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Peel Your Eyes from the Mirror

Are you happy being who you are? Do you have good self-esteem? Good self-confidence? Does it really matter? Are you comfortable in a room full of strangers or do you compare yourself to everyone; focusing on your flaws? I think many of us struggle everyday with who we are. I’m not talking about how we […]

What receiving the Bible in your native tongue for the first time looks like.

Rejoice with me and be greatly encouraged (and deeply convicted) by watching this video of the Kimyal tribe receiving the New Testament in their language for the first time on March 16, 2010. Quote from the video: “We [in the West] have no idea. We have had the Word of God for so long. We […]

Pay no attention the the government education professionals behind the curatin.

Here is a quote from a great article by Bruce Shortt writing for WorldNet Daily: “Of course, evidence of catastrophic educational failure is always dismissed by highly trained education professionals by alternately screeching ‘socio-economic status’ and ‘demographics.’ These phrases are the education establishment’s equivalent of squid’s ink: When cornered by inconvenient facts, shouts of ‘socio-economic […]

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 Seducers are more dangerous enemies to the church than persecutors. – Matthew Henry 1662 – 1714 HT: What They Said

Building bridges.

Go into all the world and build bridges?

Apologizing for believing a lie.

According to this article, an African pastor has apologized for believing and furthering Harold Camping’s false prophecy: A pastor in Kasese District, who claimed the world would end on May 21, has apologised to residents. Pastor Isaac Muhindo, who has since early last year been moving around the district, spreading his doomsday massage, [sic] said […]

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I notice that many here do not like the term “heretic.” There seems to be agreement that one must deny certain doctrines “essential to salvation” in order to be a heretic. This is very new thinking. Look, for example, at the definition in Webster’s Dictionary (1828): 1. A person under any religion, but particularly the […]

A new approach to evangelism and apologetics?

We’ve all experienced how Mormon apologists play the victim card anytime the truth about their organization and prophets are revealed: “You’re picking on us.” “You’re just anti-Mormon.” “We never attack anyone’s faith like you do.” “We have better things to do than attack other people’s faith like you.” Well, apparently some Christian evangelists have taken […]

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There are three things that earthly riches can never do; they can never satisfy divine justice, they can never pacify divine wrath, nor can they every quiet a guilty conscience. – Thomas Brooks 1608 – 1680 HT: What They Said

Friel on Bell.

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Perpetual spiritual infancy.

The Christian life is supposed to be one marked by sanctification and spiritual growth, but far too many in church–after years of being a Christian–are no further along in their faith than day one. Essentially they are still nursing on milk when they should be eating meat. Churches too often make excuses for this lack […]

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When we consider the very being of God, we find ourselves so far from the true knowledge of it that we cannot come up with the right words and expressions. As we seek to meditate in our minds and frame thoughts about God as we do about other objects of thinking, we fall so far […]

She’s back.

Like a bad penny (or a persistent rash), Paula White is back. HT: Slaughter of the Sheep

Sermon of the week: “Thou Shalt Not Steal” by Phil Johnson.

Your sermon of the week is Thou Shalt Not Steal by Phil Johnson. This is the next installment of Johnson’s series on the Ten Commandments that is being featured on DefCon every other week as your Sermon of the Week (on Thursdays).

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We naturally love our ease, and would have nothing befall us that is grievous to flesh and blood; and gracious persons pray and strive to prevent and remove afflictions. But yet the experience of all, good and bad, in all ages of the world, proclaims this upon the housetops, that more have got good by […]

Sermon of the week: “Evaluating Youth Ministry – An Abolitionist’s View ” by Voddie Baucham.

Are you a YMA (youth ministry abolitionist)? Perhaps after  listening to this sermon by Voddie Baucham, entitled  Evaluating Youth Ministry: An Abolitionist’s View, you too will join the growing ranks of those who are abandoning the train wreck known as youth ministry and return to a family integrated model of biblical worship. In this message […]

It Gets Worse for John Piper

Several posts at DefCon have detailed many of the concerns any Christian ought to have with the public behavior and pronouncements made by John Piper – here’s a search page showing them. It keeps getting worse, as John Piper pursues public friendships with people who know not the gospel of Jesus Christ yet call themselves […]

The Monstrosity of a Faith that is Alone

I am currently reading John Murray’s Redemption Accomplished and Applied published in 1955 by Eerdmans Publishing Company. This little book (180 pages) is an amazing dissertation on the meaning of the atonement, how it was accomplished, and how it is applied to sinful man. Murray, a Scottish theologian who died in 1975, spent most of […]

May 21, 2011 . . . much to do about nothing.

Since Harold Camping is once again predicting Judgment Day to arrive on a specific day (a day that even the Son does not know), I figured I’d turn on Family Radio this past Monday to see how those expecting the world to end in less than a week would spend their valuable air time. Besides […]

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Anyone can profess to be a Christian but a genuine faith will be evidenced by how a person lives. – Mike Gendron

The Jesus of the Bible compared with the Jesus of Mormonism.

A former Mormon–one who came to a saving knowledge of the true, biblical Christ–penned the following piece found at Mormon Coffee: This is the Christ of Mormonism: 1. He lives as a humanoid god on a star near Kolob along with his father god, bound by the physical world; he does not transcend the material. […]

What Happens If……? — Part 3

The scene is all too common. Bell-ringers for the Salvation Army stand outside shopping centers and supermarkets waiting for the pots to ring with their yearly intake of funds. Standing a little further out, people dressed in poor clothing walk up and down speaking with those coming out of the stores with bags of full […]

Christ – our example, submission to authority

Here is the last of 6 messages from Pastor Conrad Mbewe, from Zambia in Africa, on the subject of biblical submission and exercising authority. You can find links to the previous messages here. Each of these 6 messages will convict you – as all humans have some rebellion in their flesh. Do not lose sight […]

Becoming defenseless.

A sober reminder to be aware of how we react to others in our life (and in the blogosphere), of which I am oftentimes the chiefest of sinners. Source: Providence Chapel

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We do not act as the salt of the earth or shine as the light of the world by necessarily denouncing the sins of our worldly associates. Our own holy life will serve as a sufficient rebuke. And our interest in others at this point is not their conduct, but their need of Jesus Christ […]

Dear Mormon, can you guess who said the following?

Dear Mormon, can you guess who said the following? 1). I saw two spirits… One was God my maker, almost in bodily shape like a man… below him stood Jesus Christ my Redeemer, in perfect shape like a man… 2). . . . the angel had made known to me in the vision, that all […]

Sermon of the week: “Thou Shalt Not Commit Adultery” by Phil Johnson.

Your sermon of the week is Thou Shalt Not Commit Adultery by Phil Johnson. This is the next installment of Johnson’s series on the Ten Commandments that is being featured on DefCon every other week as your Sermon of the Week (on Thursdays).

The improbability of evolution.

From Samaritan Ministries: This is the human genome in book form. If you were to print all of your DNA in only one cell of your body, it would fill all of these books in this bookcase. It’s estimated that the human body has 50 to 75 trillion of these bookcases.

Lying: When being yourself just isn’t good enough.

It is not uncommon to hear about a pastor (i.e. hireling) lying about one thing or another: Lying about personally seeing the dead raised (usually in some foreign country where verification is not possible), lying about their “relationship” with their secretary, lying about the church finances, or lying about what the Bible says on a […]

Really? Are these products necessary?

Here’s the product description of this Bible designed to dumb down and trivialize God’s Word for kids. Let this family of adorable bruins introduce your little cubs to God’s Word!Color pages featuring favorite Berenstain Bears characters * Complete NIrV written at third grade level * Book introductions * Dictionary * Reading plan * Presentation page […]