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, 28 March 2020 20:19

What Is God Up to with Corona?

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Erik Raymond:

“God is always doing 10,000 things in your life, and you may be aware of three of them.” (John Piper)

I appreciate this quote because it reminds us of our limited perspective. We simply cannot see all that God is doing. But even above blind spots, we have capacity issues....

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Friday, 27 March 2020 03:05

4 Ways to Care for Fearful Church Members

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Jonathan Rourke:

The familiar voice of a pastor can bring peace in times of trouble. Your consistent ministry of the Word and love for your people create a strong bond. It’s often easily overlooked in the good times, but when circumstances suddenly change, so does our people’s...

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John Frame:

DEFINITION

The three “omni” attributes of God characterize him as all-powerful, all-knowing, and everywhere present. Each of these involves the other two, and each provides a perspective on the all-embracing lordship of the true God.

SUMMARY

Omnipotence means that God is in...

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Monday, 23 March 2020 18:26

Give Me Doctrine or Give Me Death

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Greg Gilbert:

In recent years, a number of books have been published that urge Christians to rethink a traditional understanding of “doctrine.” The discussions surrounding this question are many and varied, and they take place on every level of theological sophistication. At the highest...

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Sunday, 22 March 2020 19:36

Is God in Control of Everything?

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R.C. Sproul:

One of Scripture’s most difficult concepts is that God can bring good out of evil. We remember that Joseph’s brothers betrayed him and, upon being reunited with him in Egypt, feared his revenge. But Joseph said to them, “You meant evil against me, but God meant it for...

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Friday, 20 March 2020 02:56

Theological Reflections on the Pandemic

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Brian Tabb:

So thou, sick world, mistak’st thy self to be

Well, when alas! thou’rt in a lethargy. . . .

There is no health; physicians say that we,

At best, enjoy but a neutrality.

And can there be worse sickness than to know

That we are never well, nor can be so?

—John Donne, “An...

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David Mathis:

I will take my stand at my watchpost and station myself on the tower, and look out to see what he will say to me, and what I will answer concerning my complaint.

And the Lord answered me:

“Write the vision; make it plain on tablets, so he may run who reads it. For still the vision...

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Saturday, 14 March 2020 04:43

God’s Sovereignty Over Leviathan and Behemoth

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Christopher Ash:

G. K. Chesterton suggests that as Job listens to God’s speeches, “he feels the terrible and tingling atmosphere of something which is too good to be told. The refusal of God to explain his design is itself a burning hint of his design.”

What is conveyed to...

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Friday, 06 March 2020 01:37

What Does it Mean to Abide in Christ?

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Sinclair Ferguson:

The exhortation to “abide” has been frequently misunderstood, as though it were a special, mystical, and indefinable experience. But Jesus makes clear that it actually involves a number of concrete realities.

First, union with our Lord depends on His grace. Of...

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Justin Dillehay:

This year the Jewish celebration of Passover will begin on Wednesday, April 8, two days before the Christian celebration of Good Friday. The proximity of these two religious holy days is nothing new. It reminds us that Jesus was crucified during Passover, and that as a Jew he had...

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Jonathan Gibson:

1. Definite atonement is a way of speaking about the intent and nature of Christ’s death.

The doctrine of definite atonement states that, in the death of Jesus Christ, the triune God intended to achieve the redemption of every person given to the Son by the Father in eternity...

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Tuesday, 18 February 2020 21:09

Can Christians lose their salvation? (Hebrews 6)

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Dennis E. Johnson:

For it is impossible, in the case of those who have once been enlightened, who have tasted the heavenly gift, and have shared in the Holy Spirit, and have tasted the goodness of the word of God and the powers of the age to come, and then have fallen away, to restore them again to...

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Tuesday, 11 February 2020 15:12

How Scripture Empowers Personal Holiness

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John MacArthur:

Becoming More like God

Godliness, Christlikeness, and Christian spirituality all describe a Christian becoming more like God. The most powerful way to effect this change is by letting the Word of God dwell in one richly (Col. 3:16). When one embraces Scripture without reservation, it...

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Friday, 07 February 2020 04:47

How Jesus Read the Scriptures

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Nicholas T. Batzig:

B.B. Warfield once summarized the mystery surrounding the two natures of Christ when he wrote, “Because he is man he is capable of growth in wisdom, and because he is God he is from the beginning Wisdom Itself.” The Scriptures, at one and the same time, insist that...

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Sam Storms:

In last week’s installment of our ten-things-you-should-know series I focused on the causes for the demise of biblical preaching. Today I want to focus on why it is so critical that pastors be committed to the exposition of the Word.

(1) We must preach because of the power of...

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Thursday, 06 February 2020 01:06

Why Do We Read Scripture?

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Andrew Wison:

Sometimes I use this blog as a place to jot down preaching and teaching ideas that occur to me, so I can find them later. (Come to think of it, that’s pretty much all I use this blog for, it’s just that some jotting takes more time than others.) The question I was...

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Tuesday, 04 February 2020 14:54

How God Changes Hearts for His Glory

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Mike Reeves:

How Grace Triumphs

As Spurgeon saw it, the new birth of a Christian has to be a work of pure divine grace: the sinful human heart is impotent, unwilling, and wholly unworthy. In fact, he declared, God’s work of new creation is even more glorious than his original work of creation....

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Sunday, 02 February 2020 04:25

Why Did Jesus Sleep During the Storm?

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Scott Redd:

The story of the sea storm in the Gospel of Mark picks up right after Jesus has given a series of sermons. He’s preached to a crowd so large that he had to speak from a boat pushed a short distance into the water.

Mark 4:35–41 tells the story of Jesus calming the...

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Wednesday, 29 January 2020 00:11

“I Am Who I Am”

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John Piper:

Why did God identify himself as “I Am Who I Am” — I absolutely am (Exodus 3:14)? Now, if we can take off our clouded spectacles of mere religious jargon, like G-O-D, this should come and will come as a bolt of lightning. God is. That’s staggering....

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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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