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, 15 July 2019 00:10

Robert Cara- The Doctrine of Justification for Christian Life and Ministry

On today’s Equipping You in Grace, Dave Jenkins and Dr. Robert Cara have a wide-ranging discussion on justification from the Bible and church history, and how justification relates to the Christian life and ministry, along with The Doctrine on Which the Church Stands Or Falls: Justification...

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Written by Dave Jenkins
Monday, 15 July 2019 00:08

There is no death of sin without the death of Christ

image“Unless a man be a believer,–that is, one that is truly ingrafted into Christ,–he can never mortify any one sin… Seneca, Tully, Epictetus; what affectionate discourses they have of contempt of the world and self, of regulating and conquering all exorbitant affections and...

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Written by Denny Burk
Monday, 15 July 2019 00:02

The Challenges Geisler Leaves Behind

By: Brian G. Chilton | July 15, 2019

The world lost a tremendous voice in Christian apologetics on July 1, 2019. Norman Geisler, a prolific writer, teacher, and seminary founder, died at the age of 86. Norman Geisler has been an influential apologist for decades. Geisler earned his PhD in Philosophy...

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Written by Brian Chilton
Monday, 15 July 2019 00:00

What Is a Good Source for Learning Bible Study Methodology?

How should we study the Bible? Is there a particular method we should use? From one of our live Ask Ligonier events, W. Robert Godfrey explains what’s at the heart of our Bible study.

To get real-time answers to your biblical and theological questions, just Ask.Ligonier.org.

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Written by Nathan W. Bingham
Monday, 15 July 2019 00:00

Is the Big Bang cosmology a theistic or atheistic theory of cosmic origins?

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Dr. Michael Strauss is a practicing particle physics employed as a professor at University of Oklahoma. He does research in particle physics at CERN, a large hadron collider. It’s safe to assume that he knows something about experimental physics.

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Written by Wintery Knight
Sunday, 14 July 2019 23:40

Social Media: On Muting and Blocking Featured

By Elizabeth PrataI grew up without the internet and social media. I roamed the neighborhood at will. I explored ponds, creeks, and woods. I built forts out of sticks and branches, I read books under trees. I biked without a helmet, swam after eating, bought ice cream from the tinkling song ice...

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Written by The End Time
Sunday, 14 July 2019 23:00

Head Coverings in Worship?

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Head Coverings in Worship?

Preached on the Lord’s Day of March 18, 2018 by Pastor Michael Ives, of the Presbyterian Reformed Church of Rhode Island

Transcribed from the recording by Paul Barth.

Part of the practice that our Presbytery has adopted is that in the public worship of God, women have...

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Written by Paul J. Barth
Sunday, 14 July 2019 23:00

The story of Naaman.

The story of Naaman is a wonderful example of true salvation. All humanity has the leprous disease of sin. To be cleansed we have to humble ourselves. Pride keeps so many from coming to Christ because of the seemingly foolish way of salvation.

“Humility pleases God wherever it is found, and...

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Written by The Daily Evidence
Sunday, 14 July 2019 22:39

What Will the Church in America Look like in Ten Years?

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We start our discussion on this topic assuming we will not yet face open persecution for our Christian beliefs ten years from now.  Assuming that to be true, what will a healthy Christian Church in America look like ten years from now? Pastor Carl Gallups joins Mike and David to discuss an...

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Written by comments@standupforthetruth.com
Sunday, 14 July 2019 22:33

US Women’s Soccer and Our Culture of “Tolerance”

I love soccer.  And this Summer has been a great time to enjoy the “beautiful game.”  With the US Women’s team winning the World Cup (and the men’s team placing second in the CONCACAF Gold Cup) there has been a lot to watch.

But, in the Western world, sports are no...

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Written by Michael Kruger
Sunday, 14 July 2019 22:25

Do NOT Forget

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And we know that in all things God works for the good,

for those who are called according to his purpose. For those whom he foreknew he also predestined to be conformed to the image of his Son, in order that he might be the firstborn among many brothers. And those whom he predestined he also...

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Written by Scotty Smith
Sunday, 14 July 2019 22:19

Calling, Gifts, Service (Guinness)

 If you haven’t read The Call by Os Guinness, you should put it on your “to read” Christian book list!  It’s an in-depth look at vocation (or calling).  I was looking over some of my highlights in this book today and came across the following quotes that...

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Written by Reformed Reader
Sunday, 14 July 2019 22:00

Weekly Podcast Roundup

image Veracity Hill Why do Christians still read the Old Testament? Episode 157Have you ever wondered how the books of the Old Testament fit in a chronological sense? Sometimes the Old Testament can be large and confusing. In this episode Kurt presents the storyline of the Old Testament....

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Written by Alex Arndt
Sunday, 14 July 2019 21:37

“Transformed Into His Image” SEMINAR

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Do you desire to become more like Jesus? Do you sometimes wonder if it’s possible to change your attitudes or actions to more consistently represent Him? Would you like to learn how to help other believers who are struggling in their walk with the Lord?

Then I’d like to inform you about...

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Written by Paul Tautges
Sunday, 14 July 2019 21:00

Podcast: The Rewarding Risks of Church Membership (Thabiti Anyabwile)

July 15, 2019 by: Crossway

This article is part of the The Crossway Podcast series.

The Value of Membership

Thabiti Anyabwile, author of What Is a Healthy Church Member? reflects on the value and benefits of local church membership, showing what the Bible really teaches about the idea of...

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Written by Crossway
Sunday, 14 July 2019 21:00

Why Dating Doesn’t End with Marriage

July 15, 2019 by: Crossway

Be Intentional

The “mission” isn’t accomplished when you get your wife to agree to marry you. The real mission begins after the vows have been said. Justin Buzzard helps men remember and relearn the all-important (and often forgotten) skill of...

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Written by Crossway
Sunday, 14 July 2019 21:00

9 Passages to Read about Pastoral Ministry

July 15, 2019 by: Crossway

This article is part of the Passages to Read series.

1. Acts 20:28

Pay careful attention to yourselves and to all the flock, in which the Holy Spirit has made you overseers, to care for the church of God, which he obtained with his own blood.

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Written by Crossway
Sunday, 14 July 2019 21:00

For Our Generation

David speaks of those who do not lift up their souls to idols, “This is Jacob, the generation of those who seek Him, they seek your face” Psalm 24:6

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Written by NCFIC Blog
Sunday, 14 July 2019 21:00

How to Prioritize Your Spouse in Ministry

July 15, 2019 by: Juan R. Sanchez

Care for Your Own

When we get out of seminary we have great zeal, great vision for the church that we’re going to pastor. We have all these ideas that are going around in our heads. It’s kind of like a new parent that thinks, My kid is going to...

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Written by Juan R. Sanchez
Sunday, 14 July 2019 20:00

Rules for Worship

It may be surprising to many but God is not only concerned that we seek Him, but also how we seek Him. You are probably familiar with the story of Uzzah from the Old Testament but just in case you’re not, let’s do a quick review: After David became king, he desired...

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Written by Allen Nelson IV
Sunday, 14 July 2019 20:00

The Mailbag: Christian Women Working, Using Birth Control, and Limiting Family Size

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Authors: Michelle Lesley...

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Written by Michelle Lesley
Sunday, 14 July 2019 20:00

Sell All Your Possessions

I wrote about this some time ago and it remains my "biggest hit" in terms of both views and comments. I thought it might be helpful to revisit since it appears to be so popular among believers and skeptics alike. Is it necessary for Christians -- followers of Christ -- to sell all your possessions...

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Written by Winging It
Sunday, 14 July 2019 20:00

Maybe It Was Meant to Be

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Do you ever get the feeling that some things are simply meant to be? Maybe you don’t exactly know why, or you might not understand how something came to be, but it simply seems right. Maybe you ended up at a certain place at a certain time, and you really cannot be sure why a particular thing...

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Written by Zak Schmoll
Sunday, 14 July 2019 20:00

What We Can Learn from Mr. Rogers’ Understanding of Salvation (Video)

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Greg reflects on Mr. Rogers' parting words which exemplified a common misunderstanding of God's grace.

Authors: Greg Koukl...

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Written by Greg Koukl
Sunday, 14 July 2019 19:00

Quotes of Note

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Each Monday, we share quotes we found encouraging, convicting, thought-provoking, or all of the above.Rebecca:On the relationship between the kingdom of God and the cross from The Kingdom of God and the Glory of the Cross by Patrick Schreiner:
At times an emphasis on the kingdom [of God] displaces...

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Written by Persis
Sunday, 14 July 2019 19:00

Community as the Solution to Poverty

It would be convenient if money alone could solve the problem of poverty. As citizens of the modern age, it might make our lives simpler and our consciences clearer if simply increasing the share of our paycheck the government takes to redistribute to others would truly help the poor. The answer to...

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Written by Dr. Andrew Spencer
Sunday, 14 July 2019 19:00

Bearing One Another’s Burdens

The troubles of this world are manifold and relentless. It’s not easy to stay so focused on heaven that we remain unperturbed by the afflictions of earthly life. We’re commanded, of course, to set our minds on things above, not on earthly things (Col. 3:2), but even the most committed...

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Written by Dr. John MacArthur
Sunday, 14 July 2019 18:53

Dreams And Trances At Enfield

The hardest Enfield tapes to listen to are the ones that feature the Hodgson children in altered states of consciousness, primarily in November of 1977. The states are often referred to as dreams and trances, so I've titled my post according to that convention, but we can't say much beyond the fact...

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Written by Jason Engwer
Sunday, 14 July 2019 18:00

Nuggets from Occult Invasion—“Faith” and “Proof”

July 15, 2019
On the contrary, we can and must prove “that the Judeo-Christian God is the true God.” If Tan is right, then why should anyone have faith in the God of the Bible rather than in the Star Wars...

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Written by TBC Staff - CR
Sunday, 14 July 2019 18:00

The "Other Side of Heaven 2" Hopes Christian Films Can Compete

July 15, 2019
Filmmaker Mitch Davis is hoping for a million Americans to go to the cinema next weekend to jump-start the long-awaited release of The Other Side of Heaven 2: Fire of Faith , which opens nationwide on June 28. It’s...

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Written by TBC Staff - EN
Sunday, 14 July 2019 18:00

Quick Shot: “Atheists believe in just one less God than Christians”

image Our “Quick Shot” series offers brief answers to common objections to the Christian worldview. Each response is limited to one paragraph. These responses are designed to (1) answer the objection as concisely as possible, (2) challenge the objector to think more deeply about his or her...

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Written by J. Warner
Sunday, 14 July 2019 18:00

Glory Hogs: God’s Opposition Featured

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GOD’S OPPOSITION: IDENTIFYING GLORY HOGS

I used to be involved in competitive fencing. One of the tricks used by great fencing coaches is opposition research. The coach would obtain video footage of fencers that their players were certain to face in competition, and scrutinize the videos to...

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Written by Clint Archer
Sunday, 14 July 2019 18:00

The True Charisma

“Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly in all wisdom; teaching and admonishing one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing with grace in your hearts to the Lord.” (Colossians 3:16)
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Authors: Days of Praise from ICR...

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Written by Days of Praise from ICR
Sunday, 14 July 2019 17:41

We Need More Pastors, Where Are They?

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The aging status of the collective group of pastors leading independent Baptist Churches is alarming. This problem is impacting all of broader evangelicalism. Most of our pastors are in their late 50’s and above. A new generation of committed church leaders must rise up and not only carry on...

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Written by Kevin Schaal
Sunday, 14 July 2019 17:20

When Christians Just Don’t Read the Bible

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A recent study sponsored by LifeWay Research and highlighted by Facts & Trends shares some unfortunate but unsurprising results: “A third of Americans who attend a Protestant church regularly (32%) say they read the Bible personally every day. Around a quarter (27%) say they read it a few...

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Written by Tim Challies
Sunday, 14 July 2019 17:10

A La Carte (July 15)

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It’s Amazon’s Prime Day, which means they’ve got a selection of Kindle Books on sale, as well as Kindle devices. And, of course, lots of other stuff.

Also, you may be interested in knowing that Cruciform Press has released a new volume from Keri Folmar in her ongoing Bible study...

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Written by Tim Challies
Sunday, 14 July 2019 17:00

Doesn’t God Being Happy with Himself, and Seeking His Own Glory, Seem Smug or Self-Centered?

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In my books and on my blog, I’ve written about the happiness of God. But some might ask, “Humans who are happy with themselves are often considered arrogant and self-obsessed. So how can it be a compliment to say that God is happy with Himself?”

For a time, C. S. Lewis struggled...

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Written by Randy Alcorn
Sunday, 14 July 2019 17:00

Ten questions for pro-choice people

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Let me state my purpose up front: I’m a pro-lifer with ten genuine questions aimed at pro-choice people, and I’m hoping that you (dear reader) will keep on reading to the end. But I’m also realistic. The chance of keeping your attention on such a matter of deep division is not...

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Written by Andrew Haslam
Sunday, 14 July 2019 17:00

Why Are We Here?

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Every organization is prone to forget why it’s there. People come and go, the founders pass away, the culture changes. Sometimes an organization can wake up and find it’s lost its way. Other times, the organization never wakes up.

The YMCA started in London in the 1840s as a Christian...

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Written by TylerR
Sunday, 14 July 2019 15:57

A Review of Dark Agenda. By David Horowitz. Featured

Humanix Books, 2019.

Back in the late 60s while still in my days of rage and rebellion, I religiously read underground newspapers and hard left magazines. Ramparts was one of those, edited by David Horowitz, a key figure in the New Left. The Jewish intellectual was a leading Marxist writer during...

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Written by Bill Muehlenberg
Sunday, 14 July 2019 15:15

Things Jesus Will Never Say to You

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"[Cast] all your anxieties on him, because he cares for you." - 1 Peter 5:7

To those who trust in him for salvation, Jesus will never say:

"Go play somewhere; I'm busy."

"Fake it til you make it."

"I just don't think it's gonna work out between us."

"I knew you were a screw-up, but this one...

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Written by Jared C. Wilson
Sunday, 14 July 2019 15:10

Stewarding Volunteers

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I recently conducted an online poll asking church leaders to name the top 2 or 3 challenges they are currently facing in ministry. With 110 votes, out of 346 total, recruiting volunteers was identified as the #1 problem ministry leaders are trying to solve.  

Now, for those in church...

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Written by Dennis Garcia
Sunday, 14 July 2019 15:08

The Best Quotes from The Common Rule

I have been using the Moment app for several years now to track the time I spend on my phone. No matter how long I think I have been on my phone, this app always tells the truth. Most telling is not just the daily time tracker, but also the tracker showing how much time […]

Authors: Scott...

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Written by Scott Slayton
Sunday, 14 July 2019 15:05

July 15: For a Continuing Church

Time to Move for a New Churchby Rev. David T. Myers

The evidence was already in, in fact, it was well in.  All of the efforts of the conservatives in the Southern Presbyterian Church (Presbyterian Church U.S.) had failed to stop the tide of liberalism in that once great church.  So after...

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Written by Wayne Sparkman
Sunday, 14 July 2019 15:05

Links For The Church (7/15)

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Reverse Culture Shock: When Home No Longer Feels Like Home

When missionaries return to their homes, there can be some difficult adjustments. This post gives encouragement to those who may be struggling with returning home. 

3 Reasons Your Leadership Team Should Be Multigenerational...

 

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Written by Staff
Sunday, 14 July 2019 15:00

Phil Pringle calls Hillsong leaders Brian & Bobbie Houston "major apostles"

Invited to preach at a recent Hillsong service, Phil Pringle described his close friends, Brian and Bobbie Houston, as ‘major apostles’. Of course this is ‘major’ New Apostolic Reformation terminology. This description comes from a man also described as an...

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Written by churchwatcher
Sunday, 14 July 2019 14:52

Schreiner on Ecclesiastes

The following is from Tom Schreiner's The King in His Beauty: A Biblical Theology of the Old and New Testaments, pp 300-312.

Introduction

Waltke says, "The book of Ecclesiastes is the black sheep of the canon of biblical books. It is the delight of skeptics and the despair of saints."1 It is...

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Written by Hawk
Sunday, 14 July 2019 14:48

Modern Joseph and Mary

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I've seen some Christians calling the above modern-day Joseph and Mary artwork "blasphemous". They argue it's "blasphemous" due to "political expediency" and because it's "disgusting" to depict the holy family in a plain manner.

  1. Political expediency.

    a. I don't know that the artist's intention is...

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Written by Hawk
Sunday, 14 July 2019 13:12

A Piece About Priorities Featured

Having your own website can be both good and bad. You can write on whatever you want, when you want, and for whatever reason you want. That may seem like a good thing, but it can also be a bad thing, as you might go off in rather odd directions.

This piece might be like that. Some may think it too...

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Written by Bill Muehlenberg
Sunday, 14 July 2019 11:44

Revelation: inside and out

Revelation is one of those books of the Bible that many Christian readers keep coming back to. Unlike, say, 1-2 Kings, which has a straightforward plot and little subtext, Revelation is hard to reduce to a single perspective. From modern readers, the added appeal of Revelation is that it's the...

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Written by steve
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