Daily Roundup

Adapting To Culture…Or Not – Here is a message preached by Voddie Baucham at The Masters College.

Faith is Action – Is faith like rappelling?

The Beauty of Holiness and the Miracle of Sanctification – Do we see Holiness as Beautiful? 

Ligonier 5$ Friday Sale – More good deals from Ligonier Ministries.

Christianity & Islam – Dr. Michael Horton explains the differences between Islam and the gospel, the Koran and the Bible and how we should relate to and love our Muslim neighbors.

A Puritan Preacher Remembered – William Bates remembers Thomas Manton at Manton’s funeral.

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For even if it [Scripture] wins reverence for itself by its own majesty, it seriously affects us only when it is sealed upon our hearts through the Spirit. Therefore, illumined by his power, we believe neither by our own nor by anyone else’s judgment that Scripture is from God. But above human judgment we affirm with utter certainty (just as if we were gazing upon the majesty of God himself) that it has flowed to us from the very mouth of God by the ministry of men. – John Calvin

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God’s Amazing Grace Part 2– Charles Quarles looks at the theology behind John Newton’s hymn.

Ligonier’s $5 Friday Sale – Ligonier has a lot of good deals today, one is Steve Larson’s book The Unwavering Resolve of Jonathan Edwards.  I have read this book and it is very good.  Head on over and check out the deals.

The Man Behind the Curtain – A 22 minute sermon from Charles Roberts from Acts 13:13-33.  This is the Apostle Paul’s first sermon and no less than 16 times, Paul shows the sovereignty of God in history.

Fellowship and Conversation – An article on small group fellowship by Mike Riccardi.

How to Respond to a Complement After a Sermon – Brian Croft offers some more advice to Pastors.  If you are a Pastor, this is a site you should check out frequently as Pastor Croft offers some really good insight.

More Important Than Knowing God – Is there anything in this life more important than knowing God?  Yes there is!

Quote:  Beware of no man more than of yourself; we carry our worst enemies within us.  – C H Spurgeon

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4 Thoughts on Chick-Fil-A Day– Dan Cathy, the head of Chick-Fil-A, who has publicly stated his stance on what constitutes marriage has become a sort of rallying point for those who see the worlds intolerance to the Christian view of marriage.  This article brings some food for thought into this controversy.

Appearance is Everything? – John MacArthur writes a timely article dealing with the way the world perceives the Church and how the Church tries to market itself to the world.

Pastors: Recommit Yourselves to What You Were Ordained to Do – Preach Christ!  What more is there?

26 Part Lecture Series on Calvin’s Institutes of the Christian Religion – As I am re-reading the McNeill edition of Calvin’s Institutes, I thought this might be a good primer for those who might be interested in taking up this massive volume of wisdom.  Listen online or download as a podcast in iTunes.

When All is Lost – Who are you going to call on when all seems lost? 

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Thus it comes about that we see men who in [God’s] absence normally remain firm and constant, but who, when he manifests his glory, are so shaken and struck dumb as to be laid low by the dread of death – are in fact overwhelmed by it and almost annihilated.  As a consequence, we must infer that man is never sufficiently touched and affected by the awareness of his lowly state until he has compared himself with God’s majesty. – Calvin, Institutes 1:1:3

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School Wants to Oust Church Over Anti-Gay Sermons – A sign of the times!  SBC Church faces eviction because the pastor has the courage to preach what the Bible says about the homosexual lifestyle.

10 Books (and One Letter) Every New Calvinist Needs To Read – Keith Mathison lists some reads he thinks those who hold to the Doctrines of Grace should read.

Not Baby Talk – Frank Turk writes about how asking God for help could be like being the Tin Man and asking Oz the Great and Powerful for help.

What Happens to Infants Who Die? – Not sure I agree with everything said here, but Jesse Johnson opened a door that I need to look at and study more!

When Should I Correct and When Should I Let It Go – Justin Taylor lays out a chart and words of wisdom on the fruitfulness of conflict among us.

Some Basic Thoughts on Manhood: Worship – Thabiti Anywbwile continues with part 2 of his thoughts on manhood.

A Quote from J. C. Ryle:

Would we know, for another thing, the strength of a true Christian’s foundation for hope? Let us often read these first five verses of John’s Gospel. Let us mark that the Savior in whom the believer is bid to trust is nothing less than the Eternal God, One able to save to the uttermost all that come to the Father by Him. He that was “with God,” and “was God,” is also “Emmanuel, God with us.” Let us thank God that our help is laid on One that is mighty. (Psalm 89:19.) In ourselves we are great sinners. But in Jesus Christ we have a great Savior. He is a strong foundation-stone, able to bear the weight of a world’s sin. He that believes on Him shall not be confounded. (1 Peter 2:6.)

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J. C. Ryle Expository Thoughts on the Gospels 7 Volume Set – Head on over to the Banner of Truth website and check out this deal.

God and His Holiness – An article by Tim Challies on the holiness of God.

Jumpstart Your Stalled Sanctification – Here are a couple of thoughts on sanctification.

Saturate Your Sermon with Application Without Sacrificing Doctrine and Exegesis – Eric McKiddie writes this article more to pastors, but there are lots of applications in here for someone doing a personal scriptural study.

Anxiety is Pointless and Foolish – Justin Taylor gives 8 reasons why we shouldn’t be anxious.