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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Friday, 29 December 2017 13:45

The Letter Kills But The Spirit Gives Life

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Charles Hodge on 2 Corinthians 3:6:

An Exposition of the Second Epistle to the Corinthians. Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, n.d., 56-58 (Language modernized by Nate Milne where necessary).

For the letter (i.e., the law) kills, but the spirit (i.e., the gospel) gives life. This is the reason why God has made...

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Friday, 29 December 2017 07:15

After You Have Sinned… Remember This…

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imageAdriel Sanchez is pastor of North Park Presbyterian Church, a congregation in the Presbyterian Church in America (PCA). In addition to his pastoral responsibilities, he also serves the broader church as a contributor on the White Horse Inn radio program. He and his wife Ysabel live in San Diego...

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Wednesday, 27 December 2017 14:40

Evidences of a Young Earth

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Original source here including the links provided in the article)

Without millions and billions of years, evolutionary history completely falls apart. Here are just a few of many credible evidences from various branches of science that tell of a world much younger than evolutionists claim.

Evidence 1...

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Tuesday, 26 December 2017 14:05

Open Air Preaching

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Article: Geoffrey Kirkland – Personal Philosophy of Open Air Preaching

Sermon: Todd Friel – Preaching Outside of the Pulpit

Authors: John Samson...

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Thursday, 21 December 2017 16:09

Faithfulness In A Secular Age

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Preached from the high pulpit of Wittenberg’s Castle Church, Dr. James White…:

Authors: John Samson...

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Turretinfan (on facebook) writes:

Some Roman Catholics will try to appeal to the Apostolic Fathers to defend the Roman Catholics’ view of the canon of Scripture. The Apostolic Fathers were writers from the first generation of Christians after the apostles, and their works do reflect a working...

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Sunday, 17 December 2017 22:06

Let Your Pastor’s Wife Be Herself

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imageHere’s an excellent article by Melissa Edgington that every member of a congregation should read. Lets set the bar high in loving our pastors wives well! (original source here)

Let Your Pastor’s Wife Be Herself

Every year since Chad became a pastor, we have hosted a Christmas open house...

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Friday, 15 December 2017 12:29

How can I best support my pastor?

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The Ascended Christ has given gifts to men (Eph. 4:11,12), one of these gifts being the pastor/teacher. Pastors are given the assignment of leading, feeding and caring for the sheep, as well as fending off wolves who would seek to devour them.

Every Pastor is very human. As the saying goes,...

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Thursday, 14 December 2017 01:20

London in 1927 and 2013

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Growing up in England and having an Uncle who lived in Ealing (part of London) I visited London every summer. This video brings back many memories for me. A lot of things have changed over the years, while many things remain unchanged.

Authors: John Samson...

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Wednesday, 13 December 2017 17:10

Doing Church Away from Church isn’t Church

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imageArticle: Doing Church Away from Church isn’t Church by Eric Davis (original source here)

Maybe you’ve heard it. “We can’t make it to church today, so we’ll just do church as a family.” “I can just do church on a hike this morning in God’s...

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Tuesday, 12 December 2017 12:52

Steve Lawson Quotes

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imageMuch to ponder here from Dr. Steve Lawson’s twitter feed:

Jesus is eternally God, perfectly man, the God-man, the only One who could be the Mediator between God and man.

To those who preach: You are the mouthpiece for the biblical text. You have nothing apart from the text. Let the text talk.

Whe...

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Tuesday, 12 December 2017 11:10

Putting The Law In Its Place

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Jared Wilson

Text: Romans 3:19-26

Jared Wilson | Here We Still Stand from 1517. on Vimeo.

Authors: John Samson...

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Sunday, 10 December 2017 22:27

Why “he” and not “He”?

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Should We Capitalize Divine Pronouns?

My Bible of preference (the main one I use in study and preaching) is the English Standard Version (ESV). While there are a great many things about it I like such as its accuracy and readability, one things that I must admit really bugs me, is the lack of the...

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Sunday, 10 December 2017 22:13

Do Modern Bible Translations Leave Some Verses Out?

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17 Missing Verses in the NIV?

One of the questions out there is why are there 17 verses missing from the NIV, and were they left out for theological reasons? The answer is that while the verses references are not in the text, these verses are in the footnotes. Here is why this is true not only for...

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Sunday, 10 December 2017 22:05

The True History of Communism

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imageArticle: “100 Years. 100 Million Lives. Think Twice” by Laura M. Nicolae (original source here)

In 1988, my twenty-six-year-old father jumped off a train in the middle of Hungary with nothing but the clothes on his back. For the next two years, he fled an oppressive Romanian Communist...

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Thursday, 07 December 2017 13:40

Simplicity, Scholasticism, and the Triunity of God

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Article by by Mike Riccardi (original source here with helpful comment thread). Questions such as these are answered:

1. Why should I bother myself with learning about metaphysics? 2. Does the incarnation “interrupt” the simplicity of God? And relatedly, does the Son remain incarnate...

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Thursday, 07 December 2017 13:29

Looks Good, Until We Check Context

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imageDr. James White writes:

Earlier today I retweeted Ligon Duncan’s recommendation of Dr. Needham’s fine little book of daily readings from early church fathers. Well, (Roman Catholic Apologist) Patrick Madrid follows me on Twitter (as I follow him), and he replied that he surely hopes...

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Wednesday, 06 December 2017 01:46

Calculating the Number of the Beast

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Here’s a very interesting article by Gary DeMar that will certainly challenge much current thinking about the identity of the Beast in the book of Revelation. (original source here)

Dr. R. C. Sproul has come to similar conclusions – see his lecture on “The Beast” at this link)...

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Wednesday, 06 December 2017 01:26

The Real Prayer of Jabez

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imageArticle by Dr. Steve Lawson (original source here)

Riding a tidal wave of surging popularity, few Christian books have burst onto the publishing scene and been as widely received as The Prayer of Jabez (Multnomah, 2000). In only its sixth year of circulation, this brief, ninety-three-page book has...

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Tuesday, 05 December 2017 13:53

Augustine: Refuting the Pelagians

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image‘But these brethren of ours, about whom and on whose behalf we are now discoursing, say, perhaps, that the Pelagians are refuted by this apostolical testimony in which it is said that we are chosen in Christ and predestinated before the foundation of the world, in order that we should be holy...

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Tuesday, 05 December 2017 05:01

Ten Things You Should Know About The Gospel

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imageArticle by Dr. Sam Storms (original source here)

As much as we hear about the gospel of Jesus Christ one would think that everyone is on the same page when it comes to defining this word. Sadly, that is not the case. So just what is the gospel? How might we define it? Here are ten things to keep in...

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Sunday, 03 December 2017 05:36

Christ Crucified

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Text: 1 Corinthians 2:1-5

Guest speaker Rob-roy Nelson preached this morning – a powerful word on “Christ crucified!”

When Paul came to Corinth there was something he didn’t do; something he did do, and then he tells us why he did it. A message all need to hear.

Authors: John...

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Saturday, 02 December 2017 05:13

Does Calvinism Make God the Author of Evil?

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imageArticle by Phil Johnson (original source here)

Arminians often insist that if “God from all eternity did, by the most wise and holy counsel of his own will, freely and unchangeably ordain whatsoever comes to pass” (Westminster Confession of Faith, III.1) then He must be morally...

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Saturday, 02 December 2017 04:30

Historical Evidence That Jesus Rose From The Dead

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imageArticle: He Is Risen: Historical Evidence That Jesus Rose From The Dead by James Bishop (original source here)

Is there any evidence that this actually happened, or is this just a product of myth, legend, or religious wishful thinking? As it turns out, the resurrection of Jesus is well supported by...

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Friday, 01 December 2017 06:12

Geology Part 1

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imageDr. Jason Lisle: Creation 101: Geology Part 1 (original source here)

Geology is the study of the physical processes of Earth from plate tectonics and volcanos to minerals and rock layers. The field involves a combination of operational science and origins science. The operational aspects involve...

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