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In the World but Not Of the World — Living the Antithesis

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Man Walking — In the World but Not Of the World

How to Live in the World but Not of the World I always get a chuckle out of what the apostle Paul said to the Corinthians as he explained who we, as Christians, were to associate with. He tells them, “Look, if you were to avoid the unconverted God would have taken you out of the world, right?” (My paraphrase). And then there are all those familiar verses that come to mind about how we are in the world but not of the world and all that is in the world is the lust of the eye, the lust of. . .
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Giving Good Gifts to the Ungrateful

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Man surprised by the good gifts in his box.

Giving Good Gifts Instead of Acceptable Gifts Most of the residents had been living on the street before they came to our program, drug addicts and drunkards who had made a mess of their lives. They were not a happy crowd, sometimes they were rather wily, some were probably dangerous, but I never really thought about it. They were men who needed the gospel, and I was zealous to teach them, to offer them an amazing gift. I had been working at the rehab for about five weeks when I decided to deal with a false doctrine that was rampant. . .
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The Heart is Deceitful, What’s the Cure?

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The Heart is Deceitful, What is the Cure?

The Heart is Deceitful, and So are Movies and Chocolates… Disney has been telling us something for years. From Mulan to Tarzan, Disney songs have called us to trust our hearts. Recently my Dove chocolate told me to trust my heart! Consequently, we are quite prone to trust our hearts, and our hearts are quite willing to deceive us. The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately wicked; Who can know it? (Jeremiah 17:9) The heart is wily, always pretending to be good, yet desperately wicked. You thought your heart was good, but it fooled you. It also turns. . .
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How to Be Patient (a drama in five scenes)

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How to Be Patient

Scene 1: Be Patient Like You’re Dead Somewhere in the hills of southwest Virginia a man waits pensively, in one of the cavernous rooms within the underground headquarters of Highlands Ministries. Finally a door opens.. “Laurence?” “Yes?” “We need you to write another article. We need you to do it on how to be patient.” “What!” “You heard me; Patience. You’ve got 3 weeks.” “How am I supposed to do that?!” “This conversation is ended.” Every person that I know that could be considered completely patient has one thing in common — they are all dead. Not only are they. . .
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Sacrificial Living — A Sad Story

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Sacraficial Living — A Sad Story

Have I told you this story before? It is a sad story so if you are not in the mood then perhaps you might want to read this later. I truly do not want to spoil your day. Are you still here? Well then, here is my sad tale. Every so often I travel somewhere to do something, usually to speak to others about living like a Christian. This is a subject, by the way, that I am quite good at. There are times when my wife, Angela, accompanies me. We both like to travel and everyone who knows her. . .
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Is Gossip a Sin as Depraved as Sodomy?

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Is Gossip as Depraved as Sodomy?

The Results of Depraved Thinking Those who forsake God are forsaken by Him. This truth is proclaimed throughout Scripture, and is especially clear in our text (Romans 1:28-32) and the verses which precede it. When a person or a people suppress the truth in unrighteousness (v. 18) and do not honor and give thanks to the LORD (v. 21), when they exchange the glory of God for idolatry (v. 23) and truth for a lie worshipping the creature rather than the Creator (v. 25), in a word, when they refuse to acknowledge Father, Son and Holy Spirit as the one. . .
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How Not to Gossip

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How Not to Gossip

Gossip Starts Here It all started with a comment from a friend: “The pastor seems a bit too friendly with Miss Rogers, doesn’t he? Did you see the way he looks at her?” “Not exactly,” I responded. “Well, it does not look healthy to me,” he said. We parted ways, and I began to watch. I did not see much, but the pastor was smiling a lot while they talked. Maybe there was something to this. This is where my evil began. “An evildoer gives heed to false lips; A liar listens eagerly to a spiteful tongue” (Proverbs 17:4). I. . .
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Basement Tape #138: The Errs of Our Ways

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We worship the same God. We read the same Bible. Some of us share the same confessions of faith. Why is it then that our lives are so very different? Why do we seem to have so much trouble agreeing? Shouldn't the plain teaching of Scripture lead to common understanding and similar application? Join our conversation as Dr. Sproul, Rev. Windham, and their friends discuss the errs of our ways.

A Father’s Touch

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He had been complaining of nausea all morning and the night before, but without any incident. But soon after the family had settled in for worship, he seemed to be in distress so I asked him if he needed to head for the restroom. Bravely, he said no. I put my hand on his back to let him know that I was aware of his discomfort, and if he changed his mind, I was ready to help. The church that we were visiting that day was on our route home from vacation and was known for great doctrine and beautiful. . .
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Basement Tape #136: Faux Feelings

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We are all romantics now. Unfortunately. We too often allow our feelings to justify our actions; we boldly try to take our stand on this shifting sand and use them as clubs to further our selfish causes, even our irrational acts.  Join our conversation as we talk about our feelings, their power to deceive, their proper place in our lives and in our relationships, and how we should, as with all things, take dominion over them for Christ and His kingdom.

 

On: Broken Relationships, Basement Tape #123

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We all have them to one extent or another; sometimes they are a constant burden on our conscience, other times they are not but perhaps should be. Maybe it’s our fault, our perhaps theirs. Join us as we have a conversation  about Broken Relationships and try and discover what we as Christians should do about them. The Basement Tapes are conversations among friends. We gather monthly to have a conversation on topics related to the good life. Pastors R.C. Sproul Jr. and Laurence Windham along with their friends and special guests enjoy a stimulating conversation on a wide variety of. . .
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Basement Tape #129: The Poor

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Basement Tapes #129: The Poor

Jesus said the poor we will always have with us. Jesus said we are to love our neighbor as ourselves and told us about the good Samaritan to show us just who our neighbor is. But who are the poor in America? Is this just a political term or are there truly those with needs we need to be attending to? Is poor just a term about a lack of wealth or a lack of other things, greater things? How then are these needs to be met and by whom? Join our conversation as we talk about the poor and our responsibility towards them.

Basement Tape #125: Friends

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“And friends are friends forever
If the Lord’s the Lord of them.”

Join us as we talk about friendship, about our friends, about our former friends and about our greatest friend.

 

Basement Tape #123: Broken Relationships

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Audio: Broken Relationships (Basement Tape #123)

We all have broken relationships to one extent or another; sometimes they are a constant burden on our conscience, other times they are not but perhaps should be. Maybe it’s our fault, our perhaps theirs. Join us as we have a conversation about Broken Relationships and try and discover what we as Christians should do about difficult relationships, how we should relate toward Christian friends, and how we can be more like Jesus in our relationships.

Basement Tape #51: Hospitality

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Audio: Hospitality (Basement Tapes #51)

Welcome to our conversation, a conversation on making others welcome.

Hospitality is just simple enough, just separate enough, just deliberate enough, that we have missed the boat. We think life consists in the things we are busy with, when we are called to be busy about the things of life, of eating, drinking, conversing with our friends, our neighbors, and those who don’t know Christ. We would rather impress our friends when we are entertaining than put them at ease, and then we wonder whatever became of community. Join us, and invite others to join you as we visit together for a little while.

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