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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Saturday, 24 February 2018 09:36

Christian authenticity is radical Christianity Featured

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by Mike Ratliff

28 Then one of the scribes came, and having heard them reasoning together, perceiving that He had answered them well, asked Him, “Which is the first commandment of all?”29 Jesus answered him, “The first of all the commandments is: Hear, O Israel, the Lord our God,...

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Thursday, 22 February 2018 09:00

Great is the mystery of godliness Featured

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by Mike Ratliff

14 These things I write to you, though I hope to come to you shortly; 15 but if I am delayed, I write so that you may know how you ought to conduct yourself in the house of God, which is the church of the living God, the pillar and ground of the truth. 16 And without controversy...

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Wednesday, 21 February 2018 08:03

Standing firm in God’s truth no matter the cost Featured

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by Mike Ratliff

22 And the scribes who came down from Jerusalem said, “He has Beelzebub,” and, “By the ruler of the demons He casts out demons.”23 So He called them to Himself and said to them in parables: “How can Satan cast out Satan? 24 If a kingdom is divided...

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Wednesday, 21 February 2018 00:15

Sanctifcation and Regeneration Featured

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In response to yesterday’s post, Who will and who will not inherit the Kingdom God God?, my friend Stuart Brogden sent me the article below, which he had written in response to some people that we both know who contend that the redeemed person is no different from a reprobate. Some of them...

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Tuesday, 20 February 2018 06:08

Who will and who will not inherit the Kingdom of God? Featured

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

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

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Monday, 19 February 2018 05:35

The Tower of Babel error Featured

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by Mike Ratliff

6 Seek the Lord while He may be found,Call upon Him while He is near.7 Let the wicked forsake his way,And the unrighteous man his thoughts;Let him return to the Lord,And He will have mercy on him;And to our God,For He will abundantly pardon.8 “For My thoughts are not your...

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Sunday, 18 February 2018 08:09

The Lord tests the righteous Featured

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4 The Lord is in His holy temple,The Lord’s throne is in heaven;His eyes behold,His eyelids test the sons of men.5 The Lord tests the righteous,But the wicked and the one who loves violence His soul hates. Psalms 11:4-5 (NKJV) 

According to some professing Christians,...

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Saturday, 17 February 2018 07:43

To live is Christ, to die is gain! Featured

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by Mike Ratliff

4 And we have such trust through Christ toward God. 5 Not that we are sufficient of ourselves to think of anything as being from ourselves, but our sufficiency is from God, 6 who also made us sufficient as ministers of the new covenant, not of the letter but of the Spirit; for the...

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Thursday, 15 February 2018 08:03

Our Comforter and His work Featured

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25 “These things I have spoken to you while being present with you. 26 But the Helper, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in My name, He will teach you all things, and bring to your remembrance all things that I said to you. John 14:25-26 (NKJV)

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Wednesday, 14 February 2018 06:54

Work out your own salvation with fear and trembling Featured

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19 But at night an angel of the Lord opened the prison doors and brought them out, and said, 20 “Go, stand in the temple and speak to the people all the words of this life.” Acts 5:19-20 (NKJV) 

6 So we are always confident, knowing that while we are at home in...

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Saturday, 10 February 2018 09:06

The Death of my Mother Featured

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1 For we know that if our earthly house, this tent, is destroyed, we have a building from God, a house not made with hands, eternal in the heavens. 2 For in this we groan, earnestly desiring to be clothed with our habitation which is from heaven, 3 if indeed, having been clothed, we...

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Wednesday, 07 February 2018 10:25

Therefore put to death what is earthly in you which is idolatry Featured

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by Mike Ratliff

13 For if you live according to the flesh you will die; but if by the Spirit you put to death the deeds of the body, you will live. Romans 8:13 (NKJV) 

Compromise is the order of the day. When God’s Word is forsaken and replaced with the subjectivity of Man’s...

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Tuesday, 06 February 2018 06:08

Have you left your first love? Featured

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by Mike Ratliff

1 Moreover the word of the Lord came to me, saying,2 “Go and cry in the hearing of Jerusalem, saying, ‘Thus says the Lord:“I remember you,The kindness of your youth,The love of your betrothal,When you went after Me in the wilderness,In a land not sown.3 Israel was...

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Monday, 05 February 2018 06:40

Enjoying Christ’s fullness as mine Featured

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14 And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we beheld His glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father, full of grace and truth.15 John bore witness of Him and cried out, saying, “This was He of whom I said, He who comes after me is preferred before me, for...

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Sunday, 04 February 2018 04:13

Whoever does not love abides in death Featured

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by Mike Ratliff

11 For this is the message that you heard from the beginning, that we should love one another, 12 not as Cain who was of the wicked one and murdered his brother. And why did he murder him? Because his works were evil and his brother’s righteous.13 Do not marvel, my brethren, if...

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Saturday, 03 February 2018 07:00

Come soon Lord Jesus! Featured

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11 Behold, I am coming quickly! Hold fast what you have, that no one may take your crown. Revelation 3:11 (NKJV) 

3 knowing this first: that scoffers will come in the last days, walking according to their own lusts, 4 and saying, “Where is the promise of His coming?...

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Thursday, 01 February 2018 07:05

Apostasy is the fruit of false prophets Featured

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5 Now the purpose of the commandment is love from a pure heart, from a good conscience, and from sincere faith, 6 from which some, having strayed, have turned aside to idle talk, 7 desiring to be teachers of the law, understanding neither what they say nor the things which they...

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Wednesday, 31 January 2018 07:19

Christians and Apostates Featured

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8 Finally, all of you be of one mind, having compassion for one another; love as brothers, be tenderhearted, be courteous; 9 not returning evil for evil or reviling for reviling, but on the contrary blessing, knowing that you were called to this, that you may inherit a blessing. 10...

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Tuesday, 30 January 2018 06:28

Speaking the truth in love Featured

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4 There is one body and one Spirit, just as you were called in one hope of your calling; 5 one Lord, one faith, one baptism; 6 one God and Father of all, who is above all, and through all, and in you all.7 But to each one of us grace was given according to the measure of...

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Monday, 29 January 2018 04:52

What are the words of God? Featured

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by Mike Ratliff

34 For He whom God has sent speaks the words of God, for God does not give the Spirit by measure. John 3:34 (NKJV) 

34 ὃν γὰρ ἀπέστειλεν ὁ θεὸς τὰ...

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Sunday, 28 January 2018 07:31

To be light in this present darkness Featured

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14 “You are the light of the world. A city that is set on a hill cannot be hidden. 15 Nor do they light a lamp and put it under a basket, but on a lampstand, and it gives light to all who are in the house. 16 Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works...

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4 ὁ δὲ θεὸς πλούσιος ὢν ἐν ἐλέει, διὰ τὴν πολλὴν...

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Wednesday, 24 January 2018 08:03

God is Sovereign in Salvation Featured

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by Mike Ratliff

14 I am the good shepherd; and I know My sheep, and am known by My own. 15 As the Father knows Me, even so I know the Father; and I lay down My life for the sheep. 16 And other sheep I have which are not of this fold; them also I must bring, and they will hear My voice; and there...

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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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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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