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Jean-Baptiste Faure – This is a website devoted to images of galaxies, nebula, and generally, all things outer space related.

Extend the Same Grace You Preach – What can I say, I have been, and am constantly reminded that I still am, guilty of this.

Three Common Areas of Neglect – Brian Croft is writing this to pastors, but it could apply to anyone who tries to be intentional in their service to God.

Four Reasons Men Don’t Read Books – I’ll admit that I cannot relate to this article as I love to read.  It is a rare day when I don’t sit down and read, but I know that I am the exception in this regard as far as men go.

Cutting Honest Throats by Whispers – An excerpt from The Power of the Tongue by Octavius Winslow.

Soli Deo Gloria – Or to put it in English, it means essentially that everything that is done is for God’s glory to the exclusion of humankind’s self-glorification and pride.

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It is in vain to teach righteousness by precept, until Christ bestow it by free imputation, and the regeneration of the Spirit. ~John Calvin

 

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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

 

 

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Sound Doctrine, Sound Words – This is a message by Phil Johnson (an ex-Pyromaniac) that was given at the Shepherds Conference in 2009.  How true his words have come true.  My wife and I watched this this weekend.

Carl Trueman Installed as Pastor of Cornerstone OPC Church – If you have never listened to Carl Trueman, or if you don’t know who he is, check out this website.  Pastor Trueman holds a doctorate and teaches at Westminster Theological Seminary in PA.  He is an outstanding preacher, theologian and historian.  Give him a listen if you want a blessing.

What Important Element of Public Worship Goes Largely Neglected Today? – Pastor Brian Croft asks why the reading of Scripture in our worship services is being neglected.

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There is no excuse for fear if God is the foundation of our trust. – C H Spurgeon

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The Power of the Gospel’s “Already” and “Not Yet” – Great post on the Gospel causing us to look back and also forward.

You Might Be Envious If… – Well, the link says it all!

Is Your Leadership Driven by Ability or Jesus? – Joe Holland gives some pointers on leadership.

Jesus’ Diary – Barry York asks if you would read Jesus’ diary if it were to be published.

Husbands Test Your Wives – Kind of a tongue-in-cheek title, but an interesting article geared towards men by Mark Lamprecht.

How Can A Pastor Help His Children Appreciate His Work, Not Resent It – Brian Croft of Practical Shepherding fame has more helpful advise for Pastors.

Killing Calvinism – Frank Turk’s review of the book.  I’m planning on buying this one, but not because of the review, just because I think it would be a good read.

You Cannot Live The Gospel – An excerpt from “What Is The Gospel” by Voddie Baucham.