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, 02 June 2020 13:31

What I Didn’t Understand

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Worship finally happened. And we all rejoiced. We all celebrated but you didn’t. You said I didn’t understand. You came with anger in your heart but didn’t want to be consoled by the God who once was angry but not now because of the Cross. . You came without peace in your heart...

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Monday, 04 May 2020 15:12

Revealing What Lies Underneath

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I have had a number of conversations with members from my church, other church pastors, and members of other churches. Everyday I’m on the phone with different members and/or ministers. Pastors are always looking at their congregations. Pastors are always making observations at how the church...

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Monday, 30 March 2020 04:14

Remembering God’s Love is Greater Than Our Sin

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Ps 42:5 Why are you cast down, O my soul, and why are you in turmoil within me?  Hope in God; for I shall again praise him, my salvation How is the Christian to deal with those besetting sins that continue to rise up and slay them? When sin is always seeming to win the battle … Cont...

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Saturday, 21 March 2020 05:13

God’s Providence

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Every week we recite the Apostle’s Creed. “I believe in God the Father, Almighty, Maker of heaven and earth” What do we mean when we describe God this way? Many things, but part of the answer is that we are highlighting that God has worked all things for his pleasure and my...

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Thursday, 19 March 2020 06:57

What is the Scroll in Revelation?

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Rev 5:1 Then I saw in the right hand of him who was seated on the throne  a scroll written within and on the back,  sealed with seven seals. 2 And  I saw a mighty angel proclaiming with a loud voice, “Who is worthy to open the scroll and break its seals?” THE SIGNIFICANCE...

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Friday, 13 March 2020 04:10

A Reasonable Response in Uncertainty

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Luther wrote Very well, by God’s decree the enemy has sent us poison and deadly offal. Therefore I shall ask God mercifully to be gracious and preserve us. Then I shall fumigate, help purify the air, administer medicine and take it. I shall avoid places and persons where my presence is not...

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Christians can be discouraged in their weakness. We see the strength of grace in others, joy, strength of faith, assurance and quickly we are reminded of our own infirmities. Is this reason enough to be discouraged? No, for the Apostle says,  2 Cor. 9:8 God is able to make all grace abound to...

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We have previously considered William Bridge’s claim, “Christians have no reason for discouragement.” The question is then raised, “Then why are there discouragements for the Christian?” Writes Bridge, “Sometimes discouragements are drawn from greater and grosser...

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Wednesday, 26 February 2020 06:12

Christian, Don’t be Discouraged

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“The saints and people of God have no true reason for their discouragement, whatever their condition be.” says William Bridge in his exposition of Psalm 42. It appears that David had reasons to be discouraged. (1-2) He was away from God’s worship and ordinances. Adversaries and...

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Wednesday, 12 February 2020 07:20

When Christian Peace is Disrupted

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“It is possible that the saints and people of God can be discouraged and downcast even if there is an inward peace and quietness of soul” writes William Bridge in his book on Psalm 42. Ps 42:11 Why are you downcast, O my soul? Why so disturbed within me? Put your hope in God, for...

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Tuesday, 04 February 2020 03:18

Ten Benefits of Corporate Worship for Our Children

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In the December issue, Banner of Truth magazine published an article by Rev. Matt Purdy (PCA) entitled Ten Benefits of Corporate Worship for Our Children. As a pastor he raises some helpful reminders to parents and visitors why children in worship is beneficial to the life of the church. Singing...

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Wednesday, 29 January 2020 01:59

The Christian’s Peace

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Ps 42.11 Why are you cast down, O my soul, and why are you in turmoil within me? Hope in God; for I shall again praise him, my salvation and my God. In this verse we observe the discouragements of the believer and how they can be remedied. It’s a reminder that the Christian can … Contin...

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Friday, 24 January 2020 03:13

Lifting Up the Downcast Soul in Affliction

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The saints will endure various sorts of afflictions, all or any of which, can be sources of great discouragement. Today as I have reflected on this, I’m reminded of Psalm 42, most well known for the opening verse “As a deer pants for the flowing streams, so pants my soul for you, O...

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Wednesday, 01 January 2020 06:01

The Why and How of the 2nd Commandment

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Where the first commandment tells us the proper object of our worship (God alone) the second commandment tells us the proper manner of worship. In this article I want to finish thoughts on the Second Commandment and how it deals with our proper worship of God, highlighting some (but not all) of the...

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Wednesday, 01 January 2020 02:48

Don’t Read Through the Bible in A Year

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2020 is upon us and many will make their annual traditions of resolutions. Many of us are starting to form plans and goals for various reasons and purposes. Do you want to accomplish a financial goal such as getting rid of debt, achieve a particular fitness goal, or perhaps establish a new...

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Thursday, 19 December 2019 03:35

What Child is This?

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The incarnation has to be one of the most profound mysteries which we confess. There comes a moment in your Christian faith where you begin to reflect on the significance of the incarnation and you eventually realize you are in way over your head. Thankfully the Church historic has been reflecting...

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Friday, 13 December 2019 01:38

Mary’s Song of Praise: The Magnificat

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The Magnificat (taken from the word “magnifies”) is Mary’s song of praise to the Lord in response to Gabriel’s announcement and the confirmation she has received from Elizabeth. It’s one of the most cherished hymns in the history of the church as the woman chosen to...

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Friday, 06 December 2019 09:27

The 2nd Commandment

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Approaching the second of the ten commandments we are reminded that God’s worship is done in accordance with the way God has determined and not in the way we desire. It’s not only a commandment against making a statue or a graven image, though it is also that, rather when we consider it...

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We consider this week the third way to keep the first commandment. In the previous weeks we used Kevin DeYoung’s small book The 10 Commandments as a guide through worshipping God exclusively and shunning all idolatry. This week we will focus on Turning to Christ Uniquely. It highlights what...

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Friday, 22 November 2019 04:11

How to Keep the 1st Commandment: Shun Idolatry

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As we reflect on the first commandment, we continue to consider how we can keep it. Last time we reflected on the exclusive worship of God. Today I want to consider the second of the three ways listed by Kevin DeYoung’s book The 10 Commandments. The second way to keep the first commandment...

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Thursday, 14 November 2019 02:25

The First Commandment

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“If our faith is to be genuine Christian faith it must be more than faith in faith.”, writes Kevin DeYoung in his book, The 10 Commandments. And this is a salient point, the object of our faith is what matters. Yes, we want to have a sincere and deep faith, but if our faith is … C...

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