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Church Planting in the Most Dangerous City in the USA

My friend Doug Logan is planting a church in Camden, NJ. I have driven through Camden on several occasions--only to be deeply saddened by the utter desolation of sin and depravity. It is one of the most spiritual dark and impoverished cities in our country. There is nothing glamorous about ministry in Camden. Pray for Doug and the team that the Lord has raised up to plant ...

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The Lord our Righteousness

Jeremiah 23:5-6 and Jeremiah 33:14-16, taken together, form one of the most wonderful Messianic meditations in all the Scriptures. In chapter 23 Jeremiah writes, "Behold, the days are coming, declares the LORD, when I will raise up for David a righteous Branch, and he shall reign as king and deal wisely, and shall execute justice and righteousness in the land. In his days ...

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The Baptizer and the Betrayer in the Old Testament

One of the remarkable features of the Messianic prophecies in the Old Testament is that some of them were directly about individuals who played a  crucial role in the life of the Messiah. Such is the case with John the Baptist (Isaiah 40:3; Malachi 3:1), the forerunner of the Messiah--who prepared the way of the LORD by pointing men to Him at the beginning of His ministry...

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Implications of Trusting in Something

Everyone trusts in something or someone. Either we trust in our own accomplishments, or we trust in the accomplishments of another. A Christian is characteristically someone who trusts in Jesus Christ, and in all that He is in Himself and for us. Man, as descended from Adam, inevitably trusts in his own righteousness (works) until Christ redeems him and enables him to "see...

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The Converting Light of the Gospel

Many who have been converted out of great darkness have experienced an experience similar to that of Thomas Halyburton. In his Memoirs, Halyburton left a record of the nature of his conversion experience when he wrote: The promises and truths of the word, in great abundance and variety, were brought to remembrance, and the wonders contained in them were set before mine eye...

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Agony in Gethsemane: A Tale of Three Gardens

Recently I preached on the heart-wrenching experience which our Lord Jesus Christ had in the garden of Gethsemane the night in which he was betrayed and which culminated in his death on cross for the sins of his people.  The primary text I spoke from was Luke 22:39-46.  Here we see our Lord in all his humanity.  Here we see proof positive that our Lord was one person wi...

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Reformed Forum at PCRT

This past weekend it was a thrill to represent the Reformed Forum at the 38th annual Philadelphia Conference of Reformed Theology hosted at the historic 10th Presbyterian Church in Center City Philadelphia.  My RF colleagues Jim Cassidy, Camden Bucey and I also had the opportunity to record an episode or two of Christ the Center where we discussed the various lectures/ser...

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The Allurement of Christ

“Do not love the world or the things in the world. If anyone loves the world, the love of the Father is not in him” (1 John 2:15)* Thomas Chalmers’ sermon The Expulsive Power of a New Affection has proven to be extremely helpful to Christians who are eager to overcome sinful desires. In it, Chalmers suggested that all men live in a state of constant desire. We all de...

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