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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Thursday, 22 August 2019 23:07

Todd Bentley Accused By Colleague of Homosexual Acts and Teenage Sexual Abuse

Todd Bentley is the hyper-charismatic faith healer who claims to have raised multiple people from the dead and claims he

The post Todd Bentley Accused By Colleague of Homosexual Acts and Teenage Sexual Abuse appeared first on Reformation Charlotte.

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Written by JeffMaples
Thursday, 22 August 2019 23:00

Q#96 Revival and Society

Q. What do you think is the biggest hindrance to revival in today’s society? And on the flip side, what is the biggest key to having revival in today’s society?

Colton

A. Hello Colton,

Thanks for your thought-provoking question. If we’re speaking of society, several thoughts come to...

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Written by John Van Gelderen
Thursday, 22 August 2019 22:37

Andrew Fuller Friday: The Great Question Answered (Part 3)

Had this question been addressed to the first genius upon earth, unacquainted with the gospel, it could not have been answered. Had it been put to all the great philosophers of antiquity one by one, and to all the learned doctors among the Jews, none of them could have resolved it to any good...

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Written by Staff
Thursday, 22 August 2019 22:24

Remembering the Summer of 1969: Part 2 – the Manson Murders

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This past Wednesday, we took a look back fifty-years ago to the heady days of the summer of 1969, when many young people naively saw the Woodstock music festival as a part of the dawning of a new era of peace, love, and universal brotherhood. See here. But just one week prior to the festival, a...

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Written by Tom
Thursday, 22 August 2019 22:22

The Origins of Devotion to Jesus in its Ancient Context

(Several months ago, I was asked to write a contribution to a multi-author work on Jesus to be published in French, my contribution to deal with the origins of Jesus-devotion.  I was given a word-limit, and so had to be brief.  The result is something of a capsulized treatment of the...

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Written by larryhurtado
Thursday, 22 August 2019 22:00

The Second Law of Thermodynamics

“My back hurts a lot more than it did when I was younger.  Well, I guess that’s the second law of thermodynamics at work.”  Actually, it isn’t.  Misconceptions of the second law of thermodynamics abound, even within the creationist community.  Such...

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Written by Dr. Lisle
Thursday, 22 August 2019 21:00

Can Christians Know the Timing of Christ’s Return? (1 Thessalonians 5)

August 23, 2019 by: David W. Chapman

This article is part of the Tough Passages series.

1Now concerning the times and the seasons, brothers, you have no need to have anything written to you. For you yourselves are fully aware that the day of the Lord will come like a thief in the night. 3Whi...

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Written by David W. Chapman
Thursday, 22 August 2019 21:00

The Christian Life Is Not Interrupted by Death

August 23, 2019 by: Ian K. Smith

At Home with the Lord

The New Testament answers the very important question about whether Christians at the point of death are in heaven or not with the comfort of the fact that they are “away from the body and at home with the Lord.” The...

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Written by Ian K. Smith
Thursday, 22 August 2019 20:13

This is why we don't EVER eat the meat and spit out the bones Featured

By Elizabeth Prata
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There are two reasons we don't follow the man-made philosophy regarding the word of God and listening to false teachers; i.e. 'eat the meat and spit out the bones'. People who disagree that false teachers should never be tolerated, say that...

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Written by The End Time
Thursday, 22 August 2019 20:09

The Care of Souls

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Have you ever read an “if this is true…” book? An “if this is true…” book is one that challenges you so deeply that you realize that if what it’s saying is true, then you’ve got to make some major changes to your life. R.C. Sproul’s The...

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Written by Tim Challies
Thursday, 22 August 2019 20:05

Bethel Church Embraces and Affirms “Gay Christianity”

Bethel has been under fire for the last few days by gay advocacy groups for advertising a program in their

The post Bethel Church Embraces and Affirms “Gay Christianity” appeared first on Reformation Charlotte.

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Written by JeffMaples
Thursday, 22 August 2019 20:00

9 Steps Toward Apostasy Featured

I’ve shared this on other blogs before, but given the recent apostasy of Joshua Harris and Marty Sampson, it is always good, by way of reflection and introspection, to be reminded of your own spiritual condition before God. I’ve counseled countless believers and unbelievers about the...

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Written by George Alvarado
Thursday, 22 August 2019 20:00

Raechel Myers and She Reads Truth Featured

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Written by Michelle Lesley
Thursday, 22 August 2019 20:00

Context, Context, Context - Matt 18:20

Even if you don't know the address, you know Matthew 18:20. It's a beautiful verse.
"Where two or three are gathered in My name, there am I among them." (Matt 18:20)
So we are warmed to think that when we get together with other believers, Christ is there. But ... is that what it means?Logically...

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Written by Winging It
Thursday, 22 August 2019 20:00

The Destruction of the Family

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What has contributed to the breakdown of the family?

Kevin Swanson explains in this video that there has been a wholesale breakdown of the family. Many children live without a parent because of skyrocketing divorce rates. and many children are born out of wedlock, just to name a few.

In short, our...

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Written by NCFIC Blog
Thursday, 22 August 2019 19:51

A La Carte (August 23)

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Today’s Kindle deals include a few little books that might interest you.

Westminster Books has a deal on the new (and already-released) volumes in the ESV Expository Commentary series. It gives you a chance to get into the series while it’s still new! (And don’t forget about their...

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Written by Tim Challies
Thursday, 22 August 2019 19:06

Jesus’ Tenacious, Zealous Love for Us

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Those whom I love, I reprove and discipline,

so be zealous and repent. Behold, I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears my voice and opens the door, I will come in to him and eat with him, and he with me. Rev. 3:19–20

Lord Jesus, every day we have the privilege of living the hymn...

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Written by Scotty Smith
Thursday, 22 August 2019 19:00

What Ancient Rome and Mosaic Law Teach Us about Work and Welfare

As I discussed in my previous post, the Old Testament perspective on the poor is made clear throughout the Torah and the wisdom literature. Now, we want to see how we can apply this scripture to our society by taking a look at examples from ancient Rome and from the ancient Israelites.

The New Deal...

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Written by Dr. Walter Kaiser
Thursday, 22 August 2019 18:57

The Toys Featured

by Coventry Patmore

My little Son, who look’d from thoughtful eyes And moved and spoke in quiet grown-up wise, Having my law the seventh time disobey’d, I struck him, and dismiss’d With hard words and unkiss’d, His Mother, who was patient, being dead. Then, fearing lest his...

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Written by David
Thursday, 22 August 2019 18:11

Are Demons the Cause of All Human Illness?

imageWhile angelic beings were originally were created to love God, some have rejected him entirely. Angels worship and honor their Creator, striving to help reunite all of creation with God. Demons, on the other hand, have rejected God and strive daily to oppose the spiritual understanding and...

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Written by J. Warner
Thursday, 22 August 2019 18:08

Audio Series: We can know the words of the Old Testament

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Textual Criticism is the art and science of studying ancient manuscripts to find out what the text says from what the author first wrote a book, be it the Bible or other ancient writings.

For Christians textual Criticism is an important field both to know what God’s Word says and also as an...

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Written by SLIMJIM
Thursday, 22 August 2019 18:00

Nuggets from Occult Invasion—“Guidance” As a Vehicle of Satanic Deception

 
August 23, 2019
God Calling repeats the same lies found in A Course in Miracles , which also purports to be Christ’s words today. There are other similar channeled materials. One of the more recent is...

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Written by TBC Staff - CR
Thursday, 22 August 2019 18:00

Dead to Sin--Alive unto God

“For I through the law am dead to the law, that I might live unto God. I am crucified with Christ: nevertheless I live; yet not I, but Christ liveth in me: and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by the faith of the Son of God, who loved me, and gave himsel... More...

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Written by Days of Praise from ICR
Thursday, 22 August 2019 17:11

What book am I? Featured

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Let me describe the plot of a book, and you guess what book it is:

It begins with God speaking his word with power and clarity.

Surprisingly, God’s word is ignored and rejected.

God creates a covenant people to guard his word, and ultimately to be a light to the nations. Meanwhile, the nations...

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Written by Jesse Johnson
Thursday, 22 August 2019 17:03

Congregational Church Government

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What is a Baptist? What is it about our “faith and practice” that distinguishes us from believers in other denominations?

Chester Tulga served in years past as the research secretary for the Fundamental Baptist Fellowship. This outstanding Baptist thinker and spokesman affirmed the...

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Written by Fred Moritz
Thursday, 22 August 2019 17:00

A Freeing Message for Moms (and Everyone Else): We Aren’t Enough, But God Is

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When my wife Nanci and I were writing our book Help for Women Under Stress, we learned that according to research, the major stress vocations are health workers, waiters and waitresses, and nurses. [1] They are constantly serving people—all wonderful callings, but all exceptionally...

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Written by Susan Narjala
Thursday, 22 August 2019 17:00

He Came Walking

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Matthew Henry's Commentary on the Bible may be old, but boy is it rich! Look at this part that I stumbled upon the other day, on Genesis 3:8:

Fear seized [Adam and Eve] immediately upon their eating the forbidden fruit, Gen. 3:8.

Observe here, What was the cause and occasion of their fear: They...

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Written by Jennie Pollock
Thursday, 22 August 2019 15:29

This ‘n’ That

I can’t be sure, but I might be mildly addicted to reruns of Password Plus. Hey, do not judge me until you’ve watched it. I guarantee you’ll be hooked by the end of the first episode.

There’s something reassuring about those old game shows and sitcoms. While I’m...

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Written by E Benz
Thursday, 22 August 2019 15:05

August 23: Rev. Alexander Cumming

Our post today is drawn from Richard Webster’s History of the Presbyterian Church in America (1857).

ALEXANDER CUMMING He was full of prayers.

WAS born at Freehold, New Jersey, in 1726.  His father, Robert Cumming, from Montrose, Scotland, was an elder, and often sat in synod.

He...

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Written by archivist
Thursday, 22 August 2019 15:00

Jeremiah’s Great Eschatological Vision (Part 1)

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Excerpts from the book The Words of the Covenant: A Biblical Theology (forthcoming)

As far as biblical covenantalism goes, the prophecies in Jeremiah 30 through 33, supported by chapters 34 and 35 are critical.1 After the prophet is heard in his own right, the covenantal picture that has been...

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Written by Paul Henebury
Thursday, 22 August 2019 14:11

Israel Trip 2021 with Andrew Rappaport and Justin Peters

Hello Friends! We are in the beginning stages of planning a trip to Israel in March of 2021.  Would you please fill out this survey if you would be interested in joining us? We will be traveling with an experienced guide and our teachers,  Pastor Andrew Rappaport and Justin Peters. This...

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Written by Andrew Rappaport
Thursday, 22 August 2019 14:10

Trevin’s Seven

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My pick for #1 favorite read of 2015 is this week’s Kindle Deal: Faith Speaking Understanding: Performing the Drama of Doctrine by Kevin Vanhoozer. $2.99.

Seven of the best articles I came across this week:

1. Gavin Ortlund – Humility is Not Hating YourselfWe think...

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Written by Trevin Wax
Thursday, 22 August 2019 14:00

$5 Friday: Guilt, Forgiveness, the Atonement Featured

It’s time for our weekly $5 Friday sale. This week’s resources include such topics as guilt, forgiveness, Islam, the Holy Spirit, the atonement, atheism, John Calvin, and more.

Sale runs through 12:01 a.m. — 11:59 p.m. Friday ET.

View today’s $5 Friday sale items.

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Written by Nathan W. Bingham
Thursday, 22 August 2019 13:48

Difficult Bible Passages: Jude 14-15 Featured

How are we to understand NT writers quoting from non-inspired books?

The reason for the difficulty of this passage centres on the issue of the divine inspiration of non-biblical books. Jude quotes from the apocryphal book of Enoch. So the question arises: Does that mean that Jude believes this book...

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Written by Bill Muehlenberg
Thursday, 22 August 2019 13:43

On The Significance Of The Lord's Supper

  • How The Worship Service Is To Be Conducted:
          -The church is to practice open worship gatherings.
          -The worship service is to be performed in an organized and harmonious format.
          -Hymns are sung,...

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Written by Jesse
Thursday, 22 August 2019 11:08

Kong Hee – hero, martyr or repentant sinner?

It’s early days yet but in the last 24 hours since Kong Hee’s release from prison, our readers will note that he’s still acknowledged as ‘senior pastor’ of City Harvest Church – with City News, the (anonymous) Media Communications Ministry for City...

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Written by churchwatcher
Thursday, 22 August 2019 10:59

Houston Chronicle Implicitly Attacks Biblical Gender Roles

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For over three decades the highest echelon of Southern Baptist Convention leadership has been a good-ole-boys network in which an elite and powerful few effectively answer to no one but themselves. For a long...

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Written by Seth Dunn
Thursday, 22 August 2019 08:32

Drag Queen Story Hour Is A Grooming Program, Says Sex Abuse Counselor

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(The Christian Post) A clinical counselor who has worked with over 4,000 serial predators is urging parents to be vigilant after a Texas library hosted a Drag Queen Story Hour for kids featuring a...

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Written by Curated News
Thursday, 22 August 2019 08:12

On Sexual Purity and Advancing a Biblical Sexual Ethic

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Since Joshua Harris (author of I Kissed Dating Goodbye) announced he walked away from Christianity, there has been a lot of criticism of the “purity culture” of the 1990s. To address this, BreakPoint asked several Christian thinkers, “Are criticisms of ‘purity culture’...

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Written by Amy K. Hall
Thursday, 22 August 2019 07:46

Pete Buttigieg Advocates Again for Murdering Babies with No Restrictions

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Pete Buttigieg is as corrupt about killing babies as he is about sexuality. The 2020 Democratic presidential candidate and morally repugnant Mayor of crime-infested South Bend, Indiana spoke recently at the National Abortion Rights Action...

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Written by News Division
Thursday, 22 August 2019 07:23

What If You Are Still an Angry Young Man in Your Forties? Featured

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David Koyzis writes about his experience with social justice in ways that might be encouraging to those who would like the woke Christians to step back from the apocalypse.

It is not always easy to love our fellow Christians. After all, they sometimes say things that we find embarrassing and...

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Written by D. G. Hart
Thursday, 22 August 2019 07:14

08/22/2019

•John MacArthur explains why evil exists
•Rick Thomas explains why sometimes you need to overlook a sin
•Todd stole a lame sermon illustration from his pastor
•What James 2 teaches us about partiality

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Written by joey
Thursday, 22 August 2019 07:10

Iceland Murders Downs Syndrome Babies and Mourns the Loss of a Glacier

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(LifeNews) The priorities of Iceland’s political leaders are all messed up. The small European nation recently drew international scrutiny for its nearly 100-percent abortion rate for unborn babies diagnosed with Down syndrome. The deadly discriminatory...

The post Iceland Murders Downs...

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Written by Curated News
Thursday, 22 August 2019 07:01

Veggie Tales Purchased by Universal Studios: Parents – Are You Having Serious Talks With Your Children?

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If you’re ever looking for me and can’t find me; it’s probably because I spend a good portion of my time in FACEBOOK JAIL.

For the reader who is not familiar with those terms, here it is in a nutshell:

Facebook places people who speak TRUTH in what we have come to call...

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Written by Geri Ungurean
Thursday, 22 August 2019 07:00

Faith Grace and Certainty Featured

by Mike Ratliff

16 For this reason it is by faith, in order that it may be in accordance with grace, so that the promise will be guaranteed to all the descendants, not only to those who are of the Law, but also to those who are of the faith of Abraham, who is the father of us all, 17 (as it is...

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Written by Mike Ratliff
Thursday, 22 August 2019 05:42

Why do we dream?

1. The experience of dreaming exerts a perennial fascination. Why do we dream? I can only speculate. 
Scientists have no agreed-upon explanation. If you're a physicalist, then the question is what if, any, biological function dreams have. If you're Darwinian, then you seek an evolutionary...

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Written by steve
Thursday, 22 August 2019 05:29

Buy 1, Get 1 Free: ESV Scripture Journals for Churches and Ministries

August 22, 2019 by: Crossway

Buy 1 Case at 40% Off, Get 1 Free

Perfect for accompanying a preaching series, resourcing small group ministries, or equipping individual Christians, ESV Scripture Journals allow readers to take extended notes or record insights and prayers directly beside...

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Written by Crossway
Thursday, 22 August 2019 05:24

Canadian Death Panel Grants “Mercy Killing” To Fully Conscious ALS Patient

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They Call it “Mercy Killing.” No title could be further from the truth. A 41 year old Canadian man who suffered from Amytrophic Lateral Disease (ALS), was killed by assisted suicide on August 6...

The post Canadian Death Panel Grants “Mercy Killing” To Fully Conscious ALS...

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Written by News Division
Thursday, 22 August 2019 05:22

Freedom in Christ (Bray)

image I recently purchased God is Love: A Biblical and Systematic Theology by Gerald Bray (which is currently on sale at Logos). While I haven’t read it all, I’ve appreciated different aspects of it.  Here’s one section on Christian liberty I read this morning that I...

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Written by Reformed Reader
Thursday, 22 August 2019 05:09

Seven Things the Lord Hates

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These six things the LORD hates, yes, seven are an abomination to Him: a proud look, a lying tongue, hands that shed innocent blood, a heart that devises wicked plans, feet that are swift in running to evil, a false witness who speaks lies, and one who sows discord among brethren.(Proverbs...

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Written by Richard Holdeman
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