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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Tuesday, 20 August 2019 21:49

Remembering the Summer of 1969: Part 1 – Woodstock

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I grew up during the turbulent 1960s and I can remember that decade very well. Just about every day, there seemed to be something in the news about the Civil Rights movement, the war in Vietnam, or the burgeoning youth/counter culture movement.

Towards the end of the decade, young people had the...

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Sometimes in this life, little things, even VERY little things, can have BIG consequences. I’ve related previously that our house is surrounded by oak trees; our trees and also our neighbors’, many of which bend over our property. The result is a MASSIVE amount of oak leaves that fall...

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Sunday, 18 August 2019 21:47

A priest leaves Roman Catholicism for Jesus Christ

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The Soul of a Priest: My Conversion to the Pauline Succession By L.H. Lehmann Agora Publishing Company, 1933, 145 pp.

Many decades ago, Protestant literature included testimonies from ex-Catholic priests who had accepted Jesus Christ as Savior by faith alone and came out of the Roman Catholic...

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For today’s “Throwback Thursday” installment, we’re revisiting a post that was originally published back on September 26th, 2015 and has been revised with some new material.

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In anticipation of pope Francis’ visit to the United States from September 22nd to September...

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Tuesday, 13 August 2019 21:58

The Catholic Sacrament of Reconciliation aka Confession

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The Roman Catholic sacrament of reconciliation (confession of sins to a priest) is an evil and perverse doctrine. A recent Catholic radio broadcast prompted me to examine this false teaching once again.

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The Roman Catholic church teaches that it administers seven sacraments by which its members...

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Infiltration: The Plot to Destroy the Church from Within By Taylor R. Marshall Crisis Publications, 2019, 307 pp.

Fifty-four-years after its concluding session, the Second Vatican Council (1962-1965) continues to divide the ranks of Roman Catholics. The council attempted to “modernize”...

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Last week, sister Lauren at Biblical Beginnings posted the second half of our interview regarding outreach to Roman Catholics and the dangers of ecumenism with the Roman church, which can be found via this link:

https://afterthoughtbybiblicalbeginnings.podbean.com/e/afterthought-episode-7-interview-w...

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Friday, 09 August 2019 21:04

Welcome to the Weekend Roundup! - News Views - 8/10/19

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The recently-released documentary, “The Divine Plan,” and the same-titled, tie-in book, present the successful political alliance of quasi-Protestant, Ronald Reagan, and Karol “pope John Paul...

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Thursday, 08 August 2019 21:59

History in my own backyard

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Sometimes we’re get so wound up in our daily routines, that we overlook or don’t appreciate some of the amazing things around us. We’ve all heard of the scenario of tourists coming from hundreds of miles away to check out something the locals have never bothered with. Our humble...

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Welcome to this week’s “Throwback Thursday” installment! Today, we’re revisiting a slightly re-edited post that was first published back on September 23rd, 2015.

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During the Middle Ages, the idea that extreme forms of asceticism aka self-mortification led to higher levels...

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I’ve had the blessing of dialoguing with sister Lauren at Biblical Beginnings for quite a long time. Her postings and friendship have been a true blessing in my life.

Lauren has started a podcast in conjunction with her blog and she recently offered me the opportunity to speak about...

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Monday, 05 August 2019 21:57

Damage Control

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Letter to a Suffering Church: A Bishop Speaks on the Sexual Abuse Crisis By Robert Barron Word on Fire Catholic Ministries, July 22, 2019, Kindle edition

The American Catholic church had already experienced substantial setbacks prior to 2018. The Second Vatican Council (1962-1965) had introduced...

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After my wife and I accepted Jesus Christ as our Savior in 1983, we began attending at our first Gospel-preaching church and remained there for eight years. The church had a lot of good points, but also some regrettable ones. The church patterned itself after Jerry Falwell’s brand of...

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Friday, 02 August 2019 20:51

Welcome to the Weekend Roundup! - News Views - 8/3/19

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Catholic apologists have always had a problem explaining away the horrific church-sanctioned inquisitions of the Middle Ages. In this article, apologist Dave Armstrong attempts to soft-pedal the inquisitions as simply a product of less-enlightened...

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For today’s “Throwback Thursday” installment, we’re revisiting a re-edited post that was originally published back on August 9th, 2015.

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Pagans: The End of Traditional Religion and the Rise of Christianity By James J. O’Donnell Ecco/Harper Collins, 2015, 293 pp.

This...

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Tuesday, 30 July 2019 21:56

Popular Un-Biblical Sayings and Adages

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Last week, I submitted a post about some of my wife’s physical challenges and I made reference to that oft-repeated adage, “If you have your health, you have everything.” Well, as Christians we know that while it’s pleasant to have good health, it’s not the be all to...

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Last week, I submitted a post about some of my wife’s physical challenges and our need to cancel our vacation trip to Germany to visit our grandson. Now, I’d like to tell you about a HUGE medical problem that I had. Er, well, it actually wasn’t such a serious problem, but it was...

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Thursday, 25 July 2019 23:12

What Does It Mean To Be Filled With The Holy Spirit?

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The older I’m getting, the more I enjoy and count on a slower-paced routine. The last couple of weeks have been a bit frazzled, so I thought it might be a good time to get caught up on a few of these short, Spotlight on Scripture booklets from John MacArthur that I’ve accumulated over...

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Wednesday, 24 July 2019 22:05

Throwback Thursday: Patron gods and patron “saints”

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Welcome to this week’s “Throwback Thursday” installment! Today, we’re revisiting a slightly re-edited post that was first published back on September 25th, 2015.

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Pagan Rome had a very long list of gods who each presided over a certain activity or occupation. Pagan worshipers...

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Wednesday, 24 July 2019 00:29

“No thanks. The old is good.”

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I’m currently reading through the Gospel of Luke in my personal daily devotion time, and I’d like to focus on one portion of the text, Luke 5:27-39 (see here for reference).

At the beginning of this passage, Jesus calls Levi/Matthew, a thoroughly despised tax collector, to follow Him...

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Every so often, I’ll read something from a Christian blogger about how, when it comes to information about spiritual matters, we should only read God’s Word because everything else is just sinful man’s opinion.* For some reason, the person doesn’t consider that THEY are...

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Well, friends, I’m “supposed” to be in Germany right now. image  Yup, my wife and I had bought our airline tickets back in April for a July 15-25 vacation visiting with our twelve-year-old grandson in Martinshöhe in southwest Germany. But “life intervened” as it...

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Catholic bishop leading the “Crystal Cathedral” makeover says beauty ignites faith

This past week, the diocese of Orange, California officially dedicated positivity-gospeler, Robert Schuller’s former Crystal Cathedral as a Catholic cathedral (above photo). The grandiose complex...

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“Why Religion?: A Personal Story” by Elaine Pagels ECCO/HarperCollins, 2018, 235 pp.

You may not be familiar with the author of this memoir, religious history professor, Elaine Pagels,* but she made a huge splash in 1979 with her book, “The Gnostic Gospels.” First, a little...

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For today’s “Throwback Thursday” installment, we’re revisiting a slightly re-edited post that was first published back on August 15th, 2015.

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Rome Sweet Home: Our Journey to Catholicism by Scott and Kimberly Hahn Ignatius Press, 1993, 182 pp.

This memoir from conservative...

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