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New James M. Boice Daily Devotional

Rev. Marion Clark, executive minister at Tenth Presbyterian Church in Philadelphia, has selected portions of many of Dr. James Montgomery Boice's writings and brought them together into a daily devotional. The title of the work is Come to the Waters: Daily Bible Devotions for Spiritual Refreshment. The content of the volume is as follows: Covering the full span of Boice's ...

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Second Annual Reformation Worship Conference (Oct. 20-23)

Last year Midway Presbyterian Church in Powder Springs, Ga hosted the first Reformation Worship Conference. The second annual conference will be held at Midway Presbyterian Church on October 20-23. The speakers will again include Hughes Oliphant Old, Terry Johnson, John Payne, David Hall, Mark Ross, T. David Gordon and Paul Jones. In addition, Steve Lawson and Robert God...

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The World Redeemed From Within

The redemptive-historical steps from John 1:1 to 1:12 are some of the most remarkable in all the Scriptures. The eternal God (John 1:1-3) became man to enter the world that He had created (v.10)--a world that had rebellion against Him (v. 10). He came to the nation He had created for Himself (v. 11)--a nation that rejected Him (v. 11). In that rejection He redeemed out of ...

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The Spiritual Decline of Once-Healthy Churches

One of the greatest warnings we find in the Bible we find in the epistle to the Galatians. It concerns the very real danger of spiritual decline in once healthy churches. It is the same danger found in several of the churches addressed in the book of Revelation (Rev. 2-3). The churches of Galatia had been planted by the Apostle Paul. They had "received him as an angel of G...

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The Hardships of Christian Ministry

The president of the seminary I attended often said, to the men preparing for ministry, "Your hardest day in seminary will be easier than your easiest day in the ministry." While this may not be true without exception, it is certainly the case generally speaking. The apostle Paul told young Timothy-as he began his ministry--that he would have to "endure hardship as a good ...

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Purposes and Preaching of Parables

Tonight we will begin a mid-week series on the parable of our Lord Jesus Christ at New Covenant. When I was young, I was--like so many--taught that a parable is simply "an earthly story with a heavenly meaning." This is a fair definition, so far as it goes; however, I was also told that Jesus spoke in parables so that the common and ignorant person could understand the dee...

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Let Him Who Thinks He Stands...

Bernard of Clairvaux once told the story of an old man, who, whenever he heard of some professing Christian falling into sin, would say to himself, "It happened to him today, it may happen to me tomorrow." May we never say--when we hear of someone falling into grievous sin--"I'd never do that." "Let him who thinks he stands take heed lest he fall" (1 Cor. 10:13). We must r...

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Holy War: Jesus Style

While it may not appear evident at first glance, the Holy War in which Israel was engaged in the Old Covenant (Ex. 34:11-16) and the Holy War in which Christians are engaged in the New Covenant (Eph. 6:10-19) are directly related to the saving work of Christ. A biblical theology of the Land and Temple enables us to make sense of Holy War in the Old and New Testament, by g...

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PrCRT 2011 Conference - Alliance of Confessing Evangelicals

The Alliance of Confessing Evangelicals is hosting the 2011Princeton Regional Conference on Reformed Theology  on November 4-5, 2011 at Nassau Presbyterian Church in Princeton, NJ. The speakers are D.A. Carson and Ligon Duncan. The theme of the conference is, "Suffering, Scripture and the Grace of God." Several of us from the Reformed Forum will be covering the conferen...

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The Elemental Principles of World

Throughout his epistles the apostle Paul employs very specific phraseology to explain the weakness of false religion. The difficulty of explaining the phrase he uses--in its various contexts--is that he uses it with regard to two seemingly opposed worldviews. In Col. 2:8 the phrase "κατὰ τὰ στοιχεῖα τοῦ κόσμου" ("according to the elementary p...

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The Spirit's First Word

William Still, in his Notes on Galatians, drew out a most interesting parallel between the coming of the Son into the world and the coming of the Spirit into our heart (Gal. 4:4-6). Just as the Son came as a babe, so the Spirit's first word is "Abba" (Da-da). Still wrote: “What is the effect of the Spirit of the Son in our hearts? This is most intriguing of all. He comes...

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Making Much of God as Father

J.I. Packer, in his masterpiece Knowing God, noted the importance of the place of the doctrine of adoption in the Christian experience. He writes: You sum up the whole of New Testament religion if you describe it as the knowledge of God as one’s holy Father. If you want to judge how well a person understands Christianity, find out how much he makes of the thought of bein...

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The Christian Life Ought to Mirror the Life of Our Lord

The Christian life ought to mirror the life of our Lord Jesus Christ.  This is the teaching of the Apostle Paul.  It is especially clear in two places in his letter to the Philippians.  In 2:1-11 and 3:1-11 Paul touches upon this theme.  In the second chapter Paul grounds his call to humility and unity in the incarnation of Jesus Christ.  Just as the pre-incarnate Son...

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Vern Poythress Redeeming Sociology Interview

Over at Christ the Center, we recently had the opportunity to sit down with Dr. Vern Poythress to talk about his recent work, Redeeming Sociology. Dr. Poythress has written an outstanding volume that helps introduce the reader to the subject of sociology and the need to approach it through a Reformed worldview. If you have some time to listen to this interview, I know tha...

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