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Jun 2022 8 Jun 8, 2022

“If anyone sees his brother committing a sin not leading to death, he shall ask, and God will give him life – to those who commit sins that do not lead to death. There is sin that leads to death; I do not say that one should pray for that” (1 John 5:16-17). Physical Death The interpretation of Benjamin B. Warfield is one deserving of careful attention. Warfield agrees with Marshall on two points. The “brother” is a Christian, and it is pos...Read More

Jun 2022 6 Jun 6, 2022

Yesterday was Pentecost Sunday. My Redeemer Church in New York invited me to record a sermon on the significance of Pentecost for Christians today. Here is the link to it. I hope and pray you find it helpful and encouraging. Blessings, Sam...Read More

Jun 2022 6 Jun 6, 2022

Yesterday I was in Peoria, Illinois, preaching at Northwoods Community Church. They asked me to speak on Pentecost Sunday on the subject of spiritual gifts. Here is the link to it. You can fast forward to the 32-minute mark to pick up where I began. Blessings, Sam...Read More

Jun 2022 6 Jun 6, 2022

“If anyone sees his brother committing a sin not leading to death, he shall ask, and God will give him life – to those who commit sins that do not lead to death. There is sin that leads to death; I do not say that one should pray for that” (1 John 5:16-17). Thus far we’ve looked at two views of this passage. The first argued that the “sin” in question is apostasy, or the loss of salvation. The second view argued that the “sin&rd...Read More

Jun 2022 1 Jun 1, 2022

“If anyone sees his brother committing a sin not leading to death, he shall ask, and God will give him life – to those who commit sins that do not lead to death. There is sin that leads to death; I do not say that one should pray for that” (1 John 5:16-17). In the previous article we looked at the view which says this “sin” is apostasy, the loss of salvation. In this second article in the series, we look at the view which says it is blasphe...Read More

May 2022 30 May 30, 2022

“If anyone sees his brother committing a sin not leading to death, he shall ask, and God will give him life – to those who commit sins that do not lead to death. There is sin that leads to death; I do not say that one should pray for that” (1 John 5:16-17). Whenever we hear words like, “There is sin that leads to death,” we instinctively ask, “Have I committed it?” Let’s be honest: statements like this in Scripture are sca...Read More

May 2022 23 May 23, 2022

I recently preached Romans 15:1-7 and was powerfully impacted by a statement that many carelessly overlook. In his appeal for Christians, both the “strong” and the “weak”, to accept, receive, and love each other, Paul grounds his exhortation in the fact that “Christ has welcomed you.” He writes: “Therefore welcome one another as Christ has welcomed you, for the glory of God” (Rom. 15:7). He is, of course, addressing C...Read More

May 2022 16 May 16, 2022
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There is an on-going disagreement among Christians as to the nature and time of the so-called Great Tribulation mentioned by Jesus in Matthew 24:21. There he says: “For then there will be great tribulation, such as has not been from the beginning of the world until now, no, and never will be” (Matt. 24:21). Many insist that this “great tribulation” (v. 21a) cannot refer to the events of 70 a.d. when the Romans armies sacked Jerusalem and des...Read More

May 2022 10 May 10, 2022
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As many of you know, several years ago I participated in a panel discussion with John Piper, Doug Wilson, and Jim Hamilton on the subject of eschatology. It was a two-hour event that was hosted at Bethlehem Baptist Church in Minneapolis. A few weeks ago I was invited to do something similar at Frontline Church here in OKC. The major difference is that I was the only participant. I presented the various schools of thought on eschatology for about 50 minutes and then answ...Read More

May 2022 9 May 9, 2022

For as long as he can remember, the little boy had heard people talking about the Great King. Everywhere he went, he listened with rapt attention as they spoke of how big he was and how beautiful and strong. The mere thought of meeting the King would set his heart pounding within his chest. His mouth would dry up and his palms became sweaty. Still, he knew that if he could only see this Great King, his questions would all be answered, his fears forever relieved and his l...Read More