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  • Paradise Now and Then

    from Burk Parsons Dec 16, 2008 Category: Articles

    The movie Paradise Now is the 2005 Golden Globe winner for best foreign-language film. Although I have not yet seen the film, I have been intrigued by the film's title since it's release. The story follows two Palestinian childhood friends who were recruits for Islamic suicide attacks in Tel Aviv, Israel. The story focuses on what would be their last days together. The film's title appropriately points out one of the more conspicuous mantras of Muslims whose appetite for paradise is manifested by means of destruction. They want paradise now, and some will do everything in their power to help usher in Mohammed's promised paradise on earth. For the Muslim, paradise comes at the expense of the death of many, for the Christian it comes at the expense of the death of one (Rom. 5:15). Keep Reading
  • Columns from Tabletalk Magazine, December 2008

    from Various Dec 15, 2008 Category: Articles

    The December edition of Tabletalk is out. This month's theme is "Paradise Lost and Regained." The issue explores basic elements of Christianity, including the loss of paradise by our first parents and how it was regained by Jesus Christ. Keep Reading
  • The Eternal Priesthood

    from Robert Rothwell Dec 15, 2008 Category: Articles

    When I was sixteen years old I became convinced that I was not going to be around much longer. Now before you jump to the conclusion that I had become obsessed with my own demise, I should give the reason why I did not think I had many more days on this earth. It was not because I thought I was going to die at an early age. The reason that I would be going to heaven had nothing to do with my death. Keep Reading
  • The Way to Godly Living

    from Joel Beeke Dec 14, 2008 Category: Articles

    The way to godly living is surprisingly simple: we are to walk with God in His appointed way (Micah 6:8), diligently using the means of grace and the spiritual disciplines, and waiting upon the Holy Spirit for blessing. Note that godly living involves both discipline and grace. This emphasis upon duty and grace is fundamental to Reformed, experiential ideas about godly living. As John Flavel wrote, "The duty is ours, though the power be God's. A natural man has no power, a gracious man hath some, though not sufficient; and that power he hath depends upon the assisting strength of Christ." Keep Reading
  • Top 5 Commentaries on the Book of Ephesians

    from Keith Mathison Dec 13, 2008 Category: Articles

    Ephesians is a profound book, and our own Dr. Sproul has himself written a very helpful introductory level commentary on it titled The Purpose of God. I recommend this volume to anyone who is not familiar with the basic themes of this epistle. In addition to Dr. Sproul's work, the following are five of the most helpful commentaries on the book of Ephesians. Keep Reading
  • Christmas According to the Angels (pt. 3 of 3)

    from R. Fowler White Dec 12, 2008 Category: Articles

    In this final part of our three-part series on Christmas according to the Angels, we contemplate the truth that the birth announcements of the angels celebrated "glory to God" and "peace for man." Consider first that the angels celebrated "glory to God" (Luke 2:14) in their birth announcements for Jesus. In those words, what did the angels tell us but that in Jesus the full weight of "the Godness of God," the perfections and excellencies of God, has been revealed? In Jesus, "all the fullness of God was pleased to dwell" (Col 1:19). In other words, in Jesus, the "beauty of the LORD" (Ps 27:4) has become incarnate. Keep Reading
  • Christmas Shipping Information

    from Karisa Schlehr Dec 11, 2008 Category: Articles

    Friday, December 12, is the last day to use standard (UPS Ground) shipping for online orders. Keep Reading
  • Christmas According to the Angels (pt. 2 of 3)

    from R. Fowler White Dec 11, 2008 Category: Articles

    In our first installment in this series, we learned that the Gospel birth announcements of the angels brought "good news of great joy" to those humbled by sin, suffering, and death. In this our second installment, we focus on two more truths: 1) the birth announcements of the angels were sent to "all the people" (Luke 2:10) and 2) those birth announcements spoke of Jesus' person and work. Let's look more closely at each of these points. Keep Reading
  • Christmas According to the Angels (pt. 1 of 3)

    from R. Fowler White Dec 10, 2008 Category: Articles

    Other than the Holy Spirit, they are the most pivotal players in the drama that we know as the Christmas story; they are the most pivotal players in the accounts God gave us about the birth of Jesus our Lord. Matthew the Evangelist tells us that it was one of them who brought the announcement of the upcoming birth to Joseph. Luke the Evangelist tells us that it was one of them who brought the announcement of the upcoming birth to Mary. And Luke again tells us that it was a host of them who brought the birth announcement to shepherds. Keep Reading
  • A Musical Exploration of the Incarnation

    from Karisa Schlehr Dec 09, 2008 Category: Articles

    The Word Became Flesh is the newest Christmas music release from Ligonier Ministries and is a unique production, exploring the doctrine of the Incarnation. The musical score and text by Dan and Heidi Goeller is wonderfully executed by full orchestra and choir and contains a beautiful balance of familiar hymns and Christmas carols with new choral compositions. The underscored narratives by Dr. R.C. Sproul are adapted from Scripture and are presented in an engaging, dramatic way. Keep Reading

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