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Destinations for the Pilgrimage


⇒ The Power of Prayer, or Better, The Grace of God

by Ian Hamilton

That prayer is a means of God’s grace is a topic I have been teaching for the past few weeks in my Sunday morning Bible Study class. Be sure that you understand what that means. This article should help.

In God’s great mercy, prayer truly is a means of grace. Not prayer per se, of course. It is not prayer, but God who makes the difference, who effects the change. But prayer – believing, intercessory, constant, pleading prayer – is one of the great means God is pleased to use to advance his kingdom and grow his church. One man prayed and a church-nation was blessed and preserved from God’s holy anger.


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Jonathan Edwards


⇒ Helping One Another Forsake Sin and Follow Jesus

by Randy Alcorn

All too often, as believers we don’t realize that the greatest kindness we can offer each other is the truth. Our job is not just to help each other feel good but to help each other be good. We often seem to think that our only options are to: 1) speak the truth hurtfully; or 2) say nothing in the name of grace. This is a lie.

Jesus came full of grace AND truth. We should not choose between them, but do both.


⇒ My Train Wreck Conversion

by Rosaria Butterfield

This article has much to consider. From the actual conversion of a committed lesbian to the Christian witness of a pastor and his wife that is worth modeling.

As a leftist lesbian professor, I despised Christians. Then I somehow became one.


⇒ Our Sufficiency Is from God

by Martin Luther

For this season they are blind fools of first magnitude and dangerous characters who would boast of their grand performances, and think that the people are served when they preach their own fancies and inventions.

The important thing is that poor souls may rest assured of being presented with God’s Word and works, whereby they may be saved.


⇒ John Calvin’s 4 Rules of Prayer

by Joel Beeke

Don’t skip this article just because the four rules are listed below. It is short but packed with good stuff.

  1. A heartfelt sense of reverence
  2. A heartfelt sense of need and repentance
  3. A heartfelt sense of humility and trust in God
  4. A heartfelt sense of confident hope

⇒ Why I Am a Cessationist

by Tom Schreiner

I agree wholeheartedly with my friend Tom Schreiner on what he teaches with regard to some of the spiritual offices and gifts.


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