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What is personal holiness?

John Owen ministered to my heart with his answer (I add my emphasis and modernization):

Holiness is an internal change or renovation of our souls, our minds, our wills, and affections by the grace; a universal compliance with the will of God in all duties of obedience and abstinences from sin out of a principle of faith and love; a designation of all the actions of life unto the glory of God by Jesus Christ, through the gospel.

Wow. Pursue holiness (Hebrews 12:14).

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On Women, their children, and “her man” that abuses them

One of the most befuddling things I’ve ever encountered in ministry is the role of mothers toward the children that their husbands have sexually abused. One story that has made national news reveals a mother more committed to her former pastor and her abusive husband than her own offspring. Sadly, this is not unusual. Continue reading