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
Good works aren’t bad. They are good. As Christians, we should want to do them. Just because we are not saved according to our works doesn’t mean that we shouldn’t be concerned about pursuing a life of joyful obedience to God’s Word. Jesus emphatically states, “If you love me, you will keep my commandments”
Last month, I boarded a plane to Africa–together with my wife and three kids. We did so in order to become the parents of four kids. Early in our marriage, my wife and I felt a desire to see our family grow through adoption. Circumstances being what they were, we waited several years before initiating the adoption process. Other
For thirty years they struggled in that little house on the corner. They raised five children in a house barely large enough for two. Its halls heard the daily squabbles of rambunctious children, the tussle of trying to get ready for school in one bathroom. It seemed for years there was constant fighting for counter space at the single little
A theology of mission “can be reduced to the wonderful yet challenging task of unpacking just what that means – to be sent by God on his assignment into the world.” Missions is ultimately “each believer’s greatest joy and privilege.” With the aforementioned statements as a foundation, this paper
Dr. John MacArthur, president of The Master’s Seminary, and Dr. Stephen Nichols, president of Reformation Bible College discuss the urgency to stand with conviction in a time of rapid cultural change.
Authors: Mike Boling
Everyone then who hears these words of mine and does them will be like a wise man who built his house on the rock. And the rain fell, and the floods came, and the winds blew and beat on that house, but it did not fall, because it had been founded on the rock. and everyone who hears these words of mine and does not do them will be like a foolish
EXEGETICAL PAPER ON EPHESIANS 6:10-20
INTRODUCTION The pericope of Ephesians 6:10-20 is a battle cry from the Apostle Paul written originally to addresses spiritual issues at the Church at Ephesus. However, the principles inculcated within this passage of scripture are timeless and should be fully integrated into the life of the modern believer.
Diversity is talked about a lot in the North American church. Keith Whitfield sits down with Edgar Aponte to discuss diversity in the church. Is diversity a necessity, or is it an ideal? Should the church be careful about pursuing diversity for the sake of diversity?
Authors: Mike Boling
Two words that will not be forgotten by millions of people for as long as they live.
Divorce lawyers in some cities are not even answering their phones.
Computer hackers are being celebrated and vindicated.
Millions of men and women are in a state of panic.
People are being blackmailed.
Josh Dugger is a self-admitted hypocrite.
As with many of the other minor prophets, what we know about the author of the book is basically contained within the book. This book begins with an unusual genealogy, one which means that Zephaniah is probably the great-grandson of King Hezekiah, which would place him in the tribe of Judah. From the nature of the prophecies, we can
What did the early church believe about creation?
In its first 16 centuries the church held to a young earth. Earth was several thousand years old, was created quickly in six 24-hour days, and was later submerged under a worldwide flood.
A Young Earth According to . . .
The Church Fathers (AD 100–600) were theologians after the apostles. Based
John Piper explains how God cures our heart’s broken desires for sin. When the Bible calls us to live like Christ, it doesn’t merely give us a set of commands. It presents us with something compelling and captivating that changes our minds, and then our hearts. The gospel convinces us of something irresistibly true, and then transforms
Of The Holy Scripture Being The True Word of God
CANONICAL SCRIPTURE. We believe and confess the canonical Scriptures of the holy prophets and apostles of both Testaments to be the true Word of God, and to have sufficient authority of themselves, not of men. For God himself spoke to the fathers, prophets, apostles, and still speaks to us
The Destiny of the Unevangelized and the Nature of Hell
In order to explicate the destiny of the unevangelized, one must ascertain a biblical exegesis of the term “unevangelized” to determine if it is within the bounds of scriptural exposition. Psalm 19:1 declares “The heavens declare the glory of God and the firmament shows His
“You must have a guardian Angel watching over you!” You’ve either heard it said or have said it to someone after their life took an unexpected and much needed turn for the better. It might seem like an irrelevant question in our post-modern, technological, post-enlightenment, scientific world; but, I care deeply about whether
Christians are separated from the initial delivery of the book of Genesis by around 3,500 years. Most of us do not live in the Middle East, and we certainly do not live the same way as the ancient Israelites and the surrounding nations. Compared to Israel, our culture is estranged by time, language, practices, geography, advances in different
Authors: Mike Boling
The hot steam of a deadline breathes down your neck. It’s two o’clock in the morning, and you are alone in your office completing a last-minute project. As you viciously beat away at the keyboard, you pause and turn to the Internet as a resource. While browsing the Web, you notice an ad: “Free Porn.” You look at the popup
What do our children really need from us as their parents? Some of the needs of our children change as they grow and some remain the same. Knowing these needs – both the ones that change and the ones that remain the same – can help focus our priorities and our prayers for our children as they grow.
As our children grow, some needs
John Piper ties together the dark and gruesome death of Jesus and our fullest and longest lasting happiness. How can we have hope when we know we will all die? Because Jesus poisoned death to death for you. Piper goes on to describe the kind of person for whom Jesus went to the cross.
Authors: Mike Boling
One of the things that I realized the first time that I taught through the book of Genesis is that the patriarchal narratives look far more like something that you would see on Showtime than something that you would hear on Focus on the Family. Whether it is the record of Cain murdering his brother, the sexual sin of the men of Sodom and
Over the past couple of weeks at a Bible Study I have been attending, we have been exploring some fundamental aspects of Scripture and theology in general. As a starting point, a necessary one I might add, the discussion has centered on Genesis 1-4 for it is in these first four chapters of Scripture that we can find the roots of the biblical
Coincident with the rise of the gay rights movement in recent years has been an increasing focus on the biblical statements regarding homosexuality or sodomy. As part of this focus, the meaning of the term rsenokotai (arsenokoitai, “homosexuals”), used twice by the apostle Paul (1 Cor 6:9; 1 Tim 1:10), has received vigorous scrutiny.
“All you need is love.”
So said the Beatles. If they had been singing about God’s love, the statement would have a grain of truth in it. But what usually goes by the name love in popular culture is not authentic love at all; it is actually a deadly fraud.
Far from being “all you need,” the world’s distorted view
“The way is hard,” Jesus said (Matthew 7:14).
In our early days we thought we knew what “hard” meant. Hard would be rigorous, demanding, exhausting. Jesus said the way would be hard and with James and John we replied (if not in words, then in unspoken presumption), “We are able” (Matthew 20:22).
But like James and
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