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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Friday, 19 October 2018 10:22

Why Don’t Confessional Reformed Churches Grow More Quickly?

There are many ways to analyze churches, e.g., liberal (mainline) v. conservative, confessional v. non-confessional, and doctrinal v. experiential to give but three examples. Churches can also be analyzed by their relation to a given neighborhood. There are community churches and commuter . . . Cont...

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Written by R. Scott Clark
Friday, 19 October 2018 10:00

Struggles Your Pastor Endures

– Episode 2369 –

Struggles Your Pastor Endures

Segment 1 (00:00) – 3 things you should do for your pastor

Segment 2 (07:48) – 10 things pastors hate to admit publicly 1-5

Segment 3 (17:!6) – 10 things pastors hate to admit publicly 5-10

Wretched Surprise! (25:34) –...

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Written by samueljroys
Friday, 19 October 2018 09:49

Weekly Apologetics Bonus Links (10/14-10/20)

image KINDLE DEALS: Ten Dumb Things Smart Christians Believe: Are Urban Legends & Sunday School Myths Ruining Your Faith? by Larry Osborne $1.99 On Guard for Students: A Thinker’s Guide to the Christian Faith by William Lane Craig $.99 Intellectuals Don’t Need God and Other Modern Myths:...

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Written by Steve Domark
Friday, 19 October 2018 08:47

Review: Batman Volume 6: Bride or Burglar

A weekend comic book review, because sometimes even Pastors need a break from heavy theological reading.

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Tom King.  Batman Volume 6: Bride or Burglar. Burbank, CA: DC Comics, December 19th 2017. 168 pp.

3 out of 5

Purchase: Amazon

This is the sixth trade paperback volume in the DC...

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Written by SLIMJIM
Friday, 19 October 2018 07:54

10/19/2018

•Your questions answered
•Help! My children don’t want us to discipline their kids
•I challenged a pastor during a sermon. Was I wrong?
•Should I evangelize when my Visa says I can’t?
•The role of Greek and Hebrew in the Reformation
•Medical Marijuana always leads to recreational use
•What do these emails have in common?
•Is the NAR anathema?
•Should I open air preach at my liberal university?
•How sick must I be before I should skip church?
•My wife is happy at a seeker sensitive church. What do I do?

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Written by joey
Friday, 19 October 2018 07:15

Charles Finney and American evangelicalism.

An interesting presentation on Charles Finney from Ps Jeremy Rhode of Faith Lutheran Church in Capistrano Beach, California.

Finney, often called ‘the father of modern revivalism’, believed the sinner is responsible for his own regeneration. ‘The sinner actually changes, and...

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Written by churchwatcher
Friday, 19 October 2018 07:10

By Grace Alone – in Tagalog update

imageMany thanks to our listeners and readers in the Philippines!  Especially our friend, Fiel.  He has sent me an updated PDF of the Tagalog version of my book “By Grace Alone.”  The very fact that it is being translated and distributed is divine providence in action. ...

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Written by Jim Mc.
Friday, 19 October 2018 07:02

Courts: Obama Admin Dodged State Laws to Get Illegal Minors Abortions Featured

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The Federalist

Last week, a federal judge in California dismissed a lawsuit the American Civil Liberties Union had filed in 2016 challenging the government’s award of grants to the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops to provide services to unaccompanied minor illegal aliens and...

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Written by Cherie Vandermillen
Friday, 19 October 2018 06:57

Sermon Romans 16

Friday, 19 October 2018 06:31

Amid battle with cancer, Texas CWJC/CMJC leader affirms, “God’s got this”

By Trennis Henderson

DALLAS — Becky Ellison knows what it means to live one day at a time. Since being diagnosed with cancer in 2010, she said a key question she seeks to live by is: “If I had one more minute and I wanted to live it like God wanted me to live it, what would that...

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Written by christianindex
Friday, 19 October 2018 06:17

A WARNING TO THE WORLD

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If you are reading this article, then you are wondering why I am warning you.  In the title, I specify that this warning is to the “World.”  You see, I am not of this world — I belong to Jesus Christ. I am in the world, but not of  it.

From gotquestions.org 

Quest...

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Written by Geri Ungurean
Friday, 19 October 2018 06:06

We Take Christianity’s Influence on the World for Granted

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Historian and author Tom Holland, while not a Christian, came to realize as he studied the classical world that the Western values and morals he cherished came not from Greece and Rome, but from Christianity (see here).

On an Unbelievable? podcast, Holland had a discussion with N.T. Wright on the...

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Written by Amy K. Hall
Friday, 19 October 2018 06:01

Associations prepare to ‘adopt’ Michael-affected areas as part of long-term DR response

DULUTH — Georgia Baptist associations fortunate enough to not experience the destruction of Hurricane Michael will be crucial in the ongoing rebuilding efforts of the southwestern part of the state.

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I believe it’s the worst storm to hit Georgia in [over 20 years],” Lang said.

The...

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Written by Scott Barkley
Friday, 19 October 2018 05:41

When Your Preacher Becomes a Social Justice Action Hero Featured

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The Aquila Report

The one thing the church offers is an answer to the wrath of God because of sin. As the world remains under judgment, the Christian gospel offers a way of transference out of a kingdom of darkness and into a kingdom of light, out of Babylon and into the heavenly Jerusalem. We do...

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Written by Cherie Vandermillen
Friday, 19 October 2018 05:30

How Should Christians Respond to the Imprecatory Psalms?

How should Christians respond to psalms that invoke calamity or curses upon one’s enemies? From Ligonier’s 2016 National Conference, W. Robert Godfrey, Albert Mohler, and William VanDoodewaard consider biblical prayers of judgment.

To get real-time answers to your biblical and...

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Written by Nathan W. Bingham
Friday, 19 October 2018 05:15

Remission of Sins

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Bible words can often be defined by the way New Testament writers quote the Old Testament. For instance, we know that the words deliverance and salvation are the same, for when Paul quotes Joel, he changes the word...

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Written by Pastor Ricky Kurth
Friday, 19 October 2018 04:55

Get a signed copy of my new book, "What the Qur'an Really Teaches About Jesus"

Good afternoon , Im thrilled to announce my latest book, What the Quran Really Teaches About Jesus. For a limited time, Im offering signed copies of the book. Watch this 5-min. video to learn more: www.watchman.org/NewBook. Why This Book? In just 10 years, Islam has grown by 160% in the US....

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Written by profilesubs
Friday, 19 October 2018 04:38

Our Lady of Lourdes

To my knowledge, Fatima and Lourdes are the showcase Catholic miracles. Fatima because it's supposedly well-attested by so many witnesses and Lourdes because it's supposedly well-attested by so many miracles. Not only as Catholic miracles, but miracles that specifically attest the cult of Mary....

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Written by steve
Friday, 19 October 2018 04:21

Schreiner on His Revised Romans Commentary

The Logos blog has a nice interview here with Tom Schreiner on his recently revised Romans commentary.

Authors: BibleX...

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Written by BibleX
Friday, 19 October 2018 04:07

Codex Claromontanus and Romans 1.29 in NA28

My Greek students have just finished a text critical assignment on the variant in Rom 1.29 involving πορνείᾳ πονηρίᾳ πλεονεξίᾳ κακίᾳ...

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Written by Peter Gurry
Friday, 19 October 2018 03:59

Good, Bad, and Ugly

Much more good educational and edifying stuff this time.
The Good:
What does it mean that “God is the head of Christ”?
The400 “years of silence” between the O.T. and the N.T.
Responding to the question, “Who Created God?&rdq...

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Written by Glenn E. Chatfield
Friday, 19 October 2018 03:50

Truett McConnell hosts second successful STEM Day

By Jenny Gregory

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Dr. Robert Bowen and graduate student, Elise Lombard, demonstrate an experiment to prospective students. TMU

CLEVELAND –  This past week, Truett McConnell University (TMU) hosted its second STEM Day (science, technology, engineering and/or mathematics) for prospective...

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Written by Truett McConnell University
Friday, 19 October 2018 03:08

Loneliness and the Church Featured

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by Hohn Cho

Senator Ben Sasse (R-Neb) is a solid Christian brother who was an "elder in the United Reformed Churches in North America and served on the board of trustees for Westminster Seminary California" and is currently "a member of Grace Church, a...

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Written by Phil Johnson
Friday, 19 October 2018 02:34

The Icing on the Cake!

At 10am last Wednesday morning, the UK Supreme Court handed down its decision on the appeal by Ashers bakery. Four years ago gay rights campaigner Gareth Lee ordered a cake from the Belfast bakery bearing a message supporting gay marriage. The order was declined and his money refunded. Mr Lee then...

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Written by Warren Peel
Friday, 19 October 2018 02:29

A Word to the Younger Men

Editor’s Note: This post is the final part of a series. Previous posts include: “Men and Women in Household of God,” “A Word to the Older Men,” “A Word to the Older Women,” and “A Word to the Younger Women.”

Finally, Paul turns his attention to...

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Written by CBMW
Friday, 19 October 2018 02:08

An Introduction to Luther's Theology of the Cross

imageThe following is an excerpt from the introduction to Theology of the Cross: Reflections on Luther’s Heidelberg Disputation written...

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Written by Steven Paulson
Friday, 19 October 2018 02:05

The Difference Betwixt the Law and the Gospel (Boston)

image In my opinion, one of the best brief discussions about the law/gospel distinction was written by Thomas Boston and it’s found in the second part of his comments on Edward Fisher’s Marrow of Modern Divinity. In this section, Boston explains why a law/gospel distinction is necessary,...

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Written by Reformed Reader
Friday, 19 October 2018 02:01

Free Stuff Fridays (Crossway)

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This week’s Free Stuff Fridays is sponsored by Crossway, who also sponsored the blog this week. They are giving away a brand-new book that I think will be of a lot of interest to you:The Ten Commandments: What They Mean, Why They Matter, and Why We Should Obey Themby Kevin DeYoung.There...

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Written by Admin
Friday, 19 October 2018 01:45

Four Traps to Avoid When You Suffer

4 Traps to Avoid When You Suffer from Crossway on Vimeo.

The 2 Kinds of Doubt

As I thought about my own experience, I wanted to organize my thoughts and experience for others in these two categories of traps that every sufferer faces and the comfort that is offered to every sufferer in the gospel.

The...

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Written by Paul Tripp
Friday, 19 October 2018 01:42

Regular Pastors Have Regular Devotions

If you’ve been around church for any length of time, you’ve probably been encouraged to practice “spiritual disciplines.” Pastors want their people to read the Bible, and pastors want their people to pray. The disciplines of Bible reading and prayer are often termed...

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Written by Landon Coleman
Friday, 19 October 2018 01:30

Remember the Word

2 Peter 3:1-2, “This is now the second letter that I am writing to you, beloved. In both of them I am stirring up your sincere mind by way of reminder, that you should remember the predictions of the holy prophets and the commandment of the Lord and Savior through your apostles,”

C...

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Written by Dave Jenkins
Friday, 19 October 2018 01:14

Who could have seen this coming?

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(This post originally had this video as an embedded tweet; he apparently deleted it.)

I'm on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram, if you're into that sorta thing. Also: Adam4d.com is my full-time job and I'm funded by readers like you. If you're interested in learning more about that, check out my...

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Written by Adam Ford
Friday, 19 October 2018 01:12

5 Tips for Reading Apocalyptic Literature in the Bible

This is a fairly basic post but some might find it helpful. All of the tips actually relate to sound interpretive method generally.

Authors: BibleX...

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Written by BibleX
Friday, 19 October 2018 00:44

Video: Beatitudes and Woes

Today’s question: “In your video on the Sermon on the Mount you mentioned a parallel between the Beatitudes and the Woes of Matthew 23. Could you elaborate on this?”

To read more about the parallel between Beatitudes and Woes, see this article by James Jordan. For more on the...

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Written by Alastair Roberts
Friday, 19 October 2018 00:37

DBG Weekend Spotlight (10-19-18)

Are you ready for this exciting conference that will be held in January on the theme of “The Mission of God” in Atlanta? Make your reservations to join us! Details can be found at G3Conference.com.

Transgender bathroom policy leads to sexual assault of 5-year old girl —...

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Written by Josh Buice
Friday, 19 October 2018 00:22

The Fatima legend

The second part of the book is more interesting. The authors examine the evolution of the Fatima legend, showing how the simple testimony given by the seers in 1917 evolved into an elaborate web of "secrets", creating a credulous cult around Lucia while enhancing the influence of Fatima within the...

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Written by steve
Friday, 19 October 2018 00:19

“The Year of Our Lord 1943” (1)

I’m reading Alan Jacobs’ recent book The Year of Our Lord 1943: Christian Humanism in an Age of Crisis. I’m more persuaded by some aspects of it, less so by others, and stimulated by all. I likely will not have time to write up a full review, which would in any case probably...

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Written by E.J. Hutchinson
Friday, 19 October 2018 00:00

Pastors must defend the faith from the left and the right

Paul charges Timothy to “guard the good deposit” (2 Tim 1:14), which is the gospel of Jesus Christ. We’re to remain vigilant in guarding the gospel because both the Scriptures and also church history remind us that many have swerved from the truth. Even a cursory reading of the...

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Written by Aaron Hanbury
Friday, 19 October 2018 00:00

This Is Not Luther or Calvin. This Is Jesus.

Unless you are born again, you cannot see the kingdom of God. In this brief clip, R.C. Sproul explains that this message of salvation is Jesus’ message.

This Reformation Month, watch a short video every day on the history and insights of the Protestant Reformation. And don't forget that for a...

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Written by Nathan W. Bingham
Thursday, 18 October 2018 23:54

Is scripture clear? Should we speak declarative truth? Featured

By Elizqbeth PrataI hope this fine fall week has offered you beautiful glimpses of God's creative intellect and His wonderful power. It's finally cooled down here in north Georgia. We always enjoy the march of the seasons. "He appointed the moon for seasons: the sun knoweth his going down." (Psalm...

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Written by The End Time
Thursday, 18 October 2018 23:53

Is Gambling Ok? Don't Bet on It!

A new MP3 sermon from The GraceLife Pulpit is now available on SermonAudio.com with the following details:
Title: Is Gambling Ok? Don't Bet on It!
Speaker: Phil Johnson
Broadcaster: The GraceLife Pulpit
Event: Sunday Service
Date: 10/20/2002
Length: 52 min.
Overview: http---www.TheGraceLifePulpit.com

Auth...

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Written by The GraceLife Pulpit
Thursday, 18 October 2018 23:03

Andrew Fuller Friday: On the Intersection of Legalism and Antinomianism

It has been said that every unregenerate sinner has the heart of a Pharisee. This is true; and it is equally true that every unregenerate sinner has the heart of an Antinomian. It is the character expressly given to the carnal mind, that it is “enmity against God;” and the proof of this...

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Written by Staff
Thursday, 18 October 2018 23:00

Questions, Comments, and a Call from Angry Listener

It's Friday. There are always so many good questions and comments to get to, so her we go. My daughter is 16 and wants nothing to do with church anymore, even though we raised her in church, the word, and prayer at home. She claims Christians are hypocrites and I fear she will be lost when she...

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Written by comments@standupforthetruth.com
Thursday, 18 October 2018 23:00

“What if someone doesn’t think lust is a violation of the Ten Commandments?”

If a man commits rape and doesn’t consider it a violation of the law, it doesn’t change the fact that it is. Here is proof that lust is a violation of the Ten Commandments: “You have heard that it was said to those of old, ‘You shall not commit adultery’ [Seventh...

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Written by The Daily Evidence
Thursday, 18 October 2018 23:00

2018 Belfast Conference Media Now Available

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You can now stream all of the messages from this month’s regional conference in Belfast, Northern Ireland, for free on Ligonier.org, the Ligonier app, and YouTube.

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Written by Nathan W. Bingham
Thursday, 18 October 2018 22:21

Twitter Locks LifeSite Account for “Hate” Featured

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LifeSite

October 18, 2018 (LifeSiteNews) – Twitter has just locked LifeSiteNews out of our Twitter account over an article we posted four years ago that provided expert analysis on the rise in sexually-transmitted diseases among homosexuals.

The 2014 piece by Dr. Gerard M. Nadal, a molecular...

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Written by Cherie Vandermillen
Thursday, 18 October 2018 21:30

How to Lead Effectively During Difficult Times

Leaders must know how to lead through the most difficult times.  Here are eight tips to help you lead effectively through troubled waters. MARK 16:9-11  “Now when Jesus was risen early the first day of the week, he appeared first to Mary Magdalene, out of whom he had cast seven...

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Written by admin
Thursday, 18 October 2018 21:00

What Is the Rapture? (1 Thessalonians 4)

October 19, 2018 by: David W. Chapmanimage

This article is part of the Tough Passages series.

13But we do not want you to be uninformed, brothers, about those who are asleep, that you may not grieve as others do who have no hope. 14For since we believe that Jesus died and rose again, even so,...

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Written by David W. Chapman
Thursday, 18 October 2018 21:00

Glimpsing the Gospel in Every Book of the Bible

October 19, 2018 by: Crosswayimage

A Part of the Whole

Biblical literacy is ever-important for Christians as we seek to understand how the Scriptures come together to tell the story of the gospel.

In the Knowing the Bible series preface, J. I. Packer and Lane T. Dennis say:

Knowing the Bible, as...

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Written by Crossway
Thursday, 18 October 2018 20:35

Seeing with Eyes of Grace

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But the Lord said to Samuel, “Do not consider his appearance or his height, for I have rejected him. The Lord does not look at the things people look at. People look at the outward appearance, but the Lord looks at the heart.”1 Sam. 16:7

Heavenly Father, this Scripture makes me long...

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Written by Scotty Smith