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, 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
Thursday, 18 October 2018 20:28

Singles: Is God your Wingman or Pilot?

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This is a light heart post.

I’ve been thinking about relationship and courtship recently given my upcoming trip would include teaching about the biblical view of courtship but I’ll be doing this in a culture where match making and arrange marriage is not unusual.

For the longest time I...

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Written by SLIMJIM
Thursday, 18 October 2018 20:26

We Hear the Rooster Crow Too

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We’ll likely never walk on water. This is a safe bet.

Often, I read the Gospel narratives and imagine what it would be like to share some of the Apostle Peter’s experiences. He walked on water, watched the dead raised, saw bread multiplied to feed thousands, hosted Moses and Elijah on a...

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Written by Erik Raymond
Thursday, 18 October 2018 20:00

“What Else Is There to Do in Kentucky?”

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One of our staff members was chatting about bus tours to visit the Ark Encounter and Creation Museum and received the response, “That sounds great! But what else is there to do in Kentucky?” Well, today is National Kentucky Day so I thought I would highlight some of the many things to...

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Written by Ken Ham
Thursday, 18 October 2018 20:00

Random Ramblings, Ruminations, and Resources

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Written by Michelle Lesley
Thursday, 18 October 2018 19:38

Eight Ways Satan Tempts You To Question Your Salvation

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As Christians we believe that Satan exists. While he is not equal in authority and power to God, and is a finite created being, he is still very powerful. Join me as I talk about some of the ways Satan tempts us to doubt our salvation.

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Written by Tim Challies
Thursday, 18 October 2018 19:35

A La Carte (October 19)

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It has not been the best week ever for Kindle deals, but I scraped together a small and eclectic collection for today.

(Yesterday on the blog: The Pastor’s Job Isn’t To Fix Things)

The Joy We Know Only in Suffering

“The longer I walk with Jesus, the more I see that...

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Written by Tim Challies
Thursday, 18 October 2018 19:00

Why a Ukrainian Church Said ‘No’ to American Aid

When the Soviet Union disintegrated in 1991, the newly independent nation of Ukraine faced numerous challenges: Between 1991 and 1997, Ukraine lost sixty percent of its GDP, inflation increased to five digits, and there were riots in the streets.

Members of a church in Lancaster, Pennsylvania,...

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Written by Peter Greer
Thursday, 18 October 2018 19:00

Fear of God Devotional: Teach Your Children the Nature of God

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What kinds of things should parents teach their children in the home?

Paul Thompson explains in this video that it is important that parents teach their children about the nature of God. We must not allow false, unbiblical teaching to influence our children. 

Fathers and mothers should...

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Written by NCFIC Blog
Thursday, 18 October 2018 19:00

Semper Reformada in Context

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The phrase ecclesia reformata, semper reformanda (the church reformed, always reforming) has been used so often as to make it a motto or slogan. People have used it to support a surprising array of theological and ecclesiastical programs and purposes. Scholars have traced its origins to a...

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Written by W. Robert Godfrey
Thursday, 18 October 2018 18:30

Five Star Links

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Each Friday, we share links we found especially interesting or inspiring during the previous week. Kim:You Say "Horseface," and I hear . . . I felt my heart go out to Michelle Van Loon when I read her post. It was not just for her words concerning the U.S. President which moved me, but...

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Written by Rebecca Stark
Thursday, 18 October 2018 18:00

Nuggets from Occult Invasion—What Does It All Mean?

October 19, 2018
Materialism is dead. It is no longer the brain, a mass of matter, that is credited with thought, but the mind, a nonphysical entity that is not part of the brain or any other part of the body and thus could apparently survive...

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Written by TBC Staff - CR
Thursday, 18 October 2018 18:00

The End

“For the time is come that judgment must begin at the house of God: and if it first begin at us, what shall the end be of them that obey not the gospel of God?” (1 Peter 4:17) As Peter wrote h... More...

Authors: Days of Praise from ICR...

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Thursday, 18 October 2018 18:00

Friday's Featured Sermon: "Preaching the Word in an Out-of-Season Culture" Featured

In the closing lines of his final epistle, the apostle Paul charges Timothy, his young apprentice in the faith, to “Preach the word; be ready in season and out of season; reprove, rebuke, exhort, with great patience and instruction” (2 Timothy 4:2, emphasis added).

You may read that...

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Written by Grace to You Blog
Thursday, 18 October 2018 17:37

A Message to Charlie Shamp and His Supporters

I know many of you reading this right now are very upset that something like this could be said about someone you really esteem. That’s understandable. Please take a few minutes regardless, and read, and think.

Shamp wants to prevent you from thinking about this. He wants to simply label this...

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Written by heterodoxresearchinitiative
Thursday, 18 October 2018 17:03

Praying Biblically for Your Missionary — Protection

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Have you ever been shipwrecked? Probably not. Have you ever been robbed? Maybe. Have you ever been stoned for your faith in Christ? Not likely. But besides some of these dangerous experiences, Paul could truthfully and almost matter-of-factly say that he had been “in perils of waters, in...

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Written by Alan Patterson
Thursday, 18 October 2018 17:00

Scripture Gives Us Many Reasons to Be Happy

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When someone says, as many have, “Happiness isn’t in the Bible,” it’s not even slightly true. Even in versions that don’t frequently use the words happyand happiness, the concept is conspicuously present, not only in its many synonyms (see here and here), but in words...

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Written by Randy Alcorn
Thursday, 18 October 2018 15:10

The Wonderful Accessibility of the Word

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“The unfolding of your words gives light; it imparts understanding to the simple.” (Psalm 119:130)

The Bible often gets a bad rap. Being an ancient book there are cultural, historical, and theological hurdles to mount when we decide to study it. But, we should not take this to mean that...

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Written by Erik Raymond
Thursday, 18 October 2018 15:05

October 19: Curing Our Sinful Fears

Today, I would like to present you with a short portion of one of John Flavel’s discourses, A Practical Treatise of Fear. We will focus on the sixth chapter of that work, where Flavel prescribes the rules to cure our sinful fears, and to prevent the sad and woeful effects of those fears. This...

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Written by Wayne Sparkman
Thursday, 18 October 2018 15:05

What I'm Learning About Parenting Teenagers

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When my children were much younger, at any occasion where the subject of parenting teenagers came up in conversation, I paid close attention. I also felt my heart seized by panic at the thought that one day my dear little boys would grow into tall, hairy-legged teenagers who, I assumed, would...

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Written by Christine Hoover
Thursday, 18 October 2018 15:00

Video: "All Prayer" by Alistair Begg

Christians know that prayer is essential, but we often struggle with knowing how to pray best. As Paul instructed the Ephesians in wielding the spiritual weapon of prayer, he both exemplified and explained how to pray, when to pray, and what to pray for. Walking us through Paul’s imperatives...

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Written by TFL
Thursday, 18 October 2018 15:00

The Position, Attitudes, and Objectives of Biblical Separation (Part 4)

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Read the series.

The Biblical Attitudes

The second major point that I present to you is the matter of the attitudes that we must manifest. The first is that of devotion to God and to His Word. You and I can support this doctrine of separation upon a wrong philosophy. That is to say, we can be marked...

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Written by SharperIron
Thursday, 18 October 2018 14:37

Is a Miracle a Violation of the Laws of Nature?

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We sometimes hear—from Christian and atheist alike—that miracles are violations of the laws of nature. But that is to misunderstand what we mean by the “law of nature.”

Today, we understand natural law to serve essentially as description rather than prescription...

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Written by Justin Taylor
Thursday, 18 October 2018 14:30

Getting to Know the Artist By Studying His Art

I’m on the plane home from New York City. I was there all week with my mom and daughter—a birthday trip and gift to us from my mom. We visited as many museums as we could and drank our fill of all the art Manhattan has to offer. 

Today, while visiting our last museum, I overheard a...

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Written by Jennifer Oshman
Thursday, 18 October 2018 14:10

Trevin’s Seven

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Kindle Deal: The Pressure’s Off: There’s a New Way to Live by Larry Crabb. $1.99.

Seven of the best articles I came across this week:

1. Mike Phey – Loving and Living in Kairos TimeLoving people in kairos time means no longer seeing time as a scarce asset under our...

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Written by Trevin Wax
Thursday, 18 October 2018 14:00

$5 Friday: Justification, the Reformation, John Calvin

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It’s time for our weekly $5 Friday sale. This week’s resources include such topics as the Reformation, Charles Spurgeon, government, the gospel, John Calvin, justification, the book of Joshua, and more.

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

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Written by Nathan W. Bingham
Thursday, 18 October 2018 12:19

What was Job thinking?

According to Alvin Plantinga:
There are at least two ways to understand Job. On the one hand, it seems that his problem is intellectual: he can't see what reason God could have for permitting this suffering (or visiting it upon him); he infers that probably God doesn't have a reason. But...

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Written by steve
Thursday, 18 October 2018 11:23

Baptism and the Church of Christ Featured

1. Seth continues his review of 2 Thessalonians 3, examining doing good. 2. Seth responds to a another listener submission about baptism. 3. Seth discusses the Church of Christ.

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Written by Seth - Host of the Christian Commute
Thursday, 18 October 2018 11:20

You’re Made out of a Lot of Water so You Know Water Demons Exist: LeClaire’s Odd Correlations

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Did you know that because you’re made out of a lot of water there must be water spirits? I bet you didn’t know that Florida has a lot of python spirits because it has a lot of pythons. These are all things Apostle Jennifer LeClaire wants you to know. She has just published a book called...

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Written by heterodoxresearchinitiative
Thursday, 18 October 2018 11:00

Back When We Could Carry a Tune

“It is now avant-garde jazz played with the fists, but America used to play its songs in C Major” (Same Sex Mirage, p. 134).

The post Back When We Could Carry a Tune appeared first on Blog & Mablog.

Authors: Douglas Wilson...

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Written by Douglas Wilson
Thursday, 18 October 2018 10:49

Wrongly Dividing the Word | Session 4 | When Was the Revelation of the Mystery Given? Featured

Dr. Randy White walks listener's through Dr. Harry Ironside's book, "Wrongly Dividing the Word of Truth" to learn about the battle between Ironside and Bullinger and the charges against hyper and ultra dispensationalism.

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Written by Nathan White
Thursday, 18 October 2018 10:48

Are the genealogies complete?

Are the genealogies in Genesis complete or incomplete? Let's consider two striking features:
i) Unless I missed something, the genealogies only mention male descendants. But the antediluvians undoubtedly had female descendent as well. 
ii) In addition, even if the genealogies only mention the...

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Written by steve
Thursday, 18 October 2018 10:22

Bored to death

I'm going to revisit a statement by atheist philosopher Michael Tooley:
Finally, there is the brief span of human life, and the inevitability of bodily death. This feature of human life seems very unsatisfactory from a moral point of view, as it both places a severe limit upon the possibilities for...

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Written by steve
Thursday, 18 October 2018 10:00

Snatch Them From the Flames, Part 2

– Episode 2368 –

Snatch Them From the Flames, Part 2

Segment 1 (00:00) – Are there apostles today?

Segment 2 (08:53) – Heaven IS for real!

Segment 3 (16:44) – Tongues are actually languages

Wretched Surprise! (25:46) – “I love ice cream!”

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Written by samueljroys
Thursday, 18 October 2018 09:51

God is Not a Woman, People Featured

On this episode of Polemics Report for October 18, 2018, JD briefly discusses Social Justice (reluctantly) and some dissatisfaction with the signers of the Dallas Statement. Then, he goes on to discuss an article from Baptist News Global claiming that God is female.
Video of this episode:
 
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Written by Tim Hurd
Thursday, 18 October 2018 09:19

More Book Give-Aways

After reading our copy of this book, we decided it was a very good resource. We have two copies left of the dozen extras we purchased.
As the cover notes, this book investigates the difference in lifestyle outcome between cohabitation and marriage, with marriage having the better results. An...

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Written by Glenn E. Chatfield
Thursday, 18 October 2018 08:33

Dr. Mason’s The Woke Church’s Misrepresentation, Open Phones

Started off with a rebuttal of the misrepresentation published by Dr. Eric Mason in his new book (endorsed by many Reformed leaders) regarding yours truly and the May 11th meme I posted that insists that there is no room for “black spaces” or “white spaces” at the...

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Written by James White
Thursday, 18 October 2018 08:00

Contentment, A New Teaching Series from Melissa Kruger

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It can be hard to be content. Our culture encourages us to covet and consume in ways that are contrary to biblical teaching. But the Apostle Paul was content in plenty and in want. He wrote to the Philippians, “I know how to be brought low, and I know how to abound” (Phil. 4:12).

What...

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Written by Nathan W. Bingham
Thursday, 18 October 2018 07:51

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Written by joey
Thursday, 18 October 2018 07:49

Podcast: Augustine’s ‘Confessions’, Book 13

image This, my friends, is the final episode of Mere Fidelity’s lengthy conversation with Augustine’s Confessions. You can find all of the past Confessions episodes on my Mere Fidelity page.

You can also follow the podcast on iTunes, or using this RSS feed. Listen to past episodes...

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Written by Alastair Roberts
Thursday, 18 October 2018 07:43

Halloween 2018 - Christians Defending the Indefensible

It's Halloween, which means it is time for another Christian to try and make the case for celebrating the Satanic High Holy Day...

Authors: 828 Ministries...

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Written by 828 Ministries
Thursday, 18 October 2018 07:36

Matt Chandler's Vice Interview Featured

I originally wrote this piece on September 12 but never published it. The discussion has resurfaced, and I've decided to share. I'll explain more at the very end.
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On Sunday, September 9, Vice News (think Dateline for millennials on HBO) interviewed Matt Chandler about the changes that are happening...

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Written by FSBCJC
Thursday, 18 October 2018 07:00

Luther’s Excommunication

To be excommunicated by the Roman Catholic Church is to be told that your soul is damned to hell. In this brief clip, Stephen Nichols explains how Martin Luther responded to his excommunication.

For October only, when you give a donation of any amount, we’ll send you a copy of the...

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Written by Nathan W. Bingham
Thursday, 18 October 2018 06:57

Wow! Atheism Undercuts Itself

imageAtheist Sam Harris and his fans are floating in folly.
 
by Mike Robinson
 
At the end of almost every rational engagement between Christianity and atheism, there’s a section of the debate stage that should be equipped...

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Written by Mike Robinson
Thursday, 18 October 2018 06:56

Sermon John 4

Thursday, 18 October 2018 06:48

The Power of Truth Impales Atheism

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The gift I would like to give every child is skepticism (Richard Dawkins).
If we don’t know that there is such a person as God, we don’t know the first thing (the...

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Written by Mike Robinson