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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Monday, 19 February 2018 22:36

Book Review: God Is (Crossway)

image Mark Jones, God Is: A Devotional Guide to the Attributes of God (Wheaton, IL: Crossway, 2017). 240pp. Hardcover. $19.99.
 
Many theologians have complained recently that Reformed theology has stressed the divine attributes to the neglect of divine triunity. Whether such an assessment of...

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Written by Meet the Puritans
Monday, 19 February 2018 22:30

A Serendipity Named Cornelius

February is such a fun-filled month of joy and the expression of tokens of love, but it frequently comes with certain expectations. Besides December, more acts of kindness and expressions of love are given in this month than any other time of the year. But most often, expressions of love come when...

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Written by Denny Autrey
Monday, 19 February 2018 22:07

Here’s the list showing the long line of Calvinistic SBC presidents

It’s looking, sadly, like some in the SBC will be consumed by a hot denominational war over the SBC presidency. A few colleagues have objected to the martial terminology. While I think it is a good fit, in consideration of the sensitivities of the most militant participants, I’ll call...

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Written by William Thornton
Monday, 19 February 2018 22:00

Save this dying world!

We are in a battle for the lost. There is no higher calling than to (with God’s help) seek to save this dying world. Today, pray for divine encounters and be ready to share the gospel when the opportunity comes. Have your feet shod with the preparation of the gospel of peace (see Eph....

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Written by The Daily Evidence
Monday, 19 February 2018 21:55

Would Jesus Magnify His Presence Above His Word?

Would Jesus Magnify His Presence Above His Word?

By Warren B. Smith In Jesus Calling, “Jesus” promotes the experience of his presence above God’s Word. Psalm 138:2 tells us: I will worship toward thy holy temple, and praise thy name for thy lovingkindness and for thy truth: for...

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Written by Lighthouse Trails Editors
Monday, 19 February 2018 21:00

Shame, Sh*tholes, Race and Grace

Back in January, President Trump set off a firestorm of criticism for allegedly calling certain immigrants’ countries of origin sh*tholes. Shortly after these remarks were made public, I denounced them on social media as racist and evil. But here’s where it got interesting for me.

My...

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Written by Joe Kim
Monday, 19 February 2018 21:00

Old Sermon Tapes and Future Glory Featured

While cleaning out a storage area last fall at our church building, I came across racks of old cassette tapes. Yes, those little pieces of plastic with easy-to-snap-and-tangle-thin-brown-film-recording-technology sat doing what they do best—collecting dust. I know they’ve gone the way...

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Written by Jared Longshore
Monday, 19 February 2018 21:00

DiM | “Control” by Tenth Avenue North Featured

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February 19, 2018. Today we’ll be taking a look at “Control (Somehow You Want Me)” by 10th Avenue North which currently sits at #1 on the20theCountdownMagazine.

It’s been a while since we last took a look at the top 20 chart, so we have several...

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Written by Faithful Stewardship
Monday, 19 February 2018 20:55

Are You a Chronological Snob?

This week, Chris and Rich discuss the issue of “Chronological Snobbery” and how it has impacted the church.

The post Are You a Chronological Snob? appeared first on Slave to the King.

Authors: Chris Hohnholz...

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Written by Chris Hohnholz
Monday, 19 February 2018 20:47

Hate Week Essay #2: Wisdom hates what God hates Featured

Yesterday at the opening of Hate week, we looked at what God hates. If God declares in His word that He hates something, it's incumbent upon us to know what it is and to hate it too. We are made in His image, so we should love what He loves and Hate what He hates. We must obey Him and glorify Him....

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Written by The End Time
Monday, 19 February 2018 20:37

Spiritual Obesity

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Have you ever referred to another person’s weight without transgressing taboos, or creating discomfort? It’s a topic without a winning exit strategy. We’re all sensitive about our weight, and you can bet the person you’re speaking to is more conscious of it than you are. I...

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Written by The Christward Collective
Monday, 19 February 2018 20:29

A Christian response to those who say they want more than “Thoughts and Prayers” after school shootings.

Do you want more than thoughts and prayers? Then get out of our way. Matthew 23:37 “O Jerusalem, Jerusalem, thou that killest the prophets, and stonest them which are sent unto thee, how often would I have gathered thy children together, even as a hen gathereth her chickens under her wings,...

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Written by admin
Monday, 19 February 2018 20:23

Becoming Familiar With Repentance

“He that desires to be a true Christian must be experimentally acquainted with repentance and remission of sins. These are the principle things in saving religion. To belong to a pure church, and to hear the gospel, and receive the sacraments are the great privileges: but are we converted?...

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Written by The J.C. Ryle Archive
Monday, 19 February 2018 20:00

Stop Saying God Has Been Kicked Out of Schools

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Like every other mass shooting before it, the one in Parkland, FL elicited theological questions about the effectiveness of prayer and the goodness of God.

In his essay “The Efficacy of Prayer” from The World’s Last Night and Other Essays, C.S. Lewis demonstrates the absurdity...

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Written by Aaron Earls
Monday, 19 February 2018 20:00

Singleness: A 5-Day Devotional

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This article is part of the ESV.org Reading Plans series.

A Shared Condition

Loneliness is commonplace. Lydia Brownback, author of Finding God in My Loneliness says:

Single or married, young or old, man or woman—everyone experiences loneliness at various...

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Written by Crossway
Monday, 19 February 2018 19:52

Episode 40: On Facing Disappointment as a Pastor

How should pastors respond when their ministry is marked by disappointment and unmet expectations?

Authors: Daniel Gardner

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Written by Daniel Gardner
Monday, 19 February 2018 19:45

Ask Me Anything: Introversion

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I receive lots of questions through the Ask Me Anything feature and like to answer them from time to time. Trinity from Houston recently wrote in and she wanted me to talk a little bit about introversion and about being a Christian introvert. So here we go:

 

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Written by Tim Challies
Monday, 19 February 2018 19:43

Preaching 101: Read the Foreword by Paul Chappell

Paul Chappell has had a tremendous influence on this generation of preachers and ministers.  He is a gifted preacher, a successful pastor, a dynamic administrator, an influential voice, and a prolific author.  When I set out to write Preaching 101, I wanted someone to write the...

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Written by Kenneth Kuykendall
Monday, 19 February 2018 19:21

A Pastor's Reflections: Widows

Within any decent-sized congregation there are bound to be some who are widows, usually those that are older, but in some cases, there might be younger widows. In the world outside the church, many might look upon widows as a regular part of life.

Authors: Valiant for Truth Blog...

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Written by Valiant for Truth Blog
Monday, 19 February 2018 19:01

A La Carte (February 20)

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Today’s Kindle deals include a couple of books by Tozer and a few others also worth checking out.

(Yesterday on the blog: Three Things To Know about Korean Christianity)

Why Do Christians Still Die?

“Why do Christians have to die? Why can’t they just live and then go to heaven...

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Written by Tim Challies
Monday, 19 February 2018 19:00

Bombardier Beetles and Vomiting Toads

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For most insects, getting eaten is the end—but not for the remarkable bombardier beetle. These little beetles are often discussed in creation literature because of their incredible design features, including the ability to shoot a boiling, noxious gas so they can escape predators. But, accord...

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Written by Ken Ham
Monday, 19 February 2018 19:00

Testimony Tuesday: “God Used a Discernment Ministry in My Life”

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Rhonda, Mar, Alya, JoAnne, and Andrea share their testimonies of how online discernment ministries have helped them.

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Authors: Michelle Lesley...

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Written by Michelle Lesley
Monday, 19 February 2018 19:00

The Parting of Ways Amongst Younger Christians

Several years ago I heard Ross Douthat say that he thought, given the 20-30 years of good will that had been built up between Protestants and Catholics, it may soon be time for some frank discussions of our differences and a healthy parting of ways. Douthat’s words have come to mind several...

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Written by Jake Meador
Monday, 19 February 2018 19:00

A Question to Ask Those Who Adopt Pro-Gay Theology

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Pro-gay theology seems to be picking up steam in some circles. People are eager to baptize their affirmation of homosexual behavior with the Bible. It doesn’t work for many reasons I’ve written about before.

Recently, however, I’ve been asking those who adopt pro-gay theology a...

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Written by Alan Shlemon
Monday, 19 February 2018 18:07

Listening to the Spirit’s Voice More Carefully Than to Others

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For you did not receive the spirit of slavery to fall back into fear, but you have received the Spirit of adoption as sons, by whom we cry, “Abba! Father!” The Spirit himself bears witness with our spirit that we are children of God, and if children,...

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Written by Scotty Smith
Monday, 19 February 2018 18:00

Animated Video: Is There Meaning to Life?

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Here is the latest animated video by Reasonable Faith [RF].   RF features the work of philosopher and theologian Dr. William Lane Craig and aims to provide in the public arena an intelligent, articulate, and uncompromising yet gracious Christian perspective.You can view the other animated...

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Written by Chad
Monday, 19 February 2018 18:00

Anthropocentric

Little children, keep yourselves from idols (1 John 5:21).
A "word of the day" entry: "anthropocentric". We can find a dictionary definition, but let's see if we can figure it out from its roots. "Anthropos" is the Greek word for "man" -- primarily "man" as a group, not a gender. You know ......

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Written by Winging It
Monday, 19 February 2018 18:00

The Doctrine of Election Kills Pride

When it comes to the doctrine of election, it’s clear that it’s controversial. We debate it. We write books about it. We talk about it. We preach sermons on it. We sometimes divide over it.  Do you find it odd that Paul began his letter to the church in Rome by pointing to the...

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Written by Josh Buice
Monday, 19 February 2018 18:00

Studying Scripture and Doing Theology

Here's an excerpt from Studying Scripture and Doing Theology, R. Carlton Wynne’s contribution to the February issue of Tabletalk:

It’s been said that everyone is a theologian. But can every Christian be a good theologian? The biblical answer is a resounding yes. Building a sound...

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Written by Nathan W. Bingham
Monday, 19 February 2018 17:50

Bible Contradiction? Did Jesus ascend from Bethany or Mount Olivet?

For more of our posts responding to alleged Bible contradictions check out our Collection of Posts Responding to Bible Contradictions.image

For today’s post we will tackle the question the Skeptic Annotated Bible asked: Did Jesus ascend from Bethany or Mount Olivet?

Here are the two...

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Written by SLIMJIM
Monday, 19 February 2018 17:10

Why Differences Between the Gospels Demonstrate Their Reliability (Video)

In this video from a message delivered at Calvary Chapel Chino Hills, J. Warner Wallace describes why the differences between Gospel accounts help validate them and demonstrate their reliability. What attributes of reliable eyewitness testimony, as identified in criminal investigations, can be...

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Written by jwallace
Monday, 19 February 2018 17:01

I Won’t Let Cancer Take Away My Sundays Featured

“I won’t let cancer take away my Sundays” these are some words I won’t soon forget.

I heard them last Sunday from a sweet saint, who despite being in quite obvious pain made her way to church just like she had for the past year since learning about her cancer. Soon...

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Written by Jordan Standridge
Monday, 19 February 2018 17:00

Truth vs. Uncertainty

February 20, 2018
It seems that truth has become a somewhat dirty word, or at least a corrupted one. In its place we are left with a whole lot of uncertainty. In steps Jesus! Jesus tells Pontius Pilate that He has come into the world to “bear witness to the truth...

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Written by TBC Staff - EN
Monday, 19 February 2018 17:00

The Radicalness of Leadership Counsel in the New Testament

I often enjoy starting a conversation by asking, “What makes a leader a good leader?”  I usually hear responses like:

  • Competent in sharing ideas and persuading people
  • Focused on helping others
  • Vision to improve the world

I also find a consensus that good character is foundational to...

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Written by Glenn Brooke
Monday, 19 February 2018 16:03

Be Anxious for Nothing

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FrontLine January/February 2018 | VOLUME 28 | NUMBER 1

In the last nine verses of Matthew 6 Jesus says “take no thought” two times. Jesus doesn’t command thoughtlessness. Jesus commands His followers not to worry. The Prince of Peace calls us to peace and gives to us a “peace...

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Written by Charles Phelps
Monday, 19 February 2018 16:00

Exodus 3; Luke 6; Job 20; 1 Corinthians 7

Exodus 3; Luke 6; Job 20; 1 Corinthians 7

TWO ELEMENTS IN Exodus 3 demand attention.

The firstis the dramatic introduction of “the angel of the LORD” (3:2). Initially, at least, Moses does not perceive an “angel.” The text reads, “There the angel of the LORD appeared to...

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Written by Don Carson
Monday, 19 February 2018 16:00

True Worship

“God is a Spirit: and they that worship him must worship him in spirit and in truth.” (John 4:24)

The word “worship” is used frequently today in Christian circles—in addition to worship services, we now have worship choruses, worship teams, worship manuals, worship...

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Written by Days of Praise from ICR
Monday, 19 February 2018 14:41

School Mass Shootings and Why They Are Really Happening

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I was making dinner one afternoon in the fall of 1987, when I heard a frantic knocking at my door. It was my son’s teacher – I had just seen her earlier that day while volunteering in the classroom.

I opened the door and I could see that she had been crying.  She was shaking as she...

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Written by Geri Ungurean
Monday, 19 February 2018 14:15

How 'Sola Fide' Empowers Your Personal Evangelism

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This past October, we marked the 500th anniversary of the Protestant Reformation. That is, the anniversary of the period in which there was a dramatic recovery of the principles of the Christian faith. The Reformation has long been marked by what have been called “The Five...

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Written by Michael Kelley
Monday, 19 February 2018 14:10

Looking Comes First

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In The Great Divorce, C.S. Lewis presents a fictional account of a man in Hell boarding a bus toward Heaven. Anyone who wishes to cross over from Hell to Heaven can do so, but it’s not easy, for those in Hell have grown used to their state. Throughout the book, the man encounters a...

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Written by David McLemore
Monday, 19 February 2018 14:05

February 20: Rev. Azel Roe

The Rebel Clergyman of New Jersey by Rev. David T. Myers

With half of inhabitants of New Jersey being Scotch-Irish Presbyterians during the American Revolution, it is not surprising that the British labeled our focus today as “the famous rebel clergyman of New Jersey.” Certainly, the...

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Written by archivist
Monday, 19 February 2018 14:00

Digital Technology is Killing our Minds

We have gained much from technology, but we have also lost much. It has enhanced our lives, but it’s also (slowly) killing our lives. I want to highlight its murderous power over the next few days, starting with how it’s killing our minds

Digital technology is killing our concentration

How...

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Written by David Murray
Monday, 19 February 2018 14:00

Degrees of Reward: Part 2 – Living for Payday

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Reposted with permission from the Cripplegate. Read Part 1.

Previously I wrote a response to Dr Wellum’s video in which he expressed doubt about the existence of degrees of rewards in heaven. In addition, he stated the following: “We are not to be people who are living our lives...

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Written by Clint Archer
Monday, 19 February 2018 13:57

The Missing Word in Our Modern Gospel

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Every Christian loves the gospel. By definition, you cannot have a Christian who isn’t shaped by and saved by the gospel.

So three cheers for the gospel. Make that three million cheers.

But let’s preach the gospel the way Jesus and the Apostles did. Theirs was not a message of...

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Written by Kevin DeYoung
Monday, 19 February 2018 13:10

Does It Bother You That God Barred Moses from the Promised Land?

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For a long time, I was bothered by the fact that God didn’t allow Moses into the Promised Land. I sympathized with Moses in his one moment of weakness, and I wondered if God judged him too harshly.

I was also bothered by the fact I was bothered.

It’s not good to stay in a place where you...

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Written by Trevin Wax