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, 06 December 2017 22:20

Immutability and Reformed Theology

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I wrote last week about James Dolezal’s important book All That Is In God. The book continues to generate spirited discussion, with a growing number of blog posts populating the internet.

In an effort to promote more light than heat, I thought it might be helpful to compare two different...

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Written by Kevin DeYoung
Wednesday, 06 December 2017 22:00

Planting seeds.

There may be times when you do not see any fruit for your evangelistic labors. You are planting seed in the hearts of sinners but it seems that no one is being born again. If that is the case, consider this verse: “Therefore, my beloved brethren, be steadfast, immovable, always abounding in...

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Written by The Daily Evidence
Wednesday, 06 December 2017 21:34

Another Song to Manufacture Emotion

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This is a song I haven’t seen for a few years (thankfully) but this past Sunday it invaded our assembly. It is based on charismania, which is why it gets everyone feeling good instead of thinking about what they are singing. Let’s take a look:
Shine Jesus Shine
By Graham...

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Written by Glenn E. Chatfield
Wednesday, 06 December 2017 21:29

Truth: There is No Christian Life Apart from Christian Doctrine

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Via the Dutch Calvinist.

Filed under: Theology

Authors: Jim...

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Written by Jim
Wednesday, 06 December 2017 21:17

Pope Francis Errs When He Mangles the Lord’s Prayer

Don’t miss this grand rejoinder by an actual biblical scholar to Pope Francis’s attempt to distort the Lord’s Prayer:

Diskussion um das Gebet der Gebete: Papst Franziskus bemängelt, »und führe uns nicht in Versuchung« sei eine schlechte Übersetzung. Die...

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Written by Jim
Wednesday, 06 December 2017 21:04

Standing With Israel

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Over the past several decades most Presidential candidates have proclaimed they believe that Jerusalem is the true capital of Israel and that they would move the U.S. Embassy to Jerusalem.  History has proven of course this to be simple political rhetoric to capture votes as no President has...

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Written by comments@standupforthetruth.com
Wednesday, 06 December 2017 20:00

Is Being Good Enough to Get to Heaven?

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Authors: Sean McDowell...

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Written by Sean McDowell
Wednesday, 06 December 2017 20:00

Simply Read: Day 5

December 07, 2017 by: Crosswayimage

Be My Witnesses

It's day 5 of Simply Read, an 8-day Bible reading challenge adapted from ESV Reader’s Bible, Six-Volume Set aimed at helping us set aside time—prolonged time—to immerse ourselves in God’s Word as we enter this holiday...

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Written by Crossway
Wednesday, 06 December 2017 19:51

To Be Like Christ: When the Knife Sinks Deep

After nearly four decades in this job, I believe it is fair to say that the ministry presents unique challenges.

No, despite what we like to say when we are together boasting about who is the busiest, we preachers don’t work harder than anyone else. Every job has its stress and the people in...

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Written by Dave Miller
Wednesday, 06 December 2017 19:49

Where is the Church Heading? (Part 2)

In most parts of the world, Biblical, orthodox Christianity is returning to the position it held before the rise of the European church-state complex we call Christendom.

Authors: Valiant for Truth Blog...

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Written by Valiant for Truth Blog
Wednesday, 06 December 2017 19:37

Three Productivity Tips That Actually Work – Three-Minute Thursdays #6

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We’re nearing the end of the year, which means we’re already beginning to turn our attention to the next year, aren’t we? Now for most of us, that means we’re evaluating the year that was, and starting to determine, how can we do better in the year ahead? In this edition of 3...

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Written by Tim Challies
Wednesday, 06 December 2017 19:05

Thirty Days of Jesus: Day 11, He was obedient Featured

We've flowed through the first section of this series, in looking at a few verses that prophesy Jesus' coming, His arrival, and His early life. Starting tomorrow, from Day 12-16 we will look at verses that focus on Jesus as The Son. From Day 17-26, verses will focus on the preeminence of the Son,...

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Written by The End Time
Wednesday, 06 December 2017 19:00

Did Hominids or Crocodiles Make Marks on Old Bones?

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I saw a story in the news recently that reminded me of the tentative nature of historical science (the kind of science that is not directly testable, observable, and repeatable because it deals with the past and how frequently the evolutionary story changes. Many fossil bones have been discovered...

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Written by Ken Ham
Wednesday, 06 December 2017 19:00

Liberalism and the Wrath of the Privileged Whites

Each of our parties is acting crazy, thanks to its own elites. The Republicans are acting crazy thanks to the narcissism and entitlement of the right-leaning business and professional classes. The Democrats are acting crazy thanks to racial politics—specifically, the angry racial politics...

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Wednesday, 06 December 2017 19:00

Throwback Thursday ~ The Mailbag: Do Nativity Scenes Break the Second Commandment?

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Do portrayals of the baby Jesus break the second Commandment?

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Authors: Michelle Lesley...

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Written by Michelle Lesley
Wednesday, 06 December 2017 19:00

The Offense of the Gospel and the Offense of Roy Moore

By Douglas Webster

Christians in the state of Alabama are experiencing a painful identity crisis. Roy Moore impresses many around the country as an ideological warrior for a brand of conservative Christianity that has little to do with Jesus Christ and the New Testament. Never mind about the Sermon...

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Written by Guest Writer
Wednesday, 06 December 2017 19:00

Debating Christian Physicalism

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The highlight of the Evangelical Theological Society (ETS) annual meeting was, for me, a panel discussion on “Debating Christian Physicalism.” Technically, the event was part of the Evangelical Philosophical Society (EPS) meeting, but it was held during the ETS event in Providence,...

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Written by Alan Shlemon
Wednesday, 06 December 2017 18:46

Review: I Am: 40 Reasons to Trust God

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Diane Stortz. I Am: 40 Reasons to Trust God.  Nashville, TN: Thomas Nelson Publishing Company, February 2nd 2016.  224 pp.

4 out of 5

Purchase: Amazon

Looking for a devotional Bible stories book you can read to your kids?  I like this particular book because this is a...

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Written by SLIMJIM
Wednesday, 06 December 2017 18:36

We are but strangers and pilgrims on the earth Featured

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Alas! how we forget.... that we are but strangers and pilgrims on the earth; that we are journeying to our home; and that we will soon be there! Octavius Winslow - "Present Suffering Weighed With Future Glory" 

Authors: Reformed Spirit...

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Written by Reformed Spirit
Wednesday, 06 December 2017 18:11

A La Carte (December 7)

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I was not able to track down new Kindle deals today, but will hope for better things tomorrow. In the meantime, I’ve just arrived in Jerusalem as the next stop on my EPIC church history journey. I’ll begin sharing some photos soon. I’d appreciate prayers for safety in...

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Written by Tim Challies
Wednesday, 06 December 2017 18:03

‘If They Had Been of Us, They Would Have Remained With Us’: Zwingli and the Re-Baptizers

H. Wayne Pipkin’s fine essay titled  «They went out from us, for they were not of US»  Zwingli’s Judgment of the Early Anabaptists is as interesting now as it was in 1992, two decades ago.  He begins

imageWe will never know what the Reformation would have looked...

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Written by Jim
Wednesday, 06 December 2017 18:00

Book Preview: Lies Pastors Believe by Dayton Hartman

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About the AuthorDayton Hartman is lead pastor at Redeemer Church in Rocky Mount, North Carolina. He has a PhD in church and dogma history from North-West University (South Africa), and serves as an adjunct professor at both Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary and Columbia International...

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Written by Chad
Wednesday, 06 December 2017 18:00

Your Aim Will Help

This last Thanksgiving week my siblings and I along with our spouses, our parents, and some of the grandkids got together to discuss our tradition of a family reunion ... every Thanksgiving. You see, it occurred to us that we weren't sure of the question of why we got together. Because, if we don't...

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Written by Winging It
Wednesday, 06 December 2017 18:00

Fear of God Devotional: The Distinction Between Wordly and Godly Sorrow

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What is the distinction between worldly and godly sorrow?

Mike Davenport explains in this video that there is a significant difference between worldly and godly sorrow. Worldly sorrow is a sorrow that may lead to repentance, but it is primarily concerned with self and how others think of them. In...

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Written by NCFIC Blog
Wednesday, 06 December 2017 18:00

Depravity and Advent Featured

For centuries theologians have been writing and Christians have been debating the details of depravity.  Augustine took his cue from Paul and Pelagius went in the opposite direction.  Luther agreed with Augustine while Erasmus purported the aged idea that man was free.

Just how corrupt is...

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Written by Josh Buice
Wednesday, 06 December 2017 18:00

Immanuel

Here's an excerpt from Immanuel, Burk Parsons' contribution to the December issue of Tabletalk:

We were made to be with God. God walked with Adam and Eve in the garden of Eden. He led His people Israel through the wilderness and dwelt among them wherever they sojourned, and He dwelt with His people...

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Written by Nathan W. Bingham
Wednesday, 06 December 2017 17:36

The righteousness of Jesus Christ Featured

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Unfallen Adam was righteous, but it was his own righteousness as a created being, it was the righteousness of a man. Adam never had the righteousness of Jesus Christ upon him. What he lost was his own righteousness. But you and I are not merely given back a human righteousness, the righteousness...

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Written by Reformed Spirit
Wednesday, 06 December 2017 17:36

Making the Case for Christianity and Responding to Racial Tension (Podcast)

In this podcast, J. Warner Wallace is interviewed by Scott Lane on his Tru-ID Podcast. They discuss the evidence for Christianity, the importance of developing a “forensic faith” and the growing racial tension in America. For more information about Scott’s weekly radio show and to...

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Written by jwallace
Wednesday, 06 December 2017 17:01

8 implications of calling Jesus “Lord” Featured

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I recently preached 2 Corinthians 4:5 (“We do not breach ourselves but Christ Jesus as Lord”), and in preparation I came across this powerful list of 8 implications of preaching Jesus as Lord. These are from Murray Harris’s New International Greek Testament Commentary (p 332),...

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Written by Jesse Johnson
Wednesday, 06 December 2017 17:00

Nuggets from Seeking and Finding God—In Search of the True Faith

December 7, 2017
It is astonishing how many millions of otherwise seemingly intelligent people are willing to risk their eternal destiny upon less evidence than they would require for buying a used car. Thomas Hobbes, for example,...

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Written by TBC Staff - CR
Wednesday, 06 December 2017 17:00

Fossils from the World's Oldest Trees Reveal Complex Anatomy Never Seen Before

December 7, 2017
The first trees to have ever grown on Earth were also the most complex, new research has revealed. Fossils from a 374-million-year-old tree found in north-west China have revealed an interconnected web of...

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Written by TBC Staff - EN
Wednesday, 06 December 2017 17:00

What Do D-Day and Christmas Have in Common?

Chuck Colson, in his 2012 book The Faith: What Christians Believe, Why They Believe It, and Why ItMatters, included a chapter entitled, “The Invasion.” There he describes the most important event of the Second World War, the D-Day Invasion.

Most of us have watched in horror the...

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Written by Hugh Whelchel
Wednesday, 06 December 2017 16:03

The Seeking Shepherd

Charles Melring

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What man of you. having an hundred sheep, if he lose one of them, doth not leave the ninety and nine in the wilderness, and go after that which is lost, until he find it? And when he hath found it, he layeth it on his shoulders, rejoicing....

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Written by Charles Mellring
Wednesday, 06 December 2017 16:00

Theology Thursday - Advice from a Dead Man Walking

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Ignatius was the pastor of the congregation in Antioch, Syria. He was arrested for his faith by the Roman authorities, and taken under guard to Rome, where he is believed to have died as a martyr. Along his journey to certain death, Ignatius wrote seven letters to different Christian churches. One...

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Written by TylerR
Wednesday, 06 December 2017 16:00

Be Diligent

“And beside this, giving all diligence, add to your faith virtue; and to virtue knowledge.” (2 Peter 1:5)

The importance of diligence is urged by Peter as basic in the development of the seven other virtues listed by him—that is, virtue, knowledge, temperance, patience,...

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Written by Days of Praise from ICR
Wednesday, 06 December 2017 15:43

Australia’s Day of Infamy Featured

Mark in your calendars December 7, 2017. It is a day of infamy. It is one of Australia’s darkest days. We all know about December 7, 1941 and the attack on Pearl harbor. That was another day of infamy, but in many respects this one is even worse. Its dark ramifications will be felt for a very...

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Written by Bill Muehlenberg
Wednesday, 06 December 2017 15:06

SRR #67 | Open-Air Preaching with Ryan Denton Featured

Join Tim Shaughnessy and Carlos Montijo for this week’s exciting new episode of Semper Reformanda Radio as they discuss Santa Claus and answer the question of whether or not Christians should allow their kids to believe he is real.

Then, evangelist and street preacher, Ryan Denton joins the...

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Written by Tim Shaughnessy
Wednesday, 06 December 2017 15:00

Power Causes Brain (and Heart) Damage

Ever experienced the agony of watching a respected leader gradually lose the skills and abilities that were essential to their rise—especially the ability to read other people? Over at the Atlantic, in Power Causes Brain DamageJerry Useem highlights a number of stories demonstrating...

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Written by David Murray
Wednesday, 06 December 2017 14:25

How to Watch a Movie (5): Hollywood’s Answers to Life’s Big Questions

In the last two installments of “How to Watch a Movie,” we covered the nine elements of (nearly) every Hollywood movie and then applied those nine elements to two particular movies, Braveheart and Tommy Boy. In this post, I will choose six “themes” that are prevalent in...

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Written by Bruce Ashford
Wednesday, 06 December 2017 14:15

Episode 131: Personal Application for the Doctrine of the Trinity

Join Pastor Thomas Overmiller to consider six ways that you should allow the doctrine of the Trinity to impact your relationship with God, your approach to life, and your mission to the world.

Authors: TOvermiller...

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Written by TOvermiller
Wednesday, 06 December 2017 14:10

Personal Application for the Doctrine of the Trinity

Worship in Greater Awe The believer who begins to comprehend the incomparable nature of the triune God soon realizes his extreme unworthiness to approach the supreme majesty of God. Like Isaiah in the presence of the Godhead, he must bow down to worship in humility and awe (Isa 6:1-8). Sharing this...

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Written by TOvermiller
Wednesday, 06 December 2017 14:10

Seeing God's Hand

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Recently, I have been teaching my son how to ride his bike. He is naturally a little timid, being prone to taking the safe way and the nonlife threating activity over the daring feats of other young kids. So, for several evenings, we would walk with him as he rode his bike, helmeted...

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Written by Adam Kareus
Wednesday, 06 December 2017 14:06

Symbolic language in Revelation

Some people say to take everything in Revelation literally. But Revelation stops to explain some of its symbols, and some other images are also clearly symbolic.

Authors: Craig Keener...

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Written by Craig Keener
Wednesday, 06 December 2017 14:05

Episode 130: The Three Members of the Godhead are Equally Divine

Having considered that God is one and that there are three distinct persons within the Godhead, join Pastor Thomas Overmiller to discover where Scripture presents the members of the Godhead as sharing in the divine nature equally, meaning that one is not somehow more divine than another and...

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Written by TOvermiller
Wednesday, 06 December 2017 14:05

December 7: Rev. Francis Herron [1774-1860]

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Yesterday we asked the question “Can we find a sermon by Francis Herron for this date? As it turns out, the answer was “No”. The Rev. Francis Herron was born on June 28, 1774 and he died on December 6, 1860. And to read the history books, he was...

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