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
Thursday, 24 May 2018 09:36

What is an apostate? Featured

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by Mike Ratliff

20 The one on whom seed was sown on the rocky places, this is the man who hears the word and immediately receives it with joy; 21 yet he has no firm root in himself, but is only temporary, and when affliction or persecution arises because of the word, immediately he falls away. 22...

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Wednesday, 23 May 2018 07:25

What are Justification and Sanctification? Featured

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28 And we know that God causes all things to work together for good to those who love God, to those who are called according to His purpose. 29 For those whom He foreknew, He also predestined to become conformed to the image of His Son, so that He would be the firstborn among many...

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Tuesday, 22 May 2018 08:09

You are not able to serve God and mammon Featured

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by Mike Ratliff

19 Μὴ θησαυρίζετε ὑμῖν θησαυροὺς ἐπὶ τῆς γῆς, ὅπου...

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Monday, 21 May 2018 07:39

Judging Featured

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1 “Do not judge so that you will not be judged. 2 For in the way you judge, you will be judged; and by your standard of measure, it will be measured to you. Matthew 7:1-2 (NASB)

It is impossible to walk through one’s day without having to make judgments. In fact our...

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19 Do not quench the Spirit; 20 do not despise prophetic utterances. 21 But examine everything carefully; hold fast to that which is good; 22 abstain from every form of evil. 1 Thessalonians 5:19-22 (NASB) 

God has called His people to discernment. If you listen to many...

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Saturday, 19 May 2018 07:04

Technology and the Christian Featured

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We live in an unprecedented age of digital connectivity. In this strange new world, we are electronically linked to endless numbers of people and places as well as a flood of information. Smartphones, laptops, and tablets connect us to just about everyone and everything. We are...

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Thursday, 17 May 2018 07:54

Who is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven? Featured

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by Mike Ratliff

1 Ἐν ἐκείνῃ τῇ ὥρᾳ προσῆλθον οἱ μαθηταὶ τῷ Ἰησοῦ...

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Wednesday, 16 May 2018 08:32

Treasure in earthen vessels Featured

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2 The Lord said to Gideon, “The people who are with you are too many for Me to give Midian into their hands, for Israel would become boastful, saying, ‘My own power has delivered me.’ Judges 7:2 (NASB) 

This walk before the face of God is fraught with...

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Tuesday, 15 May 2018 07:27

The inner war Featured

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15 “Beware of the false prophets, who come to you in sheep’s clothing, but inwardly are ravenous wolves. Matthew 7:15 (NASB)

False prophets have infiltrated the Church since the very beginning. Also, disingenuous professors have always plagued churches. There has not...

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13 “For from the least of them even to the greatest of them,Everyone is greedy for gain,And from the prophet even to the priestEveryone deals falsely.14 “They have healed the brokenness of My people superficially,Saying, ‘Peace, peace,’But there is no peace.15...

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Sunday, 13 May 2018 09:53

Reconciled Featured

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13 But now in Christ Jesus you who formerly were far off have been brought near by the blood of Christ. 14 For He Himself is our peace, who made both groups into one and broke down the barrier of the dividing wall, 15 by abolishing in His flesh the enmity, which is the Law of...

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Saturday, 12 May 2018 08:38

Pure Featured

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1 See how great a love the Father has bestowed on us, that we would be called children of God; and such we are. For this reason the world does not know us, because it did not know Him. 2 Beloved, now we are children of God, and it has not appeared as yet what we will be. We know that...

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Thursday, 10 May 2018 06:22

The Church’s firm foundation Featured

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18 I also say to you that you are Peter, and upon this rock I will build My church; and the gates of Hades will not overpower it. Matthew 16:18 (NASB)

There are times as we observe the carnage in the visible church and it feels very much as if we are in a fight to the death...

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Wednesday, 09 May 2018 07:02

Intentional godliness is the product of a spirit-filled walk Featured

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6 Let no one deceive you with empty words, for because of these things the wrath of God comes upon the sons of disobedience. 7 Therefore do not be partakers with them; 8 for you were formerly darkness, but now you are Light in the Lord; walk as children of Light 9 (for the fruit of...

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Tuesday, 08 May 2018 07:35

Right belief is exhibited in right living Featured

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16 Do not be deceived, my beloved brethren. 17 Every good thing given and every perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of lights, with whom there is no variation or shifting shadow. 18 In the exercise of His will He brought us forth by the word of truth, so that we...

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Tuesday, 01 May 2018 09:18

Objective (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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23 Let us hold fast the confession of our hope without wavering, for He who promised is faithful; 24 and let us consider how to stimulate one another to love and good deeds, 25 not forsaking our own assembling together, as is the habit of some, but encouraging one another; and all...

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Sunday, 29 April 2018 08:54

Christ’s work of redemption is finished! Featured

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10 For as many as are of the works of the Law are under a curse; for it is written, “Cursed is everyone who does not abide by all things written in the book of the law, to perform them.” 11 Now that no one is justified by the Law before God is evident; for, “ The...

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Saturday, 28 April 2018 08:33

The Genuine Christ of God Featured

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1 And He called the twelve together, and gave them power and authority over all the demons and to heal diseases. 2 And He sent them out to proclaim the kingdom of God and to perform healing. 3 And He said to them, “Take nothing for your journey, neither a staff, nor a...

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Thursday, 26 April 2018 07:53

The path of the wicked vs the way of the righteous Featured

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14 Do not enter the path of the wickedAnd do not proceed in the way of evil men. Proverbs 4:14 (NASB) 

There are things taking place in Christendom that I never thought I would see. The Roman Catholic Church seems to be returning to its former aggressive ways while much of...

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Wednesday, 25 April 2018 09:32

What does it mean biblically to draw near to God? Featured

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7 You hypocrites, rightly did Isaiah prophesy of you:8 ‘This people honors Me with their lips,But their heart is far away from Me.9 ‘But in vain do they worship Me,Teaching as doctrines the precepts of men.’” Matthew 15:7-9 (NASB) 

What does it mean...

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Tuesday, 24 April 2018 11:45

But many who are first will be last; and the last, first Featured

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27 Then Peter said to Him, “Behold, we have left everything and followed You; what then will there be for us?” 28 And Jesus said to them, “Truly I say to you, that you who have followed Me, in the regeneration when the Son of Man will sit on His glorious throne, you...

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Monday, 23 April 2018 07:40

Who or What is the Scarlet Woman? Featured

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1 Then one of the seven angels who had the seven bowls came and spoke with me, saying, “Come here, I will show you the judgment of the great harlot who sits on many waters, 2 with whom the kings of the earth committed acts of immorality, and those who dwell on the earth were...

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Sunday, 22 April 2018 06:54

Godly Discernment vs Hypocritical Judging Featured

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11 “Blessed are you when people insult you and persecute you, and falsely say all kinds of evil against you because of Me. 12 Rejoice and be glad, for your reward in heaven is great; for in the same way they persecuted the prophets who were before you. Matthew 5:11-12...

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Thursday, 19 April 2018 11:09

The keys to the mortification of sin Featured

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9 I was once alive apart from the Law; but when the commandment came, sin became alive and I died; 10 and this commandment, which was to result in life, proved to result in death for me; 11 for sin, taking an opportunity through the commandment, deceived me and through it killed me....

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