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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Saturday, 14 July 2018 11:42

Why personal holiness is not optional Featured

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by Mike Ratliff

14 Pursue peace with all men, and the sanctification without which no one will see the Lord. Hebrews 12:14 (NASB) 

Are we to accept the profession of faith from everyone who claims to be a Christian? This is a hot button issue in our time. I know of several people who once...

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Thursday, 12 July 2018 08:17

Walk in the Light and leave spiritual darkness far behind 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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Wednesday, 11 July 2018 07:41

Who is the light of the world? Featured

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12 Πάλιν οὖν αὐτοῖς ἐλάλησεν ὁ Ἰησοῦς λέγων· ἐγώ...

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Tuesday, 10 July 2018 06:38

The Cornerstone Featured

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42 Jesus *said to them, “Did you never read in the Scriptures,‘The stone which the builders rejected,This became the chief corner stone;This came about from the Lord,And it is marvelous in our eyes’?43 Therefore I say to you, the kingdom of God will be taken away...

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Monday, 09 July 2018 11:56

Doing the works Jesus has given us to do 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) 

The growing...

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Sunday, 08 July 2018 10:52

Boast in the Lord Featured

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8 For by grace you have been saved through faith; and that not of yourselves, it is the gift of God; 9 not as a result of works, so that no one may boast. Ephesians 2:8-9 (NASB) 

It is very common in the visible church in our time to hear preachers and teachers and people...

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Saturday, 07 July 2018 06:45

Are good works evidence of genuine faith? Featured

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10 from the same mouth come both blessing and cursing. My brethren, these things ought not to be this way. 11 Does a fountain send out from the same opening both fresh and bitter water? 12 Can a fig tree, my brethren, produce olives, or a vine produce figs? Nor can salt water produce...

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Friday, 06 July 2018 10:35

Judgment at the Great White Throne Featured

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11 Καὶ εἶδον θρόνον μέγαν λευκὸν καὶ τὸν καθήμενον...

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Thursday, 05 July 2018 09:00

All believers are called to be faithful witnesses Featured

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10 μηδὲν φοβοῦ ἃ μέλλεις πάσχειν. ἰδοὺ μέλλει...

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2 My soul longed and even yearned for the courts of the Lord;My heart and my flesh sing for joy to the living God. Psalms 84:2 (NASB)

I try to reread John Bunyan’s Grace Abounding to the Chief of Sinners from time to time. I need the perspective change found there at...

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Sunday, 01 July 2018 07:21

Christian transformation vs works righteouosness Featured

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2 καὶ μὴ συσχηματίζεσθε τῷ αἰῶνι τούτῳ, ἀλλὰ...

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Saturday, 30 June 2018 08:08

Lord God, please do not take your sustaining grace from us! Featured

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30 It was Hezekiah who stopped the upper outlet of the waters of Gihon and directed them to the west side of the city of David. And Hezekiah prospered in all that he did. 31 Even in the matter of the envoys of the rulers of Babylon, who sent to him to inquire of the wonder that had...

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Thursday, 28 June 2018 08:19

The five responses to the resurrection of Jesus Featured

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1 Now after the Sabbath, as it began to dawn toward the first day of the week, Mary Magdalene and the other Mary came to look at the grave. 2 And behold, a severe earthquake had occurred, for an angel of the Lord descended from heaven and came and rolled away the stone and sat upon...

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Wednesday, 27 June 2018 07:50

How to do effective Biblical evangelism Featured

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4 Do not answer a fool according to his folly,Or you will also be like him.5 Answer a fool as his folly deserves,That he not be wise in his own eyes. Proverbs 26:4-5 (NASB) 

Evangelism that is biblical is not numbers or results based as if it is a process we can control...

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Tuesday, 26 June 2018 06:59

Pray at all times Featured

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17 And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God.18 With all prayer and petition pray at all times in the Spirit, and with this in view, be on the alert with all perseverance and petition for all the saints, 19 and pray on my behalf, that...

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Monday, 25 June 2018 08:49

Unbelief is rooted in an ungodly focus Featured

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5 But if you do not send him, we will not go down; for the man said to us, ‘You will not see my face unless your brother is with you.’” 6 Then Israel said, “Why did you treat me so badly by telling the man whether you still had another...

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Sunday, 24 June 2018 10:03

Water Baptism and the One Baptism Featured

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37 Ἀκούσαντες δὲ κατενύγησαν τὴν καρδίαν εἶπόν τε...

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Saturday, 09 June 2018 08:27

Justitification and original sin 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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Thursday, 07 June 2018 07:14

The sheep and the goats Featured

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 For we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ, so that each one may be recompensed for his deeds in the body, according to what he has done, whether good or bad. 2 Corinthians 5:10 (NASB)

12 So He said, “A nobleman went to a distant country to receive a...

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Wednesday, 06 June 2018 07:23

The Gospel vs Another Gospel Featured

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23 Then if anyone says to you, ‘Behold, here is the Christ,’ or ‘There He is,’ do not believe him. 24 For false Christs and false prophets will arise and will show great signs and wonders, so as to mislead, if possible, even the elect. Matthew 24:23-24...

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Tuesday, 05 June 2018 09:16

God will abundantly pardon Featured

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4 “Behold, I have made him a witness to the peoples,A leader and commander for the peoples.5 “Behold, you will call a nation you do not know,And a nation which knows you not will run to you,Because of the Lord your God, even the Holy One of Israel;For He has glorified...

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Monday, 04 June 2018 08:53

The Orthodox Christian view of sin Featured

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1 In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. 2 He was in the beginning with God. 3 All things came into being through Him, and apart from Him nothing came into being that has come into being. 4 In Him was life, and the life was the Light of men. 5...

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8 Ephraim mixes himself with the nations;Ephraim has become a cake not turned. Hosea 7:8 (NASB) 

The Gospel is not something given to us in such a way that gives us the right to edit it. Nor is it our prerogative to change the focus of our local churches from what God...

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Saturday, 02 June 2018 07:20

The nature of hypocrisy Featured

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6 “I hold fast my righteousness and will not let it go.My heart does not reproach any of my days.7 “May my enemy be as the wickedAnd my opponent as the unjust.8 “For what is the hope of the godless when he is cut off,When God requires his life?9 “Will God hear...

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Thursday, 31 May 2018 08:38

Prayer that is powerful and effectual Featured

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16 ἐξομολογεῖσθε οὖν ἀλλήλοις τὰς ἁμαρτίας καὶ...

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