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, 17 August 2017 21:48

Has God given President Trump the authority to “take out” Kim Jong-un?

In an interview with the Washington Post on August 8, Baptist pastor Robert Jeffress stated that “God has endowed rulers with full power to use whatever means necessary—including war—to stop evil,” and that “God has given Trump authority to take out Kim Jong-un.”

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Written by Bruce Ashford
Thursday, 17 August 2017 21:42

Hatred is an Evil of the Heart, Not A Block of Stone or Metal

You can remove all the monuments you want, it won’t solve anything. Evil lies within the hearts of men, not images of stone and metal.

Filed under: Modern Culture

Authors: Jim...

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Written by Jim
Thursday, 17 August 2017 21:41

A Word for Imperfect, But Persistent Pastors

Written by: Kevin DeYoung

John Calvin, in dedicating his Commentary on John (1553) to the Syndics and Council of Geneva:

Farther, as I freely acknowledge before the world that I am very far from possessing the careful diligence and the other virtues which the greatness and excellence of the office...

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Written by Kevin DeYoung
Thursday, 17 August 2017 21:24

Post-Modernism and Racism: Which is Less Intelligent?

This week Chris and Rich discuss how post-modern philosophy destroys intellectual discussion of truth. They also talk on the issue of racism from a biblical perspective and how the Christian must address the issue.

The post Post-Modernism and Racism: Which is Less Intelligent? appeared first on Slave...

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Written by Chris Hohnholz
Thursday, 17 August 2017 21:00

The Rise of Tweet-Threads and the Quality of Public Discourse

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In recent months I’ve seen an upsurge in tweet-threads among those I follow on Twitter. The increase has been obvious, within my (very) limited sphere. If your first thought is “Who cares?!” I applaud you. You’re likely living a happier life than those who do care. My...

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Written by Gunner
Thursday, 17 August 2017 21:00

Marriage, Divorce, and Remarriage

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We are well-served with books on marriage. Whether we are approaching our wedding day or closing in on our 50th anniversary, we’ve got lots of wise counsel to turn to: The Meaning of Marriage by Tim and Kathy Keller, Married for God by Christopher Ash, When Sinners Say, “I Do,” by...

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Written by Tim Challies
Thursday, 17 August 2017 21:00

10 Tips for Your Next Short-Term Missions Trip

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A Common Problem

One problem with many short-term trips is how we plan and promote them. Not infrequently churches promote short-term trips by talking about the good of getting “missions experience” or the opportunity “to make a difference...

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Written by Andy Johnson
Thursday, 17 August 2017 20:44

Confederate Monument Mayhem

In the early 21st Century a paroxysm of rage and indignation arose against the symbols and statues of the Confederacy that was expressed by the defacing of graves, widespread destruction and vandalism of Confederate monuments on both public and private property, in parks, on battlefields and even...

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Written by William Thornton
Thursday, 17 August 2017 20:17

Death Does Not Discriminate

We often think and talk as if the possession of riches was the great antidote to sorrow, and as if money could secure us against sickness and death.But it is the very extreme of blindness to think so. We have only to look around us and see a hundred proofs to the contrary. Death comes to palaces,...

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Written by The J.C. Ryle Archive
Thursday, 17 August 2017 20:00

2018 Grand Canyon Raft Trips Filling Up Fast

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Looking for the adventure of a lifetime and a one-of-a-kind experience? Well, I would highly recommend a raft trip down the Colorado River in the Grand Canyon with our friends at Canyon Ministries and Answers in Genesis. These trips combine adrenaline rushes with camping under the stars, exploring...

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Written by Ken Ham
Thursday, 17 August 2017 20:00

Basic Training: Obedience: 8 Ways To Stop Making Excuses and Start Obeying Scripture

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Let's stop making excuses and start looking for ways to submit to, and obey, God's word.

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Authors: Michelle Lesley...

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Written by Michelle Lesley
Thursday, 17 August 2017 20:00

Al Mohler on the Hersey of Racial Superiority

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"...Christians must see much more than the lessons of history, though we dare not miss them. We must see claims of racial superiority–and mainly that means claims of white superiority–as heresy.That is not a word we use casually. Heresy leads to a denial of the gospel of Jesus Christ,...

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Written by Chad
Thursday, 17 August 2017 20:00

His Strength is Perfect

Meet Jerry Salley. You probably don't know his name (unless you're a real music geek). He's an American country and bluegrass singer-songwriter. You may not know his name, but you've probably heard one of his songs. In 1990 he won a Dove award for Inspirational Song of the Year for the song he...

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Written by Winging It
Thursday, 17 August 2017 20:00

What Makes Middle Earth Meaningful

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It is important to remember when reading a work like The Lord of the Rings that it is meant to evoke something in us. J.R.R. Tolkien wrote a great set of stories, and he put them in a beautiful universe that I think I will only be able to visit if I somehow make it to New Zealand. However, these...

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Written by Zak Schmoll
Thursday, 17 August 2017 20:00

Racism Is Antithetical to Christianity

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We condemn racism, and it is absolutely antithetical to Christianity. Period. Full stop.

This should be obvious, but tragically it’s not.

There are those outside of the church who believe Christianity supports racism because of the behavior of those who claim to be Christian in the past and...

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Written by Melinda Penner
Thursday, 17 August 2017 19:00

Imagine Work So Fulfilling that You Compose Poetry

In 1940, John Magee, Jr. crossed into Canada and enlisted in the Royal Canadian Air Force. He was one of hundreds of Americans who crossed the border to volunteer to fight for Great Britain against Hitler’s war machine.

One year later, Magee was sent to England as a fighter pilot and was...

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Written by Hugh Whelchel
Thursday, 17 August 2017 19:00

Fear of God Devotional: The Distinction Between Worldly and Godly Sorrow

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What is the distinction between worldly and godly sorrow?

John Snyder explains in this video that not all repentance is the same. The Bible explains that there is a distinction between godly and worldly sorrow. Specifically, 2 Corinthians 7:10 states that, "[G]odly sorrow produces repentance leading...

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Written by NCFIC Blog
Thursday, 17 August 2017 19:00

DBG Weekend Spotlight (8-18-17)

Check out this testimony by Saro Davidian, a frequent attendee of the G3 Conference as he tells of how the conference has been a blessing to he and his family.  Saro is not a pastor—and the G3 is a Christian conference for the local church and church leaders.

Organization That Murders...

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Written by Josh Buice
Thursday, 17 August 2017 19:00

Faithful Theological Education

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Theological education abounds in America in a wide variety of churches, institutes, colleges, universities, and seminaries. The interesting question before us is: what makes for faithful theological education?

In the great heritage of Reformed Christianity represented by Ligonier and Reformation...

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Written by W. Robert Godfrey
Thursday, 17 August 2017 18:18

The Council of Google Plus: Special Mormon Edition Featured

Authors: John Wilkinson

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Duration: 6336 secondsSize: 95.8 Mb...

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Written by John Wilkinson
Thursday, 17 August 2017 18:04

Unbelievable? Does Josephus’ Account of John the Baptist Invalidate the Gospels?

image In an interview on Unbelievable? with Justin Brierley, I spoke with two skeptics and discussed apparent contradictions in the history offered by the Gospel authors when compared to non-Christian historians. One skeptic offered an objection related to the account of the beheading of John the...

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Written by jwallace
Thursday, 17 August 2017 18:00

5 Things You Should Know About Your Pastor

Sometimes I’m baffled at how quickly Americans trust a pastor who they don’t know with care over their souls. When we consider a job opportunity or are looking for a school for our children, usually we spend a little bit of time getting to know the company or school before jumping right...

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Written by Nicholas Davis
Thursday, 17 August 2017 18:00

The JOY of family devotions!

This is a guest review by brother Tom.  He is a friend who reads this blog and his own blog can be found here.  Check it out.

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Sure, it’s a great blessing to be able to attend worship services with other believers at church, but what happens in your life between services? Are you...

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Written by SLIMJIM
Thursday, 17 August 2017 18:00

I Charge You

“Now the end of the commandment is charity out of a pure heart, and of a good conscience, and of faith unfeigned.” (1 Timothy 1:5)

The Greek noun parangeliaand its corresponding verb paranelloappear six times in the book of 1 Timothy, translated as either “charge” or...

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Written by Days of Praise from ICR
Thursday, 17 August 2017 18:00

Friday’s Featured Sermon: “How to Evangelize Religious People” Featured

Perhaps the most ignored mission field is the one right under our noses. Fluency in Christianese and regular church attendance doesn’t necessarily mean a person is born again. In fact, external religiosity can be the most effective way to hide internal carnality.

This fact shouldn’t be...

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Written by Grace to You Blog
Thursday, 17 August 2017 17:03

Barkless Dogs

Phil Shuler

Frontline • January/February 2000

Editor’s note: This article, as you can see by the header above, was published some time ago. In light of the turmoil of today it seems timely. May God move us to revival in our churches!

Why is our society so morally and spiritually out of...

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Written by Phil Shuler
Thursday, 17 August 2017 17:00

When Divine Appointments Don’t Feel Pleasant

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I’m a firm believer that many of life’s inconveniences involve divine appointments with people the Lord brings into our lives—if only we open our eyes to see them. God appoints the times and places we live (Acts 17), and is a Master of the exact timing that creates the beauty of...

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Written by Randy Alcorn
Thursday, 17 August 2017 17:00

Are Christians Called To Influence Society? A Note Of Caution

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Let’s recap on what we’ve seen so far in this series. Christians holding positions of influence in society is a good thing. In fact, it’s an essential thing, if the good news of Jesus is going to spread and the church is going to grow. So, how should we respond to this?

The obvious...

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Written by Jonny Mellor
Thursday, 17 August 2017 16:59

The Logical Problem with Arminianism

If God decides to create the world where, at a certain point in time, I freely cooperate with his grace and grasp Christ by faith, am I free not to do that at the same point in time? Apparently not, as that alternative world has already been excluded by an act of God’s will.

Trueman, Carl R. Gr...

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Written by Kevin T. Bauder
Thursday, 17 August 2017 16:56

Morning Musings and Firm Foundations

imageSeventeen years ago, my dad and I built my house from the ground up. It’s something he had done with his dad decades before. Now it was my turn. We dug the foundation, poured the footings, built the sub-floor, erected the walls, put on the roof, then we did the electrical and the plumbing....

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Written by Eric Hovind
Thursday, 17 August 2017 16:55

Who Is America’s Premier Historian?

David Barton is, at least according to David Barton. Wallbuilders Live is David Barton’s radio broadcast. In this segment, at about 26 seconds in, David Barton’s announcer, Rick Green, introduces David Barton. Speaking of David Barton on David Barton’s broadcast, Green says that...

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Written by Kevin T. Bauder
Thursday, 17 August 2017 16:46

Narnia As a Template for Good Government?

That’s what Eric Sammons suggests at The Federalist.

At any rate, near the end of the book Lewis describes Narnia under the rule of the Pevensies: Peter, Susan, Edmund, and Lucy. It’s a Golden Age, and all is well. So how does Lewis envision the rulers of this ideal society? “And...

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Written by Kevin T. Bauder
Thursday, 17 August 2017 16:21

NUGGETS

The Damsel and the Villain – watch this 7-minute video from Desiring God.

A Shack to Impress God – “We are too often tempted to sell our sonship for slavery.”

Workplace Bias Hiding in Exercise Clothes – Sensible, biblical thinking from my favorite disability blog.

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Written by Paul Tautges
Thursday, 17 August 2017 15:39

A La Carte (August 18)

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Today’s Kindle deals include just a few new titles.

Yesterday I wrote about why you need to push yourself beyond headlines.

Trump Is More In Touch Than You Think

I link to this analysis from Rod Dreher because it seems to make a similar point to mine yesterday. Reading headlines in the news...

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Written by Tim Challies
Thursday, 17 August 2017 15:05

August 18: John William Yeomans [1800-1863]

Off to School with Ye!

image It was on this day, August 18th, in 1841, that an Address was delivered by the Rev. Dr. John W. Yeomans, on the occasion of the his Inauguration as President of Lafayette College, in Easton, Pennsylvania.

John William Yeomans, D. D., was born in Hinsdale, Massachusetts, on the...

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Written by archivist
Thursday, 17 August 2017 15:05

Grow Your Own Leaders

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Choosing leadership for a church ministry is a tricky business. Pastoral search committees and hiring new staff members can be one of the most sanctifying experiences for churches. As you wade through dozens of resumes piled up on your desk, you feel overwhelmed by the sea of potential candidates...

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Written by Adam D. Swift
Thursday, 17 August 2017 15:00

Have You Ever Been Speechless with Sorrow?

When he heard this, he became very sorrowful, for he was very rich. —Luke 18:23

The rich young ruler went away from Jesus speechless with sorrow, having nothing to say in response to Jesus’ words. He had no doubt about what Jesus had said or what it meant, and it produced in him a sorrow...

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Written by RSS | My Utmost For His Highest
Thursday, 17 August 2017 15:00

1 Samuel 10; Romans 8; Jeremiah 47; Psalms 23–24

Written by: Don Carson

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WHAT DOES IT MEAN FOR Christians to be "more than conquerors" (Rom. 8:37)? A considerable body of thought pictures a special group of illustrious Christians who "live above it all," powerful in confronting temptation, victorious...

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Written by Don Carson
Thursday, 17 August 2017 15:00

When The Chariot of Guilt Rolls In To Town

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As Christians we typically bounce off two extremes:

1. Undervaluing the work of Christ by clinging to our own merit.

2. Undervaluing the work of Christ by wallowing in our guilt.

This is as dangerous as it is insane (and unbelieving).

Sometimes I bounce off these opposing and perilous walls within the...

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Written by Erik Raymond
Thursday, 17 August 2017 15:00

Witnessing Better Than Knowing the Future

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A Sermon (No. 2330) Intended for Reading on Lord’s-Day, October 15th, 1893.

Delivered by C.H. Spurgeon, at the Metropolitan Tabernacle, Newington on Thursday Evening, August 29th, 1889.

When they therefore were come together, they asked of him, saying, Lord, wilt thou at this time restore again...

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Written by SharperIron
Thursday, 17 August 2017 14:01

When Feeling Angry and Anxious in a World of Evil

Written by: Scotty Smith

     Be still before the Lord and wait patiently for him; fret not yourself over the one who prospers in his way, over the man who carries out evil devices! Refrain from anger, and forsake wrath! Fret not yourself; it tends only to evil. For the...

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Written by Scotty Smith
Thursday, 17 August 2017 14:00

$5 Friday: Christ, Providence, Suffering

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It's time for our weekly $5 Friday sale. This week's resources include such topics as providence, Christ, Jonathan Edwards, apologetics, worship, the Holy Spirit, suffering, the Great Commission, and more.

Sale runs through 12:01 a.m. — 11:59 p.m. Friday ET.

View today's $5 Friday sale items.

Aut...

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Written by Nathan W. Bingham
Thursday, 17 August 2017 13:59

2017 NYC Regional Fellowship of the FBFI

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Location:Grace Baptist Church 798 Hempstead Turnpike Franklin Square, NY 11010

Hosted by: Heritage Baptist Church in NYC

Guest Speaker: Chaplain Joe Willis

We are thrilled to welcome Chaplain Joe Willis to New York City for the Regional Fellowship of the Foundations Baptist...

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Written by Proclaim and Defend
Thursday, 17 August 2017 12:00

His Infinite Love

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There is nothing little in God; His steadfast love is like Himself - it is infinite. You cannot measure it. –C.H. Spurgeon

  Listen to, Being a Husband - God's Way (Part 1 of 2)

Faith in Christ should transform the way we relate to those closest to us. In his first...

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Written by TFL
Thursday, 17 August 2017 11:53

Barcelona Terror: When Will We Wake Up To Islam? Featured

Another day, another Islamic terror attack. More innocent men, women and children slaughtered once again by devout followers of Islam. More blood on Western streets. More carnage and mayhem. This time it was on the streets of Barcelona, Spain.

So far we have at least 16 dead and over 100 injured....

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Written by Bill Muehlenberg