Satan and His Gospel by A.W. Pink

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Satan and His Gospel
A.W. Pink
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Joseph J. Adrian

Who is Satan? Does Satan really exist? How does Satan deceive men and women?

Satan is an enemy of God's people. He is an intelligent and powerful being who opposes God and God's Church. One of his devices is to keep people in darkness as to his existence and his activities: "An intelligent enemy always keeps in the background and remains hidden out of sight. It is an important consideration with him that his identity should be concealed." When he deceived Eve, it was through a serpent concealing his true identity.

The World Conquered By The Faithful Christian

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The World Conquered By The Faithful Christian by Richard Alleine
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Joseph J. Adrian

The three great enemies of the Christian are the world, the flesh, and the Devil. The Puritans being acutely aware of this engaged their pulpits and their pens with these themes with much greater frequency and depth than the present generation of believers. There is a corollary between these enemies of God's people; the devil being the Prince of this world and the flesh being man's fallen nature, which gravitates to and has a love of the world. This treatise addresses in detail one of these enemies as it relates to the Lord's people——the world.

Evangelistic Praying by John MacArthur Jr.

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Evangelistic Praying
John MacArthur Jr.
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Joseph J. Adrian

Should believers be concerned for those who are lost? If so, how great should that concern be? The Pastor of Grace Community Church since 1969, assumes that it is natural for a Christian to have a burden for those who do not know The Lord-"When someone we love doesn't know Christ, it's natural to pray for his conversion." Is the scope of a believer's concern for the lost limited to their loved ones? MacArthur cites 1Timothy 2:1-8 in considering 'Evangelistic Praying'.The apostle Paul begins the second chapter of 1Timothy by exhorting believers to bring supplications for all men.

What Can We Know About God by R.C. Sproul

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What Can We Know About God
R.C. Sproul
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Joseph J. Adrian

Religion and Theology-—What is the distinction between these two studies? Religion is man-made and usually has to do with, ". . . the worship practices of human beings in particular environments." Theology is concerned with "The Study Of God." Religion is natural and theology is supernatural (above nature). One thing that most people will (or at least should) concede is that God is incomprehensible. God is infinite and we are not, so we cannot possibly have a comprehensive knowledge of God.

A Fourfold Salvation by A.W. PInk

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A Fourfold Salvation
A.W. PInk
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Joseph J. Adrian

When does salvation begin in the experience of the Believer? Some in the present day and in past centuries as well, have asserted that it begins with the Believer's justification (when faith in Christ is exercised). This cannot stand biblical scrutiny. It must be, so Pink correctly contends, at regeneration (when God begins the work of saving His People from “The Pleasure of Sin”). It is when a person is “Born Again,” that they now have a nature that hates evil and loves holiness. Why must regeneration precede believing faith?

Only One Way of Salvation ... by J.C. Ryle

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Only One Way of Salvation...
J.C. Ryle
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Joseph J. Adrian

The 19th century Anglican Minister, J.C. Ryle, whose writings continue to have considerable influence in our day, opens the text Acts 4:12 "Neither is there salvation in any other; for there is none other name under heaven given among men, whereby we must be saved." This is one of the numerous clear statements in the New Testament that assert that Christ is the only way of salvation. Is Christ set forth as "The Only Way" in the Old Testament as well? Absolutely! Not in plain outright statements as in The New Testament but in type and shadow.

God's Way Of Holiness by Horatius Bonar

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God's Way Of Holiness
Horatius Bonar
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Joseph J. Adrian

All those who are "Believing in Christ" are called to "A New Life," a life of holiness——". . . life wrought out of death, by the death of "The Prince Of Life." "God spared not 'His Only Son' and uses His power, wisdom, and love to rescue us from the dominion of sin and make us partakers of this new life——no longer under law but now under grace. Are we given a new mind, new intellect, a new body? No. They are the same yet, . . . the old man is slain, the new man lives." A Christian now thinks differently of himself because his mind has been renewed by the Spirit of God.

Drawing Near To God My Portion Forever

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Drawing Near To God My Portion Forever by Thomas Boston et al
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Joseph J. Adrian

For anyone who is in Christ, their chief desire should be "To Draw Near To Their God." The language of their heart ought to echo that of the Psalmist——"Whom have I in heaven but thee? and there is none upon earth that I desire besides thee!" John Calvin hit the bullseye in his Institutes when he set forth man's two greatest priorities in life——to know God and know yourself.

The Christian's Duty To Forsake All For Jesus Christ

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The Christian's Duty To Forsake All For Jesus Christ
Thomas Mocket
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Joseph J. Adrian

In The Christian's Duty To Forsake All For Jesus Christ, Puritan Pastor, Thomas Mockett, launches a nuclear attack against an error that has permeated God's Church (dressed in different garb) throughout the centuries. One of the disguises in our day (designed to destroy men's souls) is the teaching that Christ can be your Savior but submission to Him as Lord is up to you, it is not a necessity. If Mockett is correct, then the disciples of Christ must be willing to forsake all for Him. I'm sure he stands on an unshakeable biblical foundation.

How Should We Eye Eternity That It May Have It's Due Influence Upon Us? by Thomas Doolittle

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How Should We Eye Eternity That It May Have It's Due Influence Upon Us?
Thomas Doolittle
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Joseph J. Adrian

How does "The Eye Of Faith" view eternal realities? "Faith so looks at things that are far off, that they have a kind of mental intellectual existence; though absent, as if they were present; being promised. As sure as if they were already possessed."

A principle that Thomas Doolittle gives us is, "Let unseen, eternal things be the first that you look at." Thus "unseen things" should have the priority of our thoughts, care, and diligent endeavors. . . ." If we are wise, we will be determined to prioritize "seeking the Kingdom of God."

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