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

Do Not Be Surprised - Apologetic Report
Friday, 29 December 2017 01:30

This 'n' That

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imageI hope everyone had a joyful Christmas celebration this week! If your holiday didn't turn out to be filled with perfect Hallmark movie moments, well, that's okay, as long as Christ was celebrated. Now we're on to a new year. 2018 looms before us, promising a year of laughter, smiles, friendships,...

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Monday, 25 December 2017 00:00

Good News for All Time and All People

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imageAnd an angel of the Lord suddenly stood before them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them; and they were terribly frightened. But the angel said to them, “Do not be afraid; for behold, I bring you good news of great joy which will be for all the people; for today in the city of David there h...

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Sunday, 24 December 2017 22:30

Christmas Day Praise

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imageAngels From the Realms of Glory In the same region there were some shepherds staying out in the fields and keeping watch over their flock by night. And an angel of the Lord suddenly stood before them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them; and they were terribly frightened. But the angel...

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Saturday, 23 December 2017 22:30

Sunday Morning Christmas Praise

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imageNow the birth of Jesus Christ was as follows: when His mother Mary had been betrothed to Joseph, before they came together she was found to be with child by the Holy Spirit. And Joseph her husband, being a righteous man and not wanting to disgrace her, planned to send her away secretly. But when he...

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Friday, 22 December 2017 01:30

This 'n' That

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imageWell, Christmas is finally almost here. One week from today, the wrapping paper will all be smushed in the bottom of the waste basket, the pie plates will have been licked clean, washed, and put away, and the Christmas tree will stand as a mocking reminder that, lovely as it is, it must be taken...

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Thursday, 21 December 2017 01:49

Christmas Sorrow Is Overcome by the Man of Sorrows

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imageThe memory plays in my mind with brilliant clarity. It's too vivid, really, and I'd much prefer the scene to be a bit more muddled, but I am powerless to change that. December 21, 2002. Fifteen years ago. Sixteen Christmases ago. Has it been that long? I was home from college for Christmas break....

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Saturday, 16 December 2017 22:30

Sunday Morning Christmas Praise

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imageNow at this time Mary arose and went in a hurry to the hill country, to a city of Judah, and entered the house of Zacharias and greeted Elizabeth. When Elizabeth heard Mary’s greeting, the baby leaped in her womb; and Elizabeth was filled with the Holy Spirit. And she cried out with a loud voice a...

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Friday, 15 December 2017 23:54

Equipping Eve: A Christmas Carol

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imageScrooge, Marley, Tiny Tim…no, not that Christmas Carol! As Christmas Day rapidly approaches, let’s pause to consider some of the hymns and songs that we sing each year in celebration of Christ’s birth. Click here to listen to this episode of Equipping Eve. Further Listening Equipping Eve: The War...

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Friday, 15 December 2017 01:30

This 'n' That

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imageI've already admitted that I watch Hallmark movies at Christmas. With watching television comes the inevitable...commercials. There are some Christmas commercials that I actually like, because they've been around for years and remind me of a simpler time. Like the commercial for Hershey Kisses...

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Wednesday, 13 December 2017 00:45

The Cure for 'Acceptable' Sins

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imageOver the past few weeks, we've looked at a host of so-called "acceptable," or even "respectable" sins, and we've seen that, much to our fallen nature's dismay, there is nothing acceptable about them at all. All sin is sin against a pure and holy God. All sin separates us from...

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Saturday, 09 December 2017 21:30

Sunday Morning Christmas Praise

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imageimageNow in the sixth month the angel Gabriel was sent from God to a city in Galilee called Nazareth, to a virgin engaged to a man whose name was Joseph, of the descendants of David; and the virgin’s name was Mary. And coming in, he said to her, “Greetings, favored one! The Lord is with you.” But she was...

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Friday, 08 December 2017 01:30

This 'n' That

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imageAbout a month ago, I spent some time in an airport. A lot of time. A lot of unplanned time. Delays. They happen. I'm thankful I don't travel often, and I'm thankful that, so far, I've not had to endure a delay that was too much of an inconvenience. On this occasion, I was traveling home from a...

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Wednesday, 06 December 2017 00:40

Acceptable Sins Not Excepted: Pride

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imageWe are proud of our children, proud of our friends, proud of our homes, proud of...ourselves. We are proud of our accomplishments, proud of how we have averted disaster, proud of our successes. We are a proud people. Yet even as Christians we often forget that every good and perfect gift is from...

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Saturday, 02 December 2017 22:30

Sunday Morning Christmas Praise

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imageThe Lord God said, "And I will put enmity Between you and the woman, And between your seed and her seed; He shall bruise you on the head, And you shall bruise him on the heel." (Genesis 3:15) The scepter shall not depart from Judah, Nor the ruler’s staff from between his feet, Until S...

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Friday, 01 December 2017 23:50

Equipping Eve: God With Us

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imageThe Christmas season is upon us! Let’s turn our focus away from the busyness and distractions the world brings us this time of year and instead look upon the One Whom we celebrate this season: Immanuel, God With Us. Click here to listen to this episode of Equipping Eve. Resources The King's S...

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Friday, 01 December 2017 01:30

This 'n' That

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imageLook! A perfectly posed Christmas devotional picture! I'm sure this happened completely by accident. Well, December is finally here! I know some of you are celebrating by busting out your Christmas sweaters. Others of you are moaning because the days are passing by quickly and there's simply too...

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Wednesday, 29 November 2017 00:36

Acceptable Sins Not Excepted: Worldliness

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imageMost Christians understand that worldliness is not something we are called to as children of the living God. You adulteresses, do you not know that friendship with the world is hostility toward God? Therefore whoever wishes to be a friend of the world makes himself an enemy of God. (James 4:4)...

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Saturday, 25 November 2017 22:30

Sunday Morning Praise

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imageThe King of Love My Shepherd Is

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Friday, 24 November 2017 01:30

This 'n' That

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Breakfast. Well, I hope that all of my American readers enjoyed a restful and filling Thanksgiving yesterday. As for me, I started the day with pie (see picture to the left) and ended the day tired from eating too much pie. We also held to tradition here and put together a puzzle while enjoying...

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Wednesday, 22 November 2017 22:20

Thankful for Christ

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imageGive thanks to the LORD, for He is good; For His lovingkindness is everlasting. (Psalm 118:1) Today and everyday, I am thankful for many things. I am thankful for a warm house that is also truly a home. I am thankful for a church that is faithful to the exposition of God's Word, and for the family...

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Wednesday, 22 November 2017 00:35

'Acceptable' Sins Not Excepted: Selfishness

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imageOne of the scribes came and heard them arguing, and recognizing that He had answered them well, asked Him, “What commandment is the foremost of all?” Jesus answered, “The foremost is, ‘HEAR, O ISRAEL! THE LORD OUR GOD IS ONE LORD; AND YOU SHALL LOVE THE LORD YOUR GOD WITH ALL YOUR HEART, AND WITH AL...

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Saturday, 18 November 2017 22:30

Sunday Morning Praise

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imageAnd Can It Be

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Saturday, 18 November 2017 00:30

This 'n' That (One Day Late)

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imageFirst of all, thank you for your patience and understanding why this week's post is a bit late. If you're on Twitter, you know the reason. If you're not on Twitter (or missed it), here you go. Now, let's get to the good stuff. I love Hallmark movies, especially at Christmas. Yes, true confession,...

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Wednesday, 15 November 2017 00:34

Acceptable Sins Not Excepted: Anger

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imageYou shall not murder. (Exodus 20:13) Well, that’s easy enough. After all, it’s one thing to be angry, annoyed, or irritated by someone, but it would have to be a really depraved person who would actually murder another human being. You and I, in all of our sinfulness, just wouldn’t dream of doing th...

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Sunday, 12 November 2017 08:30

Equipping Eve: Reformation Women

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imageLuther, Calvin, Zwingli. Without these men and many others, there would not have been a Protestant Reformation. We owe them a tremendous debt of gratitude. But the Reformation was not only impacted by men. What about the women behind those men? What about those women who were wives or sisters of...

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