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

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Monday, 14 January 2019 16:03

What Is a Helpmeet?

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What is a helpmeet? Or, for that matter, what is a helpmate? According to the Online Etymology Dictionary, “helpmate” is “altered from helpmeet.” It is called a “ghost word, from the Biblical translation of Latin adjutoriumsimile sibi[Gen. ii:18] as ‘an help...

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Sunday, 13 January 2019 15:55

Is Temptation My Fault or God’s?

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Let no man say when he is tempted, I am tempted of God: for God cannot be tempted with evil, neither tempteth he any man: but every man is tempted, when he is drawn away of his own lust, and enticed (James 1:13-14)

I have always had difficulty reconciling this verse with my understanding of the...

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Thursday, 10 January 2019 16:03

No More Prophets

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A recent post by Dr. Bill Barrick brought up the topic of prophets and prophecy. Dr. Barrick’s theme is “The Authority of Scripture in the Book of Jeremiah.” The post is worth reading, I’d like to expand on a few points he raises at the end of the post.

These days many...

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Wednesday, 09 January 2019 16:03

The Antichrists

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“And every spirit that confesseth not that Jesus Christ is come in the flesh is not of God: and this is that spirit of antichrist, whereof ye have heard that it should come; and even now already is it in the world.” (1 John 4:3)

“And then shall that Wicked be revealed, whom the...

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The faith rooted in Norse myths is experiencing a resurgence. …

And in 2013, the image of Mjölnir, commonly known as the Hammer of Thor, was added to the list of symbols that can be used on veteran headstones, such as those at Arlington National Cemetery. …

“Heathenry is...

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Tuesday, 08 January 2019 16:03

Surviving a Lion Encounter

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When you encounter a lion in the wild, how should you respond? According to prevailing advice, you should stand your ground. Do not run but retreat slowly. If the lion charges at you, you should remain standing while yelling as loudly as possible and raising your hands. If the lion attacks, you...

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Monday, 07 January 2019 16:03

Why Paul’s Messy Churches Give Us Hope

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If Paul had planted perfect churches, we might have the mistaken notion that the power for healthy churches died with the apostles, and that the best we can do now is to try to get back to the model of those early churches. In reality, however, the “power” for healthy churches and...

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Sunday, 06 January 2019 15:41

White Jesus

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We tend to make God in our own image—literally. Many conservative Christians find black depictions of Jesus in art as odd, a sort of self-serving reinterpretation of history for personal or ethnic reasons. It is actually. Equally so are the representations of Jesus as white. Jesus was not...

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Thursday, 03 January 2019 16:03

Personal Commitments for a New Year

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Watch therefore: for ye know not what hour your LORD doth come.Matthew 24:42

It is traditional at this time of the year to reflect on what has been, and to be thankful for another opportunity to make changes that will make the future much better. It is easy to remember the failures of the past even...

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Wednesday, 02 January 2019 16:03

Poisoning America

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We observe a disturbing trend in the United States in recent years – the lowering of the average life expectancy.  With no major war, continual improvement in medical technology, decreasing popular acceptance of cigarette smoking, the use of seatbelts and air bags in automobiles, how can...

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False teachers, cult leaders and charlatans aren’t the only people who misuse Bible verses. Well-intended believers may do the same, but for different reasons. Perhaps we fail to study a verse in a responsible way, or perhaps we assume that it means one thing and don’t bother to...

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Monday, 31 December 2018 16:03

Bible Reading Schedules – 2019

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It’s that time of year again. Time to select a Bible reading plan and get started once again. Here are some links to Bible reading plans we like:

Three from the Discipleship Journal at the Navigators site:

The 5x5x5: a plan for reading the New Testament in one year – if you aren’t...

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Sunday, 30 December 2018 16:02

Somebody’s Grandpa

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As I drove down a street near my home last week, I saw him again. He is an older man with long flowing white hair. He walks with a sense of purpose and large plastic bag slung over his shoulder. He always wears a pair of 1980’s vintage acid washed jeans that look like they have...

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Thursday, 27 December 2018 16:03

Reading Your Bible

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And it shall be with him, and he shall read therein all the days of his life: that he may learn to fear the LORD his god, to keep all the words of this law and these statues to do them. Deuteronomy 17:19[1]

There is not a command in Scripture to read the Bible every day. Early in our history,...

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Wednesday, 26 December 2018 16:03

Christians Need Larger Doses of Scripture

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When Nehemiah returned to Jerusalem, he led an incredible building project. The walls of the city of Jerusalem, which had been destroyed years before, were restored and reconstructed, being completed in 52 days (Neh. 6:15). However, the physical rebuilding of the walls was not where...

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Tuesday, 25 December 2018 16:03

The Shepherds’ Joy in Bethlehem

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Who has believed our true report? The Lord alone can tell But Doctor Luke wrote down our words About “Immanuel.”

Out in the dark, we watched our sheep (for wolves are sure to lurk when ewes are giving birth alone) So shepherds watch and work

Then late one night the angel came And we were...

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Monday, 24 December 2018 16:03

The Perfect Gift

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When you give a gift at Christmas, for a birthday, or at any other time, you want to give something that the other person needs or will enjoy. You want to give something special that he or she doesn’t already have. So you think carefully, do some research, and pick what you hope will be the...

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Sunday, 23 December 2018 16:03

The Nightmare before Christmas

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At this time of year, it’s easy to gloss over the events surrounding the first Christmas. If we aren’t careful, we will overlook some of the personal distress of people like Joseph and Mary. With that in mind, I would like to offer you

The Nightmare before Christmas

by Gordon Dickson

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Thursday, 20 December 2018 16:03

O Little Town of Bethlehem

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A visit to Bethlehem by famed Boston preacher Phillips Brooks inspired him to write a carol for a Christmas Sunday school service. Would you believe it was exactly one hundred and fifty years ago on the nose that folks in 1868 sang his carol, “O Little Town of Bethlehem,” for the very...

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Wednesday, 19 December 2018 16:03

So do you wear mixed fabric?

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In a previous post I discussed Marcion, the false teacher who jettisoned the Old Testament. What about an opposite extreme? The “Jewish Roots” movement has recently exploded, requiring believers to carefully follow the Sabbath laws (on Saturday), the feasts in Leviticus 23 and other...

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Jesus told us that Satan, as a thief, comes “to steal, and to kill, and to destroy” (John 10:10), and nowhere is that more profoundly seen than in situations of abuse.We are always saddened to hear of sin and abuse in the Christian world and in Baptist ranks in particular. In such...

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A Southern Baptist seminary that believes the Bible forbids women from being pastors and that being homosexual is a sin has been wrong before, according to a 71-page report released Wednesday on slavery and racism in the history of Southern Baptist Theological Seminary. Citing “a sinful...

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Wednesday, 19 December 2018 01:36

Andrew Sullivan: America’s New Religions

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So what happens when this religious rampart of the entire system is removed? I think what happens is illiberal politics. The need for meaning hasn’t gone away, but without Christianity, this yearning looks to politics for satisfaction. And religious impulses, once anchored in and tamed by...

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Tuesday, 18 December 2018 16:03

“What Kind of Society Do You Want to Live In?”

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That was the headline on cbsnews.com introducing a story, also broadcast the night before on the network’s news program, On Assignment.[1] The rest of the headline read, “Inside the country where Down syndrome is disappearing.” The CBS News Twitter feed advertising the broadcast...

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Monday, 17 December 2018 16:03

A Century of Trouble and Hope – FrontLine

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November/December 2018 | VOLUME 28 | NUMBER 6

He increaseth the nations, and destroyeth them: he enlargeth the nations, and straiteneth them again. He taketh away the heart of the chief of the people of the earth, and causeth them to wander in a wilderness where there is no way.Job 12:23–24

The...

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