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

Just a note about this:  Stuart Scott is a professor at Southern Baptist Seminary and served as counseling pastor for John MacArthur for ten years. Tim Geiger is PCA in his affiliations. While we understand the purpose in presenting these speakers, this clearly appears to be a change of policy...

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Tuesday, 30 October 2018 02:12

Wedding Cake Wars Take an Interesting UK Turn

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imageCoercion of professional services for same-sex marriage gets pushback from UK Supreme Court, once again with cake at the center of things.

Source: Wedding Cake Wars Take an Interesting UK Turn

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Monday, 29 October 2018 17:03

The Damage Resulting From Sin

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He was wounded for our transgressions, He was bruised for our iniquities: the chastisement of our peace was upon Him; and with His stripes we are healed. Isaiah 53:5

At Calvary, all our sins were placed on Christ. Only through His sacrificial death can we be healed of our sinful condition. Every sin...

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Sunday, 28 October 2018 18:18

Multiplying Leaders

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Churches do not grow by multiplying members. Churches grow by multiplying leaders. This is not just a church growth strategy, it is a biblical imperative.

And the things that thou hast heard of me among many witnesses, the same commit thou to faithful men, who shall be able to teach others also. 2...

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Thursday, 25 October 2018 17:03

Do all roads lead to God?

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To go somewhere, you need the right directions. This is especially true in a place like New York City, a tangled sprawl of highways and exits, roads and intersections, bridges and ferries, subway lines and trains, buses, taxis, Lyfts, and Ubers in every direction. Without the right directions or a...

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Thursday, 25 October 2018 02:00

Pray in the Spirit

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And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God; praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, being watchful to this end with all perseverance and supplication for all the saints—and for me, that utterance may be given to me, that I...

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imageWhat’s in a name? Well, a lot. On Oct. 5, 2018, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints announced that the iconic Mormon Tabernacle Choir would drop “Mormon” from

Source: The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints: The name matters | Columnists | missoulian.com

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The world is a dangerous place, especially for a Christian. Recall the battles, enemies, and temptations that Pilgrim faced in John Bunyan’s Pilgrim’s Progressas he made his way to the Celestial City. In our last issue we considered some of the dangers as we noted that the fearless...

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One principle that has found favor among some young-earth creationists is known as the “principle of first mention,” or sometimes the “law of first mention.”

Source: Is the “Law of First Mention” a Legitimate Interpretive Principle? | Answers in Genesis

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Monday, 22 October 2018 17:03

Music Choices – Objective Subjectivity

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Making musical choices — how do you decide what’s right and what’s wrong? The subject is full of controversy. Everyone, it seems, has an opinion, and yours is wrong because you disagree with me. (At least, that’s what I’m told.) There is a lot of confusion on the...

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U.S. churches are starting to adapt to Europe’s reality, where the faithful carry cards or their mobile phones but not cash.

Source: Tithing Goes Digital: Parishes Adapt to Cashless Society

Authors: Kevin Schaal...

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imageAhead of the midterms, the Billy Graham Center Institute examined the most infamous statistic about faith and the 2016 election.

Source: Why Evangelicals Voted Trump: Debunking the 81% | Christianity Today

Authors: Kevin Schaal...

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Sunday, 21 October 2018 16:30

For Believers, God Always Heals

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Our church lost two long time members this week. We gained two more widows. Heaven became just a bit more real.

Byron and Flo had been married for 64 years. Almost every time I talked to Byron, he reminded me of it. They were little lovebirds. The nurses in the hospital said it would be sickening if...

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Have you ever been shipwrecked? Probably not. Have you ever been robbed? Maybe. Have you ever been stoned for your faith in Christ? Not likely. But besides some of these dangerous experiences, Paul could truthfully and almost matter-of-factly say that he had been “in perils of waters, in...

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Wednesday, 17 October 2018 17:03

Faithfulness When Progress is Slow

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In 2010, I attended a funeral at Victory Baptist Church in the rural town of Whiteville, NC. I did not know then that in December of 2013, I would become the pastor of this small church and begin praying that God would bring new life to this congregation. But before that could happen, God needed to...

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The initial charges brought against the Downtown Hope Center were that they had turned away Timothy Cole (a biological male who identifies as a woman named Samantha Cole) from their shelter because of his biological sex, disregarding his gender identification.But the facts of the matter do not...

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Fascinating article reviewing a book about Atheism.  Psalm 19 says “There is no speech nor language where their voice is not heard.”  While they stare at God’s universal message they declare He does not speak.  (KSchaal)

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Children must be discipled with care and devotion. A child is no less a citizen of God’s kingdom than their parents; they are not second-tier after thoughts to God like so many of our ministries seem to reflect. On the contrary, children seem to be some of the most esteemed members of...

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The late Professor Stephen Hawking revealed his answers to 10 “big questions” he was often asked in a new book published six months after his death.

Source: Stephen Hawking said ‘there is no god’ and that humans will ‘live in space’ in final book | Fox News

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Monday, 15 October 2018 17:03

A Final Challenge to Churches and to Pastors

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We’ve been working on a series about pastors and depression. We’ve discussed how the people of the church can come to the aid of their pastors. In this post, we offer a few conclusions.

Christ, the head of the church, rules His church through the written Word and through spirit-called...

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Sunday, 14 October 2018 18:47

Lessons from a Church Building Program

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A few years ago our church, for the third time since I have been a pastor, undertook a major building program. We finished a short time ago.  If you count the purchase of the property on which we now meet, it has been four major financial projects. In every one of these projects the prospects...

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A top Washington neocon hawk transitions from male to female

Source: Institutionalizing The Trans Revolution | The American Conservative

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Thursday, 11 October 2018 17:03

Making Entertainment Choices

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Prove It!

Prove all things; hold fast that which is good. Abstain from all appearance of evil.1 Thessalonians 5:21–22

I have a secret passion. I grew up in Phoenix, Arizona, and as a child of the 1970s I became a rabid Phoenix Suns...

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Wednesday, 10 October 2018 17:03

Bearing Spiritual Fruit

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But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, long-suffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, meekness, temperance: against such there is no law.Galatians 5:22-23

We know that the Spirit of God dwells within the believer. We also know that He gives us spiritual gifts for enablement to serve Christ...

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In a unanimous decision, five of the UK’s most senior judges upheld Ashers’ appeal against claims of discrimination.

The comprehensive ruling upholds free speech and prevents the law forcing businesses to express views with which they profoundly disagree.

Source: Ashers wins landmark...

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