John Flavel… Yet Speaking

A man may serve many masters, if they all command the same things, or things subordinate to each other; but he cannot serve two masters, if their commands clash and interfere with each other: And such are the commands of Christ and the flesh in a suffering hour. Christ saith, “Be thou faithful to the…

And I Quote… February 6

In the Scriptures, to believe is not limited to an intellectual understanding of certain facts or even to the acceptance of them. Instead, it is to trust in and rely upon the object of our faith to the degree that we base our actions upon it. Our faith or belief in Jesus Christ is not…

An Infinite Journey | Part Four

Chapter Five: Experiential Knowledge As Davis argued in Chapter Four, factual knowledge of what Scripture says is absolutely foundational to progress in the Christian life. Yet without experiential knowledge, the knowledge that comes from living in God’s world, factual knowledge will remain unable to transform us. While what we learn from experience must always be…

Infinite Journey | Part Three

Chapter Three: Graphing Christian Progress Even though no graph can fully represent our progress in the Christian life, charting the course of our Christian life can still be very helpful. Which of the graphs in this chapter would best fit your life? Chapter Four: Factual Knowledge Though knowledge alone by no means guarantees spiritual growth,…

And I Quote… January 30

The heart is a desire factory. The human heart produces desires as fire produces heat. As surely as sparks fly upward, the heart pumps out desire after desire for a happier future. The condition of the heart is appraised by the kinds of desires that hold sway. Or, to put it another way, the state…

Herod Agrippa I

Herod Agrippa I was the grandson of Herod “the Great” through one of the sons that Herod had executed during his lifetime. Herodias was his full sister. He grew up in Rome and, was known as the “black sheep” of the Herodian family for his dissolute lifestyle and habit of running up unpaid debts. After…

And I Quote… January 23

The greatest danger with busyness is that there may be greater dangers you never have time to consider. Busyness does not mean you are a faithful or fruitful Christian. It only means you are busy, just like everyone else. And like everyone else, your joy, your heart, and your soul are in danger. We need…

Infinite Journey | Part Two

Chapter One: An Infinite Journey Mapped Out Davis uses the imagery of two “infinite journeys,” the inward journey of conformity to Christ and the outward journey of witness to the world. Though we are constantly tempted to prioritize one over the other, in reality, we cannot make progress in either without making progress in both.…