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

Ruminations - Apologetic Report
Saturday, 23 December 2017 10:46

Reverse The Curse In Your Marriage

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There are thousands of books on marriage. There are many radio programs and ministries that are dedicated to fixing your marriage. I spent a lot of time when I was growing up on tractors listening to Christian radio. I heard many programs explaining how to make your marriage better. Now all this...

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Monday, 18 December 2017 13:08

The Perfect Wisdom of Our God

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God is wise. This can be defined in this way; 'His choice of the highest end and the best means to that end.' Simple, right? Easy to understand--God is wise. He does what is best to achieve the highest end, which is His glory and the good of His people. But, how does this apply in every day life?...

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Sunday, 17 December 2017 08:33

Don't Play The Goat

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    As some of you know, we have a few goats on our farm. Some month ago we bought a sheep. We hoped that the sheep and the goats would get along together. But the sheep was not accepted by the goats. The sheep has been here for a number of months, and she is still isolated from the...

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Friday, 22 September 2017 13:02

The Chocolate Sprinkles Incident

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At our home we like to have chocolate sprinkles on our bread for lunch. You know, the dutch chocolate sprinkles. Maybe we like them too much. Which is why we have some rules about how much is put on the bread. So there was an incident at lunch. My wife was putting some of the sprinkles on our...

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Saturday, 16 September 2017 12:22

Spiders And Sin

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  Imagine for just a moment a scenario. As you walk into one of the rooms of your house to pick up your baby, you see a spider between you and your child. As you look closer, you realize in horror that it is a black widow spider. This poisonous spider is now moving closer to your child. What...

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Sunday, 10 September 2017 09:24

Attack In Formation

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This post is related to the one I did on the sword of the Spirit. When I taught that lesson, I included some brief thoughts on the subject which I want to consider in this post. I want to develop that idea more fully here.  Our spiritual warfare is not an individual effort alone. We are not to...

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Tuesday, 05 September 2017 13:25

Please Bless Me, God.

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When we pray we often ask God to bless our food, or dear old uncle Frank or our friends. We pray for blessings for our selves. We want God to bless us. But have you ever considered why God should bless you? Or how can God bless us. There is a theme that runs through the Bible concerning blessings...

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Tuesday, 29 August 2017 12:31

Peter De Bruys: The Forgotten Reformer

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  Since it is the 500th year anniversary of the Reformation, I want to bring to your attention someone who lived far before the Reformation and yet was one who tried to bring reformation to the church. Even in the dark ages, there were men who preached the gospel. Real revivals happened. But...

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Friday, 18 August 2017 11:49

The Greatest Weapon

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 When I was boy, I loved playing with swords. We often had sword fights, which at times ended with someone in tears. I can remember wanting a sword very badly. Once my parents saw a sword at a garage sale.They did not buy the sword to my great regret, although it is...

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Monday, 07 August 2017 13:15

Ruminations On Wealth And Poverty

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Every so often I come across this idea that people are wealthy because of some privileged background or by taking advantage of the poor. Those in poverty are said to be there because they are taken advantage of or because they belong to some minority group. In our culture, many look down on the...

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Friday, 04 August 2017 12:27

Horatio Spafford And The Hammer Of Hell

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Horatio Spafford is best remembered for his hymn 'When Peace Like a River' or "It is Well With My Soul.' I have often heard the story behind this hymn. Spafford's wife and four daughter were traveling to Europe on a ship when they collided with another ship. Spafford's wife lived but all four...

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Tuesday, 01 August 2017 12:12

How To Be A Christian Sports Fan

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Christianity is not a one day a week religion. It isn't confined to a few areas of life. Christianity affects everything. Jesus Christ is Lord of every single part of our lives. Eating, drinking, exercising, driving, singing are all to be conformed to God's word. We are like a dilapidated house....

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Tuesday, 25 July 2017 13:13

The Christian Test: Part 3

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This will be the last post about assurance of salvation. I have been trying to show from the Bible that there are certain questions we can ask ourselves to determine if we are indeed saved and so gain an assurance of our salvation. In the last post we saw there must be repentance, faith, obedience,...

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Tuesday, 25 July 2017 13:13

The Christian Test: Part 2

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 In the last post I looked at 3 evidences of a Christian. Repentance, faith and obedience will be seen in every true Christian. In this post I will look at a number of other evidences of a Christian so that we may obtain assurance of faith or be shown to not be Christians and so turn from our...

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Tuesday, 25 July 2017 13:13

The Christian Test: Part 1

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This post continues on from the last one in which I showed from the scripture that we are to examine ourselves to see if we are in the faith. Assurance of salvation is important and God has shown us how to obtain it in His word. The letter of First John gives us a test by which we can see if we are...

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Tuesday, 25 July 2017 13:13

Are You Really A Christian?

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One of the reasons I write is to study and clarify different issues and subjects. In a book I was reading, a pastor was dealing with assurance of salvation in his church. There were two views that were held in this church on how one can be assured that he is a Christian. I was unsatisfied with...

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The stories about King Arthur and his knights of the Round Table are well known. We have all heard of  Launcelot, Galahad and maybe Mordred the Usurper. Their exploits have been recorded in great detail for us. But few have heard of Sir Joe the Unready. While other knights won fame and glory...

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Sunday, 25 June 2017 12:51

The True Church

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In my last post, I tried to show how the three marks of a true church in article 29 of the Belgic Confession are not a Biblical method of critiquing churches. This post continues to show that these three marks are not good criteria and what is the better way to evaluate churches.  What is the...

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Monday, 19 June 2017 13:23

The Three Marks Of A True Church??

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   What does a true church look like and what does a false church or sect look like were questions that were being asked during the time of the Reformation. Calvin and others set forth a few marks that could be used to tell the difference between a true church and false church. The Belgic...

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Sunday, 19 March 2017 10:51

Isaiah 53:3 The Sorrowful Messiah

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In the last two posts I have written about the first two verses of Isaiah 53. I don't know how far I will get in this chapter on this blog. My workload has increased due to other responsibilities. On this post I plan to examine the third verse.
"He was despised and forsaken of men, a man of sorrows...

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Sunday, 12 March 2017 11:52

Isaiah 53:2 The Ordinary Messiah

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 The last post I wrote was a short explanation and application of  Isaiah 53:1. In this post the second verse will be our meditation. 
"For He grew up before Him like a tender shoot, 
And like a root out of a parched ground; 
He has no stately form or majesty that we should...

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Sunday, 05 March 2017 10:46

A Question To My Infant Baptist Friends

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 I have an honest and sincere question for those who practice infant baptism. I have come across this perplexity a number of times and I was hoping someone could explain it to me. So the scenario is this: A Roman Catholic comes to faith in Christ and attends a Reformed church. Since he was...

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Saturday, 25 February 2017 10:50

Isaiah 53:1 The Rejected Messiah

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 It has been a long time since I wrote on this blog. There were lots of other projects that I needed to get to. This blog is a bit of a lower priority. But I hope that over the next couple of weeks I will be able to write some more posts.   I have been studying the 53rd chapter of Isaiah...

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Monday, 31 October 2016 00:21

Martin Bucer And A Deformation In The Reformation

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One of the books I got from an old friend was a copy of Martin Bucer's 'Concerning The True Care Of Souls'. Martin Bucer is a lesser known reformer who lived from 1491 to 1551. He become the pastoral leader in the city of Strasbourg which became a center for Reformed learning. Calvin and other...

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Sunday, 16 October 2016 13:06

The Potter and His Clay Pots

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Throughout chapters 43 -45 of Isaiah, the Lord declares that He is the Creator. There are about 10 times in these chapters that it is stated that God is the Creator. He has created Israel. He has created all things. This is especially important to show the foolishness of idolatry. Idols have to be...

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