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Current Events

Islamic State Uses Chainsaw to Hack Nine Iraqi Teens in Half

“Islamic State (ISIS/ISIL) jihadists reportedly tied nine young men to iron poles in Mosul before hacking them in half with a chainsaw.”

Christian Leader Arrested in Russia as Law Banning Evangelism Outside of Churches Goes Into Effect

“The Moscow Times reports that Sergei Zhuravlyov, a representative of the Ukrainian Reformed Orthodox Church of Christ the Savior, was arrested earlier this month while he was preaching before the St. Petersburg Messianic Jewish community, and was charged with violating a provision of the law that bans illegal missionary activity.”

Bible Study/Preaching/Apologetics

Andreas Köstenberger, Benjamin Merkle, and Robert Plummer – A (Brief) History of Text Criticism

“God has left us so many manuscripts of such high quality that, even in the places where there are variants in the manuscripts, we can reach a high level of certainty as to what the original text read.”

Joel Beeke – What Is Experiential Preaching?

“True experiential preaching brings a believer into the realm of vital Christian experience, prompting a love for God and His glory as well as a burning passion to declare and display that love to others around him.”

Matthew Harmon – Why Study the Book of Jeremiah?

“Paul explained to the Romans that “whatever was written in former days was written for our instruction, that through endurance and through the encouragement of the Scriptures we might have hope” (Rom. 15:4). So we should study Jeremiah because we want to know Christ better and see God deepen our endurance in the gospel so that our hope in God and his promises will grow.”

Servants of Grace has embarked on a study of the book of Ephesians. I encourage you to check out what was posted this past week:

Eric Michalls – In Him: Sealed for an Inheritance

Dave Jenkins- Thanksgiving and Prayer

Origins/Science:

Andrew Kulikovsky – How Could Adam Have Named all the Animals in a Single Day?

“It is important to note that God’s purpose in parading all the animals before Adam was not merely so that he would give them names. It was also to reinforce the fact that he was different in kind from the rest of creation, so that none of these animals could ever serve as a physical, emotional, intellectual or spiritual companion. So God made from Adam’s rib a companion who was suitable (Genesis 2:21–24).”

Jason Lisle – Atheism: An Irrational Worldview

“Rational thinking, science, and technology make sense in a Christian worldview. The Christian has a basis for these things; the atheist does not.”

Lita Cosner – What is Your Child’s Authority?

“If you are a parent, what are you doing now to ensure that when (not if) your children are presented with evolution, they’re standing strong on the authority of Scripture?”

Oldies but Goodies

J. C. Ryle – Flee from Idolatry

“Above all, let us keep up continual communion with the person of the Lord Jesus! Let us abide in Him daily, feed on Him daily, look to Him daily, lean on Him daily, live upon Him daily, draw from His fullness daily.”

Octavius Winslow – A Soul Prostrate Before the Majesty and Holiness of God

“Beloved, let this truth be ever present to your mind, that as we increasingly see glory in Christ, we shall increasingly see that there is no glory in ourselves.”

Martyn Lloyd-Jones – The Counsel of His Own Will

“It is God also who works out this purpose. This is the most amazing and the most consoling and comforting truth we can ever know. It is the whole basis of my assurance at this present moment; it is also the guarantee of my future. It is God Himself who put me where I am, and ‘He which hath begun a good work in you will perform it until the day of Jesus Christ’ (Philippians 1:6).”