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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Thursday, 07 April 2016 12:34

Shows Like ‘The Story Of God’ Are Designed To Steal Your Faith, Not Strengthen It

I had a strong feeling that someone was going to offer me the part of God. I was totally prepared to say, ‘Thanks but no thanks,’ unless it was a comedy.

“And with all deceivableness of unrighteousness in them that perish; because they received not the love of the truth, that they might be saved. And for this cause God shall...

Written by Geoffrey Grider
Thursday, 07 April 2016 12:30

FAQ: The Ligonier Statement on Christology

Earlier this year, Ligonier released The Word Made Flesh: The Ligonier Statement on Christology. Since then, we have received questions and comments, and we have compiled these into a list of frequently asked questions. We hope the answers to these questions serve people as they continue to read the statement and seek to understand

Written by Nathan W. Bingham
Thursday, 07 April 2016 12:17

Lot Was Righteous But Wasn’t Able to Change a Thing About Sodom

The push for many Christians today in America is to “take America back!” I realize that America is a very unique nation, having been created based on many biblical principles. Even our bankruptcy laws are based on Old Testament laws. There is much that has been crafted into the fiber of this nation that reaches back and connects to the...

Written by modres
Thursday, 07 April 2016 12:03

Enns, Mouw, and the Foundation of Scripture

Covered a wide range of themes but tried, anyway, to connect them together.  Will let you judge if I succeeded!  Discussed a little bit of Peter Enns’ new book, noted Dr. Mouw’s continued white-washing of Mormonism, etc.  Toward the end started looking at some Muslim issues as well.

Here is the YouTube link:

 

The post Enns,

Written by James White
Thursday, 07 April 2016 11:44

Random Aberrations, Apostasies, and Heresies

 
NEVER partner with heretics in any way, shape, or form.
A good summation of false teachings and bad ideology from Andy Stanley.
Joel Osteen has proven he is not a true Christian by preaching another gospel.
I think this “church” would violate Paul’s command to do everything decently and with order (1 Cor. 14:40).  This pretty
Written by Glenn E. Chatfield
Thursday, 07 April 2016 11:01

Twice as Much Water! Featured

It used to be that discrimination was a good word. A man with discriminating taste was a man with aesthetic standards that he understood and applied in wisdom. Now discrimination is an all-purpose term of condemnation designed to shut you up, Christian.

Of course, discrimination is one of those words that carry the inescapable concept around with

Written by Douglas Wilson
Thursday, 07 April 2016 11:01

Stereotypes

1. Last month, James White kicked a beehive when he uploaded dash cam footage onto Facebook, accompanied by his social commentary on the antics of a juvenile delinquent. 

He deleted it, but due to screen capture technology, it was too late. A KJV-onlyist wackjob reposted a doctored version (embedded editorializing) of the statement on his own

Written by steve
Thursday, 07 April 2016 11:00

Selfless love always desires the best for others

"Selfless love always desires the best for others." -Alistair Begg

image Listen to Today's Message,"Providence in Christ's Death"

At first glance, the brief book of 3 John reads like a private letter. But actually, John’s third epistle contains timeless truth for the entire church, offering keen insight on cultivating steadfast love and devotion.

Written by TFL
Thursday, 07 April 2016 09:47

Preaching as an Act of Worship

When considering how to preach, we often think about certain words: faithfullyexegeticallyexpositionallypassionatelyclearly . . .

I’d like to take this post to encourage you to preach doxologically. Preach in such a way that drives you — and your listeners — to unbridled worship.

Consider the

Written by Eric Dodson
Thursday, 07 April 2016 09:36

DiM | “At Your Feet (Surrender)” By Dan Bremnes Featured

Evangelical Worship Edition.

April 7, 2016. Today we’ll be looking at a song that was pushed by Worship Together YouTube Channel back in December 2015. The song is worthless, but it does give us an opportunity to discuss the mystical movement called SOZO.  Today’s song is called “At Your Feet (Surrender)” by Dan

Written by Faithful Stewardship
Thursday, 07 April 2016 07:39

'Down with Patriarchy! Up with women pastors!' Sojourner's video about women pastors making a splash

Someone sent me a video that is making a very big hit online. The news article about it said that within 24 hours, the video had garnered 1 million views. "The video has struck a nerve" the article explained. What is this big, splashy, video?It is from an organization called Sojourners. Sojourners has the latest news and commentary on faith,
Written by The End Time
Thursday, 07 April 2016 07:21

Why Mike Bickle’s IHOP needs a warning label for teens


One of the most concerning phenomena I’ve seen in terms of false movements is the manifestation of spirits – familiar spirits – masquerading as the Holy Spirit. I’ve been reporting about and warning of the dangerous teaching of Mike Bickle’s spiritual influence over young vulnerable students, many of whom are willing

Written by Amy Spreeman
Thursday, 07 April 2016 07:01

Spurgeon Thursday - the Highlands of Affliction

 
Charles Spurgeon preached over 600 times before he was 20 years old. His sermons sold about 20,000 copies a week and were translated into 20 languages. His sermons fill 63 volumes and stands as the largest set of books by a single author in the history of Christianity. Je was a preacher of truth:
To know truth as it should be known, to love it
Written by Doug Evans
Thursday, 07 April 2016 07:00

Pro-abortion attorney general raids home of Planned Parenthood whistleblower

Planned Parenthood senior executive: organ harvesting so she can get a Lamborghini

LIfe News reports:

The pro-abortion California attorney general’s office raided on Tuesday the home of the undercover investigator who exposed Planned Parenthood’s trafficking of aborted babies’ body parts, according to the Center for Medical

Written by Wintery Knight
Thursday, 07 April 2016 05:13

Why Be Urgent with the Gospel?

 
Why Be Urgent with the Gospel?Geoffrey R. KirklandChrist Fellowship Bible ChurchJob declared that my life is but breath (Job 7.7). David affirmed that God has made our days as handbreadths (Ps 39.5). James reminded us that we are just a vapor that appears for a little while and then vanishes away (James 4.14). Our lives are brief. We are here but...
Written by Geoffrey Kirkland
Thursday, 07 April 2016 04:10

Keeping the Faith in A Faithless Age: the Church as a Moral Minority Featured

“The greatest question of our time,” offered historian Will Durant, “is not communism versus individualism, not Europe versus America, not even East versus the West; it is whether men can live without God.” That question, it now appears, will be answered in our own time.

For centuries the Christian church has been the center

Written by Albert Mohler
Thursday, 07 April 2016 03:23

Challenge Response: A Real God Would Have Protected the Original Gospel Manuscripts

Authors: STR Blog

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Thursday, 07 April 2016 03:09

Run Run Run by Dave Miller

3 I will not look with approval on anything that is vile.I hate what faithless people do; I will have no part in it. Psalm 101:3In 2016 we are inundated with the vile.You cannot escape the horrific images and articles of people who want their “fifteen minutes of fame”; profane politicians, musicians, and actors; explicit...
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Thursday, 07 April 2016 03:00

Revelation 7

Greetings!  This is part of the read-the-New-Testament-in-a-year series running from June 2015 – May 2016.*  Please read and enjoy the word of God and feel free to leave comments and/or ask questions.  Pray that the Holy Spirit will reveal his truths to you.  Don’t just focus on what you don’t understand.

Written by Eternity Matters
Thursday, 07 April 2016 02:45

The Daily Discovery (April 7, 2016)

ARTICLES I LIKE FROM AROUND THE WEB: (Click title to go to full article)

Is God a Law-Breaker? – “Steven Furtick, pastor of the Southern Baptist Mega-Church Elevation Church is no stranger to controversy. His image features prominently in his church beginning with coloring pages provided to the children. The members of Elevation Church

Written by Landon Chapman
Thursday, 07 April 2016 02:11

Born Again

In perhaps the most famous passage of Scripture in the New Testament, Jesus made a statement to a man named Nicodemus that has echoed through history.  Jesus said, “Truly, truly, I say to you, unless one is born again he cannot see the kingdom of God” (John 3:3).  From this point, we can know assuredly that the phrase...

Written by Josh Buice
Thursday, 07 April 2016 02:00

Explaining Anomalies

Here's an excerpt from Explaining Anomalies, R.C. Sproul's contribution to the April issue of Tabletalk:

Unbelievers often allege that the Bible is "full of contradictions." I've noted in many places over the years, however, that most of the contradictions people suggest really do not qualify as contradictions but merely reflect the difference in

Written by Nathan W. Bingham
Thursday, 07 April 2016 01:58

This is Christianity

“Possibly one of the most devastating things that can happen to us as Christians is that we cease to expect anything to happen.  I am not sure but that this is not one of our greatest troubles today.  We come to our services and they are orderly, they are nice ‒ we come, we go ‒ and sometimes they are timed almost to

Written by Ray Ortlund
Thursday, 07 April 2016 01:00

On Being Faithful

“Holding fast the faithful word as he hath been taught, that he may be able by sound doctrine both to exhort and to convince the gainsayers.” (Titus 1:9)

It is important to note that the adjective “faithful” can be applied both to people and to things, if they are believable and trustworthy. Our text above refers to the

Written by Days of Praise from ICR
Thursday, 07 April 2016 00:01

Take care lest you forget Yahweh

by Frank Turk
From 2006 to 2012, PyroManiacs turned out almost-daily updates from the Post-Evangelical wasteland -- usually to the fear and loathing of more-polite and more-irenic bloggers and readers. The results lurk in the archives of this blog in spite of the hope of many that Google will "accidentally" swallow these words and pictures
Written by PyroManiacs Staff
Wednesday, 06 April 2016 23:30

A Flesh and Blood Tabernacle

If you could live anywhere where would you live? We know God’s answer to that question: a tent (that’s His second choice) and a human body (that’s His first choice). In the Old Testament He chose to live in a tent (Ex. 25:8) and in the New Testament He chose flesh and blood (John 1:14). When the Apostle John

Written by David Murray
Wednesday, 06 April 2016 23:00

Biblical Counseling and a Theology of Scripture (2)

This is the fourth in a series of blog posts reading through A Theology of Biblical Counseling, The Doctrinal Foundations of Counseling Ministry by Heath Lambert (Part 1, Part 2, Part 3)


Yesterday we examined Heath’s explanation of the sufficiency of Scripture, although we noted that the language was not clear enough nor consistent

Written by David Murray
Wednesday, 06 April 2016 23:00

A Praying Church

“The church today needs praying people to meet the fearful crisis that is facing her. The crying need of the times is for…God-fearing people, praying people, Holy Ghost people, people who can endure hardship. We need people who will not count their lives as dear unto themselves (see Acts 20:24) but count all things as loss for the

Written by For The Church Recently Added Resources
Wednesday, 06 April 2016 23:00

Wherein to Spoil the Conscience of the King

The Demagogue advances himself neither by shrewd argument, nor by mastery of procedure, but by daily shock which enslaves the media and keeps himself in the eyes of his admirers.

It is not so much that people believe what The Demagogue says, as that they are impressed that anyone would say it.  They admire his lies even as lies.  He

Written by jbudziszewski
Wednesday, 06 April 2016 22:30

The When of Family Worship

I recently read Ryan Huguley's essay here on For the Church about three rhythms for family worship and devotions. Such a helpful reminder on the centrality and simplicity of worship in the “little church” of the home.

One of the challenges we face in the 21st-century is finding the pace in life and the space in life to engage in such

Written by For The Church Recently Added Resources
Wednesday, 06 April 2016 22:22

Is there a base rate for the Resurrection?

Village atheists suffer from groupthink. They constantly repeat each other, which means repeating the same blunders. Here's a classic example:
"...if Jesus’s resurrection is the ‘disease’ and the witness report is the ‘test’, we can now do the algebra to decide whether to believe in the resurrection. The base rate for
Written by steve
Wednesday, 06 April 2016 22:15

Fighting Lust With Lust

Like any pastor I find myself talking with men about pornography and other expressions of sinful lust. Through the years I have found that there is a biblical framework that is often neglected when counseling through this issue. I have laid it out in some detail here, and I regret that it is so long. However, I post it because it has served to

Written by For The Church Recently Added Resources
Wednesday, 06 April 2016 22:00

Portrait of a God-Honoring Church, Part 3

(Read Part 1 and Part 2.)

#8 - Jesus Rose from the Dead After Three Days

Him God raised up the third day, and shewed him openly; Not to all the people, but unto witnesses chosen before of God, even to us, who did eat and drink with him after he rose from the dead, (Acts 10:40-41)

If we only focus on the Cross, without the resurrection, then we have a

Written by TylerR
Wednesday, 06 April 2016 22:00

Check Out

Blogs

Counseling without Loving Compassion | Bob Kellemen Five biblical portraits of Christian love.

Spirit-Empowered Preaching | Steven Lawson, Ligonier “Lloyd-Jones believed there can be no real preaching apart from the internal empowering of the Spirit of God.”

Why Porn Kills Sex | Russell Moore “…pornography is a

Written by David Murray
Wednesday, 06 April 2016 22:00

Leviticus 11-12; Psalms 13-14; Proverbs 26; 1 Thessalonians 5

Leviticus 11-12; Psalms 13-14; Proverbs 26; 1 Thessalonians 5 

FAITH, HOPE, AND LOVE are often called the Pauline triad. They crop up again and again in Paul’s correspondence, in various combinations and structures of thought. Doubtless the best-known passage is 1 Corinthians 13:13: “And now these three remain: faith, hope and love. But

Written by Don Carson
Wednesday, 06 April 2016 21:30

Who's minding the store?

From a recent interview:
Benedict XVI: There is no doubt that on this point we are faced with a profound evolution of dogma. While the fathers and theologians of the Middle Ages could still be of the opinion that, essentially, the whole human race had become Catholic and that paganism existed now only on the margins, the discovery of the New
Written by steve
Wednesday, 06 April 2016 20:59

Let’s Blast Our Hearts with the Gospel Right Now!

     To those who have been called, who are loved in God the Father and kept for Jesus Christ: Mercy, peace and love be yours in abundance. Jude 1-2 (NIV)

Dear heavenly Father, today, like every day, we need a fresh encounter with the daily-ness of your mercies, the wonders of your love, and the riches of your grace. We are

Written by Scotty Smith
Wednesday, 06 April 2016 19:59

The Garden, The Curtain, and The Cross by Carl Laferton

One way in which to describe how the Bible presents the plan of redemption is through story. The message of the Bible can best be told as a story and kids love stories. Kids love stories with colorful and unique pictures to help them picture the story. The best children’s books combine both of these.

That is why parents and children will love

Written by Craig Hurst
Wednesday, 06 April 2016 19:58

Louis Berkhof – The Divine Decrees in General

I. The Divine Decrees in General

A. The Doctrine of the Decrees in Theology.

Reformed theology stresses the sovereignty of God in virtue of which He has sovereignly determined from all eternity whatsoever will come to pass, and works His sovereign will in His entire creation, both natural and spiritual, according to His pre-determined plan. It is in

Written by Mike Boling
Wednesday, 06 April 2016 19:56

Albert Mohler – Everything That is Solid Melts Into Air: The New Secular Worldview

Impossible to Believe: The Endgame of Secularism

In his important Massey Lectures delivered in 1991, Canadian philosopher Charles Taylor spoke of The Malaise of Modernity. The Modern Age, he argued, is marked by two great intellectual moves. The first intellectual move is a pervasive individualism. The second is the reduction of all public

Written by Mike Boling
Wednesday, 06 April 2016 19:53

Thoughts from The Theocratic Kingdom: Proposition 93

In Proposition 93, George Peters states:

“The Covenanted Kingdom is not the Christian Church.”

If the Jewish Church is not the Kingdom, then it has to be stated (and it has repeatedly thus far by Peters either by Proposition or observation), that the Christian Church is also not the future, prophesied, promised Covenanted Kingdom. We are

Written by Mike Boling
Wednesday, 06 April 2016 19:49

#45: The Woman Caught in Adultery[Sermon]

Join Dave as he continues the study of the Gospel of John by looking at John 7:53-8:11 with the men at his local church. In this study, Dave looks at adultery, our attitude sin sin and the Word of God, forgiveness, and the person and work of Jesus Christ.

The post #45: The Woman Caught in Adultery[Sermon] appeared first on Servants of Grace.

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Written by Dave Jenkins
Wednesday, 06 April 2016 17:45

Os ofícios de Cristo e as marcas da Igreja

Um dos grandes assuntos, que deveria estar sempre na mente de todo crente, é a questão da natureza e das características de uma igreja verdadeira. As Confissões Reformadas falaram sobre esse assunto, pois era importante que os Reformadores e Puritanos o fizessem,...

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Written by Filipe Schulz
Wednesday, 06 April 2016 17:05

Book Review- Fool’s Talk

Living in a post-Genesis 3 world means that life is messy, and if life is messy then evangelism is not going to be easy. It’s going to take hard work to listen, think, and interact well.

Fortunately, author Os Guinness has been thinking, listening, and interacting well for decades. His latest book, Fool’s Talk, is a plea to

Written by Erik Raymond
Wednesday, 06 April 2016 17:04

Problems and Providence

I had emergency surgery two nights ago to remove my gallbladder. It was my fifth or sixth attack, but having never experienced a gallbladder attack before it took weeks for me to realize it wasn’t just an injury from working out.

While I certainly didn’t want to have this problem, I thank God for the providential timing in getting it

Written by Julia