Peace

Editor's note: I normally don't post my sermons on this site anymore due to the length, but have relocated them almost exclusively it to the church's website. However, with the chaotic nature of our world and nation and New York's sobering laws over the past couple of weeks, I thought it appropriate to post this here.  …

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Flashback Friday Album Review: To Hell With the Devil

When you stop and think about it, 1986 was a really great year for Christian music. Michael W. Smith's The Big Picture, Amy Grant's The Collection, plus Whiteheart and Petra both released albums with new lead singers who not only stayed with them for the remainder of their band's history, but helped mark the high …

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Sin Is More Than the Things We Do

Sobering thoughts on sin by Martin Lloyd-Jones on the blog, Poikilos.

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Nothing is quite so fallacious as to think of sin only in terms of actions; and as long as we think of sin only in terms of things actually done, we fail to understand it. The essence of biblical teaching on sin is that ti is essentially a disposition. It is a state of heart. I suppose we can sum it up by saying that sin is ultimately self-worship and self-adulation; and our Lord shows (what to me is an alarming and terrifying thing) that this tendency on our part to self-adulation is something that follows us even into the very presence of God. It sometimes produces this result; that even when we try to persuade ourselves that we are worshipping God, we are actually worshipping ourselves and doing nothing more.

– Martyn Lloyd-Jones, Studies in the Sermon on the Mount, p. 301.

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New discovery: ancient Old Testament fragment is identical to copy 2,000 years later

From winteryknight.com

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A new discovery of an ancient text fragment was reported in the Associated Press, of all places.

Excerpt:

The charred lump of a 2,000-year-old scroll sat in an Israeli archaeologist’s storeroom for decades, too brittle to open. Now, new imaging technology has revealed what was written inside: the earliest evidence of a biblical text in its standardized form.

The passages from the Book of Leviticus, scholars say, offer the first physical evidence of what has long been believed: that the version of the Hebrew Bible used today goes back 2,000 years.

The discovery, announced in a Science Advances journal article by researchers in Kentucky and Jerusalem on Wednesday, was made using “virtual unwrapping,” a 3D digital analysis of an X-ray scan. Researchers say it is the first time they have been able to read the…

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Lead, Follow or Get Out of THE WAY! by D Wadsworth

This is a blog post from a friend of mine, dated Sept. 26, 2013. He is now in full-time ministry. God has a way of aligning His dreams with ours. Have faith, be patient, and seek the Lord's heart. Continue reading here: Lead, Follow or Get Out of THE WAY! by D Wadsworth

Impossible Christianity? A short post

Dr. Nathan D. Sanders

A lot of people think Christianity is mainly about changing your behavior on the outside, that to become Christian is to be a better person (maybe implying perfect?), to learn how to be nice, to stop swearing, stop doing wrong things, and so on. “I’ll need to do this and that, and then do some more and always try and hope for the best and stop doing bad things, and THEN I can be a Christian.” “But on second thought, I can’t do all that. I’ve tried and failed, so forget it.”

Well, I have good news: that’s a wrong view of what it means to be a Christian. Such thinking is void of the true power of faith in Christ, which calls a person to turn away from wrongdoing and to do good ONLY AFTER receiving what is necessary on the inside—FIRST. Putting outer behaviors before inner change…

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