Read Part 1: Jonah Inside The Word: Hearing The Word Of God 

“Arise, go to Nineveh, that great city, and call out against it” (Jonah 1:2)

Many Christians are frantically searching for the will of God for their lives, when frankly, it is very simple:  “Fear God and keep his commandments, for this is the whole duty of man” (Ecclesiastes 12:13).  The will of God is expressly made known in the pages of Scripture.  If you desire to know the will of God, don’t look for a mystical sign, read the Word of God.  Paul wrote to the Romans, “do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what is that good and acceptable and perfect will of God” (Romans 12:2).

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1. Christ always spake of his coming as that of the Son of Man. By this he himself taught the same truth with which afterward the angel at the ascension reassured the disciples who stood “gazing up into heaven,” namely, that he that shall come then shall be the “same Jesus” which was taken up. It will then be in human form that he will appear, and with the same sympathizing human as well as divine love towards his own which he so wonderfully displayed while on earth.

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Humility is not having a mean opinion of yourself. If a man has a low opinion of himself; it is very possible that he is correct in his estimate. I have known some people, whose opinion of themselves, according to what they have said, was very low indeed. They thought so little of their own powers that they never ventured to try to do any good; they said they had no self-reliance. I have known some so wonderfully humble that they have always liked to pick an easy place for themselves; they were too humble to do anything that would bring any blame upon them: they called it humility, but I thought “sinful love of ease” would have been a better name for their conduct. True humility will lead you to think rightly about yourselves, to think the truth about yourselves.

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The Book of Jonah is not a story about a whale.  It is not a narrative about running from God.  To be sure, Jonah ran and God prepared a great fish as an instrument of discipline for Jonah, but the focus of the book is God’s redemptive love for sinners.  G. Campbell Morgan, pastor of Westminster Chapel in London said,

“Men have been looking so long at the great fish they have failed to see the great God.”

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What God declares the believing heart confesses without the need of further proof. Indeed, to seek proof is to admit doubt, and to obtain proof is to render faith superfluous. Everyone who possesses the gift of faith will recognize the wisdom of those daring words of one of the early Church fathers: “I believe that Christ died for me because it is incredible; I believe that he rose from the dead because it is impossible.” Continue Reading…

For the time will come when men will not endure sound doctrine; but wanting to have their ears tickled, they will accumulate for themselves teachers in accordance to their own desires, and will turn away their ears from the truth and will turn aside to myths.

— 2 Timothy 4:3-4

In every age, among all peoples, the truth of God’s word has been under assault. The event that precipitated the Fall of man was the direct contradiction of the clearly spoken word of God by the serpent.  “Indeed, has God said . . .?” From that awful event in history when Adam and Eve were deceived by lies and rejected truth, and all of the human race inherited Adam’s sin until now, truth has been called into question. Timeless truths that were once thought unquestionable are now scoffed at with regularity. For example, Moses wrote, “God created man in His own image, in the image of God He created him; male and female He created them” (Genesis 1:27). While the Genesis account of creation has been routinely ridiculed, it seems to be a recent development to deny that there are two (and only two) sexes — male and female. The Supreme Court of the United States in Obergefell v. Hodges ruled that same-sex couples have a constitutional right to marry. President Obama recently issued a directive that public school transgender students should be allowed to use the bathrooms of their choice, regardless of their God-given gender. Lawmakers in the State of Massachusetts recently passed a law allowing use of restrooms based on gender identity.

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Exodus 20:26  “You shall not bear false witness against your neighbor.”

The title of this post is borrowed from chapter nine of Dr. Albert Mohler’s excellent treatment of the Ten Commandments, Words From The Fire.  Mohler makes the case that the worst possible lie we can tell is about God.  If our theology is wrong we are, in essence, lying about God. Continue Reading…

A Reading List For 2015

January 7, 2015 — 1 Comment

booksGene Veith said, “One thing, however is certain: Reading can never die out among Christians. This is because the whole Christian revelation centers around a Book.” Serious reading is a lost discipline.  There is no shortage of distractions to keep us from reading.  We can tweet, text, and email away our lives without giving any time to God and His Word or cultivating the discipline of reading good books.  Thoreau said, “Read the best books first or you may not have a chance to read them at all.”  The books on my 2015 reading list may not be the best books, but they are good books and I they will be a blessing to you. Continue Reading…

Dr. Russell Moore

Dr. Russell Moore

In recent days, the term “family values” has taken a beating.  In response to the recent Supreme Court decisions on same-sex marriage, ERLC President Dr. Russell Moore wrote, “Regardless of what happens with marriage, the gospel doesn’t need “family values” to flourish. In fact, it often thrives when it is in sharp contrast to the cultures around it.”  This sparked a useful and friendly email exchange in which one of our elders, Paul Haines, addressed the topic with some of our young men.  With his permission, I have compiled his email correspondence into a post in which addresses some his concerns with Dr. Moore’s article.

Paul Haines

Paul Haines

While there are some good things that Moore said, there are a couple of issues I have with Moore’s article. I will limit it currently to the “family values” issue, since this is what you sent to me.  While I do not believe that “Family Values” is the gospel by any stretch of the imagination, “Family Values” are very important and should not be downplayed.

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The article below is written by Bro. Earl Blackburn, Senior Pastor at Heritage Baptist Church in Shreveport, Louisiana.

Bro. Earl is the author of Covenant Theology: A Baptist DistinctiveJesus Loves the Church and So Should You, John Chrysostom, contributed to the book Denominations or Associations, and numerous periodicals including The Founder’s Journal, Reformation Today, and Banner of Truth, and has authored several booklets published by Reformed Baptist Publications including Covenant Theology: A Reformed Baptist Overview, Unconditional Election, Why You Should Join A Church, and Which Church Should You Join.

A slightly edited version of this article is scheduled to appear in the March 14 edition of the Baptist MessageIt is posted here, by permission, in its entirety.

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