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

Effectual Grace - Apologetic Report
Friday, 01 September 2017 03:50

Any Valid Examples of Evolution?

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Email To Russ Miller (CreationMinistries.org):

“My child’s school is teaching her she evolved from primates. Are there any valid examples of evolution?”

Answer: Millions of examples of Micro-evolution, better called micro-adaptations or variations, could be shown. Adaptations are...

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Thursday, 31 August 2017 10:39

Justification by Faith Alone

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Dr. Michael Reeves:

Justification by faith was the matter of the Reformation five hundred years ago, but does it matter in the same way today? This talk will unpack what Luther discovered in Scripture, consider some contemporary challenges, and help us stand firm in proclaiming good news of freedom...

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Wednesday, 30 August 2017 08:10

Nashville Statement

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imageNASHVILLE STATEMENT – A COALITION FOR BIBLICAL SEXUALITY

Website: https://cbmw.org/nashville-statement

PREAMBLE

“Know that the LORD Himself is God; It is He who has made us, and not we ourselves…” –Psalm 100:3

Evangelical Christians at the dawn of the twenty-first century...

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Tuesday, 29 August 2017 18:57

Quick Tips to Improve Your Productivity

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Here are 20 of them (by Tim Challies)

Authors: John Samson...

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Tuesday, 29 August 2017 18:20

Molinism Refuted

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Middle Knowledge (a concept at the heart of Molinism) is refuted by Dr. James White:

Authors: John Samson...

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Monday, 28 August 2017 21:15

Is There a God?

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image Article by Sinclair Ferguson (original source here)

Answer the question “Is there a God?” in around 775 words? Is this perhaps the easiest assignment Tabletalk has ever commissioned, since the answer is so clear? There are no consistent atheists, only people hiding from God. “The...

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Monday, 28 August 2017 09:37

Liturgical Protestant Worship

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imageArticle: 7 Things I Love about Liturgical Protestant Worship by Silverio Gonzalez (original source here)

Sometimes the idea of “formal worship” scares people. I hope to make that less scary. The Protestant traditions include Anglicanism, Lutheranism, the Reformed, and Presbyterianism....

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Sunday, 27 August 2017 07:47

What Every Christian Should Know

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This morning I had the privilege of preaching at a local Church here in Phoenix (while their Pastor was away). My theme was “What Every Christian Should Know” and the base text was 2 Timothy 3:10-17. The service was live-streamed and can be viewed here (I am introduced around the 26...

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Friday, 25 August 2017 06:31

Which Laws Apply?

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image Article: Which Laws Apply? by R.C. Sproul (original source here)

To this day, the question of the role of the law of God in the Christian life provokes much debate and discussion. This is one of those points where we can learn much from our forebears, and John Calvin’s classic treatment of...

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image Article by Tim Keller: Making Sense of Scripture’s ‘Inconsistency’ (original source here)

I find it frustrating when I read or hear columnists, pundits, or journalists dismiss Christians as inconsistent because “they pick and choose which of the rules in the Bible to...

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Thursday, 24 August 2017 07:05

Exposing The So Called “Prosperity Gospel”

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image On Friday, Sept. 8th I am scheduled to team up with Costi Hinn (Benny Hinn’s nephew, now converted and a Reformed Baptist Pastor in California) on Chris Arnzen’s “Iron Sharpens Iron” broadcast. The show’s theme for the two hours will be to bring the light of...

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Wednesday, 23 August 2017 06:43

Loving God’s Law

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image Article “Christian, Do You Love God’s Law?” by Dr. Sinclair Ferguson Original source here)

At a PGA Tour tournament in October 2015, Ben Crane disqualified himself after completing his second round. He did so at considerable financial cost. No matter—Crane believed the...

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Tuesday, 22 August 2017 03:55

A Primer on Antinomianism

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image Article by Phil Johnson (original source here)

Antinomianism is one of those theological terms that is notoriously hard to pin down. It has an admittedly sinister sound, and when many people hear the term, they think it speaks of wantonly advocating sin (“Why not do evil that good may...

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Tuesday, 22 August 2017 03:19

Submit to Jesus, Submit to His Bride

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image Article by Matt Smethurst, managing editor of The Gospel Coalition and author of 1–2 Thessalonians: A 12-Week Study (Crossway, 2017). He and his wife, Maghan, have three children and live in Louisville, Kentucky. They belong to Third Avenue Baptist Church, where Matt serves as an elder....

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Monday, 21 August 2017 17:15

The Myth of Dying and Rising Gods

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Jesus Is Not A Copy Of Pagan Gods

Reasons for Jesus: In this video we address the claim that the story of Jesus was a knock-off, plagiarism, or amalgamation of other ‘dying and rising gods’ of the pagan world. Zeitgeist, Religulous, and sensationalist blogs online often state that the...

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Monday, 21 August 2017 03:57

The Eclipse of God

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image In an eclipse, there is not an unveiling of something but the obscuring of reality. Isn’t that interesting? Many people right at this very moment are scrambling to look up into the heavens (with protective glasses on, because they cannot look directly) to actually see less than what is...

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Sunday, 20 August 2017 09:44

The Word is Alive!

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Text: Hebrews 4:12,13

Contrary the claims of the charismatic movement that the Bible is just a dead book in desperate need of the Holy Spirit’s life, it is very much alive, powerful, energetic, dynamic and sharper than any human instrument ever made. It is always at work in human hearts...

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Saturday, 19 August 2017 22:39

Saints Preserved!

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image “Now may the God of peace himself sanctify you completely, and may your whole spirit and soul and body be kept blameless at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ. He who calls you is faithful; he will surely do it.” – 1 Thess. 5:23-24

These verses are regularly quoted and yet their...

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image THE FIVE SOLAS – Standing Together, Alone by John Samson

LETTERS TO JOHN:

Dr. R.C. Sproul, President of Ligonier Ministries recently wrote the following words: “You have succinctly distilled the essence of the ‘solas.’ May God mightily use your book for His glory. Thank you...

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Friday, 18 August 2017 21:20

The Continental Divide of Theology

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image This excerpt is adapted from Foundations of Grace by Steven J. Lawson.

Through the western regions of North America, there runs an imaginary geographic line that determines the flow of streams into oceans. It is known as the Continental Divide. Ultimately, precipitation falling on the east side of...

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Friday, 18 August 2017 04:51

Two Articles on Evolution

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(1) This article describes the intellectual journey of a man troubled by evolution as it relates to the book of Genesis.

(2) University settles lawsuit with scientist fired after he found soft tissue in dinosaur bones at this link.

Authors: John Samson...

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Tuesday, 15 August 2017 23:30

The Other Side of the Rainbow

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The other side of the rainbow – Millie Fontana’s story.

Millie is the daughter of lesbians and reveals here why she is against same-sex marriage.

Other than an assumption of evolution in the speech, this is a quite amazing and brave testimony of what it is like to be raised in a lesbian...

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Monday, 14 August 2017 19:30

The Test Of Our Profession

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image “If there was a drawn sword pointed to my breast and Christ at the other end of it, if I had no other way to be at Him and with Him, I would run myself upon it to be at Him and with Him forever: for He is my life, my heaven, and my all.” – Rev. Thomas Hog

(The test of our...

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Monday, 14 August 2017 19:10

A Beginner’s Guide to Free Will

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image Article by Dr. John Piper (original source here)

Before the fall of Adam, man was sinless and able not to sin. For God “saw everything that he had made, and behold, it was very good” (Genesis 1:31). But he was also able to sin. For God had said, “In the day that you eat of it [the...

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Monday, 14 August 2017 07:59

Absolutely Sovereign

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Dr. Steve Lawson on Psalm 93:

Authors: John Samson...

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