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Are You Born Again? #3

“Whatever is born of God overcomes the world” (1 John 5:4). ...

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Are You Born Again? #1

Are you born again? This is life’s most important question. Jesus Christ said, “Except a man be born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God” (John 3:3). ...

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Are You Born Again? #2

“Every one that doeth righteousness is born of Him” (I John 2:29)....

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On Training Children

If you would train your children rightly, train them in the way they should go, and not in the way that they would go on their own......

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Three Rules for a Happy Marriage

Of all relationships of life, none ought to be regarded with such reverence, and none taken in hand so cautiously, as the relationship of husband and wife. 

In no relationship is so much earthly happiness to be found, if it be entered upon discreetly, advisedly, and in the fear of God......

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Justification and Sanctification Distinguished

Last week we saw how justification and sanctification agree. Today we will see how they differ. Justification is the reckoning of a man to be righteous on the merit of Jesus Christ. Sanctification is the actual making a man inwardly righteous, though it may be in a feeble degree. The righteousness we have by our justification is not our own, but the everlasting perfect...

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Justification and Sanctification Compared

This subject is one of great importance, though I fear it will not seem so to all my readers. Too many are apt to look at nothing but the surface of things in religion. They regard distinctions in theology as questions which are of little real value. But I warn all who are in earnest about their souls, that the discomfort which arises from not distinguishing things that d...

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How Do You Know If You Have the Holy Spirit?

Sanctification is that inward spiritual work which Jesus Christ works in a man by the Holy Spirit, when He calls him to be a true believer, separates him from his natural love of sin and the world, puts a new principle in his heart, and makes him practically godly in life. Sanctification is the only certain evidence of the indwelling Holy Spirit. The Spirit never lies dor...

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Growing in Sanctification

Sanctification is that inward spiritual work which Jesus Christ works in a man by the Holy Spirit, when He calls him to be a true believer, separates him from his natural love of sin and the world, puts a new principle in his heart, and makes him practically godly in life. Sanctification grows in degrees. A man may climb from one step to another in holiness, and be more s...

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Sanctification and Judgment Day

Sanctification is that inward spiritual work which Jesus Christ works in a man by the Holy Spirit, when He calls him to be a true believer, separates him from his natural love of sin and the world, puts a new principle in his heart, and makes him practically godly in life. Sanctification will be necessary as a witness to our character in the great day of judgment. It will...

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Sanctification Comes with Conflict

Sanctification is that inward spiritual work which Jesus Christ works in a man by the Holy Spirit, when He calls him to be a true believer, separates him from his natural love of sin and the world, puts a new principle in his heart, and makes him practically godly in life. Sanctification does not keep a man from inward spiritual conflict between the flesh and the spirit w...

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