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For today’s post we will tackle the question the Skeptic Annotated Bible asked: Are those who obey the law cursed?

Here are the two answers which the skeptic believes indicate a Bible contradiction:

Those who follow the law are cursed.

For as many as are of the works of the Law are under a curse; for it is written, “Cursed is everyone who does not abide by all things written in the book of the law, to perform them.”” (Galatians 3:10)

Those who do not follow the law are cursed.

“‘Cursed is he who does not confirm the words of this law by doing them.’ And all the people shall say, ‘Amen.’” (Deuteronomy 27:26)

(All Scriptural quotation comes from the New American Standard Bible)

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Note: This is a guest post since presently I am busy today teaching class online for seminary students overseas.  This is by Robert Chamberlain.  His blog be found here, here and here!  Yes he blogs in three places!  Go check out his page and give his blogs a follow!

If I was to ask you what the gospel is, what would you say? It’s good news yes, but what is the good news of the gospel? If you say that to come to Jesus you will be healthy, wealthy and happy; that is not the Biblical gospel, it is a false teaching.

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RC Sproul. Faith Alone: The Evangelical Doctrine of Justification. Grand Rapids, MI: Baker Books, January 17th 2017. 262 pp.

4 out of 5

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Evangelical Christians would say sinners can be saved by placing their faith in Christ apart from their own works yet is this doctrine biblical and also important?  The late Christian theologian and apologist RC Sproul answered these two questions and other related to it in his book Faith Alone: The Evangelical Doctrine of Justification.  I received a copy of this book from Shepherd’s Conference for pastors, and then I saw a blogger friend shared a review of this book which prompted me to dig it up and read it.  I wasn’t disappointed; I was blessed to have read it!  What stood out to me is Sproul’s ability to handle with care what is Rome’s actual position and then accurately respond to its doctrines both biblically and theologically.  It is a good example of scholarship and also handling the opposition well.

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John Piper. Coronavirus and Christ.  Wheaton, IL: Crossway, April 28th 2020.  112 pp.

5 out of 5

Free: PDF and other format at Desiring God

Purchase: Amazon

According to the Bible what are the possible things God is doing with the Coronavirus?  In this book by pastor and theologian John Piper the author looks at the issue from a Gospel driven perspective.  Piper is nuanced in the beginning to say that no doubt readers will know more about what will happen with the virus situation than the book is able to capture at the moment he wrote this book; instead Piper is going to focus on God’s work in crisis and also look at the issue of death and suffering from an eternal perspective.  I am grateful that Piper wrote this book.

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A late post today since after my lectures last night I just couldn’t type up a post!  Ever have one of those days?

Charles H. Spurgeon. Free Will a Slave.  Pensacola, FL: Chapel Library, December 3rd 2018. 18 pp.

4 out of 5

Free: Chapel Library

Purchase: Amazon (99 cents for Kindle)

In 2016 I read quite a number of works by the famous English preacher Charles Spurgeon and since then I have desired to read more of his work though sadly I haven’t been able to read any of his works until now in 2020.  This booklet is Spurgeon’s defense of Calvinism by responding to John 5:40 which some Arminians in his day thought it was “one of the great guns of the Arminians” which I’m quoting from Spurgeon in the opening sentences in his booklet.  What Spurgeon aim to show in this booklet is how John 5:40 is actually a support for Calvinism instead.

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Benjamin Breckinridge Warfield.  The Plan Of Salvation.  Seattle, WA: Amazon Digital Services LLC, March 21, 2017. 82 pp.

5 out of 5

Free: Monergism Books

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Are you looking for a written work that would help you think deeper concerning God’s work of saving sinners?  Check out Benjamin Breckinridge Warfield’s theological classic The Plan of Salvation.  Warfield was a former professor at Princeton Theological Seminary during the 1800s and the turn of the century for the early 1900s.  The book is based upon his lectures that he delivered in 1914.  Looking up this book on Goodreads it seems that this isn’t as well-known as his other works since there’s few who have reviewed this book.  I think that this is rather unfortunate as I was immensely blessed to have read this book.

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Note: This is a guest post since presently I am busy today teaching class online for seminary students overseas.  This is by Robert Chamberlain.  His blog be found here, here and here!  Yes he blogs in three places!  Go check out his page and give his blogs a follow!

Devote yourselves to prayer, being watchful and thankful. And pray for us, too, that God may open a door for our message, so that we may proclaim the mystery of Christ, for which I am in chains. Pray that I may proclaim it clearly, as I should. Be wise in the way you act towards outsiders; make the most of every opportunity. Let your conversation be always full of grace, seasoned with salt, so that you may know how to answer everyone.

Colossians 4:2‭-‬6 NIVUK

https://bible.com/bible/113/col.4.2-6.NIVUK

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R. Kent Hughes. Disciplines of a Godly Man. Wheaton, IL: Crossway, January 10th 2006.  304 pp.

4 out of 5

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Are you looking for a book on biblical manhood?  By biblical manhood I want to emphasize “biblical,” and not something weird that’s all about beating one’s chest and following after some kind of cultural stereotype of what a man should be.  If so this book is one you should consider picking up and reading; or purchasing for someone as a gift.  This is a Christian classic that many in my church have read through and used extensively by previous pastors before me.  My most recent reading of this book was in the last two years as I slowly went over it with some of the high school young men in my church.

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Albert Martin. What Is a Biblical Christian?  Pensacola, FL: Chapel Library, March 28th 2014. 22 pp.

5 out of 5

Free: Chapel Library

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If you can give a small booklet to someone that explain what is Christianity and how someone can be saved to go to heaven what would it be?  For me it is this booklet by preacher Al Martin titled What Is a Biblical Christian?  This is published by Chapel Library, a wonderful organization that reprints a lot of Christian historical classics that is doctrinally sound and Gospel centered.  The presentation of the Gospel in the book is clear and biblical, something that is very important for the sake of the salvation of any unbeliever that is reading this work.  I recommend this not only for nonbelievers as an evangelistic tool but also for seasoned pastors in the ministry to learn from the author’s example of a clear and biblical presentation of the Gospel.  Even for everyday Christians who already are saved this is still an edifying read!  One can’t be reminded of the Gospel enough!

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Lydia Brownback. Finding God in My Loneliness.  Wheaton, IL: Crossway, February 28th 2017.  174 pp.

4 out of 5

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Do you struggle with loneliness?  If so how do you handle loneliness biblically?  This book is a great resources for anyone going through the trial of being lonely.  I have not heard of the author Lydia Brownback before I read this book so I did not had any expectation in the beginning but when I finished the book I realized I was quite impressed and edified by the content of this book.  The work was refreshingly biblical and I am glad that the author is one of the senior editors at Crossway

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Gregory D. Cook. Severe Compassion: The Gospel According to Nahum.  Phillipsburg, NJ: Presbyterian and Reformed Publishing, April 29th 2016. 288 pp.

5 out of 5

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How many people have read the book of Nahum in the Bible?  For believers we can’t just dismiss it as an irrelevant book from the past since it is God’s Word for us today.  Yet readers will no doubt have questions since we are quite removed from the historical context.  A good help in understanding the book of Nahum would be this Bible commentary.

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Can one be a God honoring Christian and also a good soldier?

I was blessed to learn about a Christian name Henry Havelock in Church History.  I never heard of him before until Mike shared this with me.

This isn’t just a story of being a good Christian in the military but a lesson of being a good Christian in whatever calling and vocation God has for you.

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This Sunday at Church I want to encourage you to do the following: Praise God for the Gospel.

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Are two part series on God’s Word towards Those Married to a nonbeliever Series was very popular.  I pray God would use them to minister to people.  The two part series look a lot at verses from 1 Corinthians 7 and 1 Peter 3 since there are passages that addressed the topic of being married to unbelievers.

Below is the two part series.

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This Sunday before Church I want to encourage you to do the following:  Share your application from the preaching.

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