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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Saturday, 01 June 2019 05:33

The Priestly Duty

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Early on, in the timeline of the history, God explicitly described what His people (Israel) were supposed to be…

Exodus 19:4-6a (NIV)“You yourselves have seen what I did to Egypt, and how I carried you on eagles’ wings and brought you to myself. Now if you obey me fully and keep...

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Friday, 17 May 2019 22:17

He Existed… Before Us All

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John 1:30b (HCSB)After me comes a man who has surpassed me, because He existed before me.’

This is a quote from John the Baptist, and it’s incredible. He’s speaking about Jesus. What makes this so “incredible” cannot be realized unless one reads it in light of...

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I’m always looking for simple ways to present the Gospel (the “good news”), so that I’m ready when and if the opportunity arises. A verse that I like to use to help someone understand what sin is, is James 4:17…

James 4:17 (ESV)So whoever knows the right thing to do...

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Saturday, 09 March 2019 22:58

Wasting Time

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“The ‘Labor Theory of Value,’ (LTV) which is the amount of work that you put into something dictates the value of the thing, is a bunch of crap. If I spend all day outside making mud pies, that’s an awful amount of work… It’s also completely useless.” &ndas...

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Saturday, 02 February 2019 03:13

Made Whole… By the One, Three Person God

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This blog article can now be found here.

theidolbabbler is now a proud blog contributor to the Bible Thumping Wingnut Network.

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Sunday, 27 January 2019 09:09

The Ostrich

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So, I was reading through the book of Job, and I when came across this verse, something jumped out at me…

Job 39:13 (HCSB)The wings of the ostrich flap joyfully, but are her feathers and plumage like the stork’s?

This is taken from where God ends His silence and addresses Job directly...

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Friday, 21 December 2018 02:43

Worship and The Prediction of Jesus

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Christians debate all the time about how God ought to be worshipped. In some church circles, there are well thought out standards for worship like “The Regulative Principle of Worship” and “The Normative Principle of Worship.” (For a brief overview of these two approaches,...

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Saturday, 08 December 2018 07:31

Fear and Trembling

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Philippians 2:5-13 (HCSB)Make your own attitude that of Christ Jesus, who, existing in the form of God, did not consider equality with God as something to be used for His own advantage. Instead He emptied Himself by assuming the form of a slave, taking on the likeness of men. And when He had come...

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Psalms 23 (HCSB)The Lord is my shepherd; there is nothing I lack. He lets me lie down in green pastures; He leads me beside quiet waters. He renews my life; He leads me along the right paths for His name’s sake. Even when I go through the darkest valley, I fear no danger, for You are with me;...

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Saturday, 17 November 2018 07:20

A Glorious Progression…

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A Glorious Progression…

Leviticus 16:2 (HCSB)The Lord said to Moses: “Tell your brother Aaron that he may not come whenever he wants into the holy place behind the veil in front of the mercy seat on the ark or else he will die, because I appear in the cloud above the mercy seat.”

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Monday, 05 November 2018 15:00

What is Sin?

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Proverbs 14:34b (ESV)…sin is a reproach to any people.

Proverbs 24:9a (ESV)The devising of folly is sin…

Romans 14:23b (ESV)…For whatever does not proceed from faith is sin.

James 4:17 (ESV)So whoever knows the right thing to do and fails to do it, for him it is sin.

1 John 3:4b...

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A summary of Biblical history and the Gospel, given by Paul…

Acts 13:14-43 (HCSB)From Perga they went on to Pisidian Antioch. On the Sabbath they entered the synagogue and sat down. After the reading from the Law and the Prophets, the leaders of the synagogue sent word to them, saying,...

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Wednesday, 10 October 2018 21:50

A Simple Progression for Evangelizing

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1) Romans 1:18-22… tells us that everyone knows that God exists and that we are all without excuse with regards to this notion.

2) Romans 2:12-16… tells us that everyone has a sense of right and wrong, and that everyone knows that they have violated virtue or sinned at some point in...

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Wednesday, 12 September 2018 09:53

The Silence of the Lamb

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Matthew 27:14 (HCSB)But He didn’t answer him on even one charge, so that the governor was greatly amazed.

When Jesus was before Pontus Pilate (the fifth prefect of the Roman province of Judea), though false charges were greatly stacked up against Him, He remained silent.

Think about it….

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Sunday, 09 September 2018 14:16

Social Justice and the Fear of God

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“Social Justice” is about changing the plight of a group of people who are being treated unfairly by the powers that be. Usually, the battle for fairness is about wealth distribution, unachievable opportunities, and/or privileges which are nearly impossible to obtain by the non-elite....

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James 2:8 (HCSB)Indeed, if you keep theroyal law prescribed in the Scripture, Love your neighbor as yourself, you are doing well.

According to “Blue Letter Bible,” the “royal law” (in its most literal form) means… the “law of our king.” Here is a picture...

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“How great the value which this truth teaches us to attach to each single day! We are so easily led to look at life as a great whole, and to neglect the little to-day, to forget that the single days do indeed make up the whole, and that the value of each single day depends on its influence on...

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Friday, 22 July 2016 18:09

But Now…

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Romans 3:21-22 (HCSB)But now, apart from the law, God’s righteousness has been revealed — attested by the Law and the Prophets — that is, God’s righteousness through faith in Jesus Christ, to all who believe, since there is no distinction.

Romans 6:22 (HCSB)But now, since you have been liberated from sin and have become...

Friday, 08 July 2016 14:57

The Flaw of Gender Sensitive Materialism  Featured

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Isn’t it interesting how the “soul denying community” (materialists, physicalists, many atheists, etc.) usually defend the now popular notion that the immaterial self has precedence over the physical self, in determining which gender one is? In other words, generally speaking, this community is supportive of people who claim...

The Facts…

Psalms 1:5 (HCSB) “…the wicked will not survive the judgment, and sinners will not be in the community of the righteous.”

Acts 17:30-31 (HCSB) “Therefore, having overlooked the times of ignorance, God now commands all people everywhere to repent, because He has set a day when He is going to judge the world...

Friday, 17 June 2016 15:52

His Bullseye Featured

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Luke 16:15 (HCSB) “And He told them: “You are the ones who justify yourselves in the sight of others, but God knows your hearts. For what is highly admired by people is revolting in God’s sight.”

Jesus rebuked the Pharisees for how they lived their lives, lives focused on self-justification and excusing oneself of any wrong...

Friday, 10 June 2016 19:15

The Odds of Dying

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Psalms89:48 (NASB) “What man can live and not see death? Can he deliver his soul from the power of Sheol? Selah.”

The psalmist, in the first question, rhetorically ponders the sobering notion of what we will all face one day… our passing. The second question is a reminder of how impotent we are when faced with “the power of...

Before I start, one thing needs to be made perfectly clear…

Without Christ, man is totally depraved

Why do I say this?

Romans 8:5-8 (NASB) “For those who are according to the flesh set their minds on the things of the flesh, but those who are according to the Spirit, the things of the Spirit. For the mind set on the flesh is...

Thursday, 26 May 2016 13:05

Some Thoughts this Memorial Day Weekend…

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Here in the United States, this coming weekend is about remembering those who died while serving in the Armed Forces. It’s about remembering those who gave their lives in order for the rest of us to be free. Free from tyranny (an arbitrarily, wrathful regime).

My grandfather served in WWII in the 69th Infantry Division, freeing Jews who were...

 

If you have never listened to the “White Horse Inn” podcast, I highly recommend that you do. It is usually a round table discussion, revolving around Christianity, lead by Michael Horton. In the May 15th podcast entitled “Christ’s Coronation,” the following point was made by Horton about Christ, and I think it works...

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