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, 06 January 2016 23:00

Women

A recent panel of the daily comic strip The Lockhorns depicts the wife saying to the husband, with a knowing smile, “Of course I understand you, Leroy – what would you like to know?”

Both men and women tend to assume that women understand men better than men understand either women or themselves.

Plainly this is not true in all

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Wednesday, 06 January 2016 23:00

Keep Watch! - Blessed Assurance

Paul said blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ who give us blessed assurance. How are we blessed?

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Wednesday, 06 January 2016 22:33

Tearful president

A few observations about Obama's tearful news conference on gun confiscation:

i) We swim in a shark-infested world. Some of the current sharks include Russia, China, Iran, and ISIS. What message does Obama's tearful news conference send to them? Rather than projecting strength, it's a sign of weakness.

ii) To judge by his teary-eye performance,

Written by steve
Wednesday, 06 January 2016 22:30

The Problem With Our Complementarianism

Steeped in the neo-reformed, post-fundamentalist, conservative church paradigm there's something rotten in the state of the local church. It's called complementarianism.

It’s a particularly sticky subject for me because I am a complementarian.

When considering a job at a church in Denver, the Rockies were icing on the cake, but the real

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Wednesday, 06 January 2016 22:30

In Pastoral Counseling, Genre Matters

After a long silence the empty-eyed man opens up…

“I feel like darkness is my only friend. I’m enduring blow after blow from the Almighty and I just don’t know why. I’m confused. I’m baffled. I’m angry. I cry out to God but He doesn’t answer me. He’s silent. All I get from Him is wrath and

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Wednesday, 06 January 2016 22:14

Six Theses on Truth, Error, Heresy and Disagreement Featured

There is a whole lot of confusion over the four terms mentioned in my title. Obviously in a world of demonic deception, truth is confused with error all the time. And plenty of folks are sucked in by all this deception. That I have discussed often on this site.

But sadly plenty of believers can also get things quite wrong by confusing disagreement

Written by Bill Muehlenberg
Wednesday, 06 January 2016 22:04

Pray for King Tut!

2 First of all, then, I urge that supplications, prayers, intercessions, and thanksgivings be made for all people, 2 for kings and all who are in high positions, that we may lead a peaceful and quiet life, godly and dignified in every way. 3 This is good, and it is pleasing in the sight of God our Savior, 4 who desires all peopl

Written by steve
Wednesday, 06 January 2016 22:00

The Quran "Real Islam"

Our current President is fond suggesting Islam is a religion that promotes peace (as did G. W. Bush). Others, including many in conservative evangelical and biblical fundamentalist circles, insist that “real” Islam, according to the Quran, etc., is inherently violent toward all who do not embrace its belief system.

So what

Written by Aaron Blumer
Wednesday, 06 January 2016 22:00

01/07/15 Before He Had Even Finished

READING: Genesis 22-24

None of us likes to wait for an answer when we pray. Some of us have been praying for lost loved ones for years. Others of us are still waiting for an answer to a prayer we prayed months ago. The longer the wait is, the more our faith often gets stretched. 

But every once in awhile, God answers even more quickly

Written by Chuck Lawless
Wednesday, 06 January 2016 22:00

Is Dispensational Thought Monolithic, on a Continuum or Neither?

Non-dispensationalists rail against the dispensational approach to the Bible because the system is allegedly inconsistent, if not heretical, in soteriology.[1] Often a hypothetical straw man is devised as to what dispensationalists supposedly must believe. Multiple ways of salvation are usually the first mentioned, i.e., being saved by works under...

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Wednesday, 06 January 2016 22:00

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Wednesday, 06 January 2016 20:55

A Prayer for Days When We’re Feeling a Bit or a Bunch of Stress

     After this I looked, and behold, a door standing open in heaven! And the first voice, which I had heard speaking to me like a trumpet, said, “Come up here, and I will show you what must take place after this.” At once I was in the Spirit, and behold, a throne stood in heaven, with one

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Wednesday, 06 January 2016 18:04

"Prophet" Bushiri FAKES a Miracle With Adobe After Effects Featured

In one the most blantant and shameful examples of a sham miracle that we've ever seen, so-called "prophet" Shepherd Bushiri has put together a video that his ministry claims documents an appearance of angels at a recent church service. But, one needs only watch the video to see that what appeared are cheesy postproduction special effects and not...

Written by Chris Rosebrough
Wednesday, 06 January 2016 17:48

What I Want to Tell Them

 
I never fully appreciated the true meaning of the parable of the Laborers in the Vineyard, but God, in His infinite wisdom, displayed to me the meaning as only He can. This beautiful parable is especially meaningful to me right now, as I will relate.
1For the kingdom of heaven is like a landowner who went out early in the morning to hire laborers
Written by Doug Evans
Wednesday, 06 January 2016 16:05

Kids Art and the Glory of God

As a Father of a couple of kids 6 and under I am frequently given gifts. These gifts are precious and priceless works of art. My children will spend significant time to go and get their paper and crayons to make me a picture. Then they run to me with the picture in hand and simply say, “Here Daddy, I made this.” I hold it up and admire

Written by Erik Raymond
Wednesday, 06 January 2016 15:59

When preachers speak of harnessing God's power

Feeling weary? Perhaps you are not allowing yourself to harness God's power. Or perhaps you have become unplugged from the power source.

This is the kind of language you often hear coming from those who follow Word of Faith teachings, or New Apostolic Reformation teachers. I bring it up because words matter. And when certain catchphrases come from...

Written by Amy Spreeman
Wednesday, 06 January 2016 15:53

Our Justification and its fruits Featured

by Mike Ratliff

28 Therefore, since we receive a kingdom which cannot be shaken, let us show gratitude, by which we may offer to God an acceptable service with reverence and awe; 29 for our God is a consuming fire. (Hebrews 12:28-29 NASB)

In my younger days when I was working on my undergraduate degree, I had a professor who used to work in a

Written by Mike Ratliff
Wednesday, 06 January 2016 15:41

How to help our confused world think right

Episode 1751

Authors: James

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Wednesday, 06 January 2016 14:15

Should a Complimentarian Speak with Lady Preachers?

Todd Pruitt, at the 1517 blog (which is affiliated with the Alliance of Confessing Evangelicals), begins a post on the topic of Piper speaking with Christine Caine at Passion ’16 with the following…

Is it consistent with the complementarianism of CBMW, TGC, and Danvers to share preaching duties with a woman preacher? Was it

Written by JD Hall
Wednesday, 06 January 2016 14:11

Christ, Our Fellowship, Part 20

 I’m thinking this might be the last article in this series officially, though of course, I’m quite certain I’ll continue to write on the subject of fellowship in the future. In our last article in this series, Part 19, we quoted numerous times from Jack Kelley’s writings (Grace Thru Faith). He also believes that salvation...

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Wednesday, 06 January 2016 13:55

The Wretched Segment of the Day - January 06, 2016

Wednesday, 06 January 2016 12:54

Catechism and Children: Lifetime Rewards

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Wednesday, 06 January 2016 12:49

Questioning Our Over-Reliance on Science (video)

 
Recently, I got to sit down with the One Minute Apologist, Bobby Conway, and discussed several topics. One item that came up was our culture's over-emphasis of science as the last word in knowledge. The role of science does seem to be misunderstood these days, with people giving it more credence than it may deserve. Interestingly, John Cleese of
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Wednesday, 06 January 2016 12:42

Do you believe in common grace?

Now and then a commenter asks why I post music videos that are not devoted to God.  Most inquiries are courteous.  A few are not.  In any case, here is my answer.

I  believe in common grace.  John Calvin taught me that it is God who lavishes giftedness on his human race.  We may therefore enjoy it wherever we encounter

Written by Ray Ortlund
Wednesday, 06 January 2016 12:14

Links Mentioned on the 1/06/16 Show

The following is a rundown of today's podcast, annotated with links that were either mentioned on the show or inspired by it:

Commentary: Christmas Vacation (0:00)

Questions:

– Announcements:

1. Should a Christian attend a baby

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Wednesday, 06 January 2016 11:42

Continued Response to Adnan Rashid and Hamza Tzortzis on the Reliability of the Bible (and Qur’an)

I really thought that I would be able to easily get through the rest of the video from Adnan Rashid and Hamza Tzortzis today—I still have nearly five minutes left to cover tomorrow!  But, we got into a lot of important stuff, including the canon of Scripture.  I made reference to the lectures by Dr. Michael Kruger (found here).

Written by James White
Wednesday, 06 January 2016 11:06

Oleo on the buffet line is not what your women's ministries need.

Vintage Oleo color pak makes it look like butter

Not to sound too needy, but we women are hungry, and we want to be fed often, and now!

If I may speak just for a second for the whole group: most of us don't know why we are starving or what we are hungry for.

The problem is, we're likely to get a good rush from experiences and feelings. But those...

Written by Amy Spreeman
Wednesday, 06 January 2016 11:00

Power

"It is not that the Gospel tells of power, the Gospel IS power." -Alistair Begg

image Listen to Today's Message,"The Impact of the Gospel, Part One"

The Apostle Paul was quite fond of the young Christians in Thessalonica. These new believers not only took the Gospel seriously, but they demonstrated their love for Christ in tangible ways. We’ll see

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Wednesday, 06 January 2016 11:00

Are Campus Crusade and IVCF still Christian? Or are they just leftists?

Eagle eggs are protected, unborn babies are not

The latest news is about IVCF’s rejection of the pro-life cause.

Here is an article from Touchstone magazine.

It says:

Happy New Year, Everyone! Urbana 2015 ended on January 1, 2016. Urbana is a triennial major Christian (mostly Evangelical) student missions conference in St. Louis, Missouri,

Written by Wintery Knight
Wednesday, 06 January 2016 10:56

God already HAS spoken

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Written by Adam Ford
Wednesday, 06 January 2016 10:35

Christ, Our Fellowship, Part 19

Fellowship with God is something that all Christians must strive to enter into and maintain. Without it, we die spiritually and we are in danger of falling away. We won’t lose our salvation because that is eternal, forever, guaranteed. But we can do irreparable damage to our own life and our relationship with others. If we fall away and...

Written by modres
Wednesday, 06 January 2016 08:42

Podcast: Is Everyone Predestined?

In today’s program, JD answers a bunch of sincere questions and then discussed the Pope saying the cross is a failure…again. In the Downgrade segment, JD addresses comments by Phil Pringle in regards to predestination.

As always, you can listen above or download and listen from SermonAudio or iTunes by clicking below.

 

Authors: JD Hall

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Wednesday, 06 January 2016 08:42

A religious test for conservative Christians in academia

In terms of cultural influence, there is hardly any group more consequential than the faculty members of elite universities. They have an incalculable impact on emerging generations of leaders in business and politics and other fields that define our national life.

How do they come to this position of influence? The first and most important

Written by Denny Burk
Wednesday, 06 January 2016 08:39

Gospel Wednesday | Mark 1

Welcome to our first Gospel Wednesday of 2016.

We’ll be starting the year off by working through the Gospel according to Mark. With only 16 Chapters, the Gospel according to Mark is the shortest of the Gospels and we’ll probably work through it in roughly as many weeks. As we work through the text, please remember that I’m merely

Written by Faithful Stewardship
Wednesday, 06 January 2016 08:23

Is the Existence of the NT Canon Incompatible with Claims of New Revelation? Featured

“God has spoken to me.”

There are few statements that will shut down debate more quickly than this one.  If Christians disagree over a doctrine, a practice, or an idea, then the trump card is always “God has spoken to me” about that.  End of discussion.

But, the history of the church (not to mention the Scriptures

Written by Michael Kruger
Wednesday, 06 January 2016 07:06

No Assurance In Catholicism

Catholicism does not believe in assurance.  You can never be sure.  That is why people have to pray for you even when you are dead, to pay money for indulgences, and to light candles.  Catholicism and all forms of Catholicism are opposed to the teaching of assurance.  The whole system of the priesthood depends upon the absence
Written by Glenn E. Chatfield
Wednesday, 06 January 2016 06:59

Is Perfect Peace Attainable and What Does It Mean?

You keep completely safe the people who maintain their faith, for they trust in you. (NET)

Thou wilt keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on thee: because he trusteth in thee. (KJV)

The steadfast of mind You will keep in perfect peace, Because he trusts in You. (NASB)

You keep him in perfect peace whose mind is stayed on...

Written by modres
Wednesday, 06 January 2016 06:41

Deacons and the Poor in the Church

Currently, we are in the process of training and electing our first deacons at New Covenant. Consequently, I’ve had the privilege of studying, in a focused way, the nature and function of this important office. I have found careful biblical and historical research on this branch of ecclesiology to be exceedingly

Written by Nicholas T. Batzig
Wednesday, 06 January 2016 05:46

Death in Adam or life in Christ.....

Death in Adam or life in Christ.....(Romans 5:15-17)***Weekly/daily events and updates---Looks like everyone is back to work.
Written by Mike Sullivan
Wednesday, 06 January 2016 05:35

Rick Warren, Wayne Grudem Team Up as Religious Advisors for Marco Rubio Featured

We’ve been reporting for quite some time now that evangelicals, especially Southern Baptists, have been fawning over staunch Roman Catholic (the one who knows and fully agrees with Roman Catholic doctrine), Marco Rubio. Many Southern Baptists have gone as far as to say they believe he is saved (See here, and here). The SBC’s lead

Written by Jeff
Wednesday, 06 January 2016 05:35

Another Brick in the Wall Featured

So then, the problem with ignorance is that when you don’t know, you frequently don’t know what it is you don’t know.

A common trope among our leaders and pontificators is found in the phrase “the greatest national security threat we face is . . .” followed whatever it is they want us to be whipped up about now —

Written by Douglas Wilson
Wednesday, 06 January 2016 05:32

The Pastor – Chapter 7, The All-Body Ministry

What is meant by “the priesthood of believers?” Does the Bible show “the pastor” as being the ruler of all that goes on within the local church?  Here’s a note from the author on this chapter:

As we have seen, church rule and care has been ruined, twisted into a monstrosity. In tandem – the one feeding off the

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