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, 16 March 2018 07:12

Reaching the nations in small town Georgia


Annie Armstrong Easter Offering 2018 Week of Prayer missionary Trent DeLoach sits with children from many nations at the Clarkston International Bible Church – one of the most diverse square miles in the nation and home to more than 40,000 refugees over 25 years. NAMB/Special


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Written by North American Mission Board
Friday, 16 March 2018 07:02

Pastors talk of spiritual themes in Black Panther

imageThis is the second of a two-part story on the box office sensation Black Panther. Yesterday’s story focused on women who enjoyed the action-packed science fiction fantasy. Today The Index talks with pastors for their insight on why the movie is such a blockbuster success.

Michael Pigg considers...

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Written by Joe Westbury
Friday, 16 March 2018 06:55

People of Promise


The Christian can cling to any promise in the Bible because they belong to Jesus Christ. All of the promises of God are ours because of Him (2 Cor. 1:20). We should always be reading the Bible looking for promises (in both the Old and New Testament) that will help us in the Christian life.


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Written by Tim Conway
Friday, 16 March 2018 06:35

God Does Not Depend on Politics

image "As Christians, we don't need to 'win' when it comes to politics. We don't need to tie our hopes to one party or react with fury when the other guy gets in, as though some mere human might thwart God's plans - as though God sits in heaven and says, 'Oh this democratic system is really messing...

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Written by john_hendryx
Friday, 16 March 2018 06:15

The Latest Issue of the Review of Biblical Literature

The latest issue of Review of Biblical Literature is out. Reviews can be accessed by clicking the links below but unfortunately you must be a SBL member.Aaron Chalmers Interpreting the Prophets: Reading, Understanding and Preaching from the Worlds of the Prophetshttp://www.bookreviews.org/bookdetail...

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Written by BibleX
Friday, 16 March 2018 04:34

Is the devil stronger than God?

Okay, I know the answer to that question. I want to allay your concerns about my faith, my sanity and my theology in this first paragraph; and so my answer to that question is an emphatic, unequivocal, resounding, categorical “No!”

Satan is not stronger, more powerful, more potent than...

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Written by Gerald Harris
Friday, 16 March 2018 04:30

Losing Two Missionaries: How Should we Pray?

Yesterday, Southern Baptists lost two missionaries. According to reports I have seen, Randy and Kathy Arnett were killed in an automobile accident in the Democratic Republic of Congo. I have known, and worked with, Randy and Kathy for several years as they worked to develop theological education...

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Written by Scott Hildreth
Friday, 16 March 2018 04:27

Galatians 3 and 0176 - The Byzantine Text in Egypt

Let’s take a look at one of the earliest manuscripts of Paul’s epistle to the Galatians: 0176, a small uncial fragment from the 400s (or, perhaps, the late 300s). Researcher Brice Jones described 0176 back in 2015 as the remains of a “miniature codex,” that...

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Written by James Snapp
Friday, 16 March 2018 04:09

Apologetics in a Post Christian Age (Audio) -- Theological Cateogies (Part Four)

Here's the audio from the Wednesday Night Bible Study:  Human Freedom and Apologetics

Previous lectures in this series can be found here (scroll down): Apologetics in a Post Christian Age


Authors: Kim Riddlebarger...

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Written by Kim Riddlebarger
Friday, 16 March 2018 04:06

John Flavel: You are indebted to God

In nothing does Providence...

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Written by Acidri
Friday, 16 March 2018 03:56

The entertainment-driven church


Charles Spurgeon once said of church: If you have to give a carnival to get people to come to church, then you will have to keep giving carnivals to keep them coming back. So, why would church leaders want people to come to a Sunday worship service to be entertained? In the 1800’s, Spurgeon...

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Written by Marsha West
Friday, 16 March 2018 03:52

Vatican Caught Photoshopping, Forging Documents Featured


Pope Francis, who being accused regularly of heresy by Roman Catholics, desperately needs Pope Benedict to vouch for him.

No, the headline is not a repeat from the year 1073. After Pope Francis began condemning so-called “Fake News,” the Vatican has been caught red-handed, forging...

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Written by News Division
Friday, 16 March 2018 03:40

“Creeds and Traditions” Aren’t Keeping Us From Seeing the Unseen Realm

One of the most fascinating works I read last year was Michael Heiser’s The Unseen Realm: Recovering the Supernatural Worldview of the Bible. If you want a good overview of some of the argument, see Andrew Wilson’s post here. The long and the short of it is that, using much of the most...

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Written by Derek Rishmawy
Friday, 16 March 2018 03:29

Six Reasons Reformed Christians Should Embrace Six-Day Creation


This sponsored post was prepared by Director Thomas Purifoy Jr. on behalf of Is Genesis History?. When Is Genesis History? opened in theaters last year, we had no idea it would be the top-grossing Christian documentary for 2017. We were even more surprised when our distributor said it was bringing...

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Written by Kevin Schaal
Friday, 16 March 2018 03:00

March 15, 2018 Show with David Ould on “The Transgender Controversy: The Response From The Sydney, Australian Anglicans” (Part 2)


March 14, 2018:

David Ould: Senior Associate Minister @ St. John’s Anglican Cathedral, Parramatta, Australia, a Biblically faithful, theologically conservative, historically Reformed & confessionally Calvinistic body, who will address the very timely topic: PART 2 of “The...

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Written by Eric Nielsen
Friday, 16 March 2018 02:57

How to Be 100% Sure You are Going to Heaven

Can you know for sure that Heaven will be your eternal Home?  Yes! There are not many things in your life that you can know with 100% confidence. There are just too many variables and things out of your control. Circumstances change, and people let you down. Life is changing all the time, and...

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Written by admin
Friday, 16 March 2018 02:50

A Pastor's Intentional Resolve

A Pastor’s Intentional ResolveGeoffrey R. KirklandChrist Fellowship Bible ChurchAs a man called by God to serve His people as a shepherd, I commit myself to these intentional and essential duties of pastoral ministry. By God’s grace and with His help, I will faithfully live out and seek...

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Written by Geoffrey Kirkland
Friday, 16 March 2018 02:48

Anointed Man Cuddling Is Back – Leif Hetland – Man Cuddling Returns to the Church in the Seated Position


When I first started this blog I had an entry titled Glory of God Causes Man Cuddling? Prophetess Adele Gray .

The entry received a few thousand views, which surprised me because at the time, this was a very new blog. The idea of man cuddling was far off in the review mirror of my memory....

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Written by isnotsatire
Friday, 16 March 2018 02:46

Praying, talking, walking: Georgia Baptist students stand against violence


A student at Cartersville High School writes in the journal that will be sent to the family of a victim from the Feb. 14 Parkland, FL shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High. CARTERSVILLE CITY SCHOOLS/Facebook

Embracing quiet moments of reflection. Writing letters of support. Holding open...

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Written by Scott Barkley
Friday, 16 March 2018 02:45

A brief history of Stephen Hawking’s atheism

imageOne reason Hawking’s atheism was less well-known was he seemed to fudge the question of God’s existence for years. In his 1988 seminal best-seller, “A Brief History of Time,” he wrote, “The whole history of science has been the gradual realization that...

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Written by Kevin Schaal
Friday, 16 March 2018 02:30

This 'n' That

imageNo, this isn't the picture. In my house hangs a picture of a flute. I found it years ago at an art show in Chicago. I originally bought this picture for two primary reasons. First, it was drawn in pastels, a medium that has always held the fascination of this artistically deficient blogger. I...

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Written by EBenz
Friday, 16 March 2018 02:17

Video: Greg Locke Rebuked at Church, Church Assaults the Man and His Family Featured


Man politely prays for Locke and with the congregation, before saying Locke was unfit to preach and then being assaulted by the congregation.

Greg Locke is a conservative Internet-famous Facebook preacher who is known for his selfie-videos opining on political and social issues. He is pastor...

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Written by News Division
Friday, 16 March 2018 02:10

Over the Top Gun Violence in Movies

imageIn 2012, I wrote an article on the campaign by American Medical Association (AMA), to reduce the number of cigarette smoking and tobacco products highlighted in movies. It’s an important article and I recently reposted in this past March 6, 2018.

The reality appears to be that the AMA was very...

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Written by modres
Friday, 16 March 2018 02:01

Free Stuff Fridays (Crossway)


This week’s Free Stuff Fridays is sponsored by Crossway, who also sponsored the blog this week.

They are giving away a brand new product that I think will be of a lot of interest to you: the newESV Scripture Journals. There will be five winners this week and each will receive a complete New...

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Written by Tim Challies
Friday, 16 March 2018 01:28

Hemphill Election Website Secretly Sponsored by Louisiana Baptist Convention

If I have learned anything during my time as a pastor in Louisiana it is confirmation that power tends to corrupt and absolute power corrupts absolutely (originally from a letter by John Dalberg-Acton 1st Baron Acton to Mandell Creighton dated April 5, 1887). Please no jokes about the political...

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Written by Jay Adkins
Friday, 16 March 2018 01:23

God’s Goodness is His Glory

image by Stephen Charnock

The goodness of God is the most pleasant perfection of the Divine nature.

His creating power amazes us. His conducting wisdom astonisheth us. His goodness, as furnishing us with all conveniences, delights us and renders both His amazing power, and astonishing wisdom,...

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Written by john_hendryx
Friday, 16 March 2018 01:07

Pay the Price for a Ministry and Anointing Says Jennifer LeClaire

Apostle Jennifer LeClaire shared a link to  an old article about being willing to pay a price for the anointing so you can have a ministry.


On March 14, 2018, just a few days ago, I actually wrote a satire entry about this very thing titled How to Get God to Do Tricks for You so You Can Be...

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Written by isnotsatire
Friday, 16 March 2018 01:05

ICYMI: Glenn Nielsen on Preaching

Preach the Word, the Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod’s program for fostering excellence in preaching, has released its fourth module: “Applying God’s Word into People’s Lives.” It is presented by Concordia Seminary Prof. Glenn Nielsen.

The module’s goal, as...

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Written by Editor
Friday, 16 March 2018 00:37

Fulfilling The Great Commission In Cape Town

Guest post by the Rev. Simon Jooste, church planting pastor in Cape Town, South Africa. Reformed Church Southern Suburbs (RCSS) began as a Bible study of Reformed Church Bellville (RCB) in April 2012 with Rev. Jooste and his family in Rondebosch, Cape . . . Continue reading →

Authors: R. Scott...

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Written by R. Scott Clark
Friday, 16 March 2018 00:28


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Written by joey
Friday, 16 March 2018 00:26

He Shall Bear His Sin…

  Leviticus 24:15-16, “Whoever curses his God shall bear his sin. Whoever blasphemes the name of YHWH shall surely be put to death.”   Conforming Theological Imagination To Divine Revelation This is the sort of text that forces me to wrestle a bit with my own...

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Written by Full of Eyes
Friday, 16 March 2018 00:25

John Calvin and the Summa Rebooted

I noted a couple of years ago Calvin’s possibly revealing use of the word summa (as in, Summa theologiae) “so prominently in the first sentence [of the final edition of the Institutes (1559)],” and commented that 

[t]he gesture would signal, I think, a radical...

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Written by E.J. Hutchinson
Friday, 16 March 2018 00:22

5 strategies for actually reforming your church

Every parent knows the routine. After laboring to get a restless infant to sleep, one quietly walks toward the baby bed, slowly moves the baby from snuggle to prone position, and then stealthily tiptoes from the bed to a much hoped for quiet evening. Tiptoeing continues just in case the little...

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Written by Phil Newton
Friday, 16 March 2018 00:19

The Puritans on the Lord’s Supper (3)


Christ’s Presence in the Lord’s Supper

“One reason why we so little value the ordinance [of the Lord’s Supper], and profit so little by it, may be because we understand so little of the nature of that special communion with Christ which we have therein,” wrote John Owen....

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Written by Meet the Puritans
Friday, 16 March 2018 00:00

The murderous act of abortion.

Jeremiah 1:5 – This one verse destroys every argument for the murderous act of abortion. God Himself forms us in the womb (see Psa. 139:13; Isa. 44:24). No one is an accident.

We, too, have been formed (created by God), known (known by God), sanctified (by the blood of the Savior) and ordained...

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Written by The Daily Evidence
Friday, 16 March 2018 00:00

Wayne Grudem explains what the Bible says about spending, saving and charity

imageBible study that hits the spot

A practical lecture on money – spending, saving, charitable giving – from famous pastor Wayne Grudem.

I like the way that Wayne Grudem navigates the Bible finding the passages that tell you who God is, so that you can make better...

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Written by Wintery Knight
Thursday, 15 March 2018 23:55

Race, Racism, and Gospel in the Bible: Interacting with Jarvis Williams Pt. 2

  In his argument for racial reconciliation, Jarvis Williams makes a LOT of the fact that the gospel is not just about vertical reconciliation, but it is also about horizontal reconciliation. The idea of horizontal reconciliation is employed by those who have embraced the narrative that there...

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Written by edingess
Thursday, 15 March 2018 23:34

DBG Weekend Spotlight (3-16-18)

In this sermon, I preached from Titus 2 on the subject, “The Local Church is Ground-Zero for Discipleship.” I trust you will be encouraged as you think about the fact that Paul left Titus in Crete to strengthen local churches rather than build conventions, associations, or conferences.


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Written by Josh Buice
Thursday, 15 March 2018 23:30

SBC’s Church Planting Sunday

Back in 2007, I developed an initial desire to plant a church. As time went by, I began to ask the Lord if this was of Him or just human emotion. After submitting to Him in prayer, the desire began to grow daily until a clear vision for church planting took shape, and soon after, a small church...

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Written by Blake Smith
Thursday, 15 March 2018 23:22

Andrew Fuller Friday: Fuller on the Importance of Truth

Truth, we may be certain, is the same thing as what in the Scriptures is denominated “the gospel”—“the common salvation”—“the common faith”—“the faith once delivered to the saints”—“the truth as it is in Jesus,” . ....

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Written by Staff
Thursday, 15 March 2018 23:15

An Open Letter to the Suffering Christian

Dear friend,

What words can I say to you when your life is hard and you are hurting? If we were face to face, I probably wouldn’t start with words at all. I would want you to talk when you are able. I want to know you, what you are going through, what it is like for you, and how you are doing....

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Written by David Powlison
Thursday, 15 March 2018 23:02

Stephen Hawking’s Atheistic Delusion

Stephen Hawking, one of the world’s most renowned scientists who was known for his contributions to the world of theoretical physics, sadly passed away on March 14, 2018. Not only was Hawking a champion of scientific knowledge who made great contributions that will benefit society as long as...

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Written by JeffMaples
Thursday, 15 March 2018 22:45

#86: Abiding in Christ[Sermon]

Join Dave as he continues the study of the Gospel of John by looking at John 15:6-11.

The post #86: Abiding in Christ[Sermon] appeared first on Servants of Grace.

Authors: Dave Jenkins

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Written by Dave Jenkins
Thursday, 15 March 2018 22:39

Got Questions: Who was Saint Patrick and why do we celebrate St. Patrick's Day?

Question: "Who was Saint Patrick and why do we celebrate St. Patrick's Day?"

Patrick, whom almost everyone calls “Saint Patrick,” although he was never canonized by the Catholic Church, was born to a wealthy family in AD 387 in Kilpatrick, Scotland. His real name was Maewyn...

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Written by The Other Chad
Thursday, 15 March 2018 22:08

Rome: Sola Ecclesia or Sola Scriptura? (Kruger)

image (This is a re-blog from March, 2013)

A short while ago I posted some helpful and critical comments about Rome’s view of Scripture by Michael Kruger (in Canon Revisited). Here is part two of that post. The quote is a bit longer than my usual ones, but it is well worth the time.


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Written by Reformed Reader