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Dec 2022 20 Dec 20, 2022

The Christmas story begins with a brief historical note in Luke 2:1-2. The emperor Caesar Augustus who issued this decree was in fact the grand nephew of Julius Caesar, which is to say that his mother (Atia) was the daughter of Julia, Julius Caesar’s sister. It’s amazing how often people get caught up in the debate over when Jesus was actually born. In order to answer this question, we need to understand the nature of our calendar. In a.d. 525 Pope John I a...Read More

Dec 2022 19 Dec 19, 2022

Christmas, for some, can be an especially discouraging time of year. One often hears of those suffering from “seasonal depression” or the “holiday blues” as they contemplate the loss of a loved one, a failed marriage, unemployment and the financial pressure of being unable to provide gifts for their family, or perhaps a child who simply won’t come home. But I have good news for you today! You have a reason to rejoice that far exceeds the co...Read More

Dec 2022 12 Dec 12, 2022

As I’m sure you are aware, there is a massive exodus underway in the United Methodist Church. Literally hundreds of churches (perhaps more than a thousand by now) have voted to withdraw from the denomination because of the ever-increasing debate about whether homosexual behavior is sinful and whether ordained clergy can officiate at so-called “same-sex” weddings. Yesterday, December 11, 2022, in our local newspaper (The Oklahoman), there appeared an ar...Read More

Dec 2022 7 Dec 7, 2022

[An insightful article by Carl R. Trueman.] Carl R. Trueman | Even our dictionaries are unclear now As the most perplexing and intractable question of the hour for our cultural elites seems to be “What is a woman?”, it is interesting to see that the Merriam Webster Dictionary has provided them with some help. This comes in the form of an addition to its definition of “girl,” one meaning of which we are now told is “a person whose gender id...Read More

Dec 2022 5 Dec 5, 2022

October 12, 2022 Michael Kruger [This article by my friend, Michael Kruger, is one that all need to read and heed.] There’s been a lot of discussion in the last year (and the last week) of what it means to be winsomely reformed. And, sadly, the loudest voices have been undeniably against the idea of being winsome. It has been critiqued as wishy-washy, a failed cultural strategy, or as an expression of weakness rather than strength. While this is certainly an imp...Read More

Nov 2022 30 Nov 30, 2022

That was the title to an article that appeared at the Christian Post a couple of weeks ago. I’m quite sure that it caught the attention of many who then read it with unbridled joy. If you’re wondering what the cause of their joy might be, the answer was clear: escape from the wrath of God. Before I give you my answer to the question in this title, let me say a brief word about “escape from the wrath of God.” Those who argue for a pretribulational...Read More

Nov 2022 28 Nov 28, 2022

Richard Baxter takes up a topic that often plagues the souls of many Christians. Notwithstanding the gloriously reassuring promise that “there is no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus” (Rom. 8:1), many live in fear that they will suffer the condemnation that Christ Jesus has already endured and exhausted in himself on the cross. So, Baxter writes: “Who will bring any charge against God’s elect (Rom. 8:33)? Will the law condemn us? No!...Read More

Nov 2022 23 Nov 23, 2022

Can you imagine what life now would be like if we had no assurance that Jesus will return to consummate his kingdom? Here is how Baxter addressed this issue in The Saints’ Everlasting Rest. “Imagine, fellow Christian, what would we do if our Lord did not intend to return? What misfortune! But will he really leave us among wolves (Acts 20:29), in the lions’ den (Dan. 6), among a generation of serpents (Matt. 23:33), and here forget us? Would he buy us a...Read More

Nov 2022 21 Nov 21, 2022

Richard Baxter speaks directly to the fear of many that perhaps God’s love for us is temporary or conditional or will, for some unexplained reason, ultimately die. In his classic work, The Saints’ Everlasting Rest, he seeks to silence this fear once and for all. “Know this, believer, to your everlasting comfort, that if these arms have once embraced you, neither sin nor hell can ever pluck you from them (John 10:28-29). The sanctuary is inviolable and ...Read More

Nov 2022 16 Nov 16, 2022

Have you ever thought about the incredible privilege granted to us to love God? More than that, how often do you reflect on the depths of God’s love for you? Today we continue our meditations on Richard Baxter’s incredible book on heaven, The Saints’ Everlasting Rest, and reflect on the reality of being loved by Love himself. “What a great favor it is that God will give us leave to love him, that he will graciously allow himself to be embraced by...Read More