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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Wednesday, 22 November 2017 17:01

A Thanksgiving poem: Sometimes a Light Surprises Featured

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William Cowper’s testimony is well known. He was a poet who fought depression much of his life. He bounced from suicidal despair to moments of joy in the Lord, only to be yanked back into the valley. His life was the embodiment of the Psalm 42–which is to say he was...

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Tuesday, 21 November 2017 17:02

Psalm 43: Sometimes a light surprises Featured

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Why should a person give thanks for trials? Because through trials, God leads us to a greater joy in him. It is a simple truth from Psalm 43: trials are the trail to joy because they pass through the light of God’s word.

Psalm 43 is the forgotten Psalm. Because it is often paired with its more...

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Monday, 20 November 2017 17:01

The Cripplegate Conference 2018 Featured

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This June, Immanuel Bible Church (in the Washington DC area) is hosting the first-ever Cripplegate Conference. The topic of the conference will be ISLAM: Equipping Christians to Think Biblically about the Muslim Faith. Many Christians have a desire to share the gospel of Jesus Christ with their...

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Sunday, 19 November 2017 17:01

Asleep at the Wheel? Is God Really in Control? Featured

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On 14 February 2016 there was a car accident. Actually, there were thousands of car accidents, but only one made international news, had millions of people reading about it, newscasters commenting on it, and even politicians making statements about it.

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Wednesday, 15 November 2017 17:01

Exciting news from The Master’s University Featured

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The most precious commodity is divine truth. The Kingdom of God grows by means of the Holy Spirit’s empowerment of this truth.  Only those who are faithful to the Word of God have eternal impact in this world, and the promise of God’s blessing in the next.

For 90 years, the Lord has...

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Tuesday, 14 November 2017 17:18

The centrality of communion Featured

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Life gets interesting about the time you turn three. In the midst of sentences that are 75% intelligible, the average three-year-old punctuates conversation with the question “why?”

Unfortunately, for most people the magic fades by the time we enter school, a system that rewards right...

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Monday, 13 November 2017 17:01

Lessons From a Scandal of Hollywood Sized Proportions Featured

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image We keep getting flooded with story after story of people who knew the Harvey Weinsteins and Kevin Spaceys of the world were up to no good, and yet no one seemed to have the courage to say anything. A quick look at all the scandals in the Roman Catholic church or the Penn State situation shows that...

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Sunday, 12 November 2017 17:00

James White’s 4 Keys to Effective Debating Featured

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image I don’t know how I got there, but by some fluky mischance, I found myself embroiled in a debate with James White.

Anyone who has witnessed one of White’s 150+ moderated debates will sympathize with my unhappy predicament. As gracious as his attitude invariably is, and as measured as his...

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Wednesday, 08 November 2017 16:01

Jesus in Every Old Testament Passage? – Part 2 Featured

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The Old Testament makes up about 75% of the content in the 66 books of Scripture. While it is thrilling to study, it is also tricky in places. In recent times, there has been a renewed interest in studying and teaching it. God’s people have sought to dust off some of the...

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Tuesday, 07 November 2017 16:01

Jesus in Every Old Testament Passage? – Part 1 Featured

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When I was a kid, I greatly looked forward to Easter. But not because I anticipated celebrating the day that my Savior demonstrated that his penal substitutionary atoning sacrifice was sufficient to redeem the Father’s elect. Instead, I looked forward to the egg hunts. We...

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Monday, 06 November 2017 17:01

How a Genealogy Changed My Life Featured

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I was as depressed as they come.

Constantly worried about what people thought of me, and living a selfish life thinking I was the center of the universe. I loved myself so much and expected everyone else to love me as much as I loved myself, but, sadly, they were too busy loving themselves.

As we...

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Sunday, 05 November 2017 17:00

Rebellion Featured

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image On the evening of the 5th of November 1605, Guy Fawkes and a band of conspirators were arrested for attempting to blow up the British Houses of Parliament. It was difficult for Fawkes to deny his intention, for he was found guarding 800kg of gunpowder in the cellar underneath the Parliament...

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Wednesday, 01 November 2017 18:33

Semper Reformanda? Featured

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“The reformed church is always reforming.” At least that’s what the motto says, but it is worth some reflection—if the reformed church is indeed always reforming, then what specific areas of the church is this generation of church leaders called to reform?

I asked the...

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Do you worship Jesus Christ?

That’s the question Luther, Calvin, and the reformers would want to ask you today.

Jesus deserves every single utterance of praise. The Bible tells us that one day every knee will bow and every tongue will confess Jesus Christ as Lord (Philippians 2:10-11). The...

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Sunday, 29 October 2017 18:00

Keep keeping on: Perseverance of the Saints – TULIP, Part 5 Featured

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image The sun was setting at about 7pm one balmy summer day during the 1968 Olympics in Mexico City. The stadium was emptying after a day of track and field events. The 20 mile marathon’s gold medal had been awarded about an hour earlier. Suddenly the sound of police sirens...

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Thursday, 26 October 2017 17:01

The Thief on the Cross Purging Purgatory Featured

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For the most part, the problem which moved Martin Luther to post his 95 Theses on October 31, 1517 had to do with indulgences. Much could be said about that issue. But the doctrine of indulgences is inextricably linked to the doctrine of purgatory. The word...

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Wednesday, 25 October 2017 20:24

Why We’re Protestant–a review Featured

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image With every head bowed, and every eye closed, I’m going to ask if you are willing to confess that you don’t know exactly why the 500th anniversary of the Protestant Reformation is such a big deal—if that is you, just slip up your hand. Now if you slipped up your hand, repeat after...

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Tuesday, 24 October 2017 17:01

Reformation 500: Can Roman Catholicism be Considered Christianity? Featured

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imageIt’s that time of year again when we remember the Protestant Reformation. But this year, it’s really something special: 500 years have passed since the greatest movement of God in church history next to the birth of the church at Pentecost.

But was the Reformation really necessary? Were...

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image There we were at the Holy Steps in Rome. The famous steps that were supposedly transported from Jerusalem to Rome, where Jesus walked up to Pilate right before His crucifixion. The steps that would play a monumental role in leading Luther to question Roman Catholicism.

Hundreds of people go up...

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Sunday, 22 October 2017 18:00

Simply Irresistible…Grace – TULIP, Part 4 Featured

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image One of the most graphic and disturbing war movies is Steven Spielberg’s Saving Private Ryan. Set during the Second World War, an American widow, Mrs Ryan, is informed that three of her four sons have been killed in action during the Normandy invasion. The army decides to bring her youngest...

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Wednesday, 18 October 2017 18:07

John Knox in 200 words Featured

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To celebrate the 500th anniversary of the Reformation,we have been running short biographies of key reformers. So far we have seen Wycliffe, Huss, Luther, Tyndale, Jane Grey, Simons, and Calvin. Today we end our series with John Knox:

One man with God is always in the majority.

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Tuesday, 17 October 2017 18:01

Autumn and the Beauty of Death for the Christian Featured

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Originally published on September 29, 2017 on Tim Counts’s website, hemustbecomegreater.wordpress.com.

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image The good Samaritan is perhaps the most misunderstood parable in the Bible. Dozens of ministries have been started with a desire to emulate the good Samaritan.

Hundreds of theologians have tried to pull out hidden truths from this parable and have come up with completely different ideas.

Some teach...

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The next installment of our Reformation Month TULIP series on Calvinism is the big L. If you missed the previous installments – you can see Total Depravity here and Unconditional Election here.

This is the boogieman doctrine of Limited Atonement. What is the...

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Wednesday, 11 October 2017 18:31

John Calvin in 200 words Featured

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To celebrate the 500th anniversary of the Reformation,we have been running short biographies of key reformers. If you would like to reprint these for your church, please do so–no need to attribute them back to us. So far we have seen Wycliffe, Huss, LutherJane Grey, and Simons...

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