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, 22 February 2018 00:55

10 Things You Should Know about Suffering

1. Suffering is a result of the fall.

God warned Adam that eating the forbidden fruit would result in death (Gen 2). Romans 5:12 confirms that this happened after Adam’s fall, “Just as sin came into the world through one man, and death through sin, and so death spread to all men because...

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Written by Dave Furman
Thursday, 22 February 2018 00:16

A Bulla of Isaiah the Prophet

Several news outlets, including this one, are reporting that a "seal" (more technically a bulla) possibly referencing the prophet Isaiah has been found.

Authors: BibleX...

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Written by BibleX
Thursday, 22 February 2018 00:00

Podcast: The Church and the LGBTQ Conversation (with Mark Yarhouse)

What is the church doing well in the LGBTQ conversation? Where can we improve? In this podcast, Sean McDowell and Scott Rae interview Dr. Mark Yarhouse about these questions and more. They ask Dr. Yarhouse some of the toughest questions surrounding this issue, and he responds with wisdom and...

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Written by Sean McDowell
Wednesday, 21 February 2018 23:44

Book Review: Duties of Christian Fellowship, by John Owen

John Owen, Duties of Christian Fellowship: A Manual for Church Members. Banner of Truth, 2017. 96 pp, $8.00.

What makes a healthy church? That’s a question many prospective pastors are asking as conversations about church planting, church revitalization, and church membership seem more...

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Written by 9Marks
Wednesday, 21 February 2018 23:39

A Tribute to Billy Graham

Yesterday we learned that Billy Graham had passed away at age ninety-nine. He was one of us, a Southern Baptist. He was ordained by a Southern Baptist church in Florida in 1939, and he was a member at First Baptist Church of Dallas. When I heard of his passing, immediately, I thought of Genesis...

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Written by Mark Terry
Wednesday, 21 February 2018 23:22

Black history is American history

By Curtis Woods

LOUISVILLE, KY (BP) — I received a text from a dear brother who desired information on how to help a friend discuss the need for Black History Month in a multicultural and multiethnic nation. Both men have a sincere love for the Gospel and all people groups. One brother is an...

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Written by Baptist Press
Wednesday, 21 February 2018 23:10

Water Turned To Wine

John 16:20, “You will be sorrowful, but your sorrow will turn into joy.”   The Context Of Jesus’s Words First, it’s important to determine how broad of an application these words have. Now, it is true that in this verse Jesus is talking most specifically about His...

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Written by Full of Eyes
Wednesday, 21 February 2018 23:00

Life in Four Stages: The Wonder of Childhood

Authors: R. Albert Mohler Jr.

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Written by R. Albert Mohler Jr.
Wednesday, 21 February 2018 23:00

Ohio parents denied custody of their daughter for not supporting transgenderism

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A long, long time ago, I wrote a very long post detailing a secular case against same-sex marriage. One of the reasons was that promoting gay rights would infringe on other basic rights, like the right to free speech and freedom of association. Same-sex...

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Written by Wintery Knight
Wednesday, 21 February 2018 22:20

Holy, Holy, Holy

When you hear the word “holy” what comes to mind? Perhaps you think of purity and perfection. When it comes to the holiness of God, we need to think of distinctness and separation. While the word holiness encompasses the idea of perfection and purity—it likewise points to the...

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Written by Josh Buice
Wednesday, 21 February 2018 22:17

Ricky!

Thy word is a lamp unto my feet, and a light unto my path. Psalm 119:105   Over the years I’ve had the privilege to work with a number of young people.  I count it a blessing to be given these opportunities to serve.  One of the most memorable teaching moments that I’ve...

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Written by Carl Kerby
Wednesday, 21 February 2018 22:17

Exposing the Quantum Lie – God is NOT in Everyone!

Exposing the Quantum Lie – God is NOT in Everyone!

Below are four video preview clips (each about 10 minutes long) taken from Bob DeWaay and Warren B. Smith’s lecture series, Exposing the Quantum Lie: God is NOT in Everything. This profound, insightful, and biblical material is...

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Written by Lighthouse Trails Editors
Wednesday, 21 February 2018 22:04

The Late Great Billy Graham

Aaron Richert “Let the elders that rule well be counted worthy of double honour, especially they who labour in the word and doctrine.” – 1 Timothy 5:17 Today the famed Evangelist, Billy Graham went home to be with the Lord today at age 99.  He lived a very long and...

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Written by Randy White
Wednesday, 21 February 2018 22:00

The Nature and Corruption of the Affections

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Anthony Burgess Treatise on Original Sin Part 3, Chapter 5, Sections 1-8.

Set your affection on things above, not on things on the earth.” (Colossians 3:2).

This Text opened.

The exceeding great pollution of the will by Original Sin being largely discovered, both in the acts of it, as...

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Written by Paul J. Barth
Wednesday, 21 February 2018 22:00

America: “a city of refuge”

America was founded as “a city of refuge” against religious persecution: “Many of the British North American colonies that eventually formed the United States of America were settled in the seventeenth century by men and women, who, in the face of European persecution, refused to...

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Written by The Daily Evidence
Wednesday, 21 February 2018 21:48

Around the Horn (2/22)

Why Ever Christian Must be a Theologian 

Theology is not meant to be a pursuit relegated to halls of academia. Theological inquiry is part of the Christian life. In fact, as Jared Wilson points out, it drives worship.

The One Thing Billy Graham Would Want Us to Remember

This week Billy Graham...

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Written by Staff
Wednesday, 21 February 2018 21:30

Some Encouragements for Those Who Are Distracted in the Worship of God.

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Encouragements for those who are distractedSome of these gleanings are from the puritansGeoffrey R. KirklandChrist Fellowship Bible ChurchRemember to RepentWhen we find ourselves distracted in the worship of the Lord, let us be diligent to repent of the sin and bewail the fact that we take our...

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Written by Geoffrey Kirkland
Wednesday, 21 February 2018 21:30

The Moment of Truth, New from Steven Lawson and Reformation Trust

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“What is truth?” Pilate turned to Jesus and asked this profound question. It is a question that continues to be debated in our day. But it is one that God has definitively answered in His written Word and ultimately revealed in the incarnate Word, Jesus Christ. It has been the duty and...

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Written by Nathan W. Bingham
Wednesday, 21 February 2018 21:13

Who Are You?

Photo by Arnaud Mesureur on Unsplash

Reformed Margins is proud to present this guest post from Dalen Miller. Dalen is an engineer from Minnesota. He is married, biracial, and a member of a Baptist church in Minneapolis. 

“Where are you from?”

“I’m from Minneapolis.” ...

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Written by Reformed Margins
Wednesday, 21 February 2018 21:13

It’s Here! My Book on Christianity in the Second Century is Now Available in the USA

Last year (2017) my book on second-century Christianity was released with SPCK in the UK:  Christianity at the Crossroads: How the Second Century Shaped the Future of the Church.

For my American colleagues and friends however, this book has not been easy to get.  Since it is a dual...

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Written by Michael Kruger
Wednesday, 21 February 2018 20:52

Did You Ever Imagine These Things Could Happen?

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The response to our Friday shows where we share your questions and comments has been overwhelmingly positive to the point we have been unable to get to all of your questions and comments in a one hour Friday show. So today, we will take some additional time to read your comments and answer your...

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Written by comments@standupforthetruth.com
Wednesday, 21 February 2018 20:00

How to Pray Without Ceasing

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The Lord draws His children near in many ways. He is kind. One way He does this is to give us many reasons to pray in the normal course of life. This is demonstrated in the life of our Savior, the Lord Jesus Christ. The Bible records Jesus prayers in many places in the Gospels. When did He...

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Written by NCFIC Blog
Wednesday, 21 February 2018 20:00

Introducing the ‘ESV Gospel of John, Reader’s Edition’

February 22, 2018 by: Crosswayimage

A Close Look at the Life of Jesus

The Gospel of John is one of the most beloved books of the Bible, providing an accessible introduction to the ministry of Jesus. John's personal account in Scripture provides an up close look at his life, death, and...

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Written by Crossway
Wednesday, 21 February 2018 20:00

Spurgeon Thursday - Preachers Are Servants, Not Celebrities

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 Preachers Are Servants, Not Celebrities
What I Learned from Charles Spurgeon 
Article by Alistair BeggPastor, Chagrin Falls, OhioOn Sunday morning, August 5, 1855, 21-year-old Charles Haddon Spurgeon stepped behind the pulpit of New Park Street Chapel to challengehis congregation to follow...

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Written by Doug Evans
Wednesday, 21 February 2018 19:45

Epic Extra: Ask Me Anything Ireland

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During the recent EPIC trip to Ireland we held an event in Belfast where we opened the floor up for questions. Here are a few of the questions and answers from Ireland. (Strangely, as I post this I’ve just returned from a similar event in Sydney, Australia.)

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How can we reignite...

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Written by Tim Challies
Wednesday, 21 February 2018 19:00

Should You Limit Your Love?

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“Everyone did what was right in his own eyes” (Judges 21:25). This verse from the Old Testament may as well be describing Western culture today instead of ancient Israel. And nowhere is this more strikingly seen than in the anti-biblical sexual revolution sweeping the West.

Of course,...

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Written by Ken Ham
Wednesday, 21 February 2018 19:00

Throwback Thursday ~ I Can’t Sit Down, Shut Up, and Play Nice

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People are dying and going to Hell forever because they’ve been taught false doctrine. And sometimes I wonder if anybody gets that.

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Written by Michelle Lesley
Wednesday, 21 February 2018 19:00

Why My Family Gets the Flu Vaccine Every Year

Each year, I make sure that every person in my family receives the flu vaccine.  Here is a quick rundown of why1:

  1. Flu is a serious illness that kills many people every year. Flu is caused by influenza viruses and infects somewhere between 9 and 60 million people every year in the U.S....

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Written by Rich Holdeman
Wednesday, 21 February 2018 18:53

Once. And. For. All! (Microphone Drop)

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     Under the old covenant, the priest stands and ministers before the altar day after day, offering the same sacrifices again and again, which can never take away sins. But our High Priest offered himself to God as a single sacrifice for sins, once and for all. Then he sat...

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Written by Scotty Smith
Wednesday, 21 February 2018 18:35

A La Carte (February 22)

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Today’s Kindle deals include a couple of noteworthy titles.

(Yesterday on the blog: Which Country Sends the [Second] Most Missionaries?)

9 Things You Should Know About Billy Graham (1918–2018)

“The Rev. Billy Graham passed away today at the age of 99. Here are...

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Written by Tim Challies
Wednesday, 21 February 2018 18:20

Hate Week Essay #4: Hate Equals Darkness Featured

Whoever says he is in the light and hates his brother is still in darkness. (1 John 2:9)What does this mean? Can we hate our brother if we're saved? I thought our lives were supposed to be characterized by love?Yes, that is true, but the sin nature is still inside us, crouching at the door and...

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Written by The End Time
Wednesday, 21 February 2018 18:00

In Memory of Billy Graham

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November 7, 1918 – February 21, 2018
Famed preacher and evangelist Billy Graham passed away yesterday. Rev. Graham had dealt with a number of illnesses in his last years, including prostate cancer, hydrocephalus (a buildup of fluid in the brain) and symptoms of Parkinson’s disease.
It...

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Written by Chad
Wednesday, 21 February 2018 18:00

The Problem of Morality

We all know it. There is a morality problem in our nation ... in our world. All I have to do is mention Harvey Weinstein and we will all nod and say, "That's a bad thing." We are constantly flooded with repeated and new accusations of sexual abuse and harassment and it just doesn't seem to end. It...

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Written by Winging It
Wednesday, 21 February 2018 18:00

Vocation in Retirement

Here's an excerpt from Vocation in Retirement, Gene Edward Veith’s contribution to the February issue of Tabletalk:

When I retired after more than four decades of college teaching and administrating, I expected certain people to give me a hard time. “So, the author of three books on...

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Written by Nathan W. Bingham
Wednesday, 21 February 2018 17:27

Tips for Presenting the Evidence for Christianity (Cold Case Christianity Broadcast #103)

In this episode of the Cold-Case Christianity Broadcast, J. Warner provides helpful tips for those who want to share the evidence for God or Christianity. What can we glean from professional “evidence presenters” in criminal trials that might help us present the evidence fairly and...

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Written by jwallace
Wednesday, 21 February 2018 17:00

Whale Fin Inspires Safer Racing Wheels

February 22, 2018
The engineers who design racing bikes look to achieve the fastest, yet safest, bicycles possible. One company, Zipp Speed Weaponry, spent four years developing new rims for racing wheels that are aerodynamically more stable in crosswinds. The...

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Written by TBC Staff - EN
Wednesday, 21 February 2018 17:00

How Billy Graham’s Legacy Shines in People Like Louis Zamperini

It’s not often the life of one person impacts the lives of hundreds of millions of people around the globe.

No doubt the news of Rev. Billy Graham passing’s was broadcast worldwide in many languages and to many cultures. Just imagine people on nearly every continent getting word of his...

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Written by Hugh Whelchel
Wednesday, 21 February 2018 16:40

Word Faith Teachers Deny Self-Denial

It seems obvious that Word Faith celebrities have created their own personal Jesus. With their egregious teachings and extravagant lifestyles, they, like the Mormons, Socialists, JWs and many others, have formulated their own acquiescent Jesus. No doubt they should be added to our “Designer...

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Written by Don and Joy Veinot
Wednesday, 21 February 2018 16:22

Presuppositional Apologetics’ Round Up: Third Week of February 2018

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Here are the links related to Presuppositional apologetics gathered between February 15th-21st, 2018.

1.) The Explanatory Weakness of Atheism: My Testimony

2.) Deuteronomy 18, Messianic Prophecy: How Jesus was like Moses Part 2

3.) Suppress the Truth at Your Own Peril

4.) Am I...

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Written by SLIMJIM
Wednesday, 21 February 2018 16:03

It’s Getting Worse … (2)

The Christian’s Response to Mass Shootings

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The stories of mass-shootings overwhelm us. In yesterday’s blog, we talked about the church’s responsibility. Today, we think about this more personally. What do each of us need to do as individuals? All of us desire to make a difference...

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Written by Andy Montgomery
Wednesday, 21 February 2018 16:01

Three lessons from the extraordinary life of Billy Graham Featured

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As we learned yesterday about the loss of Billy Graham, it is with a great deal of sadness that we say farewell to this extraordinary figure. Perhaps never again—certainly not within our life time—will we witness an evangelist with such a global outreach. He became a figure larger...

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Written by Steven Lawson
Wednesday, 21 February 2018 16:00

Exodus 5; Luke 8; Job 22; 1 Corinthians 9

Exodus 5; Luke 8; Job 22; 1 Corinthians 9

ACCORDING TO Luke 8:19-21, “Jesus’ mother and brothers came to see him” but were unable to achieve their objective owing to the press of the crowd. Word was passed up to Jesus: “Your mother and brothers are standing outside, wanting...

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Written by Don Carson
Wednesday, 21 February 2018 16:00

Theology Thursday - Landmark Baptists

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James R. Graves popularized the so-called “Landmark Baptist” movement in the United States in the mid-19th century. Here, in this excerpt from his landmark work (pun intended) entitled Old Landmarkism – What is it?, we see Graves explain his position.1

Facts Taken For Granted:

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Written by TylerR
Wednesday, 21 February 2018 16:00

John the Baptist and Jesus

“There was a man sent from God, whose name was John. The same came for a witness, to bear witness of the Light, that all men through him might believe.” (John 1:6-7)

John the Baptist was, according to Christ Himself, the greatest man who had ever lived up to that time (Matthew 11:11)....

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Written by Days of Praise from ICR
Wednesday, 21 February 2018 15:30

Matt 18.11 as a Test of the ‘Internal’ Consistency of the Byzantine Priority Position

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Matt 18.11 It is one of a dozen or so verses that are completely missing (relative to the KJV) from modern English Bibles. It follows Matthew’s version of the parable of the lost sheep and fits quite well in that role. It reads thus in the KJV: “For...

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Written by Peter Gurry