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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Thursday, 15 March 2018 08:04

Filled by the Spirit Featured

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by Mike Ratliff

Ephesians 5:18 (NA28) 18 καὶ μὴ μεθύσκεσθε οἴνῳ, ἐν ᾧ ἐστιν ἀσωτία, ἀλλὰ...

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Wednesday, 14 March 2018 06:42

Those who are truly born again Featured

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by Mike Ratliff

37 On the last day, that great day of the feast, Jesus stood and cried out, saying, “If anyone thirsts, let him come to Me and drink. 38 He who believes in Me, as the Scripture has said, out of his heart will flow rivers of living water.” 39 But this He spoke concerning...

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Tuesday, 13 March 2018 06:36

God’s wisdom is spiritual wisdom Featured

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6 However, we speak wisdom among those who are mature, yet not the wisdom of this age, nor of the rulers of this age, who are coming to nothing. 7 But we speak the wisdom of God in a mystery, the hidden wisdom which God ordained before the ages for our glory, 8 which none of the...

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Monday, 12 March 2018 08:20

Who are those who cause divisions? Featured

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17 I appeal to you, brothers, to watch out for those who cause divisions and create obstacles contrary to the doctrine that you have been taught; avoid them. 18 For such persons do not serve our Lord Christ, but their own appetites, and by smooth talk and flattery they deceive the...

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Sunday, 11 March 2018 06:38

The Beatitudes and genunine discipleship Featured

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3 Let nothing be done through selfish ambition or conceit, but in lowliness of mind let each esteem others better than himself. 4 Let each of you look out not only for his own interests, but also for the interests of others.5 Let this mind be in you which was also in Christ Jesus, 6...

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Saturday, 10 March 2018 08:40

Old Man Featured

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6 τοῦτο γινώσκοντες ὅτι ὁ παλαιὸς ἡμῶν ἄνθρωπος...

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Thursday, 08 March 2018 06:32

Assurance for those saved by grace alone through faith alone Featured

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16 That is why it depends on faith, in order that the promise may rest on grace and be guaranteed to all his offspring—not only to the adherent of the law but also to the one who shares the faith of Abraham, who is the father of us all, 17 as it is written, “I have made...

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Wednesday, 07 March 2018 07:40

What does faith have to do with eternal life? Featured

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24 “Most assuredly, I say to you, he who hears My word and believes in Him who sent Me has everlasting life, and shall not come into judgment, but has passed from death into life. John 5:24 (NKJV) 

A fascinating study is to take a close look at the reaction the 1st Cent...

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Tuesday, 06 March 2018 06:44

What is the Day of the Lord? Featured

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1 Now, brethren, concerning the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ and our gathering together to Him, we ask you, 2 not to be soon shaken in mind or troubled, either by spirit or by word or by letter, as if from us, as though the day of Christ had come. 3 Let no one deceive you by any...

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Monday, 05 March 2018 05:28

The Last Days and Godlessness Featured

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16 These are grumblers, complainers, walking according to their own lusts; and they mouth great swelling words, flattering people to gain advantage. 17 But you, beloved, remember the words which were spoken before by the apostles of our Lord Jesus Christ: 18 how they told you that...

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Sunday, 04 March 2018 08:34

What are the results of our Justification? 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)

There is a lot of dispute in our day about the nature of Christ’s atonement on the cross....

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Saturday, 03 March 2018 07:43

Put on the new man Featured

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17 This I say, therefore, and testify in the Lord, that you should no longer walk as the rest of the Gentiles walk, in the futility of their mind, 18 having their understanding darkened, being alienated from the life of God, because of the ignorance that is in them, because of the...

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Thursday, 01 March 2018 06:18

Preaching the real Gospel instead of another one Featured

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8 ἀλλὰ καὶ ἐὰν ἡμεῖς ἢ ἄγγελος ἐξ οὐρανοῦ...

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Wednesday, 28 February 2018 06:23

The Christ of God Featured

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18 And it happened, as He was alone praying, that His disciples joined Him, and He asked them, saying, “Who do the crowds say that I am?”19 So they answered and said, “John the Baptist, but some say Elijah; and others say that one of the old prophets has risen...

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Tuesday, 27 February 2018 05:37

Defilement Featured

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15 There is nothing that enters a man from outside which can defile him; but the things which come out of him, those are the things that defile a man. Mark 7:15 (NKJV) 

One very interesting character in John Bunyan’s Pilgrim’s Progress is a fellow named...

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5 For we through the Spirit eagerly wait for the hope of righteousness by faith. 6 For in Christ Jesus neither circumcision nor uncircumcision avails anything, but faith working through love. Galatians 5:5-6 (NKJV) 

This Christian walk is fraught with struggle against a...

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Sunday, 25 February 2018 08:52

Paying the cost of discipleship Featured

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21 Jesus said to him, “If you want to be perfect, go, sell what you have and give to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven; and come, follow Me.” Matthew 19:21 (NKJV) 

The message of salvation that is normally preached or taught in the vast majority of...

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Saturday, 24 February 2018 09:36

Christian authenticity is radical Christianity Featured

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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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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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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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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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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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