Daily Archives: February 20, 2016

Grace Still More!

The Reformed Reader

Grace abounds.”  These Bible words are precious to the believing sinner’s heart, mind, and soul.  John Newton, in a letter to a friend on November 18, 1778, explained abounding grace well in conjunction with Micah 7:18: “Who is a God like You, removing iniquity and passing over rebellion for the remnant of His inheritance? He does not hold on to His anger forever, because he delights in faithful love” (HCSB).

“It seems that the prophet selects the Lord’s patience towards his own people as the most astonishing of all his perfections, and that which eminently distinguishes him from all other beings.  And indeed, the sins of believers are attended with aggravations peculiar to themselves. The inhabitants of Sodom and Gomorrah were great sinners, but they did not sin against light, and love, and experience. Pharaoh was proud, but he had not been humbled at the foot of…

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Make Haste, O Sinners, and Give the Lord Jesus Your Hearts

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Make haste then, O sinners, make haste, and come by faith to Christ. Then, this day, even this hour, nay, this moment, if you believe, Jesus Christ shall come and make his eternal abode in your hearts. Which of you is made willing to receive the King of glory? Which of you obeys his call, as Zaccheus did? Alas! why do you stand still? How know you, whether Jesus Christ may ever call you again? Come then, poor, guilty sinners; come away, poor, lost, undone publicans: make haste, I say, and come away to Jesus Christ.

The Lord condescends to invite himself to come under the filthy roofs of the houses of your souls. Do not be afraid of entertaining him; he will fill you with all peace and joy in believing. Do not be ashamed to run before the multitude, and to have all manner of evil spoke against…

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The Parousia of the Lord Jesus Christ

Possessing the Treasure

by Mike Ratliff

19 For who is our hope or joy or crown of exultation? Is it not even you, in the presence of our Lord Jesus at His coming? 20 For you are our glory and joy. (1 Thessalonians 2:19-20 NASB)

19 τίς γὰρ ἡμῶν ἐλπὶς ἢ χαρὰ ἢ στέφανος καυχήσεως — ἢ οὐχὶ καὶ ὑμεῖς — ἔμπροσθεν τοῦ κυρίου ἡμῶν Ἰησοῦ ἐν τῇ αὐτοῦ παρουσίᾳ; 20 ὑμεῖς γάρ ἐστε ἡ δόξα ἡμῶν καὶ ἡ χαρά. (1 Thessalonians 2:19-20 NA28)

19 For who is our hope or joy or crown of exultation—is it not even you—before our Lord Jesus, at His coming? 20  For you are our glory and joy.  (1 Thessalonians 2:19-20 translated from the NA28 Greek text)

In this post we will look at 1 Thessalonians 4:13-18 and attempt to unpack Paul’s statement about our Lord’s παρουσια or parousia. What we must never forget my brethren…

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Legalistic Sabbath Police

Unfathomable Grace

Jesus knew the Greatest Commandment. He understood perfectly how to love the Father with all his heart, soul, mind, and strength.

He also knew the Second Greatest Commandment extremely well. This rule of love was prescribed, memorized, taught, and modeled by him. He excelled in exemplifying the love for neighbor desired, expected, and demanded by the Holy God.

When it came to Sabbath observance, if anyone understood that which was required by the Fourth Commandment of God’s Moral Law, Jesus was that man. And there was no greater expert on Sabbath observance than the Son of God. He also mastered the Civil and Ceremonial attachments given by God through Moses to the Israelites. Six days he worshiped God by working, and on one special day each week he worshiped God by resting.

Contrary to the view of some, Jesus was not a law-breaker. No, he was a law-fulfiller who demanded his disciples do the same. At this…

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The Impact of Direct and Indirect Communication

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Many of the conflicts we see are rooted in different communication styles. Understanding the differences between direct and indirect communication can minimize confusion and misunderstanding between people, groups, and cultures.

Direct Communication

Indirect Communication

  • Value Honesty
  • It’s ok to say no
  • Tell the truth
  • Easily reveal their wants, desires and needs
  • Say exactly what they think

  • Value Politeness
  • Avoid saying no
  • If the truth might hurt, soften it.
  • Do not easily reveal their wants, desires and needs
  • Suggest something without directly saying it

Advantages

  • Clear communication
  • Saves time as communication is to the point
  • Strong awareness of communication cues/signals
  • Manage communication with care

Disadvantages

  • May appear insensitive or rude
  • Risk of causing offense
  • May appear vague or unreliable
  • Risk of misunderstanding

Direct Communication

Direct communication is common in low-context cultures, which emphasize individualism, independence, and self-reliance. The speaker is responsible for clear communication when being direct. The overall goal of…

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The Holy Spirit and Prayer in Apologetics

Apologetics for the Church

woman-sincere-prayer_si_0Because apologetics is a spiritual endeavor more than it is a philosophical one, believers can never forget two simple truths:

  1. The Holy Spirit is the power and ultimate persuasion behind apologetics. We dare not seek to persuade unbelievers of the truth of the gospel in our own power. Since salvation is essentially the supernatural regeneration of a person dead in sin, the Spirit must be the active power behind someone getting saved. Human effort and persuasion cannot bring about regeneration. This means that when I share the gospel with someone, I am not trying to convert him by my own power, but rather sharing and defending the truth that he must embrace in order to be transformed by the Holy Spirit.

This is important to remember, or else we can quickly depend on our own persuasiveness and personality to evangelize. We can come to believe that it is our eloquence…

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Stephen C. Meyer lectures on intelligent design and the origin of life

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A MUST-SEE lecture based on Dr. Stephen C. Meyer’s book “Signature in the Cell“.

You can get an MP3 of the lecture here. (30 MB)

I highly recommend watching the lecture, and looking at the slides. The quality of the video and the content is first class. There is some Q&A (9 minutes) at the end of the lecture.

Topics:

  • intelligent design is concerned with measuring the information-creating capabilities of natural forces like mutation and selection
  • Darwinists think that random mutations and natural selection can explain the origin and diversification of living systems
  • Darwinian mechanisms are capable of explaining small-scale adaptive changes within types of organisms
  • but there is skepticism, even among naturalists, that Darwinian mechanisms can explain the origin of animal designs
  • even if you concede that Darwinism can account for all of the basic animal body plans, there is still…

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