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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Friday, 14 December 2018 23:20

The toughest mission field Featured

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Charles Spurgeon's morning devotional for December 15 was about the decision that Ruth and Orpah made with Naomi. Spurgeon wrote,
BOTH of them had an affection for Naomi, and therefore set out with her upon her return to the land of Judah. But the hour of test came; Naomi most...

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Friday, 14 December 2018 19:31

Thirty Days of Jesus Redux: Day 19, Jesus emptied Himself Featured

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Barnes' Notes explains the 'emptying'
The word does not occur elsewhere in the New Testament, except in the passage before us. The essential idea is that of bringing to emptiness, vanity, or nothingness; and, hence, it is applied to a case where one lays aside his rank and dignity,...

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Thursday, 13 December 2018 22:57

The Power of Abuse and the Necessity of True Hope Featured

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By Elizabeth Prata When you're a kid in an abusive home, the number one feeling is uncertainty. The abused child is uncertain that this is the way things are supposed to be. One is unsure. Is this love, when daddy hits me? Is this what love is when mommy neglects me? They tell you they love you,...

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Thursday, 13 December 2018 18:44

Thirty Days of Jesus Redux: Day 18, The Highest King Featured

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Further ReadingThough the verse is literally speaking about King David, the relation of David to Christ means the verse also prefigures the preeminence of King Jesus. The throne, through David's line, would last forever through Christ.Gill's Exposition says,
Also I will make...

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Wednesday, 12 December 2018 19:22

Do you have prayer ADHD? Featured

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By Elizabeth PrataI saw a meme on Facebook that made me laugh. I can't find it again, but it went something like, 'I have prayer ADHD, I start, drift into thinking other things, then come back saying 'Where was I, Lord?'I think we have all had the same experience. Our fleshly minds want to think of...

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Wednesday, 12 December 2018 18:49

Thirty Days of Jesus Redux: Day 17, Jesus' Preeminence Featured

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Further Reading
Grace To You sermon: The preeminence of Christ
Desiring God: The preeminence of Jesus for Life
Institute for Creation Research devotional: Preeminence of Christ11 verses on the preeminence of Christ
 
Background and Introduction, Thirty Days...

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Monday, 10 December 2018 19:29

Another good reason to develop discernment Featured

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By Elizabeth PrataWe've been commissioned by Jesus to share His Gospel with everybody and make disciples with those who convert. (Matthew 28:16-20).And we do. But... There are some people, especially those close to us, who refuse to hear it, but we keep trying, for the sake of their eternal souls.On...

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Sunday, 09 December 2018 18:24

Thirty Days of Jesus: Day 14, Propitiation Featured

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Further ReadingGotQuestions: What is Propitiation?

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By Elizabeth PrataI love biblical art, and I'm entranced with a few particular pieces. One I come back to a lot happens at Christmas time, and I love to look at it. I've written about it before, here, in December 2015 and here, in December 2017. It is called The Nativity, by Gari Melchers.
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When...

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Saturday, 08 December 2018 23:09

"If" then, and "If" now Featured

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Amy Carmichael was a missionary to India, arriving in 1895 to Dohnavur, just 30 miles from India's southern tip. Once in South India she began evangelizing women and learning the difficult Tamil language. She developed a special burden for the many children who were dedicated by...

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Saturday, 08 December 2018 20:02

Thirty Days of Jesus Redux: Day 13, God is Pleased with His Son Featured

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Friday, 07 December 2018 18:48

Love Thy Neighbor? That's only half of it Featured

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By Elizabeth PrataWe hear the term 'love they neighbor' a lot. We hear it so frequently that it's almost a motto or a mantra, bandied about. But it's a Bible verse, which means it's spoken from the mouth of God. 'Love thy neighbor' is also not the whole verse. The verse is in the Old Testament and t...

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Friday, 07 December 2018 18:06

Thirty Days of Jesus Redux: Day 12, The Son! Featured

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imageBy Elizabeth PrataWe've flowed through the first section of this series, in looking at a few verses that prophesy Jesus' coming, His arrival, and His early life.
Starting today, from Day 12-16 we will look at verses that focus on Jesus as The Son.
 
Further ReadingLigonier: What...

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Thursday, 06 December 2018 18:46

Thirty Days of Jesus Redux: Day 11, He was obedient Featured

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By Elizabeth PrataWe've flowed through the first section of this series, in looking at a few verses that prophesy Jesus' coming, His arrival, and His early life.Starting tomorrow, from Day 12-16 we will look at verses that focus on Jesus as The Son.From Day 17-26, verses will focus on the...

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By Elizabeth PrataI wrote yesterday that I had enjoyed the hour long interview conservative talk podcaster Ben Shapiro had conducted with pastor-teacher John MacArthur this past Sunday. I had never listened to Shapiro before (confession: I don't really enjoy podcasts of any kind) but I tuned in...

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Wednesday, 05 December 2018 18:59

Thirty Days of Jesus Redux: Day 10, the Boy Jesus at the Temple Featured

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With Him are wisdom and might; To Him belong counsel and understanding (Job 12:13).
 

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Tuesday, 04 December 2018 21:18

John MacArthur on Ben Shapiro Show: Reaction Part 1 Featured

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By Elizabeth PrataI was excited to watch John MacArthur's interview with conservative talk show host (and Orthodox Jew) Ben Shapiro on Sunday. Phil Johnson, Executive Director of Grace to You (John MacArthur's online ministry) has said John MacArthur is a Charles Spurgeon for this century, and I...

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Sunday, 02 December 2018 18:44

Thirty Days of Jesus Redux: Day 7, The Magi Seek the Child Featured

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By Elizabeth PrataThe flow of the series is a presentation of an initial section of 11 verses on photos depicting the life of Jesus from prophecy to birth and boyhood.The next section (#12-16) will feature verses about the Son.From #17-26 we will survey the Preeminence of the Son, His attributes,...

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Saturday, 01 December 2018 21:19

Word of the Week: Fruit of the Spirit, Faithfulness Featured

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But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control; against such things there is no law. (Galatians 5:22-23).The word we're focusing on this week inside the fruit of the Spirit list is- faithfulness.As a reminder,...

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Saturday, 01 December 2018 02:21

Do you have time to read literature books? No? Here are some tips Featured

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By Elizabeth PrataI love to read. I've always been a reader. It became my profession, both as an elementary school teacher and then a journalist. I love connecting people with print.Reading has been my friend all my life. This age-old activity provided an escape from difficult family situations. It...

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