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  • The Lie We Believe

    from C. FitzSimons Allison Jan 14, 2009 Category: Articles

    I wish I had been told when I was young about the lie all of us naturally believe. This lie is explained to us by Jesus when he said to the Jews who had believed on Him: "If you continue in my word, you are truly my disciples, and you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free." They answered him: "We are offspring of Abraham, and have never been enslaved to anyone. How is it that you say, 'You will become free'?" (John 8:33). Keep Reading
  • The Best-Laid Plans

    from R.C. Sproul Jr. Jan 13, 2009 Category: Articles

    To suggest that wisdom is always balanced seems to me to be a bit, well, unbalanced. Whoever first uttered the words of wisdom, "moderation in all things," should, I believe, have healed himself. All things? Isn't that a bit extreme? In like manner, wisdom is almost always balanced. We need to measure the wisdom of looking before we leap with the equally potent conviction that he who hesitates is lost. We need to remember, as we loudly affirm that we ought not answer a fool according to his folly lest we be like him, that we ought to answer a fool according to his folly lest he become wise in his own eyes (Prov. 26: 4-5). Keep Reading
  • The Christian Lover: The Sweetness of Love and Marriage in the Letters of Believers

    from Deborah Finnamore Jan 12, 2009 Category: Articles

    Marriage is under siege in our time, and Christian unions are not going unscathed. Dr. Michael A.G. Haykin believes that love letters written by Christian husbands and wives of the past can help strengthen the ties that bind believing spouses today. In this anthology, Haykin brings together letters from one or both parties in twelve significant relationships from church history. The contents range from courtship communications to proposals of marriage to final words before dying, but most have to do with the ups and downs of married life. In the end, The Christian Lover is a celebration of marriage, an intimate window into the thoughts of men and women who were deeply in love with both God and one another. Keep Reading
  • The Value of Meditating Upon God’s Word

    from Joel Beeke Jan 11, 2009 Category: Articles

    After reading Scripture, we must ask God for light to scrutinize our hearts and lives, then meditate upon the Word. Disciplined meditation on Scripture helps us focus on God. Meditation helps us view worship as a discipline. It involves our mind and understanding as well as our heart and affections. It works Scripture through the texture of the soul. Meditation helps prevent vain and sinful thoughts (Matt. 12:35), and provides inner resources on which to draw (Ps. 77:10-12), including direction for daily life (Prov. 6:21-22). Meditation fights temptation (Ps. 119:11, 15), provides relief in afflictions (Isa. 49:15-17), benefits others (Ps. 145:7), and glorifies God (Ps. 49:3). Keep Reading
  • Top 5 Commentaries on the Book of Daniel

    from Keith Mathison Jan 10, 2009 Category: Articles

    Like Ezekiel, the book of Daniel contains a number of enigmatic prophecies. And like Ezekiel, the difficult nature of these prophecies has resulted in a wide variety of conflicting interpretations. The lack of consensus presents a challenge for the reader, but it is not necessarily an insurmountable one. An examination of the best commentaries can be helpful in sorting through the issues. The following are five of the most helpful commentaries on the book of Daniel. Keep Reading
  • Christ and Culture

    from Keith Mathison Jan 09, 2009 Category: Articles

    In the first centuries following the death and resurrection of Jesus the Messiah and the inauguration of the new covenant under which the people of God became a trans-national people crossing all borders, the church had few choices in the matter of her relationship to the surrounding culture. The options were limited due to persecution. As the church gained in numbers and influence, however, the situation began to change. With the (at least nominal) conversion of the Roman Emperor Constantine and the Edict of Milan (AD 313), the questions became acute. Now Christianity was tolerated. Keep Reading
  • The Prevailing Church (pt. 2)

    from Simon Kistemaker Jan 08, 2009 Category: Articles

    As we saw in last month's installment of "Pro Ecclesia," privileges and duties go together. In making disciples, Jesus commanded they be baptized in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit and to teach them to observe all that He commanded. The second aspect of this commission (we dealt with the first last month), teaching disciples to obey Jesus, is first and foremost the duty of pastors and teachers -- to teach the people the Scriptures and secondly to exhort them to faithfully commit the Word to heart. To put it in simple terms, the people look to their pastor for instruction; they see him as the key person in the church. Keep Reading
  • Speed with God

    from Sinclair Ferguson Jan 07, 2009 Category: Articles

    When Sereno E. Dwight included the seventy resolutions in his biography of his great-grandfather Jonathan Edwards, he added the arresting comment: "These were all written before he was twenty years of age." Keep Reading
  • Principle vs. Pragmatism

    from R.C. Sproul Jan 05, 2009 Category: Articles

    Some years ago, I drove along the Pennsylvania Turnpike about two o'clock in the morning with a friend after having spent all day at a steel corporation in eastern Pennsylvania dealing with labor management issues. My companion was a man who had lost his job as a highly paid executive in the industry for being too concerned about the welfare and dignity of the laborers in his plant. As we were making this drive in the wee hours of the morning, I noticed my friend was at the point of exhaustion, and so I asked him the question: "Why are you doing this?" He looked over at me as if to indicate that my question was a foolish one, and he replied simply: "Because it's the right thing to do." Keep Reading
  • The Faithful Preaching of the Word

    from James Boice Jan 04, 2009 Category: Articles

    Many things are talked about as necessary for the health and growth of the church today. People talk about certain programs as essential. It is true that they are important. We have such a diversified culture that people have their own individual problems. The family is fragmented, and the kind of reinforcement along Christian lines that ought to take place in homes does not always take place. The church is trying to minister specifically at these points through programs. Still, if you think back to the time of the Great Awakening in this country, you will realize that churches at that time had hardly any programs at all, at least nothing that we would recognize as programs. There were no youth groups, no graded Sunday schools, no bowling leagues, no baseball teams. But those churches were healthy. Why? Because they had the faithful preaching of the Word. Keep Reading

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