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

Possessing the Treasure - Apologetic Report
Monday, 20 November 2017 07:48

Fallacious obedience and discernment Featured

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by Mike Ratliff

13 You call Me Teacher and Lord; and you are right, for so I am. 14 If I then, the Lord and the Teacher, washed your feet, you also ought to wash one another’s feet. 15 For I gave you an example that you also should do as I did to you. 16 Truly, truly, I say to you, a slave is...

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Sunday, 19 November 2017 09:22

The Lord’s rest Featured

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7 For He is our God,And we are the people of His pasture and the sheep of His hand.Today, if you would hear His voice,8 Do not harden your hearts, as at Meribah,As in the day of Massah in the wilderness,9 “When your fathers tested Me,They tried Me, though they had seen My work.1...

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21 Therefore the Lord heard and was full of wrath;And a fire was kindled against JacobAnd anger also mounted against Israel,22 Because they did not believe in GodAnd did not trust in His salvation. Psalms 78:21-22 (NASB) 

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28 Οἴδαμεν δὲ ὅτι τοῖς ἀγαπῶσιν τὸν θεὸν πάντα...

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Wednesday, 15 November 2017 07:38

God’s purpose in our discouragement Featured

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23 Yet the chief cupbearer did not remember Joseph, but forgot him. Genesis 40:23 (NASB)

My natural tendency is to heartily participate in self-pity, outrage, and unforgiveness thereby opening doors in my heart that Satan enters causing me to become discouraged. When this happens to...

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Tuesday, 14 November 2017 05:55

Boldness is not insolence Featured

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7 οὗ ἐγενήθην διάκονος κατὰ τὴν δωρεὰν τῆς χάριτος...

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Monday, 13 November 2017 06:08

Forgiveness and perseverance Featured

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17 One day He was teaching; and there were some Pharisees and teachers of the law sitting there, who had come from every village of Galilee and Judea and from Jerusalem; and the power of the Lord was present for Him to perform healing. 18 And some men were carrying on a bed a man who...

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Sunday, 12 November 2017 08:22

Be ready for every good deed Featured

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1 Every person is to be in subjection to the governing authorities. For there is no authority except from God, and those which exist are established by God. 2 Therefore whoever resists authority has opposed the ordinance of God; and they who have opposed will receive condemnation...

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Saturday, 11 November 2017 05:52

Humility is the mark of a genuine disciple Featured

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17 So then do not be foolish, but understand what the will of the Lord is. 18 And do not get drunk with wine, for that is dissipation, but be filled with the Spirit, 19 speaking to one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing and making melody with your heart to the...

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Thursday, 09 November 2017 06:33

Pride goes before destruction Featured

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18 Pride goes before destruction,And a haughty spirit before stumbling. Proverbs 16:18 (NASB) 

8 To me, the very least of all saints, this grace was given, to preach to the Gentiles the unfathomable riches of Christ, Ephesians 3:8 (NASB) 

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Wednesday, 08 November 2017 07:58

Clothe yourselves with humility Featured

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25 But Jesus called them to Himself and said, “You know that the rulers of the Gentiles lord it over them, and their great men exercise authority over them. 26 It is not this way among you, but whoever wishes to become great among you shall be your servant, 27 and whoever...

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3 ἀρκετὸς γὰρ ὁ παρεληλυθὼς χρόνος τὸ βούλημα τῶν...

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Monday, 06 November 2017 07:31

In the world you have tribulation, but I have overcome the world Featured

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18 “If the world hates you, you know that it has hated Me before it hated you. 19 If you were of the world, the world would love its own; but because you are not of the world, but I chose you out of the world, because of this the world hates you. John 15:18-19 (NASB) 

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Sunday, 05 November 2017 07:53

Apostates Featured

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3 Beloved, while I was making every effort to write you about our common salvation, I felt the necessity to write to you appealing that you contend earnestly for the faith which was once for all handed down to the saints. 4 For certain persons have crept in unnoticed, those who were...

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Saturday, 04 November 2017 11:23

False prophets and false prophecy then and now Featured

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1 Then the word of the Lord came to me saying, 2 “Son of man, prophesy against the prophets of Israel who prophesy, and say to those who prophesy from their own inspiration, ‘Listen to the word of the Lord! 3 Thus says the Lord God, “Woe to the foolish prophets who...

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Thursday, 02 November 2017 07:17

Subjectivism is the great danger of private interpretation Featured

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13 But when He, the Spirit of truth, comes, He will guide you into all the truth; for He will not speak on His own initiative, but whatever He hears, He will speak; and He will disclose to you what is to come. 14 He will glorify Me, for He will take of Mine and will disclose it to...

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Wednesday, 01 November 2017 08:55

God is our Sovereign Lord Featured

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19 But Peter and John answered and said to them, “Whether it is right in the sight of God to give heed to you rather than to God, you be the judge; 20 for we cannot stop speaking about what we have seen and heard.” 21 When they had threatened them further, they let them...

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35 But love your enemies, and do good, and lend, expecting nothing in return; and your reward will be great, and you will be sons of the Most High; for He Himself is kind to ungrateful and evil men. 36 Be merciful, just as your Father is merciful. Luke 6:35-36 (NASB) 

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Monday, 30 October 2017 07:35

Walking in a manner showing tolerance for one another in love Featured

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22 But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, 23 gentleness, self-control; against such things there is no law. 24 Now those who belong to Christ Jesus have crucified the flesh with its passions and desires.25 If we live by the...

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Sunday, 29 October 2017 10:02

The Hermeneutic of Humility’s gospel is false Featured

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1 But realize this, that in the last days difficult times will come. 2 For men will be lovers of self, lovers of money, boastful, arrogant, revilers, disobedient to parents, ungrateful, unholy, 3 unloving, irreconcilable, malicious gossips, without self-control, brutal, haters of...

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Saturday, 28 October 2017 08:29

The cost of discipleship, peace, and division Featured

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16 “Behold, I send you out as sheep in the midst of wolves; so be shrewd as serpents and innocent as doves. Matthew 10:16 (NASB) 

34 “Do not think that I came to bring peace on the earth; I did not come to bring peace, but a sword. 35 For I came to set a man...

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Thursday, 26 October 2017 07:06

Human faith is not the same thing as genuine faith Featured

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by Mike Ratliff 15 When the angels had gone away from them into heaven, the shepherds began saying to one another, “Let us go straight to Bethlehem then, and see this thing that has happened which the Lord has made known to us.” 16 So they came in a hurry and found their way to Mary and...

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Wednesday, 25 October 2017 07:11

Are you a good soldier of Christ Jesus? Featured

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3 Συγκακοπάθησον ὡς καλὸς στρατιώτης Χριστοῦ...

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28 Καὶ νῦν, τεκνία, μένετε ἐν αὐτῷ, ἵνα ἐὰν φανερωθῇ...

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Monday, 23 October 2017 07:35

We must remember that God is Sovereign Featured

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1 Nebuchadnezzar the king to all the peoples, nations, and men of every language that live in all the earth: “May your peace abound! 2 It has seemed good to me to declare the signs and wonders which the Most High God has done for me.3 “How great are His signsAnd how...

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