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, 13 October 2017 01:23

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

Have you noticed the similarity among some of the founders of the major false religions of what I call "prophetic fits"? Most cults in the world began from some kind of vision or direct revelation or visitation from celestial beings claiming to be Mary, Jesus, angels, and so on. I listed some below...

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Written by The End Time
Friday, 13 October 2017 01:14

Taboo Calvinism

Most Calvinists I have ever read or heard or spoken to will insist that God is not the author of sin and evil. But can they, real Calvinists, say that with logic on their side? Or, when they say that, from within their own theological system, are they simply sacrificing logic entirely?
Calvin,...

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Written by steve
Friday, 13 October 2017 00:50

Holiness Deserves Thoughtful Consideration – An Excerpt from Sanctification (NSD)

Thinking the holy for Christians, and specifically for reformational Christians, appears a difficult task. It remains needed, however, for the prophetic and apostolic witness to Jesus Christ insists on the importance of holiness from start to finish.

Many view holiness as accidental or expendable or...

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Written by ZA Blog
Friday, 13 October 2017 00:45

Zwingli Contra The Pentecostalism Of The Catabaptists

Though the Catabaptists, who pretend to be so directed by the Spirit that if they stand still suddenly or go forward suddenly, they put it down to the Spirit, are not wrong (for we do not live, much less move, without the . . . Continue reading →

Authors: R. Scott Clark...

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Written by R. Scott Clark
Friday, 13 October 2017 00:26

Who Was Charles Fuller?

Written by: Justin Taylor

Fuller Theological Seminary--founded 70 years ago by evangelist Charles E. Fuller (1887-1968), his wife Grace, and Harold John Ockenga--has produced a nice little video about Fuller’s life and ministry.

George Marsden says that Daniel Fuller’s...

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Written by Justin Taylor
Friday, 13 October 2017 00:22

The Old Perspective on the Works of the Law (Nick Batzig)

Biblical studies have undergone something of a seismic shift over the past three decades. Noted scholars such as James D.G. Dunn, E.P. Sander and N.T. Wright have questioned whether the theologians of the Reformation have properly understood the theological arguments of the Apostle Paul. This...

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Written by Reformation21 Blog
Friday, 13 October 2017 00:07

Proverbs 22:6: Promise or Warning?

Train up a child in the way he should go: And when he is old, he will not depart from it. (Prov 22:6, KJV)

This verse has been used by many parents as a promise that if they are diligent to discipline their kids, then their kids will grow up and hold fast to the ways of God. However, this in turn...

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Written by Peter Goeman
Friday, 13 October 2017 00:00

This is Apologetics: Presup Starter Pack

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As I explained in my first article, I started this blog in order to, “share with you the books and articles I’m reading, the videos I’m watching, the sermons and podcasts I’m listening to, and the discussions I’m having–in the hopes that you can use this...

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Written by Joel Settecase
Friday, 13 October 2017 00:00

Study: early sexual activity has negative impact on relationship quality and stability

imageDo young women understand how to execute a plan to reach a stable marriage?

I’ve posted before about how premarital sex affects the stability of marriages by making divorce more likely. But there has been more research published since. Let’s take a look.

Here a...

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Written by Wintery Knight
Thursday, 12 October 2017 23:36

My first (and probably last) abortion discussion on Facebook

I had an enlightening exchange on Facebook last night with a liberal. There’s no thread to produce because this person deleted it after their non-arguments for abortion were exposed as arbitrary and inconsistent. I pointed out only a sampling of informal fallacies - one false disjunction, one...

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Written by Reformed Apologist
Thursday, 12 October 2017 23:30

Cooperative Program Month – Working Together in the Name of Jesus

The flooding associated with Hurricane Harvey damaged approximately 35,000 square feet at our church in Houston. Relief efforts focused first on those outside the church, but after about a week, the church asked for volunteers to help remove the damaged carpet. People started meeting at 2 p.m., but...

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Written by David Hutchison
Thursday, 12 October 2017 23:12

IMB approves 51 missionary personnel, trustees hear report of balanced budget

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Danielle and David Flannery pray, surrounded by supporters, as they celebrate their appointment as Southern Baptist missionaries on Sept. 13 in Ridgecrest, NC. The Flannerys are sent by Mountain View Baptist Church in Hamptonville, N.C., to share the Gospel with European Peoples. One of those newly...

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Written by Joe Westbury
Thursday, 12 October 2017 23:00

Prepared for service.

“Joseph, who was to be only a servant to Pharaoh, was preferred at thirty years old; but Moses, who was to be a god to Pharaoh, was not so dignified till he was eighty years old. It is fit he should long wait for such an honor, and be long in preparing for such a service.” John...

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Written by The Daily Evidence
Thursday, 12 October 2017 22:55

DBG Spotlight (10-13-17)

At the 2017 G3 Conference, Todd Friel sat down with Nathan Busenitz to talk about the Roman Catholic Church and the exaltation of Mary.

The Christian’s Duty to Hold Firm — “In our day, where pluralism reigns in the culture, there is as much satirical hostility to the idea...

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Written by Josh Buice
Thursday, 12 October 2017 22:30

Andrew Fuller Friday: The Glory of God

“The great God, who fills heaven and earth, must be allowed to form the far greatest proportion, if I may so speak, of the whole system of being; for, compared with him ” all nations,” yea, all worlds,”are but as a drop of the bucket, or as the small dust of the...

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Written by Staff
Thursday, 12 October 2017 21:55

Georgia trustees reflect on IMB’s balanced budget, new direction

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In this file photo from shortly before he was elected IMB president in August 2014, David Platt interacts with schoolchildren in Indonesia. Platt, then 36, has had a tumultuous three-year presidency beset with a financial crisis which demanded a “reset” of the agency’s missionary...

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Written by Joe Westbury
Thursday, 12 October 2017 21:28

Are You Recklessly Abandoned to the cause of Christ?

There is a book I am yearning...

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Written by Acidri
Thursday, 12 October 2017 21:00

What’s the Purpose of … Baptism?

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There is little doubt that the Bible commands Christians to baptize. Yet exactly who should be baptized and under what circumstances is a matter of no little debate. As we progress through this series about things we as Christians often take for granted, we need to ask: What’s the purpose of...

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Written by Tim Challies
Thursday, 12 October 2017 21:00

Why Your Emotions Are a Good Thing

October 13, 2017 by: Carolyn Mahaney, Nicole Mahaney Whitacreimage

Emotions Are a Gift from God

Many of us spent our childhoods believing certain myths—only to discover that they weren’t true. You know the ones: “If you go swimming within thirty minutes after eating, you will...

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Written by Carolyn Mahaney, Nicole Mahaney Whitacre
Thursday, 12 October 2017 21:00

This is why I love teaching my kids about the Reformation

Our neighbor looked more than a bit puzzled at my daughter’s answer.

“I bet you’re looking forward to October 31, aren’t you?” she asked. My precocious 12-year-old didn’t bat an eyelash: “Of course. We love Reformation Day. We get to eat candy, sing hymns,...

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Written by Jeff Robinson
Thursday, 12 October 2017 20:57

The Soul Ruining Sin of Pride

It is an dreadful fact, whether we like to allow it or not, that pride is one of the common sins which beset human nature. We are all born Pharisees. We all naturally think far better of ourselves than we ought. We all naturally imagine that we deserve something better than we have. It is an old...

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Written by The J.C. Ryle Archive
Thursday, 12 October 2017 20:17

A La Carte (October 13)

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I’m at the Reformation Worship Conference this weekend and would love prayer as I speak three times today. I look forward to meeting some of you here!

CCEF 2017 National Conference

The CCEF National Conference begins today and continues through the weekend. It is available via...

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Written by Tim Challies
Thursday, 12 October 2017 20:02

Bible Contradiction? Did Jesus go to heaven after he died but before his ascension?

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For today’s post will tackle the question the Skeptic Annotated Bible asked: Did Jesus go to heaven after he died but before his ascension?

Here are the two answers which the skeptic believes shows a Bible contradiction:

Yes, Jesus went to heaven on the day of his death.

“And he was...

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Written by SLIMJIM
Thursday, 12 October 2017 20:00

Responding to the Poor Research of an Evolutionist

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In August, an anti-AiG letter to the editor appeared in the Lexington Herald-Leader, one of the largest newspapers in Kentucky. This paper frequently prints misinformation and outright lies about Answers in Genesis, the Creation Museum, and the Ark Encounter, which opened last year. For example,...

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Written by Ken Ham
Thursday, 12 October 2017 20:00

Our Ancient Debt to Alcuin

If your intentions are carried out, it may be that a new Athens will arise in France and an Athens fairer than of old, for our Athens, ennobled by the teaching of Christ, will surpass the wisdom of the Academy. The old Athens had only the wisdom of Plato to instruct it, yet even so it flourished by...

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Thursday, 12 October 2017 20:00

Being Alive is the First Requirement for Moral Value

With the release of Blade Runner 2049, the long-awaited sequel to the 1982 classic, philosophers and bioethicists are buzzing about when non-human beings should be granted “rights.” Lorraine Boissoneaultoffers an interesting take in Smithsonian, exploring whether the fictional...

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Thursday, 12 October 2017 20:00

How Vulgarity Normalizes Predators

Harvey Weinstein preyed on women for decades, and used his power to limit their ability to escape his assaults or bring him to justice. He mustered his legal team and press contacts to smear and threaten women who tried to take action. He conducted his despicable behavior with the same meticulous...

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Thursday, 12 October 2017 20:00

Top 10 Ways to Appreciate Your Pastors During Pastor Appreciation Month

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Show your pastors appreciation and encouragement during Pastor Appreciation Month and all year long.

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Authors: Michelle Lesley...

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Written by Michelle Lesley
Thursday, 12 October 2017 20:00

God is Good

The topic of God as Sovereign has often disturbed Christians. It stirs up indignation. "Are you saying I have no free will???!!" No. "Are you saying that God is the cause of sin??!!" No. "You seem to be saying that God is arbitrary, even capricious!!!" No. And, still, it works people up. The...

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Written by Winging It
Thursday, 12 October 2017 20:00

Freedom Comes with Responsibility

imageAlready this week, we’ve talked about how human freedom exists independent of the law and how exercising that type of human freedom brings about consequences rather than the law itself. Now we need to talk about the one last dimension of this that we haven’t approached yet.

The exercise...

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Written by Zak Schmoll
Thursday, 12 October 2017 20:00

In the Center There Is Joy

It is crucial that we rehabilitate centrism. The way to do it is to see it as a metapolitical thesis. This means no longer construing it as a rival of the various political positions on offer. On this view, centrism is not the middle point between the two ideological extremes. Rather, it becomes a...

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Written by Berny Belvedere
Thursday, 12 October 2017 20:00

What Does It Mean to Be Human?

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Alan spoke earlier this week at Grand Canyon University on the question of what it means to be human, and you can watch the full 26 minutes below (Alan’s portion begins at 28:40). He explains the difference between instrumental human value (the view our culture is embracing) and intrinsic...

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Written by Amy K. Hall
Thursday, 12 October 2017 19:43

Luther was a flawed man

God has only ever had one Person He used who had no flaws, namely the Lord Jesus Christ.

We celebrate the Protestant Reformation. We admire and respect the men (and women) God used in what was the greatest move of God in Church history, outside of the book of Acts. And yet, even while we do so, we...

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Written by John Samson
Thursday, 12 October 2017 19:33

Apostle Steve Shultz James Goll talk about NAR; recognizing Hillsong and Brownsville as being part of it.

In this article, we apply the Titus technique, allowing a ‘Cretan (one of their own)’ to talk about the New Apostolic Reformation (NAR) and who is involved in it.

Learning The ‘Titus Technique’.

In the article below, NARpostle James Goll talks openly about the New Apostolic...

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Written by churchwatcher
Thursday, 12 October 2017 19:30

Josh McDowell: That’s My Story (and I’m Sticking with It)

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During a recent sermon at my (the Other Chad) home church, our pastor shared delivery methods for evangelism taken from Bill Hybels' “Becoming A Contagious Christian.”  The delivery methods described were:·         Confrontational (ex. Chuck Colson)&middot...

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Written by The Other Chad
Thursday, 12 October 2017 19:00

If Freedom Is in Our DNA, Why Are We So Afraid of It?

As we discussed last week, the U.S. dropped from the second most economically free country in the world in 2000 to the eighteenth in 2012 and is currently tied with Canada for eleventh place, according to the latest rankings.

One of the major reasons we’ve lost economic freedom...

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Written by Elise Daniel
Thursday, 12 October 2017 19:00

Fear of God Devotional: Three Elements of Repentance

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What are elements of repentance?

Jason Dohm explains in this video that Proverbs 28:13 gives us a good definition of repentance: “He who covers his sins will not prosper, but whoever confesses and forsakes them will have mercy.”

There are three elements of repentance that can be...

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Written by NCFIC Blog
Thursday, 12 October 2017 19:00

The Christian's Duty to Hold Firm

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The nineteenth-century philosopher Friedrich Nietzsche is famous for his declaration that “God is dead.” That brief dictum does not give the whole story. According to Nietzsche, the cause of the Deity’s demise was compassion. He said, “God is dead; He died of pity.”...

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Written by R.C. Sproul
Thursday, 12 October 2017 18:59

“The Son of Man”: An Obsolete Phantom

In recent comments, some have pointed to scholars who have posited that when Jesus used the expression “the son of man” he was referring to some other, future figure, not himself.  This is a view that once was quite widely shared, and so will be found frequently in older...

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Written by larryhurtado
Thursday, 12 October 2017 18:48

Why Shouldn’t We Trust the Non-Canonical Gospels Attributed to Matthew?

image The Gospel of Matthew is a reliable New Testament record of the life and ministry of Jesus, but this ancient document isn’t the only text attributed to the ex-tax collector formerly known as Levi. Other slightly less ancient texts also claim to have been written by the same man who wrote the...

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Written by jwallace
Thursday, 12 October 2017 18:00

Nuggets from An Urgent Call to a Serious Faith—A Love Not of this World

October 13, 2017
We do not need to know Greek and the difference between the types of love (for which Greek has separate words) to realize that the love which Paul goes on to describe in 1 Corinthians 13 is beyond anything...

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Written by TBC Staff - CR
Thursday, 12 October 2017 18:00

William Tyndale and Medieval Exegesis

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William Tyndale (c.1494–1536), the English Reformer and proto-Puritan, clearly showed a burden for providing the Scriptures in the common language of the people. Likewise, regarding biblical exegesis, he imparted correctives for the abuses of medieval interpretation. We must appreciate the...

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Written by Meet the Puritans
Thursday, 12 October 2017 18:00

Are Good Works Sneaking into Your Understanding of Grace?

I remember hearing Matthew 11:30 as a kid and wondering how Jesus’ words “for my yoke is easy, and my burden is light” could be true. Christianity isn’t easy, I thought. There’s believing without seeing and then there’s obeying all of God’s...

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Written by Leah Baugh
Thursday, 12 October 2017 18:00

Recognizing the Son of God

“For he received from God the Father honour and glory, when there came such a voice to him from the excellent glory, This is my beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased.” (2 Peter 1:17)

Most people today consider Jesus Christ to have been a great man but will not believe He is the unique...

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Written by Days of Praise from ICR
Thursday, 12 October 2017 18:00

Friday's Featured Sermon: "Six Attributes of the Nature of Scripture" Featured

The great Puritan preacher Thomas Watson said, “The devil and his agents have been blowing at Scripture light, but could never blow it out; a clear sign it was lighted from heaven.” [1] Thomas Watson, A Body of Divinity (Edinburgh: Banner of Truth, 1958), 27.

You don’t have to look...

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Written by Grace to You Blog