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
Tuesday, 23 January 2018 06:40

Is your Jesus the Jesus of the Bible or is he another Jesus? Featured

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by Mike Ratliff

3 But I fear, lest somehow, as the serpent deceived Eve by his craftiness, so your minds may be corrupted from the simplicity that is in Christ. 4 For if he who comes preaches another Jesus whom we have not preached, or if you receive a different spirit which you have not received,...

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Monday, 22 January 2018 06:34

Where is the Lord God of Elijah? Featured

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by Mike Ratliff

13 He also took up the mantle of Elijah that had fallen from him, and went back and stood by the bank of the Jordan. 14 Then he took the mantle of Elijah that had fallen from him, and struck the water, and said, “Where is the Lord God of Elijah?” And when he also had...

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Sunday, 21 January 2018 07:36

The Whole Armor of God Featured

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1 Now I, Paul, myself am pleading with you by the meekness and gentleness of Christ—who in presence am lowly among you, but being absent am bold toward you. 2 But I beg you that when I am present I may not be bold with that confidence by which I intend to be bold against some,...

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Saturday, 20 January 2018 08:26

Fruit bearing Featured

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15 “Beware of false prophets, who come to you in sheep’s clothing, but inwardly they are ravenous wolves. 16 You will know them by their fruits. Do men gather grapes from thornbushes or figs from thistles? 17 Even so, every good tree bears good fruit, but a bad tree bears...

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1 Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen. 2 For by it the elders obtained a good testimony.3 By faith we understand that the worlds were framed by the word of God, so that the things which are seen were not made of things which are...

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Wednesday, 17 January 2018 06:57

Does your righteousness exceed that of the Scribes and Pharisees? Featured

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1 Brethren, my heart’s desire and prayer to God for Israel is that they may be saved. 2 For I bear them witness that they have a zeal for God, but not according to knowledge. 3 For they being ignorant of God’s righteousness, and seeking to establish their own...

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Tuesday, 16 January 2018 06:06

Godly thinking Featured

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8 Finally, brethren, whatever things are true, whatever things are noble, whatever things are just, whatever things are pure, whatever things are lovely, whatever things are of good report, if there is any virtue and if there is anything praiseworthy—meditate on these...

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Monday, 15 January 2018 06:57

Real Salvation 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 of works, lest anyone should boast. 10 For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand that we should walk in...

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17 For it is better, if it is the will of God, to suffer for doing good than for doing evil.18 For Christ also suffered once for sins, the just for the unjust, that He might bring us to God, being put to death in the flesh but made alive by the Spirit, 19 by whom also He went and...

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15 “Beware of false prophets, who come to you in sheep’s clothing, but inwardly they are ravenous wolves. 16 You will know them by their fruits. Do men gather grapes from thornbushes or figs from thistles? 17 Even so, every good tree bears good fruit, but a bad tree bears...

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Thursday, 11 January 2018 08:39

The Doctrine of the Atonement of Christ Featured

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11 And not only that, but we also rejoice in God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom we have now received the reconciliation. Romans 5:11 (NKJV) 

The very heart of Christianity is the doctrine of the Atonement. Is it no wonder that so many proclaiming a “new...

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Wednesday, 10 January 2018 07:09

Arrogance, unbelief, and Sola Scriptura Featured

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Sola Scriptura       In Sacred scripture alone we find

Sola Gratia             Salvation is by grace alone

Sola Fide                Through faith alone

Solus...

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Tuesday, 09 January 2018 07:08

Why genuine Christians persevere Featured

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37 All that the Father gives Me will come to Me, and the one who comes to Me I will by no means cast out. 38 For I have come down from heaven, not to do My own will, but the will of Him who sent Me. 39 This is the will of the Father who sent Me, that of all He has given Me I should...

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Monday, 08 January 2018 09:45

The Gatekeepers of False Teachers Featured

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I listened to this episode of the Bible Thumping Wingnut this evening. I found it troubling, but, then again, when this ministry first began I worked shoulder to shoulder with Ken Silva doing heavy duty discernment work and this episode sure took me back. I am convinced that our enemy has worked...

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Monday, 08 January 2018 06:31

Manna and faith Featured

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4 Then the Lord said to Moses, “Behold, I will rain bread from heaven for you. And the people shall go out and gather a certain quota every day, that I may test them, whether they will walk in My law or not. Exodus 16:4 (NKJV) 

Most Christians I know do not walk by...

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Sunday, 07 January 2018 07:38

Bearing your cross with patience Featured

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33 These things I have spoken to you, that in Me you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulation; but be of good cheer, I have overcome the world.” John 16:33 (NKJV) 

The natural man in each of us wants to paint God as a combination of a spiritual Santa...

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Saturday, 06 January 2018 08:29

Do not think that I came to bring peace on earth Featured

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34 “Do not think that I came to bring peace on earth. I did not come to bring peace but a sword. 35 For I have come to “set a man against his father, a daughter against her mother, and a daughter-in-law against her mother-in-law’; 36 and ‘a man’s...

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Thursday, 04 January 2018 07:25

Preaching the Gospel vs being Missional Featured

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2 This only I want to learn from you: Did you receive the Spirit by the works of the law, or by the hearing of faith? 3 Are you so foolish? Having begun in the Spirit, are you now being made perfect by the flesh? 4 Have you suffered so many things in vain—if indeed it was in...

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Wednesday, 03 January 2018 07:03

Having a zeal for God but not according to perception Featured

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1 Brethren, my heart’s desire and prayer to God for Israel is that they may be saved. 2 For I bear them witness that they have a zeal for God, but not according to knowledge. 3 For they being ignorant of God’s righteousness, and seeking to establish their own...

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Tuesday, 02 January 2018 09:03

Justification and its fruits Featured

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28 Therefore, since we are receiving a kingdom which cannot be shaken, let us have grace, by which we may serve God acceptably with reverence and godly fear. 29 For our God is a consuming fire. Hebrews 12:28-29 (NKJV) 

In my younger days when I was working on my...

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Sunday, 31 December 2017 06:47

Peter preaching the Gospel at Pentecost Featured

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14 But Peter, standing up with the eleven, raised his voice and said to them, “Men of Judea and all who dwell in Jerusalem, let this be known to you, and heed my words. 15 For these are not drunk, as you suppose, since it is only the third hour of the day. 16 But this is what...

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Saturday, 30 December 2017 07:23

Adultery of the heart and apostasy Featured

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4 Therefore whoever humbles himself as this little child is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven. 5 Whoever receives one little child like this in My name receives Me.6 “Whoever causes one of these little ones who believe in Me to sin, it would be better for him if a millstone...

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Thursday, 28 December 2017 08:07

Doctrine and truth Featured

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3 Ἀγαπητοί, πᾶσαν σπουδὴν ποιούμενος γράφειν ὑμῖν...

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Wednesday, 27 December 2017 06:08

Biblical Justice vs Social Justice Featured

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1 “At the end of every seven years you shall grant a release of debts. 2 And this is the form of the release: Every creditor who has lent anything to his neighbor shall release it; he shall not require it of his neighbor or his brother, because it is called the Lord’s...

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24 Then Jesus said to His disciples, “If anyone desires to come after Me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow Me. 25 For whoever desires to save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for My sake will find it. 26 For what profit is it to a man if...

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