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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Thursday, 22 June 2017 20:00

Our Pain Has Meaning

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Greg Koukl, Peter Kreeft, and Joni Eareckson Tada all appear in this short film on suffering. Joni, who was paralyzed in a diving accident at the age of 17, has this to say about her suffering over the decades:

There are a lot of people who think I’m a strong person, and I’m not. I am...

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Written by Amy K. Hall
Thursday, 22 June 2017 19:54

A La Carte (June 23)

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It has been a bit of a slow week for Kindle deals, but there are at least a couple there worth checking out.

The History of Pews

Here’s a tongue-in-cheek history of the humble church pew. “Seating in churches didn’t really become a thing until parishioners got bored enough to...

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Written by Tim Challies
Thursday, 22 June 2017 19:43

Bible Contradiction? Who carried Jesus’ cross?

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For today’s post will tackle the question the Skeptic Annotated Bible asked: Who carried Jesus’s cross?

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

Jesus carried his own cross

“They took Jesus, therefore, and He went out, [a]bearing His own cross,...

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Written by SLIMJIM
Thursday, 22 June 2017 19:00

Caring for the Poor: The Difference in Doing vs. Feeling Good

I had a fascinating conversation with radio talk show host Janet Parshall on her show “In the Market with Janet Parshall.” She had graciously invited me to come on to talk about IFWE’s book For the Least of These:  A Biblical Answer to Poverty.

In this particular conversation,...

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Written by Dr. Anne Bradley
Thursday, 22 June 2017 19:00

Fear of God Devotional: What Do We Do With The Protestant Reformation?

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How should the Reformation affect our lives today?

Rob Ventura explains in this video that our job is to take the truths and reforms from the Reformation and see them worked out today. Our job is not to discover new reforms. We must ask, "How do we see those truths fleshed out in the Church today?"

Si...

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Written by NCFIC Blog
Thursday, 22 June 2017 19:00

Hope for the weary preacher

Joe thought he’d be a better preacher. Did you?

I don’t mean he had pretensions to glory, necessarily. Just that of the range of things he knew he’d have to do once he started ministry, he figured preaching would come easiest. It’s what drew him to ministry in the first...

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Written by Matt McCullough
Thursday, 22 June 2017 19:00

What Is Saving Faith?

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Faith is central to Christianity. The New Testament repeatedly calls people to believe on the Lord Jesus Christ. There is a definite body of content to be believed, which is part and parcel of our religious activity. At the time of the Reformation, the debate involved the nature of saving faith....

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Written by R.C. Sproul
Thursday, 22 June 2017 18:31

Two Signs From Your Opposition Your Argument Is Sound

image Those of us who acknowledge the self-evident existence of transcendent, moral truth claims (i.e. “It’s never OK to torture babies for fun”) need to be prepared for opposition from unbelievers who anticipate and reject the implications. If objective, transcendent moral laws exist,...

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Written by jwallace
Thursday, 22 June 2017 18:00

Nuggets from An Urgent Call to a Serious Faith by Dave Hunt - Only the Dead Can Be Resurrected

June 23, 2017
Nuggets from An Urgent Call to a Serious Faith by Dave Hunt - Only the Dead Can Be Resurrected Hear Paul say it again: “For ye are dead, and your life is hid with Christ in God.”...

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Written by tbc staff - bl
Thursday, 22 June 2017 18:00

Why Does Anyone Become a Christian?

Many say that Christians who maintain the historic, traditional doctrines are behind the times, are too exclusive, and are “on the wrong side of history.” Two recent books that cast doubt on this view are from historian and biblical scholar Larry Hurtado, Destroyer of the gods:...

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Written by Guest
Thursday, 22 June 2017 18:00

Ecumenical vs. Evangelical Featured

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 were willing to...

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Written by Mike Riccardi
Thursday, 22 June 2017 18:00

In Christ Jesus

“There is therefore now no condemnation to them which are in Christ Jesus, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit.” (Romans 8:1)

One of the key doctrines of Christianity is the union of the believer with Christ. In fact, the expression “in Christ” or its...

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Written by Days of Praise from ICR
Thursday, 22 June 2017 18:00

Friday’s Featured Sermon: “Marks of a Faithful Church” Featured

Without a doubt, the question we receive most frequently at Grace to You is, “How do I find a good church in my area?”

Locating a faithful, biblically sound church is a struggle most believers face at one time or another in their lives. Sometimes it’s difficult to even know what to...

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Written by Grace to You Blog
Thursday, 22 June 2017 17:03

Honorable Christian Manhood (pt 8)

Valuing What God Values

Taigen Joos

Part 1 Part 2 Part 3Part 4Part 5Part 6Part 7

Our honor, our Christianity and our manhood are things which should be greatly valued by all men claiming to be Christians. As men, we tend to place a value on a great many...

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Written by Taigen Joos
Thursday, 22 June 2017 17:00

Will All People Be Equal in Heaven?

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All people are equal in worth, but they differ in gifting and performance. God is the creator of diversity, and diversity means “inequality” of gifting (1 Corinthians 12:14-20). Because God promises to reward people differently according to their differing levels of faithfulness in...

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Written by Randy Alcorn
Thursday, 22 June 2017 17:00

Coming Down the Mountain

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“When Moses came down from Mount Sinai with the two tablets of the covenant law in his hands, he was not aware that his face was radiant because he had spoken with the LORD.” (Exodus 34:29)

I love a mountaintop experience! Moments of profound encounter with the Lord are to be relished...

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Written by Matthew Hosier
Thursday, 22 June 2017 17:00

20 Quotes from *The Imperfect Disciple*

Written by: Jared C. Wilson

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The Imperfect Disciple debuted a month ago, and I’ve been keeping an eye on what lines seem to resonate the most with readers, at least according to what I’ve been able to seen on social media. Below are 20 quotables from the book that seem to have landed well...

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Written by Jared C. Wilson
Thursday, 22 June 2017 16:48

Stubbornness Closes God’s Ears

God listens to those who listen to him. The proof of this is all over Scripture. Isaiah 66:2 offers a prime example when God says, “this is the one to whom I will look: he who is humble and contrite in spirit and trembles at my word” (Isaiah 66:2). Even more direct is a warning given by...

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Written by Paul Tautges
Thursday, 22 June 2017 15:59

Trinitarian Solutions to Problems of Mere Monotheism?

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A merely unipersonal deity, it is said, could not be love, and therefore only on the grounds of Trinitarian revelation could the message that God is love...

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Written by Fred Sanders
Thursday, 22 June 2017 15:41

CHURCHLESS ONCE AGAIN

It is with sadness that I am writing this post to share with you that I have now left the church that I had been attending for over five years. I remember the first day that I attended that church and how deeply I appreciated the pastor’s expository preaching! So much so, that tears welled...

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Written by Mary/Living For His Glory
Thursday, 22 June 2017 15:30

06/23/17 Trusting in the Present Tense

READING: Esther 9-10, Acts 7:1-21

“The patriarchs became jealous of Joseph and sold him into Egypt, but God was with him . . . .”

Acts 7:9

Sometimes I need a reminder that God is in control. I know that truth intellectually, but it’s easy to forget it when your own life seems...

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Written by Chuck Lawless
Thursday, 22 June 2017 15:30

Suggestions for Pastors When Your Church is not Happy with You

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Years ago, in a church that was experiencing good changes and lots of growth, I heard from various sources that many people were not happy with me. This floating disapproval went on for some time. As a younger pastor, this was extremely disconcerting. Like most pastors, I was concerned about...

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Written by Jim Elliff
Thursday, 22 June 2017 15:15

The Power of Company

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“Human nature is so constituted that we cannot be much with other people without effect on our own character. The old proverb will never fail to prove true: Tell me with whom a man chooses to live, and I will tell you what he is.”– J.C. Ryle[1]

I worked with youth for many years...

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Written by Adam Kareus
Thursday, 22 June 2017 15:05

June 23: Rev. James Caldwell

The Rebel’s High Priest

On this day of June 23, 1780,an American Revolutionary Battle took place in Springfield, New Jersey.  Ordinarily we might think that this has no place in a historical devotional, but it does, because of the presence of the Rev. James Caldwell, pastor of the...

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Written by archivist
Thursday, 22 June 2017 15:04

Your Mom Has a Blog Podcast, Episode 36

This week we talk about redhead mutations, pizza, discipling kids, and more!

Authors: Melissa...

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Written by Melissa
Thursday, 22 June 2017 15:00

Manuscripts Digitized at the University of Edinburgh

By: Jacob Peterson

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I left my role as Intern Coordinator at CSNTM in the fall of 2015 to begin my PhD in New Testament at the University of Edinburgh. Over the course of the next year, it became obvious that, if possible, I should try and digitize the New Testament manuscripts held in the...

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Written by Center for the Study of New Testament Manuscripts
Thursday, 22 June 2017 15:00

“Acquainted With Grief”

He is…a Man of sorrows and acquainted with grief. —Isaiah 53:3

We are not “acquainted with grief” in the same way our Lord was acquainted with it. We endure it and live through it, but we do not become intimate with it. At the beginning of our lives we do not bring ourselves...

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Written by RSS | My Utmost For His Highest
Thursday, 22 June 2017 15:00

Deut. 28:20-68; Ps. 119:25-48; Isaiah 55; Matt. 3

Written by: Don Carson

Deuteronomy 28:20-68; Psalm 119:25-48; Isaiah 55; Matthew 3

THERE ARE NOT MANY PASSAGES in the Bible more fearsome than Deuteronomy 28:20-68. What the text depicts is the judgments that will befall the people of God if they disobey the terms of the covenant and rebel against...

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Written by Don Carson
Thursday, 22 June 2017 15:00

10 “Not’s” to Remember as You Attend Church this Weekend

Getting ready to gather with God’s people is an important step before you go to church this weekend. Here are 10 “not’s” to remember as you go:

  1. I have not prepared for worship if I haven’t prayed beforehand.
  2. Church is not about me.
  3. I cannot worship well if I have...

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Written by Chuck Lawless
Thursday, 22 June 2017 15:00

Come to Know Christ More

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Alistair Begg and Sinclair Ferguson collaborate to bring us a book about the person and work of Christ by exploring Jesus as the True Prophet, the Great High Priest, the Conquering King, the Seed of the Woman, the Son of Man, the Suffering Servant, and the Lamb on the Throne.

Drawing from decades of...

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Written by TFL
Thursday, 22 June 2017 15:00

The Routine Absurdity of Leaders Growing Large (Part 3)

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This is the third part of a three-part series. Click to read the previous posts: Part 1 | Part 2

Like the prodigal of Luke 15, Nebuchadnezzar, the Babylonian King, came to his senses. He had fallen hard and far, but in a second marked from eternity past, God willed light to come. Nebuchadnezzar went...

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Written by Dave Harvey
Thursday, 22 June 2017 15:00

From the Archives: How I Became Convinced of the Effectual Call

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I grew up with a semi-Calvinistic understanding of salvation. I knew that people were dead in sins and that dead people don’t do anything. But I did not understand much of how salvation actually worked.

When I first heard someone teach on the effectual call (also poorly described as...

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Written by Ben Edwards
Thursday, 22 June 2017 14:36

On Not Suffering Fools Gladly Featured

I must begin this piece by making a confession. I have long thought about this phrase, and have long thought about writing something on it. But I figured it was more or less a worldly phrase, and maybe not one I could get too much mileage out of as a Christian.

I do not mind using secular thoughts...

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Written by Bill Muehlenberg
Thursday, 22 June 2017 14:05

Bethel

D.A. Carson writes the following in his book Praying with Paul: A Call to Spiritual Reformation (pp 161-165):

In 2 Corinthians 4:16–18, Paul writes, "Though outwardly [lit., in "the outer man"] we are wasting away, yet inwardly [lit., in "the inner man" - exactly the same expression as in...

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Written by Patrick Chan
Thursday, 22 June 2017 14:02

Right Investment of Time

When the time is short we must make the most of every opportunity and waste nothing. Ordinarily if we speak the Word to someone and they send us away, the best advice is to leave. Unfortunately, Paul was in prison and could not get away...

The post Right Investment of Time appeared first on ChipBrogd...

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Written by Chip Brogden
Thursday, 22 June 2017 14:00

$5 Friday: The Church, Predestination, Scripture

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It's time for our weekly $5 Friday sale. This week's resources include such topics as the church, baptism, John Calvin, predestination, the new birth, worldview, Scripture, Charles Spurgeon, and more.

Sale runs through 12:01 a.m. — 11:59 p.m. Friday ET.

View today's $5 Friday sale items.

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Written by Nathan W. Bingham
Thursday, 22 June 2017 13:48

The Spiritual Chymist, Meditation LI

MEDITATION LIUpon First Fruits and Gleanings

What the apostle says of the heavenly bodies, that one start differs from another star in glory (1 Cor. 15:40-41) is also true of the heavenly laws and commands of God, as well ceremonial as moral, that they differ from each other in their weight and...

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Written by memoirandremains
Thursday, 22 June 2017 13:28

Grace for Waiting-Upon-the-Lord Mode

Written by: Scotty Smith

     I waited patiently for the Lord to help me, and he turned to me and heard my cry. He lifted me out of the pit of despair, out of the mud and the mire. He set my feet on solid ground and steadied me as I walked along. He has given me a new...

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Written by Scotty Smith
Thursday, 22 June 2017 12:00

Jesus Fashions Our Hearts

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Our prayers and efforts cannot make us ready for heaven, apart from the hand of Jesus, who fashions our hearts correctly. –C.H. Spurgeon

  Listen to, Jesus Our Prophet (Part 2 of 2)

Many Christians struggle to understand the relevance of the Old Testament in our current...

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Written by TFL
Thursday, 22 June 2017 11:17

The Bible and Copyright Law Featured

This may seem like an odd issue to write about, but some of you may have had a few questions about all this now and then. The main reason I have for writing this is the fact that just moments ago I was glancing at the opening pages of one of my Bibles and had a quick read of what it says about...

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Written by Bill Muehlenberg
Thursday, 22 June 2017 11:00

“Why is there pain and suffering?”

“In one-on-one witnessing encounters, a common question asked is, ‘Why is there pain and suffering?’ If you have your Bible with you at the time, open to Isaiah 24:5-6, and have the person you’re talking with read it aloud. When he finishes reading, explain that...

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Written by The Daily Evidence
Thursday, 22 June 2017 10:38

You Gotta Be More Specific

A blogger named MarkCC demonstrates a few common misunderstandings regarding Intelligent Design (ID). First we need to clarify some terms, as there is some jargon given in the post that the reader may not be familiar with. Specified Event – The phrase “Go Take Out the Trash” is a...

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Written by Brent Hardaway
Thursday, 22 June 2017 10:30

Truth decay

I'd like to make another point about the debate between Spencer and White:
White repeated a couple of things he's said on several occasions:
i) Due to inconsistencies in early sources of Islam, as well as alternative interpretive grids, there is no one true...

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Written by steve