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

Exploring the Truth - Apologetic Report
This week, the Bible Train stops by Solomon’s Temple. From there, we will see Solomon ask the Lord for wisdom in governing His people and our final stops will take us into the Proverbs as we begin to explore godly wisdom   Monday Psalm 73 Tuesday 1 Chronicles 29:1-30 Wednesday 1 Kings...

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Last time we talked about signs of false believers/false prophets/false teachers. This week we will look at sings of true believers/teachers. 1st Let’s remember our text: Matthew 7:15-23 15 “Beware of false prophets who come disguised as harmless sheep but are really vicious...

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Monday, 14 May 2018 13:17

The Bible Train/Family Worship 5.14-5.20

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This week, the Bible Train has stops at the rebellion of Absalom as well as Solomon’s Coronation as King of Israel. We will see David fall prey to the temptation to rely on the military strength of Israel. We will see David perceive and sing about God’s presence. Monday 2 Samuel 15:1-37...

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Text: Matthew 7:15-23 15 “Beware of false prophets who come disguised as harmless sheep but are really vicious wolves. 16 You can identify them by their fruit, that is, by the way they act. Can you pick grapes from thorn bushes, or figs from thistles? 17 A good tree produces...

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Tuesday, 08 May 2018 01:55

Choosing the Right Path (Matthew 7:13-14)

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This week’s lesson gives me pause; it gives me pause because in order to proclaim the truth of this text, I am going to have to say some rather hard things and those hard things are going to offend many. Please know that what I will say needs to be said and that it does …

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Monday, 07 May 2018 12:41

Bible Train/Family Worship 5.7.18 to 5.13.18

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This week, the Bible Train features several stops in the Psalms thus teaching us that even in times of trouble, we are still able to worship. If you like action and intrigue, the story of David and Bathsheba is full of it. The story of David and Bathsheba is a tale of illicit sex, plotting,...

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Saturday, 05 May 2018 13:23

Election and Predestination

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(Guest Post by James Quiggle ThM) Election. There are three Greek words pertaining to election whose meaning is to choose or select. The first is eklégō. This word means to select, choose, and is translated choose, chose, chosen, elect. It involves preference and selection from among...

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Saturday, 05 May 2018 13:17

The Believer and the Law

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(Guest Post by James Quiggle ThM) What is the believer’s relation to “The Law?” The apostle Paul said the New Testament believer is “not under law but under grace,” Romans 6:14. But then Paul said he was “not being without law to God but within law to...

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Saturday, 05 May 2018 13:14

Understanding Heresy

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(Guest Post by James Quiggle ThM) Heresy is an oft misused term and concept in Christianity. This essay will attempt to define the idea of heresy and its proper use. My sources are Geoffrey Bromiley, Gen. Ed., “The International Standard Bible Encyclopedia” (ISBE), s. v....

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Saturday, 05 May 2018 13:12

Understanding Grace

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(Guest Post by James Quiggle, ThM) The biblical word “grace” is one of the most used words in Christian vocabulary, and one of the hardest to define. Hebrew and Greek lexicons are very good at telling the reader what grace does, but not what grace is. The definition I learned as a new...

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Saturday, 05 May 2018 13:08

The Security of the Believer Pt. 3

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(Guest Post by James Quiggle ThM) This post is the third of three on the eternal security of salvation and the personal assurance of salvation. What is Persevering Faith? The biblical principle of persevering faith is quite simple. Perseverance is a grace God gives the believer to overcome all...

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Saturday, 05 May 2018 13:03

The Security of the Believer Pt. 2

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(Guest post by James Quiggle) This post is the second of three on the eternal security of salvation and the personal assurance of salvation. These posts are from my book “Christian Living and Doctrine,” pp. 15–20, 45–46. The New Testament presents five witnesses testifying...

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Saturday, 05 May 2018 13:00

The Security of the Believer Pt. 1

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(Guest Post by James Quiggle ThM)   This post is the first of three on the eternal security of salvation and the personal assurance of salvation. These posts are from my book “Christian Living and Doctrine,” pp. 15–20, 45–46. The New Testament presents five witnesses...

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DISPENSATIONALISM DEFINED Dispensational theology is a systematic theology describing the outworking of God’s plans and processes to accomplish his purpose in creating. Dispensations are part of Dispensationalism, but do not comprise the entire system. Dispensationalism is a way of thinking...

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Monday, 30 April 2018 14:42

The Afterlife

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The Bible has a lot to say about what happens when we die. In this QSRG we will look at some points the Bible makes about the afterlife.   There are two destinations (Luke 16:19-31) Heaven is moments away (Luke 23:32-43) Heaven has room for many people (John 14:1-14) Heaven is the...

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Monday, 30 April 2018 03:07

The Bible Train (Family Worship Guide) 4.30-5.6

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This week’s Bible Train stops are full of action; David unifies the Kingdom and destroys Israel’s enemies.  Then he returns the Ark of the Covenant to Jerusalem the Holy City. We are also treated to several of the exultant Psalms of praise linked to these events. Monday 1 Samuel...

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Monday, 23 April 2018 13:00

The Bible Train/Family Worship 4.23-4.29

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This week, our stops on the Guided Tour of the Bible will see the Kingdom of Israel on the verge of civil war as God begins to wrest the kingdom away from Saul. We will see David call out to God for deliverance during his darkest hour and we also see David sing about God’s …

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Monday, 23 April 2018 04:02

The Suffering Servant in the Psalms

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Many times Christ is portrayed as a Suffering Servant. In the Psalms there are 7 Prophetic references to Christ as Suffering Servant:   A worm and no man (22:6) Poor and Needy (40:17) A stranger unto his brethren (69:8) Full of heaviness (69:20) Poor and sorrowful (69:29) A sparrow alone on...

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Monday, 23 April 2018 03:53

“I AM” Statements in Genesis and Revelation

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God identifies Himself in Exodust 3:13 as I AM building on revelations He gave in Genesis and that description culminates in Revelation… In Genesis God gives 7 I AM Statements: Thy shield and thy exceeding great reward (15:1) The Lord (15:7) God Almighty (17:1 and 35:11) the God of Abraham...

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Monday, 23 April 2018 00:45

The Believer and the Law (Guest post)

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It is is privilege to share another lesson from our excellent friend and fellow teacher, James Quiggle, ThM. Below he is talking about the Believer and the Law.   What is the believer’s relation to “The Law?” The apostle Paul said the New Testament believer is “not...

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Sunday, 22 April 2018 03:56

On Judging

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Perhaps no text of Scripture is more widely abused than our text this morning. It is one that I would wager that every person in America can quote, and in King James at that. Say it with me, “Judge not, that ye be not judged…” Matthew 7:1-6 NLT “Do not judge others, and you...

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Wednesday, 18 April 2018 11:50

CEB Study Bible (Updated) Review

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The CEB Study Bible is as interesting as it is inconspicuous. Its cover is not loud or busy; it looks like it belongs on the shelf in your pastor’s library. We will get into the translation in a few minutes, but first, I want to point out a few things that stand out to my eyes. The...

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Tuesday, 17 April 2018 23:45

NLT Study Bible Review

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NLT Study Bible Review   Why review the NLT Study Bible? This is a phenomenal resource, as you will see below, which is full of valuable tools to aid you in your study. I don’t about it as often as other study Bibles so I am reviewing to call your attention to this outstanding resource....

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Monday, 16 April 2018 12:29

The Bible Train/Family Worship 4.16-4.22

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This week, the Bible Train finishes our time in Judges. We will see the tragic story of Samson and Delilah and we will see Israel reject God as their King. Along the way, we will see Saul coronated and then rejected as king, after which we will see David anointed as king and his triumph …

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Monday, 16 April 2018 02:49

NLT Wayfinding Bible: A Pastoral Use Case

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Instead of simply  providing a review of the NLT Wayfinding Bible, and focusing on the physical book, I want to talk to you about how I, as a pastor, use the Wayfinding Bible. (Disclaimer: Tyndale provided this Bible free in exchange for an honest review. I was not required to give a positive...

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