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The Enemy Within: Straight Talk about the Power and Defeat of Sin (Lundgaard)

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“I know John Owen’s unfolding of the Scriptures is just what we all need to hear. But I know also that few will ever trouble themselves to hack through his ponderous prose, no matter how passionately I recommend him. The trip back to the seventeenth century is too far. So I decided to bring Owen into the twenty-first century.” – Author’s Preface 

How would you like to fight an enemy who, just as you have him on the ropes, always evades the final blow? An enemy who hides just out of reach, lulling you into a fall sense of security, until he drops from nowhere onto your back? 

That's the advantage of indwelling sin—it lurks in an unsearchable fortress where you can't get to it. But if God has redeemed us from sin—and given us his Holy Spirit to sanctify us and give us strength against sin—why do we go on sinning?

Drawing from two masterful works by English theologian John Owen, Kris Lundgaard takes aim at the enemy within. He shares his discovery of hope, renewed love for Christ, an approach to holiness by faith in him.

Table of Contents:

Part One: The Power of Sin in What It Is

1. Evil at My Elbow

2. The Long Arm of the Law

3. The Haunted House

4. Irreconcilable Differences

Part Two: The Power of Sin in How It Works

5. The Tricks of the Trade

6. Getting Carried Away

7. No Idle Mind

Excursus: Loving God with All you Mind

8. Hooked

9. Maculate Conception

Part Three: The Power of Sin in What it Does

10. Slip-Sliding Away

Part Four: Nailing the Lid on Sin’s Coffin

11. A Bone-Marrow Transplant

12. No Easy Peace

13. Lethal Faith 



Kris Lundgaard was associate pastor of University PCA in New Mexico. He is currently a manager in the computer industry. He lives with his wife, Paula, and four children in Austin, Texas.



“…fresh, contemporary, highly readable. Every Christian who is serious about holiness should read this book.” – Jerry Bridges

“Kris Lundgaard has done the impossible. He has given us some of the best of Puritan theology in language all of us can understand…will challenge you to radical spiritual transformation!” – Richard L. Pratt, Jr.

“…a solid reminder that apart from the grace of God we are far weaker than we can imagine – but greater is he that is in us than he that is in the world.” – Bryan Chapell

“Here is a most read for all who desire not to wave the white flag and surrender to sin, but to soundly defeat it.” – Steven J. Lawson