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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Wednesday, 18 April 2018 03:03

Why We Don’t Measure Success by Results

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At Stand to Reason, we often say that our task is to speak the truth in love and then leave the results to God. Judas is a perfect example of why we ought to measure our success by obedience, not by results. As Colin Smith noted in a recent post:

Judas walked with Jesus for three years. He saw the...

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Written by Amy K. Hall
Wednesday, 18 April 2018 03:02

Five Scriptures to Memorize About Christ’s Sacrifice

Having a lot of Bible verses memorized is extremely rewarding. The more I have successfully memorized Scripture the more fruit I have found in my prayer life, evangelism, and Bible reading. I want to give you all some of my favorite Scriptures about Christ. I decided to choose some that were...

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Written by Robert Nelsen
Wednesday, 18 April 2018 03:00

April 17, 2018 Show with Scott Christensen on “Light Pouring Out of Darkness: How God’s Glory is Magnified in the Face of Evil”

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April 17, 2018:

Scott Christensen, Pastor of Summit Lake Community Church of Mancos, CO & author of “What About Free Will?”, who will address: “LIGHT POURING OUT of DARKNESS: How God’s Glory is Magnified in the FACE of EVIL!”

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Written by Eric Nielsen
Wednesday, 18 April 2018 02:53

Pope Gives Child False Hope

He answered, ‘Then I beg you, father, send Lazarus to my family, for I have five brothers. Let him warn them, so that they will not also come to this place of torment.’ –Luke 16:27-28 There is a video circling around of the Pope consoling a boy whose Father had died. The...

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Written by Robert Nelsen
Wednesday, 18 April 2018 02:45

Two Recent Radio Appearances to Promote Authorized

Written by Mark Ward
Wednesday, 18 April 2018 02:37

The Bilderberg Group can’t save evangelicalism

Elites from across the spectrum of the industry gathered behind closed doors at an invite-only meeting this week, on a prestigious campus of higher learning.

On the agenda: Well, you’re not important enough to know all those details, other than to understand that the gathering was an outlet...

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Written by JanetMefferd
Wednesday, 18 April 2018 02:27

A Broad View Of Ipsissima Vox

I'm going to comment on two papers by Dan Wallace. In this post I will comment on a 1999 paper he read at the ETS ("An Apologia for a Broad View Of Ipsissima Vox"). In another post I'll comment on a 2000 paper read at the SBL. Wallace never published these two papers. Due to rumors about their...

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Written by steve
Wednesday, 18 April 2018 02:22

Podcast: Theophanies with Dr Vern Poythress

image On this week’s episode of Mere Fidelity Derek and I are joined by Dr Vern Poythress to discuss his recent book, Theophany: A Biblical Theology of God’s Appearing.

You can also follow the podcast on iTunes, or using this RSS feed. Listen to past episodes on Soundcloud ...

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Written by Alastair Roberts
Wednesday, 18 April 2018 02:08

Should Christians Identify with the Democratic or Republican Political Parties?

Given the increased polarization of American politics and public life, the question is frequently raised as to whether Christians should identify themselves with either major political party or—by association—the political ideologies undergirding them. I answer that it is permissible...

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Written by Bruce Ashford
Wednesday, 18 April 2018 02:06

God’s Grand Exit: Rethinking Why the Temple Veil Was Torn

imageOn the day Jesus died a rather extraordinary event happened in the temple. It’s made even more extraordinary by the fact that most...

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Written by Chad Bird
Wednesday, 18 April 2018 01:58

Gene Veith on How Churches Can Better Retain Their Youth

Gene Veith's take on two recent LCMS studies exploring the reasons why our kids leave our churches, and why others stay.  How Can Churches Retain Their Youth?

Authors: Kim Riddlebarger...

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Written by Kim Riddlebarger
Wednesday, 18 April 2018 01:57

Pastoral Lessons from Galatians Featured

One of the central blessings of pastoral ministry is saturating your mind with the Word of God. Pastors have the privilege of devoting ourselves to prayer and to the ministry of the Word. Over the last several months, I have been renewing my mind through studying the Apostle Paul’s letter to...

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Written by John Divito
Wednesday, 18 April 2018 01:44

Church Leaders Can’t Fear Controversy

To tell us, as others do, that clergymen ought never to handle controversial subjects, and never to warn their people against erroneous views, is senseless and unreasonable. At this rate, we might neglect much of the New Testament. Surely the dog that does not bark and the sleeping shepherd are the...

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Written by Glenn E. Chatfield
Wednesday, 18 April 2018 01:35

If I Can't See God, How Do I Know He Is Real?

image Why can't God just make Himself visible? How can I trust God is real if I can't see Him with my eyes? Sean briefly responds to these Qs with evidence for God.

Authors: Sean McDowell...

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Written by Sean McDowell
Wednesday, 18 April 2018 01:34

A Christian’s Response to Tragedy

imageIs God cruel when He allows a life to be lived for just a short time? From our earthly perspective, it is easy to jump to a conclusion that brings God into our own judgment. We wonder, how can anything good come from tragedy? Three years ago, my friend Marc lost his 13-year-old son, Ethan,...

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Written by Eric Hovind
Wednesday, 18 April 2018 01:32

Less Does Not Equal More

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Within Evangelicalism, there seems to be a common strain of thought that, while well-intentioned, causes great spiritual harm to our youth. The idea is that, if we give our youth too much biblical teaching, we will somehow cause them to run far away from Christ. The stated argument is that too much...

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Written by Chris Hohnholz
Wednesday, 18 April 2018 01:16

Calvin On Jesus’ Stance Toward Civil Government

Now it is certain that our Lord did not want to change anything about the government (police) or the civil order, bus without reviling it in any way, he made his office, for which he came into the world, that of forgiving . . . Continue reading →

Authors: R. Scott Clark...

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Written by R. Scott Clark
Wednesday, 18 April 2018 01:16

The Whole in Our Holiness

Editor’s note: This has been adapted from Ligon Duncan’s message at last week’s Together for the Gospel conference.

The relationship between the law and grace is one of the perennial theological challenges facing the church. Even in our Bible-believing, gospel-preaching...

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Written by 9Marks
Wednesday, 18 April 2018 01:14

A Potential Sermon Illustration

Surely there must be at least one sermon illustration in this story: "40 Sea Gulls Wrecked His Hotel Room. 17 Years Later, a Pepperoni Pardon."

Authors: BibleX...

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Written by BibleX
Wednesday, 18 April 2018 00:45

Mere Fidelity: Theophanies, with Vern Poythress

Rev. Dr. Vern Poythress is professor of New Testament interpretation at Westminster Theological Seminary. He is also the author of the newly published Theophany: A Theology of God’s Appearing.He joins the show to discuss God’s appearances in Scripture, and how Christians should...

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Written by Matthew Lee Anderson
Wednesday, 18 April 2018 00:40

Rallying Around Heretics?

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I agree with Todd Freel regarding the MLK50 Conference. Christians should rally around the gospel and seek racial unity through the Christ of the Scriptures.

I am all for a conference promoting racial unity but when white Christian leaders rally around a man who taught gross heresy, I can’t...

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Written by Robert Truelove
Wednesday, 18 April 2018 00:30

Wretched Wednesday - Arguing With The Unsaved

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It was one week ago today that I posted a Wretched Radio video discussing the biblical role of women in the church, in particular the female elders. Just the concept of a female elder is unbiblical, because it's clearly stated in Titus 1:6 that the first (of several) qualifications of Eldership is...

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Written by Doug Evans
Wednesday, 18 April 2018 00:00

Tactics: the worst mistake a Christian can make when doing apologetics

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So, this is just an advice post for doing apologetics.

Here are three situations I’ve run into while doing apologetics in the last month.

First situation. I was talking with a lady who is an atheist. I had a copy of “God’s Crime...

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Written by Wintery Knight
Tuesday, 17 April 2018 23:46

“Big Brother” is Watching and Waiting

imageGeorge Orwell's chilling novel about a futuristic state of government control and censorship seems to be unfolding right before our very eyes. The left, infamously touting their cause as one of respect and tolerance, has shown itself mean and spiteful toward anyone who dares publicly oppose their...

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Written by comments@standupforthetruth.com
Tuesday, 17 April 2018 23:45

NLT Study Bible Review

NLT Study Bible Review   Why review the NLT Study Bible? This is a phenomenal resource, as you will see below, which is full of valuable tools to aid you in your study. I don’t about it as often as other study Bibles so I am reviewing to call your attention to this outstanding resource....

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Written by Matt Sherro
Tuesday, 17 April 2018 23:13

More about satellite SBC annual meetings and remote voting: still a bad idea

Why wouldn’t all of us be in favor of expanding participation for voting for the SBC Annual Meeting by having satellite meetings, perhaps at your local Baptist associational office, where folks who can’t make the annual meeting in Dallas or Phoenix or Nashville or Indianapolis could...

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Written by William Thornton
Tuesday, 17 April 2018 23:10

10 Things You Should Know about Christian Hospitality

1. Hospitality reflects the gospel.

Faithful Christians are—and have always been—a strange minority in a hostile world. Redeemed by Christ, we have lost our old lives—and with our lives, we have left behind the history, identity, and people who once claimed us. Conversion starts...

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Written by Rosaria Butterfield
Tuesday, 17 April 2018 23:05

Praying to God, Talking to People

In the last article, we dealt with Paul’s exhortation to slaves and masters in the Colossians as part of the household rules section of the letter. As those who now have Christ as their primary Master, Paul’s teaching is essential for it outlines how God’s people are to serve each...

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Written by Wei Feng Ho
Tuesday, 17 April 2018 23:02

The Kingdom of God and the Glory of the Cross – Patrick Schreiner (2018)

The resurgence of biblical theology and an emphasis on the kingdom of God has been a profound help to Christians, both in the academy and the local church. Patrick Schreiner’s offering, The Kingdom of God and the Glory of the Crossis the latest publication in Crossway’s excellent...

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Written by David Steele
Tuesday, 17 April 2018 23:00

Why do young adults leave Christianity in college?

Someone asked why do I think so many young adults leave Christianity while in college?   It is easier for a camel to go thru the eye of a needle than a rich man to enter the kingdom of God (Matthew 19:24; Mark 10:25; Luke 18:25). Many are called, but few are chosen (Matthew 22:14). […]

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Written by wbmoore
Tuesday, 17 April 2018 23:00

Skin color.

“When the families scattered from Babel, they each took different combinations of genes with them. In such small populations, trivial differences (such as skin color) can arise quickly in only a few generations. Even evolutionists admit this is true. But different shades of skin and slightly...

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Written by The Daily Evidence
Tuesday, 17 April 2018 22:53

DBG Spotlight (4-18-18)

Take just 78 seconds of your life to consider why missions is necessary and then make your reservations to join us in January at the 2019 G3 Conference on the theme—”The Mission of God: A Biblical Understanding of Missions.”

God Is Incomprehensible — “What can...

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Written by Josh Buice
Tuesday, 17 April 2018 22:52

When Your Child Sins, Good News! (David Prince)

Too often, parents respond to their child's sin by focusing on how our child is letting them down. They make it clear that the child is failing to live up to the family standard of righteousness. Such an approach fails to clarify God's standard of righteousness and fails to pave the way for clarity...

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Written by Reformation21 Blog
Tuesday, 17 April 2018 22:25

Baptism: A Sign of the Kingdom of Christ

I. What is Christian baptism?

The ordinance of Christian baptism is a command of Jesus; the crucified, resurrected, and ascended Christ. It is a congregational act of a gospel-believing local church in which a professing believer in Christ is immersed (“baptize” is a Greek word that...

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Written by David Prince
Tuesday, 17 April 2018 22:13

A Free Speech Loving Gospel

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Has free speech ever really been free? The growth spurt of ‘safe spaces’, the label of ‘hate speech’, and the push back against speech-induced violence have created a reactionary surge in America to protect our 1st amendment rights. While the goal of safeguarding open...

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Written by The Christward Collective
Tuesday, 17 April 2018 21:30

Where Does the Bible Talk About the Trinity?

The doctrine of the Trinity is the idea that there is only one God and God has always existed as three distinct persons, the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. Though the word, “Trinity” is not found in our Bibles, the question remains, is the idea of a triune God a biblical idea? Can we...

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Written by Wes
Tuesday, 17 April 2018 21:00

Luther at the Diet of Worms

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Luther Arrives in Worms

On April 14 [1521], Luther arrived in Frankfurt, and the next day he went to Worms. Luther trusted that he “would enter Worms also against the will of all the gates of hell and the powers of the air.”1 Instead, he first...

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Written by Herman Selderhuis
Tuesday, 17 April 2018 20:28

The Best Argument for Using a Printed Bible

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I admit it: I use an electronic Bible. Better said, I use an electronic device that has a Bible app installed on it. Several years ago I put away my printed Bible in favor of Logos on my iPad. There is a lot I love about this: I love the convenience of being able to have my Bible with me at just...

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Written by Tim Challies
Tuesday, 17 April 2018 20:26

Race and The Integrity of the Christian Church

In the ancient Christian church located in the ancient city of Corinth, a moral scandal erupted that required the immediate attention of the founder of that church, the apostle Paul. The purpose of this post is to focus on just one of those problems and then to relate that problem to some of the...

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Written by edingess
Tuesday, 17 April 2018 20:12

A La Carte (April 18)

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Today’s Kindle deals include three books you might like to check out.

Westminster Books has a deal on a solid new resource on worship.

(Yesterday on the blog: Christians, Mentors, and Mentoring)

God’s Metrics

“God’s metrics are not our metrics. The way in which we seek to...

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Written by Tim Challies
Tuesday, 17 April 2018 20:00

Are megachurches biblical?

The post Are megachurches biblical? appeared first on Southern Equip.

Authors: Hershael York...

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Written by Hershael York
Tuesday, 17 April 2018 20:00

Equip Your Family with Kids Answers

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Moms and Dads, did you know we have a website dedicated to you and your children? Kids Answers is designed to provide short, easy-to-understand answers to the questions kids have about the Bible, science, creation, evolution, and much more. As you seek to raise your child in the admonition and...

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Written by Ken Ham
Tuesday, 17 April 2018 20:00

The Women of Genesis: Lesson 19- Keturah, Hagar, Sarah, Rebekah

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The Women of Genesis- Lesson 19

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Authors: Michelle Lesley...

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Written by Michelle Lesley
Tuesday, 17 April 2018 20:00

God Did NOT Say ...

A "helpful" blogger on the Huffington Post suggested "6 Things Christians Should Just Stop Saying." Interesting. So what things do we say that we just ought to stop because they clearly aren't true?Number 1: "The Bible is the inerrant, infallible Word of God." Well, that's interesting. Why do you...

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Written by Winging It
Tuesday, 17 April 2018 20:00

Standing against the Culture like Noah Did

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As we think about the time of Noah in comparison to the world of today, we have to remember that, despite the fallenness of the world around him, Noah was faithful. God told him to do something that was pretty radical. In a world that had never experienced rain, he was being asked to build a boat....

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Written by Zak Schmoll
Tuesday, 17 April 2018 20:00

The Confusions and Dangers of a Church of Mercy: Anglican Musings on a Catholic Dispute

By Wesley Hill

A little over a year into the pontificate of Pope Francis but still two years away from the new pontiff’s much-discussed apostolic exhortationAmoris laetitia and its thinly veiled criticism by four of the Catholic Church’s own cardinals, theNew York Times columnist Ross...

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Written by Guest Writer
Tuesday, 17 April 2018 19:47

Gentle Us, Jesus

Let your gentleness be evident to all. The Lord is near. Phil. 4:5

Lord Jesus, no one is more suited to gentle our hearts than you, for you are “gentle and humble in heart” (Matt. 11:29). No one’s gentleness is more “evident to all,” for you are kind to the broken...

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Written by Scotty Smith
Tuesday, 17 April 2018 19:00

Debunking Four Myths About Retirement

There’s a growing movement of millennials who are dreaming about (and achieving) early retirement.

Elizabeth O’Brien writes in Moneymagazine that the movement calls itself “FIRE”, which stands for “financial independence, retire early.” The good news about this...

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Written by Kristin Brown
Tuesday, 17 April 2018 19:00

Whitefield's Sin Exposing Spotlight

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Whitefield was convinced that any presentation of the gospel must begin by exposing the listener's sin and his dire need for salvation. This necessitated the preacher's confronting his hearers' rebellion against God and warning of the eternal consequences of their rejection. Whitefield plainly...

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Written by Steven J. Lawson
Tuesday, 17 April 2018 18:00

Christian Asylum Seekers in Sweden Face Violent Attack

April 18, 2018
Christian asylum seekers in Sweden, including those who have converted, are falling victim to violent attacks and the government there is failing to investigate, according to leading figures at the Swedish Evangelical Alliance and...

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Written by TBC Staff - EN