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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Thursday, 11 July 2019 22:37

Five Biblical Points of Dordrecht

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Yesterday, my twitter feed was flooded with comments about a video floating around online in which Mark Driscoll said, “I don’t hold to the five points of Calvinism. I think it’s garbage…because it’s not biblical.” This statement came in the midst of a...

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Saturday, 22 June 2019 22:29

Judah First

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Of the multitude of Messianic prophecies that stand out in the book of Genesis, Gen. 3:15, 12:1-3 and Gen. 49:8-12 are arguably the most significant. After our first parents fell, the Lord promised to send a Redeemer into the world. This Redeemer would be the seed of the woman, the seed of Abraham...

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Tuesday, 18 June 2019 21:12

The Blessed Cursed Tree

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An important biblical theological idea emerges out of Paul’s use of Deuteronomy 21:23 in Galatians 3:13. In the middle of the most polemical book in the New Testament, Paul made the astounding declaration: “Christ has redeemed us from the curse of the law, having become a...

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Saturday, 15 June 2019 06:37

A Better Vine

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Of the Gospels, none is as full of Old Testament typology as the Gospel of John. The apostle John had a keen interest in the types, shadows, symbols, metaphors, and elusive allusions the Savior employed during his earthly ministry in order to set forth his own divine glory (John 1:14). Most of...

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Sunday, 09 June 2019 05:02

Three Family Graces

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Of all the verses my parents quoted to my sister and me when they overheard us fighting with one another as children, Ephesians 4:32 had to be the most cited. While writing the church in Ephesus, the Apostle Paul urged the members, “Be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving one...

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Thursday, 06 June 2019 00:29

Worship the Man

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Of all the proofs of the deity of Jesus, given by the Holy Spirit in Scripture, the fact that he received worship from men and women–during his earthly ministry–has to be among the most marvelous. Four times in Matthew’s Gospel we read, “they…worshiped him”...

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Tuesday, 04 June 2019 23:57

The Grace of Waiting

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“Faster internet!” “Buy it now!” “Get what you’ve always wanted when you want it.” These are only a few of the seemingly ubiquitous advertising slogans of our culture. No sooner have we begun to entertain them that we have met the dilemma of progress. The...

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Tuesday, 28 May 2019 23:02

The Most Difficult Verse in the Bible?

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I’ve always found it to be a thing of comfort to know that one Apostle found another Apostle’s writing to include things that are “hard to understand” (2 Pet. 3:15-16), while honoring him for being used by God to reveal the most comforting spiritual truths. I have often...

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Friday, 24 May 2019 22:04

A Vision of the Glory

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The Puritan Thomas Adams once wrote, “Christ is the sum of the whole Bible, prophesied, typified, prefigured, exhibited, demonstrated, to be found in every leaf, almost in every line, the Scriptures being but as it were the swaddling bands of the child Jesus.” Many have, by God’s...

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Saturday, 11 May 2019 00:12

Praise Her in the Gates

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My mother went to be with the Lord almost five years ago. I wish that I could pick up a phone and tell her how much I love her. I wish I could tell her how thankful I am for her godly, gentle and wise spirit. I wish I could let her know that one of the greatest privileges that God has given me in...

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I well remember many discussion with friends, as a young Christian, about the precise relationship between the work of the Holy Spirit in the Old Testament era and the work of the Holy Spirit in the New Testament era. Many have suggested that only prophets, priests and kings received the Holy...

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Tuesday, 23 April 2019 23:09

He Stayed for Forty Days

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One of the great mysteries of Scripture is that which concerns the forty days between Jesus’ resurrection and ascension. What was Jesus doing on earth for forty days after His resurrection? Why did He stay here? What was the purpose of the forty day period? Does the Scripture answer any of...

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Saturday, 20 April 2019 11:47

The Resurrection and the Glory

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There is almost no more exciting biblical-theological truth with which we can occupy our minds as we come to celebrate the resurrection of Jesus on Easter Sunday as that which we find in the Gospel of John about the Angels inside the empty tomb. What transpired on that first day of the week on...

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Tuesday, 16 April 2019 21:04

The Cross and the Angels

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As we come this week to celebrate afresh, in a focused way, the death and resurrection of Jesus, it will benefit us to consider the way in which the Savior’s death effected much more than simply the forgiveness of our sins. Though that is certainly foremost among the benefits that we received...

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Monday, 15 April 2019 01:11

What Ever Happened to the “S” Word?

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“The word ‘sin,’ which seems to have disappeared, was a proud word.  It was once a strong word, an ominous and serious word.  It described a central point in every civilized human being’s life plan and life style.  But the word went away.  It has almost...

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Sunday, 31 March 2019 22:26

A Two-Fold Forgiveness

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Chief among those questions that plague Christians the most in this life are those that concern the forgiveness of sins. Many Christians have asked the following out of a sincere sense of spiritual desperation: If God has forgiven all of my sins in the death of Jesus, why do I need to continually...

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Thursday, 21 March 2019 22:29

The Analogy of Faith

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Almost nothing is as important as it is for the minister of the word of God to give the people of God the right meaning of whatever portion of Scripture he is preaching. R.L. Dabney, in his Sacred Rhetoric, explained what a minister is doing if he does not rightly divide the word of God...

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Tuesday, 19 March 2019 22:23

The Worst Sort of Pride

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One of the greatest snares to the souls of men is the snare of measuring ourselves by ourselves and comparing ourselves among ourselves (2 Cor. 10:12). When we allow pride to fester and take root in our hearts, we begin to think, act and speak as if we are more holy than others. When we do so, we...

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Tuesday, 19 March 2019 00:22

Tassels of Grace

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Among the many seemingly confusing commands that God gave to Israel in redemptive history is the statute concerning the tassels and the violet thread in Numbers 15:37-41. After giving the people of God the distinction between unintentional and high-handed sins, the Lord commanded them to sew...

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Monday, 04 March 2019 22:35

The Redeeming Depression of Jesus

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The prophet Elijah was raised up by God to be singularly used in taking on one of the most wicked kings in the history of Israel, by withholding rain for 3 1/2 years, by confronting 400 of the prophets of Baal, by calling fire down from heaven and by turning the people of Israel back from their...

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Wednesday, 13 February 2019 07:41

The Favorite 500

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In light of the recent discussions about the role of bloggers on social media, I’ve compiled a list of blog posts and articles that I’ve most enjoyed writing–either for this blog or for other online publications–over the past 8 years. I started blogging 12 years ago; and,...

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Thursday, 07 February 2019 21:02

The Seed of Scripture

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Genesis 3:15 is the single most important verse in the Bible. We cannot understand the overarching meta-narrative of the Bible until we come to understand the protoevangelium (i.e. the first preaching of the Gospel). This first of God’s promises in human history contains the entire...

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Sunday, 27 January 2019 03:41

Two Went Up to Pray

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The parable of the Pharisee and the Tax Collector is the most theological of all Jesus’ parables. It is the most theological because it deals with the subject that is of most importance to the life of the Christian–namely, how a man or woman, boy or girl is accepted before God.

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Tuesday, 01 January 2019 08:33

The Resolved Parent

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When we make New Year resolutions, we generally fixate on areas of our personal lives in which we would like to grow. We want to have a better body, a better bank account and a better Bible reading plan. We tend to be quite inward focused with regard to regrets and resolutions; and, that is not an...

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Friday, 28 December 2018 22:20

Best Face Off

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I recently finished watching A&E’s The Clinton Affair. I was 20 years old when the Clinton-Lewinsky affair broke. Everyone was glued to the television as details about the numerous scandals surrounding President Bill Clinton came to light. Related to the Clinton scandals were...

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