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Miracles for Sale – Darren Brown (Subtitle Indonesia)
by. John MacArthur
Among many pastors and church leaders today there is a popular rationale that proclaiming truth is the viablealternative to rebuking error. Rather than wrestling with false teachers and their heresies, they’re content to cover their eyes, plug their ears, and “stay positive” in their teaching.
By David Patterson
This year marks the 500th anniversary of the birth of the great Scottish Reformer, John Knox. God not only calls men to particular tasks in his kingdom; he also equips the men he calls with the personality, gifts, and strength to do the work. So it was with John Knox, the Reformer of Scotland.
John Knox was born in 1514, in the small village of Gifford in East Lothian. He received his early training in Haddington and was then sent to the University of Glasgow. His upbringing and experiences tempered him to stand alone against queens and princes, unmoved by their threats or tears. He was, in God’s wisdom, the only one who could bring the Reformation to Scotland.
“Keep your life free from love of money, and be content with what you have, for he has said, ‘I will never leave you nor forsake you’” (Heb. 13:5).
- Hebrews 13:5–6
Over the centuries, Christian theologians have recognized that although the Law is laid out in great detail throughout the Pentateuch, we actually find a summary of it in the Ten Commandments. These ten laws offer some practical ways in which we can concretely express the gratitude we have for our salvation.
By. Michael Horton
Monks go looking for a cross, thinking that they are pleasing God by their stoic resolve. We encounter this sometimes in our own circles today, as believers often feel obliged to smile in public even if they collapse at home in private despair.
John Calvin counters, “Such a cheerfulness is not required of us as to remove all feeling of bitterness and pain.”
It is not as the Stoics of old foolishly described “the great-souled man”: one who, having cast off all human qualities, was affected equally by adversity and prosperity, by sad times and happy ones — nay, who like a stone was not affected at all. . . .
Now, among the Christians there are also new Stoics, who count it depraved not only to groan and weep but also to be sad and care-ridden. These paradoxes proceed, for the most part, from idle men who, exercising themselves more in speculation than in action, can do nothing but invent such paradoxes for us.
Yet we have nothing to do with this iron philosophy which our Lord and Master has condemned not only by his word, but also by his example. For he groaned and wept both over his own and others’ misfortunes. . . . And that no one might turn it into a vice, he openly proclaimed, “Blessed are those who mourn.”
by John MacArthur
Throughout history, deadly epidemics have ravaged mankind. In the fourteenth century, the infamous Black Death (an outbreak of bubonic plague) killed millions in Europe. Cholera, diphtheria, malaria, and other sicknesses have ravaged towns and cities. Our generation has witnessed the rapid spread of the fatal disease Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome (AIDS). More deadly than any of those diseases, however, is the plague of false teaching that has afflicted the church throughout its history. While illness may kill the body, false teaching damns the soul.
Like AIDS and the plague, false teaching has a definite, observable pathology—the elements of abnormality that characterize a disease. Scientists study the pathology of a disease to better equip themselves to recognize it and to combat it.