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

Grace To You - Apologetic Report
Friday, 08 July 2016 01:00

Jehoshaphat and Dangerous Naiveté Featured

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by Cameron Buettel

Godliness doesn’t always guarantee godly discernment. It’s possible for Christians—even those who are spiritually mature—to make dumb decisions, bad friends, and foolish alliances. But the fact that those things happen doesn’t make them any easier to comprehend.

I’m referring to people who have

Friday, 01 July 2016 01:00

Josiah and Picking the Wrong Fight Featured

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by Cameron Buettel

I love Memorial Day, and its Australian equivalent—Anzac Day. It’s important that we remember and celebrate the bravery of those who died to preserve and protect the freedoms we enjoy. And it’s a valuable reminder that their deaths were not in vain—that some things are worth dying for.

Nowhere is that maxim

Wednesday, 29 June 2016 01:00

Hezekiah and Indifference for the Future Featured

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by Cameron Buettel

Christian fatherhood is a monumental responsibility. It has consequences that reach far beyond our lifespan. As fathers, we have the biblical responsibility to raise our children in the fear of God (Ephesians 6:4) and are called to devote our lives to providing for their needs and preparing them for the future. God the Father

Monday, 27 June 2016 01:00

Eli and Passive Parenting Featured

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by Cameron Buettel

Parenting is never easy. Nobody in this fallen world has mastered it.

And when it comes to raising children in the fear of the Lord, fathers shoulder the greatest biblical responsibility—being accountable to God as the heads of their homes (Ephesians 6:4; 1 Timothy 3:4–5).

The need to learn and grow in the role of

Monday, 20 June 2016 01:00

The Reflection of God's Love Featured

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by Cameron Buettel

What is the greatest evidence of your faith? Is it outward piety—how often you pray, go to church, read your Bible, and perform other overtly “Christian” activities? Or perhaps we ought to look for experiential evidence—do God and His Word compel an emotional response from you, or is it simply that you

Friday, 17 June 2016 01:00

The Tension in God's Love Featured

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by Cameron Buettel

God’s love is a complicated doctrine.

We began this series discussing some of the major problems people have in understanding God’s love—most notably a sentimental view of love and a general ignorance concerning God’s other attributes. But the most profound theological problem with God’s love is

Wednesday, 15 June 2016 01:00

John MacArthur on God's Consistent Love Featured

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by Cameron Buettel

God’s attributes don’t compete against one another for importance. His love doesn’t override everything else He says about Himself.

Moreover, love isn’t something that God discovered in the New Testament, thus abandoning His earlier dominant attributes of justice and wrath. The transition from Malachi to

Monday, 13 June 2016 01:00

The Corruption of God's Love Featured

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by Cameron Buettel

How do we reconcile the concept of a loving God with a fallen world full of evil, suffering, and catastrophe? In scholarly terms, that perplexing issue is known as the problem of theodicy.

Silence Is the Wrong Answer

And for many preachers, that question is just too difficult. For them, the way to deal with it is to not deal with

by Cameron Buettel

“God is love” (1 John 4:8).

That’s a transcendent thought that finds its ultimate expression in the cross of Christ. The most famous verse in the Bible confirms that God’s love was the motive for sending Christ: “For God so loved the world . . .” (John 3:16).

But God’s love didn’t

Wednesday, 08 June 2016 01:00

The Condemnation in God’s Love Featured

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by Cameron Buettel

God’s love is a great comfort. But perhaps it’s not supposed to be as comforting as some people make it. As we said last time, God’s love is not a theological blanket that smothers everything else the Bible says about how He relates to us. That myopic, feel-good approach to God’s love often ignores its

Monday, 06 June 2016 01:00

The Problem with God's Love Featured

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by Cameron Buettel

At first glance, God’s love doesn’t appear to be much of a theological problem. First John 4:8 couldn’t be clearer: “God is love.” Of all the ways to describe God, that is certainly the most endearing and widely-accepted.

How many times have we heard the phrase, “A loving God would never

Friday, 03 June 2016 01:00

God's Role in Your Integrity Featured

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by Jeremiah Johnson

I’m never going to be an astronaut, an Olympic sprinter, or a world-famous artist. Even if I pushed aside all distractions and spent the rest of my life pursuing those goals, it would be impossible to chart a path to success. No amount of desire and effort would be enough to get me there—even apart from the

Wednesday, 01 June 2016 01:00

Combatting Spiritual Hypocrisy Featured

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by Jeremiah Johnson

Is God honored by our worship when we don’t mean it? Is he glorified when we go through the motions of devotion to Him simply because we know others are watching and we don’t want to be embarrassed?

The obvious answer is No. Scripture does not mince words when it comes to God’s hatred of hypocritical worship.

by Jeremiah Johnson

Failure is inevitable. No believer can always live up to the standard of Scripture—our remaining flesh and the habits of our former sinful selves inhibit our holiness in this life. But that doesn’t mean we give up—it doesn’t mean we surrender to temptation and impurity.

What it means is that we must battle

Friday, 27 May 2016 01:00

Legalism and Lawlessness Featured

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by Jeremiah Johnson

The opposite of wrong isn’t always right. Sometimes it’s simply a different kind of wrong.

There are two dominant errors Christians fall into that can damage and destroy their integrity. You can think of them as two equally treacherous ditches on either side of the narrow way (Matthew 7:14).

On one side you have

Wednesday, 25 May 2016 01:00

Integrity and Identity Featured

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by Jeremiah Johnson

It’s easy—even natural—to be a hypocrite. People are enamored with outward appearances, and it’s not difficult to construct a convincing façade. At some point, most people realize there’s no need to develop character and establish integrity when it’s far easier to fake it.

Spiritual

by Jeremiah Johnson

The greatest threat to the church is not persecution. It’s not the rise of atheism, Islam, or liberal politics. It’s not the Pope. And it’s not the rampaging immorality of the world around us.

No, the greatest threat to the church—and to individual believers—is compromise.

If this current election

Friday, 20 May 2016 01:00

James: Thrones in the Kingdom Featured

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by John MacArthur

This is part three of a three-part series on the apostle James. Click here to read part one and here for part two. –GTY Staff

The apostle James was part of Christ’s inner circle and one of His closest confidants. But unlike Peter and John, we read very little about this “Son of Thunder” as an individual. The

Wednesday, 18 May 2016 01:00

James: Fire From Heaven Featured

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by John MacArthur

This is part two of a three-part series on the apostle James. Click here to read part one. –GTY Staff

You’re probably familiar with the concept of a “no-go zone”—that part of town one would be wise to avoid, especially at night. Often they are areas dominated by gang activity, racial and religious

Monday, 16 May 2016 01:00

James: The Apostle of Passion Featured

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by John MacArthur

Of the three disciples in Jesus’ closest inner circle, James is the least familiar to us. The biblical account is practically devoid of any explicit details about his life and character. He never appears as a stand-alone character in the gospel accounts, but he is always paired with his younger and better-known brother, John.

 

Friday, 13 May 2016 01:00

Stop Complaining, Part 2 Featured

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by Jeremiah Johnson

Most people assume they are generally agreeable and easy-going. Few people would proudly say they were hard to get along with or difficult to be around.

But if you added up every argumentative, complaining, and frustrated word you spoke this week, along with all your eye rolls, disappointed sighs, and grumbling grunts, you would

Wednesday, 11 May 2016 01:00

Stop Complaining, Part 1 Featured

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by Jeremiah Johnson

What would you say is the defining characteristic of our society?

Maybe pride, selfishness, lust, vengeance, materialism—all dominant features of twenty-first century life. But here’s one you might not have guessed—discontentment.

So much of modern life is bound up in obtaining what we don’t have, and then

Monday, 09 May 2016 01:00

Unqualified, Not Unworthy Featured

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by Cameron Buettel

“Unqualified.”

That was John MacArthur’s one-word assessment of Steven Furtick during a Q&A session at the 2012 Shepherds’ Conference.

It’salso the title of Furtick’s latest book. Furtick credits that brief appraisal of his ministry as the inspiration for writing:

“Unqualified.” .

Friday, 06 May 2016 01:00

The Blessings of Forgiveness Featured

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by John MacArthur

Forgiveness is Christianity at its highest level. It reflects God’s immense forgiveness through Christ, and no human expression of forgiveness could ever surpass what Christ has done for us.

But extending forgiveness to others also brings with it great blessings upon the Christian life. Let’s conclude this series by

Wednesday, 04 May 2016 01:00

Forgiving Fallen Pastors Featured

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by John MacArthur

It has always saddened me over the years as I’ve watched church leaders bring reproach on the church of Jesus Christ. What’s perhaps most shocking to me is how frequently Christian leaders sin grossly, then step back into leadership almost as soon as the publicity dies away.

Some time ago I received a recording that