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, 05 December 2017 21:23

Should I go on short-term mission trips or just give?

Authors: M. David Sills...

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Tuesday, 05 December 2017 21:00

Occasional Days of Public Fasting or Thanksgiving

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The Westminster Confession of Faith, chapter 21, after discussing the Regulative Principle of Worship and “the parts of the ordinary religious worship of God“, goes on to address extra-ordinary parts of religious worship, which include “solemn fastings (Est. 4:16; Joel...

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Written by Paul J. Barth
Tuesday, 05 December 2017 21:00

The Reformation: Hard Hitting Blows at Vital Spots Featured

Martin Luther 1483-1546) was a pastor in Wittenberg in addition to his position as a professor at the University of Wittenberg. Through a very schemey concatenation of events a seller of indulgences came into the territory of Wittenberg hawking his wares on the power of extravagant promises. An...

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Written by Jared Longshore
Tuesday, 05 December 2017 20:00

Simply Read: Day 4

December 06, 2017 by: Crosswayimage

He Is Not Here . . .

It's day 4 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...

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Written by Crossway
Tuesday, 05 December 2017 20:00

A Word to the Youth Pastor Who Feels Discouraged

December 06, 2017 by: Cameron Cole

Building a Lasting Faith

If you do gospel-centered youth ministry, you are a foundation builder. Building the foundation of a building takes time.

There is a temptation to do youth ministry that’s attractional, entertainment driven, and that just gets...

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Written by Cameron Cole
Tuesday, 05 December 2017 19:59

Where are We Most Vulnerable as Ministers of the Gospel?

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We face an enemy who is crafty, experienced, and evil; Satan is ‘the father of lies.’  Ever since his unsuccessful rebellion against God at the beginning of time he has honed his craft, finding innovative ways to attack the children of God in hopes of discrediting the gospel...

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Written by comments@standupforthetruth.com
Tuesday, 05 December 2017 19:57

How Evangelicals Are Destroying Christianity in America

You need to read this.  He’s not completely correct, but he’s correct enough to deserve a hearing.  And Evangelicals need to repent.  That is obvious to all of us.

He says, among other things,

Evangelicalism forsakes holding a sexual predator, an adulterer, a ...

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Written by Jim
Tuesday, 05 December 2017 19:45

Do Not Admit a Charge Against an Elder, Except…

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It’s a rare week now when we do not learn of some new charge against a pastor. The world has gotten smaller than ever and information moves at a greater pace than at any other point in history. In such a world, news travels fast and furious. Especially bad news. And we do love our bad news,...

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Written by Tim Challies
Tuesday, 05 December 2017 19:30

Dealing with Sexual Abuse as the Church

[The following, which may be disturbing to some readers, is mostly from a sermon preached recently at Immanuel RPC in West Lafayette. You can listen to the whole thing here.]

For reasons beyond my understanding, there is a sea change happening in our nation regarding sexual abuse. It has become...

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Written by Jared Olivetti
Tuesday, 05 December 2017 19:10

Philo of Alexandria and Early Christianity

I’ve just uploaded the pre-publication version of my essay, “Philo and Early Christianity,” under the “Selected Essays” tab on this site here.  It was published in 2004, but as Philo comes into discussions of Christian origins (rightly), I thought readers might...

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Written by larryhurtado
Tuesday, 05 December 2017 19:06

Do You Have Compassion for the Lost?

We ought to feel compassion when we think of the wretched state of unconverted souls, and the misery of all men and women who live and die without Christ. No poverty like this poverty! No disease like this disease! No slavery like this slavery! No death like this, death in idolatry, false...

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Written by The J.C. Ryle Archive
Tuesday, 05 December 2017 19:03

Evangelism: the Message

Definition Evangelism is the human means by which God brings men out of the kingdom of darkness into the kingdom of God’s Son (Col. 1:13). People in sin are lovers of darkness, and dig deeper and deeper. How is he to be lifted up and translated into the light? It’s by evangelism....

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Written by Nate
Tuesday, 05 December 2017 19:00

Is Your City Driving Evolution?

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If you live in a city, stop and look around—life might be evolving before your eyes! A new study looked at data from 192 separate studies and determined that cities are “pushing some [organisms] to evolve and even spawning new species more quickly and more often than you might...

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Written by Ken Ham
Tuesday, 05 December 2017 19:00

A Meditation on “Maranatha”

Happy (real) new year: the beginning of a new year of grace, which began December 3 with the First Sunday of Advent.

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Tuesday, 05 December 2017 19:00

Why the Humanities Must Remain Human (Or Die)

Recently, MoMA’s first poet laureate, Kenneth Goldsmith, received national attention for teaching a course at the University of Pennsylvania titled “Wasting Time on the Internet.” The class was in fact just that: three hours a week of online thumb-twiddling. Goldsmith’s...

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Tuesday, 05 December 2017 19:00

The Women of Genesis: Lesson 4- Eve

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The Women of Genesis- Lesson 4

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Tuesday, 05 December 2017 19:00

We Need More People with the Humility of Mary

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On Monday, I wrote about the humility of Joseph. He did not want to make an example of Mary, and if she had been unfaithful to him, he wanted the divorce to be done quietly even if that invited questioning into his own behavior.

A discussion about humility in Advent would not be complete without...

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Written by Zak Schmoll
Tuesday, 05 December 2017 19:00

A La Carte (December 6)

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Today’s Kindle deals include a few good options, including All That Is in God, which has been generating quite a lot of buzz lately.

Be sure to check in with Westminster Books for a great sale on a wide variety of books and with Logos for their 12 Days of Logos sale.

On Being a Lifelong Learner

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Written by Tim Challies
Tuesday, 05 December 2017 19:00

Cells Interlinked: The Quest for Humanity in Blade Runner 2049

By Jeremiah Webster and Zach Boyd

Lamenting modern cinema is easy. Optimus Prime neverreally dies. Second rate superheroes, revived against their will, become a name. CGI bristles, indulges in the excess of “because we can, that’s why.” Nothing explodes like it used to. Into this...

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Written by Guest Writer
Tuesday, 05 December 2017 19:00

Why Jack Phillips of Masterpiece Cakeshop Should Win His Supreme Court Case

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Sherif Girgis has an excellent article on “The Christian Baker’s Unanswered Legal Argument: Why the Strongest Objections Fail.” He writes clearly and simply, backing up his arguments with precedents set by previous cases before the Supreme Court. It’s a long read, but worth...

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Written by Amy K. Hall
Tuesday, 05 December 2017 18:56

Thirty Days of Jesus: Day 10, the Boy Jesus at the Temple Featured

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With Him are wisdom and might; To Him belong counsel and understanding (Job 12:13).Further readingThe Day Jesus Went AWOLTwelve-year-old Jesus goes to the TempleThe Son of God at twelve years old~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~Background and Introduction, Thirty Days of Jesus...

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Written by The End Time
Tuesday, 05 December 2017 18:31

The neutral view of free will is impossible Featured

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The neutral view of free will is impossible. It involves choice without desire. That is like having an effect without a cause. It is something from nothing, which is irrational. The Bible makes it clear that we choose out of our desires. A wicked desire produces wicked choices and wicked actions. A...

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Written by Reformed Spirit
Tuesday, 05 December 2017 18:27

Focus, Focus, Focus!

Some of the comments responding to my posting about the failure of the “mythical Jesus” notion to catch on with scholars illustrate the necessity of keeping clear the issue under discussion.  The issue in my posting was whether the three claims on which Carrier bases his case are...

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Written by larryhurtado
Tuesday, 05 December 2017 18:00

Theologian R.C. Sproul on Christmas

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"I can’t think of anything more pleasing to Christ than the church celebrating His birthday every year. Keep in mind that the whole principle of annual festival and celebration is deeply rooted in ancient Jewish tradition. In the Old Testament, for example, there were times when God...

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Written by Chad
Tuesday, 05 December 2017 18:00

Lukewarm and Lovin' It

Lukewarm. No, it's not a reference to someone named Luke. It comes from a Middle English word -- "leuk" or "lewk" -- meaning "tepid". Okay, so there we have it. The term answers the question, "How warm is it?" "Tepid." Of course, it used to primarily refer to food or liquid, but it wasn't long...

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Written by Winging It
Tuesday, 05 December 2017 18:00

Fear of God Devotional: When Does Repentance Occur in the Life of a Christian?

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When and how does repentance occur in the life of a Christian?

Don Hart explains in this video that there is a point where saving knowledge and repentance occur in a Christian’s life. There are different ways that God can save us and bring us to a saving knowledge of Himself. For example, not...

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Written by NCFIC Blog
Tuesday, 05 December 2017 18:00

God Is Always at Work for Us and for Our Good

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Psalm 18 is a psalm of David, a song celebrating “the day when the LORD rescued him from the hand of all his enemies, and from the hand of Saul.” This psalm, the longest of Book One, praises God for His deliverance. It is also recorded, with slight differences, in 2 Samuel 22. At the...

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Written by W. Robert Godfrey
Tuesday, 05 December 2017 17:46

Why Shouldn’t We Trust the Non-Canonical “Gospel of the Egyptians”?

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 Gospel of the Egyptians.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, 05 December 2017 17:15

A Review of Walking Through Twilight. By Doug Groothuis. Featured

IVP, 2017.

There is nothing new about pain and suffering, and why God’s people have to endure so much of it. Job wrestled with these matters three millennia ago, and we still do today. There are no easy answers, but there are always plenty of questions.

Suffering comes in many forms, but some...

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Written by Bill Muehlenberg
Tuesday, 05 December 2017 17:00

Christians Abandoned in Nigeria

December 6, 2017
Christians abandoned in Nigeria: Endless Massacres by the Muslim Fulani The government of Nigeria needed the support of regional nations in order to tackle the brutal Sunni Islamist forces of Boko Haram. Yet, in the Middle Belt of Nigeria, endless...

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Written by TBC Staff - EN
Tuesday, 05 December 2017 17:00

Passing On a Legacy of Flourishing through Your Business

My friend Pete has been installing garage doors for over 30 years. He started with a truck and a tool belt and a dream of becoming a successful business owner. Pete has wonderful stories and memories of his early days launching his business, including huge tractor-trailers delivering garage doors...

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Written by Pat Ennis
Tuesday, 05 December 2017 16:44

Caterpillar Homeschool Lesson 4: Interactive Learning

This is my fourth and final part of my series of lesson plans that I outlined to teach my daughters on caterpillars for the subject of life science and also to stir within them the wonder of God’s creation.  This is for kids ages 4-5.

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Purpose: In this lesson we will introduce various...

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Written by SLIMJIM
Tuesday, 05 December 2017 16:03

Relating to the Law

Don Johnson

“Can Christians eat pork?” A fellow visiting our church asked that question a couple of weeks ago. Again, someone else asked me, “In the law, some foods were not allowed. Was it because they were not healthy to eat? Should we eat those foods now?”

Both of these...

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Written by Don Johnson
Tuesday, 05 December 2017 16:01

The Pentateuch: 5 Books About God’s Grace Featured

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You’ve heard it before. “The God of the Old Testament was a God of wrath. Things have changed now.” “The Pentateuch is all law. The NT is all grace.”

Cliches like this may be convenient for easily-categorized thought, but are they true? It is a...

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Written by Eric Davis
Tuesday, 05 December 2017 16:00

The “Rest of the Stories” That Await Us in Heaven: an Invitation to Partner with Us

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Don’t you love to learn both the background and ending of a good, true-life story? God designed us with curiosity to wonder what really happened to people and places we’ve heard about or known. Some readers might recall how years ago, columnist and commentator Paul Harvey made a career...

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Written by Randy Alcorn
Tuesday, 05 December 2017 16:00

Get Your Mind Ready

“Wherefore gird up the loins of your mind, be sober, and hope to the end for the grace that is to be brought unto you at the revelation of Jesus Christ.” (1 Peter 1:13)

We have been born again (1 Peter 1:3), Peter tells us, to an incorruptible inheritance in heaven (v. 4), which is...

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Written by Days of Praise from ICR
Tuesday, 05 December 2017 16:00

Knots in Christ's Family Tree: A Tale of Four Outcast Women Featured

Jesus’ ancestry may surprise you. His genealogy includes some names you might be shocked to find in the royal line of the King of kings. Looking closely at the royal lineage as Matthew records it, we note a striking anomaly. Four women are named in this genealogy. The typical Hebrew genealogy...

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Written by Grace to You Blog
Tuesday, 05 December 2017 15:00

Books of the Year 2017

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It is a huge privilege of my job that I get to read a lot of books, for which I am grateful to God and to the members of King's Church London, and a huge privilege of being alive today that a lot of them are well written, thought-provoking, helpful and cheap. Many of those I read this year were...

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Written by Andrew Wilson
Tuesday, 05 December 2017 14:24

How to Watch a Movie (4): Deep Thoughts by Chris Farley

In the third installmentof our series on “How to Watch a Movie”, we explored the nine elements in (nearly) every movie; in the current installment, we’ll illustrate those nine elements by delving into the storyline of two popular movies–Braveheart and Tommy Boy.

Why these...

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Written by Bruce Ashford
Tuesday, 05 December 2017 14:15

Church Discipline Brought Me Home

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Sometimes sin is crouching at your door. Sometimes it’s devouring you alive inside of your house. The echo of emptiness that comes when you’ve been found out is deafening.

Sham. Fraud. Caught red-handed.

I had run from New York in the midst of an affair and was sure I had found my haven...

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Written by Andrea Burke
Tuesday, 05 December 2017 14:05

December 6: Death of Francis Herron

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Can we find a sermon by Francis Herron for this day?

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Tuesday, 05 December 2017 14:00

Building A Theological Library (Part 1)

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Recently I read an essay on theological library building written by someone from a software company that sells good materials for digital Bible study. This brought to mind a lecture I have given to students and pastors on theological library building for about 15 years. I thought I might pass on...

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Written by Jeff Straub
Tuesday, 05 December 2017 14:00

Covenant in Amos

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Amos (active c.765-760 B.C.)

Amos is a simple shepherd and gatherer of figs to whom the word of the LORD (dabar YHWH) comes. He cries against both Israel (2:6) and Judah (2:4; 3:1). A major concern of his is social justice. Amos...

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Written by Paul Henebury
Tuesday, 05 December 2017 13:53

Augustine: Refuting the Pelagians

image‘But these brethren of ours, about whom and on whose behalf we are now discoursing, say, perhaps, that the Pelagians are refuted by this apostolical testimony in which it is said that we are chosen in Christ and predestinated before the foundation of the world, in order that we should be holy...

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Written by John Samson
Tuesday, 05 December 2017 13:01

The Meaning of the Cross

December 6

“I am the resurrection and the life. He who believes in Me, though he may die, he shall live.” -JOHN 11:25

The Cross does not represent Death – it represents Life out of Death. Jesus does not refer to Himself as the Crucifixion and the Death, but He calls Himself the...

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Written by Chip Brogden