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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Sunday, 23 April 2017 08:28

CFTP | Episode #51 | Biblical Apologetics | Dustin and Jason Talk Apologetics | Dr. Curt D. Daniel Featured

Join the Porch Cast as we give you a bird’s eye view of a “pre-hangout” conversation on apologetics between Jason Mullett of Logical Belief Ministries and Dustin Segers.  This is a great intro to what has become known as “Biblical Apologetics”.  We also play...

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Written by Paul Kaiser
Sunday, 23 April 2017 08:27

As Christ Loved the Church

Text: Ephesians 5:25-32

How exactly did Christ love the Church? The answer to that question is the standard measure for a husband’s love for his wife.

Authors: John Samson...

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Written by John Samson
Sunday, 23 April 2017 08:17

"Why Then the Law?" Galatians 3:15-25

Here's the audio from this morning' sermon:  Click Here

Authors: Kim Riddlebarger...

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Written by Kim Riddlebarger
Sunday, 23 April 2017 07:39

1 Cor. 10:1-5 – Paedobaptist False Inferences

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The previous post provided an exposition of 1 Corinthians 10:1-5. Here we will address various false inferences that paedobaptists make from the passage. The basic argument is expressed succinctly by Berkhof.

E. The Old and New Testament Sacraments Compared.
  1. Their Essential Unity… [T]here is...

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Written by brandonadams
Sunday, 23 April 2017 07:37

1 Cor. 10:1-5 – An Exposition

image[Note there is a new category on the Welcome page called “Specific Passages” that lists all the posts addressing specific verses. Also, special thanks goes to Reformed Books Online for their helpful collection of commentaries.]

1 Corinthians 10:1-5 is often used by paedobaptists to...

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Written by brandonadams
Sunday, 23 April 2017 07:30

Social Media Highlights (4/23/17)

Here are highlights from our various social media accounts over the past week.

We all feel shame. Read as @BurkParsons explains how to recognize and reckon with it in light of the cross. https://t.co/O4tIahwu4e

Don't forget that you can listen...

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Written by Nathan W. Bingham
Sunday, 23 April 2017 07:03

It is Jesus who saves not doctrine Featured

What R.C. Sproul discusses in the following video has been heavy on my heart over that last several months. I have Facebook friends who really need to grasp what he says here. For the rest of us, rejoice!

Soli Deo Gloria!

Authors: Mike Ratliff...

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Written by Mike Ratliff
Sunday, 23 April 2017 06:57

I Still Have My Smartphone: A Review of 12 Ways Your Phone is Changing You

Tony Reinke did not convince me to trade my smartphone for a dumbphone in his new book 12 Ways Your Phone is Changing You. This is not his purpose. His overall aim is to “avoid both extremes: the utopian optimism of the technophiliac and the dystopian pessimism of the technophobe” (20)....

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Written by Jennifer Brogdon
Sunday, 23 April 2017 06:55

Sufficiency of Scripture

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Did you know that the Bible is all we need to equip us for a life of faith and service? It’s true! And in fact the doctrine of the sufficiency of Scripture is a fundamental tenet of the Christian faith. Sadly, it’s a tenet that has long been under vicious attack from within our own...

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Written by Amy Spreeman
Sunday, 23 April 2017 06:55

Sheepdogs, Sheep, and a Shepherd

Once upon a time, there was a young sheepdog named Tag who lived in a house with a girl named Hannah.

In Hannah’s second grade class, it was a highlight of the year when students were allowed to share something special with their classmates. Sometimes a dad came in and talked about his job as...

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Written by Laura Miller
Sunday, 23 April 2017 06:45

Episode 80- Kristen Wetherell and Sarah Walton– Hope When It Hurts – Biblical Reflections to Help You Grasp God’s Purpose in Your Suffering

Welcome to the eighth episode of Equipping You in Grace. On today’s episode, Dave Jenkins interviews Kristen Wetherell and Sarah Walton– Hope When It Hurts – Biblical Reflections to Help You Grasp God’s Purpose in Your Suffering (The Good Book Company, 2017)

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Written by Dave Jenkins
Sunday, 23 April 2017 06:27

The Story of Luther’s Reformation

Here.  In a series of videos.  And remember, even though they call it ‘The History of the Reformation’ it really isn’t that at all.  Rather, it’s the story of Luther’s little corner of a grand historical phenomenon.

Filed under: Church History

Authors: Jim...

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Written by Jim
Sunday, 23 April 2017 06:09

Should We Sing That Song?

Rather than waiting for a collection of links for posting, I thought this would be perfect as a separate post!
An article I read this week succinctly demonstrates how to discern whether or not a song should be used for corporate worship in the assembly.  Titled,Should We Sing That Song,”...

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Written by Glenn E. Chatfield
Sunday, 23 April 2017 05:33

Eric Cline’s Latest Book

Jerusalem Besieged.

Jerusalem Besiegedoffers a sweeping history across the millennia, yet focuses on a single location—a view of centuries of often violent battles for one city.

Author Eric Cline tells the story of four thousand years of struggles for control of Jerusalem, a city central to...

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Written by Jim
Sunday, 23 April 2017 05:13

The Anna Bullinger Commemoration

The commemorative plaque for Anna Bullinger Adlischwyler unveiled! Heinrich Bullinger’s statue looks across the outer wall of Grossmünster straight at it.

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Via Rebecca Giselbrecht.

Filed under: Church History

Authors: Jim...

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Written by Jim
Sunday, 23 April 2017 04:52

Facing our Failures in Light of the Risen Christ (John 21:4-22)

Sunday, 23 April 2017 04:46

A Parable for Greek and Hebrew Students

Gary Manning has posted a clever and humorous parable for language students here.

Authors: BibleX...

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Written by BibleX
Sunday, 23 April 2017 04:16

2 Ways Christians Can be the Conscience of America’s Political System (An Interview with Hunter Baker)

Hunter Baker is one of the premier evangelical political scientists of our day. He is the author of The End of Secularism, Political Thought: A Student’s Guide, and The System Has a Soul, and serves as Associate Professor of Political Science at Union University (Jackson, TN) and associate...

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Written by Bruce Ashford
Sunday, 23 April 2017 01:45

The Left’s Ultimate Plan For the World Finally Revealed

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I love frontpagemag.com.

As a strong Conservative, I know that I can go to this news source to get Truth.  They cut to the chase, call progressivism what it really is: Communism – and make no apologies for standing firm on their Conservative convictions.  They know what’s...

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Written by Geri Ungurean
Sunday, 23 April 2017 01:00

The Regulative Principle of Worship Proven From Scripture

image Instrumental Music in the Public Worship of the Church by John L. Girardeau

A divine warrant is necessary for every element of doctrine, government and worship in the church; that is, whatsoever in these spheres is not commanded in the Scriptures, either expressly or by good and necessary...

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Written by Paul J. Barth
Sunday, 23 April 2017 00:00

A liberal feminist comedian, her beliefs about God and how she formed them

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Consider this article written by a liberal ex-Catholic woman whose 7-year-old daughter is an atheist.

First the biography of the author:

Carolyn Castiglia is a New York-based comedian/writer wowing audiences with her stand-up and freestyle rap. You may...

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Written by Wintery Knight
Saturday, 22 April 2017 23:33

30 Things You Need to Know About The Ministry of Jesus: #10 – The Apostles Featured

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Broadcast date: April 23, 2017 | 11:15 AM

The calling, ordination, and ministry of the 12 Apostles is the subject of today’s informative sermon.

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The post 30 Things You Need to Know About The Ministry of Jesus: #10 – The Apostles appea...

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Written by Randy White
Saturday, 22 April 2017 23:30

Sunday Morning Praise

imageOur Great Savior (Jesus, What a Friend for Sinners)

Authors: EBenz...

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Written by EBenz
Saturday, 22 April 2017 21:24

The Expulsion of Calvin and Farel From Geneva

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Farel urging Calvin to go to Geneva

On Easter Sunday, April 21, Calvin … ascended the pulpit of St. Peter’s; Farel, the pulpit of St. Gervais. They preached before large audiences, but declared that they could not administer the communion to the rebellious city, lest the sacrament be...

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Written by Jim
Saturday, 22 April 2017 21:11

Visual Exegesis: The Life of Every Living Thing Featured

Chris Powers of Full of Eyes creates exegetical art, still and moving images, intended to point people to the beauty of God in the crucified and risen Son. His work can be found on Youtube, Patreon, and his website, fullofeyes.com. There are study guides to accompany the videos, tracts, and art-...

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Written by The End Time
Saturday, 22 April 2017 21:10

The Bible and Jesus

Josh McDowell:

“Is the Bible True…Really?”

“Who is Jesus…Really?”

Authors: John Samson...

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Written by John Samson
Saturday, 22 April 2017 21:00

Letters to the Editor (Hymnals and Tributes to Mom)

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I continue to receive Letters to the Editor that cover a variety of subjects. Today, though, I’m narrowing it down to two: what we gained and lost when we moved from hymnals to PowerPoint and tributes to godly moms.

Tributes to Moms (based on Will You Write a Mother’s Day...

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Written by Tim Challies
Saturday, 22 April 2017 20:48

Matt Slick and JD Hall Debate: Exegesis of 1 Cor. 1:4-9: A Response to Matt Slick

I am a tab bit late to the game on the Matt Slick, JD Hall debate on the charismatic gifts. To be honest, I had no idea that Matt Slick believed that the gifts were still in operation in the church today. At any rate, during the debate Matt had with JD, Matt seemed to […]

Authors: edingess...

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Written by edingess
Saturday, 22 April 2017 20:26

John Calvin: Aiming for the Perfection God Commands Featured

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The following excerpt is taken from

Institutes of The Christian Religion:

Calvin’s Own Essentials’ Edition

by John Calvin

 Translated from the 1541 French Edition by Robert White
Copyright Robert White 2014
Published by The Banner of Truth Trust

The volume may be ordered directly from...

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Written by Bud Ahlheim
Saturday, 22 April 2017 20:23

Sovereignty Series

Dr. Steve Lawson – The Sovereignty of God

Session 1 – Radical Corruption: What Can a Dead Man Do?

Session 2 – Unconditional Election: Who Chose Whom?

Session 3 – Definite Atonement: For Whom Did Christ Die?

Session 4 – Sovereign Regeneration: How is one Born Again?

Sola...

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Written by John Samson
Saturday, 22 April 2017 20:00

Meditation on Meditation

One thing I have asked from the LORD, that I shall seek: That I may dwell in the house of the LORD all the days of my life, To behold the beauty of the LORD And to meditate in His temple. (Psa 27:4)
David wrote that. Beautiful. A singular aim. To "dwell in the house of the LORD all the days of my...

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Written by Winging It
Saturday, 22 April 2017 19:18

Argument against the Trinity? Jose Ventilacion on the death of Christ

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Yesterday I posted Who Is God? Trinity Debate: Dr. James White vs Bro. Joe Ventilacion.  This was a debate between Christian apologist James White and a defender of the cult Iglesia ni Cristo.  Iglesia ni Cristo denies the deity of Christ.

I want to address one of the...

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Written by SLIMJIM
Saturday, 22 April 2017 18:00

The Godhead

“For in him dwelleth all the fulness of the Godhead bodily.” (Colossians 2:9)

The term “Godhead” occurs three times in the King James translation. Each time it translates a slightly different Greek noun, all being slight modifications of the Greek word for “God”...

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Written by Days of Praise from ICR
Saturday, 22 April 2017 17:00

WHI-1359 | The Story of Reality

PROGRAM AUDIO & RESOURCES

Religion is often presented today as a kind of therapy. Find the treatment you like best—the one that meets your needs and warms your heart. That’s the point of religion. But is this the way that Christianity presents itself? Did Jesus offer himself as a...

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Written by WHI Admin
Saturday, 22 April 2017 16:00

Returning to My Ministry Roots

Take heed to the ministry which you have received in the Lord, that you may fulfill it. (Col. 4:17) The last two years have been a time of returning to my ministry roots—in the IFCA International.[1] Back in the summer of 2015 (shortly before I first heard of the idea of Dispensational...

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Written by Paul Scharf
Saturday, 22 April 2017 15:30

04/23/17 A Pillar of Salt

READING: 2 Samuel 16-18, Luke 17:20-37

“Remember Lot’s wife.”

Luke 17:32

I was in Israel for the first time when I was a young believer, and our tour group had made our way to the region of the Dead Sea. When we passed some kind of pillar that unexpectedly stood upright from the...

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Written by Chuck Lawless
Saturday, 22 April 2017 15:15

More Than Conquerors

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"Nay, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him that loved us."-- Romans 8:37

We go to Christ for forgiveness, and then too often look to the law for power to fight our sins. Paul thus rebukes us, "O foolish Galatians, who hath bewitched you, that ye should not obey the truth? This...

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Written by Charles Spurgeon
Saturday, 22 April 2017 15:05

April 23: Van Horn on WSC Q. 6

STUDIES IN THE WESTMINSTER SHORTER CATECHISM by Rev. Leonard Van Horn

Q. 6. — How many persons are there in the Godhead?

A.— There are three persons in the Godhead: the Father, the Son, and the Holy Ghost; and these three are one God, the same in sub­stance, equal in power and glory.

S...

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Written by archivist
Saturday, 22 April 2017 15:02

Thinking About the Trinity Featured

One of the most vital doctrines of the Christian faith, yet admittedly one of the most mysterious, is the doctrine of the Trinity. The Triune God who is one God is at the very centre of Christian teaching. Take away the Trinity and you take away biblical Christianity.

Of course there has been plenty...

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Written by Bill Muehlenberg
Saturday, 22 April 2017 15:00

Do You Worship The Work?

We are God’s fellow workers… —1 Corinthians 3:9

Beware of any work for God that causes or allows you to avoid concentrating on Him. A great number of Christian workers worship their work. The only concern of Christian workers should be their concentration on God. This will mean...

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Written by RSS | My Utmost For His Highest