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, 22 September 2019 21:08

Partnering with Future Churches Featured

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What a travesty when local churches are reckless with their doctrinal commitments, soteriological practices, commitment to the Scriptures, worship practices, and church leadership structure all because things are seemingly going “good.” Too many churches take confidence in current...

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Friday, 20 September 2019 20:00

Psalm 119:109-112 — Sorrows, Snares, Sons, and a Savior Featured

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The Antidote to Sorrows Psalms 119:109  I hold my life in my hand continually, but I do not forget your law. David was no stranger to danger. He was constantly threatened, yet refused to forget God’s law. He wrote, “I hold my life in my hand continually…” and this...

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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 right relationship with Him. You can read Parts I , II,  and III here. In this article, we see […]...

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Tuesday, 17 September 2019 20:00

When You Miss, You’re Missed Featured

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A Parable Once upon a time, there was a mother with 7 sons. She loved her boys very much and they loved her. She and her husband were committed to the family meal and their evenings were often filled with laughter. And if you have boys then you know that those evenings were filled with […]

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In my previous post concerning the imputed active obedience of Christ, I made note of a grammatical issue in Romans 5:18 that went beyond the scope of that particular post. Many Bible versions state something to the effect of “one righteous act” instead of “one man’s...

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Sunday, 15 September 2019 20:00

God’s Unborable Holiness – Part 2 Featured

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*The following is an adapted excerpt from Before the Throne: Reflections on God’s Holiness by Allen S. Nelson IV (2019).  The Gospel of a Holy God The need of every human being is to be reconciled to their holy and good Creator whom they have sinned against, turned away from, and...

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Friday, 13 September 2019 21:36

Psalm 119:105-108 — Freewill, Oaths, and More Affliction Featured

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God’s Word Lights The Way Psalms 119:105 ESV  Nun Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light to my path. The 14th octet of this great psalm begins with this oft memorized declaration about God’s illuminating Word. The psalmist notes that God’s word is a lamp to his feet....

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Thursday, 12 September 2019 20:00

Suicide Thoughts Featured

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Thus, we need to be careful when we are talking about folks who committed suicide. Too often I think we skirt around the issue of calling it sin, or even murder. Most people who commit suicide do it as the result of some sort of depression and I think we almost excuse it a little in our...

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Wednesday, 11 September 2019 20:00

To Give His Son a Bride Featured

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God put the helpless Man to sleep and opened up his side A promise old, intent to keep, to give His Son a Bride Adam awoke to see the gift, his eyes on her steadfast, A perfect helper for him fit, he cried to God ‘At Last!’ The glory of that fateful day, too soon […]

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Tuesday, 10 September 2019 20:00

Placebo Prayers Featured

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Last weekend, we had 6 men preaching God's Word in our group. We split into two groups of 3 and separated physically. This allows us to always have 2 men preaching the mystery of the gospel. So we were able to achieve nearly 5 hours of street preaching in 2.5 hours, with each man carrying no more...

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Monday, 09 September 2019 20:00

Book Review — The Doctrine on Which the Church Stands or Falls Featured

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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, 08 September 2019 20:00

God’s Unborable Holiness – Part 1 Featured

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*The following is an adapted excerpt from Before the Throne: Reflections on God’s Holiness by Allen S. Nelson IV (2019).  No Room for Meh When it comes to responding to the holiness of God we have two options (See Isaiah 6:5 and Revelation 4:8). Woe is me or worthy are You. Do you know...

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Friday, 06 September 2019 20:00

Psalm 119:101-104 — Sweeter Than Honey Featured

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How’s Your Walk? Psalms 119:101 ESV  I hold back my feet from every evil way, in order to keep your word. A repentant sinner will hunger and thirst for righteousness (Matthew 5:6). David, our elder brother in the faith, confesses his heart’s desire to obey God’s righteous...

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Wednesday, 04 September 2019 20:30

The Gospel Coalition and “Jesus is a Sexual Jesus” Featured

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Jesus wrapped himself in flesh and dwelt among us (John 1:14). However, according to an article written by a contributor for Themelios, a webpage for The Gospel Coalition: “…flesh is not merely a gender-neutral term for humanity, but often a euphemism for the sexual dimension of human...

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Tuesday, 03 September 2019 20:00

Rapid Response (movie review) Featured

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With the very recent deaths of Jessi Combs and Anthoine Hubert in mind, this week’s theatrical release of Rapid Response is a grim reminder of a certain sentiment of every race fan: it stinks to watch drivers die. The other side of that is this: we in 2019 have it “pretty...

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Monday, 02 September 2019 20:00

Polyamory and a Jealous God Featured

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One of the ways we proclaim our great Savior to the world is through the institution of marriage. Marriage is a picture of Christ and His Bride, the Church (Ephesians 5:32). We reflect God’s faithfulness, mercy, and love when we love our spouse the way He has commanded us. A natural question...

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Sunday, 01 September 2019 20:00

The Greatest Words in Human History Featured

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There have been quite a few famous speeches in the course of human history. Winston Churchill and William Wilberforce both addressed the British House of Commons in their respective eras with words that have been dramatized by Hollywood. Abraham Lincoln’s words at Gettysburg are studied by...

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Friday, 30 August 2019 20:00

Psalm 119:97-100 — Elevated Wisdom Featured

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What’s Your Meditation? Psalms 119:97 ESV  Mem Oh how I love your law! It is my meditation all the day. The book of psalms starts out with Blessed is the man who delights in God’s law and meditates on it day and night (Psalm 1:1-2). That recurring theme is not lost on us as we...

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Thursday, 29 August 2019 20:48

Assurance: “How Can I Know I’m Really Saved?” Featured

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Examine Yourself How do you know you are really a Christian?  Do you really know you are going to spend eternity in Heaven when you die? Are you sure you are actually right with a just and holy God? Can a true Christian lose their salvation? I recognize there is a danger in addressing this...

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Thursday, 29 August 2019 01:08

Why it’s Not Good for Man to be Alone Featured

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Our church has slowly been making its way through Genesis 1-11 on Sunday mornings.  It has been so amazing to see how important these chapters are to contemporary events. The Bible truly is living and active! In Genesis 2:18 Moses writes: Then the LORD God said, “It is not good...

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Tuesday, 27 August 2019 23:34

Good Reputations Featured

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This past Sunday two men were up to be affirmed as new elders of our church. As our senior pastor read through the qualifications listed in 1 Timothy 3 I was struck by the last trait listed in the first paragraph: 1 Timothy 3:7 (NASB) And he must have a good reputation with those outside […]

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Monday, 26 August 2019 20:00

The Active Obedience of Christ (book excerpt) Featured

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I’ve given up on a particular timeline for finishing my evangelistic book. The manuscript word count is now at 29,183. My plan is to release more excerpts as time passes so that I’m able to combine my effort on the book and here at Things Above Us. Here’s a chapter portion I just...

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Sunday, 25 August 2019 20:00

On Dirty Faces and Pop-Tart Guns Featured

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We noticed the strangest thing when our middle son was 6 years old playing baseball. Now, little boys playing baseball are always going to get dirty, but there seemed to be something exceptionally dirty about our son. My wife observed it first. “I think Caleb is rubbing dirt on his...

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Friday, 23 August 2019 20:00

Psalm 119:93-96 — Limited Perfection Featured

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We Remember Psalms 119:93 ESV I will never forget your precepts, for by them you have given me life. One of the most depressing themes of scripture is the frequency and ease with which the people of God tend to forget what He has said. The Scripture is replete with reminders (1 Corinthians...

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Thursday, 22 August 2019 20:00

9 Steps Toward Apostasy Featured

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I’ve shared this on other blogs before, but given the recent apostasy of Joshua Harris and Marty Sampson, it is always good, by way of reflection and introspection, to be reminded of your own spiritual condition before God. I’ve counseled countless believers and unbelievers about the...

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