daily Work:

The choicest believers, who are assuredly freed from the condemning power of sin, ought yet to make it their business all their days to mortify the indwelling power of sin. So the apostle, “Mortify therefore your members which are upon the earth” (Col. 3:5). To whom does he speak? Such as were “risen with Christ” (v. 1); such as were dead with him (v. 3); such as whose life Christ was and who should “appear with him in glory” (v.4).

Do you mortify;
do you make it your daily work;
be always at it while you live;
cease not a day from this work;
be killing sin or it will be killing you.

Your being dead with Christ virtually, your being quickened with him, will not excuse you from this work. And our Savior tells us how his Father deals with every branch in him that bears fruit, every true and living branch. “He purges it, that it may bring forth more fruit’ (John 15:2). He prunes it, and that not for a day or two, but while it is a branch in this world. And the apostle tells you what was his practice: “I keep under my body, and bring it into subjection” (1 Cor. 9:27). “I do it,” says he, “daily; it is the work of my life: I omit it not; this is my business.” And if this were the work and business of Paul, who was so incomparably exalted in grace, revelations, enjoyments, privileges, consolations, above the ordinary measure of believers, where may we possibly base an exemption from this work and duty while we are in this world.?

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Coldplay Love

Here is the new I-tunes commercial featuring a song from Coldplay‘s upcoming Album “Viva La Vida.” The song is entitled either “Viva La Vida” or “When I Ruled the World.”

Also, here is the new video for the first single off the new album, “Violet Hill.”

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Here is a wise word from Jerry Bridges to all of us from his great book, The Pursuit of Holiness. I read this book soon after being converted and found in immensely helpful and encouraging. This is a portion dealing with why Christians might not be experiencing holiness in their daily living, and why they might feel defeated in their struggle with sin. Here, Jerry addresses the first problem; he writes

“Our first problem is that our attitude toward sin is more self-centered than God-centered. We are more concerned about our own “victory” over sin than we are about the fact that our sins grieve the heart of God. We cannot tolerate failure in our struggle with sin chiefly because we are success-oriented, not because we know it is offensive to God.
W.S. Plumer said, “We never see sin aright until we see it as against God. . . .All sin is against god in this sense: that it is his law that is broken, His authority that is despised, His government that is set as naught. . . .Pharaoh and Balaam, Saul and Judas each said, ‘I have sinned’; but the returning prodigal said, ‘I have sinned against heaven’ and before thee’; and David said, ‘Against thee, Thee only have I sinned.'”
God wants us to walk in obedience–not in victory. Obedience is oriented toward God; victory is oriented toward self. This may seem to be merely splitting hairs over semantics, but there is a subtle, self-centered attitude at the root of many of our difficulties with sin. Until we face this attitude and deal with it we will not consistently walk in holiness.
This is not to say God doesn’t want us to experience victory, but rather to emphasize that victory is a byproduct of obedience. As we concentrate on living an obedient, holy life, we will certainly experience the joy of victory over sin.”
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Other Books by Jerry Bridges:
1. The Discipline of Grace – (Highly Recommended)
2. The Gospel for Real Life
3. Respectable Sins: Confronting the Sins We Tolerate
4. The Great Exchange: My Sin for His Righteousness

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Batter My Heart

Batter my heart, three-person’d God; for You
As yet but knock, breathe, shine, and seek to mend;
That I may rise, and stand, o’erthrow me, and bend
Your force, to break, blow, burn and make me new.
I, like an unsurp’d town, to another due,
Labor to admit You, but Oh, to no end!
Reason, Your viceroy in me, me should defend,
But is captiv’d, and proves weak or untrue.
Yet dearly I love You, and would be loved fain,
But am betroth’d unto Your enemy:
Divorce me, untie, or break that knot again,
Take me to You, imprison me, for I
Except You entrall me, never shall be free,
Nor ever chaste, except You ravish me.

-John Donne-

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Congratulations Lance Limanti, I think you did the impossible. In my eyes my friend, you beat out Tom Selleck for the best mustache of all time.

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