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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Monday, 16 October 2017 01:38

Revealing Quotes by Influential Contemplatives

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Lighthouse Trails has put together quotes by influential contemplatives. Some on the list may surprise you. For example, Rick Warren advocates contemplative prayer in his best-selling book Purpose Driven Life. Many of you will be surprised to learn who made this comment: [I]f we...

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Written by Marsha West
Monday, 16 October 2017 01:27

The “Broken” Evangelical Buzzword (Wells)

image I recently finished reading a very popular evangelical Christian book.  It wasn’t too bad, but when I finished reading it struck me that the author used the terms “broken” or “brokenness” way too much.  After doing a word search on my Kindle, I found that...

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Written by Reformed Reader
Monday, 16 October 2017 01:16

Is The Lid About To Come Off?

The last week has seen a progressively deepening crisis in Hollywood on both sides of the Atlantic. Celebrities, stars and Oscar Nominations Committees have disowned Harvey Weinstein with an air of disbelief and disgust. Prosecutions may follow for this most successful producer.

Now, today, on the...

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Written by Andrew Kerr
Monday, 16 October 2017 01:14

Sufficient for Its Day

A friend wrote of having a "winter soul" yesterday and I commented there are some who struggle with SAD (Seasonal Affective Disorder) up north from the spate of gray and shortened days, while I struggle with it down south in the minute variation between seasons. But today it was cold enough for me...

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Written by Lore Wilbert
Monday, 16 October 2017 01:12

Office Hours: What Happened To The Reformation? (Part 2)

It is October 2017. 500 years ago this month Martin Luther wrote 95 theses against the abuse of indulgences in the Western church. We have traced the Reformation to this date for a long time but as you and I have discussed . . . Continue reading →

Authors: R. Scott Clark...

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Written by R. Scott Clark
Monday, 16 October 2017 01:02

ARTMYN's Digital Presentation of Papyrus 66

imagePapyrus 66 (text shown:  John 1:48-2:3).This seems so old-fashioned now.

I hope to soon present a post about Papyrus 64 and Papyrus 67, but in the course of looking into those fragments, I found an outstanding resource on a much more substantial...

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Written by James Snapp
Monday, 16 October 2017 00:56

500 years later: a couple theses on Reformed preaching and worship…

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I’ve been told John MacArthur doesn’t believe in preaching. As it’s been said to me, he denies the preacher is to work to convict the souls under his watchcare of sin and righteousness and judgement. He claims that’s the Holy Spirit’s work and the pastor should just...

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Written by Tim Bayly
Monday, 16 October 2017 00:01

95 Affirmations for Gospel-Centered Counseling

Luther’s 95 Theses for Salvation and the Biblical Counseling Coalition’s 95 Affirmations for Sanctification 

On October 31, 1517, Martin Luther nailed his now famous 95 Theses to the door of the All Saints’ Church in Wittenberg, Germany. In doing so, Luther was launching...

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Written by Bob
Sunday, 15 October 2017 23:27

Will (should) tax reform reform the clergy housing allowance?

Guarranteed to stir the clergy masses into paroxisms of righteous indignation would be if congress, as a part of a comprehensive tax reform, attempted to make changes to our Sacred Clergy Tax Break, the minister’s housing allowance.

It’s a little early to speculate but, as pundits are...

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Written by William Thornton
Sunday, 15 October 2017 23:00

Is Christianity a crutch?

I have lost count of how many times I have heard that Christianity is a crutch for weak-minded people who cannot make it in life without faith. That may be, but we are not the only ones who need to lean on something. Do you know how many people use alcohol and drugs as a “crutch” to get...

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Written by The Daily Evidence
Sunday, 15 October 2017 22:39

Here’s My Answer to One of the Most Common Questions I Get about My Books

“What’s the difference between Canon Revisited and The Question of Canon?”

When it comes to my books, this is one of the most common questions I get.  I have answered it so many times over the last few years, that I thought it might make a useful blog post.

While both these...

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Written by Michael Kruger
Sunday, 15 October 2017 22:35

Celebrating 175 Years

Yesterday we gathered for a special day of worship and fellowship with our church as we celebrated the 175th anniversary of our church.  Often when I travel, people ask about our church.  When I tell them the name, they hear it and automatically think I’m saying “Praise...

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Written by Josh Buice
Sunday, 15 October 2017 22:29

Why are We Here as Christians?

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The first century Christian Church was well aware of why they were still in this world. They believed that the return of Jesus Christ was imminent and that it was their responsibility to share the gospel with as many as possible in the hopes they would repent and accept forgiveness and salvation...

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Written by comments@standupforthetruth.com
Sunday, 15 October 2017 22:25

LIGHTHOUSE TRAILS ANNOUNCES NEW BOOK RELEASE – SIMPLE ANSWERS BY RAY YUNGEN

LIGHTHOUSE TRAILS ANNOUNCES NEW BOOK RELEASE – SIMPLE ANSWERS BY RAY YUNGEN

Lighthouse Trails Publishing is pleased to announce the release of Ray Yungen’s new book, Simple Answers: Understanding the Catholic Faith (An Evangelical Primer). Ray Yungen was the pioneering author who helped...

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Written by Lighthouse Trails Editors
Sunday, 15 October 2017 22:19

“After Yoga, Meditation Breaks Into the Mainstream”

“After Yoga, Meditation Breaks Into the Mainstream”

LTRP Note: The following news story is posted for informational and research purposes and not as an endorsement of the content (but rather as a warning): By Catherine Triomphe Agence France Presse (from the Daily Star) NEW YORK: It is 5...

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Written by Lighthouse Trails author
Sunday, 15 October 2017 22:16

Grace for Holiness

Grace propels us toward holiness. It does not lessen its pursuit. According to Titus 2:11–13, this empowering grace compels us to live godly while we look for His coming: “For the grace of God has appeared, bringing salvation to all men, instructing us to deny ungodliness and worldly...

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Written by Paul Tautges
Sunday, 15 October 2017 22:00

Is Instrumental Music a Circumstance of Worship?

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This excerpt assumes the reader is familiar with the Regulative Principle of Worship and the difference between elements of worship and circumstances of worship. See here for a brief introduction: What is the Regulative Principle of Worship?

John L. Girardeau, Instrumental Music in the Public...

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Written by Paul J. Barth
Sunday, 15 October 2017 22:00

David Barton and the History of Basketball Featured

Oral Roberts University had a very good men’s basketball team in 1972.  According to Wikipedia, the Oral Roberts Golden Eagles led the nation in scoring that year, averaging 105.1 points per game.  That’s no small feat for any college, especially a private religious institution...

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Written by Seth Dunn
Sunday, 15 October 2017 21:52

The Bible: Intentionally Misunderstood (Radio Transcript)

Steve Cable examines the faulty reasoning and interpretation of the Bible in Kurt Eichenwald’s Newsweek article “The Bible: So Misunderstood It’s a Sin.”

Dissecting the Bible by Focusing on Nits

Recently, New Testament scholar, Dr. Daniel Wallace, addressing our strong...

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Written by Steve Cable
Sunday, 15 October 2017 21:11

Vlog: 7 False Teachers in the Church Today

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Wherever there is truth there will be error. Wherever there are people teaching sound doctrine there will be people teaching false doctrine. Here, in video format, are 7 false teachers in the church today. Here it is for both YouTube and Facebook.

(For those wondering, the nerve syndrome that has...

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Written by Tim Challies
Sunday, 15 October 2017 21:10

A “Yes” and a “No” to the Most Important Religious Book of the Year

Rod Dreher’s The Benedict Option is the bestselling and most discussed religious book of the past year. In it Dreher argues that the past few decades in American life have revealed the extent to which Bible-believing Christians have been decentered socially, culturally, and...

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Written by Bruce Ashford
Sunday, 15 October 2017 20:00

Pope Francis on the Development of Doctrine

On October 11, Pope Francis addressed a conference sponsored by the Pontifical Council for the Promotion of the New Evangelization celebrating the twenty-fifth anniversary of John Paul II’s Catechism of the Catholic Church . In his remarks , Francis indicated a desire to revise the...

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Sunday, 15 October 2017 20:00

The Mailbag: Potpourri (NBCS, Homeschool resources, Piper…)

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Sharing false teachers on social media, National Back to Church Sunday, Homeschooling resources, John Piper, Easy-reader Bibles

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Written by Michelle Lesley
Sunday, 15 October 2017 20:00

Good Company

What do they say about us today, those of us who read our Bibles as they did in former days as if it is the sufficient, reliable, authoritative Word of God? How do they refer to us who are serious about following Christ? They have lots of terms. They say we're crazy. They say we're obstinate. They...

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Written by Winging It
Sunday, 15 October 2017 20:00

Doing What's Right Because It's Right

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I left off last week with a question that has frustrated many people for millennia. How do we ensure that people are responsible with the freedom that they inherently have as human beings? People can do a lot of things, but not everything is good to do.

Of course, legislation is a popular way to try...

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Written by Zak Schmoll
Sunday, 15 October 2017 20:00

Are We Morally Free Creatures? (Video)

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Greg defines freedom from a biblical worldview and highlights our level of freedom as fallen creatures. 

Authors: Greg Koukl...

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Written by Greg Koukl
Sunday, 15 October 2017 19:47

Suffering Sin Pt.1 | NY Minute

Authors: Anthony Uvenio...

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Written by Anthony Uvenio
Sunday, 15 October 2017 19:37

A La Carte (October 16)

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Today’s Kindle deals include several volumes of the excellent Preaching the Word commentary series.

A Lost Diamond

“My dear wife of 53 years still wears her engagement ring continually, night and day. It was not an expensive ring, but the years had made it very precious to us both. A few...

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Written by Tim Challies
Sunday, 15 October 2017 19:02

Christians and the Movies

Don Johnson

You can’t escape the media these days, which means almost everyone knows of their latest obsessions within a few hours of their formation. The last week or so, one story crowded out the regular obsessions. You can hardly go to a site on the web that isn’t offering some kind...

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Written by Don Johnson
Sunday, 15 October 2017 19:00

Call to Ministry, Call to Business: It’s All Godly Work

Growing up in rural Florida in the early 60s, our television had only three channels and two of them didn’t come in very well. But every Sunday night we watched the Ed Sullivan show.

Today, when I hear someone mention multitasking, I always think of the guy on Ed Sullivan who spun the plates....

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Written by Hugh Whelchel
Sunday, 15 October 2017 19:00

Fear of God Devotional: The Importance of Humility and Repentance

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How are humility and repentance related?

Carlton McLeod explains in this video that humility is naturally coupled with repentance. Humility involves a contrite heart, a recognition of sin, and an understanding that we are the created not the Creator. It is a realization that we are helpless without...

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Written by NCFIC Blog
Sunday, 15 October 2017 19:00

Council of Google Plus: PSA the Piper Permutation Featured

Authors: John Wilkinson

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Written by John Wilkinson
Sunday, 15 October 2017 19:00

Four Implications of Martin Luther’s Theology

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What do the sovereignty of God, salvation by grace, justification by faith, and new life in union with Christ mean for the living of the Christian life? For Martin Luther, they carry four implications:

The first implication is the knowledge that the Christian believer is simul iustus et peccator, at...

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Written by Sinclair B. Ferguson
Sunday, 15 October 2017 18:07

50 Alleged Bible Contradiction Refuted

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As of last week we have refuted fifty alleged Bible contradiction.  Lord willing I would be writing more of these kinds of posts.  Eventually when I have more written I’m going to have to get them organized under a Scriptural Index to make them more accessible.  Below are...

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Written by SLIMJIM
Sunday, 15 October 2017 18:02

The Evidence Still Demands a Verdict

image If you’re interested in apologetics (or “Christian Case Making,” as I like to call it), you probably own a copy of Josh McDowell’s classic work, Evidence That Demands a Verdict.Did you know that there is a brand-new edition of this great resource? My good friend, Sean...

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Written by jwallace
Sunday, 15 October 2017 18:00

Australian Psychologists Push Teaching Gay Marriage Support and Gender Transition for Young Kids

October 16, 2017
A group of psychologists in Australia have released a guide urging parents and teachers to be supportive of children questioning their gender identity and to back gay marriage. Opposing...

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Written by TBC Staff - EN
Sunday, 15 October 2017 18:00

Was Jesus Married to Mary Magdalene? Revisiting a Stubborn Conspiracy Theory

When I was a kid, I always used to enjoy the “whack a mole” game at the local arcade (yes, we had to go to an “arcade” to play games).  You had to be quick to win that game.  Each time you hit a mole, another would pop up, taking its place.

Of course, that is...

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Written by Guest
Sunday, 15 October 2017 18:00

Matthew 2:15 and the Hexapla

We all know Matthew's citation of Hosea 11:1 in Matthew 2:15, 'Out of Egypt I called my son' ἐξ Αἰγύπτου ἐκάλεσα τὸν υἱόν μου.The exact form of...

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Written by Dirk Jongkind
Sunday, 15 October 2017 18:00

One for All, or All for Naught? Limited Atonement – TULIP Part 3 Featured

The next installment of our Reformation Month TULIP series on Calvinism is the big L. If you missed the previous installments – you can see Total Depravity here and Unconditional Election here.

This is the boogieman doctrine of Limited Atonement. What is the...

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Written by Clint Archer
Sunday, 15 October 2017 18:00

The Invitations of Christ

“He saith unto them, Come and see. They came and saw where he dwelt, and abode with him that day: for it was about the tenth hour.” (John 1:39)

This is the first of the gracious invitations of the Lord Jesus to “come” to Him. On this occasion, right after His baptism by...

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Written by Days of Praise from ICR
Sunday, 15 October 2017 18:00

Frequently Abused Verses: What Is The Unpardonable Sin? (Matthew 12:22-32) Featured

Four years ago this week, John MacArthur and the other speakers at the Strange Fire conference delivered a comprehensive critique of the charismatic church, exposing the blasphemous abuses of the Holy Spirit and God’s Word that pervade the movement. The response to the conference was...

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Written by Grace to You Blog
Sunday, 15 October 2017 17:02

NARpostle David Cartledge talks about Latter Rain; rewrites Pentecostalism.

The Australian Assemblies of God ceased to be Pentecostal back in 1977 when the ‘Apostles and Prophets’ of the New Apostolic Reformation (NAR) cult performed a coup d’état on the AOG back in 1977 – with Apostle David Yonggi Cho leading the assault...

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Written by churchwatcher
Sunday, 15 October 2017 17:01

New Lighthouse Trails Book Release: Simple Answers by Ray Yungen

Lighthouse Trails Publishing is pleased to announce the release of Ray Yungen’s new book, Simple Answers: Understanding the Catholic Faith (An Evangelical Primer). Ray Yungen was the pioneering author who helped launch Lighthouse Trails nearly 16 years ago. His cutting-edge book A Time of...

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Written by admin
Sunday, 15 October 2017 17:00

From Atheism to Christianity: A Homicide Detective's Journey With J. Warner Wallace--Alisa Childers Podcast #10

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Ever since I read Cold Case Christianity, by J. Warner Wallace, I've been fascinated by his story. As a committed atheist and Los Angeles cold case homicide detective, Jim realized he had never examined the evidence for Christianity with the same techniques he...

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Written by Alisa Childers - Blog
Sunday, 15 October 2017 17:00

How Should We Approach Debt?

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One hundred years ago, debt was regarded as an earned privilege for the few. Now it’s seen as an inalienable right for all. Borrowing has become an integral part of our lives.

Why do I receive mailings telling me that $5,000 or $10,000 or $20,000 has already been approved for me and to receive...

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Written by Randy Alcorn
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