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  • Top 5 Commentaries on the Book of Haggai

    from Keith Mathison May 16, 2009 Category: Articles

    It was almost twenty years after the decree of Cyrus when the prophet Haggai was called to bring the word of God to the people of Jerusalem in 520 B.C. There are a number of helpful commentaries on the Book of Haggai, and the following are five of the best. Keep Reading
  • Dealing with Differences

    from Roger Nicole May 15, 2009 Category: Articles

    We are called upon by the Lord to contend earnestly for the faith (Jude 3). But that does not necessarily involve being contentious; it involves avoiding compromise, standing forth for what we believe, standing forth for the truth of God -- without welching at any particular moment. Thus, we are bound to meet, at various points and various levels, people with whom we disagree. Keep Reading
  • The Lord of the Church

    from John MacArthur May 14, 2009 Category: Articles

    The truth that Christ is Lord of His church may sound somewhat benign to a casual listener in our generation, but the struggle for Christ's authority in the church has come to us through the ages on a sea of blood. Thankfully, literal bloodshed over the issue is no longer very common. But faithful Christians are still waging a fierce moral and intellectual battle for Christ's lordship over the church. Keep Reading
  • The Letter to the Church in Laodicea

    from Mark Bates May 12, 2009 Category: Articles

    The pipes in our home sprung a series of leaks. Since most of my neighbors had replaced their plumbing, I knew it was time for me to do the same. However, hiring a plumber to do this would cost thousands of dollars. My friend, Monte, had just repiped his house himself and offered to help me with mine. I am not a handyman, but I am a tightwad. So, I figured, he could be the plumber and I could be the plumber's helper. Within a week, I had a new plumbing system. Keep Reading
  • Divine Immutability and the Doctrines of Grace (pt. 5)

    from John MacArthur May 10, 2009 Category: Articles

    In 1 Corinthians 15:25-28, we find a remarkable conclusion to this whole discussion. There Paul says, "For he [Christ] must reign until he has put all his enemies under his feet. The last enemy to be destroyed is death. For 'God has put all things in subjection under his feet.' But when it says, 'all things are put in subjection,' it is plain that he is excepted who put all things in subjection under him. When all things are subjected to him, then the Son himself will also be subjected to him who put all things in subjection under him, that God may be all in all." Keep Reading
  • Top 5 Commentaries on the Book of 1 Peter

    from Keith Mathison May 09, 2009 Category: Articles

    It appears that the first epistle of Peter was written by the apostle from Rome sometime around A.D. 62-63, immediately before severe persecution began under Nero. The letter was written to Christians in Asia Minor (1:1) who were already suffering for their Christian faith. There are a number of helpful commentaries on the Book of 1 Peter, and the following are five of the best. Keep Reading
  • Divine Immutability and the Doctrines of Grace (pt. 4)

    from John MacArthur May 08, 2009 Category: Articles

    Second Timothy 1:9 introduces us to the answer. Speaking of God, the verse says that He "saved us and called us to a holy calling, not because of our works but because of his own purpose and grace, which he gave us in Christ Jesus before the ages began." The phrase before the ages began is the English translation of the same Greek phrase rendered with the same words in Titus 1:2. Here, too, it literally means "before time began." In eternity past, before the dawn of history, God made the irrevocable decision to grant salvation to the redeemed. This is the promise of Titus 1:2, and it is a promise that God made according to His own independent purpose and grace. Put simply, it was a promise He made to Himself. Keep Reading
  • Is It Fitting for We Who Are Calvinists to Adopt the Theology of a Man, and One Who Murdered Servetus?

    from R.C. Sproul Jr. May 08, 2009 Category: Articles

    As my friend Doug Phillips has pointed out, this year has brought, in the providence of God, a strange confluence of anniversaries. The two men who have had the greatest impact on these United States may well be, on the one hand, Charles Darwin, and on the other John Calvin. Darwin was born two hundred years ago this year, Calvin five hundred years ago. Our perspective on each of these men will serve as a potent bell-weather for our perspectives on a whole host of issues. Keep Reading
  • Divine Immutability and the Doctrines of Grace (pt. 3)

    from John MacArthur May 07, 2009 Category: Articles

    Though the doctrine of election applies to all that God does in a general sense, it most often refers, in a specific New Testament sense, to the election of sinners to become redeemed saints within the church. Divine election, in this particular regard, speaks of God's independent and predetermined choice of those whom He would save and place into the corporate body of Christ. God did not save certain sinners because they chose Him, but because He chose them. Keep Reading
  • Viewing Calvin at the Bottom of a Deep Well

    from Keith Mathison May 06, 2009 Category: Articles

    The nineteenth-century Roman Catholic theologian George Tyrrell once criticized Adolf von Harnack's liberal view of Jesus in these now famous words: "The Christ that Harnack sees, looking back through nineteen centuries of Catholic darkness, is only the reflection of a Liberal Protestant face, seen at the bottom of a deep well." In other words, nineteenth-century liberals projected their own values and ideals onto Jesus and then used this man-made Jesus to support those values and ideals. Keep Reading

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