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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Friday, 20 April 2018 03:58

Poem: "Black Hole, A Prayer for Those Going Through Dark Places" by Shirley Vickers

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Black Hole, A Prayer for Those Going Through Dark PlacesBy: Shirley Vickers

Oh God I'm right back in that limbo world again.  Can't feel you close to me. Can't feel anything. It seemed as if things were fine - Walking in the light. Then suddenly panic: it's all dark: I'm drowning.

Worries - no...

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Written by TFL
Friday, 20 April 2018 03:53

Banning Christian Orthodoxy in California

David French has a must-read article over at National Review about a troubling development coming out of the California General Assembly. In short—and this is not alarmist langue, it is actually what is being proposed—California is a few votes away from banning Christian orthodoxy from...

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Written by CBMW
Friday, 20 April 2018 03:53

Watch this Amazing Video on How Soros “Rents” Evangelicals to Push Social Justice Featured

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George Soros, who disguises his cash through a chain of various foundations, before he gives it to Southern Baptist and other evangelical institutions…

Pulpit & Pen has been exposing George Soros’ funding and partnership of Russell Moore and James Riady’s funding of Ligon...

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Written by News Division
Friday, 20 April 2018 03:40

Random Bits


image"I walk through this sinful world as a pilgrim in a foreign country" - CH Spurgeon'
 
I started to pray for the lost souls there who are dying without knowing Jesus Christ. I prayed to the Lord saying: "I want to be a salt and light in this place for these poor souls".' - A North Korean...

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Written by Doug Evans
Friday, 20 April 2018 03:21

Raising of Lazarus

Friday, 20 April 2018 03:00

April 19, 2018 Show with Earl Blackburn on “How Can I Honor Christ in Fighting Cancer?”

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April 19, 2018:

EARL BLACKBURN, Chairman of the Administrative Council of the Association of Reformed Baptist Churches of America (ARBCA) for 8 years, Pastor of Heritage Baptist Church of Shreveport, LA, & author of a number of books, who will address: “How Can I Honor Christ in FIGHTI...

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Written by Eric Nielsen
Friday, 20 April 2018 02:54

Caring for the Body

image Editor’s note: this the third in a series of posts about natural burial co-written by Kent Burreson and Beth Hoeltke. The first was “Pondering our Death.”

As we noted in our previous post, there is a wide spectrum of burial possibilities available to us today. Our main focus in...

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Written by Kent Burreson
Friday, 20 April 2018 02:52

The Role of an Interim Pastor

In my ministry, I’ve had the privilege of serving as an interim pastor at ten churches. Those churches varied from 75 in attendance to 750. Some of the churches were in good shape, while others were in great turmoil. An interim pastor serves as the regular preacher at a church between the...

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Written by Mark Terry
Friday, 20 April 2018 02:44

Accident of birth

Stephen J. Graham
@sjggraham 
Suppose God sent to Hell everyone who was born in South America before 10am. The rest of us go to heaven. Is there any reason on Calvinism to think there is anything wrong with God holding people morally accountable for being born in South America before 10am?
Secular...

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Written by steve
Friday, 20 April 2018 02:34

Of Werewolves and Worldviews

imageI can still remember the look on his face. We had connected at a conference and, upon hearing that I was interested in apologetics, too,...

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Written by Valerie Locklair
Friday, 20 April 2018 02:30

This 'n' That

imageWe all sing or maybe even dance when we think nobody is watching. Come on, admit it. At some point in your life, you've sung in the shower, or while driving, or even busted a move in what you thought was an empty grocery aisle (listen, in my defense, I was only 9 years old!). Hey, this lady felt...

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Written by EBenz
Friday, 20 April 2018 02:06

The Theology and True-Life Tragedy behind Hallmark’s Hit Show, “When Calls the Heart”

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Daniel Silliman (PhD, Heidelberg University) is a Lilly Postdoctoral Fellow at Valparaiso University. A U.S. historian, he is writing the history of bestselling evangelical fiction, including Janette Oke’s Love Comes Softly. As the season finale for When Calls The Heart airs&nbs...

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Written by Justin Taylor
Friday, 20 April 2018 02:04

Q Posts Update Regarding Voter Fraud

Warning: Political Commentary Ahead

It’s been a while since I’ve posted anything about Q and that’s not because he stopped posting (he hasn’t), but I’ve been very busy and when I have posted, I was more interested in posting things directly related to Scripture and our...

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Written by modres
Friday, 20 April 2018 02:01

Free Stuff Fridays (Zondervan Academic)

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This week’s Free Stuff Fridays is sponsored by Zondervan Academic Online Courses, who also sponsored the blog this week.

They are giving away five free subscriptions to Justin Holcomb’s new online course, Know the Creeds and Councils. Take a look at the free preview from Dr. Holcomb:

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Written by Tim Challies
Friday, 20 April 2018 01:27

The Church’s Power is Ministerial

John Collins Sermons of the Great Ejection (Banner of Truth), “Contending For The Faith”image

Authors: memoirandremains...

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Written by memoirandremains
Friday, 20 April 2018 01:24

The Gospel of Mark

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This is a verse-by-verse, chapter-by-chapter audio teaching of this powerful book. These recordings are offered free of charge, but we welcome donations if you feel led to support the message. Thank you!

Introduction to Mark

Jesus, the Suffering Servant

https://cbrogden.s3.amazonaws.com/bible/mark-00-j...

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Written by Chip Brogden
Friday, 20 April 2018 01:08

Christian sexual ethics is a gospel issue

In his first letter to Timothy, Paul writes with a concern that surfaces right from the start of the letter and continues to the end: the preservation of sound doctrine. Paul’s instruction to Timothy concerning sound doctrine is incisive and pervasive: Refute those who teach unsound doctrine (...

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Written by CBMW
Friday, 20 April 2018 00:29

Woke church

1. In addition to race-baiters like Thabiti Anyabwile, Anthony Bradley, RAAN, Reformed Margins et al., we have a social contagion that's spreading to race-baiter enablers like Danny Akin, Matt Chandler, Ligon Duncan, Albert Mohler, Russell Moore, John Piper, David Platt et al. And that in turn has...

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Written by steve
Friday, 20 April 2018 00:17

William Ames on creation

William Ames defines creation as follows: “Creation is the efficiency [or working power; see p. 91] of God whereby in the beginning out of nothing he made the world to be altogether good.”[1] He further asserts that “[c]reation refers to the whole world, i.e., whatever...

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Written by RBAP
Friday, 20 April 2018 00:00

The very voice of a fictional Jesus

Blogger Steve Hays at Triablogue has posted and commented on some quotations from a 1999 paper and from a 2000 paper by usually-assumed-to-be conservative NT scholar Dan Wallace.

These are unpublished papers, but the contents of the 1999 paper came to light briefly in 2006 (I may post more later...

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Written by
What's Wrong with the World
Thursday, 19 April 2018 23:28

Encouraging Rebuking New Believers for Their Benefit

imageWhen we first come to saving faith in Jesus Christ we are on fire but still immature in the Christian faith. With the myriad of Christian teaching and television out there ranging from excellent all the way down to flat out heresy, how do we help new believers understand the difference between...

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Written by comments@standupforthetruth.com
Thursday, 19 April 2018 23:25

The Best Safeguard Against False Doctrine

If anyone asks me, “What is the best safeguard against false doctrine?” I answer in one word: “The Bible—the Bible regularly read, regularly prayed over, regularly studied.” We must go back to the old prescription of our Master: “Search the Scriptures”...

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Written by Glenn E. Chatfield
Thursday, 19 April 2018 23:16

Now Available: Superheroes Can’t Save You

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Todd Miles

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Comic superheroes embody the hopes of a world that is desperate for a savior. But those comic creations cannot save us from our greatest foes—sin and death.

Throughout the history of the Church there have...

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Written by Barnabas Piper
Thursday, 19 April 2018 23:15

#87: No Greater Love[Sermon]

Join Dave as he continues the study of the Gospel of John by looking at John 15:12-17.

The post #87: No Greater Love[Sermon] appeared first on Servants of Grace.

Authors: Dave Jenkins

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Written by Dave Jenkins
Thursday, 19 April 2018 23:12

DBG Weekend Spotlight (4-20-18)

This week the 2019 G3 Conference promo video was released and you should take just a little more than one minute to check it out for yourself.

The Best Argument for Using a Printed Bible — Yet in this year of worldwide travel for that church history project I’m calling...

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Written by Josh Buice
Thursday, 19 April 2018 23:07

Andrew Fuller Friday: Fuller on the Seriousness of Sin

Or, if sin should be allowed to be your fault, yet, if it were a small offence, an imperfection that might be overlooked, or so slight a matter that you could atone for it by repentance, prayers, or tears, or any effort of your own, there might be less reason for alarm; but neither is this the...

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Written by Staff
Thursday, 19 April 2018 23:00

The evil of sin.

“All who, without commission from God, dare to execute private revenge, and who, from ambition, covetousness, or resentment, wage war and desolate kingdoms, must one day answer for it. But if God, instead of sending an earthquake, a pestilence, or a famine, be pleased to authorize and command...

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Written by The Daily Evidence
Thursday, 19 April 2018 23:00

Lessons from Paul and His Friends

Colossians 4:7-18, “Tychicus will tell you all about my activities. He is a beloved brother and faithful minister and fellow servant in the Lord. I have sent him to you for this very purpose, that you may know how we are and that he may encourage your hearts, and with him...

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Written by Dave Jenkins
Thursday, 19 April 2018 22:55

Why Study the Book of Judges?

Crisis in Israel

The book of Judges describes a period in the life of the nation of Israel between the prophetic leadership of Moses and Joshua and the establishment of the monarchy and kingship in Israel. The nature of this time period is described on four different occasions in the book, “In...

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Written by Miles Van Pelt
Thursday, 19 April 2018 22:00

The Failure of Unbiblical Worldviews to Justify Laws of Logic

We saw previously that the Bible can make sense of laws of logic and their properties, and that the three laws of thought are rooted in the nature of God.  However, non-biblical worldviews cannot make sense of laws of logic or their properties.  As one example, consider materialism: the...

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Written by Dr. Lisle
Thursday, 19 April 2018 21:45

Pastors Churches: Don't Celebrate Brokenness

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Have you noticed the latest buzz word tossed around Christian circles?

Brokenness.

Listen, and you will hear it. Songs in worship gatherings and on Christian radio contain it. Churches use it on their websites to describe their culture to potential visitors. Pastors and leaders stand on stage and...

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Written by Erik Reed
Thursday, 19 April 2018 21:40

Churches Should Say Neither Too Little Nor Too Much

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Prophecy can be perilous. Take the example from Ezekiel 13. God’s Word comes to Ezekiel to prophesy against the prophets of Israel: “Woe to the foolish prophets, says the Lord God, who follow their own spirit and have seen nothing!” (13:3). These false prophets say...

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Written by Matthew Arbo
Thursday, 19 April 2018 21:18

Is Modernity a Success?

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Andrew Wilson recently wrote a post discussing some of the reviews of Steven Pinker’s new book, Enlightenment Now: The Case for Reason, Science, Humanism and Progress, which has been provoking much conversation and controversy over the last couple of months. I haven’t yet had the time...

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Written by Alastair Roberts
Thursday, 19 April 2018 21:18

Expedition 16: The Devil Attacks

Here’s the video to show your kids at the end of Expedition 16 of Exploring the BibleIf you want to bookmark a page where all the videos will eventually appear, you can find them on my blog, on YouTube, or the Facebook page for Exploring the Bible...

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Written by David Murray
Thursday, 19 April 2018 21:00

What Does It Mean That Scripture Is Inspired?

April 20, 2018 by: John S. Feinbergimage

The Inspiration of Scripture

God has revealed himself to humans in many different ways. This should be no surprise, for a God who loved us enough to create us and put us in a world where we could flourish, would most certainly want to communicate with us....

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Written by John S. Feinberg
Thursday, 19 April 2018 21:00

Why legalism destroys churches and kills Christians

What if your church’s elders passed down a fiat that members could not take more than 1,999 steps on the Lord’s Day without facing church discipline? One more step would be too closely akin to taking a long trip and that is a no-no on the day God set aside for worship.

What if they...

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Written by Jeff Robinson
Thursday, 19 April 2018 20:40

Letters to the Editor (Sports, Hymns, and Hobbies, and Entertainment)

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It has been far too long since I shared a collection of letters to the editor. So here, to remedy this transgression, is a selection of just some of the letters from readers like you that have come my way in the past few weeks. I hope you enjoy them! They deal with sports and hobbies, smutty...

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Written by Tim Challies
Thursday, 19 April 2018 20:21

The AEE Abbreviated With The ” Eye Patch Guy”. Featured

John Brady (the eye patch guy)  joins BTWN to review the popular atheist show: “The Atheist Experience”

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Written by social element
Thursday, 19 April 2018 20:19

White-Knuckled Fear, or Hands Raised Hope?

May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, so that by the power of the Holy Spirit you may abound in hope.Rom. 15:13 (ESV)

Fear not, for I am with you; be not dismayed, for I am your God; I will strengthen you, I will help you, I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.I...

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Written by Scotty Smith
Thursday, 19 April 2018 20:04

A La Carte (April 20)

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Today’s Kindle deals include, well, not much again.

Westminster Books has discounted the entire Theologians on the Christian Life series.

(Yesterday on the blog: Practical Advice for Family Devotions)

Ask Ligonier with Sinclair Ferguson

Ligonier Ministries recently led an hour-long Q&A...

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Written by Tim Challies
Thursday, 19 April 2018 20:00

Join us for Family Fun Night at the Creation Museum

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There’s always something fun going on at the Creation Museum here in Northern Kentucky. Many of these popular events quickly become annual traditions for us, as well as for many of the families who love visiting the museum. And one of those events, returning this year on July 6, is our...

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Written by Ken Ham
Thursday, 19 April 2018 20:00

Unforbidden Fruits: 3 Ways Women MUST Lead and Teach the Church

imageGod has graciously given women the role - and the duty - of teaching and leading the church in three unique ways.

Authors: Michelle Lesley...

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Written by Michelle Lesley
Thursday, 19 April 2018 20:00

If Christ Is NOT the Only Way

One of the sharpest complaints against Christianity is the concept of exclusivity. We claim that Christ is the only way to salvation. We make that claim because He did. In the face of that, it wouldn't be feasible to call ourselves "Christians" and deny what Christ said. But what if? What if Christ...

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Written by Winging It
Thursday, 19 April 2018 20:00

Remaining Thankful through the Dark Times

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Noah ultimately was thankful for God’s provision as the end result of being faithful. At the end of the day, we have been talking about how important it is to remain faithful to God despite the fact that the world may not understand or maybe very countercultural. We have to remain faithful...

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Written by Zak Schmoll
Thursday, 19 April 2018 20:00

Today’s World Would Not Be Strange to Paul: On Church Discipline

By Joe Rigney

Wes Hill has written a post setting forthfive theses on church discipline. Wes and I attended seminary at the same time, and I count him a friend and a brother. A year or so ago, he and I had a fruitful conversation on just these issues at a theological conference. Given my respect...

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Written by Guest Writer
Thursday, 19 April 2018 19:00

Heroism Deconstructed: Serving Faithfully through Our Work

It was a day like any other day until it wasn’t. Tuesday, after climbing to 32,000 feet from New York’s LaGuardia Airport, a huge blast shook the Boeing 737-700. A quick glance at her instruments told Captain Shults two things had happened, both of them bad: rapid depressurization of...

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Written by Hugh Whelchel
Thursday, 19 April 2018 19:00

The Reality of Living Before God

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I have a good friend who thinks I am too old-fashioned. Through all the years we’ve known each other, he has never ceased to remind me of his observation. And while I certainly try to maintain an age-appropriate outlook on life, I must admit that my old-fashioned tendencies too often get...

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Written by Dr. Burk Parsons
Thursday, 19 April 2018 18:00

Friday’s Featured Sermon: “God’s Strategy for Church Growth” Featured

Is church growth an exact science? Is improved methodology always the key to bigger churches and more effective evangelism? There are plenty of evangelical experts who would answer yes to both of those questions—either in word or in deed.

John MacArthur has encountered this phenomenon for...

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Written by Grace to You Blog
Thursday, 19 April 2018 18:00

Leviticus 24; Psalm 31; Ecclesiastes 7; 2 Timothy 3

Leviticus 24; Psalm 31; Ecclesiastes 7; 2 Timothy 3

DAVID WAS IN DEEP TROUBLE. The exact circumstances may be obscure to us, as we who live three thousand years later probe the details. But we do know that David was shut up in a besieged city (Ps. 31:21) and felt trapped. He was so threatened that...

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Written by Don Carson
Thursday, 19 April 2018 18:00

Scientific Consistency in the Bible Is More Important Than Scientific Revelation

imageAs a skeptic, I never personally expected the Biblical prophets (or Jesus Himself) to proclaim scientific truths still inaccessible (and unintelligible) to their audiences. As I read the Bible for the first time, its purpose seemed clear enough: Explain the nature of God, outline the fallen...

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Written by jwallace