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

Exploring the Truth - Apologetic Report
This week, the Bible Train is recounting the concerns of both Ezra and Nehemiah for Jerusalem as well as the Temple. We will also see Zechariah prophesy the coming of Messiah the King.   Monday Ezra 7:1-10; 8:15-36 Tuesday Nehemiah 1:1-2:10 Wednesday Nehemiah 2:11-3:32 Thursday Nehemiah 8:1-18...

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Saturday, 15 September 2018 23:58

Outline of the Epistle to the Romans

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I. Introductory comments (1:1-17) II. Sin, original and universal and Salvation (1:18-5:21) III. Victorious living by Christ’s power (6:1-8:39) IV.  God still has a plan for Israel (9:1-11:36) V. Living as Christians (12:1-15:13) VII. Final thoughts (15:14-16:27)

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Saturday, 15 September 2018 23:50

Outline of the Book of Acts

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I.  Christ’s final time with the Apostles (1:1-26) II.  Pentecost: The Church Begins (2:1-47) III.  The early days of the Church (3:1-5:42) IV.  Persecution, dispersion, and the growth of the Church (6:1-9:31) V.  Peter’s missionary activities (9:32-12:25) VI....

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Tuesday, 11 September 2018 04:15

Outline of the Gospel According to John

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I. Jesus as the Eternal Word (1:1-18) II. Signs as Proof of Christ’s Deity (1:19-12:50) III. The Model of the Good Shepherd (13:1-17:26) IV. Christ before the Sanhedrin and Pilate (18:1-18:40) V. The Death and Resurrection of Christ (19:1-20:36) VI. Jesus appears to the Disciples...

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Tuesday, 11 September 2018 04:06

Outline of Luke’s Gospel

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I. Introductory note for Theophilus (1:1-4) II. Infancy narratives of Jesus and John the Baptist (1:5-2:52) III. Jesus prepares for ministry (3:1-4:13) IV. Rabbi Jesus in Galilee (4:14-9:50) V. Teaching on the Journey to Jerusalem (9:51-19:27) VI. Rabbi Jesus in Jerusalem (18:28-21:38) VII. The...

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Tuesday, 11 September 2018 03:52

Outline of Mark’s Gospel

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I. Prologue (1:1-1:15) II. Jesus, the Messiah, as teacher and healer (1:16-8:21) III. Son of Man, the suffering savior (8:22-10:52) IV. Son of Man in Jerusalem (11:1-13:37) V. The Passion, Death and Resurrection (14:1-16:20)

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Monday, 10 September 2018 14:36

Outline of the Gospel According to Matthew

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I. Prologue: birth of Messiah the King (1:1-2:23) II. Proclamation of the Kingdom (3:1-7:29) III. The Galilean Ministry (8:1-11:1) IV. Controversy and Parables (11:2-13:52) V. Formation of the Disciples (13:53-18.35) VI. Ministry in Jerusalem (19:1-25:46) VII. The Passion Narrative (26:1-7:66)...

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Friday, 07 September 2018 03:32

Early Creeds in the Bible

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“The Lord our God, the Lord is one” (Deut 6:4, 1 Cor 8:4) Jesus is Lord (Romans 10:9 , Phil 2:11) Great indeed, we confess, is the mystery of godliness: He was manifested in the flesh, vindicated by the Spirit, seen by angels, proclaimed among the nations, believed on in the world,...

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I. OF THE SCRIPTURES. We believe the Holy Bible was written by men divinely inspired, and is a perfect treasure of heavenly instruction; 1 that it has God for its author, salvation for its end, 2 and truth without any mixture of error for its matter; 3 that it reveals the principles by which God...

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Friday, 07 September 2018 03:16

The Abstract of Principles

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The Scriptures of the Old and New Testament were given by inspiration of God, and are the only sufficient, certain and authoritative rule of all saving knowledge, faith and obedience. There is but one God, the Maker, Preserver and Ruler of all things, having in and of himself, all perfections, and...

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Friday, 07 September 2018 03:11

THE PHILADELPHIA CONFESSION OF FAITH, 1742

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Chapter 1 Of the Holy Scriptures 1. The Holy Scripture is the only sufficient, certain, and infallible rule of all saving knowledge, faith, and obedience, although the light of nature, and the works of creation and providence do so far manifest the goodness, wisdom, and power of God, as to leave...

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Wednesday, 05 September 2018 13:11

ESV Large Print Bible Review

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  One of the top 4 English Bible Translations that I use is the English Standard Version. It is no secret that I love Crossway’s Bibles and when the chance to review a large print ESV Bible came up, I had to jump on it. Crossway sent me the top grain leather edition free of …

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Sunday, 02 September 2018 13:14

Scarlet Women, White as Snow

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Our chronological study in the Gospels now brings us to the genealogies in Matthew and Luke. (We will circle back to the story of John the Baptist next week) Matthew opens his Gospel with the Family Tree of Jesus and he does so to demonstrate 3 critical facts: Though Jesus was, in fact, God the...

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  As a pastor, I am asked, quite often, for advice on how to mark in a Bible. Finally, after answering more than 2 dozen times, I decided to share this advice with all of you, my beloved readers. You will need: A new, unmarked Bible (As it happens, the writing of this article coincides...

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Friday, 31 August 2018 14:02

Wesley Study Bible Review (CEB Edition)

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  Once in a while you come across a Bible that makes you stop cold in your tracks, you absolutely have to know more about the features that are included with the Bible text. Enter the Wesley Study Bible…(By way of background, I was raised in a Pentecostal Church, Pentecostalism having...

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Wednesday, 29 August 2018 14:13

Gospel Presentations of Christ

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The 4 Evangelists each gave us a unique picture of the Lord Jesus Christ and we summarize, here, as an aid to our study of the Life of Christ     Matthew Mark Luke John Jesus is King Servant Son of Man Son of God Written to.. Jews Romans Greeks the World Emphasizes His Sermons …

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Monday, 27 August 2018 11:23

Logos Part 3: The Word Became Flesh

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We are continuing our chronological study of the 4 Gospels and this week we look at John 1:14… John 1:14 14 And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we beheld His glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father, full of grace and truth. STOP! Pause...

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Monday, 27 August 2018 04:21

TLB Large Print Review

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  I am really excited for today’s review as I am reviewing one of the most influential Bible versions ever produced, the very first one to receive a Quadruple Diamond Award (1 Diamond = 10 million units) from the ECPA, The Living Bible Paraphrase. For 40+ years, with over 40,000,000...

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I have been asked, a few times, why I will use The Living Bible Paraphrase but reject The Message Bible Paraphrase with some even saying that both are simply harmless paraphrases. After careful research there are a couple reasons why I reject The Message. Let’s start with the language and we...

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Saturday, 18 August 2018 13:56

Logos (Part 2) God is the Word

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Continuing our exposition of John 1:1, this week we are looking further at Jesus as God the Son and Son of God. Jesus Christ has all the attributes of Godhood He is eternal(John 1:1-3 1 John 1:1-4 John 1:15 John 8:58 John 17:5, 24 Hebrews 1:11) He is omnipresent (John 3:13 Matthew 18:20 Ephesians...

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Sunday, 12 August 2018 13:24

Logos: God Before Time (Part One)

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As we begin our chronological study of the Gospels, it is important to realize that the Gospel story begins long before time when the Logos was with God and was God. John, the Beloved Apostle opens our understanding with a powerful theological declaration that echoes Genesis 1:1 and fills in the...

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Wednesday, 08 August 2018 13:20

ESV Archaeology Bible Review

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  Order from Christian Book Distributors   Crossway has finally answered Zondervan with an Archaeology Study Bible of their own. While I did enjoy Zondervan’s NIV Archaeological Study Bible I am thankful that Crossway’s is not the monstrous tome that its colleague is, though...

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Tuesday, 07 August 2018 13:50

ESV Thinline Bible Review

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  Order from Christian Book Distributors Order from Amazon     One of our most valuable partners is Crossway, publishers of the ESV Bible and I am pleased to be reviewing another of their excellent Bibles, the ESV Thinline Bible, which Crossway provided free of charge in exchange for...

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Monday, 06 August 2018 13:26

The Bible Train/Family Worship 8.6.18-8.12.18

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This week the Bible Train rolls through the prophecies of Habakkuk, sees Ezekiel’s calling from the Lord, and views Daniel in the court of Nebuchadnezzar. We do not have any discussion questions for this week. Those will return next week   Monday Habakkuk 3:1-19 Tuesday Daniel 1:1-21...

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Monday, 30 July 2018 01:45

God’s Word Translation Review

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“A most interesting translation.” That is my overall impression of the God’s Word Translation of the Scriptures. Before we go further, I need to point out that God’s Word for the Nations Missionary Society provided this Bible for free in exchange for an honest review. My...

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