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

Effectual Grace - Apologetic Report
Tuesday, 28 November 2017 03:19

Why Community Isn’t Enough

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imageAdriel Sanchez is the pastor of North Park Presbyterian Church (PCA) in San Diego, California. He has a Master of Arts in Biblical Studies and a Master of Arts in Theological Studies. Here’s an article he wrote entitled, “A Pastor’s Letter to His Young Self: Why Community...

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imageQuestion: Are the implicit interpretations of the bible citations provided in the Confession mandatory for confessionalists? Why? Why not?

Answer: From the Preface: We have also taken care to affix texts of Scripture at the bottom, for the confirmation of each article in our Confession; in which...

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Monday, 27 November 2017 23:37

Three False Teachings about Jesus

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Article by Adriel Sanchez (Original source here)

Because the incarnation is so marvelously mysterious, there were groups in the early church that sought to explain its message in ways that undermined it. Here are three false teachings about Jesus that the early church had to reject:

1. Jesus only...

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The King James Version of the Bible is an excellent translation. There is so much about it to be commended. It was the first Bible I ever had and I am indeed glad for that. However, it is not the only version one should ever use. We have learned much about the original Hebrew and Greek of the Bible...

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Monday, 27 November 2017 08:08

The Deity of Christ in the Early Church

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imageArticle: Did the Early Church Believe in the Deity of Christ? by Nathan Busenitz (original source here)

Ask your average Muslim, Unitarian, Jehovah’s Witness, or just about any non-Christian skeptic who has read (or watched) The Da Vinci Code, and they’ll try to convince you the answer...

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Sunday, 26 November 2017 07:34

The New Birth: Signs of Life

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Text: John 1:12,13

Before someone can enter the kingdom of God they need a miracle. More than that, they need to BE a miracle – to be born again. Amazingly, this new birth is not under man’s control. The right bloodline (family or national heritage), human effort or even human will are...

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Saturday, 25 November 2017 04:29

Miscellaneous Quotes (111)

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imageThe proud says: Who is God that I should consider Him? The humble says: Who is God that He should consider me?

“The first thing the sinner needs is life. He cannot ask for life, for he is dead. God gives him life, and he proves that he has it by believing the gospel. Quickening is the first...

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Saturday, 25 November 2017 00:20

Can We Have Jesus without the Church?

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imageArticle by Brett McCracken, senior editor for the Gospel Coalition and the author of Hipster Christianity and Gray Matters. He also writes regularly for Christianity Today and his website, BrettMcCracken.com. He lives with his wife in Southern California where he serves as an elder at Southlands...

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Saturday, 25 November 2017 00:00

Reformed and Charismatic?

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Interesting article from the news division section at P&P addressing Matt Chandler and the bigger issue of whether someone can be both Reformed and Charismatic (at this link).

Authors: John Samson...

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Friday, 24 November 2017 07:12

The Doctrine of Particular Redemption

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imageTen Lines of Evidence for the Doctrine of Particular Redemption

Excerpt from A New Systematic Theology of the Christian Faith, 2nd ed. by Robert Reymond

The Particularistic Vocabulary of Scripture

The Scriptures themselves particularize who it is for whom Christ died. The beneficiaries of...

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Friday, 24 November 2017 05:19

Snake Handling

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Article: “What is Pentecostal snake handling?” by Luke Wayne at this link.

Authors: John Samson...

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Wednesday, 22 November 2017 15:10

Discernment Conference

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Equip Conference, November 10-12, 2017 held at Grace Bible in Redwood City, CA (pastored by Steve Converse) with guest speakers Justin Peters and Costi Hinn.

Justin Peters – Session 1 – Discernment

Costi Hinn – Session 2 – Testimony

Costi Hinn – Session 3 – Matthew...

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Wednesday, 22 November 2017 11:34

Is Arminianism damnable heresy?

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imageby Phil Johnson

This post is adapted from a transcript of a seminar from the 2007 Shepherds’ Conference, titled “Closet Calvinists” (at this link).

I love the doctrines of grace and don’t shy away from the label “Calvinist.” I believe in the sovereignty of God....

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Monday, 20 November 2017 17:20

Five Factors in Repentance

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imageJoel Lindsey is lead pastor of Grace Church in Racine, Wisconsin. He has written the following article, “How to Repent: 5 Steps” (original source here)

The importance of repentance is hard to overstate. After all, Jesus’s first public exhortation was “Repent!” (Mark...

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Monday, 20 November 2017 09:50

A Warning Against Obsessive Polemics

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imagePolemics – Definition: a strong verbal or written attack on someone or something.

Article: Doctor’s Orders: Lloyd-Jones on obsession with polemics (original source here)

The polemic element is of course important and it has its very definite place; it is good for the people. But I’m...

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Sunday, 19 November 2017 05:12

Jesus in the Old Covenant

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imageEverything God’s people Israel had received by way of revelation, pointed to Him… and yet, we read, “his own people did not receive him.” (John 1:11)

What an indictment that is!

How on earth did the very people awaiting the arrival of the Messiah, miss Him when he came?

Jesus,...

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Friday, 17 November 2017 04:20

The Reformation’s Recovery of Biblical Worship

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imageAt a recent Pastors’ Conference I attended in California, I got to hear a teaching I would rank as in the top ten messages I’ve ever heard. It was that good!

The teaching was entitled “The Reformation’s Recovery of Biblical Worship” and taught by Pastor Travis Peterson...

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Friday, 17 November 2017 03:55

Is Russia Mentioned in Bible Prophecy?

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Here’s a very interesting article on the subject by Gary DeMar.

Authors: John Samson...

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Thursday, 16 November 2017 07:56

The Marks of a True Church

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imageQuestion: What are the marks of a true church? I have heard people say there are three: 1. The preaching of the gospel takes place. 2. The sacraments are rightly administered. 3. Church discipline is exercised.

I can see that all of these are biblical components. But are these all we should look...

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Thursday, 16 November 2017 00:18

Is It Biblical to Say That God Loves Everyone?

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In this brief clip from Ligonier Ministries’ 2017 National Conference, R.C. Sproul answers the question, “Is it biblical to say that God loves everyone?”

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“Often I hear the phrase ‘God loves you’ proclaimed to a group of people which may include both...

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Tuesday, 14 November 2017 11:41

Gossip Understood

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image“You shall not bear false witness against your neighbor”(Exodus 20:16). The most blatant violation of the ninth commandment is any lie that harms someone else…When the Bible condemns gossip, it means something more than just casual talk about other people’s business. Gossip...

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Tuesday, 14 November 2017 05:20

God Actually Spoke To Me

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imageArticle by Tim Challies – original source here.

I want to hear God’s voice. I want him to speak to me in a personal way. I want to know that it’s really and truly him. Is that too much to ask?

It’s not too much to ask. In fact, it is God’s joy to communicate to each one...

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Monday, 13 November 2017 06:17

If You Really Care For The Innocent

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Symbol of law and justice in the empty courtroom, law and justice concept.

Summer Jaeger:

One of the greatest books of our time is about a man accused of a crime of which he was not guilty, and how people come out and support “their side” when the narrative befits them. Atticus Finch...

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Sunday, 12 November 2017 13:59

Reformed Theology Vs. Hyper-Calvinism

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imageArticle by by Michael Horton (original source here)

Before the average believer today learns what Reformed theology (i.e., Calvinism) actually is, he first usually has to learn what it’s not. Often, detractors define Reformed theology not according to what it actually teaches, but according to...

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Sunday, 12 November 2017 08:30

John the Witness

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Text: John 1:6-9

Jesus called John the greatest man to be born of a woman. Why would this be the case? And what was his calling as a fore-runner to Christ? And what does any of this have to do with us today?

Authors: John Samson...

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