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

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Monday, 07 October 2019 12:29

A Heavenly Appetizer (Jonathan Cruse) Featured

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Many Christians today hold to the misconception that the Lord's Supper is nothing other than a memorial meal, a time where we "look back" and reflect upon the death of Christ. This is generally the view of mainstream evangelicalism, though if we are not cautious it can easily become the default...

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Friday, 04 October 2019 02:53

A Biblical View of Race(s) (Guy Richard) Featured

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The topics of racism, social justice, and racial reconciliation have been hotly debated topics within the Church and on social media for some time now. One of the questions that I have routinely encountered from Christians in these debates concerns the appropriateness of the word "race." The...

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Wednesday, 02 October 2019 00:17

Soul Food and Spiritual Drink (Ken Golden) Featured

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Humans are complex creatures, consisting of body and soul. God formed us out of the dust of the ground (Gen. 2:7a). He gave us bodies, making us physical creatures. And He nourishes our bodies with physical things. The Lord provides food to satisfy our hunger and drink to quench our thirst. But...

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Middle knowledge, otherwise known as Molinism, derives its name from a 16th century Jesuit named Luis de Molina (1535-1600). There is evidence that within a decade of Molina's death, his view of middle knowledge had a profound influence upon the theology of James Arminius--though there is some...

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Thursday, 26 September 2019 22:57

My Kind of Hero (John Bugay) Featured

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It took me a while to remember who Joshua Harris was when he "kissed Christianity goodbye." The news didn't really rattle me; he's so far from the mainstream of my life that I missed whatever it was he was selling. And yet it was a big deal in Christian circles. Christians should look for other...

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Tuesday, 24 September 2019 23:27

Patience and Maturity (Gabriel Williams) Featured

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Over the past several months, I've taken a break from regular writing and blogging because I've been pondering the importance of Christian maturity. The apostle Paul himself stated that one of the central goals of his ministry was to "present every man complete in Christ" (cf. Colossians 1:28-29)....

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Monday, 23 September 2019 00:15

Reciting the Creed (Adam Parker) Featured

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Why do we recite the historic creeds of the church in our worship services? There are a few ways to answer this question. First, we believe these creeds are really just recitations of the content of Scripture. All we are doing is reading a summary of what the Bible says. Second, we believe...

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Wednesday, 18 September 2019 01:57

Salvation by Ideas? God Forbid! (Bruce Lowe) Featured

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Recently, I've had three conversations that all circle around one significant topic: Christianity as a mere intellectual exercise. In the first, a seminary student told me of a conversation with his son: "Dad, I believe in the Christian faith. I have sat under your teaching and under mum's teaching...

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Monday, 16 September 2019 03:02

Origins of the Creed (James Renihan) Featured

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If you were a Christian living in the great port city of Alexandria, Egypt in the year 320, your life would likely be full of excitement. Less than 10 years before, the great Emperor Constantine had defeated his enemies, ended Roman persecution of Christians, and granted Christianity the status of...

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Thursday, 12 September 2019 13:30

Worship That Smells: Calvin on Genesis 8 (Aaron Denlinger) Featured

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Noah's first deed upon exiting the ark -- at least as recorded in Scripture -- was to build an altar and offer unto God sacrifices. He did this from the "clean" animals and birds which had accompanied him and his family on his recent water-based adventures. God, for his part, smelled Noah's...

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Tuesday, 10 September 2019 14:05

Known by His Works (Bret Saunders) Featured

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Editor's Note: This is the second part in a series on the relationship between education and fatherhood. Read part one here, and watch for more in the weeks ahead! As mentioned in my last post, education means shaping and filling, admonition and nurture, law and story. That should sound familiar...

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Monday, 09 September 2019 05:24

The Cost of Discipleship (Robert Brady) Featured

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How much are you willing to give to God? Your time? Your money? What about everything? This month, the Alliance is proud to feature The Cost of Discipleship by James Boice. We hope it will serve as a helpful reminder to those in Christ to live for Christ. Download your free copy...

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Wednesday, 04 September 2019 23:40

Trusting the Good News in the Age of Fake News (Jonathan Cruse) Featured

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Odds are, you're not willing to perform a trust fall into the arms of the American media.In fact, there aren't a whole lot of trust falls happening anymore in our society, as the General Social Survey reports that only 30% of Americans agreed with the statement that "most people can be trusted."...

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Tuesday, 27 August 2019 15:00

Ain't Just Putting On the Ritz (Adam Parker) Featured

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Only a few days after Josh Harris told Instagram that he is no longer a Christian, Marty Sampson similarly announced that he is "genuinely losing [his] faith." To briefly summarize, the former Hillsong United lead singer is apparently the first person to notice that miracles aren't commonplace...

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For everything there is a season, and a time for every matter under heaven. . . .a time to keep silence, and a time to speak. (Ecclesiastes 3:1,7) A pastoral colleague recently bemoaned, "It feels like I get hammered if I do, and hammered if I don't."  He was referring to the constant...

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In the history of theological debate, one of the most important steps towards doctrinal clarity involves getting the terminology right. The ancient church sorted through the Trinitarian debate by clarifying the distinction between "essence" and "person." Likewise, the Reformation haggled over the...

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Wednesday, 21 August 2019 15:00

Education and Fatherhood (Bret Saunders) Featured

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"One father is more than a hundred schoolmasters." -- George Herbert"I write not these things to shame you, but as beloved sons I warn you. For though ye have ten thousand instructors in Christ, yet have ye not many fathers: for in Christ Jesus I have begotten you through the gospel. Wherefore I...

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Monday, 19 August 2019 03:44

"In" with the World (Kevin Vollema ) Featured

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Over the last few weeks, former pastor and Christian author Josh Harris has made a public resurgence through his shocking Instagram announcement. This is sad news, and we should mourn over it. When any supposed brother or sister in the faith announces they have fallen away--whether publicly or...

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Monday, 19 August 2019 01:02

Discipleship (Robert Brady) Featured

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This month, the Alliance is pleased to offer a free MP3 download of Discipleship from the Alliance Teaching Series. Curated from years of biblical teaching, Discipleship presents listeners with thirteen encouraging messages on sanctification, the Church, and the Christian...

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Thursday, 15 August 2019 03:47

Healing in Dayton (Amy Mantravadi) Featured

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Just south of central Dayton, Ohio, in the heart of one of the city's historic districts, is a stretch of road familiar to all the locals: A two block section of Fifth Avenue that is home to an eclectic mix of high-end restaurants, bars, oddity shops, tattoo parlors, a Goodwill, and an adult video...

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In Col 3:10, the apostle Paul describes one of the most stunning aspects of the Spirit's re-creative work in uniting us by faith to the risen Christ. In that verse, we read that the natural man is, by that Spirit, suddenly and irrevocably "renewed in knowledge after the image of Him who created...

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By now the firestorm of commentary around Josh Harris' public announcement, that he has not only divorced, but departed from the Christian faith, has died down. People have moved on but not before delivery a rash of analysis, indictments, pleas, condemnation, and speculation.   When the news...

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Thursday, 08 August 2019 15:00

The God of Creation (Ben Ciavolella) Featured

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Our featured resource this month is The God of Creation - Truth and Gospel in Genesis 1 by Richard Phillips. We've discounted the price, so get your copy at Reformed Resources today! About  There are other books on Creation and dealing with the issues of Genesis 1, but this one is...

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Wednesday, 07 August 2019 22:21

How Not to Fall Away (William Boekestein.) Featured

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"I have undergone a massive shift in regard to my faith in Jesus. The popular phrase for this is 'deconstruction,' the biblical phrase is 'falling away.' By all the measurements that I have for defining a Christian, I am not a Christian." So was the recent confession by former pastor, Joshua...

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Wednesday, 07 August 2019 04:25

To Nurture a Community (Christina Fox) Featured

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One year I made a resolution to get my hands dirty and grow potted plants on my back porch. It was my first foray into all things botanical. I went to the garden section of my local Home Depot and selected a variety of pots, an assortment of flowers and herbs, a giant bag of potting soil, and all...

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