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, 15 November 2018 07:02

Let us devote ourselves to running the race God has set before us Featured

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by Mike Ratliff

1 To You I lift up my eyes,O You who are enthroned in the heavens!2 Behold, as the eyes of servants look to the hand of their master,As the eyes of a maid to the hand of her mistress,So our eyes look to the Lord our God,Until He is gracious to us.3 Be gracious to us, O Lord, be...

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Wednesday, 14 November 2018 08:58

The Valley of Humiliation and dealing with discouragement Featured

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by Mike Ratliff

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...

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Tuesday, 13 November 2018 08:16

Make me know Your ways, O Lord; Teach me Your paths Featured

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by Mike Ratliff

1 To You, O Lord, I lift up my soul.2 O my God, in You I trust,Do not let me be ashamed;Do not let my enemies exult over me.3 Indeed, none of those who wait for You will be ashamed;Those who deal treacherously without cause will be ashamed.4 Make me know Your ways, O Lord;Teach me...

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Monday, 12 November 2018 06:43

The other battle Featured

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by Mike Ratliff

10 Finally, be strong in the Lord and in the strength of His might. 11 Put on the full armor of God, so that you will be able to stand firm against the schemes of the devil. 12 For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the powers, against the...

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17 And He came and preached peace to you who were far away, and peace to those who were near; 18 for through Him we both have our access in one Spirit to the Father. 19 So then you are no longer strangers and aliens, but you are fellow citizens with the saints, and are of God’s...

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Saturday, 10 November 2018 09:07

The righteous will live by faith Featured

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by Mike Ratliff

16 Οὐ γὰρ ἐπαισχύνομαι τὸ εὐαγγέλιον, δύναμις γὰρ...

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Thursday, 08 November 2018 06:46

And the Word became flesh, and dwelt among us 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...

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Wednesday, 07 November 2018 08:07

The cost of sin Featured

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by Mike Ratliff

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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Tuesday, 06 November 2018 06:25

With one mind striving together for the faith of the gospel Featured

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by Mike Ratliff

27 Only conduct yourselves in a manner worthy of the gospel of Christ, so that whether I come and see you or remain absent, I will hear of you that you are standing firm in one spirit, with one mind striving together for the faith of the gospel; 28 in no way alarmed by your...

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Monday, 05 November 2018 06:19

Oppose our enemy firm in the faith Featured

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by Mike Ratliff

3 Ἐν σαρκὶ γὰρ περιπατοῦντες οὐ κατὰ σάρκα...

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Sunday, 04 November 2018 08:29

Bible Inspiration Featured

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by Mike Ratliff

16 All Scripture is inspired by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, for training in righteousness; 17 so that the man of God may be adequate, equipped for every good work. 2 Timothy 3:16-17 (NASB) 

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Saturday, 03 November 2018 06:22

Mildew and the Cost of Sin Featured

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by Kevin Gardner

The book of Leviticus is probably not the most widely read book in the Bible. With its pages of laws that seem so foreign, it can feel tedious to read. Many an ambitious reader, having embarked on a plan to read straight through the Bible, has gotten bogged down in Leviticus and has...

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Thursday, 01 November 2018 07:03

The nullifying of the conscience within relativism Featured

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5 Therefore it is necessary to be in subjection, not only because of wrath, but also for conscience’ sake. Romans 13:5 (NASB) 

In several discussion with friends both online and off-line over past several weeks one of the heart-rending topics was the lack of...

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Wednesday, 31 October 2018 07:16

Does prayer change things? Featured

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16 Therefore, confess your sins to one another, and pray for one another so that you may be healed. The effective prayer of a righteous man can accomplish much. 17 Elijah was a man with a nature like ours, and he prayed earnestly that it would not rain, and it did not rain on the...

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Tuesday, 30 October 2018 07:22

Christian faith and hope 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) 

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Monday, 29 October 2018 09:40

God’s disipline Featured

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1 Simon Peter, a bond-servant and apostle of Jesus Christ,To those who have received a faith of the same kind as ours, by the righteousness of our God and Savior, Jesus Christ: 2 Grace and peace be multiplied to you in the knowledge of God and of Jesus our Lord; 3 seeing that His...

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Sunday, 28 October 2018 11:15

Be anxious for nothing Featured

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4 Rejoice in the Lord always; again I will say, rejoice! 5 Let your gentle spirit be known to all men. The Lord is near. 6 Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. 7 And the peace of God, which...

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12 “In everything, therefore, treat people the same way you want them to treat you, for this is the Law and the Prophets.13 “Enter through the narrow gate; for the gate is wide and the way is broad that leads to destruction, and there are many who enter through it. 14 For...

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Wednesday, 24 October 2018 07:43

Those who will and will not inherit the Kingdom of God Featured

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50 Now I say this, brethren, that flesh and blood cannot inherit the kingdom of God; nor does the perishable inherit the imperishable. 1 Corinthians 15:50 (NASB) 

There are only two religions in the entire world. There is genuine Christianity and then every other form of...

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Tuesday, 23 October 2018 07:54

But love your enemies Featured

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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, 22 October 2018 11:01

The Gospel is a description of God’s bridge to people Featured

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by Mike Ratliff

If we compare much of what is preached or presented as the gospel these days to what the Bible says is the Gospel, and if we are scripturally honest, we will have to say that there is a vast difference between the two. The gospel that most here today has been neutered by the removal...

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Tuesday, 16 October 2018 09:35

God-pleasing sacrifices Featured

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by Mike Ratliff

1 Παρακαλῶοὖν ὑμᾶς, ἀδελφοί, διὰτῶν οἰκτιρμῶν...

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Monday, 15 October 2018 07:57

Why does the persecution come upon believers? Featured

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26 “When the Helper comes, whom I will send to you from the Father, that is the Spirit of truth who proceeds from the Father, He will testify about Me, 27 and you will testify also, because you have been with Me from the beginning. John 15:26-27 (NASB) 

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Sunday, 14 October 2018 07:42

All of the Children of God have a purifying hope in Christ Featured

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11 This was in accordance with the eternal purpose which He carried out in Christ Jesus our Lord, 12 in whom we have boldness and confident access through faith in Him. 13 Therefore I ask you not to lose heart at my tribulations on your behalf, for they are your glory.14 For this...

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24 Do not judge according to appearance, but judge with righteous judgment.” John 7:24 (NASB) 

What is the definition of the English word “fact?” The following is from the Merriam Webster Online Dictionary.

Main Entry: fact

Pronunciation: \ˈfakt\

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