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

Thursday, 23 January 2020 13:42

4 Reasons We Must Not Disregard God’s Word

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R. Kent Hughes:

The Piercing Word of God

I was twelve years old when I came under the knife of God’s Word. The cuts went deep, deeper than blood, as they cut my soul in gracious surgery. I was cut with the clear understanding that though I was an outward son of the church, I was not a son of...

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Wednesday, 22 January 2020 00:21

He Leadeth Me!

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Sam Storms:

In 1862 Joseph Gilmore wrote one of the more familiar of our traditional hymns: He Leadeth Me.

He leadeth me, O blessèd thought! O words with heav’nly comfort fraught! Whate’er I do, where’er I be, Still ’tis God’s hand that leadeth me.

He leadeth...

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Gregg R. Allison:

Few verses have caused more controversy than Matthew 16:18, where Jesus says, “And I tell you, you are Peter, and on this rock I will build my church, and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it.” It has led to disagreement over the proper type of church...

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Tuesday, 07 January 2020 03:48

Why The Church?

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H.B. Charles Jr.:

“Unchurched Christian” is not a biblical category. Ask Paul, John, or Peter what they think about unchurched Christians and they would have responded, “Why are you calling them Christians if they are not a part of the church?”

The New Testament does not have...

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Sunday, 05 January 2020 02:28

Fellowship with the Triune God

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Herman Bavink:

“ Fellowship with the Holy Spirit (2 Cor. 13:14), and secondarily with each other (1 John 1:7; 1 Cor. 12:12-31; Eph. 1:22-23; 4:16). The purpose of human life is fellowship with God; to live in Him is life’s goal. The spiritual life is to live in fellowship with the...

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Thursday, 26 December 2019 02:26

The Incarnation: Its Relevance

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William Boekestein:

To call the incarnation “relevant” almost sounds patronizing. But we need to recognize the intimate connection between this important doctrine and personal piety.

It Opens Up Scripture

Until we grasp that Christ is God-in-flesh, the Old Testament will remain a...

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Sunday, 22 December 2019 18:09

Unpacking the Incarnation with J. I. Packer

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Matt Boga:

One of my personal traditions over the past few Advents has been to read J. I. Packer’s chapter on the incarnation in Knowing God. This is far and away my favorite chapter in my favorite extrabiblical book, and it’s my joy to revisit it often.

Packer’s classic book...

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Friday, 20 December 2019 05:16

Why Was Jesus Born of a Virgin?

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Wyatt Graham:

Everyone knows the story. The angel Gabriel appears to Mary. He tells her that she will have a child who will save his people and establish his kingdom. But there is a problem. As Mary asks, “How will this be, since I am a virgin?” (Luke 1:34).

The angel Gabriel explains,...

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Sunday, 15 December 2019 17:48

Greatest Good of the Gospel

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John Piper:

What was the most loving thing Jesus could do for us? What was the endpoint, the highest good, of the gospel? Redemption? Forgiveness? Justification? Reconciliation? Sanctification? Adoption? Are not all of these great wonders simply means to something greater? Something final? Something...

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Saturday, 14 December 2019 23:09

10 Things You Should Know About the Incarnation

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Stephen Wellum:

At the heart of Christianity and the gospel is the person and work of our Lord Jesus Christ. Apart from the “Word becoming flesh” (John 1:14) and the incarnate Son of God living and dying in our place as our Savior, there is no salvation. Apart from the coming of the...

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Friday, 13 December 2019 17:57

He Made Them Male and Female

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Sex, Gender, and the Image of God

Christopher Yuan:

Is “gender” a social construct? Should male or female be a matter of personal choice? Are there more than two “genders”?

Ten years ago, these questions were unheard of apart from English and Women’s Studies...

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Cameron Smart:

Some people believe that the gospel is only useful for evangelism—a message only unbelievers need to hear. Yet the Bible teaches that followers of Jesus need to continue hearing the gospel even after they are born again. Christians should meditate on the gospel every day in...

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Courtney Doctor:

Have you ever wondered what God’s will is for your life? I’d venture to guess we’ve all asked that question at some point. For most of us, the question rises to the surface at critical junctures: choosing a spouse or a job, choosing what school to attend or which...

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Thursday, 21 November 2019 19:27

Who Delivered Up Jesus to Die?

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Nicholas T. Batzig:

Octavius Winslow once famously said, “Who delivered up Jesus to die? Not Judas, for money; not Pilate, for fear; not the Jews, for envy—but the Father for love.” 1 We could just as easily edit this statement in the following way: “Who put Jesus...

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Tuesday, 19 November 2019 00:49

Want a Miserable Life? Confuse Law and Gospel

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Jeff Robinson:

What if your church’s elders passed down a fiat that members couldn’t take more than 1,999 steps on the Lord’s Day without facing church discipline? Just one more step would represent a long trip—a no-no on the day God set aside for worship.

What if they said...

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Sunday, 17 November 2019 23:50

What Does the Church Most Need Today?

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W. Robert Godfrey:

What does the church most need today? In answering this important but rather general question, Psalm 81 is uniquely important and helpful. This psalm obviously contains beautiful promises and clear directions to help the people of God. But careful study of this psalm will deepen...

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Sam Storms:

Many times I’ve been asked by church members if I believe in “replacement” theology. Although this is a massively complex subject, I’ve tried to provide a brief answer.

All biblical interpreters recognize development between the Old Testament and the New. Some say...

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Saturday, 16 November 2019 21:06

Should every Christian study theology?

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J.I. Packer:

Theology simply means the study of God. This is something that every Christian needs to realise. I think the way that the word has been used in the past has frightened many Christians away from it, even though they never stopped to consider what the word actually meant.

People got...

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Paul Alexander:

1. Membership is not “in the Bible.”

At least, it’s not there in a proof-text sort of way. Local church membership is not the eleventh commandment, or an additional beatitude, or an extra verse in some obscure manuscript tradition. But kind of like the doctrine of...

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Friday, 08 November 2019 00:12

What Is the Doctrine of Divine Election?

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Steven Lawson:

The idea that God does what He wants, and that what He does is true and right because He does it, is foundational to our understanding of everything in Scripture, including the doctrine of election.

In the broad sense, election refers to the fact that God chooses (or elects) to do...

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Thursday, 07 November 2019 01:26

What Is Your Only Comfort?

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Dr. Kim Riddlebarger:

Of all the Reformation-era catechisms, perhaps none is as well-loved as the Heidelberg Catechism. In the opening question and answer, the personal and distinctive tone of the catechism becomes evident. “What is your only comfort in life and in death?” This is...

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Saturday, 26 October 2019 19:40

The Trinity in the New Testament

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Sinclair Ferguson:

The classical doctrine of the Trinity teaches us that there is one God who exists in three distinct persons, the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. Typically this is stated as God having his existence in one substance and three persons.

There is mystery here. But it is the...

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Saturday, 26 October 2019 01:00

‘The Expulsive Power of a New Affection’

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John Piper:

The Life-Changing Insight of Thomas Chalmers

Christian Hedonism asserts that the most effective way to kill our own sin is by the power of a superior pleasure. No one sins out of duty. We sin because it is more pleasant or less painful than the way of righteousness. So bondage to sin is...

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Saturday, 19 October 2019 18:42

Four Gospels?

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Nicholas T. Batzig:

God doesn’t do anything arbitrarily. We may not be able to grasp His intentions in full or even in part, but we can be sure that everything that He does is full of eternal purpose and Divine wisdom. The secret things may belong to God, but those that are revealed...

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Friday, 18 October 2019 16:33

The Pastor’s Job Isn’t To Fix Things

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Tim Challies:

You don’t have to look far to find articles about how and why the pastor’s job is uniquely difficult. Having been a pastor for a number of years now (in both paid, full-time and unpaid, part-time capacities) I can attest there are ways in which it is unlike any other...

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