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 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
Saturday, 14 July 2018 18:00

Nuggets from Occult Invasion—The New Spirituality

July 15, 2018
As New Age leader Marilyn Ferguson documented nearly 20 years ago in The Aquariun Conspiracy, this new paradigm had “already enlisted the minds, hearts, and resources of…Nobel laureate scientists, philosophers,...

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Written by TBC Staff - CR
Saturday, 14 July 2018 18:00

No Darkness at All

“. . . in him is no darkness at all.” (1 John 1:5) Some have suggested that the gospel message is the most important truth in the Bible—and, perhaps, from a temporal human standpoint it may well be. However, there is another, more frequent message throughout all of Scripture here...

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Written by Days of Praise from ICR
Saturday, 14 July 2018 17:36

Mid-July 2018 Presuppositional Apologetics’ Links

Written by SLIMJIM
Saturday, 14 July 2018 17:01

“I believe in creeds Featured

Your weekly Dose of Spurgeon imageThe PyroManiacs devote some space each weekend to highlights from the lifetime of works from the Prince of Preachers, Charles Haddon Spurgeon.  The following excerpt is from the Metropolitan Tabernacle Pulpit, volume 11, sermon number...

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Written by Kerry James Allen
Saturday, 14 July 2018 17:00

WHI-1423 | The Ministry of Word Sacrament

PROGRAM AUDIO & RESOURCES

Before he ascended into heaven, Jesus didn’t give his followers any instructions for creating amazing worship experiences. He also didn’t inform them as to how they could go about transforming culture, or the various steps they could take to have their best...

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Written by WHI Admin
Saturday, 14 July 2018 15:15

Keep the Altar of Private Prayer Burning

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"The fire shall ever be burning upon the altar; it shall never go out."-- Leviticus 6:13

Keep the altar of private prayer burning. This is the very life of all piety. The sanctuary and family altars borrow their fires here, therefore let this burn well. Secret devotion is the very essence, evidence,...

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Written by Charles Spurgeon
Saturday, 14 July 2018 15:05

July 15: Van Horn on WSC Q. 83

STUDIES IN THE WESTMINSTER SHORTER CATECHISMby Rev. Leonard T. Van Horn

Q. 83. Are all transgressions of the law equally heinous?A. Some sins in themselves, and by reason of several aggravations, are more heinous in the sight of God than others.

Scripture References: Psalm 19:13; John 19:11.

Questions:...

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Written by Wayne Sparkman
Saturday, 14 July 2018 15:05

More Mindless and Heartless Pro-Abortion Rhetoric Featured

Dealing with those who insist on killing babies is seldom easy, and a good part of this is because most pro-aborts do not deal with facts or reason or rationality or evidence. They deal in emotion, anger and tired clichés. Of course these clichés have been answered countless times...

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Written by Bill Muehlenberg
Saturday, 14 July 2018 14:01

The Fig Tree Has No Figs

A growing number of people have come to the conclusion that the social benefits of going to church can no longer compensate for the lack of spiritual life.

“And seeing a fig tree by the road, [Jesus] came to it and found nothing on it but leaves, and said to it, ‘Let no fruit grow on you...

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Written by Chip Brogden
Saturday, 14 July 2018 13:05

Thanking God for a Very Ordinary Man Who Pressed on Towards Jesus

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I went to a funeral today. It was for the man who taught me the Lord’s prayer. 

Mr. Tilsley graduated to heaven at the age of 96. He spent more than 35 years—over one-third of his life—teaching Sunday School. 

When I was nine years old, my mom started taking us to church....

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Written by Jennifer Oshman
Saturday, 14 July 2018 12:45

Into darkness

It's striking how some movies and movie genres tap into biblical themes. Take the symbolism of light and darkness. Both the vampire and werewolf mythos trade on that motif. Both are creatures of the night. Unlike vampires, werewolves can function in daytime, but their true identity is manifested at...

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Written by steve
Saturday, 14 July 2018 12:01

Accessible Books Every “Brick” Family Should Consider Owning

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We recommend these books to our church family

Christians are called to love God with their minds (Matt 22:37-40). Loving God with our minds means striving to hide the meaning and understanding of God’s Word in the depths of our being so that we see life through a Christian lens and walk...

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Written by Chris
Saturday, 14 July 2018 11:42

Why personal holiness is not optional Featured

by Mike Ratliff

14 Pursue peace with all men, and the sanctification without which no one will see the Lord. Hebrews 12:14 (NASB) 

Are we to accept the profession of faith from everyone who claims to be a Christian? This is a hot button issue in our time. I know of several people who once...

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Written by Mike Ratliff
Saturday, 14 July 2018 11:00

A method of preaching

John Calvin on Hosea 4:1

Hosea now relates how vehemently he reproved the people, because every kind of corruption so commonly prevailed, that there was no sound part in the whole community. We hence see what the Prophet treats of now; and this ought to be observed, for hypocrites wish ever to be...

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Written by memoirandremains
Saturday, 14 July 2018 07:31

Sanctification as singlemindedness

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Just ran across this from Calvin. By “integrity” he doesn’t mean what we usually do (ethical consistency) but “singlemindedness”, the opposite of “doublemindedness”.

Let us set this before our eye as the end at which we ought constantly to aim. Let it be...

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Written by Gary Shogren
Saturday, 14 July 2018 06:10

Herescope Featured

New Directions
“How beautiful are the feet of them that preach the Gospel of peace, and bring glad tidings of good things!”(Romans 10:15b)
On September 15, 2005 the first Herescope postwent up. Steve Muse, who at that time headed Eastern Regional Watch Ministries (ERWM), Sue Conway, my...

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Written by Discernment Research Group
Saturday, 14 July 2018 05:56

The Frog Video: Some History and Thoughts

I have a fairly successful video on YouTube called Giant African Bullfrogs eating everything in sight. The views started off slow but blew up after 6 months or so. I’m not sure what I was expecting when I put it up in 2015. I probably thought it would get 100 views tops. I never expected...

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Written by Parker's Pensées
Saturday, 14 July 2018 03:38

Household Gods in the Greco-Roman World

Carl Rasmussen has a post here on how household gods might have been worshiped in New Testament times by looking specifically at ruins in Ephesus and Pompeii.

Authors: BibleX...

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Written by BibleX
Saturday, 14 July 2018 03:29

Prata’s Place / Graceful Garlands 46: People Pleaser Featured

My title comes fromHear, my son, your father’s instruction,and forsake not your mother’s teaching,for they are a graceful garland for your headand pendants for your neck.Proverbs 1:8-9
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Authors: The End Time...

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Written by The End Time
Saturday, 14 July 2018 02:52

Assertions and Assumptions are NOT the Foundation of the Church

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Steven Kozar of Messed Up Church, a blog over at Pirate Christian, believes that much of the bad teaching in churches happens because people who teach often make unbiblical assertions.  And the gullible folks in the pews just assume what they’re being taught is the gospel truth. ...

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Written by Marsha West
Saturday, 14 July 2018 02:38

Daily Bible Readings: July 16-31

Monday, July 16 1 Chronicles 22:1-23:32 Romans 3:9-31 Psalm 12:1-8 Proverbs 19:13-14

Tuesday, July 17 1 Chronicles 24:1-26:11 Romans 4:1-12 Psalm 13:1-6 Proverbs 19:15-16

Wednesday, July 18 1 Chronicles 26:12-27:34 Romans 4:13-5:5 Psalm 14:1-7 Proverbs 19:17

Thursday, July 19 1 Chronicles 28:1-29:30 R...

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Written by christianindex
Saturday, 14 July 2018 02:10

Calvinism 4.0/Resurrecting Grace

Introduction:

We have learned from Scripture that our salvation is from all eternity, which is the reason it will extend into all eternity. In accordance with His good pleasure, the Father has chosen those who will make up the number of His elect. He did this before eternal times, before all worlds....

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Written by Douglas Wilson
Saturday, 14 July 2018 02:02

Romans 13: Person, Office, or Both? — Reformed Libertarian

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Louis W. Hensler III, JD, professor at Regent University’s School of Law, wrote a tremendously helpful paper for the Regent University Law Review titled “Flexible Interpretations of ‘The Powers that Be’ from Constantine to Mandela and Beyond.” He outlines...

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Written by brandonadams
Saturday, 14 July 2018 02:01

Abram the Voluntaryist? — Reformed Libertarian

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The State of Nature During the English Civil War era (the time of the Westminster Assembly), English political philosopher Thomas Hobbes explained the social contract theory in his book Leviathan (1651), largely influencing modern political philosophy. The theory is a […]

via Abram the...

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Written by brandonadams
Saturday, 14 July 2018 01:21

Stock numbers

Some numbers in Scripture don't make sense to modern readers. Presumably, they made sense to the original audience (unless the number we read is a scribal error). These numbers may be puzzling in their own right, or be puzzling in relation to in parallel accounts where there's a numerical...

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Written by steve
Saturday, 14 July 2018 00:50

Weekly Roundup of Links 7/9/2018-7/14/2018

This is our weekly roundup of links for 7/9/2018-7/14/2018 from around the web. We hope you find the following articles helpful to your growth in godliness.

Articles from Around the Internet:

  1. How To Affair-Proof Your Pastor by Jared C. Wilson over at FTC. https://ftc.co/resource-library/blog-entries/h...

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Written by Dave Jenkins
Saturday, 14 July 2018 00:45

Weekly Roundup 7/9/2018-7/14/2018

This is our weekly roundup of posts for 7/9/2018-7/14/2018. If you have any feedback on how we can serve you our readers better, I would appreciate it. Thank you for reading and allowing us to minister to you throughout this past week through these posts.

Monday 7/9/2018

Bruce Ashford- Letters to an...

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Written by Dave Jenkins
Saturday, 14 July 2018 00:16

Starting-points in apologetics

1. What's the best starting-point in Christian apologetics? Is there one best starting-point?
For sometime now, a popular paradigm has been to take the resurrection of Jesus as the starting-point. Increasingly, this is paired with the claim that inerrancy is expendable. 
2. The choice of...

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Written by steve
Saturday, 14 July 2018 00:06

Apologetics and the “IF:Gathering” with Cedric Fisher (part two)

Berean Call Radio Tom: We’re in part two of my discussion with Cedric Fisher. He writes for Lighthouse Trails Publishers, and his apologetics website is truthkeepers.com. Last week we opened up with just talking about apologetics and how important it is, and this week what I’d like to...

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Written by C.H. Fisher
Saturday, 14 July 2018 00:00

New study: first life pushed back earlier, leaving less time for naturalistic magic

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Whenever you discuss origins with naturalists, it’s very important to get them to explain how the first living organism emerged without any help from an intelligent agent. The origin of life is an information problem. A certain minimal amount of...

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Written by Wintery Knight
Friday, 13 July 2018 23:55

Douma on Clark, Barth, and Van Til

Here is a link to Doug Douma’s Gordon “Clark and Other Reformed Critics of Karl Barth.”  The piece is a sweeping and excellent review and analysis of Gordon Clark’s,Karl Barth’s Theological Method.  I say sweeping because in the review Douma...

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Written by Sean Gerety
Friday, 13 July 2018 23:25

A History Lesson, Part 5

In June 452, Attila the Hun was destroying everything in his wake and the weakened Roman army avoided him as the population of Rome fled. Since the Roman emperor was doing nothing to save Rome, Bishop Leo — on the emperor’s authority — met Attila at the Po River with a peace...

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Written by Glenn E. Chatfield
Friday, 13 July 2018 21:12

When the Church Looks Like the World

This week, Chris and Rich round out their discussion on what is the church.  In this episode, they discuss what happens when the professing church abandons its Scripture and imports the thinking of the world.

The post When the Church Looks Like the World appeared first on Slave to the King.

Autho...

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Written by Chris Hohnholz
Friday, 13 July 2018 21:00

Can Atheism Explain Moral "Oughtness"?

image Can science account for objective morality? Can atheism give us a sense of moral oughtness? Guest blogger Tim Stratton tackles these questions.

Authors: Sean McDowell...

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Written by Sean McDowell
Friday, 13 July 2018 21:00

What’s New about the Revised Edition of ‘Kingdom through Covenant’?

July 14, 2018 by: Stephen J. Wellum, Peter J. Gentryimage

Why a Revision?

Our purpose in the revision of Kingdom through Covenant: A Biblical-Theological Understanding of the Covenants has not changed from the first edition, but we believe our argument and presentation has been strengthened.

As...

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Written by Stephen J. Wellum, Peter J. Gentry
Friday, 13 July 2018 20:45

Blasting Our Own Heart with the Gospel

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     I am eager to preach the gospel…

… to you also who are in Rome. For I am not ashamed of the gospel, for it is the power of God for salvation to everyone who believes, to the Jew first and also to the Greek. For in it the righteousness of God is revealed from...

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Written by Scotty Smith
Friday, 13 July 2018 20:31

Weekend A La Carte (July 14)

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I was able to dig up a few Kindle deals for today; collectors will want to sort through them, I’m sure.

(Yesterday on the blog: The History of Nothing, No One, and Nowhere)

The Transhumanism Revolution: Oppression Disguised as Liberation

This is quite a read. “Transhumanism is an...

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Written by Tim Challies
Friday, 13 July 2018 20:00

New Resource: What the New Testament Says About Creation

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The beliefs of evolution and millions of years don’t just impact how we view Genesis chapters 1–11; they also affect how we understand the New Testament and vital biblical doctrines. British speaker and director of AiG–UK Simon Turpin has written a brand-new book that addresses...

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Written by Ken Ham
Friday, 13 July 2018 20:00

News Weakly - 7/14/18

Who's Looking Out for the Children?Unbelievable. A 16-year-old Japanese boy just out of junior high was signed by the Kansas City Royals to a 7-year minor league baseball contract. Oh, and they threw in a $322,500 signing bonus.Who's looking out for this kid? Where are the parents? Who thinks that...

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Written by Winging It
Friday, 13 July 2018 19:20

Reminder of Resources on our Blog

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I’m out preaching at a retreat and won’t be as fast commenting and reading your posts.  Since we have gotten a lot of new readers and viewers this year I thought this would be a time to remind readers or share with you for the first time some of the various Christian resources we...

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Written by SLIMJIM
Friday, 13 July 2018 18:05

Joshua 20-21; Acts 1; Jeremiah 10; Matthew 24

Joshua 20-21; Acts 1; Jeremiah 10; Matthew 24

BETWEEN JESUS’ ASCENSION AND Pentecost, the nascent church, about one hundred and twenty strong, met together and prayed. At one such meeting, Peter stood up and initiated the action that appointed Matthias to replace Judas Iscariot (Acts 1:15-26).

(...

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Written by Don Carson
Friday, 13 July 2018 18:00

Son of Man

“And I looked, and behold a white cloud, and upon the cloud one sat like unto the Son of man, having on his head a golden crown, and in his hand a sharp sickle.” (Revelation 14:14) This is the last of some 87 New Testament references (84 in the four gospels, one in Acts, none in the...

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Written by Days of Praise from ICR
Friday, 13 July 2018 16:00

A Tasket, a Tiskit, a Green and Orange Statistic

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I wasn’t planning to post today, but my eye was caught by the news headline, “There’s a New No. 1 In Presidential Rankings.”  Based on a new Pew Research Center study, the article breathlessly reports that Mr. Obama is now more popular than any other recent...

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Written by jbudziszewski
Friday, 13 July 2018 15:05

July 14: Daniel Morgan

The Father of U.S. Special Forcesby Rev. David T. Myers

Of all of the soldiers of the Revolutionary War in our nation’s history, very little has been written on Daniel Morgan.  Yet he fought in the French and Indian War, and in the battles associated with our nation’s independence.

In...

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Written by Wayne Sparkman