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
Thursday, 11 January 2018 08:39

The Doctrine of the Atonement of Christ Featured

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by Mike Ratliff

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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by Mike Ratliff

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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by Mike Ratliff

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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by Mike Ratliff

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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by Mike Ratliff

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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by Mike Ratliff 

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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by Mike Ratliff

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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by Mike Ratliff

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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by Mike Ratliff

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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by Mike Ratliff

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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by Mike Ratliff

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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by Mike Ratliff

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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by Mike Ratliff

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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Tuesday, 19 December 2017 06:08

Chosen Featured

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by Mike Ratliff

3 Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places in Christ, 4 just as He chose us in Him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and without blame before Him in love, 5 having...

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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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