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09NOV 2012

The Progress of Faith

       God wants contrite people. Scripture says, “…On this one will I look: On him who is poor and of a contrite spirit, and who trembles at My word,” Isaiah 66:2. Contrition is a healthy, reverential fear bred by wisdom in those who know and love God. The Hebrew word nakeh that’s translated as “Contrite” here in……..[Read More]

04NOV 2012

Our Strength for the Fight

       Christianity and Satanism are the only valid religions on earth. All others are false in the most fundamental way. Please understand that by calling Satanism valid I’m not saying that it’s ok, approved by God or good. All I mean is that when an informed Satanist “prays” they really do know the……..[Read More]

28OCT 2012

All of the Attributes of God Are Perfect, Even His Hate

       God is perfect in every way. God is perfect in His hatred for the wicked. God hates sin. The perfection of God was once defined by Ravi Zacharias as follows: “God is the only being in existence whose reason for existence is within Himself.” God never changes. Things only change because they’re……..[Read More]

20OCT 2012

The Beggarly God

       By the methodologies and worldly theologies of many rock star leaders in churches today, Jesus has been reduced to a bare minimum. Christianity has been reduced to a set of truths necessary to get to heaven when you die, and not necessarily intimate discipleship under God. Altar calls by the thousands carelessly……..[Read More]

14OCT 2012

What Is He To You?

       The Muslims call the Christian faith a blasphemous lie. They say that calling Jesus the Son of God is an insult to God. Surah 4:171; 5:72-75, et al. They deny the Trinity and say that Christians will be in hell. A Mohammedan fails to find in Jesus a nature worthy of adoration……..[Read More]

08OCT 2012

Reflections on the Gift of Faith

       A solid understanding of all that we rightly call “salvation” is that regeneration (a precise term) precedes everything of spiritual good in a Christian’s life. Regeneration is what being “born again” is. Until a man is born again he cannot truly follow Jesus, John 3:3-8.      I very recently listened again……..[Read More]

30SEP 2012

A Question about Justification and its Effects

  On 25 Sep, Elvin P. Asked,        “…Doesn’t the Protestant doctrine of a justification which is by faith alone lead a man to live in any way he chooses? When someone believes they’re completely forgiven, doesn’t it make them lazy or presumptuous upon God’s mercy?”   Response:    "Come and hear, all you who……..[Read More]

22SEP 2012

Fasting

       Immediately after Jesus’ water baptism the Bible says He was, “…Led up by the Spirit into the wilderness to be tempted by the devil,” Matthew 4:1. Reading on it says that He, "…Fasted forty days and forty nights…” Matthew 4:2. Forty days in a desert without food or water! I’ve never been to Israel, but men have……..[Read More]

16SEP 2012

A Question About Infants Who Die

On 15 Sep, Chad W. asked:      “What is the Biblical response on the subject of where a child, infant or stillborn goes if they die?”   Response:      Bottom line up front, dear brother: The Bible does not give us a definitive answer. The answer is, however, proffered in several ways, and that……..[Read More]

15SEP 2012

A Message from Leviticus

       Many people begin reading the Bible with a lot of zeal. Genesis is often quickly devoured. Exodus is pretty good. It’s at Leviticus that people often give up. The reason is because its contents are very foreign to us. All of the ceremonial ritualism, rites performed by the priests and its other……..[Read More]

08SEP 2012

Miracles and Providence

       The illustrious power to perform miracles is a legacy that should be protected in the church. It’s no show. Those who truly performed them were from God, John 3:2; 9:32-33. There is a difference between God’s providence in our lives and miracles. I want to make the proper distinction in my own……..[Read More]

02SEP 2012

The Casting of Lots

       In explaining the sovereignty of God with people I sometimes use an analogy of Mt. Everest. I want people to understand that while I can indeed proclaim the absolute sovereignty of God from the Bible, I myself still remain in awe of it. God remains far beyond my imagination in every way.……..[Read More]

25AUG 2012

Two great acts

              In the Scriptures the two greatest deliverances that God performed were the Exodus of the Old Testament and Christ’s work on Calvary in the New Testament. The first was a type. The second was the anti-type.   Both were perfectly accomplished. Both were to be remembered perpetually. Both were done while the people……..[Read More]

19AUG 2012

By grace alone

       Due to several recent discussions and debates I’ve had this month, I’ve again been pouring over the doctrines of election in Scripture. I once hated the Biblical idea of God’s sovereignty. I detested any theology that taught that God decides who goes to heaven and who goes to hell. Reader, I can……..[Read More]

11AUG 2012

Help Thou my un-hiddenness

       Jesus called John the Baptist the greatest prophet and man of all those who’d gone before him, Luke 7:28. What a tribute! In Israel, John was sent ahead of Jesus to fulfill his predestined role in redemptive history, Malachi 3:1; cf. Matthew 11:10. He was sent to call the nation to repentance……..[Read More]

05AUG 2012

Truth over tempo

       I am currently between churches as I write this due to a move. We’re looking. Two great tools to use for this by the way are the IX Marks website church search, and the Master's Seminary alumni search. I went to a new church today. I am left, among other things, considering……..[Read More]

29JUL 2012

They bring absolutes

       There are eight or nine authors (though dead) who still speak today. Their names are Matthew, Mark, Luke, John, Paul, Peter, James and Jude. Who wrote Hebrews is uncertain. Their words, with the exception of the Old Testament writers, were inspired by God in ways that no others were, 2 Peter 1:21;……..[Read More]

20JUL 2012

Levels of certainty

       Beloved, in our culture today we are a people who feel totally sure of ourselves and uncertain of what we believe. I think it’s supposed to be the other way around. In Scripture, there are varying levels or degrees of certainty we can have when it comes to divine truth. For my……..[Read More]

15JUL 2012

The ministry of Jesus

       The profundity and far reaching implications of the words and miracles of Jesus are completely mind boggling. No one that God has given the Scriptures to will ever stop marveling at their perfection and symmetry. Through the study of Scripture, I’ve recently realized my own complete underestimation of the power of Jesus’……..[Read More]

09JUL 2012

How many sins does it take to make God the one to blame?

       There’s a collective effort or excuse of conscience at work in our culture today. I’ve heard its influence in the opinions of those I meet many times and in many ways. It could be summarized along the lines of the old adage that says that, “There’s safety in numbers.” I’ve heard a……..[Read More]

02JUL 2012

The everlasting temple

       The temple of King Solomon was destroyed by the Babylonians in the sixth century B.C. It was literally razed to the ground, and the people of Judah were taken captive into Babylon. This was a promised judgment of God against the people for their sin. Before it took place, God promised Israel through……..[Read More]

24JUN 2012

Spiritual warfare

         Spiritual warfare does NOT deal with super-Christians running around telling devils what to do. Such antics gain you attention in word of faith cults, but have no place in the church. I’ll never forget wandering into a chapel one night in Bagram, Afghanistan on my way home on leave, and listening……..[Read More]

12JUN 2012

The desires of our hearts

       Psalm 37:4 reads, “Delight yourself also in the LORD, and He shall give you the desires of your heart.” You know, when I was first brought to faith I thought I knew what I wanted from the Lord. I came with a list of things in my heart like a child’s Christmas wish list. I’m……..[Read More]

05JUN 2012

A question about communion

          On 4 Jun, Clint H. asked:           “I have a question regarding the Sacraments/Communion…My two roommates and I hold a Bible study and fellowship night every Friday at our house. [Someone] stated that we should hold communion at our home. Both myself and my roommates hold……..[Read More]