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, 19 May 2019 23:00

3. Rise of the Temporal Sovereignty

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J.A. Wylie Book I. History of the Papacy. Chapter III. Rise of the Temporal Sovereignty.

Over the abyss in which the Roman empire of the west had been engulfed there now floated the portentous form of the Papacy. If the idolatrous nations, in their victorious march from the Upper Danube to southern...

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J.A. Wylie Book I. History of the Papacy. Chapter II. Rise and Progress of Ecclesiastical Supremacy.

The first pastors of the Roman Church aspired to no rank above their brethren.[1] The labours in which they occupied themselves were the same as those of the ordinary ministers of the gospel. As...

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Sunday, 05 May 2019 23:00

1. The Origin of the Papacy

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J.A. Wylie Book I. History of the Papacy. Chapter I. Origin of the Papacy.

The Papacy, next to Christianity, is the great fact of the modern world. Of the two, the former, unhappily, has proved in some respects the more powerful spring in human affairs, and has acted the more public part on the...

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Sunday, 28 April 2019 23:00

The Office of Apostle

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Andrew Willet (1562-1621) Commentary Upon the Most Divine Epistle of the Holy Apostle St. Paul to the Romans

Quest. 8. Of the office and calling of an Apostle, what it was.

1. The word Apostle is taken, either aequivoce, in an equivocal and improper sense—and either in the better sort, as...

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Sunday, 21 April 2019 23:00

A Short Catechism on Baptism

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The Value and Virtue of Baptism in which:

  • The dignity and duty of Baptism

  • The due right of infants to Baptism

  • And their right above that of grown persons by Baptism

  • The degrading and destructive principles and practices of Baptism

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Catechetically propounded, plainly preached and now published as an...

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Sunday, 14 April 2019 23:00

The Authority of the Early Church Fathers

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This article is a synopsis of the second book in A Treatise Concerning the Right Use of the Fathers” by Jean Daillé (1594-1670). Click here to read Part 1: The Relevance of the Church Fathers Today.

The primary question Daillé’s second book addresses is...

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Sunday, 07 April 2019 23:00

The Relevance of the Church Fathers Today

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The early church fathers are highly respected by all Christian groups that are serious about the historical roots of their faith. Their writings are appealed to by Protestants and Roman Catholics alike to support their dogmatic and ecclesiastical beliefs and practices. However, it is easy to make...

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Sunday, 31 March 2019 23:00

True Antiquity: Scripture or Tradition?

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John Cameron An Examination Of Those Plausible Appearances Which Seem Most To Commend The Romish Church ch. 17.

The only means to prove true antiquity is to have recourse to the beginning by the Scripture.

Now that we allege St. Cyprian, it is not to authorize the truth, by the authority of men,...

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Sunday, 24 March 2019 23:00

Christ Alone Defines the Sacramental Elements

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William Attersoll
Badges of Christianity
Book 3, ch. 5, pp. 350-352

Christ delivered his Last Supper in bread and wine, then these signs may not be altered, but must be retained for the perpetual use and comfort of the Church. And howsoever it be left to the choice and liberty of the Church, what...

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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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