Sunday, October 31, 2010

Happy Reformation Day!

Free Download of Luther's "Here I Stand"

Recovering the treasures of the past is a marvelous gift to the church. I love these presentations of the classics given by Max McLean. However, Martin Luther’s “Here I Stand” is my favorite.*

— R.C. Sproul

In the late afternoon of April 18, 1521, in the city of Worms, Germany, Martin Luther, a 37 year-old Catholic monk was called to defend himself before Charles the Fifth, the Holy Roman Emperor. The speech he delivered that day, “Here I Stand,” marked the beginning of the Reformation, a critical turning point in Christian history, that decisively altered the spiritual map of the world.
In this recording, Max McLean introduces the events leading up to the Diet of Worms: Martin Luther’s prayer the night before he delivered his speech; Luther's stirring defense; the Catholic church’s rebuttal; and, Luther’s final heartfelt response.

Track Listing

1. Introduction

2. The Road to Reformation

3. Luther’s Prayer

4. Here I Stand

5. Eck’s Response to Luther

6. Luther’s Final Response

7. Conclusion

8. Sources and Closing Comment

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Saturday, October 30, 2010

Sermon Outline: Nehemiah 4:1-14. "One Voice"

1) One Voice in Ridicule  (Nehemiah 4:1-3)

2) One Voice in Response (Nehemiah 4:4-6)

• 2 Kings 19:14-19

3) One Voice in Reaction (Nehemiah 4:7-15)

• Exodus 14:13

Friday, October 29, 2010

Greg Koukl - Morality from Science?

Taken from the blog: Greg Koukl of Stand to Reason answers the question, "Can we discover morality through science?". For more information, visit

Thursday, October 28, 2010

From Trouble to Triumph, Part 3b

When you hurt physically, you know something's wrong with your body. Is the same true when you hurt spiritually? Is something wrong with your soul? Bottom line, why does God allow you to go through trials?

Wednesday, October 27, 2010

From Trouble to Triumph, Part 1b

About the American Revolution, Thomas Paine said, "These are the times that try men's souls." Of course, those words could apply to your life today . . . or sometime soon. How can you know victory amid struggles?

Tuesday, October 26, 2010

From Trouble to Triumph, #1a (John MacArthur) ... You may believe everything Scripture says about God's goodness . . . mercy . . . and protective power. Yet when the really hard times come, have you ever wondered, "Why me?" Find out how you really can benefit from any trial.

Monday, October 25, 2010

Timeless Instruction ... If you're a Christian parent, no doubt—no doubt—you've come face to face with the limits of your knowledge and experience. At whatever stage of life—witnessing the birth of your firstborn; seeing your child's capacity for destruction in the terrible twos (or threes); preparing your kids for the first day of school; helping your teenager struggle through an awkward and confusing stage of life; or advising your son or daughter about marriage—it has a sobering effect on you, doesn't it?

Perhaps you've looked at Ephesians 6:4 and thought, "That's it? One verse?", and looked elsewhere for help—family, friends, the internet, the church. Ever thought of looking in the Old Testament? Paul told us in 1 Corinthians 10:6 and 11 that God has given us examples from the Old Testament for our instruction. Modern man may scorn the wisdom of a 3,000-year-old book, but what's recorded there illustrates parenting at its best, and worst. Today, John MacArthur takes us to the very heart of it all.

Friday, October 22, 2010

Sermon Outline: Romans 15:1-13. "Finding our One Voice"

1) The Blended Involvement (Romans 15:1-6)
• Philippians 2:2-8
• James 5:7-8
2) The Basic Instruction (Romans 15:7)
• Ephesians 4:32-5:2

3) The Biblical Illustrations (Romans 15:8-12)

4) The Benedictory Intercession (Romans 15:13)

Trophy Kids

As parents, we strive to instill respect and obedience in our children—and rightly so. That's part of our responsibility. We take pride in training them to sit quietly, listen carefully, speak graciously and obey promptly. Sometimes, we're tempted to think that's the ultimate goal of parenting—controlling our children's behavior. But is it? Listen as John MacArthur answers that question . . .

Thursday, October 21, 2010

Hear & Obey

This clip entitled "Hear & Obey" is taken from the sermon "Jesus vs. Satan" preached by Pastor Mark Driscoll at Mars Hill Church as part of the ongoing series, "Luke: Investigating The Man Who Is God" For more information about this current series, visit

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Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Christian Liberty ... All things are lawful for me, but not all things are profitable. All things are lawful for me, but I will not be mastered by anything. (1 Corinthians 6:12)
The statement, All things are lawful may have been a common Corinthian saying in that liberated society. Paul borrows it and, playing off it, says, "It is so for me, too. Every sin I as a Christian commit is forgiven in Jesus Christ." But no sin is ever right or good, and no sin ever produces anything right or good. Sin can never be worthwhile or profitable. Profitable (sumphero) means "to be to advantage." In the sense that believers are free and no longer under the penalty of the law in any way, all things are lawful for them. But the price for doing some things is terribly high, terribly unprofitable. Sin never brings profit; it always brings loss.

All things are lawful for me, but I will not be mastered by anything. Paul was free in the grace of Christ to do as he pleased, but he refused to allow himself to be mastered by anything or anyone but Christ. He would not become enslaved to any habit or custom and certainly not to any sin. "For sin shall not be master over you, for you are not under law, but under grace" (Rom. 6:14)...

Tuesday, October 19, 2010

How have you aided the enemy?

This clip entitled "How Have You Aided The Enemy?" is taken from the sermon "Jesus vs. Satan" preached by Pastor Mark Driscoll at Mars Hill Church as part of the ongoing series, "Luke: Investigating The Man Who Is God" For more information about this current series, visit

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Monday, October 18, 2010

Carnal Christians (1 Corinthians 3) ... And I, brethren, could not speak to you as to spiritual men, but as to men of flesh, as to babes in Christ. I gave you milk to drink, not solid food; for you were not yet able to receive it. Indeed, even now you are not yet able, for you are still fleshly. (1 Corinthians 3:1--3)
The cause of division in the Corinthian church was more than an external, worldly influence. It was also internal, fleshly. The Corinthians had succumbed to the pressures of the world, but they were also succumbing to the pressures and enticements of their own flesh.

Before Paul chastises them for their immature sinfulness, he reminds them again that he is speaking to them as brethren, as fellow believers. That is a term of recognition and of love. It reminded his brothers in Christ that they were still saved, that their sinning, terrible and inexcusable as it was, did not forfeit their salvation. He did not try to diminish the seriousness of their sins, but he did try to diminish or prevent any discouragement that his rebuke might otherwise have caused. He stood with them as a brother, not over them as a judge.
But Paul could not speak to the Corinthian believers as spiritual men. They had come through the door of faith but had gone no farther. Most of them had received Jesus Christ years earlier but were acting as if they had just been born again. They were still babes in Christ.
The New Testament uses the word spiritual in a number of ways. In a neutral sense it simply means the realm of spiritual things, in contrast to the realm of the physical. When applied to men, however, it is used of their relationship to God in one of two ways: positionally or practically. Unbelievers are totally unspiritual in both senses. They possess neither a new spirit nor the Holy Spirit. Their position is natural and their practice is natural. Believers, on the other hand, are totally spiritual in the positional sense, because they have been given a new inner being that loves God and is indwelt by His Holy Spirit. But practically, believers can also be unspiritual...

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Saturday, October 16, 2010

Sermon Outline: John 10:1-10. "Follow God's Voice"

1) The Voice of the True Shepherd (John 10:1-6)
• 1 Peter 5:2
• 1 John 4:1-6

2) Following the Voice through the Only Door to the Fold (John 10:7–10)
• Revelation 7:17
• John 6:51-57

Friday, October 15, 2010

The Power of the Word in the Believer's Life, #2b ... Give a man a fish, he eats for a day . . . but teach a man to fish and he eats for a lifetime. See how you can feed yourself on the Word of God, your most important source of nutrition.

Thursday, October 14, 2010

The Power of the Word in the Believer's Life, #2a ... If there's one thing you want to use effectively, it's the Bible. Question is, how do you get all you can from God's Word? Find out what it takes to be a student of Scripture from a fellow student — John MacArthur...

Wednesday, October 13, 2010

The Power of the Word in the Believer's Life, #1b (John MacArthur)

If you were a student enrolled in a class called "Studying the Bible 101," what kind of grade would you be getting? What do you need to know to unlock the riches of God's Word?

Tuesday, October 12, 2010

A Place for Weakness - Dr. Michael Horton

The good news that God's Word proclaims is a recipe to use in times of disaster. That is to say, it comes as a relevant announcement only to those who are in trouble for one reason or another. A Place for Weakness, formerly titled Too Good to Be True, by award-winning Michael Horton, calls for more realism in facing life's challenges and a richer view of God and his purposes to match them.

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Monday, October 11, 2010

Will Earthly Memories Exist in Heaven? (Revelation 21:4)

And He will wipe away every tear from their eyes; and there will no longer be any death; there will no longer be any mourning, or crying, or pain; the first things have passed away. (Revelation 21:4)

Heaven will be so dramatically different from the present world that to describe it requires the use of negatives, as well as the previous positives. To describe what is totally beyond human understanding also requires pointing out how it differs from present human experience.

The first change from their earthly life believers in heaven will experience is that God will wipe away every tear from their eyes (cf. 7:17; Isa. 25:8). That does not mean that people who arrive in heaven will be crying and God will comfort them. They will not, as some imagine, be weeping as they face the record of their sins. There is no such record, because "there is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus" (Rom. 8:1), since Christ "bore our sins in His body on the cross, so that we might die to sin and live to righteousness; for by His wounds you were healed" (1 Pet. 2:24). What it declares is the absence of anything to be sorry about—no sadness, no disappointment, no pain. There will be no tears of misfortune, tears over lost love, tears of remorse, tears of regret, tears over the death of loved ones, or tears for any other reason.

Another dramatic difference from the present world will be that in heaven there will no longer be any death (cf. Isa. 25:8). The greatest curse of human existence will be no more. "Death," as Paul promised, "is swallowed up in victory" (1 Cor. 15:54)...

Saturday, October 09, 2010

Sermon Outline: Col. 3:15-17. "The Purpose of Thanksgiving".

1) Thankfulness in Ourselves: (Colossians 3:15)

• Ephesians 4:1-3

• Philippians 4:6

2) Thankfulness to Others: (Colossians 3:16a)

• Ephesians 5:15-21

3) Thankfulness to God: (Colossians 3:16b-17)

• Psalm 66:18

• 1 Corinthians 10:31

Thursday, October 07, 2010

God's Strong Delusion (2 Thessalonians 2)

Specifically, unbelievers will be deceived by Antichrist and perish because they did not receive the love of the truth so as to be saved. The phrase the love of the truth appears only here in the New Testament, and adds a compelling thought to Paul's argument. The unregenerate are eternally lost, not because they did not hear or understand the truth, but because they did not love it. The truth includes both "the word of truth, the gospel" (Col. 1:5), and the Lord Jesus Christ, who is truth incarnate (John 14:6; cf. 1:17; Eph. 4:21). Unbelievers do not welcome either Jesus or the gospel He proclaimed. Their antipathy to the truth is not intellectual, but moral, and their self-imposed blindness leaves the unredeemed under a damning level of satanic deception. It is not surprising, then, that Antichrist will deceive the entire lost world.

The Bible clearly teaches that those who go to hell do so because they reject the truth. Speaking of Jerusalem's rejection of the truth, Jesus lamented, "Jerusalem, Jerusalem, who kills the prophets and stones those who are sent to her! How often I wanted to gather your children together, the way a hen gathers her chicks under her wings, and you were unwilling" (Matt. 23:37). John 3:19--20 says, "This is the judgment, that the Light has come into the world, and men loved the darkness rather than the Light, for their deeds were evil. For everyone who does evil hates the Light, and does not come to the Light for fear that his deeds will be exposed." To the unbelieving Jews Jesus declared, "You do not have His word abiding in you, for you do not believe Him whom He sent. You search the Scriptures because you think that in them you have eternal life; it is these that testify about Me; and you are unwilling to come to Me so that you may have life" (John 5:38--40). He reiterated that truth later in John's gospel...

Wednesday, October 06, 2010

God's Generosity & Our False Saviors

This clip entitled "God's Generosity & Our False Saviors" is taken from the sermon "The Lord's Prayer" preached by Pastor Mark Driscoll at Mars Hill Church as part of the ongoing series, "Luke: Investigating The Man Who Is God" For more information about this current series, visit

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Tuesday, October 05, 2010

The Doctrine of Inspiration Explained, Part 2 (John MacArthur) ... Just how reliable is the Bible we have today? Is each chapter—each passage—as trustworthy as the next? Bottom line . . . how much of the Bible you read is truly God's Word?

Monday, October 04, 2010

The Doctrine of Inspiration Explained, Part 1 (John MacArthur) ... From coal to petroleum to the uranium atom, God has given our planet an amazing array of power sources. But there's none more powerful than the one you carry to church each week.

Saturday, October 02, 2010

Sermon Outline: Mark 1:1-8. "A Voice Crying in the Wilderness".

1) The Person for the Herald (Mark 1:1)

• The communication about the Person

• Isaiah 61:1-3

• The character of the Person

2) The Prophecy of the Herald (Mark 1:2-3)

• The writing in the prophecy

• The work in the prophecy

• The wilderness in the prophecy

• The word in the prophecy

• Isaiah 40:3-5

3) The Practice of the Herald (Mark 1:4)

• John’s baptism was proclaimed

• John’s baptism was administered to the penitent

• Matthew 3:7-12

4) The People for the Herald (Mark 1:5)

• The source of the people

• The size of the people

• The site of the people

• The sinfulness of the people

5) The Poverty of the Herald (Mark 1:6)

• The dress in the poverty

• The diet in the poverty

6) The Prediction by the Herald (Mark 1:7-8)

• The sequence in the prediction

• The superiority in the prediction

• The Spirit in the prediction

• 1 Thessalonians 1:5-10

Friday, October 01, 2010

Free Download of the Month - October 2010

Love is a Verb

written by Gary Chapman
read by Pam Ward, Grover Gardner, & Lloyd James

Dr. Gary Chapman has spent his life helping people communicate love more effectively and in turn build more satisfying and lasting relationships. "Love Is a Verb" takes his teaching to the next level. Rather than a typical marriage self-help book filled with lengthy explanations of principles and techniques, it is a compilation of true stories displaying love in action.

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Talking To Your Father

This clip entitled "Talking To Your Father" is taken from the sermon "The Lord's Prayer" preached by Pastor Mark Driscoll at Mars Hill Church as part of the ongoing series, "Luke: Investigating The Man Who Is God" For more information about this current series, visit

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