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How To Identify False Teachers – In part 1, Denny Burk lists 6 traits of false teachers.

Without God, Without Hope – When I hear myself say things like “what is wrong with people these days?,” shake my head in disgust and marvel that human beings could be so rebellious, so foolish, so crass, so arrogant, it is a good sign that I am not remembering where I came from.

Divisiveness Vs. DiscernmentIf we are going to be discerning people, we must develop the skill of discriminating between truth and error, good and bad...So discernment is the process of making careful distinctions in our thinking about truth.

T4G Livestream – The Together for the Gospel Conference starts tomorrow.  Here is the livestream link.

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“Since God is truth, a contempt for truth is equally a contempt for God.”- Gordon H. Clark

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John Piper Infographic – Here is another infographic from Tim Challies on John Piper.

Bible Translations and Bible Reading – Many translations are extremely helpful, but none of them capture exactly what the original language depicts in the text. That is why it is so important for Christians and especially pastors to learn the original languages of Scripture (Greek and Hebrew).

Preach the Word – You wouldn’t expect to hear a pastor tell his church, “I know better than God.” And yet that’s what many preachers and leaders today communicate when they focus their ministry strategies on market research and consumer response.

Forged In Forgiveness – Erik Fitzgerald was a youth pastor in Georgia when he awoke one day to the terrible news that his wife and son had been killed in a car accident.  See the healing power of forgiveness in action.

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“We may ask, no doubt, why God does not extend his saving grace to all; and why, if he sends it to some only, he sends it to just those some to whom he sends it rather than to others. These are not wise questions to ask. We might ask why Christ raised Lazarus only of all that lay dead that day in Palestine, or in the world. No doubt reasons may suggest themselves why he raised Lazarus. But why Lazarus only? If we threw the reins on the neck of imagination, we might possibly discover reasons enough why he might well have raised others, too, with Lazarus, perhaps many others, perhaps all the dead throughout the whole world. Doubtless he had his reasons for doing on that great day precisely what he did. No doubt God has his reasons, too, for doing just what he does with his electing grace. Perhaps we may divine some of them. No doubt there are others which we do not divine. Better leave it to him, and content ourselves. facing, in the depths of our ignorance and our sin-bred lack of comprehension, these tremendous realities, with the O altitudo of Paul: ‘O the depth of the riches both of the wisdom and the knowledge of God! how unsearchable are his judgments, and his ways past tracing out!’ Or may we not even rise to the great consenting ‘Yea!’ which Christ has taught us: ‘Yea, Father, for so it was well-pleasing in thy sight!’ After all, men are sinners and grace is wonderful. The marvel of marvels is not that God, in his infinite love, has not elected all of this guilty race to be saved, but that he has elected any. What really needs accounting for — though to account for it passes the powers of our extremest flights of imagination — is how the holy God could get the consent of his nature to save a single sinner.” – B. B. Warfield

The Gosnell Trial News Blackout

Denny Burk brings to light the apparent news blackout over Dr. Kermit Gosnell’s current trial.  If infanticide had taken place in Asia or Africa on the scale that it happened in this doctors office, the news media would be all over it, but it didn’t, it happened here, here in America and no one is saying much about it.  Watch the video documentary and read the blog post from Denny Burk, then pray.  Pray for wisdom, pray for mercy, pray that this inestimable crime would be brought to it’s true light and that people, even those hardened by sin, would see the hypocrisy of what is known as abortion rights.

Click this link to read.

Here is another link from The Gospel Coalition that gives some more facts.

USA Today has an article asking why more media coverage isn’t being devoted to this trial.

Charles Krauthammer has a video worth watching.

All I have to say is that if you don’t think the main stream media is biased, this should give you a reason to rethink that.

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Why Aren’t We Calling It The “Royal Fetus” – Funny how the media calls it a baby in one instance, but a fetus in another.

Paul Washer Interview – If you don’t know who Paul Washer is, I suggest you get acquainted with him.  This is an interview he gave recently, and if you do a google search of him, you most likely will see “Shocking Youth Video” at the top of the list.  That is a sermon that pretty much defines who Paul Washer is and what he preaches.  He is a breathe of fresh air in today’s market driven, purpose driven, glitzy church.

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“Having some time today I set myself to pray more, confessing sin, asking, thanking and praising.  I am ashamed of my shallowness in knowledge, feeling and desire.  Most humbling.  On the other hand, how astonishing has been the Lord’s kindness to me, mercies like waves of the sea, bright mercies like the stars of heaven, mercies to my soul, mercies to me a sinner in every possible way, crowned with the unspeakable kindness of putting me into the ministry and using me to win souls.  I long more and more to be ‘filled’ with the Spirit, and to see my congregation moved and melted under the Word, as in great revival times, ‘The place shaken where they are assembled together,’ because the Lord has come in power.”

Andrew A. Bonar, Diary and Letters (London, 1894), page 333.

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New Theme Song for Prosperity Preachers – Courtesy of Pirate Christian Radio by way of Apprising Ministries.  If you are a faithful “Prosperity Abomigospel” follower, you will not like the implications of this song, just sayin’.

MSM Pushing It’s Own Agenda? Part 1 – John McCain on Face the Nation along with some commentary by Denny Burk.

MSM Pushing It’s Own Agenda? Part 2 – Sad that David Gregory never got back around to Carly Fiorina’s statements.  Just goes to show the depth of human depravity.

Desiring God is Making Available a Free Martin Luther eBook – Head on over and grab it in your favorite format, 3 to choose from.

The Importance of God’s Immutability – R. C. Sproul, Jr. takes a look at the unchanging nature of God.  This is the attribute of God that allows Him to be God.

The Holy Spirit and Apologetics – A message by Al Mohler from the 2007 Contending For The Truth Conference.  Well worth the listen.

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Let me grant, in the first place, that the believer cannot cite a deeper ground for revelation than its divine authority, which he or she recognizes by faith. But this is not to say that believers have nothing to say to the opponents of that revelation. True: they have no airtight proofs; they cannot move the opponent toward faith; but they have at least as much to say in defending as the opponent has in attacking scriptural authority. Unbelief, too, is rooted, not in proofs and arguments, but in the heart. In this respect believers and unbelievers are in exactly the same position. Their convictions are integrally bound up with their whole personality and are only a posteriori supported by proofs and arguments. And now, when the two parties oppose each other with these a posteriori proofs and arguments, the position of believers is not less favorable than that of unbelievers. God is sufficiently knowable to those who seek him and also sufficiently hidden to those who run away from him. “There is enough light for those who only desire to see and enough darkness for those of a contrary disposition. There is enough clarity to illumine the elect and enough darkness to humble them. There is enough darkness to render the reprobate sightless and enough clarity to condemn them and to render them inexcusable.” The state of religion, theism, revelation, and Scripture is not as hopeless as science has for years wanted us to believe. – Herman Bavinck

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Joel Osteen and Oprah’s “I Am” Lifeclass – Do not call yourself a Christian if you buy in to any of this.  I don’t care if Osteen has 40k + members and Oprah has millions of followers, this is flat out heresy. See Oprah’s Lifeclass site for more info.

Regeneration by J. C. Ryle – Regeneration is so important.  Without God’s regenerating work in our lives, we cannot be born again.

How Does Gay Marriage Affect You – Denny Burk looks at on aspect of it that we will have to deal with if your state normalizes gay marriage.

A Poem on Hebrews 3:13 – The last few lines of this poem are especially poignant.

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While I don’t normally delve into politics, this quote by Douglas Wilson is right on the mark.  You can read the entire article that this was taken from here:

When a rape results in a pregnancy, this means that we are now dealing with three people instead of two. Two of those three are innocent, and one of them is guilty. Take a case of violent rape. The pro-choice ghouls want to do two things — first, they want to go easy on the guilty one, refusing to execute him, while executing one of the innocent parties for something his father did, and secondly, they want to make out anyone who objects to this arrangement as the callused one. – Douglas Wilson

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10 Things About Church You Should Know – Kevin DeYoung’s tongue in cheek look 10 things you should know.

Christ at the Center – 5 messages from Westminster Theological Seminary, California about Christ and the importance of Him being all that we center our lives on.

Acts of the Holy Spirit Infographic – Here is a poster from The Good Book Company that outlines the book of Acts.

Do Same-Sex Partners Have Parental Rights? – And so it begins.  We have started down a slippery slope as a country and this is some of the fruit we will have to eat.

When a Sermon Becomes a Poem – A poem from John Piper based on a sermon he recently preached.

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The worst possible news that we can hear about God is that He is good!  If God is good, and just, He cannot forgive us unless first justice is satisfied.  The only way His justice can be satisfied is by His own right hand in the death of Christ on the cross.  God has saved me from God. God has saved me from Himself, for Himself, and by Himself.  So, the worst possible news that we can hear is also the best possible news. – Paraphrase from Paul Washer

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A Strange Thirst – Here is some food for thought on what we desire from God.

God’s Amazing Grace Part 3– Charles Quarles looks at the theology behind John Newton’s hymn.

Why The Sovereignty of God is Important – Even in the midst of tragedy, our outlook on God’s sovereignty should be our calm in the midst of the storm.

The Baptist Catechism with Notes by John Piper – Written in 1677, “The Baptist Catechism” was patterned after the Heidelberg and Westminster catechisms to teach Reformed doctrine from a Baptist perspective.  Download it from Desiring God.

All Hail the Power of Chance? – What kind of power does chance actually have?  Here is an interesting perspective.

In What Ways Can The Younger Compromise With The Older in The Local Church? – Brian Croft, as usual, offers up some good advice.

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Hence we learn how absolutely we are dependent on God in this great matter of the eternal salvation of our souls. We are dependent not only on his wisdom to contrive a way to accomplish it, and on his power to bring it to pass, but we are dependent on his mere will and pleasure in the affair. We depend on the sovereign will of God for every thing belonging to it, from the foundation to the top-stone. It was of the sovereign pleasure of God, that he contrived a way to save any of mankind, and gave us Jesus Christ, his only-begotten Son, to be our Redeemer. Why did he look on us; and send us a Saviour, and not the fallen angels? It was from the sovereign pleasure of God. It was of his sovereign pleasure what means to appoint. His giving us the Bible, and the ordinances of religion, is of his sovereign grace. His giving those means to us rather than to others, his giving the awakening influences of his Spirit, and his bestowing saving grace, are all of his sovereign pleasure. When he says, “Let there be light in the soul of such an one,” it is a word of infinite power and sovereign grace. – Jonathan Edwards