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, 22 April 2017 00:00

The Thoroughly Rational Conversion of Michael Minot

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One of the things I’ve noticed hanging around in church on and off the last 20 years or so is that it often seems to be the case the church leaders seem to value some people as leaders more than others. Specifically, it seems to me that church...

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Written by Wintery Knight
Friday, 21 April 2017 21:33

No Fruit, No Conversion

Let it be a settled principle in our religion that when a person brings forth no fruits of the Spirit, they do not have the Holy Spirit within them. Let us resist as a deadly error the common idea, that all baptized people are born again, and that all members of the Church have the Holy Spirit. One...

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Written by The J.C. Ryle Archive
Friday, 21 April 2017 21:30

The Power of a Mother’s Surrender (Christian Men and Their Godly Moms)

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Every mother knows that at some point, in some way, she will have to surrender her children. While they are young, she is responsible for protecting and teaching and training them. But all the while, she will be preparing them for independence, preparing herself to release them to the world....

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Written by Tim Challies
Friday, 21 April 2017 21:17

Weekly Dose of Apologetics – 16-22 April 2017

Current Issues

Joe Carter – Supreme Court Hears Oral Arguments in Major Religious Liberty Case

“The outcome of the case will determine whether the government can discriminate against religious organizations and exclude them from receiving a generally available public benefit simply...

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Written by Mike Boling
Friday, 21 April 2017 20:52

Weekend A La Carte (April 22)

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Today’s Kindle deals include three books that will help you better understand the Bible.

Westminster Books is offering deals on catechisms and resources to help teach them.

How Brainy Women Benefit the Church

“Even today, when my husband tells other people that I’m smarter than he...

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Written by Tim Challies
Friday, 21 April 2017 20:00

News Weakly - 4/22/2017

Illegal Love
A Christian pastor was arrested in China for singing "Jesus Loves You". Apparently the song is considered "illegal religious activity." And the story only gets worse from there.We are concerned in America about our loss of our First Amendment right to the free exercise of religion and...

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Written by Winging It
Friday, 21 April 2017 19:00

TULIP and Reformed Theology: Perseverance of the Saints

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Writing to the Philippians, Paul says, "He who has begun a good work in you will perfect it to the end" (Phil. 1:6). Therein is the promise of God that what He starts in our souls, He intends to finish. So the old axiom in Reformed theology about the perseverance of the saints is this: If you have...

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Written by R.C. Sproul
Friday, 21 April 2017 18:00

Joy in the Christian Life

“These things have I spoken unto you, that my joy might remain in you, and that your joy might be full.” (John 15:11)

The word “fun” is never mentioned in the Bible, and “entertain” is used only in reference to being hospitable. Such activities as...

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Written by Days of Praise from ICR
Friday, 21 April 2017 17:11

Who Is God? Trinity Debate: Dr. James White vs Bro. Joe Ventilacion

This was a debate from last night that was streamed live on Youtube between Christian apologist James White and Joe Ventilacion.  Joe is advocating for the cult Iglesia ni Cristo.

Here’s the debate:

Here’s the description:

Dr. James White of Alpha & Omega Ministries debates...

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Written by SLIMJIM
Friday, 21 April 2017 16:00

Commentary on Thomas Aquinas's Virtue Ethics

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My newest book is Commentary on Thomas Aquinas’s Virtue Ethics,published by Cambridge University Press in April, 2017.

Part I is about virtue in general; Part II focuses on the virtue of justice.  I’ve written the book for in such a way as to be helpful to both scholars and...

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Written by jbudziszewski
Friday, 21 April 2017 15:30

04/22/17 Genuine Gratitude

READING: 2 Samuel 14-15, Luke 17:1-19

“And as they were going, they were cleansed.”

Luke 17:14

You would think they would have come running back to Jesus. They had been lepers, separated from others because of their disease. And, they had intentionally sought Jesus’ help...

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Written by Chuck Lawless
Friday, 21 April 2017 15:05

April 22: Everyone Wants to Slim Down

It seems that some were proposing a plan for a smaller General Assembly for the PCUSA back in the 1930’s. I had not previously paid attention to such efforts in any of the old line Presbyterian denominations. Compare this with some of the various plans for a delegated Assembly that...

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Written by archivist
Friday, 21 April 2017 15:00

The Light That Never Fails

We all, with unveiled face, beholding…the glory of the Lord… —2 Corinthians 3:18

A servant of God must stand so very much alone that he never realizes he is alone. In the early stages of the Christian life, disappointments will come— people who used to be lights will...

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Written by RSS | My Utmost For His Highest
Friday, 21 April 2017 15:00

Leviticus 26; Psalm 33; Eccl. 9; Titus 1

Leviticus 26; Psalm 33; Ecclesiastes 9; Titus 1

ONE OF THE COMMON FEATURES of ancient suzerainty treaties — treaties between some regional superpower and a vassal state (see March 13) — was some section near the end that spelled out the advantages of compliance and the dangers of...

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Written by Don Carson
Friday, 21 April 2017 15:00

10 Questions for Leaders to Ask Each Week

At theseminary where I teach, we are now completing end-of-the-academic year faculty evaluations. Annual evaluations like these are helpful and necessary. They push us to ask how we might improve over the next academic year.

Most leaders, though, would benefit from more regular evaluations...

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Written by Chuck Lawless
Friday, 21 April 2017 15:00

Narrow Gate: Wallpaper

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"For the gate is narrow and the way is hard that leads to life, and those who find it are few." - Matthew 7:14

View Past Wallpaper Archives on Pinterest What is my screen resolution.

Click Below to Download your Image:

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Written by TFL
Friday, 21 April 2017 14:38

Father, Send Grace in the Shape of Our Need

     Heal me, Lord, and I will be healed; save me and I will be saved, for you are the one I praiseJer. 17:14 (NIV)

     Restore to me the joy of your salvationPsalm 51:12 (ESV)

     Whom have I in heaven but you? I desire...

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Written by Scotty Smith
Friday, 21 April 2017 14:25

Georgia Baptist Mission Board Communications teams takes honors in national competition

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Rod Hampton sits in the Life With Purpose Radio studio on the third floor of the Georgia Baptist Missions and Ministry Center in Duluth and is part of the LWP team. He was one of six state missionaries on the Communications team who received an award for professional excellence in national...

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Written by Joe Westbury
Friday, 21 April 2017 14:13

God’s One Gift

Having the Son, possessing the Son, being one with the Son, we have and possess everything God is.

The post God’s One Gift appeared first on ChipBrogden.com.

Authors: Chip Brogden...

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Written by Chip Brogden
Friday, 21 April 2017 13:43

Grappling with Theology Ep. 11 | John Correia of Active Self Protection Featured

Active Self Protection

John Corriea of Active Self Protection is our guest this week. Click here to see his website.  We discuss the safe and proper handling of firearms for the use of self defense. John has a website and is a prolific YouTube content creator. Check out his YouTube channel here....

 

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Written by Len Pettis
Friday, 21 April 2017 12:42

The Fear of Christ

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Nehemiah is one of my favorite characters in scripture. He clearly understood the importance of not only being concerned with having a healthy fear of God, but he also understood the importance of being concerned with the well-being of God’s people. Such concerns are the essence of what we...

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Written by theidolbabbler
Friday, 21 April 2017 12:31

The Coronation of the Infantile

Introduction

My friend Toby Sumpter had a few wonderful things to say about one of the central confusions of our time, and it caused more discussion than it ought to have done—although the discussion did help to illustrate the confusion. But among thoughtful Christians, there really should be...

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Written by Douglas Wilson
Friday, 21 April 2017 11:42

TMS on the East Coast Featured

Did you know that, in addition to Los Angeles, The Master’s Seminary offers a fully-accredited M. Div. program in: Central CaliforniaMontana, Texas,  Washington DC, and Washington state? Today’s article features our distance location in Washington DC.

If you live...

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Written by Jesse Johnson
Friday, 21 April 2017 09:43

Available Now: Luther—The Life And Legacy Of The German Reformer

More information.

Authors: R. Scott Clark

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Written by R. Scott Clark
Friday, 21 April 2017 09:10

How to Resign From a Church Whether or Not You Are Under Church Discipline

Today's post is to become a permanent page. Please click the title to go there. How to Resign From a Church Whether or Not You Are Under Church Discipline Thank You   … Continue reading

Authors: dee...

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Written by dee
Friday, 21 April 2017 08:50

Acts 17: Paul in Athens

Free video lecture 18 on Acts

1-hour lecture on Paul’s ministry in Berea and Athens

Authors: Craig Keener...

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Written by Craig Keener
Friday, 21 April 2017 08:40

Prayerfully Pursuing God’s Gracious Power and Loving Presence

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Believer, because we are the temple of God, we should ask the Lord for more power from the Holy Spirit.  This power that is received, according to grace and not works, is essential to Christian growth.  The Bible speaks of the Lord filling His temple with His Holy Spirit and with...

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Written by Ryan Fullerton
Friday, 21 April 2017 08:19

The Comfort of Christ as King

Oh, this is a comforting word to a believing heart, for without Christ, man is subjected to many raging tyrants who are not kings but murderers, at whose hands he suffers great misery and fear. These are the devil, the flesh, the world, sin, also the law and eternal death, by all of which the...

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Written by memoirandremains
Friday, 21 April 2017 08:09

Review: Writing on the Wall by Tom Standage

A weekend nonfiction review!  Cause even ministers need breaks from heavy theological reading!

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Tom Standage.  Writing on the Wall.  New York, NY: Bloomsbury USA, October 15th 2013. 288 pp.

5 out of 5

Purchase: Amazon

This was a fascinating book on social media.  As...

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Written by SLIMJIM
Friday, 21 April 2017 06:38

Founding Fineprint

imageLots of apologists insist that the Church of Rome is the one that Jesus Christ founded. That strikes me as a real slight to the Eastern churches and especially to the Church of Jerusalem where Jesus ministered. After all, Tertullian didn’t ask, “What Hath Rome to do with...

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Written by D. G. Hart
Friday, 21 April 2017 05:58

Muhammed and Jesus Contrasted

Muhammed taught, in many circumstances, that we ought to kill or subjugate our enemies (e.g. Surah 9). Christ by example taught we ought to die for our enemies and liberate them ... It is recorded in history that Mohammed had killed dozens of his enemies by the time of his death. Jesus, having...

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Written by john_hendryx
Friday, 21 April 2017 04:39

Christian suffering

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Mike Ratliff of Possessing the Treasure offers hope for Christians who are suffering. Ratliff reminds us that “The hostility from those unworthy of the truth is like that of a wolf pack going after a few sheep.” He warns us to beware, to be careful. And he instructs us what to do in the...

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Written by Marsha West
Friday, 21 April 2017 04:34

Infographic: How Is Your Phone Changing You?

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The Data Is Clear—Our Phones Are Changing Us . . .

In January of 2017, we asked our readers to answer some questions related to their phone usage, a topic Tony Reinke addresses in his new book 12 Ways Your Phone Is Changing You. Like Tony, we were interested in probing the effect that our...

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Written by Crossway
Friday, 21 April 2017 04:14

World Kingdom Status | A.W. Tozer

In spite of our lip-service to democracy, Americans are a decidedly class-conscious people. The very politicians and educators and church leaders among us who sound abroad the praises of the common man and plead for equal rights for all are in private practice as aloof from the plain people as the...

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Written by revival-library
Friday, 21 April 2017 03:59

Put Your Child in “Big” Church

A common question these days is, “Should my child go to big church?” In a society smattered with multi-generational church clubs, classes, and youth pizza parties, many parents are wondering when their child should begin interfacing with adults on Sunday morning. The answer is,...

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Written by Anthony Wood
Friday, 21 April 2017 03:50

But What About Genetic Enhancement? An Excerpt from The Dictionary of Christianity and Science

What is the relationship between Christianity and Science? How does Christian theology relate to scientific inquiry?

The answer to these questions is finally here. The Dictionary of Christianity of Sciencegives you access to key terms, theories, individuals, debates, and much more to help you engage...

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Written by ZA Blog
Friday, 21 April 2017 03:40

Damning Doctrines: The Orthodox Church’s Denial of Christ’s Imputed Righteousness Featured

Recently, there has been a dispute between truth brought forth by Jeff Maples of Pulpit & Pen and people blinded by the traditions of Eastern Orthodoxy.  In a response to Jeff Maples’ post about his visit to Hank Hanegraaff’s new EO church in Charlotte, NC, a person who...

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Written by Michael Hall
Friday, 21 April 2017 03:38

What Does It Mean for Faith to Have an Object?

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From Merriam-Webster.comnoun, fāth

Definition of faith:

  1. allegiance to duty or a person: loyalty lost faith in the company’s president (1): fidelity to one’s promises (2): sincerity of intentions acted in good faith
  2. belief and trust in and loyalty to...

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Written by Craig Donofrio
Friday, 21 April 2017 03:36

Brice Jones on those NT Papyri Just Published

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Two new Greek NT papyrus fragments from Oxyrhynchus have been identified: one of Ephesians and one of 1 Timothy. These fragments, already assigned Gregory-Aland numbers, were just published in the latest volume of the Oyrhynchus Papyri–P.Oxy. 81. Dr. Geoff Smith, the author of...

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Written by Jim