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, 13 January 2019 22:00

The Duty of Almsgiving

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William Perkins Exposition of Christ’s Sermon on the Mount 3rd Branch, 5th Example, Point 2, Matthew 5:42.

Give to him that asketh; and from him that would borrow of thee, turn not away” (Mat. 5:42). Christ, having forbidden private revenge, does here command the requital of good...

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Sunday, 06 January 2019 22:00

What is the Image of God in Man?

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William Bucanus Institutions of Christian Religion pp. 99-103.

9. Of the Image of God in Man

What is an Image?

It is the portraiture or representation of some thing, and that both in the soul of man—to wit, in the mind or faculty of knowledge, and it is called of the Philosophers an Idea,...

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Sunday, 30 December 2018 22:00

The Duties of Parents to Their Children

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Christian Behaviour by John Bunyan

If thou art a parent, a father or a mother, then thou art to consider thy calling under this relation. Thy children have souls, and they must be begotten of God as well as of thee, or they perish. And know also, that unless thou be very circumspect in thy behaviour...

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Sunday, 23 December 2018 22:00

Sabbath in the Light of Nature

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Samuel Willard Complete Body of Divinity, pp. 652-654.

Question 3.Wherein does the morality of [the Sabbath] consist? That we may take up a right conception of this matter, we must call to mind, what it is for a command to be moral, according as it has already been stated; namely, not merely as it...

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Sunday, 16 December 2018 22:00

The Propriety of Natural Law

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Objection:

Natural law cannot contradict the Bible. So why depend on a vague concept of natural law when we can trust in the perspicuous revelation of God’s Law?

Answer:

First, what is Natural Law?

Natural Law is the reflection of God’s moral character and the moral order of...

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Girolamo ZanchiDe Religione Christiana Fides Confession of Christian Religion pp. 391-419.

Of the Resurrection of Christ Jesus from the Dead, his ascension into heaven, and sitting at God’s right hand, out of the first of Paul to the Ephesians.

1 God did effectually show the greatness of his...

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Sunday, 02 December 2018 22:00

The Communication of Properties

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Girolamo Zanchi
De Religione Christiana Fides
Confession of Christian Religion pp. 425-441.

Of those things which are spoken of our Lord Jesus Christ, after the union: and in what sort they are spoken. Out of the 1st chapter to the Ephesians. Positions.

[Three Kinds of Names.]

1. The apostle writeth...

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Sunday, 25 November 2018 22:00

Anger and the Sixth Commandment

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William Perkins Exposition of Christ’s Sermon on the Mount 3rd Branch, 1st Example, Matthew 5:21-22.

Ye have heard that it was said of old, Thou shalt not kill, for whosoever killeth, shall be culpable of judgment” (v. 21). Our Savior Christ having laid down His preface, does here...

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Sunday, 18 November 2018 22:00

What Makes Our Works Truly Good?

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Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven.” (Matthew 5:16).

William Perkins, Of Good Works, An Exposition of Christ’s Sermon on the Mount, Works, vol. 1, pp. 233-242.

Now, because Christ requires of every...

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Sunday, 11 November 2018 22:00

Internal Call to the Ministry

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What thou seest, write in a book, and send it unto the seven churches which are in Asia” (Revelation 1:11).

James Durham Commentary on Revelation pp. 52-59.

This command of writing, was particularly set down [Rev. 1:11]. Here again, it’s renewed; and...

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Sunday, 04 November 2018 22:00

To Beard or Not to Beard?

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I received this paper written by a church officer in a NAPARC congregation. He does not want this paper construed as binding church teaching, so he has chosen this platform and to write under a pseudonym. From his last paragraph, which expresses his heart on the matter:

“Many ‘overwise&rs...

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Sunday, 28 October 2018 23:00

Ceremonial Law Fading Away

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he shall cause the sacrifice and the oblation to cease… (Daniel 9:27)

For the children of Israel shall abide many days without a king, and without a prince, and without a sacrifice, and without an image, and without an ephod, and without teraphim. (Hosea 3:4).

In that he saith, A new...

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Sunday, 21 October 2018 23:00

Directions Against Sinful Dreams

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Richard Baxter Practical Works vol. 2, pp. 469-472

Directions against Sinful Dreams.

Dreams are neither good nor sinful simply in themselves, because they are not rational and voluntary, nor in our power: but they are often made sinful by some other voluntary act: they may be sinful by participation...

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Wilhelmus à Brakel The Christian’s Reasonable Service Vol. 3, pp. 171-176.

Objection 4: The Sabbath Is Detrimental to the Gospel.

One man esteemeth one day above another: another esteemeth every day alike. Let every man be fully persuaded in his own mind. He that regardeth the...

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Sunday, 07 October 2018 23:00

The Importance of Studying Scripture

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Thomas Boston Works, vol. 1, ch. 3.3.

The Scriptures the Book of the Lord, and the Diligent Study and Search Thereof Recommended and Urged

Isaiah 34:16—”Seek ye out of the book of the Lord, and read: no one of these shall fail, none shall want her mate: for my mouth it hath commanded, and...

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Tuesday, 02 October 2018 09:59

Identifying Obligatory Scripture Examples

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Jus Divinum Regiminis Ecclesiastici

CHAPTER IV.

II. Of a Divine Right by obligatory Scripture Examples.

II. By obligatory scripture examples (which God’s people are bound to follow and imitate) matters of religion become of divine right, and by the will and appointment of Jesus Christ, by...

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Sunday, 30 September 2018 23:00

The Scope of the Scriptures

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1 Timothy 1:13—”Hold fast the form of sound words—in faith and love.

In these words there is, (1) The character of scripture-doctrine; it is sound words; sound and pure in itself, and sound in its effects, being of a soul-healing virtue,...

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Sunday, 23 September 2018 23:00

Scripture: The Only Rule of Faith and Life

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Thomas Boston Works, vol. 1, ch. 3.1.

Doctrine II. “The scriptures are the rule to direct us how we may glorify and enjoy God.

Here I shall only give the properties of this rule.

1. Scripture is Clear.

1. It is a perspicuous or clear rule. For though all things in scripture are not alike...

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Sunday, 16 September 2018 23:00

The Divine Authority of the Scriptures

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Thomas Boston Works, vol. 1, ch. 2.

2 Timothy 3:16—All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness.

The next head which falls to be touched is the holy scripture, the rule which God has given to direct...

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While the following excerpt is over a hundred years old, the substance of its criticisms remains highly relevant today. The modern Nestle-Aland and United Bible Societies texts continue to follow the flawed text critical assumptions and methodologies of Westcott and Hort. As D. A. Carson recently...

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Jus Divinum Regiminis Ecclesiastici The Divine Right of Church Government Chapter 10

That the community of the faithful, or body of the people, are not the immediate subject of the power of Church government.

Thus we see, that Jesus Christ our Mediator did not commit any proper formal ecclesiastical...

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Sunday, 26 August 2018 23:00

God Sends Affliction

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The Lord hath heard thy affliction.” (Genesis 16:11).

For our light affliction, which is but for a moment, worketh for us a far more exceeding and eternal weight of glory” (2 Corinthians 4:17).

Robert Hill’s 1604 Preface toThe Combat between Christ and...

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Being confident of this very thing, that he which hath begun a good work in you will perform it until the day of Jesus Christ” (Philippians 1:6).

Herman Witsius Economy of the Covenants Book III, ch. 13, pp. 77-81.

Objection:

Perseverance of the saints promotes impiety and false assurance....

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Sunday, 12 August 2018 23:00

Abiding in Christ

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Rev. Dr. Charles Calder Mackintosh of Tain
“Abide in me”

Abide in me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit of itself, except it abide in the vine; no more can ye, except ye abide in me.” (John 15:4).

These words were first addressed by Christ to the eleven, who were...

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Through faith we understand that the worlds were framed by the word of God, so that things which are seen were not made of things which do appear.” Hebrews 11:3

Neither give heed to fables and endless genealogies, which minister questions, rather than godly edifying which is in...

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