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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Monday, 22 May 2017 02:59

"If they will."

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image Visitor: Any person can be saved, if they will.

Response: Don't we all believe any person can come if they will? The problem is, are there any persons naturally willing to submit to the terms of the gospel? Does it come naturally for fallen sinners to come to the humbling realization that they have...

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Wednesday, 17 May 2017 03:18

The Lordship Controversy Resolved?

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image Christ's Lordship is bound up in His being the Savior. Here is why:

When a person comes to faith in Christ as Savior, are they not acknowledging their helplessness, and so come to Him in the hope that He will free them from both the guilt and power of sin? Do not people come to Christ so that He...

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image “You shall be holy, for I am holy.” - 1 Peter 1:16

"Since we have these promises, beloved, let us cleanse ourselves from every defilement of body and spirit, bringing holiness to completion in the fear of God." 2 Cor 7:1

"...we have been sanctified through the offering of the body of...

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image When I hear professing Christians say that since God is love He would never violate our free will (btw, a concept not found in the Bible)... my first thought is to ask:

"So you are troubled that God did for you what you couldn't do for yourself? Is Hell better than being saved? In everyday life we...

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Wednesday, 10 May 2017 06:33

Are Christians Better than Non-Christians?

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image I have sometimes heard the charge from skeptics that Christians come off as thinking they are better than other people.  This impression perhaps arises for at least two reasons: 1) because a professing Christian who does not understand the gospel actually DOES think they are better than...

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Tuesday, 09 May 2017 06:25

Hate Masquerading as Love

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The sad irony is that the very "churches" that claim to want full inclusion of practicing LGBT persons into their fellowship/membership are the very same churches that would deny them entrance into the kingdom via the gospel. Because they have caved to the culture, fearing the opinions of men...

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Thursday, 04 May 2017 05:26

Faith Involves Both Renunciation and Reliance

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image by Jerry Bridges

"Faith involves both a renunciation and a reliance. First, we must renounce any trust in our own performance as the basis of our acceptance before God. We trust in our own performance when we believe we’ve earned God’s acceptance by our good works. But we also trust in...

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Wednesday, 03 May 2017 05:09

Come as You Are?

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image "It is misleading to say that God accepts us the way we are. Rather he accepts us despitethe way we are. He receives us only in Christ and for Christ's sake. Nor does He mean to leave us the way He found us, but to transform us into the likeness of His Son. Without that transformation and new...

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image by R. C. Sproul

I believe that once a person is authentically redeemed, is truly in Christ, that person will never be lost to Christ. That person has what we call eternal security—not because of the person’s innate ability to persevere, but I believe that God promises to preserve His...

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Friday, 28 April 2017 08:21

5 Questions That Steal or Seal Your Hope

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by Paul David Tripp.

This post is adapted from his book Awe: Why It Matters for Everything We Think, Say, and Do

Hope Versus Panic

It is quite clear that your view of God will inescapably shape your perspective on your circumstances. In this way your theology is like a lens through which you examine...

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image by Michael Horton

adapted from his new book, Rediscovering the Holy Spirit: God’s Perfecting Presence in Creation, Redemption, and Everyday Life.

What we meet in the unfolding biblical drama is not merely three “personas” but three concrete persons; not just three roles, but three...

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Friday, 21 April 2017 05:58

Muhammed and Jesus Contrasted

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Muhammed taught, in many circumstances, that we ought to kill or subjugate our enemies (e.g. Surah 9). Christ by example taught we ought to die for our enemies and liberate them ... It is recorded in history that Mohammed had killed dozens of his enemies by the time of his death. Jesus, having...

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image by Graeme Goldsworthy

It cannot be stressed too much that to confuse the gospel with certain important things that go hand in hand with it is to invite theological, hermeneutical and spiritual confusion.  Such ingredients of preaching and teaching that we might want to link with the gospel...

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This post is adapted from the chapter entitled "Revelation" by Charles E. Hill in A Biblical-Theological Introduction to the New Testament: The Gospel Realized, edited by Michael J. Kruger.

image The Denouement of Scripture

The “Revelation of Jesus Christ” portrays in dramatic fashion the...

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Wednesday, 19 April 2017 04:27

The Spirit of the Lord Jesus Christ

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image by Sinclair B. Ferguson

“The Spirit’s coming inaugurates a communion with Christ in which the Spirit who dwelt on Christ now dwells on and in believers… The coming of the Spirit is the equivalent of the indwelling of Jesus…

Having the Spirit is the equivalent, indeed the...

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Monday, 17 April 2017 05:19

Making a Case for the Resurrection

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A Guest Post by Steve Hays

Over the years I've read a number of prominent Christian apologists make their case for the Resurrection. Notable examples include John Warwick Montgomery, C.E.B. Cranfield, William Lane Craig, Timothy and Lydia McGrew, Richard Swinburne, Gary Habermas, N. T. Wright, and...

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Friday, 14 April 2017 04:23

16 Free Classic eBooks on the Atonement

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image The following free eBooks are mostly in ePub and .mobi formats.  On the download page, use your default browser and not your Facebook app to download.

The Atonement of Christ (eBook)by Francis Turretin(Also a moderized version here)

Introductory Essay to John Owen’s Death of Death in the...

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No, man has a will and he makes voluntary choices. But, being fallen, when he hears the gospel he makes the wrong choice. He loves darkness too much, he hates the light and will not come into the light lest his deeds be exposed (John 3:19-20). He neither understands nor wants to understand because...

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Two amazing quotes by Calvin on the relationship of justification and sanctification.

image by John Calvin

:Justification and sanctification, gifts of grace, go together as if tied by an inseparable bond, so that if anyone tries to separate them, he is, in a sense, tearing Christ to pieces. Sanctification...

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Wednesday, 05 April 2017 07:50

Who is the author of regeneration?

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image by Geerhardus Vos

    a)      It is God the Father by way of eminence. Since regeneration appears as something completely new, it fits with the economy of the Father that regeneration is ascribed to Him. “According to his great mercy, the God and Father...

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Tuesday, 04 April 2017 06:32

Reformed Podcasts

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The following is a short list of Reformed podcasts we are familiar with and find helpful.  If you know of any others please feel free to share them with us.

Authors: john_hendryx...

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Sunday, 02 April 2017 09:52

"What is the opposite of antinomianism?"

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imageby Sinclair B. Ferguson

"What is the opposite of antinomianism?"

Would it be fair to assume that the instinctive response ... would be "Legalism"? It might be the right answer at the level of common usage, but it would be unsatisfactory from the standpoint of theology, for antinomianism and legalism...

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Saturday, 01 April 2017 01:37

Obeying the Gospel

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image “But they have not all obeyed the gospel. For Isaiah says, ‘Lord, who has believed what he has heard from us?'” (Rom 10:16)."in flaming fire, inflicting vengeance on those who do not know God and on those who do not obey the gospel of our Lord Jesus." (2 Thessalonians 1:8)1 Peter...

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Friday, 31 March 2017 07:56

Men Often Use Morality as a Way to Avoid Jesus

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image by Thomas Brooks

"God, I thank You that I'm not like other people—greedy, unrighteous, adulterers, or even like this tax collector. I fast twice a week; I give a tenth of everything I get." Luke 18:11-12

Many please and satisfy themselves with mere civility and common morality. They bless...

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