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IC.00-The Imitation of Christ—GATEWAY

Posted: February 2, 2019

ACCESS ALL IMITATION OF CHRIST PODCASTS HERE (scroll down)    Since the early 1400s, The Imitation of Christ has been a Christian classic—for many centuries surpassed in printing and sales only by… Read More

IC.31-The Imitation of Christ, 31—Meditating on Death / Final Desire / Eternity

Posted: January 31, 2019

Scripture: Phil 3:14; (1 Macc 2:63); (Sir 7:6); (Sir 38:22); Luke 21:36; Matt 24:44; 2 Cor 6:2; Rom 6:8; Ecc 7:2; Psalm 144:4; Luke 12:33; 16:9; 1 Pet 2:11; Heb… Read More

IC.30-The Imitation of Christ, 30—Coasting / Delight / Free spirit

Posted: January 30, 2019

Scripture: Psalm 43:3-4; 55:6; 34:8; 106:45; 40:5; 19:9; 1 John 2:15; Rom 8:6; Col 3:11; Rom 6:6; Gal 5:17; Psalm 89:9; 44:26; 68:30; (Sir 36:6); Isa 26:3; Matt 6:25-34   Application… Read More

IC.29-The Imitation of Christ, 29—Desiring Eternal Life

Posted: January 29, 2019

Scripture: Phil 1:23-24; Jas 1:17; Rom 8:21; Luke 22:18; Josh 1:6; Eph 4:24; Isa 61:3; Phil 1:20 . Powerful sentences: * “It’s not by your own meditating and striving that… Read More

IC.28-The Imitation of Christ, 28—Rash Judgment & Words

Posted: January 28, 2019

Scripture: Matt 7:1-2; Jas 3:7-9; Matt 26:41; Eph 4:29; John 21:22; Rom 14:12; Ecc 1:14; John 2:25; Rev 3:20; 1 Pet 4:7 . Thought questions: * Am I aware of… Read More

IC.27-The Imitation of Christ, 27—Sensitive Heart

Posted: January 27, 2019

Scripture: Prov 4:23; 19:23; Jas 4:9; Eph 4:29; Col 2:20-23; Psalm 80:5; 75:5. Spiritual focus: * Holy reverence * Discipline * Avoiding senseless humor (flippancy) * Cultivating spiritual sensitivity. * Clear… Read More

IC.26-The Imitation of Christ, 26—Security / Temptation

Posted: January 26, 2019

Scripture: 2 Cor 6:7; Psalm 91:14; Rev 2:17; Rom 8:18; Psalm 27:14; Psalm 91:15; Job 7:1; 1 Pet 5:8; Jas 1:14; Col 1:11; (Sir 31:26); 1 Cor 10:13; (Jud 8:17); Luke… Read More

IC.25-The Imitation of Christ, 25—Reading the Holy Scriptures

Posted: January 25, 2019

Scriptures: 2 Tim 3:16; Heb 13:9; Psalm 117:2; Heb 1:1; Rom 2:11 Ten thoughts: * We shouldn’t seek novelty for novelty’s sake. The gospel is seldom advanced through curious, shocking,… Read More

IC.24-The Imitation of Christ, 24—Exercises of a Righteous Person

Posted: January 24, 2019

Scripture: 2 Pet 1:5-8; Prov 16:9; Jer 10:23; Heb 12:1; Eph 6:11; Rom 8:18; Luke 12:37,42 Application: * Daily renewal: Begin the day the right way!  * Stay busy. Redeem… Read More

IC.23-The Imitation of Christ, 23—Peaceableness / Purity / Conscience

Posted: January 23, 2019

Scripture: Gal 5:22-23; Eph 4:2; Gal 6:2; Rom 12:18; Phil 4:8; Rom 2:9; 1 Pet 3:16; Isa 57:20-21; 2 Cor 1:12; 7:4; 1 John 3:21; Isa 48:22; Mic 3:11; Psalm… Read More

IC.22-The Imitation of Christ, 22—Peace of Mind / Solitude & Silence

Posted: January 22, 2019

Scripture: John 14:27; Matt 3:10; Gal 2:20; 5:24; 6:14; 2 Tim 2:4; Rev 2:4; Psalm 37:7; Mark 6:31; Luke 5:16; 2 Cor 1:12; Psalm 4:4; 1 John 2:17; Prov 23:32;… Read More

IC.21-The Imitation of Christ, 21—Bearing with Others

Posted: January 21, 2019

Scriptures: Luke 11:4; Gen 50:20; Titus 3:10; Gal 6:2,5; 2 Cor 3:5; Prov 3:7; Col 3:13; 1 Thess 5:11 . Application: * We often operate under a double standard, wanting others… Read More

IC.20-The Imitation of Christ, 20—Confidence of Grace

Posted: January 20, 2019

Scripture: Jas 1:17; Nah 1:7; Matt 11:28; Jer 32:27; 1 Pet 5:10; Num 23:19; Ps 40:1; Matt 8:7; 6:34; John 14:27; 14:1; Ps 44:21; John 15:9; Luke 8:15; 2 Cor… Read More

IC.19-The Imitation of Christ, 19—Contempt of Worldly Knowledge

Posted: January 19, 2019

Scripture: 1 Cor 1:26-27; 2 Tim 4:3; Num 16; Ps 94:10; 119:100,130; Col 3:4; Zeph 1:12; 1 Cor 4:5,20; 12:11. . Application: * “Sweet-sounding compliments”: beware flattery, and people lowering… Read More

IC.18-The Imitation of Christ, 18—Guard of Humility / Thinking Humbly

Posted: January 18, 2019

Scripture: 1 Pet 5:5-6; Matt 6; Jer 10:23; Ps 91:4; Rom 11:25; 12:3; 1 Cor 13:1-3; Rom 11:20; 12:3; Jas 3:1 Practical application:  * We should be modest about our… Read More

IC.17-The Imitation of Christ, 17—Over-anxiety / Holy examples

Posted: January 17, 2019

Scripture: Ps 37:4 Matt 26:41 Heb 12:1; 6:12; 11:1-40 John 12:25 Application (10 areas): * Learn from those who have gone before us (in church history, the O.T., and even… Read More

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

Brother Lawrence

Posted: April 25, 2018

Introduction We may be tempted to conceive of Christian history as a vast wasteland stretching from the post-apostolic period till fairly modern times; yet this is not quite accurate. Even… Read More

St. Nick: Historical Core of Xmas Lore

Posted: December 5, 2015

Famous Christians 1: Nicholas of Myra This is the story (16 minutes) of Nicholas of Myra, a 4th century Christian leader, who became “Saint Nick.” Though Christmas lore is nearly… Read More

Lessons from the Protestant Reformation

Posted: November 8, 2015

Here are the links for the major classes given in the 2015 Biblical Study Tour. The theme was “Finding God When the Church is Adrift,” and the teaching took place in… Read More

St. Patrick’s Day

Posted: February 3, 2011

Famous Christians 2: Patrick Here are a podcast plus notes on St. Patrick’s Day (8 minutes). To download the podcast, right click on “download” and select “save link as” or “save target… Read More

Martin Luther and the Reformation, by James Greig

Posted: September 1, 2003

Here is a paper on the life and ministry of Martin Luther. It is written by James Greig: pdf file.

Oxford and the English Martyrs, by James Greig

Posted: August 5, 2003

The following are excerpts from Foxe’s Book of Martyrs (published Ambassador, complete), first published Basle 1559. John Foxe studied at Oxford and was ordained by Nicholas Ridley in 1550. He… Read More