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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Sunday, 15 July 2018 19:00

Should the Biblical Practice of Jubilee Apply to Everyone?

In the last few weeks, we’ve been talking about the biblical practice of Jubilee in Leviticus 25 and specifically addressing incorrect assumptions about its meaning and application. Today, we will look at the idea that Jubilee is a universally applicable principle—that is, it...

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Written by Dr. Art Lindsley
Sunday, 15 July 2018 19:00

Thinking Like Jesus

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Several years ago, I was asked to give a convocation address at a major theological seminary in America. In that address, I spoke about the critical role of logic in biblical interpretation, and I pleaded for seminaries to include courses on logic in their required curricula. In almost any...

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Written by R.C. Sproul
Sunday, 15 July 2018 18:39

Chrissy Teigen Is “Not Good with the Bible,” Just Like Most… Christians

image On Easter Sunday, NBC aired Jesus Christ Superstar Live In Concert, featuring John Legend as Jesus. After watching one of the rehearsals earlier in the week, Legend’s girlfriend, Chrissy Teigen, tweeted: “John said there would be leopards today. But it’s lepers. I uh, am not good...

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Written by jwallace
Sunday, 15 July 2018 18:05

Joshua 23; Acts 3; Jeremiah 12; Matthew 26

Joshua 23; Acts 3; Jeremiah 12; Matthew 26

ACTS 3 INCLUDES A BRIEF REPORT of a sermon preached impromptu. (Though like many impromptu sermons, doubtless it was made up of pieces Peter had used before!) There are many points of immense interest.

(1) Peter repeatedly ties the coming of Jesus the...

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Written by Don Carson
Sunday, 15 July 2018 18:00

Intact Starch Granules in "Ancient" Plant Fossil

July 16, 2018
Fossils keep revealing biomolecules that should be completely deteriorated and disintegrated if they are millions of years old. Scientists have just discovered intact starch granules in plant tissues alleged to be 280 million years old. 1...

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Written by TBC Staff - EN
Sunday, 15 July 2018 18:00

Strive Not About Words

“Of these things put them in rememberance, charging them before the Lord that they strive not about words to no profit, but to the subverting of the hearers.” (2 Timothy 2:14) This command emphasizes the necessity to avoid “word fights.” The apostle Paul has much to say...

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Written by Days of Praise from ICR
Sunday, 15 July 2018 18:00

What Happens When Believers Die? Featured

It’s hard for our finite minds to conceive of eternity—or for that matter, anything outside of our routine experience in this temporal realm. In spite of the pictorial language employed by the biblical authors, it can be difficult for us to form a clear concept of heaven, or understand...

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Written by Grace to You Blog
Sunday, 15 July 2018 17:01

Are there prophets today (in fewer than 500 words)? Featured

image I was asked this question in an e-mail. I’m notoriously long-winded (perhaps you’ve noticed). But I am trying to be more concise (please say you’ve noticed). I get asked this question a lot, and I wanted a pithy reply I can cut-and-paste in the future. So I am crowd-sourcing the...

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Written by Clint Archer
Sunday, 15 July 2018 17:00

Do the Creation Accounts in Genesis One and Genesis Two Contradict Each Other?

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Recently, a reader emailed me and suggested a book called Living the Question: The Wisdom of Progressive Christianity. With Progressive Christianity (PC) being my main topic of research, I was excited to learn that it's the first and only comprehensive survey on PC—and it was written by...

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Written by Alisa Childers - Blog
Sunday, 15 July 2018 17:00

The Lord Is My Rock, My Fortress, and My Deliverer: Portions from Psalm 18

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Here are portions of Psalm 18 that I meditated on recently before Nanci and I met with her doctor. (You can read an update on her health, and some good news we’re grateful for, on her Caring Bridge page.) God spoke to me through them, and I hope they speak to you:

I love you, Lord, my strength....

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Written by Randy Alcorn
Sunday, 15 July 2018 17:00

A Hurtado Cortado

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Larry Hurtado's work on early Christian devotion to Jesus has been enormously influential, and provides important correctives to alternative academic (Bousset) and popular (Ehrman) genealogies. But because it has been communicated through multiple scholarly monographs, rather than popular...

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Written by Andrew Wilson
Sunday, 15 July 2018 16:57

Opposing Satan’s Whisperers

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God is still in the soul-saving business, but that does not mean there is no opposition.

When Saul and Barnabas entered the court of Sergius Paulus in Paphos on that first missionary journey (Acts 13:4-12), there was no doubt that they were involved in spiritual warfare. I am not trying to sound...

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Written by Kevin Schaal
Sunday, 15 July 2018 16:00

Jumpstart: A Dispensational Devotional | Professing That They Know God

By: George Zellar Titus 1:10-16 “Unto them that are defiled and unbelieving is nothing pure; but even their mind and conscience is defiled.They profess that they know God; but in works they deny Him, being abominable, and disobedient, and unto every good work...

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Written by Editor
Sunday, 15 July 2018 16:00

Can Justice and Mercy Embrace?

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“Love and faithfulness will meet; righteousness and peace will kiss,” says the psalmist.  But mercy might involve remission of punishment.  Doesn’t that violate justice, which means giving each person what is due to him, honor for good, penalty for evil?

No, justice...

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Written by jbudziszewski
Sunday, 15 July 2018 15:27

Differences in the Gospels, part 1

I was converted from a non-Christian background, so I didn’t grow up hearing the Gospels. The first time I read through the Gospels as a new believer, I was shocked. Matthew was great, but then Jesus got crucified again at the end of Mark. “How often is this going to happen?” I...

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Written by Craig Keener
Sunday, 15 July 2018 15:15

Jesus More Than Likes You

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Christian, God takes pleasure in you.

It’s such a simple claim, but such a difficult thing to believe, isn’t it? Especially when it seems nobody else does.

Words sting. I have trouble to this day remembering encouragement given to me, even though I know I receive it regularly. I...

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Written by Jared C. Wilson
Sunday, 15 July 2018 15:13

Bible Study Helps: The Prophets Featured

The last 16 books in the English Old Testament are made up of the prophetic writings: 4 major and 12 minor – so called because of their size, not their importance. Four major prophetic books (Isaiah, Jeremiah, Ezekiel, Daniel), and twelve minor prophets were all written about 760 to 460 B.C.

Th...

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Written by Bill Muehlenberg
Sunday, 15 July 2018 15:10

Doormat Christians?

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“Christians shouldn’t be doormats,” I said as a side comment at our weekly men’s breakfast. This comment led to a great discussion. What does that mean? Should we always ride off into battle the moment we sense a conflict? What about Jesus? He...

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Written by Mike Ruel
Sunday, 15 July 2018 15:05

July 16: Set A Watch Over It!

Set a watch, O Lord, before my mouth; keep the door of my lips.” — Psalm 141:3.[KJV]

One of the jewels of 19th-century Presbyterian literature that seems to have been overlooked by many is the little set titled Presbyterian Tracts. These volumes were compiled beginning around...

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Written by Wayne Sparkman
Sunday, 15 July 2018 15:05

Links For The Church (7/16)

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Letter To An Aspiring Theologian

Kevin Vanhoozer writes a humbling letter to those who are studying theology. He raises helpful questions to encourage the aspiring theologian to be on guard against sin and to move forward in faith.

The Grafted Life

In this reflection on grief and growing, Kelly...

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Written by Staff
Sunday, 15 July 2018 15:00

A.W. Pink's Classic "The Attributes of God"

A. W. Pink’s timeless classic The Attributes of God reminds us that God’s nature can't be fully understood without searching the Bible. Looking to Scripture and exploring attributes such as God’s holiness, sovereignty, grace, mercy, and love, A. W. Pink provides a beneficial and...

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Written by TFL
Sunday, 15 July 2018 14:00

KIDScast#11 Use What You Have Featured

Gifts And Talents

We’re joined by comedian Ben Price who not only provides some laughs but he also issues a heartfelt encouragement for kids to pursue Christ and use whatever gifts they have, for His glory.

Ben Price: Check Him Out!

Ben’s impersonations have given him recognition all...

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Written by Adam Staub
Sunday, 15 July 2018 13:10

Jesus in the Old Testament

The glory of the Bible is the Lord Jesus Christ and in the Old Testament we find many foreshadowings of His glorious person.   Genesis Jesus is the seed of Eve who will crush the serpent’s head (Genesis 3:15) Exodus The Paschal Lamb foreshadows the substitutionary death of Jesus on the...

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Written by Matt Sherro
Sunday, 15 July 2018 12:53

BibleintheRaw: Episode 11 – The Deity and Personhood of the Holy Spirit Featured

In this episode, Dustin leads a small group teaching on the deity and personhood of the Holy Spirit. He, along with others in the group, discuss how heretical or aberrant views of the Spirit negatively affect the evangelical church.
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Written by Dustin Segers
Sunday, 15 July 2018 12:07

Every Testimony is Dramatic and Miraculous

My Christian testimony is what many would call vanilla. I came to know Christ when I was eight years old. My family was something straight out of a 1950s sitcom–hardworking father, loving stay-at-home mother, two kids and a dog. We were deeply involved in the church that my parents grew up...

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Written by Melissa
Sunday, 15 July 2018 10:42

Video: Unravelling the Mysteries of the Book of Esther

Today’s video is on the subject of the book of Esther, exploring some of the insights of Rabbi David Fohrman’s superb little book, The Queen You Thought You Knew, which I read over the weekend.

Leave any questions you might have for future Q&A videos over on my Curious Cat account.

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Written by Alastair Roberts
Sunday, 15 July 2018 10:34

What is Effeminacy?

So let’s talk about effeminacy. This came up as final point of criticism in my Mere Orthodoxy critique of the gay Christianity of Revoice and Spiritual Friendship. Now, I knew that “going there” would upset a lot of people. It’s basically touching the third rail to even say...

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Written by Steven Wedgeworth
Sunday, 15 July 2018 09:34

Mexico, Mass Migration, and the Example of Moses Part 4: Rome and the Enormous Lies of Exsul Familia

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Mexican president elect Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador believes that mass migration to the United States is the right of all North Americans and all people throughout the world.  Further, he promised to defend that right.  So where did Lopez Obrador get such a strange idea?  From the...

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Written by Steve Matthews
Sunday, 15 July 2018 09:17

He Must Increase, I Must Decrease

Text: John 3:22-30

In the time of transition from popularity to obscurity, John the Baptist knew his place and the task he was called upon to do, delighting in the fact that Christ was now coming to greater prominence than him. We can learn much from his unparalleled humility.

Authors: John Samson...

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Written by John Samson
Sunday, 15 July 2018 07:58

Bigger than Ergun Caner? The Amazing Case of General Butt Naked Featured

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In 1989, Liberia plunged into civil war.  The horrific conflict would last eight years and be followed by a second, shorter civil war in 1999.  Its two civil wars have left Liberia, a nation originally founded by freed American slaves and modeled after the United States, in political and...

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Written by Seth Dunn
Sunday, 15 July 2018 07:44

Why?

The number of prayer requests from people having a really difficult time sometimes overwhelms me. Some are dealing with being out of a job, and other ones are fighting to stay alive or have a loved one in that battle. Whether it is life threatening or non-life-threatening, there is still stress, a...

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Written by C.H. Fisher
Sunday, 15 July 2018 07:44

Did God rename NARpostle Pat Cocking to Pat Coking… to Patricia King?

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Patricia King is an apostolic and prophetic writer for the Elijah List

While researching Todd Bentley, we came across some interesting information regarding popular NAR Apostle and Prophet Patricia King.

This article examines her change of names from two sources – one from Charisma News and two...

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Written by churchwatcher
Sunday, 15 July 2018 06:15

Who Are You? (Romans 5:1-10)

Sunday, 15 July 2018 06:12

The Value of a Theological Education

Claude Mariottini posts here on the value of a theological education.

Authors: BibleX...

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Written by BibleX
Sunday, 15 July 2018 03:50

THE FAMINE IS HERE: Not of Bread or Water – One of TRUTH From the Word of God

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“Behold, the days are coming,” says the Lord God,That I will send a famine on the land,Not a famine of bread,Nor a thirst for water,But of hearing the words of the Lord”  (Amos 8:11).

The Churchless

I receive emails from the readers of my articles in which many say that they...

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Written by Geri Ungurean
Sunday, 15 July 2018 03:02

Psychic Fishing Expedition with John Edward and Shawn Bolz

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“Prophet” Shawn Bolz has more in common with a psychic medium like John Edward than he does with a true prophet of God. True prophets of God receive specific declarative revelation. Edward and Bolz engage in a psychic fishing expedition, as they ask people questions based on vague...

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Written by heterodoxresearchinitiative
Sunday, 15 July 2018 02:00

Committed to Appropriate Behavior in Worship

When you read Old Testament books like Leviticus, you realize that worshiping the Lord in the Temple was a serious event. The priests followed a litany of detailed rules, and the people who joined them in worship also followed a lot of meticulous rules. These rules governed personal hygiene,...

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Written by TOvermiller
Sunday, 15 July 2018 00:00

Should people in sinful lifestyles bully churches into celebrating them?

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This story was the topic of the most recent episode of the Reasonable Faith podcast. Basically, a conservative, apologetics-friendly church had a homosexual person who wanted to be openly gay and still be accepted as a member. After he was told by the...

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Written by Wintery Knight
Saturday, 14 July 2018 23:30

Sunday Morning Praise

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Authors: EBenz...

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Written by EBenz
Saturday, 14 July 2018 23:29

Why I’m Still a Baptist: John 1:12-13 and Believer Baptism

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Some of my best friends and my most admired heroes of the Christian faith believe in the practice of baptizing infants and bringing them into the membership of the church apart from any profession of faith. My love and respect for these dear brothers and venerable men of God has on more than one...

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Written by Bob Gonzales
Saturday, 14 July 2018 23:15

Good, Bad, and Ugly

The Good:
A very interesting discussion with a Roman Catholic. The author knocks it out of the park against the Papists.
Interesting article about the arrangement and history of the books of the Bible.
Should Christians observe the Torah? Absolutely not, and I’ve previously warned about the...

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Written by Glenn E. Chatfield
Saturday, 14 July 2018 21:00

Are the Old Testament’s Moral Laws Still Binding on Us Today?

July 15, 2018 by: Wayne Grudem

Under the New Covenant

The question of how we should understand and relate to Old Testament’s moral laws is one of the most complex questions in Christian ethics, and, in my opinion, many people throughout history have made mistakes in this area that have...

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Written by Wayne Grudem
Saturday, 14 July 2018 20:59

Kay Cude Poetry: Our Fortress Prevails Featured

Kay Cude is a poet who lives in Texas. Poetry used with permission. Click to enlarge.
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Authors: The End Time...

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Written by The End Time
Saturday, 14 July 2018 20:35

Public Schooling, Revoice and Laura Ingalls Wilder

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I[/dropcap] continue to receive letters from readers. Here is a small collection of some especially noteworthy ones. Readers add their comments to my articles on public schooling, the Revoice conference, and the renaming of an award given in honor of Laura Ingalls Wilders.  I hope you enjoy...

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Written by Tim Challies
Saturday, 14 July 2018 20:00

Summer Reading Lists for All Ages

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It’s summertime here in the United States, and with school out, children have lots of extra free time. Many teachers and others encourage kids to keep reading over the summer, and many libraries release summer reading lists for various age groups to help keep children reading. So we’ve...

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Written by Ken Ham
Saturday, 14 July 2018 20:00

Win-Win

Paul wrote, "For me to live is Christ and to die is gain" (Phil 1:21). I always thought that was a bit odd. I get "to die is gain." That is, "When I die I will be in heaven, in the presence of Christ. I will be free from the miseries of this world and free from the propensity to sin and free from...

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Written by Winging It
Saturday, 14 July 2018 19:24

Gospel-Filled Hearts and Life-Giving Words

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A good person produces good things from the treasury of a good heart…

And an evil person produces evil things from the treasury of an evil heart. What you say flows from what is in your heart. Luke 6:45 (NLT)

Lord Jesus, this Scripture is the chase to which we must always...

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Written by Scotty Smith
Saturday, 14 July 2018 19:01

“The Weapons of War” | Christ The Rock Church | Pastor Austin Hetsler Featured

The Weapons of War
Pastor Austin Hetsler, July 8, 2018 Part of the Exposition of Ephesians series, preached at a Sunday Morning service
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Written by social element
Saturday, 14 July 2018 18:49

From New Age to Christ

In this powerful interview, Steve Bancarz describes his dramatic conversion to Christ, and why he walked away from being a high prominence writer in the New Age movement with a monthly salary of around $40,000 a month. Along the way, he discusses the pervasiveness of the movement and its teaching...

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Written by John Samson
Saturday, 14 July 2018 18:05

Joshua 22; Acts 2; Jeremiah 11; Matthew 25

Joshua 22; Acts 2; Jeremiah 11; Matthew 25

ACTS 2 IS SOMETIMES CALLED the birthday of the church. This can be misleading. There is a sense in which the old covenant community can rightly be designated church (Acts 7:38 — “assembly” in NIV). Nevertheless there is a new departure...

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Written by Don Carson