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
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
Authors: Keep Watch! by Jim Allen - Blogos.org...
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,
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
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
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
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
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
Non-dispensationalists rail against the dispensational approach to the Bible because the system is allegedly inconsistent, if not heretical, in soteriology. 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...
Nine Questions to Help You Steward All of Your Life for God’s Glory | Biblical Counseling CoalitionSimple and straightforward advice on guidance.
We love routine | Aaron ArmstrongAaron argues that we need more routine not more radical.
Burning and Yearning | Tim Challies“The Bible allows us to distinguish between two kinds of sexual
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
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...
1For the kingdom of heaven is like a landowner who went out early in the morning to hire laborers
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
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...
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
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
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...
The Wretched Segment of the Day: An agnostic Jew?
Authors: Wretched Radio
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
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)
1. Should a Christian attend a baby
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).
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...
"It is not that the Gospel tells of power, the Gospel IS power." -Alistair Begg
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
The latest news is about IVCF’s rejection of the pro-life cause.
Here is an article from Touchstone magazine.
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,
Authors: Wretched Radio
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...
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
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
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
“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
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...
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
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
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 —
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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