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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Thursday, 17 January 2019 23:21

Steven Furtick Quotes Liberal Political Activist, Refers to Her as a ‘Priest’

In a recent video, Steven Furtick, the Word of Faith charlatan CEO of Elevation “Church” in Charlotte, NC asked the audience what the “opposite of faith” is. Some responded “doubt,” others responded “fear.” Furtick offers up another suggestion. You...

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Written by JeffMaples
Thursday, 17 January 2019 23:15

Septuagint Summer Course at Trinity Western

Please see the flyer below announcing the Septuagint Summer School course, June 24–28, 2019, 8:30 am – 12:30 pm (Pacific Daylight Time), to be taught by Dr. John Screnock, Research Fellow in Hebrew Bible, University of Oxford.
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Authors: Peter Gurry...

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Written by Peter Gurry
Thursday, 17 January 2019 23:05

Do You Hear This Song of Freedom

A party where the featured guest denounces everyone probably wouldn’t last long. But, if the act of denouncing started to free...

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Written by Jim Nestingen
Thursday, 17 January 2019 23:00

The backlash against Karen Pence shows that the fascist ambitions of the secular left

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I saw this story about Mike Pence’s splendid wife Karen getting a job teaching in a Christian school. The school has Biblical views on sexuality, i.e. – no sex outside of marriage and marriage defined as one woman and one man. Well, the mainstream...

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Written by Wintery Knight
Thursday, 17 January 2019 23:00

In This Day When the Gospel Is Considered Offensive, How Can I Work without Losing My Job?

What should you do if your employer asks you to do something that’s unbiblical? From one of our live Ask Ligonier events, Sinclair Ferguson considers how to serve the Lord when your workplace is antagonistic to the gospel.

Get answers to your biblical and theological questions online as they...

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Written by Nathan W. Bingham
Thursday, 17 January 2019 22:56

Is having a child a right?

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Is having a baby that results from a loving relationship the same as having a baby being created via a business transaction?

That is a question posed by Mirah Riben. Surrogacy is becoming an increasingly important ethical issue, with governments around the world, including the UK, indicating that...

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Written by Matthew Hosier
Thursday, 17 January 2019 22:55

Marks of a Healthy Church: Expositional Preaching

How can we determine if a church is healthy? What are the indicators we should look for? Some might say that numbers are the determining factor but surely there healthy churches that are small. Others might judge a church as healthy by the number of programs it offers, how entertaining the services...

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Written by James Williams
Thursday, 17 January 2019 22:40

Blessed Are the Merciful

Matthew 5:7, “Blessed are the merciful, for they shall receive mercy.”

The Word of God is a comfort for Christians who believe in Christ alone. Yet, Christians must admit that some passages can be frightening because of their implications. One example is the unforgiving servant in...

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Written by Dave Jenkins
Thursday, 17 January 2019 22:30

Puritan Prayer for World Mission (1)

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Reformed, experiential Christianity birthed the pioneer missionary efforts of men such as John Eliot (1604–1690), David Brainerd (1718–1747),William Carey (1761–1834),Adoniram Judson(1788–1850), and John G. Paton (1824–1907). This mission effort was small and...

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Written by Meet the Puritans
Thursday, 17 January 2019 22:12

If Human, then Person

This is my final post this week in honor of those who march today. I am a person. So are you. A person is the kind of thing that one ought not kill without a good reason. If the little being inside the womb is also a person, then it ought to be protected as much as is possible. If so, then the...

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Written by Ben Holloway
Thursday, 17 January 2019 22:00

A different Jesus.

If a stranger approaches you and says he knows your buddy “John,” but all the facts are wrong concerning him, you could safely conclude that he is referring to a different John. With that in mind, there are many religions that claim they know and believe in Jesus, but that does not...

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Written by The Daily Evidence
Thursday, 17 January 2019 21:56

How We Fixed Our Sleepy and Unspiritual Members’ Meetings

Sleepy. That’s the word that comes to mind when I used to think of members’ meetings. Now, I came by this impression honestly—having grown up in a rather typical and small Baptist church. The only members’ meetings I’d ever sat through involved tedious budget...

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Written by 9Marks
Thursday, 17 January 2019 21:34

Video: "Introducing 1 Samuel" by Alistair Begg

As we launch a new study of 1 Samuel, we remember that although the book’s narrative took place thousands of years ago, it is included in the Bible for our instruction and encouragement. Beginning with barren, brokenhearted Hannah, this story introduces us to ordinary people with real...

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Written by TFL
Thursday, 17 January 2019 21:19

How to Raise Strong Believers- Natasha Crain

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Natasha Crain offers practical advice for strengthening your children's faith and equipping them to defend it in a discussion based on her book Talking With Your Kids About God: 30 Conversations Every Christian Parent Must Have.Check out Natasha's recent appearance on Focus on the Family&n...

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Written by The Other Chad
Thursday, 17 January 2019 21:11

Catholic Priest Gives Pulpit to Gay Couple to Share Journey on Raising IVF Baby

Last Sunday, two homosexuals, Alan Nachtigal and Blake Wilson of St. Joan of Arc Catholic Church in Minneapolis, MN were given the pulpit to speak about their journey raising a child, Cohen. In a blasphemous speech given by Wilson, he mocks Jesus saying, We were so excited an humbled when JP asked...

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Written by JeffMaples
Thursday, 17 January 2019 21:00

Learn How to 'Adult' Before You 'Missionary' Featured

Every head bowed, every eye closed. Good. Now, do you feel a stirring deep in your soul when I talk about missions? If so, stand up.

If you’ve spent any time in evangelicalism, you know all too well this familiar scene, when the trajectory of one’s life boils down to a single, mystical...

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Written by Alex Kocman
Thursday, 17 January 2019 20:25

No Time To Pray? Poem

Think you don’t have time to pray in the morning?  Take a moment to read this powerful poem. No Time To Pray I got up early one morning  And rushed right into the day; I had so much to accomplish That I didn’t take time to pray. Problems just tumbled about me, And heavier came...

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Written by admin
Thursday, 17 January 2019 20:21

Better Late than Never – Thoughts on Deathbed Conversions

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In the last couple of weeks I have come across two men who professed faith just before their deaths, which has prompted me to think about the subject. Here are some thoughts, in no particular order.

1. The great and gracious good news of the Christian message is that any true conversion, no matter...

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Written by Warren Peel
Thursday, 17 January 2019 20:07

Filling Our Hearts with the Magnificence of Jesus: Praying Col. 1:15-20

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Christ is the visible image of the invisible God. He existed before anything was created and is supreme over all creation,

    Lord Jesus, as Paul writes in this passage, everything we need to know about God is revealed in and through you. We don’t have to guess what God...

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Written by Scotty Smith
Thursday, 17 January 2019 20:00

The Danger of Self-Care

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A Growing Trend

Self-care has become a thing. The trend got traction by appealing to necessity—you can’t care for others if you don’t first care for yourself. So before we can love our husband and children or care for the needs of the...

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Written by Lydia Brownback
Thursday, 17 January 2019 19:52

The abduction of a Jewish boy by the Catholic church that caused an international uproar

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The Kidnapping of Edgardo Mortara By David I. Kertzer Alfred A. Knopf, 1997, 350 pages

The Roman Catholic church has an extremely uncomplimentary history in regards to its relationship with the Jews. There’s a lengthy and sordid record of persecution, pogroms, forced baptisms, ghetto...

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Written by Tom
Thursday, 17 January 2019 19:49

Defending Drunkenness? (Logan Almy)

The consensus position in the Reformed tradition is that Scripture teaches us that alcohol is a good gift from God and that a believer has the right, according to liberty of conscience, to enjoy it in moderation to the glory of God. Drunkenness, however, is a serious sin against the Lord and must...

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Written by Reformation21 Blog
Thursday, 17 January 2019 19:31

My Three Essential Writing Tools

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During the past few weeks I’ve been asked many questions about blogging and other forms of writing, so thought I’d tell you about the three tools I consider essential to my writing life. There’s an app, a font, and a calendar that represent the heart of all I do.

The App: Ulysses

For...

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Written by Tim Challies
Thursday, 17 January 2019 19:17

A La Carte (January 18)

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Today’s Kindle deals include some classics as well as a trio of newer books you’ll enjoy checking out.

(Yesterday on the blog: Announcing: A Visual Theology Guide to the Bible)

Being Forgotten

“The Lord has promised to build his church. Sometimes the Lord builds his church...

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Written by Tim Challies
Thursday, 17 January 2019 19:00

In Defense of Offense: Why Christians Need to Stop Worrying About Offending People

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Authors: Michelle Lesley...

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Written by Michelle Lesley
Thursday, 17 January 2019 18:21

Review: Is Jesus in the Old Testament?

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Iain Duguid. Is Jesus in the Old Testament?  Phillipsburg, NJ: Presbyterian and Reformed Publishing, February 4, 2013. 40 pp.

5 out of 5

Purchase: Westminster Amazon

I really enjoyed this booklet that is a part of the Basics of the Faith series printed by...

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Written by SLIMJIM
Thursday, 17 January 2019 18:00

Five Star Links

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Each Friday, we share links we found especially interesting or inspiring during the previous week. Kim: Will 2019 be a year where you are tested in the area of waiting? Here is an encouraging post, "The Strength of Waiting."Persis:Given the latest craze in minimalist living, Minimalism is...

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Written by Kim Shay
Thursday, 17 January 2019 18:00

Friday 5 to Live By: 5 Top Christian Blog Posts of the Week (1/18/19)

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5 top Christian blog posts of the week—posts on resisting temptation, goals for a new year, persecution of Christians, and more by J.D. Greear, Denny Burk, Jared Wilson, and more.

The Danger of Secret Temptations 

Pastor Dave Dunham rightly acknowledges that we are all tempted. And he then...

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Written by Bob
Thursday, 17 January 2019 18:00

Imperfect

This may come as a shock to you, but Christians aren't perfect. We make mistakes. We err. We sin ... sometimes grossly. Hey, some of us are not even Christians, even though we bear the name. But for reasons I don't quite understand, it seems as if people think that we don't sin, we don't make...

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Written by Winging It
Thursday, 17 January 2019 18:00

Christians Need Not Fear Scientific Inquiry

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There is a sense in which the Christian should be the most passionate scientist of all because he should be rigorously open to truth wherever it is found. He should not be afraid that a new discovery of something that is true will destroy his foundation for truth. If our foundation for truth is...

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Written by R.C. Sproul
Thursday, 17 January 2019 17:22

Is God Real? The Case from the Transcendent Laws of Logic

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Written by J. Warner
Thursday, 17 January 2019 17:00

The First and Last Lessons My Father Taught Me about Christian Stewardship

My father taught me my first lesson in understanding stewardship.

He was meticulous at keeping his woodworking tools in order. Each tool was stored in a clearly identified place, was cleaned after use, and was only used for the purpose it was intended (something I have not mastered yet).

My father...

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Written by Rev. Dr. Timothy Ewest
Thursday, 17 January 2019 17:00

The Christian and Tolerance Featured

“For you, being so wise, tolerate the foolish gladly.For you tolerate it if anyone enslaves you, anyone devours you,anyone takes advantage of you, anyone exalts himself,anyone hits you in the face.”– 2 Corinthians 11:19–20 –

The Corinthians had...

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Written by Mike Riccardi
Thursday, 17 January 2019 16:03

Cultural Accommodation, the Growing Danger for Christian Education

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Christian colleges face a growing danger from the tsunami-like changes in Western countries. The danger comes from the moral changes in the wider public and from the personal problems students now bring with them to college. Let me give some examples.

An Evangelical Christian college near where I...

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Written by Wally Morris
Thursday, 17 January 2019 16:00

The Man Who Shared Jesus with Chuck Colson—and Changed Eternity for Him and Countless Others

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Earlier this month, Tom Phillips, who led Chuck Colson to Jesus in 1973, went to be with his Lord and Savior. When asked in an interview if he had ever gotten over the night when Christ gripped his life, Chuck replied, “No, and I never want to get over it. When I think about who I...

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Written by Randy Alcorn
Thursday, 17 January 2019 16:00

The Gods Shall Perish

“Thus shall ye say unto them, The gods that have not made the heavens and the earth, even they shall perish from the earth, and from under these heavens.” (Jeremiah 10:11) This is a unique vers... More...

Authors: Days of Praise from ICR...

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Written by Days of Praise from ICR
Thursday, 17 January 2019 16:00

Friday’s Featured Sermon: “Stop Complaining” (Parts 1 and 2) Featured

Scripture is clear that Christians serve a God who is uniquely all-sufficient to meet our every need (Ephesians 1:3; 2 Peter 1:3-4; 2 Corinthians 12:9).

By definition, calling anything sufficient is to acknowledge it is inherently adequate to satisfy a particular need. Some things in this life are...

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Written by Grace to You Blog
Thursday, 17 January 2019 15:10

Worry is Practical Atheism

There is an important distinction we need to make between good worry and bad worry. There arematters that oughtto concern us, things that deserve our immediate attention and action. Being carefree is not the same as being careless.

The Greek word for “worry” in Matthew 6 is sometimes...

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Written by Paul Tautges
Thursday, 17 January 2019 15:00

When Did Britain Become Post-Victorian?

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David Cannadine's Victorious Century: The United Kingdom, 1800-1906 strikes me as a fairly old-school sort of history book: a careful account of politicians and laws, men in suits and the Acts they passed. It is top-down history, and the contrast with bottom-up accounts of similar periods, like...

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Written by Andrew Wilson
Thursday, 17 January 2019 15:00

Habit Posts

Thursday, 17 January 2019 14:15

How the Lord Rewards His Laborers

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But he replied to one of them, “Friend I am doing you no wrong. Did you not agree with me for a denarius? Take what belongs to you and go. I choose to give to this last worker as I give to you. Am I not allowed to do what I choose with what belongs to me. Or do you begrudge me my...

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Written by H.B. Charles, Jr.
Thursday, 17 January 2019 14:10

5 Relationships to Cultivate As You Foster or Adopt (Part 2)

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This post is part of a series by Dr. Chipman. You can read Part 1 here

If you plan to foster or adopt a child in the coming months, you can set yourself in the right path by cultivating five relationships along the way. See this process as part of your training for welcoming children into...

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Written by Todd Chipman
Thursday, 17 January 2019 14:05

January 18: T.D. Witherspoon [1836-1898]

The latest issue of The Confessional Presbyterian focuses on the life and ministry of the Rev. Thomas Dwight Witherspoon. Among the articles is a very useful review of Witherspoon’s rare work, Children of the Covenant. A most unusual work, it is made up of three eulogies for children of...

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Written by Wayne Sparkman
Thursday, 17 January 2019 14:00

Sermons on God's Peace

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What does it mean to live in peace in today’s world? Some try to find it in material possessions, in relationships or by looking into themselves. In this selection of sermons, Alistair Begg reminds us that only in Jesus Christ can we find true peace.

Peace, Part One (Galatians 5:22) —&nbs...

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Written by TFL
Thursday, 17 January 2019 14:00

Bit-by-bit Bible Reading Plan

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Reposted from The Cripplegate.

Two weeks into 2019 and I’m guessing some of us are already behind in our yearly Bible reading plan. If you’re like me, getting one or two days behind in January can be discouraging enough to want to call the whole thing off.

That’s...

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Written by Clint Archer
Thursday, 17 January 2019 13:40

5 Mistaken Beliefs that Keep You From Blogging — And What to Do Instead

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For creative people, the problems are mostly in the mind. And the solutions are mainly mindsets.

If you’ve been struggling getting started as a blogger or a writer, here are 5 myths that...

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Written by Cody Libolt
Thursday, 17 January 2019 13:10

Trevin’s Seven

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Podcast: Listeners to the Word Matters podcast that I do with Brandon Smith will be excited to subscribe to Brandon’s new podcast, Church Grammar. The first two interviews (Tom Schreiner and Lynn Cohick) are enlightening and edifying.

Kindle Deal:The Good Book: 40 Chapters That Reveal the...

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Written by Trevin Wax
Thursday, 17 January 2019 13:00

Grace, Prayer, the Work of Christ

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It’s time for our weekly $5 Friday sale. This week’s resources include such topics as the work of Christ, Charles Spurgeon, depravity, the atonement, Roman Catholicism, grace, prayer, and more.

Sale runs through 12:01 a.m. — 11:59 p.m. Friday ET.

View today’s $5 Friday sale...

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Written by Nathan W. Bingham
Thursday, 17 January 2019 11:20

Book Review: 12 Faithful Men: Portraits of Courageous Endurance in Pastoral Ministry

Hansen, Collin and Jeff Robinson, eds.12 Faithful Men: Portraits of Courageous Endurance in Pastoral Ministry.Grand Rapids: Baker Books, 2018. 187 pp.

INTRODUCTION

One of the challenges facing our insta-everything, have-it-your-way culture is that the gap between difficult circumstances and crisis,...

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Written by Jon Canler
Thursday, 17 January 2019 11:15

Explaining evil, part 1

I plan to do a series of posts on yet another book on the problem of evil: W. Paul Franks, ed., Explaining Evil: Four Views (Bloomsbury 2019). Here's a description:
I think the problem of evil is overemphasized in atheism and Christian apologetics. If we...

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Written by steve
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