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, 01 November 2016 03:06

Mortification of Sin Chapter 1 – Part 1

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Did I mention that Owen is hard to read?  Well, in all actuality, he is very easy to read, but to understand, that is a much different thing.  After reading, re-reading and then reading again, quite a few times, I feel like my head is about to explode.  I can remember back in the...

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Friday, 28 October 2016 03:42

The Minor Prophets – Habakkuk

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Pastor Jeremiah Blasi continues to teach through the Old Testament Minor Prophets on Wednesday night at Lawrence Street Baptist Church.  This past Wednesday, he covered chapters 1 and 2 of Habakkuk.  This is a great message dealing with the sovereignty of God and the problem of good and...

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Thursday, 06 October 2016 22:05

The Minor Prophets – Micah Part 2

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Due to some technical difficulties (the batteries in the recording device died) I am unable to publish Micah part 1, but here is Pastor Jeremiah Blasi teaching through the book of Micah. You can also find the Sunday sermons from Lawrence Street Baptist Church on Sermon Audio.

Authors: Thom Cole...

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Thursday, 06 October 2016 20:06

Mortification of Sin – Some Observations

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Before I get into my reading of John Owen and his classic book, Mortification of Sin, I would like to make a few observations. First, depending on the version or edition of this book that you either purchase, or download off the internet, it is approximately 70 to 90 pages long.  So, in book...

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Tuesday, 27 September 2016 20:27

Mortification of Sin – A Beginning

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Jeremiah 6, verse 14, “They have healed the wound of my people lightly, saying, ‘peace, peace,’ when there is no peace.” This verse, in its context deals with the nation of Israel and their turning away from the commands of the Lord.  But a closer reading finds that...

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Tuesday, 20 September 2016 20:11

As I Take Up John Owens

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I have read bits and pieces of John Owen over the years, but I’ve decided to systematically read through his Mortification of Sin in Believers and while I was grabbing an online version, I ran across something that really piqued my interest about marking up books.  Now, lest you think I...

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Tuesday, 13 September 2016 20:17

The Double Cure

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Augustus Toplady wrote: Rock of Ages, cleft for me, Let me hide myself in Thee; Let the water and the blood, From Thy riven side which flowed, Be of sin the double cure, Cleanse me from its guilt and power. This “double cure” is both justification and sanctification.  Each is a...

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Monday, 12 September 2016 03:52

1st Thessalonians – The Current Series at LSBC

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Pastor Jeremiah Blasi has started preaching through the book of 1st Thessalonians at Lawrence Street Baptist Church and here are the first two sermons:

Authors: Thom Cole...

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This past Sunday, Jeremiah Blasi continued his series on Hebrews.

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Monday, 27 April 2015 03:43

Hate the Sin, Love the Sinner? – Not So Fast!

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Tuesday, 07 April 2015 00:43

Albert Mohler on How Religious Liberty Dies

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Original posted here. Albert Mohler writes: The vast high-velocity moral revolution that is reshaping modern cultures at warp speed is leaving almost no aspect of the culture untouched and untransformed. The advocates of same-sex marriage and the more comprehensive goals of the LGBT movement...

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Sunday, 22 March 2015 23:04

The Cemetery and The Shopping Center

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Originally posted on The Decablog: I’ve always been fascinated by graveyards. This stems, I think, not from an undue interest in the macabre, but rather with the sense of solemnity and connection to previous generations that a cemetery holds. Today as I walked from home to my office at church...

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Thursday, 20 November 2014 00:57

An Incredible Move

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Over the past months I have driven by the plant where a huge Demethanizer Tank was manufactured.  Here is the video of it’s move from the plant as it started its journey to Colorado.  So, if you have ever wondered what 1 million pounds looks like going down the highway, take a look...

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Friday, 14 November 2014 21:29

Round Up

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Total Depravity Is A Deplorable Doctrine – I recognize the weight of the doctrine of “total depravity”, the first of John Calvin’s Five Points. It stresses the radical corruption of the human nature, rendering him incapable of exercising saving faith and repentance and...

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Sunday, 02 November 2014 22:47

Why I Am A Calvinist!

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Today, during my perusal through several of the blogs I frequent, I came across one that reminded me of my own journey from Semi-Pelagian Arminianism to the Doctrines of Grace.  Matter of fact, this story is so close to my own that I just couldn’t pass sharing it. Brandon Lucas writes:...

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Saturday, 20 September 2014 10:05

The Gospel is Offending, But is Not the Offense

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I have a saying that goes like this: “The Gospel, by it’s nature, to our nature, is offensive and if we are not being offended every day, we had best check to see if we are in ‘the Way.'” Now, the Gospel is not offensive in and of itself.  Matter of fact, it is the...

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Friday, 19 September 2014 22:57

Fearing Sin

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Originally posted on Main Things: True sorrow over sin is very practical, for no one can truly hate sin while living in it. Repentance makes us see the evil of sin, not merely in theory but experientially, as a child who has been burned now fears fire. We should be just as afraid of sin…

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Tuesday, 16 September 2014 08:33

On The Depravity Of Man

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Charles Haddon Spurgeon once said, “As the salt flavors every drop in the Atlantic, so does sin affect every atom of our nature. It is so sadly there, so abundantly there, that if you cannot detect it, you are deceived.” The great works of Christians down through the centuries are...

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Monday, 08 September 2014 20:52

Church SHOULD Be Boring!

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I came across the following article and I could not agree more.  As one who walked away from the praise band of a “church” that prided itself on being exciting, relevant and progressive, I want to thank you, Todd Bordow, for saying what I have been thinking for a long time and what...

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Saturday, 06 September 2014 22:27

Melchizedek – A Sermon By Todd Bordow

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Have you ever been in a situation where someone or something wears you down to the point of giving in; a situation where someone pushes you and pushes you and pushes you; you know you shouldn’t give in, but you begin feeling the weight of the constant pressure; you feel like giving in just to...

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