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

Saturday, 25 January 2020 05:44

Their Covenant Protector (Kline)

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In the days before the flood, the world was full of violence, evil, and corruption (Gen. 6:1-13). Many years after the flood, when Peter looked back on the world that then was, he referred to it as “the world of the ungodly” (2 Pet. 2:5). It’s not an exaggeration to say that...

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Thursday, 23 January 2020 05:23

Behind Death's Grinning Mask (Luther)

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Many Christians for many years have been comforted by Paul’s words in his letter to the Philippians: “For to me, to live is Christ and to die is gain” (Phil. 1:21 NIV); [ἐμοὶ γὰρ τὸ ζῆν...

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Tuesday, 21 January 2020 05:19

"In Those Dark Hours" (Machen)

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(This is a re-post from September, 2010)

In the early 1900s, J. Gresham Machen faced intense spiritual struggles – he was asking some deep questions about Christianity.  There were three people who helped him through it: Francis Patton, Bishop Blougram, and his own dear...

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Friday, 17 January 2020 23:37

Hebrew Masoretic Accent Marks

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Learning Hebrew is a daunting task – and that’s an understatement! It takes years of actually interacting with the Hebrew text to take steps forward in understanding the language more. One of those steps in learning Hebrew is understanding the basics of the Masoretic accent marks (not...

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Thursday, 16 January 2020 05:32

They Shall Come To Me (Bunyan)

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In John 6:37 Jesus said, “All those the Father gives me will come to me, and whoever comes to me I will never drive away” (NIV). These words of Jesus convey a precious relatity and a comforting promise. They are well worth memorizing! Here’s how John Bunyan commented on these...

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Wednesday, 15 January 2020 05:40

On Pastoral Humility (Newton)

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Since a pastor is often in the spotlight, so to speak, it sometimes happens that he gets a big head. The old Adam in him loves to be noticed, loves the attention, and enjoys the publicity. And sometimes the pastor begins to covet more social media followers, retweets, and sermon...

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Monday, 13 January 2020 04:12

Losing Identity, Losing Sanity (Keller)

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As many of our readers know, identity issues and crises are a dime a dozen in our culture today. It’s not just a gender thing. People also find their identity in what they do or don’t eat, their political views, their preferred method of schooling their children, their excursions and...

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Friday, 10 January 2020 23:47

The Good In Sorrow (!?!)

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I certainly don’t know all the thoughts and feelings of other Christians as they’ve suffered hard through trial and affliction. But I do know that some Christians have remarked that God blessed them greatly during their suffering. Sometimes when we suffer we experience the comforting...

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Wednesday, 08 January 2020 05:20

Interpreting Revelation (Johnson)

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Revelation is a great part of Scripture that in no uncertain terms tell us the reality of Christ’s ultimate victory, but it’s not always easy to interpret and understand the last book of the Bible. Some parts aren’t too tough; others are seriously difficult. One resource that...

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Tuesday, 07 January 2020 04:26

No One Will Remember You! (Guinness)

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We probably don’t think about it too much, but there is such a thing as an unbiblical and unchristian view of time and history. False religions often have erroneous views. For example, Mormonism teaches that matter is eternal. Many Eastern religions teach reincarnation. And so forth....

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For me, music is one of the greatest blessings in life. I deeply enjoy music in general, but specifically solid Christian music has helped me in my walk with Christ in so many ways at so many different times in my life. Here on this blog in the past I’ve noted various Christian lyrics (from...

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Saturday, 04 January 2020 00:56

The 95 Theses as a Reformation Act (Warfield)

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I am sure most of our readers know something about the 95 Theses that Martin Luther wrote in 1517. Of course, some historians have misinterpreted these theses in various ways. Speaking of this, B. B. Warfield weighed in on this topic in a 1917 edition of the Princeton Theological Review. He noted...

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One of the most dangerous situations a Christian can find himself in is isolation: isolation from God’s people. If you read the New Testament and think about the community of believers (the church) you won’t find good stories about great Christians purposely following Jesus alone,...

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Thursday, 02 January 2020 05:25

Inscribed on the Palms of God (Isaiah 49:16)

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In Isaiah 49:16 The Lord (Yahweh) says the following to Zion to show that he will not forget her: See, I have engraved you on the palms of my hands; your walls are ever before me (NIV). The word for “engrave” here means inscribe, write, or even carve into. It’s the same word...

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Christian doctrine is not an end in itself. In other words, the Christian doesn’t learn doctrinal truths just to learn doctrinal truths and brag that he knows quite a bit of doctrine. Instead, Christian doctrine helps the Christian live for God; it helps him or her live a life that pleases...

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image I’ve been interested in Bible translations ever since I learned the biblical languages in college and seminary some years ago.  I learned right away that translating the Bible is not so simple nor is it a straightforward black-and-white process.  A very literal translation of...

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Friday, 27 December 2019 05:54

Turn to Me and Be Saved!

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image  Many of us have probably heard or read God’s great call to come to him for salvation in Isaiah 45:22: Turn to me so you can be delivered, all you who live in the earth’s remote regions! (NET). It’s a great text to think about for evangelism.  But...

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image In his contribution to The Reformation and the Irrepressible Word of God, Scott Manetsch spends some time discussing a book by Jean Crespin.  Crespin was a French Protestant who found refuge in Geneva where he set up a printing press around 1550.  He printed all sorts of...

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Monday, 23 December 2019 21:24

The Kindness of God in the Gospel (Luther)

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image In Titus 3:4-5 the apostle Paul wrote about the goodness (χρηστότης) and kindness (φιλανθρωπία) of God in saving sinners by his mercy and not their merit.  While it is true that God is just...

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Saturday, 21 December 2019 00:13

Thank God for the Christmas Season [Machen]

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image In a sermon preached soon before his death in 1936, J. G. Machen explained how the Bible puts an “enormous emphasis” on the death of Christ.  He also noted how the Christian church places a great emphasis on Christ’s death – we “chiefly commemorate”...

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image While studying Luke 2:10 this week I ran across the following helpful comments by James Edwards.  But first, the words of Luke:  Today in the city of David a Savior was born for you, who is the Messiah, the Lord (CSB). [ὅτι ἐτέχθη...

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Thursday, 19 December 2019 05:16

Come to Christ – A Promise! (Bunyan)

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image Jesus often called people to come to him for help, salvation, healing, and hope.  And the Lord promised that those who come will not be heavily burdened or cast aside: whoever comes to me I will never drive away (John 6:37 NIV).  Sometimes people might be hesitant to come to...

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image The quote below is an outstanding section of Augustine’s “Treatise on the Predestination of the Saints.”  This selection is a little longer than I usually post and it isn’t the easiest thing in the world to read, but I’d encourage you to work through it....

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Sunday, 15 December 2019 23:43

On Not Burdening New Christians (Sibbes)

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image When discipling and teaching new Christians it can be tempting to instruct them in our personal preferences, spiritual habits, and religious opinions.  For example, if someone really likes a certain translation of the Bible, she might want the person she’s discipling to really like...

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Saturday, 14 December 2019 04:40

A Mystery to Ourselves (Boston)

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image  In 2 Corinthians 12:10, Paul wrote this seemingly paradoxical phrase that many of us know well: “…That’s why I take pleasure in my weaknesses, and in the insults, hardships, persecutions, and troubles that I suffer for Christ. For when I am weak, then I am strong&rdquo...

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