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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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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Friday, 29 September 2017 04:06

Why We Are Still Protestant

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This year marks the 500th anniversary of Martin Luther’s nailing of the 95 theses to the door of Castle Church in Wittenburg, Germany.  This act in itself was relatively conventional: he was essentially initiating a debate about the use and abuse of indulgences in the Roman Catholic...

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Thursday, 28 September 2017 07:00

Just Posted - New Alliance Re:Port

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Thanks to the support of our members, we have very exciting news in the fall Alliance Re:Port. Here are some highlights:

Celebrate the Reformed Resources Reboot!

Over the weekend of October 28th and 29th, ReformedResources.org, the Alliance online resource center, will undergo a major reboot! You...

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Tuesday, 26 September 2017 03:12

Dying Well (Part 1)

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It would be easy to write Deuteronomy 34 off as a throwaway chapter that had to be included to bring the story of Moses to a conclusion. Moses dies. That's it. Perhaps we approach the chapter with questions that we can’t really answered with certainty. For instance, "Did Moses write these...

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Thursday, 21 September 2017 11:11

Singing in Parts

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I love plainsong chant and the power of unison singing. This type of singing fulfills particular roles in worship that part-singing cannot. However, I would suggest that the current status of congregational singing is not lacking in unison options but is in fact neglecting the benefits of singing...

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“We…will be caught up” (1 Thes. 4:17) 

Will you be "left behind?” Evangelical Christianity knows this question well. It has been inundated with the pre-tribulational, pre-millennial, secret rapture of the church for the last century. In fact, just last week Dallas...

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Monday, 18 September 2017 21:22

What Are You Waiting For?

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One of the downsides of living in the technological age is that we are constantly overwhelmed with what we allow to stream into our minds and hearts from our newsfeeds, social media debates, conversations about world affairs, social agendas, personal opinions and every sort of religious and...

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Thursday, 14 September 2017 22:17

The God-Centered Gospel

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The Bible from beginning to end is the story of God. There is but one living and true God (Deuteronomy 6:4; Is. 45:5-7; 1 Cor. 8:4), an infinite, all-knowing Spirit (John 4:24), perfect in all His attributes, one in essence, eternally existing in three Persons–Father, Son, and Holy Spirit...

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Sunday, 10 September 2017 20:48

Biblical Encouragement

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“How are you doing? Really doing? How are you handling your hard week?” she asked. Then she followed those questions up with, “Can I pray for you right now?”

Encouragement--we would recognize it anywhere. It’s like a gentle push forward when we’ve run out of...

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Tuesday, 05 September 2017 00:02

Rise Up

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Whenever our congregation ordains new officers (i.e. elders and deacons), I love to sing the hymn, “Rise up, O Men of God"...well, except for the words. It’s a high energy hymn and one with a stirring tune (we sing it to Festal Song), but have you really ever studies the words...

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Friday, 01 September 2017 05:49

You Know You're Preaching When...

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Preaching is an important gift from God. How important is preaching? Jesus is a preacher.1 The truth that Jesus is a preacher should point you to the weight of preaching. You can see the value Jesus placed on preaching when in His earthly ministry He said to His disciples, “Let us go on to...

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Sunday, 27 August 2017 23:41

More Than God

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When I was a kid I would often go fishing with my dad. Our fishing trips usually started at the tackle shop. For a little boy, a tackle shop is a nearly magical place filled with colorful lures, live bait, and trophy fish mounted on the wall. Everything in the store had the ability to send me into...

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Wednesday, 23 August 2017 08:07

Confessional Millennials?

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Confessionalists value unity; Millennials celebrate individualism. Confessionalists cherish tradition; Millennials love innovation. Confessionalists are guardians; Millennials are liberators. The combination of these words seems like an oxymoron. But does it make sense to completely separate...

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