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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Friday, 09 December 2016 09:16

Crying Out to God in Prayer

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The Trial and Triumph of Faith

Sermon VI, pp. 66-73

 And, behold, a woman of Canaan came out of the same coasts, and cried unto him, saying, Have mercy on me, O Lord, thou son of David; my daughter is grievously vexed with a devil. (Mat. 15:22)

In her prayer, as it is expressed...

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Written by Seni Adeyemi
Friday, 09 December 2016 08:52

The Puritans on Marital Love: Introduction

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Edward Taylor (c. 1642–1729), a pastor, physician, and poet of Puritan New England, wrote, “A curious knot God made in Paradise…. It was the true-love knot, more sweet than spice” (“Upon Wedlock, and Death of Children,” in The Poems of Edward Taylor, ed. Donald...

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Written by Meet the Puritans
Friday, 09 December 2016 08:39

Indulgences and Rome Today

Rome: Offering a Plenary Indulgence for the Souls in Purgatory

“Does theology matter? Specifically, the doctrine of justification as spelled out so clearly in the Reformation? I was directed to this clip from Catholic Answers Live this morning, and it very well illustrates the answer. I often...

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Written by John Samson
Friday, 09 December 2016 08:37

Trueman On Tone: Niceness Cannot Be Squared With The Reformation

…If you are looking for politeness in the Reformers, then you are going to have to buy a microscope. Courtesy in polemic was a rare commodity, as even the woodcuts frequently demonstrate. True, there is some evidence that the French editions of . . . Continue reading →

Authors: R. Scott...

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Written by R. Scott Clark
Friday, 09 December 2016 07:59

When “fake news” comes from both right and left

image Albert Mohler has a really thoughtful commentary on “fake news” today. He is in large part responding to Sarah Pulliam Bailey’s piece at The Washington Post on the same subject. Bailey is lamenting the fact that too many evangelicals have too much credulity toward “fake...

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Written by Denny Burk
Friday, 09 December 2016 07:24

Cleanse Yourself! 2 Corinthians 7:1

Since we have these promises, beloved, let us cleanse ourselvesimage from every defilement of body and spirit, bringing holiness to completion in the fear of God.. 2 Corinthians 7:1

The precious promise that Christians enjoy include:

  • Salvation from Sin, and the penalty of sin (death)
  • New creation (2...

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Written by John Chisham
Friday, 09 December 2016 07:05

What is the Purpose of the Book of Daniel? An Excerpt from the Story of God Bible Commentary

“The book of Daniel is often read for its contribution to our understanding of end-times events, but sometimes Christians have been so obsessed with this that we have missed its main message…”

In today’s excerpt from the most recent edition in The Story of God Bible...

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Written by ZA Blog
Friday, 09 December 2016 07:01

For God Loves a Cheerful Giver

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Each one must give as he has decided in his heart, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver. –2 Corinthians 9:7 ESV

  Listen to, Overflowing with Thankfulness (Part 3 of 3)

Some people tithe out of a sense of guilt or obligation. Others give...

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Written by TFL
Friday, 09 December 2016 07:00

New study: being raised by married parents has huge positive effect on economic well-being

imageMarriage and family

Here’s some of the findings from the Institute for Family Studies.

Excerpt:

Wilcox and Lerhman found that growing up in a two-parent family correlated with many positive outcomes for kids, well into adulthood. For example:

  • Growing up with both parents reduced the probability...

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Written by Wintery Knight
Friday, 09 December 2016 06:57

Christmas, the Trinity, Husbands and Wives

I have written before on the doctrinal error of the eternal subordination of the Son, but my father (Paul Burleson) has recently written an excellent post that shows how one's view of the Trinity affects your understanding of both Christmas and marriage! Read ... and enjoy!
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Christmas, the Trinity,...

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Written by Wade Burleson
Friday, 09 December 2016 06:02

Do you realize what that means?

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I'm on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram, if you're into that sorta thing.

Also: Adam4d.com is my full-time job and I'm funded by readers like you. If you're interested in learning more about that, check out my Patreon page.

Authors: Adam Ford...

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Written by Adam Ford
Friday, 09 December 2016 05:53

In Honor of Thomas Oden: Seven Essential Lessons Learned from an Evangelical Scholar in the Secular Academy

I just learned herethat the well-known evangelical scholar Thomas Oden has passed away.  Oden was known for starting out as a classic liberal scholar and later becoming orthodox–a rare feat in today’s world.

A number of years ago, I had the joy of meeting Tom when he came to RTS...

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Written by Michael Kruger
Friday, 09 December 2016 05:43

DBG Weekend Spotlight (12-9-16)

Each year at the annual Southern Baptist Convention, 9Marks Ministries sponsors a couple of gatherings held at 9pm each evening following the full day of events.  Those meetings are typically organized around a questions and answers session among leaders within the SBC.  This session was...

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Written by Josh Buice
Friday, 09 December 2016 05:26

Pope Exalts Mary's Immaculate Conception

Pope Francis paid homage to the Immaculate Virgin Mary, just as the Bishop of Rome has done annually for the past 50 years on the feast of the Immaculate Conception. He said, “We have need of your immaculate heart, to love freely, without secondary aims but seeking the good of the other, with...

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Written by Proclaiming the Gospel Blog: PTG Blog
Friday, 09 December 2016 05:01

Momentary Obedience, Forever Honor

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We have looked at the sweet blessings God promises to those who heed the fifth commandment and we have looked at the terrible judgments he promises to those who do not. We have seen that children have a lifelong duty of honor toward their parents. But while we have learned why we ought to honor our...

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Written by Tim Challies
Friday, 09 December 2016 05:00

7 Ways to Love People

And this commandment we have from him: whoever loves God must also love his brother (1 John 4:21).

Our modern culture is filled with distractions, whether it be technology, work, or busyness in general. Sometimes people are just passing faces we say hello to but don’t really have...

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Written by Leah Baugh
Friday, 09 December 2016 05:00

Our Appreciation for the Conservative Resurgence: A Response to Paige Patterson Featured

Some younger pastors in the Southern Baptist Convention may be unfamiliar with the details of the crisis that our denomination faced in the latter half of the twentieth century. In 1961, the Sunday School Board’s Broadman Press published a book entitled The Message of Genesis by Professor...

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Written by Jared Longshore
Friday, 09 December 2016 03:45

You Cannot Argue with This

imageNor does it redound to the great intellectual tradition.

It is Father Dwight’s conversion narrative about the Immaculate Conception. He concedes that it is not an ancient dogma and that Thomas Aquinas “didn’t believe it.” But when an overweight priest told him, “We...

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Written by D. G. Hart
Friday, 09 December 2016 03:31

A La Carte (December 9)

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Today’s Kindle deals include just two books, but both are solid. Be sure to check out Faker for your teens.

Westminster Books is selling and discounting the Reformation Heritage KJV Study Bible. Even if you’re not a KJV user it’s a good study Bible from a conservative Dutch...

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Written by Tim Challies
Friday, 09 December 2016 03:25

Flashback Friday: Born to Give Us the Second Birth

[This week’s flashback comes from 2012.]

I will never forget the first time I sang Hark! the Herald Angels Sing as a genuine believer in Jesus Christ. It was Christmas 1984. I had been saved about seven months. For the first time, I understood the words I was singing and I could feel tears...

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Written by Paul Tautges
Friday, 09 December 2016 03:15

Send Christmas Joy to the Persecuted

UPDATE: Thanks to generous Christians like you, more than 35,923 Christmas Care Packs have already been sponsored. Help us reach our 2016 goal of sharing 50,000 Christmas Care Packs with the children of persecuted believers around the world! As we look forward to spending time with our families...

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Written by Alesia Cengia
Friday, 09 December 2016 03:00

Pondering God’s Promises

imagePonder what God has promised you in Christ.

Authors: Michelle Lesley...

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Written by Michelle Lesley
Friday, 09 December 2016 02:58

"For unto us a child is born..." Featured

For to us a child is born, to us a son is given; and the government shall be upon his shoulder, and his name shall be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace. (Isaiah 9:6).How rich and full of truth this verse is! How complex with spiritual meaning, yet can be...

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Written by The End Time
Friday, 09 December 2016 02:55

The Date of Christmas

Why do we celebrate Christmas on December 25? Is Christmas really a “baptized” pagan holiday? William J. Tighe answers these questions in “Calculating Christmas” at Touchstone Magazine.

Rather, the pagan festival of the “Birth of the Unconquered Sun” instituted by...

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Written by Kevin T. Bauder
Friday, 09 December 2016 02:51

Tozer on the Preacher’s Task

But my task is to give a report on the character of God, or as I like to state it, the perfection of God. I want to tell you what God is like, and when I am telling you what God is like, if you read and listen with an open mind, you will find faith spring up automatically. It takes the restored...

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Written by Kevin T. Bauder
Friday, 09 December 2016 02:00

Jesus: humanity as it was intended

Yesterday was the last class in my theological foundations course. It was fitting that we ended with the Incarnation. For the past three weeks, I have been thinking about Jesus Christ in his humanity and deity.It is important for us to understand fully the balance between humanity and deity. To...

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Written by Kim Shay
Friday, 09 December 2016 02:00

Quote: Liberal Professor Thomas Boslooper on the Claim that the Virgin Birth of Christ was Derived from Pagan Myths

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"The literature...which produced this conclusion and which has become the authority for contemporary scholars who wish to perpetrate the notion that the virgin birth in the New Testament has a non-Christian source, is characterized by brief word, phrase, and sentence quotations that have been...

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Written by Chad
Friday, 09 December 2016 02:00

Doctrinal Whack-a-mole

Michael Kruger wrote a nice piece comparing the conspiracy theory that Jesus was married to Mary Magdalene to the old whack-a-mole game. Remember that game? Mostly for younger kids, we played it at the arcades. This mechanical device that looks (sometimes) like a mole pops up in a hole and, as...

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Written by Winging It
Friday, 09 December 2016 02:00

Continually Washed by the Gospel

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Right after you were born, the blood and vernix on your body was washed off by a nurse or even your mom or dad. Have you taken a bath or shower since the day you were born? Of course you have. Our bodies continually become dirtied, requiring new cleansing. It is the same way with us spiritually....

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Written by Rev. Daniel Hyde
Friday, 09 December 2016 01:42

Review: What Is Vocation? By Stephen J. Nichols

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Stephen J. Nichols. What Is Vocation?  Phillipsburg, NJ: Presbyterian and Reformed Publishing, May 1st, 2010. 31 pp.

4 out of 5

This is a booklet on a Christian view of vocation as part of the Basics of the Christian faith series published by Presbyterian and Reformed...

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Written by SLIMJIM
Friday, 09 December 2016 01:21

Rapid Response: “The Gospels Have Been Altered”

image In our Rapid Response series, we tackle common concerns about (and objections to) the Christian worldview by providing short, conversational responses. These posts are designed to model what our answers might look like in a one-on-one setting, while talking to a friend or family member. Imagine if...

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Written by jwallace
Friday, 09 December 2016 01:00

The Biblical Basis for Putting Dignity and Respect at the Core of Any Poverty-Fighting Program

The world is ravaged by poverty, and the way we strive to fight poverty isn’t working. Our goal is flourishing, and the means to achieve this goal is true gospel-centered love for the poor.

We need biblical principles to help us know how to help the poor out of poverty. It’s a biblical...

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Written by Kathryn Feliciano
Friday, 09 December 2016 00:00

God Is Still Sovereign, Even When the Diagnosis Is a Birth Defect

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In an earlier blog, Stephanie Anderson, on our Eternal Perspective Ministries staff, told the story of her disabled son Isaiah who died before his birth. Here Steph speaks of her beloved sister Tricia, who had a different disability. When she speaks of God’s sovereignty in birth defects, she...

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Written by Stephanie Anderson
Friday, 09 December 2016 00:00

The Christian's Possibilities

“That the God of our Lord Jesus Christ . . . May give unto you the spirit of wisdom and revelation in the knowledge of him: The eyes of your understanding being enlightened.” (Ephesians 1:17-18)

The “spirit of wisdom” is applied to a wide variety of circumstances. It...

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Written by Days of Praise from ICR
Friday, 09 December 2016 00:00

Hillsong Postscript Featured

by Cameron Buettel & Jeremiah Johnson

We need to begin by saying thank you. The response to last week’s series on The Gospel According to Hillsong was explosive, far exceeding our expectations. We’re thankful to everyone who read it, shared it with others, and commented—even...

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Written by Grace to You Blog
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