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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Wednesday, 27 July 2016 01:00

Can an Unchanging God Be Compassionate? Featured

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by John MacArthur 

The God of Scripture is the one true constant in all the universe: “I, the Lord, do not change” (Malachi 3:6). His nature and His thoughts are as immutable as His eternal plans. Specifically, He does not alter His Word, revise His will, revoke His promises, or change His mind: “God is not man, that He

Monday, 25 July 2016 01:00

How Does the Spirit Work Through Scripture? Featured

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by John MacArthur

Most of the modern discussion about the Holy Spirit focuses on His supposedly ongoing miraculous and revelatory ministries. But despite what the charismatic church would have us believe, the Spirit is not revealing new truth and prophecies to God’s people today. Nor is He is deploying miraculous power at the whim of

Friday, 22 July 2016 01:00

Why Does Sola Scriptura Still Matter? Featured

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by John MacArthur

The Protestant Reformation is rightly regarded as the greatest revival in the last thousand years of church history—a movement so massive it radically altered the course of Western civilization. Names like Martin Luther, John Calvin, and John Knox are still well-known today, five centuries after they lived. Through their

Wednesday, 20 July 2016 01:00

Can We Add to God's Word? Featured

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by John MacArthur

Over the last hundred years, the church has seen an explosion of interest in the Holy Spirit—particularly in His work of empowering God’s people and revealing His truth. This renewed interest in the Spirit’s role in our daily lives has injected excitement and enthusiasm into many churches, as the Lord seems to be

Monday, 18 July 2016 01:00

What Did Jesus Think of God's Word? Featured

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by John MacArthur

Can you believe in Christ but not in the authority and infallibility of the Bible?

You can try, but it will leave you on the horns of a very real dilemma: If you say you believe in Christ but doubt the Bible’s truthfulness, you are being inconsistent and even irrational. Christ endorsed the Bible as true and authoritative.

Friday, 15 July 2016 01:00

How Did God Guide the Biblical Writers? Featured

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by John MacArthur

Robots. To the unilluminated mind, that’s what we are under the control of a sovereign God—just mindless automatons executing divine orders for His pleasure. And while the Lord could control and direct His creations that way, He doesn’t—instead He works through our wills, our intellects, and our

Wednesday, 13 July 2016 01:00

How Did God Inspire His Word? Featured

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by John MacArthur

Have you ever watched an athlete or musician give “an inspired performance”? Have you ever heard your pastor preach what might be called “an inspired sermon”?

Most of us have heard the word “inspired” used in those ways, but frankly I question that kind of terminology. If people give inspired

Monday, 11 July 2016 01:00

Jacob and Playing Favorites Featured

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by Cameron Buettel

The Christian life is an ongoing war against our own flesh (Romans 8:12–14; Colossians 3:5). Sin is an ever-present threat that requires believers to be on constant alert. But the greatest danger isn’t always the “big” sins, like murder and adultery. Sometimes the obscure sins pose the greatest hazard

Friday, 08 July 2016 01:00

Jehoshaphat and Dangerous Naiveté Featured

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by Cameron Buettel

Godliness doesn’t always guarantee godly discernment. It’s possible for Christians—even those who are spiritually mature—to make dumb decisions, bad friends, and foolish alliances. But the fact that those things happen doesn’t make them any easier to comprehend.

I’m referring to people who have

Friday, 01 July 2016 01:00

Josiah and Picking the Wrong Fight Featured

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by Cameron Buettel

I love Memorial Day, and its Australian equivalent—Anzac Day. It’s important that we remember and celebrate the bravery of those who died to preserve and protect the freedoms we enjoy. And it’s a valuable reminder that their deaths were not in vain—that some things are worth dying for.

Nowhere is that maxim

Wednesday, 29 June 2016 01:00

Hezekiah and Indifference for the Future Featured

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by Cameron Buettel

Christian fatherhood is a monumental responsibility. It has consequences that reach far beyond our lifespan. As fathers, we have the biblical responsibility to raise our children in the fear of God (Ephesians 6:4) and are called to devote our lives to providing for their needs and preparing them for the future. God the Father

Monday, 27 June 2016 01:00

Eli and Passive Parenting Featured

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by Cameron Buettel

Parenting is never easy. Nobody in this fallen world has mastered it.

And when it comes to raising children in the fear of the Lord, fathers shoulder the greatest biblical responsibility—being accountable to God as the heads of their homes (Ephesians 6:4; 1 Timothy 3:4–5).

The need to learn and grow in the role of

Monday, 20 June 2016 01:00

The Reflection of God's Love Featured

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by Cameron Buettel

What is the greatest evidence of your faith? Is it outward piety—how often you pray, go to church, read your Bible, and perform other overtly “Christian” activities? Or perhaps we ought to look for experiential evidence—do God and His Word compel an emotional response from you, or is it simply that you

Friday, 17 June 2016 01:00

The Tension in God's Love Featured

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by Cameron Buettel

God’s love is a complicated doctrine.

We began this series discussing some of the major problems people have in understanding God’s love—most notably a sentimental view of love and a general ignorance concerning God’s other attributes. But the most profound theological problem with God’s love is

Wednesday, 15 June 2016 01:00

John MacArthur on God's Consistent Love Featured

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by Cameron Buettel

God’s attributes don’t compete against one another for importance. His love doesn’t override everything else He says about Himself.

Moreover, love isn’t something that God discovered in the New Testament, thus abandoning His earlier dominant attributes of justice and wrath. The transition from Malachi to

Monday, 13 June 2016 01:00

The Corruption of God's Love Featured

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by Cameron Buettel

How do we reconcile the concept of a loving God with a fallen world full of evil, suffering, and catastrophe? In scholarly terms, that perplexing issue is known as the problem of theodicy.

Silence Is the Wrong Answer

And for many preachers, that question is just too difficult. For them, the way to deal with it is to not deal with

by Cameron Buettel

“God is love” (1 John 4:8).

That’s a transcendent thought that finds its ultimate expression in the cross of Christ. The most famous verse in the Bible confirms that God’s love was the motive for sending Christ: “For God so loved the world . . .” (John 3:16).

But God’s love didn’t

Wednesday, 08 June 2016 01:00

The Condemnation in God’s Love Featured

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by Cameron Buettel

God’s love is a great comfort. But perhaps it’s not supposed to be as comforting as some people make it. As we said last time, God’s love is not a theological blanket that smothers everything else the Bible says about how He relates to us. That myopic, feel-good approach to God’s love often ignores its

Monday, 06 June 2016 01:00

The Problem with God's Love Featured

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by Cameron Buettel

At first glance, God’s love doesn’t appear to be much of a theological problem. First John 4:8 couldn’t be clearer: “God is love.” Of all the ways to describe God, that is certainly the most endearing and widely-accepted.

How many times have we heard the phrase, “A loving God would never

Friday, 03 June 2016 01:00

God's Role in Your Integrity Featured

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by Jeremiah Johnson

I’m never going to be an astronaut, an Olympic sprinter, or a world-famous artist. Even if I pushed aside all distractions and spent the rest of my life pursuing those goals, it would be impossible to chart a path to success. No amount of desire and effort would be enough to get me there—even apart from the

Wednesday, 01 June 2016 01:00

Combatting Spiritual Hypocrisy Featured

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by Jeremiah Johnson

Is God honored by our worship when we don’t mean it? Is he glorified when we go through the motions of devotion to Him simply because we know others are watching and we don’t want to be embarrassed?

The obvious answer is No. Scripture does not mince words when it comes to God’s hatred of hypocritical worship.

by Jeremiah Johnson

Failure is inevitable. No believer can always live up to the standard of Scripture—our remaining flesh and the habits of our former sinful selves inhibit our holiness in this life. But that doesn’t mean we give up—it doesn’t mean we surrender to temptation and impurity.

What it means is that we must battle

Friday, 27 May 2016 01:00

Legalism and Lawlessness Featured

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by Jeremiah Johnson

The opposite of wrong isn’t always right. Sometimes it’s simply a different kind of wrong.

There are two dominant errors Christians fall into that can damage and destroy their integrity. You can think of them as two equally treacherous ditches on either side of the narrow way (Matthew 7:14).

On one side you have

Wednesday, 25 May 2016 01:00

Integrity and Identity Featured

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by Jeremiah Johnson

It’s easy—even natural—to be a hypocrite. People are enamored with outward appearances, and it’s not difficult to construct a convincing façade. At some point, most people realize there’s no need to develop character and establish integrity when it’s far easier to fake it.

Spiritual

by Jeremiah Johnson

The greatest threat to the church is not persecution. It’s not the rise of atheism, Islam, or liberal politics. It’s not the Pope. And it’s not the rampaging immorality of the world around us.

No, the greatest threat to the church—and to individual believers—is compromise.

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