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

Wednesday, 19 February 2020 01:04

Inescapable Theocracy

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IntroductionOne of the most important lessons every Christian must have settled in their hearts and minds is the fact of inescapable theocracy. There is no square inch in all of the universe in which God or a god or gods are actually banished. There is no god-free zone in all of human existence....

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Tuesday, 18 February 2020 02:49

Efficacious Love

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Mal. 1:1-5

IntroductionThis message is directed at men, and husbands and fathers in particular, but there will be plenty of applications to go around for everyone in the room since the basic message can be summarized as “if God so loved us, we ought also to love one another” (1 Jn....

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Tuesday, 11 February 2020 01:35

Push Your Sin Out the Window

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The beginning of Jehu’s reign in 2 Kings 9-10 is a wonderful example for Christians who would be free of their besetting sins. When Jehu was anointed by Elisha’s assistant, he drove his chariot furiously straight to meet Joram the son of Ahab and killed him and Azariah, the visiting...

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Saturday, 08 February 2020 23:04

The Great Wall of Blessing

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Nothing stands between you and any good thing except the blessing of God. And God’s blessing is a great and glorious and impenetrable wall. On the one hand this is one of the ways you know that you belong to Jesus: however hard your flesh may try, you find that you cannot break out of that...

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Monday, 03 February 2020 00:04

The Lord Has Given Us Over

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Jesus is Lord. He is not trying to become Lord. He is not running for office. He humbled himself and took the lowest place, taking the curse of our sin and death, and therefore God has highly exalted Him and given Him the name that is above every name. Jesus has been given all dominion, glory,...

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Wednesday, 29 January 2020 01:12

All We Need or Ruminations on G3 the CP Road-trip

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IntroductionWant to say again here how thankful I am for the prayers, gifts, and encouragement we received on the recent CrossPolitic G3/East Coast Tour. God was so good and kind. What follows is a quick summary of some of the highlights and a few initial observations. 

We arrived in Atlanta on...

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Tuesday, 28 January 2020 01:39

Every Cross is Mercy

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“Then Jesus said to His disciples, “If anyone desires to come after Me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow Me. For whoever desires to save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for My sake will find it” (Matt. 16:24-25).

When we renew covenant here...

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Monday, 27 January 2020 03:23

Worship as Surrender

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Worship is surrender. When God’s people proclaim that Jesus is Lord, they proclaim that He is their Master, their Commander, their King. When we sing praise to the Lord, we are declaring that all that the Lord does is good and right and glorious. And this includes all that the Lord has done...

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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. 

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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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