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 17:01

Your Place in God’s Family Featured

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The Kibbutz movement in Israel makes for a fascinating study in collective living. It operates on a principle stated as ‘From each according to his ability, to each according to his need.’ In other words, you work as much as you can, and they’ll be sure to meet your needs.

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Sunday, 10 November 2019 17:01

Voicing Thanks Featured

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In the dark night of September 7, 1860, on Lake Michigan, the steamship Lady Elgin began to sink in the gale-force winds. The desperate captain ordered cattle and cargo to be thrown overboard but the Lady Elgin broke apart and rapidly sank. Over 300 people would perish that...

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Tuesday, 05 November 2019 17:01

Luther’s 10 commandments for preaching Featured

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If we believe that salvation comes by faith alone through Christ alone, how does that affect what happens in the pulpit of a Bible church, as opposed to the service at a Catholic Church? Martin Luther’s ministry answers that question. In many ways, Luther’s preaching shows us the...

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Sunday, 03 November 2019 17:01

Final Words to my Faithful Flock in South Africa Featured

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[By Clint Archer]

Some months ago my wife and I, after much prayer and counsel from loved ones and my elders, made the decision to accept a call to move from Hillcrest South Africa to a church in Mobile Alabama, USA. December 8 will be my installation at Christ Fellowship Baptist Church.

On the...

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Thursday, 31 October 2019 17:02

I Will Build My Church Featured

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Two thousand years ago, the Lord Jesus Christ made an incredible promise: “I will build My church” (Matt. 16:18). The King of kings and Lord of lords made this promise concerning no other organization. No other organism has such backing by such an Individual as Christ. The Lord Jesus...

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Wednesday, 30 October 2019 18:11

Six lessons from Luther’s preaching Featured

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Many think of Martin Luther primarily as a reformer. However, he thought of himself first and foremost, as a preacher. John Ker wrote, “Preaching was the center and spring of his power; by preaching he moved Germany and then Europe, till he shook the Papal throne. Melanchthon was a scholar...

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Tuesday, 29 October 2019 17:02

Reformation: Can the Roman Catholic Gospel Get You into Heaven? Featured

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Tomorrow marks one of the most important dates in church history. October 31st commemorates that titanic movement of God whereby he unleashed the Bible and gospel of Jesus Christ upon a world in which they had been largely hidden under Roman Catholicism for centuries. This year is the 502nd annivers...

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Monday, 28 October 2019 18:01

How To Share The Gospel With Roman Catholics Featured

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The most common question I’ve gotten over the years since I became a pastor, “How do I evangelize my Roman Catholic loved ones?”

Though I did not grow up Roman Catholic, I was born and raised in Rome, Italy and have a passion to see Roman Catholics come to know the true Jesus....

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Saturday, 26 October 2019 18:01

The Messiness of Being Human Pt 2 (reprise) Featured

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Last week Monday, we established the point that God made us messy. We asked in exasperated curiosity  “Why would God make humans naturally messy and disgusting, and then consider them unclean and unacceptable in the Mosaic Law?” As an example we cited the...

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Wednesday, 23 October 2019 21:07

How do I know if I have been predestined to be saved? Featured

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How does a person know if they have been predestined by God for heaven? The shortest answer to the question is also the best: Do you love Jesus? If so, then you have been predestined.

Unpacking that short answer shows you the Trinitarian nature of salvation. The Father predestined us before time...

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Sunday, 20 October 2019 18:01

The Messiness of Being Human Pt 1 (reprise) Featured

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Here’s a  glimpse into the sausage factory of expository preaching. A while back my commitment to consecutive exposition was acutely tested. I tackled the chapter every seminoid dreads from the day he graduates, namely Leviticus 15 (you know, the heart-warming one...

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Wednesday, 16 October 2019 18:01

The Day Jesus Stopped Listening to Mary Featured

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He never sinned, He always obeyed His mother.

But then came His first public miracle and something clearly changed.

In John chapter 2, we find ourselves at a wedding not too far from where Jesus grew up. Mary seems to have important responsibilities at this wedding. Mary is...

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Tuesday, 15 October 2019 17:02

So Great a Salvation Featured

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“I am a Christian.” “I am saved.” “I am a disciple of Jesus Christ.” 

I wonder if we grasp the fullness of what that means. Though we cannot know all the fullness of salvation until we are with the Lord, Scripture escorts us in to the beginnings of...

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Monday, 14 October 2019 18:35

The changing face of abortion in the US Featured

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This last decade has seen substantial changes to the way abortion is perceived in the United States. These changes are essential for those in the pro-life movement to understand.

Ten years ago, a typical woman who pursued abortion was a first-time mom. If not a teenager, she was almost certainly...

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Sunday, 13 October 2019 18:01

Old Testament Commands Today? A Response to Dr Fullilove Featured

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Last week Tim Challies linked to a video by Dr. William Fullilove of Reformed Theological Seminary, called “Do Old Testament commands apply today?” His main points, in summary, are that…

1) theologians have divided the Old Testament laws into moral,...

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Monday, 07 October 2019 17:30

Truth Matters: The Sufficiency of Scripture Featured

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R. C. Sproul once said, “I think the greatest weakness in the church today is that almost no one believes that God invests His power in the Bible. Everyone is looking for power in a program, in a technique, in anything and everything except where God has placed it: His Word.” He was...

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Sunday, 06 October 2019 18:01

The Three Wishes of Jude Featured

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The Woodcutter’s Wishes is an ancient legend that has several variations. The basic story involves a woodcutter and his wife who felled trees in a forest. As they come to a particular tree they hear the barely audible whisper of a fairy begging them not to cut down her...

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Tuesday, 01 October 2019 18:01

Why study Ezra Featured

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One of the most incredible prophecies in the Bible is found in Isaiah 44:24-45:1:

I am Yahweh… who says of Cyrus, “He is my shepherd, and he shall fulfill all my purpose”; saying of Jerusalem, “She shall be built,” and of the temple, “Your foundation shall be...

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You read that right.

Kanye West. If that name is unfamiliar to you, here is a little background.

West is considered to be among the most recognized music artists of the 21st century and one of the best-selling musicians of all...

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Thursday, 26 September 2019 20:27

3 steps to understanding a tricky passage (cf. John 20:23) Featured

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So you are reading your Bible, and you come across a passage a verse that you are having a hard time understanding. It seems like a straight-forward reading of it would contradict what the Bible teaches elsewhere, or at the very least it seems like the passage teaches something unusual. What should...

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Monday, 23 September 2019 18:01

A Short Message to Roman Catholics Featured

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Sunday, 22 September 2019 18:01

The Cost of the Kingdom Featured

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Geoffrey Chaucer wrote his famous Canterbury Tales in the 14th century. One of the stories in this narrative is the Knight’s Tale. As a group of pilgrims is on its way to Canterbury, the knight tells his tale about two rival knights, Arcite and Palamon, both vying for the hand in...

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One of the wildest criminal proceedings in the history of legalized abortion is happening this week in San Francisco. David Daleiden and Sandra Merritt are on trial for posing as potential buyers for the body parts of aborted babies. As part of their investigation they recorded conversations in...

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Tuesday, 10 September 2019 17:02

Is the Rod of Proverbs Literal or Metaphorical? Featured

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It’s a question parents sometimes ask. “Is the rod of discipline in Proverbs talking about an actual rod of sorts? Or could I instead discipline my child with a metaphorical rod of my choosing?”

Proposed rod substitutions are numerous. You’ve probably heard of many. Hot...

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Monday, 09 September 2019 18:01

God Doesn’t Need You Featured

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image There is a constant danger that people face who are involved in ministry, and that is the thought that God needs us. Of course, we wouldn’t say it just like that, but we are often battling this thought whether we like it or not. 

Some might be tempted to think this more than others,...

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