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, 19 April 2017 21:19

Follow the Money?

imageWhen dealing with governments or political/social movements “follow the money” is usually sound advice when you want to know the real agenda.  We consistently hear the latest scares about how the earth is heating to catastrophic levels, threatening humanity.  This coming from...

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Written by comments@standupforthetruth.com
Wednesday, 19 April 2017 21:00

Who Is the True Jesus? Interview with David Limbaugh

image Who is the true Jesus? What are the most common misconceptions about his identity? Sean interviews author and commentator David Limbaugh about his new book.

Authors: Sean McDowell...

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Written by Sean McDowell
Wednesday, 19 April 2017 21:00

A Hatred of Sin and Apprehension of the Mercy of God

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Here is the section on repentance in Benjamin Keach’s Baptist Catechism:

Q. 94. What is repentance unto life?

A. Repentance unto life is a saving grace, whereby a sinner, out of a true sense of his sin, and apprehension of the mercy of God in Christ, does, with grief and hatred of his...

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Written by NCFIC Blog
Wednesday, 19 April 2017 21:00

Rule #7: Fellowship with Godly People (8 Rules for Growing in Godliness)

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An ember left alone will soon grow cold, but embers set close together will continue to glow, to burn brightly, and even to set others ablaze. Christians resemble embers, for we, too, must be set close together to thrive. “Whoever walks with the wise becomes wise” (Proverbs 13:20),...

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Written by Tim Challies
Wednesday, 19 April 2017 20:45

Egyptian Columnist On Occasion Of International Women's Day: While Media, International Bodies Celebrate Women's Day, Women Continue To Suffer

April 20, 2017
In an article she published in the Egyptian daily Al-Ahram on March 8, 2017, on the occasion of International Women's Day, columnist Asmaa...

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Written by TBC Staff - EN
Wednesday, 19 April 2017 20:36

The Bible: Fact, Fiction, or Fable?

University Carillon United Methodist Church (2012) – Lecture by Josh McDowell

Authors: John Samson...

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Written by John Samson
Wednesday, 19 April 2017 20:27

A Film About The Reformation’s Most Bizarre Character: Thomas Müntzer

Am 25. April in der Kreisverwaltung Homberg (Efze): Der Film „Thomas Müntzer. Reformator, Sozialrevolutionär, Bauernkrieger“.

Wie Luther wendet sich der junge Priester Thomas Müntzer gegen die kirchlichen und weltlichen Obrigkeiten. Auch er lebt mit einer geflohenen Nonne...

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Written by Jim
Wednesday, 19 April 2017 20:24

Paul Remembered Mary

aul loved Christ and His church, and it is obvious from his letters to the local churches that Paul’s love for God’s people was genuine.  At the end of Romans, Paul dives off into a series of greetings and acknowledgements. It’s quite clear that while he wrote entire...

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Written by Josh Buice
Wednesday, 19 April 2017 20:13

The Sons of God

image Article by Dr. R. C. Sproul (original source here)

In the twentieth century, the German biblical scholar Rudolf Bultmann gave a massive critique of the Scriptures, arguing that the Bible is filled with mythological references that must be removed if it is to have any significant application to our...

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Written by John Samson
Wednesday, 19 April 2017 20:00

Women in Scripture: Ruth and Naomi (Titus 2 in Reverse)

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Ruth 1:16 But Ruth said (to Naomi), “Do not urge me to leave you or to return from following you. For where you go I will go, and where you lodge I will lodge. Your people shall be my people, and your God my God."
Like most women, I've always hada particular affinity toward the por...

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Written by Deb Welch
Wednesday, 19 April 2017 20:00

Throwback Thursday ~ With the First Fruits (and all the subsequent ones, too)

imageI don't want to "make time for God" any more.

Authors: Michelle Lesley...

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Written by Michelle Lesley
Wednesday, 19 April 2017 20:00

Book Preview: E-book- “The Apocryphal Jesus” by Ken Ammi

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About the Author
Ken Ammi is an Argentinean-American , a Jewish-Christian, an essayist and lecturer who writes at True Freethinker.
He was raised in a 100% secular manner and did attend private Jewish school.  He had his Bar Mitzvah in Israel (only secular Jews may be able to understand this...

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Written by Chad
Wednesday, 19 April 2017 20:00

What's In A Name?

I saw a guy on the bus the other day with a book entitled God Has A Name. It made me think.Something I've never quite understood. The Old Testament Scriptures are full of the name of God, but serious Jews refuse to use it and it doesn't actually appear in our translations. Why?Our standard...

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Written by Winging It
Wednesday, 19 April 2017 20:00

A La Carte (April 20)

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Today’s Kindle deals include several titles from the Christian market and also a few from the general market.

You Can’t Love Missions without Loving the Local Church

There’s lots to ponder in this article.

Do I Need To Ask Forgiveness Every Time? (Video)

Dr. Stephen Wellum answers a...

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Written by Tim Challies
Wednesday, 19 April 2017 20:00

A Warning to Apologists about Sin

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John Piper says something provocative in a sermon about the woman at the well:

Now watch the universal reflex of a person trying to avoid conviction. She has to admit in verse 19 that Jesus has extraordinary insight (“You’re a prophet!”), but instead of dealing with her guilt, she...

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Written by Amy K. Hall
Wednesday, 19 April 2017 19:39

William Paul Young is a Heretic, Part Two Featured

In Part One of this review of Young’s new book, I mentioned the general theological and ideological space he is in. It is part of the broader recent trendy fad known as the emergent church movement. I have written dozens of articles detailing the very real dangers of this often aberrant...

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Written by Bill Muehlenberg
Wednesday, 19 April 2017 19:22

John Bunyan And The Hidden Perils Of Preaching

imagePreachers rarely confess this. Maybe it’s because they don’t want to look weak, or appear to be inviting self-pity. But if preachers were a tad more vulnerable they would speak more often about preaching’s hidden challenges.

The phases of exegesis and...

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Written by Colin Adams
Wednesday, 19 April 2017 19:00

Without Luther, There Would Be No Bach

Martin Luther never met Johann Sebastian Bach. The two Germans were born more than 200 years apart. But without Luther, there would have been no Bach.

At 48 years old, when Bach received a copy of Luther’s translation of the Bible, he made extensive notes in its margins, allowing it to shape...

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Written by Bethany Jenkins
Wednesday, 19 April 2017 19:00

Fear of God Devotional: The Root Cause Behind the Exodus of Our Youth

image What is the root cause behind the exodus of our children from the modern church? Scott Brown explains in this video that youth ministry is not the cause of our children leaving the church. Rather, it stems from ignoring the things that are plainly taught in Scripture. The root...

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Written by NCFIC Blog
Wednesday, 19 April 2017 19:00

The Gospel in Asia

Here's an excerpt from The Gospel in Asia, Jeffrey Jue's contribution to the April issue of Tabletalk:

The advance of the gospel in Asia over the last century has been extraordinary. Christian churches are growing and thriving in countries such as Singapore, Malaysia, Taiwan, and of course South...

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Written by Nathan W. Bingham
Wednesday, 19 April 2017 18:58

Nuggets from an Urgent Call to a Serious Faith by Dave Hunt - Does Peace Come by Finding Ourselves or by Being Delivered from Ourselves?

April 20, 2017
Nuggets from “ An Urgent Call to a Serious Faith ” by Dave Hunt – Does Peace Come by Finding Ourselves or by Being Delivered from...

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Written by tbc staff - bl
Wednesday, 19 April 2017 18:58

Review: Jesus, Keep Me Near the Cross: Experiencing the Passion and Power of Easter

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Nancy Guthrie. Jesus, Keep Me Near the Cross: Experiencing the Passion and Power of Easter.  Wheaton, IL: Crossway, August 1st, 2008.  152 pp.

5 out of 5

Purchase:Westminster | Amazon

I’m typically not a fan of devotional books but after being impressed with the...

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Written by SLIMJIM
Wednesday, 19 April 2017 18:00

You Won’t Be Perfect in this Life

In the evangelical 1980s, regular appearances of “The Power Team” at local megachurches were great opportunities for desperate youth pastors to connect with bored young men. In the name of Jesus and by the power of the Holy Spirit, team members would take turns performing feats of...

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Written by Staff
Wednesday, 19 April 2017 18:00

Preached in All Creation

“If ye continue in the faith grounded and settled, and be not moved away from the hope of the gospel, which ye have heard, and which was preached to every creature which is under heaven; whereof I Paul am made a minister.” (Colossians 1:23)

Many times Christians piously say, “Why...

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Written by Days of Praise from ICR
Wednesday, 19 April 2017 17:29

New Podcast: For The Church

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Over at For The Church we’re launching a brand new resource this week! Introducing: The For The Church Podcast. Hosted by yours truly and featuring some of our favorite leaders in church ministry, this new podcast is sure to make a worthy addition to your regular listens. Download, subscribe,...

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Written by Jared C. Wilson
Wednesday, 19 April 2017 17:00

Luther, and the Creative Power of the Word

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The Alliance of Confessing Evangelicals and WFIL 560 AM have had a long partnership. In addition to broadcasting The Bible Study Hour with James Boice and No Falling Word with Liam Goligher, they are one of the sponsors of this year’s Philadelphia Conference on Reformed Theology taking place...

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Written by Place for Truth
Wednesday, 19 April 2017 16:44

Oregon Judge Grants Man the apos;Right apos; to Be Genderless. But Did She...Really? Featured

Can a judge grant a right that defies God's created reality?

Authors: Daniel J. Phillips...

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Written by Daniel J. Phillips
Wednesday, 19 April 2017 16:43

The Case for Christ is Not Cheesy

Good News, Christians. It’s not Cheesy. Let angels dance. Let the people rejoice. A Christian film company made a Christian movie and a miracle happened. We don’t have to lower our expectations. The Case for Christ is a film you can go see without preparing your rationalizations before...

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Written by Jonathan Miles
Wednesday, 19 April 2017 16:43

William Paul Young is a Heretic, Part One Featured

Let me say at the outset that there are two things I quite dislike. I very much dislike having to shell out my hard-earned money on really lousy books. And I also dislike the habit of some who accuse everyone who happens to disagree with them of being a heretic.

Let me unpack that. Sometimes I have...

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Written by Bill Muehlenberg
Wednesday, 19 April 2017 16:00

We Must Reach the Youth—with the Truth

The issue that we are going to be dealing with in this series of articles is a philosophy of ministry issue. As we develop a philosophy of ministry, we must realize that it will impact all that we do in our ministries. And when we seek to implement a Biblical philosophy of ministry,...

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Written by admin
Wednesday, 19 April 2017 16:00

Grace-Paced Life Links

More Americans than ever before are stressed, depressed and anxiety-ridden, and many are unable to get the help they need, a new study suggests. According to this report:

An estimated 8.3 million American adults — about 3.4 percent of the U.S. population — suffer from serious...

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Written by David Murray
Wednesday, 19 April 2017 15:30

04/20/17 Temptation and Adultery

READING: 2 Samuel 9-11, Luke 15:11-32

“But the thing that David had done was evil in the sight of the Lord.”

2 Samuel 11:27

We don’t know all the details, and nor do we need to know them. What we do know is the king, David, should have been fighting with his warriors...

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Written by Chuck Lawless
Wednesday, 19 April 2017 15:21

Observations About Those Who Are Still Here

Don Johnson

This week we are featuring our March/April FrontLine, I hope you’ve seen our previous articles.[1] In this post, I’d like to take note of several themes I see repeating in each testimonial.

First, a much repeated theme was an over-all good experience with fundamentalism, often...

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Written by Don Johnson
Wednesday, 19 April 2017 15:15

Present Darkness

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In studying for a sermon on depression and anxiety, I came across a great insight: the book of Psalms contains many songs of lament, but the trend of modern church music (and services in general) has largely been focused on the sunny side of life.

We definitely have good reason to emphasize the joy,...

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Written by Jeremy Wilson
Wednesday, 19 April 2017 15:10

The Original Jesus Juke

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You know what I’m talking about. The "Jesus Juke" has been perfected round the world by super-holy folks who take an otherwise benign comment and make people feel all guilty for not being more spiritual. “I love watching Tom Brady throw that pigskin on Sunday afternoons,” you say....

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Written by Russell L. Meek
Wednesday, 19 April 2017 15:05

April 20: Rev. John Craighead

“He fought and preached alternately”

John Craighead was the second son of John and Rachel R. Craighead and the grandson of the Rev. Thomas Craighead. His great-grandfather was the Rev. Robert, a Scotsman who immigrated to Ireland around 1657 and served as pastor of churches in...

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Written by archivist
Wednesday, 19 April 2017 15:05

Preachers with Presence

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I listen to a lot of good preachers.

Over the last six years or so, it was not uncommon for me to travel over an hour each way for work purposes. On those journeys, I was regularly accompanied by John Piper or David Platt.  Sometimes Tim Keller or Don Carson were available to make the trip with...

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Written by Chris Thomas
Wednesday, 19 April 2017 15:00

Can a Saint Falsely Accuse God?

All the promises of God in Him are Yes, and in Him Amen… —2 Corinthians 1:20

Jesus’ parable of the talents recorded in Matthew 25:14-30  was a warning that it is possible for us to misjudge our capacities. This parable has nothing to do with natural gifts and abilities,...

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Written by RSS | My Utmost For His Highest
Wednesday, 19 April 2017 15:00

Leviticus 24; Psalm 31; Ecclesiastes 7; 2 Timothy 3

Leviticus 24; Psalm 31; Ecclesiastes 7; 2 Timothy 3

DAVID WAS IN DEEP TROUBLE. The exact circumstances may be obscure to us, as we who live three thousand years later probe the details. But we do know that David was shut up in a besieged city (Ps. 31:21) and felt trapped. He was so threatened that...

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Written by Don Carson
Wednesday, 19 April 2017 15:00

7 Reasons to Ask Others about Themselves Every Day

Let me get right to the point. Church leaders (laity or clergy), I’m convinced you’ll lead your small group or congregation better if you follow these two simple steps each day: 

  • EVERY day, ask somebody about himself or herself.
  • Genuinely listen in response.

Here are some reasons why...

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Written by Chuck Lawless