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

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Thursday, 27 July 2017 03:11

The Father’s Bargain with the Son

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by John Flavel

Father: My son, here is a company of poor miserable souls, that have utterly undone themselves, and now lie open to my justice! Justice demands satisfaction for them, or will satisfy itself in the eternal ruin of them: What shall be done for these souls?

Son: O my Father, such is my...

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Thursday, 27 July 2017 01:20

Bible Study – The Heart of the Gospel

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If you are able to make an hour available for Bible study, I would recommend this very highly. Conducted earlier this morning in Dallas, this study by Dr. Steve Lawson centers on Romans 3:21-26. Before you start watching, I encourage everyone to have note paper and pen ready in order to take notes,...

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Tuesday, 25 July 2017 22:11

Mandates of Expository Preaching

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image Article: Mandates of Expository Preaching by Eric Davis (original source here)

Expository preaching is that type of preaching which seeks to approach the word of God in a manner befitting of the God of the word. As such, its aim is to submit to the authorial intent of a passage, unpacking the...

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Tuesday, 25 July 2017 21:27

Assurance

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image This excerpt is taken from Can I Be Sure I’m Saved? by R.C. Sproul.

At a practical level, people who are struggling with their assurance of salvation often approach me and ask, “How can I know I am saved?” In response, I ask them three questions.

First I ask, “Do you love...

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Tuesday, 25 July 2017 13:17

Is God Simple or Complex?

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image Persis Lorenti is a member of Grace Baptist Chapel in Hampton, VA where she serves as bookkeeper and deacon of library/resources. She blogs at triedbyfire.blogspot.com and out-of-theordinary.blogspot.com. You can follow her on Twitter @triedwfire.

Article: Classic Theism: Is God Simple or Complex?...

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Tuesday, 25 July 2017 00:42

Altar Calls – Two Articles

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(1) By my friend, Pastor Elly Achok Olare, here.

(2) A Brief History of the Altar Call by Thomas S. Kidd here.

Authors: John Samson...

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Sunday, 23 July 2017 14:02

Defending Imputation

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image N. T. Wright explains why he denies the doctrine of imputed righteousness and Michael Reeves responds:

N. T. Wright: “If we use the language of the law court, it makes no sense whatever to say that the judge imputes, imparts, bequeaths or conveys or otherwise transfers his righteousness to...

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Sunday, 23 July 2017 13:47

What Cessationism Is Not

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image Article by Nathan Busenitz (original source here)

Cessationism is not anti-supernatural, nor does it deny the possibility of miracles.

When it comes to understanding the cessationist position, the question is not: Can God still do miracles in the world today? Cessationists would be quick to...

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Sunday, 23 July 2017 09:59

Passing Inspection

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Text: Ephesians 6:10-20

An overview of each piece of the armor God provides for His people. Knowing that it is vital to have each in place so that you may stand against the devil’s schemes, the question is, ‘Christian, do you have the whole armor on?’

Authors: John Samson...

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Sunday, 23 July 2017 09:38

A High View of Marriage Includes Divorce

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image The original source for this article is found here)

Rebecca VanDoodewaard is the author of Uprooted: A Guide for Homesick Christians and Your Future ‘Other Half’: It Matters Whom You Marry. She is married to William VanDoodewaard, Professor of Church History at Puritan Theological...

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Saturday, 22 July 2017 23:58

4 Incredible Blessings of Giving

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image by Jordan Standridge (original source here)

By the time the average human being reaches the age of 20, he will have watched one million commercials. 1,000,000. Think about that. Most people will watch almost four million commercials in their lifetime, and that’s only talking about regular...

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Saturday, 22 July 2017 17:45

God of the Hills and Valleys

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Tauren Wells – Hills and Valleys (Acoustic Video)

Hills and Valleys

I’ve walked among the shadows You wiped my tears away And I’ve felt the pain of heartbreak And I’ve seen the brighter days And I’ve prayed prayers to heaven from my lowest place And I have held Your...

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Saturday, 22 July 2017 02:43

Prayer Dunkirk

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How a day of prayer saved Britain at Dunkirk

Article by: J.John (original source here)

As a new Hollywood blockbuster commemorates one of the Second World War’s most important events, J.John explains why he believes a National Day of Prayer saved Britain from Hitler’s army at Dunkirk It&rs...

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image by: Thomas R. Schreiner (original source here)

Thomas R. Schreiner (MDiv and ThM, Western Conservative Baptist Seminary; PhD, Fuller Theological Seminary) is the James Buchanan Harrison Professor of New Testament Interpretation and associate dean of the school of theology at the Southern Baptist...

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Friday, 21 July 2017 08:35

Everybody Worships

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image“Think of it this way: Worship is simply about value. The simplest definition I can give is this: Worship is our response to what we value most. That’s why worship is that thing we all do. It’s what we’re all about on any given day. Worship is about saying, ‘This...

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Friday, 21 July 2017 03:56

Improving Public Prayer

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image * This article has been excerpted from chapter 7, “Reading and Praying the Bible in Corporate Worship,” in Give Praise to God: A vision for Reforming Worship, ed. Philip Graham Ryken, Derek W. H. Thomas, and J. Ligon Duncan III (P&R, 2003).

Recommendations for Improving Public...

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Friday, 21 July 2017 02:45

The Starting Point for Knowledge

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image In an article entitled Are You Epistemologically Self-Conscious? (original source here) Dr. Jason Lisle writes:

Epistemology is the study of knowledge – how we know what we know. When a person has a belief, it is reasonable to ask the person “how do you know this?” The way in...

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Thursday, 20 July 2017 18:42

Does God Predestine Sin?

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God brought the greatest good the world has ever known out of the most horrifying sin the world has ever seen. And it was His plan from before creation.

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So we want a handle on how to manage this paradox or mystery, that God forbids things he brings about, and God commands things that...

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Thursday, 20 July 2017 11:45

His Mercy is More

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-Worship Leader: Matt Boswell -Choir: Boyce College Choir -Piano: Jonny Barahona -Cello: Lincoln Wiseman

HIS MERCY IS MORE

What love could remember no wrongs we have done Omniscient, all knowing, He counts not their sum Thrown into a sea without bottom or shore Our sins they are many, His mercy is...

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A 16 part response by Dr. Sam Waldron found at this link.

Authors: John Samson...

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Wednesday, 19 July 2017 14:06

The Marian Dogmas Debate

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Do the Catholic Church’s Teachings on Mary Constitute Authentic Christian Doctrine?

James White debates Peter D. Williams at the London Oratory in St. Wilfrid’s Hall.

Authors: John Samson...

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Wednesday, 19 July 2017 10:26

Creation Evangelism

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Dr. Jason Lisle of biblicalscienceinstitute.com/:

Authors: John Samson...

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Tuesday, 18 July 2017 15:11

The Lord’s Supper

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Heidelberg Catechism: Dr. Joel Beeke

Celebrating the Lord’s Supper Rightly:

(1) Its right versus wrong meaning (Q. 80) (2) Its right versus wrong participants (Q. 81-82)

Union and Communion with Christ at the Lord’s Table:

(1) An assuring, promised union (75,77) (2) A saving, spiritual...

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Monday, 17 July 2017 22:51

A Teaching Resource on the Cross

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image Mike Riccardi has served on staff at Grace Community Church since 2010. He currently serves as the Pastor of Local Outreach Ministries, which includes overseeing Fundamentals of the Faith classes, six foreign language outreach Bible studies, and evangelism in nearby jails, rehab centers, and in...

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Sunday, 16 July 2017 07:37

The Sword of the Spirit

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Test: Ephesians 6:17b; Matthew 4:1-11

The Sword of the Spirit: What is it and how do we use it?

Authors: John Samson...

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