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Liberating Prostitutes in Italy with the Gospel

Vite Trasformate (transformed lives) is a gospel-centered ministry to reach those trapped in prostitution in Italy. During my recent visit to Italy, I had the privilege of interviewing Priscilla who explains the challenges and opportunities facing gospel-centered work of this nature.

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The Ongoing Pursuit

Despite our weakness and sin, we have the audacity to approach a God who abides in unapproachable light. Audacity, that is, apart from redemptive grace which lifts us from the miry clay to make us his children. The road to deliverance and the pathway to holiness begin here. Our pursuit of God, however, is not limited[…]

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Silencing the Scream

Before World War I, a certain frustration developed in Europe. Despite the industrial revolution’s technological development and its attendant optimism, there was an increasing awareness that something was missing. Romanticism had failed to deliver the kingdom and the cheerful hope of economists was gradually exposed as a façade. The Irish poet, W. B. Yeats (1865-1939)[…]

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We Are as We Love

Richard Sibbes (1577 – 1635) was an influential English Puritan leader during the early years of the seventeenth century. Above all, he was known as a great preacher. The following excerpt comes from his exposition of Philippians 3:18. Sibbes encourages his hearers to realize that affections, or passions, are necessary for God’s children. He goes[…]

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Philoxenia

“Hospitality” If you were living in the Apostle Paul’s day you would have expressed the concept with the word “philoxenia” (e.g., Heb 13:2). This Greek word is derived from two other words: philos (love) and xenos (stranger or alien). It is a fascinating combination when you think about it—love for a stranger. Why would we[…]

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Inspiration to Live Coram Deo

The term coram Deo (before the sight of God) has been used for millennia as a way to remind God’s people to live worthy of our calling. Unfortunately, instead of seeing the glory of the invisible God, our eyes tend to fall upon a thousand examples of sin and brokenness, our own and that of[…]

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The Irony of Freedom

Great truths often subsist in great ironies, the Cross of Christ being the supreme example. Among the many blessings that follow from the Cross is genuine freedom. I like the way Peter Martyr Vermigli (1499-1562) describes it: “I do not think that anyone who has tasted the sweetness of Christ’s sovereignty (la soavita di questa[…]

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