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

Court Strikes Down Baltimore Law Forcing Pregnancy Centers to Promote Abortions

Source: Court Strikes Down Baltimore Law Forcing Pregnancy Centers to Promote Abortions | LifeNews.com

Authors: Kevin Schaal...

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Following the resignation of top leaders at Moody Bible Institute amid controversy, some have now detailed their concerns about the theological direction of the institution, especially over the inerrancy of Scripture.

Source: Moody Bible Controversy: Former Employee Reveals Confusion Over Inerrancy...

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Thursday, 01 February 2018 17:05

Our New Look

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Proclaim & Defend is sporting a new look today, as I suppose should be obvious to all. You will find all our previous posts as you search through the site, but hopefully we have achieved a simpler, cleaner look. We also have a few changes I’d like to point out.You will see in the left...

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Thursday, 01 February 2018 16:21

A perspective on public schools

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I Sent My Kids to a ‘Better School.’ But Was It the Right Choice?

As a parent, I feel caught between the needs of my children and the needs of my neighbors.

Erin Wasinger – Christianity Today, Jan 30, 2018

My three kids attend a public school we love. Its year-round calendar is a...

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Thursday, 01 February 2018 16:17

Un-social media?

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Help, I’m Exhausted by Social Media

February 2, 2018  |  Stephen Altrogge

Social media makes me really tired.

Yes, it makes me physically tired when I stay up too late watching stupid videos of elderly people riding scooters and then taking wicked spills (I clearly have a terrible...

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Thursday, 01 February 2018 16:13

Michael Vick – a new man

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Fallen NFL star Michael Vick speaks at Liberty University about dog fighting and his faith

By Karen Swallow Prior  January 29

It was the image of a shepherd that brought notorious dog fighter Michael Vick back to God.

Psalm 23, attributed to King David — a repentant adulterer and murderer...

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Thursday, 01 February 2018 16:07

FBI Memo and Congressional Oversight

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Battle over Nunes memo tests Congress’ ability to oversee FBI

By Dan Boylan and Jeff Mordock – The Washington Times – Thursday, February 1, 2018

Rep. Devin Nunes‘ fight to publicly release his memo detailing potential abuses of power at the FBI has turned into a major test for...

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Thursday, 01 February 2018 16:02

Science Religion: Always in tension?

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Philosophy Rebuts Key Barrier Between Science and Religion

By M. Anthony Mills October 16, 2017

Philosophy Rebuts Key Barrier Between Science and Religion

In 1644, the French philosopher, scientist, and mathematician René Descartes formulated several “laws of nature,” which helped...

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Thursday, 01 February 2018 15:50

What Does It Mean to Have Free Will?

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Pondering an age old question, here.

Note: All posts in News Items, Opinion Pieces, and Home & Family are offered as a matter of interest to our readers. They do not necessarily represent the views of the FBFI. They may often represent a different point of view of which we think our readers...

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Wednesday, 31 January 2018 22:00

Repentance Denied?

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Hebrews 12:16, 17

Randy Leedy

FrontLine• May/June 2008

Perhaps you, as I, have had a Christian friend who became convinced that he or she was under condemnation, an apostate denied any opportunity to repent. My friend and I had shared fellowship and ministry for years, but a variety of trials...

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Tuesday, 30 January 2018 16:03

Evolution and Marriage

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Don Johnson

Recent reading reminds me how thoroughly our world is committed to Darwinism. We see its effects in theories on a wide variety of subjects in the human experience. One such is the subject of marriage. I suppose we should not be surprised, but most of my reading focuses on Christian...

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Matt Recker

The rapture is the catching away of believing saints from the earth to meet Jesus Christ in the air. The English word “rapture” is not in the Bible but derives from the Latin word raptura, which means, “to carry away.” We translate the Greek word that relates to...

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Sunday, 28 January 2018 16:03

Hope

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George Stiekes

For in Thee, O LORD, do I hope: Thou wilt hear, O LORD my God. Psalm 38:15

The Hebrew word for HOPE here more literally means, to wait, to be patient, to tarry and even to trust. The Greek word emphasizes trust and expectation. Our English word is much the same emphasizing confidence...

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Thursday, 25 January 2018 16:03

eclectica 2018.1.26

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Today I’d like to share a few links that might be of interest to you. Some are from current news, others are more eclectic.

Religious Activists in HHS • Christian Courage Nelson Trial

Worldwide Persecution • Archaeology • On Virtue (secular)

Interesting developments in the Trump...

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Matt Recker

The doctrine of the deity of Jesus Christ, or that He is God manifest in the flesh, is foundational to the Christian faith. Jesus Himself said with all authority, “I said therefore unto you, that ye shall die in you sins: for if ye believe not that I am he, ye shall die in your...

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Wednesday, 24 January 2018 04:03

Paul’s Thorn in the Flesh

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Tom Wheeler

FrontLine• November/December 2008

2 Cor. 12:7–10

Christians for a long time have speculated about the identity of Paul’s thorn in flesh. It is interesting to consider what Paul was talking about. God has a helpful message for all believers in various kinds of trials...

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Monday, 22 January 2018 16:03

Annie Johnson Flint

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George Stiekes

And He said unto me, My grace is sufficient for thee; for my strength is made perfect in weakness. Most gladly therefore will I rather glory in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me.1 Corinthians 12:9

Annie Johnson was born on Christmas Eve, 1866, in Vineland, New...

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Sunday, 21 January 2018 16:03

Don’t Stop Coming

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FrontLine • September/October 2008

She was a beloved relative. Her frequent visits brought laughter and magic into the house. What joy she brought! Then when age and weariness crept into the house, she stopped coming. She had only come when it was pleasant for her to come. The old folks looked...

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Taigen Joos

Our church is going to host our second missions conference in its nearly 35 year history. I am thankful that we have made the desire for such a conference a reality, and we are still learning how to make it more effective in our church body.

One thing that has been on my mind is how to...

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Wednesday, 17 January 2018 16:03

Lessons in Evangelism from Old Testament Israel

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Thomas Overmiller

As we learn to be a witness for the gospel, we give a lot of attention to what we say and how we say it. This is important because you cannot be a witness for the gospel without giving people the message of the gospel in a clear and accurate way (Rom 10:17). But in addition to the...

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Tuesday, 16 January 2018 16:03

Discouragement

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George Stiekes

Why art thou cast down, O my soul? and why art thou disquieted within me?Psalm 43:5

Everyone faces discouragement at one time or another, even Christians. The psalmist David was a proven warrior. At one occasion, he claims that the Lord is the strength of his life, Of whom shall I be...

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Monday, 15 January 2018 16:03

Tuning Out Television

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Mark Herbster

FrontLine July/August 2008

Technological advances have brought new challenges into Christian families. Most families own at least one television set, and many Christians are struggling with a daily battle with television and its ungodly influences. Television has a great impact...

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Sunday, 14 January 2018 16:03

Why Should You Stay Married? And How? Part 3

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Matt Recker

There are five strong reasons in Malachi 2:13-16 that lead believers to remain faithful to their marriage vows. Our study of the first three reasons are in part one and part two of this series. They are: Remain faithful because of the divine covenant of marriage,because of the infinite...

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Thursday, 11 January 2018 16:03

Thank God for His Grace

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Don Johnson

A very short post today. I’d like you to read the testimony of my friend, Dan Olinger. If you are a believer, you will find blessing in his brief remarks. You will identify — his experience is your experience, just the details are different. No doubt, you aren’t as...

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Wednesday, 10 January 2018 16:03

Christians Should Be Readers

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Taigen Joos

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Many Christians will begin this New Year with some kind of Bible reading schedule. For our church, we promote this as well, and many take up the challenge to read through their Bibles in a year’s time. It is a good exercise and a great way to get to know your Bible better.

In...

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