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

Wednesday, 04 December 2019 00:00

How Many Herods Are There in the New Testament?

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The name Herod is mentioned nearly 50 times in the New Testament, but Scripture is not speaking of just one man. Herod the Great and his lineage feature prominently in the history of ancient Judea. In fact, the well-documented period of influence that these rulers had helps serve as reliable...

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Tuesday, 26 November 2019 00:26

Hymn Story: Abide With Me

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The popular hymn “Abide with Me” was written by pastor Henry Francis Lyte (1793-1847) just before he died of tuberculosis. The title of the hymn is taken from Luke 24:29, when those who walked with Christ on the road to Emmaus said, “Abide with us, for it is toward evening, and...

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Tuesday, 12 November 2019 00:23

Three Ways to Recognize a False Teacher

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The problem of false teachers infiltrating the church and leading people astray is not a new one. Warnings against false prophets can be found as early as Deuteronomy 13 in the Old Testament, and during His earthly ministry Christ warned His followers to “Beware of false prophets, who come to...

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Tuesday, 22 October 2019 05:46

Putting on the Whole Armor of God | Podcast #24

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In Ephesians 6, the Apostle Paul calls the believer to “take up the whole armor of God, that you may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand firm.” This is a command for every Christian, and it is vital that we take up this armor on a daily... Read More

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Monday, 30 September 2019 22:28

Striving Towards A Humble Calvinism | Podcast #23

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In his book Humble Calvinism, pastor and author J.A. Medders writes: “Many of us who love to love the “doctrines of grace” have not grown in showing grace. We have not become more gracious, kind, tender, and compassionate. And that can only mean one thing: we actually don’t...

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Wednesday, 25 September 2019 05:38

What's the Difference Between Kings and Chronicles?

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It is clear to even the casual reader that the books of 1 and 2 Kings share a great deal of similarities with the books of 1 and 2 Chronicles. So much so, in fact, that some wonder why it is that we have both of these accounts of Israel’s history in our Bibles. At... Read More

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Wednesday, 11 September 2019 02:48

The Sunday After 9/11 | RTP #22

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In the aftermath of the terrorist attacks of 9/11, America was in a state of shock – faced with the realities of evil, terrorism, tragedy, uncertainty, and the prospect of war. America’s preachers had the difficult task of comforting their congregations, speaking truth about God’s...

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The use of paratroopers began during World War Two. As it is now, being a paratrooper was among the most difficult and dangerous roles in the armed forces. But despite the danger and difficulty, these soldiers proved themselves to be a vital part of many Allied victories. At the start of the war,...

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Romans 8:28 tells us that “And we know that for those who love God all things work together for good, for those who are called according to his purpose.” This is perhaps the most popular verse from the most popular chapter of the most popular book in the New Testament – and yet it...

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Tuesday, 30 July 2019 01:17

Principles for Public Prayer from John Newton

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Praying in public can be intimidating for many Christians. John Newton (1725-1807), writer of the hymn Amazing Grace, provides his thoughts on how to prevent your public prayers from being a burden to you or to your hearers. Newton writes: It is much to be desired that our hearts might be so...

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Monday, 15 July 2019 12:29

Learning to Lament | Podcast #20

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Where can we turn when the dark clouds of pain, suffering, and loss roll into our lives? Even for believers, times of difficulty can bring discouragement and despair and it can be hard to know how to respond in faith in the midst of frustration or heartbreak. Thankfully, the Bible gives us a clear...

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Tuesday, 09 July 2019 01:25

CH Spurgeon on the Work of the Holy Spirit

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Those who are familiar with the life and ministry of C.H. Spurgeon have likely heard the anecdote that he would ascend to his pulpit saying quietly to himself at each step “I believe in the Holy Spirit. I believe in the Holy Spirit.” So great was the task at hand the Prince of Preachers...

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Children between 8 and 12 are at a critical age when they start to ask if Christianity is true. Additionally, our kids are being faced with challenges to their faith earlier than ever. How can we prepare them when they are young to enter into an increasingly secular world? On this episode of the...

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Jonathan Edwards is regarded as many as the greatest mind America has ever produced and he is held up as an excellent example of a pastor-theologian. Even so, many people’s familiarity with Edwards does not extend beyond his famous sermon “Sinners in the Hands of an Angry God.” On...

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You are probably familiar with the writings of men like Luther, Spurgeon, Edwards, and other. But what about their sermons? In many cases, these figures of church history were first and foremost pastors preaching to their congregations. We can learn more about these men, about God, and about...

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If you’re into apologetics, you’re likely familiar with many great resources you can go to for an in-depth look at how well Scripture has been preserved. However, in the midst of a conversation it is not always practical to bring these resources into the discussion and it can be...

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Wednesday, 01 May 2019 02:53

Fellowship of the Unashamed: A Martyr's Prayer

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Recently I preached a sermon on the bonds of our heavenly citizenship from Philippians 3:20-4:3. As a part of that sermon, I shared the text of a note found in the desk of a pastor who was martyred in Zimbabwe more than 100 years ago. You may have come across this before, but even if... Read More

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Tuesday, 23 April 2019 00:55

Reaching the Next Generation | Podcast #16

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It is no secret that young people raised in the church often leave when they get out of High School. As this trend has worsened, we are seeing an entire generation becoming disengaged from the church. Many Christians see this trend and want to become better at presenting ancient truths to a new...

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Monday, 15 April 2019 07:00

Was Christ a Copycat?

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Every year around Easter there is a surge of skepticism about the existence of Jesus. Is it true that Jesus is just one of many gods said to have been born of a virgin, died, and resurrected as some claim? Those who encounter this claim online or elsewhere may start to wonder about the truth... Read...

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On this episode of the podcast we speak with Dave Jenkins, Executive Director of Servants of Grace Ministries, about how Christians can navigate our increasingly digital lives. We’ll talk about the benefits and pitfalls of the internet and discuss how believers can navigate their online life...

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Tuesday, 02 April 2019 03:00

How to Read the Bible Like George Whitefield

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George Whitefield was once the most famous man in America. Whitefield (1714-1770) was an evangelist and Calvinist preacher during America’s Great Awakening, and it is estimated that during his lifetime he preached to over 10 million people, often to outdoor crowds of up to 25,000 at once. By...

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Tuesday, 26 March 2019 05:06

What Is Sanctification?

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The Westminster Shorter Catechism answers the question “What is sanctification?” by stating: Sanctification is the work of God’s free grace, whereby we are renewed in the whole man after the image of God, and are enabled more and more to die unto sin, and live unto righteousness....

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Tuesday, 19 March 2019 06:28

Recovering the Joy of Friendship | Podcast #14

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The Bible has much to say about the value of friendship and throughout history Christians have attested to the importance of close friends for spiritual growth. However, creating and maintaining meaningful friendships has become difficult in our fast-paced, technology-saturated, and disconnected...

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Does Acts 2:39 support the practice of infant baptism? As discussed on episode 10 of the podcast, the primary issue separating paedobaptists (those who baptize the infants of believers) from credobaptists (those who baptize believers only) is their different understandings of God’s covenants....

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The Psalms have been referred to as the prayer book of the Bible. The New Testament is saturated with the Psalms, and they were constantly on the lips of our Savior. Clearly, this book ought to feature largely in our devotional lives. But how can Christians make use of the Psalms beyond reading...

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