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

Sunday, 31 May 2020 23:45

One Good Shepherd

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Ecclesiastes famously says that life is like vapor, life is like wind. Trying to understand everything, comprehend everything, trying to plan and execute your plans is like trying to shepherd the wind. This is what Solomon means when he says all is vanity. He doesn’t mean everything is...

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Wednesday, 27 May 2020 07:01

God Prefers His Strength

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One of the common misconceptions of Christians is that God prefers weakness. And sometimes this misconception is exploited by those who hate God and His church. Some might point to Israel’s weakness at the Red Sea or the weakness of David a young shepherd boy or the weakness of Daniel and his...

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Tuesday, 26 May 2020 00:26

God’s Complacent Love

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The word “complacence” or “complacency” is defined as a feeling of smug or uncritical satisfaction in oneself or one’s achievements, like the little boy who announced to his dad one day that he was such a fast runner, he was even faster than God. 

But it’s...

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Monday, 25 May 2020 03:30

An Inheritance the Hands to Receive It

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“A good man leaveth an inheritance to his children’s children” (Prov. 13:22).

This is one of the tasks of faithful parents, leaving an inheritance to their grandchildren. This inheritance should be understood biblically, which means it must be understood as both material...

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Thursday, 21 May 2020 00:29

Corona Euchatastrophe

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A Long IntroductionTucker Carlson reports that 37 Planned Parenthoods applied for and received federal stimulus money illegally. They have been ordered to send the money back, and they are under scrutiny and calls for investigations into whether they knowingly falsified information. This is the way...

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Tuesday, 19 May 2020 01:30

Does David French Pass the Character Test?

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IntroductionDavid French has recently written another scathing article on the lack of Evangelical virtue, teeing off Al Mohler’s intimation that he will likely vote for President Trump this Fall. Now that the character test has been failed, French claims the competence test will follow...

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Wednesday, 13 May 2020 02:27

Working Hard or Hardly Working?

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Being busy is not the same thing as working hard. An engine can rev high and the car still not go anywhere. Noise and smoke is no guarantee of real, hard work. 

Real hard work is good work, and it’s good work in the first instance because it’s obedient work. Obedient work is blessed...

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IntroductionJonathan Leeman writes over at 9 Marks, asking the question When Should Churches Reject Governmental Guidelines on Gathering and Engage in Civil Disobedience.

First off, I suspect that Leeman and I are quite close theologically. While he is a baptist, I imagine that we would work our...

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Saturday, 09 May 2020 06:44

Seeing Knowing God

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Do you know God? It can sound like a simple question, but it might also be a troubling question. It can sometimes seem difficult to explain how you can know the infinite God. It can seem strange to describe knowing a Being you cannot see. 

So how can we know God? The answer is that the only way...

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Wednesday, 06 May 2020 22:19

The Fear of God

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Introduction“Blessed is everyone that fears the Lord” (Ps. 128:1). Do you really believe that? Do you believe that God’s blessing really only rests on those who fear Him?

The clear message of the Bible is that the great divide...

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Tuesday, 05 May 2020 00:09

Tranny Nannies Christian Freedom

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IntroductionThere is an anarchist demon in every human heart. Every fallen man, woman, and child is born with original sin, that primordial instinct to be god – to be the highest power and therefore, hate all other claims to power and authority. That is the essence of anarchy. It’s a...

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Monday, 04 May 2020 01:08

Confessional Charades

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There is no sin so insidious but conscientious sin. This is the sin that has been thought through carefully. It has been analyzed from numerous angles, explained, defended, excused, and usually, at some point eventually renamed with terms of virtue. The whole thing is an elaborate charade, a...

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Saturday, 02 May 2020 06:21

Thanksgiving is an Open Hand

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The pagan mind can be summed up as trying to make bread and enjoy it without saying thanks. Think of bread as the sign of all human life and productivity. The pagan mind wants to make life and produce good things, and it wants to do so above all else without saying thank you to God.

But the...

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Sunday, 26 April 2020 12:05

All the Old Stories

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Being a Christian means that you have come to believe that all of the old stories are true. You believe in trees with magical fruit, old men who call down plagues with a staff, sea monsters that play in the depths of the ocean, and stars that are angels influencing the course of history. Being a...

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Thursday, 23 April 2020 01:13

The Injustice of Idaho’s Mass Isolation Orders

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IntroductionMy friend and colleague Douglas Wilson has just written yesterday on the problems with Idaho Governor Little’s Mass Isolation Order. And you really should go read that if you haven’t yet. I want to touch on some of what he’s written and then add my three cents, pushing...

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Wednesday, 22 April 2020 02:26

Food for Fellowship

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One of the more glorious ways God shows His kindness to people is through the gift of food. He made the world, and filled it with food. And He made people with the ability to imitate Him in preparing food and enjoying it.

When Jesus taught us to pray, He specifically taught us to ask our Father for...

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Monday, 20 April 2020 00:07

God Shut Down the World

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It really is marvelous to stand back and see what God has done. God closed down the world. The mighty modern nations of the earth have been shut down. 91% of the population of the world is under some kind of restrictions, with somewhere between a third and a half of the world’s population in...

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Friday, 17 April 2020 08:40

Confess Sin Like Christ is Risen

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Christ is risen from the dead. He is risen indeed. Sin is dead. Death is dead. The devil, the Accuser, is struck down, cast down, and his head has been struck with a mortal blow. Sorrow and suffering are swallowed up in victory. O death, where is your sting? O Hell, where is your victory? And so...

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Wednesday, 15 April 2020 09:54

A Message for the Mayor City Council of Moscow, Idaho

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“Then Jesus said to those Jews which believed on him, if ye continue in my word, then are ye my disciples indeed; and ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free” (Jn. 8:31-32).

IntroductionThere is a long tradition in the Christian Church in which ministers of the gospel...

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Tuesday, 07 April 2020 04:25

Mirth or Mourning?

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Ecclesiastes says that sorrow is better than laughter, and the heart of the wise is in the house of mourning, but the heart of fools is in the house of mirth. But Ecclesiastes also recommends mirth: it says there is nothing better for a man than to eat, drink, and be merry and rejoice in the wife...

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Monday, 06 April 2020 04:39

Romans 13, Corona Slavery, Our Gods

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IntroductionOne of the glorious gifts of this Corona-Crisis is the revelation of our gods. And with that revelation is pouring in the returns that our gods are, as usual, impotent, moody, tyrannical, and indisposed.

Jack Boot DiversityWhat are those gods? Their name is Legion, but let’s start...

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Thursday, 02 April 2020 10:52

Light in the Dwellings of Israel

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“They saw not one another, neither rose any from his place for three days: but all the children of Israel had light in their dwellings” (Ex. 10:23).

IntroductionThere is something glorious here for us. The pagans were struck...

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Sunday, 29 March 2020 02:04

The Father Almighty Abdicating Fathers

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Christians are people of first principles, and we must be people of first principles especially when the world around us is shaking, crumbling, or has gone mad. What do we mean by first principles? The Apostles’ Creed is a wonderful statement of first principles. We believe in one God, and...

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Friday, 27 March 2020 06:21

Perfect Fear

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“The fear of the LORD is the beginning of knowledge, but fools despise wisdom and instruction” (Prov. 1:7).

This is true all of the time, but it is especially true when people are tempted to fear other things. 

A Christian is someone who has come to know the...

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Sunday, 22 March 2020 02:47

A Message on Plagues

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IntroductionThe prophecy of Joel is about a coming disaster in Israel, the hope of repentance and reformation, and the promise of international justice. We do not know the full nature of the hardship we are facing, but we know that it is from the Lord. It is for our good, it is for His...

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