The Truth, The Whole Truth, and Nothing But the Truth

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Exodus 20:26  “You shall not bear false witness against your neighbor.”

The title of this post is borrowed from chapter nine of Dr. Albert Mohler’s excellent treatment of the Ten Commandments, Words From The Fire.  Mohler makes the case that the worst possible lie we can tell is about God.  If our theology is wrong we are, in essence, lying about God.

As we think about our responsibilities as it relates to the Ninth Commandment, we understand that not only should we not bear false witness against God, but we also should refrain from bearing false witness against our neighbor.  In the broader sense, the Ninth Commandment forbids lying, but the primary focus of the commandment is witness.  Consider question 112 of the Heidelberg Catechism:

Q: What is required in the ninth commandment?

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Why Genesis is the Best Book in the Bible

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Series: Best Book In the Bible
Every Christian knows the importance of reading their Bible, but many are overwhelmed with the task of devouring such a monstrous book! Often times, when Christians lose steam in their yearly reading plans, they can become frustrated and feel defeated. It is for this reason that individual book studies can be a lifesaver. In the Best Book in the Bible series, we will provide entry points into faithful study through “selling” you on why you should fall in love with the various books of the Bible.

Today, more than ever it seems, the questions pertaining to the foundation of life and humanity are at the forefront of discussion and debate. Our understanding of the beginnings of life on earth, government, marriage, sexuality, God, evil, and more, are all bound up in our understanding of origins. The book of Genesis deals directly with these, which is why no other book of the Bible is more viciously attacked. It is for this reason that every believer should endeavor to study it. But this study is a blessed one; the key to understanding the Old Testament, and even, the whole Bible itself!

Main themes: origins, promise

Favorite verses:
“Then [Abraham] believed in the Lord; and He credited it to him as righteousness.” (Gen. 15:6)

“But as for you, you meant evil against me, but God meant it for good in order to bring about this present result, to preserve many people alive.” (Gen. 50:20)

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The Daily Discovery (July 28, 2015)

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The Loss of Infants: What is their Destiny? – “What comfort can we offer to parents whose infant dies in infancy? And what is the real tragedy of abortion?  Reformed Confessions have spoken to this issue, Charles Spurgeon has addressed the question, B.B. Warfield has as well, and many of us have some view on what happens to infants dying in infancy or babies that are mercilessly slaughtered in their mother’s womb. But there is no clear unanimity from Christian theologians over the centuries.”

One Simple Way to Encourage Your Pastor – “I’m not talking about stroking your pastor’s ego just to make him (or you) feel good. I’m not talking about perfunctory praise. And I’m not talking about idle flattery. Don’t tell your pastor anything you don’t really mean.  But if your pastor’s sermon helped you see more of Jesus, or helped you turn from sin, or helped you understand the Bible better, or helped you be a better spouse, or helped you trust God in the midst of suffering, or stirred your affections for the things of glory, tell him. It doesn’t have to be every week or even every month.”

10 Bible verses to help you through bereavement – “Losing a loved one is never easy, and grief can be an incredibly painful process. Here are 10 Bible verses to help you through bereavement, and remind you that God is good, and his promises are for us even in our darkest moments.”

Judgment at Christ’s return – “When Christians understand their proper role in their relationship with their Saviour as that of a δοῦλος (slave) of the Κύριον ᾿Ιησοῦν Χριστόν (Lord Jesus Christ) then this whole Lordship Salvation debate just looks silly. We do not make Jesus Lord, He is Lord. Those whom He saves are His δοῦλοί and their responsibility is to serve Him according to His will for the rest of their lives. However, as the passage above reads, this does not include everyone, far from it. There are enemies of the cross of Christ. While these δοῦλοι of the Κύριον ᾿Ιησοῦν Χριστόν will spend eternity with Him, these enemies ‘whose end is destruction.'”

Mark Driscoll Confirms Move to Phoenix – “Looks like a sweet deal on the mailing list. I wonder if this is the mailing list which caused Justin Dean so much trouble (link, link). In any case, I wonder where the independent auction was advertised. Who knew about it and participated? And what does ‘first access’ mean?”

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The Daily Discovery (July 27, 2015)

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Believing What We Cannot Comprehend – “If anything be but in the Bible, I never for a single moment think of questioning it. Miracles? Strong historical statements? I believe them all; I can almost go as far as the old woman who said that she not only believed that the whale swallowed Jonah, but that, if the Bible had said that Jonah swallowed the whale, she would have believed it. It says nothing of the kind, but I would go even to that length if it were a clear, positive statement of the Scriptures.”

How’s That Pagan “Conservatism” Workin’ Out For Ya, Christian? – “Will we be ruled by Christ the King’s clear and detailed life- and civilization-sustaining standard as lovingly revealed in His perfect Word?  Or will we instead insist on being ruled by the man-centered, mankind-enslaving will and words of men?”

Craig Groeschel – God is Knocking on Your Heart’s Door – “Did you know that God is standing at the door of the unbelieving heart and knocking away, just waiting for that heart to answer and open? Did you know that God is begging and pleading with you to ‘please, please, please, please, let Me in!’  Is that really what’s happening? Craig Groeschel at Lifechurch.tv thinks so.  And is it really as simple as opening up your heart to let God in? Is that the gospel? That’s what Craig says in this video. But what about turning from sin, and taking up your cross, and faith in Jesus Christ alone?”

Coming to Jesus in unbelief – “The ‘after the two days’ refers to the two days Jesus and His disciples spent in Sychar of Samaria ministering to the people there. The statement by our Lord about a prophet not having honor in his own country contrasts the believing response of the Samaritans with the unbelief of our Lord’s own people in Galilee and Judea. The Jews reticent faith depended on our Lord’s performance of miracles while all He did in Samaria was preach the truth. The Samaritans responded, but the Jews were not open to Him, but more often than not, exhibited reluctance and hardness. In my translation, the verb ‘received’ from v45 is ἐδέξαντο the 3rd person, Aorist tense, Indicative mood, Middle voice case of δέχομαι or dechomai, ‘essentially means to receive something, but it can also mean to welcome someone.'”

Integrity and Personal Holiness – “Do you sometimes struggle to tell the difference between the church and the world? The church is now so adept at compromising with the world that it has forgotten how to be uncompromising. Many modern churchgoers have let the culture influence and corrupt their values, tastes, and practices—blurring the lines between sin and righteousness, and the clarity of God’s truth.”

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[Fire Away! Podcast] Episode 040 – Your Sin Will Find You Out

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  • On today’s show Landon reviews his apology to Karen Swall Prior and his resignation from the Pulpit & Pen before answering some listener questions.  Then, he covers a number of topics in the ‘potpourri’ segment of the show.

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The Daily Discovery (July 24, 2015)

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Just How Sovereign is God? – “I believe that every particle of dust that dances in the sunbeam does not move an atom more or less than God wishes— that every particle of spray that dashes against the steamboat has its orbit, as well as the sun in the heavens— that the chaff from the hand of the winnower is steered as the stars in their courses.  The creeping of an aphid over the rosebud is as much fixed as the march of the devastating pestilence— the fall of sere leaves from a poplar is as fully ordained as the tumbling of an avalanche.”

The Players in Earth’s Final Battle – “Gog, Magog, Meshech, Tubal, Persia, Cush, Put, Gomer and on and on.  These are lands and peoples identified in the Ezekiel 38 War that sets the stage for the return of Jesus Christ to judge all men.  Without an understanding of who these people and nations are in our times it makes watching for signs of the season of the Lord’s return–something Jesus encouraged us to do–far more challenging.”

Praying the Bible – “Crossway published a terrific little book on prayer that can have a big impact on your prayer life. Donald S. Whitney’s book, Praying the Bible, is under 100 pages. It’ll take no time to read, but it’ll give you plenty of practical, insightful counsel on how to enrich your prayer life by praying through Bible passages.”

Planned Parenthood Criminal Minds – “Planned Parenthood is a Huge supporter of Hillary, But we haven’t heard a peep from her on the selling of baby body parts.”

Undercover Videomaker: ‘Even Worse’ Planned Parenthood Videos Coming – “Center for Medical Progress founder David Daleiden says his group has hundreds or thousands of hours of undercover video of abortion providers that will be released in the coming weeks and months, and that some of it is “even worse” than the two videos already aired to the public.”

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[Fire Away! Podcast] Episode 039 – We Will Not Bow

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  • On today’s show Landon discusses the future direction for EntreatingFavor.com and the FireAway podcast before playing a message from John MacArthur about the current state of America.

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Planned Parenthood, Caitlyn Jenner, and the Assault on Women

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There is a war on women, but the lines may not be drawn the way you think. The last fifty years have been host to the Women’s Liberation Movement— a progressive movement that seeks to unhinge the feminine identity from the shackles of male chauvinism and political oppression.  Advocates have claimed that they were fighting for women and confidently asserted that the end result would be the freedom, empowerment, and safety of all women everywhere.

But women are in danger, now more than ever. They are being dishonored, degraded, mutilated, and murdered.

Planned Parenthood Problems
In recent news, Planned Parenthood has come under fire after top abortion doctor Deborah Nucatola was caught on camera discussing the sale of parts and organs from aborted fetuses, all while sipping wine and chomping on her salad. A week later, another video was released showing a different doctor, Dr. Mary Gatter, discussing compensation over the sale of body parts, even joking about being compensated to the tune of a new Lamborghini.

It is estimated that more than 58 million babies have been aborted in the United States since Roe v. Wade (1973), nearly 7 million of them killed at Planned Parenthood clinics; many of these children were female.

The organization that prides itself on advocating for women’s health has been systematically murdering unborn women for more than four decades.

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EntreatingFavor’s Nate Pickowicz On No Compromise Radio

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The most recent addition to the EntreatingFavor.com family, Pastor Nate Pickowicz, joined Mike Abendroth today on No Compromise Radio to discuss the state of Evangelicalism in New England and the mission moving forward.  Listen using the player below or click here to listen at the No Compromise Radio website.


 

 

Proud to have this faithful brother as part of our team!

Article mentioned on the show: The Need for Revival in New England

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The Daily Discovery (July 23, 2015)

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A Public Apology and A Resignation from Pulpit & Pen – “Unless you’ve been living under a social media rock the last week or so, you’ve no doubt been made aware of the conflict between Pulpit & Pen and Dr. Karen Swallow Prior. As of the time of this publishing, a resolution seems nowhere in sight and the entire ordeal has served nothing more than to fracture the body of Christ greatly. Regretfully, I had a hand in promulgating this conflict by taking part in a podcast at Pulpit & Pen without having researched the facts myself first.”

Homeschooling: That’s in the Bible, Right? – “In response to observing an ever-increasing movement within the church, the contributors here on PS23 thought it opportune to evaluate the FIC (Family Integrated Church) from a biblical perspective. As John Chester noted in his post earlier this week, while we would contend that the FIC has done well in identifying many problems in today’s church and family, it only offers narrow-minded solutions to those problems, ‘rather than exclusively on biblical answers.’ Consequentially, the line between strongly held personal preferences are muddied with clear biblical commands. That has damaged the church…”

A Surprising Percentage of Americans Are Totally Fine With Planned Parenthood Selling Aborted Babies’ Body Parts – “When the first video surfaced of a top Planned Parenthood doctor casually discussing the sale of aborted babies’ body parts went viral, many pro-life advocates hoped the shocking admission would be enough to finally turn the tides against—at the very least—taxpayer funding of the abortion giant.”

Phariseeism is the religion of works-righteousness – “Many who believe they are Christians are not. They have a form of righteousness, but it is not the righteousness born from above. It is self-righteousness. One group that contended with John the Baptist, our Lord Jesus Christ and His disciples, was the Pharisees. Who hasn’t heard believers accusing other believers of being Pharisees? These accusations are usually thrown at people who are stricter than the accuser in their judgments of saved and lost. The Liberal calls a person who judges on the basis of regeneration as the only evidence of saving faith as being a Pharisee. The mainstream church-goer calls all fundamentalists Pharisees. The antinomian calls those who preach about the Lordship of Jesus Christ Pharisees.”

40 harmful effects of Christianity: A New Series at the Pulpit & Pen – “For me to even engage in such criticism as this is to express rational, critical thought.  It is my very dedication to Christianity that encourages me to interact with such statements.  The Lord calls us, in Isaiah 1:17, to reason.  In the gospels, Jesus is seen skillfully engaging his detractors, often making a fortiori arguments. Clearly, Christianity is not antithetical to “rational, critical thought.”  I can say, from my own personal experience, that Christianity has never discouraged me to think rationally and critically.

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