Author: Chris Poblete

Humility

“I therefore, a prisoner for the Lord, urge you to walk in a manner worthy of the calling to which you have been called, with all humility and gentleness, with patience, bearing with one another in love, eager to maintain the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace” (Ephesians 4:1-3). Humility is a high mark of the Christian. Once saved, we know that everything in life is a gift of grace. There should be no room for pride. The Greek word for humility that Paul uses is ταπεινοφροσύνη (tapeinophrosynē). This noun is defined as the state of having a “humble...

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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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