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In an attempt to provide you with helpful resources that will challenge your mind, encourage your heart and lift your soul I would like to tell you about a daily email I receive from Grace Gems.

Grace Gems combs through volumes of books from authors such as Thomas Brooks, John Flavel, and John Newton, to name a few, to find golden nuggets (or gems) of truth to pass on to their readers.

From the Grace Gems website, their stated purpose is:

To humble the pride of man,
to exalt the grace of God in salvation
and to promote real holiness in heart and life.

The go on to state:

Our desire is that the Holy Spirit, who is the Divine Revealer and Interpreter of Christ and His truth, may impart to your hearts a sober, spiritual and sanctifying receptivity of His Word — abasing self, and exalting Christ! Our intention is to unfold and illustrate the Lord Jesus Christ in the relation in which He stands to His people to unveil His glory, beauty, and fullnessto define the close bond of union that unites to Him all His people — and to bring you into a more personal realization of what Christ is to you, and of what you are to Christ.” (Octavius Winslow)

Our objective is to set before the Christian pilgrim some reflections which may prove challenging, consolatory and encouraging — as he journeys up from this bleak, arid, wilderness world, leaning on his Beloved.

May God’s blessing attend our humble effort to minister comfort to the downcast, strength to the weak, and courage to those who have set their faces towards their glorious eternal home.
As a sample, this is what I received from them yesterday from the work of James Smith, The Person and Work of Christ (1849):
What a wonderful person is my glorious Lord Jesus! All the divine attributes are found in Him. As there are no limits to His fullness–there can be no limit to my supplies, or the least prospect of need.

Jesus is my divine Savior!

His bounty will supply me,
His omnipotence will deliver me,
His omnipresence will protect me,
His omniscience will guard me,
His love will animate me,
His mercy will heal me,
His grace will support me,
His compassion will comfort me,
His pity will relieve me,
His goodness will provide for me,
His tenderness will soothe me,
His kindness will encourage me,
His patience will bear with me,
His justice will avenge me,
His faithfulness will embolden me,
His holiness will beautify me,
His anger will awe me,
His life will quicken me,
His light will illumine me,
His Word will regulate me,
His joy will delight me,
His blessedness will elevate me,
His long-suffering will lead me to repentance,
His immutability will secure the fulfillment of all the promises to me,
His truth will be my shield and buckler,
His sovereignty will raise my admiration,
His condescension will inspire me with gratitude and love,
and His all-sufficiency will satisfy me both in time and eternity!

In Jesus, God has reconciled me to Himself–imputing my trespasses to Him–and His obedience to me.

God by Jesus, takes away . . .
all my sins,
His own wrath, and
my deserved condemnation!

All good things . . .
are treasured up in Christ,
were procured for me by Christ,
flow to me through Christ, and
are conferred on me for the sake of Christ!

How exactly suited is the Lord Jesus to my case! Inflexible justice demands my blood–but He becomes my substitute, and spills His own!

In Jesus, I see my sin–and God’s justice meet!
He removes the one–and satisfies the other!

What is Jesus called in God’s holy Word?

A Savior–in reference to my lost condition.
A Reconciler–in reference to the enmity that existed between myself and God.
A Redeemer–in reference to my slavery to sin.
A Mediator–in respect to the disagreement between myself and the Most High God.
A Refiner–with respect to my filthiness.
An Advocate–with regard to my perplexed cause.
A Prophet–in respect to my ignorance.
A Priest–with a view to my guiltiness.
A King–in regard to my weakness and foes.
A Bridegroom–regarding my lowly estate and relationship.
A Physician–with regard to my many soul maladies.
In a word, Jesus is “All In All.”

O to know more of Jesus, in . . .
the glory of His person,
the riches of His grace,
the perfection of His work,
the tenderness of His heart,
the strength of His love and
the effectual working of His power!

If you’d like to start receiving these grace gems yourself, and I encourage you to do so, you can get their daily email by going to their website here, or if you use an RSS reader go to their blog here.

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Several years ago I had the opportunity to attend the Resolved Conference which I found to be both thrilling and encouraging. This year I was unable to attend because I decided to go the the Together for the Gospel conference instead. Anyway, the audio and video of the conference is available for free download which I plan to do myself, but I thought you might enjoy them also.

Jesus: The Only Mediator – Rich Holland Audio Video

So I Really Do Need a Priest – Al Mohler Audio Video

Who is Jesus Christ – Steve Lawson Audio Video

I Wish I’d Been There – C.J. Mahaney Audio Video

Jesus: Our Sovereign Savior – Steve Lawson Audio Video

Jesus: The Eternal I Am – John MacArthur Audio Video

Panel Discussion Audio Video

A Vision of the Glorified Christ – John MacArthur Audio Video

Experiencing Christ – Rick Holland Audio Video

The Lamb Who Would Be King – Al Mohler Audio Video

Called to Contend for Christ – C.J. Mahaney Audio Video

You can also find the audio and video download links for the all the Resolved Conferences (2006-2010) here.

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