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

Second Timothy 2:15 - Apologetic Report
Saturday, 19 March 2016 07:35

Luther on God and 'gods' (Idolatry)

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'Luther’s definition of a “god” is also helpful here: “A ‘god’ is the term for that to which we are to look for all good and in which we are to find refuge in all need. Therefore, to have a god is nothing else than to trust and believe in that one with your whole heart.... Anything on which your heart relies and
Whatever candidate you support, you must not use the truth/reality of divine sovereignty to cancel out the truth/reality of human responsibility. Specifically, we are surely obligated to choose leaders who we have good reason to believe will govern with wisdom, integrity and justice, as those virtues are defined by God's Word and God-given reason.
Saturday, 19 March 2016 07:32

God's Word Is a Living Seed

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"God's word is a living seed, by which the spiritually dead hearts of men are made living and fruitful." - Hedinger (John Lange's Commentary).

Authors: Douglas Phillips

Saturday, 19 March 2016 07:30

Divine Sovereignty and Human Responsibility

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ANTINOMY: an 'appearance' of contradiction. A key example: Divine sovereignty and human responsibilty...."The particular antinomy which concerns us here is the apparent opposition between divine sovereignty and human responsibility, or (putting it more biblically) between what God does as King and what he does as Judge."Scripture teaches that, as
Saturday, 19 March 2016 07:29

Repentance (defined by J.I. Packer)

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"Repentance means turning from as much as you know of your sin to give as much as you know of yourself to as much as you know of your God, and as our knowledge grows at these three points so our practice of repentance has to be enlarged."--J.I. Packer, Keep in Step with the Spirit: Finding Fullness in Our Walk with God, pg 87.

Authors: Douglas

Monday, 08 February 2016 06:52

Why Trust the Bible?

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An excerpt from Greg Gilbert's "Why Trust the Bible?"One American tabloid recently said this about the Bible:No television preacher has ever read the Bible. Neither has any evangelical politician. Neither has the pope. Neither have I. And neither have you. At best, we’ve all read a bad translation—a translation of translations of
Why did God keep back just one thing from the people he made? Why would he make people in his image, then give them one prohibition? What was the purpose in that tricky Tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil? Sinclair Ferguson addresses this in "The Whole Christ." -- Tim Challies"I am giving you everything in this garden. Go and enjoy yourselves.
Thursday, 14 January 2016 13:27

Deciding on the Questionable Matters

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“Mature and maturing Christians, when making a decision about a matter that might seem ethically uncertain, don’t fail to take into account that, according to the New Testament, their ultimate decision must be guided by a number of principles, including, 1) the effect it will have on others -- might it trip another believer up, causing
Friday, 08 January 2016 18:36

Be Still My Soul

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"Be Still, My Soul"by Catharina von Schlegel, 1697-?Translated by Jane Borthwick, 1813-18971. Be still, my soul; the Lord is on thy side;Bear patiently the cross of grief or pain;Leave to thy God to order and provide;In every change He faithful will remain.Be still, my soul; thy best, thy heavenly, FriendThrough thorny ways leads to a joyful end.2.
Friday, 08 January 2016 18:33

Jesus and Romans 8:28

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Remember that Romans 8:28 was at work in the experience of Jesus (who "loved God" and was "called according to His purpose") from Gethsemane to Golgotha -- with all the horrors He "endured" for the "joy set before Him" (Hebrews 12:2, cp. the "good" of Rom. 8:28) -- the joy/good of accomplishing God's redeeming work for God's glory and our true
"...On Sunday we have a common assembly of all our members, whether they live in the city or the outlying districts. The recollections of the apostles [New Testament] or the writings of the prophets [Old Testament] are read, as long as there is time. When the reader has finished, the president of the assembly [the overseer/elder] speaks to us; he
Thursday, 12 November 2015 21:09

Are Feelings of Offense Self-authenticating?

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It seems we have come to the place where we automatically think that every person who claims to be offended actually has sufficient reason to be (and that the very feeling of offense is self-authenticating). But surely this can't be true, in view of this exchange between Jesus, his disciples and the Pharisees (in Matt. 15:12-14): "Then the
Thursday, 05 November 2015 18:11

Your Bible Is a Gold Mine

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excellent meditation from Jon Bloom and Desiring God Ministries:"The word of Christ dwells richly in the one who dwells in it long enough to discover its riches (Colossians 3:16). The Bible is the divine mine that contains the theological mother load. Any theology book based on it is only a small fraction of the Bible’s unquantifiable
Saturday, 31 October 2015 20:09

Only One Call to Worship

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"There can only be one call to worship, and this comes at conversion, when in complete repentance we admit to worshiping falsely, trapped by the inversion and enslaved to false gods before whom we have been dying sacrifices. This call to true worship comes but once, not every Sunday, in spite of the repeated calls to worship that begin most
Thursday, 29 October 2015 18:36

Worship That Ends Up in the Right Place

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"Worship is one of the ultimate themes of this life, but it is never a question of whether worship will or won't occur in the heart of a human being. It's more a case of whether that worship will travel in the proper direction and end up in the right place."It's guaranteed that everyone on this planet will be an extravagant worship of some kind,
Monday, 19 October 2015 19:05

How long?....

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How long wilt Thou forget me,O Lord, Thou God of grace?How long shall fears beset meWhile darkness hides Thy face?How long shall griefs distress meAnd turn my day to night?How long shall foes oppress meAnd triumph in their might?O Lord my God, behold meAnd hear mine earnest cries;Lest sleep of death enfold me,Enlighten Thou mine eyes;Lest now my
Friday, 16 October 2015 12:46

One cunning, cherished sin...

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Lord, with what care hast thou begirt us round!     Parents first season us; then schoolmasters     Deliver us to laws; they send us boundTo rules of reason, holy messengers,Pulpits and Sundays, sorrow-dogging sin,     Afflictions sorted, anguish of all sizes,     Fine nets and stratagems
Sunday, 11 October 2015 19:10

Conversion: Bringing People to Obedience

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There are some who resist the idea that ‘getting saved’ (conversion) necessarily involves a person submitting to the Lordship of Christ. There are many, many passages, however, that teach this truth, including one I’ve rarely seen referenced – Rom. 15:18. In this verse Paul summarizes his ministry as “what Christ has
Sunday, 04 October 2015 11:03

Shattered Dreams and Shaken Faith

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An exceptionally wise and honest meditation from Vaneetha Rendall at Desiring God Ministries:Sometimes my faith is shaken when my dreams are shattered.I wonder where God is in the midst of my suffering. I cannot sense his presence. I feel alone and afraid. My faith wavers.I question what I have long believed. I wonder what is real, especially when
Saturday, 03 October 2015 20:03

A Faith That Works

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This passage from Charles Hodge, to me, compellingly makes the case that true, saving faith will necessarily be transformative, thus securing the link between God-given genuine faith and the believer’s inevitable (though imperfect/incomplete in this life) allegiance/obedience (new affections and new actions), as the fruit of faith.  And
Sunday, 27 September 2015 17:41

Can there be good without God?

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The 'moral argument' for the existence of God:  A clear concise video.

Authors: Douglas Phillips

Saturday, 26 September 2015 18:03

Freedom of Religion

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Heartened to hear Pope Francis, in his speech from Philadelphia, affirm the crucial reality that the right to religious freedom (affirmed in the very first amendment of our Bill of Rights) is by no means restricted to the 'freedom to worship' (the phrase characteristically used by President Obama and Hillary Clinton), but also the freedom to
Thursday, 24 September 2015 18:33

Religion: Indelibly Part of Human Life

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"Religion is more than dogma and rules. It is a mixture of worldview and praxis that permeates all of peoples’ lives. We should remember that religion has had a prominent place in Australian history, and religious organizations form the backbone of our welfare network. Faith communities and the state can work together for the common good,
Wednesday, 16 September 2015 19:33

Calvin on the Divided Experience of Believers

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Believers experience ups and downs in their lives, but the final reality of their lives is faith. The divided experience of believers is captured well by Calvin:"Therefore the godly heart feels in itself a division because it is partly imbued with sweetness from its recognition of the divine goodness, partly grieves in bitterness from the
Thursday, 10 September 2015 18:59

Worship is a Totalizing Activity

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“Worship is adoration of, devotion to and complete submission to God. Right worship strives to relate all human desire and activity to God; it is an exercise in reorientation toward one all-sufficient end. All human desires and activities are put into question: How does this love, this commitment, this activity avow or disavow, affirm or
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