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, 15 February 2018 00:52

Around the Horn (February 15)

Growing Old Graciously

In this article,  Jared C. Wilson discusses what it takes to age graciously in ministry.  From ministering to the next generation of leaders to finishing strong with integrity, Wilson lays out steps for finishing the race in a way that is God-honoring.

How the...

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Written by Staff
Thursday, 15 February 2018 00:38

When Does Life Begin and End?

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A few years ago, I had the privilege of taping a series of DVDs on different issues related to life with Dr. Tommy Mitchell and Dr. David Menton. I knew when we decided that life would be the theme for this year’s Answers for Women conference that Dr. Mitchell had to address issues...

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Written by Dr. Georgia Purdom
Thursday, 15 February 2018 00:13

Nicolas Cruz On Youtube: “I’m Going to be a Professional School Shooter” FBI Was Warned

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Back in September of 2016, the FBI was deeply involved in their illegal surveillance of Donald Trump during his campaign. That same month the owner of a Youtube channel alerted the FBI that a person named Nicolas Cruz posted this: “I’m going to be a professional school...

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Written by Geri Ungurean
Thursday, 15 February 2018 00:11

Why I Believe The Bible

Voddie Baucham:

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Written by John Samson
Wednesday, 14 February 2018 23:52

Preexistent future

There's some dispute as to whether the B-theory of time is deterministic. On the face of it, if the future already exists, then that excludes alternate timelines forking off in different directions from the present. That interval has been filled. That slot has been taken. It seems symmetrical with...

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Written by steve
Wednesday, 14 February 2018 23:25

You Can Trust God’s Design for Sex

A Willing Heart Trusts and Obeys

The essence of obedience is not simply doing the right stuff. Rather, the essence of obedience is the heart, and what must live in the heart of the obedient person is a willing submission to God’s authority. Obedience that is not willingly submissive is not...

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Written by Paul Tripp
Wednesday, 14 February 2018 23:17

A Meditation After Violence

We are the problem, not the solution.

We kill generations of children and somehow are able to be shocked when our children take the same attitude toward human life.

We are the problem, not the solution.

We fetishize and celebrate violence yet are surprised when someone takes it just one step further.

We...

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Written by Jared Olivetti
Wednesday, 14 February 2018 23:10

Episode 128– Dave Furman- Kiss the Wave: Embracing God in Your Trials

Welcome to the 128th episode of Equipping You in Grace. On today’s episode, Dave Jenkins talks with Dave Furman about his new book, Kiss the Wave: Embracing God in Your Trials(Crossway, 2018).

What you’ll hear in this episode:

  • The biggest piece of advice Dave has for Christians who...

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Written by Dave Jenkins
Wednesday, 14 February 2018 23:00

Here We Go Again!

The post Here We Go Again! appeared first on Southern Equip.

Authors: Thomas R. Schreiner

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Written by Thomas R. Schreiner
Wednesday, 14 February 2018 23:00

What is the root cause of multiple-victim public shootings?

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Daily Wire is reporting that the Florida school shooter was a fan of various “resustance” groups. Elsewhere I read that he had been expelled for making death threats, but not prosecuted.

Let’s take a closer look at some recent active shooters,...

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Written by Wintery Knight
Wednesday, 14 February 2018 22:52

A possible solution to a long-standing puzzle

Of all of the many alleged discrepancies in the Gospels, the one that I have mulled over most of all for the last couple years concerns Luke 9:51. As long-time readers know, I don't regard myself as an inerrantist per se, though I am a big advocate of harmonization as good historical method. But if...

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What's Wrong with the World
Wednesday, 14 February 2018 22:51

5 Ways Pastors Can Prepare Their Churches for Suffering

Pastors, it’s inevitable that members of your congregation will suffer. D.A. Carson has famously said, “All you have to do is live long enough, and you will suffer.” As you seek to shepherd your congregation, don’t wait until suffering comes. Don’t start preparing...

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Written by 9Marks
Wednesday, 14 February 2018 22:22

A. W. Pink – The Person

imageArticle: A. W. Pink: glorifying God by disobeying Him? by Dan Phillips (original source here)

I realize that A. W. Pink is a hero and beloved saint to many. His books, particularly The Sovereignty of God, have been very helpful for decades.

For my part, I’ve never been a huge fan. I’ve...

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Written by John Samson
Wednesday, 14 February 2018 22:18

Justification, the teaching office of Rome, and confessing Protestants

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Dan Doriani
Feb 15, 2018
My first exposures to Protestant-Catholic conversation were more like shouting matches than dialogues. Speakers took a confrontational approach and charges flew on both sides. In my mind, they sound roughly...

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Written by Dan Doriani
Wednesday, 14 February 2018 22:00

Pollution of the Will by Original Sin

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Anthony Burgess Treatise on Original Sin Part 3, Chapter 4, Section 4.

SECT. IV.

The Defilement of the Will in its Affections and Properties, or the sinful Adjuncts inseparably cleaving unto it.

So then it is not of him that willeth, nor of him that runneth, but of God that sheweth mercy”...

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Written by Paul J. Barth
Wednesday, 14 February 2018 22:00

Ten biting serpents!

When fiery serpents were sent among Israel, their deadly bite caused the Israelites to admit that they had sinned. However, God also sent a cure for the serpent bite; He told Moses to make a bronze serpent and place it on a pole. Those who had been bitten and were doomed to die could look at the...

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Written by The Daily Evidence
Wednesday, 14 February 2018 21:48

The Arena of Christ’s Kingdom

The Philadelphia Eagles knocked off the New England Patriots this month in what was “one of the greatest Super Bowls ever played.”

But nearly as stunning as the big game was the host stadium.

Shaped like a Viking ship (since it’s the home field of the Minnesota Vikings), U.S. Bank...

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Written by J.K. Wall
Wednesday, 14 February 2018 21:08

No virtue without a miracle

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“Walking around St James’s Park I thought intensely of the difference between Tolstoy and St Augustine. Tolstoy tried to achieve virtue, and particularly continence, through the exercise of his will; Augustine saw that, for Man, there is no virtue without a miracle.”

Malcolm...

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Written by Ray Ortlund
Wednesday, 14 February 2018 20:57

Watch Out for “Brave New Christians”

The greatest scholars of our age, liberal and not only conservative, along with the united voices of the greatest scholars of all the ages, have shown beyond all reasonable doubt that the Bible is plainly opposed to homosexual behavior, just as it is to all heterosexual sexual behavior outside of...

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Written by Glenn E. Chatfield
Wednesday, 14 February 2018 20:44

A Prayer of Lament in Response to the South Florida Shooting

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     Be still before the Lord and wait patiently for him; fret not yourself over the one who prospers in his way, over the man who carries out evil devices! Refrain from anger, and forsake wrath! Fret not yourself; it tends only to evil. For the evildoers shall be cut...

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Written by Scotty Smith
Wednesday, 14 February 2018 20:30

20 Quotes from “Supernatural Power for Everyday People”

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My new book Supernatural Power for Everyday People: Experiencing God’s Extraordinary Spirit in Your Ordinary Life released just a few weeks ago. Here are some quotable highlights:

1. When we relegate our intentionality with God to a minute fraction of our time, it’s no wonder we feel...

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Written by Jared C. Wilson
Wednesday, 14 February 2018 20:30

Looking Behind the Curtain

In our final segment today we look at comments by Joy Behar of The View who suggested Vice President Pence might be mentally ill because he speaks to God through prayer and says that God often speaks back to him. Is this where our nation is headed? People who believe in God and seek Him in prayer...

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Written by comments@standupforthetruth.com
Wednesday, 14 February 2018 20:11

Zealous Man Burns for One Thing

“Zeal in religion is a burning desire to please God, to do His will, and to advance His glory in the world in every possible way. It is a desire which no man feels by nature,—which the Spirit puts in the heart of every believer when he is converted,—but which some believers feel...

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Written by The J.C. Ryle Archive
Wednesday, 14 February 2018 20:05

Spurgeon Thursday - The Christian’s Life

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The Christian’s life is no child’s play. All who have gone on pilgrimage to the celestial city have found a rough road, sloughs of despond and hills of difficulty, giants to fight and tempters to shun. Hence there are two perils to which Christians are exposed; the one is that under...

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Written by Doug Evans
Wednesday, 14 February 2018 20:00

Advice for Aspiring Authors

image What are the best tips for aspiring authors? Sean shares five principles from his own writing ministry.

Authors: Sean McDowell...

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Written by Sean McDowell
Wednesday, 14 February 2018 20:00

Undone in a Minute - By Adultery

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Playing with pornography? Flirting and texting? It’s the path of the death (Prov 5:5). Samuel James states it succinctly,

"Everyone knows that infidelity damages marriages, but not many people vividly imagine years of their work and arguments and advocacy going...

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Written by NCFIC Blog
Wednesday, 14 February 2018 20:00

The Danger of Thinking Science Alone Leads to True Knowledge

February 15, 2018 by: J. P. Moreland

A Dangerous Idea

It's extremely important to realize that the idea of science alone produces true knowledge is very dangerous. We give people authority to act in public because we assume they have the relevant knowledge. Dentists cannot put their hands in...

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Written by J. P. Moreland
Wednesday, 14 February 2018 19:30

What’s Wrong With Christian Dating (Part Two)

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What has gone wrong with Christian dating? Join me for the second part of the discussion (see part one right here) of some common questions about Christian dating and purity.

 

Transcript

What qualities should you look for in a potential mate?

Well, the very first quality you need to look for is...

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Written by Tim Challies
Wednesday, 14 February 2018 19:21

An Appeal for Honesty in References

I’m appealing to all our readers to be honest and forthright in the references we provide. What prompts this appeal? An unforgettable experience does. Some years ago our church called a new youth pastor. He applied for the position at our church, and he supplied several references from the...

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Written by Mark Terry
Wednesday, 14 February 2018 19:00

No, Eve Was Not the First #MeToo Victim

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According to a female rabbi and professor, Eve was the first victim of #MeToo, the recent movement to raise awareness of sexual harassment and assault. Her article is utterly ridiculous and so obviously false that it’s hardly worth commenting on, but I thought I would use it as an extreme...

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Written by Ken Ham
Wednesday, 14 February 2018 19:00

Throwback Thursday ~ Disney, Dalai, or Divangelista?

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Are these inspiring quotes from a Disney movie, the Dalai Lama, or a popular "Divangelista"? Take the quiz!

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Authors: Michelle Lesley...

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Written by Michelle Lesley
Wednesday, 14 February 2018 19:00

Marco Rubio’s Paid Leave Plan Isn’t Perfect. That’s OK.

By Josiah Alexakos

Last year Yahoo! Newstold the story of Jasmine Dixon, a part-time hourly employee at Wal-mart who was forced to return to work only two weeks after a medically complex birth that ended with her son spending time in the NICU before being allowed to go home. Dixon’s story is...

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Written by Guest Writer
Wednesday, 14 February 2018 19:00

When Is a Lutheran Not a Lutheran? Featured

Last Sunday, a New Jersey Lutheran church celebrated the transition of its pastor from womanhood to manhood. The Rev. Rose Beeson became the Rev. Peter Beeson.

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Authors: First Things RSS Feed - Carl R. Trueman...

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Written by First Things RSS Feed - Carl R. Trueman
Wednesday, 14 February 2018 19:00

Faith Isn’t a Way of Knowing; It’s a Way of Trusting

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There are different ways we gain knowledge of God. For instance, we can know God through the created world (general revelation) and through the inspired word (special revelation). We can also know God through the inner witness of the Holy Spirit apart from external evidences.

Whatever the means by...

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Written by Tim Barnett
Wednesday, 14 February 2018 18:58

Love Week Essay #5: Loving our Enemies? Featured

All this week we've explored the blessings of love.We looked at God's love through the lens of Psalm 136.We looked at the meaning of love through the lens of the Apostle John's epistle.We looked at how there are different words to express love (which is not a feeling.)Yesterday we looked deeper...

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Written by The End Time
Wednesday, 14 February 2018 18:56

A La Carte (February 15)

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Today’s Kindle deals include a pretty good variety crossing a bunch of different publishers.

(Yesterday on the blog: What City Was Once “The Jerusalem of the East?”)

Why Monday Is Your Most Productive Day Of The Week

“You may be working for the weekend, but when it comes to...

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Written by Tim Challies
Wednesday, 14 February 2018 18:00

Charles Spurgeon on Instructing Our Children

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"To neglect the instruction of our offspring is worse than brutish.  Family religion is necessary for the nation, for the family itself, and for the church of God...Would that parents would awaken to a sense of the importance of this matter.  It is a pleasant duty to talk of Jesus to our...

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Written by Chad
Wednesday, 14 February 2018 18:00

What Does Your Smartphone Say?

We are a culture immersed in digital technology. Today's handheld smartphones are more capable than NASA's 1970's room-sized computers. We can talk, read, video-chat, surf, write, compute, play ... well, just about everything ... all right there in one device. Now, of course, I'm oversimplifying...

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Written by Winging It
Wednesday, 14 February 2018 18:00

Why Should You Fight for Truth?

In life, there is always at least two different paths to choose from. Typically one is much easier than the other, and in the Christian life, that certainly is the case. Why do you think John Bunyan pictured Christian as one who was always put in a position to take the easier path rather than the...

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Written by Josh Buice
Wednesday, 14 February 2018 18:00

First-Rate Sons

Here's an excerpt from First-Rate Sons, David B. Garner’s contribution to the February issue of Tabletalk:

“Were you adopted?” The questioner leans in, eager to confirm a rumor or to verify a hunch. Perhaps the young girl’s mannerisms seem unlike other family members. Perhaps...

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Written by Nathan W. Bingham
Wednesday, 14 February 2018 17:15

Preach like Hebrews Featured

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The book of Hebrews is the only letter in the Bible that contains an inspired sermon, and as such pastors should model their sermons after Hebrews more than the styles of communication popular today.

Hebrews is certainly a written letter that contains the content of the author’s sermon. The...

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Written by Austin Duncan
Wednesday, 14 February 2018 17:04

Tips for Starting a Gospel Presentation (Cold Case Christianity Broadcast #102)

In this episode of the Cold-Case Christianity Broadcast, J. Warner provides helpful tips for those who want to share the truth about Christianity. What can we learn from the opening statements made in courtrooms that can help us share the truth with others? J. Warner provides several insights to...

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Written by jwallace
Wednesday, 14 February 2018 17:00

Does It Look Old?

February 15, 2018
“And for the chief things of the ancient mountains, and for the precious things of the lasting hills” ( Deuteronomy:33:15 And for the chief things of the ancient mountains, and for the precious things of the lasting hills, See All... ). One lady who...

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Written by TBC Staff - EN
Wednesday, 14 February 2018 17:00

Nuggets from Seeking and Finding God—The Only Escape from God’s Judgment

February 15, 2018
In Hebrews:2:3 How shall we escape, if we neglect so great salvation; which at the first began to be spoken by the Lord, and was confirmed unto us by them that heard him; See All... the vital...

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Written by TBC Staff - CR
Wednesday, 14 February 2018 17:00

How Capitalism Enables Christians to Promote Flourishing

Editor’s Note: We’re pleased to introduce a guest writer on the IFWE blog today, Zach (In Seong) Kim–a student from Northwest Nazarene University who recently attended a student-sponsored event on campus featuring Doug Bandow, a contributor to IFWE’s latest book,Counting...

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Written by Zach (In Seong) Kim