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, 17 October 2018 15:05

October 18: Clarence Edward Macartney

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The Pastor’s Familiar Sermon
by Rev. David T. Myers

imageHave you ever had the experience of  having your pastor preach the same sermon to your congregation of which you are a member, every fall of the year, for 37 years? And...

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Tuesday, 16 October 2018 15:05

October 17: Machen and the IBPFM

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Time and Again, God Triumphs Over Our Sin

Attempts to reform the Mission Board of the Presbyterian Church, USA were led in part by some of the faculty and board members at Westminster Theological Seminary. When those efforts failed, it was on June 27th in 1933 that the Independent Board for...

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Monday, 15 October 2018 15:05

October 16: Rev. William Buell Sprague

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imageToday’s post is drawn from Alfred Nevin’s Encyclopedia of the Presbyterian Church (1884), p. 850:

The Long Pastorate of a Great Pastor and Biographer

William Buell Sprague was born in Andover, Tolland county, Connecticut, on this day, October 16, 1795. He graduated at Yale...

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Sunday, 14 October 2018 15:05

October 15: What Is The Catechism?

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What is the Catechism? An epitome of all the great truths and distinguishing doctrines of the Gospel. He who learns that, has the substance of the Old and New Testaments.

A few thoughts on the value of the Westminster Shorter Catechism,excerpted from THE CHARLESTON OBSERVER, 15 October 1836, p....

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Saturday, 13 October 2018 15:05

October 14: Van Horn on WSC Q. 102

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STUDIES IN THE WESTMINSTER SHORTER CATECHISM.by Rev. Leonard T. Van Horn

Q. 102. What do we pray for in the second petition?

A. In the second petition, which, “Thy kingdom come,” we pray, that Satan’s kingdom may be destroyed, and that the kingdom of grace may be advanced,...

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Time to Dust Off a Great Sermon

imageAs we begin to prepare our hearts and minds for times of worship tomorrow, this message seems both timely and appropriate to the purpose. It was on this day, October 13th, in 1826, the Rev. Dr. Samuel Miller...

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Thursday, 11 October 2018 15:05

October 12: Dr. Joseph P. Free [1911-1974]

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Our post today is excerpted from the Minutes of the 153rd General Synod of the Reformed Presbyterian Church, Evangelical Synod (1975), p. 176-177:

The cause of Bible-believing archaeological study today owes more to Joseph P. Free than to any other individual. It is an honor to the...

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Wednesday, 10 October 2018 15:05

October 11: Rev. Francis James Grimké [1852-1937]

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“We search the Scriptures in order to find out what the will of the Lord is. And in preaching we endeavor to set before the people what God would have them do, but unless I myself am practicing what I preach, my preaching will be of no value. We must live what we preach if we hope to...

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The First Battle of the American Revolutionby Rev. David T. Myers

There are two phases of the church which are understood in the Biblical record. One of them is the triumphant church, which are God’s people in heaven.  The other is the militant church, which are God’s...

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Monday, 08 October 2018 15:05

October 9: Huldrych Zwingli [1484-1531]

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Our post today comes from guest author, Rev. David W. Hall, excerpted from chapter 2 of his book, The Genevan Reformation and the American Founding. (Lanham, MD: Lexington Books, 2003). That Zwingli was a key figure in the Protestant Reformation is undeniable, and so it seems appropriate to...

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Sunday, 07 October 2018 15:05

October 8: A Mother’s Testimony

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What Matters Most in This Life?

The following testimony was written by the wife of the Rev. Samuel Blair. It is dated October 8, 1763:—

My Dear Children–It is my concern for your souls’ welfare, as well after my decease as whilst I am present with you, that I seem to be...

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Saturday, 06 October 2018 15:05

October 7: Van Horn on WSC Q. 99

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We regret having passed over this portion of Rev. Van Horn’s treatment of the Shorter Catechism a few weeks ago, and so present it here today.

STUDIES IN THE WESTMINSTER SHORTER CATECHISM by Rev. Leonard T. Van Horn Q. 99 What rules hath God given for our direction in prayer?

A. The...

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Friday, 05 October 2018 15:05

October 6: Warfield on Our Church Attendance

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“We cannot afford to be wiser than our Lord in this matter. If any one could have pled that his spiritual experience was so lofty that it did not require public worship, if any one might have felt that the consecration and communion of his personal life exempted him from what ordinary mortals...

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Beware of Becoming Weary of God!

Continuing today our mini-series in review of B.B. Warfield’s address, THE RELIGIOUS LIFE OF THEOLOGICAL STUDENTS. Regrettably, our time is short today, and without introductory comment we must simply place before you another excerpt from Dr....

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Wednesday, 03 October 2018 15:05

October 4: The Doctrine of Vocation

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imageFor our next several posts, we will be reviewing a powerful address by Benjamin B. Warfield, titled THE RELIGIOUS LIFE OF THEOLOGICAL STUDENTS. Dr. Warfield, who was himself a graduate of Princeton Theological Seminary (class of 1876), served as Professor of Didactic and Polemic Theology there from...

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Tuesday, 02 October 2018 15:05

October 3: Rev. Ebenezer Prime

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Optimally, I Think We Can Say He Was a Transformer.

The Rev. Ebenezer Prime was born at Milford, Connecticut on July 21 of the year 1700. He graduated from Yale College in 1718, the same year that the school was first so named. Following graduation, he became the assistant to the Rev. Mr. Eliphalet...

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He Was Always Preparing

In 1982, the denomination known as the Reformed Presbyterian Church, Evangelical Synod (RPCES) was received into Presbyterian Church in America (PCA). This ecclesiastical merger was known as the Joining and Receiving (J&R). The RPCES was itself created by the union of two...

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Sunday, 30 September 2018 15:05

October 1: Early Tracts by Francis Schaeffer (1943)

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Small Things Saved Can Have Real Significance

Rev. Moginot may have been something of a collector of tracts. When we went to gather up and preserve his papers, I did at least find a substantial box full of various tracts in a small room just off from the garage in his basement. It was not covered...

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Saturday, 29 September 2018 15:05

September 30: Van Horn on WSC Q. 101

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STUDIES IN THE WESTMINSTER SHORTER CATECHISM.

Q. 101. What do we pray for in the first petition?

A. In the first petition, which is, “Hallowed be Thy name,” we pray, that God would enable us, and others, to glorify Him in all that whereby He maketh Himself known, and that He would dispose...

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Friday, 28 September 2018 15:05

September 29: How to Leave the House of God

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As you prepare your hearts for times of worship this Lord’s Day:

HOW TO LEAVE THE HOUSE OF GOD.

[excerpted from THE CHARLESTON OBSERVER, Vol. XII, No. 39 (29 September 1838): 154, column 2.]

And he sent them away.“—From these five short and simple words, Bishop Heber forms one...

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Thursday, 27 September 2018 15:05

September 28: Rev. Ethan Osborn

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“Now the interesting question is, How have the people improved the preaching of the law and the gospel? Most of those who lived under the ministry of my predecessor have gone to the grave. But to you who are yet living and hearing the gospel, the question is solemn and important. Have you so...

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Wednesday, 26 September 2018 15:05

September 27: The Influence of the Auburn Affirmation

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Chalmers Alexander was a ruling elder at the First Presbyterian Church of Jackson, Mississippi. In an effort to acquaint our readers with some of his very astute work, we present this segment of a series published around 1949.

(“Exploring Avenues Of Acquaintance And Co-operation”) By...

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Tuesday, 25 September 2018 15:05

September 26: This Great Body of Truth

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Our post today, while a bit long and not tied to today’s date, is presented here because it speaks to some recent discussions that you may have seen elsewhere on the Web. I trust you will find it edifying.

The Christian’s Need of the Old Testament

By Rev. John T. Reeve, D.D.

[The...

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The Solemn League and Covenant Ascribedby Rev. David T. Myers

Solomon reminds us in Proverbs 22:1 that “a good name is to be more desired that great wealth.” Our names are important because they are part of our identity. These posts go out to those whose convictions identify them as...

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Sunday, 23 September 2018 15:05

September 24: Machen on Secret Trials

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The judicatories of the church shall ordinarily sit with open doors. In every case involving a charge of heresy the judicatory shall be without power to sit with closed doors. In other cases, where the ends of the discipline seem to require it, the trial judicatory at any stage of the trial...

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