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, 17 April 2018 06:16

What Does the Bible Say? – Galatians 1:4

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Written by Pastor Ken Lawson
Tuesday, 17 April 2018 06:14

Apostolic Twirling Picnic Blanket Sports Coat Is Coming to a City near You!

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Apostle and governmental prophet Dr. Matthew L. Stevenson III is coming to a city near you with his apostolic twirling picnic blanket sports coat. Many false apostles go for the boring single color sports coat. This false apostle is different. He’s managed to use his fake apostolic...

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Written by isnotsatire
Tuesday, 17 April 2018 05:58

The Scottish Reformation: Patrick Hamilton

image Patrick Hamilton (b. 1504) grew up in early 16th century Scotland in the Roman Catholic Church there.  He was very much a scholar, studying philosophy and theology under some of the prominent professors at St. Andrew’s.  He most likely rubbed shoulders with John Knox during...

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Written by Reformed Reader
Tuesday, 17 April 2018 05:53

BREAKING: SBC Executive Committee Forms Search Committee

The Executive Committee of the Southern Baptist Convention met in Nashville today for a special called meeting to elect a search committee to find the next President and CEO of the SBC Executive Committee.  This meeting was necessitated by the sudden resignation of Dr. Frank Page last month.

The...

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Written by Adam Blosser
Tuesday, 17 April 2018 05:17

Do You Need A Great Testimony for God to Use You?

image Do you need a dramatic conversion story for God to use you? From his own experience, Sean discusses how God can use anyone willing to share their story.

Authors: Sean McDowell...

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Written by Sean McDowell
Tuesday, 17 April 2018 05:11

Redemption and depravity Featured

by Mike Ratliff

15 For this reason He is the mediator of a new covenant, so that, since a death has taken place for the redemption of the transgressions that were committed under the first covenant, those who have been called may receive the promise of the eternal inheritance. Hebrews 9:15...

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Written by Mike Ratliff
Tuesday, 17 April 2018 05:00

No Real Jesus Without the Trinity

The Trinity may be a rather neglected doctrine in the church today, even seen as secondary by many. In this article, we’ll consider some of the responses from Christians and non-Christians objecting to the importance of the necessary doctrine of the Trinity and evaluate them. Non-Trinitarians...

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Written by CAA Guests and Features
Tuesday, 17 April 2018 04:40

Bible Study for April 22: How to make good decisions

Esther 2:1-23 Daryel O’Barr, pastor/evangelist

I was talking to a friend and we were remembering some of the stupid things we did as teenagers. One of our favorite things to do was to spend all week working on my car to take it to the drag strip on the...

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Written by Daryel O'Barr
Tuesday, 17 April 2018 04:19

With a love for discipleship, Don Moye’s retirement is a technicality

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Friends at First Baptist Church in Vidalia appluad Don and Glenda Moye Jan. 6, honoring the couple’s more-than-four decades of ministry at the church. During that time, Don served as music and youth minister, then executive associate pastor. FIRST VIDALIA/Special

VIDALIA — Titles often...

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Written by Scott Barkley
Tuesday, 17 April 2018 04:06

Marxist Brain Trust Gathers at Wheaton to Discuss Moving Evangelicals Left Featured

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Tim Keller, who openly subscribes to the Marxist Frankfurt School and founder of the Gospel Coalition, met with approximately 50 other globalist or leftist leaders today, discussing how they can turn American evangelicalism to the political left.

It’s no secret that the Communist Party...

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Written by News Division
Tuesday, 17 April 2018 03:43

"Our Citizenship Is In Heaven" -- Philippians 3:12-4:1

The Seventh in a Series of Sermons on Paul's Letter to the Philippians

Whatever we say about Paul and the importance of his doctrine of justification by grace alone, through faith alone, on account of Christ alone, we must not overlook the fact that Paul is an eschatological thinker–his focus...

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Written by Kim Riddlebarger
Tuesday, 17 April 2018 03:34

Church, cliques and tithing

Someone complained they didn’t go to church because the churches are full of cliques they are ot part of and are always trying to get into their wallets. Yes churches are filled with imperfect people and some have cliques (not all do). Yes some churches focus on tithing. But sometimes we feel...

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Written by wbmoore
Tuesday, 17 April 2018 03:05

The Little Anger that Grew

I got a little angry last week and then I got a little more angry this week and that's okay, I guess, if you live by yourself and never have to communicate with real people whom you love or you don't love Jesus. But I don't live by myself and I do love Jesus and my little anger has been spilling...

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Written by Lore Wilbert
Tuesday, 17 April 2018 03:00

April 16, 2018 Show with Jim Andrews on “Polishing God’s Monuments: Pillars of Hope for Punishing Times”

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April 16, 2018:

JIM ANDREWS, (B.A. in Journalism @ West Virginia Tech, Th.M in New Testament @ Dallas Theological Seminary, M.A. in Classics @ the University of Colorado) former head of the division of ministerial studies @ Western Bible College (Denver) & Western Seminary (Portland),...

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Written by Eric Nielsen
Tuesday, 17 April 2018 02:15

What Does It Mean to be Part of God’s Kingdom? Featured

During Jesus’ earthly ministry, He dealt with many people who believed they were part of the kingdom. In response, Jesus preached the Sermon on the Mount and showed those who are in the kingdom of heaven recognize their sin, see God’s perfection, have a pure heart, and conduct...

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Written by Bryan Murphy
Tuesday, 17 April 2018 02:03

Taxes and the Day of Salvation

That dreaded day is upon us again, April 15th.

When our American fathers stormed the Boston docks, threw out the British tea, and cried, “No taxation without representation,” they could not possibly have imagined what freedom from our mother country would bring.

Untold treasure and...

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Written by Jim Elliff
Tuesday, 17 April 2018 02:01

Why you should Read the Westminster Confession of Faith

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Today’s post is written by Justin Holcomb, a theology professor at Reformed Theological Seminary and Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary, and is sponsored by Zondervan Academic Online Courses.

The Westminster Confession of Faith is a Reformed confession produced in 1646 by the Westminster...

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Written by Tim Challies
Tuesday, 17 April 2018 01:43

Brethren: Guard Yourselves From Deception – It is Everywhere!

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As believers in Christ, having the Holy Spirit indwelling us; we should be able to discern spiritual matters.  Why is it then that so many of the church are easily deceived?  Later on in this piece, I will speak of the need for brothers and sisters in Christ to learn to discern the Ne...

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Written by Geri Ungurean
Tuesday, 17 April 2018 01:39

When Jesus Smashes Our Religious Piggy Banks

imageWhat is the value of a friend? What about a marriage? Children? What is the net worth of a successful career, large house, and good...

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Written by Donavon Riley
Tuesday, 17 April 2018 01:36

New Volume in the Photo Companion to the Bible Series

Todd Bolen and the folks at Bible Places have done it again with their newest volume in the Photo Companion to the Bible series.This volume focuses on Ruthand it once again provides a plethora of pictorial resources broken down by chapter/verse. These images are helpfully presented in four...

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Written by BibleX
Tuesday, 17 April 2018 01:31

Do your own thing Catholicism

Tuesday, 17 April 2018 01:25

Why you can’t understand the Bible without understanding the covenants

The covenants are crucial to properly understanding Scripture, as Peter Gentry and Stephen Wellum have argued, because they are the backbone of the storyline of the Bible. The Bible isn’t a random collection of laws, moral principles, and stories. It is a story that goes somewhere; it is the...

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Written by Thomas R. Schreiner
Tuesday, 17 April 2018 01:22

Perhaps Just One More Thesis on Church Discipline?

Wes Hill has written a provocative reflection on the matter of church discipline (or seeming lack thereof) in the Episcopal and Anglican communions. Framed around the challenge of his Reformed friends about why these churches seem never to ask people committing flagrant, public sin to refrain from...

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Written by Derek Rishmawy
Tuesday, 17 April 2018 01:18

Congratulations to Troy Griffitts!

Good news out of Birmingham today.
ITSEE extends its warmest congratulations to Troy Griffitts, one of its most longstanding doctoral students, on qualifying for the award of PhD.Troy began his studies in Birmingham in September 2010, researching the development of collaborative online frameworks...

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Written by Peter Gurry
Tuesday, 17 April 2018 00:52

A Pastor's Responsibility to Train Men.

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A Pastor’s Responsibility To Train MenGeoffrey R. KirklandChrist Fellowship Bible ChurchWhen I read the Pastoral Epistles, my heart reflects on the duty that God gives to shepherds to care for, train up, and multiply men of God. Truly this is God’s work ultimately. To this I...

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Written by Geoffrey Kirkland
Tuesday, 17 April 2018 00:49

The progressive Christian dilemma

I'll comment on a post by Arminian theologian Randal Rauser:
Egalitarianism is the view that all offices of church ministry and leadership should be open to both genders. By contrast, complementarianism insists that some offices of...

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Written by steve
Tuesday, 17 April 2018 00:46

Thabiti Tuesday

Thanksgiving

First, thanks to all of you who have overwhelmed us with your well-wishes, thoughts and prayers. You have done that here, on Messenger, via text, and email. A number of you have probably done it on social media platforms I have never heard of, and where I have therefore stored up...

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Written by Douglas Wilson
Tuesday, 17 April 2018 00:05

Serving the Lord Jesus, in All of Life, for His Glory

Colossians 3:18-25, “18 Wives, submit to your husbands, as is fitting in the Lord. 19 Husbands, love your wives, and do not be harsh with them. 20 Children, obey your parents in everything, for this pleases the Lord. 21 Fathers, do not provoke your children, lest they...

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Written by Dave Jenkins
Tuesday, 17 April 2018 00:00

Biblical Theology – Nick Roark and Robert Cline (2018)

One of the critical components of the Christian life involves understanding Scripture and applying it to our lives. This goal is at the heart of Nick Roark and Robert Cline’s book, Biblical Theology: How the Church Faithfully Teaches the Gospel. The authors join forces and present one of the...

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

Restore the Joy of Your Salvation

Authors: John Thweatt

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Written by John Thweatt
Tuesday, 17 April 2018 00:00

Democrat Senator imposes religious test to bar Christians from public office

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CIA Director Mike Pompeo has been nominated to be Secretary of State. He would be a great pick, and you can already see from his previous job that he’s well qualified. But what if we decided not to care about his professional qualifications, and...

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Written by Wintery Knight
Monday, 16 April 2018 23:44

Reformation Worship: An Interview with the Editors (Part 1)

Credo Magazine interviews Dr. Jonathan Gibson and Mark Earngey on their new book, Reformation Worship: Liturgies from the Past for the Present. More information about Reformation Worship including the full list of liturgies, endorsements, and access to the book’s preface and...

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Written by Victor Kim
Monday, 16 April 2018 23:43

The Trinity and Perspectival Knowledge

Perspectives in the Trinity

We know that there are three distinct persons in the Trinity. Do these persons have distinct “perspectives”? It is wise to begin by putting the word perspectivesin quotation marks. The quotation marks should remind us that our own thinking, including...

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Written by Victor Kim
Monday, 16 April 2018 23:36

Ephrem the Syrian and His Scriptural Songs

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Simonetta Carr
Apr 17, 2018
Ephrem was still a young man when his quick understanding, knowledge of Scriptures, literary skills, and love for the church captured the attention of the local bishop. Jacob had been bishop of the Christian community of Nisibis (a...

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Written by Simonetta Carr
Monday, 16 April 2018 23:30

Daddy, Watch

“Daddy, watch.” I turn to see my son attempting a “Dude Perfect” trick shot—backwards, off the backboard, into the net. As it goes in, he lets out a scream—“Let’s go!”

“Daddy,” my youngest asks, “can we make a treasure...

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Written by David Hutchison
Monday, 16 April 2018 23:00

The verdict is “guilty.”

Incorporating the Law into the gospel presentation does many things. It primarily brings the knowledge of sin (see Rom. 7:7), showing the sinner that he is a criminal and that God is his Judge. The Law (in the hand of the Holy Spirit) stops his mouth of justification and leaves him guilty before...

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Written by The Daily Evidence
Monday, 16 April 2018 22:21

Men, A Plan for Simple but Hard Discipleship

In the life of Jesus, we see unstained love and faultless meekness, both are expressions of his boundless strength and sovereign power. Never was any man so full of compassion and so bold for truth. His love, kindness, and grace were not the result of moral weakness or passivity. His very life was...

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Written by David Prince
Monday, 16 April 2018 22:00

Reflections on Singing with 12,000 People Featured

Last week, the night before Together for the Gospel began, someone asked Ligon Duncan what advice he’d give the first–time attender. He replied, “I come here to sing.”

The last time I personally attended T4G was 10 years ago. But every year it’s been held since, a...

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Written by Matt Sliger
Monday, 16 April 2018 21:57

More on Rethinking the Paradigm

In an earlier posting (here), I asked whether we need to rethink the now-standard paradigm/model for the textual transmission of the Gospels.  In the interest of explaining further why I ask the question, I’ve now uploaded the pre-publication form of my essay that concludes the recent...

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Written by larryhurtado
Monday, 16 April 2018 21:50

Destroying a Generation Through “Tolerance”

imageAs we become a post-Christian nation the natural effect is that absolute truth becomes a thing of the past, replaced by “individual morality”.  As we have systematically ushered God and His Word out of government and public education, we are seeing a generation of youth deceived...

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Written by comments@standupforthetruth.com
Monday, 16 April 2018 21:27

A Time to Listen, A Time to Speak (Gabriel Williams)

In recent days, social media has been inundated with podcasts, articles, and videos in which individuals have sought to speak to the issues surrounding ethnic tensions and relations. While there has been much controversy, there has also been growing hostility and contention regarding ethnic strife...

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Written by Reformation21 Blog
Monday, 16 April 2018 21:05

Overcoming (Muslim) Objections: Christianity’s Best Representatives Are Bad

Christians must address Muslim misunderstandings through conversation based in relationships with Muslim people. I’m reading through a document by Dr. Sabeel Ahmed called “Effective Dawah,” written in 2010 to equip Muslims to engage in outreach of non-Muslims to Islam, and the...

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Written by Joel Settecase
Monday, 16 April 2018 21:01

A “Ten Commandments” Prayer

Lorimage d, please counsel us by revealing the subtle deceptions of the human heart. We pray:

  1. . . . that we will have no other gods before You.That we will not dishonor Your uniqueness. That we will not put anything or anyone in Your place, nor fall prey to the schemes of the devil by replacing the...

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Written by Paul Tautges
Monday, 16 April 2018 21:00

The Authority of Scripture

April 17, 2018 by: John S. Feinbergimage

Anti-Authoritarian Age

Ours is not a time of great respect for authority. Of course, those who possess authority expect compliance from those under their power. But for most people, including many evangelical Christians, personal freedom and liberty are...

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Written by John S. Feinberg
Monday, 16 April 2018 20:55

NUGGETS

image Is God Mad at Me? – “Do your kids think that God is only pleased with them if they obey? Do your kids think that the gospel means that they must be good so God will love them? Do your kids think that they must be good for you to like them, for you to love and delight in them?”

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Written by Paul Tautges
Monday, 16 April 2018 20:45

Christians, Mentors, and Mentoring

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You hear a lot about the value and wisdom of seeking out older mentors to walk beside you on your Christian journey. Here are some thoughts and ideas about who should seek a mentor and who should be a mentor to the younger generations.

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Does wisdom come only with age?

Wisdom comes with age,...

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Written by Tim Challies
Monday, 16 April 2018 20:31

A Pastor's Reflections: Intangibles

A retired football player recently made headlines when he was flummoxed by the fact that he was not nominated to the pro football hall of fame. On the one hand, the player has a point. He was one of the NFL’s top players and has the statistics to prove it.

Authors: Valiant for Truth Blog...

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Written by Valiant for Truth Blog
Monday, 16 April 2018 20:30

Ask Ligonier with Sinclair Ferguson: Live Tonight at 7pm ET

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Tonight 7:00 p.m. ET, Sinclair Ferguson will join us as a special guest on our Ask Ligonier team to answer your biblical and theological questions live online. Simply tweet us your questions by using the hashtag #AskLigonier or leave them as comments or messages on ourFacebook page.

This event...

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Written by Nathan W. Bingham
Monday, 16 April 2018 20:02

A La Carte (April 17)

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I wasn’t able to track down much by way of interesting Kindle deals today. We feasted last week, so shouldn’t complain.

(Yesterday on the blog: Bring Her Out and Let Her Be Burned)

On Getting Churches Totally Wrong

“For a quarter century, homosexuality has been a key social...

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Written by Tim Challies
Monday, 16 April 2018 20:00

“Every Pastor Needs to Visit!”

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I recently had the opportunity to speak to the congregation at First Bossier in Louisiana. My presentations received a great response, and it was so encouraging to see adults, young people, and children getting the answers they were hungry for. We were recently blessed to have Dr. Brad Jurkovich,...

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Written by Ken Ham