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Blog Archives: August 2015

Liberating Prostitutes in Italy with the Gospel

August 26, 2015
Chris Castaldo
Vite Trasformate (transformed lives) is a gospel-centered ministry to reach those trapped in prostitution in Italy. Many thousands of women are on the sidewalks each night. Most of them are victims of human trafficking and exploitation, and they are all without hope. The primary objective of Vite Trasformate, which operates under the leadership and partnership of local churches, is to see lives transformed by Jesus Christ to the glory of God. During a visit to Italy, I had the privilege of filming the following interview with my friend, ...

The Ongoing Pursuit

August 19, 2015
Chris Castaldo
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 to the initial steps of faith—what we commonly call “conversion.” It includes ongoing encounters with the living God. Fresh, disturbing, inspiring, inconvenient—these are some words that may describe such moments. Here is how ...

We Are as We Love

August 05, 2015
Chris Castaldo
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 on to expound one particular affection, compassion, which is an outgrowth of a redeemed life. Affections therefore are lawful, yea, necessary in God’s children. All actions in God’s worship are ...