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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Tuesday, 19 June 2018 00:06

The Noble New Hampshire Confession Featured

Every  confession of faith has its own historic context and yields a more accurate understanding when its words are seen in light of that context. This rather obvious truism, however, is particularly relevant to understanding the New Hampshire Confession of Faith.Given the normative status of...

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Written by Tom Nettles
Tuesday, 19 June 2018 00:05

Bad fruit is bad Featured

Yesterday I wrote about the wind, meaning, the Spirit, blowing where it will. I wrote of how we can't see the wind at the time but we can see its effects. One of the effects of the wind's (Spirit's) effect is fruit. The changed heart will be producing good fruit. A bad heart produces only bad...

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Written by The End Time
Tuesday, 19 June 2018 00:03

He also glorified

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Preaching on Romans 8:30 last Sunday, I've been thinking about what it means for believers to be glorified. Glorification does not mean that that our humanity will be absorbed into the divine. That would not be the redemption of man, but his obliteration. Rather, in glorification we shall become...

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Written by Guy Davies
Tuesday, 19 June 2018 00:00

An Able Ally in an Ever-Changing Culture

While the debate over whether the United States of America was founded as a Christian nation has good arguments on both sides, the fact that many original settlers came to America to escape a tyrannical state’s intrusion into their religious life and practice is unquestionable.

Religious...

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Written by CBMW
Tuesday, 19 June 2018 00:00

Scott Klusendorf discusses abortion and euthanasia at the Summit Forum

imageScott Klusendorf, President of the Life Training Institute

Here’s the video, featuring my favorite pro-life speakers Scott Klusendorf. Scott is the founder and President of the Life Training Institute. LTI’s mission is to make a rigorous, rational defense for pro-life positions with...

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Written by Wintery Knight
Monday, 18 June 2018 23:52

Whoever Has the Son Has Life

1 John 5:11-12, “11 And this is the testimony, that God gave us eternal life, and this life is in his Son. 12 Whoever has the Son has life; whoever does not have the Son of God does not have life.”

From even the most basic reading of the Gospels, it’s clear that Jesus...

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Written by Dave Jenkins
Monday, 18 June 2018 23:45

Lessons From a Transformed Tax Collector

Christian novelist Frederick Buechner observes that, in God’s choices in the Bible, the exception seems to be the rule. He says:

“Who could have predicted that God would choose not Esau, the honest and reliable, but Jacob, the trickster and heel, that He would put the finger on Noah, who...

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Written by Justin Huffman
Monday, 18 June 2018 23:30

Take Your Bible, Not Politics, Into The Pulpit

Recently, I was invited to a meeting with area pastors about a serious issue that our school board was facing. An organization was suing our school board for various acts of religious expression that they felt violated the separation of church and state. It had made national news. Suddenly, so many...

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Written by Brad Jurkovich
Monday, 18 June 2018 23:30

Ten Bible books that you can read in less than 90 minutes

In the first post in this series, I mentioned the change that reading whole books of the Bible in one sitting made for my understanding of the Bible. In the second post, I mentioned thirty-three books of the Bible that can be read in thirty minutes or less as a starting point for this discipline....

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Written by Joseph C. Harrod
Monday, 18 June 2018 23:03

Praying Through the Scriptures: Judges 2; Acts 6 (Chad Van Dixhoorn)

Over the years it has been my practice, learned from others, to offer up praises and petitions framed by a passage of Scripture. Some of these passages were read in preparation for preaching, others offered material for meditation in daily devotion; still others were plundered specifically for the...

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Written by Reformation21 Blog
Monday, 18 June 2018 23:00

A Brownie box.

One marvels at the incredible intricacies of the human eye, but man’s eye is but a Brownie box camera compared to the incredible eye of the eagle. When we think we have caught a glimpse of the genius of God, He outdoes our estimation of His greatness. Yet, in this creation we have not begun...

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Written by The Daily Evidence
Monday, 18 June 2018 23:00

And So She Wrote a Letter to Mablog Instead

Goldbergian Thoughts

On Goldberg: Not surprisingly, this is perhaps one of the more engaging and edge-of-the-seat kind of reading I’ve ever laid eyes upon. Throughout your critique, I see your love and respect for the man while taking him—kindly—behind the woodshed, not for a...

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Written by Douglas Wilson
Monday, 18 June 2018 22:28

Two Ears, Only One Mouth

imageWhy did God give us two ears but only one mouth? Perhaps to show us we should listen twice as much as we should speak. It is certainly much easier to get in trouble or look foolish when we speak instead of listening. And it is almost impossible to hear and understand others when we ourselves are...

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Written by comments@standupforthetruth.com
Monday, 18 June 2018 22:00

Al Mohler is wrong on Immagration | Daily Update for June 19. 2018 Featured

Pulpit & Pen Daily Update for June 19, 2018
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Written by social element
Monday, 18 June 2018 21:50

New Introduction by Anderson and Widder: Textual Criticism of the Bible

imageA new introduction, Textual Criticism of the Bible: Revised Edition (Lexham Methods Series) is in the pipeline. The first edition of this introduction was authored by Wendy Widder in 2014. Widden, who is more a specialist on the Hebrew Bible and language, has now been joined by our own co-blogger...

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Written by Tommy Wasserman
Monday, 18 June 2018 21:33

Why the Best Missions Sermon Is All About God’s Sovereignty

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David Platt’s sermon at the 2012 T4G conference is one of the most powerful calls to the nations in the last twenty years. What made it so compelling? The title of the sermon says it all: “Divine Sovereignty: The Fuel of Death-Defying Missions.” It’s the next entry in the...

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Written by Tim Challies
Monday, 18 June 2018 21:00

The Church’s Central Role in the Coming of the Kingdom of God

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The Kingdom of God Is Manifested in This Present Age

There is an old hymn that begins,

I love thy kingdom Lord, the house of thine abode, the church our blessed Redeemer saved with his own precious blood!

It’s pretty common seminary...

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Written by Greg Gilbert, Kevin DeYoung
Monday, 18 June 2018 20:17

A Pastor's Reflections: Taking Notes

One of the biggest weekly challenges I face is getting my children to pay attention in church. My kids are probably no worse than any other. And, let me be clear, they are generally very well behaved in church.

Authors: Valiant for Truth Blog...

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Written by Valiant for Truth Blog
Monday, 18 June 2018 20:00

“Daddy, Why Do You Write in Your Bible?” The Value of Making Marginal Notes

My son’s eyes widened as he looked at the black squiggles in the margins of my Bible. His question was sincere. After all, when you’re six years old, and you’ve been taught not to scribble in the Bible, it can be...

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Written by Jonathan Threlfall
Monday, 18 June 2018 20:00

Evangelism Encouragement

imageIf you’ve presented the gospel, you’ve successfully been faithful to what God has called you to do.

Authors: Michelle Lesley...

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Written by Michelle Lesley
Monday, 18 June 2018 20:00

Ted Wright on Jesus Mythicism

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"Ever since I’ve heard about Jesus mythicists, the question I’ve always wanted to ask them is: 'What are you smoking?!'  Furthermore, I frankly wonder why anyone takes them seriously.  If history is at all knowable, with any degree of certainty, then the New Testament is one...

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Written by Chad
Monday, 18 June 2018 20:00

Rights Conferred

When America started, the founders believed that the Creator conferred human rights. They weren't granted by the government or the individual. It was much higher than that. After the Civil War, the nation approved the position that all persons had equal protection under the law, regardless of sex...

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Written by Winging It
Monday, 18 June 2018 20:00

A La Carte (June 19)

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I wasn’t able to track down any compelling Kindle deals today. We’ll try again tomorrow.

(Yesterday on the blog: Not Worrying ≠ Not Caring)

8 Habits of the Excellent Bible Teacher

Here’s one for the Bible teachers. “I’ve learned that becoming excellent at...

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Written by Tim Challies
Monday, 18 June 2018 20:00

A Parent’s Guide to the 5 Skeptics Who Want to Shame Your Kids for Being Christian

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Having blogged for over six years now, I’ve received hundreds (and hundreds) of comments and emails from skeptics of Christianity. Once in a while, I receive one from a pleasant non-believer who is truly interested in discussing evidence, asking reasonable questions, and engaging in...

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Written by Natasha Crain
Monday, 18 June 2018 19:00

Does Jubilee Require the Redistribution of Wealth or Land?

This week, we’re continuing a series on the biblical concept of Jubilee—its context, its definition, and what it means for us as Christians as we seek to honor God with how we engage our culture and its economy.

In part one, we explored the assumption that Jubilee means forgiveness of...

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Written by Dr. Art Lindsley
Monday, 18 June 2018 19:00

The Need for Clarity on Complementarianism

Years ago, the evangelical world was abuzz with controversy over inerrancy. This was especially true within the Southern Baptist Convention. You could ask two different people if they believed in the inerrancy of Scripture, and while both answered “yes”—both of them when pressed...

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Written by Josh Buice
Monday, 18 June 2018 19:00

Sneak Peek Interview: Rebecca Stark

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I always like to know a little something about an author before I sit down and open up his or her book. Today, I have the pleasure of sharing an interview with Rebecca Stark, author of The Good Portion: God.This book is the second in a new series from Christian Focus (the first was from K...

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Written by Melissa Kruger
Monday, 18 June 2018 19:00

In but Not of the World

Here's an excerpt from In but Not of the World, Mez McConnell's contribution to the June issue of Tabletalk:

We are probably one of the most connected generations of all time. We can speak to people across the globe on our phones. We can e-mail them, FaceTime them, text-message them. We live in...

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Written by Nathan W. Bingham
Monday, 18 June 2018 18:51

Could the Resurrection Have Been a Hallucination? (Video)

J. Warner Wallace answers questions about Christianity in his “Think Like a Detective” series on RightNow Media, the “Netflix of Christian Bible Studies”. In this video, J. Warner discusses one possible way of explaining the Resurrection of Jesus. Is it possible the...

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Written by jwallace
Monday, 18 June 2018 18:38

The Eye of Faith Sees the Provision of Our Father

 

     What, then, shall we say in response to these things? If God is for us, who can be against us? Rom. 8:31 (NIV)

 “Don’t be afraid!” Elisha told him. “For there are more on our side than on theirs!” Then Elisha prayed,...

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Written by Scotty Smith
Monday, 18 June 2018 18:05

Deut. 24; Psalms 114-115; Isaiah 51; Revelation 21

Deuteronomy 24; Psalms 114-115; Isaiah 51; Revelation 21

IT IS STRIKING HOW THE Mosaic Law provides for the poor.

Consider Deuteronomy 24. Here God forbids taking a pair of millstones, or “even the upper one”(i.e., the more movable one), as security for a debt (Deut. 24:6). It would be...

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Written by Don Carson
Monday, 18 June 2018 18:05

United by “Victim Status”. Where does your “victim status” rank?

imageIn this approximately four-minute video, Ben Shapiro shines the light on “the multiple avenues through which racial and gender expression are experienced”, and how various victim statuses now work together under the umbrella of “intersectionality”, to enhance the political...

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Written by John Bugay
Monday, 18 June 2018 18:00

Not In Your Own Strength

June 19, 2018
Do not strive in your own strength; cast yourself at the feet of the Lord Jesus, and wait upon Him in the sure confidence that He is with you, and works in you. Strive in prayer; let faith fill your heart—so will you be strong in the Lord, and in...Read...

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Written by TBC Staff - EN
Monday, 18 June 2018 18:00

Nuggets from Countdown to the Second Coming—The Ultimate Hope (Part 2)

June 19, 2018
One does not look for someone who cannot possibly appear for months, much less for years. If the Rapture could not occur until after the Antichrist had first appeared, or until the end of the Great Tribulation,...

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Written by TBC Staff - CR
Monday, 18 June 2018 18:00

Book Review: Cambridge Companion to Reformed Theology

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Paul T. Nimmo and David A. F. Fergusson, The Cambridge Companion to Reformed Theology (New York: Cambridge University Press, 2016). 345pp. Paperback.
 
What is Reformed Theology? This is a valid and important question. Answering it may be more difficult than appears at first. Unlike Lutheran...

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Written by Meet the Puritans
Monday, 18 June 2018 17:03

“Sorrowful yet Always Rejoicing”

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I don’t like sorrow. You might respond, “Of course, who does?” I mean, I really don’t like sorrow. My natural instinct is to flush it out as quickly and aggressively as possible. I don’t want to think about what is wrong, and I especially don’t want to talk about...

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Written by Kit Johnson
Monday, 18 June 2018 16:45

#28 | Mat Time | BJJ Addiction | 5 Qualities of Good Instructors | Angels Demons Featured

Articles covered in this episode of GWT are linked below:

Mat Time

BJJ Addiction

5 Qualities of Good Instructors

We also continued on to Chapter 6 of Christian Beliefs discussing Angels, Demons and Satan.

Finally, we closed out with Questions from the Dojo.

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Written by Len Pettis
Monday, 18 June 2018 15:24

Families Separated at the Border—Genesis 12 and Romans 13

This post is in response to U.S. attorney general Jeff Sessions citing Romans 13:1-7 with respect to taking children from their parents at the border.

To be fair, the larger context of his statement is that nations need to be able to legally protect their borders. But the larger, largercontext is...

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Written by Craig Keener
Monday, 18 June 2018 15:11

Trump, Borders, and Separating Children From Parents Featured

It is normally a good thing to keep children with their parents. But not all times are normal. When parents are abusing their children, it is usually best to separate them. When a parent commits a crime and is sent to prison, then they are separated from their children, whether we like it or not.

Tha...

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Written by Bill Muehlenberg
Monday, 18 June 2018 15:10

Spurgeon for Plumbers

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They read from the book, from the law of God, translating to give the sense so that they understood the reading.—Nehemiah 8:8

“Muddy water is no sign the spring is deep.”—W.T. Conner

Education was not highly valued in rural Cooke County, Texas, in 1970. To make matters worse,...

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Written by Steve Bezner
Monday, 18 June 2018 15:10

How Far Does God's Grace Go?

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Now the tax collectors and sinners were all drawing near to hear him. 2 And the Pharisees and the scribes grumbled, saying, “This man receives sinners and eats with them.” 3 So he told them this parable: 4 “What man of you, having a hundred sheep, if...

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Written by David McLemore
Monday, 18 June 2018 15:05

June 19: Westminster the 1903 Amendments

According to this account by Dr. J. Oliver Buswell, Jr., there was apparently some confusion during the Second General Assembly of the Orthodox Presbyterian Church[nee Presbyterian Church of America], over the matter of how exactly to dispose of the1903 PCUSA amendments to the Westminster...

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Written by Wayne Sparkman
Monday, 18 June 2018 15:05

The Wrath of God and the Gospel

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Preachers today often complain that the concept of sin is so foreign to today’s postmodern mind that it seems nearly impossible to get across. Indeed. But if this is so (perhaps we should say, because this is so), the concept of divine wrath is still more difficult.

How...

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Written by Fred Zaspel
Monday, 18 June 2018 15:00

Video: "A Call to Battle" by Alistair Begg

At the end of his letter to the Ephesians, Paul called his readers to arms against the devil. This conclusion isn’t an afterthought, but the logical consequence of God’s purposes worked out among His people. Alistair Begg addresses the reality that Satan is a personal and powerful being...

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Written by TFL
Monday, 18 June 2018 15:00

NT Prophecy and Tongues Today? An Introduction

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Perhaps one of the most debated topics among modern Christians is the subject of New Testament (NT) prophecy and tongues. Many believers in our day are raising the question, “Are the New Testament gifts of prophecy and tongues still for today?” This isn’t just a modern question....

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Written by Bob Gonzales
Monday, 18 June 2018 14:10

“Every Last Word” – A Scripture Songs Project Unlike Any Other

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I’ve been enjoying the newest songs from Matt Papa and Ross King, Every Last Word: A Scripture Songs Project. They’re doing something unique here. Every month, they release a new song that puts a longer passage of Scripture (word for word, in the CSB translation) to music....

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Written by Trevin Wax
Monday, 18 June 2018 13:33

Is It Our Job or God’s Job? Both Actually Featured

As always, there can be some rather fuzzy thinking on how the Christian is meant to operate in this world. We must avoid various extremes here. Some Christians more or less expect us to just act and think like the world, without any supernatural help and any of the Spirit’s enabling. They are...

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Written by Bill Muehlenberg
Monday, 18 June 2018 13:28

The Bible Train (Family Worship) 6.18-6.24

This week, the Bible Train visits three of the prophets, Hosea, Amos, and Jonah. We will see God’s concern for Nineveh, the capital of the Assyrian Empire and we will see His concern for the faithfulness of Israel, His Covenant People.   Monday Jonah 1:1-2:10 Tuesday Jonah 3:1-4:11...

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Written by Matt Sherro
Monday, 18 June 2018 13:01

Microaggressions... or Speck-Plucking? Featured

imageby Hohn Chon my pre-Christian life, I was a political leftist who considered identity politics to be the pathway to a more enlightened future. I was deeply invested in what I like to call a "race-centric" view of the world, so much so that I would bristle and correct anyone who dared to use the...

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Written by Phil Johnson
Monday, 18 June 2018 11:48

Alleged Bible Contradiction 1: The color of Jesus’ Robe

image***DISCLAIMER***The following is far from an exhaustive answer to this alleged Bible contradiction. It is simply an answer nonetheless.

Recently, someone asked me about an alleged Bible contradiction between Matthew 27:27-28 and John 19:2. Below is the question followed by my response. Because the...

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Written by C.T. Adams
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