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, 22 May 2017 22:17

Expository Preaching

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What took me a couple of hours to teach on last week’s Dividing Line broadcasts, Shai Linne sums up in just a few minutes:

Preacher: Preach the Word (Part 1)

Preacher: Preach the Word (Part 2)

Authors: John Samson...

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Monday, 22 May 2017 14:31

God Raised You From the Dead

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Dr. John Piper: You came into this world dead. Not sort of “hard of hearing” towards the gospel, not simply crippled in good works, not struggling to keep your head above the waters of sin. You were dead: spiritually lifeless and unmoving. Everything that a dead corpse can contribute to...

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Monday, 22 May 2017 10:04

9Marks Workshop

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9Marks Workshop:

Session 1 : The Gospel

Session 2 : Spiritual Growth

Session 3 : Elders in the Local Church

Session 4 : Raising Up Godly Leaders

Authors: John Samson...

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Text: Ephesians 6:10-20

Every Christian, while at peace with God is at war with a hostile, malicious and well organized enemy. So that we do not become casualties of war, God has supplied vital and essential equipment for each of His soldiers. Follow orders and put on the whole armor of God.

Authors:...

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image Article by Dr. Robert Godfrey (original source here)

More than 450 years ago, a request came to John Calvin to write on the character of and need for reform in the Church. The circumstances were quite different from those that inspired other writings of Calvin, and enable us to see other dimensions...

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Saturday, 20 May 2017 22:49

Man As Priest In His Home

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image A five message Men’s Conference series by Dr. Sam Waldron found at this link.

Authors: John Samson...

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Saturday, 20 May 2017 01:30

An Old Sermon On Death

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image Dr. John MacArthur: A message preached on March 29, 1970, entitled, “Abolishing Death: The Ultimate Triumph” (original source here):

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Turn in the your Bibles to 1 Corinthians chapter 15, as we look at our lesson for this morning from the Word of God. When you have arrived at...

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Friday, 19 May 2017 12:19

Healing: Is it Always God’s Will?

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If you have a few minutes (actually around 15 minutes) to read and watch something, I think the short article and interview with Joni Eareckson Tada provides an excellent answer to the question, “If I have enough faith, will God heal me?” – found here at this link.

God bless, John

A...

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Dr. James White:

Authors: John Samson...

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Thursday, 18 May 2017 04:49

Hermeneutics Preaching Resources

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In expository preaching, the meaning of the passage is the message of the sermon. To understanding the meaning of a passage or text it is necessary to be engaged in exegesis (drawing out of the text what is actually in the text). To do this with accuracy involves hermeneutics (the science of...

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Thursday, 18 May 2017 03:15

The Heresy of Perfectionism

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image Article: The Heresy of Perfectionism by R C Sproul (original source here)

An ancient heresy of the distinction between two types of Christians, carnal and Spirit-filled, is the heresy of perfectionism. Perfectionism teaches that there is a class of Christians who achieve moral perfection in this...

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Wednesday, 17 May 2017 08:31

Now Available For Pre-Order

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imageTHE FIVE SOLAS – Standing Together, Alone

MY BRAND NEW BOOK IS NOW AVAILABLE FOR PREORDER AT THIS LINK. You will not be charged until the books are in print and being shipped.

ENDORSEMENTS:

“The Puritans often made you read three chapters before getting to the first point in their outline....

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Tuesday, 16 May 2017 17:05

Preacher: Preach the Word

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Expository Preaching: A high view of Scripture should inevitably mean that God’s word is central in the life of the church so that the meaning of the passage is the message of the sermon.

Authors: John Samson...

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imageTHE FIVE SOLAS – Standing Together, Alone by John Samson

ENDORSEMENTS:

“The Puritans often made you read three chapters before getting to the first point in their outline. If you wish to understand the foundation of the solas of the Reformation but would like to do so in under an hour,...

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Monday, 15 May 2017 07:42

Why You Will Join the Wrong Church

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image Article: Why You Will Join the Wrong Church by Sam Emadi (original source here)

Samuel Emadi is a member of Third Avenue Baptist Church in Louisville, Kentucky and a PhD candidate in biblical studies at the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary. He also serves as the director of theological...

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Sunday, 14 May 2017 11:37

John Calvin – The Church Planter

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image Article: John Calvin, Missionary and Church Planter by John Starke

(original source here)

So long as some Christians have called themselves Calvinists, other Christians have probably alleged that Calvinists care little about evangelism, missions, and church planting. The critique isn’t new....

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Friday, 12 May 2017 16:55

Justification and the Recovery of the Gospel

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2017 G3 Conference — Steven Lawson

Session 5 – “Justification by Faith Alone.”

Session 12: “The Reformation Was a Recovery of the Gospel.”

Authors: John Samson...

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Monday, 08 May 2017 12:42

My Wonderful Mother

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image Sad News: My wonderful mother (Grace) departed this world Sunday night. While we as a family are feeling the deep pain of her loss, we are very much comforted knowing where she is just now. She truly loved the Lord Jesus and His gospel and pointed so many to the Savior she cherished. Her earth...

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Sunday, 07 May 2017 06:53

Christians at Work

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Text: Ephesians 6:5-9

Important words for all Christians in the workplace.

Authors: John Samson...

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Saturday, 06 May 2017 09:04

Evangelism of a False Professor

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How do I Evangelize a False Christian that Doesn’t Bear Fruit?

Authors: John Samson...

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Saturday, 06 May 2017 09:02

Four Point Calvinists?

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Dr. John MacArthur and Dr. R. C. Sproul:

Authors: John Samson...

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Saturday, 06 May 2017 08:56

Is Faith A Gift Or A Response?

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Question: Is Faith a Gift or a response? If it is a gift why are we responsible for exercising it?

Dr. R. C. Sproul and Dr. John MacArthur:

Authors: John Samson...

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Friday, 05 May 2017 07:28

Responding to Open Theism

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image Article: Responding to Open Theism in Fourteen Words By Andrew Wilson (original source here)

Because of the controversy over open theism twenty years ago, there is a huge range of books and articles out there, both critiquing it and defending it. Greg Boyd’s website is a fount of free...

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Thursday, 04 May 2017 23:20

How Important is Expository Preaching?

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Josh Buice asks Conrad Mbewe and Steven Lawson about the importance of expository preaching.

Authors: John Samson...

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image Article: Reasons to Avoid Churches Who Will Not Practice Church Discipline by Eric Davis (original source here)

The biblical church discipline process described in Matthew 18:15-20 is often messy, costly, and accompanied by damage. The pain experienced is typically unmatched when a professing...

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