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
Sunday, 05 August 2018 08:42

With respect to the Word of Life Featured

Written by

by Mike Ratliff

1 Ὃ ἦν ἀπʼ ἀρχῆς, ὃ ἀκηκόαμεν, ὃ ἑωράκαμεν τοῖς...

Read more

Saturday, 04 August 2018 08:00

Saving faith vs Human faith Featured

Written by

by Mike Ratliff

15 When the angels had gone away from them into heaven, the shepherds began saying to one another, “Let us go straight to Bethlehem then, and see this thing that has happened which the Lord has made known to us.” 16 So they came in a hurry and found their way to Mary and...

Read more

Thursday, 02 August 2018 08:28

God’s perfect knowlege Featured

Written by

by Mike Ratliff

1 O Lord, You have searched me and known me.2 You know when I sit down and when I rise up;You understand my thought from afar.3 You scrutinize my path and my lying down,And are intimately acquainted with all my ways.4 Even before there is a word on my tongue,Behold, O Lord, You know...

Read more

Wednesday, 01 August 2018 07:04

Be on guard Featured

Written by

by Mike Ratliff

11 Do this, knowing the time, that it is already the hour for you to awaken from sleep; for now salvation is nearer to us than when we believed. 12 The night is almost gone, and the day is near. Therefore let us lay aside the deeds of darkness and put on the armor of light. 13 Let us...

Read more

by Mike Ratliff

15 For all things are for your sakes, so that the grace which is spreading to more and more people may cause the giving of thanks to abound to the glory of God.16 Therefore we do not lose heart, but though our outer man is decaying, yet our inner man is being renewed day by...

Read more

Monday, 30 July 2018 09:38

What is a false prophet? Featured

Written by

by Mike Ratliff

15 “Beware of the false prophets, who come to you in sheep’s clothing, but inwardly are ravenous wolves. 16 You will know them by their fruits. Grapes are not gathered from thorn bushes nor figs from thistles, are they? 17 So every good tree bears good fruit, but the bad...

Read more

by Mike Ratliff

1 But the Spirit explicitly says that in later times some will fall away from the faith, paying attention to deceitful spirits and doctrines of demons, 1 Timothy 4:1 (NASB) 

Being Reformed in my theology, I adhere to the Sovereignty of God in all things. He keeps remnants of...

Read more

Saturday, 28 July 2018 09:29

For our struggle is not against flesh and blood Featured

Written by

by Mike Ratliff

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...

Read more

Thursday, 26 July 2018 07:06

Fruitfulness Featured

Written by

by Mike Ratliff

1 “I am the true vine, and My Father is the vinedresser. 2 Every branch in Me that does not bear fruit, He takes away; and every branch that bears fruit, He prunes it so that it may bear more fruit. 3 You are already clean because of the word which I have spoken to you. 4 Abide...

Read more

Wednesday, 25 July 2018 06:27

Come and see Featured

Written by

by Mike Ratliff

45 Philip *found Nathanael and *said to him, “We have found Him of whom Moses in the Law and also the Prophets wrote—Jesus of Nazareth, the son of Joseph.” 46 Nathanael said to him, “Can any good thing come out of Nazareth?” Philip *said to him,...

Read more

Tuesday, 24 July 2018 07:40

Courage found to pray Featured

Written by

by Mike Ratliff

27 For You, O Lord of hosts, the God of Israel, have made a revelation to Your servant, saying, ‘I will build you a house’; therefore Your servant has found courage to pray this prayer to You. 2 Samuel 7:27 (NASB) 

There is a difference between how a genuine...

Read more

Monday, 23 July 2018 07:31

Life in the Spirit as heirs with Christ Featured

Written by

by Mike Ratliff

1 Οὐδὲν ἄρα νῦν κατάκριμα τοῖς ἐν Χριστῷ Ἰησοῦ. Romans 8:1 (NA28)

1 There is...

Read more

Sunday, 22 July 2018 09:01

The law of liberty and the conscience Featured

Written by

by Mike Ratliff

15 To the pure, all things are pure; but to those who are defiled and unbelieving, nothing is pure, but both their mind and their conscience are defiled. Titus 1:15 (NASB) 

I am constantly amazed at the diversity I witness in the believers who interact with this ministry....

Read more

Friday, 20 July 2018 09:54

Blind guides leading the blind Featured

Written by

by Mike Ratliff

14 And the Word became flesh, and dwelt among us, and we saw His glory, glory as of the only begotten from the Father, full of grace and truth. 15 John *testified about Him and cried out, saying, “This was He of whom I said, ‘He who comes after me has a higher rank than...

Read more

Wednesday, 18 July 2018 07:51

Christ the Judge Featured

Written by

by Mike Ratliff

47 If anyone hears My sayings and does not keep them, I do not judge him; for I did not come to judge the world, but to save the world. 48 He who rejects Me and does not receive My sayings, has one who judges him; the word I spoke is what will judge him at the last day. 49 For I did...

Read more

Tuesday, 17 July 2018 09:15

When false shepherds preach error with assurance Featured

Written by

by Mike Ratliff

6 For some men, straying from these things, have turned aside to fruitless discussion, 7 wanting to be teachers of the Law, even though they do not understand either what they are saying or the matters about which they make confident assertions. 1 Timothy 1:6-7 (NASB) 

There...

Read more

Monday, 16 July 2018 04:30

The Church, Unity, and Separation Featured

Written by

by Mike Ratliff

5 For this reason I left you in Crete, that you would set in order what remains and appoint elders in every city as I directed you, 6 namely, if any man is above reproach, the husband of one wife, having children who believe, not accused of dissipation or rebellion. 7 For the...

Read more

Saturday, 14 July 2018 11:42

Why personal holiness is not optional Featured

Written by

by Mike Ratliff

14 Pursue peace with all men, and the sanctification without which no one will see the Lord. Hebrews 12:14 (NASB) 

Are we to accept the profession of faith from everyone who claims to be a Christian? This is a hot button issue in our time. I know of several people who once...

Read more

Thursday, 12 July 2018 08:17

Walk in the Light and leave spiritual darkness far behind Featured

Written by

by Mike Ratliff

1 See how great a love the Father has bestowed on us, that we would be called children of God; and such we are. For this reason the world does not know us, because it did not know Him. 2 Beloved, now we are children of God, and it has not appeared as yet what we will be. We know that...

Read more

Wednesday, 11 July 2018 07:41

Who is the light of the world? Featured

Written by

by Mike Ratliff

12 Πάλιν οὖν αὐτοῖς ἐλάλησεν ὁ Ἰησοῦς λέγων· ἐγώ...

Read more

Tuesday, 10 July 2018 06:38

The Cornerstone Featured

Written by

by Mike Ratliff

42 Jesus *said to them, “Did you never read in the Scriptures,‘The stone which the builders rejected,This became the chief corner stone;This came about from the Lord,And it is marvelous in our eyes’?43 Therefore I say to you, the kingdom of God will be taken away...

Read more

Monday, 09 July 2018 11:56

Doing the works Jesus has given us to do Featured

Written by

by Mike Ratliff

1 Therefore, having been justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ, 2 through whom also we have obtained our introduction by faith into this grace in which we stand; and we exult in hope of the glory of God. Romans 5:1-2 (NASB) 

The growing...

Read more

Sunday, 08 July 2018 10:52

Boast in the Lord Featured

Written by

by Mike Ratliff

8 For by grace you have been saved through faith; and that not of yourselves, it is the gift of God; 9 not as a result of works, so that no one may boast. Ephesians 2:8-9 (NASB) 

It is very common in the visible church in our time to hear preachers and teachers and people...

Read more

Saturday, 07 July 2018 06:45

Are good works evidence of genuine faith? Featured

Written by

by Mike Ratliff

10 from the same mouth come both blessing and cursing. My brethren, these things ought not to be this way. 11 Does a fountain send out from the same opening both fresh and bitter water? 12 Can a fig tree, my brethren, produce olives, or a vine produce figs? Nor can salt water produce...

Read more

Friday, 06 July 2018 10:35

Judgment at the Great White Throne Featured

Written by

by Mike Ratliff

11 Καὶ εἶδον θρόνον μέγαν λευκὸν καὶ τὸν καθήμενον...

Read more