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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Wednesday, 31 January 2018 17:43

Be like God and…lie? Featured

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It’s never morally right to deceive with malicious intent. Exodus 20:16 reads, “You shall not bear false witness against your neighbor,” and so you should never provide false legal testimony against your countrymen. It hurts society and dishonors God.

But what about hiding...

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God is at it again. He’s actually at it every second of every day. But there are moments here and there, like today, where he cranks up the show. Three notable lunar events are coinciding in one, for a spectacular, rare astro-show; a “Super Blue Blood Moon.” The last time...

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Monday, 29 January 2018 17:01

Four Reasons to Sing When Your Soul is Troubled Featured

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image Amazon Prime recently released a movie called “Freedom” starring Cuba Gooding Jr. And, wait for it… Jubilant Sykes! Yes that Jubilant Sykes. Overall, it was a great movie depicting a runaway slave’s journey to freedom that culminated in freedom not just from chains, but...

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Sunday, 28 January 2018 17:01

Degrees of Reward Pt 2: Living for Payday Featured

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Last week I wrote a response to Dr Wellum’s video in which he expressed doubt about the existence of degrees of rewards in heaven. In addition, he stated the following: “We are not to be people who are living our lives thinking that ‘Oh I’m doing this or...

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Wednesday, 24 January 2018 17:48

White as snow–though my sins were as scarlet! Featured

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Have you ever looked at a blanket of freshly fallen snow and thought, “That looks good enough to eat?” Ask any kid, and they will tell you that it is. Ask any Vermonter, and they will give you a recipe. The ingredients are simple: freshly fallen snow, and pure Vermont maple syrup. It...

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Monday, 22 January 2018 17:01

Four Reasons to Think About Hell Every Day Featured

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image Hell is a real place. Currently, there are millions, if not billions, of people there burning in excruciating pain. They are real people. They lived on the same earth as us and now will be in hell for eternity.

This truth should make you squeamish. It should make you uncomfortable, and suppressing...

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Sunday, 21 January 2018 17:01

Degrees of Reward Pt 1: A Treasury of Evidence Featured

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image On January 12 I did what all evangelicals with a twitter account do, we decide which items to sample off the A La Carte menu curated by Tim Challies. When I saw the tantalizing topic of “Degrees of Rewards” I was overjoyed. This is a subject I feel is grossly misunderstood and...

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Wednesday, 17 January 2018 17:30

3 reasons for optimism at the March for Life Featured

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Tomorrow will be the 44th annual March for Life, where hundreds of thousands of people will gather on the National Mall, then march on the Supreme Court to protest the 1973 Supreme Court decision making abortion a constitutional right.

More so than at previous marches, this year the protesters have...

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Tuesday, 16 January 2018 16:01

A New Prophet Chosen for the LDS Church Featured

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imageYesterday, a new prophet of the Mormon church was announced. Ninety-three-year-old Russell Nelson will now serve as the 17th prophet and president of the LDS faith. Nelson was set apart and ordained for the position on Sunday, January 14th, at the Salt Lake City temple. The announcement came in a...

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Monday, 15 January 2018 17:01

Albert Einstein Didn’t Know Anything About Love Featured

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image Love:  everyone has an opinion about it and yet few people know how to define it. When you see it, it is easily identified and yet it is also very easily mistaken. What the world calls love is so often hate, and what the world sees as hate is perhaps the most loving thing.

No one will disagree...

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Sunday, 14 January 2018 17:01

Waiting for God? Oh. Featured

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image If you haven’t seen Samuel Beckett’s famous play, Waiting for Godot, let me tell you what you missed by quoting a stage critic, Vivian Mercier: “Waiting for Godot has achieved theoretical impossibility: a play in which… nothing happens, twice.”

The play has two...

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Wednesday, 10 January 2018 17:12

Is God more glorified in a world with capitalized pronouns? Featured

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image For the Christian author, every divine pronoun presents a theological conundrum of English-language proportions. Should you capitalize pronouns (or even adjectives!) that refer to God? Is it “his name” or “His name” or even “His Name”?

Each divine pronoun is a...

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Tuesday, 09 January 2018 16:01

Putting the Evangel in Evangelicalism Featured

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imageRecently there has been discussion about the term “evangelical.” What does it mean? Who are evangelicals? How do we know? It’s a good thing because clarity on truth is a good thing.

The word “evangelical” comes from the New Testament Greek word which means...

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Sunday, 07 January 2018 17:01

Blank slate: Forgive us our debts as we forgive our debtors Featured

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Henry Gustav Molaison was born in 1926. After a bicycle accident at the age of nine, he suffered tremendously from constant epileptic seizures that slowly grew in severity. When he was twenty-seven years old Henry underwent a radical surgery to remove small parts of the medial temporal lobes of his...

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Wednesday, 03 January 2018 17:40

The Day the Revolution Began–a review Featured

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image In The Day the Revolution Began, N. T. Wright challenges Protestantism’s theology of cross and replaces it with something else. That something else involves Jesus taking up the vocation of Israel to act as image-bearers and as worshipers of God. It also includes the forgiveness of sins,...

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Tuesday, 02 January 2018 16:01

In 2018, Don’t Forget Humility Featured

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imageThree days into the New Year, many of us are in resolution mode. Some of us have long failed them. Others are still holding on. But as we crank up New Year’s plans for diets, Bible reading, and exercise, let’s not forget the one thing God values most in the creature; humility.

Humility...

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Monday, 01 January 2018 17:01

Rescued from Meaningless Resolutions Featured

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image As I look back on 2017, I can’t help but think about the hordes of college students walking around the various campuses I went to.

Millions of college students around the country working hard to find happiness, and yet so confused about how to achieve it.

Meaninglessness. That’s the word...

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image In my 4th grade South African history class I learned that what put my country on the map (the first time) was scurvy. Without the Suez canal, ships sailing from Europe took months to reach India. We now know that one month without vitamin C leads to the condition of lethal malnutrition known as...

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Thursday, 28 December 2017 17:04

Tribute to R.C. Sproul Featured

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“No one gave me a greater sense of the glory of God than R.C. Sproul”

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I was first exposed to the ministry of R.C. Sproul, over 20 years ago.  He had a different style than the preachers I was used to listening to on the radio.  I could tell he was not speaking behind...

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Wednesday, 27 December 2017 17:47

Top ten posts from 2017 Featured

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We at The Cripplegatge (Clint, Jesse, Mike, Eric, and Jordan) want to thank all of our readers and our 4,400 subscribers. We have all been very busy this year in ministry, but we remember that when we are most productive, we are often most fruitful. We pray that our blog has been helpful to you...

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Monday, 25 December 2017 17:01

Just the Shepherds Featured

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image Recently, a YouTube video showed a homeless man played soccer on a busy plaza in Spain. He juggled, dribbled, and attempted to play with people who were walking by, but no one would bite. For hours, people ignored him until a young child began kicking the ball back and forth with him. For a few...

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Sunday, 24 December 2017 17:01

O holy night! Featured

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image My favorite hymn happens to be a beloved Christmas carol. Here is the compelling saga behind the genesis of this magnificent piece, the first music ever broadcast with radio waves.

In the words of “Stories Behind the Best-Loved Songs of Christmas” (used with the publisher’s...

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Thursday, 21 December 2017 17:00

Christmas Grace: The Gospel of Self-Imposed Poverty Featured

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“For you know the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, that though He was rich, yet for your sake He became poor, so that you through His poverty might become rich.”– 2 Corinthians 8:9 –

image This verse comes in the context of the Apostle Paul’s appeal to the Corinthian church...

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Wednesday, 20 December 2017 19:29

Africa New Life Ministries Featured

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If you are looking for a way to be financially help widows, orphans, and missions: let me introduce you to Africa New Life Ministries.

ANL is located in Rwanda, and grew out of the 1994 genocide where nearly 800,000 people were massacred. This massacre was followed by a refugee crisis, resulting in...

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Tuesday, 19 December 2017 16:01

Christmas: Not the Beginning of Jesus’ Existence Featured

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A frequently heard phrase this time of year is the “birth of Jesus.” And that’s good. But, it’s possible to miscommunicate something essential about Christ. Typically, when we mention someone’s birth, we think of it as the beginning of the...

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