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A restored priesthood?

4Mormon.org provides the following quick-reference chart and asks the question: “If Mormonism has ‘restored’ the Aaronic and Melchizedek Priesthoods, why is its version different from the Biblical version?“ Mormon Priesthood Biblical Priesthood All LDS males are ordained to the Aaronic Priesthood Must be of the Lineage of Aaron (Num. 3:6, 10; Heb. 7:5, 11-14) Deacons […]

Saturday Sermon Series: “The Fear of God” (Parts 7 – 9) by Albert Martin.

Today DefCon wraps up our Saturday Sermon Series by Albert Martin on the fear of God. This timeless message was delivered in 1970 and is as needed to be heard by the church today as it was 41 years ago. To listen to the previous two installments (the previous six messages) please see parts 1 […]

Shame on Challies.

I have never been what you could call a “big fan” of Tim Challies but I’ve never been able to put my finger on exactly why . . . that was until now, when I was recently made aware of a review he wrote concerning the film Divided. Inaccurate. Distorted. Inflammatory. These are some of the […]

Usual Perry.

If only he stopped talking at the 40 second mark . . . if only.

Sermon of the week: “Dismantling Easy Believism” by Todd Musser.

Your sermon of the week is a good one by Todd Musser  entitled Dismantling Easy Believism. In this message, Musser makes the following three critical points from Ezekiel 18: – There is no victim mentality when it comes to spiritual things. – There is no works righteousness. – Do you have fire insurance or full assurance?

D.A. CARSON SERMON ON HEAVEN AND HELL

DR. D.A. CARSON SERMON ON HEAVEN AND HELL By Ken Silva pastor-teacher on Jul 27, 2011 in Current Issues, Emergence Christianity, Emergent Church, Features, Rob Bell, Youth Ministry As a leading online apologetics and discernment work Apprising Ministries has been warning you for a long time about the toxic teachings the Emerging Church rock star […]

My thoughts on youth ministry and Vacation Bible School.

Summertime means BBQ, swimming pools, fireworks, and lemonade. But it also means sweltering heat, mosquitoes, and Vacation Bible School. For many Christians this is the time of the year when they’re all abuzz about the wildly popular week-long evangelical event known as Vacation Bible School (commonly referred to by its acronym, VBS). In terms of […]

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The only thing of my very own to which I can contribute to my own redemption is the sin from which I need to be redeemed. – William Temple 1628 – 1699

Saturday Sermon Series: “The Fear of God” (Parts 4 – 6 of 9) by Albert Martin.

DefCon continues its Saturday Sermon Series by Albert Martin on the fear of God. Today you can download parts 4 through 6. You can download the first three messages from this series here. We will conclude with the final three parts next Saturday (one week from today). The Fear of God – Part 4  (Ingredients, […]

Campus Crusade for Christ to remove offensive word from organization’s name

Considering the fact that Campus Crusade for Christ was the organization that gave us the “4 Spiritual Laws” that began with “God loves you and has a wonderful plan for your life” I shouldn’t really be too surprised about what I read of them today. I’m not surprised, but I am saddened. Apparently, catching the […]

A Clearer Understanding of What Albert Mohler Believes About Homosexuality

Back several weeks ago there were some serious concerns in conservative circles regarding comments that Albert Mohler made to the Southern Baptist Convention conference in regard to homosexuality. Mohler’s comments left room for serious doubt in how he viewed homosexuality. The original article and comment thread can be found HERE. I am pleased to see […]

Sermon of the week: “Three Reasons to Fear God” by John MacArthur.

Your sermon of the week is Three Reasons to Fear God by John MacArthur. MacArthur begins this sermon by asking those in attendance what they would preach if they had one opportunity to speak in the largest church. He then reveals that when Jesus preached to the largest audience He had, He preached on the […]

A letter to the Apostle Paul.

“A Letter to Paul the Apostle” The Trinity Review, July, August 1988 Copyright (C) 2003 _______________________________________________________ A Letter to Paul the Apostle Charles Phinney Presbyterian Church in Asia Minor Committee on Missions Paul the Apostle c\o Aquila the Tentmaker Corinth, Greece Dear Paul: We recently received a copy of your letter to the Galatians. The […]

If Paul’s epistle to the Galatians was published in Christianity Today.

If the Apostle Paul’s letter to the Church in Galatia had been published in the magazine Christianity Today how would it be received? Well, what follows is a dramatization of letters received from readers in response to Paul’s inspired Epistle. (Source: Sacred Sandwich) ******************************************************** LETTERS TO THE EDITOR Dear Christianity Today: In response to Paul […]

Let everything that has breath praise His holy name.

And to think, for most people on earth, this is the closest they’ll be to ever seeing Heaven. HT: The Watchman’s Bagpipes

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  If you try to imitate Christ, the world will praise you; if you become Christlike it will hate you. – David Martyn Lloyd-Jones 1899 – 1981

Youth ministry annoyances.

Pastor Brian Borgman reveals three of his pet-peeves when it comes to youth ministry: Sunday School and VBS curriculum which trivializes and moralizes the Bible. Children’s Church which substitutes for Church. Sending the kids out right before the sermon. Read the entire post here. Also be sure to listen to Borgman’s fantastic sermon Children in […]

Saturday Sermon Series: “The Fear of God” (Parts 1 – 3 of 9) by Albert Martin.

In addition to DefCon’s weekly sermon of the week (posted every Thursday), we occasionally feature a Saturday Sermon Series. For the next three Saturdays we are pleased to present a nine-part series (three parts a week) by Albert N. Martin on the fear of God. This is a powerful message that every Christian can benefit […]

Is it enough for you?

The Invention of Adolescence.

An interesting article on the invention of adolescence by Otto Scott. Adolescence is now accepted by most Americans as a strange and difficult period marked by wild swings of mood, outbursts of temper, rudeness, rebelliousness, and personality changes — all involuntary. They would be surprised to learn that this period was unknown, unrecognized, and unseen […]

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Many churches spend more on interest payments than on world missions. Debt ties the church’s hands. If attendance drops, the economy suffers, or giving dips, then pastors or missionaries must go unpaid. The building completed eight years ago, already needing repairs, keeps demanding those monthly payments, mostly going to interest. . . . When a […]

Sermon of the week: “Dangers of Calvinism – The Danger of Pride” by John Scheffer.

Someone was finally bold enough to address one of the greatest causes for people to reject the Doctrines of Grace: proud, combative, and caustic Calvinists. John Scheffer boldly goes where few will dare in his candid message Dangers of Calvinism: The Danger of Pride.

Is a collapse coming?

I consider the subject of economics to be as fascinating as watching paint dry or watching a round of golf, but recently I’ve taken notice of an economic storm brewing on the horizon of our nation that is getting very little attention and very few seem to be talking about, even though it will affect […]

Watch “Divided” for free.

For those who read my recommendation of the documentary Divided but have not purchased the DVD yet, you can now watch it online for free. But hurry, it is only available for free till September.

Is Federal Vision heresy?

The following is from Flock Alert: “Many are honestly confused about the Federal Vision, and are looking for a quick, basic understanding of it.  As such, here we offer a crash course about this enormously influential movement. “The following resources demonstrate that the Federal Vision is indeed a heresy of the worst kind, and perverts […]

Poking Each Other in the Eye

Imagine for a moment that you are talking to a friend face-to-face, discussing something important. As you are talking you notice something floating in his eye. I would imagine that you would say, “Do you see that? “Doesn’t that bother you? Does it hurt?” “What? See what?” They ask. “Well, that thing in your eye. […]

Just Stop and Think

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“Problems with Premillennialism”

“Problems with Premillennialism” by Sam Storms My departure from Premillennialism was gradual and came  as a result of two discoveries as I studied Scripture. First, I devoted myself to a thorough examination of what the NT said would occur at the time of Christ’s second coming (or Parousia). What I found was a consistent witness concerning […]

Sermon of the week: “Closet Calvinists – Why Arminians Pre-Suppose the Doctrines of Grace” by Phil Johnson.

Are Arminians really closet Calvinists? Find out in your sermon of the week is Closet Calvinists – Why Arminians Pre-Suppose the Doctrines of Grace by Phil Johnson. HT: Desert Pastor

Jesus IS Lord in Ephesians and Philippians

Ephesians 1:1-3—Paul, an apostle of Jesus Christ by the will of God, To the saints who are in Ephesus, and faithful in Christ Jesus: Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ. Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us with every […]