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!
We are sometimes poor judges of what love looks like. When pain is involved we are apt to say, this cannot be love. (Thus spanking of children has gone out of vogue, for instance.) But God's love is our model. And this kind of love goes far beyond the cozy warm feeling we get singing the … Continue reading Behold, the Father’s love for us…
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?
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!
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
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!
from The Weight of Glory by C.S. Lewis We are half-hearted creatures, fooling about with drink and sex and ambition when infinite joy is offered us, like an ignorant child who wants to go on making mud pies in a slum because he cannot imagine what is meant by the offer of a holiday at the … Continue reading Destined for Glory!
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’ve just started reading a Puritan Classic by John Owen, Overcoming Sin and Temptation—by invitation of a pastor blogger who hosts regular reading projects. The idea is to read a chapter a week, then to join together in discussing it on Thursdays via the “Comments” section of his blog. I’ve not done this before and … Continue reading Of the Mortification of Sin
“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