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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Tuesday, 12 December 2017 19:00

The Principled Pro-Life Vote

One brief note on last night’s result in Alabama: In last year’s senate race won by Richard Shelby, there were 3,631 write-in votes. At time of writing with 98% reporting, there are 22,019 write-in votes in the run-off election.

That differential—roughly 19,000 votes—is stark...

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Written by Jake Meador
Tuesday, 12 December 2017 18:49

Thirty Days of Jesus: Day 17, Jesus' Preeminence Featured

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Further Reading
Grace To You sermon: The preeminence of Christ
Institute for Creation Research devotional: Preeminence of Christ11 verses on the preeminence of Christ
 
Background and Introduction, Thirty Days of Jesus Series Day...

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Written by The End Time
Tuesday, 12 December 2017 18:34

New Article on “Mythical Jesus”

With apologies to readers fed up with the “mythical Jesus” discussions, I simply note a newly published article comprising a careful, fair, and incisive critique of Richard Carrier’s book:  Daniel N. Gullotta, “On Richard Carrier’s Doubts:  A Response to...

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Written by larryhurtado
Tuesday, 12 December 2017 18:00

God makes a home for the lonely

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As I write this, it is a cold and rainy December day not unlike a day nearly 10 years ago. I was going through one of the hardest seasons of my life. My husband had left our marriage, and my daughter and I felt very lost in the world. We had been out of church fellowship for a number of years. My...

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Written by Persis
Tuesday, 12 December 2017 18:00

Video: The Hebrew Roots Movement by James Walker

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In this featured talk, James Walker from Watchman Fellowship explains the history and  growing popularity of the Hebrew Roots movement. You can also find Watchmen Fellowship's Free Profile on the Hebrew Roots Movement here.Enjoy!Courage and Godspeed,ChadRelated PostsVideo: Seven Keys to...

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Written by Chad
Tuesday, 12 December 2017 18:00

Christian What?

Okay, they lost me.Apparently there are self-identified Christians who argue for what they call "Christian Physicalism". Christendom has argued from the beginning that we are not merely physical, but spiritual beings as well, there are some who argue that the view is "incompatible with a modern...

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Written by Winging It
Tuesday, 12 December 2017 18:00

Fear of God Devotional: The Effect of Neglecting to Teach God’s Word

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What is one effect of neglecting to teach God’s Word?

Ken Ham explains in this video that the reason that one of the contributing factors to racism and prejudice stems from the fact that individuals in churches have not been taught that we are all one race, as Scripture states very clearly....

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Written by NCFIC Blog
Tuesday, 12 December 2017 18:00

The Peace We All Long For

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In order to understand the story of Christmas, we have to go back. Not back just a few thousand years to the birth of Jesus, but all the way back, back to our first parents, Adam and Eve. God placed them in the lush and perfect garden of Eden. They had everything they needed. It was perfect. Then...

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Written by Stephen J. Nichols
Tuesday, 12 December 2017 17:53

Why Shouldn’t We Trust the Non-Canonical “Dialogue of the Saviour”?

image There are a number of ancient, non-canonical texts used by sect leaders or heretical groups in the early history of Christianity. One of these is called The Dialogue of the Saviour.Is this non-biblical text reliable? Was it written by an eyewitness who accurately captured the actions and...

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Written by jwallace
Tuesday, 12 December 2017 17:17

NAR Apostle Bill Johnson Kris Vallotton "knight" Ben Fitzgerald?

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 in this spiritual rite, it...

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Written by churchwatcher
Tuesday, 12 December 2017 17:00

500 Years After the Reformation, more Protestants Closer to Catholics than Luther

December 13, 2017
In 1517, Martin Luther staked his soul on two revolutionary ideas: sola fide , that justification is dependent on faith alone; and sola scriptura , that Scripture is the only ultimate authority for...

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Written by TBC Staff - EN
Tuesday, 12 December 2017 17:00

Nuggets from Seeking and Finding God—Darwinism’s Innate Meaninglessness

December 13, 2017
Darwin faced a similar problem, which still haunts evolutionists to this day. If we are simply the product of chance motions of atoms, beginning with an inexplicable explosion (of an unknown energy...

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Written by TBC Staff - CR
Tuesday, 12 December 2017 17:00

Impacting Your Workplace Starts with Your Character

Last week I discussed the current wave of workplace abuses, particularly sexual abuse, and the concepts of forgiveness and trust. As Christians, we are called to forgive those who hurt us, but trust is another matter altogether. Trust must be earned.

This week, I’d like to take a look at the...

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Written by Dr. Art Lindsley
Tuesday, 12 December 2017 16:03

New World, Old Lies Echoes from 1918

FrontLine: November/December 2017 | VOLUME 27 | NUMBER 6

imageIn August of 1914 British author H. G. Wells penned a series of articles on the escalating war in Europe; these were later collected and published in a volume entitled The War That Will End War. The title of the book became a popular...

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Written by Bud Steadman
Tuesday, 12 December 2017 16:01

Doing Church Away from Church isn’t Church Featured

imageMaybe you’ve heard it. “We can’t make it to church today, so we’ll just do church as a family.” “I can just do church on a hike this morning in God’s creation.” “The church is really the people, so we can do church wherever. God is everywhere,...

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Written by Eric Davis
Tuesday, 12 December 2017 16:00

Answering Claims That the Bible Contains Errors, and Why It Matters That It Doesn’t

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When people say they believe the Bible contains errors, it’s a good practice to ask them to name those errors so you can open a Bible and look at them together.

Sometimes they will raise old and easily answered questions such as “Where did Cain get his wife?” But usually they...

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Written by Randy Alcorn
Tuesday, 12 December 2017 16:00

The Appeal to the Autograph in Early Protestant Theology

Back when I had time for such things, I did a bit of digging into how early Protestant theologians viewed the role of the autographs in their doctrine of Scripture. For Evangelicals, the qualification that the Biblical text is inerrant in the autographs (or on them, if you prefer) is...

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Written by Peter Gurry
Tuesday, 12 December 2017 16:00

Seek Ye First

“But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you.” (Matthew 6:33)

This has become a favorite memory verse for millions and has even been set to music by a number of artists. Indeed, its truth is of foundational importance. Let...

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Written by Days of Praise from ICR
Tuesday, 12 December 2017 16:00

Christians and Christmas Featured

Christmas presents a conundrum to many believers. Do you withdraw from the world and its materialistic excess at this time of year? Or do you lean headlong into the celebration, hoping to sanctify the festivities through your participation?

Given the wide chasm between those two extremes, it’s...

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Written by Grace to You Blog
Tuesday, 12 December 2017 15:00

Free Study Guide for Reset

I’ve been encouraged to hear of many groups of men, including pastors and their elders, working together through Reset: Living a Grace-paced Life in a Burnout Culture. In response to feedback, I’m  pleased to make available a free Study Guide (pdf) to accompany the book.

Th...

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Written by David Murray
Tuesday, 12 December 2017 14:05

December 13: Rev. Moses Hoge

A Family Heritage of Presbyterian Ministersby Rev. David T. Myers

imageToday, our focus is on a Presbyterian minister by the name of Moses Hoge. He was the grand father of Moses Drury Hoge, who is perhaps better known now.  And it is perhaps remarkable that there was a virtual family of...

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Written by archivist
Tuesday, 12 December 2017 14:00

Satan Hates the Pastorals

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Satan hates the Pastoral Epistles. He accuses them of everything under the sun, hoping that some of the mud will stick. They are institutionalising and formalising documents, squashing the charismatic spirit of early Christianity. They are chauvinistic. They are bourgeois. They smack of early...

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Written by Andrew Wilson
Tuesday, 12 December 2017 14:00

How to Watch a Movie (An Evangelical Guide)

Recently, I composed a brief survey, asking my website readers to tell me what they like and dislike about my website, and what they’d want to talk about if they had some time to chat with me personally.

I gained valuable insights from the survey, one of which is that many of my readers want...

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Written by Bruce Ashford
Tuesday, 12 December 2017 14:00

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The Biggest Hindrance to a Leader’s Growth Agreed: “The biggest hindrance to a leader’s development is not intelligence or work ethic. It is a lack of self-awareness.”

How to Read Jonathan Edwards“The first point to get clear in our minds is not how to read Jonathan...

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Written by David Murray
Tuesday, 12 December 2017 14:00

Building A Theological Library (Part 2)

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This is part II of a three-part series. You can read part I here

How many books does a pastor need? My answer . . . just one more. There is always something new, important, interesting, controversial, or edifying. Purpose to become a lifelong “collector” of theological and...

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Written by Jeff Straub
Tuesday, 12 December 2017 14:00

Covenant in Micah

imageThe Prophet Micah. Engraving by Gustav Doré, 1866.

Having seen the prophetic emphases of Amos and Hosea, I want to turn to Micah the Moresthite (c.742-685 B.C.). He too brought scathing indictments against his people. At one point he accuses them of having risen up as an enemy against their...

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Written by Paul Henebury
Tuesday, 12 December 2017 13:10

Singing ‘Peace on Earth’ When Your Heart Is Heavy

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It’s Christmastime, so we’re singing these days about “peace on earth,” joining our voices with the angels who appeared to the shepherds.

But let’s face it: 2017 has been a hard year for “peace on earth.” We’ve seen wars and rumors of wars. We’ve...

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Written by Trevin Wax
Tuesday, 12 December 2017 13:01

Alvin York, Christian Soldier

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Alvin York, arguably the most celebrated American soldier in World War I, was born on December 13, 1887, in a log cabin near Pall Mall, Tennessee. York was devout, having experienced conversion through a Church of Christ in 1914. York considered declaring himself a conscientious objector,...

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Written by Thomas Kidd
Tuesday, 12 December 2017 13:01

Exchanging My Life for His Life

December 13

“He who finds his life will lose it, and he who loses his life for My sake will find it.” -MATTHEW 10:39

Each time you lose a part of your life, you will find Christ’s Life is right there to fill the void. Every single time. This is a spiritual truth, and there are no...

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Written by Chip Brogden
Tuesday, 12 December 2017 13:00

Intercessory Prayer

…men always ought to pray and not lose heart. —Luke 18:1

You cannot truly intercede through prayer if you do not believe in the reality of redemption. Instead, you will simply be turning intercession into useless sympathy for others, which will serve only to increase the contentment...

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Written by RSS | My Utmost For His Highest
Tuesday, 12 December 2017 13:00

Why Are We Being Attacked by a Militant Brand of Islam?

After another Jihadist-Terrorist attack in New York City it is not surprising to hear this question: Why are we being attacked by a militant brand of Islam?

We are at war. We are embroiled in a war we did not choose and most Christians do not understand. In fact, there are many Americans who refuse...

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Written by Paul Baxter
Tuesday, 12 December 2017 12:52

Steve Lawson Quotes

imageMuch to ponder here from Dr. Steve Lawson’s twitter feed:

Jesus is eternally God, perfectly man, the God-man, the only One who could be the Mediator between God and man.

To those who preach: You are the mouthpiece for the biblical text. You have nothing apart from the text. Let the text talk.

Whe...

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Written by John Samson
Tuesday, 12 December 2017 12:36

The Joy, Endurance, and Perspective of a Quadriplegic

“We have a fundamental fear of suffering. We medicate it. We numb it. We divorce it.” 

I was privileged to listen to Joni Eareckson Tada speak those words tonight during a class I am taking. My daughters asked me who she is and I answered “She’s one of the greatest women...

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Written by Jennifer Oshman
Tuesday, 12 December 2017 11:10

Putting The Law In Its Place

Jared Wilson

Text: Romans 3:19-26

Jared Wilson | Here We Still Stand from 1517. on Vimeo.

Authors: John Samson...

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Written by John Samson
Tuesday, 12 December 2017 10:55

Pray for the Peace of Jerusalem

In 1987, while on a trip to the Bible Lands, a Christian Arab friend said in earnest, “Pray for the peace of Jerusalem.” Of course, this is a quotation from Psalm 122:6, “Pray for the peace of Jerusalem: they shall prosper that love thee.” This reminder from my friend that...

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Written by John Van Gelderen
Tuesday, 12 December 2017 10:54

Say No to No-Fault Divorce Featured

I notice that an American reality TV show about divorce called Untying the Knot is now on Australian television. It seems to have aired in the US for a few years, and we now have the pleasure of having to endure it. So this is where we have come to as a culture…

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Written by Bill Muehlenberg
Tuesday, 12 December 2017 10:38

Evangelicals, Politics, and Church History

Have you ever wondered why our intense conversations within evangelicalism about politics, character, and voting almost never end up citing major figures in church history? These are pretty important debates, after all. Navigating the moral failures of elected officials and choosing some sinners...

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Written by Samuel James
Tuesday, 12 December 2017 10:33

Christmas Series: Are Nativity Sets Biblical Part IV…The 5 Worst Nativity Sets (Maybe) Featured

Legalism, in theological parlance, is either (A) making up laws where they do not already exist in the Bible or (B) believing one is saved by following Biblical laws. For example, demanding that cullotes be the Biblical standard of modesty (when other garments are also modest) is legalism. Calling...

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Written by News Division
Tuesday, 12 December 2017 10:00

Duck Season

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“The story is told of a certain African tribe that learned an easy way to capture ducks in a river. Catching their agile and wary dinner would be a feat indeed, so they formulated a plan.

“The tribesmen learned to go upstream, place a pumpkin in the river, and let it slowly float down...

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Written by Pastor Kevin Sadler
Tuesday, 12 December 2017 10:00

Not Even Close

“Creating a religion of man is not the same thing as abandoning religion” (Empires of Dirt, p. 65).

The post Not Even Close appeared first on Blog & Mablog.

Authors: Douglas Wilson...

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Written by Douglas Wilson
Tuesday, 12 December 2017 09:51

Learning God’s Purpose of Affliction

Affliction is one of God’s medicines. By it He often teaches lessons which would be learned in no other way. By it He often draws souls away from sin and the world, which would otherwise have perished everlastingly.Health is a great blessing, but sanctified disease is a greater. Prosperity...

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Written by The J.C. Ryle Archive
Tuesday, 12 December 2017 09:07

“What about Angry Victims?”

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I wrote a series of meditations for men and women whose anger has hurt others—A Small Book about a Big Problem. This, certainly, includes us all. Yet there is a version of anger that these meditations only touch briefly and recently someone raised it with me.

What about angry victims?

My first...

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Written by Jimmy Adkins
Tuesday, 12 December 2017 08:59

Pro-Life Papists Take Stand Against Their Pope Featured

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According to reports, leaders from over 30 Roman Catholic values groups have signed a statement that they will stand with the Bible rather than with their pastors and leaders – and they even mention their willingness to stand against the Pope of Rome. Called “Fidelity Pledge”,...

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Written by News Division
Tuesday, 12 December 2017 08:49

Debate with Dr. Douglas Hamp Featured

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On Tuesday, December 12, 2017, Dr. Randy White debates Dr. Douglas Hamp with the question of who is included in the rapture, the church alone or Israel?

Note: Dr. White is the guest on Dr. Hamp’s program.

The post Debate with Dr. Douglas Hamp appeared first on Randy White Ministries.

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Written by Randy White
Tuesday, 12 December 2017 08:04

Double standard for homosexual child abuse

As Hollywood bestows numerous awards on a new movie about a 24-year-old man pursuing a sexual relationship with a 17- year-old boy, we are not supposed to notice the glaring hypocrisy.

Roy Moore, whose election will be decided by the time you read this, has been virtually drawn and quartered by...

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Written by Linda Harvey