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

Wednesday, 13 July 2016 06:26

Conversion is...

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"However this relationship [with God, through Christ] is initiated -- quietly or dramatically, over a long or over a short period of time -- it inaugurates a life devoted to serving God."Conversion is not an isolated event but is related to the entire life of faith that follows from it. It is the moment of birth into a new life. It is like a
Consider John 8:31-32 (and the context of vv. 30-37).“Some ‘believe in Jesus’: whether or not their faith is genuine cannot be determined by the linguistic expression selected by the Evangelist [John].  But Jesus now lays down exactly what it is that separates spurious [bogus] faith from true faith, fickle disciples from
"Both nations in general, and private persons, are apt to grow remiss and lax in a time of prosperity and seeming security; but when their earthly comforts are endangered or withdrawn, it lays them under a kind of necessity to seek for something better in their place. Men must have comfort from one quarter or another. When earthly things are in a
Friday, 08 July 2016 08:04

Are men basically good?

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' Men of lax and corrupt principles, take great delight in speaking to the praise of human nature, and extolling its dignity, without distinguishing what it was, at its first creation, from what it is in its present fallen state. These fine speculations are very grateful to a worldly mind. They are also much more pernicious to uncautious and
'There is an unsearchable depth in the divine counsels, which it is impossible for us to penetrate. It is the duty of every good man to place the most unlimited confidence in divine wisdom, and to believe that those measures of providence that are most unintelligible to him, are yet planned with the same skill, and directed to the same great
Friday, 08 July 2016 07:45

Core Beliefs of Our Founding Fathers

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A majority of today's cultural elites in American may not believe in these realities, but the founding fathers and brave patriots who launched 'the American Experiment' most certainly did:"We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created, and that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable rights..... .appealing to
Friday, 08 July 2016 07:43

The Best Kind of Ministry

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"The best kinds of ministry are, more often than not, long term and low key." -- Christopher Ash

Authors: Douglas Phillips

Friday, 08 July 2016 07:42

Foundational Realities

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The God of the Bible is the only real and living God. He has spoken to human beings, and we are all accountable for how we respond. If we respond in repentance and trust, we will be graciously saved through the redeeming work of Christ. If we respond in persistent defiance and unbelief, we will be justly condemned. Deep, deep down in our souls we
Friday, 08 July 2016 07:40

Interpreting God's Dealings with You

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"Have good thoughts of God and make good interpretations of his dealings toward you. It is very hard to live comfortably and cheerfully among friends when one makes harsh interpretations of the words and actions of another. The only way to keep sweet contentment and comfort in Christian societies is to make the best interpretations of things we
Friday, 08 July 2016 07:38

Loving God Should Be Over the Top!

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“To love God, then, with all your heart and with all your soul, means with your whole self, including your rationality, mental capacity, moral choices and will, inner feelings and desires, and the deepest roots of your life.  To this profound pair the Shema adds a third, remarkable item: (literally) ‘and with all your
Thursday, 30 June 2016 19:43

Crushed Beneath His Foot

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"On the back of Satan's neck is a nail-scarred footprint." -- C.S Lewis

Authors: Douglas Phillips

Thursday, 30 June 2016 19:39

The Biblical Language for Conversion

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I think it would be very wise and helpful if we would primarily stick to the Biblical language for what happens when a person truly is converted/saved. Here are two examples: "...you turned to God from idols to serve the living and true God..." (1 Thess. 1:9). "But thanks be to God that, though you used to be slaves to sin, you have come to obey
Thursday, 30 June 2016 19:37

Conversion and Repentance

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“Conversion applies to all people, demanding a complete commitment that seeks forgiveness in full trust and surrender. Faith is its positive aspect (cp. Mk.1:15). It is God’s gift, but as such a binding requirement. By the baptism of the Spirit Jesus imparts the divine power that creates those who are subject to the divine rule, i.e.,
Thursday, 30 June 2016 19:35

Divided Loyalty Is Idolatry

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“A man may work for two employers; but since ‘single ownership and full-time service are the essence of slavery’ (Tasker), he cannot serve two slave-owners. Either God is served with a single-eyed devotion, or he is not served at all. Attempts at divided loyalty betray, not partial commitment to discipleship, but deep-seated
Thursday, 30 June 2016 19:32

J.I. Packer on 'Faith'

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"What did the apostolic writers have in mind when they spoke of faith? Nothing less than what they took to be the distinctive essence of Christianity: namely, a belief-and-behavior commitment to Jesus Christ, the divine-human Lord, who came to earth, died for sins, rose from death, returned to heaven, reigns now over the cosmos as his
Thursday, 30 June 2016 19:30

Love and practice humility...

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"Love humility in all its instances. practice it in all its parts, for it is the noblest state of the soul of man; it will set your heart and affections right towards God, and fill you with every temper that is tender and affectionate towards men. Let every day therefore be a day of humility; condescend to all the weakness and infirmities of your
Friday, 20 May 2016 19:37

Do You Welcome Correction and Rebuke?

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"'All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness....' (2 Tim. 3:16). From what Paul writes here (and in many other places) we are reminded that a key aspect of healthy spiritual development is the willingness to be rebuked and corrected. Challenging as that is, the Bible makes clear
Sunday, 08 May 2016 19:33

Mothers Day and the Fifth Commandment

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“Honor your father and your mother….” My pastoral mentor, James Grier, used to remind us that at the heart of the meaning of the Fifth Commandment was the crucial concern of passing on faith and devotion towards God from one generation to another. For the old covenant people of Israel, the father and mother, as signficant
Tuesday, 19 April 2016 19:48

The Conquest of Canaan and Yahweh's Worth

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"The nature of the conquest—the inhabitants of Canaan being placed entirely under the ban— forcefully communicates the glory of God in salvation through judgment. The total destruction of the inhabitants of the land is just only if the deity who calls for such a measure is worthy of all honor. If Yahweh’s worth is not so great
Sunday, 03 April 2016 13:56

Treating God as God Featured

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Treating God as God  – “Therefore, …whatever you do, do everything for the glory of God.” -- 1 Cor. 10:31  (Rom. 1:1-4,5; Ps. 96:8-10)

If you truly believe in a Being/Person who is supremely/perfectly authoritative, and supremely/perfectly sovereign (in control) and supremely perfectly good, then you ought to live

Charles Spurgeon tells the story of  a mother who dreamed about the Day of God's Final Judgment of her children...'She thought the judgment day was come. The great books were opened. They all stood before God. And Jesus Christ said, “Separate the chaff from the wheat; put the goats on the left hand, and the sheep on the right.”
Saturday, 19 March 2016 07:41

Jesus, the King, Re-established Human Rule...

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“Jesus as King…re-established human rule over the angelic and natural orders. He lived out everything that it means to be human, establishing himself as a wise ruler with dominion over his own appetites, with a will, affections, and conscience guided by the direction of his Father – and not by that of Satan. He walked through
Saturday, 19 March 2016 07:39

The Present Phase of God's Kingdom

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"In its present phase, the kingdom is like its King before he was raised from the dead and exalted to the right hand of the Father. It can only appear weak and foolish to the world, even though this kingdom is more extensive in its global reach and more intensive in its redemptive power than any earthly empire in history." — Michael Horton


Saturday, 19 March 2016 07:38

Who/What is your Supreme Authority?

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I'm more convinced than ever that the crucial question every person faces is identifying the actual, functioning supreme authority in one's life and 'world-view' (the way you look at the world) -- the supreme authority when it comes to what you think and believe, value and do. (Compare Romans 10:9; Colossian 1:16-18)

Authors: Douglas Phillips

Saturday, 19 March 2016 07:36

No Such Thing as Religious Neutrality

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'Augustine knew there was no such thing as spiritual or religious neutrality. People are for or against the Bible’s God. All humanity, he observed, belongs to one of two societies— one city that “lifts up its head in its own glory” and “loves its own strength as displayed in its mighty men,” and another city
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