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 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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Written by deb
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
Saturday, 24 June 2017 06:36

Bavinck: Prayers For The Dead Undermine Christ’s Intercession

If the doctrine of purgatory is untenable, all offerings and prayers for the dead automatically fall with it. Veneration of the dead by sacrifices and prayers was common among pagans. Intercession for the dead became a practice among the Jews later (2 . . . Continue reading →

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Written by R. Scott Clark
Saturday, 24 June 2017 06:05

A Troubling Truth: My Readership Plummets When the Title Mentions Israel

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I can write about just about any other topic; Soros, Obama, Globalism, the Middle East, Islam, terrorism – you name it and many people will read and comment.

I’ve been writing for over 3 years. At first, I thought that it was my imagination, but I now it’s real, and it troubles me.

W...

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Written by Geri Ungurean
Saturday, 24 June 2017 05:13

Grappling With Theology Ep. 20 Wrestling With Jiujitsu Featured

On this episode of #GWT, we interview Adam Staub. Adam discusses his background in Wrestling coaching and BJJ.  We discuss his church and upcoming changes with his podcast.  We then grapple with several theological issues including Lordship Salvation, Cessationism, Eschatology, and...

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Written by Frank Mullis
Saturday, 24 June 2017 04:43

Whatever It Is, I’m Against It

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Why does so much confusion surround the so-called Alt-Right while so many people are absolutely certain they oppose it? The Southern Baptist Convention seemed to set the standard for establishing indignant distance from the Alt-Right and its associations with white supremacy. At the same time,...

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Written by D. G. Hart
Saturday, 24 June 2017 04:40

Blogging to Edify and Evangelize the World

This post was inspired by Wally Fry who wrote Let’s Tell the World About Jesus.  He also shared a map of the world of where his blog was viewed at and his joy of knowing people were reached.

Why do we as Christians blog?  We must do it for God’s glory.

Secondarily we...

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Written by SLIMJIM
Saturday, 24 June 2017 02:56

The Weekly Amen

The Weekly Amen is a list of articles, videos, and other resources that I’ve recognized as content we want to “Amen”. This content will come from various platforms and highlight various perspectives on topics that affect the Church’s collective witness Read More ...

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Written by Courtlandt Perkins
Saturday, 24 June 2017 02:35

Nicene subordinationism and unitarian subordinationism

The core of Clarke's subordinationism is as follows. Certain names or titles in the Bible, including “God”, always are nearly always refer to the Father, giving him a kind of primacy among the three. The word “God” is used in higher and lower senses, and in his view the...

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Written by steve
Saturday, 24 June 2017 02:29

Musing from Under the Broom Tree

I sometimes feel like Elijah under the broom tree.  One of my greatest battles is to resist the sense of hopelessness when I make the mistake of thinking that nothing I do matters.  The state of Christianity the religion in the past several months has rapidly deteriorated.   The...

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Written by C.H. Fisher
Saturday, 24 June 2017 02:25

Utah Mission Update - Wow... Watch what God just did!

Good morning , More fantastic news! You will love to watch what just happened in Manti, Utah as we were sharing the gospel of the grace of Christ at the Mormon Miracle Pageant. Check out this 3.5 min. video: www.watchman.org/Utah2 Prayer Request: Please right now! This evening marks the...

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Written by profilesubs
Saturday, 24 June 2017 02:01

Christocentric Hermeneutics Old Testament Reinterpretation

Can Old Testament verses speaking of Israel be legitimately reinterpreted by the New? Can we trust what we plainly read in the Old Testament or do we need some kind of decoder ring? One frustration I continuously come across is the Covenant Theologian’s claim that the Old Testament is...

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Written by Alf Cengia
Saturday, 24 June 2017 01:31

How to fix a broom handle...

Went into the garage yesterday and found my push broom broken. Second time. Looking to save money, found this video and I'm stoked. Can't wait to get home and get to work.

 

Authors: Tim Bayly...

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Written by Tim Bayly
Saturday, 24 June 2017 00:25

Martin Luther on Death and Dying

Here’s an interesting essay you will enjoy very much.

imageIn the late 15th century, when Martin Luther was born and grew up, death was very much present. Family, friends, and neighbors seldom reached what we today would consider a middle age, and women of childbearing age were at special risk....

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Written by Jim
Saturday, 24 June 2017 00:25

Strict Justice vs Pactum Justice


I've been considering afresh the relationship of pactum justice with respect to Adam in the CoW and how that relates to strict justice in redemption. With Adam the reward would've been disproportionate to the work. The justice would not have been according to strict justice but rather according to...

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Written by Reformed Apologist
Saturday, 24 June 2017 00:12

Exposing or ignoring the ignominious blemish in our husbands Featured

Our pastor is going through Jonah. It's a great series. Naturally I got interested in reading Moby Dick, the Great American Novel, by Herman Melville. I'm to the part in Moby Dick where narrator Ishmael is signed and shipped aboard the Pequod. They are about to set off from Nantucket in search of...

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Written by The End Time
Saturday, 24 June 2017 00:00

Can recreational sex turn a selfish, irresponsible man into a marriage-minded provider?

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An article from the American Thinker answers the question that vexes many men. As you read this excerpt below, ask yourself if it is a man or a woman writing this.

First of all, liberal women seem to be having an awful lot of sex these days....

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Written by Wintery Knight
Friday, 23 June 2017 23:45

Successful Prophecy: Psalm 22 (A Response to Bob Sidensticker)

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Bob Sidensticker argues that Psalm 22 is not a prophetic psalm depicting the suffering of the Messiah.First, Sidensticker argues that the opening phrase, “My God, why have you forsaken me?” could not be the words of the Messiah. Instead, those words are a gnostic application...

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Written by Ben Holloway
Friday, 23 June 2017 23:44

Ecumenical vs. Evangelical

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Mike Riccardi:

One of the most devastating attacks on the life and health of the church throughout all of church history has been what is known as the ecumenical movement—the downplaying of doctrine in order to foster partnership in ministry between (a) genuine Christians and (b) people who...

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Written by Peter Cockrell
Friday, 23 June 2017 23:09

News Weakly - 6/24/2017

OverreachI don't suppose anyone is particularly paying attention, but I thought it was funny when the New York Times put up the story of how the European Court of Human Rights ruled that "Russia’s ‘Gay Propaganda’ Laws Are Illegal". I was only amused not because I think that...

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Written by Winging It
Friday, 23 June 2017 23:00

Learning to Accept Help from Others (Especially Your Husband)

June 24, 2017 by: Courtney Reissig

The Help That Humility Accepts

Accepting help means you're acknowledging that you are not God. God doesn't need help from anyone, but you, as a human being, need a whole lot of help to get things done.

But it's hard to accept help from others. We can talk...

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Written by Courtney Reissig
Friday, 23 June 2017 23:00

Gratitude and Faith: ACCS at 25

Here are my notes for my plenary address at the ACCS Repairing the Ruins Conference. It is in part a retrospective, in that this year marks our 25th conference.

Introduction:

As one who was there at the beginning of ACCS, I want to spend some time thanking the Lord for His great kindness to our...

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Written by Douglas Wilson
Friday, 23 June 2017 22:17

Weekly Dose of Apologetics – 18-24 Jun 2017

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Kristen Hatton – Social Media Isn’t Your Teens’ Biggest Problem

“The only solution to a heart bent toward sin is repentance and trust in the gospel. In a selfie world, let’s help our teens understand their true identity is found only in Jesus.”

Dane...

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Written by Mike Boling
Friday, 23 June 2017 22:00

The Great Potter

Friday, 23 June 2017 21:31

Total Depravity: The Tax Fraud Televangelist Edition

North Carolina televangelist Todd Coontz– author of numerous books on faith and finances – has been indicted on charges of tax fraud spanning more than a decade.

“As a minister, Coontz preached about receiving and managing wealth, yet he failed to keep his own finances in...

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Written by Jim
Friday, 23 June 2017 21:30

No Greater Accolade (Christian Men and their Godly Moms)

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What would it be like to spend time with history’s greatest theologian? Imagine if you had access to the greatest theological mind since Christ, not just for an hour or a day, but for years. Think of all the questions you might ask. Think of all the ways you could observe and imitate a life...

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Written by Tim Challies
Friday, 23 June 2017 21:30

Yoga: How Did it Conquer the World and What’s Changed?

Yoga: How Did it Conquer the World and What’s Changed?

LTRP Note: Posted for informational and research purposes. June 21st was the United Nations International Day of Yoga. BBC News Millions of people around the world have rolled out their yoga mats to celebrate a tradition that was once the...

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Written by Miscellaneous News Source
Friday, 23 June 2017 21:04

Weekend A La Carte (June 24)

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Westminster Books has discounted a selection of new books from Crossway.

The Success Affair

“Working with such couples, I’ve found it interesting to note when the affairs happen. Often pastors get into an affair when ministry is going well, when they are achieving their ministerial career...

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Written by Tim Challies
Friday, 23 June 2017 20:45

The Loving Friendship of Jesus Christ

Every true Christian has a Friend in heaven, of almighty power and boundless love. They are thought of, cared for, provided for, defended by God’s eternal Son. They have an unfailing Protector, who never slumbers or sleeps, and watches continually over their interests. The world may despise...

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Written by The J.C. Ryle Archive
Friday, 23 June 2017 20:00

Rainbow Fries and Flags: A Sign of Our Secular Times

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June has been designated LGBT Pride Month. Many organizations, groups, and companies have been displaying rainbow colors and flags to proudly celebrate these sinful lifestyles and choices. It seems there’s an increase in the number of organizations celebrating all things LGBT each year,...

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Written by Ken Ham
Friday, 23 June 2017 19:00

The Attitude of Apologetics

When people first hear the word apologetics, they typically think of our modern use of the word apology. They often conclude that the task of apologetics is apologizing for the Christian faith as if to say we are sorry for our faith. However, the word apologetics derives from the Greek word apologia...

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Written by Burk Parsons
Friday, 23 June 2017 18:00

Handfuls of Purpose

“And let fall also some of the handfuls of purpose for her, and leave them, that she may glean them, and rebuke her not.” (Ruth 2:16)

This verse contains the unusual instruction of Boaz to his servants concerning Ruth after she asked if she could glean after the reapers in his field of...

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Written by Days of Praise from ICR
Friday, 23 June 2017 17:52

This We Believe

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Many evangelical Christians are instinctively suspicious of the whole idea of creeds and confessions, those set forms of words that certain churches have used throughout the ages to give concise expression to the Christian faith. For such people,...

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Written by John Samson
Friday, 23 June 2017 17:33

CFTP | Episode #55 | How Does Sanctification Work? | PorchCon Update Featured

Join West Coast NCT Divines Chris and Paul as they review David Powlison’s book; How Does Sanctification Work?  Powlison’s work is creating a stir not only in the Reformed world but in the NCT community as well.  What is the “Key” to sanctification? Does man play a...

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Written by Paul Kaiser
Friday, 23 June 2017 16:14

Bruce Ashford series on the alt-right

Bruce Ashford has written an incredibly helpful 4-part series on the alt-right movement and how evangelicals should respond to it. Not only is this worth your time for reading and your own understanding, but many church members will likely have questions about Resolution 10 and what the SBC meant...

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Written by Brent Hobbs
Friday, 23 June 2017 16:02

Unanswered Prayer Is a Means to Test Our Faith

As God performs his sanctifying work in us—conforming us to the image of his Son, “the founder and perfecter of our faith” (Hebrews 12:2)—there will be times when answers to prayer seem out of all possible reach. When we try to discern the cause for this, we may find that...

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Written by Paul Tautges
Friday, 23 June 2017 15:30

06/24/17 Worshiping Anyway

READING: Job 1-2, Acts 7:22-43

“Throughout all this Job did not sin or blame God for anything.”

Job 1:22

I’m not sure I could do it.  

Job was a godly man, “a man of perfect integrity, who feared God and turned away from evil . . . the greatest man among all the...

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Written by Chuck Lawless
Friday, 23 June 2017 15:05

June 24: Matthew Thornton

His Epitaph was “An Honest Man”

He was the fifty-fifth delegate to sign the Declaration of Independence, even though he signed the historic document  three months after July 4, 1776.  He was a Presbyterian, and a faithful member of the Presbyterian Church of Londonderry,...

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Written by archivist
Friday, 23 June 2017 15:00

Reconciling Yourself to the Fact of Sin

This is your hour, and the power of darkness. —Luke 22:53

Not being reconciled to the fact of sin— not recognizing it and refusing to deal with it— produces all the disasters in life. You may talk about the lofty virtues of human nature, but there is something in human nature that...

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Written by RSS | My Utmost For His Highest
Friday, 23 June 2017 15:00

Deut. 29; Psalm 119: 49-72; Isaiah 56; Matthew 4

Written by: Don Carson

Deuteronomy 29; Psalm 119: 49-72; Isaiah 56; Matthew 4

“THE SECRET THINGS belong to the LORD our God, but the things revealed belong to us and to our children forever, that we may follow all the words of this law" (Deut. 29:29). The two principal points bear reflection.

Fir...

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Written by Don Carson
Friday, 23 June 2017 15:00

7 New Testament Verses that Challenge Me as a Christian Leader

Several months ago, I posted someOld Testament verses that challenge me as a Christian leader.Here are other verses from the New Testament that challenge me, especially as I think about standing before God’s people in worship this weekend:

  1. Matthew 12:36“I tell you that on the...

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Written by Chuck Lawless