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Biblical review of the office of elder/pastor and its requirements

The following is a bulleted word study of the most prominent passages which address the requirements for the office of elder. This section is not exhaustive by any means but seeks to be comprehensive enough as to get a good sense of the high calling of eldership. Some applications have also been added in effort […]

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What Is The Relationship of the Old and New Covenants?

This is a very complicated question, and an important one to be sure. To answer it, I want to offer a few arguments about the ten commandments, and then I want to explain what I believe the Scriptures teach about the relationship between the Old and New Covenants. Regarding the ten commandments: If the ten […]

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Grace – Part 2: The Libor Scandal And Our Desperate Need Of God

Several years ago, widespread corruption among the world’s biggest banks emerged out of conspiracy theory into breaking world news, revealing the long hidden secret that what are known as Libor rates had been illegally manipulated for decades. Libor rates significantly affect everything from mortgages to student loans. As banks falsely reported artificially low borrowing rates, […]

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Who the Christian is in Christ

In Christ by His mercy and grace…. …I am accepted: I am God’s child (John 1:12)I am Christ’s friend (John 15:15)I have been justified (Romans 5:1)I am united with the Lord and one with Him in spirit (1 Corinthians 6:17)I have been bought with a price—I belong to God (1 Corinthians 6:20)I am a member of Christ’s body (1 Corinthians 12:27)I […]

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New Covenant Theology Introduction

In summary, New Covenant Theology (NCT) teaches that the Mosaic Law Covenant is obsolete, taking the full force of Hebrews 8:13 where it says, “In speaking of a new covenant, he makes the first one obsolete.” NCT states that Christians are now under a better covenant, the New Covenant in Christ’s blood and under the […]

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How Galatians 3:16 Refutes the Doctrine of Paedobaptism

Now the promises were made to Abraham and to his offspring. It does not say, “And to offsprings,” referring to many, but referring to one, “And to your offspring,” who is Christ. (Galatians 3:16 ESV) Here Paul explains that the promises to Abraham were to Abraham and to Christ; not to the many people of […]

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Five Reasons From John Bunyan To Strive For Heaven

From Great Difficulty Of Going To Heaven by John Bunyan, 1. Because the thing for which you are here exhorted to strive, is worth the striving for; it is for no less than for a whole heaven, and an eternity of felicity there. How will men that have before them a little honor, a little […]

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Christian Reflections on the suicide of Robin Williams

Regardless of the circumstances, the suicide of actor Robin Williams is a terrible tragedy. I won’t remark on William’s particular case, because the truth is that I don’t know. I didn’t know him personally. I do know that suicide is almost always complicated, and I can readily sympathize with others who have also struggled with […]

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An encouraging quote from Bunyan on the difficulty of prayer

“May I but speak my own experience, and from that tell you the difficulty of praying to God as I ought, it is enough to make your poor, blind, carnal men to entertain strange thoughts of me. For, as for my heart, when I go to pray, I find it so loth to go to […]

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D.A. Carson on the balance of already-not-yet New Testament eschatology.

In one sense, therefore, the church lives in a remarkable tension between what is “already” and what is “not yet”: Christians already enjoy something of the kingdoms benefits—acquittal before God, possession of eternal life, the presence of the Holy Spirit as the down payment of the final inheritance, the forgiveness of their sins, deep fellowship […]