Category Archives: Notes on Books I’m Reading

The Trials and Tests of Our Faith

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Matthew 7:24-27 “Therefore everyone who hears these words of Mine, and acts upon them, may be compared to a wise man, who built his house upon the rock. 25 “And the rain descended, and the…

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Ten Signs of Self-Deception

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I have been following the sermons of D. Martyn Lloyd-Jones in his Studies in the Sermon on the Mount. In the last few posts, particularly on Matthew 7:21-23, Jesus has told us straight out that…

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Love Your Enemies

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In Matthew 5: 43-44, we have this teaching to love our enemies, in contrast to the teaching of the Pharisees and scribes, to love their neighbors, but to hate their enemies. “You have heard that…

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Denying Self

  In Matthews Gospel, chapter 5, verses 39-44, Jesus shows us what the Christian character should be: to turn the other cheek, to go the extra mile, to give to the one who has needs, and to love your enemies … Continue reading

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Four Ways to Exercise True Christianity – Matthew 5:39-42

Jesus in His Sermon on the Mount gives us four ways to exercise His true teachings by dying to self. In D. Martyn Lloyd-Jones’ fine exposition of Matthew 5:39-42, he emphasizes that before we make any effort to follow Jesus’ … Continue reading

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Taking Oaths

Jesus teaching on this topic is from Matthew 5:33-37. He says, Again you have heard that it was said to those of old, ‘You shall not swear falsely, but shall perform your oaths to the Lord.’  34 But I say … Continue reading

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Christ’s Teaching on Divorce

Preachers tend to avoid this topic—as well as teaching on bible prophecy. We must expound the bible systematically, missing nothing. We need not only preach on what interests or pleases us, but on what is written down for us in … Continue reading

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The Mortification of Sin

Jesus deals with this topic of the mortification of sin in Matthew 5:29-30. “And if your right eye makes you stumble, tear it out, and throw it from you; for it is better for you that one of the parts … Continue reading

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Thou Shalt Not Commit Adultery

Jesus said to His disciples in Matthew 5:27-30, “You have heard that it was said to those of old, ‘You shall not commit adultery.’  28 But I say to you that whoever looks at a woman to lust for her … Continue reading

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Thou Shalt Not Kill — Matthew 5:21-26

In review, what we have said about Jesus’ teaching in His Sermon on the Mount, is that He gives us a contrast between what the Scribes and Pharisees were teaching and what was the true teaching of Moses. As Lloyd-Jones … Continue reading

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