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

Monergism - Apologetic Report

When someone claims that fallen people have a free will, my usual response is to ask, "Freedom from what?" Freedom from bondage to sin? Freedom from God's decree? No to both. I think perhaps what many people mean by "freedom" is that our choices are voluntary, not coerced. And in this we would agree. Post-fall man makes choices voluntarily

What are the moral values of a consistent atheist? Well, it would be consistent if he or she were a person of integrity but it would also be consistent if they were a person of dishonor, racism, greed, oppression, torture, human trafficking, slavery and rape ... all of which are not, in any way, inconsistent with being an atheist. But neither is

Thursday, 02 June 2016 11:02

God Calls Us to the Impossible

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God calls all of us to the impossible: an impossible standard, an impossible life, an impossible faith. The Divine legislation was not designed to awaken our natural ability but to reveal our inability, our impotence, our sin (Romans 3:19-20). It forces us to come to an end of our own resources and find the only way to godly living is if God
Wednesday, 01 June 2016 14:40

A Reminder to the Covenant God

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by John Hendryx

It is pretty common knowledge that it rains quite a bit here in our city of Portland, Oregon. Most often it is a very light rain such that the city-dwellers do not even use umbrellas when they go about their business. But recently we had quite an unusual phenomenon.  My wife and I were in our home early in the evening just

Tuesday, 31 May 2016 11:29

The Self-Denial That Brings Contentment

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by Jeremiah Burroughs

Christ teaches self-denial and how that brings contentment.

1. Such a person learns to know that he is nothing. He comes to this, to be able to say, 'Well, I see I am nothing in myself.' That man or woman who indeed knows that he or she is nothing, and has learned it thoroughly will be able to bear anything. The way to be able

Monday, 30 May 2016 12:58

Follow the Lord Wherever He Leads

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 by John Calvin

ALTHOUGH the Law of God contains a perfect rule of conduct admirably arranged, it has seemed proper to our divine Master to train his people by a more accurate method, to the rule which is enjoined in the Law; and the leading principle in the method is, that it is the duty of believers to present their “bodies a living

If we define Islam, not as the practice of Muslims, but as the teachings of Muhammad then violence is an integral part of Islam. 

Those Muslims who teach that surah 9 of the Quran has not been abrogated (the final teaching of Muhammad), still affirm the command to disavow all treaties with polytheists and to subjugate Jews and Christians so

Friday, 27 May 2016 14:53

Sanctification via Union With Christ

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God chose what is low and despised in the world, even things that are not, to bring to nothing things that are, so that no human being might boast in the presence of God. He is the source of your life in Christ Jesus, whom God made our wisdom and our righteousness and sanctification and redemption. Therefore, as it is written, "Let the one who
Wednesday, 25 May 2016 07:15

No One Beyond the Reach of Prayer

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by A. W. Pink

 "Then said Jesus, Father, forgive them; for they know not what they do" (Luke 23:34)

This first of the seven cross-sayings of Jesus presents Him in the attitude of prayer. His public ministry had opened with prayer (Luke 3:21), and here we see it closing in prayer. Surely He has left us an example! His hands would no longer

Wednesday, 18 May 2016 05:48

Sinners Worse than those in Sodom and Gomorrah

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 If the mighty works, which have been done in thee [Capernaum], had been done in Sodom, it would have remained until this day. But I say unto you, That it shall be more tolerable for the land of Sodom in the day of judgment, than for thee.Matthew 11:23-24

Sodom and Gomorrah were given an opportunity. Read the story in Genesis 19. But consider what

Monday, 16 May 2016 12:55

Fear of God or Fear of Man?

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by C. H. Spurgeon

“Fear not, you worm Jacob, and you men of Israel; I will help you, says the LORD, and your redeemer, the Holy One of Israel.” – Isaiah 41:14.

Make a man afraid—he will flee at his own shadow. Make a man brave and he will stand before an army and overcome them! He will never do much good in the world who is

 "Unless the Holy Ghost blesses the Word, we who preach the gospel are of all men most miserable, for we have attempted a task that is impossible. We have entered on a sphere where nothing but the supernatural will ever avail. If the Holy Spirit does not renew the hearts of our hearers, we cannot do it. If the Holy Ghost does not regenerate them,

Monday, 09 May 2016 15:04

How May I Know I Am Saved?

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A. W. Pink answers the question this way:

First, by the Word of God having come in divine power to the soul so that my self-complacency is shattered and my self-righteousness is renounced. Second, by the Holy Spirit convicting me of my woeful, guilty, and lost condition. Third, by having had revealed to me the suitability and sufficiency of Christ

Monday, 09 May 2016 14:33

Excuses For Not Praying

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by D.A. Carson

Pages 111-121

I Am Too Busy

Lillian Guild tells an amusing story of an occasion when she and her husband were driving along and happened to notice a late-model Cadillac with its hood up, parked at the side of the road. Its driver appeared somewhat perplexed and agitated. Mrs. Guild and her husband pulled over to see if they could offer

Visitor: What sins are we to turn from there are so many of them?

Response:  Thanks for your inquiry.  As for what sins to turn from, fist and foremost, by grace, you must turn from trusting in your own righteousness and turn to trusting in Christ and and His righteousness alone.  That means salvation comes to those who are stripped

Sunday, 08 May 2016 09:59

Why Some People Lose Faith

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by Steve Hays

Why do folks like Bart Ehrman lose their faith? There are different reasons people lose faith. In some cases, it's due to a personal tragedy, or succumbing to sexual temptation.
According to Ehrman:
A turning point came in my second semester, in a course I was taking with a much revered and pious professor named Cullen
Saturday, 07 May 2016 17:43

Elect Exiles of the Diaspora

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"To those who are elect exiles of the Diaspora..." 1 Peter 1:1

The Elect: the objects of God's undeserved mercy - rebellious sinners who are privileged, through no merit of their own, to have received God's sovereign, gracious, eternal choice to be adopted in His family in Christ (Eph 1:4-9) 

Exiles:  emphasizing the transitory nature of

by John Calvin

We must not only pray for the faithful, who are our brothers already, but for those who are very far off, those poor unbelievers.  Even though there seems to be a great distance and a thick wall between both, nevertheless we must have pity for their coming destruction, to the end that I may pray to God that he would draw them

“An incomprehensibly holy God with such a hatred of sin would never have been conceived of by any of Adam’s fallen descendants because this would have required an admission of guilt.... The description of God's holiness of foreign to man-made gods found in mythology and false systems of religion. This further evidences the divine

 by John Calvin

"For if a man asks us why God has chosen us, why he has enlightened us, and hath left so many miserable and wretched in blindness, why he changed us and turned us to him by his Holy Spirit, and others remain in their hardness, we cannot say that we are better than they, and therefore God preferred us before those whom he left alone,

Sunday, 17 April 2016 09:11

Moral Improvement or Total Replacement?

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 Christianity is not about behavior modification or making yourself a better person. We are too far gone to perfect ourselves by patchwork or a few improvements. Rather, the old edifice is so rotten that it must be torn down completely and replaced. Our Lord Jesus Christ did not simply supply one thing that was lacking in us, but everything that

Thursday, 14 April 2016 14:33

Does God Ever Change His Mind?

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by Sam Storms

All people are fickle, in varying degrees. I suspect we’d be shocked to learn how many times in the course of a normal day we change our plans, reverse course, or pull out an eraser to delete an appointment or a task we had set for the week. Changing our minds feels so natural to us as humans, it’s hard to envision life

Friday, 08 April 2016 09:21

“What are Our Privileges in Christ?

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by Sinclair B. Ferguson

“What are our privileges? They are truly amazing:

“For you have not come to what may be touched, a blazing fire and darkness and gloom and a tempest… But you have come to Mount Zion and to the city of the living God, the heavenly Jerusalem, and to innumerable angels in festal gathering” (Heb. 12:18,

Tuesday, 05 April 2016 12:40

Saved By God, From God, For God

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image by Rev. John Samson

Christians are notorious for using a vocabulary that is not always understood by those around them. There's no doubt that we have our own lingo and jargon.

One such word is the word "saved." Often, Christians ask unsuspecting neighbors, colleagues and friends the question, "are you saved?" and usually receive only puzzled

Friday, 01 April 2016 10:48

New Paperback Titles - 4-1-16

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The Garden, the Curtainand the Cross

By Carl Laferton

List Price:     $14.99Price:     $12.98 & eligible for FREE Shipping on orders over $35.This beautifully illustrated hardback book takes children on a journey from the garden of Eden to God's prefect new creation.Retelling the Easter story through a Bible