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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Tuesday, 14 August 2018 07:22

Prata's Place / Graceful Garlands 49: Simply Sophisticated Featured

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By Elizabeth PrataMy title comes fromHear, my son, your father’s instruction, and forsake not your mother’s teaching, for they are a graceful garland for your head and pendants for your neck. (Proverbs 1:8-9).
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Sunday, 12 August 2018 19:48

A Day in the Life of: Introduction Featured

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By Elizabeth PrataDo you enjoy reading the Bible? I do. Too often though, I allow my mind to drift to the novelization of it, laying aside that this book recounts real, literal events with real, literal people. It's easy to start thinking of the people we read about as either superheroes, or...

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Saturday, 11 August 2018 21:44

Sunday word of the Week: Omniscience Featured

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By Elizabeth PrataThe thread of Christianity depends on a unity from one generation to the next of mutual understanding of our important words. Hence the Word of the Week.
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The simple definition:Omniscience: God's knowing all things that are proper object of knowledge, including all future events....

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I found the book of Revelation one of the easiest to understand. Its intent for the reader is plain to read, it has its own built-in study guide, and contains a double promise from Jesus that those who read it will be blessed. Jesus WANTS us to read Revelation. It's a wonderful book. The following...

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Friday, 10 August 2018 08:47

On empowerment Featured

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By Elizabeth PrataWe hear so much these days about women being empowered. Needing empowerment. Wanting power. We hear from the feminists that women in today's church have been oppressed, marginalized, and discriminated against because they do not have the same 'opportunities' that men do. Meaning,...

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Wednesday, 08 August 2018 20:45

Can you quit being a Christian? Featured

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This essay appeared on The End Time on August 5, 2010.By Elizabeth PrataimageAnn Rice is famous for her vampire series of books, her bi-sexual erotica, and her very public conversion to Catholicism ten years ago. Her announcement that she is quitting Christianity is, of course, just as public. She said:
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Wednesday, 08 August 2018 09:02

The Different Kinds of God's Wrath Featured

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By Elizabeth PrataThomas Hooker, a Puritan preacher of the 1600s, said in his book The application of redemption by the effectual work of the word, and spirit of Christ, for the bringing home of lost sinners to God (don't you love their lengthy titles, lol? And their antiquated spelling?)
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Monday, 06 August 2018 20:21

A good funeral, part 2 Featured

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By Elizabeth PrataA Good Funeral, Part 1I went to a funeral last weekend.There's something different about a Christian funeral.Backing up some, growing up, our family's business was Funeral Homes. My great-grandfather, grandfather, and father were funeral directors. They guided the grieving...

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Sunday, 05 August 2018 19:45

A good funeral, part 1 Featured

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Our fleshly tent is so fragile. When the blood stops pumping, the heart stills, the last breath exits, the body is only a husk. Temporal, feeble, weak, our flesh goes the way of the grass, burnt under a hot sun. Snap, life is over. It is the soul that is strong, eternal.Death Comes Soon to AllMan...

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Saturday, 04 August 2018 22:44

Sunday Word of the Week: Heresy Featured

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By Elizabeth PrataThe thread of Christianity depends on a unity from one generation to the next of mutual understanding of our important words. Hence the Word of the Week.
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HeresyTwo weeks ago in the previous Word of the Week, I'd posted about Orthodoxy. In the religious context, Orthodoxy means...

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Friday, 03 August 2018 23:06

An encouragement Featured

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By Elizabeth PrataI greet you all and with good news that He loves us and is waiting to call us, His bride, home to Him soon. He is preparing the place in which we will dwell for all eternity, untainted by sin at last. We will gaze at one another through the spotless lens of the Holy One who...

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Thursday, 02 August 2018 20:03

How to obtain faith? Featured

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By Elizabeth PrataThis post first appeared on The End Time in September 2011. It's been slightly edited.--------------------------------------Many people believe in a god. If, as people say, 'a god' does exist, then it stands to reason He is far above us in ways and thoughts. And if He is far above...

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Wednesday, 01 August 2018 22:27

On a life in service Featured

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By Elizabeth Prataimage
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Do you remember the original Upstairs, Downstairs TV show? The show ran on PBS from 1971-1975. It was the original famous period drama, depicting the doings of a wealthy Edwardian family in London from the point of...

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Wednesday, 01 August 2018 10:09

What does Jesus think about discernment? This verse tells you Featured

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We live in an age where fellow Christians say that to speak of someone specific being a false teacher is mean, or ill-mannered, or inappropriate. "Just let them alone, God will take care if them," they say. Or they claim that speaking against false teaching is uncivil, and to "Just pray for them."...

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Tuesday, 31 July 2018 07:24

How to read the Puritans Featured

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On blind spots...JD Greear said,
Our Christian forebears were fallible men and women, but so are we. And we fool ourselves to simply assume that we would have had the courage to act differently when every societal pressure was pushing one direction. They had blind spots which we see clearly now. But...

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Sunday, 29 July 2018 20:49

Music in worship Featured

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By Elizabeth PrataI saw a couple of quotes today one after the other (not linked or published on purpose, just happenstance) that made me think about music in worship once again.Not to debate contemporary vs. traditional. Though I'm a huge traditionalist, I'm also a realist, and I know there has...

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Saturday, 28 July 2018 22:37

Kay Cude poetry: The Days Before the Days Featured

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Saturday, 28 July 2018 03:36

Prata's Place/ Graceful Garlands 48: Welcome Work Featured

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By Elizabeth PrataMy title comes fromHear, my son, your father’s instruction, and forsake not your mother’s teaching, for they are a graceful garland for your head and pendants for your neck. (Proverbs 1:8-9).
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By Elizabeth Prata imageMail Call on the TV show M*A*S*H
Q.I would like your opinion on the Christian's responsibility regarding voting.A.I'm not a good person to ask. I am very conflicted over my own behavior in this issue.I used to be intensely involved in politics, being a reporter/editor of a weekly...

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Wednesday, 25 July 2018 23:57

One more thought on direct revelation Featured

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Yesterday I wrote anessay describing the preeminence of Jesus and how God in Hebrews 1:1-2 said He has spoken through His Son. What this means, for claimants of direct revelation, is that once God said He has spoken through His perfect, holy, supreme being of His son, God thenchose to speak to and...

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Women have for at least two generations now, grown up in the faith with famous or celebrity women Bible teachers claiming to have had personal revelations and interactions with Jesus. They say "God told me" or "God laid it on my heart to tell you" or "I want to share some of the messages I have...

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Monday, 23 July 2018 23:36

"Lord, Lord" is such a woeful verse Featured

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By Elizabeth PrataOn that day many will say to me, ‘Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in your name, and cast out demons in your name, and do many mighty works in your name?’ Mt 7:22.How many is many? The word for 'many' is:polýs – many (high in number); multitudinous,...

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Monday, 23 July 2018 09:56

Taming the Tongue on Social Media Featured

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Look at the ships also: though they are so large and are driven by strong winds, they are guided by a very small rudder wherever the will of the pilot directs. (James 3:4). I was watching my Twitter follow count the last few days. Surprisingly, I was nearing 1,000 followers. That...

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Sunday, 22 July 2018 03:03

Sunday Word of the Week: Orthodoxy Featured

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By Elizabeth PrataThe thread of Christianity depends on a unity from one generation to the next of mutual understanding of our important words. Hence the Word of the Week.
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Orthodoxy: as defined by Theopedia
The word orthodox comes from two Greek words, ortho + doxa, meaning "right opinion" or...

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By Elizabeth PrataAuthor Gregory Cook in his commentary on Nahum (Severe Compassion: The Gospel According to Nahum), said that we tend to judge Israel harshly when we read the Old Testament. We think, 'Oh those silly Israelites, how could they defect from the faith so quickly!' But Dr. Cook said...

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