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, 12 February 2016 09:30

This 'n' That

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So, I was doing a little perusing of proper office and computer ergonomics (I know, I'm weird and boring, but I had my reasons) and noticed a trend, not just at the website of the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), but also at sites like Apple. They were all displaying pictures of those old, huge, really, really deep,

Sunday, 07 February 2016 06:30

Sunday Morning Praise

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Be Thou My Vision

Authors: EBenz

Friday, 05 February 2016 09:30

This 'n' That

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What are the signs of true "repentance" in the sight of God? First, I tell you, there is always sorrow with it. No man ever repents of sin without having some kind of sorrow with it. More or less intense, it may be, according to the way in which God calls him, and his previous manner of life, but there must be some sorrow. We do not

Ah, the church sign. Who would have thought it was possible to cram so much bad theology into such a small space! One church sign recently caught my eye and read, "You make the choice, God makes the change!" Is this what the Bible says about conversion? Click here to listen to this episode of Equipping Eve. Click here for a list of

Monday, 01 February 2016 07:17

Do You Know?

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Do you know that you are converted? Can you find this wonderful change upon your souls? Have you been thus born again, and made anew? Are not these strange matters to many of you? And such as you never felt upon yourselves? If you cannot tell the day or week of your change, or the very sermon, that converted you, yet, do you find that the work is

Sunday, 31 January 2016 06:30

Sunday Morning Praise

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The Church's One Foundation

Authors: EBenz

Friday, 29 January 2016 09:30

This 'n' That

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photo: Squad Car @ The Bridge via photopin (license) I found myself driving first behind, and then in front of, a police officer most of the way home last night. On a road full of commuters anxious to get home, there was this dear policeman, driving at least 5 mph slower than the speed limit. And you know how it is when there is a policeman on the

Tuesday, 26 January 2016 08:30

Selfie Righteousness

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Christians truly are a unique bunch. We are in the world, but not of it. We strive to serve our Lord Jesus Christ well in the midst of a world that is hostile to Him and to His message. We know we have been called out of this world because, in reality, we are citizens of a heavenly kingdom. And yet, we do not hide our faith. We do not silence our

Sunday, 24 January 2016 06:30

Sunday Morning Praise

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Great Is Thy Faithfulness

Authors: EBenz

Friday, 22 January 2016 09:30

This 'n' That

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photo credit: If You Have A Bee In Your Handvia photopin (license)  So, I just found out that Facebook has some 50+ gender options to choose from when  you create your profile. Really? Really. I'm sure some of you have known that for awhile. Me? I suppose I've been blissfully ignorant. Now that I know, I do not understand. God created man in His

Thursday, 21 January 2016 08:30

The Converted Man

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[T]he converted man has a new end in his thoughts, and a new way in his endeavors, and therefore his heart and life are new. Before, his carnal self was his end; and his pleasure and worldly profits, and credit were his way; and now God and everlasting glory are his end; and Christ, and the Spirit, and Word, and ordinances, holiness to God, and

Sunday, 17 January 2016 06:30

Sunday Morning Praise

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May the Mind of Christ My Savior

Authors: EBenz

Ah, the church sign. Who would have thought it was possible to cram so much bad theology into such a small space! One church sign recently caught my eye and read, "You make the choice, God makes the change!" Is this what the Bible says about conversion? Click here to listen to this episode of Equipping Eve. Click here for a list of

Friday, 15 January 2016 09:30

This 'n' That

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Warning: I am feeling a little snarky today. I know, some of you who know me well are thinking, "So...what else is new?" Very funny. I think it may be because today is Friday and, not too long ago, I found and purchased this book (don't worry, it was cheap. Very cheap). Now every day is a Friday! That's right, Joel Osteen has

Sunday, 10 January 2016 06:30

Sunday Morning Praise

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When I Survey the Wondrous Cross

Authors: EBenz

Friday, 08 January 2016 09:30

This 'n' That

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So, I've started a new annual practice: changing the batteries in the smoke alarms. Apparently this is supposed to be done every 6 months or so. At least that's what I'm told. All I know is I once lived in a condo for about 5 years before the smoke alarm started beeping its low-battery warning, so I'm not entirely convinced of this 6 month figure.

Sunday, 03 January 2016 06:30

Sunday Morning Praise

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Fairest Lord Jesus 

Authors: EBenz

Friday, 01 January 2016 08:30

This 'n' That

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Photo: Freeimages.com/AngelNorris It is inevitable. Every year at this time we are bombarded with emails, blog posts, and radio and/or television appeals from so-called Christian ministries begging for money. It seemed extra intense this year, as some ministries sent out emails throughout the day on December 31, reminding that time was running

Thursday, 31 December 2015 09:13

What Is This Strange Doctrine?

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What is this strange doctrine of regeneration? Nothing, it seems to me, is quite so strange as the way in which man by nature always objects to the doctrine of regeneration. There is nothing also, I sometimes think, that so demonstrates the depth of sin in the human heart as this objection to the doctrine of the rebirth or being born again. Read

Sunday, 27 December 2015 06:30

Sunday Morning Praise

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Joy to the World

Authors: EBenz

Friday, 25 December 2015 09:30

This 'n' That - Christmas Edition

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A very merry Christmas to you! I pray this day brings you rest, peace, and an edifying time of meditating upon the glorious truths of our Savior's birth. May you proclaim His gospel with boldness to friends and family who are lost, and may you find sweet comfort and joy in His gracious Word this day. On a far more trivial note, may your pie

Friday, 25 December 2015 07:30

From First to Second Advent

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The twinkling lights, the joyful music, the seasonal scents. The clichéd, but inevitable and very real hustle and bustle of the season. The gatherings, the shopping, the wrapping. The menus, the lists, the crowds. Amid these things, we still find our way to the manger; but, mankind being an easily distracted creature, it is there that we stop. We

Thursday, 24 December 2015 07:09

For Unto Us a Child Is Born

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For a child will be born to us, a son will be given to us; And the government will rest on His shoulders; And His name will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Eternal Father, Prince of Peace. (Isaiah 9:6)

Authors: EBenz

Monday, 21 December 2015 07:00

Equipping Eve: Simeon's Psalm

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Mary and Joseph. The angels. The shepherds. The wise men. The innkeeper. And of course, the baby Jesus. These are the people we think of when we remember the Christmas story as told in the gospels. But there is another important character introduced in the early days of the life of Christ who often seems to be forgotten. Open your Bibles to Luke 2

Sunday, 20 December 2015 06:30

Sunday Morning Christmas Praise

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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 said to them, “Do not be afraid; for behold, I bring you good news of great joy which w