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, 24 April 2019 23:55

The Efficacy of Baptism

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Jesus answered, "Truly, truly, I say to you, unless one is born of water and the Spirit, he cannot enter the kingdom of God…  8 The wind blows where it wishes, and you hear its sound, but you do not know where it comes from or where it goes. So it is with everyone who is born of the...

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Wednesday, 24 April 2019 03:48

Do You Know What Causes This?!

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As cultures grow in wealth, birth rates typically drop. “Large” families become oddities. People look at large families and make all kinds of comments to parents. Many are of the insensitive variety, such as “Do you know what causes this?” Yes, it’s a little awkward....

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Tuesday, 23 April 2019 03:03

The Christian's Mountaintop Experience

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By now, it’s a Christian cliché: the mountaintop experience.For Christians, it seems that anything from a relaxing woods retreat to a Mountain-Dew-induced sugar-high at a youth conference can gain the mountaintop moniker.

As Christians, we long for experiences of the transcendent that...

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Monday, 22 April 2019 23:48

3GT Episode 130: Evangelism in the Digital Age

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After clarifying among the three who the real hillbilly is (it’s the one who has goats), the guys get to the true subject at hand. How does a congregation go about evangelism in the age of the internet?

We hear how the Lord used digital mean in the life of the younger two guys (and establish...

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Monday, 22 April 2019 07:00

Climate Carnage!

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After a week of 'extinction rebel' protests, in which citizens glued themselves to trains, even the media outlets realize the London 'lunacy' went too far.

Actress Emma Thompson, the most vocal 'Queen-of-Protesters,' was an unwitting hypocrite, & keen for arrest, after her LA-London flight left...

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Monday, 22 April 2019 05:00

A Pastoral Look at Spafford and His Hymn

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Recently I read the haunting article "It is well..." by Janie Cheaney in WORLDmagazine about Horatio Spafford. Spafford was a lawyer and dedicated Presbyterian from the Chicago area, who at one time served with famous evangelist D.L. Moody. He is the author of the poem turned familiar hymn "It is...

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Friday, 19 April 2019 22:49

…was Crucified, Died and was Buried…

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The death and resurrection of Jesus Christ are the foundation of the Christian faith. Christianity stands or falls on these two great historical realities. So it’s understandable, perhaps, that what happened in between the climactic events of the cross and the resurrection should be somewhat...

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Friday, 19 April 2019 17:00

Notre Dame: A 21st Century Parable

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There is something parable-like in the destruction of Notre Dame Cathedral. Its architectural splendour has graced the Parisian skyline for nearly a millennia. Its soaring artistry and elegance has taken the breath away of thousands of worshippers, citizens and tourists. Its history anchored it to...

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On Monday the world watched with bated breath as Notre Dame cathedral was engulfed in flames of fire. Representative of human and cultural achievement Notre Dame is one of the greatest examples of French Gothic architecture and is unique for its size, antiquity, and innovative construction. Its...

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Wednesday, 17 April 2019 19:00

This Vine of Mine

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All would have been just fine if I hadn’t had anothergreat idea for a new project. This idea focused on the problem that we didn’t have a backyard for entertaining. I decided that the area way down behind our detached garage would be a lovely place for a deck, if it wasn’t...

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Tuesday, 16 April 2019 21:00

Lies Sex

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The devil is a liar. Since the beginning, lies have been his stock and trade, his most valuable weapon against God's children. So effective are his lies that the world and our hearts sing harmony to his melody.

When it comes to the realm of sexual morality, the battle between truth and lies rages...

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Why do various Reformed denominations - and even those within a denomination - have differing viewpoints regarding whether women should be deacons or not? 3GT attempts to offer a charitable primer on the issue.

They first clarify the marked difference between elders and deacons. Next they explain...

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Monday, 15 April 2019 09:51

God Was Manifest in the Flesh?

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Have you ever read your Bible and noticed that one version claims that "God" was manifest in the flesh and another version claims that "he" was manifest in the flesh?  Which is it? Does it matter? These textual variants can be confusing to us as Bible readers."God was manifest in the flesh" OR"...

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Monday, 15 April 2019 07:00

God Save the King - Psalm 20

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Famous battle-songs have led warriors into war. While Southerners sang 'Dixie', the North sang 'John Brown's Body'. It was Robert. E. Lee who wrote: "I don't believe we can have an army without music." One confederate officer, in the aftermath of Attomattox, mused ruefully: "If we'd had...

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Monday, 15 April 2019 00:59

Sola Scriptura Briefly Explained

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Reformed churches say they believe in sola Scriptura,or Scripture alone. This phrase means they teach that the Bible alone is sufficient as the ultimate authority for the Christian. How might this doctrine be briefly explained to another? Here is an attempt to do so.

We must be careful to...

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Friday, 12 April 2019 21:06

The Limits of Science

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Recently I was reading a book by astrophysicist Lawrence Krauss entitled “A Universe from Nothing”. Krauss is an atheist and isn’t shy about the fact—firmly convinced that matter is all there is. And in the process of seeking to convince us that the universe can and must...

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Wednesday, 10 April 2019 00:51

How to Help Your Pastor Prepare for Your Funeral

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Grief in death makes life challenging for the living. The challenge is greatest, of course, for the closest family and friends of the deceased; our great joy is to see the Lord Jesus bring comfort in seasons of loss through his word and Spirit.

In the season of loss, responsibilities and stress...

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Monday, 08 April 2019 23:43

3GT Episode 128: Calling Mary Blessed

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First angels, now Mary? What Romish bug has gotten into the 3GTers?

Actually, on this episode the guys seek to eradicate said bug. They first highlight and dismantle some of the basic, false Catholic teachings regarding Mary. They then explain why she is so important to the story of our Lord Jesus,...

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Monday, 08 April 2019 23:00

Trusting God is Hard

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Trusting God is hard. As a young pastor, I was informed about a family in need in our rural community. I must confess the hardness of my own heart at this time about benevolence. We had been peppered with request, some from as far as 30 mile away for help. Many of these people were just calling...

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A while back our monarch came to Stormont House in Belfast, the Northern Ireland Parliament. Crowds lined the route & I got a look. The Queen seemed to shine in her horse-drawn carriage. Far more than that, our great God of glory is majestic.

The King's Song

Psalm 104 stirs our souls to think...

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Monday, 08 April 2019 04:05

Catechetical Preaching

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Most Reformed folk are accustomed to expository preaching, where the minister works through a book passage-by-passage week-by-week. But unless you are in a Dutch Reformed church, where there has been a long, four century plus tradition of preaching based on the Heidelberg catechism, you may not be...

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Friday, 05 April 2019 20:00

To God be the Glory - Psalm 115

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Introduction

It rankles with Christians when false religions capture culture. Eyes sob with tears if pastor-failure hits the news. Zeal for divine glory loathes to learn of Gospel scandal.

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Glory-theft is subtle! Flesh hob-nobs with wealth in order to take credit, steals fame from stars with...

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Wednesday, 03 April 2019 19:00

Three Cheers for Pierced Ears!

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Mom, I want to get my ears pierced! Considering the many alternatives in today’s world, such a declaration might actually bring relief! There are a variety of reasons people pursue various types of piercing; it can be a cultural tradition, a sign of beauty, or an act of rebellion.

I was...

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Tuesday, 02 April 2019 22:00

Elihu the Preacher

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There are many great examples for preachers in the Bible. Ezra's passion to study and obey God's Word (Ezra 7:10), Jeremiah eating the scroll (Jer. 15:16), Ezekiel's forehead "like emery harder than flint" (Ezek. 3:9), Paul's simple focus on Christ crucified (1 Cor. 2:2), Stephen's fearlessness...

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Presbyterians baptize their babies. As members of the visible church, as  those babies grow up and become young adults, the promised-based hope is that one day they will profess their own faith in Christ. At that time, the privilege of communicant membership is conferred upon them and they are...

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