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

Dr. William Varner is a well-established Master’s University professor and experienced linguist. His exegetical and historical skill is fairly known among those within the biblical linguistics community, and those who have heard him speak at the seminary, or as a guest speaker. Nevertheless,...

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Tuesday, 26 May 2020 20:00

When God Brings the Sun Burn Featured

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Here’s an old sermon outline that I touched up for a blog post. It’s from Jonah 4:5-11. It has to do with God’s patient providential work in Jonah’s life. Let’s consider God’s providence together today: Prevailing Providence First, consider the word...

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Sunday, 24 May 2020 20:00

Are You Reaching Out To Your Neighbors? Featured

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Last week, new neighbors moved into the house across the street from us. I wrote them a note and I thought other people may benefit from it. If you are not actively trying to reach your neighbors with the gospel, why not? What is holding you back? Here is the letter. Feel free to copy […]

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Thursday, 21 May 2020 20:00

YouTube, Censorship, and the Christian (Guest Post) Featured

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The following is a guest post by Robert Reece from http://redgracemedia.com/ taken from a social media posting. Christian Censoring? My business deals with marketing and using various platforms to promote offers for sale, running ads, etc. This is how I make money. So I have knowledge of how...

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Tuesday, 19 May 2020 20:00

Pastors, Plagues, and Playing Games Featured

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In my GBTS class on ecclesiology the other night, Dr. Jeffrey Johnson told us the story of John Calvin’s pastoral ministry in Geneva during the plague of 1542. I was able to check out Harry Reeder’s work in John Calvin: A Heart for Devotion Doctrine & Theology (edited by Burk...

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Sunday, 17 May 2020 20:00

Book Review — ESV Omega Thinline Bible Featured

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The ESV Omega Thinline Reference Bible is a beautiful presentation of God’s Word. Crossway has given us a thinline that balances premium materials, size, and functionality well.

The post Book Review — ESV Omega Thinline Bible appeared first on Things Above Us.

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Thursday, 14 May 2020 20:00

The Need for Justification (book excerpt) Featured

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Back in 2013, there arose a drunk driving case here in Texas which made national headlines not so much because of its severity but because of its legal defense and sentencing. Ethan Couch, aged 16 at the time, stole two cases of beer from a Walmart, drove his dad’s Ford F-350 pickup truck at...

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Tuesday, 12 May 2020 21:19

4 Conversion Stories Featured

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John Wesley I disagree with Wesley on several important doctrinal points. But consider how he recounts his own testimony from May 24, 1738: “In the evening I went very unwillingly to a society in Aldersgate Street, where one was reading Luther’s preface to the Epistle to the Romans....

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George Alvarado is joined by guest, Peter Orr, author of Exalted Above The Heavens, to discuss his book. Why Christ’s bodily presence in heaven important? What does Scripture teach about his absence and his presence? How does the Holy Spirit, the Church, gospel preaching, and Christian...

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Friday, 08 May 2020 20:00

I Still Believe: Official Movie Review (No Spoilers) Featured

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I Still Believe Jeremy Camp is a singer and songwriter who is popular in the Contemporary Christian Music scene. I believe his music is more Christ-centered and explicitly Christian than most of what is produced in the 21st century under the heading of “Christian.” To my knowledge, he...

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Thursday, 07 May 2020 20:00

Daniel’s Defiance Featured

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“When Daniel knew that the document had been signed, he went to his house where he had windows in his upper chamber open toward Jerusalem. He got down on his knees three times a day and prayed and gave thanks before his God, as he had done previously.” – Daniel 6:10 This article...

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Wednesday, 06 May 2020 20:00

I Still Believe: Coming Soon Featured

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We will be hosting a giveaway contest and posting a review of the movie I Still Believe (about Jeremy Camp) soon on the blog. Jeremy Camp is a Christian singer whose music made an impact on me when I was a new Christian. I know some of the details of his story, and I am […]

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Tuesday, 05 May 2020 20:00

9 Reasons to Depart from Iniquity Featured

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Today’s post has my name on it, but I didn’t write it. Rather, we turn to our friend John Bunyan to consider his exhortations on why believers ought to depart from iniquity. This comes from Bunyan’s work, A Holy Life, The Beauty of Christianity. Here are Bunyan’s words on...

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George Alvarado is joined by guest, Andrew Rappaport from Striving from Eternity, to discuss misunderstandings between Covenantalists and Dispensationalists. Andrew Recently recorded a short series on his podcast, The Rapp Report, that addresses some of his perspectives, as well as recent...

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Sunday, 03 May 2020 20:00

Lexham English Bible: Outdoing the NASB? Featured

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In my previous post, which concerned John MacArthur’s announcement of the new Legacy Standard Bible translation and the ever-impending NASB 2020 update, one point that seemed to gain much attention was the existence of the Lexham English Bible, a translation that already includes the...

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Thursday, 30 April 2020 20:00

When Providence goes Viral Featured

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I wrote this post while there were still quite a few unknowns about COVID-19. President Trump had just declared a National Emergency. Local schools began closing all over the world. The NCAA canceled important sporting events and subsequently all spring sports. And most tragically, many presumably...

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Wednesday, 29 April 2020 01:30

Book Giveaway: Exalted Above the Heavens Featured

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  ***Book Giveaway*** The Roundtable podcast @ Thingsabove.us is giving away 3 free copies of “Exalted Above the Heavens” by Peter Orr For a chance to win, the more you share, the more entries you gain. We will announce winners when we record our podcast interview with Peter Orr....

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Tuesday, 28 April 2020 20:00

Inspired to Conspire Featured

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2020 is already the oddest and most surprising year of my life. Personally, it’s been filled with news and events I was not expecting (most of which was good) and then obviously the onset of SARS-CoV-2 and the ensuing global reaction have truly been historic regardless of what happens. One of...

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George Alvarado, Michael Coughlin, and Chuck Ivey discuss what it means to submit to the government or practice civil disobedience. Is there a balance? Does submission to the government mean you’re a statist? If you call out the injustices and practice civil disobedience, does that mean you...

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Sunday, 26 April 2020 20:00

False Conversion, Quarantine, and Apathy Featured

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I recently conversed with a young lady about why she left Christianity. More often than not, when I evangelize to someone in America, they have some sort of Christian background. This benefits me because the door slams open to discuss the gospel. And I asked her a question that I ask every false...

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Like the proverbial Eskimo with 100 words for snow, Petrus van Mastricht was a theologian with countless ways to describe faith and the Triune God we are called to place our faith in.

The post Book Review — Theoretical-Practical Theology, Vol 2: Faith in the Triune God appeared first on Things...

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Tuesday, 21 April 2020 20:00

Children’s Book Review — A Rainbow of Rocks Featured

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There are two main sections to this children's book. The first section takes your child page by page and displays a picture of a rock with a little text about the rock on each page. The photos are brilliant, and the name of the rock is highlighted in the same color as the rock. The color scheme is...

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Sunday, 19 April 2020 20:00

Spurgeon: God is Good and God is Sovereign Featured

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God is good and sovereign! The following is taken from Charles Haddon Spurgeon’s Sermon “A View of God’s Glory”.  The section below was particularly edifying to me (the remaining words are all Spurgeon’s): “Do not be alarmed, my Friends, because I am going...

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Thursday, 16 April 2020 20:00

The Enemy Of My Enemy Featured

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Don’t Be Charmed Alyssa Milano is an outspoken hypocrite for the Democratic party in the USA. You can do your own work to verify this. But it’s the recent public kerfuffle between Milano and her Charmed co-star Rose McGowan that is the fodder for this post. Let me sum it up: Alyssa...

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Tuesday, 14 April 2020 20:00

Some Thoughts on the Legacy Standard Bible Featured

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If you haven’t seen the news by means of a video update from John MacArthur for his church (skip to 7:20 in the video above), there’s a new translation in the works called the Legacy Standard Bible. It promises being based on the well-loved NASB 1995 translation, translating YHWH as...

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