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, 16 October 2017 08:14

Walking Circumspectly Featured

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by Mike Ratliff

21 Folly is joy to him who is destitute of discernment,But a man of understanding walks uprightly. Proverbs 15:21 (NKJV) 

15 See then that you walk circumspectly, not as fools but as wise, 16 redeeming the time, because the days are evil.17 Therefore do not be unwise, but...

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Sunday, 15 October 2017 08:10

Why do authentic Christians persevere? Featured

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by Mike Ratliff

4 I thank my God always concerning you for the grace of God which was given you in Christ Jesus, 5 that in everything you were enriched in Him, in all speech and all knowledge, 6 even as the testimony concerning Christ was confirmed in you, 7 so that you are not lacking in any gift,...

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Saturday, 14 October 2017 09:45

Are Christians born again or born from above? Featured

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by Mike Ratliff

3 ἀπεκρίθη Ἰησοῦς καὶ εἶπεν αὐτῷ· ἀμὴν ἀμὴν λέγω...

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Thursday, 12 October 2017 07:25

The fear of God and its fruit Featured

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by Mike Ratliff

13 The conclusion, when all has been heard, is: fear God and keep His commandments, because this applies to every person. 14 For God will bring every act to judgment, everything which is hidden, whether it is good or evil. Ecclesiastes 12:13-14 (NASB) 

The total lack of the...

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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...

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

1 “These things I...

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Monday, 09 October 2017 08:36

You have a name that you are alive, but you are dead Featured

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by Mike Ratliff

1 “To the angel of the church in Sardis write:He who has the seven Spirits of God and the seven stars, says this: ‘I know your deeds, that you have a name that you are alive, but you are dead. Revelation 3:1 (NASB) 

My brethren, the message from Revelation 3:1-6...

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Sunday, 08 October 2017 09:25

He laid down His life for us so what should we be doing? Featured

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by Mike Ratliff

16 We know love by this, that He laid down His life for us; and we ought to lay down our lives for the brethren. 1 John 3:16 (NASB) 

What differentiates a genuine Christian from one whose religion is only skin-deep? Jesus said that He knows those who are His. He calls them...

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Saturday, 07 October 2017 06:18

Abide in Me, and I in you Featured

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by Mike Ratliff

4 Abide in Me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit of itself unless it abides in the vine, so neither can you unless you abide in Me. 5 I am the vine, you are the branches; he who abides in Me and I in him, he bears much fruit, for apart from Me you can do nothing. 6 If...

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Thursday, 05 October 2017 07:24

Where is your treasure my brethren? Featured

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by Mike Ratliff

19 “Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy, and where thieves break in and steal. 20 But store up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust destroys, and where thieves do not break in or steal; 21 for where your...

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Wednesday, 04 October 2017 07:04

Indeed, has God said? Featured

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by Mike Ratliff

1 Now we request you, brethren, with regard to the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ and our gathering together to Him, 2 that you not be quickly shaken from your composure or be disturbed either by a spirit or a message or a letter as if from us, to the effect that the day of the Lord...

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Tuesday, 03 October 2017 07:08

What will be the sign of Your coming, and of the end of the age? Featured

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by Mike Ratliff

15 “Beware of the false prophets, who come to you in sheep’s clothing, but inwardly are ravenous wolves. Matthew 7:15 (NASB) 

The Church in our time appears huge, but this is only in appearance. It is thousands of miles wide, but only a fraction of an inch deep....

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Monday, 02 October 2017 07:43

Living in the Spirit rather than according to the Flesh Featured

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by Mike Ratliff

9 Ὑμεῖς δὲ οὐκ ἐστὲ ἐν σαρκὶ ἀλλʼ ἐν πνεύματι, εἴπερ...

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Sunday, 01 October 2017 08:40

Joy within trials Featured

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by Mike Ratliff

2 Πᾶσαν χαρὰν ἡγήσασθε, ἀδελφοί μου, ὅταν...

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Saturday, 30 September 2017 06:39

What are the deep things of God? Featured

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by Mike Ratliff

6 Yet we do speak wisdom among those who are mature; a wisdom, however, not of this age nor of the rulers of this age, who are passing away; 7 but we speak God’s wisdom in a mystery, the hidden wisdom which God predestined before the ages to our glory; 8 the wisdom which none...

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Thursday, 28 September 2017 07:36

Music and Theology Featured

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The following devotional is from Tabletalk Magazine from Ligonier © 2017 for September 28, 2017.

1 I will sing of steadfast love and justice;to you, O LORD, I will make music. Psalm 101:1 (ESV) 

Not only was Martin Luther an accomplished theologian and beloved pastor, but he also...

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Wednesday, 27 September 2017 08:15

Self-Righteousness vs Inward Cleanliness Featured

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by Mike Ratliff

24 You blind guides, who strain out a gnat and swallow a camel! Matthew 23:24 (NASB) 

A huge trap that Christians can fall into is self-righteousness. It is a form of idolatry and that always causes spiritual blindness (Romans 1:24-25). Self-righteousness puts all effort...

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16 But the eleven disciples proceeded to Galilee, to the mountain which Jesus had designated. 17 When they saw Him, they worshiped Him; but some were doubtful. 18 And Jesus came up and spoke to them, saying, “All authority has been given to Me in heaven and on earth. 19 Go...

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Tuesday, 26 September 2017 00:06

Give Me Jesus Featured

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Give Me Jesus

In the morning, when I rise In the morning, when I rise In the morning, when I rise, give me Jesus

Give me Jesus Give me Jesus

You can have all this world But give me Jesus

And when I am alone Oh, and when I am alone And when I am alone, give me Jesus

Give me Jesus Give me Jesus

You can...

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Monday, 25 September 2017 08:55

The angry Jesus Featured

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by Mike Ratliff

12 After this He went down to Capernaum, He and His mother and His brothers and His disciples; and they stayed there a few days.13 The Passover of the Jews was near, and Jesus went up to Jerusalem. 14 And He found in the temple those who were selling oxen and sheep and doves, and the...

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Sunday, 24 September 2017 07:37

For he whom God has sent utters 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 He gives the Spirit without measure. John 3:34 (NASB) 

34 ὃν γὰρ ἀπέστειλεν ὁ θεὸς τὰ...

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Saturday, 23 September 2017 07:46

Jesus Christ is the True Vine Featured

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by Mike Ratliff

1 Ἐγώ εἰμι ἡ ἄμπελος ἡ ἀληθινὴ καὶ ὁ πατήρ μου ὁ...

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Thursday, 21 September 2017 08:58

When the Gospel is preached correctly, it divides Featured

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by Mike Ratliff

34 Μὴ νομίσητε ὅτι ἦλθον βαλεῖν εἰρήνην ἐπὶ τὴν γῆν·...

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6 ἐν ᾧ ἀγαλλιᾶσθε, ὀλίγον ἄρτι εἰ δέον [ἐστὶν]...

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Tuesday, 19 September 2017 06:44

The Gospel and what God does with and through it Featured

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by Mike Ratliff

1 Now I make known to you, brethren, the gospel which I preached to you, which also you received, in which also you stand, 2 by which also you are saved, if you hold fast the word which I preached to you, unless you believed in vain. (1 Corinthians 15:1-2 NASB)

1...

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