Saturday, December 22, 2007

His Name Means Savior

Another quote via my friend, Jeff....

And she shall bring forth a son, and thou shalt call his name JESUS: for he shall save his people from their sins. Matthew 1:21

The name Jesus means "Savior." ...It is given to our Lord because "He saves His people from their sins."...He saves them from the guilt of sin, by washing them in His own atoning blood. He saves them from the dominion of sin, by putting in their hearts the sanctifying Spirit. He saves them from the presence of sin, when He takes them out of this world to rest with Him. He will save them from all the consequences of sin, when He shall give them a glorious body at the last day.

Taken from the book Expository Thoughts on the Gospels by J.C. Ryle 1856

Tuesday, December 11, 2007

Mortification of Sin

Another quote from a Puritan father via my friend Jeff Haavisto:

"The choicest believers, who are assuredly freed from the condemning power of sin, ought yet to make it their business, all their days, to mortify the indwelling power of sin. (Romans 8:13)"

Taken from the book The Mortification of Sin by John Owen 1656

Thursday, December 06, 2007

Advent Bible Readings

There are a number of places you can find bible readings for the advent season. After searching around for a list that was concise and meaningful I found the following at I think it is very good and I hope it serves you as you prepare your heart to celebrate the birth of the King!