Author: Chris Poblete

Seven Ways to Wage War Against Sin

Sin. It is everywhere. It is never dormant. It is not passive. It does not sleep. It actively weakens and darkens the soul of every human being and has done so since the Fall (Genesis 3). Sin tempts our will. It separates us from our Father. It deceives our hearts and hardens men to the gospel. And apart from Christ, we are utterly hopeless against it. The Christian, redeemed and sustained by the finished work of Christ, must wage war against sin. “For if you live according to the flesh you will die, but if by the Spirit you put to death...

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Sanctifying View Of Grace

 “For I am the least of the apostles, unworthy to be called an apostle, because I persecuted the church of God.” (1 Corinthians 15:9) “To me, though I am the very least of all the saints, this grace was given, to preach to the Gentiles the unsearchable riches of Christ.” (Ephesians 3:8) “The saying is trustworthy and deserving of full acceptance, that Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners, of whom I am the foremost.” (1 Timothy 1:15) At a recent Bible study my wife and I attended, we looked at these three verses to see how...

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Blessed are Those Who Walk in the Word

Psalm 119 is the giant of all psalms, and each verse is about the word of the Lord. If the Bible had a theme song (a really long theme song), this would be it. Specifically, it is a song and prayer of someone who delights in the Word. Charles Spurgeon once said that this psalm could be called “the holy soul’s soliloquy before an open Bible.” The psalmist chooses to begin his great psalm with this benediction: Psalm 119:1 ESV, “Blessed are those whose way is blameless, who walk in the law of the LORD!” Those who have been...

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Reformation Again and Again: Finding Hope in the Mess of Nehemiah 13

Nehemiah 13:22 ESV, “Then I commanded the Levites that they should purify themselves and come and guard the gates, to keep the Sabbath day holy. Remember this also in my favor, O my God, and spare me according to the greatness of your steadfast love.” The book of Nehemiah is a story of reformation. God’s people return home to the once-great-but-now-destroyed city of Jerusalem. Under God’s protection and Nehemiah’s leadership, they rebuild its broken walls, reconstruct the old temple, and reorient their hearts under God’s holy law. The first twelve chapters unfold an epic story of how God redeems,...

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YOU CAN FEAR GOD or YOU CAN FEAR MAN

You have two options when you’re faced with opposition: fear God or fear man. Nehemiah faced with choice when the wall around Jerusalem was finally completed, reconstructed after 52 days of hard labor. For those unfamiliar with the story, Nehemiah chapters 1 through 6 follows the story of a man named Nehemiah. Nehemiah was appointed by God to lead God’s people back to Jerusalem and rebuild the city walls, which were destroyed 141 years earlier. This was a task that seemingly nobody took upon themselves for a century and a half! Yet, even in the face of much opposition...

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