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
Sunday, 22 September 2019 07:00

The Best Place to be is Right Where God has You Featured

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7 Because of the surpassing greatness of the revelations, for this reason, to keep me from exalting myself, there was given me a thorn in the flesh, a messenger of Satan to torment me—to keep me from exalting myself! 8 Concerning this I implored the Lord three times that it...

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Saturday, 21 September 2019 07:00

The Relationship of Believers to Christ Featured

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25 Husbands, love your wives, just as Christ also loved the church and gave Himself up for her, 26 so that He might sanctify her, having cleansed her by the washing of water with the word, 27 that He might present to Himself the church in all her glory, having no spot or wrinkle or...

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Thursday, 19 September 2019 07:00

Fear of Man Destroyed by Trust in God Featured

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25 The fear of man brings a snare,But he who trusts in the Lord will be exalted. Proverbs 29:25 (NASB) 

Our enemy is pretty smart. He has been around long enough that he believes he knows us. He knows that lost people are enslaved to him via their sin nature. He knows that the...

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Wednesday, 18 September 2019 05:00

Private Interpretation Featured

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13 But when He, the Spirit of truth, comes, He will guide you into all the truth; for He will not speak on His own initiative, but whatever He hears, He will speak; and He will disclose to you what is to come. 14 He will glorify Me, for He will take of Mine and will disclose it to...

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Tuesday, 17 September 2019 07:00

Idolatry Featured

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1 Then God said to Jacob, “Arise, go up to Bethel and live there, and make an altar there to God, who appeared to you when you fled from your brother Esau.” 2 So Jacob said to his household and to all who were with him, “Put away the foreign gods which are among...

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Monday, 16 September 2019 04:00

Do Not Love the 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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Sunday, 15 September 2019 07:00

Why It is Vital that We Become Mature in Christ Featured

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11 Καὶ αὐτὸς ἔδωκεν τοὺς μὲν ἀποστόλους, τοὺς δὲ...

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Saturday, 14 September 2019 07:00

Not Peace, but a Sword Featured

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34 “Do not think that I came to bring peace on the earth; I did not come to bring peace, but a sword. Matthew 10:34 (NASB) 

The character and the mission of our Lord Jesus Christ is not well understood by the majority of people on planet Earth. In fact, many professing...

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Thursday, 12 September 2019 07:00

The Plot to Kill Jesus Featured

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1 When Jesus had finished all these words, He said to His disciples, 2 “You know that after two days the Passover is coming, and the Son of Man is to be handed over for crucifixion.”3 Then the chief priests and the elders of the people were gathered together in the court...

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Wednesday, 11 September 2019 07:00

Faith Comes from God 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)

Genuine Christians will be very interested in getting the answer to the question posed to Jesus from John 6:28. If a professing Christian is not interested in that answer...

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Tuesday, 10 September 2019 07:00

There is only one gospel Featured

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8 But even if we, or an angel from heaven, should preach to you a gospel contrary to what we have preached to you, he is to be accursed! 9 As we have said before, so I say again now, if any man is preaching to you a gospel contrary to what you received, he is to be accursed!10 For am...

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Monday, 09 September 2019 07:00

The Law of Liberty Featured

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15 To the pure, all things are pure; but to those who are defiled and unbelieving, nothing is pure, but both their mind and their conscience are defiled. Titus 1:15 (NASB) 

I am constantly amazed at the diversity I witness in the believers who interact with this ministry. This,...

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Sunday, 08 September 2019 07:00

Taking Up Your Cross and Following Jesus Featured

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11 It is a trustworthy statement:For if we died with Him, we will also live with Him;12 If we endure, we will also reign with Him;If we deny Him, He also will deny us;13 If we are faithless, He remains faithful, for He cannot deny Himself. 2 Timothy 2:11-13 (NASB) 

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Saturday, 07 September 2019 07:00

Hell is Unending Judgment Featured

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24 “Then they will go forth and lookOn the corpses of the menWho have transgressed against Me.For their worm will not dieAnd their fire will not be quenched;And they will be an abhorrence to all mankind.” Isaiah 66:24 (NASB) 

Those who espouse Christian Universalism...

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Thursday, 05 September 2019 07:00

God’s Righteous Judgment Featured

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18 For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men who suppress the truth in unrighteousness, 19 because that which is known about God is evident within them; for God made it evident to them. 20 For since the creation of the world His...

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Wednesday, 04 September 2019 07:00

Blasphemy and the Fear of God Featured

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10 Now you followed my teaching, conduct, purpose, faith, patience, love, perseverance, 11 persecutions, and sufferings, such as happened to me at Antioch, at Iconium and at Lystra; what persecutions I endured, and out of them all the Lord rescued me! 12 Indeed, all who desire to...

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Tuesday, 03 September 2019 07:00

Faith without Works is Dead Featured

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14 What use is it, my brethren, if someone says he has faith but he has no works? Can that faith save him? 15 If a brother or sister is without clothing and in need of daily food, 16 and one of you says to them, “Go in peace, be warmed and be filled,” and yet you do not...

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Monday, 02 September 2019 07:00

Children of God Featured

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28 Now, little children, abide in Him, so that when He appears, we may have confidence and not shrink away from Him in shame at His coming. 29 If you know that He is righteous, you know that everyone also who practices righteousness is born of Him. 1 John 2:28-29 (NASB) 

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Saturday, 31 August 2019 04:00

Authority: Christ and the Bible Featured

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The authority of Scripture is a key issue for the Christian church in this and every age. Those who profess faith in Jesus Christ as Lord and Saviour are called to show the reality of their discipleship by humbly and faithfully obeying God’s written Word. To stray from...

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Thursday, 29 August 2019 07:00

The Nature of Temptation Featured

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41 Keep watching and praying that you may not enter into temptation; the spirit is willing, but the flesh is weak.”Matthew 26:41 (NASB)

38 Keep watching and praying that you may not come into temptation; the spirit is willing, but the flesh is weak.” Mark 14:38 (NASB)

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Wednesday, 28 August 2019 07:00

Blind Leading the Blind Featured

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13 But He answered and said, “Every plant which My heavenly Father did not plant shall be uprooted. 14 Let them alone; they are blind guides of the blind. And if a blind man guides a blind man, both will fall into a pit.” Matthew 15:13-14 (NASB) 

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Tuesday, 27 August 2019 07:00

The Call to Sound Doctrine Featured

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5 But the goal of our instruction is love from a pure heart and a good conscience and a sincere faith. 6 For some men, straying from these things, have turned aside to fruitless discussion, 7 wanting to be teachers of the Law, even though they do not understand either what they are...

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Monday, 26 August 2019 07:00

The Real Christ of God Featured

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18 And it happened that while He was praying alone, the disciples were with Him, and He questioned them, saying, “Who do the people say that I am?” 19 They answered and said, “John the Baptist, and others say Elijah; but others, that one of the prophets of old has...

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Sunday, 25 August 2019 07:00

Christian Oneness Featured

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7 The end of all things is near; therefore, be of sound judgment and sober spirit for the purpose of prayer. 8 Above all, keep fervent in your love for one another, because love covers a multitude of sins. 9 Be hospitable to one another without complaint. 1 Peter 4:7-9 (NASB) 

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Saturday, 24 August 2019 07:00

Filthy in God’s Sight Featured

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1 Then he showed me Joshua the high priest standing before the angel of the Lord, and Satan standing at his right hand to accuse him. 2 The Lord said to Satan, “The Lord rebuke you, Satan! Indeed, the Lord who has chosen Jerusalem rebuke you! Is this not a brand plucked from...

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