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, 13 February 2018 02:30

Bad News for Gaither Followers – Gloria Gaither Praises New Age Teachers Sue Monk Kidd and Richard Rohr

Bad News for Gaither Followers – Gloria Gaither Praises New Age Teachers Sue Monk Kidd and Richard Rohr

This week we received the following information from a reader: Dear Lighthouse Trails: Gloria Gaither is the author of many influential songs including “There’s Something About...

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Written by Lighthouse Trails Editors
Tuesday, 13 February 2018 02:28

Gaggle of Lady Preachers Do Immigration Propaganda Video Featured

A gaggle of America’s most prominent lady preachers have joined together to promote a bleeding heart immigration propaganda campaign, most of whom are probably unaware that they’re being used to promote an ideology that runs far deeper than their shallow understanding of the Bible....

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Written by News Division
Tuesday, 13 February 2018 01:50

A Right View of God and His Word

Psalm 119:129-136, “Your testimonies are wonderful; therefore my soul keeps them. The unfolding of your words gives light; it imparts understanding to the simple. I open my mouth and pant, because I long for your commandments. Turn to me and be gracious to me, as is your way with those who...

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Written by James Williams
Tuesday, 13 February 2018 01:45

Episode 5- The Why and How of Daily Bible Reading

On the fifth episode of the Ask Us Anything Podcast, Dave Jenkins answers Joe’s question, “I’m struggling with reading my Bible daily. Why should I read it daily it seems like such a chore. Can you help me to know how to begin a daily habit of reading Scripture? I truly desire to...

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Written by Dave Jenkins
Tuesday, 13 February 2018 01:37

How Biblical is Molinism? (Part 6)

[This is the last in an n-part series, where n turned out to be 6.]

In a highly irregular series of posts, I’ve been considering the question, How well is Molinism supported by the Bible? As I explained in the first installment:

Molinism is a theory that purports to reconcile a robust doctrine...

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Written by James
Tuesday, 13 February 2018 01:28

How Jesus Subverts the Kingdoms of this World

image He was born in the Roman Empire over two thousand years ago, growing up to command the loyalty of thousands. During his thirties he was seen as the fulfillment of national hopes and founder of an endless kingdom.

His achievements were considered signs of divine authority. Official...

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Written by Jeremy Bouma
Tuesday, 13 February 2018 01:17

Vatican Appoints Pro-Abortion Rabbi to Academy for Life Featured

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Rabbi Szlajen, who believes in abortion in the cases of rape and incest.

Rabbi Dr. Fishel Szlajen doesn’t believe in abortion-on-demand, but he does believe that the Bible allows for abortion in the cases of rape and incest.

“In only one case does the Bible call for abortion: when the...

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Written by News Division
Tuesday, 13 February 2018 01:08

6 Short Rules for Young Christians

These six short rules for young Christians come to us from the pen of Brownlow North, an evangelist, preacher, and writer who lived from 1810–1865. While these helpful habits are addressed to the young believer, it is clear that they ought to be embraced by all Christians. 1. Never neglect...

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Written by Reasonable Theology
Tuesday, 13 February 2018 01:00

February 12, 2018 Show with Interviews from the 2018 G3 Conference Part 5: Tom Buck Michael Wieszchowski

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February 12, 2018:

Interviews recorded LIVE at the 2018 G3 CONFERENCE!!!

  • TOM BUCK, Pastor of First Baptist Church of Lindale, TX
  • MICHAEL WIESZCHOWSKI, Pastor of Westminster Chapel of Ball Ground, GA​​

These interviews were conducted on-site from the Iron Sharpens Iron Radio booth in...

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Written by Eric Nielsen
Tuesday, 13 February 2018 01:00

Letter to the Editor from a Canadian Reader: A Way to Print and Distribute Transgender Booklet in Canada

Letter to the Editor from a Canadian Reader: A Way to Print and Distribute Transgender Booklet in Canada

Dear Lighthouse Trails: I read your article this morning; the possible block for mailing out this booklet to Canada should not be a surprise, but if anyone here in Canada who has a printer and...

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Tuesday, 13 February 2018 00:44

Gathering Seashells and a Wasted Life

One of the spaces on the Internet that is quickly becoming my favorite is Fathom Magazine, a once a month online publication doing everything with excellence. They've been asking me to contribute for a while, and I finally did a few weeks ago. My piece Gather Your Seashells While Ye May went live...

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Written by Lore Wilbert
Monday, 12 February 2018 23:56

5 questions and answers about losing church members

I still have painful memories about the first time I experienced losing church members as a pastor. I took it personally. Too much so. In fact, I didn’t handle the situation with much maturity at all.

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Thom Rainer

But it’s still a common concern I hear every week. Allow me, then, to...

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Written by christianindex
Monday, 12 February 2018 23:49

80 Years Ago Today: The Conversion of John Stott

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John Stott (b. 27 April 1921) was confirmed in the Anglican Church in 1936, at the age of 15.

But he was not converted—expressing saving faith and repentance in response to the divine call—until Sunday afternoon on February 13, 1938, when he heard the 40-year-old Rev. E.J.H. Nash...

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Written by Justin Taylor
Monday, 12 February 2018 23:43

From the Mailbag . . .

Lock Her Up?

There were a cluster of letters on this same theme, which I will try to answer at the end.

Thank you so much for the gift of your writing. One question in regards to your post on “the fragility of order.” I am a conservative first and foremost. I tend to vote republican....

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Written by Douglas Wilson
Monday, 12 February 2018 23:36

Ask the Theologian Live | February 13th, 2018 Featured

Broadcast Date: February 13th, 2018 - 10:00 AM Mountain

Dr. Randy White takes your Biblical, theological, and worldview questions.

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Written by Nathan White
Monday, 12 February 2018 23:13

Repenting of Confirmation Bias Christianity

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confirmation biasThe tendency to interpret new evidence as confirmation of one’s existing beliefs or theories.

“All of our hearts are idol factories,” John Calvin once said. We are never not worshiping. But there is one big idol all our little manufactured idols themselves...

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Written by Jared C. Wilson
Monday, 12 February 2018 23:10

Puritan Sayings (3)

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My mother, like so many other mothers, used to tell me that if I didn’t have anything nice to say then don’t say anything at all. This nearly ubiquitous phrase, which now thanks to the internet is the subject of countless memes, is thoroughly biblical, and so, not surprisingly,...

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Written by Meet the Puritans
Monday, 12 February 2018 23:00

The Strength of Love

The post The Strength of Love appeared first on Southern Equip.

Authors: Matthew J. Hall

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Written by Matthew J. Hall
Monday, 12 February 2018 23:00

Erasing the Grey (Repost)

imageIn light of the release of the third film in the Fifty Shades trilogy, I thought it might be helpful to repost this article and episode of Equipping Eve. This was written (and the episode was recorded) at the height of the popularity of the book, Fifty Shades of Grey, and in anticipation of the r...

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Written by EBenz
Monday, 12 February 2018 23:00

Mainstream media celebrates mass starvation and political prisons in North Korea

imageCNN raves about North Korea’s brutal regime: Pretty! Glamorous! Stylish!

I’m sure everyone has heard about the mainstream media’s embrace of North Korea’s charming smiles at the Olympics. I like to listen to the Ben Shapiro podcast, the Andrew Klavan podcast, and the Daily...

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Written by Wintery Knight
Monday, 12 February 2018 22:30

To Meditate or Not to Meditate …

Recent reports of studies from the world of psychology have heaped doubts upon the efficacy of meditation as a therapy and have undermined the widespread idea that Eastern-style meditation can be good for whatever ails you. One news article reports:

For scientists have revealed the trendy Buddhist...

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Written by Waylan Owens
Monday, 12 February 2018 22:30

The Ligonier Team Says Thank You

Today would have been R.C. Sproul’s seventy-ninth birthday. Watch this message from the Ligonier team.

Authors: Nathan W. Bingham...

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Written by Nathan W. Bingham
Monday, 12 February 2018 22:13

The Influence of Ann Voskamp

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Written by comments@standupforthetruth.com
Monday, 12 February 2018 22:00

A misquoted verse.

This verse, in Mat 5:38, is so often misquoted by the world. Many believe it is giving a license to take matters into our own hands and render evil for evil. However, these are judgments for civil law and not revenge for personal grievances. The spirit of what Jesus is saying here is radically...

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Written by The Daily Evidence
Monday, 12 February 2018 21:53

Black Southern Baptist history said to be ‘at a crossroads’

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Beginning in the 1950s, African American churches began to cooperate with the SBC once again. The 28th Street Baptist Church of Louisville, KY was not Southern Baptist, but its pastor, Emmanuel McCall (front row, far left), became the first black staff member at the Home Mission Board. Photo...

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Written by Baptist Press
Monday, 12 February 2018 21:51

What a Compassionate Father We Have

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I will refresh the weary and satisfy the faintJer. 31:25

Heavenly Father, this one little verse is as big as the Grand Canyon. How good, kind, and compassionate you are. Come, nourish our hearts with the riches of your grace and the wonders of your love.

Thankfully, we don’t have to...

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Written by Scotty Smith
Monday, 12 February 2018 21:42

The Personal Bible Reading of J.C. Ryle

“Before his conversion Ryle hardly ever opened his Bible, but after he became a Christian he formed the habit of daily Bible study, which continued without a break for more than a half a century. He rose early each morning so that he could study the Word without interruption. Words and verses...

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Written by The J.C. Ryle Archive
Monday, 12 February 2018 21:37

Three Questions to Always Ask

There are always essential questions too ask of anyone we hear or anything we read. What is being said? Is it true? And what of it? All three questions are discounted in our modern age of information, but as Christians we must never allow the truth question to be removed from its central place. To...

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Written by Glenn E. Chatfield
Monday, 12 February 2018 20:50

Looming Debate Over SSA (Richard D. Phillips)

These days, it seems that almost every week social media uncovers another eruption along the Presbyterian Church in America's (PCA) volcanic fault line between social accommodation/compassion and biblical obedience. This week, a conference promoting strategies to address same sex attraction (SSA)...

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Written by Reformation21 Blog
Monday, 12 February 2018 20:48

The Best Apologetics Is Good Systematics

imageYesterday’s post on the shape of atonement doctrine raised the issue of how the wrong sort of apologetic mindset when it comes to preaching and forming doctrine can distort our understanding of how and why we believe what we do.

After the fact, I recalled some comments by Oliver...

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Written by Derek Rishmawy
Monday, 12 February 2018 20:10

Five Reasons a Local Church Should Adopt an Unreached People Group Featured

Missiological multi–tasking is probably a myth. Often, as with many men, the more tasks a local church takes on the more each task suffers.

Further, sheer math argues that one average size local church can’t possibly evangelize the world by itself. According to the Joshua Project, a...

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Written by Jared Longshore
Monday, 12 February 2018 20:00

Can Man Live Without Sex?

image Is it possible to live a fulfilled, meaningful life without sex? Our hypersexualized culture says no. Sean explores how the life of Jesus debunks this myth.

Authors: Sean McDowell...

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Written by Sean McDowell
Monday, 12 February 2018 20:00

The One Person Who Can’t Be Themselves in Our Culture

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The modern age may be described as a quest for the authentic self.

Watch any amount of television aimed at children and you will be inundated with calls to “be yourself.” The hero discovers who they really are and their true identity is what they needed to achieve success.

But it’s...

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Written by Aaron Earls
Monday, 12 February 2018 20:00

A Father is a Detail Man

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They say “the devil is in the details,” meaning that the details matter. It is the same with fathers, God obligates fathers to be men of details.  Specifically, “His wonderful works” (Ps 78:4). This describes a man who knows the details of how God has worked. There are...

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Written by NCFIC Blog
Monday, 12 February 2018 20:00

Love That Makes the Beloved Beautiful

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Owing Beauty to God

God’s love is different from human love because it is a beautifying love. God does not find people who are beautiful and then decide to love them. Rather, he makes the objects of his love beautiful. They owe their beauty to...

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Written by Garry J. Williams
Monday, 12 February 2018 19:45

What’s Wrong with Christian Dating

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What on earth has gone wrong with Christian dating? Why does it seem so much more difficult today than it was just a generation ago? In this video I discuss some common questions about dating and purity. It is available in both YouTube and Facebook formats.

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How should Christians...

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Written by Tim Challies
Monday, 12 February 2018 19:29

From the Field: A Missionary Reflects on Platt’s Tenure

IMB President David Platt asked the trustees of the IMB to begin searching for his replacement.

I could stop there, get some popcorn, and open up the comments section. I never thought I’d outlast the Energizer Bunny. We assumed Elliff’s brief presidency would remain an aberration, and...

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Written by Guest Blogger
Monday, 12 February 2018 19:17

A Pastor's Reflections: Unsung Heroes

I regularly receive notices of ministers who have served the church for decades but reach the end of their lives and die. As I read of such men I often wonder who they are and how many lives they impacted for the sake of Christ and his gospel.

Authors: Valiant for Truth Blog...

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Written by Valiant for Truth Blog
Monday, 12 February 2018 19:12

A La Carte (February 13)

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Today’s Kindle deals include an entire collection of helpful little mini-books; there are a couple of other deals to be had as well.

Westminster Books has a great sale on books by R.C. Sproul.

(Yesterday on the blog: 4 Grave Dangers in Every Sin)

The Danger of Gossip

“The Lord loves a...

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Written by Tim Challies
Monday, 12 February 2018 19:03

Love week essay #3: Love is not a feeling Featured

Beloved, let us love one another, for love is from God, and whoever loves has been born of God and knows God. 8 Anyone who does not love does not know God, because God is love. 9 In this the love of God was made manifest among us, that God sent his only Son into the world, so that we might live...

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Written by The End Time
Monday, 12 February 2018 19:00

Answers for Women: “The Conference Seems to Get Better Each Year”

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Want a women’s conference filled with meat from God’s Word and practical answers you can put to use in your day-to-day life instead of the fluff and stuff many are used to? Join us in Northern Kentucky for Answers for Women, April 6–7, 2018. Each year these conferences, put...

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Written by Ken Ham
Monday, 12 February 2018 19:00

40 Things to Give Up for Lent

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I'd like to challenge us all to give up these 40 things for Lent.

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Authors: Michelle Lesley...

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Written by Michelle Lesley
Monday, 12 February 2018 19:00

7 Things You Should Know About the Evangelical Deep State

We, the editors of Mere Orthodoxy, are publishing the following investigatory piece anonymously so as to avoid reprisals from the Evangelical Deep State.

2017 was the year of the deep state, a year when the inner workings of the American system were exposed to the world and we realized that the...

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Written by Guest Writer
Monday, 12 February 2018 19:00

Sean McDowell and Matthew Vines on the Bible and Homosexuality

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On the Wednesday podcast last week, Greg and I talked about a recent dialogue between Sean McDowell and Matthew Vines on the topic “What Does the Bible Say about Homosexuality?” Greg continued his evaluation on Friday’s podcast commentary, “Two More Responses to Matthew...

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Written by Amy K. Hall
Monday, 12 February 2018 18:36

Bible Contradiction? Will there be many Jews?

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For today’s post we will tackle the question the Skeptic Annotated Bible asked: Will there be many Jews?

Here are the two answers which the skeptic believes shows a Bible contradiction:

Yes

“indeed I will greatly bless you, and I will greatly multiply your seed as the stars of the heavens...

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Written by SLIMJIM