Posted On December 3, 2016

Current Events

Castro’s Death Won’t End Repression of Cuban Church

“The death of Cuba’s revolutionary leader Fidel Castro will not reduce the harassment and surveillance to which the Church is already subjected, an analyst at the charity Open Doors has warned.”

Travis Wussow – What are Apostasy and Blasphemy Laws?

“Generally speaking, apostasy laws prevent conversion from one religion to another. Apostasy laws have been in force in some places, in one form or another, for thousands of years. Today, all apostasy laws in force with one exception are focused on preventing conversion from Islam to another religion or to atheism. With the exception of India, all countries with apostasy laws are majority Muslim; apostasy carries the death penalty in eight countries.”

Bible Study/Preaching/Family Issues/Apologetics

Terry Mortenson and Bodie Hodge – The Documentary Hypothesis: Moses, Genesis, and the JEDP?

“The attack on the Mosaic authorship of the Pentateuch is nothing less than an attack on the veracity, reliability, and authority of the Word of Almighty God. Christians should believe God, rather than the fallible, sinful skeptics inside and outside the Church who, in their intellectual arrogance, are consciously or unconsciously trying to undermine the Word so that they can justify in their own minds (but not before God) their rebellion against God.”

Michael Kruger – Was Jesus Married to Mary Magdalene? Revisiting a Stubborn Conspiracy Theory

Michael Kruger addresses a Huffington Post article and the attempt to rejuvenate the notion that Jesus was married to Mary Magdalene.

Tim Challies – The Commandment We Forgot

“We are all children, we ought to pursue God’s blessings, and we need to give prominence to God’s prominent command. For these reasons and many others we can no longer ignore the forgotten commandment.”

Geoffrey Kirkland – Husbands: Learn Your Wives!

“As a husband learns his wife, he will better equip himself to know her wants, her fears, her happiness, her anxieties, her struggles, her sins, her enjoyments, and what satisfies her most. Only in spending much time together, regularly, and making it happen (on the calendar) can this kind of deep, intimate knowledge occur.”

Keith Essex – Sanctification: The Biblically Identifiable Fruit

“The positionally sanctified believer will evidence a growing godliness and Christ-likeness as he learns and obeys Holy Scripture enabled by the Holy Spirit. This obedient life-style is the visible “fruit” of progressive sanctification.”

Michael Boling – Live Dangerously in the Hands of God

“Are you willing to risk it all to the glory of God? Are you willing to live a life that is truly one of complete surrender to the cross? Does the fire need rekindled so you can live in righteous obedience to God and His holy word? Do you grasp the reality that it is because of the wonderful gift of grace bestowed on us by God, that unmerited grace He provides that should stir us up to live our lives in complete obedience to Him, bringing glory to His name?”

John Piper – Love Her More, Love Her Less: Living for God’s Glory in Marriage

Servants of Grace has concluded the study on the books of 1-3 John. Please check out what was posted this past week:

Rick Hanna – Festival of Faith

Charlie Handren – Clinging to Christ in Truth and Love

Charlie Handren – Be Fellow-Workers for the Truth

Charlie Handren – Do Not Imitate Evil But Imitate Good

Origins/Science:

Phil Robinson – Sorry, How Many Feathers Did You Find?

“So in reality what does this new fossil dinosaur actually tell us? It provides another example of a fast-formed fossil, like the many formed during the Noahic Flood, with no evidence for any dinosaur to bird transition, despite what the artist’s reconstructed picture intends to convey. The Bible is clear in the creation account in Genesis 1 that animals were created to reproduce within their own kinds only and that is exactly what the fossil record continues to show.”

Warren Johns – Scriptural Geology, Then and Now

“A review of the more important issues in the SG movement can prove very helpful in resolving parallel issues being grappled with by YEC scholars today. One issue that caused the most diverse opinions among SG was where to place the biblical Flood in the geological record. This remains one of the most hotly debated issues among creationist geologists today.”

Andrew Snelling – Why Do Some US Earthquakes Occur in Unexpected Places?

“We are still suffering from the after-effects of God’s global cataclysmic Flood judgment on a wicked mankind and an earth filled with violence. Thus when devastating earthquakes occur today, they are meant to remind us of the consequences of man’s sinful rebellion against our Holy Creator God.”

Oldies but Goodies

D. A. Carson – The Puritans: What They Have That The Moderns Have Not

“There have always been individual believers of grand spiritual stature; but in the opinion of the present writer, there has not been an entire group of believers that can begin to compare with the Puritans in the excellent things of truth since the days of the early Church.”

J. C. Ryle – Love Your Enemies

“A readiness to resent injuries, a quickness in taking offense, a quarrelsome and contentious disposition, a keenness in asserting our rights—all all are contrary to the mind of Christ.”

John Owen – The Forgiveness of Sin

A free .pdf version of John Owen’s “A Practical Exposition Upon Psalm 130”.

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