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, 15 November 2017 21:00

Fear and the Christian Featured

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Fear is a natural emotion common to all human beings, and it is neither inherently sinful or godly. Our fears are often connected to the things we love the most. We may fear losing something or someone we love. Or we might fear that we will fail to obtain something we desire. We may fear offending...

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Tuesday, 14 November 2017 21:00

Knowing God Featured

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John 17:3 says, “This is eternal life, that they may know You, the only true God, and Jesus Christ whom You have sent.”

There is a big difference between knowing about God and knowing God. In the Bible, knowing God means two things. It means you have an accurate knowledge about God and...

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Tuesday, 07 November 2017 00:35

Initials Mark the Spot Featured

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The January sea wind struck my face as I strolled outside the 15th century St. Salvador College and Chapel of St. Andrews University. On the cobblestone street just in front of the old buildings, stones marked out the letters “PH.” A sign identified the initials as the spot where...

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Wednesday, 01 November 2017 23:54

8 Ways the Reformation Has Shaped My Life and Ministry Featured

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Twenty years ago, Reformed Theology made landfall on the shores of my life with the force of a Category 5 hurricane.

I had been in ministry only a few months, had preached a few times, when God, in his kind mercy, put a few good men in my path who gently and patiently guided me toward sound...

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Tuesday, 31 October 2017 01:54

The Hammer in Wittenberg Featured

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1. The Providence of God

For the past number of Sundays, a handful of 4-6th grade boys and girls have gathered together at South Woods to study the providence of God. The curriculum their teacher uses, My Purpose Will Stand, defines providence in this way: “God is present and active in all His...

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Saturday, 28 October 2017 12:13

Introduction: Justification Featured

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This is the article of faith by which the church stands when it is held clearly and preached truly, or by which it falls if it is corrupted in form and ignored in proclamation. Luther came to experience it prior to his clear affirmation of it. He was driven to a mature statement of it by continued...

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Friday, 27 October 2017 12:04

The Second London Confession and Justification Featured

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From Wittenburg to London

How can an unrighteous sinner stand before a Holy God? The doctrine of justification was at the center of debates during the Reformation, with Martin Luther himself writing that, “If it is lost and perishes, the whole knowledge of truth, life, and...

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Thursday, 26 October 2017 11:53

The Most Important Question One Can Ask! Featured

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“Of Justification” 1 2

There are many important questions that should be asked concerning the possible paths one’s life should take. These questions must be considered, especially in the light of “characteristic … key events … which compose the...

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Wednesday, 25 October 2017 11:43

A Full Satisfaction The Fountain of Forgiveness Featured

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If a gift is given out of Justice, can it be Merciful?

Paragraph 3 addresses an issue that had been raised by Socinianism concerning the relation of the death of Christ to justification. Fausto Socinus (1539-1604) was a Polish theologian who...

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Tuesday, 24 October 2017 22:00

The Value of Preaching Through Books of the Bible Featured

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I believe preachers may faithfully preach thematic and topical sermons that explain the Bible, and they may preach sermons on particular texts of Scripture without preaching through whole books of the Bible. But here are some reasons that preaching through whole books of the Bible is valuable.

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Tuesday, 24 October 2017 11:36

Benjamin Keach on Justification Featured

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Editor’s Introduction

Benjamin Keach (1640–1704) became a Baptist at age 15, preached as a General Baptist, and suffered persecution, imprisonment, and the pillory for his convictions as a Baptist. After serving as an elder in a General Baptist congregation from 1668-1672, he became...

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Monday, 23 October 2017 22:00

But There are Many Interpretations! Featured

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Over the years, when I bring God’s Word into my conversations with others, I have often heard: “But there are so many different interpretations of the Bible. How do you know that yours is the one that is true? Isn’t it arrogant to believe that your interpretation is the only true...

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Monday, 09 October 2017 22:00

Confirmation Bias: Missions and the Reformers Featured

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1. Researching the Reformers

From tooth fairies to old wives tales, most of us have believed something we later found out to be false. Why did we believe those things? Often, it’s because someone we trusted told us.

Much has been written on the ideological echo chambers we’ve curated for...

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God has no constraints to work by consent and permission. He knows nothing of waiting until mankind willingly and gladly cooperates with him to do his will. Otherwise, man’s fickleness controls God’s sovereignty. So when Christians speak of God “breaking in” or “a work...

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Tuesday, 19 September 2017 22:26

Five Elements of a Church Membership Class Featured

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Not long after I started my ministry at our church, we began having regular visitors who soon were asking about becoming members. While I was grateful to God for bringing them to us and thankful for their interest in joining our church, I knew that we needed to have a church membership class so...

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Tuesday, 19 September 2017 02:49

A Tale of Two Ordinations Featured

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1. About an hour before the scheduled ordination service, a 21-year-old sat in an awkwardly quiet room surrounded by a few other men, some of whom he barely knew. Over the next 45 minutes, this group would decide whether or not the congregation would ordain him at 6:00 that evening.

And you could...

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Wednesday, 13 September 2017 22:00

Every Day is a Day of Thanksgiving Featured

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1 Thessalonians 5:16-18 Rejoice always; pray without ceasing; in everything give thanks; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.”

Christians are commanded by God to give thanks in everything, every day. This is God’s will for our life. William Hendriksen, a faithful New...

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At 9:51 p.m. on August 31, 1886, the most powerful earthquake ever to hit the East Coast struck South Carolina and pummeled Charleston. By 9:52 p.m. that morning, more than 150 people were dead and nearly 90 percent of the historic city’s masonry buildings were reduced to rubble and dust....

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Wednesday, 06 September 2017 01:17

What is God Saying to Us? Featured

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Irma and Harvey may go down as the Bonnie and Clyde of tropical hurricanes. My extended family in Texas suffered great loss from the former (though all of their lives were spared, by God’s grace), and now my immediate and church family in Florida are preparing for the onslaught of the latter,...

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Tuesday, 05 September 2017 22:00

The Reformation: A Burning Light and a Failure of Nerve Featured

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This entry is part 2 of 2 in the series The Reformation

John Hus was part of an ancient Bohemian reform movement. Students from Bohemia who studied in England introduced Hus to the writings of John Wyclif. Wyclif’s criticism of the phenomenon of simony and his strong advocacy of Scripture and...

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Monday, 04 September 2017 22:00

The Evangelistic Fervor of a 17th Century Particular Baptist Featured

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When Andrew Fuller was wrestling with the question of whether or not the gospel should be preached indiscriminately to all, he found a model for promiscuous gospel preaching in the seventeenth-century English Particular Baptist John Bunyan. Fuller noted that Bunyan, contrary to the contemporary...

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Tuesday, 29 August 2017 22:00

The Practical Benefits of a Plurality of Elders Featured

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God has revealed in His Word how we are to govern His church, and from God’s Word we recognize two offices which He has given to lead His church: pastors (also called overseers and elders) and deacons. We also see that pastors are not to serve alone, but in a plurality of elders. After all,...

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Monday, 28 August 2017 22:00

The Spiritual Discipline of Face Time Featured

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I attended my first high school reunion a few years ago. Like many others preparing for this oft–awkward gathering, I experienced a good bit of terror in the weeks leading up to it. However, my main concern wasn’t whether or not my high school classmates would judge my accomplishments,...

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Monday, 28 August 2017 03:12

The Man in Romans 7 Featured

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The 7th chapter of Romans is teeming with important pastoral and theological insights. A careful study of it yields help for Christians who are confused or despondent over their remaining sin. Paul’s comments in 7:14-8:4 contain important practical principles which dispel many erroneous and...

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In his work on the decrees of God titled Mountains of Brass, Hercules Collins (1647–1702) addressed the proper interpretation of biblical passages that speak of God repenting. The work containing this interpretation was originally a sermon preached by Collins at the Devonshire Square Baptist...

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