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Derek meets a false apostle and Shelly confronts her pastor.

These two videos hit the proverbial nail on the head on every over-used cliche and every platitude I’ve hear ad nauseum in my time in charismatic circles. (You’ll have to watch each video over at YouTube since embedding has been enabled.) Derek’s encounter: Shelly’s encounter:

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The work of the preacher resembles that of the sower. Like the sower, the preacher must sow good seed, if he wants to see fruit. He must sow the pure word of God, and not the traditions of the church, or the doctrines of men. Without this, his labor will be in vain. He may […]

Jesus Our High Priest – Part 20 (Conclusion)

We are pleased to continue the Saturday Sermon Series again. This is the final (part 20) in a series of twenty messages from John 17. It was sovereignly delivered by Akash Sant Singh, who is one of the elders at Community Bible Church in Reno, Nevada. May it bring conviction to each of us as […]

Sermon of the week: “You Must Attend” by Todd Musser.

Your sermon of the week is a gem by Todd Musser entitled You Must Attend. This is a great message on the four figures found in Psalm 107: The wanderer, the prisoner, the fool, and the laborer. Every single one of us falls into one of those four categories and Musser eloquently examines how God […]

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Consider the call of the Throne above, “Go ye,” and from round about, “Come over and help us,” and even the call from the damned souls below, “Send Lazarus to my brothers, that they come not to this place.” Impelled, then, by these voices, I dare not stay home while Quichuas perish. So what if […]

In conclusion: My final post on Christmas.

In this, my last post on the subject of Christmas, I wanted to share some final thoughts. When I first posted my reasons for not celebrating Christmas (found here) I never imagined the furor it would cause. Although I was grateful to see much healthy dialogue on the subject, and equally grateful for those readers […]

Jesus Our High Priest – Part 19

We are pleased to continue the Saturday Sermon Series again. This is the nineteenth in a series of twenty messages from John 17. It was sovereignly delivered by Akash Sant Singh, who is one of the elders at Community Bible Church in Reno, Nevada. May it bring conviction to each of us as we realize […]

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And he spake this parable unto certain which trusted in themselves that they were righteous, and despised others: “two men went up into the temple to pray; the one a Pharisee, and the other a publican. The Pharisee stood and prayed thus with himself, ‘God, I thank thee, that I am not as other men […]

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We look back on slave-owning churchgoers of 150 years ago and ask, “How could they have treated their fellow human beings that way?” I wonder if followers of Christ 150 years from now will look back at Christians in America today and ask, “How could they live in such big houses? How could they drive […]

Sermon of the week: “Why I Choose to Believe the Bible” by Voddie Baucham.

Your sermon of the week is Why I Choose to Believe the Bible by Voddie Baucham. This short message (less than 25 minutes in duration) is one you won’t want to miss.

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The Bible is God-centered. Psychology is man-centered. The Bible teaches that our purpose in life is to glorify God. Therefore, everything else is subject to that purpose. Psychology, being man-centered, has as its highest goal the happiness of the individual. This is the foundation for the current emphasis on felt need. If mankind’s greatest goal […]

Seasonal priorities.

HT: DefCon reader Julie

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The knowledge of God is the great hope of sinners. Oh, if you knew him better, you would fly to him! If you understood how gracious he is, you would seek him. If you could have any idea of his holiness, you would loathe your self-righteousness. If you knew anything of his power, you would […]

What if social media were around when Christ was born?

Other than the error of placing the Magi at Christ’s birth, this is a rather intriguing video (and tastefully done). Those familiar with how Facebook works will enjoy this even more. HT: Kingdom Bard

Book recommendation: “Radical” by David Platt.

When I picked up this book to read it I told myself that no matter how good any part of it was, I would not post any portion of it as a quote on DefCon (because time is so little of what I have lately). Well, that ambition didn’t last very long (like here and […]

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We must make time for private meditation, and for being alone with God. It must not content us to pray daily and read the Scriptures, to hear the Gospel regularly and to receive the Lord’s Supper. All this is well. But something more is needed. We should set apart special seasons for solitary self-examination and […]

Dreaming of a Pink Christmas.

The debate about whether or not Christians should celebrate Christmas has recently been raging on DefCon. As many know, my family has decided not to participate in Christmas (my reasons can be found here). I have been pleased and encouraged to find out that other Christians have also abandoned this holiday and it is very […]

Jesus Our High Priest – Part 18

We are pleased to continue the Saturday Sermon Series again. This is the eighteenth in a series of twenty messages from John 17. It was sovereignly delivered by Akash Sant Singh, who is one of the elders at Community Bible Church in Reno, Nevada. May it bring conviction to each of us as we realize […]

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The devil is not fighting religion. He is too smart for that. He is producing a counterfeit Christianity so much like the real one that good Christians are afraid to speak out against it. – Vance Havner 1901 -1986

Alone.

The following article (written by Carolyn) and entitled Alone, is a true story from No Greater Joy. I am 50 years old and have essentially been alone for 21 years. I never thought this would be my life. At no time did it cross my mind that my husband would ever leave me. Although I […]

Sermon of the week: “The Socinians” by Phil Johnson.

We conclude our five-part series by Phil Johnson entitled A Survey of Heresies with The Socinians. If you’ve missed any of our past installments from this series, you can download the entire series here.

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Jesus said, “Preach the gospel to every creature.” But men are getting tired of the divine plan; they are going to be saved by the priest, going to be saved by the music, going to be saved by theatricals, and nobody knows what! Well, they may try these things as long as ever they like; […]

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If you and sin are friends, you and God are not yet reconciled. – J. C. Ryle 1816 – 1900

Christmas unwrapped.

As a follow-up to A Radical Approach to December 25th: Why We Won’t Be Celebrating Christmas This Year, here are two videos on the history of Christmas. The first video (in three parts) is from a Christian perspective. And this video (in five parts) by The History Channel is from the secular perspective.

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So what is the difference between someone who willfully indulges in sexual pleasures while ignoring the Bible on moral purity and someone who willfully indulges in the selfish pursuit of more and more material possessions while ignoring the Bible on caring for the poor? The difference is that one involves a social taboo in the […]

Philip Yancey: Keynote speaker at a 2011 homosexual Christian conference.

Christian author and editor-at-large for Christianity Today, Philip Yancey, will be the keynote speaker at the Gay Christian Network’s upcoming 2011 conference. Here’s a link to a Q&A with Philip Yancey from 2009 on the topic of homosexuality. There’s nothing more I can add to Ingrid Schlueter’s remarks (summing up what we are beholding) when […]

Amazing Grace? – Endorsing Homosexuality

Dear Friends, I wanted to pass on some information that I feel is very important. Romans 1:32 states, “Who, knowing the righteous judgment of God, that those who practice such things are deserving of death, not only do the same but also approve of those who practice them.” Just this morning, I received some information […]

Jesus Our High Priest – Part 17

We are pleased to continue the Saturday Sermon Series again. This is the seventeenth in a series of twenty messages from John 17. It was sovereignly delivered by Akash Sant Singh, who is one of the elders at Community Bible Church in Reno, Nevada. May it bring conviction to each of us as we realize […]

Old Mormon vs New Mormon: Celestial Marriage.

DefCon presents another installment of Old Mormon vs New Mormon. See our previous installment Old Mormon vs New Mormon: The Missouri Prophecies here.

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The Apostle Paul commended the Berean Church for using Scriptures to verify the truthfulness of his teaching. It is clear that since an apostle, who penned over half the New Testament was tested by the Bible, all religious teachers must come under the same scrutiny. Have you checked the teachings of your religious leaders with […]