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  • Hypocritical Hypocrisy

    from Burk Parsons Oct 05, 2009 Category: Articles

    Coram Deo: Living Before the Face of God
    I just began reading a book by a well-known pastor who, in the opening pages, referred to himself as a "professional hypocrite." Being a pastor, he is all too familiar with the hypocrite label that is so often leveled at pastors. On the surface it certainly seems appropriate for all pastors, and for that matter all Christians to admit that we are hypocrites. However, if we really understand what it means to be a hypocrite, then we should do everything necessary to avoid being labeled as such. We must be careful not to become hypocritical in acting as if being called a hypocrite doesn't matter. Furthermore, we must not think for a minute that just because you announce you are a hypocrite that you are not a hypocrite. While we must always strive to be genuine and honest people of God in all that we do, admitting our faults and confessing our sins to the church and the world, we also must always strive to be people who are known by the church and the world to be striving after true holiness. Keep Reading
  • Becoming Part of the Bride

    from R.C. Sproul Oct 04, 2009 Category: Articles

    When Christ purchased His bride, He bought a bride who was "damaged merchandise." His bride was sullied by manifest impurities. She was covered by spots and marred by wrinkles. Yet what He purchased He also sanctifies:
    Husbands, love your wives, just as Christ loved the church and gave himself up for her to make her holy, cleansing her by the washing with water through the word, and to present her to himself as a radiant church, without stain or wrinkle or any other blemish, but holy and blameless. (Eph. 5:25-27, NIV)
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  • An Interview With Keith Mathison (pt. 2)

    from Burk Parsons Oct 01, 2009 Category: Articles

    This is part two of an interview with Keith Mathison. Click here to read part one. Keep Reading
  • An Interview With Keith Mathison

    from Burk Parsons Sep 30, 2009 Category: Articles

    I first came in contact with Keith Mathison while in college. I attended an historically Dispensational college where a giant Clarence Larkin Dispensational chart adorned one of the classrooms. I came across a new book through Tabletalk magazine called Dispensationalism: Rightly Dividing the People of God? published by P&R in 1995 by a guy named Mathison who, I discovered, was a student of the seminary where many of my professors graduated from. Keep Reading
  • The Lifelong Pursuit of Godly Wisdom

    from Burk Parsons Sep 30, 2009 Category: Articles

    The Proverbs tell us "Blessed is the one who finds wisdom and the one who gets understanding" (Proverbs 3:13). The beginning of wisdom is fearing the Lord, the path of wisdom is worshiping the Lord, and the end of wisdom is falling down in the presence of the Lord before His face in glory. As we all have, I have met many men in my life from whom I have learned much. Keep Reading
  • Treasures on Earth

    from John Piper Sep 29, 2009 Category: Articles

    The inner essence of worship is treasuring Jesus as infinitely valuable above everything. The outer forms of worship are the acts that show how much we treasure God. Therefore, all of life is meant to be worship because God said whether you eat or drink or whatever you do--all of life--do it all to show how valuable the glory of God is to you (1 Cor. 10:31). Money and possessions are a big part of life, and therefore God intends them to be a big part of worship. So the way we worship with our money and our possessions is to get them and use them and lose them in a way that shows how much we treasure Jesus, not money. Keep Reading
  • The Gain of Godliness

    from Terry Johnson Sep 28, 2009 Category: Articles

    Rich people are materialistic. We all know it. All they care about is their money and things. Or so I thought. My background consists of a blue-collar neighborhood and an inner-city high school in Southern California. My quick judgment of wealthy people, when first I encountered them, was that they were superficial, worldly, and materialistic. They were caught up in things and appearances. They lacked the simplicity of the virtuous poor, the salt of the earth, among whom I numbered myself. Keep Reading
  • True Life

    from John Petersen Sep 26, 2009 Category: Articles

    As we look around America today, we see what our forefathers envisioned -- a land of freedom and opportunity. Even households at the "poverty level" in this country today have a much better standard of living than those in third world countries. Yet, the resounding theme throughout America today is to get richer. Because we live in a privileged society, most of us enjoy some degree of wealth. God has entrusted His people with varying degrees of riches. As Christians living in this country, the biggest challenges to managing our money are: How are we going to glorify God with what He has provided? How are we to live up to God's charges through Paul as described in 1 Timothy 6:17-18? Keep Reading
  • A Light in Dark Places

    from Derek Thomas Sep 25, 2009 Category: Articles

    "The Holy Spirit has exhorted the faithful to continue clapping their hands for joy until the advent of the promised Redeemer," wrote John Calvin in a comment on Psalm 47:1­2. Paul would heartily concur! Writing from a prison cell from which he had no certain knowledge of escaping other than to his execution, joy is what came to mind. Joy is what the epistle to the Philippians is all about. So much is Philippians about joy that George B. Duncan once referred to it as "the life of continual rejoicing." The opposite of joy is misery, and miserable is something we are not meant to be. The Reformers caught the centrality of joy in the affections of Christians when they insisted that our chief goal in life is to "glorify God and enjoy Him forever" (WSC, Q. 1). Keep Reading
  • A Solemn Discharge of Duty

    from Tom Ascol Sep 24, 2009 Category: Articles

    One of the most popular sermons I have preached is entitled "How to Fire Your Pastor." I should have been suspicious when so many people requested copies of it! My purpose wasn't to advocate such action; rather, I wanted to help the church know what to do and how to do it if that unfortunate necessity ever arose. The issue is certainly relevant. It is estimated that in the United States over fifteen hundred ministers are dismissed from their positions each month. In some denominations it is almost epidemic. Keep Reading

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