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
Wednesday, 07 November 2018 18:33

Jesus as High Priest Featured

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By Elizabeth PrataFirst published on The End Time in December 2010There are many aspects to the Lord's personality, aspects we have been given through His grace to explore for all eternity. We will never learn all there is to learn about Him, because He is infinite, but the glory will be in the...

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Wednesday, 07 November 2018 18:20

Sunday Word of the Week: Sovereign Featured

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By Elizabeth PrataIn addition to the familiar Bible verses speaking to God's sovereignty, one of which is at the conclusion of this essay, there is a famous quote from RC Sproul that exalts God's sovereignty:
If there is one single molecule in this universe running around loose, totally free of...

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Wednesday, 07 November 2018 07:06

When the canon is challenged... Featured

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By Elizabeth PrataElaine Pagels book "Revelations: Visions, Prophecy & Politics in the Book of Revelation" was published in 2012. Pagels is a lifelong apologist for the secular worldview. Her 1979 book "The Gnostic Gospels" won the National Book and the National Book Critics Circle Awards, hit...

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I've been a Christian for only 15 years, but I've been alive for 58. Even as a youngster, I asked the eternal question to myself, "Why is the world like this?"Young people, the unsaved, adults, no matter your age, location, or spiritual status, anyone, can see that the world is broken. People are...

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Sunday, 04 November 2018 19:03

Clothing: Readying the outer man and the inner man Featured

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By Elizabeth PrataI didn't do laundry this weekend. I have just enough clothing to get me through the week, and then I need to do laundry on Saturday to ready for Sunday services and then the work week again. I didn't do that this weekend. So Sunday I was sort of stuck when I was getting ready for...

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Saturday, 03 November 2018 07:25

A Day in the Life of: A Fisherman Featured

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By Elizabeth PrataI admire and respect fishermen. I've watched the hardy lobstermen of Maine, or the cod fishermen of Massachusetts, the watermen fishing for crabs in the Chesapeake, the shrimpers of the south or the bonefish, sponge, and conch fishermen of the warmer waters. Fishing for a living...

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Thursday, 01 November 2018 19:54

Does John 3:16 teach that anyone can be saved? Featured

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RC Sproul often spoke in defense of the Doctrines of Grace when someone challenged them by quoting John 3:16. Here is one of his responses over the years to that challenge:By RC SproulFrom "Knowing Scripture""The principle of literal interpretation gives us another rule, namely that the Bible in...

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Wednesday, 31 October 2018 20:21

From whence our mercies come Featured

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By Elizabeth PrataIn The Pilgrim's Progress, Part 2, there is a scene with Christiana in the House of the Interpreter. The Interpreter was showing Christiana, Mercy, and the boys some things happening in different rooms of the house.
He had them into another room, where were a hen and chickens,...

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Wednesday, 31 October 2018 08:44

On life, death, buses, and trains Featured

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By Elizabeth PrataA man died in his car after a collision with a train last week. His small child was airlifted from the scene to Atlanta and was listed in critical condition.He was the father of four and 3 of his children attended our county schools.I have a love-hate relationship with trains. 50...

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Tuesday, 30 October 2018 02:44

What are some good books on prayer? Featured

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I am always thrilled when one of the ladies asks me a question, either a theological question, one on Christian life, or a book recommendation. It means she is thinking, seeking God's glory, and striving on her walk. With so much negtivity around, it's great to be reminded, that nothing and no one...

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I know I've been writing about women who step into biblically unauthorized leadership positions frequently of late. I thought I was done, but then I came across something and I wanted to add to the cache of previous essays I've done in the last couple of weeks. I believe this is a highly important...

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Sunday, 28 October 2018 01:22

Sunday Word of the Week: Fruit of the Spirit, Peace Featured

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By Elizabeth PrataOn Sundays I usually post a theological word with its definition, then an explanation, and use it in a verse. I also use a picture to represent the concept. This is my effort to maintain a theological literacy among the brethren and between generations, something I believe is...

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Hello and welcome to another edition of Prata Potpourri. I've found some interesting links and tossed them into the mix for your consideration. The week ended on a good note for me. To be honest it started on a good note, so all in all it was a good week! I hope it was for you as well. The rapture...

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Thursday, 25 October 2018 19:32

Is Same Sex Attraction a Sin? Featured

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Reblogging this from Purely Presbyterian, with a foreword from my friend Pastor James Bell. Here's Pastor Bell-IS SAME SEX ATTRACTION (SSA) a sin? What does God’s Word say!?THIS IS A SPECIAL EDITION of the Grow in Grace Newsletter…Sam Allberry, (a homosexual priest in the Anglican...

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By Elizabeth PrataWomen have made many contributions to Christianity. Women believers are an incredible resource, and not incidentally, made in God's likeness and full participants in His faith.However, it is also a fact that God made an order to things. Men are to lead in holy matters, women are...

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By Elizabeth PrataYou know how some people jokingly say he or she 'broke the internet'? Well, Anne Hutchinson broke the colony.History hasn't been that kind to Puritan wife Anne Hutchinson. She is either portrayed as an oppressed early feminist denied her identity, or a screeching harridan who...

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Monday, 22 October 2018 20:14

Kay Cude poetry: Faith and a Broken Heart Featured

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Kay Cude poetry. Used with permission. Click to enlargeArtist's Statement: By Kay CudeThere are staunchly defended and heatedly argued "opinions" concerning man's "free-will" faith (the heart's object is "self") and his personal work of "inviting, allowing, and/or accepting" Christ VS. faith (the...

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Sunday, 21 October 2018 21:34

On Writing Featured

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As I was talking with a church friend last night at our church bonfire, he asked me about my writing. He wondered if I make a schedule of what essays I'm going to write for the week. I said I try to do an outline listing some draft subjects of blog essays for the week, but more often than not, it...

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By Elizabeth PrataSometimes the pot warms its water so slowly even the most discerning frog swimming in it doesn't realize the change in temperature in his environment until it's too late. Even though this isn't scientifically true, "the story is often used as a metaphor for the inability or...

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By Elizabeth Prata
"I don't have time to read." I hear this a lot. I say this a lot. I used to read widely and incessantly before I was saved. Nowadays I am working a day job and ministering/serving at night, with Bible reading too. That leaves me either no time to read other books or tired eyes if...

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Thursday, 18 October 2018 23:54

Is scripture clear? Should we speak declarative truth? Featured

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By Elizqbeth PrataI hope this fine fall week has offered you beautiful glimpses of God's creative intellect and His wonderful power. It's finally cooled down here in north Georgia. We always enjoy the march of the seasons. "He appointed the moon for seasons: the sun knoweth his going down." (Psalm...

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Wednesday, 17 October 2018 20:03

Gay demographics: what are the REAL numbers? Featured

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By Elizabeth PrataThis post first appeared on The End Time in June 2012If the homosexual lobby is to be believed, every other person you bump into is gay. At work, at home, in town, in the city, in church, the more vocal activists in the lobby make it seem like people who self-identify as...

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Here are a few items for your consideration tonight.It's been a cool fall day here in north Georgia, and I appreciate this season so much. The oppressive heat has broken and the days are crystal clear and bright. One of these fine days, Jesus will blow the trumpet of God and call us home. We will...

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Tuesday, 16 October 2018 07:34

A Day in the Life of A: Potter Featured

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By Elizabeth PrataPrevious essays in the series:

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By Elizabeth PrataPart 1 here: The Cursillo TheologyPart 2 here: The Cursillo ExperienceThe plaudits and accolades and gushes of past participants of the many different Cursillo programs are readily available online. Many people have gone through a Cursillo Weekend (in their terminology, "made...

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