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  • The Agonizing Prayer by Jerry Bridges

    Isaiah wrote prophetically of Jesus that He was “a man of sorrows, and acquainted with grief” (Isa. 53:3). Though those words were descriptive of His entire life, we see them coming to a climax in the garden of Gethsemane where Jesus …Read More

  • Boasting in His Shame by John Sartelle

    But far be it from me to boast except in the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ” (Gal. 6:14). This was an absurd statement in Paul’s world. The cross was an instrument of execution used by the government. The cross …Read More

  • Christ by Keith Mathison

    In his ministry, the Apostle Paul boldly proclaimed Jesus Christ and Him crucified, and as followers of Christ, we are called to do the same. Yet we do so knowing that the message of the gospel is foolishness to the …Read More

  • Christ Forsaken by Joel Beeke

    Ay, ay, d’ye know what it was—dying on the cross, forsaken by His Father—d’ye know what it was?… It was damnation—and damnation taken lovingly.”      — John “Rabbi” Duncan (1796–1870) “And about the ninth hour Jesus cried with a loud …Read More

  • Comfort My People by Michael Lawrence

    Because shame is always hiding, it often catches us by surprise. An unbeliever had been attending my church for several months. Always professionally dressed and well spoken, he often thanked me for my sermons. But nothing in our previous interactions …Read More

  • The Hard Book by R.C. Sproul Jr.

    I do not, in the least, disagree with the editors’ decision this month to address a series of hard sayings of Jesus. In fact, I think it a good decision. Years ago, when I was actively involved in planning Renewing …Read More

  • He Gave by Iain Campbell

    The crucifixion of Jesus was a historical event in which the world expressed its hatred of God and its hostility toward Him. It was the ultimate symbol not only of the evil of sin but also of the greed of …Read More

  • Joy in Christ Alone by Burk Parsons

    Christianity is a religion of joy. Real joy comes from God, who has invaded us, conquered us, and liberated us from eternal death and sadness—who has given us hope and joy because He has poured out His love within our …Read More

  • The Joy of Christ by David Filson

    Our hearts prepare for Advent with, “Come to earth to taste our sadness, He whose glories knew no end.” We enter Passion Week somberly singing, “Man of Sorrows! What a name, for the Son of God who came.” Isaiah pens …Read More

  • Justified by His Blood by Anthony Carter

    Have you ever wondered why God loves you and desires you in His eternal blessed presence? Have you ever contemplated (seriously) why God would look favorably on you and bless you rather than condemn you? Most of us (dare I …Read More

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