Author: Brian Hedges

How Sin Does Its Work

“Take care, brothers, lest there be in any of you an evil, unbelieving heart, leading you to fall away from the living God. But exhort one another every day, as long as it is called “today,” that none of you may be hardened by the deceitfulness of sin.” (Hebrews 3:12-13 ESV) Nothing is more critical to our ongoing progress in holiness than maintaining genuine communion with God in our souls. We enjoy this fellowship with God as our hearts exercise faith upon the person and work of Christ and experience the enlivening influences of the grace and power of...

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Crucified with Christ: How the Cross Kills Sin

Crucified with Christ: How the Cross Kills Sin The most graphic image that Scripture uses for the killing of sin is crucifixion. The cross has rightly stood at the center of Christian theology throughout church history. Crucifixion was so painful that a word was invented to describe it: excruciating, which literally means “out of the cross.” The Jewish historian Josephus said that to be crucified was to die a thousand deaths. The Roman historian Cicero said, “There is no fitting word that
can possibly describe so horrible a deed” as crucifixion, and “the very word ‘cross’ should be far removed...

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Why is Waiting on God So Hard?

Most of us don’t like waiting. We are annoyed with lengthy checkout lines at the store, frustrated by long red lights, and (if you live in northern Indiana like me) depressed with the lingering of winter temperatures in the middle of April. But we especially don’t like waiting on God. Of all the commands of Scripture, perhaps this is one of the hardest to obey. But the times and seasons for waiting on the Lord are many and varied. Scripture teaches us to wait on the Lord for guidance (Psalms 25:5), deliverance (Psalms 33:20), answers to prayer (Psalms 38:15),...

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Which Joy Rules Your Heart?

John Owen (1616–1683) has a reputation for being hard on sin — and even harder to read. Nineteenth-century Scottish professor John Duncan is famous for assigning Owen to his students with the warning, “Prepare for the knife!” And theologian A.W. Pink said he found more salt than honey in Owen’s writings. While Owen is most famous for his trilogy on sin and temptation, readers who dig deep actually discover much sweetness. After all, he is known as “Prince of the Puritans,” and his writings are well-seasoned with words like pleasant, satisfaction, sweetness, and delight. Owen had a special eye...

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Eight Roadblocks to Spiritual Health

Pediatricians diagnose some children with FTT (failure to thrive). The causes of FTT are many and varied, including genetics, sickness, and poor nutrition. But the diagnosis itself is given in cases of arrested development — when a child’s growth measurements fall below a certain percentile. A similar condition is true for many Christians: a spiritual FTT. Rather than abounding in love (1 Thessalonians 3:12), knowing the peace that surpasses all understanding (Philippians 4:7), and rejoicing with joy inexpressible and full of glory (1 Peter 1:8), these believers are marked by inconsistent and unhealthy patterns of growth and regression. They...

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