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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Wednesday, 13 December 2017 15:00

Gardening with Luther

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To Wittenberg, and a hot date with a plate of sausages and a mug of beer.

Last week I paid a short visit to Germany with three friends for a slightly post hoc celebration of the Reformation. Andy Johnston, with a doctorate on Luther and limitless enthusiasm for his subject, was our guide and...

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Written by Matthew Hosier
Wednesday, 13 December 2017 14:55

Bethelgate – looking under the rug of Bethel administration.

After denying the charge, Bethel was exposed for promoting necromancy, in the form of what is known as ‘grave-sucking’. Now Bethel and their leadership claim they are not responsible for promoting New Age occultism in the form of ‘tarot card readings’. This article refutes...

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Written by churchwatcher
Wednesday, 13 December 2017 14:45

SRR #68 | The Danielic Imperative Part 6 Featured

Join Tim Shaughnessy and Tim Kauffman for this weeks episode of Semper Reformanda Radio as Tim Kauffman leads us in our discussion on eschatology and the book of Daniel. Our primary text for this week is Daniel 11:29-31.

29 At the time appointed he shall return, and come toward the south; but it...

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Written by Tim Shaughnessy
Wednesday, 13 December 2017 14:30

Double Your PRTS Donation by Dec 31

Here’s a message from my colleague, Chris Hanna, Director of Development and Marketing at PRTS.

Dear PRTS Partner,

The end of 2017 is just about here, and it has been a remarkable year. There has been joy and sorrow, but throughout it all the Lord has reigned from on high. He is still sovereign!...

 

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Written by David Murray
Wednesday, 13 December 2017 14:10

Is There a Different Process of Church Discipline for Elders?

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Most people are aware of the process of church discipline outlined in Matthew 18 (vv. 15-18). In order to promote the purity of the church and the testimony of the gospel, Christians must ensure that the other members of their church are living in a way that reflects submission to...

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Written by Erik Raymond
Wednesday, 13 December 2017 14:05

December 14: Rev. Charles Beatty

Ready and willing to go for Christ . . . anywhereby Rev. David T. Myers

imageThe young Irish salesman was sparring verbally with the small group of college students. Only he was doing it in Latin, remembered from his classical education classes of his youth in Northern Ireland.  Sensing his gifts,...

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Written by archivist
Wednesday, 13 December 2017 14:05

What is Preaching?

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In He is Not Silent, Albert Mohler writes, “According to the Bible, exposition is preaching. And preaching is exposition.” I share his assessment, and yet I must acknowledge that a consensus definition for expository preaching proves stubbornly elusive. Consequentially, and...

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Written by Jason K. Allen
Wednesday, 13 December 2017 14:00

From the Library: Preserving the Christmas Story in Matthew

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As Christmas approaches each year, Christians around the world turn once again to the account of Jesus’ birth in Matthew 1–2. This beloved passage occupies a privileged position at the beginning of the NT. However, because of its prominent place at the front of each Gospels codex, it...

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Wednesday, 13 December 2017 14:00

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The #MeToo Movement Is Destroying Trust Between Men And Women I don’t agree with everything in this article, and it shouldn’t be used as a weapon against legitimate complaints. But it shows how the devil can use good movements with worthy aims to ultimately destroy one of...

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Written by David Murray
Wednesday, 13 December 2017 14:00

Hymn: "O Little Town of Bethlehem" by Phillips Brooks

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O Little Town of BethlehemBy: Phillips Brooks

O little town of Bethlehem, How still we see thee lie! Above thy deep and dreamless sleep The silent stars go by. Yet in thy dark streets shineth The everlasting Light; The hopes and fears of all the years Are met in thee tonight.

For Christ is born of...

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Written by TFL
Wednesday, 13 December 2017 13:47

Born of the Virgin Mary

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R.C Sproul:

Along with the great theologian and philosopher Anselm of Canterbury we ask the question, Cur deus homo? Why the God-man? When we look at the biblical answer to that question, we see that the purpose behind the incarnation of Christ is to fulfill His work as God’s...

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Written by Peter Cockrell
Wednesday, 13 December 2017 13:01

Being a Blessing

December 14

“[Jesus] went a little farther, and fell on the ground, and prayed… ‘Father, all things are possible for You. Take this cup away from Me; nevertheless, not what I will, but what You will.” -MARK 14:35,36

True prayer affords us the greatest opportunity for...

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Written by Chip Brogden
Wednesday, 13 December 2017 13:00

The Great Life

Peace I leave with you, My peace I give to you; not as the world gives do I give to you. Let not your heart be troubled… —John 14:27

Whenever we experience something difficult in our personal life, we are tempted to blame God. But we are the ones in the wrong, not God. Blaming God is...

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Written by RSS | My Utmost For His Highest
Wednesday, 13 December 2017 12:57

Facebook Will Not Allow Speaking Evil of Islam – But They WILL Allow…….

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Pray for Mark Zuckerberg and his employees. Pray for their souls.

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Written by Geri Ungurean
Wednesday, 13 December 2017 12:45

Paul Pressler Accused of Molestation in Lawsuit

The architect of the conservative movement in the SBC has been named in a lawsuit claiming sexual abuse over a period of decades.

Authors: deb...

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Wednesday, 13 December 2017 12:23

Pentecostalism and Its Impact

Introduction In writing this analysis, it is important to note that the Pentecostal movement is diverse and heterogeneous. Some charismatic Christian groups are extremely adhoc and fluid in technique, such as the Wesley and quasi Pentecostal-Baptists churches, whilst other groups are more organized...

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Written by Jacques Lucas
Wednesday, 13 December 2017 11:54

First Corinthians | Session 7 | 1 Corinthians 3:1 Featured

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Dr. Randy White teaches 1 Corinthians verse-by-verse. This session begins in 1 Corinthians 3:1

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Written by Nathan White
Wednesday, 13 December 2017 11:36

Identical strangers

Catholic theology is centered on "the Church". Catholics try to co-opt discussions about the church. The church is less central to Protestant theology, not because the church is unimportant, but because the church is the effect of other things. In traditional Catholic theology, the church is the...

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Written by steve
Wednesday, 13 December 2017 10:03

This is How God Works

For to each repentant one the valley of lowliness and sorrow becomes a door of hope; especially where God chastens for our sins will He comfort and heal. It is a strong word, “scourgeth.” He “scourgeth every son whom He receiveth.” Look again at the sinning sons of Jacob....

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Written by memoirandremains
Wednesday, 13 December 2017 10:00

LITV Episode 32 | The Five Solas Part 2 Featured

Segment 1

  • We begin with a review on the five solas and definitions.
  • We begin with Sola Fide.
  • Grace...

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Written by John Johnson
Wednesday, 13 December 2017 10:00

Preferably Made out of Titanium

“Someone really does need to tell secularist America that her gods are genuinely pathetic. And currently, the Muslims are doing this because the Christians won’t. And the Christians who won’t do this are not so much in need of a different kind of theology as they are in need of a...

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Written by Douglas Wilson
Wednesday, 13 December 2017 10:00

Born of the Virgin Mary

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Along with the great theologian and philosopher Anselm of Canterbury we ask the question, Cur deus homo? Why the God-man? When we look at the biblical answer to that question, we see that the purpose behind the incarnation of Christ is to fulfill His work as God’s appointed Mediator. It is...

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Written by R.C. Sproul
Wednesday, 13 December 2017 09:44

Bethel Church of Redding CA Using Tarot Cards and Practicing “Christalignment” New Age on Steroids

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I wonder if any of my readers read the Frank Peretti books from the early 1990’s.  Remember “This Present Darkness” and Piercing the Darkness?”

I was a very young Christian when I read those books.  Over the little church in the small town, were demons plotting and...

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Written by Geri Ungurean
Wednesday, 13 December 2017 08:11

Sola Scriptura vs spiritual blindness Featured

by Mike Ratliff

13 But He answered and said, “Every plant which My heavenly Father has not planted will be uprooted. 14 Let them alone. They are blind leaders of the blind. And if the blind leads the blind, both will fall into a ditch.” Matthew 15:13-14 (NKJV) 

What is Sola...

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Written by Mike Ratliff
Wednesday, 13 December 2017 08:00

Roman Catholicism’s View of Salvation | The Rapp Report daily 029 | SFE | Andrew Rappaport Featured

This podcast evaluates the view of salvation in Roman Catholoicism.

This podcast is a ministry of Striving for Eternity and all our resources http://strivingforeternity.org/

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Written by Andrew Rappaport
Wednesday, 13 December 2017 07:53

List of important Christians to follow on social media (not). Plus, ridiculous books Featured

Crosswalk Ministry recently posted a story titled 20 Important Christians You Should Follow on Social Media. Crosswalk.com's Aboutsays,
Crosswalk.com aims to offer the most compelling biblically-based content to Christians on their walk with Jesus. Crosswalk.com is your online destination for all...

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Written by The End Time
Wednesday, 13 December 2017 07:20

Indonesian seminar on miracles, 7.2

24 minutes, in English and Indonesian

Authors: Craig Keener...

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Written by Craig Keener
Wednesday, 13 December 2017 05:52

The big story from Alabama’s senatorial election is the absence of evangelical voters

image In a column for RNS, Jonathan Merritt takes Albert Mohler to task for Mohler’s analysis of last night’s election results. He writes:

Albert Mohler, president of The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, appeared on CNN around 1 am to give conservative Christians credit for the...

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Written by Denny Burk
Wednesday, 13 December 2017 05:50

The Bible Comes to Life Like Never Before!

image GENESIS: PARADISE LOST BRINGS THE BIBLE TO LIFE . . . “Thank you so much Genesis Movie! What a powerful testimony about our Creator. I grew up in church hearing about Adam and Eve and the Creation, but to put on those 3D glasses and see the visual, as the word of God is read […]

Au...

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Written by Mary Jo LeBlanc
Wednesday, 13 December 2017 05:22

Head of Planned Parenthood: “It’s Time for Women to Brag About Their Abortions.”

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Perhaps Cecile Richards is demon possessed.

I don’t have any other explanation for her words that women should “brag” about their abortions.  She is telling them to boast and brag about murdering their children!

Most of the Left who have had abortions talk tough about their...

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Written by Geri Ungurean
Wednesday, 13 December 2017 05:07

Standing Against the Tide of Moral Relativism

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Perhaps the biggest casualty in the ongoing war against God and truth is this generation of young people. Meanings of words have been changed, history rewritten, and political correctness rules the day. Evil is now called good, and good people are falling for the deception. Pastor John MacArthur...

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Written by David Fiorazo
Wednesday, 13 December 2017 05:00

A Reader’s Guide to the Major Writings of Jonathan Edwards

He was the most important mind America ever produced, a theologian/philosopher extraordinaire. He was one of the most well-known pastors to stand behind the “preacher’s desk.” And he was a prolific author, missionary, and college president. Despite his impressive pedigree, this...

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Written by David Steele
Wednesday, 13 December 2017 04:57

A Song Unfit for A Time Such as This

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“Baby it’s cold outside” is not simply an appropriate description of Michigan right now but also a song that should be abandoned (and some have attributed it to the Christmas season) in these sexually charged times:

I really can’t stay – Baby it’s cold outside I&rs...

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Written by D. G. Hart
Wednesday, 13 December 2017 04:37

Bethel Church “Knights” Their Graduates? What is that About? Part 1 Featured

Church Watch Central writes:

Can we assume that when students graduate from Bethel School of the Supernatural, they are… knighted? In 2010 many were knighted by Kris Vallotton and Bill Johnson. If anyone can email us to explain why actual swords are involved, what this means and what is said...

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Written by News Division
Wednesday, 13 December 2017 04:36

The Book of Romans | Session 32 | Romans 10:14-21 Featured

imageDr. Randy White teaches Romans verse by verse. This session covers Romans 10:14-21. It will be broadcast live at 6:30 PM Mountain time.

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Written by Nathan White
Wednesday, 13 December 2017 04:27

Jesus: Everlasting Father

Isaiah prophesied that the incarnate Jesus would be called “Everlasting Father,” among other titles listed in Isaiah 9:6. What does this title mean? Commentators have given a variety of answers to these words contained here:

 For to us a child is born,to us a son is given; and the...

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Written by James Faris
Wednesday, 13 December 2017 04:18

Polling Shows The Importance Of Christmas Apologetics

The Pew Research Center recently published the results of a study showing that Americans hold a significantly less Christian view of Christmas than they did as recently as a few years ago. For example:
Not only are some of the more religious aspects of Christmas less prominent in the public sphere,...

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Written by Jason Engwer
Wednesday, 13 December 2017 03:48

The Day After: Random Thoughts in a Weird World

Random thoughts after the divisive Alabama Senate race and the tragic story about Judge Pressler.

1. It is time that character becomes an issue once again in American politics. 

The truth is that sin, hypocrisy, and all kinds of darkness have always been a part of the American political...

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Written by Dave Miller
Wednesday, 13 December 2017 03:46

NLT Christian Basics Bible Review

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As I am preparing to step into a Senior Pastor role, I find myself looking at resources for the disciples who come to church and today I would like to introduce you to one of the two Bibles newly saved disciples will be offered, the NLT Christian...

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Written by Matt Sherro
Wednesday, 13 December 2017 03:19

Introducing #The12 Shirts. Get Yours Now. Featured

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In December of 2014, we launched #the15 when Ed Stetzer said that we were “just the same 15 angry Calvinists mad at everything.” By the time it was over,  thousands of Arminians and Calvinists were tweeting with the hashtag #the15 in wide-sweeping support for discernment. With that...

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Written by News Division
Wednesday, 13 December 2017 03:00

Dads, Lead Your Family Spiritually (New Resource)

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One of the highest callings of manhood is the spiritual leadership of a family. The same is also one of the greatest challenges and potentially one of the biggest sources of frustration, due to lack of time and uncertainty of how to start. I spoke on this topic at Park FG‘s recent men’s...

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Written by Joel Settecase
Wednesday, 13 December 2017 02:43

To Wed or Not to Wed? – 1 Corinthians 7:25-40

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Authors: Pastor Jeff Seekins...

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Written by Pastor Jeff Seekins
Wednesday, 13 December 2017 02:27

What fruits have you seen for practicing membership discipline?

Aaron Menikoff, a pastor in Atlanta, reflects on the fruit he’s seen as his church has sought to carefully practice membership & discipline.

Authors: Daniel Gardner

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Written by Daniel Gardner
Wednesday, 13 December 2017 02:22

The Subject of Baptism

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Thus far we have noted what the Westminster Standards teach concerning the nature and purpose of baptism, and the relationship between the Word and sacraments. The Standards' position on these two points suggests that the Assembly rejected the doctrine of baptismal regeneration. In this article, we...

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Written by Meet the Puritans
Wednesday, 13 December 2017 02:10

Asking for Prayers for Ministry

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Ran out of steam to finish my post I was working on last night.  I wanted to ask for prayers from you guys with the ministry God has given me.  Specifically pray for strength, wisdom and guidance with various unspoken issues. In the middle of it all I need to finish preparation for a...

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Written by SLIMJIM