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
Wednesday, 12 September 2018 09:06

Rekindle the Gift of God Featured

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by Mike Ratliff

13 Until I come, give attention to the public reading of Scripture, to exhortation and teaching. 14 Do not neglect the spiritual gift within you, which was bestowed on you through prophetic utterance with the laying on of hands by the presbytery. 15 Take pains with these things; be...

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Tuesday, 11 September 2018 06:30

Are You a Child of God? Featured

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28 Now, little children, abide in Him, so that when He appears, we may have confidence and not shrink away from Him in shame at His coming. 29 If you know that He is righteous, you know that everyone also who practices righteousness is born of Him.  (1 John...

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Monday, 10 September 2018 08:01

The source of Christian joy Featured

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21 “Not everyone who says to Me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter the kingdom of heaven, but he who does the will of My Father who is in heaven will enter. 22 Many will say to Me on that day, ‘Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in Your name, and in Your name cast out...

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Sunday, 09 September 2018 07:50

We are called to be holy Featured

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45 For I am the Lord who brought you up from the land of Egypt to be your God; thus you shall be holy, for I am holy.’” Leviticus 11:45 (NASB)

The resistance in today’s version of the Church of Jesus Christ to commands such as the one above is rooted in...

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Saturday, 08 September 2018 09:32

Repentance, personal holiness and the big lie Featured

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7 Do not be deceived, God is not mocked; for whatever a man sows, this he will also reap. 8 For the one who sows to his own flesh will from the flesh reap corruption, but the one who sows to the Spirit will from the Spirit reap eternal life. 9 Let us not lose heart in doing good, for...

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Thursday, 06 September 2018 10:15

Personal holiness is not an option Featured

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14 Εἰρήνην διώκετε μετὰ πάντων καὶ τὸν ἁγιασμόν, οὗ...

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Wednesday, 05 September 2018 09:46

Who are the genuine children of God and who are not? Featured

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28 Καὶ νῦν, τεκνία, μένετε ἐν αὐτῷ, ἵνα ἐὰν φανερωθῇ...

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Tuesday, 04 September 2018 07:35

By the grace of God we are what we are in the Lord Featured

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10 But by the grace of God I am what I am, and His grace toward me did not prove vain; but I labored even more than all of them, yet not I, but the grace of God with me. 1 Corinthians 15:10 (NASB) 

There are two extremes that Christians must avoid at all costs. The first is...

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Thursday, 30 August 2018 08:18

What is the basis for your hope? Featured

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by Mike Ratliff

13 Ὁ δὲ θεὸς τῆς ἐλπίδος πληρώσαι ὑμᾶς πάσης χαρᾶς...

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1 And when I came to you, brethren, I did not come with superiority of speech or of wisdom, proclaiming to you the testimony of God. 2 For I determined to know nothing among you except Jesus Christ, and Him crucified. 3 I was with you in weakness and in fear and in much trembling, 4...

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Tuesday, 28 August 2018 07:02

True Christian suffering Featured

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12 Ἀγαπητοί, μὴ ξενίζεσθε τῇ ἐν ὑμῖν πυρώσει πρὸς...

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Monday, 27 August 2018 06:40

The testing of your faith produces endurance Featured

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

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Saturday, 25 August 2018 10:30

He lead captivity captive Featured

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18 You have ascended on high, You have led captive Your captives;You have received gifts among men,Even among the rebellious also, that the Lord God may dwell there. Psalms 68:18 (NASB) 

8 Therefore it says,“When He ascended on high,He led captive a host of captives,And...

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Thursday, 23 August 2018 09:20

The glorious Gospel vs the contextualized gospel Featured

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8 μὴ οὖν ἐπαισχυνθῇς τὸ μαρτύριον τοῦ κυρίου ἡμῶν...

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Wednesday, 22 August 2018 07:50

Are you on the right path? Featured

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23 And He was saying to them all, “If anyone wishes to come after Me, he must deny himself, and take up his cross daily and follow Me. 24 For whoever wishes to save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for My sake, he is the one who will save it. 25 For what is a...

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Tuesday, 21 August 2018 08:30

Clothe yourselves with humility toward one another Featured

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15 Therefore be careful how you walk, not as unwise men but as wise, 16 making the most of your time, because the days are evil. 17 So then do not be foolish, but understand what the will of the Lord is. 18 And do not get drunk with wine, for that is dissipation, but be filled with...

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Sunday, 19 August 2018 07:56

Praise be unto the Lord! Featured

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33 Oh, the depth of the riches both of the wisdom and knowledge of God! How unsearchable are His judgments and unfathomable His ways! 34 For who has known the mind of the Lord, or who became His counselor? 35 Or who has first given to Him that it might be paid back to him again? 36...

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Saturday, 18 August 2018 10:28

Do not participate in the unfruitful deeds of darkness Featured

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6 Let no one deceive you with empty words, for because of these things the wrath of God comes upon the sons of disobedience. 7 Therefore do not be partakers with them; 8 for you were formerly darkness, but now you are Light in the Lord; walk as children of Light 9 (for the fruit of...

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Wednesday, 15 August 2018 08:45

The nature of God and temptation Featured

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41 Keep watching and praying that you may not enter into temptation; the spirit is willing, but the flesh is weak.” Matthew 26:41 (NASB) 

38 Keep watching and praying that you may not come into temptation; the spirit is willing, but the flesh is weak.” Mark 14:38...

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Tuesday, 14 August 2018 09:04

The King’s Golden Image Featured

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16 “Behold, I send you out as sheep in the midst of wolves; so be shrewd as serpents and innocent as doves. 17 But beware of men, for they will hand you over to the courts and scourge you in their synagogues; 18 and you will even be brought before governors and kings for My...

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Monday, 13 August 2018 08:47

A valley of dry bones Featured

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1 The hand of the Lord was upon me, and He brought me out by the Spirit of the Lord and set me down in the middle of the valley; and it was full of bones. 2 He caused me to pass among them round about, and behold, there were very many on the surface of the valley; and lo, they were...

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Thursday, 09 August 2018 07:09

Unbelief, signs, and wonders Featured

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48 εἶπεν οὖν ὁ Ἰησοῦς πρὸς αὐτόν· ἐὰν μὴ σημεῖα καὶ...

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Wednesday, 08 August 2018 08:10

There is no such thing as a new kind of Christianity! Featured

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3 As I urged you upon my departure for Macedonia, remain on at Ephesus so that you may instruct certain men not to teach strange doctrines, 4 nor to pay attention to myths and endless genealogies, which give rise to mere speculation rather than furthering the administration of God...

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21 Therefore what benefit were you then deriving from the things of which you are now ashamed? For the outcome of those things is death. Romans 6:21 (NASB) 

When first began writing and blogging (2006) the majority topic of discussion was undoubtedly what was...

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Monday, 06 August 2018 06:58

The Natural Man, the visible Church, and telling the truth Featured

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14 But a natural man does not accept the things of the Spirit of God, for they are foolishness to him; and he cannot understand them, because they are spiritually appraised. 1 Corinthians 2:14 (NASB) 

A pernicious lie currently permeating the visible Church in our time says...

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