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
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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Sunday, 10 February 2019 23:01

The First Sin Featured

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We know the first sin was pride. It happened in heaven and it was horrific. Satan, Lucifer as his given name is said to be, was made beautiful and blameless in all his ways (Ezekiel 28:15). Then he sinned because he was proud of his beauty. (Ezekiel 28:16-17a). His wisdom was...

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Saturday, 09 February 2019 20:59

The nails in the Crucifixion Featured

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By Elizabeth PrataThe crucifixion. Excruciating, painful, humiliating. It was the worst form of execution ever invented. The Romans didn't invent it, the Persians did, but the Romans honed it for the execution of the worst of their society's criminals.If you are a Christian, you've no doubt been...

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By Elizabeth PrataThe popular definition of insanity is "doing the same thing over and over and expecting a different result." For Christians with discernment, insanity is 'being sure by the Spirit and the Bible, after research and prayer, that so-and-so is false, but literally NO ONE ELSE around...

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By Elizabeth PrataI'm a minimalist. I have been since before it was a thing. I like to live a quiet life in a tiny house. I live a low-impact, moderately frugal and careful consumer lifestyle. Living small and frugal, one needs to be sure that item brings into the home will have a valued place....

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Wednesday, 06 February 2019 19:12

The Awake Tree Featured

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By Elizabeth PrataAnd the word of the LORD came to me, saying, "Jeremiah, what do you see?" And I said, "I see an almond branch." Then the LORD said to me, "You have seen well, for I am watching over my word to perform it." (Jeremiah 1:11-12).I don't know anything of an almond branch. Is it wise to...

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Tuesday, 05 February 2019 19:01

New gem discovered in Israel Featured

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By Elizabeth PrataBecause I am interested in gems, I was interested in this headline from last week-Extraterrestrial Mineral Harder than Diamonds Discovered in Israel
A new discovery in the mountains of northern Israel has caused significant excitement for geologists around the world. While working...

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Monday, 04 February 2019 19:23

Jesus judges whole cities Featured

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By Elizabeth PrataRecently I wrote about what oracles are. Oracles are mentioned in both the Old Testament and the New. These are specific communications from God to man, usually sought by man in answer to a specific question. Many Old Testament oracles involved queries to God from a King asking if...

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Monday, 04 February 2019 08:18

Don't let discouragement capture you Featured

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By Elizabeth PrataI've been quietly grieving and upset about the abortion issue. When NY passed the abortion on demand anytime law, I wrote to a friend and predicted that soon we will be confronted with abortions in the birth canal, then simply killings outside the womb.I was shocked and frankly,...

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Saturday, 02 February 2019 21:42

Word of the week: Regeneration Featured

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By Elizabeth PrataThe thread of Christianity from generation to generation depends on a mutual understanding of our important words. Hence the Word of the Week.Past Words of the Week have included Justification, Transcendence, Immanence, Propitiation, Sanctification, Glorification, Orthodoxy,...

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Friday, 01 February 2019 20:40

"Angel, Thanks for Nothing" Featured

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I've been stuck in one thought pattern for a while. I keep thinking about God creating the Universe. It took six days and He spoke it and it was so. More than just so, it was good. (Genesis 1:1-31). Now that's enough to ponder right there, looking at the complexity of the world and the creativity...

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Friday, 01 February 2019 00:11

It's payday, so that means...buying books! Featured

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By Elizabeth PrataThe last day of the month is payday, so the first day of the month I scour the interwebs for good deals on books. They are not only for my consumption, but to have on hand to give away. I love a good book ministry, and I want to be active in offering credible and edifying...

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Thursday, 31 January 2019 21:28

Prata Potpourri: The Word of God Featured

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imageBy Elizabeth PrataSomeone sent me this cartoon that was going around. It's sad and upsetting, but we are not surprised, given the constant diminishing of God's glory and authority in favor of a human view of love.
In this way, satan continues to say to God's people, Hath God said? (Genesis 3:1).Jesus...

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Wednesday, 30 January 2019 19:27

Prayerful interlude Featured

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By Elizabeth PrataFor the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men, who by their unrighteousness suppress the truth. (Romans 1:18).The wrath is already revealed, and they know it but suppress it. They can suppress the truth all day long, all a lifetime...

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Tuesday, 29 January 2019 22:51

Sprung fully formed Featured

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By Elizabeth PrataThe Creation account in Genesis is a wonder to me and energizing to my faith. It is obvious that Genesis 1 and Genesis 2 are meant to be a recounting of actual events. These two books are not poetry, though the language is lofty. It is history. The account is a complete one, at...

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Monday, 28 January 2019 19:15

God CANNOT forsake you Featured

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By Elizabeth PrataI know we sometimes have a hard time understanding the permanent perfect love, such as the love the Triune God lavishes on his saved children.With child abuse, abortion, abandonment, betrayals, and divorce, the love we say we have for others is oftentimes fatally flawed.However,...

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Sunday, 27 January 2019 19:00

Give God gratitude for salvation Featured

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By Elizabeth PrataWhen I was growing up our family belonged to a country club. It had nice grounds, ice cream and Popsicles in the clubhouse, yum, and two huge pools. One was a kiddie splash pool. The other was an olympic sized pool with a shallow end, a deep end, and a jut-out where there were two...

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Sunday, 27 January 2019 00:36

Popular Christian Blogger says you don't have to "do" church Featured

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By Elizabeth PrataKendra Fletcher is a popular podcaster, blogger, and book author. She writes at her own space but also directs you her archive of articles she's written for at KeyLife Ministry, where the motto is "God is Not Mad At You."Kendra's latest blog essay is titled,What To Do When You...

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Saturday, 26 January 2019 09:13

'Ordinary Faithfulness': Annual Church retreat 2019 Featured

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By Elizabeth PrataI attended our annual church retreat this weekend, at Sautee Mountain Resort. I just got home. It was a delightful time of learning, song, and fellowship in the mountains of North Georgia. Instead of the usual theological post or book/movie review I write here, I'll just post a...

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