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Abortion-On-Demand

Nathham Bingham at Ligoneir Ministries blog has posted yesterdays and todays Renewing Your Mind airings, it was a discussion between Dr. R.C. Sproul and special guest, Dr. John MacArthur, on the moral crisis and national tragedy of abortion-on-demand in our country.

Dr. Sproul organized this discussion after reading a transcript of a sermon from Dr. MacArthur on this important issue. Grateful for the courage with which Dr. MacArthur proclaimed the clear teaching of Scripture, Dr. Sproul was committed to getting this message into as many people’s hands as possible.

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Dr. R.C. Sproul and special guest, Dr. John MacArthurAbortion-On-Demand

Dr. R.C. Sproul and special guest, Dr. John MacArthur
Abortion-On-Demand

Here is Dr. MacArthur’s sermon Abortion and the Campaign for Immorality from Grace To You

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God’s Holiness

RCsproul“Loving a holy God is beyond our moral power. The only kind of God we can love by our sinful nature is an unholy god, an idol made by our own hands. Unless we are born of the Spirit of God, unless God sheds His holy love in our hearts, unless He stoops in His grace to change our hearts, we will not love Him… To love a holy God requires grace, grace strong enough to pierce our hardened hearts and awaken our moribund souls.”

Taken from: The Holiness of God, by R.C. Sproul.

Holiness Starts

Dr. John MacArthur“Without such a vision of God’s holiness, true worship is not possible. Worship is not giddy. It does not rush into God’s presence unprepared and insensitive to His majesty. It is not shallow, superficial, or flippant. Worship is life lived in the presence of an infinitely righteous and omnipresent God by one utterly aware of His holiness and consequently overwhelmed with his own unholiness… If you have never worshiped God with a broken and contrite spirit, you’ve never fully worshiped God, because that is the only appropriate response to entering the presence of Holy God.”

Taken from: The Ultimate Priority, John MacArthur

grace strong enough to pierce
our hardened hearts

and that’s a beautiful thing!
Soli Deo Gloria
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The Holiness of God

I was telling my Sunday school class this past week that the very first book that I read in its entirety and the one book other than The Gospel According To Jesus book from Dr. John MacArthur that really had a wonderful and terrifying effect on my life was The Holiness of God from R.C. Sproul. I was a very young Christian at the time and reading this book just help me turn the corner towards who God really is and who I was. I can remember reading Isaiah’s vision in Isaiah 6:1-6 over and over, I must have read it hundreds of times until it just click one day, here we have one of the greatest prophets of God and he says:

“Woe is me, for I am ruined!
Because I am a man of unclean lips,
And I live among a people of unclean lips;
For my eyes have seen the King, the LORD of hosts.”

The Holiness of God examines the meaning of holiness and why people are both fascinated and terrified by a holy God. This series closely explores God’s character, leading to new insights on sin, justice, and grace. The result is a new awareness of our dependence upon God’s mercy and a discovery of the awesomeness of His majestic holiness. Dr. R.C. Sproul says, “The holiness of God affects every aspect of our lives — economics, politics, athletics, romance — everything with which we are involved.” from Ligonier.org

The Holiness of God is Ligonier Ministries’ most popular and enduring series. Literally thousands of people have testified to a transforming encounter with God through this series. Here it is, click on the picture below for a teaching series on The Holiness of God by Dr. R.C. Sproul free to watch.

The Holiness of God 

This also pours a little foundation for my post tomorrow, I have been in a few conversations lately about proper dress apparel for Christians going to church, should there be a proper dress apparel for going to church? Stay tuned in tomorrow for my convictions towards this topic… Until then, I leave you with this question…

What does the owner of the Dallas Mavericks, Mark Cuban and the prophet Isaiah have in common?

Stay tuned for that one.

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Show me Your glory Lord?

This morning while studying the bible and the topic of angels with a group of men that meet at my house, I couldn’t help wondering if we learn anything from these angels,… Yesterday I posted on the holiness of God from R.C Sproul and Isaiah 6:3 where the angels praise and worship God singing “Holy, Holy, Holy, is the LORD of hosts, The whole earth is full of His glory.” Then we read in Revelation 4:8 that the living creatures did not cease to say, “HOLY, HOLY, HOLY is THE LORD GOD, THE ALMIGHTY, WHO WAS AND WHO IS AND WHO IS TO COME.” Then the twenty-four elders say “Worthy are You, our Lord and our God, to receive glory and honor and power; for You created all things, and because of Your will they existed, and were created.”

My question is, are we learning anything here? Tomorrow is the Lord’s Day where the church meets collectively, will you be ready to worship the Lord of glory, will you be ready to celebrate the holiness of God in worship, praise and truth? Are you ready to meet with the Almighty Ruler of the universe with all your heart, mind, soul, strength and dress?

Oops I said dress didn’t I? I can hear the murmuring of legalist being whispered, but wait I’ll explain, just not today, but soon. The topic of proper dress attire has come up in conversations recently and I will give you my take on it sometime this week. John said this about Isaiah’s vision These things Isaiah said because he saw His glory, and he spoke of Him. John 12:41 Let this be the cry of our hearts, and say as Moses said “I pray You, show me Your glory!” Exodus 33:18

so I can speak of You!

Soli Deo Gloria
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Holy, Holy, Holy

“When we understand the character of God, when we grasp something of His holiness, then we begin to understand the radical character of our sin and hopelessness. Helpless sinners can survive only by grace. Our strength is futile in itself; we are spiritually impotent without the assistance of a merciful God. We may dislike giving our attention to God’s wrath and justice, but until we incline ourselves to these aspects of God’s nature, we will never appreciate what has been wrought for us by grace. Even Edwards’s sermon on sinners in God’s hands was not designed to stress the flames of hell. The resounding accent falls not on the fiery pit but on the hands of the God who holds us and rescues us from it. The hands of God are gracious hands. They alone have the power to rescue us from certain destruction.” (R.C. Sproul, The Holiness of God)

Isaiah 6:1-3 In the year of King Uzziah’s death I saw the Lord sitting on a throne, lofty and exalted, with the train of His robe filling the temple. 2 Seraphim stood above Him, each having six wings: with two he covered his face, and with two he covered his feet, and with two he flew. 3 And one called out to another and said,

“Holy, Holy, Holy, is the LORD of hosts,
The whole earth is full of His glory.”


Soli Deo Gloria
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A Few Good Men

Redemption – John MacArthur – Sermon Jam

Wrong – Paul Washer

RC Sproul The Total Sovereignty of God

John Piper – Prayer Changes Things – Sermon Jam

Do you really Love Jesus Christ? by John MacArthur

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MacArthur Monday

Seeker-Sensitive or Saint-Sensitive? (1 Corinthians 14)

“One does not structure the church to meet the felt needs and desires of the tares. The purpose of corporate assembly, which has its roots in the Old Testament, is for the people of God to come together corporately to offer their sacrifices of praise and worship to God. So the first rule of worship is that it be designed for believers to worship God in a way that pleases God.” R.C. Sproul

“Churching the unchurched is an absolute fallacy – it is like purposing to let the tares in. It is absolutely bizarre to want to make unsaved people feel comfortable in a church. The church is not a building – the church is a group of worshiping, redeemed, and sanctified people among whom an unbeliever should feel either miserable, convicted and drawn to Christ, or else alienated and isolated. Only if the church hides its message and ceases to be what God designed the church to be, can it make an unbeliever comfortable.” John MacArthur

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God’s Poetic Justice

Romans 1:24 Therefore God gave them over in the lusts of their hearts to impurity, so that their bodies would be dishonored among them.

This verse makes a strange statement, but if we note the pattern of God’s judgment in sacred Scripture, we see that a form of poetic justice tends to emerge in God’s punitive measures. By poetic justice I mean that God’s punishment is perfectly matched to the sin. In other words, there is a kind of identity between the particular type of sin and the particular type of punishment. Let me explain.

The sin referred to in this verse is that of dishonoring God. The resulting punishment is that men and women are given over to their own evil desires. It isn’t as if God visits evil upon them out of nowhere; instead, he gives them over to their own lusts and to their desires and inclinations to dishonor him. In effect God says, “All right. You refuse to honor me; you don’t want to honor me; then you don’t have to honor me. I’ll let you do what you want to do. And I’ll let your evil desires run their course.” God allows their evil to go unchecked to its natural outcome. The effect is dreadful. Those who are given over by God to their sinful nature will find that their bodies are dishonored and degraded among themselves. In our age there is a crisis of human dignity, a crisis of honoring one another. But when the honor of God is ignored, it is virtually inevitable that humankind will slide headlong into degradation and dishonor. When God’s honor is exalted and his majesty worshiped, then human dignity is elevated. Conversely, wherever the dignity of God is attacked, sooner or later the dignity of humanity suffers.

Since human beings are created in the image of God there is a very real sense in which, as God goes, so goes the image-bearer. If we corrupt and denigrate the living God who is our Creator, then the image of himself, which he has made, suffers accordingly. (R. C, Spruol Before the face of God The effect is dreadful. Those who are given over by God to their sinful nature will find that their bodies are dishonored and degraded among themselves. In our age there is a crisis of human dignity, a crisis of honoring one another. But when the honor of God is ignored, it is virtually inevitable that humankind will slide headlong into degradation and dishonor. When God’s honor is exalted and his majesty worshiped, then human dignity is elevated. Conversely, wherever the dignity of God is attacked, sooner or later the dignity of humanity suffers. Since human beings are created in the image of God there is a very real sense in which, as God goes, so goes the image-bearer. If we corrupt and denigrate the living God who is our Creator, then the image of himself, which he has made, suffers accordingly. (R. C, Sproul, Before the face of God. vol 1 )

Galatians 6:7-8 Do not be deceived, God is not mocked; for whatever a man sows, this he will also reap. For the one who sows to his own flesh will from the flesh reap corruption, but the one who sows to the Spirit will from the Spirit reap eternal life.

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Curse Motif of the Atonement

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RC Sproul The Total Sovereignty of God

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