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

The End Times - Apologetic Report
Monday, 29 April 2019 04:03

"I have confidence" Featured

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By Elizabeth PrataWhen I was little I used to love the movie The Sound of Music. This slightly fictionalized version of the real life travails of the Von Trapp family first came out in 1965.At the beginning of the movie were two scenes I loved. One was where the nuns are singing about a "Problem...

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Saturday, 27 April 2019 20:30

Kay Cude Poetry: Crosses on a Hill Featured

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Poetry by Kay Cude. Kay Cude is a Texas Poet. Used with permission. Click to enlarge.
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Authors: The End Time...

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Saturday, 27 April 2019 11:22

Why write? Featured

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By Elizabeth PrataI'm a writer. It's not my profession, though I've tried. I can't live off my writing. I write on the side. I have a job I love, that not-coincidentally affords me time to ponder, percolate, and write. I've kept a blog every day for 10+ years, and another personal blog on and off...

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Friday, 26 April 2019 01:21

The days of Christian persecution in America are coming Featured

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By Elizabeth PrataMy good friend Pastor Phil Andrukaitis wrote this on Facebook this morning, with the accompanying photo-
The days are fast approaching when Christians in this country will be confronted face-to-face because of their faith in Jesus. Some saints will fearfully remain silent while...

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Thursday, 25 April 2019 04:54

The fallout from a hyper-casual generation (of pastors) Featured

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By Elizabeth Prata"Pumped" "Juiced" "Excited" "Amped"The above are words by pastors you read on Facebook or Twitter or Church Web pages who try to artificially intensify an upcoming Sunday/Good Friday/Easter church service. Not everything is a party.In fact, the commands in the Bible for how to...

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Wednesday, 24 April 2019 05:03

Some JI Packer encouragement Featured

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Chapter 19 of J.I Packer book "Knowing God"-
I am a child of God. God is my Father; heaven is my home; every day is one day nearer. My Savior is my brother; every Christian is my brother too. Say it over and over to yourself first thing in the morning, last thing at night, as your wait for the...

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Monday, 22 April 2019 22:51

Do away with the "Antichristian garbidge!" Featured

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Above, I could not find a portrait of Marshall. Here are some other more famous Puritans: Gallery of famous 17th-century Puritan theologians: Thomas Gouge, William Bridge, Thomas Manton, John Flavel, Richard Sibbes, Stephen Charnock, William Bates, John Owen, John Howe and Richard...

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Monday, 22 April 2019 06:38

Why we are not "Easter Worshipers" and why it matters Featured

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By Elizabeth PrataWords matter. The words we choose to use form a basis for discourse, in teaching, and through the exchanging of ideas in a civil society.I've said this many times, but when a group in one culture decides to dispense with or change the meaning of words the rest of us have commonly...

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Saturday, 20 April 2019 21:03

He is Risen! Featured

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He is Risen indeed!
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They found the stone rolled away from the tomb, but when they entered, they did not find the body of the Lord Jesus. (Luke 24:2-3)Jesus said to her, "I am the resurrection and the life. The one who believes in me will live, even though they die; and whoever lives by believing in...

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By Elizabeth Prata
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Pastor JD Greear is currently serving as 62nd President of the Southern Baptist Convention. His church is called Summit Church. It is a multi-site church with 9 campuses in and around Durham, NC.Greear had been college pastor for 18 months before he was called to be the senior...

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Friday, 19 April 2019 20:51

Tap dancing on the fence Featured

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By Elizabeth PrataChristianity is a dichotomy. A dichotomy is defined as "a division or contrast between two things that are or are represented as being opposed or entirely different."With Christianity, you're in or you're outYou're in Christ or you're in satanYou're saved or you're lostYou are on...

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Thursday, 18 April 2019 20:22

Prata Potpourri: Mocking, Notre Dame, Good Friday, more Featured

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By Elizabeth PrataGood, Good Father on Good, Good Friday. He was pleased to crush His Son, so that we may live. Enjoy your holy weekend, whatever you have planned.
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I agree with this article, and also include photography in the 'no mocking' standard.There are ethics that go along...

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Thursday, 18 April 2019 02:49

Snake Cults - put this one in the "This is Weird" files Featured

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By Elizabeth PrataFratelli Alinari are the Alinari Brothers of Italy, who founded the world's oldest photography studio. They have been documenting important works of art, sculpture, costume, and life in towns and cities since 1852. Their archive holds over 5,500,000 pictures.Recently the company...

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Tuesday, 16 April 2019 21:03

Petra, Jordan, and God's Mighty Love Featured

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By Elizabeth PrataThis essay first appeared on The End Time in July 2010. It has been lightly edited.imageJordan and Israel's relationship during the Tribulation is an interesting one. In researching, I learned that Egypt and Jordan are the only two Arab nations to have normalized relations with Israel....

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Tuesday, 16 April 2019 08:07

Stand: Do Not be Moved Featured

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By Elizabeth PrataOur Sunday School class finished studying through Ephesians last Sunday. Ephesians 6 is the last chapter, and so rich with practical living.We're called to stand. After all the Ephesians chapters about doctrine (roughly chapters 1-3) and all the practical applications and commands...

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Sunday, 14 April 2019 20:20

God's armor Featured

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By Elizabeth Prata"Put on the whole armor of God..."We often see kids in VBS or Sunday School with cartoon depictions of men in armor, the helmet, shield, belt, shoes, breastplate, sword. Besides, we're all so familiar with the metaphor of armor that sometimes we tend to skim this portion of...

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Sunday, 14 April 2019 00:12

Grace IS Amazing Featured

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My favorite doctrine is Grace, followed by Providence.Grace that is extended by our loving God is shocking and amazing and wonderful. I was saved later in life and I remember what it felt like to live a sinful life in rebellion against God. It was confusing and upsetting, most of...

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Friday, 12 April 2019 23:17

Observable Character: Dorcas Featured

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By Elizabeth PrataRuth. David. Dorcas. They had character.
Character is defined as the mental and moral qualities distinctive to an individual.
I wrote about Ruth's character here, her love for God, her love for Naomi, her submission, humility, diligence.I wrote about David's character, his bravery,...

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Thursday, 11 April 2019 20:24

The Beauty of God, Reflected in Spring Featured

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By Elizabeth PrataHe has made everything beautiful in its time. He has also set eternity in the human heart; yet no one can fathom what God has done from beginning to end.(Ecclesiastes 3:11)Wow.'He has made everything beautiful in its time'. Babies, like babies. If you ever gazed on a sleeping...

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By Elizabeth PrataYou know how, in the foodie world, they pair different foods or drinks together for the eater to enjoy maximum flavor? "Sauvignon blanc is the classic wine pairing for goat cheese, but you could also try a crisp dry Provençal rosé..." Or, "This Sencha Green tea would...

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Wednesday, 10 April 2019 08:25

A few thoughts aobut the abortion movie... Featured

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Unplannedthe movie was recently released. It is from the Christian film-makers PureFlix, produced and directed by Cary Solomon, Chuck Konzelman, Daryl C. Lefever, Joe Knopp, and Chris Jones.The movie blurb goes: "Abby Johnson becomes the youngest clinic director in the history of...

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By Elizabeth PrataDoes the Bible speak to whom we should marry? Which college to attend? Whether to join the Army? Should we relocate to another state? Change careers now, later, or never? Go back to college?Christian decision-making ... I'm often asked these very questions by women who care about...

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Monday, 08 April 2019 19:56

Of obituaries and wifely submission Featured

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By Elizabeth PrataI saw a certain obituary the other day. I was struck by how unique it was even in terms of obituary writing. You see, obit writing is a genre all unto itself, and the focus of it is not death, but life.Apparently this gentleman was quite a character. When a family is faced with...

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Sunday, 07 April 2019 01:24

O How His Grace Amazes Me - the Hymn that spawned a book Featured

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By Elizabeth PrataAn interview from 2010 regarding Sinclair Ferguson's inspiration for his then-new book By Grace Alone.Pastor Conrad Mbewe wrote about the hymn and its author, pastor Emmanuel T. Sibomana, an African Baptist pastor in Burundi. (1915-1975). Mbewe wrote-
I think that Oh, how the grace...

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By Elizabeth Prata@PreachersNSneakers is a hilarious new Instagram account that reposts photos of preachers' selfies, focusing on their sneakers and apparel. Apparently it is possible to purchase sneakers that cost upwards of $1000 to even $4000 dollars. The site features the online picture with...

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