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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Sunday, 10 March 2019 22:10

South Afrikaaner swallowed by a whale Featured

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By Elizabeth PrataThe video program Snapped in the Wild by Barcroft TV is a show that presents exciting wild animal-human interactions or animal-animal interactions snapped on camera.In this latest episode, as the Youtube blurb states,
Rainer Schimpf, 51, has worked as a dive tour operator in South...

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Saturday, 09 March 2019 22:35

Songs of praise, looking up Featured

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Jerusalem from Scopus
‎We have no means of knowing whether Joseph and Mary entered Jerusalem on their way to Bethlehem. They certainly passed in sight of the Holy City. Scopus, from which our view is taken, is to the north on the road from Nazareth to Bethlehem. We will assume...

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Friday, 08 March 2019 21:46

The devastating consequences of jealousy Featured

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By Elizabeth PrataThe Bible is replete with examples of real people living real lives. Since the Bible people are real people, AKA sinners, they sin. The Bible doesn't shy away from showing that.In thinking over some of the more famous cases of bad acts, the brotherly jealousy/sibling rivalry issue...

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By Elizabeth PrataMy friend the school secretary related a cute story. One of the staff is retiring. The office personnel were congratulating him. A little student was nearby, and she was asked, 'He is retiring, do you know what retiring means?'She piped up, "Yes. It’s when you don’t...

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Thursday, 07 March 2019 05:55

Has your thinking been reversed? Featured

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image*If you are moving in reverse then it is all joy and glory to Him!*This first appeared on The End Time in July 2011.

Authors: The End Time...

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By Elizabeth PrataRecently I wrote about the importance of attending church regularly. (Popular blogger says you don't have to "do" church). I refuted her premise, which is summarized in her statement:
It’s entirely okay to step out.
She offers pious sounding reasons, but upon even a cursory...

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Monday, 04 March 2019 18:38

Poetry: Waiting for the Day Featured

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The clarity of grey moonlightFocused determination of the antJoyous song of the mockingbirdRushing clamor of the tidesAll these You have madeThe scudding clouds before the coming stormThe bask of the lioness on the burnt plainThe hurry of the hummingbird, sipping red throatedOf...

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Sunday, 03 March 2019 18:56

Encouragement for ladies living with an abusive past Featured

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By Elizabeth PrataA friend of mine sent these recommendations to me. You might consider these two resources if you are struggling to shed the baggage of an abusive past, need some encouragement, or just want to read about how God's love triumphed in these womens' hearts. I personally haven't read...

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Saturday, 02 March 2019 20:35

There is true freedom in Jesus Featured

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By Elizabeth PrataI'm originally from New England. New Hampshire's state motto is "Live Free or Die".It's so cold in NH, locals say 'live, freeze, and die.'That witticism aside, the motto actually comes from a letter penned by a veteran of the French & Indian Wars and the American Revolution,...

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Thursday, 28 February 2019 19:26

The Usefulness of Dystopian Fiction Featured

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By Elizabeth PrataTim Challies is a reader and a book reviewer. He is the author and promoter of the Annual Christian Reading Challenge, in which I participate.I was glad to see this article by by Jon Dykstra linked from Tim Challies' site:Why Is Dystopian Fiction Worth Reading?Yay! Someone else...

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Wednesday, 27 February 2019 19:13

Our Days are Numbered Featured

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By Elizabeth Prata*I heard an Adrian Rogers sermon several years ago that stayed with me. He talked about how people delay their decision for or against Jesus, thinking they have lots of time to go into that. Rogers shared several deaths that were unexpected, sudden, and odd that shows we don't...

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Monday, 25 February 2019 18:50

Predictive prophecy's value Featured

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By Elizabeth PrataOnly God can accurately predict the future. This is because He plans it, He enacts it, and He sustains it. He is the author of it.Man can guess what the future holds, He might be half right sometimes. He may be wrong many times. "I have made peace for our time" said UK Prime...

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Sunday, 24 February 2019 18:55

Angus Buchan: Follow up to discernment article 7 years later Featured

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By Elizabeth PrataWhen I was publishing a newspaper, and writing and editing for it, I'd publish articles covering needed construction of a municipal building, a child in need, a family who was burned out, a criminal on the loose. You know, all the sorts of things a newspaper publishes.Once,...

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Saturday, 23 February 2019 19:45

Kay Cude poetry: God's Draw Featured

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Poetry by Kay Cude. Kay Cude is a Texas poet. Used with permission. Click to enlarge.The following is the Artist's Statement.
The credit for the direction of my thoughts and words is not mine. I account it to the merciful pricking of my spirit as well as the instruction available to all of the...

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Thursday, 21 February 2019 18:56

Where everybody Knows Your Name Featured

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By Elizabeth PrataIn the 1980s, the Cheers television show dominated the comedic airwaves. It was hilarious and maintained its high-ratings almost throughout its historically long run, 11 years, from 1982 to 1993. Thus, its weekly entry into American living rooms meant that the theme song was...

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Thursday, 21 February 2019 04:00

The Writer's Responsibility Featured

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By Elizabeth PrataChristian books, pamphlets, blogs, letters, reviews, essays...it's all so much. It is so easy nowadays to start a blog and begin writing. I've mentioned before about authorial skill, ministerial calling, and tone. But now let's speak of the responsibility writers have.What is the...

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Wednesday, 20 February 2019 05:46

Fasting: What it is and what it isn't Featured

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By Elizabeth PrataSpiritual disciplines. We all know that they are. Reading the Bible. Praying. Giving. Attending church. Doing good works.Fasting.Fasting isn't talked about much and when it is, it's sort of either glossed over or it's folded in as part of the latest diet-fad-plan.What IS the...

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Tuesday, 19 February 2019 01:37

"Dear Woman Feeling Called to Ministry" By Ayanna Thomas Featured

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I like what Ayanna Thomas has to say. She makes sense, is humble, insightful, and joyous. Here is the start of her Instagram piece today: Read the rest here.
"I know how you feel. You see so many women around you "stepping into their calling." And you feel this urge to do something too. You scroll...

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By Elizabeth PrataCrime novel writer James Patterson issues books in a series called "BookShots." These are novellas, short books he writes in beteeen the longer ones. I like the idea. I've been participating in Tim Challies' annual Christian Reading Challenge. I'm keeping up pretty well, and...

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Saturday, 16 February 2019 19:37

Kay Cude poetry: Treasured Memories Featured

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To all the mothers out there reminiscing over the time that has passed and your sons and daughters are now older, perhaps having left the nest, flying off to new skies and making nests of their own. The sweet time of little hugs and recious moments fly by. Cherish them.Kay Cude did just that,...

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Friday, 15 February 2019 19:02

Is Being Rich a Sin? Featured

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By Elizabeth PrataNot that I would know, lol. But the question has been raised.Having money is not a sin. Abraham, Job, Nicodemus, and Joseph of Arimathea, Joseph son of Isaac and Moses were either wealthy themselves or lived in wealthy circumstances. Alternately, not having money is not a sin,...

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Thursday, 14 February 2019 19:16

What is love? Featured

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By Elizabeth PrataValentine's Day is done and in the books. When you work in an elementary school in a lower grade, V-day as the kids call it, is almost as popular as Christmas. Even more so, because we're in school for the cupid holiday and out of school for the Santa one.The kids are so cute...

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Wednesday, 13 February 2019 18:45

How Long Must The Lord Tarry? Habakkuk Asked the Same Thing Featured

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By Elizabeth PrataAny sensitive Christian these days is probably be feeling what I am feeling. The gravity of the times and the perilousness of the dwindling time for the lost weighs heavily on me. I mourn the lost: the hand of Jesus is outstretched to one and all, but many bat it away, or refuse...

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Tuesday, 12 February 2019 18:37

You Are Not Alone: Lessons from Elijah Featured

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By Elizabeth PrataPoor Elijah. He really went through it, didn't he? He was surrounded on all sides by non-believers. They were vigorous in their false faith and Elijah was vexed to the extreme. It's really hard to be the only one in a place where you are the only one who knows the truth and...

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Monday, 11 February 2019 19:21

Another resource to consider: the teaching of Betty J. Newman Featured

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By Elizabeth PrataI'm always delighted to find new resources. I consider one of my tasks as a Christian lady in life and online, to discern, enjoy, and pass on solid resources to fellow lady believers. It's one of the ways I believe it's good to use the gift of the Spirit of discernment the Lord...

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