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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Wednesday, 29 August 2018 20:16

Throwback Thursday: One Day Closer to Seeing Our Groom Featured

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By Elizabeth PrataThis post first appeared on The End Time in September 2012. I notice that my "Throwback" essays that I choose are usually prophecy. I am sad that eschatological topics have become marginalized, or too "controversial" to discuss. Many people avoid them altogether. This should not...

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Wednesday, 29 August 2018 06:52

The Gospel is simple, and narrow Featured

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By Elizabeth PrataThere is something in us that deep down, quite disbelieves the Gospel could be so simple.Years ago when I was teaching fourth graders, they thought that the more you wrote, the better the answer. They thought that the bigger the words they used, the better. The more complicated...

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Tuesday, 28 August 2018 07:27

Indwelling sin and beaver dams Featured

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By Elizabeth PrataJohn Owen's treatise on indwelling sin is a devastating look at our internal selves, both regenerate and unregenerate. It's devastating because he draws out the reality of our sin, something, to be honest, most of us would rather just glance at then away, than study for any length...

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Sunday, 26 August 2018 20:25

Shout Your Abortion, and John Owen on infanticide Featured

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By Elizabeth PrataEvil in the Last DaysThis know also, that in the last days perilous times shall come. For men shall be lovers of their own selves, covetous, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy, Without natural affection, trucebreakers, false accusers,...

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Saturday, 25 August 2018 20:32

Sunday Word of the week: Perspicuity (of scripture) Featured

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By Elizabeth PrataThe thread of Christianity depends on a unity from one generation to the next of mutual understanding of our important words. Hence the Word of the Week.Do we need "Bible codes"? Is scripture unclear enough so that only a few, more knowing, can understand it? It is too much to...

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By Elizabeth PrataMany Christian Celebrity Moms are Distorting Biblical Motherhood; Part 1
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Photo: Susannah Spurgeon with her twin boys, Thomas and Charles
Yesterday in part 1 I looked at the problem: how the images and life-lessons of many celebrity self-identified Christian women tout a feminist...

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By Elizabeth PrataThis part one will present the problem. Part two discusses the biblical correction/solution.
"She lived and labored for her boys and her husband. At home she was a wife and mother and a model of what each should be. She taught the Bible to her sons and pleaded with them to turn to...

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Thursday, 23 August 2018 07:31

Throwback Thursday: Does God Speak in Unidentified Promptings? Featured

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By Elizabeth PrataThis first appeared on The End Time in September 2016A quick lesson on discerning a meme. I saw this on Facebook. Here is a lesson on how to parse the silly sayings we see on social media. Let;s take it apart phrase by phrase and really think about what it is trying to communicate....
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Wednesday, 22 August 2018 07:54

Girl, Wash Your Face (Book Review) Featured

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1. HOW (CHRISTIAN-ISH) PEOPLE GET FAMOUS
It's no longer just movies or television that launches the latest It Girl celebrity. It's social media. A person who starts a blog, web page, Instagram, Twitter or myriad other social media platforms, if they hit the right note, the right...

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Monday, 20 August 2018 19:52

An encouragement: Keep a tender conscience Featured

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By Elizabeth PrataI hope this fine late summer week has offered you beautiful glimpses of God's creative intellect and His wonderful power. I posted the other day about a rainbow extending from left to right directly in front of me, and how for the first time I even saw the end of the rainbow...

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Monday, 20 August 2018 08:54

"Evil is a made-up concept" Featured

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  • "I'm a good person"
  • "People are basically good."
  • "There's no such thing as evil."
  • "Can we all just get along? Can we get along?" (Spoken by Rodney King whose 1992 acts of resisting arrest and beating by LA police was videotaped by amateur video & sparked massive riots in the...

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Sunday, 19 August 2018 09:35

Driving through a rainbow Featured

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By Elizabeth PrataWe had a marvelous church service this afternoon. We meet from 3:00 to 4:30, talk a while after, then head to small groups at various locations. We have 4 elders. The main teaching elder is Mark, and the other three men rotate doing a confessional/devotional before the sermon. Our...

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Saturday, 18 August 2018 06:26

A Day in the Life of a Seller of Purple Featured

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By Elizabeth PrataFirst in a series.What was a day in the life like for a person who lived in New Testament Bible times? It depended on what trade the person made their living. Let's look at the woman of Thyatira, Lydia, a seller of purple.Lydia is mentioned only a few times in the New Testament,...

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Friday, 17 August 2018 07:07

Prata Potpourri: Women's edition Featured

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By Elizabeth PrataWhen I drive to work each morning I am so thankful for it all. I'm thankful always, of course, but in the mornings with the sun glowing pink, and the clouds gently wafting over the pastures, and cows calmly munching, ribbons of road winding over the foothills of the...

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Thursday, 16 August 2018 10:02

Movie Review- Spotlight; a must see Featured

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By Elizabeth PrataGrowing up, I didn't know that the Catholic Church wasn't a church. I thought it was THE Church. I thought all churches were the same, except that the Catholic Church was the biggest. Then as a middle-aged woman I was saved and I learned the difference between orthodoxy and heresy....

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Tuesday, 14 August 2018 07:22

Prata's Place / Graceful Garlands 49: Simply Sophisticated Featured

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By Elizabeth PrataMy title comes fromHear, my son, your father’s instruction, and forsake not your mother’s teaching, for they are a graceful garland for your head and pendants for your neck. (Proverbs 1:8-9).
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Sunday, 12 August 2018 19:48

A Day in the Life of: Introduction Featured

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By Elizabeth PrataDo you enjoy reading the Bible? I do. Too often though, I allow my mind to drift to the novelization of it, laying aside that this book recounts real, literal events with real, literal people. It's easy to start thinking of the people we read about as either superheroes, or...

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Saturday, 11 August 2018 21:44

Sunday word of the Week: Omniscience Featured

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By Elizabeth PrataThe thread of Christianity depends on a unity from one generation to the next of mutual understanding of our important words. Hence the Word of the Week.
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The simple definition:Omniscience: God's knowing all things that are proper object of knowledge, including all future events....

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I found the book of Revelation one of the easiest to understand. Its intent for the reader is plain to read, it has its own built-in study guide, and contains a double promise from Jesus that those who read it will be blessed. Jesus WANTS us to read Revelation. It's a wonderful book. The following...

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Friday, 10 August 2018 08:47

On empowerment Featured

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By Elizabeth PrataWe hear so much these days about women being empowered. Needing empowerment. Wanting power. We hear from the feminists that women in today's church have been oppressed, marginalized, and discriminated against because they do not have the same 'opportunities' that men do. Meaning,...

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Wednesday, 08 August 2018 20:45

Can you quit being a Christian? Featured

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This essay appeared on The End Time on August 5, 2010.By Elizabeth PrataimageAnn Rice is famous for her vampire series of books, her bi-sexual erotica, and her very public conversion to Catholicism ten years ago. Her announcement that she is quitting Christianity is, of course, just as public. She said:
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Wednesday, 08 August 2018 09:02

The Different Kinds of God's Wrath Featured

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By Elizabeth PrataThomas Hooker, a Puritan preacher of the 1600s, said in his book The application of redemption by the effectual work of the word, and spirit of Christ, for the bringing home of lost sinners to God (don't you love their lengthy titles, lol? And their antiquated spelling?)
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Monday, 06 August 2018 20:21

A good funeral, part 2 Featured

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By Elizabeth PrataA Good Funeral, Part 1I went to a funeral last weekend.There's something different about a Christian funeral.Backing up some, growing up, our family's business was Funeral Homes. My great-grandfather, grandfather, and father were funeral directors. They guided the grieving...

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Sunday, 05 August 2018 19:45

A good funeral, part 1 Featured

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Our fleshly tent is so fragile. When the blood stops pumping, the heart stills, the last breath exits, the body is only a husk. Temporal, feeble, weak, our flesh goes the way of the grass, burnt under a hot sun. Snap, life is over. It is the soul that is strong, eternal.Death Comes Soon to AllMan...

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Saturday, 04 August 2018 22:44

Sunday Word of the Week: Heresy Featured

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By Elizabeth PrataThe thread of Christianity depends on a unity from one generation to the next of mutual understanding of our important words. Hence the Word of the Week.
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HeresyTwo weeks ago in the previous Word of the Week, I'd posted about Orthodoxy. In the religious context, Orthodoxy means...

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