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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Saturday, 14 October 2017 01:12

About the Church

imageArticle: Dr. Sam Storms – 10 Things You should Know About the Church (original source here).

It’s both amazing and deeply distressing that I continue to hear of people who are supposedly “in love with Jesus” but not with the church. “We like you, Jesus, but we...

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Written by John Samson
Saturday, 14 October 2017 00:52

The Apostles Creed 16: I believe in the Holy Ghost

Introduction:

The fact that the Holy Spirit is mentioned by name late in the Creed does not make Him an afterthought. He is not present here as a postscript. When we begin the Creed with the words I believe, this is only possible because the Holy Spirit has been at work. He is the one who quickens...

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Written by Douglas Wilson
Saturday, 14 October 2017 00:41

Upside Down, Gently Bobbing

Not a person in this room has to struggle with the temptations that other people have. And every person in this room does in fact have to struggle against the temptations that present themselves, daily, to each.image

Now as we all seek to establish our walk with Christ, one of the perennial temptations...

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Written by Douglas Wilson
Saturday, 14 October 2017 00:35

Reciprocity

The Bible teaches us that we as Christians partake of Christ. When we come to this Table, we partake of His body, and of His blood. But we do not partake of Christ in some isolated fashion, as though it were possible to partake of one narrow portion of Him. We partake of totus Christus, all of...

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Written by Douglas Wilson
Saturday, 14 October 2017 00:15

Original Sin: Disposition or Ability.

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Since the fall, human beings are said to be born with original or inherited sin. By whatever means we inherit this problem, we have it innately. We do not acquire it sometime in our lives. Paul tells us that Adam's sin affects the whole human species (Rom 5:12). Luther wrote, "all men are...

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Written by Ben Holloway
Saturday, 14 October 2017 00:00

Woman freezes her eggs after wasting 8 years in relationship with NBA player

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First, I want to recap this story about a woman who had an 8-year relationship with a former NBA basketball player. He proposed marriage around year 7. In year 8, the NBA player announced that he was gay and broke off their engagement.

The UK Daily Mail reported on it in...

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Written by Wintery Knight
Friday, 13 October 2017 23:17

Righteousness v. Wealth Featured

I was saying last night at Bible Study that I live paycheck to paycheck. The relentlessness of always minding the budget and working assiduously to stretch it to the end of the month gets tiring and frustrating at times. The discussion was about contentment v. discontentment. I said I work hard to...

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Written by The End Time
Friday, 13 October 2017 23:12

Prata's Place-Graceful Garlands 37: Wretched Humility

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Authors: The End Time...

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Written by The End Time
Friday, 13 October 2017 22:42

Polemics Report 163 | Did the Father Forsake the Son? Featured

In today’s program, JD answers a sincere question about apostate children and another on what language Jesus spoke. After a Spurgeon Calling segment, JD plays a part of a message he delivered this Sunday.

Original Air Date: August 26, 2014

Hear More Archived Episodes of The Polemics Report...

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Written by Justus Zenas
Friday, 13 October 2017 22:39

Vlog: Ask Me Anything

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I always enjoy answering the questions that come in through my Ask Me Anything feature. I usually answer them in writing, but as I transition (at least for now) to a video format, I’ve decided to try answering them that way. Here’s the very first video edition of Ask Me Anything. I...

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Written by Tim Challies
Friday, 13 October 2017 22:18

ACBL Releases Their 95 Theses on Authentic Christian Legal Counseling

imageJacksonville, FL (WD) - The Association of Certified Biblical Lawyers (ACBL) last week released their "95 Theses for an Authentically Christian Commitment to Legal Counseling", just days 2 weeks after the Association of Christian Biblical Counselors (ACBC) released THEIR 95 Theses for Christian...

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Written by FBC Jax Watchdog
Friday, 13 October 2017 22:02

10 PRACTICAL THINGS ABOUT LIGHTHOUSE TRAILS YOU MIGHT FIND USEFUL

10 PRACTICAL THINGS ABOUT LIGHTHOUSE TRAILS YOU MIGHT FIND USEFUL

10 things you might find useful about the practical aspects of Lighthouse Trails Publishing & Research Project: 1. WEBSITES—We have two main sites: www.lighthousetrails.com, which is the publishing site and store that sells...

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Written by Lighthouse Trails Editors
Friday, 13 October 2017 21:21

The Battle for Inerrancy

The battle for inerrancy isn’t new. It is a cyclical battle which has dogged the church for centuries. You might even say that the questioning of God’s inerrant word first occurred in the Garden of Eden when the serpent modified God’s instructions to Adam. The issue has become a...

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Written by Alf Cengia
Friday, 13 October 2017 21:00

God's Origin Story

image Where did God come from? Does He have an origin story. Guest blogger Timothy Fox shows that, unlike superheroes, God does not have an origin story.

Authors: Sean McDowell...

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Written by Sean McDowell
Friday, 13 October 2017 21:00

An Open Letter to Those Suffering from Depression

October 14, 2017 by: Shona Murrayimage

My dear friend,

I’m so sorry to hear that you are suffering with serious depression. Although you feel hopeless and helpless, I want to assure you right up front that there is hope and there is help. I’ve been there myself and I’ve felt the...

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Written by Shona Murray
Friday, 13 October 2017 20:29

A Lost Diamond

My dear wife of 53 years still wears her engagement ring continually, night and day. It was not an expensive ring, but the years had made it very precious to us both. A few days ago she got out of bed in the morning and realised that her engagement ring felt rough. On closer examination we...

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Written by Allan Murray
Friday, 13 October 2017 20:19

Weekend A La Carte (October 14)

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Today’s Kindle deals include a few books I’ve rarely seen on sale.

The Baffling Call of God

“August 5, 2014 was the darkest Tuesday of my life. My mother, critically ill with the Ebola virus, was returning from Liberia to the United States for treatment that we hoped would save her...

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Written by Tim Challies
Friday, 13 October 2017 20:08

Exalted Human Claims in the time of Jesus

The discussion of Andrew Loke’s new book in which he proposes that Jesus saw and spoke of himself as “truly divine” reminded me of some interesting Qumran fragments and the discussion about them.[1]

These fragments are often referred to by scholars as portions of a...

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Written by larryhurtado
Friday, 13 October 2017 20:00

Can Creationists Be Innovators?

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Bill Nye, popularly known for his Bill Nye the Science Guy kids’ TV show, recently wrote a new book titled Everything All at Once, which gives guidelines on how to “unleash your inner nerd, tap into radical curiosity, and solve any problem.” In a small part of his book, Nye calls...

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Written by Ken Ham
Friday, 13 October 2017 20:00

News Weakly - 10/7/2017

Whence Comes Rights?Last week the Department of Health and Human Services announced the rollback of the Obama era birth control mandate that all employers must provide contraceptive coverage for their employees. "'No American should be forced to violate his or her own conscience in order to abide...

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Written by Winging It
Friday, 13 October 2017 19:10

Robinson-Pierpont Byzantine Textform on the web

Ulrik Sandborg-Petersen has sent me an announcement:
The Robinson-Pierpont Byzantine Textform, along with various resources developed by Maurice A. Robinson, have a new home on the web at https://byzantinetext.com/.The website contains freely downloadable resources and pointers to further...

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Written by Tommy Wasserman
Friday, 13 October 2017 19:00

God Works Through His Appointed Means

For Martin Luther, the work of Christ came to sinners outwardly in God’s institutions and inwardly by the Holy Spirit and faith. Both the outward and the inward were necessary. He wrote:

“Now when God sends forth his holy gospel he deals with us in a twofold manner, first outwardly, then...

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Written by W. Robert Godfrey
Friday, 13 October 2017 18:33

What are we to make of the Strange Passage in Judges 19 of the Levite and his concubine?

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Judges 19 is a strange passage.  Yet it is in God’s Word.  So there’s a purpose God has for instructing us with it.  I’m convinced that the strange passages in Scriptures are passages that is worth our time studying more deeply to figure out what’s going on;...

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Written by SLIMJIM
Friday, 13 October 2017 18:00

Summing up Submission

“Yea, all of you be subject one to another, and be clothed with humility: for God resisteth the proud, and giveth grace to the humble.” (1 Peter 5:5)

Although this book was written to Christians during a time of horrible persecution, much of it is concerned with submission. Believers...

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Written by Days of Praise from ICR
Friday, 13 October 2017 15:51

CoG+: A Delicate Flower Featured

As you probably can tell is this another post about the notorious Professor Leighton Flowers. He has made a few new videos (probably in preparation for his upcoming debate).Flowers has the spiritual gift of not being able to add any new content to the conversation. He...

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Written by John Wilkinson
Friday, 13 October 2017 15:49

Acknowledging the Vulnerability of Not Having Control

Written by: Scotty Smith

The life of every living thing is in his hand, and the breath of every human being. Job 12:10 (NLT)

Heavenly Father, we're so thankful that you, quite literally, have the whole world in your hand. That frees us to acknowledge the obvious--we don't. We don't have control over...

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Written by Scotty Smith
Friday, 13 October 2017 15:05

October 14: Ruling Elders as Moderators

Not Every Presbyterian Denomination Operates This Way

The moderator of the first General Assembly of the Presbyterian Church in America was a ruling elder–the Hon. W. Jack Williamson. Since that time, the PCA has established a tradition of alternating between ruling elders and teaching elders...

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Written by archivist
Friday, 13 October 2017 15:00

The Key to the Missionary’s Work

Jesus came and spoke to them, saying, "All authority has been given to Me in heaven and on earth. Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations…" —Matthew 28:18-19

The key to the missionary’s work is the authority of Jesus Christ, not the needs of the lost. We are inclined to...

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Written by RSS | My Utmost For His Highest
Friday, 13 October 2017 15:00

1 Kings 17; Colossians 4; Ezekiel 47; Psalm 103

Written by: Don Carson

1 Kings 17; Colossians 4; Ezekiel 47; Psalm 103

HERE AND THERE IN THE New Testament we are suddenly given brief glimpses of arrays of Christian people. Romans 16 provides such a snapshot, and Colossians 4:7-18 provides us with another. The men and women briefly introduced...

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Written by Don Carson
Friday, 13 October 2017 15:00

My Sheep:Wallpaper

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"My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me. I give them eternal life, and they will never perish, and no one will snatch them out of my hand." -John 10:27-28

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Written by TFL
Friday, 13 October 2017 14:30

Review: DC Universe: Rebirth

A Friday night weekend light reading review!  Don’t miss the end of this review where I have a Christian reflection.

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Geoff Johns.  DC Universe: Rebirth. Burbank, CA: DC Comics, May 25th 2016. 80 pp.

5 out of 5

Purchase: Amazon

I enjoyed this work.  Having been...

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Written by SLIMJIM
Friday, 13 October 2017 13:39

Michael Brown capitalizing on people’s ignorance to lie about the New Apostolic Reformation.

Holly Pivec was invited for an interview on the Naked Bible podcast, where she warned her hosts about the dangers of the New Apostolic Reformation (NAR). To continue the discussion on the NAR, the hosts decided to invite Dr Michael Brown in a follow-up podcast.

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Above: Apostle James Goll and Apostle...

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Written by churchwatcher
Friday, 13 October 2017 13:38

Weekly Roundup Links 10/9/2017-10/14/2017

This is our weekly roundup of links for 10/9/2017-10/14/2017. We hope you find the following articles helpful to your growth in godliness.

The Fight Against Sex Trafficking in the U.S. by Helen Taylor and Laila Micklwait:

“Sex trafficking is happening all around us every day, and many people...

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Written by Dave Jenkins
Friday, 13 October 2017 13:01

The Impact of Practical Mystics versus Cults

The Impact of Practical Mystics versus Cults

By Ray Yungen (Author of A Time of Departing) Evangelical scholar David L. Smith correctly assessed the powerful, yet subtle, impact New Age spirituality is having on society when he made the following observations: Not since Gnosticism at the dawn of the...

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Written by Lighthouse Trails author
Friday, 13 October 2017 11:16

Tentative Thoughts on VidAngel

I am so far from telling other Christians what they should do with VidAngel. So far. I don’t want to be a member of the Fraternal Order of Discernment Police. I’m just wary of my own flesh. I hate the feeling of spoiled pleasures; I love the feeling of pure ones.

I’m putting this...

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Written by Mark Ward
Friday, 13 October 2017 10:07

Honor your mummy

On Facebook, I answered some questions from a curious unbeliever:
1.) Is there a “proper” Christian way to dispose of a body? 
Or is it all good, so long as there’s at least some well-meant attempt at a funeral rite?
Or is the notion of a “proper Christian burial” a...

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Written by steve
Friday, 13 October 2017 10:04

New Blog

Theological Fireside Chats was created for the young men at Tenth Presbyterian Church in Philadelphia. Once per month it will be updated with the topic for the following month's discussion group.The kickoff for this fellowship was Friday night, September 15. 14 young bucks attended. Our next...

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Written by Reformed Apologist
Friday, 13 October 2017 09:38

Latest Issue of Review of Biblical Literature

The latest issue of Review of Biblical Literature is out. Reviews can be accessed by clicking the links below but unfortunately you must be a SBL member. Christian Blumenthal Gott im Markusevangelium: Wort und Gegenwart Gottes bei Markushttp://www.bookreviews.org/bookdetail.asp?TitleId=10459 Re...

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Written by BibleX
Friday, 13 October 2017 08:54

Gloating

Proverbs 24:17-18 New King James Version (NKJV)

17 Do not rejoice when your enemy falls,
And do not let your heart be glad when he stumbles;

18 Lest the Lord see it, and it displease Him,
And He turns away His wrath from him.
God is more concerned with our attitude than with...

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Written by Reformed Apologist
Friday, 13 October 2017 07:44

In By Grace, Stay In By Faithfulness?

We are approaching on Reformation Day again this seems like a good time to cover the basics again. The medieval church came to teach that we enter a state of grace through baptism. According to the medieval church, we remain in a . . . Continue reading →

Authors: R. Scott Clark...

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Written by R. Scott Clark
Friday, 13 October 2017 07:16

The Mentality of Abuse

image In the past few years, I’ve written several posts on church bullies andabuse(also here).  These two topics overlap and I’ve studied them on and off for some time.  Another resource that has to do with these topics is Why Does He Do That? Inside the Minds of Angry and...

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Written by Reformed Reader
Friday, 13 October 2017 07:05

Luther and Discipleship

Recently, I spent eight days tracing the steps of Martin Luther on a Reformation 500 tour. As I read, studied, and prepared for the tour over the past year, I focused on the significant events and essential facts of Luther and the Protestant Reformation. As with any trip like this, you always leave...

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Written by Josh Buice
Friday, 13 October 2017 07:00

Knowledge of Sin

“The more I learn about my sin in my own heart, the more I want to know God’s grace.” – A.W. Tozer The Contrast of Sin and Grace Admin: There is a large and ever growing sentiment among many Christians, that we don’t need to make much mention of sin. That instead we...

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Written by revival-library
Friday, 13 October 2017 05:57

Pipe Up Pastor: Justification, Sanctification, Good Works, and Judgment

Hold up! Someone on the internet is wrong. I think. Maybe. Perhaps. At least that’s what I was told. She says it’s him. He says it’s her. He says its him. Him says its he. They say it’s them. And…them say it’s they. Confusing, right? I have to admit that’s...

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Written by Kyle Borg