Just a brief post for Thanksgiving. John Owen (1616-1683) with a helpful reminder about the best way to give thanks to God:
“Obedience is the best way of showing our gratitude to God for His grace.” (Communion with God, p.140)
So while we should certainly give thanks to the Lord for His goodness, and express that thankfulness with praise (Psalm 136:1), let us remember to give Him thanks with our lives as well, not only on Thanksgiving day, but every day.
Gratitude for God’s grace to us in Jesus Christ is the primary motive for our obedience.
An Apology For The Baptists; In Which They Are Vindicated From The Imputation of Laying Unwarrantable Stress on The Ordinance of Baptism. And The Charge of Bigotry in Refusing The Lord’s Table to Paedobaptists.
By Abraham Booth
1) An outline of the argument. The main headings should be the major arguments. Under each main heading should appear the significant points that Booth uses to support each main argument. Every entry should be in the form of a complete sentence.
Section I. The Baptists not chargeable with laying an unwarrantable stress on the Ordinance of Baptism.
In this section of Booth’s defense for baptism by immersion rather than infant baptism and the defense for closed communion Booth acknowledges the seriousness that the Scriptures deal with in such matters. He acknowledges that many outside of the Baptist denomination view these practices as rigid and unwarrantably stressful. He deals with issues…
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In our study through the Lord’s Prayer we now come to the last part of thelastrequest, which is “. . . deliver us from evil” (Matthew 6:13). What are we being taught to pray here? What does it mean for us to ask our heavenly Father to “deliver us from evil”?
First (as always), we need to keep the context in view. This request is very closely-related to what precedes it. In the previous requests the Lord Jesus has just taught us to ask for forgiveness (v.12), and for grace to avoid temptation in the first place, so as to not keep on sinning in the same ways (v.13a); now he teaches us to ask for deliverance from evil (v.13b). There is a clear progression of thought in these verses.
Sometimes we set ourselves up by not avoiding the occasion to temptation and sin. We allow ourselves to go to…
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How do you know if your sins have been forgiven? It would be practically impossible to overstate the importance of knowing the answer to that question for oneself.
In his book, Old Paths, J.C. Ryle (1816-1900) offers five (5) distinguishing characteristics or “leading marks” of those who have truly found forgiveness through faith in Jesus Christ:
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Indian police have arrested 70 people and are questioning hundreds more after uncovering a massive scam to cheat thousands of Americans out of millions of dollars by posing as U.S. tax authorities …
It may surprise you to learn that the Westminster Shorter Catechism contains a rather lengthy section (Q.41-81) dealing with the ten commandments. That is more than 40 total questions!. In other words, well over 1/3 of the Shorter Catechism is spent focusing on this summary of the moral law of God.
That alone should be instructive to us. How much time do we as believers spend considering God’s law or meditating upon it? Psalm 1 calls us to delight in “the law of the LORD, and so to meditate upon it “day and night” (Psalm 1:2). Frankly, how many of us meditate upon the law of God at all, much less day and night?
It may further surprise you to know that the Shorter Catechism spends no less than 6 of those questions (Q.57-62) dealing with the 4th commandment in particular. That being the case, the Westminster divines clearly saw great…
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In his book, Call the Sabbath a Delight, Walter Chantry makes a simple statement that should go without saying, but actually serves as a much-needed and timely reminder in our day:
“Whether or not people keep the Sabbath holy is not an incidental or insignificant matter.” (p.12)
How do we know this to be true? Simply because it is included in the 10 commandments! (It is in God’s top 10, so to speak.) The 10 commandments contain a summary of God’s moral law (Westminster Shorter Catechism Q.41), so remembering the Sabbath to keep it holy is still just as much our moral duty before God as any of the other nine commandments. And the fact that the 4th commandment is located in the first table of the law (as commandments 1-4 are often referred to) means that it has to do particularly with love for God. In other words, remembering the Sabbath to keep…
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Ryan Lochte’s recent fabrication of a robbery while in Rio for the Olympics but a black mark not only on his corporate sponsors (many of which have dropped supporting him) but on the nation he represents; the United States of America. A certain decorum and behavior is expected of America’s athletes. So, when a late night party with great consumption of alcohol leads you to accuse your host nation of robbery, you don’t just make yourself look bad, you make your home nation of America look bad.
Closer to home for us Christians, Tony Perkins, director of the Family Research Council, presumed to speak for God in the past that natural disaster in the US was judgment of God for our acceptance of…
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