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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Tuesday, 22 May 2018 18:00

Reconciled by the Work of Substitution Featured

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How can God be both just and the justifier of sinful men (cf. Romans 3:26)? That question represents the true mystery of reconciliation between God and man, and it’s not humanly answerable. A divinely designed solution is required for God to reconcile sinners to Himself without compromising...

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Sunday, 20 May 2018 18:00

Reconciled by the Response of Obedience Featured

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The means of our reconciliation to God—the sacrificial death of Christ, the perfect forgiveness God applies to our sin—are divine works. But there is a human component that goes along with it. We bear some responsibility, too, if we are to be reconciled and redeemed. Paul hints at it in...

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What is your Christian identity based upon? Maybe you attend an excellent church, listen to the best teachers, embrace the right doctrines, and serve in the noblest ministry. Those are all good and integral elements of a healthy Christian walk. But they don’t make you a Christian.

It may seem...

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Tuesday, 15 May 2018 18:00

Reconciled by the Act of Forgiveness Featured

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True reconciliation requires God’s forgiveness; it can occur only if the offended party is willing to forgive and remove the barrier sin creates. The sinner cannot remove that barrier, and so cannot reconcile himself to God. Only the Lord can effect reconciliation by choosing not to count our...

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Sunday, 13 May 2018 18:00

Reconciled by the Will of God Featured

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Reconciliation is difficult with people and impossible with God. We can build bridges to those previously offended and patch the wounds of those we’ve hurt. But God is perfectly righteous and perfectly just. We are powerless to repair the damage done by our crimes against Him.

Put simply, we ca...

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Thursday, 10 May 2018 18:00

Friday’s Featured Sermon: “Two Paths, One Way” Featured

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Hell has many residents who formerly professed faith in Christ. They didn’t “lose their salvation” because that’s biblically impossible (John 10:27–29). They are people who claimed to know Jesus, only to find out that Jesus didn’t know them.

It’s hard to...

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Tuesday, 08 May 2018 18:00

Messengers of Reconciliation Featured

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Our primary ministry as Christians is the natural extension of God’s ministry to us.

Now all these things are from God, who reconciled us to Himself through Christ and gave us the ministry of reconciliation, namely, that God was in Christ reconciling the world to Himself, not counting their...

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Sunday, 06 May 2018 18:00

The Christian's Job Description Featured

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Years ago, a mundane event turned into one of the more interesting and memorable moments of my life. I was flying from Los Angeles to El Paso, Texas, to speak at a men’s conference. I was seated in the dreaded middle seat, slowly progressing toward El Paso. The man in the window seat next to...

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What kind of separation do you practice as a Christian? Do you avoid secular music and movies? Maybe you boycott corporations with liberal agendas. Perhaps you send your kids to a Christian school. The dangers posed by worldly influences seem to be lurking everywhere these days, and God’s...

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Tuesday, 01 May 2018 18:00

Lessons About Worship and Faith Featured

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We don’t often consider the lessons we might learn from the strife between siblings—even when it is recorded in Scripture. But through a brief episode in Luke’s gospel, the Holy Spirit has much to teach us about the nature of faith and worship.

Now as they were traveling along, He...

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Sunday, 29 April 2018 18:00

A Lesson About Preferring Others Featured

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There are no careless or wasted words in Scripture. Under the inspiration of the Holy Spirit, human authors recorded with perfect precision the exact message God intended to deliver to His church.

That means that even simple vignettes—like the Lord’s visit to the home of Martha and...

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The sin that God hates most is the one that comes most naturally to us. It’s not something we learn—it’s a base instinct built into our fallen nature: human pride.

When God ranks the most egregious sins, pride sits atop that list (Proverbs 6:16–17). John MacArthur explains...

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Tuesday, 24 April 2018 18:00

Working and Worshiping Featured

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Siblings often bear distinguishing similarities—physical and emotional evidence of their shared gene pool and upbringing. But they can also sharply diverge in their personality quirks and other character qualities.

In the gospels we meet two sisters who became close friends with Jesus during...

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Sunday, 22 April 2018 18:00

Friends of Christ Featured

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When we think about the life of our Lord, we generally focus on His preaching, His confrontations with religious hypocrites, and His relationships with His disciples. But we can easily overlook the friendships He enjoyed with everyday people—those with whom He found hospitality, fellowship,...

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Is church growth an exact science? Is improved methodology always the key to bigger churches and more effective evangelism? There are plenty of evangelical experts who would answer yes to both of those questions—either in word or in deed.

John MacArthur has encountered this phenomenon for...

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Tuesday, 17 April 2018 18:00

Limitless Love Featured

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Let’s be honest. If we encountered a scenario like the one Jesus describes in the parable of the Good Samaritan, we would not react like the title character. In fact, most of us would probably think the Samaritan’s generosity toward a stranger seems excessive.

Did you ever set aside...

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Sunday, 15 April 2018 18:00

The Unlikeliest Ally Featured

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The parable of the Good Samaritan isn’t a story about benevolence or social justice. It was not delivered as a heartwarming tale of gracious self-sacrifice, but as a stinging rebuke to pharisaical self-righteousness.

In response to a hairsplitting question from an unctuous law scribe (Luke...

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Tuesday, 10 April 2018 18:00

Condemning Callous Piety Featured

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How do you react when someone tries to make you look foolish? What do you do when an opponent tries to paint you into a rhetorical corner?

That’s exactly what happened to Jesus in Luke’s gospel, when an expert in Israel’s religious law tried to “put Him to the test”...

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Thursday, 05 April 2018 18:00

Combatting the Lies the World Believes Featured

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It makes sense that the truth is the best defense against a lie.

But should that be the church’s strategy when combatting the lies of the world? Should we try to persuade and out-argue sinners bent in defiant rebellion against their Creator? Should we present rebuttals and counterpoints to...

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Tuesday, 03 April 2018 18:00

The Soteriology of the Thief Featured

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John MacArthur refers to soteriology—the doctrine of salvation—as “the pinnacle of Christian theology” [citationJohn MacArthur and Richard Mayhue, eds., Biblical Doctrine: A Systematic Summary of Biblical Truth (Wheaton, IL: Crossway, 2017), 485.]That’s...

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Sunday, 01 April 2018 18:00

The Christology of the Thief Featured

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Christology is an inexhaustible subject. Concerning His incarnation alone, the apostle John said, “There are also many other things which Jesus did, which if they were written in detail, I suppose that even the world itself would not contain the books that would be written” (John 21:25)....

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This Sunday, the church will celebrate the resurrection of the Lord Jesus Christ, and His triumph over sin, death, and the grave. In his sermon “Exchanging Living Death for Dying Life” (which he originally delivered on Easter Sunday twenty years ago), John MacArthur declares,

The...

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Tuesday, 27 March 2018 18:00

The Eschatology of the Thief Featured

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Eschatology is a hotly debated subject among modern believers. It concerns the study of the “end times,” last things, or future events in God’s redemptive plan. Its scope includes Christ’s return, the rapture, the millennium, future judgment, and God’s kingdom. Those...

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Sunday, 25 March 2018 18:00

The Anthropology of the Thief Featured

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I have good news and bad news.

No one wants to hear those words from a medical doctor. Most would rather just hear the good news alone. But often the good news isn’t truly good until we truly understand the bad news.

The same principle applies to the gospel of Jesus Christ. The word gospel is a...

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Thursday, 22 March 2018 18:00

The Theology of the Thief Featured

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What is a theologian?

For many in the church, it’s an intimidating term applied only to spiritually elite believers. It’s an achieved status—one earned through years of seminary, writing, and the other exploits of ivory tower academics.

But that is not a biblical distinction. The...

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