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
Sunday, 09 December 2018 16:00

Nicodemus, the Friendly Pharisee Featured

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The gospel of John doesn’t attract much attention during the Christmas season. Instead, we are usually drawn to the birth narratives found in the accounts of Luke and Matthew. However, John captures the essence of Christmas beautifully in the opening prologue to his gospel account: “The...

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Thursday, 06 December 2018 16:00

The Principles of the Parable of the Vineyard Featured

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What about application?

That’s a common question from people who want more what now? and how to at the end of a sermon. Those pointers can certainly help us in our day-to-day lives. But they can also narrow our understanding of the implications of a biblical passage, and bypass the...

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Tuesday, 04 December 2018 16:00

The Purpose of the Parable of the Vineyard Featured

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Christ’s parables were never delivered in a vacuum. They were always provoked by the circumstances, discussions, and debates that surrounded Him. That kind of contextual background information is especially critical concerning the parable of the vineyard (Matthew 20:1–15). While the...

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Sunday, 02 December 2018 16:00

The Point of the Parable of the Vineyard Featured

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Jesus made a regular habit of upending established social conventions. The Lord spent much of His earthly ministry illustrating the sharp contrast between the world and His heavenly kingdom. One of those key teaching moments is found in the preface and epilogue to Christ’s parable of the...

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No one wants to be a victim. There’s no queue of people eagerly waiting to be ripped off, smacked around, mistreated, and abused. No one in his right mind wants to inflict those experiences on himself.

However, many today are desperate for any excuse to lay claim to victim status. In...

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Tuesday, 27 November 2018 16:00

Is Grace Fair? Featured

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We all love to be on the receiving end of a good deal—at least until someone else finds a better one. The perception of inequality and unfairness fosters bitterness, envy, and resentment—attitudes that the flesh thrives on, even among believers. And one of Christ’s parables plays...

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Sunday, 25 November 2018 16:00

Is God Ever Unjust? Featured

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Have you ever considered the stark contrast between Judas Iscariot and the thief on the cross? One was a close disciple of Jesus Christ and gave three years of his life to the best, most intensive religious instruction available anywhere. But he lost his soul forever. The other was a hardened,...

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Sunday, 18 November 2018 16:00

John MacArthur on Making the Most of Christmas Featured

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While we in the United States will celebrate Thanksgiving later this week, most of us—regardless of where we live—already have an eye on Christmas.

More than any other holiday, Christmas takes over large portions of day-to-day life weeks (if not months) in advance. Between the gifts, the...

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Thursday, 15 November 2018 16:00

God Is Not the Author of Confusion Featured

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Some years ago, a close friend of mine attended a service at a large church of international renown where the laughing revival had been going on for several weeks. After a brief, perfunctory sermon with a minimum of references to Scripture and a lot of mangled theology, the worship leader called...

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Tuesday, 13 November 2018 16:00

God in the Hands of Giddy Sinners Featured

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Many charismatics today claim that the Great Awakening was a forerunner to their own movement, marked by the same emotional outbursts and experiences that dominate their worship. Moreover, as we’ve already seen, they argue that the movement was quenched by an emphasis on theological...

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Sunday, 11 November 2018 16:00

Jonathan Edwards Warns Modern Mystics Featured

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No one was in a better position to evaluate the Great Awakening than Jonathan Edwards. He watched it firsthand from beginning to end. He personally witnessed the remarkable emotional and physical responses in congregations where he preached. He defended the Awakening when critics denounced it as...

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Thursday, 08 November 2018 16:00

Goodbye to a Gifted Servant Featured

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No one likes goodbyes. But by God’s grace, we can sometimes see His providence in the parting of ways. Such is the case next week, as we bid farewell to Gabriel Powell.

For the past five years, Gabe has faithfully served as the head of Grace to You’s Internet ministry. In that time, he...

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Tuesday, 06 November 2018 16:00

A Look at the Great Awakening Featured

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The Great Awakening was a dramatic revival that began in New England in the mid-eighteenth century and swept the colonies before it finally subsided. Multitudes were converted in the Awakening, and the spiritual climate of colonial America was transformed. Even in secular history books, the Great...

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Sunday, 04 November 2018 16:00

The Doctrine of Anti-Theology Featured

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Pastors need Bereans in their congregations—members “who received the word with great eagerness, examining the Scriptures daily to see whether these things were so” (Acts 17:11). Those who would teach God’s Word must be held accountable to its exacting standards....

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Thursday, 01 November 2018 18:00

John MacArthur on Where We Find the Truth Featured

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Where do you find the truth?

In a day dominated by anonymous sources, political spin, and so-called fake news, locating and understanding the truth ought to be a high priority. However, what we see most often is people circling the wagons with others who share their opinions and holding to the...

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Tuesday, 30 October 2018 18:00

Feeling Good, Thinking Nothing Featured

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Ecstatic experiences can be addictive. The world is full of thrill-seekers and daredevils hunting for that next rush of fear and adrenaline. The same is true for men and women who get hooked on the emotional highs of religious fervor. Soon the same old routines aren’t enough; their search for...

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Sunday, 28 October 2018 18:00

Seduced by Mysticism Featured

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Personal experiences and feelings are dangerous sources from which to derive one’s theology. The subjective impressions of reprobate minds rarely reflect concrete truth. Our most pressing need is for the fixed, external, objective, and unshakable truth found in God’s inerrant Word.

But...

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Tuesday, 23 October 2018 18:00

What Would Jesus Say About Your Church? Featured

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In the book of Revelation, Jesus wrote seven letters to cities in Asia Minor. He didn’t write them to city hall; He wrote them to the church.

Let that sink in for a moment. In the closing chapters of Scripture, the Lord did not set His church on a mission to “redeem the culture.”...

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Sunday, 21 October 2018 18:00

Judgment Begins with the Household of God Featured

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By the time the apostle John was nearing the end of his earthly life, he was acutely aware that “all who desire to live godly in Christ Jesus will be persecuted” (2 Timothy 3:12). He told people in his pastoral care, “Do not be surprised, brethren, if the world hates you” (1...

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In the closing lines of his final epistle, the apostle Paul charges Timothy, his young apprentice in the faith, to “Preach the word; be ready in season and out of season; reprove, rebuke, exhort, with great patience and instruction” (2 Timothy 4:2, emphasis added).

You may read that...

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Tuesday, 16 October 2018 18:00

An Apostle in Exile Featured

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We often think of Revelation as a prophetic look at the second coming of Christ. We think of the judgment that awaits the world because “He is coming with the clouds, and every eye will see Him, even those who pierced Him; and all the tribes of the earth will mourn over Him” (Revelation...

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Sunday, 14 October 2018 18:00

The Pathology of an Apostate Church Featured

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Churches can descend into apostasy on a wide variety of issues. They might succumb to mysticism, feminism, worldliness, works righteousness, or any of the myriad corrupting threats poised against the church. But there is a common thread uniting every church that turns from the truth after error....

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Tuesday, 09 October 2018 18:00

The Legacy of the Reformation Featured

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In medieval Europe, the Roman Catholic Church had a stranglehold on all matters pertaining to spiritual life. In an era when Bibles were rare and inaccessible to all but the clergy, the hierarchy of Rome established itself as the gatekeeper controlling access to Scripture, and thus to God. The...

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Sunday, 07 October 2018 18:00

The Danger of Calling the Church to Repent Featured

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Have you ever heard of a church that repented? Not individuals, but an entire church that collectively recognized its congregational transgressions and openly, genuinely repented, with biblical sorrow and brokenness.

Sadly, you probably have not.

For that matter, have you ever heard of a pastor who...

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Sunday, 30 September 2018 18:00

Assaulting the Nature of Truth Featured

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Words matter to God. After all, they are His chosen means of communication. He doesn’t bring people to a saving knowledge of Himself through mystical, subjective experiences. He has spoken clear, objective, propositional truth to His creatures through His written Word.

That’s why...

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