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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Tuesday, 20 February 2018 20:21

This Present Danger: Worldliness

The three great spiritual enemies of man are the world, the flesh, and the devil. It is hard to say which does most harm to the soul. The last day alone will settle that point. But I venture boldly to say, that at no former period has “the world” been so dangerous, and so successful in...

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Written by The J.C. Ryle Archive
Tuesday, 20 February 2018 20:07

Losing Our Children to a World of Depravity

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God’s Word instructs parents to raise their children based on His Word and principles.  But as our beloved nation strays more and more from God there is a slow but steady movement to raise our children as “world citizens” void of Christian values.  Through federal...

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Written by comments@standupforthetruth.com
Tuesday, 20 February 2018 20:00

Coming Soon! Update to The Creator and the Cosmos. Interview with Hugh Ross.

image The book "The Creator and the Cosmos" has been very influential over the past 25 years. Sean interviews Dr. Hugh Ross about the update, which releases March 1.

Authors: Sean McDowell...

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Written by Sean McDowell
Tuesday, 20 February 2018 20:00

Fighting Fear: Psalm 56

“What are you so scared of?” With such a simple question, our tendency to and hatred of fear are thrown at us by every childhood taunt we can remember.

Fear – the kind the Bible warns against – never looks good on us. Like a perpetually out of style haircut, there’s no...

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Written by Jared Olivetti
Tuesday, 20 February 2018 20:00

What Should I Do When I'm Bearing Unbearable Suffering?

February 21, 2018 by: Dave Furman

The Prospect of Lifelong Pain

I've had a few seasons of intense suffering. One time I was teaching a seminary class in South Asia and I tripped over a hole in the street, which was terrible for me—with a nerve disorder—when my full weight landed...

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Written by Dave Furman
Tuesday, 20 February 2018 19:45

Which Country Sends the [Second] Most Missionaries?

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This is the fourth article in a series penned by Joel Kim, President of Westminster Seminary. In each entry he is reflecting on the Olympics from a Korean-American perspective.

My friends and I recently visited Yanghwajin Foreign Missionary Cemetery in Seoul. As the name indicates, this is...

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Written by Tim Challies
Tuesday, 20 February 2018 19:45

Hate Week Essay #3: The World will hate you Featured

If the world hates you, know that it has hated me before it hated you. (John 15:18)The kind of hate we discussed on Monday was the kind of righteous holy hate that God has against sin, divorce, lying, and the 6 other things the Proverbs listed. On Tuesday I followed that up with looking at our hate...

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Written by The End Time
Tuesday, 20 February 2018 19:00

Evangelist Billy Graham Passes Away at 99

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The news that evangelist Billy Graham passed away this morning, February 21, at age 99 was a bittersweet way to begin the day. We are saddened at the passing of a great evangelist, and our hearts go out to his family as they mourn the loss of their father, grandfather, and great-grandfather. But...

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Written by Ken Ham
Tuesday, 20 February 2018 19:00

The Women of Genesis: Lesson 12- Sarah and Hagar

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The Women of Genesis- Lesson 12

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Authors: Michelle Lesley...

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Written by Michelle Lesley
Tuesday, 20 February 2018 19:00

Adventures in the Ordinary

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Part of our human desire for adventure is quite frankly curiosity. We want to know what is just over that next hill or around the next bend. It may be nothing consequential at all, but our curiosity will only be satisfied by taking that step.

Even someone like me who lives a rather unadventurous...

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Written by Zak Schmoll
Tuesday, 20 February 2018 19:00

He Manifested His Glory

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In John 2:1-12 we see how Jesus began His public ministry in a very surprising way. John the Baptist came “neither eating or drinking,” and was dressed in camels hair and a leather belt and deprived himself of the comforts of this life. Jesus, now enters the scene in sharp contrast. His...

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Written by NCFIC Blog
Tuesday, 20 February 2018 18:27

Hope Trumping Hype

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May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy SpiritRom. 15:13 (NIV)

Heavenly Father, meditating on this verse today is like standing under a gentle shower of grace, after our hearts have experienced a...

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Written by Scotty Smith
Tuesday, 20 February 2018 18:11

Only one life

We had the great pleasure of having Dr Jim Plueddemann (a professor in the Mission and Evangelism Department at Trinity Evangelical Divinity School) preach at our church.  Jim and his wife, Carol, have served as missionaries just about their entire lives.  Jim served as SIM’s...

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Written by Pastorfish
Tuesday, 20 February 2018 18:00

Rename

I'm familiar with PCs, so this may not be the same as it is on Macs, for instance, but if you go to a file on a computer and right click and you will be given some options. Among them you might find "Copy", "Delete", and "Rename." I suppose you can figure out what each of those would be good for.I...

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Written by Winging It
Tuesday, 20 February 2018 18:00

What Is the Will of God for My Life?

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What does the Bible say about God’s leading? It says that if we acknowledge God in all our ways, He will direct our paths (Prov. 3:5–6). We are encouraged by Scripture to learn the will of God for our lives, and we do so by focusing our attention not on the decretive will of God but on...

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Written by R.C. Sproul
Tuesday, 20 February 2018 17:34

Why Doesn’t God Answer All My Prayers?

image You don’t have to be a Christian long to recognize you don’t always get what you pray for. Why doesn’t God seem to answer all our prayers? Is it because we aren’t praying properly, or have we simply failed to recognize God’s answer? Our ideas about prayer and...

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Written by jwallace
Tuesday, 20 February 2018 17:28

God’s Creation of Sea Creatures Lesson 3: Starfish

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This is a Christian Home School Lesson Series for 4-5-year-olds on God’s sea creatures!

Lesson 3 is on Starfish.

Purpose: To explore and know more about God’s creature called Starfish.

Book(s) read:

Lola M. Schaefer Starfish.

Other tools:

Laptop (to show Youtube videos)

Measuring Tape...

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Written by SLIMJIM
Tuesday, 20 February 2018 17:00

Nuggets from Seeking and Finding God—Eternal Punishment

February 21, 2018
Right here we come to the most difficult part of the gospel to accept: that those who do not believe it are eternally lost—no matter what good works they do. The reasons for that fact are grounded in both...

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Written by TBC Staff - CR
Tuesday, 20 February 2018 17:00

Islamic Terrorists or Tragic Heroes?

February 21, 2018
The so-called mainstream media’s approach to and apologias for Islamic terrorism have become as predictable as they are farcical. In a recent piece titled, “A Mysterious Act of Mercy by the Subway Bombing Suspect,” the New York...

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Written by TBC Staff - EN
Tuesday, 20 February 2018 17:00

A Year in PRRD (Week 7)

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Every Wednesday in 2018, Michael Lynch (PhD candidate at Calvin Theological Seminary) and our own editor Danny Hyde (PhD candidate at Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam) will be blogging through Richard Muller’s Post-Reformation Reformed Dogmatics, 4 vols. (2nd edition, Grand Rapids: Baker...

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Written by Meet the Puritans
Tuesday, 20 February 2018 17:00

Why Flourishing Requires You To Be “All In”

“Are you all in?” roared the high school football coach to his team in the locker room.

“Yes, SIR,” they shouted back.

“Then let’s go get it done,” said the coach, and the team rushed out onto the field to play their homecoming rivals who had beaten them 61-0...

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Written by Hugh Whelchel
Tuesday, 20 February 2018 16:46

10 Things You Should Know about Charles Spurgeon

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Michael Reeves:

1. His ministry began in the year of his conversion as a young man.

Spurgeon was raised in a Christian home, but was converted in 1850 at fifteen years old. Caught in a snowstorm, he took refuge in a small Primitive Methodist chapel in Colchester. After about ten minutes, with only...

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Written by Peter Cockrell
Tuesday, 20 February 2018 16:03

It’s Getting Worse… (1)

The Church’s Response to Mass Shootings

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  • August 1, 1966– University of Texas shooting- 16 killed; 30 injured
  • July 18, 1984- San Ysidro, California- 21 killed (adults and children)
  • August 20, 1986- Edmond, Oklahoma- 14 killed
  • October 16, 1991- Lucy’s Cafeteria, Killeen, Texas- 21...

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Written by Andy Montgomery
Tuesday, 20 February 2018 16:01

How Did We Get the Bible? – Inspiration Featured

imageLast week we began a bibliology series looking at some of the most critical and fundamental questions surrounding the Bible. What is the Bible? Where did we get it? Who decided what would, and would not be, in the Bible? How can it be said that the 66 books alone are the inerrant, infallible words...

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Written by Eric Davis
Tuesday, 20 February 2018 16:00

When Weakness and Limitations Make You Feel You Don’t Have Much to Offer

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Back when I started my blog, I recommended the excellent book Do Hard Things by Alex and Brett Harris, who are both Christ-centered young men of character and vision. In the years since the book’s publication, the brothers have gone to college, pursued career paths, buried their dear mother...

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Written by Ana Harris
Tuesday, 20 February 2018 16:00

Exodus 4; Luke 7; Job 21; 1 Corinthians 8

Exodus 4; Luke 7; Job 21; 1 Corinthians 8

IN EXODUS 4 two elements introduce complex developments that stretch forward to the rest of the Bible.

The first is the reason God gives as to why Pharaoh will not be impressed by the miracles that Moses performs. God declares, “I will harden his heart...

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Written by Don Carson
Tuesday, 20 February 2018 16:00

Grace upon Grace

“And of his fulness have all we received, and grace for grace.” (John 1:16)

We can never exhaust the riches of the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ. When we receive Him as Savior, we receive “grace for grace”—that is, one grace after another, grace upon grace.

In the...

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Written by Days of Praise from ICR
Tuesday, 20 February 2018 16:00

Tolerance Is the Noblest Virtue Featured

Lying is not only sinful, it’s also self-perpetuating. Deception always begets more deception because the only way to sustain a falsehood is with more and more lies.

That’s certainly the case with the popular lies we’ve been considering in this series. The postmodern lie that truth...

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Written by Grace to You Blog
Tuesday, 20 February 2018 15:46

A La Carte (February 21)

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I am currently somewhere over the Pacific, on my way from home to Australia (then onward to New Zealand). This is all for my EPIC church history project and I’m really excited to search for (and hopefully find) links to the Christian history of those two nations.

(Yesterday on the blog: As...

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Written by Tim Challies
Tuesday, 20 February 2018 15:00

7 Days in Nepal

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It was a huge privilege to spend last week in Nepal. Some highlights and observations.

Kathmandu. Yes, by western standards the Nepali capital is poor, chaotic and dusty but it is also vibrant, colourful and exciting. It was actually refreshing to be in a context where things are not as regulated...

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Written by Matthew Hosier
Tuesday, 20 February 2018 15:00

Digital Technology is Killing our Health

Yesterday we saw that digital technology is killing our minds. But it’s also killing our health by killing our sleep, our physical exercise, our mental health, and our lives.

Digital technology is killing our sleep

Screen technology is killing our health partly by its shortening, shallowing,...

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Written by David Murray
Tuesday, 20 February 2018 14:11

A Review of When Harry Became Sally. By Ryan Anderson. Featured

Encounter Books, 2018.

A few short years ago hardly anyone was talking about – let alone acting on – the transgender agenda. Everyone knew that simply claiming you are the opposite sex to what you were born was not a sign of liberation but of delusion. Such people did not need...

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Written by Bill Muehlenberg
Tuesday, 20 February 2018 14:10

Do You Have A Camel In Your Throat?

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Let me give you a scenario. Imagine that you’re a father who is concerned for your children’s safety. “You are not allowed to cross the street in front of our house,” you tell them.

So far, so good. But now imagine that while you’re away from home, your children see the...

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Written by Bryan Elliff
Tuesday, 20 February 2018 14:05

February 21: Birth of James Patriot Wilson

imageA friend who knew him well observed that James never wrote out his name in full. It wasn’t that he disliked his name, but that he was scrupulously modest. For you see, his father—the Rev. Dr. Matthew Wilson—was not only a noted surgeon and pastor, but also a decided republican patr...

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Written by archivist
Tuesday, 20 February 2018 14:05

Five Things to Consider Before Pursuing Theological Education

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If a Christian desires to enter the vocational ministry in some form or fashion, he or she will have the option to pursue theological education. Theological education, or seminary, is a place where Christians come to be equipped for ministry in an academic setting. The purpose of theological...

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Written by Taylor Cain
Tuesday, 20 February 2018 14:00

Why Am I A Dispensationalist? | Chris Giles

  Chris Giles is a layman living in Forney, Texas with his wife, Fran, and their four children. I am nothing more than a layman who has spent the majority of his life in church. Although I was raised a Catholic, I was always an outsider. I never quite fit in to the ritual, the liturgy, or the...

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Written by Hannah Graves
Tuesday, 20 February 2018 14:00

Billy Graham (1918–2018)

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“Someday you will read or hear that Billy Graham is dead. Don’t you believe a word of it. I shall be more alive than I am now. I will just have changed my address. I will have gone into the presence of God.”

Authors: Justin Taylor...

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Written by Justin Taylor
Tuesday, 20 February 2018 14:00

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The Missing Word in Our Modern Gospel “There’s a word missing from the presentation of our modern gospel. It’s the word repent. Yeah, I know, that sounds old school, like an embarrassing sidewalk preacher with a sandwich board and cheap tracts with bad graphics and lots of...

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Written by David Murray
Tuesday, 20 February 2018 14:00

The Triune Nature of God

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At the heart of Christianity is the worship of God for who He is and for all He has done. Wonderfully, God’s Word reveals that He is triune; but that can be a vast truth to take in! What’s the appropriate response to such a profound mystery as one God in three indivisible Persons?

Our...

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Written by TFL
Tuesday, 20 February 2018 14:00

Review: “He Will Reign Forever” by Michael Vlach (Part 3)

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by Michael J Vlach
Jpl Books 2017
Hardcover

Read Part 1 and Part 2.

This is the third part in what has become a four part review of this book. I think the work is important enough as a Dispensational Biblical Theology to merit a piece of this length. I hope you will agree.

As...

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Written by Paul Henebury
Tuesday, 20 February 2018 12:57

Rev 1.4-8–epistolary introduction (17 minutes)

17 minutes on Revelation’s epistolary introduction, focusing on who God is.

Authors: Craig Keener...

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Written by Craig Keener
Tuesday, 20 February 2018 10:19

Hearing from God: A Biblical Defense of Vice President Pence’s Statements

Vice President Mike Pence has recently been criticized for claiming to hear from the Lord. Some have gone so far as to say this is a sign of “mental illness.” The fake news media has been more than willing to report these criticisms.

While it is true that some claim to hear from God when...

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Written by John Van Gelderen
Tuesday, 20 February 2018 10:00

Each Are the Context of the Other

“Special revelation is the specific revelation left to us by the One who created Heaven and earth—the ultimate metanarrative. Both forms of revelation are metanarratives, and apart from the other, neither one is” (Empires of Dirt, p. 181).

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Written by Douglas Wilson
Tuesday, 20 February 2018 09:01

SAL#69 Food, Faith Fellowship Featured

Food & Faith

Let's take a journey through the Scriptures, together, and look at how often food and faith collide.  You might be shocked at how often God, in His interactions with man, does so over a meal.

Food & Fellowship

While we’re at it, lets, also, talk about how having...

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Written by Adam Staub
Tuesday, 20 February 2018 09:00

12 reasons Millennials are over church, Part 2

– Episode 2231 –

12 reasons Millennials are over church, Part 2

Segment 1 (00:00) – Reasons 1-3

Segment 2 (10:43) – Reasons 4-6

Segment 3 (20:03) – Reasons 7-12

Wretched Surprise! (27:40) – Bible Verse, Philippians 3:20-21

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Written by samueljroys