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, 14 October 2017 07:00

EChurch@Wartburg – 10.15.17

What Upsets You the Most is What Matters the Most

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Written by deb
Saturday, 14 October 2017 06:34

Fundamentalism and Liberalism

Saturday, 14 October 2017 06:29

Apostle Danny Nalliah honoring serial pedophile ‘NARpostle’ Frank Houston in 2006… with the Prime Minister and Brian Houston’s endorsement?

In light of the audio of Frank Houston preaching before his death, (exposing that Brian Houston lied to the Royal Commission), it is worth highlighting the Houston family attended a ‘Thanksgiving Service’ put on by Apostle Danny Nalliah. Although Brian Houston (as CLC/Hillsong...

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Written by churchwatcher
Saturday, 14 October 2017 04:52

10 Classic Christian Books That Are Ridiculously Cheap on Kindle

A few years ago, I read an articlethat outlined 25 Classic Christian books. Bad news: most of the books are expensive. Good news: many of the books are ridiculously cheap on Kindle. What do you do?

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For you e-readersreading on a budget, here are 10 classics you can add to your arsenal right away...

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Written by David Qaoud
Saturday, 14 October 2017 04:45

Visions, dreams, and revelations: Demon possession or genuine prophetic fits?

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Elizabeth Prata delves into the latest trend in the visible Church that has God speaking to His people through visions, dreams, visits, i.e. extra-biblical revelation. Those who claim to hear directly from God say they’re Christians but the truth of the matter is that many of these...

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Written by Marsha West
Saturday, 14 October 2017 03:15

Weekly Roundup 10/9/2017-10/14/2017

This is our weekly roundup of posts for 10/9/2017-10/14/2017. 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 10/9/2017

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Written by Dave Jenkins
Saturday, 14 October 2017 02:58

Why is the Reformation Important for Daily Living?

As we celebrate the 500th anniversary of the Reformation, I have heard people ask, “Why is this important to us?” The five main doctrines around which the Reformers united stem from the very gospel that impacts daily living. In the midst of turmoil with the Roman Catholic Church, many...

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Written by Kevin Carson
Saturday, 14 October 2017 02:55

Which Joy Rules Your Heart?

John Owen (1616–1683) has a reputation for being hard on sin — and even harder to read. Nineteenth-century Scottish professor John Duncan is famous for assigning Owen to his students with the warning, “Prepare for the knife!” And theologian A.W. Pink said he found more salt...

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Written by Brian Hedges
Saturday, 14 October 2017 02:18

Revealing Quotes by Influential Contemplatives

Revealing Quotes by Influential Contemplatives

These revealing quotes are from well-known figures who have significantly influenced the religious landscape in today’s culture. Sadly, they have helped to mislead millions with their promotion of contemplative prayer (a mystical,...

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Written by Lighthouse Trails Editors
Saturday, 14 October 2017 02:10

Why you must pray for the local church when there is a break up or scandal.

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Written by Acidri
Saturday, 14 October 2017 02:09

Joel Green on penal substitution

Joel Green is a leading Arminian NT scholar and critic of penal substitution. I'm going to comment on some of his objections to Tom Schreiner's exposition of penal substitution in J. Beilby & P. Eddy, eds. The Nature of the Atonement: Four Views (IVP 2006).
By what logic can it be...

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Written by steve
Saturday, 14 October 2017 02:00

The Inductive Three

First up in our series on Methodologies of Bible Study are what I call the Inductive Three. These are the three questions at the heart of Inductive Study and indeed, are foundational to expository teaching. They are:

  • What does it say?
  • What does it mean?
  • What do I need to do about it (Sometimes phrased...

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Written by Matt Sherro
Saturday, 14 October 2017 01:36

Christian Competence

Time is pressing on in sermon preparation, so on this Saturday afternoon I thought I’d share my morning thoughts.

Introduction

Perhaps your feeling tired or jaded in the work. Maybe you feel the burden of the responsibility to preach. “Who” you may wonder “is sufficient for...

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Written by Andrew Kerr
Saturday, 14 October 2017 01:29

Antichrist(s)

image This is an excellent, balanced, and biblical resource on an often misunderstood teaching of Scripture: The Man of Sin: Uncovering the Truth about the Antichrist. I marked the following paragraphs (among many others) that are worth sharing:

“The biblical writers do indeed foretell of...

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Written by Reformed Reader
Saturday, 14 October 2017 01:21

Dr. Irons on "The Righteousness of God and the New Perspective on Paul"

Here's the audio from Dr. Charles Lee Irons Author's Forum Lecture on his book/dissertation, The Righteousness of God:  A Lexical Examination of the Covenant-Faithfulness Interpretation.

The Righteousness of God

 

Authors: Kim Riddlebarger...

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Written by Kim Riddlebarger
Saturday, 14 October 2017 01:12

About the Church

imageArticle: Dr. Sam Storms – 10 Things You should Know About the Church (original source here).

It’s both amazing and deeply distressing that I continue to hear of people who are supposedly “in love with Jesus” but not with the church. “We like you, Jesus, but we...

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Written by John Samson
Saturday, 14 October 2017 00:52

The Apostles Creed 16: I believe in the Holy Ghost

Introduction:

The fact that the Holy Spirit is mentioned by name late in the Creed does not make Him an afterthought. He is not present here as a postscript. When we begin the Creed with the words I believe, this is only possible because the Holy Spirit has been at work. He is the one who quickens...

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Written by Douglas Wilson
Saturday, 14 October 2017 00:41

Upside Down, Gently Bobbing

Not a person in this room has to struggle with the temptations that other people have. And every person in this room does in fact have to struggle against the temptations that present themselves, daily, to each.image

Now as we all seek to establish our walk with Christ, one of the perennial temptations...

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Written by Douglas Wilson
Saturday, 14 October 2017 00:35

Reciprocity

The Bible teaches us that we as Christians partake of Christ. When we come to this Table, we partake of His body, and of His blood. But we do not partake of Christ in some isolated fashion, as though it were possible to partake of one narrow portion of Him. We partake of totus Christus, all of...

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Written by Douglas Wilson
Saturday, 14 October 2017 00:15

Original Sin: Disposition or Ability.

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Since the fall, human beings are said to be born with original or inherited sin. By whatever means we inherit this problem, we have it innately. We do not acquire it sometime in our lives. Paul tells us that Adam's sin affects the whole human species (Rom 5:12). Luther wrote, "all men are...

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Written by Ben Holloway
Saturday, 14 October 2017 00:00

Woman freezes her eggs after wasting 8 years in relationship with NBA player

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First, I want to recap this story about a woman who had an 8-year relationship with a former NBA basketball player. He proposed marriage around year 7. In year 8, the NBA player announced that he was gay and broke off their engagement.

The UK Daily Mail reported on it in...

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Written by Wintery Knight
Friday, 13 October 2017 23:17

Righteousness v. Wealth Featured

I was saying last night at Bible Study that I live paycheck to paycheck. The relentlessness of always minding the budget and working assiduously to stretch it to the end of the month gets tiring and frustrating at times. The discussion was about contentment v. discontentment. I said I work hard to...

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Written by The End Time
Friday, 13 October 2017 23:12

Prata's Place-Graceful Garlands 37: Wretched Humility

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Authors: The End Time...

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Friday, 13 October 2017 22:42

Polemics Report 163 | Did the Father Forsake the Son? Featured

In today’s program, JD answers a sincere question about apostate children and another on what language Jesus spoke. After a Spurgeon Calling segment, JD plays a part of a message he delivered this Sunday.

Original Air Date: August 26, 2014

Hear More Archived Episodes of The Polemics Report...

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Written by Justus Zenas
Friday, 13 October 2017 22:39

Vlog: Ask Me Anything

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I always enjoy answering the questions that come in through my Ask Me Anything feature. I usually answer them in writing, but as I transition (at least for now) to a video format, I’ve decided to try answering them that way. Here’s the very first video edition of Ask Me Anything. I...

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Written by Tim Challies
Friday, 13 October 2017 22:18

ACBL Releases Their 95 Theses on Authentic Christian Legal Counseling

imageJacksonville, FL (WD) - The Association of Certified Biblical Lawyers (ACBL) last week released their "95 Theses for an Authentically Christian Commitment to Legal Counseling", just days 2 weeks after the Association of Christian Biblical Counselors (ACBC) released THEIR 95 Theses for Christian...

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Written by FBC Jax Watchdog
Friday, 13 October 2017 22:02

10 PRACTICAL THINGS ABOUT LIGHTHOUSE TRAILS YOU MIGHT FIND USEFUL

10 PRACTICAL THINGS ABOUT LIGHTHOUSE TRAILS YOU MIGHT FIND USEFUL

10 things you might find useful about the practical aspects of Lighthouse Trails Publishing & Research Project: 1. WEBSITES—We have two main sites: www.lighthousetrails.com, which is the publishing site and store that sells...

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Written by Lighthouse Trails Editors
Friday, 13 October 2017 21:21

The Battle for Inerrancy

The battle for inerrancy isn’t new. It is a cyclical battle which has dogged the church for centuries. You might even say that the questioning of God’s inerrant word first occurred in the Garden of Eden when the serpent modified God’s instructions to Adam. The issue has become a...

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Written by Alf Cengia
Friday, 13 October 2017 21:00

God's Origin Story

image Where did God come from? Does He have an origin story. Guest blogger Timothy Fox shows that, unlike superheroes, God does not have an origin story.

Authors: Sean McDowell...

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Written by Sean McDowell
Friday, 13 October 2017 21:00

An Open Letter to Those Suffering from Depression

October 14, 2017 by: Shona Murrayimage

My dear friend,

I’m so sorry to hear that you are suffering with serious depression. Although you feel hopeless and helpless, I want to assure you right up front that there is hope and there is help. I’ve been there myself and I’ve felt the...

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Written by Shona Murray
Friday, 13 October 2017 20:29

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 days ago she got out of bed in the morning and realised that her engagement ring felt rough. On closer examination we...

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Written by Allan Murray
Friday, 13 October 2017 20:19

Weekend A La Carte (October 14)

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Today’s Kindle deals include a few books I’ve rarely seen on sale.

The Baffling Call of God

“August 5, 2014 was the darkest Tuesday of my life. My mother, critically ill with the Ebola virus, was returning from Liberia to the United States for treatment that we hoped would save her...

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Written by Tim Challies
Friday, 13 October 2017 20:08

Exalted Human Claims in the time of Jesus

The discussion of Andrew Loke’s new book in which he proposes that Jesus saw and spoke of himself as “truly divine” reminded me of some interesting Qumran fragments and the discussion about them.[1]

These fragments are often referred to by scholars as portions of a...

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Written by larryhurtado
Friday, 13 October 2017 20:00

Can Creationists Be Innovators?

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Bill Nye, popularly known for his Bill Nye the Science Guy kids’ TV show, recently wrote a new book titled Everything All at Once, which gives guidelines on how to “unleash your inner nerd, tap into radical curiosity, and solve any problem.” In a small part of his book, Nye calls...

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Written by Ken Ham
Friday, 13 October 2017 20:00

News Weakly - 10/7/2017

Whence Comes Rights?Last week the Department of Health and Human Services announced the rollback of the Obama era birth control mandate that all employers must provide contraceptive coverage for their employees. "'No American should be forced to violate his or her own conscience in order to abide...

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Written by Winging It
Friday, 13 October 2017 19:10

Robinson-Pierpont Byzantine Textform on the web

Ulrik Sandborg-Petersen has sent me an announcement:
The Robinson-Pierpont Byzantine Textform, along with various resources developed by Maurice A. Robinson, have a new home on the web at https://byzantinetext.com/.The website contains freely downloadable resources and pointers to further...

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Written by Tommy Wasserman
Friday, 13 October 2017 19:00

God Works Through His Appointed Means

For Martin Luther, the work of Christ came to sinners outwardly in God’s institutions and inwardly by the Holy Spirit and faith. Both the outward and the inward were necessary. He wrote:

“Now when God sends forth his holy gospel he deals with us in a twofold manner, first outwardly, then...

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Written by W. Robert Godfrey
Friday, 13 October 2017 18:33

What are we to make of the Strange Passage in Judges 19 of the Levite and his concubine?

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Judges 19 is a strange passage.  Yet it is in God’s Word.  So there’s a purpose God has for instructing us with it.  I’m convinced that the strange passages in Scriptures are passages that is worth our time studying more deeply to figure out what’s going on;...

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Written by SLIMJIM
Friday, 13 October 2017 18:00

Summing up Submission

“Yea, all of you be subject one to another, and be clothed with humility: for God resisteth the proud, and giveth grace to the humble.” (1 Peter 5:5)

Although this book was written to Christians during a time of horrible persecution, much of it is concerned with submission. Believers...

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Written by Days of Praise from ICR
Friday, 13 October 2017 15:51

CoG+: A Delicate Flower Featured

As you probably can tell is this another post about the notorious Professor Leighton Flowers. He has made a few new videos (probably in preparation for his upcoming debate).Flowers has the spiritual gift of not being able to add any new content to the conversation. He...

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Written by John Wilkinson
Friday, 13 October 2017 15:49

Acknowledging the Vulnerability of Not Having Control

Written by: Scotty Smith

The life of every living thing is in his hand, and the breath of every human being. Job 12:10 (NLT)

Heavenly Father, we're so thankful that you, quite literally, have the whole world in your hand. That frees us to acknowledge the obvious--we don't. We don't have control over...

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Written by Scotty Smith
Friday, 13 October 2017 15:05

October 14: Ruling Elders as Moderators

Not Every Presbyterian Denomination Operates This Way

The moderator of the first General Assembly of the Presbyterian Church in America was a ruling elder–the Hon. W. Jack Williamson. Since that time, the PCA has established a tradition of alternating between ruling elders and teaching elders...

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Written by archivist
Friday, 13 October 2017 15:00

The Key to the Missionary’s Work

Jesus came and spoke to them, saying, "All authority has been given to Me in heaven and on earth. Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations…" —Matthew 28:18-19

The key to the missionary’s work is the authority of Jesus Christ, not the needs of the lost. We are inclined to...

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Written by RSS | My Utmost For His Highest
Friday, 13 October 2017 15:00

1 Kings 17; Colossians 4; Ezekiel 47; Psalm 103

Written by: Don Carson

1 Kings 17; Colossians 4; Ezekiel 47; Psalm 103

HERE AND THERE IN THE New Testament we are suddenly given brief glimpses of arrays of Christian people. Romans 16 provides such a snapshot, and Colossians 4:7-18 provides us with another. The men and women briefly introduced...

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Written by Don Carson