Pastor Tyler Horton

March 2009

Faith is from the heart

"There is something common in all gracious persons...wherein the nature and essence of justifying faith consist: and this is the heart's satisfaction with God's plan of salvation by Christ....This doth clearly suppose known distress in a man, without any relief in himself: this supposes known fullness in Christ, as the alone sufficient relief: this imports a sort of appropriation; for the heart being pleased with that device, in so far swayeth towards it....Devils may believe (that Christ died and rose on the account of satisfaction for man's transgression): nay, but the man I speak of, 'believeth it with the heart'...; that is, he is cordially pleased, and satisfied with and acquiesceth in, this glorious method." (70-72) Guthrie is here labouring the point that faith is more than believing something is true. The faith that saves is in fact not an act of the mind but of the heart (Romans 10:10) and therefore it must be more than simply...

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Christ ALONE is sufficient

I am currently re-reading William Guthrie's "The Christian's Great Interest".  It is a couple hundred years old and was written to help people accurately examine themselves to see if they are truly Christians. He is describing what happens to the heart that is converted and he talks about how Jesus becomes the center of our desires.  For the Christian, he says, "more is not needed, less is not enough."  We don't need more than Jesus and we are not satisfied without Jesus. I think that we usually think more in terms of the first part of the that phrase; that is, that we do not need more than Jesus.  We think of Jesus being sufficient in that we do not need anything else but Him.  But the second part of the phrase struck me.  Do I think of Christ ALONE being sufficient?  Do I see that He is the only thing that can really quench my thirst or am I filling myself with what does not...

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Blog Purpose

I often come across interesting thoughts as in my reading and I want to share them with you.  This blog will be used to post thoughts or quotes from the books I am currently reading and how they help, encourage, convict, puzzle me or whatever.  And let it be known right away that I make no promise as to how often this will be updated.

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