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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In the previous post we established that good Bible reading requires us read the Bible as God speaking to us in a manner that we can naturally understand. But how do we actually do that?

It’s harder than you might think. Over the years we have trained ourselves to read the Bible in an...

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Tuesday, 09 January 2018 05:48

Faith at Work: Sola Scriptura

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Tradition is helpful, but even Protestants can be guilty of treating Augustine or Calvin as a magisterium. This week, Dan Doriani encourages readers to have a proper understanding of Sola Scriptura.

The difference between Catholic and Protestant teaching is more subtle than people realize, for...

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Thursday, 04 January 2018 04:46

The Psalm-Singing Church

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It should sadden us to learn that the church of our day has neglected one of the greatest treasures God has given her to worship Him--namely, the Psalter. The living God has breathed out an entire book of truth for us to sing back to Him whenever we gather together in corporate worship. Perhaps...

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Wednesday, 03 January 2018 00:14

True Self-Knowledge

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Have you ever gone through some sort of identity crisis? You know, the kind where you wonder who you are and what you are supposed to do?

After living in the same town for nearly twenty years, I moved to another state. Since then, I’ve gone through an identity crisis of sorts. Where I used to...

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Friday, 22 December 2017 21:10

The Unique Church

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Too often, ministers foolishly embrace the ecclesiastical advice of those who know absolutely nothing about the specific arrangement of the local church they pastor. A pastor is animated by an article in which today's latest "church expert" insists that he or she has the corner on what should be...

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Wednesday, 20 December 2017 02:17

A Word from an Alliance Board Member

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Thomas Martin, member of the Alliance of Confessing Evangelicals board of directors, reflects on the legacy of R.C. Sproul and his relationship with the Alliance:

When James Boice died of liver cancer in June of 2000, his close friend R. C. Sproul was asked to speak at the memorial service. As...

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Wednesday, 13 December 2017 19:36

8 Marks of True Reformers

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The reformation anniversary confetti has all been swept up. Some of us have heard a lot lately about the reformers and how God used them to help move the church toward greater faithfulness in their day. But what will it look like to be a reformer today? Perhaps we can learn from Swiss reformer...

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Thursday, 07 December 2017 00:23

The Father of Hymnody

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On December 7, 374, Ambrose became bishop of Milan and thereby became a staunch defender of the Faith against the Arians. Ambrose was born into a prominent Christian Roman family around 340 in Trier (which is in modern Germany). His father was the prefect of the region, but when he died about 14...

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The following is taken from an article posted by Dr. Dan Doriani. Dan’s new column at Place for Truth draws from his experience as both a professor and a pastor. This column is titled “Faith at Work,” because, as Dan puts it, “we are saved by faith alone,...

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Thursday, 30 November 2017 02:32

Sip It, Don't Dip It

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Rightly administering the Lord's Supper is one of the marks of a true church. It occupies a critically important place in the life of God's people as a memorial of Christ, a preaching of the gospel, and a means of his grace. Yet, even among those who share this perspective there remain differences...

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Monday, 20 November 2017 21:38

6 Ways to Redeem Thanksgiving

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A number of years ago, I concluded that it is officially an American tradition to have stressful interactions with parents, in-laws, grandparents, siblings, uncles, aunts and cousins on Thanksgiving Day. I have experienced some extremely relationally tense times with family members on Thanksgiving...

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Thursday, 16 November 2017 23:34

Sundays are for Babies

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“Sundays are hard for babies,” a church member said sympathetically as she handed back my crying daughter. It’s a truth universally acknowledged. On Sundays, the carefully orchestrated nap schedule of the other six days bends and then snaps under the constraints of morning and...

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Sitting down to read the Bible isn’t enough. We need to learn how to read it well;and, reading it well is actually more difficult than one might think. Many of us want to grow in our relationship with God, in our knowledge of what he has taught, and in our spiritual lives, and we know that...

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Monday, 06 November 2017 19:44

On Being Forgotten

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Last spring, I was asked to speak at a local Christian high school’s graduation ceremony. I felt sorry for the graduating class because a rival high school in the area had invited US Sen. Ben Sasse to be their graduation speaker. These poor kids got stuck with me. But it seemed to fit....

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Thursday, 02 November 2017 07:49

Trinity: The Two Natures of Christ

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In this new 8 message set, Trinity: The Two Natures of Christ, Liam Goligher continues his study of the Trinity from the Book of Hebrews. Visit the Trinity web page to learn more about what sparked this sermon series.

If Christians confuse what is true of Jesus Christ as a human being with what is...

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Thursday, 02 November 2017 01:02

Something to Hate

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Do you have any words you outlaw in your home? Perhaps you forbid words such as “shut up” or “stupid.” One of the words I limit in our house is the word “hate.” I can’t say that I hate the word, because I think it's a powerful word that should be used...

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Alliance Editorial Director Jonathan Master joins William Castro and G. Vijay Raju on the Presbycast podcast recorded at this year’s Reformation Worship Conference. From Peru to Greenville, from India to... the Alliance – three interesting guests that demonstrate the range of Reformed...

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Monday, 30 October 2017 23:11

A Reformation Hymn

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In peace and joy I now depart At God's disposing;
For full of comfort is my heart, Soft reposing.
So the Lord hath promised me, And death is but a slumber.
 
'Tis Christ that wrought this work for me, My faithful Savior,
Whom Thou hast made mine eyes to see By Thy favor.
Now I know He is my Life, My...

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Sunday, 29 October 2017 23:31

Gospel-Motivated Work

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Americans in the 21st century have a complicated relationship to work. On the one hand, many have seen their jobs disappear due, among other reasons, to automation, outsourcing, or the hiring of less expensive, more efficient, or more willing immigrants. We are increasingly bombarded by doomsday...

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In that first great prophecy of biblical reveleation, God promised to send a Redeemer who would crush the head of the serpent (Gen. 3:15). In keeping with the fulfillment of this promise, Jesus faced off--at the beginning of his public ministry--with the devil in the wilderness (Luke 4:1-13). After...

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Thursday, 12 October 2017 08:47

So Pastor, What's Your Point?

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“Just because a sermon has points, doesn’t mean it’s got a point.

One of the best preaching books I’ve read in the last decade is Dennis Prutow’s So Pastor, What’s Your Point? If someone like Tim Keller or Don Carson had written it, it would be a...

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Monday, 09 October 2017 22:09

Reflections on Preaching Revelation

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Last November I made the decision (as a newly ordained minister) to preach through the book of Revelation. This decision may have been driven by a touch of hubris, or perhaps merely by my own curiosity. More than anything else, I wanted our congregants to make this book their own–to have it...

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A two-year-old will never obsess about world economies. A three-year-old will never ask for lectures on totalitarian regimes. It is beyond them. If you think otherwise, just try and lecture them about it. They won’t pay attention. Their tiny minds can’t be filled with such thoughts....

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Will your church be hosting a Reformation Sunday event during this historic year?

Reformation Sunday is an opportunity to affirm our doctrinal convictions and to praise God for His ongoing reformation of the Church. The Alliance would like to promote your event to our members. We will share this...

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Monday, 02 October 2017 11:07

Bringing Our Children to the Table

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In doctrinally serious churches, welcoming the children of believers to the Lord's Supper is one of the most important elements of the life of the church; it is also one of the most difficult and widely debated matters. On one side of the debate are those who believe that our children should be...

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