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

Apologetic Report - Winging It
Sunday, 26 March 2017 20:00

Indoctrination

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I recently heard of a Facebook complaint (I only heard of it because someone else told me; I don't do Facebook.) that a Christian school was just an indoctrination center where kids are taught Christian propaganda and brainwashed. Really? Is that so? How awful!Indoctrination is defined as "the act...

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Saturday, 25 March 2017 20:00

Majesty and Humility

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David's Psalm 8 begins with the glorious, "O LORD, our Lord, How majestic is Your name in all the earth, Who have displayed Your splendor above the heavens!" (Psa 8:1) The verse alone swells praise in the heart. But he goes on.
When I consider Your heavens, the work of Your fingers, The moon...

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Friday, 24 March 2017 20:00

News Weakly - 3/25/2017

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In a World Gone MadThe Bible argues that what is needed for Christians is "the renewal of your mind" (Rom 12:2) because, apparently, sin rots the brain (Rom 1:28). Apparently the Bible has access to today's news stories. Like the one where a mother and her son have decided to "transition" to a...

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Thursday, 23 March 2017 20:00

God Revealed

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In his epistle to the Romans Paul writes the wonderful, "For I am not ashamed of the gospel, for it is the power of God for salvation to everyone who believes, to the Jew first and also to the Greek." (Rom 1:16) Good stuff. He says, "For in it (the gospel) the righteousness of God is revealed from...

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Wednesday, 22 March 2017 20:00

Ephesians 5 Marriage and Divorce

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Okay, so it's somewhat of a large passage. But it's necessary, so I'll put it down here and then refer to it as we go:
17 Therefore do not be foolish, but understand what the will of the Lord is. 18 And do not get drunk with wine, for that is debauchery, but be filled with the Spirit, 19 addressing...

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Tuesday, 21 March 2017 20:00

What's Wrong?

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If you have any close relationship with anyone, I'm fairly certain you've encountered this kind of interaction. You see evidence of a "disturbance in the force", so to speak. They seem upset, maybe uncomfortable, something. So, caring as you do, you ask, "What's wrong?" They reply, sometimes...

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Monday, 20 March 2017 20:00

Have We Trials and Temptations?

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I'm currently in Matthew. I just finished the fourth chapter. I was interested to read the first verse of that chapter.
Then Jesus was led up by the Spirit into the wilderness to be tempted by the devil. (Matt 4:1)
Did you catch that? Jesus was led by the Spirit. Good. He was led into the wilderness....

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Sunday, 19 March 2017 20:00

Entertainment Outrage

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So, Disney's live action Beauty and the Beast is released with its gay agenda. No, not some sneaky "make your kids gay" plan. Just make it feel "normal". And lots of people are up in arms. Russia was thinking about banning it. Disney rescinded the release in Malaysia. Lots of Christians are upset...

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Saturday, 18 March 2017 20:00

Your Father in Heaven Knows

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CHICAGO - An Oak Park father of three was charged with eight counts of child neglect in Cook County Circuit Court after DCFS was called to check on his children. The report was that they were sickly, poorly clothed, poorly fed, poorly monitored and not attending school. The floors were covered with...

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Friday, 17 March 2017 20:00

News Weakly - 3/18/2017

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As ExpectedSo, we stop telling kids that ours is a great country and that they ought to be grateful and to honor our nation. Then we find out that "Millennials are making it difficult for the U.S. intelligence community to keep secrets." Huh. Who would have thought? General Hayden told the BBC,...

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Thursday, 16 March 2017 20:00

Saved for What? Part 2

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We have the "why". We are saved by God to show His magnificent character. Now, what is entailed for us?In the Old Testament God promised a coming day when His fundamental relationship with His people would change.
I will sprinkle clean water on you, and you shall be clean from all your...

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Wednesday, 15 March 2017 20:00

Saved to What? Part 1

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I've been writing about the Gospel. What is it? What is required? Why is it even necessary? I've covered the problem of human nature -- sin that deserves God's wrath -- and the remedy of repent (turn away from sin and toward Christ) and believe, placing one's confidence in Christ to the point of a...

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Tuesday, 14 March 2017 20:00

What Seems to be the Problem?

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In case you haven't noticed, I've been working backwards for the last few days. On Sunday I started with the "Mystical Union", the mystery of Scripture that is the Gospel. A key component of the Gospel is that God intends to be one with His children, a thought beyond my comprehension, but immensely...

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Monday, 13 March 2017 20:00

Faith

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So, now we have the Gospel, the mystery of the union of God with His people, which is truly good news. And we have the requirement that in order to be part of God's people we need to repent. Included in that "repent" message from the lips of Jesus was "Repent and believe in the gospel." (Mark 1:15)...

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Sunday, 12 March 2017 20:00

Repent

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Yesterday I wrote about the Mystical Union, the mystery of Scripture that is the Gospel which leads to the union of God and His children. That is, indeed, truly good news. There is none better. So, how do we get there? How do we get to the point of being His children, being in that Mystical Union?...

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Saturday, 11 March 2017 19:00

Mystical Union

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The Bible talks about several mysteries, but there is one that recurs more than the rest. Paul wrote about the mystery of the union of man and wife.
"Therefore a man shall leave his father and mother and hold fast to his wife, and the two shall become one flesh." This mystery is profound, and I am...

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Friday, 10 March 2017 18:00

News Weakly - 3/11/2017*

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Court Rules Against ChristWe've already been told that we don't have the right to act on the belief that God defined marriage as the union of a man and a woman. Now the courts in Great Britain have taken the next logical step. "Two street preachers have been convicted of a public order offence...

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Thursday, 09 March 2017 18:00

Trump Used Russia to Hack the Election!

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Please read that headline again. It is what is called in the common parlance "fake news". Never happened. And, yet, I think that very few Americans today who are following current events would doubt the headline because, after all, it's what has been suggested, implied, hinted at, and pushed...

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Wednesday, 08 March 2017 18:00

In the Balance

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If you ask most people, you'd find that they think they're okay when it comes to the afterlife. Why? Well, one common idea is that "I'm not as bad as a lot of people." I believe, however, that another popular position is, "I think I've done more good than bad." Isn't that how it often works in our...

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Tuesday, 07 March 2017 18:00

Prostitutes

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One of those odd rules God gave to Israel was the whole "tassels" thing.
"Speak to the people of Israel, and tell them to make tassels on the corners of their garments throughout their generations, and to put a cord of blue on the tassel of each corner. And it shall be a tassel for you to look at...

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Monday, 06 March 2017 18:00

People and Ideas

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I talk a lot here about ideas. Is God Sovereign? What does marriage actually mean? What does God say is the proper family hierarchy? Isn't it absolutely clear there is "male" and "female"? Lots of ideas. Some are acceptable to my readers; some are not. Some are controversial, others are just...

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Sunday, 05 March 2017 18:00

Judge Not

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It is listed as the best known verse in the Bible, especially among unbelievers. It used to be John 3:16, but now it's Matthew 7:1. "Judge not, that you be not judged." And the world shouts "Hallelujah!" because now those darned Christians have to shut up or violate their own Savior's commands....

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Saturday, 04 March 2017 22:45

Above All

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Michael W. Smith made the song popular -- Above All.
Above Allby Lenny LeBlanc and Paul Baloche © 1995 Integrity MusicAbove all powers, above all kingsAbove all nature, and all created thingsAbove all wisdom, and all the ways of manYou were here, before the world beganAbove all kingdoms, above...

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Friday, 03 March 2017 22:27

News Weakly - 3/4/2017

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Reality BitesRemember Rachel Dolezal? She was the white woman who said she was black and ran the Spokane, Washington, chapter of the NAACP until she was "outed" as white. Well, now she's " jobless, living on food stamps and is days away from being homeless." The only jobs she has been offered since...

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Thursday, 02 March 2017 18:00

Living in Esher's World

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You know who M.C. Esher is, right? He's the artist known for those remarkable pictures of scenes that are so amazing, beguiling, even beautiful ... and utterly impossible. They are pleasing to the eye, but what you must never do is follow them through because you will find yourself stuck right up...

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