Category Archives: J. I. Packer

4 reasons for persistent prayer

Why do we need to engage in persistent prayer if God is our loving heavenly Father and truly wants to give us His good gifts? Continue reading

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Don’t be cruel to yourself

We are cruel to ourselves if we try to live in this world without knowing about the God whose world it is and who runs it. Continue reading

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A Great Statement of Faith

The essence of God’s action in wrath is to give men what they choose, in all its implications: nothing more, and equally nothing less. Continue reading

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He is jealous for me

“God’s jealousy is not a compound of frustration, envy, and spite, as human jealousy so often is, but appears instead as a (literally) praiseworthy zeal to preserve something supremely precious.” Continue reading

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God’s purposes in our trials

Perhaps he means to strengthen us in patience, good humor, compassion, humility, or meekness, by giving us some extra practice in exercising these graces under especially difficult conditions. Perhaps he has new lessons in self-denial and self-distrust to teach us. Perhaps he wishes to break us of complacency, or unreality, or undetected forms of pride and conceit. Continue reading

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Hot tub religion

“As I sat there savoring hot tubness, cracking small jokes and adjusting to the feel of being bubble over from all angles, it struck me that the hot tub is the perfect symbol of the modern route in religion. The … Continue reading

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6 great truths about God’s love

6 great truths about God’s love. Continue reading

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Hot tub religion

Wise counsel from J. I. Packer  “Modern life strains us. We get stimulated till we are dizzy. Relationships are brittle; marriages break; families fly apart; business is a cutthroat rat race, and those not at the top feel themselves mere … Continue reading

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Strength in weakness

J. I. Packer’s book Knowing God radically changed the way I understood God. I read it for morning devotions as a freshman in college (1979-1980). At the time, I could only digest small portions, but each paragraph led to deep … Continue reading

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When the world becomes a strange and painful place

What happens when people turn away from God to live as if there is no Creator? God warned his people that if they forsake him, he would give them,  “…an anxious mind, eyes weary with longing, and a despairing heart” (Deuteronomy 28:65). I’ve met many people who … Continue reading

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