Monday, February 28, 2011

Samuel Davies - Tomorrow Comes: And They are in Hell!

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Samuel Davies - Tomorrow Comes: And They are in Hell!

Samuel Davies (November 3, 1723 -- February 4, 1761) was President of Princeton University, then known as the College of New Jersey.

Born to Baptist parents in New Castle County, Delaware, Davies received his early education under the tutelage of Rev. Samuel Blair at the academy he conducted in Faggs Manor, Londonderry Township, Chester County, Pennsylvania. He was ordained a Presbyterian by the New Castle presbytery in 1747.

At the request of religious dissenters in Hanover, Virginia, the newly ordained 23-year-old Presbyterian minister headed south to be the pastor of four congregations which had been licensed by the Colonial government in 1743. As the first non-Anglican minister licensed to preach in Virginia, Davies advanced the cause of religious and civil liberty in colonial Virginia. Davies's strong religious convictions led him to value the "freeborn mind" and the inalienable "liberty of conscience" that the established Anglican Church in Virginia often failed to respect in the days before independence. By appealing to British law and notions of British liberty, Davies agitated in an agreeable and effective manner for greater religious tolerance and laid the groundwork for the ultimate separation of church and state in Virginia that was consummated by the Statute for Religious Freedom in 1786.

At the same time that Davies was starting his ministry in Virginia, six students began their studies in Elizabeth, N.J., at the College of New Jersey, which had been established in 1746 to educate "those of every Religious Denomination." In 1754 the trustees of the college persuaded Davies, whose work in Virginia had been favorably noted, to go to Great Britain to raise money for the fledgling school. The journey was at times harrowing, but Davies confided to his diary that "To be instrumental of laying a foundation of extensive benefit to mankind, not only in the present but in future generations, is a most animating prospect." In the end, Davies and a friend, Gilbert Tennent, spent eleven months in Great Britain and raised substantial support, enough to build Nassau Hall as the first permanent building on the new campus in Princeton.

After his return from Great Britain, Davies' prominence in Virginia grew during the French and Indian War as he implored men to do their part "to secure the inestimable blessings of liberty." Governor Dinwiddie declared Davies to be the best recruiter in the colony. Davies' rhetorical gifts were renowned. Patrick Henry, who as a child often heard Davies preach, told his biographer before his death that Samuel Davies had taught him what an orator should be.

Musicologists credit Davies with being the first American-born hymn writer, and his poetry was published in Williamsburg in 1752.

Davies also spent his time in Virginia pioneering the literacy of the colony's slave population, whom he felt were equally deserving of direct access to the word of God.

In 1759, four years after he had returned from his trip to Great Britain on behalf of the College of New Jersey, the trustees of the college called on Davies again -- this time to become the school's fourth president. Davies succeeded Jonathan Edwards, who died just six weeks after his inauguration. Unfortunately, Davies's term as president was also cut short when he died in 1761 at the age of 37. He was buried alongside his predecessor in Princeton Cemetery.

Despite his relatively short life, Davies accomplished much and lived the creed to which he exhorted the Princeton Class of 1760 in his baccalaureate address and which has been echoed by the presidents of Princeton throughout its history: "Whatever be your place, imbibe and cherish a public spirit. Serve your generation."

Friday, February 25, 2011

Sermon Outline: Matthew 4:12-17. "The Light Dawns"

1) The Right Time (Matthew 4:12a)
  • Galatians 4:4  
  • Luke   3:19-20   
2) The Right Place (Matthew 4:12b-16)
  • Luke 4:14-30 
3) The Right Proclamation (Matthew 4:17)
  • 2 Timothy 4:1-4  
  • Matthew  28:18-19

Is Salvation Easy? (Matthew 7:13-14) John MacArthur

Enter by the narrow gate; for the gate is wide, and the way is broad that leads to destruction, and many are those who enter by it. For the gate is small, and the way is narrow that leads to life, and few are those who find it. (Matthew 7:13-14)
Enter is in the aorist imperative tense, and therefore demands a definite and specific action. The command is not to admire or to ponder the gate but to enter it. Many people admire the principles of the Sermon on the Mount but never follow those principles. Many people respect and praise Jesus Christ but never receive Him as Lord and Savior. Because they never receive the King and never enter the kingdom, they are as much separated from the King and as much outside His kingdom as is the rankest atheist or most unethical pagan.

Jesus' command is not simply to enter some gate but to enter the narrow gate. Every person enters one gate or the other; that is unavoidable. Jesus pleads for men to enter the right gate, God's gate, the only gate that leads to life and to heaven.

Jesus has repeatedly shown the narrowness of God's internal standard of righteousness, in contrast to the broad and external standards of Jewish tradition. The path to that narrow way of kingdom living is through the narrow gate of the King Himself. "I am the way, and the truth, and the life; no one comes to the Father, but through Me" (John 14:6)...

Thursday, February 24, 2011

Dealing with Personal Offenses (Philippians 4:2-3) John MacArthur

"I urge Euodia and I urge Syntyche to live in harmony in the Lord. Indeed, true companion, I ask you also to help these women who have shared my struggle in the cause of the gospel, together with Clement also and the rest of my fellow workers, whose names are in the book of life." (Philippians 4:2--3)

Since conflict between influential people in a church will generate instability throughout the congregation, the two quarreling women at Philippi posed a danger to the entire church's stability. There was a real possibility that the Philippians would become critical, bitter, vengeful, hostile, unforgiving, and proud. Paul knew that unless decisive action was taken quickly, the Philippian church could dissolve into divisive, hostile factions. It was imperative that the Philippians be "diligent to preserve the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace" (Eph. 4:3; cf. Col. 3:14).

The twice repeated phrase I urge ... I urge shows Paul to be in a pleading, begging, encouraging mode as he addressed the issue of the divisive women. The apostle's mention of such a seemingly mundane matter after the lofty doctrinal material of chapter 2 and the warnings against dangerous false teachers in chapter 3 may seem surprising. But Paul understood that discord and divisiveness pose an equally crippling threat to the church. Even if its doctrine is sound, disunity robs a church of its power and destroys its testimony. And a church facing hostile external enemies cannot afford to have its members fighting among themselves. Such infighting frequently gives the enemies of the Cross an avenue of attack. The resulting discord, disunity, and conflict could have devastated the integrity of the Philippian church's testimony...

$25,000 Worship Resource Giveaway from Proclaim

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run the presentation during the service.

To add to the excitement of the release of Proclaim, they are giving away
$25,000 in worship resources in The Great Worship Resource Giveaway.
They are going to have 100’s of winners of some of the best worship
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page where you will see how to enter. You can
also see all the prize partners there, listing out some great resources from
companies like Planning Center Online, Graceway Media, Worship Leader
Magazine, Centerline Media, Musicademy, Clover Sites, Christian Musician
Summit, Luna Guitars, National Worship Leader Conference, and prizes
from many more.
I’m excited about this new product Proclaim. You can see a video of the
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Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Samuel Davies - The Causes of the Stupid Unconcernedness

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Samuel Davies (1723-1761), Presbyterian minister and educator, was born in New Castle County, Delaware. Davies was raised in the Presbyterian church, educated at Samuel Blair's Presbyterian academy in Pennsylvania and was expected to become a Presbyterian minister. Thus it was no surprise when in 1746 he was licensed to preach. Moving to Virginia, Davies became known as an advocate of civil liberties for his dissenting, i.e. non-Anglican, religious views. He famously argued that the Toleration Act of 1689 applied to the colonies as well as the British homeland, thus securing the right for dissenters to evangelize and establish their own churches. Davies's preaching can be described as revivalistic Calvinism for its stress upon the desperate condition of sinners and ability of divine graciousness to rescue sinners from sin. In later years Davies traveled to England and Scotland where he preached and raised funds for the College of New Jersey, now Princeton University, where he would become President in 1758. Davies's educational efforts extended beyond the College of New Jersey to slaves and Native Americans, and he is largely remembered as an intellectual leader in addition to being a model preacher.

Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Prayer & Help from the Holy Spirit (Romans 8:26) John MacArthur

And in the same way the Spirit also helps our weakness; for we do not know how to pray as we should, but the Spirit Himself intercedes for us with groanings too deep for words. (Romans 8:26)

Here Paul reveals the immeasurably comforting truth that the Holy Spirit comes alongside us and all creation in groaning for God's ultimate day of restoration and His eternal reign of righteousness.

Because of our remaining humanness and susceptibility to sin and doubt, the Holy Spirit also helps us in our weakness. In this context, weakness doubtless refers to our human condition in general, not to specific weaknesses. The point is that, even after salvation, we are characterized by spiritual weakness. Acting morally, speaking the truth, witnessing for the Lord, or doing any other good thing happens only by the power of the Spirit working in and through us despite our human limitations.

The Spirit supplies us with all we need to be faithful, effective, and protected children of God. In the following chapter he admonishes, "So then, my beloved, just as you have always obeyed, not as in my presence only, but now much more in my absence, work out your salvation with fear and trembling; for it is God who is at work in you, both to will and to work for His good pleasure" (Phil. 2:12--13). The Spirit of God works unrelentingly in us to do what we could never do alone-bring about the perfect will of God...

Monday, February 21, 2011

Is Fasting a Command? (Matthew 6:16) John MacArthur

And whenever you fast, do not put on a gloomy face as the hypocrites do, for they neglect their appearance in order to be seen fasting by men. Truly I say to you, they have their reward in full. (Matthew 6:16)

During Old Testament times many faithful believers fasted-Moses, Samson, Samuel, Hannah, David, Elijah, Ezra, Nehemiah, Esther, Daniel, and many others. And the New Testament tells us of the fasting of Anna, John the Baptist and his disciples, Jesus, Paul, and numerous others. We know that many of the early church Fathers fasted, and that Luther, Calvin, Wesley, Whitefield, and many other outstanding Christian leaders have fasted.

But the only fast commanded in Scripture is the one connected with the Day of Atonement. On that day all the people were to "humble [their] souls" (Lev. 16:29; cf. 23:27), a Hebrew expression that included forsaking food as an act of self-denial. That was a national fast, involving every man, woman, and child in Israel. But it occurred only one time a year, and then only as an integral part of the Day of Atonement...

Saturday, February 19, 2011

Sermon Outline: "An Eternal Truth in a New Light" 1 John 2:7–11

1) The Eternal Truth in the Old Light (1 John 2:7)
• Leviticus 19:18
• Romans 13:8-10

2) The Eternal Truth in a New Light (1 John 2:8)
• John 13:1-17
• Colossians 1:13

3) The Eternal Truth as a Way of Life (1 John 2:9-11)
• John 13:34-35
• 1 John 1:5-6

Friday, February 18, 2011

The Battle With Sin: I Want My Way - Tim Conway

How many of us want our way? But God's way is better, it is humbling, it is a path of humility - but it is a path of being more like Christ, now that is a path I want to be on!

Thursday, February 17, 2011

The Battle With Sin: Violent for Humility - Tim Conway

This is Part 2 of the Series on The Battle With Sin.

I'll Be Honest

Wednesday, February 16, 2011

Video Blog on The Battle With Sin Series

James testifies to God using Tim Conway to reprove him for being too judgmental and how God used it to break him of more pride. Brethren be sure to watch the bible study series on The Battle With Sin, it will apply greatly to all of our lives.

I'll Be Honest

Tuesday, February 15, 2011

The Battle With Sin: Pride - Tim Conway


Tim talks about putting to death pride in our life and be humbled under the mighty hand of God.

Monday, February 14, 2011

Love: A Feeling, or Action? (1 Corinthians 13:1-3) John MacArthur

The thirteenth chapter of 1 Corinthians may be, from a literary viewpoint, the greatest passage Paul ever penned. Among many other things, it has been called the hymn of love, a lyrical interpretation of the Sermon on the Mount and the Beatitudes set to music. Studying it is somewhat like taking apart a flower; part of the beauty is lost when the components are separated. But the Spirit's primary purpose in this passage, as in all Scripture, is to edify. When each part is understood more clearly, the whole can become even more beautiful.

Agape (love) is one of the rarest words in ancient Greek literature, but one of the most common in the New Testament. Unlike our English love, it never refers to romantic or sexual love, for which eros was used, and which does not appear in the New Testament. Nor does it refer to mere sentiment, a pleasant feeling about something or someone. It does not mean dose friendship or brotherly love, for which philia is used. Nor does agape mean charity, a term the King James translators carried over from the Latin and which in English has long been associated only with giving to the needy. This chapter is itself the best definition of agape...

The Battle With Sin: Intro - Tim Conway

MP3: Watch Part #1 -

This is the intro of a series on The Battle With Sin by Tim Conway.

I'll Be Honest

Friday, February 11, 2011

Sermon Outline: "The Gospel of Light" Psalm 36:5-11

1) Light from His Person: (Psalm 36:5-6)
• Genesis 18:25

• Psalm 23:1-6

2) Light for His People: (Psalm 36:7-9)
• Psalm 91:4

• Revelation 22:1-5

3) Light from His Protection: (Psalm 36:10-11)
• Psalm 7:10

• Psalm 32:11

What You Don't Want to Hear About Heaven & Hell

This clip entitled "What You Don't Want to Hear About Heaven & Hell" is taken from the sermon "Jesus the Narrow Door" 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
and for more audio and video content visit

Thursday, February 10, 2011

Greg Koukl - God's Sovereignty and Evil

Greg Koukl of Stand to Reason talks about God's sovereignty and the problem of evil. For more information, visit

Monday, February 07, 2011

Francis Chan on Thinking Biblically

In this segment, Francis focuses on a thought that his wife had about "Thinking Biblically". For more leadership content or to purchase the full talk go to

Friday, February 04, 2011

Ravi Zacharias Answer Stephen Hawking - Part 3

In the final part of this series Ravi Zacharias and John Lennox answer claims from Stephen Hawking that God was not needed for the universe to be created.

Wednesday, February 02, 2011

Ravi Zacharias Answers Stephen Hawking

Bob Ditmer interviews author and apologist Ravi Zacharias and Professor John Lennox about Stephen Hawking's claim that God was not needed for the universe to come into existence

Tuesday, February 01, 2011

The Devil's Mousetrap (Abortion)

An excerpt from the new production from The Apologetics Group "The Abortion Matrix: Defeating Child Sacrifice and the Culture of Death" -- specifically from Chapter 3, "The Devil's Mousetrap."

s there a connection between pagan religion and the abortion industry?

This powerful presentation traces the biblical roots of child sacrifice and then explores the social, political and cultural fall-out this sin against God and crime against humanity has produced in our amoral, increasingly pagan society.

Conceived as a sequel and update to the 1988 classic, The Massacre of Innocence, the new title, The Abortion Matrix, is entirely fitting. It not only references abortion's specific target ─ the sacred matrix where human beings are formed in the womb in the very image of God ─ but it also implies the existence of a conspiracy, a matrix of seemingly disparate forces that are driving this holocaust.
The occult activity surrounding the abortion industry is exposed with numerous examples. But are these just aberrations, bizarre yet anomalous examples of abortionists who just happen to have ties to modern day witchcraft? Or is this representative of something deeper, more sinister and even endemic to the entire abortion movement?

As the allusion to the film of over a decade ago suggests, the viewer may learn that things are not always as they appear to be. "The Abortion Matrix" reveals the reality of child-killing and strikes the proper moral chord to move hearts to fulfill the biblical responsibility to rescue those unjustly sentenced to death and to speak for those who cannot speak for themselves (Proverbs 24:11,12; 31:8,9).

SPECIAL NOTE: This video is still in production and we are in the red trying to get it completed. As you might expect, the spiritual warfare surrounding this production ─ as well as with our other major new production "Is Gay OK?" Ten Things Every Christian Needs to Know ─ has been intense; our main audio recording system crashed, there has been sickness, financial attacks, we could go on. We would deeply appreciate your prayers: for wisdom, protection, provision and encouragement. And we would also ask you to consider partnering with us in the project financially. Any gift, large or small would be greatly appreciated. With any gift of $25.00 and above you will receive a pre-release copy of the DVD when it is complete; $100.00 and above and you will be listed in the credits as a partner who helped make the video possible; a gift of $1,000.00 or more and Eric Holmberg will come to your church, school or pro-life group (in the US) to speak, preach, and/or help lead a prayer vigil at your local abortuary using the new "Liturgy for Life" that he and his team has developed. You can give a gift online by clicking HERE -- or you can send your tax-deductible contribution to:
The Apologetics Group
5543 Edmonson Pike #88
Nashville, TN 37211

Product Details
• Written by: Jay Rogers and Eric Holmberg
• Produced and Directed by: Jay Rogers with James Gelet
• Hosted by: Eric Holmberg
• Interviewees Include: George Grant, Peter Hammond, RC Sproul Jr., Paul Jehle, Lou Engle, Rusty Thomas, Flip Benham, Janet Folger and many more.
• Format: Color, DVD, NTSC, Full Screen
• Language: English
• Region: All Regions
• Number of discs: 1
• Rating: Not Rated
• Studio: The Apologetics Group, Forerunner TV, R3VOLUTION MEDIA
• DVD Release Date: 2011
• Run Time: Approximately 165 minutes