Current Events

Joe Carter – American Pastor Imprisoned in Turkey on Terrorism-related Charges

“The government of Turkey—led by an Islamic party—has begun increased crackdowns on Christians,” said Jordan Sekulow, executive director of the ACLJ, “and Pastor Andrew, if convicted, may face years in prison based on extremely serious—and false—charges. We are launching a global campaign to call attention to his plight demanding that Turkey— a NATO member—release Pastor Andrew without delay.”

Samuel Smith – 100% of Christians Face Persecution in These 21 Countries

“The top 21 countries on the list include in this order: North Korea, Somalia, Afghanistan, Pakistan, Sudan, Syria, Iraq, Iran, Yemen, Eritrea, Libya, Nigeria, Maldives, Saudi Arabia, India, Uzbekistan, Vietnam, Kenya, Turkmenistan, Qatar and Egypt.”

Bible Study/Preaching/Family Issues/Apologetics

Tim Challies – Be a Parent Worthy of Honor

“Parents, make it easy for your children to honor you. Make it a delight for them to take pride in you. Live in such a way that your children can say, “the glory of children is their fathers.”

Tim Chaffey – Does the Bible Condone Abortion?: Clearing Up Misconceptions

“Instead of possibly condoning abortion or at least minimizing the life of the unborn, the Bible clearly states throughout its pages that the unborn child is as much a human being as those of us who have already been born. In fact, Exodus 21:22–25 actually backfires on those who wish to use it to justify abortion because it teaches that the unborn child is just as valuable in God’s eyes as the person who has already been born.”

Bryce Young – Why Do We Give Up on Bible Reading?

“When we read the Bible, we’re not performing self-surgery to help ourselves think better or act better. We are turning ourselves over to God, whose healing sword pierces to the division of our very souls and spirits, joints and marrow (Hebrews 4:12).”

Steven Lawson – Grace-Fueled Obedience Is Absolutely Necessary for Christlikeness

“Far from being optional, grace-fueled obedience is absolutely necessary for Christlikeness. Is there any need to pray about whether or not to obey God’s Word? You just need to obey.”

Michael Boling – Exposition of Ruth 1:15-22

“Ruth 1:15-22 provides a pivotal turning point in the first part of the Book of Ruth. Na’omi tries one last time to convince Ruth to return to Mo’av only to have Ruth respond with a truly magnificent declaration and oath of commitment to Na’omi, the people of Israel, and the God of Israel.”

Servants of Grace is continuing to work through Galatians. Check out what posted this past week:

Dave Jenkins – Gospel Freedom Fighter

Dave Jenkins – The Battle for the Gospel

The latest issue of Theology for Life has been released. It is the largest issue to date. The subject matter is the important and often overlooked Doctrine of God. View or download it for free here.

Origins/Science:

Mike Oard – How Did the Waters of Noah’s Flood Drain Off the Continents?

“So, it was mountains rising and valleys sinking that caused the floodwater to drain at the end of Noah’s Flood. The water moved toward the low spots on the planet and the rising land was exposed.12 As a result of vertical movements in the earth’s crust, the continents and mountains rose at the same time as the valleys and ocean floors sank. The mountains were first to rise above the water, which explains why the Ark grounded on the “mountains of Ararat” (Genesis 8:4).”

Calvin Smith – Now You See It, Now You Don’t!: Can We Observe Evolution?

“They have fabricated an imagined history which cannot be verified by eyewitness accounts and given it a veneer of credibility by glossing over it with scientific terminology. And unfortunately many in the Christian community have bought into this narrative as a replacement for the true history recorded in God’s word.”

Dr. Terry Mortenson – When Was Adam Created?

“The details matter because every Word of God matters. It also matters because Jesus and the Apostles all clearly took Genesis as literal history. There is no reason to suppose that they thought any differently about the genealogies of Genesis 5 and 11. If their word cannot be trusted on this matter, then their truthfulness and authority are undermined on all other matters. Furthermore, it bears repeating that if we accept the evolutionary dates and view of history, then we must insert death, disease, and other natural evils long before the Fall, which contradicts the Bible’s teaching on that subject and thereby undermines the truth of the gospel.”

Oldies but Goodies

Horatius Bonar – Practical Religion

“Peace with God, forgiveness, reconciliation, friendship, the assurance of His love, these are the means by which the wound is thoroughly and eternally healed. This is the removing of all distance, the bringing back the soul to its original state of blessed relationship to Him who gave it being. This is the reunion of the soul with that God in whose favor is life, and whose friendship is the sunshine of eternity. ”

Jeremiah Burroughs – A Treatise on Earthly-Mindedness

“But above all, set Jesus Christ before you and be meditating on the death of Jesus Christ. That’s the great thing that will take the heart from the things of the earth. Be looking upon Christ crucified, how He who was the Lord of heaven and earth put Himself into such a low condition merely to redeem us!”

Thomas Brooks – Apples of God

“There are no pleasures so delighting, so satisfying, so ravishing, so engaging, and so abiding–as those which spring from union and communion with God–as those which flow from a from a humble and holy walking with God!”

Thomas Watson – The Christian Soldier

“Look upon the Word as a spiritual armory, out of which you fetch all your weapons to fight against sin and Satan. “