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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Sunday, 07 May 2017 11:51

The Almost Christian DIscovered

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The Almost Christian Discovered

By Matthew Mead, 1661 image

A review by Stuart Brogden

This is a review of the 20th century reprint of Mead’s book, with a foreword by John MacArthur. The second sentence in his forward tells us that this book “reveals the force and fervor of Puritan...

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Thursday, 27 April 2017 00:45

Guest Post: Do Not Be Like the Gentiles

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I touched on this topic when teaching in Romans 8:

Romans 8:26-27 In the same way the Spirit also joins to help in our weakness, because we do not know what to pray for as we should, but the Spirit Himself intercedes for us with unspoken groanings. And He who searches the hearts knows the...

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Monday, 17 April 2017 10:19

Beginning With Moses

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Our family sat together this evening and found this gracious message from Dr. Steve Lawson. What an incredible testimony of the grace of God that points clearly and unequivocally to the centrality of the Lord Jesus Christ in the entire Scriptures.

Authors: Mark Anthony Escalera...

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Saturday, 15 April 2017 00:12

Replacing Easter

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What is society afraid of?

What is Christianity afraid of?

What are you afraid of?

Society is afraid of the truth. Christianity is afraid of being offensive. As for what you are afraid of, that is something only you can answer. My goal is that this post will have you thinking about why you do what...

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Monday, 10 April 2017 00:25

When Life Troubles You

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The wise king, Solomon, in the Proverbs asks these questions –

“Who has woe? Who has sorrow? Who has strife? Who has complaining? Who has wounds without cause? Who has redness of eyes?”

We understand that he is speaking of one who tarries long at the wine and imbibes in strong...

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Monday, 03 April 2017 12:02

The Resurrection Fact

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a book review by Stuart Brogden

Fellow Christian, do you doubt the fact that Christ Jesus was raised from the dead? Truthimage be told, nobody who has been born of the Spirit of God should doubt this fact. Reality is, many who deny God do. How do you and I respond when a well-educated reprobate throw up...

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Thursday, 23 March 2017 00:24

Rare Jewel of Christian Contentment 5

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c. It is the frame of spirit that shows the habitual character of this grace of contentment. Contentment is not merely one act—just a flash in a good mood. You find many men and women who, if they are in a good mood, will be very quiet. But this will not hold. It is not the constant tenor of...

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Monday, 20 March 2017 05:06

Salvation is the Lord!

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Authentic Evangelism and Its Counterfeit

Of all the charges we have been given by God, is there any more serious and important than the gospel? If we rightly believe that image reconciliation of sinners with holy God is the most vital part of life, then the role given us by God in His grand redemptive...

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Monday, 13 March 2017 00:45

Willing to Be Used by God

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I can do all things through Christ who gives me strength But sometimes I wonder what He can do through me

These words penned by Steven Curtis Chapman echo my sentiment most of the time. I can relate to Gideon who referred to himself as “the least in my father’s house” (Judges...

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Wednesday, 08 March 2017 22:24

Rare Jewel of Christian Contentment 4

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Contentment is an inward, quiet, gracious frame of spirit. It is an inward frame of spirit and a gracious frame. Contentment is a soul business.

a. It is a grace that spreads itself through the whole soul. In some, there is a partial contentment. It is not the [whole] frame of the soul, but [only]...

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Monday, 06 March 2017 15:42

Captive to the Word of God

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Now available on Amazon, Barnes & Noble and other fine bookstores. In four parts, Captive to the Word of God examines the history of Baptists and the distinctives that mark them; how Baptists imagefit into and should view reformed theology; a Baptist view of the covenants in Scripture; and...

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Sunday, 05 March 2017 08:09

Looking Through His Eyes

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My mom used to sing a song which said:

Let me see this world, dear Lord, as though I were looking through Your eyes A world of men who don’t want You, Lord, but a world for which You died

I’ve not heard that song for years but it comes back to me from time to time. How would I treat...

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Thursday, 02 March 2017 22:24

Don’t Be Offended

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Years ago, I heard a testimony by a man who said that he was determined to not get offended. At the time, I thought that was an interesting goal but not one I’d ever considered. The older I get, the more I realize what a worthy goal that is. How many relationships have ceased, or at least...

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Wednesday, 01 March 2017 22:24

Rare Jewel of Christian Contentment 3

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6. It is opposed to sinking discouragements. God would have us to depend on Him though we do not see how the thing may be brought about; otherwise, we do not show a quiet spirit.

7. It is opposed to sinful shiftings and shirkings to get relief and help. Thus do many, through the corruption of their...

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Tuesday, 28 February 2017 22:24

Positive or Negative?

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Proverbs 27:5-6 Open rebuke is better than secret love. Faithful are the wounds of a friend; but the kisses of an enemy are deceitful.

Proverbs 27:17 Iron sharpeneth iron; so a man sharpeneth the countenance of his friend.

Proverbs 29:5 A man that flattereth his neighbour spreadeth a net for his...

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Sunday, 26 February 2017 22:24

Bless Them Which Persecute You

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Bless them which persecute you: bless, and curse not.  ~Romans 12:14

Blessed are the meek: for they shall inherit the earth.

Blessed are they which do hunger and thirst after righteousness: for they shall be filled.

Blessed are the merciful: for they shall obtain mercy.

Blessed are the pure in...

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Saturday, 25 February 2017 22:24

Brethren, Pray For Me

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Brethren, Pray For Me

2 Thess 3:1-2 Finally, brethren, pray for us, that the word of the Lord may have free course, and be glorified, even as it is with you: And that we may be delivered from unreasonable and wicked men: for all men have not faith.

One thing that is hardly addressed these days is the...

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Saturday, 25 February 2017 11:10

Who Are The Christians?

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The following description of a peculiar people comes from a book written in the second century, entitled, Epistola ad Diognetum. It is quoted by John T. Christian in his History of the Baptists, in a description of what the people of God looked like in their environment. Can it be said of...

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Saturday, 18 February 2017 14:34

Brokenness of Heartache

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In the post called If You Love Me…Part 2, I mentioned heartache and how there are times we sorrow over certain events. Let me remind you, dear reader, what a tender heart the Lord has for His beloved.

Isaiah 42:3 A bruised reed shall he not break, and the smoking flax shall he not quench: he...

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Thursday, 16 February 2017 06:25

Rare Jewel of Christian Contentment 2

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February 9, 2017

B. What contentment is opposed to

But what, then, it will be asked, is this quietness of spirit opposed to?

1. It is opposed to murmuring and repining at the hand of God, as the discontented Israelites often did. If we cannot bear this either in our children or servants, much less...

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Wednesday, 15 February 2017 06:25

Creator and Sustainer of Life

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Genesis 1:1 In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth.

Isaiah 40:25-26 To whom then will ye liken me, or shall I be equal? saith the Holy One. Lift up your eyes on high, and behold who hath created these things,that bringeth out their host by number: he calleth them all by names by the...

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Sunday, 12 February 2017 17:31

You Are…

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You are my Glory and my Hope Perfect in all Your ways You are the One in Whom I rest You are my Hope and Stay

You are my Wisdom and my Rock The Blesser of my soul The Hearer of my painful cries You’re holy and faithful

You are the One in whom I trust The Strength’ner of my heart You are...

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Thursday, 09 February 2017 06:35

Rare Jewel of Christian Contentment – Quote

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What contentment is not opposed to

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1. It is not opposed to a due sense of affliction. God gives His people leave to be sensible of what they suffer. Christ does not say, “Do not count as a cross what is a cross”; He says, “Take up your cross daily” (Luke 9:23).

2. It is not...

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Saturday, 04 February 2017 14:14

If You Love Me…Part 2

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The last section we dealt with loving and obeying the Lord by obeying His Word. Now, let me hasten to add that obedience to the Lord should not cause us heartburn. 1 John talks about loving the Lord and chapter 5:1-3, “Whosoever believeth that Jesus is the Christ is born of God: and every one...

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Thursday, 02 February 2017 06:35

Devotional with Charles Spurgeon

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February 2

“Without the shedding of blood is no remission.” — Heb 9:22

This is the voice of unalterable truth. In none of the Jewish ceremonies were sins, even typically, removed without blood-shedding. In no case, by no means can sin be pardoned without atonement. It is clear,...

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