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IC.16-The Imitation of Christ, 16—Benefits of Obedience / Self-denial / Surrender

Posted: January 16, 2019

Scripture: Jas 1:22-25; Ezek 20:19; Eph 5:17; Gren 32:10; 1 Cor 4:7; Rom 2:11; Jas 2:5; Ps 45:16; 1 Pet 2:1; Acts 5:41; Luke 14:10; Matt 16:24-25; Phil 2:21; Ezra… Read More

IC.15-The Imitation of Christ, 15—Obedience / Earthly Affections

Posted: January 15, 2019

Scriptures: 1 John 5:2-3; Prov 12:15; Rom 14:17 Insights for Life: * “It is far safer to live under authority than to be in a place of authority.” * “It… Read More

IC.14-The Imitation of Christ, 14—Bearing Injuries / Christ’s Obedience

Posted: January 14, 2019

Scriptures: Rom 8:17-18; Heb 12:4; 2 Tim 2:5; Luke 18:27; John 15:9-10; Ps 18:42; Jas 2:20; 1 Sam 16:21; Ezek 20:17; Gen 2:7   Application questions: 1. Do I react differently… Read More

IC.13-The Imitation of Christ, 13—Loss of all comfort

Posted: January 13, 2019

Scripture: Phil 4:11-13; Ps 30:6-8,10-11; Job 7:18; Rev 2:7. Practical application: (1) Don’t allow ourselves to lose faith or perspective just because we are going through hard times. (2) Don’t… Read More

IC.12-The Imitation of Christ, 12—Human Misery / Weakness

Posted: January 12, 2019

Scriptures: Phil 3:7-9; Ps 73; Ps 25:17; 2 Cor 6:2; Heb 10:36; 2 Cor 5:4; 1 Thess 5:3; Prov 30:7-9; Col 3:1-4; Ps 32:5; 40:2; 69:14; 1 John 2:15: Job… Read More

IC.11-The Imitation of Christ, 11—Not Trusting Self / Trusting God

Posted: January 11, 2019

Scriptures: Matt 7:3; 16:26: Jer 34:24; Ps 119:137; 19:9; Rom 11:33; 1 Cor 14:33; Ps 21:3; Rom 8:29; Jn 15:16,19; Gal 1:15; Matt 18:10; Rev 4:10; Matt 18:1; 1 Jn… Read More

IC.10-The Imitation of Christ, 10—Knowledge / Wisdom / Not believing everyone

Posted: January 10, 2019

Scriptures: Rom 1:21; (Sir 19:14; 14:1; 34:9); (Tob 4:18); Ps 60:11; 37:39; (Wis 1:1); John 14:6; Rom 3:4; Matt 10:17,36; 24:23); James 3:1; Phil 3:4-8. Application: Types of information of… Read More

IC.09-The Imitation of Christ, 9—Hearing God’s Words

Posted: January 9, 2019

Scripture: John 16:13-14; Ps 94:19; John 12:48; Mic 6:8; Gen 17:1; (Wis 1:1); John 8:32; Ps 25:5; 1 John 3:22; (Tob 3:5); Ps 119:20; (2 Macc 7:38); (Sir 11:4); Isa… Read More

IC.08-The Imitation of Christ, 8—Selfish Love

Posted: January 8, 2019

Scripture: Ecc 2:11; 1 John 2:17; Ps 51:12; Eph 3:16; Eph 4:14. (Also Wis 9:4) Key phrases: * “In captivity”: True freedom is found in Christ, not the world. *… Read More

IC.07-The Imitation of Christ, 7—Futile Hope

Posted: January 7, 2019

Scriptures: * 2 Cor 4:18 * Romans 12:3,16 * James 4:6 * John 15:4 * 1 Cor 4:7 * Matt 11:7 * Isa 40:6. Practicals: Be willing to take on… Read More

IC.06-The Imitation of Christ, 6—Intimate Love of Jesus

Posted: January 6, 2019

How close do I feel to God? We are called to love him with all our heart, soul, mind, and strength. This is the first and greatest commandment. The church… Read More

IC.05-The Imitation of Christ, 5—Power of Divine Love

Posted: January 5, 2019

To have a sensitive heart receptive to divine love, we must keep our consciences clear as we live for God (1 Tim 1:5,19). Scripture: Eph 3:17-18; 2 Cor 1:3; Ps… Read More

IC.04-The Imitation of Christ, 4—The Royal Way

Posted: January 4, 2019

“The simplicity of the book’s language and the direct appeal to the religious sensitivity of the individual in an uncomplicated way are perhaps the primary reasons why this little book… Read More

IC.03-The Imitation of Christ, 3—Taking Up Jesus’ Cross

Posted: January 3, 2019

The world of the 1420s is radically different from our modern world! Europe is still recovering from the Black Death (1347-1349), which took the lives of easily a third of… Read More

IC.02-The Imitation of Christ, 2—Offering Ourselves

Posted: January 2, 2019

The structure of James Watkins’ arrangement (encompassing 90 of the 114 chapters in The Imitation of Christ) is: I. Imitating Christ (Introduction) — 5 chapters II. Imitating Christ’s Character –… Read More

IC.01-The Imitation of Christ, 1—Imitating Christ, Despising Vanity

Posted: January 1, 2019

Book I, Chapter I Imitating Christ and Despising All Vanities on Earth . 1. HE WHO follows Me, walks not in darkness,” says the Lord (John 8:12). By these words… Read More