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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Monday, 21 August 2017 10:03

Sin begets Sin

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Along the Paris streets, the death-carts rumble, hollow and harsh. Six tumbrils carry the day’s wine to La Guillotine. All the devouring and insatiate Monsters imagined since imagination could record itself, are fused in the one realisation, Guillotine. And yet there is not in France, with...

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Wednesday, 16 August 2017 02:40

If we were at peace, we would be asleep

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Now, it is much better for things to be in a state of confusion so we will wake up, for if we were at peace, we would be asleep, we would no longer be aware of anything, anything at all. But if things go badly, we are forced to think about God and put our senses on alert and think about a judgment...

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Tuesday, 15 August 2017 09:14

The Spiritual Chymist, Meditation LII

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The most recent post in this series may be found here

Upon a Rock

It is the saying of the moralists, that accidents which befall men have a double handle by which they may be apprehended. So as they be rightly taken they become less burdensome and unpleasant, and also of use and advantage to...

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Contentment Fits us for Mercy

1 What relationship does Burroughs draw from receiving mercy from God and contentment?

2 Burroughs makes multiple analogies help illustrate God’s actions. Recount them and explain how they apply.

3 When we are discontent, what must we believe about...

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Saturday, 12 August 2017 08:00

Let us keep our mouths shut

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let us realise that we must not come before God to plead our case, for we are all obliged to be condemned without his conducting a long trial against us, and all the more must our sins be compounded, since we think we have many defences and excuses to offer. So, there is no other remedy except...

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4  There is beauty in contentment.

A.  What is the relationship which Burroughs implies between “beauty” and “glory?” What sort of glory is displayed in contentment — whose beauty shines in contentment?

B.  What is the point of Burroughs quoting a...

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Wednesday, 09 August 2017 00:52

Horatio Alger at Church

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The following question comes from a long article in the Journal of Pastoral Theology (3.3, 1979) by Harvie Conn. Conn discusses how a church has a “model” for ministry;  an often unarticulated self-understanding of what a church is, does, and how it functions. A great of the...

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Friday, 04 August 2017 01:14

The Rare Jewel of Christian Contentment

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Below is a copy of the study guide which as far as it is complete (through page 122 of the Banner of Truth edition).

Study Guide for The Rare Jewel of Christian Contentment

Authors: memoirandremains...

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The previous post in this series may be found here

Strength in the Christian, and pointedly strength in contentment, proceeds by paradox. We are weak when it comes to contentment and we cannot force ourselves into a true godly contentment by any force of will. To be strong in contentment we...

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This section replaces a previous version of this study guide found here

There is a Great Deal of Grace in Contentment:

The second point made by Burroughs has to do with the “grace” which is poured out in contentment.

To understand this argument, it will be necessary to understand that...

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Monday, 31 July 2017 10:42

Apostacy Today

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For over three centuries now, atheists and skeptics have catechized the West in the belief that as cultures progress, belief in God or at least in extraordinary divine intervention in nature and history will wane. What proponents forget is that this concept of “progress” itself...

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Monday, 31 July 2017 08:13

The Spirit Always Leads People to Think

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So the first effect of Christianity is to make people stop and think. They are not simply overawed by some great occasion. They say, “No, I must face this. I must think.” That is the work of the Spirit. The people in Acts thought again. They repented—the Greek word is...

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(The prior post in this series may be found here.

In this section Marshall deals with the question of motivation, “we must have an inclination and propensity in our hearts” to do what God requires. There are two reasons for this. First, we will not act without the inclination....

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Thursday, 27 July 2017 04:26

We have got to believe it.

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Dr. Lloyd-Jones in his sermon on Romans 6:1-2 comes to the point where he says, “That is what Paul is saying, that we died to the reign and the realm and the rule of sin.”

‘But wait a minute,’ says someone, ‘I still have a final objection. If what you say is true, it if...

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Wednesday, 26 July 2017 07:37

Getting help for Euodia and Syntyche

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In addition to what we have already considered, it is important for us to notice carefully one other thing that Paul says to people who are having interpersonal problems. Verse 3 indicates that there may be times when a person needs the help of other Christians to solve his problems. At times, Paul...

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Tuesday, 25 July 2017 02:44

Should you start with your sermon outline?

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Jay Adams in the Journal of Pastoral Practice 1.2, 1977

 “You know what I mean—do I have to say, ‘My first point today is …’?” Of course you don’t. Where in the Bible do you ever see this happen? Did Paul on Mars Hill say, “Now my sermon falls...

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Marshall’s book, published in 1692 (12 years after his death), sets out 14 directions on the doctrine of sanctification and its relationship to justification. It is publication with an introduction by Joel Beeke, published by Reformation Heritage Books.

Direction I: That we may acceptably...

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As a young man of 22, Charles Hodge, the great Princeton theologian, was extremely self-reflective about his spiritual affections. He intently searched his emotions and thoughts to gauge his spiritual state. Then, he seems at one point (recorded in his journal) to realize that such introspection...

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Tuesday, 18 July 2017 05:33

Why Eve was Made From Adam’s Rib

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Theophilus gives two reasons: Theological, to prove that Adam and Eve were not created by different gods. Anthropological: increase their affection:

And Adam having been cast out of Paradise, in this condition knew Eve his wife, whom God had formed into a wife for him out of his rib. And this He...

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Tuesday, 18 July 2017 04:09

Some brief thoughts on Hebrews 13:17

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(These notes are brief and not “tidied-up”.)

Hebrews 13:17 is often and easily abused passage. It has been more than once to justify lording over the congregation and making the pastor and other leaders beyond question.  However, that is not what it means.

Summary:

The congregation...

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John Patton (1824-1907) was a missionary to the New Hebrides. With the rather common attack upon Christianity in the West as somehow being degrading of women, it is interesting to read Patton’s observations about an explicitly non-Western and non-Christian culture on this point:

Amongst the...

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Theophilus next commences with a  long discussion of the Creation. It is interesting that he takes Creation as the great distinction between the pagan and Christian worldviews. Interestingly, Peter Jones makes exactly the same distinction as the “bedrock” for the difference between...

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There is a sense in which the doctrine of justification by faith only is a very dangerous doctrine; dangerous, I mean, in the sense that it can be misunderstood. It exposes a man to this particular charge. People listening to it may say, ‘Ah, there isa  man who does not encourage us to...

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Wednesday, 12 July 2017 09:37

Theophilus of Antioch: Inspired by Demons

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Theophilus then proceeds to speak of the difference between the biblical and pagan understanding of the world: their inspiration:

And without meaning to do so, they acknowledge that they know not the truth; but being inspired by demons and puffed up by them, they spoke at their instance whatever...

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The previous post on the Apology of Theophilus may be found here

In chapters V, VI & VII, Theophilus takes his pagan reader to task by listing out all the various things the poets have said about the beginning of the gods and the world, and all the strange and confused genealogies.  He...

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