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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Tuesday, 10 October 2017 17:19

She’s Not Real

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Written some years back, this article still has relevance:

Porn and paper pastors by Dan Phillips

imageDecades ago, I read a disturbingly candid essay by a pastor about his struggles with pornography. It was in Leadership magazine. Years later, two of his realizations still stand out to me.

The author...

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Tuesday, 10 October 2017 17:14

See You In Church!

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imageStrong stuff!!

Article: Why you need to be in a church this Sunday by Dan Phillips (original source here):

Howdy! While Pyro was dark during October, I went a bit nuts over at my place, posting about sixty-six times. A couple of them, I mean to re-work and share with anyone here who may not have...

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Tuesday, 10 October 2017 16:37

Sola Scriptura

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Early formal Reformed attestation to Sola Scriptura (original source here):

The Genevan Confession was credited to John Calvin in 1536 by Beza who said Calvin wrote it as a formula of Christian doctrine suited to the church at Geneva. More recent scholarship attributes it to William Farel but in...

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Tuesday, 10 October 2017 15:29

Sovereignty is Practical

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imageAsk Pastor John (Piper): Is Knowing God’s Sovereignty Important to My Daily Life? (original source here)

Audio Transcript

As you know, Pastor John, new listeners are continually coming to the podcast every day, and many of them do not know what lies behind your answers to the questions people...

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Monday, 09 October 2017 02:41

The Role of a Shepherd

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imageArticle by Dr. R. C. Sproul: What Does It Mean to Be a Shepherd Over the Flock? (original source here)

When we examine life in the early Christian church, we see a remarkable phenomenon recorded for us in the book of Acts. In Acts 8:1 we read, “At that time a great persecution arose against...

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Monday, 09 October 2017 01:31

The Cure for Discontentment

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imageAdrien Segal (@AdrienSegal) lives in Minneapolis with her husband, Rick. They attend Bethlehem Baptist Church and work with Bethlehem College & Seminary. They have four sons and four prized grandchildren. In an article entitled, “Do You Wake Up Discontent?” she writes:

Is it possible...

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Sunday, 08 October 2017 15:08

The Pastor’s Purpose

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imageArticle “What’s the Purpose of … Pastors?” by Tim Challies (original source here)

The Bible knows nothing of lone Christians, of believers who are willfully independent from a local church. Rather, Christians gather in communities to worship together and serve one another....

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Sunday, 08 October 2017 14:33

On Rome’s Claims

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imageChris Arnzen (host of the popular Iron Sharpens Iron podcast) writes:

It is truly tiresome to continue hearing over and over and over again the Roman Catholic regurgitation of the claim that they “gave us the Scriptures”, and therefore, we who are heirs of the Protestant Reformation have...

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Saturday, 07 October 2017 20:11

God is not a man that He should lie

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imageDr. James White writes:

I was just perusing some comments about the debate that took place in South Africa between Jonathan McLatchie and Yusuf Ismail on the Trinity in the Old Testament. Now I wasn’t able to watch it live, and might be able to slip it into the “riding queue” for...

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Saturday, 07 October 2017 15:37

Who Is the True Israel of God?

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Article: Who Is the True Israel of God? by Rev. Nicholas T. Batzig (@Nick_Batzig), pastor of New Covenant Presbyterian Church in Richmond Hill, Ga., and editor of reformation 21. He blogs at Feeding on Christ.

I recently read an article in which a noted Christian theologian was encouraging Christian...

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Friday, 06 October 2017 18:46

Don’t Be Caught without a Confession

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imageArticle by Dr. Michael Reeves. president and professor of theology at Union School of Theology in Oxford, England. (Original source here)

Christians have always written and cherished summaries of their beliefs. The Bible records the earliest of these confessions of faith (1 Tim 3:16). Then, the...

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Thursday, 05 October 2017 01:01

Ten Lasting Fruits of the Reformation

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imageArticle by Dr. Joel Beeke (original source here)

God sent forth the power of his Word in the Reformation of the sixteenth century. The Reformation served as a dynamic motivation and catalyst for change and progress wherever its influence reached. Many would credit Martin Luther as the driving engine...

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Tuesday, 03 October 2017 14:18

From New Age to Christ

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imageIn this powerful interview, Steve Bancarz describes his dramatic conversion to Christ, and why he walked away from being a high prominence writer in the New Age movement with a monthly salary of around $40,000 a month. Along the way, he discusses the pervasiveness of the movement and its teaching...

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Tuesday, 03 October 2017 03:22

A Stunned and Grieving Nation

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imageThe Las Vegas shooting has left many of us in utter shock and horror and rightly so. “Pure evil” rightly described what happened. Personally, I cannot bear watching more than a few minutes of the television reports about it. Even the few images I have seen race around in my mind with...

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Monday, 02 October 2017 20:26

“Reformed” according to R. Scott Clark

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imageIs the designation “Reformed” only to apply to paedo-baptists? I do not believe so. Dr. James White writes (Original source herehttp://www.aomin.org/aoblog/2009/11/26/r-scott-clark-and-reformed/)

R. Scott Clark and “Reformed”

I speak often on this blog of the need to be...

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Monday, 02 October 2017 02:08

The More Sure Word

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Text: Matt 17:1-8; 2 Peter 1:16-21

In terms of human experience, Peter had the big one!!! Only two other men on planet earth experienced it – the Transfiguration of Christ – where He was seen in His glory and where the audible voice of God the Father was heard speaking from heaven. And...

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Thursday, 28 September 2017 23:42

15 Answers to Evolutionist Misconceptions

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imageBy Dr. Jason Lisle (original source here)

Recently, someone sent me a link to an article appearing in Scientific American – a popular science magazine. The article is entitled “15 Answers to Creationist Nonsense.”[1] The article was extremely revealing, but not in the way the...

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Thursday, 28 September 2017 23:17

Facts you may not know about C. H. Spurgeon

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imageCharles Haddon Spurgeon is history’s most widely read preacher (apart from the biblical ones). Today, there is available more material written by Spurgeon than by any other Christian author, living or dead. He is known as ‘The Prince Of Preacher’s’.

* One woman was converted...

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Wednesday, 27 September 2017 20:36

The Gift of Healing Today

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image“Jesus did not go up and down Palestine healing lower back pain, heart palpitations, headaches, and other invisible ailments. He healed the most obvious kinds of organic disease – crippled legs, withered hands, blind eyes, palsy – all healings that were undeniably miraculous....

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Wednesday, 27 September 2017 20:28

The use of Genesis in the New Testament

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Article by Lita Cosner (original source here)

I am often asked why someone specializing in the New Testament would care about the “Old Testament” issue of creation. After all, one’s view on the first chapters of Genesis seems peripheral at best when it comes to interpreting the New...

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Wednesday, 27 September 2017 12:41

Time Line of Key Events in the Life of Martin Luther

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by Dr. Marcus Serven at this link.

Authors: John Samson...

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Tuesday, 26 September 2017 22:12

Genesis 1-11 – Narrative Not Poetry

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Article: Genesis is history! by Jonathan Sarfati (at this link)

Authors: John Samson...

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Tuesday, 26 September 2017 22:05

Josephus on Genesis

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imageArticle: Josephus says, ‘Genesis means what it says!’ by Frank Luke (original source here)

Many people who compromise on the plain meaning of Genesis claim that the literal interpretation is a modern invention. Instead, they claim that most commentators in the past took a long-age view.

On...

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Monday, 25 September 2017 22:42

Knowing Christ

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Dr. Mark Jones: Knowing Christ

1. Christ’s Humiliation and Ours

2. The Incarnation: God’s Greatest Wonder

3. The Holy Spirit and Christ

4. Christ and the Church

“Cultivating Awe, Christian Meditation, and Knowing Christ”

Listen in to J.I. Packer and Mark Jones discuss some...

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Monday, 25 September 2017 22:30

Covenant Theology Series

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Dr. Derek Thomas – The God of Promise – Understanding Covenant in God’s Plan

Lecture 1 – Do This And Live – God’s Covenant with Adam

Lecture 2 – The Just Shall Live By Faith – God’s Covenant with Abraham

Lecture 3 – Under The Law –...

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