But even if you should suffer for the sake of righteousness, you are blessed. And do not fear their intimidation, and do not be troubled, but sanctify Christ as Lord in your hearts, always being ready to make a defense to everyone who asks you to give an account for the hope that is in you yet with gentleness and reverence; and keep a good conscience so that in the thing in which you are slandered, those who revile your good behavior in Christ will be put to shame. 1 Peter 3: 14-16
“And with all deceivableness of unrighteousness in them that perish; because they received not the love of the truth, that they might be saved. And for this cause God shall...
Earlier this year, Ligonier released The Word Made Flesh: The Ligonier Statement on Christology. Since then, we have received questions and comments, and we have compiled these into a list of frequently asked questions. We hope the answers to these questions serve people as they continue to read the statement and seek to understand
The push for many Christians today in America is to “take America back!” I realize that America is a very unique nation, having been created based on many biblical principles. Even our bankruptcy laws are based on Old Testament laws. There is much that has been crafted into the fiber of this nation that reaches back and connects to the...
Covered a wide range of themes but tried, anyway, to connect them together. Will let you judge if I succeeded! Discussed a little bit of Peter Enns’ new book, noted Dr. Mouw’s continued white-washing of Mormonism, etc. Toward the end started looking at some Muslim issues as well.
Here is the YouTube link:
The post Enns,
It used to be that discrimination was a good word. A man with discriminating taste was a man with aesthetic standards that he understood and applied in wisdom. Now discrimination is an all-purpose term of condemnation designed to shut you up, Christian.
Of course, discrimination is one of those words that carry the inescapable concept around with
1. Last month, James White kicked a beehive when he uploaded dash cam footage onto Facebook, accompanied by his social commentary on the antics of a juvenile delinquent.
He deleted it, but due to screen capture technology, it was too late. A KJV-onlyist wackjob reposted a doctored version (embedded editorializing) of the statement on his own
"Selfless love always desires the best for others." -Alistair Begg
At first glance, the brief book of 3 John reads like a private letter. But actually, John’s third epistle contains timeless truth for the entire church, offering keen insight on cultivating steadfast love and devotion.
When considering how to preach, we often think about certain words: faithfully, exegetically, expositionally, passionately, clearly . . .
I’d like to take this post to encourage you to preach doxologically. Preach in such a way that drives you — and your listeners — to unbridled worship.
Evangelical Worship Edition.
April 7, 2016. Today we’ll be looking at a song that was pushed by Worship Together YouTube Channel back in December 2015. The song is worthless, but it does give us an opportunity to discuss the mystical movement called SOZO. Today’s song is called “At Your Feet (Surrender)” by Dan
One of the most concerning phenomena I’ve seen in terms of false movements is the manifestation of spirits – familiar spirits – masquerading as the Holy Spirit. I’ve been reporting about and warning of the dangerous teaching of Mike Bickle’s spiritual influence over young vulnerable students, many of whom are willing
To know truth as it should be known, to love it
LIfe News reports:
The pro-abortion California attorney general’s office raided on Tuesday the home of the undercover investigator who exposed Planned Parenthood’s trafficking of aborted babies’ body parts, according to the Center for Medical
“The greatest question of our time,” offered historian Will Durant, “is not communism versus individualism, not Europe versus America, not even East versus the West; it is whether men can live without God.” That question, it now appears, will be answered in our own time.
For centuries the Christian church has been the center
Greetings! This is part of the read-the-New-Testament-in-a-year series running from June 2015 – May 2016.* Please read and enjoy the word of God and feel free to leave comments and/or ask questions. Pray that the Holy Spirit will reveal his truths to you. Don’t just focus on what you don’t understand.
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Is God a Law-Breaker? – “Steven Furtick, pastor of the Southern Baptist Mega-Church Elevation Church is no stranger to controversy. His image features prominently in his church beginning with coloring pages provided to the children. The members of Elevation Church
In perhaps the most famous passage of Scripture in the New Testament, Jesus made a statement to a man named Nicodemus that has echoed through history. Jesus said, “Truly, truly, I say to you, unless one is born again he cannot see the kingdom of God” (John 3:3). From this point, we can know assuredly that the phrase...
Unbelievers often allege that the Bible is "full of contradictions." I've noted in many places over the years, however, that most of the contradictions people suggest really do not qualify as contradictions but merely reflect the difference in
“Possibly one of the most devastating things that can happen to us as Christians is that we cease to expect anything to happen. I am not sure but that this is not one of our greatest troubles today. We come to our services and they are orderly, they are nice ‒ we come, we go ‒ and sometimes they are timed almost to
“Holding fast the faithful word as he hath been taught, that he may be able by sound doctrine both to exhort and to convince the gainsayers.” (Titus 1:9)
It is important to note that the adjective “faithful” can be applied both to people and to things, if they are believable and trustworthy. Our text above refers to the
If you could live anywhere where would you live? We know God’s answer to that question: a tent (that’s His second choice) and a human body (that’s His first choice). In the Old Testament He chose to live in a tent (Ex. 25:8) and in the New Testament He chose flesh and blood (John 1:14). When the Apostle John
This is the fourth in a series of blog posts reading through A Theology of Biblical Counseling, The Doctrinal Foundations of Counseling Ministry by Heath Lambert (Part 1, Part 2, Part 3)
Yesterday we examined Heath’s explanation of the sufficiency of Scripture, although we noted that the language was not clear enough nor consistent
“The church today needs praying people to meet the fearful crisis that is facing her. The crying need of the times is for…God-fearing people, praying people, Holy Ghost people, people who can endure hardship. We need people who will not count their lives as dear unto themselves (see Acts 20:24) but count all things as loss for the
The Demagogue advances himself neither by shrewd argument, nor by mastery of procedure, but by daily shock which enslaves the media and keeps himself in the eyes of his admirers.
It is not so much that people believe what The Demagogue says, as that they are impressed that anyone would say it. They admire his lies even as lies. He
I recently read Ryan Huguley's essay here on For the Church about three rhythms for family worship and devotions. Such a helpful reminder on the centrality and simplicity of worship in the “little church” of the home.
One of the challenges we face in the 21st-century is finding the pace in life and the space in life to engage in such
"...if Jesus’s resurrection is the ‘disease’ and the witness report is the ‘test’, we can now do the algebra to decide whether to believe in the resurrection. The base rate for
Like any pastor I find myself talking with men about pornography and other expressions of sinful lust. Through the years I have found that there is a biblical framework that is often neglected when counseling through this issue. I have laid it out in some detail here, and I regret that it is so long. However, I post it because it has served to
Counseling without Loving Compassion | Bob Kellemen Five biblical portraits of Christian love.
Spirit-Empowered Preaching | Steven Lawson, Ligonier “Lloyd-Jones believed there can be no real preaching apart from the internal empowering of the Spirit of God.”
Why Porn Kills Sex | Russell Moore “…pornography is a
Leviticus 11-12; Psalms 13-14; Proverbs 26; 1 Thessalonians 5
FAITH, HOPE, AND LOVE are often called the Pauline triad. They crop up again and again in Paul’s correspondence, in various combinations and structures of thought. Doubtless the best-known passage is 1 Corinthians 13:13: “And now these three remain: faith, hope and love. But
To those who have been called, who are loved in God the Father and kept for Jesus Christ: Mercy, peace and love be yours in abundance. Jude 1-2 (NIV)
Dear heavenly Father, today, like every day, we need a fresh encounter with the daily-ness of your mercies, the wonders of your love, and the riches of your grace. We are
One way in which to describe how the Bible presents the plan of redemption is through story. The message of the Bible can best be told as a story and kids love stories. Kids love stories with colorful and unique pictures to help them picture the story. The best children’s books combine both of these.
I. The Divine Decrees in General
A. The Doctrine of the Decrees in Theology.
Reformed theology stresses the sovereignty of God in virtue of which He has sovereignly determined from all eternity whatsoever will come to pass, and works His sovereign will in His entire creation, both natural and spiritual, according to His pre-determined plan. It is in
Impossible to Believe: The Endgame of Secularism
In his important Massey Lectures delivered in 1991, Canadian philosopher Charles Taylor spoke of The Malaise of Modernity. The Modern Age, he argued, is marked by two great intellectual moves. The first intellectual move is a pervasive individualism. The second is the reduction of all public
In Proposition 93, George Peters states:
“The Covenanted Kingdom is not the Christian Church.”
If the Jewish Church is not the Kingdom, then it has to be stated (and it has repeatedly thus far by Peters either by Proposition or observation), that the Christian Church is also not the future, prophesied, promised Covenanted Kingdom. We are
Join Dave as he continues the study of the Gospel of John by looking at John 7:53-8:11 with the men at his local church. In this study, Dave looks at adultery, our attitude sin sin and the Word of God, forgiveness, and the person and work of Jesus Christ.
Um dos grandes assuntos, que deveria estar sempre na mente de todo crente, é a questão da natureza e das características de uma igreja verdadeira. As Confissões Reformadas falaram sobre esse assunto, pois era importante que os Reformadores e Puritanos o fizessem,...
Living in a post-Genesis 3 world means that life is messy, and if life is messy then evangelism is not going to be easy. It’s going to take hard work to listen, think, and interact well.
Fortunately, author Os Guinness has been thinking, listening, and interacting well for decades. His latest book, Fool’s Talk, is a plea to
I had emergency surgery two nights ago to remove my gallbladder. It was my fifth or sixth attack, but having never experienced a gallbladder attack before it took weeks for me to realize it wasn’t just an injury from working out.
While I certainly didn’t want to have this problem, I thank God for the providential timing in getting it
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