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

Monday, 25 May 2020 23:00

The Law of God for the Christian

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In thinking about the difficulties many Christians, even in confessional Reformed circles, encounter with understanding the law of God and our relationship to it, I was certain a past theologian or minister of the Gospel had surely addressed this in a concise, precise and clear manner.

Sure enough,...

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Saturday, 23 May 2020 07:12

The True Calling of Women | John Calvin

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John Calvin The 19th Sermon upon the second chapter of 1 Timothy

A Sermon on 1 Timothy 2:13-15, concerning the true calling of women, the honourableness of housewifery before God, and the purity of God’s ordinance of marriage; and likewise shewing the blasphemy and horrible sins into which...

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Sunday, 17 May 2020 23:00

Natural Idolatry

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…he that cometh to God must believe that he is…

He that will have any fellowship with God in Christ must first believe that God is. That is, not so much that there is a God—for that we are taught by the very light of...

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In the last article we met three women leading the charge of feminism in the Reformed churches, and three men who publicly aid them in the fight. That we might better see the fruit these women and their supporters are bearing, it’s worth taking a closer look at their battle tactics, here...

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The Reformed churches have found themselves at war. The battle lines are drawn, and the conflict is underway. This article is the beginning of a series, in which I make a plea to godly readers, to recognize the enemy, and to take up arms against it.

The enemy is feminism. By feminism I mean the...

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Sunday, 03 May 2020 23:00

God’s Good Providence Towards the Church

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Jehovah-Jireh A Treatise on Providence by William S. Plumer

The Special Kindness of Providence Towards Good Men

God is unrighteous to none. Yes, he is good to all men—but he shows distinguishing kindness to his people. His sun shines upon both the just and upon the unjust; and he sends rain and...

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Sunday, 26 April 2020 23:00

Perilous Times Shall Come

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Perilous Times By John Owen (1616-1683) Works, vol. 9, Sermon 26, pp. 320-334

Preached Nov. 3, 1676A day set apart for solemn fasting and prayer

This know also, that in the last days perilous times shall come.” 2 Timothy 3:1

The words contain a warning of imminent dangers. And there are...

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Sunday, 19 April 2020 23:00

Divine Forbearance in Punishing the Wicked

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Jehovah-Jireh A Treatise on Providence by William S. Plumer

Some explanation of the delays of providence in punishing the wicked. How divine forbearance should be regarded, and how it may be abused.

The Almighty does not settle his accounts with creatures every thirty days. He is long-suffering. He...

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Sunday, 12 April 2020 23:00

The Oracles of God Committed unto the Jews

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Johnann Gerhard Theological Commonplaces: On the Nature of Theology and Scripture

§ 73. The canonical books of the Old Testament have the testimony of the Israelite church. Those controversial books [i.e. the Apocrypha] lack the testimony of the Israelite church. Therefore [the Apocrypha is not...

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Wednesday, 08 April 2020 23:00

God Sends Temporal Judgment

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William Gouge A Plaister for the Plague (1631)§ 1-10 & 49.

And the Lord spake unto Moses, saying, 45 Get you up from among this congregation, that I may consume them as in a moment. And they fell upon their faces. 46 And Moses said unto Aaron, Take a censer, and put fire therein from off...

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Monday, 06 April 2020 00:28

God Cancelled Easter: So Should We

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God Cancelled Easter. So Should We.

By a Concerned NAPARC Minister April 6th, 2020

The threat of the Coronavirus has closed countless churches. The Lord has done this, and we ought to respond with humility and godly fear (Amos 3:6-8). As we reflect on God’s judgments we also ought not miss his...

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Sunday, 05 April 2020 23:00

The Christian Duty of Fasting: 3. The Inward Fast

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Dr. George DownameThe Christian’s Sanctuary, pp. 29-49

Inward and spiritual exercise of prayer joined with repentance

What then is the spiritual exercise and the inward fast, whereunto the outward abstinence must be referred? It is an humbling of our souls in a solemn exercise of prayer, joined...

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Thursday, 02 April 2020 23:00

The Christian Duty of Fasting: 2. The Outward Fast

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Dr. George Downame The Christian’s Sanctuary, pp. 18-29

Thus we have heard that the religious fast is a solemn exercise of religion, to be undertaken of us, when we are humble suitors to the Lord, upon some urgent occasion. Let us now consider wherein this exercise doth consist, which is...

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Tuesday, 31 March 2020 23:00

The Christian Duty of Fasting: 1. What is Fasting?

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Dr. George DownameThe Christian’s Sanctuary, pp. 8-18

What is Fasting?

The religious fast is a solemn exercise of religion, wherein we being humble suitors unto the Lord upon some special or extraordinary occasion, do abstain not only from food and some other commodities and delights of this...

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Sunday, 29 March 2020 23:00

The Purity of the Masoretic Text

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Johann Gerhard Theological Commonplaces: On the Nature of Theology and Scripture

Chapter XIV: On The Integrity of the Hebrew Text in the Old Testament

The Hebrew text is not corrupt.

§ 318. Among the arguments with which the Papists labor to carry their point that the Hebrew text of the Old...

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Sunday, 15 March 2020 23:00

The Blessed Privilege of Seeing God

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Thomas Watson The Beatitudes An Exposition of Matthew 5:1-12

XVII. The blessed privilege of seeing God.

They shall see God.” Matthew 5:8

These words are linked to the former and they are a great incentive to heart-purity. The pure heart shall see the pure God. There is a double sight...

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Thursday, 12 March 2020 23:00

The Beatific Vision | William Perkins

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William Perkins A Godly and Learned Exposition of Christ’s Sermon in the Mount

Blessed are the pure in heart; for they shall see God.” Matthew 5:8

These words contain the sixth rule of Christ, touching true happiness, wherein, as in the former, observe two points: the persons...

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Monday, 09 March 2020 00:00

Principles Concerning Repentance

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Theodore Beza & Antoine de la Faye
Theses Theologicae in Schola Genevensi

Propositions and Principles of Divinity Propounded and Disputed in the University of Geneva by Students (1586)

XL. Principles Concerning Repentance

1. Seeing the wickedness of man’s nature is such, that not only no man...

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Sunday, 01 March 2020 22:00

Principles on the Popish Mass

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Theses Theologicae in Schola Genevensi

Propositions and Principles of DivinityPropounded and Disputed in the University of Genevaby Students (1586)

LXI. Principles Touching the Popish Mass.

We have spoken in the former principles concerning the true use of the...

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Thursday, 27 February 2020 22:00

Psalm 45: An Abridgment of Song of Solomon

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Theodore Beza

Sermons upon the Three Chapters of the Canticle of Canticles (1587)

The Argument of the 45th Psalm, serving for an Argument and Preface or Abridgment of this book of the Canticle of Canticles or Song of Songs of Solomon.

This Psalm, as the whole book of the Canticle of Canticles, is to be...

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Sunday, 23 February 2020 22:00

What Does It Mean To “Tempt” God?

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Jesus said unto him, Again it is written, Thou shalt not tempt the Lord thy God” (Mat. 4:7)

William Perkins The Combat Between Christ and the Devil Displayed Point 3 of the Second Temptation Works, vol. 1, pp. 133-138.

Jesus said unto him, Again it is written, Thou shalt not tempt...

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Sunday, 16 February 2020 22:00

Conditions of Acceptable Prayer

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Zacharias Ursinus Commentary on the Heidelberg Catechism pp. 621-624.

Question 117. What are the requisites of that prayer, which is acceptable to God, and which he will hear?

Answer. First, that we from the heart pray to the one true God only, who hath manifested himself in his word, for all things...

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Sunday, 09 February 2020 22:00

Evangelical Worship Must Be Spiritual Worship

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A Sermon Preached At Paul’s Church,August 26th 1660

By Matthew Poole

“But the hour cometh, and now is, when the true worshippers shall worship the Father in spirit and truth, for the Father seeketh such to worship him. God is a Spirit, and they...

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John Owen Pneumatologia Book 2, ch. 4, pp. 183-188.

The office of the Spirit to bear witness unto Christ, and its discharge.

There is yet another work of the Holy Spirit, not immediately in and upon the person of the Lord Christ, but towards him, and on his behalf, with respect unto his work and...

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Thursday, 30 January 2020 22:00

Work of the Holy Spirit in the Works of Christ

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John Owen Pneumatologia Book 2, ch. 4, pp. 168-183.

Work of the Holy Spirit in and on the human nature of Christ.

The actual sanctification of the human nature of Christ by the Holy Ghost. On what ground spotless and free from sin.

The human nature of Christ being thus formed in the womb by a creating...

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