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"...if anyone makes the assistance of grace depend on the humility or obedience of man and does not agree that it is a gift of grace itself that we are obedient and humble, he contradicts the Apostle who says, "What have you that you did not receive?" (1 Cor. 4:7), and, "But by the grace of God I am what I am" (1 Cor. 15:10). (Council of Orange: Canon 6)

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  • Rev. David Thommen (URC)
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    We are a community of confessing believers who love the gospel of Jesus Christ, affirm the Biblical and Christ-exalting truths of the Reformation such as the five solas, the doctrines of grace, monergistic regeneration, and the redemptive historical approach to interpreting the Scriptures.

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  • The Armor: A Guided Tour

    Guest Ministry at Apologia Church, Tempe, Arizona.

    Text: Ephesians 6:10-20

    An overview of each piece of the armor of God:

    July 17, 2017  |  Comments (0)   |  Permalink

    The Sword of the Spirit

    Test: Ephesians 6:17b; Matthew 4:1-11

    The Sword of the Spirit: What is it and how do we use it?

    July 16, 2017  |  Comments (0)   |  Permalink

    A Letter From Dr. Sproul

    I received a wonderful letter in the mail today from Dr. R.C. Sproul. It did my heart much good to learn I encouraged this man of God.

    July 12, 2017  |  Comments (0)   |  Permalink

    The Helmet of Hope

    Ephesians 6 refers to the helmet of salvation. In 1 Thessalonians 5, the helmet is called the hope of salvation. Biblical hope is a certain expectation of the future. How assured are you regarding your salvation? Only when you are fully assured can you truly say you have put on the helmet.

    July 09, 2017  |  Comments (0)   |  Permalink

    The Five Solas: A Pastor's Feedback

    "Honestly, I cannot tell you how much I loved your book! As a pastor who is desperately trying to lead my people into a greater understanding of Scripture and how they relate to these glorious truths of the Reformation, this book is such a valuable tool. In New England pews, there is a strong sentiment even among Biblical evangelical churches towards Rome. Many fail to see the damaging effects of their theology, mostly out of ignorance of what separated Rome from true Biblical Christianity during the Reformation, summed up in the five solas. Therefore having a tool like this book that is clear, concise and most importantly, soaked with Scripture's truth helps tremendously in teaching my people in a way that is not intimidating. I have found that laymen who are not accustomed to reading large, thick, old and difficult works will simply never read them, no matter how highly and passionately you encourage them. Your book however, provides something that a layman will not only be more inclined to read, but also understand. I can tell you purposely left out many of the Reformed "buzz words" that can turn off a layman who may not be as familiar with the terminology. As a pastor, my priority is shepherding and growing my people, but finding materials that are usable in the context of a reforming church is a very tough thing. This is why I am so thankful for your book and I am looking forward to seeing how God will utilize it in the lives of my people! I plan on buying a case of them to give away at my church and would highly recommend that any pastor who is seeking to lead their congregation into a greater understanding of these glorious truths do the same!"

    - Pastor Tim Howard, Eastford Baptist Church, Eastford, Connecticut

    (available from Solid Ground Christian Books)

    July 07, 2017  |  Comments (0)   |  Permalink

    Interview on the Five Solas

    Iron Sharpens Iron - July 5, 2017 Chris Arnzen interviews John Samson on his new booklet “The Five Solas: Standing Together, Alone!” at this link.

    July 06, 2017  |  Comments (0)   |  Permalink

    The Helmet of Salvation

    Text: Ephesians 6:17

    When Paul writes to the church at Ephesus and says “take the helmet of salvation”, he is not commanding them to be saved, for they are already saved (Eph. 2:8,9), but to understanding the biblical doctrine of salvation: to know it inside out, being rooted and grounded in the truth of it. One of the best ways to do this is by gaining an understanding of what theologians refer to as the “ordo salutis” or order of salvation.

    July 02, 2017  |  Comments (0)   |  Permalink

    Is the Reformation Over? - Gregg Allison and Michael Reeves

    2017 marks the 500th year anniversary of the Reformation. Many believe that the issues that began the reformation have been resolved and are declaring the reformation over. But is this true?


    June 26, 2017  |  Comments (0)   |  Permalink

    The Story of Martin Luther (Playmobil Animation)

    Stop motion animation that uses Playmobil to tell the story of Martin Luther, and the Reformation. Over 5000 individual photos bring to life scenes from the life of Luther like the castle where he hid as an outlaw, Wittenberg where he taught, the monastery where he was gripped by the Bible, and the Imperial Council at Worms.

    Voice Over: Mike Reeves

    Animation: Dan Rackham

    Here's the script from the Martin Luther video:

    This is the story of Martin Luther.

    He got up to some pretty adventurous things. He was kidnapped by knights on horseback; lived in disguise in a castle and helped some nuns escape from a monastery, by hiding them in barrels.

    But as a young man he was troubled by a deep sense that he wasn’t right with God. Once, in a thunderstorm, a lightening bolt nearly struck him. He thought he was going to die.

    He cried out for help to one of the saints, saying rashly: “Save me, and I’ll become a monk”.

    He survived, and so, true to his word he gave up his studies as a lawyer and became a monk. His friends and family said he was wasting his talent.

    In the monastery he started reading the Bible. He discovered that it was God’s mercy & love that was all that was needed to be right with God. For the first time in his life, he found a deep peace with God.

    Luther was invited to be a lecturer at the university in Wittenberg. He taught through books of the Bible. His lectures were popular, even ordinary people from the town came along.

    In those days the Catholic church was telling Christians that their good behaviour could earn them heaven. Luther knew from the Bible though, that no amount of good works could earn you forgiveness! Not even the pope was able to give forgiveness from God - only God could do that.

    Luther saw that the church had left behind what the Bible taught and was even making things up for it’s own gain. He decided that he must teach against these false ideas.

    He made his complaints public by nailing them to the place in town where people published important documents…the door of the castle church.

    He explained that it wasn’t possible to buy God’s forgiveness or to live a life that was good enough to deserve to know God.

    His writings, showed that God wants to forgive the wrong we have done. And that this is only possible because Jesus, the son of God, came to pay the punishment our wrong deserved. Jesus did this as he died in our place.

    Luther's ideas quickly spread throughout Europe thanks to a recent invention - the printing press.

    The pope wrote a document saying that Luther had to take it all back. And if he didn’t he’d be treated as a heretic. Luther refused and publicly burnt a copy of the pope’s letter.

    Luther’s ideas shook things up religiously, politically and culturally. He was summoned to stand before the emperor and answer for his supposed crimes of explaining what the Bible said.

    The emperor declared Luther an outlaw, banning his literature. That’s when he was rescued and went to live in disguise in a castle. Dressing in knights’ clothing he changed his name to knight George and grew his hair and a beard.

    He spent his time translating the New Testament - this again was published widely, meaning ordinary people could read the Bible for the first time.

    Luther secretly returned to Wittenberg. He continued to write books and translate the bible. He also got married and had a family.

    Europe was buzzing with Luther’s message about the Bible.

    Today, 500 years on, the truths of the Bible that Luther knew continue to impact millions of people.

    People who have come to know God personally, knowing the peace and forgiveness Jesus offers us.

    The forgiveness that Luther found is still available today.
    We can all be in a right relationship with God because of one man – the Lord Jesus Christ.

    June 26, 2017  |  Comments (0)   |  Permalink

    Life as a Pastor: Responding To Anonymous

    by Pastor John Samson

    The shepherd’s staff serves the dual purpose of rescuing lost sheep when their heads get caught in the hedges and fending off vicious wolves who seek to devour. In the same way, when God raises up a pastor, it is a gift to the people of God – a man who demonstrates God’s love for His sheep and yet also a man fearless when God’s people need protection. A Pastor needs both a tender and a brave heart.

    When God raises up a man with a shepherd’s heart, He takes much time to forge him to become more and more Christlike, so that he can more faithfully represent the Lord Jesus as the Chief Shepherd of the sheep. This forging process usually involves tough and difficult times - times even of deep despair, almost to breaking point. The Apostle Paul was brought there (2 Cor. 1:8-10) and God's ministers are often brought to the same exact place, so that they learn complete dependence on God rather than any kind of man-made provision.

    God makes His true pastors, men who love God and people. They portray genuine compassion and tenderness and yet are to be wholly resolute in the face of opposition: a man of tender heart and a thick skin. That is quite the contrast and quite the balance, and for sure, this balance is not always achieved. The best of men are men at best!

    A pastor will face criticism often. He needs to know how to handle it. One thing is sure, if he does not, he will not be in ministry long. It is vital that He knows whom He serves and what pleases Him. A pastor knows, going into the ministry, that he cannot ever please everyone. Therefore His priority is to please the One who enlisted him, the Lord Jesus Christ Himself. If He is sure he is doing his all to please Him (though he never does this perfectly), this is his rest and comfort at all times.

    A dynamic pastor (younger than me) in an eastern state in the US wrote the following to me:

    “I have a question for you as an experienced pastor.... how does a Godly pastor respond (or not respond) to "Anonymous" to this kind of email (see below)? These kinds of emails obviously hurt and I never know how to respond... in the past I have just ignored them and not bothered to respond, but I don’t know... am I wrong to not respond to these kinds of emails? I would greatly appreciate any guidance you can offer brother!”

    Good afternoon,

    I have a minor complaint after listening to one of your online sermons. You claim your sermons are expositional, but you spent most of your time speaking what seems to be a personal rant about how everyone is a horrible failure... I thought pastors were supposed to be at least a

    little bit loving, uplifting, and positive, wanting to help their parishioners grow... not being judgmental, condescending, or mean, laughing at people's sin... I hope this was a one-time occurrence and I just wanted to give you some constructive criticism from my viewpoint.

    Col. 3:12 "Put on then, as God's chosen ones, holy and beloved, compassionate hearts, kindness, humility, meekness, and patience"

    Eph. 4:31 "Let all bitterness, and wrath, and anger and clamour, and evil speaking, be put away from you, with all malice"

    1. Cor. 16:14 "Let all that you do be done in love"

    God bless


    Here was my reply:

    Hi Pastor ________,

    Good to hear from you.

    Continue reading "Life as a Pastor: Responding To Anonymous" »

    June 20, 2017  |  Comments (0)   |  Permalink