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    Applying the Gospel

    You may be quite familiar with the concept that the Christian grows in true holiness only by faith in God's grace. The Gospel of Jesus Christ is more than "just" the entryway to the Christian life; it is also the regular means by which we make progress in the Christian life. As we grow in our faith in the Gospel, we grow in the ability to honor God with our obedience. Biblically speaking, there is no other way to pursue our sanctification.

    This is not a difficult dynamic to understand. Several good books have been written about this. But it can often be difficult to apply this truth to everyday life. How does the Gospel help me:

    • when I'm angry with my disobedient toddler?

    • when I'm addicted to shopping?

    • when I'd rather watch tv than help my wife in the kitchen?

    • when I'm lonely?

    • when I've lost my job?

    • when a loved one dies?

    This new website is devoted to the concrete application of the Gospel to the everyday sins and weaknesses of regular people like you and me.

    May the Spirit of Christ be with you!

    Posted by Eric Costa on June 3, 2010 02:27 PM


    Pastor Costa, pastor, right?

    Well, having just come back from there all I have to say is you make it plain and simple!

    In the future will there be a comment feature as you develop this new thing in the blog world?

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