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
Saturday, 15 December 2018 07:18

Be a true worshipper of our Lord Featured

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by Mike Ratliff

1 Jesus, therefore, six days before the Passover, came to Bethany where Lazarus was, whom Jesus had raised from the dead. 2 So they made Him a supper there, and Martha was serving; but Lazarus was one of those reclining at the table with Him. 3 Mary then took a pound of very costly...

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Thursday, 13 December 2018 03:53

My soul thirsts for God, for the living God Featured

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1 As the deer pants for the water brooks,So my soul pants for You, O God.2 My soul thirsts for God, for the living God;When shall I come and appear before God? Psalms 42:1-2 (NASB) 

Spiritually healthy Christians have a deep desire to know God’s will thereby knowing...

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Wednesday, 12 December 2018 07:04

The gifts of grace Featured

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3 For through the grace given to me I say to everyone among you not to think more highly of himself than he ought to think; but to think so as to have sound judgment, as God has allotted to each a measure of faith. 4 For just as we have many members in one body and all the members do...

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Tuesday, 11 December 2018 06:45

What is spiritual worship? Featured

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19 The woman *said to Him, “Sir, I perceive that You are a prophet. 20 Our fathers worshiped in this mountain, and you people say that in Jerusalem is the place where men ought to worship.” 21 Jesus *said to her, “Woman, believe Me, an hour is coming when neither in...

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Monday, 10 December 2018 09:27

The Believer’s Supreme Act of Spiritual Worship Featured

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1 Παρακαλῶ οὖν ὑμᾶς, ἀδελφοί, διὰ τῶν οἰκτιρμῶν τοῦ...

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Sunday, 09 December 2018 08:01

Law Featured

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17 Μὴ νομίσητε ὅτι ἦλθον καταλῦσαι τὸν νόμον ἢ τοὺς...

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10 αὐτοῦ γάρ ἐσμεν ποίημα, κτισθέντες ἐν Χριστῷ Ἰησοῦ...

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Thursday, 06 December 2018 05:47

Black Liberation Theology, Woke Christianity and Racism Featured

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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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5 You younger men, likewise, be subject to your elders; and all of you, clothe yourselves with humility toward one another, for God is opposed to the proud, but gives grace to the humble.6 Therefore humble yourselves under the mighty hand of God, that He may exalt you at the proper...

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Tuesday, 04 December 2018 05:32

The Cross and its offense Featured

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30 What shall we say then? That Gentiles, who did not pursue righteousness, attained righteousness, even the righteousness which is by faith; 31 but Israel, pursuing a law of righteousness, did not arrive at that law. 32 Why? Because they did not pursue it by faith, but as though it...

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Monday, 03 December 2018 06:03

Christian suffering in divine perspective Featured

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6 In this you greatly rejoice, even though now for a little while, if necessary, you have been distressed by various trials, 7 so that the proof of your faith, being more precious than gold which is perishable, even though tested by fire, may be found to result in praise and glory...

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Sunday, 02 December 2018 07:44

Living for God’s glory Featured

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8 “I am the Lord, that is My name;I will not give My glory to another,Nor My praise to graven images. Isaiah 42:8 (NASB) 

3 Then Moses said to Aaron, “It is what the Lord spoke, saying,‘By those who come near Me I will be treated as holy,And before all the...

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Saturday, 01 December 2018 07:35

Believers are dead to sin, alive to God Featured

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12 I thank Christ Jesus our Lord, who has strengthened me, because He considered me faithful, putting me into service, 13 even though I was formerly a blasphemer and a persecutor and a violent aggressor. Yet I was shown mercy because I acted ignorantly in unbelief; 1 Timothy...

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1 What then shall we say that Abraham, our forefather according to the flesh, has found? 2 For if Abraham was justified by works, he has something to boast about, but not before God. 3 For what does the Scripture say? “Abraham believed God, and it was credited to him as...

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Wednesday, 28 November 2018 08:40

True Godliness vs counterfeit Christianity Featured

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34 “Do not think that I came to bring peace on the earth; I did not come to bring peace, but a sword. 35 For I came to set a man against his father, and a daughter against her mother, and a daughter-in-law against her mother-in-law; 36 and A man’s enemies will be the...

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Tuesday, 27 November 2018 07:10

Beloved, do not be surprised at the fiery ordeal among you Featured

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12 Beloved, do not be surprised at the fiery ordeal among you, which comes upon you for your testing, as though some strange thing were happening to you; 13 but to the degree that you share the sufferings of Christ, keep on rejoicing, so that also at the revelation of His glory you...

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Monday, 26 November 2018 07:37

Born of the will of God Featured

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9 Ἦν τὸ φῶς τὸ ἀληθινόν, ὃ φωτίζει πάντα ἄνθρωπον,...

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Sunday, 25 November 2018 09:50

Regenerated to a living hope Featured

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3 Εὐλογητὸς ὁ θεὸς καὶ πατὴρ τοῦ κυρίου ἡμῶν...

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Saturday, 24 November 2018 10:44

Why do you call Me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ and do not do what I say? Featured

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46 “Why do you call Me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ and do not do what I say? Luke 6:46 (NASB) 

There is much controversy in the Church these days over some teaching from those who have made it a point to move their doctrine away from the orthodox into what used to be...

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Thursday, 15 November 2018 07:02

Let us devote ourselves to running the race God has set before us Featured

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1 To You I lift up my eyes,O You who are enthroned in the heavens!2 Behold, as the eyes of servants look to the hand of their master,As the eyes of a maid to the hand of her mistress,So our eyes look to the Lord our God,Until He is gracious to us.3 Be gracious to us, O Lord, be...

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Wednesday, 14 November 2018 08:58

The Valley of Humiliation and dealing with discouragement Featured

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23 Yet the chief cupbearer did not remember Joseph, but forgot him. Genesis 40:23 (NASB) 

My natural tendency is to heartily participate in self-pity, outrage, and unforgiveness thereby opening doors in my heart that Satan enters causing me to become discouraged. When this...

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Tuesday, 13 November 2018 08:16

Make me know Your ways, O Lord; Teach me Your paths Featured

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1 To You, O Lord, I lift up my soul.2 O my God, in You I trust,Do not let me be ashamed;Do not let my enemies exult over me.3 Indeed, none of those who wait for You will be ashamed;Those who deal treacherously without cause will be ashamed.4 Make me know Your ways, O Lord;Teach me...

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Monday, 12 November 2018 06:43

The other battle Featured

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10 Finally, be strong in the Lord and in the strength of His might. 11 Put on the full armor of God, so that you will be able to stand firm against the schemes of the devil. 12 For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the powers, against the...

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17 And He came and preached peace to you who were far away, and peace to those who were near; 18 for through Him we both have our access in one Spirit to the Father. 19 So then you are no longer strangers and aliens, but you are fellow citizens with the saints, and are of God’s...

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Saturday, 10 November 2018 09:07

The righteous will live by faith Featured

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16 Οὐ γὰρ ἐπαισχύνομαι τὸ εὐαγγέλιον, δύναμις γὰρ...

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