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, 25 September 2017 13:19

Meaningful Membership

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imageArticle: Why Churches Should Have Meaningful Membership by Erik Raymond – original source here:

Church membership is a concept that while not explicitly articulated in the Scriptures is assumed and supported. Many of the New Testament letters were written to local congregations with...

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Thursday, 21 September 2017 02:52

Millions of Years?

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A Christian’s belief in millions of years totally contradicts the clear teaching of Scripture. Here are just three examples:

Thorns. Fossil thorns are found in rock layers that secularists believe to be hundreds of millions of years old, so supposedly they existed millions of years before man....

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Wednesday, 20 September 2017 20:37

Never Resist the Least Urge to Pray

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imageArticle: Tim Challies – A Powerful Practice for Prayer (original source here)

Prayer has always been a struggle for me, and I know I am not the only one. There’s a reason that books on prayer continue to flood our bookshelves. Very few of us pray as often and as earnestly as we would...

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Wednesday, 20 September 2017 12:47

God’s Sovereignty and Our Responsibility

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imageDr. Derek Thomas (original source here)

God is sovereign in creation, providence, redemption, and judgment. That is a central assertion of Christian belief and especially in Reformed theology. God is King and Lord of all. To put this another way: nothing happens without God’s willing it to...

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Wednesday, 20 September 2017 04:18

Jesus, the Son of Man

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In this brief clip from his teaching series Lessons from the Upper Room (from Ligonier Ministries), Dr. Sinclair Ferguson explains what Jesus meant when He referred to Himself as the “Son of Man.”

Transcript

I remember as a youngster in Sunday school, perhaps this was true of you, that my...

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Tuesday, 19 September 2017 12:34

Understanding the Reformation

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Lectures by Erwin Lutzer:

(1) John Hus: The Goose Who Became a Swan

(2) Martin Luther: The Wild Boar

(3) John Calvin & Ulrich Zwingli and the Drowning of the Anabaptists

(4) Sola Fide: Justification by Faith Alone, a Gospel that Saves

(5) Questions & Answers on the Reformation

(6) Rescuing the...

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Tuesday, 19 September 2017 11:59

Why Does the Universe Look So Old?

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Article by Tim Challies (original source here)

When it comes to the age of the universe, Christians find themselves in a bit of a conundrum. At least, those Christians do who hold to a traditional interpretation of the first two chapters of Genesis—an interpretation that leads them to believe...

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Authors: John Samson...

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Saturday, 16 September 2017 23:32

Membership Eldership

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Where’s Church Membership in the New Testament?

John Samson (9/10/17) teaching the Sunday School hour at Eastford Baptist Church in Eastford, CT:

Appoint Elders in Every Town

John Samson (9/10/17): The importance of biblical eldership, and what having a plurality of elders means for the overall...

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Friday, 08 September 2017 00:51

Appoint Elders in Every Town

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imageYou and I were never meant to do Christianity alone. The Church is not only being built by our Lord Jesus but is His provision for each one of His children – a place where each of us can be nurtured, protected and carry out our differing ministries in the body. C. H. Spurgeon called the Local...

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Thursday, 07 September 2017 23:57

Why I Love the Church

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imageA series of 3 short articles by Dr. John MacArthur: (original source here).

I love the church.

I am an inveterate and incurable lover of the church. It thrills me beyond expression to serve the church. Although I am also involved in some para-church ministries, I would not trade my ministry in the...

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Thursday, 07 September 2017 18:44

Psalm 22: The Psalm of the Cross

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imagePsalm 22: Dr. James Montgomery Boice (original source here)

Theme: Prophesying the Crucifixion

In this week’s lessons we look at how this psalm, written hundreds of years before Christ, describes the details of Jesus’ suffering and death by crucifixion.

Scripture: Psalm 22:1-21

The Lord...

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Wednesday, 06 September 2017 01:40

Eat My Flesh, Drink My Blood – What Does This Mean?

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Article: “I Am the Bread of Life” by Cameron Buettel (original source here)

Christ’s preaching has a tendency to shock our sensibilities. One of His most vexing statements occurs in the gospel of John: “He who eats My flesh and drinks My blood has eternal life” (John...

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Wednesday, 06 September 2017 01:27

Touch Not the Lord’s Anointed? What Does it Mean?

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imageArticle: Frequently Abused Verses: Did God Forbid us to Critique or Criticize Church Leaders? (Psalm 105:15; 1 Samuel 24:10) by Cameron Buettel (original source here)

False teaching thrives in environments where it is unlikely to be questioned. Charlatans and heretics prey on uncritical minds, and...

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Wednesday, 06 September 2017 01:09

Does Baptism Save You?

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image Article: Does Baptism Save You? (1 Peter 3:21; Acts 2:38) by Jeremiah Johnson (original source here)

Faith and repentance are not easy. Submission contradicts the natural disposition of the human heart. And the transforming and sanctifying work of the Holy Spirit is often uncomfortable and...

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Tuesday, 05 September 2017 08:21

What Is the Church?

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image Article by R.C. Sproul (original source here)

Paul gives great attention to ecclesiology, the doctrine of the church, in his letter to the Ephesians. In fact, we could say Ephesians answers this question: What is the church? In Ephesians 2:19–22, the chief metaphor Paul uses is that of a...

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Original source here.

Jonathan Gibson (PhD, Cambridge University) is associate minister at Cambridge Presbyterian Church and assistant professor of Old Testament at Westminster Theological Seminary. He is the author of historical and biblical articles in Themelios and Journal of Biblical Literature...

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Monday, 04 September 2017 07:57

Costi Hinn Interview

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image On Life & Theology With Costi Hinn by Adam Powers (original source here)

I recently had the privilege to sit down with Costi Hinn for a rare Publicans Blog interview. It was a pleasure to get to know the man and hear his heart for the Truth. He has been through a lot in his journey from heresy...

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Monday, 04 September 2017 06:01

Cult: Christ In Me International

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Article: Christ In Me International: Emergence of a New Cult? by Rudolph P Boshoff (at this link)

Authors: John Samson...

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Monday, 04 September 2017 05:52

Six Ways a Church Should Use a Confession of Faith

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image Article by Jeff Robinson (original source here)

Particular Baptist churches planted in the tumultuous soil of 17th century England grew up and bore fruit under a nasty set of doctrinal and methodological accusations, including that they subscribed to libertarian free will, denied original sin, that...

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Monday, 04 September 2017 00:59

Responding to Critiques of Calvinism

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image When writing an article that finds its way to the internet, there is often feedback, both positive and negative. The process, including the negative reactions, can actually sharpen the thought process or enable things to be communicated in a better, more helpful way.

Sometimes though, someone is so...

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Sunday, 03 September 2017 13:36

John’s Gospel – What’s It All About?

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Text: John 20:30,31

The Gospel of John presents Jesus from John’s unique perspective. When we understand the intended purpose for writing, we can begin to grasp the “why” behind all of this Gospel’s contents.

Authors: John Samson...

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Saturday, 02 September 2017 20:02

Are Arminians Saved?

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Dr. John MacArthur:

For more on this: http://effectualgrace.com/2011/09/13/are-arminians-saved/

Understanding Arminianism

The Arminian Understanding of “Faith”

Why the Right Response?

Authors: John Samson...

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Saturday, 02 September 2017 12:47

Calvinism Upheld

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image Article: FIVE BELIEFS UPHELD BY CALVINISTS THAT DON’T UNDERMINE THE DOCTRINES OF GRACE by Stephen Kneale (original source here)

Calvinists subscribe to the doctrines of grace. These are typically summed up by the ‘five points of Calvinism’. As a mnemonic device, we use the acronym...

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Friday, 01 September 2017 23:52

Biblical Elders Deacons

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by Nehemiah Coxe (d. 1688)

http://www.chapellibrary.org/files/2914/3766/4611/bead.pdf

Authors: John Samson...

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