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

Already Not Yet - Apologetic Report

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Al Mohler:

The Great Commission stands at the center of Christianity as the command of the risen Lord Jesus Christ for his church to proclaim the name of God in the world for the sake of all nations and God’s glory among them. The church fulfills the commission by making disciples of Christ,...

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Thursday, 19 April 2018 01:12

The Dangers of Reading Providence

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Sam Storms:

As I’ve been preaching through the book of Revelation it has become ever more evident to me that reading divine providence is a tricky and often dangerous business. By “reading providence” I mean the tendency that all of us have to interpret what God is doing in the...

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T. D. Alexander:

“Meaningless! Meaningless! . . . Utterly meaningless! Everything is meaningless” (Eccl. 1:2)! So cries the author of Ecclesiastes as he attempts to make sense of this world “under the sun.”

Looking around, it’s easy to conclude that life is absurd.

We...

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Friday, 06 April 2018 14:36

You can’t just read the bible

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D.A. Carson:

A layperson can read the Scriptures and understand the Scriptures. It is important to keep saying that. There is no esoteric guild of specialist priests who impose a certain kind of interpretation on the conscience of believers. And even in practical experience you sometimes see that,...

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Monday, 02 April 2018 15:25

The Place of Israel

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The Place of Israel Sermon by John Stott:

Our topic has been announced as “The Place of Israel,” and the topic that has been set for us is an object lesson in biblical hermeneutics as it’s usually called in the principles of interpreting the Bible.  But I would like to remind...

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Monday, 02 April 2018 15:09

How We Do Greater Things Than Jesus

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D.A. Carson:

I tell you the truth, anyone who has faith in me will do what I have been doing. He will do even greater things than these, because I am going to the Father. (John 14:12)

The person who has true faith in Jesus is promised that she will do greater things than Jesus’s works. But what...

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Matthew Payne:

Why did Jesus rise from the dead?

In my experience most Christians can’t answer this question very well. I suspect that the reason is that they have hardly ever heard it taught. One of the most common answers I’ve heard over the years is that Jesus rose ‘to prove that...

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Friday, 30 March 2018 22:36

The Crux of Christianity

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Mark Thompson:

At the heart of the Christian faith is Jesus Christ and the great salvation he has won for us. Christians are not satisfied with a vague and nebulous notion of God or a utopian vision for the human race. We also reject the reduction of our faith to a set of rules or a pattern of moral...

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Friday, 30 March 2018 16:44

10 Things You Should Know about the Cross

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Patrick Schreiner:

1. The cross is a Trinitarian event.

The Christian faith is distinctively Trinitarian and cross-shaped. Therefore, the cross must reveal the Trinity. God the Father sent the Son to save the world, the Son submitted to the Father’s will, and the Spirit applies the work of...

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Wednesday, 28 March 2018 01:23

Sin Didn’t Kill Jesus—God Did

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John MacArthur:

A Shocking Truth

The reality of Christ’s vicarious, substitutionary death on our behalf is the heart of the gospel according to God—the central theme of Isaiah 53.

We must remember, however, that sin did not kill Jesus; God did. The suffering servant’s death was...

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Friday, 23 March 2018 03:05

5 Ways We Get the Great Commission Wrong

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Trevin Wax:

The missionary imperative of Jesus at the close of Matthew’s Gospel (28:18-20) is a key text for Christians:

18 Jesus came near and said to them, “All authority has been given to me in heaven and on earth. 19 Go, therefore, and make...

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Tuesday, 20 March 2018 02:17

The Word-less “Church”

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W. Robert Godfrey:

Many American churches are in a mess. Theologically they are indifferent, confused, or dangerously wrong. Liturgically they are the captives of superficial fads. Morally they live lives indistinguishable from the world. They often have a lot of people, money, and activities. But...

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Sam Storms:

Membership in a local church is very much in the minds of Christians these days. Is it biblical? Is it necessary? Is it helpful? These and other questions lead to the following ten things you should know about what church membership means and entails. [In addition to my own research,...

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J. Garrett Kell:

When my church gathers, it appears we have little in common. Our skin colors vary. Our political tastes differ. Cultural backgrounds have ingrained us with diverse identities. We have distinct preferences and convictions.

Yet, we have two realities that bind us together.

The first is...

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D.A. Carson:

The gospel is not a minor theme that deals with the point of entry into the Christian way, to be followed by a lot of material that actually brings about the life transformation. Very large swaths of evangelicalism simply presuppose that this is the case. Preaching the gospel, it is...

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Saturday, 03 March 2018 03:27

What is the gospel?

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Justin Taylor:

Don Carson’s lengthy chapter in For the Fame of God’s Name is entitled, “What Is the Gospel?—Revisited.” Below is a substantial section where he interacts with and builds upon Greg Gilbert’s analysis in What Is...

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Friday, 02 March 2018 18:00

What Is the “Church”?

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Justin Taylor:

Gregg Allison, professor of Christian theology at the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, provides the following definition of the church his book, Sojourners and Strangers: The Doctrine of the ChurchFoundations of Evangelical Theology, ed. John Feinberg (Wheaton:...

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Friday, 02 March 2018 00:58

What is “the gospel of the kingdom”?

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9Marks:

It’s very popular these days to talk about “the gospel of the kingdom.”

Many people claim that when Jesus came “preaching the gospel of the kingdom” (Matt. 4:23) he was preaching a message about the overthrow of evil government powers, the transformation of...

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Denny Burk:

When horrific evil and terror unfold before our very eyes, there is a temptation to lose sight of the verities that ought to sustain and comfort us. Here are some words of hope to cling to. Hold them close.

1. God is good all the time.

“O taste and see that the LORD is good; How...

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Tuesday, 20 February 2018 16:46

10 Things You Should Know about Charles Spurgeon

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Michael Reeves:

1. His ministry began in the year of his conversion as a young man.

Spurgeon was raised in a Christian home, but was converted in 1850 at fifteen years old. Caught in a snowstorm, he took refuge in a small Primitive Methodist chapel in Colchester. After about ten minutes, with only...

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Saturday, 17 February 2018 00:00

There Are No Shortcuts to Growth

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R.C. Sproul:

I’m still amazed whenever I see the bumper sticker that reads, “Visualize world peace.” The idea is that if I, and enough other people, create the right mental picture of peace, it will soon come to pass. It’s astounding that some people actually believe that...

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Sunday, 11 February 2018 03:55

What Is God’s Holy Mountain?

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T. Desmond Alexander:

God’s Holy Mountain

The concept of God living on a holy mountain is a significant theme in the Old Testament. However, this same theme frames the entire Bible. It begins with the garden of Eden in Genesis and ends with New Jerusalem in Revelation. In Genesis the elevated...

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Saturday, 10 February 2018 23:27

Kiss the Wave

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Tim Challies:

None of us makes it through life without suffering. None of us escapes physical pain, emotional distress, or spiritual agony. At some times and in some ways, we all suffer. No wonder, then, that so many authors have turned to the subject. As Christians, we are well-served with books to...

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Sunday, 04 February 2018 03:19

Don’t Forsake the Public Reading of Scripture

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By Justin Borger:

Bible reading has become a largely private practice—something we do in our own personal “quiet time.” A few verses, or perhaps as much as a chapter, are often read before the sermon on Sunday morning. But when was the last time you heard multiple chapters or,...

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Tuesday, 30 January 2018 02:35

10 Things You Should Know about Suffering

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Dave Furman:

1. Suffering is a result of the fall.

God warned Adam that eating the forbidden fruit would result in death (Gen 2). Romans 5:12 confirms that this happened after Adam’s fall, “Just as sin came into the world through one man, and death through sin, and so death spread to all...

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