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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Sunday, 17 November 2019 19:00

Ep. 028 | New Perspectives on Paul (Part 2) — TAU Roundtable Featured

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On this episode of Things Above us Round Table, George Alvarado and Chuck Ivey continue with Getting the New Covenant Right in Part 2 of their discussion on the New Perspectives on Paul (NPP). They help us identify how to understand the language of NPP teachers, and finish up with its implications...

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Saturday, 16 November 2019 19:00

Amber Vale Candle Giveaway and Review Featured

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Amber Vale Home is a brand new home decor company focusing on hand-crafted items. Their flagship product is soy-coconut blended, wooden wick candles with a variety of unique scents such as Porch Chat (whiskey + leather). The Holiday Sampler combines three 4oz candles: Tennessee Christmas (evergreen...

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Friday, 15 November 2019 19:00

Psalm 119:129-132 — Into The Light Featured

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God is glorified by His giving of more and more grace. It magnifies God's benevolence and kindness in the eyes of creatures when He expresses pity on them and blesses them with still more grace. Oh, how many Christians will go to Heaven and only realize there that there was more grace available in...

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In this series, we have been looking at what God’s Word says about adoption as both an earthly call to care for orphans and as a picture of how He saves undeserving sinners in need of a right relationship with Him. You can read Parts I, II,  and III and IV here. In this article,...

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Wednesday, 13 November 2019 19:00

Ep. 027 | Dustin Benge Interview — TAU Roundtable Featured

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Michael interviews Dr. Dustin Benge of Southern Seminary about the two sermons he gave at the 2019 Cruciform Conference concerning the cruciform gospel. Dustin preached from Titus 3 and posed 4 questions to consider: Where does a cruciform gospel start? What does a cruciform gospel exalt? What is...

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Tuesday, 12 November 2019 19:00

Destroyed for Lack of Knowledge Featured

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“My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge.” – Hosea 4:6 Knowledge is power, so they say. When it comes to knowing the character of God, the lack of knowledge is detrimental. Contextually, the weight of this verse lies on the spiritual leaders of God’s people. What an...

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Monday, 11 November 2019 19:00

Ep. 026 | Michelle Lesley Interview — TAU Roundtable Featured

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Michael interviews Michelle Lesley of michellelesley.com and A Word Fitly Spoken podcast about Feminism, femininity, biblical womanhood, and Moore. Michelle is a wife, mother, and blogger. You won’t want to miss this hard-hitting interview! 🙂  

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Sunday, 10 November 2019 19:00

Dear Egalitarian: Even Some Men Are Not Qualified Featured

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With all the hubbub about Beth Moore and her doubling down concerning being qualified to preach, social media have erupted with pragmatic reprimands. From the laymen to the pulpit, it seems like the giant elephant in the room has grown too big for evangelicalism to ignore. But while it may be easy...

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Saturday, 09 November 2019 19:00

ThingsAbove.Us Christmas Giveaways! Featured

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In an effort to get our Things Above Us Shop up and running (ThingsAbove.Us/shop) we are offering Christmas giveaways each Friday between 11/15/19 and 12/20/19! You will receive an entry for EACH item purchased. All you have to do to enter is to order through the store by Friday, December 20 at 12...

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Friday, 08 November 2019 19:00

Psalm 119:125-128-God's Law > Everything on Earth Featured

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Thus, David begins the end of this octet with the proclamation that God's precepts are right. All of them! And thus it follows that every other way is false and therefore worthy of disposal. It is not enough for the Christian to say "I believe what I believe but I won't judge someone else for their...

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Thursday, 07 November 2019 19:00

Stubborn as a Mule Featured

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I played Donkey Basketball one time. After that experience, I can say I have firsthand understanding of what the phrase “stubborn as a mule” means (Yes, I know. A donkey and a mule are two different animals, but you get the illustration). The whole reason “donkey basketball”...

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Wednesday, 06 November 2019 19:00

Ep. 025 | Various Interviews — TAU Roundtable Featured

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Michael interviews a few more interesting people from the Cruciform Conference. Micah Hasty of Micah Hasty Music https://twitter.com/themicahandrew Josh Hamon of https://theministryofwar.com/ Bryan Lamb of https://www.garageministries.com/  

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Tuesday, 05 November 2019 19:00

Why We Should Have Seeker Sensitive Churches Featured

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I can’t really document the dates so well, but I think most will generally agree that at the turn of the century the “Seeker Sensitive” movement was in full gear. This movement’s mantra is, essentially, that churches should be designed for seekers. In my own state of...

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Monday, 04 November 2019 19:00

Ep. 024 | Kofi Interview — TAU Roundtable Featured

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Michael interviews Kofi regarding his sermon, Hebrews 12: Cross Purchased Discipline. This discussion will edify saints as you get the benefit of the hours of study which was put in before the Cruciform Conference in Indianapolis. Also, we hear about Kofi’s church’s upcoming ministry...

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Sunday, 03 November 2019 19:00

No Remorse: STTA! Featured

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“Convicted Payday Loan Mogul Scott Tucker Has Absolutely No Remorse,” declares a headline on Jalopnik. What did this guy do? Why does he have no remorse? And what is this doing on Jalopnik, an automotive blog? I recently went back to a month — and only one month...

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Friday, 01 November 2019 20:00

Bulls on Your Altar Featured

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How does sacrificing bulls on God's altar teach us about right sacrifices to God?

After establishing the right relationship with God through His cleansing power, we see that God WILL delight in right sacrifices and that bulls will be offered on God's altar. It isn't that God is completely...

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Thursday, 31 October 2019 20:00

From the Mailbag: “Judge Not” Featured

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A woman contacted us through our contact us form and expressed some concerns with an article Justin wrote about The Send. I believe her assertions and my responses could be helpful to you, so here they are. For the sake of the post, I’ll call her Holly. Hi, Hope you’re well.  God...

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Wednesday, 30 October 2019 20:00

Reformation Day – Luther and the 95 Theses Featured

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October 31st, 2019 marks the 502nd anniversary of the Protestant Reformation. As confessional protestants, many of us recognize the Reformation as a recovery of the gospel. Here is a brief look at who and what sparked the Reformation and why it matters. Who was Martin Luther? Martin Luther was born...

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Tuesday, 29 October 2019 20:00

Ep. 023 | New Perspectives on Paul — TAU Roundtable Featured

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On this episode of Things Above us Roundtable, George Alvarado and Churck Ivey continue our series on Getting the New Covenant Right by diving into the New Perspectives on Paul and the damage it does to the doctrine justification by faith. Scriptures: Genesis 15; Romans 3-5; Galatians 3; Ephesians...

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The Doctrine on Which the Church Stands or Falls takes its title from the Reformation era conviction that justification by faith is the dividing line between the biblical gospel and man-centered efforts to earn favor with God. Matthew Barrett serves as editor and co-author with several significant...

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Sunday, 27 October 2019 20:00

God’s Sovereignty Over Evil Featured

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A typical atheist mantra seems to be something along the lines, “God doesn’t exist and I hate Him.” One of the reasons cited for this hatred is because we live in a world with pain, suffering, and evil. A few years ago British comedian Stephen Fry was asked what he would say if he...

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Friday, 25 October 2019 20:00

That Ain’t Your Mama’s Hyssop Featured

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David is guilty of the death of Uriah (2 Samuel 11:15). Although he hadn't physically touched Uriah's dead body, there is a sense of uncleanness because of his involvement in Uriah's death. So when David cries out to the Lord to be purged with hyssop, he is calling on God to cleanse him from...

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Thursday, 24 October 2019 20:00

Before the Throne – Introduction (and Sale) Featured

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Sale Info. Beginning today my second book, Before the Throne: Reflections on God’s Holiness is on sale (read endorsements here – or read a review here, here, or here). The Amazon Kindle edition is just $0.99! Beginning 10/28/19 the paperback copy will be just $11.99 on Amazon....

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Monday, 21 October 2019 20:00

Do You Have to Go to Church Every Sunday? Featured

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A familiar ding of the phone went off. (That’s right, I still walk around with my cellular device on loud). The text message read: “So you think you have to go to church every Sunday?” The reason for this message was because I had reached out to some church members who had missed...

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In You Who: Why You Matter and How to Deal with It, author Rachel Jankovic writes against the rise of secular philosophies of identity and calls women to return to scripture and everyday, faithful obedience. At 235 pages and relatively large font, it was short enough for me to read in a...

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