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, 28 May 2020 07:00

Jesus’ High Priestly Prayer Featured

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1 Ταῦτα ἐλάλησεν Ἰησοῦς καὶ ἐπάρας τοὺς...

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Wednesday, 27 May 2020 07:00

For God So Loved the World Featured

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16 οὕτως γὰρ ἠγάπησεν ὁ θεὸς τὸν κόσμον, ὥστε τὸν υἱὸν...

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Tuesday, 26 May 2020 07:00

Effectual Fervent Prayer Featured

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16 ἐξομολογεῖσθε οὖν ἀλλήλοις τὰς ἁμαρτίας καὶ...

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Monday, 25 May 2020 07:00

Termites Featured

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10 But you, why do you judge your brother? Or you again, why do you regard your brother with contempt? For we will all stand before the judgment seat of God. 11 For it is written,“As I live, says the Lord, every knee shall bow to Me,And every tongue shall give praise to...

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Saturday, 23 May 2020 07:00

Jesus is the Resurrection and the Life Featured

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25 εἶπεν αὐτῇ ὁ Ἰησοῦς· ἐγώ εἰμι ἡ ἀνάστασις καὶ ἡ...

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Thursday, 21 May 2020 23:21

The Mortification of Sin – Modernized Version Featured

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Several years ago I did a series on John Owen’s wonderful book, The Mortification of Sin. While a great number of people participated in that study they also struggled with John Owen’s 17th Century English. He was a wonderful preacher of God’s Word and a gifted...

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Thursday, 21 May 2020 07:00

Missing the Mark Featured

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18 Now the birth of Jesus Christ was as follows: when His mother Mary had been betrothed to Joseph, before they came together she was found to be with child by the Holy Spirit. 19 And Joseph her husband, being a righteous man and not wanting to disgrace her, planned to send her away...

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Wednesday, 20 May 2020 05:00

Drawing Near Unto God Featured

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7 You hypocrites, rightly did Isaiah prophesy of you:8 ‘This people honors Me with their lips,But their heart is far away from Me.9 ‘But in vain do they worship Me,Teaching as doctrines the precepts of men.’” Matthew 15:7-9 (NASB)

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Tuesday, 19 May 2020 07:00

The Religious Are Not Immune From Being Carnal Featured

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63 τὸ πνεῦμά ἐστιν τὸ ζῳοποιοῦν, ἡ σὰρξ οὐκ ὠφελεῖ...

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Monday, 18 May 2020 07:00

Build Your House on the Rock Featured

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46 “Why do you call Me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ and do not do what I say? Luke 6:46 (NASB) 

There is much controversy in the Church these days over some teaching from those who have made it a point to move their doctrine away from the Orthodox into a what used to be...

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Sunday, 17 May 2020 07:00

The Triumph of Grace over the Power of Sin Featured

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8 And why not say (as we are slanderously reported and as some claim that we say), “Let us do evil that good may come”? Their condemnation is just. Romans 3:8 (NASB) 

The debate in the visible Church in our time concerning the need for Christians to walk in Repentance...

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Saturday, 16 May 2020 07:00

It is Finished! Featured

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28 After this, Jesus, knowing that all things had already been accomplished, to fulfill the Scripture, *said, “I am thirsty.” 29 A jar full of sour wine was standing there; so they put a sponge full of the sour wine upon a branch of hyssop and brought it up to His mouth....

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Thursday, 14 May 2020 07:00

Abundant Pardon Featured

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4 “Behold, I have made him a witness to the peoples,A leader and commander for the peoples.5 “Behold, you will call a nation you do not know,And a nation which knows you not will run to you,Because of the Lord your God, even the Holy One of Israel;For He has glorified...

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Wednesday, 13 May 2020 07:00

Christ is God and Man Featured

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1 In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. John 1:1 (NASB) 

14 And the Word became flesh, and dwelt among us, and we saw His glory, glory as of the only begotten from the Father, full of grace and truth. John 1:14 (NASB)

If we listen to...

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Tuesday, 12 May 2020 07:00

The Excellency of Christ’s Humanity Featured

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17 If you address as Father the One who impartially judges according to each one’s work, conduct yourselves in fear during the time of your stay on earth; 18 knowing that you were not redeemed with perishable things like silver or gold from your futile way of life inherited...

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Monday, 11 May 2020 07:00

The Excellency of Christ’s Deity Featured

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14 And the Word became flesh, and dwelt among us, and we saw His glory, glory as of the only begotten from the Father, full of grace and truth. John 1:14 (NASB) 

All genuine Christians are involved in some form of spiritual conflict. They are tempted to doubt their salvation...

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Sunday, 10 May 2020 07:00

Pride and Humility Featured

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3 Do nothing from selfishness or empty conceit, but with humility of mind regard one another as more important than yourselves; 4 do not merely look out for your own personal interests, but also for the interests of others. Philippians 2:3-4 (NASB) 

Our pride is insidious. When...

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Saturday, 09 May 2020 07:00

All That Believe are Justified Featured

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38 Therefore let it be known to you, brethren, that through Him forgiveness of sins is proclaimed to you, 39 and through Him everyone who believes is freed from all things, from which you could not be freed through the Law of Moses. 40 Therefore take heed, so that the thing spoken of...

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Thursday, 07 May 2020 07:00

Unbelief and the Hard Heart Featured

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20 Then He began to denounce the cities in which most of His miracles were done, because they did not repent. 21 “Woe to you, Chorazin! Woe to you, Bethsaida! For if the miracles had occurred in Tyre and Sidon which occurred in you, they would have repented long ago in...

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Wednesday, 06 May 2020 07:00

The Difference Between Justification and Sanctification Featured

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28 And we know that God causes all things to work together for good to those who love God, to those who are called according to His purpose. 29 For those whom He foreknew, He also predestined to become conformed to the image of His Son, so that He would be the firstborn among many...

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Tuesday, 05 May 2020 07:00

Warning Against Apostasy Featured

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11 Concerning him we have much to say, and it is hard to explain, since you have become dull of hearing. 12 For though by this time you ought to be teachers, you have need again for someone to teach you the elementary principles of the oracles of God, and you have come to need milk...

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Monday, 04 May 2020 07:00

Is Christianity a Life or Is it a Doctrine? Featured

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6 In pointing out these things to the brethren, you will be a good servant of Christ Jesus, constantly nourished on the words of the faith and of the sound doctrine which you have been following. 1 Timothy 4:6 (NASB) 

From January 1986 until the late fall of 2005 I probably would...

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Sunday, 03 May 2020 07:11

Bond Featured

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1 Παρακαλῶ οὖν ὑμᾶς ἐγὼ ὁ δέσμιος ἐν κυρίῳ ἀξίως...

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Saturday, 02 May 2020 09:58

Unity Featured

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1 Παρακαλῶ οὖν ὑμᾶς ἐγὼ ὁ δέσμιος ἐν κυρίῳ ἀξίως...

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Thursday, 30 April 2020 07:00

Strange Fire Featured

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1 Now Nadab and Abihu, the sons of Aaron, took their respective firepans, and after putting fire in them, placed incense on it and offered strange fire before the Lord, which He had not commanded them. 2 And fire came out from the presence of the Lord and consumed them, and...

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