Monthly Archives: February 2009

Ron Paul on war, hypocrisy, and liberty

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Update…

I took my presbytery exam yesterday. It only took about eight hours. Now, my back hurts, my eyes can’t see well and I still remember where the laws on leprosy is found. I will be examined orally by the presbytery … Continue reading

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Happy 80th Birthday, Jay Adams!

At 80, the man is now blogging.

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Update

Tomorrow morning I will be taking the written presbytery exam for the Athanasius Presbytery. It is a long exam. Please pray that God would refresh my mind and give me the ability to articulate in writing God’s truths. Should God … Continue reading

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Steve Wilkins on Lent

Fasting and prayer are not to be done because they somehow merit God’s favor. They don’t. Lent, like all the other ritualistic activities we do in life, can be dangerous. And we need to be very careful to avoid the … Continue reading

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Why must we continue the practice of Lent?

Schememann writes in the Great Lent: It is a school of repentance to which every Christian must go to deepen his faith, to re-evaluate, and, if possible, to change his life. It is a wonderful pilgrimage to the very sources … Continue reading

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Lent

As the Lenten Season approaches, many will be fasting in preparation for Easter. Fasting is an appropriate way to prepare for the glorious Resurrection of Messiah. From Lent to Easter there are forty days. Matthew Gross writes: The significance of … Continue reading

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Audio Sermon Update

My sermon from February 15th on Mark 1:40-45 is now available at the Providence website. See also Jim Jordan’s new Sunday School series at Providence entitled: Patterns: Three Falls and a New World. For the entire Sermon audio archive, visit … Continue reading

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Prayer of Confession

Merciful Father, We confess that our hearts are deceitful and only You can understand the depths of our sins. We are full of spiritual infirmities and our sins are frequent. We are a fountain of pollution, and we would be … Continue reading

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The Growth of Christianity in the Early Church

I am continually amazed with how rapidly the Christian faith grew in its early stages. The impact of Messiah was so dramatic that by 312 AD, the emperor embraces the Christian message.  As my former professor Frank James summarizes: By … Continue reading

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Typology for the Old Testament

There are many who find typology helpful. I once had a professor come from WTS (West) to teach a class on the prophets who appeared to be inebriated with typology. Rightly so, typology is glorious. However, for this professor, typology … Continue reading

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What about the Grammatical Historical Method?

I affirm and use the grammatical historical method in all my study of Scriptures, but I do not think it is the only method to use in our study or sermon preparation. If the Bible is one history with many … Continue reading

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Reforming Marriage by Douglas Wilson; Review and Analysis, part 2

Wilson begins chapter one by making a worldview observation: “God is the Lord. He is central to the coherence of all things, including marriage.”[1] Biblical maturity in marriage comes from acknowledging this central truth of Christianity. It is impossible to … Continue reading

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Baptism working against you…

Reprobation is a real theological and biblical idea. It is directly related to the idea of apostasy. Apostasy is a real theological and biblical idea. It is directly related to baptism. In baptism, apostates find their worst nightmare. It is … Continue reading

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The Coming of the King, Part 3; Mark 1:40-45

Providence Church (CREC) Sixth Sunday After Epiphany February 15, th in the year of our Lord 2009. The Coming of the King, Part 3 Sixth Official Sermon Audio no yet available. Scriptural Text: 40 And a leper came to him, imploring him, … Continue reading

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Ron Paul on Obama’s Depression Stimulus…

This process will delay the recovery…and will drive us to a depression. –Ron Paul

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Exhortation: Run the Race

Call to Worship: Psalm 30:4-5 Sing praises to the Lord, O you his saints, and give thanks to his holy name. For his anger is but for a moment, and his favor is for a lifetime.  Weeping may tarry for the … Continue reading

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The Nature of Miracles, Part 2 final

The Question of Providence vs. Miracles: The question is: Is Providence different from miracles? Yes and no. It is different because in a sense God’s providence deal with more “ordinary manifestation,” like making rain to fall and miracles deal with … Continue reading

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Reforming Marriage by Douglas Wilson; Review and Analysis, part 1

Reforming Marriage by Douglas Wilson marks the end of the unbiblical agenda of most books on marraige.  Wilson wants to bring back the biblical aroma to the household of faith. Only a “Christ-like home atmosphere produces this sort of aroma … Continue reading

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The Nature of Miracles, part 1

Christian Education, Providence Church February, 8th, 2009. The Nature of Miracles Problems with Definition: One of the great problems we have with the theology of miracles is that we do not know how to define it. In the history of … Continue reading

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Thomas Ricks on Jon Stewart

“General Odierno says he would like to see 35,000 troops there (Iraq) in 2015. What that means is that we may be just halfway through this thing.”

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The Leper in Mark 1:40-45

Leviticus 21:17-24 lists many physical defects. These defects hindered the priests from coming near to God. In Mark 1, the leper (a serious defect, according to the law) comes to Jesus. Jesus, who fulfills the ceremonial laws, touches the leper … Continue reading

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Lectionary Readings

The Sixth Sunday After Epiphany: Sixth Sunday after the Epiphany February 15, 2009 II Kings 5:1-14 Psalm 30 I Corinthians 9:24-27 Mark 1:40-45

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The Coming of the King, Part 2; Mark 1:29-39

Providence Church (CREC) February, 8th, the year of our Lord, 2009. Mark 1:29-39 Fifth Sunday After Epiphany Fifth Official Sermon Sermon Audio. Prayer: May the kings of the earth give you thanks, O Lord, for they have heard the words … Continue reading

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Exhortation: For the sake of the gospel…

Psalm 147:12-13 Praise the Lord, O Jerusalem! Praise your God, O Zion! 13 For he strengthens the bars of your gates; he blesses your children within you. Welcome to our Covenant Worship. The Apostle Paul says that He has made himself … Continue reading

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Leithart on Mark

Leithart notes: Jesus tells the Pharisees who accuse Him of casting out demons by the power of Satan that, on the contrary, He is the stronger man who binds the strong man and comes to plunder the “vessels” of his … Continue reading

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Jesus heals Peter’s mother-in-law…

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Time to play…

The time references in Mark 1:32 and verse 35 confirm a Markian transition. In the evening the demons come out to play. Jesus shuts them up (vs. 34). In the morning (vs. 35) the disciples go out to play preaching … Continue reading

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Scott Horton Interviews Chalmers Johnson

Chalmers Johnson, author of Nemesis: The Last Days of the American Republic, discusses the enormous and expanding U.S. defense budget amidst a general economic collapse, the army of defense lobbyists ready to fight against any spending cuts, how military spending … Continue reading

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Quote, NT Wright: Humor

“Wherever St. Paul went, there was a riot. Wherever I go, they serve tea.” –N.T. Wright

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