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, 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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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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Kay Cude is a Texas poet. Used with permission. Click to enlarge
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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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Friday, 20 July 2018 22:25

Prata's Place / Graceful Garlands 47: Name Fame 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 headand pendants for your neck.Proverbs 1:8-9
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Thursday, 19 July 2018 21:52

How many houses is too many? Featured

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imageThis is a beautiful Galveston Bay bayfront house, on a doublelot, with its own private beach. I wonder whose it is?

By Elizabeth PrataFor sale (in 2016): Gorgeous waterfront Home on Galveston Bay. This stellar property comes with TWO lots! One includes very rare private sandy beach for total land...

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Wednesday, 18 July 2018 22:26

Who are hell's greatest enrichers? Featured

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From Grace Gems, below is this short piece from Thomas Brooks. Brooks was a British Puritan who lived from 1608 - 1680. If you're interested in Brooks, here is Tim Challies with a short bio of Thomas Brooks.I'm struck by the plethora of false teaching today that undermines and poisons the faith,...

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Wednesday, 18 July 2018 21:31

In love with Nahum Featured

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My internet went out at 4:00 yesterday afternoon. I took a quick nap, did some other things, and after an hour or so saw it was still out. I turned the modem on and off, still no internet. I called my company and they said it was a widespread outage due to node failure. No word on when it was...

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Tuesday, 17 July 2018 11:42

Why Study Eschatology? Featured

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By Elizabeth Prata1. Why Study Prophecy (the prophetic scriptures)It's a sanctifying hope. Keeping our eyes on the heavenlies keeps our hope in the future reward alive. Our citizenship isn't here on earth, it's in heaven. Hoping in faith for Jesus to come, each day, ('When you pray, pray...Thy...

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Monday, 16 July 2018 08:48

Daniel's 70 weeks and Tribulation explanations Featured

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I can't wait to see what you all look like when you are glorified! I can't wait to see the glassy sea, the angels who have helped me, the face of Jesus! I can't wait to be free from pain and shed of my sin nature. I can't wait to be in eternity! However, I will await His timing. We all must await...

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Saturday, 14 July 2018 20:59

Kay Cude Poetry: Our Fortress Prevails Featured

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Kay Cude is a poet who lives in Texas. Poetry used with permission. Click to enlarge.
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Saturday, 14 July 2018 03:29

Prata’s Place / Graceful Garlands 46: People Pleaser Featured

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My title comes fromHear, my son, your father’s instruction,and forsake not your mother’s teaching,for they are a graceful garland for your headand pendants for your neck.Proverbs 1:8-9
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Friday, 13 July 2018 06:57

In praise of ordinary Featured

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By Elizabeth Prata
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I live a quiet life, very limited, with a small 'reach' in the daily routines in which I dwell. If it's fall, winter, or spring, I go to work, go to church, go to small group, and come home, where I drink tea, read, nap, and commune with my cats.If it's summer, I do all the above...

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Thursday, 12 July 2018 03:40

A Beautiful Interlude: David's Exultation Featured

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By Elizabeth PrataDuring the summer several of our regular Thursday night discussion groups disbanded. In their place, the elders instituted a Tuesday night  class going through the first 8 chapters of Romans. It has been a wonderful study. In the hour before the class starts, the elders are...

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