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

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Wednesday, 13 February 2013 03:00

Love ... for a Flawed Person

<<< Part 1: Love ... In A Fallen World | Part 3: Love ... With A Faithful God >>>



You and I just don't get to be married to someone perfect. It seems obvious enough, but many people get married with unrealistic expectations about who they're marrying. Here's the point: you both...

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Wednesday, 13 February 2013 01:08

Was Pope Benedict the Successor of Peter?

Roman Catholics believe Peter was the first pope and Pope Benedict XVI was the 266th pope to succeed him on the papal throne. Anyone who looks at the striking contrasts between these two men will know that the Roman Catholic assertions of Peter being their first pope are not true.

Peter was a fellow...

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Written by Proclaiming the Gospel Blog: PTG Blog
Tuesday, 12 February 2013 01:18

Did Paul or even Peter Himself Believe that Peter was the Pope?

Essential to Roman Catholic claims of authority is the belief that in Matthew 16 Christ stated that He would build His church on Peter. However, Paul wrote in Ephesians 2:19-20 that the "household of God" was "built on the foundation of the apostles and prophets, Christ Jesus being the cornerstone."...

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Written by Proclaiming the Gospel Blog: PTG Blog
Monday, 11 February 2013 11:00

Love ... in a Fallen World

Part 2: Love For A Flawed Person >>>

We all face the same thing. Our marriages live in the middle of a world that does not function as God intended. Somehow, someway, your marriage is touched every day by the brokenness of the world. Maybe it simply has to do with the necessity of living...

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Monday, 11 February 2013 01:06

Pope Benedict Resigns

The most influential false prophet in the world has announced his resignation. He is the foolish man who has the audacity to wear titles reserved for the triune God - Holy Father, Head of the Church and Vicar of Christ.

Not only does he steal titles from God, he also receives worship that is due...

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Written by Proclaiming the Gospel Blog: PTG Blog
Saturday, 09 February 2013 01:07

Religion, Relics Idolatry

Religion is man's futile attempt to become right with God while Christianity is God declaring men right with Him through faith in His Son. Roman Catholicism is a gigantic, complex system of works and sacraments to merit the graces needed for salvation.

It is coupled with the idolatrous worship of a...

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Written by Proclaiming the Gospel Blog: PTG Blog
Friday, 08 February 2013 01:03

A Church Father's Recognition of Sola Scriptura

"These then are the reasons; but it is necessary to establish them all from the Scriptures, and to show with exactness that all that has been said on the subject is not an invention of human reasoning, but the very sentence of the Scriptures." -John Chrysostom (347-407)

It is encouraging to see...

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Written by Proclaiming the Gospel Blog: PTG Blog
Thursday, 07 February 2013 21:00

We're Pastors and We're Anxious

He sat in my office exhausted and discouraged. No, he wasn't about to abandon the ministry to which he'd been called. In many ways he lived with a deep sense of privilege. He?d been chosen and gifted to be a minister of the gospel, but he was tired, and his work had taken a toll on his family. He...

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Thursday, 07 February 2013 01:00

Religion or Relationship?

When anyone considers the person and work of Jesus Christ and still refuses to exchange their religion for a relationship with Him, there can only be one explanation. The god of this world (Satan) has blinded their minds to keep them from seeing the light of the Gospel of the glory of Christ" (2...

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Written by Proclaiming the Gospel Blog: PTG Blog
Wednesday, 06 February 2013 00:58

Does Rome Condemn or Welcome those who Disagree?

What is Rome's view of those who believe contrary to her teachings? Notice the transition in the 20th century:

"Whence it sometimes happens through error that Christians mingle with the women of Jews and Mohammedans and, on the other hand, Jews and Mohammedans mingle with those of the Christians....

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Written by Proclaiming the Gospel Blog: PTG Blog
Tuesday, 05 February 2013 00:42

Is Once Saved Always Saved in the Bible?

Salvation has three tenses for everyone who has been born of God. In justification they have been saved from the punishment of sin, in sanctification they are being saved from the power of sin and in glorification they will be saved from the presence of sin.

Therefore, to be more biblically correct,...

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Written by Proclaiming the Gospel Blog: PTG Blog
Monday, 04 February 2013 00:32

Repentance vs Penance

The Roman Catholic sacrament of penance is rooted in a mistranslation of the Greek word μετάνοια (metanoia). Properly translated, μετάνοια means to repent which is to change one's mind and is demonstrated by a...

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Written by Proclaiming the Gospel Blog: PTG Blog
Friday, 01 February 2013 00:13

There Are No More Offerings for Sin

Jesus Christ, the perfect high priest offered Himself once, the perfect sacrifice to a perfect God who demands perfection. "He, having offered ONE sacrifice for sins for all time, sat down at the right hand of God" (Heb. 10:12).

The importance of the word "once" to describe the Lord's sacrifice is...

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Written by Proclaiming the Gospel Blog: PTG Blog
Thursday, 31 January 2013 00:10

Is Submission to the Pope Necessary for Salvation?

Rome claims that full submission to the Pope is required for salvation:

"We declare, say, define, and pronounce that it is absolutely necessary for the salvation of every human creature to be subject to the Roman Pontiff." -Pope Boniface VIII

"Where the necessity of salvation is concerned, all the...

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Written by Proclaiming the Gospel Blog: PTG Blog
Wednesday, 30 January 2013 00:08

Will a Christian Find Peace in the Roman Catholic Church?

A born again Christian could never become a Roman Catholic if he/she understood the fatal errors of Catholicism. How could a person who was saved by grace through faith in Jesus join a religion that condemns born-again Christians with over 100 anathemas? (Eph. 2:8-9)

How can a person who has trusted...

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Written by Proclaiming the Gospel Blog: PTG Blog
Monday, 28 January 2013 23:51

Our Savior: Jesus or Mary?

What Rome says:

"Listen, all you who desire the kingdom of God! Honor and serve the Most Blessed Virgin Mary, and you will find life and eternal salvation!" -St. Bonaventure

"All those who seek Mary's protection will be saved for all eternity." -Pope Benedict XV

"Do you want certain salvation? Then...

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Monday, 28 January 2013 06:15

Jesus is the Only Savior

Jesus Is The Only Savior. Peter declared: "There is salvation in no one else; for there is no other name under heaven that has been given among men, by which we must be saved" (Acts 4:12). The Psalmist wrote: "No man can by any means redeem his brother, or give to God a ransom for him. For the...

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Written by Proclaiming the Gospel Blog: PTG Blog
Friday, 25 January 2013 06:05

Dangerous Counsel from a Catholic Nun

Mary Faustina Kowalska (1905-1938), a mystic Polish nun declared a saint by Rome, claimed to have visited Heaven, Hell, and Purgatory and wrote about it in her diaries. In her description of Hell she says, "Most of the souls there are those who disbelieved that there is a Hell." Regarding getting...

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Written by Proclaiming the Gospel Blog: PTG Blog
Wednesday, 09 January 2013 06:00

Ambassadors (Full Series)

Part 1

?Therefore, we are ambassadors for Christ, God making his appeal through us.? (2 Corinthians 5:20)

I love the Apostle Paul?s word choice here - ambassador.

The job of an ambassador is to represent someone or something. Everything he does and says must intentionally represent a leader who isn?t...

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Wednesday, 26 December 2012 22:30

New Year's Resolutions

Well, it's that season once again. It's the fodder for blogs, newspaper articles, TV magazine shows and way too many Twitter posts. It is the time for the annual ritual of dramatic New Year's resolutions fueled by the hope of immediate and significant personal life change.

But the reality is that...

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Written by Articles | Paul Tripp Updates
Monday, 24 December 2012 01:00

Parenting: It?s Never an Interruption

Parenting is all about living by the principle of prepared spontaneity. You don't really know what's going to happen next. You don't really know when you'll have to enforce a command, intervene in an argument, confront a wrong, holdout for a better way, remind someone of a truth, call for...

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Thursday, 20 December 2012 01:30

Ambassadors for Christ (Part 3)

This is the last of three posts. Read the second post.


?Therefore, we are ambassadors for Christ, God making his appeal through us? (2 Corinthians 5:20).

An appeal is an argument or a plea. God is using you - the ambassador - to appeal for something in the life of another. Certainly, this has an...

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Tuesday, 18 December 2012 04:47

Parenting: The Joyful Impossibility

It was eleven o'clock on a Sunday night and I was pulling out of the grocery store parking lot exhausted and overwhelmed. After we?d put our four children to bed later than we?d planned, Luella discovered that we?d nothing in the house to pack for lunches the next day. With an attitude that...

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Monday, 10 December 2012 22:00

Working Your Way Up

Why do we all seem to want more?

Why is it so hard for us to accept less?

Why do we get haunted by bigger and better?

Why is it so difficult to be satisfied?

Why it is so hard to be content?

Maybe it's a better job, maybe it's a more succulent steak, maybe it's a nicer boss, maybe it's a prettier...

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Monday, 10 December 2012 05:00

The Problem of Shifting Treasure

After the Sunday morning service he asked if he could make an appointment with me. I thought he had been touched by my sermon and wanted help in applying the truths to the details of his everyday life. What he actually wanted to do was to tell me how bad?"painful" is what he actually said?my...

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Thursday, 06 December 2012 03:00

Whose Kingdom?

It took God employing pastoral hardship for me to embrace the inescapable reality that everything I did in ministry was done in allegiance to, and in pursuit of, either the kingdom of self or the kingdom of God. This truth is best exegeted for us in Matthew 6:19-34. (Please grab your Bible and read...

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Thursday, 29 November 2012 03:05

Ambassadors for Christ (Part 2)

This is the second of three posts. Read the third post.


In the first post we dissected the Apostle Paul?s word choice in 2 Corinthians 5:20. He refers to us as Christ?s ambassadors. An ambassador represents someone or something. Everything they do must be intentional. It?s not a part-time calling....

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Tuesday, 27 November 2012 02:30

It's Raining

Outside, the rain is pouring down. I've looked out the window for sightings of cats and dogs, but only seen raindrops!

We tend to not like rain very much. It gets in the way of our obsession with comfort. Rain gets in the way of the comfort of a dry day. Rain gets in the way of the comfort of nicely...

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Tuesday, 20 November 2012 06:00

Is Your Marriage a Place of Trust?

Are you building relationships of trust? Take time to look at yourself, your marriage and other relationships in the mirror of these questions.

A TRUST QUESTIONNAIRE

  1. Is there more unity, understanding, and love in your marriage now than there has ever been?
  2. Do you both do what you promise in the time...

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Thursday, 15 November 2012 22:30

Pastoral Ministry is War

Why do so many pastors report being over-burdened and over-stressed? Why do so many pastors report tension between family life and ministry life? Why does pastoral ministry often seem more of a trial than a joy? Why is there often disharmony between the private life of the pastor and his public...

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Written by Articles | Paul Tripp Updates
Monday, 12 November 2012 02:00

In Need of Help

It's hard to admit your need for help. It's hard to admit that there are things you don?t know and don?t understand. It's hard to admit that there are things that you can?t do. It's hard to reach out and cry out for help.

It's hard to confess to weakness and ignorance. It's hard to have to depend on...

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Friday, 09 November 2012 04:00

Ambassadors for Christ (Part 1)

This is the first of three posts. Read the second post.


?Therefore, we are ambassadors for Christ, God making his appeal through us.? (2 Corinthians 5:20)

I love the Apostle Paul?s word choice here - ambassador.

The job of an ambassador is to represent someone or something. Everything he does and says...

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Written by Articles | Paul Tripp Updates
Tuesday, 06 November 2012 08:45

THE PERILS OF SELF PROMOTION: 8 Mistakes of Seminarians Young Pastors

imageTHE PERILS OF SELF-PROMOTION: 8 Mistakes of Seminarians & Young Pastors Delivered to Westminster Seminary, CA- URCNA Students Text: Now Absalom would rise early and stand beside the way to the gate…So Absalom stole the hearts of the men of Israel (2 Sam 15:2). The peril of self-promotion...

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Written by Chris Gordon
Monday, 05 November 2012 04:00

Ministers of Grace in Need of Grace

I was a very angry man. The problem was that I didn't know I was an angry man. My wife, Luella, knew that I was angry. My kids knew I was angry. But I didn't know. Luella was very faithful in bringing that anger before me with its resultant failures to love my family. She did it often and with much...

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Thursday, 01 November 2012 01:30

It Won't Wear Out

Have you noticed that everything in your life wears out? The sweater that you loved so much and wore winter after winter is now stuffed in the bottom drawer of your dresser, threadbare, unused, and unwanted. The car that excited you so and that even smelled new is now just a car with scratches and...

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Written by Articles | Paul Tripp Updates
Wednesday, 03 October 2012 01:59

ABOUNDING GRACE RADIO NEWS

imageWe start airing Abounding Grace Radio in Phoenix this Saturday and Sunday 7:30 Am on 1360 KPXQ. We're still airing in the Pacific Northwest on KARI 550 Monday-Friday, 8:30 am, 2:45 pm, and 8:45 pm. We are also airing Monday Oct. 8 five times per week at 1:30-2:00 PM on K-Praise 1210AM. We air rig...

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Written by Chris Gordon
Tuesday, 25 September 2012 09:06

The PROBLEM OF THEOLOGICAL NARCISSISM--STOP GIVING JASON STELLMAN ATTENTION, PLEASE!

imageI realize that writing this post probably does the very thing that I am condemning, but I don't know how else to address the issue.  This past Sunday, Jason Stellman, a former PCA Reformed minister, was received into the Roman Catholic communion.  He has posted his story of journey to Rome on the Ca...

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Written by Chris Gordon
Tuesday, 18 September 2012 00:54

Westminster Seminary Chapel on Christian Ministry

imageHere is a recent chapel speech I gave at Westminster Seminary CA on the Christian ministry (2 Cor 4). The Ministry of Righteousness

Authors: Chris Gordon...

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Written by Chris Gordon
Saturday, 15 September 2012 15:48

Sabbath Meditation: Why You Should Go to Church

imagePsalm 84 “How lovely is your tabernacle, O LORD of hosts.” The word tabernacle means dwelling place.  The tabernacle was the place that God had chosen to come down and meet with his people in the wilderness.  The God of heaven and earth had descended to meet with his people that they might call upon...

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Written by Chris Gordon
Saturday, 15 September 2012 02:28

ABOUNDING GRACE RADIO NEWS: AG RADIO GOES TO SAN DIEGO PHOENIX

imageGreat News! Abounding Grace Radio will now be airing in the San Diego, CA Area and Phoenix, AZ.  Will have more info on times and dates soon.  But we thank the Lord for the opportunity to reach thousands with the gospel and to help direct listeners to Reformed churches in their area.  VISIT www...

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Written by Chris Gordon
Sunday, 02 September 2012 03:24

Confessional Eschatology and Civics

I’m fairly disinterested in the political debates as a rule – and probably just as disinterested in the majority of eschatological debate, as well. However, due to recent circumstances I’m not going to get into, I thought it fitting to outline my position on these two subjects...

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Written by RazorsKiss
Saturday, 01 September 2012 05:09

The Argument from Necessity

“The Reformational doctrine of the sufficiency of Scripture does not mean that the Scriptures are sufficient to answer all of our questions. Rather, the doctrine means that the Scriptures are a sufficient guide to our communion with God, a guide to faith and life in the religious sense. WCF...

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Written by RazorsKiss
Thursday, 19 July 2012 21:04

Dominion

We often see something called “The Dominion Mandate” spoken of. It comes from the KJV rendition of Genesis 1:28, rendered in the NASB as “rule over”, rather than “have dominion over.” Obviously, “dominion” has a much better ring to it than...

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Written by RazorsKiss
Monday, 02 July 2012 13:05

Kinism

Note 1:21ff especially. Enjoy image

Authors: RazorsKiss...

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Written by RazorsKiss
Monday, 02 July 2012 12:11

Why some folks should stay off Twitter

Ben just wrote a post about dispensationalism – clearly delineated into three general groups, then further delineated into 2 groups actually being addressed. Unfortunately, Fred Butler (of the blog Hip and Thigh) responded on Twitter:

Fred Butler

Something tells me I’m about to watch an...

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Written by RazorsKiss
Tuesday, 12 June 2012 09:48

God and Desire

It was a bit of an eyebrow raiser – mostly due to the nonchalance of the entire affair – (albeit unsurprising, given prior statements he has made) to read Piper simply handing over 1 Tim. 2:4 to Arminianism. What’s also quite interesting is that the handoff is done with...

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Written by RazorsKiss
Wednesday, 06 June 2012 20:02

In the Vein of “Everything you ever learned is wrong”

There are the Jehovah’s Witness claims that the entire Christian church has always been wrong about, well, almost everything. Except for those few ECFs they could massage into some sort of superficial agreement, of course. Mormonism likewise asserts that all churches ceased to be true...

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Written by RazorsKiss
Friday, 02 September 2011 00:32

The Truth about the Threat to the Doctrine of Imputation

"What  can wash away my sins?  Nothing but the blood of Jesus.  What can make me whole again?  Nothing but the blood of Jesus."  This old hymn is of course describing the beauty of the doctrine of Imputation.  The truth that while we were sinners God attributed our...

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Written by Jenna
Monday, 22 August 2011 04:57

Does God Spreak Audibly to His People Anymore? (The trend of personal revelation)

If you've been in Christian circles long enough you will inevitably hear the following statements: God spoke to me;  God told me; I heard God say...  These statements normally send a chill down my spine and not in a good way.  Most of the time these Christians are just using a turn...

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Written by Jenna
Sunday, 21 August 2011 10:40

Crazy Love/ Francis Chan Book Review (Trend of Austerity)

First of all, I found this book to be a difficult read. It was written in a choppy manner that left me at some points quite confused. I agree with Francis on very few ideas. These include the awesomeness of God, the attributes of God, and the wonders of his creation. The one...

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Written by Jenna
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