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, 12 October 2017 20:00

Being Alive is the First Requirement for Moral Value

With the release of Blade Runner 2049, the long-awaited sequel to the 1982 classic, philosophers and bioethicists are buzzing about when non-human beings should be granted “rights.” Lorraine Boissoneaultoffers an interesting take in Smithsonian, exploring whether the fictional...

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Thursday, 12 October 2017 20:00

How Vulgarity Normalizes Predators

Harvey Weinstein preyed on women for decades, and used his power to limit their ability to escape his assaults or bring him to justice. He mustered his legal team and press contacts to smear and threaten women who tried to take action. He conducted his despicable behavior with the same meticulous...

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Thursday, 12 October 2017 20:00

Top 10 Ways to Appreciate Your Pastors During Pastor Appreciation Month

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Show your pastors appreciation and encouragement during Pastor Appreciation Month and all year long.

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Written by Michelle Lesley
Thursday, 12 October 2017 20:00

God is Good

The topic of God as Sovereign has often disturbed Christians. It stirs up indignation. "Are you saying I have no free will???!!" No. "Are you saying that God is the cause of sin??!!" No. "You seem to be saying that God is arbitrary, even capricious!!!" No. And, still, it works people up. The...

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Written by Winging It
Thursday, 12 October 2017 20:00

Freedom Comes with Responsibility

imageAlready this week, we’ve talked about how human freedom exists independent of the law and how exercising that type of human freedom brings about consequences rather than the law itself. Now we need to talk about the one last dimension of this that we haven’t approached yet.

The exercise...

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Written by Zak Schmoll
Thursday, 12 October 2017 20:00

In the Center There Is Joy

It is crucial that we rehabilitate centrism. The way to do it is to see it as a metapolitical thesis. This means no longer construing it as a rival of the various political positions on offer. On this view, centrism is not the middle point between the two ideological extremes. Rather, it becomes a...

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Written by Berny Belvedere
Thursday, 12 October 2017 20:00

What Does It Mean to Be Human?

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Alan spoke earlier this week at Grand Canyon University on the question of what it means to be human, and you can watch the full 26 minutes below (Alan’s portion begins at 28:40). He explains the difference between instrumental human value (the view our culture is embracing) and intrinsic...

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Written by Amy K. Hall
Thursday, 12 October 2017 19:43

Luther was a flawed man

God has only ever had one Person He used who had no flaws, namely the Lord Jesus Christ.

We celebrate the Protestant Reformation. We admire and respect the men (and women) God used in what was the greatest move of God in Church history, outside of the book of Acts. And yet, even while we do so, we...

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Written by John Samson
Thursday, 12 October 2017 19:33

Apostle Steve Shultz James Goll talk about NAR; recognizing Hillsong and Brownsville as being part of it.

In this article, we apply the Titus technique, allowing a ‘Cretan (one of their own)’ to talk about the New Apostolic Reformation (NAR) and who is involved in it.

Learning The ‘Titus Technique’.

In the article below, NARpostle James Goll talks openly about the New Apostolic...

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Written by churchwatcher
Thursday, 12 October 2017 19:30

Josh McDowell: That’s My Story (and I’m Sticking with It)

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During a recent sermon at my (the Other Chad) home church, our pastor shared delivery methods for evangelism taken from Bill Hybels' “Becoming A Contagious Christian.”  The delivery methods described were:·         Confrontational (ex. Chuck Colson)&middot...

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Written by The Other Chad
Thursday, 12 October 2017 19:00

If Freedom Is in Our DNA, Why Are We So Afraid of It?

As we discussed last week, the U.S. dropped from the second most economically free country in the world in 2000 to the eighteenth in 2012 and is currently tied with Canada for eleventh place, according to the latest rankings.

One of the major reasons we’ve lost economic freedom...

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Written by Elise Daniel
Thursday, 12 October 2017 19:00

Fear of God Devotional: Three Elements of Repentance

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What are elements of repentance?

Jason Dohm explains in this video that Proverbs 28:13 gives us a good definition of repentance: “He who covers his sins will not prosper, but whoever confesses and forsakes them will have mercy.”

There are three elements of repentance that can be...

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Thursday, 12 October 2017 19:00

The Christian's Duty to Hold Firm

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The nineteenth-century philosopher Friedrich Nietzsche is famous for his declaration that “God is dead.” That brief dictum does not give the whole story. According to Nietzsche, the cause of the Deity’s demise was compassion. He said, “God is dead; He died of pity.”...

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Written by R.C. Sproul
Thursday, 12 October 2017 18:59

“The Son of Man”: An Obsolete Phantom

In recent comments, some have pointed to scholars who have posited that when Jesus used the expression “the son of man” he was referring to some other, future figure, not himself.  This is a view that once was quite widely shared, and so will be found frequently in older...

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Written by larryhurtado
Thursday, 12 October 2017 18:48

Why Shouldn’t We Trust the Non-Canonical Gospels Attributed to Matthew?

image The Gospel of Matthew is a reliable New Testament record of the life and ministry of Jesus, but this ancient document isn’t the only text attributed to the ex-tax collector formerly known as Levi. Other slightly less ancient texts also claim to have been written by the same man who wrote the...

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Written by jwallace
Thursday, 12 October 2017 18:00

Nuggets from An Urgent Call to a Serious Faith—A Love Not of this World

October 13, 2017
We do not need to know Greek and the difference between the types of love (for which Greek has separate words) to realize that the love which Paul goes on to describe in 1 Corinthians 13 is beyond anything...

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Written by TBC Staff - CR
Thursday, 12 October 2017 18:00

William Tyndale and Medieval Exegesis

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William Tyndale (c.1494–1536), the English Reformer and proto-Puritan, clearly showed a burden for providing the Scriptures in the common language of the people. Likewise, regarding biblical exegesis, he imparted correctives for the abuses of medieval interpretation. We must appreciate the...

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Written by Meet the Puritans
Thursday, 12 October 2017 18:00

Are Good Works Sneaking into Your Understanding of Grace?

I remember hearing Matthew 11:30 as a kid and wondering how Jesus’ words “for my yoke is easy, and my burden is light” could be true. Christianity isn’t easy, I thought. There’s believing without seeing and then there’s obeying all of God’s...

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Written by Leah Baugh
Thursday, 12 October 2017 18:00

Recognizing the Son of God

“For he received from God the Father honour and glory, when there came such a voice to him from the excellent glory, This is my beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased.” (2 Peter 1:17)

Most people today consider Jesus Christ to have been a great man but will not believe He is the unique...

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Written by Days of Praise from ICR
Thursday, 12 October 2017 18:00

Friday's Featured Sermon: "Six Attributes of the Nature of Scripture" Featured

The great Puritan preacher Thomas Watson said, “The devil and his agents have been blowing at Scripture light, but could never blow it out; a clear sign it was lighted from heaven.” [1] Thomas Watson, A Body of Divinity (Edinburgh: Banner of Truth, 1958), 27.

You don’t have to look...

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Written by Grace to You Blog
Thursday, 12 October 2017 17:03

FBFI Weblog: Creation in Real Time

Don Johnson

The worldviews dominating our culture find their roots in many movements of the past five hundred years, but one particular force that led us to this point in time is the doctrine of evolution. It is axiomatic in the lost world today that “science disproves the Bible,” hence,...

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Written by Don Johnson
Thursday, 12 October 2017 17:00

How Do Most People Respond to What You’ve Written About Happiness?

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I find that most Christians are surprised but open to these ideas about happiness, including that God is a happy God and offers us His own happiness. Yet some remain doggedly determined to believe and teach that God doesn’t want His children happy and happiness is inherently wrong. This is so...

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Written by Randy Alcorn
Thursday, 12 October 2017 16:12

The Problem With Liberal Education

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Mark Lilla's new book The Once and Future Liberal: After Identity Politics is short, punchy, pithy and provocative. In three well-written and brief essays, he summarises the fragmentation and individualism of the American right since Reagan (chapter one), the corresponding disintegration of the...

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Written by Andrew Wilson
Thursday, 12 October 2017 16:00

The Healing of Broken ... Links

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Recently I discovered that three of the links to videos of my talks were broken.  I've set the fractured bones, and the three convalescents are as follows.  If you discover any other broken links at this website, dear reader, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Why Is There Sex?

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Written by jbudziszewski
Thursday, 12 October 2017 15:05

October 13: The Spirit of Error

Largely forgotten now, the League of Evangelical Students was an early 20th century forerunner to such contemporary evangelical student fellowships as InterVarsity, Campus Crusade for Christ and Reformed University Ministries. Its mission statement declared it to be “an inter-denominational...

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Written by archivist
Thursday, 12 October 2017 15:05

Jesus Was A Disciple Maker, What About You?

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The Bible makes no real distinction between a Christian and a disciple-maker. Even though much of our population still claims to be Christian, disciple-makers are rare. Modern Christianity has indoctrinated many to see disciple-making as an option rather than the way that Jesus taught us.

Jesus Was...

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Written by Joel Littlefield
Thursday, 12 October 2017 15:00

Individual Discouragement and Personal Growth

…when Moses was grown…he went out to his brethren and looked at their burdens. —Exodus 2:11

Moses saw the oppression of his people and felt certain that he was the one to deliver them, and in the righteous indignation of his own spirit he started to right their wrongs. After he...

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Written by RSS | My Utmost For His Highest
Thursday, 12 October 2017 15:00

1 Kings 16; Colossians 3; Ezekiel 46; Psalm 102

Written by: Don Carson

1 Kings 16; Colossians 3; Ezekiel 46; Psalm 102

FIRST AND 2 KINGS narrate the declining fortunes of both the northern and southern kingdoms. Occasionally there is a reforming king in one realm or the other. But on the whole the direction is downward. Some orientation (1 Kings...

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Written by Don Carson
Thursday, 12 October 2017 15:00

Hymn: "All Things Bright and Beautiful" by Cecil F. Alexander

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All Things Bright and BeautifulBy: Cecil F. Alexander

Refrain: All things bright and beautiful, All creatures great and small, All things wise and wonderful: The Lord God made them all.

Each little flow’r that opens, Each little bird that sings, He made their glowing colors and He made their...

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Written by TFL
Thursday, 12 October 2017 15:00

Church as an Extended Family

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Every 4th of July weekend, my extended family gathers at a pond and cabin on family land outside of my hometown in Oklahoma. My grandfather has three brothers, and each family line attempts to attend this sweet time. This summer we had around sixty people.

I understand our family's experience...

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Written by John Wohlgemuth
Thursday, 12 October 2017 15:00

Honor True Widows: 1 Timothy 5:3–16 with Implications for the Church’s Social Responsibilities, Part 5

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From DBSJ 21 (2016); posted with permission. Read the series so far. This installment concludes the exegetical study of 5:3-16.

Concluding Exhortation: Verse 16

εἴ τις πιστὴ ἔχει χήρας,...

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Written by Ben Edwards
Thursday, 12 October 2017 14:32

TEACHING THURSDAY – PASTOR GREG DUREL – DO YOU UNDERSTAND THE GOSPEL OF SALVATION?

Have you ever wondered why there are so many different religions? Many religious groups such as Catholics, Mormons, and Jehovah’s Witnesses claim that they are the “one true church.” So how do we know what the truth is? Why is it that man is constantly trying to find his own way...

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Written by Mary/Living For His Glory
Thursday, 12 October 2017 14:00

$5 Friday: Reformed Theology, John Calvin, Scripture

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It's time for our weekly $5 Friday sale. This week's resources include such topics as John Calvin, Reformed theology, Scripture, John Knox, the Papacy, salvation, money, and more.

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

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Thursday, 12 October 2017 13:55

Do You Go To Judas Church? Featured

You might be asking, “Do I go where?” OK, let me explain. We all know about Judas, right? He of course is the guy that betrayed Jesus. He turned on him, betrayed him, and sold him down the river. His name is now immortalised in history.

But sadly betraying Jesus has not stopped there....

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Written by Bill Muehlenberg
Thursday, 12 October 2017 13:53

Shoe-leather evangelism

Recently I've been listening to some Francis Chan clips on YouTube. I should preface my comments by saying my knowledge of Francis is quite cursory, so it's entirely possible that what I've seen and read doesn't reflect a representative sample, in which case my observations may be off-the-mark....

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Written by steve
Thursday, 12 October 2017 13:20

$$$Selling Out the Blessed Hope Featured

CA$HING IN ON FAKE PROPHECY 
“For the grace of God that bringeth salvation hath appeared to all men, Teaching us that, denying ungodliness and worldly lusts, we should live soberly, righteously, and godly, in this present world; Looking for thatblessed hope, and the glorious appearing...

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Written by Discernment Research Group
Thursday, 12 October 2017 13:10

The Best Quotes from The Tech-Wise Family

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As I mentioned in my post “The Best Quotes from 12 Ways Your Phone is Changing You,” I have spent some time this year reading on the effects that technology has on our lives, families, and neighborhoods. This reading project brought me to Andy Crouch’s The Tech-Wise Family:...

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Written by Scott Slayton
Thursday, 12 October 2017 12:56

Hearing the Laughter of God

Written by: Scotty Smith

     A little while, and the wicked will be no more; though you look for them, they will not be found. But the meek will inherit the land and enjoy peace and prosperity. The wicked plot against the righteous and gnash their teeth at them; but the Lord laughs...

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Written by Scotty Smith
Thursday, 12 October 2017 12:33

You Were Created for More Than Motherhood

I remember when my first baby was about two weeks old. I had been thrust into this terrifying world of trying desperately to keep a tiny human being alive. I fell into bed at night, exhausted, but I woke up at every slight noise coming from my fragile little charge. I constantly worried that...

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Written by Melissa
Thursday, 12 October 2017 10:36

Polemics Report 162 | Biblical Right to Self Defense Featured

On today’s program, JD answers to sincere questions with Biblical answers. The first is in regard to whether or not the Bible permits self defense, and another on whether Christians should do Zumba. Then, a few articles are discussed, including one at SBC Voices by Dave Miller and another...

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Written by Justus Zenas
Thursday, 12 October 2017 10:31

Polemics Report 161 | A Baptist View on Crucifixes Featured

On today’s program, JD answers a Lutheran’s question about why Baptists don’t like crucifixes with Jesus still on the cross, then an article from JD’s brother and one from Gene Clyatt and a word on the ALS Challenge. Then, the Voice in the Wilderness segment from Pastor Dia...

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Written by Justus Zenas
Thursday, 12 October 2017 10:29

First Corinthians | Session 2 | 1 Corinthians 1:1-9 Featured

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Dr. Randy White teaches 1 Corinthians verse-by-verse. This session covers 1 Corinthians 1:1-9.

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Written by Nathan White
Thursday, 12 October 2017 10:23

Etch A Sketch theology

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Thursday, 12 October 2017 10:18

The Rejoicing Eunuch Featured

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The “Living in the Vine” guys had Pastor, Doug Van Dorn on as a guest on their podcast entitled: Baptism. Click here to listen to episode #29.

The episode has many nuggets. One which really stood out to me took place at about 43:41. Here, Van Dorn (in order to answer a question from one...

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Written by theidolbabbler.com
Thursday, 12 October 2017 10:10

Trevin’s Seven

Written by: Trevin Wax

imagePodcasts: Brandon Smith and I released a new episode of Word Matters, answering the question “Who are the 144,000 in Revelation?” You can subscribe to the podcast here: iTunes | Android | RSS

Kindle Deal: The Holman Apologetics Commentary on...

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Written by Trevin Wax