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

Tuesday, 14 January 2020 01:47

Maintaining Joy Fellowship

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1 Jn. 1:1-10

IntroductionConfession of sin is the oil that keeps the engine of fellowship running smoothly. But biblically speaking, fellowship is not merely the absence of trouble, it is also a fullness of joy.

Summary of the TextJohn begins his letter testifying that he and the other apostles have...

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Tuesday, 07 January 2020 01:02

The Delight of Obedient Children

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“Children, obey your parents in the Lord, for this is right. “Honor your father and mother,” which is the first commandment with promise: that it may be well with you and you may live long on the earth” (Eph. 6:1-3). While this command and promise are directed to...

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Monday, 30 December 2019 02:21

Run to the Table

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As you know, this is a table of fellowship, a communion table, and this means that it is a weekly communion with Christ and His saints through the bread and wine by the power of His Spirit. But remember that Judas was at the first communion table and what he was doing was not Christian fellowship,...

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Monday, 30 December 2019 02:10

Out in the Sunlight

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Many marriage squabbles are not really about whatever it was you were squabbling about. Frequently the man thinks it is, and sometimes the woman can convince herself it is, but it almost never is about what’s for dinner, or what you’re doing next week, or the color of the curtains. This...

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Tuesday, 24 December 2019 14:13

Christmas Eve 2019

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“Then the shepherds returned, glorifying and praising God for all the things that they had heard and seen, as it was told them” (Lk. 2:20).

We typically focus on our approach to Christmas. We want to prepare for Christmas like Christians, and we want to celebrate Christmas like...

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Monday, 23 December 2019 03:19

The Death of Despair

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One of the most hideous lies of Satan is that when you have sinned, it really is too late. Everything is broken, everything is ruined, it cannot be undone. You’ve let people down, they will all despise you, and of course at the heart of it all, is the lie: you cannot really be forgiven. 

T...

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Monday, 23 December 2019 03:03

An Incestuous Offspring

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What is envy? Envy is not merely lust or covetousness. Envy is actually the incestuous offspring of covetousness and murder. Envy is the sin that despises what has been given to others and concludes: If I cannot have it, then nobody should have it. Envy can rage with bitterness and resentment at...

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Monday, 16 December 2019 00:19

Incarnation Mysticism

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As we have been using the Definition of Chalcedon for our creed during Advent, we have been considering different ways the Definition is foundational for understanding our Christian faith. The Definition of Chalcedon focuses on the person of Christ, being both God and man, united in one person,...

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Friday, 13 December 2019 04:04

The Precision of Grace

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As we begin the Advent season once again, we return to our custom of using the Definition of Chalcedon for our Creed during the service. This definition focuses almost entirely on the two natures of Christ, that Jesus was one person who was both entirely God and entirely man. This is what we call...

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Monday, 09 December 2019 23:28

Preparing to Go Home

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“We are confident, yes, well pleased rather to be absent from the body and to be present with the Lord” (2 Cor. 5:8). 

It should not be strange for Christians to talk about death. Every week as we celebrate this meal, I read the words from Paul, that as we eat this bread and drink...

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Monday, 09 December 2019 08:40

Christ on the Throne

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During this Advent season, we are using the Definition of Chalcedon as our Creed, our Confession of Faith that we say together during the service. The central concern of the Definition of Chalcedon is to proclaim the two natures of Christ, that He is fully God and fully man, and that these two...

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Monday, 09 December 2019 05:35

Babies Are Still Murdered Here

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I posted several times on social media around the release of Babies Are Still Murdered Here, encouraging you to watch it and share it. It’s now on Amazon Prime, and once again I’d encourage you to take the time to watch it. And I want to elaborate here a bit on why I think...

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Friday, 06 December 2019 08:58

Gay Mirage Homosexuality

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These are notes for a talk I gave recently at a Logos School assembly.

IntroductionWe have been inundated with PRIDE parades and flags and now television shows and commercials, and maybe you have even met people in your family or in the community who say they are homosexual or maybe you have even...

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Wednesday, 04 December 2019 03:38

Stainless Steel Theology, Federal Vision, the Apologia Crew

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Brandon Adams has written an article that is among the more reasonable, sensible sorts in the recent, what shall we call it, discourse on whether anyone from Moscow, Idaho should be welcomed to any respectable Reformed event. CrossPolitic and myself were honored guests at the Founders Conference...

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Tuesday, 03 December 2019 01:27

Communion with People Around

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The fact that we worship a God we cannot see should never be taken to mean that God is not there. God gave us this meal to celebrate together in order to commune with Him. 

On the one hand, you could close your eyes and try to shut everything out and try to commune with God in a way that...

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Thursday, 28 November 2019 00:27

Hearts Turned to the Father

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To know Jesus Christ is to know God as your Father. It means you have been adopted into the family of Jesus – so for all who trust in Jesus – His Father is now your Father. In our world, there are no perfect fathers. All of our fathers have sinned and failed in various ways, even the...

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Tuesday, 26 November 2019 01:28

The Gideon Plan

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 2 Cor. 4:5-18

IntroductionAny time we gather with our families, there can be temptations to squabble or complain or fear or stress. Christ did not come to give us serene, placid lives. He came in order to fill our hearts, so that His light would shine through our troubles, causing Thanksgiving...

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Wednesday, 20 November 2019 23:59

Forgiveness is a Promise

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What is forgiveness? Forgiveness is not a feeling. Forgiveness is a promise. Forgiveness is a vow. Forgiveness is an oath. Forgiveness is a promise not to hold a wrong against someone. Forgiveness acknowledges that a wrong was done, harm was done, and forgiveness is an act of grace, a gift,...

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Tuesday, 19 November 2019 03:47

How to Be a Man: Do It Myself

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IntroductionNo one ever needed to teach their three year old boy to say the words, “Do it myself.”

We chuckle. We take pictures. Maybe he’s got dad’s keys and he’s trying to reach the front door, still six inches well beyond his pudgy fingers, with his pamper diaper...

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Sunday, 17 November 2019 22:41

Stitched with Thread from Your Heart

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What are you making? What are you building? What are you baking? What are you creating? Some of you spend your days making food. Some of you build houses. Some of you teach. Some of you organize. Some of you design. Some of you do a little of everything. Whatever you do, you are providing goods and...

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Tuesday, 12 November 2019 03:54

About a Quarter of the Way There

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As we gather for worship this morning, I want to call you to worship by considering a couple of takeaways from the city council election this last week. And this really is an encouraging word. The lines were drawn fairly stark this time around. Three candidates thought it would be a good idea to...

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Tuesday, 12 November 2019 03:54

About a Quarter of the Way There

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As we gather for worship this morning, I want to call you to worship by considering a couple of takeaways from the city council election this last week. And this really is an encouraging word. The lines were drawn fairly stark this time around. Three candidates thought it would be a good idea to...

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Monday, 11 November 2019 02:52

Dishonoring the Men Who Served

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IntroductionHappy Veterans Day, and praise the Lord for the men who have given their lives so that we might continue to enjoy relative freedom to live and work and worship in this land. 

But if you’re paying any attention at all to the images and messages seeking to honor veterans today,...

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Monday, 11 November 2019 02:52

Dishonoring the Men Who Served

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IntroductionHappy Veterans Day, and praise the Lord for the men who have given their lives so that we might continue to enjoy relative freedom to live and work and worship in this land. 

But if you’re paying any attention at all to the images and messages seeking to honor veterans today,...

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Wednesday, 06 November 2019 01:34

The Gay Greenhouse

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IntroductionIt’s no secret that I’m a critic of the whole gay-but-celibate Christian movement. But I’m simultaneously a critic of much of modern conservative evangelicalism. And the two are not at all unrelated. The same cultural current that keeps Beth Moore undisciplined in the...

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