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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By Elizabeth PrataJust as our minds can't conceive of how MUCH Jesus loves His own, we can't conceive of how deep sin will go. (1 Corinthians 2:9). Just when we think sin can't get any worse, it does. (Genesis 6:5).False teaching is a plague on the church. It destroys the sinner. It hinders the...

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Wednesday, 21 November 2018 23:31

Thanksgiving throwback Featured

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Why did the turkey cross the road?
To prove he wasn't chicken!
Enjoy your meal, breaking bread with friends and family.
For 43 years I rebelled against Christ, and He plucked me from my mire and saved me anyway. Today I'm thankful for grace.
Happy...

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Tuesday, 20 November 2018 22:53

Throwback: Lot Received So Much Mercy Featured

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I'm doing a Throwback today and tomorrow. Happy Thanksgiving everyone!This first appeared on The End Time one year ago, 11/21/2017 The story of Lot is an interesting one. Abraham's nephew,...

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By Elizabeth Prata
From electing love to glorifying love, you are loved by God. You were chosen in Him before the foundation of the world. He loved you in Christ before time began, and He will love you in Christ when time is over. The committed love of God for His people is as eternal as God is....

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Monday, 19 November 2018 06:18

Good advice from Charles Spurgeon about Twitter polls Featured

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By Elizabeth PrataOn Twitter there is a function that lets you put up a poll. Typically, there is a question followed by three or four answers. You can choose one and then go see the current results.I've had qualms about polls for a while now, but was unable to put my finger on why, until this...

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Saturday, 17 November 2018 20:09

Sunday word of the Week: Fruit of the Spirit, Kindness Featured

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By Elizabeth Prata But 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
kindness here in Greek (xrēstótēs) means a useful kindness, referring to meeting real...

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Saturday, 17 November 2018 00:30

Christmas Carols are on, including The Coventry Carol Featured

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By Elizabeth Prata Being home now on Thanksgiving Break all week has put me into the holiday mood. I started listening to Christmas carols this morning. At The Special Store (vintage estate resale store) yesterday I'd seen an Anne Murray CD called Christmas, issued in 2008. It was damaged...

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Friday, 16 November 2018 07:27

"We've always had false teachers..." Featured

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By Elizabeth PrataDiscussions about false teachers makes many people feel uncomfortable. It isn't my favorite topic of conversation, either. For someone who might be saved but is teaching an errant doctrine, it's a tragedy, because they are laboring under an incorrect interpretive method, or...

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Wednesday, 14 November 2018 18:35

Creation Grace: Build Your House Upon the Rock Featured

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By Elizabeth PrataThis post first appeared on The End Time in November, 2013
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Build Your House on the Rock
“Everyone then who hears these words of mine and does them will be like a wise man who built his house on the rock. And the rain fell, and the floods came, and the winds blew and beat on...

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Tuesday, 13 November 2018 19:14

A plague of false teachers Featured

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"The early church was married to poverty, prisons and persecutions. Today, the church is married to prosperity, personality, and popularity." Leonard Ravenhill.
We are living in a plague now. It is a plague of false teachers. False teachers bring a different Gospel, or meld the...

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Monday, 12 November 2018 18:58

Lord, give me strength to be valiant Featured

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By Elizabeth PrataThe greatest gift is Jesus and His greatest gift to us is eternal peace with Him and the right to be called His brothers. That is pretty amazing if you think about it. One of my favorite Bible books is the Book of Hebrews. In it, it is written-"Both the one who makes men holy and...

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Sunday, 11 November 2018 18:58

Praises for prophecy, higher praises for the One who ordains it Featured

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By Elizabeth PrataI love prophecy. In the early days of the blog I did newspaper eisegesis, where I looked at the newspaper (AKA the global news) and then looked at the Bible to see how close we were to fulfillment. I don't mind that though, those were heady days. My eyes had been opened to all the...

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Saturday, 10 November 2018 19:19

Sunday Word of the Week- Fruit of the Spirit: Patience Featured

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By Elizabeth PrataBut the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, 23 gentleness, self-control; against such things there is no law. (Galatians 5:22).The fruit of the Spirit is singular. It's all one fruit. It's not like the believer works on love one...

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Friday, 09 November 2018 20:30

Kay Cude Poetry: Mortification of Sin Featured

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I recommend John Owen's works. Admittedly, his writing is dense and difficult, being 350 years old. However, there are many helps available to aid understanding of his writing, many notes and modern language updates. Here is one from Meet the Puritans. It is very much worth it to pursue a study of...

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Friday, 09 November 2018 06:22

Blasphemy: Jesus is not Isa, Isa is not Jesus Featured

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By Elizabeth PrataFor several years now we have been hearing stories of Muslim people in closed Islamic societies claiming to have had a dream of a certain person appearing to them in a white robe, sometimes introducing Himself as Isa, and variously either sharing the Gospel in the dream or saying...

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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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