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Barack Obama an Apostle Like Jesus Christ? – As much as it boggles my mind, there are just some things in this life that you can’t make up.  This article is something I just can’t wrap my mind around.

Reflections on X – You can’t look in a mirror and at a mirror at the same time.  Thought provoking article that caused me to look at my own quilt.

John Owen’s Final Words – I can only hope that my final words in this life would be such as Owen’s.

Did Jesus Turn Water into Wine or Grape Juice – Something to read and think about.

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History is not a matter of indifference in a single religion, but Christianity itself is and creates a history. Precisely because it is the perfect, absolute, and definitive religion, it is and has to be a historical religion. The reason is that Christianity regards sin not as ignorance, which can easily be overcome by some enlightenment, but as an appalling power, which produces its effects throughout the cosmos; and over against this power it brings reconciliation and redemption in the deepest and broadest sense of those terms. It brings redemption from the guilt and the stain, from all the consequences of sin, from the errors of the intellect and the impurity of the heart, from the death of soul and body. It brings that redemption not only to the individual but also, organically, to the family and generations of families, to people and society, to humanity and the world. For that reason Christianity has to be a history, rooted in facts, producing facts. The facts are the skeletal system of Christianity; specifically, the cross and the resurrection of Christ are the two mainstays on which the Christian faith rests. When that gospel is preached purely, it always includes those facts; and when the preaching of that gospel is blessed and effects faith and conversion, then, in the religious experience of sin and grace, the divinity of this history is sealed. For if Christ did not die and was not raised from the dead, our faith is vain. Those facts, accordingly, are not events that took place at some time in the past and have now lost their significance. They do not stand between us and God, keeping us separate from him. “To the New Testament writers this concentration of faith upon the historic realities of redemption does not in the least interfere with its personal character as a direct act of trust in God and in Christ. The Person is immanent in the facts, and the facts are the revelation of the Person.” – Herman Bavinck

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The Heritage of Atheism – Without belief in God we not only have a crisis of morality, we have a crisis of meaning.

Revisiting Inerrancy – Al Mohler and friends sit down to talk about the inerrancy of the Word of God.

God’s Plan Before the Ages Began – An Excerpt from John Pipers message, Why Did God Create the World.

Degrees of Sin – It is not uncommon to hear Christians suggesting that every sin is equal in God’s sight.

Abortion and the Campaign for Immorality – John MacArthur rarely ever gets into the political arena in his sermons, but this election year is different.

How Jesus Made Disciples – Could our struggle to make quality disciples come from focusing so much on what Jesus said that we miss what Jesus did?

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This first promise must certainly be but dark to our first parents, in comparison of that great light which we enjoy. And yet, dark as it was, we may assure ourselves they built upon it their hopes of everlasting salvation and by that faith were saved. – George Whitefield

 

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Are We Too “At Ease” – Interesting article that ought to make us think about the way we look at our lives in the Western world.

Future Grace Revised Edition Book Recommendation – I have read the original version twice and highly recommend that if you haven’t read it, or even if you have, that you get this book and devour it.

Delaware the First State to Outlaw Spanking? – Another sign of the times in governmental control over our lives and our ability to raise our families.

Mark Driscoll Needs to Repent – Chris Rosebrough reviews Mark Driscoll’s latest sermon on Esther.

Creeds and Confession in the Contemporary Church – An audio file where Dr. Carl R. Trueman discuss’s the important role of creeds and confessions in the church through his book The Creedal Imperative.

Elements of Productive Bible Study – Part 2 – The second part of yesterday’s initial post on Bible study.

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By entertaining of strange persons, men sometimes entertain angels unawares: but by entertaining of strange doctrines, many have entertained devils unaware. – John Flavel

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Within Two Worlds – I just love these time lapse video’s.  They give me such a sense of the grandeur of God and how much we take his creation for granted.

Judge and Jury – Do we really think we are the judge and jury of God?

Why Theology Matters – Owen Strachan gives a 38 minute talk on the importance of theology in the Christian’s life.

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It’s important for us to get a grip on the fact that we are not some Johnny-come-lately. That we are not some flotsam and jetsam floating in some big huge stream and God is up there with sort of a divine fishing hook, throwing it down trying to hook one or two of us now and then just to sort of preserve His impact on humanity. I don’t see God trying to fish around trying to catch some men. I don’t see God sitting up there saying, “Boy, I hope some of these people will respond to the gospel and come along with me because I really have invested a lot in it.” I don’t see God doing that. What I see in Ephesians 1 is God master planning every single person into the church, who is to be in the church before the world began. And history is simply the outworking of His story already written and planned in eternity. – John MacArthur from The Body Formed In Eternity Past

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The Truth Will Set You Free – How, and what, we view as truth has a profound influence on our lives.

Is Election Unfair? – Not unfair, undeserved!

Does the Doctrine of Unconditional Election Make God a “Respecter of Persons”? – Election from another perspective.

By All Means Save Some – Paul wasn’t trying to be “cool” or “popular”, he was trying to reach the lost.

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Some persons on earth do not know where to put the crown; but those in heaven do. They place the diadem on the right head; and they ever sing “And he hath made us what we are.”

Well, then, beloved, would not this note well become us here? For “what have we that we have not received?” Who hath made us to differ? I know, this morning, that I am a justified man; I have the full assurance that

“The terrors of law and of God,
With me can have nothing to do;
My Saviour’s obedience and blood
Hide all my transgressions from view.”

There is not a sin against me in God’s book they have all been for ever obliterated by the blood of Christ. and cancelled by his own right hand. I have nothing to fear; I cannot be condemned. “Who shall lay anything to the charge of God’s elect?” Not God, for he hath justified; not Christ. for he hath died. But if I am justified, who made me so? I say–”And hath made me what I am.” Justification from first to last. is of God. Salvation is of the Lord alone.

 – Charles Spurgeon

 

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Good People – We need to take a long hard look at our definition of “Good People.”

The Leniency of the Lord – Have you ever thought about how lenient the Lord is?  R. W. Glenn has.

I Don’t Know – The importance of the Pastoral ability to admit you don’t know.

God’s Love Demonstrated Through The Cross – a 28 minute video by Jarvis Williams.

Pat Robertson Advises Wife-Beating? – I am more and more convinced that someone needs to tell Pat to move on with his life.  But then what do I know?

What is Spiritual Formation? – I tell you that it is important and you can find out more about it from John MacArthur.

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Though the wicked are in prosperity, and are not in trouble as other men; yet the godly, though in affliction, are in a state infinitely better, because they have God for their portion. They need desire nothing else; he that hath God, hath all. Thus the Psalmist professes the sense and apprehension which he had of things: Whom have I in heaven but thee? and there is none upon earth that I desire besides thee. – Jonathan Edwards

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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