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, 05 July 2018 09:00

All believers are called to be faithful witnesses Featured

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by Mike Ratliff

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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by Mike Ratliff

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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Wednesday, 30 May 2018 08:31

Apostates, tares, fiery trials, and tests Featured

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24 “A disciple is not above his teacher, nor a slave above his master. 25 It is enough for the disciple that he become like his teacher, and the slave like his master. If they have called the head of the house Beelzebul, how much more will they malign the members of his...

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Tuesday, 29 May 2018 09:41

Seeker-Sensitivity Circa 1975 Featured

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God saved me in 1986, but that was by no means the beginning of the history of my Churchianity and religiosity. No, I grew up going to church. When I was in the U.S. Navy (June 1973-July 1976) I was stationed in Washington D.C. I was in a period of rebellion at that time in which I...

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12 For the word of God is living and active and sharper than any two-edged sword, and piercing as far as the division of soul and spirit, of both joints and marrow, and able to judge the thoughts and intentions of the heart.,Hebrews 4:12 (NASB) 

In this day in which the truth is...

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Saturday, 26 May 2018 09:59

Tribulation Featured

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20 ὁ δὲ ἐπὶ τὰ πετρώδη σπαρείς, οὗτός ἐστιν ὁ τὸν λόγον...

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Thursday, 24 May 2018 09:36

What is an apostate? Featured

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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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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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