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

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Saturday, 05 October 2019 02:03

Dear Atheist Friends (and Other Skeptics) Featured

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Dear atheist friends,

If there is one thing I know for certain it is that I am not better than you. My purpose here is not to try to convince you that I am morally superior to you. Clearly, I am not. Neither am I the least bit interested in promoting my tribe. You are not our enemy. I am just like...

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Thursday, 03 October 2019 06:38

Cognitive Dissonance Featured

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imageCognitive dissonance is a state of conflict occurring within a person when they hold two contradictory beliefs at the same time. The conflict produces feelings of discomfort which the individual seeks to relieve by convincing himself they do not exist, or by adopting some other type of...

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Question:

Why does the Bible ask people to repent and believe if they are unable to respond?

Answer:

That's an important question... As R. C. Sproul once said, "God is not going to negotiate His holiness to accomodate us".  As fallen creatures God does not lower the bar of his holiness  He...

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Tuesday, 01 October 2019 03:35

Secularism: Road to Nowhere Featured

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When I was a college freshman before I was a Christian, a friend of mine and I were on some mind altering substance and we decided to take a drive. He was driving towards the mountains.

I said, "let's take this road."

He asked, "where does it go?."

I answered "nowhere"

He replied, "I like that place."...

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Monday, 16 September 2019 07:24

In Prayer We Come as Humble Suppliants for Mercy Featured

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In prayer, we yield all confidence in ourselves and humbly plead for pardon

8. We come as humble suppliants for mercy

Authors: john_hendryx...

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Friday, 13 September 2019 04:35

Slavery and the Idols of our Culture Featured

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Have you ever noticed how many of our country's social problems are directly or indirectly connected to the idol of sex? You have abortion (millions dead), pornography, human trafficking, STDs, perversions, the gnostic belief that our body is not core to our identity, and that is just scratching...

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Saturday, 07 September 2019 01:17

The Gospel of Jesus Christ Featured

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THE GOSPEL IS A MESSAGE ABOUT:

1. GOD

1. Is. 6:1-5, 5:16; Rev.4:8-11. God is Holy.

2. Dan. 4:35; Ps. 135:6. God is Sovereign.

3. 1 Jn. 4:8,16. God is Love.

4. Heb. 12:29. God is a Communing Fire.

5. Gen. 17:1; Jer. 32:17; Is. 43:13; Amos 9:2-3. God is Omnipotent.

6. Ps. 139:1-6; Rom....

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Tuesday, 03 September 2019 00:34

Sinners Before an Infinitely Holy God Featured

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The following is a negative response by a visitor to the Christian belief that those who trust in their morality will end up in hell - that good morality is not what makes a Christian.

Visitor:I don’t accept a belief system [like yours] that preaches equality. So even if I am a better human...

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Monday, 02 September 2019 07:25

How Do You Know All Things Can Be Explained by Natural Causes? Featured

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Atheist: A supernatural explanation of the universe is wrong because it cannot be explained by natural causes.

Response: Your assertion reveals an a priori commitment to naturalism. You conclude that all things must be explained by natural causes by assuming that all things must be explained by...

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Thursday, 29 August 2019 02:27

Atheist Says You Should Not Lie to Your Children Featured

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Atheist: It is wrong to teach the Bible to your children because you're lying to them.

Response: Didn't you say you were an atheist who believes in evolution? Your assertion is actually self-refuting. I'll show why below.

First, I do believe lying is wrong. But for the sake of argument, if all human...

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Wednesday, 28 August 2019 12:06

Is right simply what makes the most people happy? Featured

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Atheist: Objective morality can be arrived at with reason alone and we should all be obligated to live by it. Right is simply what makes the most people happy.

Response: I am not sure you understand the implications of your assertions. Given your worldview you have no reason to believe in...

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Monday, 26 August 2019 06:25

Repentance in the Ordo Salutis Featured

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Repentance is not forsaking sin that you may turn to Christ. It is turning to Christ that you might forsake sin.

When we trust in Jesus Christ we do not simply go to a generic Jesus, but to Jesus Christ, the Savior from sin (Matt 1:21). You do not merely believe in Jesus' existence to be saved...

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Thursday, 22 August 2019 03:49

Why do Christian's Always Talk About Salvation? Featured

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What do Christians mean when they say that people need to be "saved"?

Do we mean that people need to just modify their behavior and obey God's law? It would be great if it were that simple, but that is not what we mean. 

It means, rather, that human beings are prisoners, captives and slaves to...

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Tuesday, 20 August 2019 09:48

Be Content With Your Present Condition Featured

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If the saints have such an excellent, such a transcendent, and such a matchless portion, oh then, let them be content with their present condition, let them sit down satisfied and contented, though they have but a handful of meal in their barrel, and a little oil in a cruse, 1 Kings...

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Monday, 19 August 2019 05:46

The Providence of God After the Pattern of Christ Featured

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Observe the providence of God in the dispensations of it, about the man Christ, the most noble and august object of it, more valuable than a thousand worlds. Did not Providence keep this course with Him, first humbling Him, then exalting Him, and lifting Him up? First bringing Him...

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Tuesday, 06 August 2019 01:33

How We Ought to Respond to Difficult Providences Featured

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In your sufferings,"Consider His holiness and justice, showing he wrongs you not;His mercy and goodness, that it is not worse;His sovereignty, that it may silence you:His infinite wisdom and love, that may satisfy you in it."

A spirit brought down to their lot.

Their lot is a low...

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Wednesday, 31 July 2019 08:03

Does God give People a Choice? Featured

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Question: Does a person have a choice when God deals with their heart?

Response: All people without exception are called to repent and believe the gospel. God holds no one back from believing. However, due to a corruption of nature all people who hear the gospel reject it. But those whom he inwardly...

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Tuesday, 30 July 2019 06:00

Resources on Covenant Theology Featured

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"In studying divine covenants in general, one is treading through understanding God's Redemptive Plan throughout history. This is a matter of Eternal Salvation. It answers the question: How may a sinful man approach God (Exodus 3:5)?"Herman Witsius

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Economy of the Covenants Between God and...

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Saturday, 27 July 2019 09:50

Quicken me, O Lord, according unto thy word Featured

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1. What is quickening?

2. Why asked of God?

First, What is this quickening? Quickening in scripture is put for two things:—

1. For regeneration, or the first infusion of the life of grace; as Eph. 2:5, 'And you that were dead in trespasses and sins hath he quickened;' that is,...

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Tuesday, 16 July 2019 06:58

The Free Grace of God

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“By the grace of God I am what I am!” 1 Corinthians 15:10

The true Christian is sensible and mindful of indwelling sin. He confesses that in everything he comes exceedingly short, and that his best services are not only defective — but defiled.

He accounts...

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Recently I have been spending a lot of time reading the Scottish Presbyterians. I cannot get over how clear and helpful some of their works are.  I especially have enjoyed the works of Thomas Boston and James Durham.  For anyone who wants get a taste for their writting, below I am...

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The Bible declares that there are some people whose "faith" is on an equal level (or worse) than that of demons.  "You believe that there is one God. Good! Even the demons believe that—and shudder." (James 2:19) 

The faith of demons is but a mere belief in God's...

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If these matters had in bygone ages been treated and dealt with in proper order, so many tumults and dissensions would never have arisen. Paul says that in the upbuilding of Christian teaching we must keep the foundation that he had laid among the Corinthians [cf. 1 Cor. 3:10],...

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Monday, 24 June 2019 04:03

"Christians are Bigots"

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VisitorChristians are bigots. They tell gay people that their very identity is unnatural and that they should not live their lives based on their sexuality.

ResponseChristians believe all people without exception are under the wrath of God for their sin, not just homosexuals. So no one is being...

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Friday, 21 June 2019 03:02

What is the Sinner's Initial Repentance?

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Does Christ require the sinner to "stop sinning and you'll be pardoned"?, or something else?

When you trust in Christ for the first time, you are trusting in Him as a Savior FROM SIN, both its guilt and power. No one "just believes" in Christ's existence to be saved; we come to him, rather, to be...

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