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
Monday, 18 December 2017 06:49

The Doctrine of Original Sin and the Wrath of God 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 were made through Him, and without Him nothing was made that was made. 4 In Him was life, and the life was the light of men. 5 And the light shines in...

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Sunday, 17 December 2017 07:29

Works righteousness is man’s default religion Featured

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by Mike Ratliff

13 πορευθέντες δὲ μάθετε τί ἐστιν· ἔλεος θέλω καὶ...

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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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Thursday, 14 December 2017 03:00

Spiritual Poverty Featured

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by Martin Luther

Listen, my beloved brothers, has not God chosen those who are poor in the world to be rich in faith and heirs of the kingdom, which he has promised to those who love him? (James 2:5 ESV)

You may wonder, “What? Do all Christians have to live in complete poverty and not own...

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Wednesday, 13 December 2017 08:11

Sola Scriptura vs spiritual blindness Featured

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by Mike Ratliff

13 But He answered and said, “Every plant which My heavenly Father has not planted will be uprooted. 14 Let them alone. They are blind leaders of the blind. And if the blind leads the blind, both will fall into a ditch.” Matthew 15:13-14 (NKJV) 

What is Sola...

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Tuesday, 12 December 2017 06:07

The source of Christian assurance is God Himself Featured

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by Mike Ratliff

17 So the Lord said to Moses, “I will also do this thing that you have spoken; for you have found grace in My sight, and I know you by name.”18 And he said, “Please, show me Your glory.”19 Then He said, “I will make all My goodness pass before you, and I...

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Monday, 11 December 2017 06:50

Believers’ Faithfulness vs Religion Featured

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by Mike Ratliff

28 And now, little children, abide in Him, that when He appears, we may have confidence and not be ashamed before Him at His coming. 29 If you know that He is righteous, you know that everyone who practices righteousness is born of Him. 1 John 2:28-29 (NKJV) 

All who are...

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Sunday, 10 December 2017 07:02

Are we in the midst of God’s wrath of abandonment? Featured

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by Mike Ratliff

17 “Ephraim is joined to idols,Let him alone. Hosea 4:17 (NKJV) 

Idolatry is the natural state of man. Left to themselves, people will worship or idolize someone or something. On the top of the list of those things we place on pedestals of idolatry is self. Professing...

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Saturday, 09 December 2017 07:17

Religiosity based in carnality is not genuine Christianity Featured

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by Mike Ratliff

63 τὸ πνεῦμά ἐστιν τὸ ζῳοποιοῦν, ἡ σὰρξ οὐκ ὠφελεῖ...

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Thursday, 07 December 2017 06:08

The Cross is proof of God’s grace Featured

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by Mike Ratliff

13 And the tax collector, standing afar off, would not so much as raise his eyes to heaven, but beat his breast, saying, ‘God, be merciful to me a sinner!’ Luke 18:13 (NKJV) 

In our day it is not unusual to hear a man-centered version of the Gospel message that...

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Wednesday, 06 December 2017 06:31

Unbelief is rooted in neutralist thinking Featured

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by Mike Ratliff

17 So this I say, and affirm together with the Lord, that you walk no longer just as the Gentiles also walk, in the futility of their mind, 18 being darkened in their understanding, excluded from the life of God because of the ignorance that is in them, because of the hardness of...

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Tuesday, 05 December 2017 05:50

Discernment and man-made religiosity Featured

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by Mike Ratliff

10 When I entered the house of Shemaiah the son of Delaiah, son of Mehetabel, who was confined at home, he said, “Let us meet together in the house of God, within the temple, and let us close the doors of the temple, for they are coming to kill you, and they are coming to kill...

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Monday, 04 December 2017 07:13

Godly discernment is rooted in Christian maturity Featured

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by Mike Ratliff

12 Οὐχ ὅτι ἤδη ἔλαβον ἢ ἤδη τετελείωμαι, διώκω δὲ εἰ...

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Sunday, 03 December 2017 06:32

The necessity and nature of the Atonement Featured

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by John A. Broadus

The blood of Jesus Christ his Son cleanseth from all sin. I John 1:7

My hearers, what is the most wonderful event that ever occurred on earth, that ever happened in the universe? The history of our race is so full of wonderful events-you might well pause for your answer. My answer...

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Saturday, 02 December 2017 05:35

That which can keep believers from stumbling Featured

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by Mike Ratliff

1 Ταῦτα λελάληκα ὑμῖν ἵνα μὴ σκανδαλισθῆτε. John 16:1 (NA28)

1 “These things I...

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Thursday, 30 November 2017 06:34

Sin Featured

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by Mike Ratliff

18 Now the birth of Jesus Christ was as follows: when His mother Mary had been betrothed to Joseph, before they came together she was found to be with child by the Holy Spirit. 19 And Joseph her husband, being a righteous man and not wanting to disgrace her, planned to send her away...

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Wednesday, 29 November 2017 07:35

For this reason they could not believe Featured

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by Mike Ratliff

35 So Jesus said to them, “For a little while longer the Light is among you. Walk while you have the Light, so that darkness will not overtake you; he who walks in the darkness does not know where he goes. 36 While you have the Light, believe in the Light, so that you may...

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Tuesday, 28 November 2017 05:42

Springs without water and mists driven by a storm Featured

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by Mike Ratliff

4 For certain persons have crept in unnoticed, those who were long beforehand marked out for this condemnation, ungodly persons who turn the grace of our God into licentiousness and deny our only Master and Lord, Jesus Christ.5 Now I desire to remind you, though you know all things...

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Monday, 27 November 2017 08:01

Have you been apprehended by God? Featured

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by Mike Ratliff

12 Not as though I had already attained, either were already perfect: but I follow after, if that I may apprehend that for which also I am apprehended of Christ Jesus. Philippians 3:12 (KJV) 

The Apostle Paul often used the analogy of a runner to describe our spiritual...

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Sunday, 26 November 2017 08:21

Are you ready to meet God? Featured

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by Mike Ratliff

1 Behold, a day is coming for the Lord when the spoil taken from you will be divided among you. 2 For I will gather all the nations against Jerusalem to battle, and the city will be captured, the houses plundered, the women ravished and half of the city exiled, but the rest of the...

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Saturday, 25 November 2017 08:00

Laodicea, the apostate church Featured

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by Mike Ratliff

30 “But as for you, son of man, your fellow citizens who talk about you by the walls and in the doorways of the houses, speak to one another, each to his brother, saying, ‘Come now and hear what the message is which comes forth from the Lord.’ 31 They come to you as...

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Wednesday, 22 November 2017 04:00

Thanksgiving Featured

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A Psalm for giving thanks. Make a joyful noise to the LORD, all the earth! Serve the LORD with gladness! Come into his presence with singing! Know that the LORD, he is God! It is he who made us, and we are his; we are his people, and the sheep of his pasture. Enter his gates with thanksgiving, and...

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Tuesday, 21 November 2017 06:26

In the last days difficult times will come Featured

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by Mike Ratliff

16 These are grumblers, finding fault, following after their own lusts; they speak arrogantly, flattering people for the sake of gaining an advantage.17 But you, beloved, ought to remember the words that were spoken beforehand by the apostles of our Lord Jesus Christ, 18 that they...

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Monday, 20 November 2017 07:48

Fallacious obedience and discernment Featured

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by Mike Ratliff

13 You call Me Teacher and Lord; and you are right, for so I am. 14 If I then, the Lord and the Teacher, washed your feet, you also ought to wash one another’s feet. 15 For I gave you an example that you also should do as I did to you. 16 Truly, truly, I say to you, a slave is...

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Sunday, 19 November 2017 09:22

The Lord’s rest Featured

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by Mike Ratliff

7 For He is our God,And we are the people of His pasture and the sheep of His hand.Today, if you would hear His voice,8 Do not harden your hearts, as at Meribah,As in the day of Massah in the wilderness,9 “When your fathers tested Me,They tried Me, though they had seen My work.1...

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