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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Saturday, 22 December 2018 21:35

Discernment Resources for you: Bookmark this! Featured

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By Elizabeth PrataIs this teacher good? Is this Bible study credible? Is this book safe with good doctrine? I'm frequently asked these are normal and good questions, and I know that other ministries that offer discernment teachings are asked also.We all should be practicing discernment, all the...

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Saturday, 22 December 2018 18:21

Thirty Days of Jesus Redux: Day 27, He rises again Featured

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By Elizabeth PrataChristmas advent. We are coming toward the end of our look at the life of Jesus through scripture. The first section of His life was seen through verses focused on prophecy, arrival, and early life.The next section of verses looked at Him as the Son, second person of the Trinity.We...

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Friday, 21 December 2018 18:00

Thirty Days of Jesus Redux: Day 26, Jesus' sinlessness Featured

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By Elizabeth PrataThis section of verses that show Jesus' life are focused on His attributes & earthly ministry. We've seen Him as servant, teacher, shepherd, intercessor, and healer. We looked at His attributes of omniscience, His authority, and now His sinlessness.
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Further reading:The...

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Thursday, 20 December 2018 20:59

Overheard in the Coffee Shop Featured

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By Elizabeth PrataPicture the scene. It's a festive coffee shop at your favorite spot. You're there sitting and sipping and savoring being alone for a few minutes before heading home. You have your hand curled around a warm cup of coffee and you're enjoying the hum and din of the throng, the...

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Thursday, 20 December 2018 18:35

Thirty Days of Jesus Redux: Day 25, The Authority of Jesus Featured

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By Elizabeth PrataThis section of verses that show Jesus' life are focused on His attributes & earthly ministry. We've seen Him through what He does, as servant, teacher, shepherd, intercessor, and healer. Now we look at who He is by looking at His attribute of omniscience yesterday and today...

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Wednesday, 19 December 2018 20:52

How does seeking direct revelation destroy your current obedience? Featured

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By Elizabeth PrataDo you believe that the Lord still speaks? That He has a fresh word? That you can receive individual directions for specific circumstances in your life? Get career advice, parenting advice, life advice, by becoming still and waiting for impressions, thoughts, impulses, and urges?A...

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Wednesday, 19 December 2018 18:46

Thirty Days of Jesus Redux: Day 24, Jesus is omniscient Featured

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By Elizabeth PrataThis section of verses that show Jesus' life are focused on His attributes & earthly ministry. We've seen Him as servant, teacher, shepherd, intercessor, and healer.Now we look at His attributes: Today, omniscience.
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CARM.org: Definition of omniscienceGotQuestions: What does it...

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Tuesday, 18 December 2018 18:13

Thirty Days of Jesus Redux: Day 23, Compassionate Healer Featured

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By Elizabeth PrataThis section of verses that show Jesus' life are focused on His earthly ministry. We've seen Him as servant, teacher, shepherd, intercessor, and now Healer.
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Further Reading:Bible verses & short exposition of Jesus as HealerSermon: Does God still heal?Article: Joni Earickson...

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Monday, 17 December 2018 18:47

Is Temptation a Sin? Featured

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Yesterday at my personal blog I'd posted an essay explaining Why I Will Never Watch ABC's 'The Good Doctor' Again.In the November 26th episode called "Empathy" a character who had constant thoughts and sexual desires for children was featured. He hated his own desires and sought to rid himself of...

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Monday, 17 December 2018 18:04

Thirty Days of Jesus Redux: Day 22, Jesus as Intercessor Featured

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By Elizabeth PrataThis section of verses that show Jesus' life are focused on His earthly ministry. We've seen Him as servant, teacher, shepherd, and now intercessor.
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GotQuestions:What is the purpose of Jesus interceding for us in heaven?Compelling Truth: What does it mean that Jesus intercedes for...

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By Elizabeth PrataTime for another edition of Prata Potpourri, the ever popular phrase made famous by the game show Jeopardy! host, wherein I put forth various and sundry links on a variety of topics. I like using the words potpourri and sundry in the same essay.I'm a public school teacher's aide...

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Sunday, 16 December 2018 18:46

Thirty Days of Jesus Redux: Day 20, Jesus as the Teacher Featured

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By Elizabeth PrataThis section of verses that show Jesus' life are focused on His earthly ministry. We've seen Him as servant, teacher, and now shepherd.
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Saturday, 15 December 2018 19:38

Word of the Week: Fruit of the Spirit, Gentleness Featured

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By Elizabeth PrataBut the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control; against such things there is no law. (Galatians 5:22-23)Warren Wiersbe notes the triple triad within the verse. The first three characteristics of the fruit are...

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Saturday, 15 December 2018 18:52

Thirty Days of Jesus Redux: Day 20, Jesus as the Teacher Featured

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How can we know God unless He reveals Himself to us? The creation confirms His existence, but what does the creature know of His attributes, Person, or Power? Unless He teaches us about Himself, we will not know. God sent His Son Jesus to earth as a born-babe, to live the full...

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Friday, 14 December 2018 23:20

The toughest mission field Featured

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Charles Spurgeon's morning devotional for December 15 was about the decision that Ruth and Orpah made with Naomi. Spurgeon wrote,
BOTH of them had an affection for Naomi, and therefore set out with her upon her return to the land of Judah. But the hour of test came; Naomi most...

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Friday, 14 December 2018 19:31

Thirty Days of Jesus Redux: Day 19, Jesus emptied Himself Featured

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Barnes' Notes explains the 'emptying'
The word does not occur elsewhere in the New Testament, except in the passage before us. The essential idea is that of bringing to emptiness, vanity, or nothingness; and, hence, it is applied to a case where one lays aside his rank and dignity,...

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Thursday, 13 December 2018 22:57

The Power of Abuse and the Necessity of True Hope Featured

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By Elizabeth Prata When you're a kid in an abusive home, the number one feeling is uncertainty. The abused child is uncertain that this is the way things are supposed to be. One is unsure. Is this love, when daddy hits me? Is this what love is when mommy neglects me? They tell you they love you,...

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Thursday, 13 December 2018 18:44

Thirty Days of Jesus Redux: Day 18, The Highest King Featured

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Further ReadingThough the verse is literally speaking about King David, the relation of David to Christ means the verse also prefigures the preeminence of King Jesus. The throne, through David's line, would last forever through Christ.Gill's Exposition says,
Also I will make...

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Wednesday, 12 December 2018 19:22

Do you have prayer ADHD? Featured

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By Elizabeth PrataI saw a meme on Facebook that made me laugh. I can't find it again, but it went something like, 'I have prayer ADHD, I start, drift into thinking other things, then come back saying 'Where was I, Lord?'I think we have all had the same experience. Our fleshly minds want to think of...

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Wednesday, 12 December 2018 18:49

Thirty Days of Jesus Redux: Day 17, Jesus' Preeminence Featured

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Further Reading
Grace To You sermon: The preeminence of Christ
Desiring God: The preeminence of Jesus for Life
Institute for Creation Research devotional: Preeminence of Christ11 verses on the preeminence of Christ
 
Background and Introduction, Thirty Days...

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Monday, 10 December 2018 19:29

Another good reason to develop discernment Featured

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By Elizabeth PrataWe've been commissioned by Jesus to share His Gospel with everybody and make disciples with those who convert. (Matthew 28:16-20).And we do. But... There are some people, especially those close to us, who refuse to hear it, but we keep trying, for the sake of their eternal souls.On...

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Sunday, 09 December 2018 18:24

Thirty Days of Jesus: Day 14, Propitiation Featured

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Further ReadingGotQuestions: What is Propitiation?

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By Elizabeth PrataI love biblical art, and I'm entranced with a few particular pieces. One I come back to a lot happens at Christmas time, and I love to look at it. I've written about it before, here, in December 2015 and here, in December 2017. It is called The Nativity, by Gari Melchers.
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When...

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