But even if you should suffer for the sake of righteousness, you are blessed. And do not fear their intimidation, and do not be troubled, but sanctify Christ as Lord in your hearts, always being ready to make a defense to everyone who asks you to give an account for the hope that is in you yet with gentleness and reverence; and keep a good conscience so that in the thing in which you are slandered, those who revile your good behavior in Christ will be put to shame.  1 Peter 3: 14-16

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Wednesday, 20 September 2017 23:28

The presumption of salvation

How the assurance of salvation is dealt with is a distinguishing feature of different theological traditions. Some theological traditions deny the assurance of salvation because they say the regenerate can lose their salvation. Some theological traditions affirm that assurance of salvation is...

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Written by steve
Wednesday, 20 September 2017 23:15

The secret of development of Christian character is the realization of our own powerlessness Featured

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The secret of development of Christian character is the realization of our own powerlessness,acknowledge powerlessness,and the consequent turning unto the Lord for help.The plain fact is that of ourselves we are utterly unable to practice a single precept or obey a single command that is set before...

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Written by Reformed Spirit
Wednesday, 20 September 2017 23:09

The loss of all confidence in himself is the first essential in the believer’s growth in grace. Featured

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Just as the sinner’s despair of any hope from himself is the first prerequisite of a sound conversion, so the loss of all confidence in himself is the first essential in the believer’s growth in grace.
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Sovereignty of God - Page 287

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Written by Reformed Spirit
Wednesday, 20 September 2017 23:00

Neglecting your family devotions?

If Christian parents neglect to have daily family devotions and to take time to build a solid Christian foundation during their children’s impressionable years, they should not be mystified when the children turn from the things of God during their teenage years (see Psa. 78:4,5).

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Written by The Daily Evidence
Wednesday, 20 September 2017 22:55

Does John 3:16 debunk Calvinism ? Featured

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Calvinists believe in John 3:16: they simply point out that in light of the words of the Lord Jesus in John 6:44 and elsewhere, no man is able to come to Christ outside of the drawing of the Father. Hence, when John 3:16 says "whosoever will," we heartily agree: and go on to assert that only those...

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Written by Reformed Spirit
Wednesday, 20 September 2017 22:00

The Ministry of Presence

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I do not have the answer, friend. I do not think I ever will. The only thing I have to lend: my ignorance, an inkless quill. I dare not lay an empty word upon your throbbing mystery. I dare not bare a blunted sword in answer to your inquiry. But maybe presence speaks a truth, … More The...

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Written by Gunner
Wednesday, 20 September 2017 22:00

Browse Worthy: Tim Challies’ Visual Theology

Little by little over the past few years, Tim Challies, with the assistance of a graphic artist, has been building an impressive array of visually sharp diagrams, charts, and displays of Biblical truth. Called Visual Theology, these products range from quotes by famous Christians to lists of the...

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Written by Barry York
Wednesday, 20 September 2017 21:59

All Eyes on Israel

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The Bible is clear that in the final years before the Lord’s return that Israel will be “ground zero” for the activity ushering in His return.  Jerusalem is called a stumbling block to the world and these days approximately 25% of all discussion within the United Nations...

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Written by comments@standupforthetruth.com
Wednesday, 20 September 2017 21:39

Too Much Hustle, Too Little Heaven

“The professionalization of the ministry is a constant threat to the offense of the gospel. It is a threat to the profoundly spiritual nature of our work. I have seen it often: the love of professionalism (parity among the world’s Read More ...

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Written by Greg
Wednesday, 20 September 2017 21:10

Does Jesus Need a Consultant?

Psalm 23  1  The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want. 2  He makes me lie down in green pastures.  He leads me beside still waters. 3  He restores my soul.  He leads me in paths of righteousness for...

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Written by Carl Kerby
Wednesday, 20 September 2017 21:03

The 3 “Quests” for the Historical Jesus

The gospels give us the most detailed descriptions of Jesus’ life and ministry we have. They’re believed to have been written by eyewitnesses (or at least based on eyewitness accounts), and they all clearly claim that Jesus Christ is the son of God.

If you believe the gospels are...

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Written by ZA Blog
Wednesday, 20 September 2017 21:00

Exploring the Bible: A Bible Reading Plan for Kids

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A key component of every parent’s task is helping our children form good habits. A key component of every Christian parent’s task is helping our children form the good habit of personal devotions. We are convinced that our children are sinners in need of God’s saving grace, we are...

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Written by Tim Challies
Wednesday, 20 September 2017 21:00

A Brief Introduction to the Life and Ministry of John Calvin

September 21, 2017 by: Stephen J. Nichols

God Changes Calvin’s Plans

When we first meet John Calvin, we find him at the University of Paris, and he’s twelve years old. We sometimes make a big deal about the fact that he was a brilliant savant, but there was actually a law at the...

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Written by Stephen J. Nichols
Wednesday, 20 September 2017 21:00

7 Bad Reasons to Leave a Church

September 21, 2017 by: Brett McCrackenimage

Stop Scouring the Church “Market”

In our consumer society, where prevailing wisdom says we should be loyal to products or brands only insofar as our needs and tastes are satisfied, it can be easy for churchgoers to have a very low threshold...

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Written by Brett McCracken
Wednesday, 20 September 2017 20:37

Never Resist the Least Urge to Pray

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Prayer has always been a struggle for me, and I know I am not the only one. There’s a reason that books on prayer continue to flood our bookshelves. Very few of us pray as often and as earnestly as we would...

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Written by John Samson
Wednesday, 20 September 2017 20:07

A Poltergeist On Video

I recently had an email exchange with Stewart Lamont about his 1978 coverage of the Enfield Poltergeist for the BBC. His team captured some of the poltergeist phenomena on film, and that video is the only one to have done so that's extant and available to the general public. What I want to do in...

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Written by Jason Engwer
Wednesday, 20 September 2017 20:00

Throwback Thursday ~ Churchmanship 101: Funerals

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A few helpful hints about funerals and wakes for the bereaved, the attendees, and the churches who host them.

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Written by Michelle Lesley
Wednesday, 20 September 2017 20:00

Bad Sources

I'm sure you've seen this. Bob makes an argument to a group about how 2 + 2 = 4. Jim says, "Oh, yeah? Well, you know Bob divorced his wife last year, right?" So the idea is we're supposed to ignore Bob's argument because Bob's a bad person. It is a standard logical fallacy. In fact, it's one of the...

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Written by Winging It
Wednesday, 20 September 2017 20:00

Paul the Gospel Gladiator

Over the past two days, my wife and I have logged many miles over the cobblestone roads of Rome, Italy.  During our time in Rome, we have managed to hit all of the historic sites on our personal list—including the majestic Sistine Chapel that was in progress by Michelangelo when...

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Written by Josh Buice
Wednesday, 20 September 2017 20:00

Using Call Outs to Teach Spiritual Truths to Your Kids

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If you’re like me and you have young kids, you’re always on the lookout for effective ways to help them learn. My wife and I send our girls to Innova Academy, which is a Classical Christian School that follows the trivium approach to learning.

Trivium means “three ways” and...

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Written by Tim Barnett
Wednesday, 20 September 2017 19:49

Textual Stability and NT Studies

Claims by some that the earliest period of textual transmission of the Gospels was so “wild” that we cannot take extant early copies of the Gospels as a good representation of what the authors may have written are all belied in practice by NT scholars, including those who make such...

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Written by larryhurtado
Wednesday, 20 September 2017 19:49

A La Carte (September 21)

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Today’s Kindle deals include a quirky collection of this and that.

Nabeel Qureshi’s Memorial Service

A celebration of Nabeel Qureshi’s life and ministry will take place this Thursday, September 21, at 10:00 a.m. (CDT) at The Loop Campus of Houston’s First Baptist Church (7401...

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Written by Tim Challies
Wednesday, 20 September 2017 19:48

Thursday Picture Mixture: Baby elephant, Maria, Old postcards, beauty Featured

Photographer Finds Locations Of 1960s Postcards To See How They Look Today, And The Difference Is Unbelievable
Not long ago an old matchbook laying on photographer Pablo Iglesias Maurer's desk caught his eye. Or rather, it was the postcard-like picture on it, of a resort complex built in the 1960s....

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Written by The End Time
Wednesday, 20 September 2017 19:29

Review: Every Thought Captive by Richard Pratt Jr.

Someone was asking me about this book and I thought I had a review of this work on the blog but somehow I haven’t posted it!image

Richard Pratt. Every Thought Captive.  Phillipsburg, NJ: Presbyterian and Reformed Publishing, August 1st 1979. 142 pp.

4 out of 5

Purchase: Westmi...

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Written by SLIMJIM
Wednesday, 20 September 2017 19:18

Throwback - Repentance brings blessing Featured

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This essay was first published on The End Time in December 2011

I listened to a very good sermon on Sunday afternoon. Don Green is [was] the pastor of the Grace Life section of the Grace Community Church of John MacArthur. Green's preaching Sunday on the "The Call to...

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Written by The End Time
Wednesday, 20 September 2017 19:00

Finding Grace in the Face of Dementia: Review and a Giveaway

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Finding Grace in the Face of Dementia, John Dunlop MD, Crossway, 2017, 207 pages.Dementia is a word that can strike fear in our hearts. Over 6 million Americans have dementia, and that number is only going to increase. One-third of seniors will die from this disease. In the face of these grim...

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Written by Persis
Wednesday, 20 September 2017 19:00

If God’s a Worker, What Kind of Work Does He Do?

By his very nature, God is a worker. He has created all things and he sustains his creation. Because God works, this gives our work value. We are called to be his coworkers.

Beyond his work in creation, what kinds of work does God do today?

God Does Different Types of Work

Amy Sherman,...

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Written by Russell Gehrlein
Wednesday, 20 September 2017 19:00

Fear of God Devotional: The Word of God Guides Us to Repentance

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Is Scripture just as relevant today as it was during the Reformation?

Jason Dohm explains in this video that we need to learn is how critical loving Scripture is. Reading Scripture was not just for the 15th or 16th century but God’s Word has always and will always be applicable and true.

Reforma...

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Written by NCFIC Blog
Wednesday, 20 September 2017 19:00

Handling Abuse in the Church

Here's an excerpt from Handling Abuse in the Church, Brad Hambrick's contribution to the September issue of Tabletalk:

With respect to child abuse, your children’s ministry needs to have a safety policy that is published and enforced. Your church needs to have a policy in place for what will...

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Written by Nathan W. Bingham
Wednesday, 20 September 2017 18:30

Selected Essays on Jesus-Devotion

I’m pleased to have author’s copies of a volume of selected essays of mine:  Ancient Jewish Monotheism and Early Christian Jesus-Devotion:  The Context and Character of Christological Faith (Baylor University Press, 2017), the publisher’s online catalog entry here.

The 32...

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Written by larryhurtado
Wednesday, 20 September 2017 18:03

Tyndale in 200 words Featured

On Thursdays leading up to Reformation Sunday, we will run short biographies of eight key reformers. If you would like to reprint these in your church bulletin to help your congregation anticipate the 500th anniversary of the Reformation, go for it–no need to attribute it back to us; if you...

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Written by The Cripplegate
Wednesday, 20 September 2017 18:01

How to Evaluate and Record the Evidence As A Christian Case Maker (Cold Case Christianity Broadcast #96)

In this episode of the Cold-Case Christianity Broadcast, J. Warner continues to discuss the practices and principles of good investigations and applies these techniques to the Christian worldview. How do detectives investigate cases, and what can be learned from their approach to documenting...

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Written by jwallace
Wednesday, 20 September 2017 18:00

Wacky Conclusion from Tardigrade Research

September 21, 2017
Tardigrades, also known as water bears, are smaller than a millimeter, live in water, and can endure all kinds of harsh environments. A recent research project found that asteroid impacts and nearby supernovae and gamma-ray bursts would...

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Written by TBC Staff - EN
Wednesday, 20 September 2017 18:00

Nuggets from An Urgent Call to a Serious Faith—The Eternal Kingdom

September 21, 2017
When finally the Kingdom of God is realized it will be in a completely new universe to replace the present one which will have been destroyed by one great conflagration ( 2 Peter:3:10-13 [10] But the day of...

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Written by TBC Staff - CR
Wednesday, 20 September 2017 18:00

From Wanting to Be a Good Dad to Just Being Dad

I Never Knew My Father

My father died when I was two years old. I have no memories of him. As a result, I often have felt as though my entire life has been an attempt to fill the void that fatherlessness leaves in a man’s heart. Consequently, I have always wanted to be a good dad.

When I became...

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Written by Guest
Wednesday, 20 September 2017 18:00

Promised in Writing

“He that spared not his own Son, but delivered him up for us all, how shall he not with him also freely give us all things?” (Romans 8:32)

For those of us who have trusted God for salvation, based on the finished work of Christ on the cross, God has already done for us the most...

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Written by Days of Praise from ICR
Wednesday, 20 September 2017 17:54

The Challenge of Communication: Defining Terms

I often have to think about the challenge of communication, not only in our articles or public teaching but also in my day-to-day interaction with others. Sometimes when talking with someone, I get the distinct feeling that, although we may be using the same language, we somehow are not tracking...

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Written by Don and Joy Veinot
Wednesday, 20 September 2017 17:41

SRR #60 | Eschatology And The Danielic Imperative Part 5 Featured

Join Tim Shaughnessy and Tim Kauffman for the fifth episode in this exciting series in Eschatology. This week we continue in the book of Daniel as Tim Kauffman leads our discussion and challenges the historical understanding of chapter 11.

As always we want to thank Tim Kauffman and recommend his...

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Written by Tim Shaughnessy
Wednesday, 20 September 2017 17:04

It’s Time to Call Their Bluff Featured

Here is a basic truth you can count on: in the culture wars, the other side will constantly throw at you all sorts of wild accusations, fake news, and reckless charges. Very little of it has any substance or credibility. Overwhelmingly they are just bluffing.

They simply make stuff up as they go...

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Written by Bill Muehlenberg
Wednesday, 20 September 2017 17:03

2017 Central Regional Fellowship

imageFaith Baptist Church in Manhattan, Kansas is pleased to invite you to the next FBFI Central Regional Fellowship. The theme this year is “Let Us Not Be Weary in Well Doing.” We have a very good line up of speakers.

Central Regional Fellowship

The conference schedule will be as follows:

MONDA...

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Written by Proclaim and Defend
Wednesday, 20 September 2017 17:00

Theology Thursday - Slavery and the Bible (ca. 1850)

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The following essay appeared in the September 1850 issue of DeBow’s Review,​ which was one of the most important antebellum journals in the South. It appeared just as Congress was debating and passing what became known as “the Compromise of 1850.” The author is anonymous,...

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Written by TylerR
Wednesday, 20 September 2017 16:00

Can TED talks teach us how to preach?

Have something valuable to say, and say it authentically in your own way.

Having started listening to the audiobook of TED Talks: The Official TED Guide to Public SpeakingI not only answer “Yes, we can,” to that question, but “Yes, we must.”

I’ve only listened to...

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Written by David Murray
Wednesday, 20 September 2017 16:00

The Rapture of the Church: A Premillennial Issue

Editor’s Note: Dr. Ron J. Bigalke is the author of the brand new book, When? The Biblical Timing for Prophetic Fulfillment, from Dispensational Publishing House. The book is now available for presale, and it has the potential to become a go-to resource for years to come in the realm of...

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Written by admin
Wednesday, 20 September 2017 15:15

Career Idolators (And What to Do About Our Jealousy)

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One of the most famous lines in Christian history is Martin Luther’s,“When our Lord and Master Jesus Christ said ‘Repent,’ he intended that the entire life of believers should be repentance.” Church leaders do well to take this to heart. It is for us as much as...

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Written by Sean Nolan
Wednesday, 20 September 2017 15:10

An Old Church Building and a Reminder of Grace

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There are reminders of God's lavish grace all around us. That is, if we're willing to look. As a pastor, ironically, I sometimes forget to preach the gospel to myself. While I preach the gospel to others weekly, I forget to preach it to myself more than I care to admit. This is why any opportunity...

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Written by K.V. Paxton
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