Posted On November 12, 2016

Current Events

North Korean Defectors Say Over 75 Percent of Christians Do Not Survive Persecution

“Human rights groups are reporting on new grim statistics from North Korea and its treatment of religious minorities, including Christians, revealing that more than 75 percent of those subjected to torture, imprisonment, and other punishments do not survive.”

Battle for Mosul: ISIS Hangs Bodies of 40 Civilians from Poles

“The Islamic State has hung up on electricity poles the bodies of 40 people they shot and killed during the ongoing battle for the Iraqi city of Mosul.”

Bible Study/Preaching/Apologetics

Jeff Robinson – Some Reasons Personal Holiness has been Neglected in American Churches

“One of the most frightening verses in the entire Bible is Hebrews 12:14, particularly the final phrase: “…and pursue holiness, without which no one will see the Lord.” Yet, like Aragorn’s dramatic words to Frodo Baggins in their encounter at the Prancing Pony in The Fellowship of the Ring, I don’t think we’re frightened enough.”

Brian Cosby – Prepping in Biblical Perspective

“The biblical “prepper” trusts in God’s goodness and sovereignty and, therefore, doesn’t succumb to being gripped by sinful fear. However, he is also one who looks ahead with wisdom to provide for his family (1 Tim. 5:8) and, in a broader context, the household of faith (Gal. 6:10).”

Stephen Unthank – Total Depravity: The Total in Total Depravity

“The doctrine, and likewise the Bible, never states that individuals are as sinful as they possibly could be, and the truth is that God in his common grace keeps men and women from declining as far as they could into sin. Nonetheless, sin has infected and affected the totality of mankind as well as the totality of each individual person.”

Ray Ortlund, Jr. – He Nourishes and Cherishes Her

“The heart of a Christian husband comes to a focal point in one word, the key word for the husband, in Ephesians 5:25: “Husbands, love your wives, as Christ loved the church and gave himself up for her.””

Servants of Grace has kicked a new study on the book of 1 John. Please check out what was posted this past week:

Charlie Handren – Fullness of Joy/a>

Dave Jenkins – Live in the Light

Joel Littlefield – Christ Our Advocate

Rick Hanna – Light, Darkness, Commandments & Brothers

Origins/Science:

Murray Adamthwaite – Gilgamesh and the Biblical Flood (Part 1)

“The first thing we need to realize about the Gilgamesh Epic is that it is not primarily a story about a great Deluge, but a story of the fear of death and quest for immortality on the part of its hero and central character, Gilgamesh, king of Uruk (biblical Erech). The story of the Flood has, by general consent, been attached to the Epic as a kind of afterthought, in a rather incoherent and unconvincing manner.”

Jean O’Micks – Molecular Structures Shared by Prokaryotes and Eukaryotes Show Signs of Only Analogy and Not Homology

“In sum, prokaryotes with different kinds of eukaryote-like structures show the vast diversity of the kinds of living things God created. Science changes with newer and newer discoveries and observations, and creation science is up to this task.”

Andrew Snelling – Did Tectonic Activity Trigger the Ice Age?

“Yet there really is only unequivocal evidence for the one Ice Age, which occurred post-Flood as a consequence of the tectonic activity during the Flood. The evidence overall is more consistent with what God’s Word tells us, because its truthfulness is guaranteed by the Creator Himself.”

Oldies but Goodies

James Montgomery Boice – A New Family

“Perhaps the words new status are not the best. What is really involved in adoption is new relationships: a new relationship to God and a new relationship to other people within the household of faith.”

A. W. Pink – God’s Sovereignty and Human Responsibility

“An attitude of fatalistic inertia, because I know that God has irrevocably decreed whatever comes to pass—is to make a sinful and hurtful use of what God has revealed for the comfort of my heart! The same God who has decreed that a certain end shall be accomplished, has also decreed that that end shall be attained through and as the result of His own appointed means. God does not disdain the use of means—nor must we.”

Jeremiah Burroughs -The Incomparable Excellency and Holiness of God

“Though you have much uncleanness in yourself and in your duties (for what is it for us to offer duty to the holy God), let this comfort you. You do not have to deal with God in yourself but through Christ, and in Him you have liberty to come. You may look upon God’s face with boldness. This is the great mystery of godliness revealed in the gospel, that, notwithstanding the infiniteness of God’s holiness, there is a way for us polluted creatures to look upon this God with joy.”

Thomas Watson – Christ’s Kingly Office

“It is a great ground of comfort to the church of God in the midst of all the combinations of the enemy, that ‘Christ is king;’ and he can not only bound the enemies’ power, but break it. The church has more with her than against her; she has Emmanuel on her side, even that great King to whom all knees must bend.”

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