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, 17 March 2019 23:00

The Glorified Soul’s Enjoyment of God

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A Body of Divinity by Thomas Watson

To set out this excellent state of a glorified soul’s enjoyment of God:

(1.) It must not be understood in a sensual manner: we must not conceive any carnal pleasures in heaven. The Turks, in their Koran, speak of a paradise of pleasure, where they have riches...

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Sunday, 10 March 2019 23:00

The Blessing of Friendship

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Samuel Willard A Complete Body of Divinity An Excerpt from a Sermon on the 5th Commandment

There is a special equality made between some, which does not arise from nature, but combination; and this is that which is called friendship.

Which is recommended to us, not only by moral philosophy, but also...

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Sunday, 03 March 2019 22:00

Social Inequality and the 5th Commandment

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Samuel Willard A Complete Body of Divinity An Excerpt from a Sermon on the 5th Commandment

We have taken a brief account of the chief and most comprehensive duties, relative between superiors and inferiors, both natural and political. There are some other differences in providence between men, which...

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Sunday, 24 February 2019 22:00

Trinity is One God Not Three Gods

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Boëthius

Trinity is One God Not Three Gods.

I. There are many who claim as theirs the dignity of the Christian religion; but that form of faith is valid and only valid which, both on account of the universal character of the rules and doctrines affirming its authority, and because the worship in...

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Sunday, 17 February 2019 22:00

Objections to the Necessity of Prayer Answered

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William Perkins An Exposition of Christ’s Sermon on the Mount Works, vol. 1, pp. 407-408.

But sundry objections are made against the necessity of prayer:

1. First, it is said God knows our thoughts before we pray, and therefore it is needless to express them by prayer unto Him.

Answer. We pray...

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Sunday, 10 February 2019 22:00

Ghost of Samuel, or a Demon?

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Peter Martyr Vermigli Common Places First Part, Chapter 10, pp. 72-91 Translated by Anthony Marten (1583).

Ch. 10 Of appearings of devils; of their answers and sundry illusions.

Here I may not pass over certain obscure places, which we find in the history of Samuel (1 Sam. 28). But that they may...

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Sunday, 03 February 2019 22:00

The Time of Divine Worship

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William Ames Marrow of Sacred Divinity, Book 2, ch. 15.

Of the Time of Worship.

1. The most solemn time of worship is now the first day of every week which is called the Lord’s Day (Rev. 1:10; 1 Cor. 16:2).

2. And it is called the Lord’s Day by the same reason that the holy Supper of the...

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Sunday, 27 January 2019 22:00

The Manner of Divine Worship

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William Ames Marrow of Sacred Divinity, Book 2, ch. 14.

Of the Manner of Divine Worship.

1. The adjuncts of worship especially to be observed are two: the manner which is contained in the third commandment, and the time which is commanded in the fourth commandment.

2. But these two are so adjuncts of...

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Sunday, 20 January 2019 22:00

Natural Worship and Instituted Worship

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William Ames Marrow of Sacred Divinity, Book 2, ch. 5 § 1-8 & ch. 13

Natural Worship.

1. The parts of religion are two; natural worship, and voluntary or instituted worship.

2. This distinction is grounded on Exodus 20:6, those words of the second commandment: “who love me,...

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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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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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