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

I do not relish controversy, and I particularly dislike engaging in polemical battles with other evangelical Christians. But as my previous posts in this series demonstrate, when the gospel is under attack from within the visible church, such controversy is necessary. And if it seems fierce...

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Tuesday, 21 August 2018 18:00

The Long Struggle to Preserve the Gospel, Part 2 Featured

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Monday’s blog post focused on some of the past few decades of conflicts within the evangelical movement that have provoked me to preach and write in defense of the gospel. It wasn’t an exhaustive list—that would be tedious, I suspect. Evangelicals as a group have shown an...

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Sunday, 19 August 2018 18:00

The Long Struggle to Preserve the Gospel, Part 1 Featured

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From the earliest days of the apostolic era, faithful Christians have been called upon to contend earnestly for the truth of the gospel. The hardest battles have taken placewithin the visible church, among those who claim fidelity to Christ. That’s because the greatest threats to gospel...

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Sunday, 12 August 2018 18:00

Social Injustice and the Gospel Featured

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Scripture says earthly governments are ordained by God to administer justice, and believers are to be subject to their authority. The civil magistrate is “a minister of God to you for good . . . an avenger who brings wrath on the one who practices evil” (Romans 13:1–4). But it is...

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Thursday, 09 August 2018 18:00

Friday’s Featured Sermon: “No Other Gospel” Featured

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The gospel of Jesus Christ is an exclusive, narrow, and nonnegotiable message. While there is only one way to preach it, there are seemingly endless ways to distort and pervert it. And even the smallest alteration strips the gospel of its saving power. The apostle Paul understood that the eternal...

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Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it.

That familiar phrase—and all its variations—is credited to George Santayana, a European philosopher writing in the early twentieth century. However, it should not surprise us that the sentiment behind his words reaches back...

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Thursday, 26 July 2018 18:00

Is There a Temple in Heaven? Featured

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In the ancient world, the two most important buildings of any national capital were the palace and the temple. They represented civil and spiritual authority. In heaven the centrality of the throne of God emphasizes both His sovereignty and His worthiness to be worshiped. All heaven is His palace,...

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Tuesday, 24 July 2018 18:00

Apocalyptic Visions of Indescribable Glory Featured

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The book of Revelation is the story of how God’s wrath will finally be poured out upon the earth. Evil will be conquered forever and vanquished from the universe. It is a graphic and troubling vision, not primarily a lesson about heaven.

Still, we learn a lot about heaven from the apostle...

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Sunday, 22 July 2018 18:00

A Portrait of God's Glory Featured

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While God’s Word does not give us all the details about our future home with Him, Scripture is hardly silent when it comes to His eternal kingdom. In fact, the Bible contains many descriptions of heaven.

However, some of those descriptions are cast in apocalyptic or prophetic language filled...

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Thursday, 19 July 2018 18:00

Debunking Lies About Heaven Featured

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Why is it important to know the truth about heaven? With all the contradicting theories and theologies, you can imagine that some Christians would prefer to live in blithe ignorance about what awaits beyond the grave. But knowing the truth about heaven is not just about being right for the sake of...

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Tuesday, 17 July 2018 18:00

The False Hope of Purgatory Featured

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Let’s be clear from the outset: The Roman Catholic doctrine of purgatory is taught nowhere in Scripture. It was invented to accommodate Catholicism’s denial of justification by faith alone. And it offers false hope to millions who anticipate ample time beyond the grave—perhaps...

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Sunday, 15 July 2018 18:00

What Happens When Believers Die? Featured

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It’s hard for our finite minds to conceive of eternity—or for that matter, anything outside of our routine experience in this temporal realm. In spite of the pictorial language employed by the biblical authors, it can be difficult for us to form a clear concept of heaven, or understand...

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Have you ever met anyone who expects to live forever? Though they might not verbalize that expectation, the way some people live suggests they are unmoved by the unstoppable march of time, and unconcerned about the inevitability of the grave. Others obsess over death, and take extreme measures to...

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Tuesday, 10 July 2018 18:00

Absent from the Body, Present with the Lord Featured

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Are you afraid to die?

It’s natural for humans to fear the unknown. But thanks to the clear testimony of God’s Word, believers do not have to approach the end of this temporal life in fearful ignorance. On the contrary, we should echo the triumphant words of Paul: “O death, where...

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Sunday, 08 July 2018 18:00

What Will Heaven Be Like? Featured

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Gustav Mahler’s Fourth Symphony is based on a poem that describes heaven from a child’s point of view. The music certainly sounds heavenly. The symphony’s fourth movement features a soprano singing the German words to the poem “Das himmlische Leben”—“The...

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Thursday, 05 July 2018 18:00

Growing in Discernment Featured

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How do you measure maturity? It is not a function of how old you are—society is dominated by multiple generations of immature adults who refuse to act their age. Maturity is tested by time, but it’s not a question of how long a person has lived. Rather, it’s determined by how...

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Sunday, 01 July 2018 18:00

Spirit-Powered Discernment Featured

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True discernment is impossible without divine power. We need the true Discerner—the Holy Spirit—to lead us into all truth (John 16:13).

We cannot fully understand what God is saying to us in His Word without the illuminating work of the Holy Spirit. First Corinthians 2:11 says,...

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Human wisdom is always at war with biblical truth. That’s why, as Christians, we need to be careful not to let our biblical worldview become clouded by popular trends and acceptable social conventions. The temptation is often strong to brush aside biblical truth when it assaults our modern...

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Tuesday, 26 June 2018 18:00

Following the Faithful Featured

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Nobody wants to be led off a cliff. But that’s a very real possibility for anyone who follows the wrong leaders. Jesus said as much concerning the religious leaders of His time on earth: “They are blind guides of the blind. And if a blind man guides a blind man, both will fall into a...

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Sunday, 24 June 2018 18:00

The Deadly Dangers of Passive Discernment Featured

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King Solomon was the epitome of discernment. Scripture declares that his wisdom “surpassed the wisdom of all the sons of the East and all the wisdom of Egypt” (1 Kings 4:30). Moreover, God granted him unsurpassed discernment: “Behold I have given you a wise and discerning heart,...

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During the 2016 Christmas season, Answers in Genesis lit up its full-scale replica of Noah’s Ark with the colors of the rainbow. That seemingly innocuous act created a storm of protest from people pushing the LGBT agenda. Homosexuals were incensed that a Christian apologetics ministry would...

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Tuesday, 19 June 2018 18:00

The Source and Supply of All Discernment Featured

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If you could ask God for anything, what would that be? 

We may sometimes fantasize about that question, but for Solomon it was reality. When he became king after the death of David, the Lord appeared to him in a dream and said, “Ask what you wish Me to give you” (1 Kings 3:5)....

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Sunday, 17 June 2018 18:00

Discernment Demands Humility Featured

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If we have no desire to be discerning, we won’t be discerning. Proverbs 2:3-6 says,

If you cry for discernment, lift your voice for understanding; if you seek her as silver and search for her as for hidden treasures; then you will discern the fear of the Lord and discover the knowledge of God....

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Jonah is a famous Bible character for one big reason—the giant fish that swallowed him whole and three days later regurgitated him, alive and well. From Sunday-school flannelgraphs to modern folklore, that astounding event dominates almost every discussion about Jonah. But we shouldn’t...

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Tuesday, 12 June 2018 18:00

Our Duty to Discern Featured

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When Aben Johnson sold his Detroit-based television station in 1997, he began heavily investing in gemstones. While he had dabbled in diamonds since 1988, he now had the capital he needed to purchase the rarest stones money could buy. He spent three million dollars on a blue diamond called the...

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