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

Proclaim & Defend - Apologetic Report
Sunday, 22 September 2019 13:07

Are You a “So-called” Christian?

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I was watching a man on Youtube the other day telling his very interesting life story. He interjected that he had a new girlfriend, that she was a Christian, and that it was important to him that they shared the same faith. It shocked me because he had openly spoken about being sexually active in...

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Revised policy is even worse, doesn’t make the case ‘moot’

Last year Northeast Wisconsin Technical College banned a paralegal student from her 10-year tradition of handing out religious-themed cards on religious-themed Valentine’s Day, claiming it constituted...

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What kind of relationship to you have with God? Would you describe it as “personal and involved”? Would you describe it as “intellectual but distant”? How about “casual acquaintance”? There could be many other descriptors. Everyone has some kind of relationship...

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Wednesday, 18 September 2019 17:03

God’s Glory in the Created World

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He loveth righteousness and judgment: the earth is FULL of the goodness of the LORD (Psalm 33:5). The heavens declare the glory of God; and the firmament showeth His handiwork (Psalm 19:1).

I recognize fully that immorality, violence, pain, tragedy, deception, ugliness, and all kinds of evil fill...

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Minnesota can’t coerce Carl and Angel Larsen into betraying their convictions and promoting ideas or telling stories they find objectionable.

Source: Eighth Circuit Rules Gay Couples Can’t Force Christians To Work

Authors: Kevin Schaal...

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Some 30 years ago, a missionary friend of mine was talking to another missionary. The other missionary believed that the only valid missionaries were church planters. So my friend asked him who pastors the national churches that are planted. He answered, “Nationals.” Then my friend...

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The Content of 2 Timothy 3:16

In 2 Timothy 3:16 Paul establishes the Scriptures’ own claim to divine authority and relevance to sound belief and behavior.Paul warns Timothy not to be deceived by false teachers and impostors, but instead to continue in what he has learned, having been fully...

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Sunday, 15 September 2019 16:22

Correction from the Pulpit or In Person?

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Then Nathan said to David, “You are the man! (2 Samuel 12:7).

Pastors always hear the horror stories of the “other guy” who does this—the smaller the church, the worse it is. Someone in the church is sinning, or doing something of which the preacher does not approve. So he...

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This is a sobering evaluation that all of us should heed.  The success or survival of our institutions should not supercede our Great Commission purposes.  It is better to close up shop than give up the store.  (Kevin Schaal).

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If you haven’t read Politico’s lengthy...

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Thursday, 12 September 2019 17:03

Following Jesus, No Reservations

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Football season is in full swing. Players and fans of all ages are counting on exciting plays and victories. I am not much of a football fan, but I am a fan of both history and good stories. When these coalesce against the backdrop of football, I can be a fan. Take, for example, the story of...

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Wednesday, 11 September 2019 17:03

They’re Saved. They’re Baptized. Now What?

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I sat on a colorful straw mat and looked around at the faces of thirteen newly-baptized believers eagerly waiting for me to lead them the next step toward becoming a fully-functioning church. Life in the provincial town of Pursat in 2006 was still hard for these first-generation Cambodian...

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Tuesday, 10 September 2019 17:03

Compassion for a Godless World

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imageThe Old Testament book of Jonah, though written in a distant time and place, offers an important message for believers living in America today. It highlights God’s heartfelt compassion for the people of an unbelieving, hostile world. It also highlights – with sharp contrast – how...

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Monday, 09 September 2019 17:03

The Believer’s Certainty of Scripture

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In part one, “What is a Bible Worth?” Pastor Harding described a “Martyr’s Bible” and how it came to get that name. The history of Bible translation is soaked initially in martyr’s blood. The commitment of martyr’s unto death for the Word of God is...

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Sunday, 08 September 2019 16:25

Benny Hinn Recants–Again

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Benny Hinn made news this week (here) renouncing the cornerstone teaching of the  Prosperity Gospel—the giving for blessing concept that faith preachers use to enrich themselves at the expense of greedy or desperate followers. Hinn has come under increasing pressure, especially from...

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Thursday, 05 September 2019 17:03

Hope in a Hurry

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Hope—the word itself has such a positive reputation that there is no shortage of helpful quotations about it. In 1969 Hal Lindsey wrote The Late Great Planet Earth.Israel’s Six-Day War had provoked a renewed interest in prophecy, and Lindsey’s popular style made his book a...

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Wednesday, 04 September 2019 17:03

What is a Bible Worth?

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“Never judge a book by its cover” is a warning against premature judgments. The truth of this proverb has never been reinforced more aptly than when one gazes at the cover of an English Bible printed in 1537 in Antwerp. The leather cover is discolored and torn. There is nothing...

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Tuesday, 03 September 2019 18:03

Cultivating Righteous Desires

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I say the truth in Christ, I lie not, my conscience also bearing me witness in the Holy Ghost, That I have great heaviness and continual sorrow in my heart. For I could wish that myself were accursed from Christ for my brethren, my kinsmen according to the flesh…Romans 9:1-3

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Monday, 02 September 2019 17:03

Praying for the Glory of God

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With the opening line of John 17, John shifts abruptly from teaching to praying. Having devoted four chapters to giving us the lessons Jesus taught the night before his crucifixion (John 13-16), he then turned his attention to an extended prayer which Jesus offered to the Father on that fateful...

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Isaac Watts was seven years old when he wrote a poem, an acrostic based upon the letters of his name.

I am a vile polluted lump of earth;So I’ve continued ever since my birth;Although Jehovah grace does daily give me,As sure as this monster Satan will deceive me.Come therefore, Lord, from...

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A large analysis concludes genetic make-up is a factor, but does not determine sexual behaviour.

Source: No single gene associated with being gay – BBC News

Authors: Kevin Schaal...

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Thursday, 29 August 2019 17:03

Three Reasons We Cannot Quit

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The Confessions of Jeremiah, part 4

I can imagine someone in Jeremiah’s day thinking, “Jeremiah has lost his emotional stability and sanity. He needs crisis counseling, so let’s have a talk with him and tell him it is time for him to quit and pack it in.”

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Wednesday, 28 August 2019 17:03

We Have an Advocate

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Fellowship is a big word in the Christian vocabulary. The underlying Greek word in the New Testament only occurs 19 times, but the concept looms large in our thinking about the spiritual relationship Christians have with one another and with God. Even though we use the word a lot, it seems we do...

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Tuesday, 27 August 2019 17:03

When the Doctor Says to Terminate

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Unsurprisingly, politics regularly brings abortion back into the public discourse. Brazen politicians today publicly defend partial birth abortion and worse. Some even disgustingly advocate so-called “after birth abortion”.

Of course, “killing unborn children” is hardly the...

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Christian videographers will not be forced to produce videos of same-sex weddings.

Earlier today, the Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals upheld the constitutional order, limited the reach of expansive nondiscrimination laws, and protected a Christian couple from having to choose between their business...

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Monday, 26 August 2019 17:03

Music Unmasks the Heart

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Music is powerful. Artistic words carried to the ear by tear-jerking melody, driving beats, or care-free tunes make their way to the deepest parts of the soul and stay there. Music can evoke feelings and emotions in a way that the spoken word never can.

Have you ever thought about why music is so...

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