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

Bellator Christi - Apologetic Report

On today’s podcast, Brian interviews Dr. Amy Downey. Downey holds the distinction of being the first female graduate of the Ph.D. in Theology and Apologetics at Liberty University. Downey is also the founder of Tzedakah Ministries, found at tzedakahministries.org. Today, Amy and Brian discuss...

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This message continues the series that Pastor Brian Chilton has been teaching in the book of Acts. In this message, one considers how the Holy Spirit operates in and through the church providing unity, charity through genuine believers, and purity as given by the example of Ananias and Sapphira.

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Thursday, 17 August 2017 05:42

An Uncivil War - Bellator Christi

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By: Rev. Christopher Burcham | August 17, 2017

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As this video shows, the game of “Telephone” does not apply to the oral and then eventual written transmission of the Bible. This video was posted from Josh McDowell Ministries. All rights belong its authors.

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By: Brian Chilton | August 14, 2017

This past Saturday, I returned home from our church’s annual Vacation Bible School. The topic for this year’s VBS was on putting on the full armor of God. When I sat down in my office chair, I turned on my laptop to check the website and look over a...

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On today’s podcast, host Brian Chilton discusses his personal journey back to the Christian faith. Brian was saved at the age of 7 and was called into the gospel ministry at 16 years of age. However, he left the faith in 2000 due to personal issues and doubts that he had pertaining to the...

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On this podcast, Pastor Brian continues his study in the book of Acts. This message discusses the elements of the disciples’ prayer for boldness as they returned after having been threatened by the religious authorities of their day. The modern believer needs the same kind of boldness as one...

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By: Brian Chilton | August 7, 2017

As you know, we have been examining the authorship of the New Testament letters over the past few weeks. Thus far, we have learned that good reasons exist to accept the apostles Matthew and John as authors of the First and Fourth Gospels; John Mark as the author of...

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Today’s podcast is a double-header. In the first half, we discuss lessons Brian recently learned from his son’s involvement with the theater. The second half deals with the correlation one finds between divine sovereignty and human freedom in Acts 4. Join us for what is an interesting...

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As a child, one of my favorite cartoons was He-Man and the Masters of the Universe. In this show, peace loving Prince Adam would do everything possible to use his intellect to solve problems. But when force was necessary, he would raise his sword in the air and exclaim, “By the...

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By: Brian Chilton | August 1, 2017

Throughout the past several weeks, we have been exploring who the authors of the books of the New Testament were. Already we have seen that there are good reasons for supporting the traditional view that the apostles Matthew and John wrote the Gospels attributed to...

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On this edition of The Bellator Christi Podcast, Pastor Brian Chilton continues his series in the book of Acts. Acts 3 recounts Peter’s healing of the lame man who sat at the Beautiful Gate in the temple complex in Jerusalem. One finds that there are certain things represented by names that...

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By: Jason Kline | July 25, 2017

It is imperative to understand that without conditioning the soul through the spiritual disciplines, a well-ordered life is powerless and impossible. Ministry is rendered ineffective or lacking in the supernatural power of God. One must first experience the new birth...

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How did we get our New Testament? Was the New Testament canon a development of the Roman Emperor Constantine or did the Canon predate the time of the newly converted ruler? Today’s edition of The Bellator Christi Podcast will cover the development of the New Testament as we are joined by...

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Pastor Brian has been preaching a series of messages through the book of Acts. In this message, Brian explores 5 traits exhibited by the early church that shows the health of the church. By these 5 signs, we can evaluate churches today to see how healthy or unhealthy a church may be. If a church is...

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By: Rana Tarakji | July 19, 2017

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The world in itself is a beautifully designed piece of art. Even still, there are locations...

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By: Brian Chilton | July 17, 2017

In the New Testament, thirteen letters are attributed to the apostle Paul. Paul is, of course, the individual who had persecuted the church, but became a Christian missionary after an encounter with the risen Jesus on the road to Emmaus. But, did Paul actually...

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By: Jason Kline | July 17, 2017

Loving God with all of our mind is what I believe to be a Biblical command. Apologists often defend the practice of apologetics using Luke 10:27 and loving God with all your mind. However, we cannot also neglect to love the Lord with all your heart and soul and...

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On the July 6th, 2017 edition of The Bellator Christi Podcast, Brian discusses the format people use to find truth. As F. B. Meyer suggests in his book The Secret to Guidance, people employ fact, faith, and Feelings in differing orders to find truth. In reality, only one format works....

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Join us for a special message delivered on Sunday, July 2, 2017 at Huntsville Baptist Church by Rev. Dennis Shaw. Pastor Shaw is the Director of Missions for the Yadkin Baptist Association. In this message, Pastor Shaw discusses an instance where Jesus passed by a tax-collector known as Zacchaeus...

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On this episode of The Bellator Christi Podcast, Pastor Brian examines four symbols in Acts 2 pertaining to the coming of the Holy Spirit at Pentecost. These four symbols tell us a lot about the personal presence of God in and through his Holy Spirit.

Pentecost: 4 Symbols that Illustrate How God...

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By: Jason Kline | July 10, 2017

This is an article that does not want to be written. A war is being waged within me; my soul and every part of me is fighting against writing.  Deep down I ask, “What is the point of writing? You’re not a good writer and nobody really cares what you...

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Tuesday, 04 July 2017 02:17

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From all of us at Bellator Christi.com, we wish you a most wonderful Independence Day. For all those who have served our nation or are currently serving, both here and abroad: thank you! As the old adage goes, freedom isn’t free. It comes with a price.

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By: Brian Chilton | July 3, 2017

Zacharias, Ravi. The Grand Weaver: How God Shapes Us Through the Events of Our Lives. Grand Rapids: Zondervan, 2007. $15.99. 200 pages.

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Zacharias’s book “The Grand Weaver” is exceptional, perhaps one of his best. In this book, Zacharias...

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By: Shane Lacroix | July 1, 2017

Editorial Note: The views and opinions expressed on this podcast and article are expressly those of its contributor and may not represent those of Bellator Christi or its affiliates. Bellator Christi and its contributor take no responsibility for the financial advice...

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