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, 18 January 2018 21:49

Emotion Will Not Sustain Faith

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Just as a marriage cannot be sustained by the tumble of infatuation, a life of faith cannot be sustained by passionate emotion. Yes, it may be a wonderful (and necessary) entryway, but without depth of knowledge and understanding, it will be “blown here and there by every wind of teaching and...

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Wednesday, 17 January 2018 01:08

To Truly Love God, You Need to Learn About Him

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We have replaced rich, robust theology in the Church with emotional music and constant reminders that “God is love and loves you and He’s your personal Savior and loves your soul …” These words are great at bringing outsiders through the doors (because they’re true by...

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Monday, 15 January 2018 07:33

“Teenager”?

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I really despise the term “teenager” because it brings up the image of a child, and very often “teenagers” are even called “children.”  BUT, they are NOT “children.”  People who are in their “teen" years are really nothing less than...

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Sunday, 14 January 2018 06:45

Great is Thy Faithfulness

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Great is Thy faithfulness, O God my Father
There is no shadow of turning with Thee
Thou changes not, Thy compassion's, they fail not
As Thou hast been, Thou forever will be
Great is Thy faithfulness
Great is Thy faithfulness
Morning by morning new mercies I see
All I have needed Thy hand hath provided
Great...

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Saturday, 13 January 2018 07:04

About “Lucifer”

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Back in August 2010 I posted an article explaining the origin of the name “Lucifer” being applied to Satan. In June 2016 I decided to clean extraneous stuff from it, and explain the information in a more chronological flow; I also added some clarifying statements, and republished the...

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Friday, 12 January 2018 01:35

Good, Bad, and Ugly

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The Good:
What was the shape of Jesus’ cross?  No, it wasn’t a “stake” as the Jehovah’s Witnesses claim.
Why Quaker beliefsare problematic.
The Bad:
The cultic nature of theNew Apostolic Reformation.
Mo...

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Wednesday, 10 January 2018 23:22

God Gave Us the Ability to Reason

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What could ever have established the nonsense of transubstantiation in the world, if men had been fixed in this great truth, that God gives no revelation contradictory to our own reason?
Isaac Watts, The Improvement of the Mind: A Supplement to Logic, pg.263

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A church fed on excitement is no New Testament church at all.  The desire for surface stimulation is a sure mark of the fallen nature, the very thing Christ died to deliver us from.A.W. Tozer

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Thursday, 04 January 2018 04:58

What Do You Dread?

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This will be a wee bit different from my normal articles because of a recent incident of which I’m aware.  A problem developed because someone lacked discernment, let alone compassion, and since this blog is about teaching discernment in theological matters, there is nothing wrong with...

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Monday, 01 January 2018 07:43

Books I Read in 2017

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As with previous years (all but 2016 now deleted) I am following the idea of other bloggers and letting my readers know what sorts of things I read — well, that is, besides the Bible and newsletters, journals, etc!   This has actually been another fairly slow year for reading books; hard...

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Sunday, 31 December 2017 02:58

Are You Violating the Spirit of the Law?

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When we watch sex on the silver screen, we are asking unbelievers to behave in ways we would never tolerate among ourselves. Yet we tolerate it so we can enjoy entertainment we otherwise couldn’t enjoy. We outsource our depravity so we can live within the letter of the law, even while...

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Thursday, 28 December 2017 22:06

Watch For the Errors of Men

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Remember this short and plain caution of the subtile errors of men.  Let a snake but once thrust in his head at some small unguarded fold of your garment, and he will insensibly and unavoidably wind his whole body into your bosom, and give you a pernicious wound.
Isaac Watts, The Improvement of...

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Wednesday, 27 December 2017 06:20

Good, Bad, and Ugly

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The Good:
We NEED to “name names” of false teachers.  Period.
Why do the Gospels and Josephus contradict each otherabout John the Baptist?
Can a false teacherheal you?
Leopard Theology” exposed.
A good book review about a book by an author of whom I’ve never heard:R...

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Tuesday, 26 December 2017 22:08

Maintain a Virtuous and Pious Spirit

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Ever maintain a virtuous and pious frame of spirit: for an indulgence of vicious inclinations debases the understanding, and perverts the judgment.  Whoredom, and wine, and new wine, take away the heart, and soul, and reason of a man.  Sensuality ruins the better faculties of the mind; an...

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Tuesday, 26 December 2017 02:57

Very Interesting Artwork

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Tuesday, 19 December 2017 01:55

Discernment When “Church Shopping”

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This past Sunday, while out to lunch at my favorite Mexican restaurant in a nearby small town, we saw a sticker on a car which said, “Infuse Church.”  Of course the words weren’t posted that way — they were in a block sort of with letters going across and down so you...

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Sunday, 17 December 2017 21:58

Once Saved, Always Saved?

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There are some different views on whether once a person has been saved by faith in Christ, if he can lose his salvation.  Calvinists say that since God chooses who to elect for salvation we have nothing to say in the matter and therefore will always be saved.  Meanwhile, other groups like...

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Saturday, 16 December 2017 03:52

Good, Bad, and Ugly

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The Good:
Just last week I had a discussionabout this topic with Pulpit & Pen on Facebook.  I came to the very same conclusion as does Michelle!  No, a nativity scene is NOT idolatry.
A fellow blogger pointed me tothis excellent resource for responding to skeptics. I skimmed...

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Monday, 11 December 2017 22:07

What We Intend

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I read this paragraph byTim Challies and liked the way he puts it.  This is indeed why we apologists do what we do.
I would like to ensure that people realize I am not just pointlessly raging against these men to make myself feel better or to fulfill a need to complain about other professed...

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Friday, 08 December 2017 07:23

Good, Bad, and Ugly

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The Good:
An excellent video demonstrating why December 25th is a likely date of the birth of Jesus.
Addressing the myth of the “pagan origins” of Christmas.
An examination of theNew Order of Latter Rain, and how it led to the New Apostolic Reformation.

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Wednesday, 06 December 2017 21:34

Another Song to Manufacture Emotion

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This is a song I haven’t seen for a few years (thankfully) but this past Sunday it invaded our assembly. It is based on charismania, which is why it gets everyone feeling good instead of thinking about what they are singing. Let’s take a look:
Shine Jesus Shine
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Tuesday, 05 December 2017 22:49

A Very Good Question

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Shall we judge of matters of the Christian faith by the fathers or primitive writers for three or four hundred years after Christ?  But they often contradicted one another, and themselves too; and what is worse, they sometimes contradicted Scripture itself.
Isaac Watts, Logic: The Right Use of...

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Monday, 04 December 2017 21:05

Can Rock Music Really be Adapted for Christ?

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A Nazi swastika is not an inherently evil symbol.  Apart from its association with Hitler’s oppressive totalitarian regime, it could serve as a sign for a variety of wholesome and decent enterprises, for example a logo for an insurance company, a daycare center, or a bakery....

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Saturday, 02 December 2017 21:40

The Church is Entertaining Itself to Death

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Our society’s addiction to pleasure, amusement, and entertainment is likewise celebrated in the church.  It is painfully evident that Christians in the West are comfortably able to conceive of the Godhead and Christianity through the prism of entertainment.  After all, much ministry...

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Friday, 01 December 2017 22:31

The Church a Spoiled Teenager?

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There is every indication that the world has proselytized the church in several critical areas, including theological liberalism, feminism, pragmatism, pop psychology, materialism, and music and entertainment.  Sadly, today’s evangelical church resembles a spoiled teenager with an...

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