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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Monday, 18 March 2019 00:28

The Dangerous Cult of Hillsong

With familiar tunes and upbeat rhythms filling the sanctuaries in churches everywhere, Hillsong is by far the most popular producer

The post The Dangerous Cult of Hillsong appeared first on Reformation Charlotte.

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Written by JeffMaples
Monday, 18 March 2019 00:03

The Blessing of the Gift of Prayer

Lately, I’ve been thinking about the benefits of being a Christian. There are so many that I hardly know where to start. I can easily write about the gifts of justification, sanctification, or adoption (and many others similar to it). But in this post, I want to keep it simple. I want to...

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Written by David Qaoud
Monday, 18 March 2019 00:00

Nothing quiet about his birth.

“In the Incarnation, God masterminds the announcement of the good news of the birth of Christ. He sends prophets well in advance to foretell the coming of the Messiah. He commissions an angel to announce the birth to a virgin. He sets a new star in the heavens to summon wise men from the...

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Written by The Daily Evidence
Monday, 18 March 2019 00:00

Random Bits

 
Sorry I'm late - I've been sick all week, then heading here to Random Bits I got trapped by one of those self titled "Christian Anarchists". There's no such thing as a Christian Anarchist, it's like calling...

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Written by Doug Evans
Sunday, 17 March 2019 23:58

The Exaltation of Christ

Ephesians 1:21, “Far above all rule and authority and power and dominion, and above every name that is named, not only in this age but also in the one to come.”

What is the most powerful force or person apart from the Lord God Himself that comes immediately to mind? Maybe you just...

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Written by Dave Jenkins
Sunday, 17 March 2019 23:55

Christian, God is a Father to You

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Christian don’t ever forget, despite what other blessings you may see your fellow brethren receive, God is your Father just as much as theirs.

Authors: Tim Conway

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Written by Tim Conway
Sunday, 17 March 2019 23:50

The Pollution of Man

Since the Fall of Man, each person has been born with a sin nature. By the sin of Adam, all men were made sinners (Romans 5:19). We were created to worship and serve God, yet that has been tainted and perverted. Instead of worshipping God we worship ourselves; instead of living for God’s...

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Written by James Williams
Sunday, 17 March 2019 23:46

Mr. Nobody

The film is a useful illustration of the theodical principle that every alternate timeline (or possible world) may have tradeoffs. There's no one best possible world:https://epistleofdude.wordpress.com/2019/03/18/mr-nobody-an-explanation/

Authors: steve...

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Written by steve
Sunday, 17 March 2019 23:30

Revivals Don’t Work Anymore

Sitting around a table with four leaders in our denomination a few years ago, the late Jim Coldiron was told, “Revivals don’t work anymore.”

When he asked the four where they had made their professions of faith each said in an embarrassing manner, “In...

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Written by Jerry Drace
Sunday, 17 March 2019 23:30

Greg Gilbert- Assured- Discover Grace, Let Go of Guilt and Rest in Your Salvation

On today’s Equipping You in Grace episode, Dave Jenkins and Greg Gilbert discuss the Bible’s teaching on assurance and how to minister to those struggling with issues related to assurance with the gospel, along with his book, Assured- Discover Grace, Let Go of Guilt and Rest in Your...

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Written by Dave Jenkins
Sunday, 17 March 2019 23:25

Voltaire’s Prediction, Home, and the Bible Society: Truth or Myth?

By: Daniel Merritt, Ph.D, Th.D. | March 18, 2019

Editor’s Note: Often, stories are passed along in Christian circles without having the merits of their veracity examined. At times, the stories are shown to be little more than urban legends. At other times, a story’s facts become even...

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Written by Brian Chilton
Sunday, 17 March 2019 23:00

The Glorified Soul’s Enjoyment of God

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A Body of Divinity by Thomas Watson

To set out this excellent state of a glorified soul’s enjoyment of God:

(1.) It must not be understood in a sensual manner: we must not conceive any carnal pleasures in heaven. The Turks, in their Koran, speak of a paradise of pleasure, where they have riches...

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Written by Carlos Gonzalez
Sunday, 17 March 2019 23:00

Based on Acts 16:31, Can We Ask God to Save Our Household?

From one of our live Ask Ligonier events, Sinclair Ferguson explains why we should pray for the Lord to work in the hearts of unbelieving family members.

Just Ask.Ligonier.org to get clear and trustworthy answers to your biblical and theological questions.

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Written by Nathan W. Bingham
Sunday, 17 March 2019 22:44

Overcoming Depression – WORKBOOK

The response to the eBook, Overcoming Depression: Help for Christians Who Struggle was so encouraging, I decided to create an expanded version designed to be used as a workbook for counseling as well as personal/small group study.

In 2015, around 16.1 million adults aged 18 years or older in the...

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Written by Paul Tautges
Sunday, 17 March 2019 22:30

Bible Study for Mar. 25: The problem with work

Eccl. 2:18-23Gregg Potts, lay ministerEmerson

If you ask someone if they like their job, you are normally going to get one of two responses: “Oh, it’s a job… you know… you got to pay the bills.”  Or you’ll hear, “I love my job! I have a great job!&rdqu...

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Written by Gregg Potts
Sunday, 17 March 2019 22:16

Sticking Your Tongue Out at Suffering (Aaron Denlinger)

On the surface, Paul's observation in Philippians 1:14 that "most of the brothers" in Rome--where Paul was chained to a member of the imperial guard awaiting the outcome of his judicial appeal to the emperor Nero--had become "more confident in the Lord" and "more bold to speak the word without...

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Written by Reformation21 Blog
Sunday, 17 March 2019 22:14

Cracks in Radical Liberalism’s Foundations

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We often discuss how radical Liberalism is eventually exposed and dismissed because of its obvious self-defeating contradictions.  In their zeal to develop more and more “protected classes” of people they eventually run into a contradiction they cannot reconcile with their attempts...

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Written by comments@standupforthetruth.com
Sunday, 17 March 2019 22:11

Old, Restless, and Reformed (Part 2)

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In Part 1, we briefly considered the rise and ramifications of the Young, Restless, and Reformed movement. Today, we consider the results.

What comes to mind when you think about your mom's hairstyle from a couple decades ago? What about your dad's clothing? Your grandparents’ interior...

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Written by Josh Niemi
Sunday, 17 March 2019 22:07

How Should You Listen to a Sermon?

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How Should You Hear the Word of God Preached?Geoffrey R. KirklandChrist Fellowship Bible ChurchQ. 160. What is required of those that hear the Word preached? [From the Westminster Confession, 1647]A. It is required of those that hear the Word preached, that they attend upon it with diligence,...

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Written by Geoffrey Kirkland
Sunday, 17 March 2019 22:00

The Life of a Shepherd - Radford, VA

Each year the NCFIC convenes gatherings of church leaders in various parts of the US. We bring men together for fellowship, teaching, prayer and singing for one purpose, “to take heed,” and to continue to cry out to God for awakening. As the shepherds go, so goes the...

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Written by NCFIC Blog
Sunday, 17 March 2019 22:00

Be Christ-Centered, Not Just Gospel-Centered Featured

Buzzwords have a funny way of painting their subject in the best possible light.

Consider a few examples. “Progressive”—who doesn’t want to make progress? “Attractional”—who doesn’t want to attract unbelievers into the church?...

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Written by Alex Kocman
Sunday, 17 March 2019 22:00

Weekly Podcast Roundup (3/17)

image Veracity Hill Ep 140: The Green New Deal On this episode, Kurt chats with Donald Kendal and Jim Lakely of the Heartland Institute concerning the Green New Deal proposal that’s been the source of recent poltical discussion. What is the Green New Deal and what would be it’s impact?...

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Written by Richard Porter
Sunday, 17 March 2019 21:00

A Difficult but Necessary Truth

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A common objection against God’s existence (or at least his goodness) is that he allows bad things to happen to good people. However, is this really true? Not according to Scripture. While we don’t always (or often) see a direct correlation between a person’s suffering and that...

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Written by Joel Settecase
Sunday, 17 March 2019 21:00

The Gospel in Judges

March 18, 2019 by: Crosswayimage

Right n Their Own Eyes

Judges and 1–2 Samuel bridge the gap from the entrance of the people of God into the Promised Land under the faithful leadership of Joshua to their expulsion from the land due to unfaithful kings in 1–2 Kings. Judges portrays the...

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Written by Crossway
Sunday, 17 March 2019 21:00

The Gospel in 1–2 Samuel

March 18, 2019 by: Crosswayimage

This article is part of the Christ in All of Scripture series.

The Great King

The books of Samuel are about Israel’s first kings, Saul and David: who they were, how they came to the throne, and how they fared. But more than that, the books are about the...

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Written by Crossway
Sunday, 17 March 2019 21:00

The Gospel in Ruth

March 18, 2019 by: Crosswayimage

This article is part of the Christ in All of Scripture series.

Covenant Love

Ruth is the story of a young Moabite widow who comes to know the covenant love of the one true God and the joy of belonging to his people through her Jewish mother-in-law, Naomi. As these...

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Written by Crossway
Sunday, 17 March 2019 21:00

The Modern Challenge to the Doctrine of Justification

March 18, 2019 by: Matthew Barrett

Defending Doctrine

In the twenty-first century, there are many challenges to the doctrine of justification. In one sense, I envy the sixteenth century Reformers—John Calvin, Ulrich Zwingli, Martin Luther—because as challenging as it was to...

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Written by Matthew Barrett
Sunday, 17 March 2019 21:00

4 Approaches to Understanding the Redemptive Nature of Scripture

March 18, 2019 by: Bryan Chapellimage

All of Scripture Bears Witness

We should be very willing to learn principles of redemptive interpretation that the New Testament writers employed and exemplified. From these principles we learn that the more common approach to understanding the redemptive...

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Written by Bryan Chapell
Sunday, 17 March 2019 20:49

Answering the alleged "95 Catholic Verses" - #s 93 94

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Today, we will continue with our response to Dave Armstrong and his book, “The Catholic Verses,” in which the Catholic apologist presents ninety-five Bible verses or passages that allegedly validate Catholicism and are claimed to “confound” Protestants.

The previous two...

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Written by Tom
Sunday, 17 March 2019 20:21

What does a seared conscience look like? America Featured

By Elizabeth PrataEight years ago, Naomi Wolf wrote an article for CNN asking the question, CNN-is porn driving men crazy?
It is hard to ignore how many highly visible men in recent years (indeed, months) have behaved in sexually self-destructive ways. Some powerful men have long been sexually...

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Written by The End Time
Sunday, 17 March 2019 20:11

Look! Look To Your Baptism!

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We Christians like to tell people where and how to look. To those crushed under the weight of sin or guilt we say, “Look to the cross! Look to the cross and see God’s justice for your sin being satisfied in his Son.” To those wearied by sorrow and suffering we say, “Look...

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Written by Tim Challies
Sunday, 17 March 2019 20:11

A Gospel-Breakfast (Lunch and Dinner, Too)

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Let me hear in the morning of your steadfast love, for in you I trust.

Make me know the way I should go, for to you I lift up my soul.Psalm 143:8

Why spend money on what is not bread, and your labor on what does not satisfy? Listen, listen to me, and eat what is good, and you will delight in the...

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Written by Scotty Smith
Sunday, 17 March 2019 20:06

A La Carte (March 18)

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Today’s Kindle deals include several volumes in a biographical series from Crossway.

(Yesterday on the blog: A Corporate Confession of Sin & Assurance of Pardon)

The Age of Terrorism Meets the Era of the Troll

Joe Carter reflects on the horror that unfolded in New Zealand. “The...

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Written by Tim Challies
Sunday, 17 March 2019 20:00

Video: Where Did Rapture Theology Come From? by Ben Witherington III

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In this short video, Dr. Ben Witherington III discusses how "rapture theology" developed.  Do you agree with Witherington?  Do you believe in the rapture? Sound off in the comments below!
Courage and Godspeed,
Chad
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Sunday, 17 March 2019 20:00

Count the Cost (Again)

I recently wrote about the problem we American Christians have with Jesus's "Sell all your possessions" because of our own wealth. "Are you talking to me?" This is not that. We do need to count the cost in other areas.You may have heard that Jesus said, "Which of you, desiring to build a tower,...

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Sunday, 17 March 2019 20:00

The Counter-Cultural Definition of Faith (Video)

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Tim gives a helpful analogy for biblical faith.

Authors: Tim Barnett...

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Sunday, 17 March 2019 19:00

Quotes of Note

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Each Monday, we share quotes we found encouraging, convicting, thought-provoking, or all of the above.Persis:I just finished reading Disruptive Witness by Alan Noble. It's one of the most thought-provoking books I have read this year. This is quote on how Christian witness during times of suffering...

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Written by Rebecca Stark
Sunday, 17 March 2019 19:00

Why Economics Helps Us Navigate a Fallen World

The college admissions scandal that rocked the U.S. this past week was a blatant reminder that we live in a fallen world where fallen people deal with issues of scarcity. What is scarcity and how does it impact our daily lives?

Scarcity is a fancy economic term to help explain that our fallen world...

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Written by Dr. Anne Bradley
Sunday, 17 March 2019 19:00

TULIP and The Doctrines of Grace

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The central truth of God’s saving grace is succinctly stated in the assertion, “Salvation is of the Lord.” This strong declaration means that every aspect of man’s salvation is from God and is entirely dependent upon God. The only contribution that we make is the sin that...

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Written by Steven J. Lawson
Sunday, 17 March 2019 18:01

Francis Chan Can Fix This Featured

I share the dismay of my trench-buddy, Jordan Standridge, about Francis Chan’s new bedfellows, which include Benny Hinn, Todd White, and others in the lunatic fringe of the charismatic plutocracy. These are the ones even open-but-cautious continuationists agree make up the bathwater that...

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Written by Clint Archer
Sunday, 17 March 2019 18:00

China Bans One of the Ten Commandments as Part of ‘National Policy’

 
March 18, 2019
Chinese officials entered a church in recent weeks and ordered the removal of one of the Ten Commandments – the first one – In another example of the nation’s crackdown on Christianity....

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Written by TBC Staff - EN
Sunday, 17 March 2019 18:00

Guest Post: How can I experience joy in my discipleship life?”

Note: This is a guest post since presently I am overseas.  This is by  Μιχαήλ.  He is no stranger to some of you who read this blog.  His blog be found here and here.

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How can I experience joy in my discipleship life?

 

Joy is...

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Written by SLIMJIM
Sunday, 17 March 2019 18:00

Three Reasons Why All Americans Should Want Their Politicians to Be Religious

imageAn Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research poll measures the degree to which Americans think it’s important for political candidates to have strong religious beliefs. While the data is nuanced, the poll found that “just 25 percent of Americans say it’s very...

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Written by J. Warner
Sunday, 17 March 2019 18:00

Pray for the Lost

“But the fearful, and unbelieving, and the abominable, and murderers, and whoremongers, and sorcerers, and idolaters, and all liars, shall have their part in the lake which burneth with fire and brimstone: which is the second death.” (

Authors: Days of Praise from ICR...

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Written by Days of Praise from ICR
Sunday, 17 March 2019 18:00

The Servant Leader Teaches With Authority Featured

In a culture that despises authority and submission, many people have been conditioned to distrust anyone who speaks authoritatively or represents an objective, external standard.

Christians must not succumb to such skepticism. We should not join the world’s knee-jerk cynicism for anyone who...

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Written by Grace to You Blog
Sunday, 17 March 2019 17:00

To the Young Adult Diagnosed with Cancer

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Stephanie Anderson is 32 years old, wife of Dan and the mother of two adorable and delightful daughters. (We raised two of them ourselves so I know them when I see them!)

Stephanie has worked for Eternal Perspective Ministries for over 12 years. Among other things, she manages my blog and...

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Written by Stephanie Anderson
Sunday, 17 March 2019 17:00

In Praise of Our MPs

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We have been remarkably silent about Brexit on Think – probably a welcome omission for most of you.

It is certainly the case that the government, civil service and parliament have all made an almighty horlicks of Brexit. None of these institutions of the state have come out well from the...

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Written by Matthew Hosier
Sunday, 17 March 2019 17:00

Some Thoughts on the Trinity

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The doctrine of the Trinity is hard to teach, because there are so many ancient heresies to guard against and because, well … it’s complicated. But, the Scriptures present God as triune. That means we need to teach about Him. We need to teach Christians to know Him and love Him as He is...

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Written by TylerR
Sunday, 17 March 2019 16:00

Men Again

imageLast month I posted a link to “What Makes Men Men?” delivered at the conference “Patriarchy:  Fatherhood and the Restoration of Culture.”  Here, slightly edited, is the text.

What Makes Men Men?

I am a little amused, because it may at first...

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Written by jbudziszewski
Sunday, 17 March 2019 15:34

Why Bowed Heads, Folded Hands, and Closed Eyes?

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Come bless the Lord, ye servants of the Lord.

Who stand by night in the house of the Lord.

Bow your heads, close your eyes, and clasp your hands together in the holy place, and bless the Lord.

Wait a minute! You say. That is not how the song goes. If you use a very popular hymnbook for fundamental...

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Written by Kevin Schaal
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