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

Steak and a Bible - Apologetic Report

DC, Maryland and Virginia locals. Do you want to learn more about persecution? There’s a fantastic opportunity this coming weekend. Voice of the Martyrs is holding a free conference Saturday April 7, in Vienna, Virginia.

Speakerswill include Gracia Burnham, Brother Bennie of India, Petr Jasek...

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Sunday, 01 April 2018 21:57

Sermon Recommendation: Never Alone

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Days before the resurrection, Jesus told his disciples again that he would be leaving them. Surely this had to be a crushing blow to his dear friends. But he also promised that he would not leave them “as orphans.”

This message from Pastor Matthew Hoskinson of the First Baptist Church of...

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Saturday, 31 March 2018 23:33

Don’t Miss List: Resurrection Sunday

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Happy Easter everyone! I hope you wake up today and are reminded, yet again, that Jesus is alive! He is our continuing and eternal hope of salvation, thanks to his resurrection from the dead. Hallelujah!

Mark 16: 1-8 

When the Sabbath was over, Mary Magdalene, Mary the mother of James, and...

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Tuesday, 31 October 2017 07:45

Celebrating Reformation 500

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Today is the 500th Anniversary of the Protestant Reformation, recalling the day Martin Luther posted his 95 Theses on the Wittenberg Church door. Of course, other reformers came before him and many came after him. But this day in 1517 was certainly a watershed moment in history and the one we most...

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Thursday, 05 October 2017 00:43

When It Is Not Well

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It’s been a tough couple of weeks. Well, honestly I’ve spent much of this year riding the roller coaster from discouragement, uncertainty, anger, and pain to hope, optimism and faith and back around again. The most recent instance has just been another circumstance which brought pain...

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Tuesday, 22 August 2017 04:24

Reflecting on the rest of Romans 6

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Any Christian who ever learned the “Romans Road” method of communicating the gospel can probably recite Romans 6:23, “23 For the wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.”

It is an essential and tremendous reminder. We,...

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Tuesday, 15 August 2017 23:45

Selah: I Got Saved

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Another great song to encourage you this week:

Filed under: Christian Life, video

Authors: Julia...

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World Digital has revamped its international content and my persecution stories are now part of a roundup called “World Tour.” Here are the past few which include my reporting on false charges against Indian Christians for kidnapping and forced conversion, a trend in attacks on pastors...

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The image only reflects the post in that the church this sermon is from is my favorite church in New York City. I discovered First Baptist Church in recent months and have been grateful to listen to Pastor Hoskinson’s preaching online as well. 

He’s been preaching through...

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Sunday, 06 August 2017 11:48

The Word: Psalm 32

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I’ve been thinking a lot about forgiveness lately and given that today was communion Sunday when we remember the forgiveness we Christians have been shown by God, this Psalm seems like the perfect thing to share today.

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Blessed is the one whose transgression is forgiven, whose sin is...

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A sermon from 2 Corinthians 5 about being God’s ministers of reconciliation, and what it means to be reconciled to God. Great stuff here from Pastor John MacArthur!

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 Should the expectation of the return of Jesus Christ cause us to live differently than we would otherwise? The answer from Scripture is yes. As Pastor John MacArthur exegetes in this two-part message “Living in Anticipation of Christ’s Return.”  Part 1.  Part 2.

MacArthur says that knowing Jesus will return and grant us

Friday, 15 July 2016 04:44

Why and How to Help the Persecuted

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I had the incredible privilege last week to attend an event (The Bridge conference put on by International Christian Concern) focused on the persecuted church in the Middle East specifically. I also was able to attend a separate discussion regarding the refugee crisis and how Christians should think about it and how to help them.

I don’t

Tuesday, 12 July 2016 07:15

Video: Mortal Kombat Star Saved

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In his own words, martial arts master, actor and drug addict Jeff Durbin tells the story of how Jesus saved him from his sins. It’s quite a story.

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Concerns about Together 2016 from the Reformed Nazarene blog

In less than a week, Together 2016 will happen in Washington, D.C. (where I live). Bringing together a wide range of speakers and musicians. Reformed Nazarene delves into who is speaking and performing and brings up some reasons to be wary. Which begs the question, when is unity

Thursday, 07 July 2016 05:35

The Word: Titus 3:1-8

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What is the role of good works in the life of a Christian? Titus chapter three shows us:

Remind them to be subject to rulers, to authorities, to be obedient, to be ready for every good deed,to malign no one, to be peaceable, gentle, showing every consideration for all men.For we also once were foolish

Happy Independence Day, to my fellow Americans. Here’s a quick, Don’t Miss List for you.

Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Happiness – Kevin DeYoung (via TGC)

DeYoung remains one of my favorite writers. This timely piece about the “self-evident” truths which the U.S. was founded upon, and the declaration that rights are

Thursday, 30 June 2016 05:00

The Word: 1 Timothy 4:7-10

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Have nothing to do with irreverent, silly myths. Rather train yourself for godliness; for while bodily training is of some value, godliness is of value in every way, as it holds promise for the present life and also for the life to come. The saying is trustworthy and deserving of full acceptance. For to this end we toil and strive, because we have

Tuesday, 28 June 2016 15:17

Six Terrible Tweets from PDChurch 2016

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Today was the first day of Saddleback Pastor Rick Warren’s latest “Purpose Driven Church” conference. It’s been a few years since, he’s held one, but as far as I can tell from the tweets (#PDChurch) it’s all just more of the same he’s peddling.

Here’s the video teaser they made for the conference.

 While we can’t go back in time and be eyewitnesses to the historical events, whether they be the creation of the world, the exodus from Egypt, or the resurrection of Christ, I do not believe that the Christian faith is a 100% blind faith. There is logic, rationality, historical evidence and more that supports our faith in Jesus Christ. 

 

Sunday, 26 June 2016 10:30

The Word: 2 Peter 3:1-7

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This is now, beloved, the second letter I am writing to you in which I am stirring up your sincere mind by way of reminder, that you should remember the words spoken beforehand by the holy prophets and the commandment of the Lord and Savior spoken by your apostles.

Know this first of all, that in the

Wednesday, 22 June 2016 10:10

The Word: 1 Timothy 2:1-7

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Which political leaders and authorities should we pray for? The Bible has a clear answer:

First of all, then, I urge that supplications, prayers, intercessions, and thanksgivings be made for all people, for kings and all who are in high positions, that we may lead a peaceful and quiet life, godly and dignified in every way.This is good,

Tuesday, 21 June 2016 09:29

Joyce Meyer Invents New Meaning of Col. 3:15 Featured

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I happened to see a tweet today from Joyce Meyer, referring to her devotional for today “Keep Your Peace.” Below you’ll see that Meyer quotes Colossians 3:15 (adding plenty of her own words to it which makes it nearly impossible to read). She then goes on to use this verse as a proof text for learning how to say no. 

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I’m a cessationist. I think anyone who has been reading my blog for any time at all realizes that.

But I hope that whether you are also a cessationist or are a charismatic (and especially if you aren’t sure) you’ll watch this video of Phil Johnson explaining from Scripture why he is a cessationist. 

In this message, Johnson

Sunday, 19 June 2016 09:49

“The True Gospel”

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“The true gospel is an announcement that Jesus Christ lived, and died and rose again to make a perfect, once for all, atonement for sin and thereby purchase full justification and a right standing before God for everyone who trusts in Him as Savior. That’s really good news. It’s eternal good news,” – Phil Johnson

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