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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Sunday, 10 November 2019 07:33

The Prophetic Word Featured

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by Mike Ratliff

19 So we have the prophetic word made more sure, to which you do well to pay attention as to a lamp shining in a dark place, until the day dawns and the morning star arises in your hearts. 20 But know this first of all, that no prophecy of Scripture is a matter of one’s own...

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Saturday, 02 November 2019 07:00

Belief and unbelief Featured

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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) 

There are only two groups of people in the world. There...

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Thursday, 31 October 2019 06:00

Who is this who even forgives sins? Featured

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by Mike Ratliff

48 εἶπεν δὲ αὐτῇ· ἀφέωνταί σου αἱ ἁμαρτίαι. 49 καὶ...

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Wednesday, 30 October 2019 07:00

Longing for a heavenly body Featured

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by Mike Ratliff

13 I consider it right, as long as I am in this earthly dwelling, to stir you up by way of reminder, 14 knowing that the laying aside of my earthly dwelling is imminent, as also our Lord Jesus Christ has made clear to me. 2 Peter 1:13-14 (NASB) 

Unlike Peter, the Lord has not...

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Tuesday, 29 October 2019 06:00

Would you betray the Son of Man with a kiss? Featured

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47 While He was still speaking, behold, a crowd came, and the one called Judas, one of the twelve, was preceding them; and he approached Jesus to kiss Him. 48 But Jesus said to him, “Judas, are you betraying the Son of Man with a kiss?” Luke 22:47-48 (NASB) 

When the...

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Monday, 28 October 2019 07:00

Redemption Through the Blood of Christ Featured

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3 Then Moses came and recounted to the people all the words of the Lord and all the ordinances; and all the people answered with one voice and said, “All the words which the Lord has spoken we will do!” 4 Moses wrote down all the words of the Lord. Then he arose early in...

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Sunday, 27 October 2019 07:00

Humility, 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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Saturday, 26 October 2019 07:00

Justification by Faith Featured

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1 Therefore, having been justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ, 2 through whom also we have obtained our introduction by faith into this grace in which we stand; and we exult in hope of the glory of God. Romans 5:1-2 (NASB) 

Justification by...

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Thursday, 24 October 2019 07:00

True Christianity vs Subjective Religiosity Featured

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1 Therefore if you have been raised up with Christ, keep seeking the things above, where Christ is, seated at the right hand of God. 2 Set your mind on the things above, not on the things that are on earth. 3 For you have died and your life is hidden with Christ in God. 4 When...

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Wednesday, 23 October 2019 07:00

The necessity of preaching the Word free Featured

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1 I solemnly charge you in the presence of God and of Christ Jesus, who is to judge the living and the dead, and by His appearing and His kingdom: 2 preach the word; be ready in season and out of season; reprove, rebuke, exhort, with great patience and instruction. 3 For the time...

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Tuesday, 22 October 2019 09:21

Critical Race Theory and Biblical Truth Featured

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by Mike Ratliff

104 From Your precepts I get understanding;Therefore I hate every false way. Psalms 119:104 (NASB) 

For several years after my wife and I left our old church in 2006  because it went Purpose Driven we were no longer part of any Southern Baptist Church. We still attended...

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Monday, 21 October 2019 07:00

A Little Leaven Leavens the Whole Lump Featured

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1 The Pharisees and Sadducees came up, and testing Jesus, they asked Him to show them a sign from heaven. 2 But He replied to them, “ When it is evening, you say, ‘It will be fair weather, for the sky is red.’ 3 And in the morning, ‘There will be a storm...

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Sunday, 20 October 2019 07:00

False Religion Featured

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16 Then Samuel said to Saul, “Wait, and let me tell you what the Lord said to me last night.” And he said to him, “Speak!”17 Samuel said, “Is it not true, though you were little in your own eyes, you were made the head of the tribes of Israel? And the...

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Saturday, 19 October 2019 05:00

The Word of God makes us clean Featured

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3 You are already clean because of the word which I have spoken to you. John 15:3 (NASB) 

All people are born dead in their trespasses and sins. (Ephesians 2:1; Colossians 2:13) This condition of spiritual death also means that each person, though desperate for fulfillment that...

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Thursday, 17 October 2019 07:00

Death in Adam Life in Christ Featured

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12 Therefore, just as through one man sin entered into the world, and death through sin, and so death spread to all men, because all sinned— 13 for until the Law sin was in the world, but sin is not imputed when there is no law. 14 Nevertheless death reigned from Adam until...

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Wednesday, 16 October 2019 09:05

What divides what should be unified in the Body of Christ? Featured

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9 Διὰ τοῦτο καὶ ἡμεῖς, ἀφʼ ἧς ἡμέρας ἠκούσαμεν, οὐ...

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Tuesday, 15 October 2019 07:00

Boldness not Insolence Featured

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

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Monday, 14 October 2019 05:00

The Authority of the Son Featured

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25 ἀμὴν ἀμὴν λέγω ὑμῖν ὅτι ἔρχεται ὥρα καὶ νῦν ἐστιν ὅτε...

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Sunday, 13 October 2019 05:00

Preaching the Word Out of Season Featured

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1 I solemnly charge you in the presence of God and of Christ Jesus, who is to judge the living and the dead, and by His appearing and His kingdom: 2 preach the word; be ready in season and out of season; reprove, rebuke, exhort, with great patience and instruction. 2 Timothy 4:1-2...

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Saturday, 12 October 2019 07:00

Liberalism or Christianity? Featured

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There are really only two groups of people. There are those who are in Christ and those who are in their sins. These are Jesus’ own words, “I told you that you would die in your sins, for unless you believe that I am he you will die in your sins.” (John 8:24 ESV) Any form of...

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Thursday, 10 October 2019 06:00

Fiery Darts Featured

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11 Let the one who does wrong, still do wrong; and the one who is filthy, still be filthy; and let the one who is righteous, still practice righteousness; and the one who is holy, still keep himself holy.” Revelation 22:11 (NASB) 

The Pilgrim’s Progress by John Bunyan...

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Wednesday, 09 October 2019 06:00

Being A Good Servant of Jesus Christ in the Midst of Apostasy Featured

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1 Beloved, do not believe every spirit, but test the spirits to see whether they are from God, because many false prophets have gone out into the world. 2 By this you know the Spirit of God: every spirit that confesses that Jesus Christ has come in the flesh is from God; 3 and every...

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Tuesday, 08 October 2019 07:00

Known by Jesus vs simply religious Featured

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21 “Not everyone who says to Me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter the kingdom of heaven, but he who does the will of My Father who is in heaven will enter. 22 Many will say to Me on that day, ‘Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in Your name, and in Your name cast out...

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Sunday, 06 October 2019 07:00

Hold Fast to the Word of Life Featured

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19 But during the night an angel of the Lord opened the gates of the prison, and taking them out he said, 20 “Go, stand and speak to the people in the temple the whole message of this Life.” Acts 5:19-20 (NASB) 

We are in a period of the Church in which we must keep...

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Saturday, 05 October 2019 07:00

Another Jesus Featured

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3 But I am afraid that, as the serpent deceived Eve by his craftiness, your minds will be led astray from the simplicity and purity of devotion to Christ. 4 For if one comes and preaches another Jesus whom we have not preached, or you receive a different spirit which you have not...

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