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In historical context, the Roman Cross was a tool of cruel capital punishment.

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Why Godly Leadership matters

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Establish the need: Is this important?

 

Purpose: Today we shall see five areas that need good leadership so we can take a biblical study of leadership seriously.

  • Marriage need leadership
  • Children need leadership
  • Church need leadership
  • Work need leadership
  • Country need leadership

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We hit a new milestone for our blog Veritas Domain: We have 1.8 million total views!  That’s the total of view since our blog began in 2006 but with most of the hits taking place the last few years.

It was a little over 7 months ago we were at 1.7 million.

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Philip G Monroe.  When You Love an Addict.  Greensboro, NC: New Growth  Press, November 1st 2014. 32 pp.

4 out of 5

Purchase: Amazon and WTS Book

If you have a loved one who is an addict you might know there are some resources out there for the struggling addict; yet you might wonder if there are any biblical resources to help you, the loved one concern about an addict.  This book titled “When You Love an Addict” turned out to be quite a helpful and edifying read concerning this difficult subject.  It is a booklet that is part of the “Resources for Personal Change” series published by New Growth Press and personally this is one of their top booklets that I have read from this series.

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A lighter post today!  Review of a Christian Children’s book!

 

You See Me, God

Jan Spivey Gilchrist. You See Me, God. Grand Rapids, MI: Our Daily Bread Publishing, August 4th 2020. 32 pp.

4 out of 5

Purchase: Amazon

Would you like a children’s book that touches on God’s omniscience?  This book then might be worth your while.  Author and artist Jan Sprivey Gilchrist presents us a book on how God is all knowing, and how that is relevant for young children.  Gilchrist largely does that by drawing from our own childhood.  I love that.

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This is from my daily Greek exercise of sight reading some time ago, courtesy of Vincent S Artale Jr.

Our text is from the Greek translation of Matthew 5:18.  Here is my translation:

“ἀμὴν γὰρ λέγω ὑμῖν· ἕως ἂν παρέλθῃ ὁ οὐρανὸς καὶ ἡ γῆ, ἰῶτα ἓν ἢ μία κεραία οὐ μὴ
Truly I say to you until the heaven and the earth will go away, not an iota nor one stroke

παρέλθῃ ἀπὸ τοῦ νόμου , ἕως ἂν πάντα γένηται. ”
will go away from the law, until everything is fulfilled

Here are some observations:

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John Blanchard.  Ultimate Questions.  Webster, NY: Evangelical Press, June 1st 1992. 32 pp.

5 out of 5

Purchase: Westminster | Amazon

Looking for an evangelistic booklet that is simple for unbelievers to understand but also something more than a brief track?  You might consider this booklet written by British Christian preacher, teacher, apologist and author name John Blanchard.

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Note: For fans of Spurgeon have you checked out my Review: Charles Spurgeon Framed Art Print?

 

Charles H. Spurgeon. Effective Prayer.  Pensacola, FL: Chapel Library, June 24th 2015. 20 pp.

5 out of 5

Free: Chapel Library

Purchase: Amazon (99 cents for Kindle)

How can you pray more biblically and powerfully?  This booklet is Spurgeon’s sermon on Job 23:3-4 on the topic of praying effectively.  Since 2016 I started reading a number of sermons by the famous English preacher Charles Spurgeon and have desired to read more of his writings so here I am in 2020 still being edified by the content of his preaching.

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Establish the need: Who made it possible that we can pray to God?

 

Purpose: Today we shall see three points concerning how Jesus is the one who made it possible we can pray.

  • God does not hear the prayer of the unrighteous
  • Jesus made it possible we can go to God
  • Our prayers are done in Jesus’ name

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This is from my daily Greek exercise of sight reading some time ago, courtesy of Vincent S Artale Jr.

Our text is from the Greek translation of Matthew 5:17.  Here is my translation:

“Μὴ νομίσητε ὅτι ἦλθον καταλῦσαι τὸν νόμον ἢ τοὺς προφήτας· οὐκ ἦλθον καταλῦσαι
Do not think that I come to abolish the law or the prophets I came not to destroy

ἀλλὰ πληρῶσαι. ”
but to fulfill

Here are some observations:

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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

Purchase: Westminster | Amazon

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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Objection to Prayer: If God is sovereign why pray?

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Establish the need: If God is sovereign why pray?

Purpose: Today we shall consider six points in answering the question: If God is sovereign why pray?

  1. Point 1: We need to affirm God is sovereign
  2. Point 2: We pray simply because prayer is commanded by God
  3. Point 3: Prayer requests presupposes God’s sovereignty
  4. Point 4: The question wrongly assumes prayer is just asking for things
  5. Point 5: Prayer doesn’t change God’s mind
  6. Point 6: Prayer changes our situation

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Note: Kind of late posting this, multiple things, last 24 hours has been crazy.

Purpose of Prayer

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Establish the need: Why do we pray?

 

Purpose: Today we shall see the purpose of prayer outlined as 3 “A”s so that we would pray purposefully today.

  • To Ascribe Glory to God
  • To Associate Relationally with God
  • To Ask for God’s Benefits for us

 

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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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