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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Saturday, 24 June 2017 23:49

Out of Egypt I called my Son

Saturday, 24 June 2017 23:30

Sunday Morning Praise

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Written by EBenz
Saturday, 24 June 2017 23:28

What is the Meaning of the Cry of Dereliction?

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On the cross, the Messiah cries, “Eli, Eli, lama sabachthani?” that is, “My God, My God, why have You forsaken Me?” (Matthew 27:46b). His words are a quotation of David's prophetic psalm, psalm 22. But what can Jesus possibly mean? How could the Son be forsaken by the...

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Written by Ben Holloway
Saturday, 24 June 2017 22:51

No Practicing Porn Stars in Heaven Featured

I know what you are thinking: ‘Bill sure comes up with some jarring titles every once in a while.’ Porn stars? Heaven? What is this all about? All will be revealed shortly. But let me introduce what I want to say here by reminding you of some home truths – in this case, some home...

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Written by Bill Muehlenberg
Saturday, 24 June 2017 21:33

“The Saints” in the NT

In the NT believers are referred to as “the saints/holy ones” over 60 times, particularly in Paul’s letters, with another concentration in Revelation, and a scattering of uses in some other NT writings (Acts, Hebrews, Jude).  It’s an interesting instance of a group...

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Written by larryhurtado
Saturday, 24 June 2017 21:00

How We Worshipped: A Sunday Morning at Grace Fellowship Church

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I’ve been surprised at how much people are enjoying these little summaries of our worship services at Grace Fellowship Church. I probably shouldn’t be, though, because I rather enjoy experiencing worship in other churches and learning how different communities of Christians worship the...

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Written by Tim Challies
Saturday, 24 June 2017 20:44

What's it like to live under sharia?

Anecdotes from people who have lived in Muslim nations (warning: some bad language):

"[Serious] People who have lived under Sharia law, what was it really like?"

Authors: Patrick Chan...

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Written by Patrick Chan
Saturday, 24 June 2017 20:38

Deliver Us From Pantheism

I feel it a duty to bear my solemn testimony against the spirit of the day we live in, to warn men against its infection. It is not Atheism I fear so much, in the present times, as Pantheism.It is not the system which says nothing is true, so much as the system which says everything...

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Written by The J.C. Ryle Archive
Saturday, 24 June 2017 20:01

Sunday Morning Motivations for Preachers and Teachers: Fixing our hope on the living God

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It’s Sunday Morning.  I know sometimes ministry is not easy.  So here’s another little motivation from the Word of God for preachers before you enter your pulpit and teachers before you go in to instruct your class.

Today’s post comes from 1 Timothy 4:10=

For it is for...

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Written by SLIMJIM
Saturday, 24 June 2017 20:00

What Do Islam and Mormonism Have in Common?

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What do the religions of Islam and Mormonism have in common? And how would you share gospel truth with someone who holds to either of these beliefs? Though many of us wouldn’t know what to say, we need to be prepared in all circumstances to effectively share the gospel with others....

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Written by Ken Ham
Saturday, 24 June 2017 20:00

A Sunday Hymn

It's Sunday. How about a hymn?
Come, Thou Fount of Every BlessingCome, Thou Fount of every blessing, tune my heart to sing Thy grace.Streams of mercy, never ceasing, call for songs of loudest praise.Teach me some melodious sonnet, sung by flaming tongues above;Praise the mount - I'm fixed upon it -...

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Written by Winging It
Saturday, 24 June 2017 18:00

Nuggets from An Urgent Call to a Serious Faith by Dave Hunt - The Hope That Purifies

June 25, 2017
Nuggets from “ An Urgent Call to a Serious Faith ” by Dave Hunt – The Hope That Purifies The “pretribulation rapture” is no mere hair-splitting thesis for theologians to...

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Written by tbc staff - bl
Saturday, 24 June 2017 18:00

Laughing or Weeping

“Sorrow is better than laughter: for by the sadness of the countenance the heart is made better.” (Ecclesiastes 7:3)

People like to be made to laugh, and many professional comics make a good living telling jokes and doing slapstick comedy. Even in the realm of Christian ministry, those...

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Written by Days of Praise from ICR
Saturday, 24 June 2017 17:00

WHI-1368 | Guidelines for Interpreting Scripture (2)

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How should we respond when someone asks, “Do you interpret the Bible literally?” This can be a little confusing at first, since the Bible isn’t a single book, but a collection of many different kinds of books written in a variety of styles such as...

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Written by WHI Admin
Saturday, 24 June 2017 15:39

30 Things You Need to Know About The Ministry of Jesus: #17 – Jesus Heals the Demoniac Featured

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Broadcast date: June 25, 2017 | 11:15 AM

In Luke 8:26-39, Jesus healed a man possessed by a demon. His actions tell us both about demon possession and exorcism, making both to be plain and simple.

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Written by Randy White
Saturday, 24 June 2017 15:30

06/25/17 Peace in Death

READING: Job 3-4, Acts 7:44-60

“Look! I see the heavens opened and the Son of Man standing at the right hand of God!”

Acts 7:56

As a pastor, I have been with many people as they approached death. As morbid as it may sound, I have found few things as sweet as a strong believer who...

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Written by Chuck Lawless
Saturday, 24 June 2017 15:15

The Ark of Jesus Christ

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"The dove found no rest for the sole of her foot."-- Genesis 8:9

Reader, can you find rest apart from the ark, Christ Jesus? Then be assured that your religion is vain. Are you satisfied with anything short of a conscious knowledge of your union and interest in Christ? Then woe unto you. If you...

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Written by Charles Spurgeon
Saturday, 24 June 2017 15:05

June 25: Van Horn on WSC Q. 15

STUDIES IN THE WESTMINSTER SHORTER CATECHISM by Rev. Leonard T. Van Horn

Q. 15. — What was the sin whereby our first parents fell from the estate wherein they were created?

A. — The sin whereby our first parents fell from the estate wherein they were created, was their eating...

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Written by archivist
Saturday, 24 June 2017 15:03

Rethinking Church | Session 4 Featured

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Dr. Randy White thinks it’s time to rethink church. Have we gotten so far away from the Scripture that we don’t even know what the church is? Join us on a journey of questioning the assumptions in this “Rethinking” series.

In this session, we consider the pastor-centric focus...

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Written by Randy White
Saturday, 24 June 2017 15:00

Receiving Yourself in the Fires of Sorrow

…what shall I say? "Father, save Me from this hour"? But for this purpose I came to this hour. "Father, glorify Your name." —John 12:27-28

As a saint of God, my attitude toward sorrow and difficulty should not be to ask that they be prevented, but to ask that God protect me so that I...

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Written by RSS | My Utmost For His Highest
Saturday, 24 June 2017 15:00

Deut. 30; Psalm 119:73-96; Isaiah 57; Matthew 5

Written by: Don Carson

Deuteronomy 30; Psalm 119:73-96; Isaiah 57; Matthew 5

IN ITS UNFOLDING REFLECTIONS on God and his revelation, Psalm 119 is unsurpassed. Here I shall focus on three themes that surface in Psalm 119:89-96.

(1) God's revelatory word, that word that has been inscripturated (i.e.,...

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Written by Don Carson
Saturday, 24 June 2017 15:00

An Encouraging Word for Church Leaders for Today

2 Thessalonians 3:1  "Finally, brothers, pray for us that the Lord’s message may spread rapidly and be honored, just as it was with you . . ."

Know that you are being prayed for today — particularly that the Lord's Word spread through you.  

Authors: Chuck Lawless...

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Written by Chuck Lawless
Saturday, 24 June 2017 14:16

Keach on Inconsistent Congregationalists

In the 17th century, three main reformed camps were the Presbyterians, the Congregationalists, and the Baptists. The Presbyterians believed in a national church. Congregationalists believed the church consists of people who had been saved out of the world (the nation) who then gather together in...

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Written by brandonadams
Saturday, 24 June 2017 14:16

The Purpose of All Ministry

"Perfection" here means "maturity", and it would be good to simply remember that whenever we see the word "perfect" used in this context we should think "spiritually mature." The perfecting of the saints means the maturing of the saints, the process of bringing the saints out of spiritual...

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Written by Chip Brogden
Saturday, 24 June 2017 14:02

The Field of Treasure

If a man owns a field, does he not also possess the buried treasure in the field? Does it not stand to reason then, that if we receive HIM, we possess all He has?

The post The Field of Treasure appeared first on ChipBrogden.com.

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Saturday, 24 June 2017 14:00

Sunday Praise: The Cross Has the Final Word

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Stand firm in Christ,Chase

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Saturday, 24 June 2017 13:29

Reaffirming the God-ness and Goodness of God

Written by: Scotty Smith

     Our God is in the heavens; he does all that he pleases.Ps. 115:3 (ESV)

     Remember the things I have done in the past. For I alone am God! I am God, and there is none like me. Only I can tell you the future before it even...

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Written by Scotty Smith
Saturday, 24 June 2017 13:00

My month with the Book of Mormon – May 2017

TO read the entire article, download it as a pdf: Shogren_My month with the Book of Mormon – May 2017 The Bible is really, incredibly old! The Old and New Testaments were copied by hand for centuries, if not millennia! And to interpret the Bible correctly, an expert ought to be well...

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Written by Gary Shogren
Saturday, 24 June 2017 12:37

My 16 Top Movies of the 21st Century

Short story short: The New York Times released a list of the best movies of the 21st century. The list is wrong, but it’s fun and interesting and, more to the point, inspired some friends of mine to come up with their own lists.

You can guess where this post is going.

So here’s my list,...

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Written by Samuel James
Saturday, 24 June 2017 11:33

Am I dying?

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Having responded to many cases since then where patients were in their last moments and there was nothing I could do for them, in almost every case, they have all had the same reaction to the truth, of inner peace and acceptance. In fact, there are three patterns I have observed in all...

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Written by Patrick Chan
Saturday, 24 June 2017 11:24

Apple-bobbing

Choosing is paradoxical. In the nature of the case, choices are future-oriented. It's too late to make choices about the past. So we deliberate and decide with a view to the future.
However, our actions in striving to achieve the goal impact the very future we aim for. We're reaching for a goal, yet...

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Written by steve
Saturday, 24 June 2017 11:17

The Apostles Creed 3: Almighty

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We have confessed our faith in God the Father, and looking ahead we saw that He is the Father of Jesus Christ. We are not confessing faith in some kind of an abstract definition. And yet, like all particular persons, God the Father has attributes and characteristics, which means that...

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Written by Douglas Wilson
Saturday, 24 June 2017 11:14

Bomber Pilots Among the Sheep

Karl Marx famously said that religion was the opiate of the masses. Although his taunt misses true religion, there are many forms of religion in the world that his arrow hits dead center. One of them would be the Pharisaism of Jesus’ day.image

We often miss the import of the Lord’s teaching,...

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Written by Douglas Wilson
Saturday, 24 June 2017 10:32

Rejecting Logic Featured

A group of protesters in Wisconsin recently found themselves in an embarrassing situation. The headline reads, “Awkward: Protesters Fail to Inflate Coal Plant Balloon With Renewable Energy.”[i] The group of unhappy activists was protesting Madison Gas and Electric’s new rates,...

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Written by Tim Shaughnessy
Saturday, 24 June 2017 10:29

Objectively Submitting

The Table before us is set by God Himself. He invites us to it, and as we sit down with Him (in the person of the Lord Jesus), He deals with us. We cannot prevent this, we cannot manipulate it, and we cannot turn it to our own ends.image

This Table means what God says it means. It does not mean what...

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Written by Douglas Wilson
Saturday, 24 June 2017 10:21

A tale of two journeys

Saturday, 24 June 2017 08:22

The God Who Sings

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“Sing, O daughter of Zion; shout, O Israel; be glad and rejoice with all the heart…the king of Israel, even the LORD, is in the midst of thee…The LORD thy God in the midst of thee is mighty; He will save, He will rejoice over thee with joy; He will rest in His love, He will joy...

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Written by Pastor Kevin Sadler
Saturday, 24 June 2017 08:14

Christ’s Prediction of Victory

image Dr. Sam Waldron writes, “… one of the great things about the Optimistic Amillennialism which I defend and teach is that it is not mere theory and speculation about the distant future. The focus of optimistic amillennialism is not a Jewish Millennium by and by, but the Christian church...

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Written by John Samson
Saturday, 24 June 2017 08:12

Reading Scriptural Narrative

I am working through Biblical Doctrine by MacArthur and Mayhue. I am going to have a criticism of a single sentence, so I should put this into context. The work over all is quite good. The greatest strength of the work lies with the marshaling of biblical evidence.  When it sets forth a...

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Written by memoirandremains
Saturday, 24 June 2017 07:45

Weekly Roundup 6/19/2017-6/24/2017

This is our weekly roundup of posts for 6/19/2017-6/24/2017. If you have any feedback on how we can serve you our readers better, I would appreciate it.  Thank you for reading and allowing us to minister to you throughout this past week through these posts.

Monday 6/19/2017

Episode 96-...

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Written by Dave Jenkins
Saturday, 24 June 2017 07:42

Personal Holiness, Christlikeness and the Doctrine of Imputation Featured

by Mike Ratliff

18 You shall not take vengeance, nor bear any grudge against the sons of your people, but you shall love your neighbor as yourself; I am the Lord. Leviticus 19:18 (NASB) 

21 If your enemy is hungry, give him food to eat;And if he is thirsty, give him water to drink;22 For...

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Written by Mike Ratliff
Saturday, 24 June 2017 07:00

EChurch@Wartburg – 6.25.17

Without the Powerful Juice for Life Called Prayer We Will All Crash

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Saturday, 24 June 2017 06:41

Prayer that Cheers

Introduction Do you feel down in the dumps? Do you struggle with yourself? Does life ever overwhelm you? Has your faith become a drudgery? Are the storms of life upsetting? Is your service for Christ costly? If you take advice from James you’ll certainly get help.

Context The theme that runs...

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Written by Andrew Kerr