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

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Part I: The Basis for Prudential Limits on Association[1]

There are many issues determined by direct Biblical statement or clear biblical principle. In such matters, our obligation is loyalty to the Scriptures. Other issues are matters of preference. In these areas, we should defer to others in...

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In this sin-cursed world suffering is inevitable. Jesus said so: “In the world you will have tribulation” (John 16:33). Paul said so: “For it has been granted to you that for the sake of Christ you should not only believe in him but also suffer for his sake” (Phil 1:29)....

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imageWhen I opened the program guide for this year’s meeting of the Evangelical Theological Society in Denver, I was surprised by a paper titled “Walking across Gender in the Spirit? The Vocation of the Church and the Transgender Christian.” My interest piqued, I made plans to attend...

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Monday, 19 November 2018 16:03

The Lottery Lies

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As a boy, I regularly visited Birmingham Drugs on Woodward Avenue to spend hard-earned lawn mowing money on comic books and a Coca Cola. I remember vividly when the orange Michigan Lottery kiosk was installed near the cash register. What caught my attention was the workers from JaxCar Wash down the...

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Sunday, 18 November 2018 14:45

Why Suffering Makes Better Thanksgiving

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Probably the most iconic Thanksgiving themed painting is Norman Rockwell’s “Freedom from Want” illustration produced as part of his “Four Freedoms” series.  All those excited faces around the table as the grandparents set the bird out for a Thanksgiving meal is...

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Saturday, 17 November 2018 10:41

Trans ‘inclusion’ is redefining the word ‘woman’

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Pressure to expand the definition of the word ‘woman’ to include men who identify as female is erasing the idea of women, columnists have complained. …

She highlighted that women once fought for the liberty not to be reduced to sexuality and body parts. Yet she says that in 2018,...

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Thursday, 15 November 2018 16:03

Bring it Back!

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Is there something you wish you could bring back from past? Everybody has something they miss. Whether you find yourself reminiscing of dear people from days gone by or treasured memories when your children were small like family vacations, ball games, and Christmas morning. Or what about stuff...

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Wednesday, 14 November 2018 16:03

The Legacy of Billy Graham

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“Billy Graham was perhaps the most significant religious figure of the 20th century, and the organizations and the movement he helped spawn continue to shape the 21st.” (This is the opening sentence of Christianity Today’s special issue about Graham.)

Christianity Today’s...

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In our most recent edition of Nick of Time, I provided a copy of the letter Chinese house church pastors first issued on August 30, 2018. The initial letter contained 29 signatories; two days later 87 more signed their names. That number had grown to 279 by September 6; this was the number reported...

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Tuesday, 13 November 2018 16:03

The Double Cure

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The first verse of the hymn “Rock of Ages”ends with these words: “Be of sin the double cure, Save from wrath and make me pure” (Majesty Hymns, 451). Interestingly, some hymnals have an alternate reading: “Be of sin the double cure, Cleanse me from its guilt and...

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Monday, 12 November 2018 16:03

Pure Religion

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Pure religion and undefiled before God and the Father is this, To visit the fatherless and widows in their affliction, and to keep himself unspotted from the world.James 1:27

The word “religion” is defined as “the belief in and worship of a superhuman controlling power, especially...

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Monday, 12 November 2018 03:39

Letter from House Church Pastors | CBTS

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God called Joshua to be courageous as he led the Israelites into the Promised Land (Josh 1:6–9). Joshua obeyed and enjoyed the fulfillment of God’s promises (Josh 23:14). I want to highlight 279 modern day Joshuas. These are all pastors of “illegal” house churches in China....

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If a movie is performing within the top 10 of movies in theaters, would you expect theaters to drop the film? Of course not. What if I told you that film showed abortion for what it is?

Source: Top Performing Movie on Abortion Dropped from Theaters | Answers in Genesis

Authors: Kevin Schaal...

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Monday, 12 November 2018 03:27

Playing With Fire? The Rise of the Neo-Pagans

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Across the lands of the frozen north, the Norse “gods” are returning.Nordic paganism is now Iceland’s fastest-growing religion. From 570 members in 2002, the “association of the faith of the Æsir” — Ásatrúarfélagið — now...

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Sunday, 11 November 2018 14:14

Pastors Aren’t as Tough as You Think

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Chaplain Gary Fisher preached for us on this Veteran’s Day. In a discussion afterward he shared how he and another Chaplain tried to take the brunt of some of stressful situations on themselves because they believed that because they were more prepared to handle it. They thought they would be...

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Vimageoters in Alabama and West Virginia approved sweeping amendments to state constitutions that could put major limitations on access to abortions if Roe v.

Source: Alabama, W.Va. voters approve anti-abortion amendments | TheHill

Authors: Kevin Schaal...

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Wednesday, 07 November 2018 16:03

Giving Priority to Your Spiritual Family

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When you choose to follow Jesus, you may find yourself in the middle of a difficult family situation. Unbelieving relatives, especially immediate family members, may place intense pressure on you to withdraw from your faith entirely or to diminish your church involvement and obedience to Christ. If...

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Tuesday, 06 November 2018 16:03

The Ordinances of Men – Good and Evil

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Submit yourselves to every ordinance of man for the Lord’s sake: whether it be to the king, as supreme; Or unto governors, as unto them that are sent by him for the punishment of evildoers, and for the praise of them that do well. For so is the will of God…I Peter 2:13-15a

There is a...

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Monday, 05 November 2018 16:03

What Were You Thinking?

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Sanctification is a transformation of the believer into the image of Christ. If believers are going to please God, they must involve themselves in the process of spiritual transformation. The goal of this article is to suggest some basic truths regarding Biblical transformation as expressed in...

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Sunday, 04 November 2018 15:12

Four Biblical Reasons Why Christians Should Vote

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There is an election on Tuesday. Did you notice? We know that our hope is not based upon human governments. Revival will not spread by means of elections. This nation needs God, not just better politicians. But let’s lay all that aside for a moment. Not one of those factors is a justification...

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The new movie reminds us that we need moral courage when dealing with the harsh realities of abortion and that when life begins remains unsettled.

Source: Watching ‘Gosnell’ Shattered My Agnosticism On Abortion

Authors: Kevin Schaal...

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Thursday, 01 November 2018 17:03

A Sure Bet?

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Bryant Northern had the world at his fingertips as a walk-on guard with a full scholarship at basketball powerhouse University of Louisville. He dreamed of dead-eye jump shots, March Madness, even a pro career. But the six-foot-tall Northern also had a hidden problem, one more common than Americans...

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Greetings friends,

In light of the horrific events that took place this past weekend at the synagogue in Pittsburgh, I wanted to send along a brief note to our friends and supporters to share some thoughts.

We are all witnessing a tragedy, and there is certainly cause for shock, grief, and alarm. It...

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Note:  The Wescos are Baptist Missionaries, known, loved, and supported by many churches within FBFI circles.  Please pray for this family. (KSchaal)

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YAOUNDE, Cameroon (AP) — An American missionary died Tuesday after being shot in the head amid fighting between armed separatists and...

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Tuesday, 30 October 2018 17:03

The Way You See Satan Reflects the Way You See God

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As I thought about today’s post, I noticed the calendar and decided to search my notes files in relation to it. One article I ran across comes from the Biblical Archaeological Review, a journal I once took as a paper subscription. I gave it up as I found less time to read than before and I...

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