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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Friday, 23 June 2017 10:19

The Way Featured

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by Mike Ratliff

1 Ὁ δὲ Σαῦλος ἔτι ἐμπνέων ἀπειλῆς καὶ φόνου εἰς...

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Thursday, 22 June 2017 07:33

Do works have anything to do with Everlasting Life? Featured

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28 Therefore they said to Him, “What shall we do, so that we may work the works of God?” John 6:28 (NASB) 

The flesh is still with us all, even those who have been born again unto eternal life. The flesh does not understand grace. The flesh does not understand...

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Wednesday, 21 June 2017 08:02

Jesus offers rest to the weary Featured

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3 “ Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. Matthew 5:3 (NASB) 

I spent many years as a deacon in two SBC churches in the late 1980’s the 1990’s and the early 2000’s. I would say that my spiritual maturity during that time...

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11 Ἐν ᾧ καὶ ἐκληρώθημεν προορισθέντες κατὰ πρόθεσιν...

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Monday, 19 June 2017 07:07

Original Sin Regeneration and Saving Faith Featured

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16 The LORD God commanded the man, saying, “From any tree of the garden you may eat freely; 17 but from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil you shall not eat, for in the day that you eat from it you will surely die.”  (Genesis 2:16-17 NASB)

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Sunday, 18 June 2017 08:17

Regeneration, Forgiveness, and Redemption Featured

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3 Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places in Christ, 4 just as He chose us in Him before the foundation of the world, that we would be holy and blameless before Him. In love 5 He predestined us to...

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Saturday, 17 June 2017 07:31

For the Justified their peace with God is objective reality Featured

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1 Therefore, having been justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ, Romans 5:1 (NASB)

In this post we will look at Romans 4:13-5:1 which is the application of the theology that Paul presents in Romans 3:20-31, which could be summarized with the...

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Thursday, 15 June 2017 08:10

The Human Will and Christian Authenticity Featured

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43 Jesus answered and said to them, “Do not grumble among yourselves. 44 No one can come to Me unless the Father who sent Me draws him; and I will raise him up on the last day. 45 It is written in the prophets, ‘And they shall all be taught of God.’ Everyone who has...

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Wednesday, 14 June 2017 08:21

Teach what accords with sound doctrine Featured

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5 The aim of our charge is love that issues from a pure heart and a good conscience and a sincere faith. 6 Certain persons, by swerving from these, have wandered away into vain discussion, 7 desiring to be teachers of the law, without understanding either what they are saying or the...

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Tuesday, 13 June 2017 07:43

True contentment 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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Monday, 12 June 2017 07:21

Religious Christians who are not in Christ Featured

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24 So when the crowd saw that Jesus was not there, nor His disciples, they themselves got into the small boats, and came to Capernaum seeking Jesus. 25 When they found Him on the other side of the sea, they said to Him, “Rabbi, when did You get here?”26 Jesus answered...

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15 Do not love the world nor the things in the world. If anyone loves the world, the love of the Father is not in him. 1 John 2:15 (NASB) 

There is a certain type of love that God hates. We find that in John 15:18-20)

18 “If the world hates you, you know that it has...

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Saturday, 10 June 2017 06:33

The testing of your faith Featured

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3 Ἐν σαρκὶ γὰρ περιπατοῦντες οὐ κατὰ σάρκα...

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Thursday, 08 June 2017 08:03

Exposing the unfruitful works of darkness 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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Wednesday, 07 June 2017 03:11

Regarding Harry Potter Part 3 of 3 Featured

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Follow the fruit…

The Harry Potter book series was marketed through Scholastic Books to their target group of 3rd, 4th, 5th, and 6th graders, through sales at school book fairs as well as use in the classroom. Scholastic gives a place of honor to John Dewey (Oct. 20, 1859...

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Tuesday, 06 June 2017 00:09

Regarding Harry Potter Part 2 of 3 Featured

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Is the Harry Potter book series a matter of Christian liberty or forbidden fruit?

A Puritans’ Mind author, Dr. C. Matthew McMahon thoughtfully and scripturally examines the question, “Is Harry Potter really necessary?”2

There is much wisdom found in St....

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Monday, 05 June 2017 03:00

Regarding Harry Potter Part 1 of 3 Featured

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“Come now, and let us reason together…”Isaiah 1:18

The purpose in writing this 3 part series is to address concerns about the cultural phenomena; Harry Potter book series by author J.K. Rowling and the spiritual impact on our children. The books are about a...

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by Mike Ratliff

 15 For this reason I too, having heard of the faith in the Lord Jesus which exists among you and your love for all the saints, 16 do not cease giving thanks for you, while making mention of you in my prayers; 17 that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, may...

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Saturday, 03 June 2017 08:46

Let us run with endurance the race that is set before us Featured

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1 Therefore, since we have so great a cloud of witnesses surrounding us, let us also lay aside every encumbrance and the sin which so easily entangles us, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, 2 fixing our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of faith, who...

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Thursday, 01 June 2017 09:56

Do not be conformed to this world Featured

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1 Therefore I urge you, brethren, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies a living and holy sacrifice, acceptable to God, which is your spiritual service of worship. 2 And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, so that you may prove...

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24 Wretched man that I am! Who will set me free from the body of this death? Romans 7:24 (NASB) 

All genuine Christians have one thing in common—they are imperfect people who, no matter how much they desire to be Christlike, will struggle with the paradox of being new...

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Tuesday, 30 May 2017 07:51

Pray without ceasing Featured

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17 pray without ceasing; 1 Thessalonians 5:17 (NASB) 

Of all of the commands from 1 Thessalonians 5:12-22 I am sure that the from v17, which I placed above, has caused the most consternation and possibly the most bad theology of all the others combined. What does Paul mean...

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Monday, 29 May 2017 09:49

Biblical unity, humility, and obedience Featured

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12 So, as those who have been chosen of God, holy and beloved, put on a heart of compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience; 13 bearing with one another, and forgiving each other, whoever has a complaint against anyone; just as the Lord forgave you, so also should you....

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Sunday, 28 May 2017 07:01

The prayer of God’s people Featured

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27 For You, O Lord of hosts, the God of Israel, have made a revelation to Your servant, saying, ‘I will build you a house’; therefore Your servant has found courage to pray this prayer to You. 2 Samuel 7:27 (NASB) 

Is there a difference between how a genuine...

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Thursday, 25 May 2017 08:59

God’s Plumbline Featured

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7 Thus He showed me, and behold, the Lord was standing by a vertical wall with a plumb line in His hand. Amos 7:7 (NASB) 

In John Bunyan’s classic The Pilgrim’s Progress, the characters’ names usually define their character. For instance there is Ignorance....

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