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Octavius Winslow on the Sympathy of Christ

Christ’s heart overflows with sympathy for his people as they experience weakness, grief, trials, and temptations. Octavius Winslow’s book The Sympathy of Christ can help us better appreciate the sympathetic heart of our Savior.

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A Lament for a Troubled Nation

Our God and our Father, we look at our world and cry out, how long, O Lord? How long will sin and wickedness and injustice and suffering seem to win? We call out to you because you alone are our help. We have no other Helper. We have no other Savior. You are the God who made the heavens and the earth. You are the God who redeemed us through your Son Jesus Christ. Hear us O God, as we pray right now.

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Give Me Understanding, That I May Keep Your Law and Observe It With My Whole Heart

I’m getting ready to preach on the Ten Commandments at my church as we work our way through the book of Exodus on Sunday mornings. I’m excited to use Kevin DeYoung’s book, The 10 Commandments: What They Mean, Why They Matter, and Why We Should Obey Them, as an aid in my sermon prep. From what I can tell so far, it's thoroughly biblical, rooted in the Reformed tradition (that's a good thing in my opinion), informative, accessible, and practical.

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Guide me, O thou great Jehovah, pilgrim through this barren land; I am weak, but thou art mighty; hold me with thy pow’rful hand; Bread of heaven, Bread of heaven, feed me till I want no more, feed me till I want no more (Guide Me, O Thou Great Jehovah, William Williams, 1745).

Our help is in the name of the LORD, who made heaven and earth (Psalm 124:8 ESV).

Alan Jacobs on Thinking During Covidtide: When people let their thinking about the coronavirus, and responses to it, be guided by TV networks desperate for viewers and websites desperate for clicks, they are not choosing their interlocutors wisely.

John Calvin: By nature I love brevity. A man after my own heart.

Edmund Clowney: Prayer leads us to the triune God. It is addressed not simply to a personal, but to a tri-personal God.

Jerry Bridges in I Exalt You, O God: The joy of realizing my sins are forgiven and that I am accepted by the Father through Christ lifts my soul to praise and thanksgiving.