On the Mortification of Sin–Chapter 7–Impossible without Christ!

I found myself in the last chapter chomping at the bit for something practical and specific for this task of 'mortification' at hand.  Some 'ways and means' would be good to get into. But in Chapter Seven, it is as though Owen cautions me: 'not so fast, not so fast'.  First some general guidelines... There … Continue reading On the Mortification of Sin–Chapter 7–Impossible without Christ!

Of the Mortification of Sin—Chapter 6—What does this look like?

          Now that we have a sense of what mortification is NOT it would be good to know what it actually IS.  Owen lays out in this chapter three characteristics of Mortification.  Following is my summary of his thoughts.  Owen's opening remarks remind us of our natural state apart from mortification... … Continue reading Of the Mortification of Sin—Chapter 6—What does this look like?

Of the Mortification of Sin–Chapter 5–What does this NOT look like!

With this chapter we begin Part 2 of John Owen's book, Overcoming Sin and Temptation.  To read along grab your free copy here and join in the discussion on Thursdays here. We've read alot so far about the necessity of mortification, i.e. we absolutely need to be addressing sin in our lives as believers.  Now in Part 2 … Continue reading Of the Mortification of Sin–Chapter 5–What does this NOT look like!

Of the Mortification of Sin–Chapter 4–THE KEY TO STRENGTH AND PEACE

Chapter four is a short one.  With it concludes Part I of John Owen's book, Overcoming Sin and Temptation. Part One has been all about establishing how important it is that we be putting to death ('mortifying') the sin that dwells in us. Chapter Four underlines this necessity in terms of how it affects the … Continue reading Of the Mortification of Sin–Chapter 4–THE KEY TO STRENGTH AND PEACE

Of the Mortification of Sin–Chapter 3–THERE’S HELP!

It's time to talk about Chapter Three of John Owen's book, Overcoming Sin and Temptation. I've been reading and discussing one chapter a week of this insightful classic, published in 1656, with an informal group of blog readers.  Every Thursday we converge on the "Comments" section at Challies.com to share our thoughts.  Meanwhile, week by week … Continue reading Of the Mortification of Sin–Chapter 3–THERE’S HELP!

Of the Mortification of Sin–Chapter 2–IT’S OUR DAILY WORK!

I've been reading a Puritan Classic by John Owen, Overcoming Sin and Temptation, with an informal group of blog readers.  We're reading one chapter a week and then sharing our thoughts in the "Comments" section of Tim Challies blog every Thursday, beginning Sept.4, 2014.  You can get all caught up here and join right in with … Continue reading Of the Mortification of Sin–Chapter 2–IT’S OUR DAILY WORK!

I think I can do it…

“I think I can do it, I think I can do it.  But I’m afraid to.” Bridging that gap, doing what you’re afraid of, getting out of your comfort zone, taking risks like that—THAT is what life is.   excerpt from:  Great people do things before they’re ready… by Amy Poehler