Ben Ciavolella on 09/12/2019

Here at the Cross I Bide

By Ben Ciavolella“And he said, Nay; but I will die here.”— 1 Kings 2:30In his sermon on the above text, Charles Spurgeon (1834–1892) points out that participation in outward Church activities and ordinances cannot save, no more than Joab was saved by clinging to the temple altar. But Spurgeon then t

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Patrick Ramsey on 09/10/2019

Avoiding Extremes

By Patrick RamseyWestminster divine Anthony Burgess addressed Antinomianism in his book Vindiciae Legis: A Vindication of the Moral Law and the Covenants. In a passing comment, Burgess noted that God may have allowed “Antinomian errour” to grow in popularity in order rebuke Protestant ministers. He

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Bob McKelvey on 09/05/2019

Saved from Idolatry

By Bob McKelveyDavid Clarkson and Soul Idolatry, Part 2: The Remedy AppliedOur last post identified the problem of soul idolatry from David Clarkson's book, Soul Idolatry Excludes Men out of Heaven. For Clarkson, soul idolatry occurred in general “when the mind and heart is set upon anything more th

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Robert Spinney on 09/03/2019

Satan’s Strategy #2: Sin That Seems Virtuous

By Robert SpinneyScripture reports that Satan disguises himself as an angel of light (2 Cor. 11:14). Understand that Satan's deception extends beyond disguising his person; he also disguises his activities. Especially when Satan tempts Christians, he presents sins as things that are not so bad, and

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Joel Beeke on 08/29/2019

Salt and Light: Practical Applications for Today

By Joel BeekeHow can we be salt and light in our world, so that instead of being “trodden under foot” or “hidden under a bushel” (vv. 13, 15), we can resist evil and do good, and moving unbelievers to glorify God as our Father in heaven? To answer that question, let’s listen to the wisdom of the En

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Ryan McGraw on 08/27/2019

Adoption and Edward Leigh

By Ryan McGrawAdoption has been occasionally undervalued and neglected in church history. Yet Paul treated adoption as the end to which the Father predestined his elect (Eph. 1:5). Adoption is the sum of our privileges, or our “inheritance,” in Christ. Our adoption is in Jesus Christ, the natural so

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Bob McKelvey on 08/21/2019

David Clarkson and Soul Idolatry

By Bob McKelveyDavid Clarkson and Soul Idolatry, Part 1: The Problem IdentifiedRecently, I was preaching from 1 Thessalonians 1:9-10, where we learn of the church turning “to God from idols to serve the living and true God, and to wait for his Son from heaven” (ESV). I took the opportunity to stud

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Robert Spinney on 08/19/2019

Satan’s Strategy #1: Bait and Hook

By Robert SpinneyThis is Satan's most common scheme: He presents the bait and hides the hook. Satan presents sin as fun, satisfying, profitable, and pleasurable, while concealing the miseries and pain that always accompany sin. Surely this is part of what Scripture calls the deceitfulness of sin (He

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Joel Beeke on 08/16/2019

Lights for God's Glory

By Joel BeekeHow can we be salt and light in our world, so that instead of being “trodden under foot” or “hidden under a bushel” (vv. 13, 15), we can resist evil and do good, and moving unbelievers to glorify God as our Father in heaven? To answer that question, let’s listen to the wisdom of the En

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Ben Ciavolella on 08/14/2019

Those Words of Desolation

By Ben CiavolellaLast April I had the chance to hear D.A. Carson speak at the Philadelphia Conference on Reformed Theology. Speaking on the subject of redemption, Carson made reference to a poem by Elizabeth Barrett Browning (1806–1861) titled “Cowper’s Grave.” The poem opens,It is a place where poe

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