"We need only sit more continually at the cross to be less troubled with our doubts and woes. We need only see His sorrows, and our sorrows we shall be ashamed to mention; we need only to gaze into His wounds and heal our own. If we would live properly, it must be by the contemplation of His death; if we would rise to dignity, it must be by considering His humiliation and His sorrow."
The LORD is my light and my salvation;
Whom shall I fear?
The LORD is the defense of my life;
Whom shall I dread?
"The doctrine of eternal security, or OSAS (once saved always saved) is one of the most hotly debated topics in all of Christianity. Did the Lord’s death really pay for all the sins of our life, thereby guaranteeing a place in Heaven for all born again believers?
"Or, are we responsible for the sins we commit after we become born again, running the risk that our post salvation behavior can cause God to rescind his promise to save us?
"And if God will not rescind His promise, can we walk away from our relationship with Him and effectively forfeit our salvation?
"You’ll find the answers to these and other questions in this book, as well as Biblical answers to some of the most frequently asked questions about OSAS."
OSAS Anthology, by Jack Kelley
I just found Chip Ingram's broadcast archives. What a treasure!
Living On The Edge, with Chip Ingram
The following mini study is taken from Chip's collection of notes from the series, Love One Another.
Chip Ingram Asks, Why Is Encouragement So Important?
Because God Commands It
Therefore encourage one another and build up one another, just as you also are doing.
1 Thessalonians 5:11
Because Sin Is Deceitful
But encourage one another day after day, as long as it is still called "Today," so that none of you will be hardened by the deceitfulness of sin.
Because Spiritual Growth Requires It
and we sent Timothy, our brother and God's fellow worker in the gospel of Christ, to strengthen and encourage you as to your faith,
1 Thessalonians 3:2
Because We Lose Perspective So Easily
I do not speak to condemn you, for I have said before that you are in our hearts to die together and to live to live together. Great is my confidence in you; great is my boasting on your behalf. I am filled with comfort; I am overflowing with joy in all our affliction. For even when we came into Macedonia our flesh had no rest, but we were afflicted on every side: conflicts without, fears within. But God, who comforts the depressed, comforted us by the coming of Titus; and not only by his coming, but also by the comfort with which he was comforted in you, as he reported to us your longing, your mourning, your zeal for me; so that I rejoiced even more.
2 Corinthians 7:3-7
God to enfold me,
God to surround me,
God in my speaking,
God in my thinking.
God in my sleeping,
God in my waking,
God in my watching,
God in my hoping.
God in my life,
God in my lips,
God in my soul,
God in my heart.
God in my sufficing,
God in my slumber,
God in mine ever-living soul,
God in mine eternity.
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