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, 16 February 2018 08:06

Jesus Wore an Armani Suit -- Kris Vallotton's New Book Supporting His Theology of Greed

Review of the new Kris Vallotton book "Poverty, Riches and Wealth." Yikes.

Authors: 828 Ministries...

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Written by 828 Ministries
Friday, 16 February 2018 08:01

The Legacy of Pastor Shane Hall: “Christ is Enough!”

imageThis may be the most difficult blog post I’ve ever written. My brother, Shane Hall, is with the Lord. I’ve been given the task of writing this post in honor of Shane and representing all of us here at SBC Voices as we mourn his passing, pray for his wife and girls, and express our love...

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Written by Todd Benkert
Friday, 16 February 2018 07:09

The Presence of God or Mysticism?

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There are many people who talk about “the presence of God”. Is this biblical or is it mysticism? Anytime we’re dealing with experiences in the Christian life, we need to be careful and we need to look at what the Bible says. We need to make sure that we’re not looking for...

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Written by Tim Conway
Friday, 16 February 2018 06:14

The Blessing of Elderly Saints

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Recently, a local pastor in the area told me that the median age of his church was somewhere in the mid-20’s and that he had no one over the age of 50. Many would have been impressed by such a fact. However, I was somewhat saddened to hear it--mainly because my friend is missing out on one of...

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Written by The Christward Collective
Friday, 16 February 2018 06:11

Making Decision, Trusting God and Casting Lots

This series of wisdom statements in Proverbs 16 can help you to navigate the many decisions you make in life, big and small. A man’s heart plans his way, but the LORD directs his steps. (Proverbs 16:9) He who heeds the word wisely will find good, and whoever trusts in the Lord, happy is he....

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Written by TOvermiller
Friday, 16 February 2018 05:56

Studies reveal five facts about African Americans and religion

Which racial group in America claims the highest percentage of Christians and by pretty much any measure is the most religious?

Most Africans weren’t Christian when brought to America as slaves. However, many of them and their descendants embraced Christianity, according to a set of data recent...

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Written by Scott Barkley
Friday, 16 February 2018 05:28

02/16/2018

•A primer on dispensationalism
•Be wary of kids movies these days
•Christian strife across the globe
•Norway takes a child away from his parents for home schooling
•Sex in a gravity-free era
•Does God control people’s behavior?
•How can we repent and forsake sin if we still sin?
•Can you confess Christ and not be saved?
•What do I do with idolatrous trinkets from friends?
•Why do Jews consider themselves a race?
•How do I explain that Joel Osteen is a false teacher?
•What is a straw man argument?

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Written by joey
Friday, 16 February 2018 05:11

Parents Lose Custody For Refusing Child Sex-Change Featured

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While reparative therapy – the notion that homosexuality or gender dysphoria is a disorder that can be treated with clinical psychological help – has been widely rejected by evangelicals, the secular world has gone even further in their insistence that such mental and spiritual issues...

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Written by News Division
Friday, 16 February 2018 04:53

A Great Catch of Fish

Friday, 16 February 2018 04:20

Churches on Solid Ground as Economy Rebounds

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NASHVILLE, TN — Church collection plates were a little bit fuller last fall, according to Nashville-based LifeWay Research.

About 40 percent of Protestant pastors say their churches received more offerings in 2017 than in 2016.

Three-quarters say their church met or...

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Written by christianindex
Friday, 16 February 2018 04:11

Bible Logic Fallacies of Synergists

image The following numbered items are common assumptions made by synergists in rejecting the bondage of the will and God's sovereign grace in salvation.

Fallacy #1. God would not command us to do what we cannot do.

God gave the Law to Moses, The Ten Commandments, to reveal what man cannot do, not what...

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Written by john_hendryx
Friday, 16 February 2018 03:43

This Evil Age

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“Is our grace age, which Paul calls ‘this present evil world [age]’ (Gal. 1:4), worse than the time of Nimrod or what is seen in Romans 1:18-32?”

This age is evil. Every dispensation or age in man’s history has been evil. Every age has demonstrated that the heart of...

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Written by Pastor Kevin Sadler
Friday, 16 February 2018 03:26

“Upheld by the Hand of God”

I enjoyed some short recorded clips of the Winter Olympics on the On-line news. I was astonished by the speeds of some of the events, especially the speed skating. Having done little in the way of skating all my life other than trying it a few times, and spending most of my time spreadeagled on the...

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Written by Allan Murray
Friday, 16 February 2018 03:24

Read2018 Live Webinar - (Lev. 19-Num. 15; Mk. 3-7)

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At 3:00 pm EST, Mark Tuso and I will be on a live webinar to discuss the things we read over the past week as we are reading through the Bible. We will be on the line for 20 minutes to give some practical insights for families for the reading from the past week in Leviticus - Numbers, and Mark....

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Written by NCFIC Blog
Friday, 16 February 2018 03:03

Idolatry, Demons, and Ecumenism

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“Every false religion in the world is not just wrong. It is demonic. It is energized and powered by the kingdom of darkness that is ruled by Satan himself,” says Mike Riccardi. He goes on to say “There is absolutely no fellowship or spiritual partnership between the people of God...

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Written by Marsha West
Friday, 16 February 2018 02:56

High school gun clubs

Friday, 16 February 2018 02:54

Need Boldness? Get It by Sending Me Money Says Apostle Jennifer LeClaire

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Apostle Jennifer LeClaire continues to make merchandise of her followers. This time she told people that if they sent her money they could get boldness. So if you lack confidence, just send the dear apostle some of your cash.

If you’re a video gaming neckbeard who fails with the ladies, please...

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Written by isnotsatire
Friday, 16 February 2018 02:52

What Do You Know? (Robert Brady)

In January, Meet the Puritans began a new series studying Richard Muller's Post-Reformation Reformed Dogmatics. Join Danny Hyde in Week 6 as he discusses not just what we know, but how we know:What's theology? What does God know? What can we know? How do we know what we know? How do we know what we...

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Written by Reformation21 Blog
Friday, 16 February 2018 02:21

Heidi Baker Brings Her Demons to Brownsville

Heidi Baker brought her demons to Brownsville. A brief video compilation exposing the total lack of discernment at Brownsville Assembly of God during their 2003 Brownsville Awake Deborah Conference. They’re supposed to awake the church, not the gates of hell.

Full video here.

Authors:...

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Written by isnotsatire
Friday, 16 February 2018 02:03

‘Hate crimes’ legislation popping up everywhere

It has been a very grueling week at the Georgia General Assembly, during which I’ve attended and testified at numerous hearings. I have never seen any “hate crime” legislation come to a committee for a hearing in the 11 years I have been down at the Capitol. This week, I attended...

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Written by Mike Griffin
Friday, 16 February 2018 01:56

Citing the Pope, Diocese Blesses Gay Unions on Valentine’s Day Featured

imageCiting the Pope’s post-synodal “apostolic exhortation,” Amoris Laetitia, the Roman Catholic diocese in Linz, Austria, invited homosexuals to receive a blessing on Valentine’s Day. In Amoris Laetitia,Pope Francis made statements contrary to historic or...

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Written by News Division
Friday, 16 February 2018 01:55

Resentment of the World That Is

imageGod created the world. He spoke the heavens and the earth into existence, and this should be the starting point of all our reasoning. As a practical matter, it needs to be our starting point, for had we not been created . . . we couldn’t start.

As the capstone of His creative work, God placed...

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Written by Douglas Wilson
Friday, 16 February 2018 01:42

Our “Cosmic Cousins”

Our “Cosmic Cousins”

Note from LT Editors: Our hearts and prayers go out to the families in Florida who lost loved ones in the recent school shooting. These tragic horrific events are incomprehensible. While we carry on with our work here, we do not ever want to give the impression that...

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Written by Lighthouse Trails author
Friday, 16 February 2018 01:30

This 'n' That

imageI definitely cannot eat wooden blocks right now. Over the past couple of weeks, I've been enduring a flareup of TMJ (well, technically TMD [temporomandibular disorder], but most people refer to it as TMJ, even though that is actually the joint, not the disorder. You get the idea). It's a mild...

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Written by EBenz
Friday, 16 February 2018 01:28

Why Do Some Pastors Deliberately Avoid Teaching Their Church Doctrine?

I have been involved in leading churches for four decades, with an emphasis on church planting in the last few years. I’ve also visited and addressed hundreds of churches around the world and have had the privilege of meeting thousands of Christian leaders. Through this time I’ve...

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Written by Jim Elliff
Friday, 16 February 2018 01:16

Halt! A Defense of My Central Example

A Facebook commenter with a PhD in English challenged my interpretation of halt at KJVQuiz.com. It was perhaps an incautious challenge to make to a person only too ready to write articles upon the feeblest provocation. Here goes.

Many of our common words trace back etymologically to physical...

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Written by Mark Ward
Friday, 16 February 2018 01:04

Mike Pence, Tim Tebow, Tony Dungy have all been ‘Christian Shamed.’ This ugly form of bigotry must stop

Is believing in God a sign of mental illness? Is praying a silly exercise in make-believe – just a big waste of time and a delusional activity?

I certainly don’t think so, nor do most Americans. But on Tuesday, panelists on “The View” on ABC TV mocked Vice President Mike...

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Written by Bruce Ashford
Friday, 16 February 2018 01:01

Free Stuff Fridays (Compass Cinema)

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Compass Cinema has sponsored the blog this week and today they are giving away 5 copies of the Bible Study Set: Is Genesis History? Here is exactly what you will win:

Explore what the Bible teaches about the first chapters of Genesis. This study complements the film Is Genesis...

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Written by Tim Challies
Friday, 16 February 2018 01:00

February 15, 2018 Show with Brad Harrub on “Atheism’s Attack on America”

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February 15, 2018:

Dr. BRAD HARRUB, who earned is B.S. in Biology from Kentucky Wesleyan College & earned his Doctorate degree in Anatomy & Neurobiology from the College of Medicine at the University of Tennessee in Memphis, was listed in “Who’s Who?” among scientists...

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Written by Eric Nielsen
Friday, 16 February 2018 00:40

Nobody Does Mass Shootings Like Governments Armed With Gun Control Featured

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Every time there’s a mass shooting in America, advocates of centralized power in media, politics, and government use that event as an opportunity to do two things:

1. Continue to ignore the most massive of mass shootings and mass murders in human history while they…

2. Aggressively...

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Written by FireBreathingChristian
Friday, 16 February 2018 00:27

3 Ways to Respond to the Parkland Massacre

On Wednesday afternoon, a shooter rained gunfire on students at a Florida school. The gunman, Nikolas Cruz, entered the campus armed with an AR-15-style rifle and shot students in the hallways and elsewhere on school grounds.

In the face of horrors like this, we want comfort, answers, solutions. We...

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Written by Bruce Ashford
Friday, 16 February 2018 00:00

Podcast: Naturalism and the Soul (with JP Moreland)

What is the best evidence for the soul? What is the state of philosophical debate over the existence of the soul? Can evolution explain the soul? In this episode, Sean McDowell and Scott Rae discuss these questions, and many more, with Talbot professor J.P. Moreland, one of the top 50 living...

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Written by Sean McDowell
Thursday, 15 February 2018 23:53

On the “Legal Influence” of the Latin West (A thought on culture and atonement)

image I wanted to follow up that last post on Anselm and the culturally-situated nature of our atonement accounts. As mentioned, a frequent objection is that his framing is rooted in feudal conceptions of Lord and vassal relationships, and the place of honor within them, which were quite different from...

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Written by Derek Rishmawy
Thursday, 15 February 2018 23:52

The Stigma of Mental Illness in the Church – An Excerpt from Mental Health and the Church

image The church across North America does a weak job of welcoming and including families of children, teens, and adults with common mental health conditions or trauma. One obstacle is the absence of a widely accepted model for mental health inclusion ministries for kids, teens, adults, and their...

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Written by ZA Blog
Thursday, 15 February 2018 23:42

Fake News Media Blames Trump For Florida Shooting In Massive Disinformation Campaign Blitz

Fresh off their disinformation campaign in the immediate aftermath of the Parkland, Florida school shooting in which they falsely claimed there had been 18 school shootings this year, the three major network news outlets (ABC, CBS, and NBC) moved on to another fake news topic they wanted...

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Written by Geoffrey Grider
Thursday, 15 February 2018 23:34

Owning Our Jar-of-Clay-ness

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2 Cor. 4:7 – But we have this treasure in jars of clay to show that this all-surpassing power is from God and not from us.

Lord Jesus, Ahhh… the life-giving joy of this passage. To have you plus nothing, makes us as rich as anybody in the history of the universe. You...

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Written by Scotty Smith
Thursday, 15 February 2018 23:17

Tune In To Abounding Grace Radio Monday–Friday Next Week

Join me all next week on Abounding Grace Radio as I fill in for Chris Gordon. Monday is a message from Romans 13 but beginning on Tuesday we will be discussing Romans 7. Heidelberg Catechism 114 asks, Can those who are converted . . . Continue reading →

Authors: R. Scott Clark...

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Written by R. Scott Clark
Thursday, 15 February 2018 23:00

Why are men withdrawing from traditional male roles as providers and mentors?

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My friend Adina shared an article about the decline of masculinity in men. Masculinity has traditionally involved men acting according to a specific gender role. One of the components of men’s traditional roles is chivalry. Chivalry means...

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Written by Wintery Knight
Thursday, 15 February 2018 22:59

Richard Sibbes Contra Lent

Some make a mockery of the holy things of God. One part of the year they will be holy; a rotten, foolish affection of people that are popish. In Lent they will use a little austerity, oh! they will please God wondrously! . . . Continue reading →

Authors: R. Scott Clark...

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Written by R. Scott Clark
Thursday, 15 February 2018 22:49

Beholding Beauty in All Its Forms

When God created his people, he put them in a garden. Before he gave the mandate to work, to be fruitful and multiply, he set them in the center of beauty, goodness, and life. It is almost as if he wanted them to be primarily people who beheld rather than produced. It didn't take long for the...

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Written by Lore Wilbert
Thursday, 15 February 2018 22:06

DBG Weekend Spotlight (2-16-18)

Recently, Tim Challies takes on the subject of sleepovers, and explains why he and his family don’t do them or made the decision not to engage in the practice when their children were younger.

The Miracle of Christian Preaching — “Christian preaching isn’t a lecture...

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Written by Josh Buice
Thursday, 15 February 2018 22:00

50 Core Truths of the Christian Faith – Gregg Allison (2018)

I have been teaching theology for over twenty-five years. During that time span, I have been privileged to use some of the finest theological resources available. Contemporary books like Wayne Grudem’s, Systematic Theology: An Introduction to Biblical Doctrine or John Frame’s System...

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Written by David Steele
Thursday, 15 February 2018 22:00

The greatest advice for young people.

Ecclesiastes 12:1. This is the greatest advice you can give to young people. Warn them that as they grow old, their hearts will become hard and self-righteous. Strongly exhort them to live their lives soaked in the truth of vv. 13,14.

Ecclesiastes 12:1 Remember now your Creator in the days of...

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Written by The Daily Evidence
Thursday, 15 February 2018 21:50

#84: The Peace of God[Sermon]

Join Dave as he continues the study of the Gospel of John by looking at John 14:25-31.

The post #84: The Peace of God[Sermon] appeared first on Servants of Grace.

Authors: Dave Jenkins

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Written by Dave Jenkins
Thursday, 15 February 2018 21:33

Andrew Fuller Friday: Fuller on the Nature and Importance of Walking by Faith

Much is said concerning faith in the holy Scriptures, especially in the New Testament; and great stress is laid upon it, especially by the author of the Epistle to the Hebrews. This, I apprehend, is not very difficult to be accounted for. Ever since the fall of man, we have been...

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