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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Sunday, 25 June 2017 09:09

Self-Knowledge

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Searcher of hearts, 
It is a good day to me when thou givest me a glimpse of myself;
Sin is my greatest evil, but thou art my greatest good;
I have cause to loathe myself, and not to seek self-honor,
for no one desires to commend his own dunghill.
My country, family, church fare worse because of my...

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Thursday, 22 June 2017 06:42

Dangerous Advice For Anxiety

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A young woman my wife and I have been counseling for several years (for various issues) read the book,The Anxious Christian: Can God Use Your Anxiety For Good?, by Rhett Smith. Before reading it she asked me if I knew anything about the author which would lead me to not recommend him. W...

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Tuesday, 20 June 2017 23:04

What Our Youth Needs

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The church is not in the business of entertaining young people, but calling them to discipleship in Christ and separation from the world and holiness of living.  It is true that what you win them with you win them to.  If a church use worldly means to win young people, those thus won will...

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This is the final post of the series.
Contradiction claim #52, What were Jesus' last words?
Matt. 27:46,50: And about the ninth hour Jesus cried with a loud voice, saying, "Eli, eli, lama sabachthani?" that is to say, "My God, my God, why hast thou forsaken me?" ...Jesus, when he cried again...

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Saturday, 17 June 2017 08:57

Good, Bad, and Ugly

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The Good:
Avery good analysis of the Jehovah’s Witness’ erroneous reading of John 17:3. 
Things to know about theformation of our Bible.
How patriarchy saved herfrom feminism.
The Bad:
This short video is really sort of funny, because it demonstrates the...

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Thursday, 15 June 2017 21:42

Bible “Contradictions” Rebutted, #6

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With this episode, I begin looking at claims of contradictions in the New Testament.
Contradiction claim #42, Who is the father of Joseph?
Matt. 1:16 And Jacob begat Joseph the husband of Mary, of whom was born Jesus, who is called Christ.
Luke 3:23And Jesus himself began to be about thirty...

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Tuesday, 13 June 2017 23:06

Bible “Contradictions” Rebutted, #5

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We’ve been looking at claims of contradictions in the Old Testament.  Now we will begin looking at claims which compare something in the O.T. with something in the N.T.
Contradiction claim #32, Can God be seen?
God CAN be seen:
Gen. 32:30: For I have seen God face to face, and my...

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Contradiction claim #22,  Who was the mother of Abijah
2 Chron. 11:20:  Maachah the daughter of Absalom 
2 Chron 13:2:  Michaiah the daughter of Uriel
There is a difficulty here in that Tamar was Absalom’s only daughter.  A possibility is that the Hebrew word here...

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Saturday, 10 June 2017 00:27

Biblical Love and Sin

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Biblical love does not mean that I ignore things that people do that are wrong and injurious.  This is true both in the physical and spiritual realms.  For example, to love a murderer, in a biblical sense, does not mean that we ignore his crime.  It means that we put him to death for...

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Thursday, 08 June 2017 00:10

Bible “Contradictions” Rebutted

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Contradiction claim #13, who killed Saul?
1 Sam. 31:4-6 Then said Saul unto his armourbearer, Draw thy sword, and thrust me through therewith; lest these uncircumcised come and thrust me through, and abuse me. But his armourbearer would not; for he was sore afraid. Therefore Saul took a sword,...

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Contradiction claim #8, rabbits do not chew their cud
Lev. 11:6 And the hare, because he cheweth the cud, but divideth not the hoof; he is unclean unto you.
'Gerah', the term which appears in the MT means (chewed) cud, and also perhaps grain, or berry (also a 20th of a sheckel, but I think that...

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Monday, 05 June 2017 00:56

Where’s the Meat?

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If we teach our children only by choruses and do not give equal weight to the strong, meaty hymns of the Faith, we may be spiritually damaging their generation.  To intimidate these hymns of the Faith by saying “they are too deep and way over the heads of our young people” is to...

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Saturday, 03 June 2017 00:20

Bible “Contradictions” Rebutted, #1

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Over the years I have been questioned about many, many supposed contradictions in the Bible.  In fact, one can go on the Internet and find many sites publishing these “contradictions” as “proof” that the Bible is unreliable, invented by man, etc.  A while back a...

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Thursday, 01 June 2017 07:22

Infant Baptism?

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Baptize means to submerge, dip, or immerse, which is why sprinkling isn't really baptism.  As for ritual washings, there are indeed many religions which do this, but for different reasons.
For the Jews the ritual washings go back to Leviticus 1:4, 24 when the priest bathed before doing his...

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Tuesday, 30 May 2017 09:07

Good, Bad, and Ugly

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The month of May was probably the busiest month I’ve had in a very, very long time. Only a very few days were spent at home the full day. Doctor visits, dentist appointments, vet appointment, missionary staying with us for a week, band performances, graduation parties, solo gigs,...

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Job 3:8 has a passing reference to Leviathan, but we see more about this creature in Job 41, following God’s discussion of behemoth.  
The question is whether behemoth and leviathan are actual creatures or if God is referring to pagan mythological creatures.  
Too many...

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Tuesday, 23 May 2017 04:35

A Curious Artwork

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The band I play with recently played in the street outside a Catholic Church as first responders arrived for a “Blue Mass.”   We begin playing about 30 minutes prior to the Mass and we are playing for the responders, not for the mass.
While waiting the hour for the Mass to end we...

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Friday, 19 May 2017 06:48

Good, Bad, and Ugly

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The Good:
5 signs your church might be heading towardprogressive Christianity.
Don’t compromise creationism with any hint of secular science ideology.
Who are thereal Pharisees
What does the Bible teachabout abortion?
The Bad:
Beth Moore continu...

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This post is a short study I did in 2006.  I just found it in my files and I decided it would make a good post.
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The Roman Catholic stance on Mary’s virginity can be found in my personal library in two solidly-approved Roman Catholic books:
Fundamentals of Catholic Dogma, by...

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Saturday, 13 May 2017 02:03

Rome and “Tradition”

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Roman Catholicism teaches that “tradition” is on a par with Scripture, and the claim is that said “tradition” has been passed down through the Apostles.  Let’s look at some sections of their Catechism, Part 1 (The Profession of Faith), Article 2 (The Transmission...

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Thursday, 11 May 2017 06:37

Thoughts on Transubstantiation

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How can one be literally drinking Christ's blood and eating his flesh when Colossians 3:1 clearly states "Therefore if you have been raised up with Christ, keep seeking the things above, where Christ is, seated at the right hand of God." Christ is not present in a wafer or a glass — He...

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Wednesday, 10 May 2017 05:20

Heresy Hunting

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Some people have very confused ideas about hunting for heresy, and about Christian liberty. If a man advances and seeks to propagate teaching which I regard as very injurious, if not ruinous, and I assail it with vigor, such vigor as he feels unable to resist on the merits of the question, it...

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Saturday, 06 May 2017 07:44

Good, Bad, and Ugly

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The Good:
Very good teaching about Islam — good for future reference — comes from Gary Gilley.  Part 1 isIslam and the Islamic People, while part 2 isThe Modern Mindset of the Islamic People.
The importance ofthe Resurrection.
What did our founding fathersreally think about God?

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Wednesday, 03 May 2017 22:24

Stand Firm

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This is one of my favorite “apologetics” quotes, and it is by Martin Luther:
If I profess with the loudest voice and clearest exposition of every portion of the truth of God except precisely that little point which the world and the devil are at the moment attacking, then I am not...

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Tuesday, 02 May 2017 05:24

Another Book Give-Away

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Here’s a book I picked up at an apologetics conference in 2008.  Since that time I’ve acquired a few more books covering the same topic, some more in depth.  It’s an eye-opener for those who are not familiar with the topic.
This book is 264 pages long, including the...

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