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

Equip the Saint - Apologetic Report
Thursday, 02 November 2017 10:19

They’re Telling Me I’m Sick Cause I Lack Faith

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image Am I sick because I lack faith? In Bill Johnson’s 2004 book When Heaven Invades Earth he tells the story of a miracle wedding where a man is supposedly “healed” in the kitchen while bride and groom look on. After describing the scene, he makes the statement, “There...

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Wednesday, 18 October 2017 08:22

Follow Me…What Jesus requires from Disciples

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image The question I want to start by asking is this…Why do some begin with a passionate zeal for Jesus but soon fizzle out? Why do some rave about what Jesus has done in their life but soon forget about Him? Why do some say, “I am all in on Christianity,” but don’t live a life...

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Now days most people with social media accounts started them in Middle School or High School meaning their original sphere of influence began with one type of worldview (often juvenile in the early years) that has shifted and developed dramatically as they mature. I’d surmise that we all...

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Sunday, 01 October 2017 21:00

Marriage Advice from Oxen

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On Sunday our pastor dared to go where few pastors are willing to go. He called marriage, “work”, and had the audacity to compare a delicate bride and handsome groom to two dirty, bulky, yoke-pulling oxen. Of all the nerve!

In a day and age chock-full of Disney romanticism, post-modern...

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What you believe about the Scriptures will drastically affect the remainder of your life. Now, I know that’s a loaded statement. But I 100% believe it is true not only for the unbeliever but the believer as well.

In the 21st century, discerning the unbeliever’s view of the Scriptures is...

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Wednesday, 27 September 2017 03:07

Aimee Semple McPherson: Actress or Anointed?

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On this date, September 27th, 1944, one of the most famous female faith healers in history died of an overdose from sleeping pills that sent shockwaves through the world. While she is known for her ecumenical work and for being the founder of the Foursquare denomination, it is her life and theology...

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Thursday, 21 September 2017 07:15

A Note From One Young Pastor to Other Young Pastors

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9/21/17 Pastor Albert Kilgore

To be in any form of ministry is 100% a blessed grace from God. Often we forget that God not only showed mercy on our failures but also graces every good thing we ever do. To think that God would allow us (i.e., Christians) who once were far off (Eph. 2:13) and actively...

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image I’ve some friends who know the “signs and wonders” movement pretty well. We’ve seen the backstage planning of a “miracle” crusade, the selection of those to be healed, the bravado in the green rooms, the falsified twitter feeds, the manipulation of youthful...

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Headlines exploded this week following the release of the Nashville Statement by the Council for Biblical Manhood & Womanhood. The Nashville Statement offers multiple points of clarification regarding a “biblical position” on marriage and gender confusion.

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Monday, 28 August 2017 22:00

Private Lives Define Public Leaders

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It was the great Puritan John Owen who said, “A minister may fill his pews, his communion roll, the mouths of the public, but what that minister is on his knees in secret before God Almighty, that he is and no more.”

What John Owen had right almost 400 years ago still rings true today....

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The dreaded late night call… A tough battle-hardened voice on the other end of the line, “Pastor, we don’t want to try anymore. Can you save our marriage?”

These calls always make me feel anger, sadness, and disappointment.

The anger is a righteous anger at the devil and his...

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What if I told you there was a well-researched and statistically proven program that on average can?

– Increase the average life expectancy of your children by 8 years – Significantly reduce your child’s use and risk from Alcohol, Tobacco and Drugs – Dramatically lower their...

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Wednesday, 02 August 2017 22:00

Mythbusters: “Slain in the Spirit”

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It had been over three hours since the service started, and I was really starting to feel God’s presence in the building. As I stood next to my friend, the music was deep and intense. The lighting made everything feel so intimate, and a slight fog danced through the air. The lead...

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Sunday, 16 July 2017 22:00

The Antidote for Anxiety

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When the trials of life unexpectedly come knocking at your door, the last thing you may be thinking about is joy. Yet, the Bible repeatedly calls us to have joy in life’s most turbulent times (James 1:2-3). How in the world is this possible? Is it reallyrealistic that a Christian can still...

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Thursday, 13 July 2017 08:12

Leading a Ministry Team From Idea to Action

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Each day millions of new ministry ideas are conceived in the mind of God’s people but sadly are never birthed into a reality that helps the sinner or the saint. Thus, moving an idea from the heart to the hand is paramount for church leaders. So what’s involved in turning a ministry idea...

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Thursday, 29 June 2017 22:00

Is it Always God’s Will to Heal?

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Jesus is getting a lot of really confusing press when it comes to physical healing these days. This post will answer one of the biggest questions that arises from all of the confusion.

As of right now, miraculous healing is one of the most popular subjects inside and outside the church. Preachers...

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Tuesday, 27 June 2017 14:08

The Deadly Sin of Sloth

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Our happy little home experienced a rude awakening recently when we discovered the nightmare of toxic black mold for the third time in just one year. The first time we found it, the contractors remediated for 37 days and the landlord gave us clearance to return home. Everything looked good on the...

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image Over the past thirty years America has witnessed an unprecedented rise of mega scale churches and in tandem a meteoric explosion of moral failure. An entire generation of church goers are jaded, confused, and desensitized, because the pedestal of the pulpit crashed down. Because I take...

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Wednesday, 14 June 2017 08:44

Is Repentance in John’s Gospel?

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image Ever since the Lordship vs. Free Grace clash occurred in the mid 1980s, a hot bed of controversy has surrounded the Gospel of John and the place of repentance in a person’s salvation. Because John is considered by many “the gospel of belief” (cf. John 20:31) it is the go-to...

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“We must know when to wield the sword mightily and when to keep it sheathed!” prince of preachers Charles Spurgeon once exclaimed.

On Twitter we find two types of evangelical Christian… One group steers clear of any biblical truth that may challenge or offend. The second type...

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image The most recent “terror” attack took place on London Bridge last week. Reports[1] claim three Muslim men jumped out of a van wearing hoax bomb vests and coldly started slashing people with their knives. Witnesses confirm they walked towards people shouting, “This is for...

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Sunday, 04 June 2017 22:00

8 Ways to Disciple Aspiring Pastors

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Knowing God’s word on pastoral qualifications (1 Timothy 3:1-7; Titus 1:5-7) is essential for aspiring pastors. Equally important to knowing the qualifications for pastoral ministry, is the practical application of those qualifications. Most seminarians understand that they have a long way to...

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Wednesday, 31 May 2017 01:44

Peter’s Proof Jesus Was the Messiah

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Weeks before Ben Franklin died Yale President Ezra Stiles asked him about Jesus. He responded, “I don’t give it much thought, and think it needless to trouble myself with it now, expecting soon I’ll get to know the truth.” A classically American response! “He’s a...

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Monday, 22 May 2017 08:19

Your Bible: Dust or Discipline?

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In today’s postmodern world the Bible is obsolete to unbelievers – and why shouldn’t it be? God’s work through Christ’s on the cross is “foolishness to the perishing” (1 Corinthians 1:18) so it’s not surprising that His word isn’t taken...

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image I receive emails from people around the world who are deeply confused and frightened by the teaching and supposed “miracle” ministry of Bill Johnson, Bethel Church, and Jesus Culture in Redding California. Many of these emails are from well meaning friends and family who...

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