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, 22 March 2017 23:39

Leaving the NAR Church: Olivia’s story

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Olivia’s story I was exposed to the “kundalini” spirit, and saw some people barking like dogs. At one of these meetings a well-known & respected AOG pastor declared that these manifestations were indeed from the Lord. I didn’t stand a chance. Olivia found a church in...

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Written by Amy Spreeman
Wednesday, 22 March 2017 23:37

Left Continues to Support Islam While Denigrating Christianity

imageIt’s got to be in the air or water. Those on the Left continue their rallying cry against Christianity, while duplicitously continuing to give Islam a pass. Even when it appears as though they’re really not giving a pass to Islam, they’re not placing direct blame on those within Is...

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Written by modres
Wednesday, 22 March 2017 23:25

Partying Like It’s 1648: Why Muslims Are So Different

Depending on who you listen to, Muslims in the U.S. either want Sharia law to the be the law of the land here, or they don’t. They are either seeking to transform North America into the next caliphate, or they’re not. They either want to impose on us a culture that seemingly...

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Written by Ron Henzel
Wednesday, 22 March 2017 23:25

A Biblical Theology of Glory

We rarely use the word glory in any knowledgeable sense in our culture. Sometimes we employ it in its adjectival form (i.e. glorious) when speaking of a sunset or some particularly unique accomplishment (usually that which is instrumental, athletic or theatric in nature). It’s...

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Written by Nicholas T. Batzig
Wednesday, 22 March 2017 23:00

4 Pieces of Advice for Stressed Out Christians

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This is a guest post by David Murray, author of Reset: Living a Grace-Paced Life in a Burnout Culture.


1. Be Honest

Are you feeling stressed, anxious, burned out? Right now, the first thing you have to do is be honest about it—with yourself, first of all. Don’t deny it, don’t...

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Written by Crossway
Wednesday, 22 March 2017 23:00

Parents, Disciple Your Teens (While There's Still Time)

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This is a guest post by Jaquelle Crowe, author of This Changes Everything: How the Gospel Transforms the Teen Years.


Formal Discipleship

My mom and I have this official meeting once a week, usually on Mondays, and we sit down together, and we talk about life, what I'm reading in God's Word, how my...

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Written by Crossway
Wednesday, 22 March 2017 23:00

Reviewing Archbishop Charles Chaput’s “Strangers in a Strange Land”

We’re pleased to publish this review by Dr. Miles Smith.

Recent cultural and social changes in the United States have prompted concerned Christians to pick up their pens and address their respective flocks on the question of how to maintain Christian witness in an increasingly hostile society....

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Written by Guest Writer
Wednesday, 22 March 2017 22:59

Bubbles

Long ago in a galaxy far away was a religious sect known as the Lather sect. According to the Lather sect, humanoids were hellbound unless they received ritual cleansing. To avoid damnation, you had to stand still while a priest blew soap bubbles at you. 
For this to be a valid sacrament,...

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Written by steve
Wednesday, 22 March 2017 22:55

[Common Places] Reading Notes: Faith Alone

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This year we celebrate the 500th anniversary of the beginnings of the Protestant Reformation, looking back to Martin Luther’s 95 Theses and the theological debates kick-started by their posting. The Reformation continues to be lauded, cajoled, and debated in circles of all sorts today. At...

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Written by Erik Herrmann
Wednesday, 22 March 2017 22:49

Things May Get Messy

Next week on March 29 and 30 Rosaria Butterfield is coming to speak to the Christian community in Bloomington, IN (more information here).  Rosaria is a gracious and engaging believer who has written two very helpful books on the power of the gospel to transform our lives.  In Secret...

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Written by Rich Holdeman
Wednesday, 22 March 2017 21:59

Spurgeon Thursday - The Preaching of Christ

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Authors: Doug Evans...

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Written by Doug Evans
Wednesday, 22 March 2017 21:46

Sliding into Humanism

imageI wrote my latest book, The Death of Christian Thought,  to warn Christians how the dangerous lies of Humanism were infiltrating the hearts and minds of an increasing number of professing Christians, leading many away from God and toward eternal damnation.  This morning in our second...

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Written by comments@standupforthetruth.com
Wednesday, 22 March 2017 21:32

Mission Field: The North American Urban Context

When I consider the mission field of North America (NA), Jesus’ actions and words often come to mind as a good reminder and strategic thought process for engagement. He was going through all the cities and villages, teaching and proclaiming Read More ...

Authors: Mike...

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Written by Mike
Wednesday, 22 March 2017 21:00

8 Ways God Works Suffering for Our Good

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It is a conviction meant to quiet our minds and encourage our hearts: In some way God has a hand in our suffering. Whatever circumstances we experience can no more arise without the hand of God than a saw can cut without the hand of the carpenter. Job in his suffering did not say, “The Lord...

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Written by Tim Challies
Wednesday, 22 March 2017 21:00

Whither Henceforth? Moore, Unity, and a Path Forward

imageWhat are we going to do about Dr. Russell Moore and the ERLC?

It seems that the main question has been answered, at least for now. The Board of Trustees of the ERLC has spoken forcefully that they are behind Dr. Russell Moore and a chastened Moore has announced his intention to go forward as...

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Written by Dave Miller
Wednesday, 22 March 2017 20:19

Amoeba Midwives

March 23, 2017
"And it came to pass, when she was in hard labour, that the midwife said unto her, Fear not; thou shalt have this son also" ( Genesis:35:17 And it came to pass, when she was in hard labour, that the midwife said unto her, Fear not; thou shalt have this...Read more
TBC...

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Written by TBC Staff - EN
Wednesday, 22 March 2017 20:09

A La Carte (March 23)

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Today’s Kindle deals include just a couple of titles, but ones worth checking out.

March Madness continues at Logos and that means lots more details. You can get books up to 45% off the list price.

Princeton Seminary Reforms Its Views on Honoring Tim Keller

And this is what it has come to:...

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Written by Tim Challies
Wednesday, 22 March 2017 20:00

Throwback Thursday ~ In Dependence

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Authors: Michelle Lesley...

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Written by Michelle Lesley
Wednesday, 22 March 2017 20:00

Classic Lecture: Blind Watchmaker? A Skeptical Look at Darwinism by Phillip Johnson

imageHere is a lecture by Phillip Johnson, one of the founders of the intelligent design movement.  In this talk, Johnson explains how he became a skeptic of Darwinism after reading Richard Dawkins' book The Blind Watchmaker.  He also summarizes the major conflicts between neo-Darwinian...

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Written by Chad
Wednesday, 22 March 2017 20:00

Ephesians 5 Marriage and Divorce

Okay, so it's somewhat of a large passage. But it's necessary, so I'll put it down here and then refer to it as we go:
17 Therefore do not be foolish, but understand what the will of the Lord is. 18 And do not get drunk with wine, for that is debauchery, but be filled with the Spirit, 19 addressing...

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Written by Winging It
Wednesday, 22 March 2017 20:00

J.P. Moreland Responds to “What Caused God?”

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In this brief video, J.P. Moreland responds to the objection “What caused God?”

The problem is that the question “What caused God?” is what philosophers call a category fallacy…. [It’s] like the question “How many inches long is the note C?” or...

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Written by Amy K. Hall
Wednesday, 22 March 2017 19:30

Review: Asperger Syndrome by Michael R. Emlet

This is part of my plan this year to review more counseling booklets for the sake of the edification and encouragement of the church.

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Michael R. Emlet.  Asperger Syndrome.  Greensboro, NC: New Growth  Press, July 28, 2005. 20 pp.

5 out of 5

Purchase:Amazon

I found this booklet...

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Written by SLIMJIM
Wednesday, 22 March 2017 19:01

Do Not Worship the Reformers: John Calvin

oday I’m continuing a short series on the Reformers.  The aim of the series is to point out why we love and respect these men, but at the same time, we should not hold them up to an unhealthy level of adoration and appreciation.  The Reformers accomplished many things for the...

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Written by Josh Buice
Wednesday, 22 March 2017 19:00

Finding Your Purpose at the Intersection of Design, Desire, and Demand

Over the last 40 years, I have had a rather unique journey, with three distinct career paths in the fields of math education, ministry, and the military. I deeply understand what a heart-wrenching spiritual journey this can be. But I also truly know the depth of...

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Written by Russell Gehrlein
Wednesday, 22 March 2017 19:00

Fear of God Devotional: Is There a Regulative Principle of Worship

In what situations does the regulative principle apply? In this video, Sam Waldron answers the question, "Is there a regulative principle of worship?" He explains that he believes it means that God regulates worship in a way that is different from the rest of life. Some...

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Written by NCFIC Blog
Wednesday, 22 March 2017 19:00

Attempts to Blend Christianity with Other Religions

By Maria Kneas Numerous attempts have been made to blend Christianity with other religions on a world-wide scale. You can read about them in Carl Teichrib’s article “Unveiling the Global Interfaith Agenda.”1 There are also other attempts to merge Christianity with different...

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Written by Lighthouse Trails author
Wednesday, 22 March 2017 19:00

The Problem of Delaying Marriage

Here's an excerpt from The Problem of Delaying Marriage, Albert Mohler's contribution to the March issue of Tabletalk:

Delaying adulthood is not consistent with a biblical vision of life, and for most young Christians, marriage should be a central part of planning for young adulthood and...

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Written by Nathan W. Bingham
Wednesday, 22 March 2017 18:36

9 Ways the New Covenant is better than the Old Featured

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It is easy for believers to lose sight of how privileged we are to participate in the New Covenant. Giants of the faith such as Abraham, Moses, and David only looked forward to the spiritual blessings that every single Christian receives. For this reason, the New Covenant is fundamentally better...

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Written by Jesse Johnson
Wednesday, 22 March 2017 18:35

What Do the Non-Canonical Gospels Say About Jesus – Part 3 (Podcast)

In this blast from the past, J. Warner finishes his examination of the ancient non-canonical writings to see what they say about Jesus. In this episode, J. Warner examines some of the better known (and more controversial) non-canonical texts: The Gospel of Judas, the Gospel of Thomas, and the...

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Written by jwallace
Wednesday, 22 March 2017 18:00

How to Preserve Hope While Waiting for Jesus

When Jesus saves us, our citizenship is taken out of this world and put into a new, better kingdom. Our passports have changed, although we physically remain in this world.

How are Christians supposed to live as pilgrims in this world? Here are three things to keep in mind:

1. Set your mind on the...

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Written by Leah Baugh
Wednesday, 22 March 2017 18:00

The Mystery of Darkness

“And there shall be no night there; and they need no candle, neither light of the sun; for the Lord God giveth them light: and they shall reign for ever and ever.” (Revelation 22:5)

The Bible reveals that “God is light, and in him is no darkness at all” (1 John 1:5), and...

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Written by Days of Praise from ICR
Wednesday, 22 March 2017 17:03

I AM the Bread of Life

George Stiekes

And Jesus said unto them, I AM the bread of life: he that cometh to Me shall never hunger; and he that believeth on Me shall never thirst.John 6:35

There are a number of I AM passages in John’s gospel followed by a metaphor that are used to reveal that Jesus Christ is sufficient...

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Written by George Stiekes
Wednesday, 22 March 2017 17:00

When You’ve Got a Bramble for a King

imageThe world of the book of Judges is a sordid, nasty, utterly broken place. Some of the most horrific accounts of sin detailed in the Bible are found in the book of Judges. We are told quite plainly: “In those days there was no king in Israel. Everyone did what was right in his own eyes”...

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Written by Jared C. Wilson
Wednesday, 22 March 2017 16:10

03/23/17 The Hill Country

READING: Joshua 13-15, Luke 1:57-80

“Now then, give me this hill country.”

Joshua 14:12

I love Caleb, especially now that I’m getting older. He was 85 years old when he requested that portion of the Promised Land where the Anakim—the giants—lived. He wanted the hill...

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Written by Chuck Lawless
Wednesday, 22 March 2017 15:15

Scripture in Songwriting

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Worship leaders and music directors are faced with a seemingly impossible task in the era we live.

Mass-marketed music is advertised to them, written for them, and sold to them by commercial enterprises designed to make as large a profit as possible for shareholders. That’s capitalism in...

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Written by Daniel Ross
Wednesday, 22 March 2017 15:15

Theology Thursday - Albert of Brandenburg Needs Some Cash

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This article gives some brief background to the circumstances leading up to Albert’s selling of indulgences near Wittenburg in 1517. This is a catalyst which led to Luther writing his 95 theses.

Albert and His Money Troubles1

“Archbishop Albert of Mainz was a prince...

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Written by TylerR
Wednesday, 22 March 2017 15:10

To PhD or Not to PhD

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Recently, Dr. Jason Duesing, Provost of Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary and College, invited a few faculty members to participate in a panel discussion regarding doctoral studies. I enjoyed the questions from students and wish to summarize my thoughts here.

I suggest four factors...

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Written by Todd Chipman
Wednesday, 22 March 2017 15:05

March 23: “At At Sea”

Here’s a great sermon illustration, drawn from an earlier time, before GPS navigation.  (Our March date is a bit off, but what can you do?)

WITHOUT POSITION by C. Laing Herald, Ph.D.[The Presbyterian 98.10 (8 March 1928): 6-7.]

“Without position” is a nautical...

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Written by archivist
Wednesday, 22 March 2017 15:05

One Problem With Being an Insecure Minister

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When I first started in ministry, I was terribly insecure. God still used me, all wasn’t lost, but I was a mess. Truth be told, I still am. But the words of John Newton ring true over this area of my life. “I am not what I ought to be, I am not what I want to be, I am not what I hope to...

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Written by Mike Leake
Wednesday, 22 March 2017 15:00

Am I Carnally Minded?

Where there are envy, strife, and divisions among you, are you not carnal…? —1 Corinthians 3:3

The natural man, or unbeliever, knows nothing about carnality. The desires of the flesh warring against the Spirit, and the Spirit warring against the flesh, which began at rebirth, are what...

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Written by RSS | My Utmost For His Highest