Posted On January 28, 2017

Current Events

Joe Carter – Planned Parenthood’s Most Misleading Statistic

“Almost a decade ago, Planned Parenthood began telling a monstrous lie, one so light and airy that it continues to fly around the globe: that abortions represent only three percent of the services they provide. Although the claim has been repeatedly debunked — even by some abortion supporters — the truth is still trying to catch up with.”

‘Life is winning’: Pence Fired up March for Life Crowd

“Vice President Mike Pence fired up the crowd at Friday’s March for Life in Washington, telling the pro-life throng their movement is succeeding.”

Bible Study/Preaching/Family Issues/Apologetics

Raymond Ortlund, Jr. – Compromise on Marriage, Lose the Gospel

John MacArthur – The First Adam, the Last Adam, and the Gospel

“The historicity of Adam is not a trivial matter. A literal Adam is foundational for understanding the origin and history of the human race, the nature of humanity, the origin of sin, the beginning of human and animal death, the need for salvation, the basis for historical events in Genesis, the reason for functional order within the church, and even the future existence of mankind.”

Sinclair Ferguson – The Early Symptoms of Spiritual Danger

“Yes, apostasy happens. Sometimes the catalyst is flagrant sin. The pain of conviction and repentance is refused, and the only alternative to it is wholesale rejection of Christ. But sometimes the catalyst is a thorn growing quietly in the heart, an indifference to the way of the Cross, a drifting that is not reversed by the knowledge of biblical warnings.”

Nick Batzig – Keeping Short Accounts

“We need to be diligent to keep short accounts with God and men. In doing so, we will experience more of what it is to live by the grace of God in Christ, to live in gracious relationships with one another and to be agents of grace in extending forgiveness to others.”

Justin Taylor – 4 Things to Remember When Thinking About the Curses in the Psalms

“Many psalms call on God for help as the faithful are threatened with harm from enemies (often called “the wicked” — frequently the unfaithful who persecute the godly, and sometimes Gentile oppressors). In a number of places, the requested help is that God would punish these enemies. Christians, with the teaching and example of Jesus (in passages like Matt. 5:38-48; Luke 23:34; 1 Pet. 2:19-23; cf. Acts 7:6), may wonder what to make of such curses: How can it possibly be right for God’s people to pray in this way?”

Jon Payne – Words Matter: Recovering Godly Speech in a Culture of Profanity

“Dear Christian, words matter. They have the power to build up and to tear down; to bless and to poison (c.f. James 3). Therefore, let us recover, cultivate, and model godly speech in our homes, schools, neighborhoods, communities, and churches. And may we frequently pray the solemn words of Psalm 19:14:

“Let the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be acceptable in your sight, O LORD, my Rock and my Redeemer.”

Michael Boling – Exposition of Ruth 2:8-16

“The themes of provision, sovereignty, and hesed continue to be the focus of the story as the relationship of the main characters of the story at this point, namely Ruth and Bo’az, begins to be the focal point of the narrative.”

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

Dave Jenkins – The Promise Before the Law

Dave Jenkins – The Law Leading to Christ

Dave Jenkins – All God’s Children

As a reminder, 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:

Russell Grigg – Unfolding the Plan

“The Bible is not just a book about ‘religious ideas’ or emotions, it is a book about God, and His dealings with humanity and humanity’s home (the universe), from the beginning to the end of time. The early chapters of Genesis are crucial to a proper understanding of these dealings. These chapters are totally reliable and may not be manipulated to make them conform to the temporary wisdom of any particular age.”

Michael Oard – Precambrian Impacts and the Genesis Flood

“Sedimentary rocks from the Cambrian through the end of the Mesozoic show little internal deformation. The absence of rocks reflecting the higher energy levels of the Flood’s beginning is a reason to place the pre-Flood/Flood boundary lower in the Precambrian. It may be that the impact event of the early Flood lasted 40 days, since impacting probably caused the torrential rain, and therefore the Great Deposition may not have begun until Day 40.”

Dr. David Menton – The Mysterious Spleen

“Why is the spleen even in our bodies? This amazing organ quietly serves several invaluable roles in our blood system, keeping our bodies healthy.”

Oldies but Goodies

A. W. Pink – The Rest of Christ

“As Christ is the only One who can bestow rest of soul—so there is no true rest to be found apart from Him.”

Thomas Brooks – The Mute Christian under the Smarting Rod

“The Mute Christian under the Smarting Rod first appeared in 1659. Brooks stated his purpose in the preface: “that all afflicted and distressed Christians may have a proper salve for every sore, a proper remedy against every disease, at hand. Here he may find arguments to silence him, and means to quiet him, when it is at worst with him.””

Charles Bridges – Proverbs: Selected Comments on Twenty-Two Proverbs

“While other parts of Scripture show us the glory of our high calling, this book may instruct us in all minuteness of detail how to “walk worthy” of it (Col 1:10). We see the minuteness of our Christian obligations; that there is not a temper, a look, a word, a movement, the most important action of the day, the smallest relative duty, in which we do not either deface or adorn the image of our Lord, and the profession of His name. Surely if the book conduced to no other end, it tends to humble even the most consistent servant of God, in consciousness of countless failures. The whole book is a mirror for us all, not only to show our defects, but also [as] a guidebook and directory for godly conduct.”

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