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, 06 March 2013 23:00

Keep Watch! - The Promise of Freedom in Christ

What does the promise of freedom in Christ look like?

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Monday, 18 February 2013 23:00

Keep Watch! - When Men Praise Evil

What happened to the American value of "righteous indignation", when we react angrily over a known evil or perceived injustice?

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Friday, 15 February 2013 10:38

An Invasion of Error: A Review of Bill Johnson's "When Heaven Invades Earth"

By Bob DeWaay

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Tuesday, 12 February 2013 23:00

Keep Watch! - Sabbath Sunday

What is the Sabbath? Is coming together in fellowship on Sunday morning keeping the Sabbath or is there a deeper purpose?

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Monday, 11 February 2013 04:29

He Gave Them New Clothes (Genesis 2:4–3:24 Sermon Audio)

I was recently asked to preach at relatively short notice, so what to do? I dusted off my He Gave Them New Clothes post and added an introduction to turn it into a sermon proper. This is the result:

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Wednesday, 06 February 2013 23:00

Keep Watch! - Love: The Heart of the Soul

Is love an expression of words or deeds or a combination?

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Thursday, 31 January 2013 23:00

Keep Watch! - Roe v. Wade We the People

The Bible is clear about God forming children in the womb of mothers. What does it mean for America that Roe v. Wade has been in effect for 40 years?

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Wednesday, 30 January 2013 13:37

Threatened Lawsuit by The Harbinger Publisher Author

I hope that you will take a few minutes to read this special edition of the “ABI Blog.” 

We have received letters threatening legal action related to the publication of my book The Harbinger: Fact or Fiction?These letters were from a lawyer with a firm which “serves as...

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Tuesday, 22 January 2013 23:00

Keep Watch! - The Sum of All Fears

Is there any among us who do not have moments of doubt, fear, and a lingering sense of not knowing what's next?

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Tuesday, 15 January 2013 23:00

Keep Watch! - Beautiful: the Heart of a Special Needs Child

What is the real purpose in allowing special needs children to be born? Is there blessing in the heartache?

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Saturday, 12 January 2013 00:44

Cursed by Works or Blessed by Faith

By Bob DeWaay

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Monday, 07 January 2013 23:00

Keep Watch! - Super Bowl Sunday

Is it wrong to watch football, or any sport, knowing men have made it into an idol of the world?

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Sunday, 30 December 2012 23:00

Keep Watch! - America: Tattered Torn

Will America ever learn from her tragedies and get it right?

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Monday, 17 December 2012 23:00

Keep Watch! - May You Rest in Peace

The Bible tells us God is sovereign and capable of preventing tragedy, but He can allow it for His divine purpose. What is that purpose?

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Monday, 10 December 2012 23:00

Keep Watch! - Nothing Will Be Impossible

The angel Gabriel announced the birth of Christ to Mary. How is this announcement and the birth similar to the Christian's life journey?

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Monday, 03 December 2012 23:00

Keep Watch! - Black Friday

Is Black Friday the beginning of the Christmas season and part of the reason for horror stories of greed in retail stores?

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Sunday, 25 November 2012 23:00

Keep Watch! - Christmas in America

While the Christmas lights and decorations go up, the nativity scenes across American are coming down. What can we do?

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Wednesday, 21 November 2012 23:00

Keep Watch! - A Life Giving Force

Jesus said to look for signs about the end of the age. Does the current state of the sun point to one of those signs?

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Monday, 12 November 2012 23:00

Keep Watch! - Has God Abandoned the United States?

How do we respond if the United States has become a nation refusing to repent?

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Wednesday, 07 November 2012 23:00

Keep Watch! - The Coming King of Kings: New World Order Series, Part 7

Does the Bible promise a time when humanity will enter into real hope and change?

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Wednesday, 31 October 2012 01:00

Keep Watch! - The Wedding Ceremony: New World Order Series, Part 6

What will happen when Jesus returns for the Bride of Christ? Does the Bible tell us?

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Wednesday, 24 October 2012 01:00

Keep Watch! - The Bride of Christ: New World Order Series, Part 5

Will the Bride of Christ be on earth when the New World Order comes to power over all nations?

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Thursday, 18 October 2012 06:44

The Gospel as the True Armor of God: Deliverance from Demons as Transfer of Dominion

By Bob DeWaay

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Tuesday, 16 October 2012 01:00

Keep Watch! - The Opening Act: New World Order Series, Part 4

Although Scripture does not give specific timing for the rapture, it is the next prophetic event to occur. Could it occur before the tribulation?

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Tuesday, 09 October 2012 01:00

Keep Watch! - No Need for God: New World Order Series, Part 3

Does the Bible warn about a time when world leaders will launch a new era of hope and change for humanity?

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Tuesday, 02 October 2012 01:00

Keep Watch! - One Banner of Faith: New World Order Series, Part 2

Believers lacking a foundational view of the gospel are vulnerable to heresy, which takes on many forms of deception.

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Tuesday, 25 September 2012 01:00

Keep Watch! - To Rule Over You: New World Order Series, Part 1

Is the doctrine of pastoral authority, popularized in the Under Cover teaching, pure heresy or a necessary building block for Christian growth?

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Monday, 24 September 2012 06:45

He Gave Them New Clothes

A narrative meditation upon the imputation of Christ’s active and passive obedience, from Gen. 2:8–3:24. Audio from a sermon based on this post is available.

They were both naked, the man and his wife, and they were not ashamed.

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Tuesday, 11 September 2012 01:00

Keep Watch! - Godless Leadership: When They Don't Want God

Many DNC delegates voted to keep God's name out of its platform language. Will God's divine wrath befall them in November?

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Monday, 10 September 2012 15:19

Law, Gospel, and a Good Hymn

What makes a good hymn?

We’d like it to be skilfully crafted. And it must be set to a fitting tune – preferably one we can sing.

But I suggest that the primary requirement of a good hymn is that it should clearly articulate biblical truth.

We remember what we sing.

A poor hymn can confuse...

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Monday, 10 September 2012 13:37

A Second Opinion on that ‘Justification by Tithing’ Sermon

This is the final post in a series responding to a sermon given by a local Purpose Driven pastor. The first examined the astonishing claim that ‘Faith is giving when I don’t have it’. The second corrected a gross misinterpretation of Hebrews 11:4 that taught works righteousness...

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Monday, 10 September 2012 08:16

Cain and Abel, Law and Gospel

This is the third post in a series responding to a sermon given by a local Purpose Driven pastor. The first examined the astonishing claim that ‘Faith is giving when I don’t have it’. The second corrected a gross misinterpretation of Hebrews 11:4 that taught works righteousness...

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Friday, 07 September 2012 03:14

Christ, Our Exceedingly Great Reward

This is the second post in a series responding to a sermon by a local Purpose Driven pastor. The first part, Justified by Faith, Apart from Works, may be of interest to readers for establishing context.

It is not, I think, entirely unreasonable to be alarmed by a sermon that teaches justification by...

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Wednesday, 05 September 2012 12:48

Justified by Faith, Apart from Works

I recently listened to a train wreck of a sermon by a local Purpose Driven pastor. In his 44 minutes on the subject of faith, he achieved the remarkable feat of avoiding any mention of the proper object of Christian faith: Christ, and His life, death and resurrection for sinners.

The pastor defined...

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Wednesday, 05 September 2012 01:00

Keep Watch! - Trust in the Lord: Keep Your Balance

The Bible says to trust in the Lord and lean not on your own understanding. Why is it important to trust God?

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Tuesday, 04 September 2012 00:06

Forgiveness

Sound words on forgiveness from Kevin DeYoung and Chris Brauns. View article →

Better still is the realization that, not only is our having been forgiven a gracious gift from God, but so too is our repentance (cf. Acts 11:18; 2 Tim. 2:25).

Our love for one another arises from the Gospel –...

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Friday, 31 August 2012 10:31

LCMS Theology Commission: Avoid NIV 2011

The Cyberbrethren blog reports that the Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod’s Commission on Theology and Church Relation’s executive staff has warned against the 2011 version of the New International Version translation of the Bible. The NIV 2011 replaces the previous and widely used...

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Friday, 31 August 2012 10:08

No Compromise Ever, Episode 1

I’m rather late with this one but, if you haven’t already seen it, Episode 1 of No Compromise Ever is available and well worth watching. Mike Abendroth, Dr. James White, Dr. Carl Trueman and Phil Johnson discuss the fallout from Elephant Room 2.

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Wednesday, 29 August 2012 01:00

Keep Watch! - Intelligent Design: body and Soul

If soul and body is evidence for Intelligent Design, then why do some people find it easy to reject God?

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Wednesday, 22 August 2012 01:00

Keep Watch! - Intelligent Design: Imagination and Kingdom Truths

Jesus relied on picture stories to communicate kingdom truths. Are parables important to understanding the Bible?

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Thursday, 02 August 2012 12:40

The Harbinger: Fact or Fiction? (now available)

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The last three months have been quite incredible. Since Tom McMahon (executive director of The Berean Call) first contacted me on April 29 about...

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Written by David James
Thursday, 02 August 2012 01:00

Keep Watch! - Intelligent Design: The Brain

Brain function is a bioelectrical process producing consciousness and mental capabilities far exceeding that of animals. What makes the difference?

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Monday, 09 July 2012 05:44

Spiritual Gifts, Revelation and the Local Congregation

By Bob DeWaay

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Thursday, 28 June 2012 01:00

Keep Watch! - Intelligent Design: God and DNA

Why is DNA in all life forms a troublesome stumbling stone for those who rail against the reality of God and intelligent design?

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Thursday, 21 June 2012 01:00

Keep Watch! - Intelligent Design: The Master Designer

The Bible speaks of a creative God, one who is responsible for Intelligent Design. Why do people reject His creative achievement?

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