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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Friday, 16 November 2018 11:09

If I Die, Shall I Live Again?

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Sebastiano Ricci, The Resurrection 1714

Here is the question of death in a way that differs from Dylan Thomas’ hopeless view of the matter.

James Denney begins his sermon, Immortality, as follows:

WHO has not asked this question, in suspense, in hope, or in fear? We know that we must all die: we...

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In his poem, Written for a Personal Epitath, Dylan Thomas begins his epitaph with the observation that he is “feeding the worm”. This is a commonplace, going back at least to Hamlet

Not where he eats, but where he is eaten. A certain convocation of politic worms are e’en at him...

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Tuesday, 13 November 2018 00:15

Thomas Manton Sermon on Titus 2:11-14 1.1

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[This is an outline of the first quarter of Thomas Manton’s first sermon on Titus 2:11-14

SERMON I For the grace of God that bringeth salvation hath appeared to all men, teaching us that, denying ungodliness and worldly lusts, we should live soberly, righteously, and godly in this present...

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(note for a Bible Study) In Hosea 1, the prophet has two children who received the God-given names, Lo-ami (not my people) and Lo-ruhamah (no-mercy/compassion). These children will be emblems for the rejection of the Kingdom of Israel – and also tokens of hope, because God will again show...

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Thursday, 08 November 2018 10:32

Implications of the “Simplicity” of God

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First, God’s existence (act of being) and essence (quiddity) cannot be constituent components in Him, each supplying what the other lacks. Rather, God must be identical with His existence and essence, and they must be identical with each other. It is His essence to be. Strictly speaking, His...

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Monday, 05 November 2018 12:51

Sermon: Psalm 37, Part 3

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Saturday, 03 November 2018 11:31

Am I a stone

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Am I a stone and not a sheep That I can stand, O Christ, beneath thy cross, To number drop by drop Thy blood’s slow loss, And yet not weep?

Not so those women loved Who with exceeding grief lamented thee; Not so fallen Peter weeping bitterly; Not so the thief was moved;

Not so the sun and moon W...

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How Spurgeon makes an abstraction concrete: A great strength of Spurgeon’s preaching lies in his ability to make abstract concepts concrete, tangible. Ideas have very little effect upon us until we bring them down from the realm of idea and place in the tangible world. A great deal of...

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Friday, 02 November 2018 11:54

Thomas Manton: The Nature of Grace and Mercy

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First, I begin with the thing described, ‘The grace of God.’ It is a term that admits of divers acceptations. Sometimes it is put for God’s eternal favour and good-will; sometimes for the effects of this favour, as grace infused and bestowed upon the creature: Eph. 4:7, ‘To...

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Tuesday, 30 October 2018 05:27

Sleep trouble and Alzheimer’s disease

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Disturbed sleep has emerged as a candidate risk factor for Alzheimer’s disease, multiple studies link poor sleep to cognitive impairment and decline, and more recent studies link sleep disturbance to biomarkers for Alzheimer’s disease, study authors wrote. Researchers showed that...

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Monday, 29 October 2018 09:34

Spurgeon’s Preaching: Figures of Repetition

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I affirm, and the Word declares it, unbelief is a sin. Surely with rational and unprejudiced persons, it cannot require any reasoning to prove it. 

Is it not a sin for a creature to doubt the word of its Maker? 

Is it not a crime and an insult to the Divinity, for me, an atom, a particle of...

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Friday, 26 October 2018 09:37

Conceive these images in the air

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This poem by Dylan Thomas has a remarkable rhythmic movement. This is neither free-verse nor does it make use of a regular meter. The meter is quite purposeful and underscores the movement of thought. The rhythm matches the importance of the words. The rhythm also matches the speed of reading. Each...

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Tuesday, 16 October 2018 07:40

Perfectionism and God and Grace

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This article helps illustrate the relationship between our spiritual state before God and our subjective psychological state

A much better explanation, I would argue, is the eclipse of Christianity in this demographic.  Those who know nothing of grace, God’s love, or Christ’s...

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