Tag Archives: J.I. Packer

stumbling through life blindfolded

You don’t have to stumble along in darkness. You really don’t. God, by His word, gives light: He wants to guide your steps. His teaching, enabled by His Spirit, is understandable to us even when we’re at our simplest. He means … Continue reading

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Are there really any certainties?

I don’t understand how airplanes stay in the sky. I don’t understand how a needle runs around a record’s surface and then sound, exactly like the original recorded sound, comes out. I don’t understand how ants know to walk in … Continue reading

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moving heaven and earth

“…grace means God’s love in action towards men who merited the opposite of love. Grace means God moving heaven and earth to save sinners who could not lift a finger to save themselves…drawing us sinners closer and closer to Himself…Grace … Continue reading

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your earthly father, and your heavenly One

“… the thought of our Maker becoming our perfect parent — faithful in love and care, generous and thoughtful, interested in all we do, respecting our individuality, skillful in training us, wise in guidance, always available, helping us to find … Continue reading

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How to turn our knowledge about God into knowledge of God

“How can we turn our knowledge about God into knowledge of God? The rule for doing this is simple but demanding. It is that we turn each truth that we learn about God into matter for meditation before God, leading … Continue reading

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Christian snobs and words of warning

In our early twenties, single, and both hoping to head overseas as missionaries, a girlfriend and I used to say to one another, “We’ll never drive a minivan.” We weren’t worried about an American lifestyle we thought we’d be leaving … Continue reading

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the Christmas message

“The Christmas message is that there is hope for a ruined humanity — hope of pardon, hope of peace with God, hope of glory — because at the Father’s will Jesus became poor, and was born in a stable so … Continue reading

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goodbye October, hello November

My favorite month has officially exited this year’s fall stage. As we say  goodbye to October and hello to November, I keep thinking that October’s blaze-orange pumpkins and fiery-red leaves are meant to teach us. Just as April’s daffodils help … Continue reading

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Engraved

Before the throne of God above I have a strong and perfect plea. A great High Priest whose name is Love, who ever lives and pleads for me. My name is graven on His hands. My name is written on His … Continue reading

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a Father’s reflection

This will be the third Father’s Day since my dad died.  I miss him. Your own memories of your earthly father may be painful, and your heart might not fill with any sense of missing. But as Father’s Day approaches, … Continue reading

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The hidden floodlight ministry

A while back, I  saved this J.I. Packer quote from a Justin Taylor post. In this excerpt, Packer paints a memorable picture of God’s provision of His Spirit, and of the Spirit’s work and purpose in the life of a believer. I’ve … Continue reading

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He first knew me

It was 25 years ago that I first read Knowing God. For months that year, I was part of an early-morning group of twenty-somethings who met to discuss the book’s next chapter, led by an older, wiser man who’d expound on J.I. … Continue reading

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