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

Apologetic Report - Proclaim & Defend
Sunday, 26 March 2017 17:03

Walking On Water

Written by

Wally Morris

I recently finished a Sunday night preaching series on the miracles of Christ. We focused primarily on the miracles found in only one Gospel (eighteen) and a few of the more well-known miracles. Only one miracle is recorded in all four Gospels (feeding 5,000 men plus the women and...

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Thursday, 23 March 2017 17:03

The Blessings of Fellowship Meetings

Written by

Don Johnson

This week I attended the Northwest Regional FBFI Fellowship meeting, held at Westside Baptist Church in Eugene, OR. If you are interested, you can find our preaching in video format on the church Facebook page.

Our regional meeting usually has around 20 to 30 pastors and several church...

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Wednesday, 22 March 2017 17:03

I AM the Bread of Life

Written by

George Stiekes

And Jesus said unto them, I AM the bread of life: he that cometh to Me shall never hunger; and he that believeth on Me shall never thirst.John 6:35

There are a number of I AM passages in John’s gospel followed by a metaphor that are used to reveal that Jesus Christ is sufficient...

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Reading Habits of the WiseBrock Mawdesley

There is a common dilemma that those who have a love for reading often encounter. That dilemma is making...

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Monday, 20 March 2017 17:03

A New Beginning for a New Year

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FrontLine ♦ January/February 2017 | VOLUME 27 | NUMBER 1

The end of 2016 brought a national sigh of relief for most Americans, certainly for most believers. The frightful prospect of another Clinton presidency seemed almost certain. Atheistic voters and leftist politicians and bureaucrats were...

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Sunday, 19 March 2017 17:03

Don’t Twist the Scriptures

Written by

Thomas Overmiller

Many claim to be Bible teachers. They claim to teach the Word of God accurately. But before you believe them, ask whether they are twisting the scriptures to their own advantage. That’s what Peter says at the close of his last letter to the churches.

And account that the...

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Thursday, 16 March 2017 17:03

Missions Testimonies

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This is Missions emphasis week at Proclaim & Defend.

Why Aren’t You Afraid?

Stephanie Boehm

image Our area of Italy has recently been shaken by a series of earthquakes. August 24, 2016, a 6.2 magnitude earthquake destroyed Amatrice (about 1 hour away from us) and other nearby cities, killing...

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Wednesday, 15 March 2017 17:03

Praying Biblically for Your Missionary: Clarity

Written by

Alan Patterson

This is Missions emphasis week at Proclaim & Defend.

[Part 1]

image What is the connection between a politician and a vacuum cleaner? Keep reading to find out! First, however, consider God’s wisdom displayed in the beautiful progression of thoughts in the points we are studying.

The...

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Tuesday, 14 March 2017 17:03

Your Part in Missions

Written by

Don Johnson

This is Missions emphasis week at Proclaim & Defend.

We call the process of missionary fund-raising “deputation.” Deputation means “the act of appointing a deputy.”[1] When a missionary comes to your church, the missionary is seeking to represent you as your...

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Monday, 13 March 2017 17:03

Biblical Basis for Deputation

Written by

Alan Patterson

This is Missions emphasis week at Proclaim & Defend.

image The Evangelical Dictionary of World Missionsexplains what happens in the current practice of deputation: “In the deputation process initial missionary appointees visit churches and other gatherings of Christians to...

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Sunday, 12 March 2017 17:03

Putting Deputation in Perspective

Written by

Mark Batory

The recent issue of GFA Missions newsletter, “Sowing & Reaping,” prompts an emphasis on Missions here at Proclaim & Defend. We will reproduce several of their outstanding articles this week. We encourage you to learn more about GFAM and other good fundamental Baptist...

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Kevin Schaal

This verse is used commonly to provide a Biblical foundation for condemnation of people and deeds of all kinds. The idea is that this passage forbids not only doing those things that the Bible specifically condemns as sin, but also doing anything that lookslike it might be sinful or...

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Tuesday, 07 March 2017 16:03

The Love We Seek

Written by

Kim Melton

My beloved spake, and said unto me, Rise up, my love, my fair one, and come away.Song of Solomon 2:10

These are words that every young girl dreams of hearing. Even as an adult, I love the stories of Cinderella, Snow White, Sleeping Beauty, and Beauty and the Beast. Females long for our...

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Monday, 06 March 2017 16:03

The Sermon and the “Sermonater”

Written by

George Stiekes

Study to show thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth. II Timothy 2:15

Have you ever wondered all that the pastor must do in order to prepare a good sermon?

Obviously, he must choose and then study his text. The pastor is...

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Sunday, 05 March 2017 16:03

John Vaughn–Winter Update 2017

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The most important news we have to share concerns a ministry transition for me in my role with the FBFI. … Read on for more.

Winter in South Carolinaimage

Officially, there are two more weeks of winter, but it seems to have come and gone one weekend in January! The grass has been green, the cherry...

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Thursday, 02 March 2017 16:03

Job Opened His Mouth

Written by

Don Johnson

This article is a sequel to one from September 8, 2015.

Job 3 launches the discourse poems of Job. This section, from chapter 3 through 31, involves the back and forth discussion between Job and his three friends. I have in the past called the book of Job “the first blog.”...

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Wednesday, 01 March 2017 16:03

Providence

Written by

George Stiekes

The lot is cast into the lap; but the whole disposing thereof is of the LORD. Proverbs 16:33

We laugh when any one shares incidents related to Murphy’s Law. Examples:

  1. The Law ofVariation– If you change traffic lanes, the one you were in will always move faster than the one...

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Tuesday, 28 February 2017 16:03

What’s an Evangelical to Do? (8)

Written by

Mark Minnick

FrontLine• March/April 2009

Part 1Part 2Part 3Part 4Part 5Part 6Part 7

To recap, Part 7, posted yesterday, covers Dr. Minnick’s discussion of Romans 16:17 and 2 Corinthians 6:14–7:1. He continues in today’s post...

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Monday, 27 February 2017 16:03

What’s an Evangelical to Do? (7)

Written by

Mark Minnick

FrontLine• March/April 2009

Part 1Part 2Part 3Part 4Part 5Part 6

This is the last of four columns [broken into six Proclaim & Defend posts, see links above] addressing the problem of theological confusion within Evangelicalism. That it...

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Sunday, 26 February 2017 16:03

Winter Is Past

Written by

John Vaughn

FrontLine • March/April 1999.

It seems like everyone loves spring. We can say with the Shulamite in the Song of Solomon, “For, lo, the winter is past, the rain is over and gone; the flowers appear on the earth; the time of the singing of birds is come.” What a blessing is...

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Thursday, 23 February 2017 16:03

Preaching Old Testament Narratives, a review

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Walton, Benjamin H. Preaching Old Testament Narratives. Grand Rapids: Kregel Publications, 2016.

Reviewed by Don Johnson

The average person in the pew probably has little interest in books on preaching. The possible exception might be those who are responsible for teaching Sunday school classes,...

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Wednesday, 22 February 2017 16:03

Why Is Compromise Always One Direction?

Written by

Wally Morris

Whether the subject is politics or some Biblical issue, the direction of compromise always seems to be in the direction of what you could call the “liberalizing end” of the issue.

For example, let’s look at politics and associated moral issues. Democrats generally wish...

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Tuesday, 21 February 2017 16:03

What’s an Evangelical to Do? (6)

Written by

Mark Minnick

FrontLine• November/December 2008

Part 1Part 2Part 3Part 4Part 5

Resurrecting the Question:Two previous columns [broken into four Proclaim & Defend posts, see links above] in this series raised the issue of how Evangelicals should respond to...

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Monday, 20 February 2017 16:03

What’s an Evangelical to Do? (5)

Written by

Mark Minnick

FrontLine• November/December 2008

Part 1Part 2Part 3Part 4

Resurrecting the Question:Two previous columns [broken into four Proclaim & Defend posts, see links above] in this series raised the issue of how Evangelicals should respond to unorthodox men...

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Sunday, 19 February 2017 16:03

Seeing Self

Written by

George Stiekes

Then said I, Woe is me! for I am unclean; because I am a man of unclean lips, and I dwell in the midst of a people of unclean lips: for mine eyes have seen the King, the Lord of hosts.Isaiah 6:5

In the first century B.C., Narcissus sees himself in a pool of water and falls in love...

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