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, 26 May 2020 13:17

Peirasmos (Word Nugget)

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We are currently living in a time of testing and so I thought this word nugget might be helpful. It is a word familiar to all the Apostles and indeed Christians throughout the ages.   peirasmos: Original Word: πειρασμός, οῦ,...

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  The content below was recently recovered following an earlier server failure.   Jeremiah Study Bible Photos (Disclaimer: I have a personal relationship with one of the contributing editors. Also, Dr. Jeremiah is the Senior Pastor of my church) Note: This Bible was not provided by...

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Sunday, 24 May 2020 10:18

NRSV Journal the Word Bible Review

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  Bible journaling, in many forms, is a habit which I encourage my parishioners to engage in. (For those that do not know, I am the pastor at Abounding Grace Baptist Church in Arizona). It is a habit essential to your growth as a Disciple, so I am pleased to bring you a review of …

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Thursday, 21 May 2020 13:42

Views on the Rapture

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1 Thessalonians 4:13-18 (Page 1019)  NO RAPTURE There is the view among some Christians that there will be no Rapture at all. They claim it is an unscriptural idea invented by John Darby and Cyrus Scofield. This is either a statement of ignorance or complete disingenuousness. As we saw last...

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Thursday, 21 May 2020 13:40

Called Away: The Rapture of the Church

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The Blessed Hope The resurrection of those who have fallen asleep in Christ and their translation together with those who are alive and remain unto the coming of the Lord is the imminent and blessed hope of the church. The Blessed Hope is promised by Jesus (not invented by Darby or Scofield.) John...

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Wednesday, 20 May 2020 22:48

Pastor Matt Bassford on Switching to CSB

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This morning we have a guest post from a colleague, Pastor Matt Bassford at Jackson Heights Church of Christ. Matt recently adopted the Christian Standard Bible as his preaching and teaching Bible and he has been gracious enough to share his thoughts. (More information can be found at Matt...

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Tuesday, 19 May 2020 10:14

Holy Bound Rebinders Review

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  Today, I am reviewing a Bible rebind done by Holy Bound. This Bible was already rebound when I acquired it. The Bible was not provided for a review nor was this review solicited by the binder. I sourced this Bible on my own. Holy Bound Photos The Bible This was a hardcover to leather...

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    One of my favorite Bible formats, my preferred in fact, is a wide margin and, today, I am reviewing one of the best wide margin Bible available, the Large Print Wide Margin Text Bible from Church Bible Publishers {CBP}. (Disclosure: This Bible was not provided by CBP, neither did they...

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  Additional Photos   Everything you love about the Life Application Study Bible, 3rd Edition is now available in an option for those of us with visual limitations, Large Print with a 10-point font. Tyndale sent me a copy of the genuine leather edition free of charge in an exchange for an...

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Thursday, 07 May 2020 13:00

Baylor Annotated Study Bible Review

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  The newest member of the General Reference/Academic Study Bible category is the Baylor Annotated Study Bible, an interesting new offering which is a joint venture between Baylor University Press and Tyndale House Publishers.  (Before we continue, I want to mention that neither Tyndale...

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Thursday, 07 May 2020 06:18

1 John 2:2 and Calvinism

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Wile discussing Calvinism with a colleague, 1 John 2:2 came up. Here is the text of the verse before we consider…  “He is the atoning sacrifice for our sins, and not only for ours but also for the sins of the whole world.” It has been said that this verse poses a problem for...

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Sunday, 03 May 2020 13:14

A Glimpse of Heaven’s Throne Room

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Several visions of the heavenly throne-room occur in Revelation, usually preceding punitive actions on earth implying divine sovereignty over all earthly events, for events in heaven determine events in the world (7.9–17; 8.1–5; 11.15–19; 14.2–3; 15.2–8; 19.1–10;...

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Sunday, 03 May 2020 13:12

To the Church in Laodecia

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Background: Laodicea was an important, wealthy city, with a significant Jewish population. Like other cities in the region, it was a center for Caesar worship and the worship of the healing god Asklepios. There was a famous temple of Asklepios in Laodicea, with a more famous medical school...

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Saturday, 02 May 2020 13:12

Understanding the End Times (Guest Post)

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One of the most misunderstood sub-doctrines in escahtology is the Tribulation. Today, we are turning to one of our favorite theologians, James Quiggle for some wisdom on the period known as the Tribulation…   At Matthew 24:3, Jewish men asked the man they believed to be the Jewish...

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Saturday, 02 May 2020 13:08

A brief sketch of the end times (Guest Post)

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Our favorite guest, James Quiggle, Th.M. has provided us with an overvuew of the End Times….   1. We are not in the end times. The NT church age is the last time before the end times. 2. We cannot know how close we are to the end times. Christ’s return is imminent (at any …...

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    (There are two version of the New Oxford Annotated Bible (NOAB) that are available, NOAB 4thEdition in NRSV, both with and without Deuterocanonical/Apocryphal books and the NOAB Expanded Edition in the RSV) .   NOAB 4th Edition (NRSV) Photos NOAB Expanded Edition (RSV)...

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  This review was originally published in 2015 and was lost during a server failure. It has been recovered and is being republished for your convenience…   Harper Collins Study Bible Photos I am bringing a different review from my normal tract, but it is one that I think is...

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I am asked, from time to time, about the use of General Reference Bibles aka Ecumenical Study Bible and, with me being extremely conservative and extremely Baptist, my answer generally surprises people.  As it happens, I do recommend their use by pastors, Sunday School teachers and the like....

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Saturday, 25 April 2020 13:20

New Interpreter’s Study Bible Review (Recovered)

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  New Interpreters Bible Photos   Recently Abingdon Press sent me three Bibles to review, The Common English Bible Study Bible, The Wesley Study Bible, and the New Interpreter’s Study Bible. The CEB Study Bible review has already been completed and today we will be discussing the...

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Wednesday, 22 April 2020 00:28

NIV Preacher’s Bible Review

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    Zondervan’s NIV Preacher’s Bible is the NIV that many pastors have been desirous of for a long time. Does it stack up? Before we answer that let me disclose that Zondervan provided this Bible free of charge in exchange for an honest review. My opinions are my own.  ...

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Sunday, 19 April 2020 07:41

Why Did We Switch to Weekly Communion?

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Why have communion weekly if there is no proscription to do so in the Scripture? The answer has much to do with the reason behind our breaking the wafer before we partake: it is a participatory symbol. Let me explain… The nearest to an instruction that Scripture gives us to the frequency of...

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Saturday, 18 April 2020 13:06

Spiritual Renewal Themes in Revelation

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Revelation is one of the more complex books in the Bible but at the same time, we see principles for Spiritual Renewal and we also see the restoration of the creation during the Millennial Kingdom God Rules Over All God is sovereign. He is greater than any other power in the universe. Nothing and...

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Friday, 17 April 2020 05:36

A Word from Pastor Matt Re: our giving button

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Beloved, You may have noticed that there is now a giving button on the website. This is the only mention of it that is planned. We have made it a point of mentioning that there will not be active solicitations and there won’t be. I wanted to share some information with you: All of the...

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Sardis is, for all intents and purposes, dead. They had the appearance of being a lively church and even had that reputation but they were dead. Many so called Christians are the same way, today; they are basically dead but their bodies have not caught up yet. The Church in Sardis calls to mind the...

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Monday, 13 April 2020 03:02

The Books of Life (Sermon Notes)

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What is the Book of Life? Is it different from the Lamb’s Book of Life? The Bible mentions being blotted out of the Book of Life, does this mean I can lose my salvation. These are important questions. 1st, there is more than one Book of Life mentioned in the Bible and they are different....

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