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What Encourages the Faith of the Saints?

Two things encourage the faith of the saints in every age: First, the witness of the experiences of others: You cracked open the heads of leviathan; You gave him to be food for the people of the wilderness. – Psalm 74:14 Mathew Henry: “The church silences her own complaints. What God had done for his […]

An Exhortation

In your hearts enthrone Him, There let Him subdue All that is not holy, All that is not true. – Carolyn M. Noel

A Foreshadow of Progressive Sanctification

I will send my terror before you and will throw into confusion all the people against whom you shall come, and I will make all your enemies turn their backs to you. And I will send hornets before you, which shall drive out the Hivites, the Canaanites, and the Hittites from before you. I will […]

Subtle Dangers Christians Face

Christians, being in this world but not really at home here, are faced with great dangers from the world system and its people. The Apostle Paul has declared that victory over sin and all that it represents is assured by the faithfulness of God (Romans 6:14). But there is a danger of being deceived and […]

Music and Spiritual Anarchy

“When the standard of music in a church is lowered … then the standard of dress is also lowered. When the standard of dress is lowered … Then the standard of conduct is also lowered. When the standard of conduct is lowered … the sense of value in God’s truth is lowered. When the standard […]

April 16

Some New Thing

For all the Athenians and strangers which were there spent their time in nothing else, but either to tell, or to hear some new thing. – Acts 17:21 We live in an age when there is a great desire for that which is novel and different. The trend seems to be that what is old […]

The Primary Business of the Christian

As obedient children, do not be conformed to the former lusts which were yours in your ignorance, but like the Holy One who called you, be holy yourselves also in all your behavior; because it is written, “You shall be holy, for I am holy.”– I Peter 1:14-16 (NASB) Neither church planting, discipleship, apologetics, missionary […]

Longing for Perfection

I wish to be like Jesus, So humble and so kind. His words were always tender, His voice was e’er divine. But no, I’m not like Jesus, As everyone can see! O Savior, come and help me, And make me just like Thee. —Anonymous

The Christian & Government: A Series Introduction

Civil governments are the last to receive authority or freedom to act. This authority is given by God to governors at all levels to represent Him and His righteous will. No governor rules Scripturally who abuses the people wickedly. Have you ever had a passage of Scripture that troubled you in seeking to please God […]

There Goes John Bradford!

There must be something very heinous in the nature of sin thus to awaken grief and abhorrence in every virtuous mind. To be indifferent to the moral character of those around us, if such a state of mind is possible, is proof of a sad benumbing of all virtuous sensibilities. To take pleasure in those, […]

Lyrics – The Worst Argument for Contemporary Worship Music

But the hour is coming, and is now here, when the true worshipers will worship the Father in spirit and truth, for the Father is seeking such people to worship him.  – John 4:23 The nameless woman to whom these words of Jesus were spoken is representative of the vast majority of mankind, all religious, […]

September 16

The Pursuit of Blessedness

The blessedness which is thus set before us we must aim at, but we must not think to obtain it without earnest effort…  The way of perfect obedience is not learned in a day; there must be precept upon precept, line upon line, and after efforts long enough to be compared with the 176 verses […]

The Cross Did Not Glorify God–Jesus Did.

  But may it never be that I would boast, except in the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ, through which the world has been crucified to me, and I to the world. – Galatians 6:14 (NASB) The cross, used by early Rome, was an instrument of death. It was made of wood. It was […]

Our Attitude Toward Money and Stuff

Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy, and where thieves break in and steal. But store up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust destroys, and where thieves do not break in or steal; for where your treasure is, there your heart will be also. […]

The Abiding Impression of God’s Holiness

This is the message we have heard from him and proclaim to you, that God is light, and in him is no darkness at all. If we say we have fellowship with him while we walk in darkness, we lie and do not practice the truth. But if we walk in the light, as he […]

Just Stop It

Therefore, putting aside all malice and all deceit and hypocrisy and envy and all slander, like newborn babies, long for the pure milk of the word, so that by it you may grow in respect to salvation, if you have tasted the kindness of the Lord. – I Peter 2:1-3 (NASB) We come up with […]

10 Ways Parents Can Strengthen the Family

1. Practice consistent family worship in the home, including prayer, bible study and discussion. 2. Refuse to treat disobedience/behavioral issues of children as a disease. Reject the lie and worldly myth of ADD/ADHD. It’s called sin. 3. Physically discipline your children. A leather belt is a wonderful, godly tool. 4. Increase family activities. 5. Eat […]

Truth According to Godliness

Paul, a bond-servant of God and an apostle of Jesus Christ, for the faith of those chosen of God and the knowledge of the truth which is according to godliness – Titus 1:1 How little is now heard, even in the centres of orthodoxy, of ‘walking worthily of the Lord unto all pleasing’! Will not […]

Two Reasons to Abandon ‘Holy’ Hip-Hop

But I say, walk by the Spirit, and you will not carry out the desire of the flesh. For the flesh sets its desire against the Spirit, and the Spirit against the flesh; for these are in opposition to one another, so that you may not do the things that you please. – Galatians 5:16, […]

The Law of God is the Christian’s Rule of Life

Historic Christianity had taught that the saints persevere to the end through holiness and sanctification. But not only did Fundamentalism undermine this truth by separating justification (the Christian’s standing before God) from regeneration (his inward state as renewed by the Holy Spirit); it also rejected the law of God as a rule by which holiness […]

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