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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Wednesday, 06 December 2017 18:00

Immanuel

Here's an excerpt from Immanuel, Burk Parsons' contribution to the December issue of Tabletalk:

We were made to be with God. God walked with Adam and Eve in the garden of Eden. He led His people Israel through the wilderness and dwelt among them wherever they sojourned, and He dwelt with His people...

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Written by Nathan W. Bingham
Wednesday, 06 December 2017 17:36

The righteousness of Jesus Christ Featured

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Unfallen Adam was righteous, but it was his own righteousness as a created being, it was the righteousness of a man. Adam never had the righteousness of Jesus Christ upon him. What he lost was his own righteousness. But you and I are not merely given back a human righteousness, the righteousness...

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Written by Reformed Spirit
Wednesday, 06 December 2017 17:36

Making the Case for Christianity and Responding to Racial Tension (Podcast)

In this podcast, J. Warner Wallace is interviewed by Scott Lane on his Tru-ID Podcast. They discuss the evidence for Christianity, the importance of developing a “forensic faith” and the growing racial tension in America. For more information about Scott’s weekly radio show and to...

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Written by jwallace
Wednesday, 06 December 2017 17:01

8 implications of calling Jesus “Lord” Featured

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I recently preached 2 Corinthians 4:5 (“We do not breach ourselves but Christ Jesus as Lord”), and in preparation I came across this powerful list of 8 implications of preaching Jesus as Lord. These are from Murray Harris’s New International Greek Testament Commentary (p 332),...

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Written by Jesse Johnson
Wednesday, 06 December 2017 17:00

Nuggets from Seeking and Finding God—In Search of the True Faith

December 7, 2017
It is astonishing how many millions of otherwise seemingly intelligent people are willing to risk their eternal destiny upon less evidence than they would require for buying a used car. Thomas Hobbes, for example,...

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Written by TBC Staff - CR
Wednesday, 06 December 2017 17:00

Fossils from the World's Oldest Trees Reveal Complex Anatomy Never Seen Before

December 7, 2017
The first trees to have ever grown on Earth were also the most complex, new research has revealed. Fossils from a 374-million-year-old tree found in north-west China have revealed an interconnected web of...

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Written by TBC Staff - EN
Wednesday, 06 December 2017 17:00

What Do D-Day and Christmas Have in Common?

Chuck Colson, in his 2012 book The Faith: What Christians Believe, Why They Believe It, and Why ItMatters, included a chapter entitled, “The Invasion.” There he describes the most important event of the Second World War, the D-Day Invasion.

Most of us have watched in horror the...

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Written by Hugh Whelchel
Wednesday, 06 December 2017 16:03

The Seeking Shepherd

Charles Melring

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What man of you. having an hundred sheep, if he lose one of them, doth not leave the ninety and nine in the wilderness, and go after that which is lost, until he find it? And when he hath found it, he layeth it on his shoulders, rejoicing....

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Written by Charles Mellring
Wednesday, 06 December 2017 16:00

Theology Thursday - Advice from a Dead Man Walking

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Ignatius was the pastor of the congregation in Antioch, Syria. He was arrested for his faith by the Roman authorities, and taken under guard to Rome, where he is believed to have died as a martyr. Along his journey to certain death, Ignatius wrote seven letters to different Christian churches. One...

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Written by TylerR
Wednesday, 06 December 2017 16:00

Be Diligent

“And beside this, giving all diligence, add to your faith virtue; and to virtue knowledge.” (2 Peter 1:5)

The importance of diligence is urged by Peter as basic in the development of the seven other virtues listed by him—that is, virtue, knowledge, temperance, patience,...

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Written by Days of Praise from ICR
Wednesday, 06 December 2017 15:43

Australia’s Day of Infamy Featured

Mark in your calendars December 7, 2017. It is a day of infamy. It is one of Australia’s darkest days. We all know about December 7, 1941 and the attack on Pearl harbor. That was another day of infamy, but in many respects this one is even worse. Its dark ramifications will be felt for a very...

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Written by Bill Muehlenberg
Wednesday, 06 December 2017 15:06

SRR #67 | Open-Air Preaching with Ryan Denton Featured

Join Tim Shaughnessy and Carlos Montijo for this week’s exciting new episode of Semper Reformanda Radio as they discuss Santa Claus and answer the question of whether or not Christians should allow their kids to believe he is real.

Then, evangelist and street preacher, Ryan Denton joins the...

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Written by Tim Shaughnessy
Wednesday, 06 December 2017 15:00

Power Causes Brain (and Heart) Damage

Ever experienced the agony of watching a respected leader gradually lose the skills and abilities that were essential to their rise—especially the ability to read other people? Over at the Atlantic, in Power Causes Brain DamageJerry Useem highlights a number of stories demonstrating...

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Written by David Murray
Wednesday, 06 December 2017 14:25

How to Watch a Movie (5): Hollywood’s Answers to Life’s Big Questions

In the last two installments of “How to Watch a Movie,” we covered the nine elements of (nearly) every Hollywood movie and then applied those nine elements to two particular movies, Braveheart and Tommy Boy. In this post, I will choose six “themes” that are prevalent in...

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Written by Bruce Ashford
Wednesday, 06 December 2017 14:15

Episode 131: Personal Application for the Doctrine of the Trinity

Join Pastor Thomas Overmiller to consider six ways that you should allow the doctrine of the Trinity to impact your relationship with God, your approach to life, and your mission to the world.

Authors: TOvermiller...

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Written by TOvermiller
Wednesday, 06 December 2017 14:10

Personal Application for the Doctrine of the Trinity

Worship in Greater Awe The believer who begins to comprehend the incomparable nature of the triune God soon realizes his extreme unworthiness to approach the supreme majesty of God. Like Isaiah in the presence of the Godhead, he must bow down to worship in humility and awe (Isa 6:1-8). Sharing this...

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Written by TOvermiller
Wednesday, 06 December 2017 14:10

Seeing God's Hand

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Recently, I have been teaching my son how to ride his bike. He is naturally a little timid, being prone to taking the safe way and the nonlife threating activity over the daring feats of other young kids. So, for several evenings, we would walk with him as he rode his bike, helmeted...

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Written by Adam Kareus
Wednesday, 06 December 2017 14:06

Symbolic language in Revelation

Some people say to take everything in Revelation literally. But Revelation stops to explain some of its symbols, and some other images are also clearly symbolic.

Authors: Craig Keener...

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Written by Craig Keener
Wednesday, 06 December 2017 14:05

Episode 130: The Three Members of the Godhead are Equally Divine

Having considered that God is one and that there are three distinct persons within the Godhead, join Pastor Thomas Overmiller to discover where Scripture presents the members of the Godhead as sharing in the divine nature equally, meaning that one is not somehow more divine than another and...

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Written by TOvermiller
Wednesday, 06 December 2017 14:05

December 7: Rev. Francis Herron [1774-1860]

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Yesterday we asked the question “Can we find a sermon by Francis Herron for this date? As it turns out, the answer was “No”. The Rev. Francis Herron was born on June 28, 1774 and he died on December 6, 1860. And to read the history books, he was...

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Written by archivist
Wednesday, 06 December 2017 14:05

You Don't Even Have A Bucket, Jesus

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“You ain’t got a bucket.” – The Samaritan woman in John 4

We can’t blame her for not understanding Jesus. After all, she doesn’t know him from any other Jew that’s rejected her. And everything he is saying and doing during this encounter was probably...

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Written by Mike Leake
Wednesday, 06 December 2017 14:03

Your Mom Has a Blog Podcast, Episode 44

On this episode we talk about New York City, Christmas cards, what people will say at our funerals, and the Great Commission.

Authors: Melissa...

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Written by Melissa
Wednesday, 06 December 2017 14:00

The Three Members of the Godhead are Equally Divine

Having considered that God is one and that there are three distinct persons within the Godhead, it is important to know where Scripture presents the members of the Godhead as sharing in the divine nature equally, meaning that one is not somehow more divine than another and underscoring that all...

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Written by TOvermiller
Wednesday, 06 December 2017 14:00

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To Recover from Burnout, Regain Your Sense of Control “It’s far better to adopt an ownership mindset, that sounds like this: Others may have contributed to my situation, but I have the ability to make choices that can improve my present and future. Thinking in this way gives you the...

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Written by David Murray
Wednesday, 06 December 2017 14:00

Download (Free) - "Here is Your God"

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In ancient days, when people created idols for themselves, God spoke through the prophet Isaiah to declare the futility of idol worship and to remind His people of His promised Messiah. Idolatry persists today, although our gods and idols tend to be subtler. Sometimes, even good things can siphon...

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Written by TFL
Wednesday, 06 December 2017 13:42

Jonathan Edwards and the Great Awakening

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Eerdmans has posted the chapter I wrote on Jonathan Edwards and the Great Awakening, in their recently published Jonathan Edwards Encyclopedia. In my endorsement for the volume generally, I wrote, “The Jonathan Edwards Encyclopedia assembles a remarkable cast of Edwards experts,...

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Written by Thomas Kidd
Wednesday, 06 December 2017 13:10

Reading Between the Lines of Justice Sotomayor’s Closing Remarks in the Case of the Christian Baker

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On Tuesday of this week, Jack Phillips of Masterpiece Cakeshop appeared before the U.S. Supreme Court, arguing for the right to decline to make custom cakes for same-sex wedding ceremonies.

The oral arguments were fascinating, as the discussion bounced back and forth around public-accommodation...

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Written by Trevin Wax
Wednesday, 06 December 2017 13:01

Responding to Difficulties

December 7

“In the world you’ll have trouble. But cheer up! I have overcome the world.” -JOHN 16:33

In the world we will experience temptations, testings, and trials. We will experience persecution, tribulation, and afflictions of soul and body. We will experience mistreatment and...

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Written by Chip Brogden
Wednesday, 06 December 2017 13:00

Repentance

Godly sorrow produces repentance leading to salvation… —2 Corinthians 7:10

Conviction of sin is best described in the words:

My sins, my sins, my Savior, How sad on Thee they fall.

Conviction of sin is one of the most uncommon things that ever happens to a person. It is the beginning of...

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Written by RSS | My Utmost For His Highest
Wednesday, 06 December 2017 12:55

MacCulloch on the Reformation and Homosexuality

imageAt the very end of Diarmaid MacCulloch’s magisterial (what other word is there for such a book?) The Reformation: A History, he offers some brief assessments of where the various Christian churches are today. This is one comment he makes about the movement that arose out of the subject...

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Written by Mark Ward
Wednesday, 06 December 2017 12:38

Perry Noble and Tullian Tchividjian – Disgraced Pastors Who Still Want to Lead

Noble andTchividjian continue to seek the limelight

Authors: deb...

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Written by deb
Wednesday, 06 December 2017 12:24

Rusting the Sword of the Spirit

I heard Mark Noll say this a while back, and it was really striking. May it not be true of me or you (cf. Matt 7:1–5):

The Bible has been a great weapon for attacking people you don’t like: “You shall not crucify me on a cross of gold!” It has been a much rustier sword when...

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Written by Mark Ward
Wednesday, 06 December 2017 10:29

Creation, Incarnation and the Immutability of God (Nick Batzig)

The later professor John Murray captured the essence of the incarnation when he said, "The Son of God became in time what He eternally was not. He did not cease to be what He eternally was, but He began to be what He was not."1 On a prima facie reading of this statement, one might be tempted...

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Written by Reformation21 Blog
Wednesday, 06 December 2017 10:20

Time in Genesis 1

From Vern Poythress:
How we measure time affects our assessment of the six days of creation in Gen 1. Within the order that God has providentially established, ordinary people usually do not worry about how to measure time, because many rhythms in time, such as the swings of a pendulum or the beat...

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Written by Patrick Chan
Wednesday, 06 December 2017 10:10

How Narratives Work Part 5

There is an interesting knot in Acts 4: the story concerns authority. The rulers are exercising authority over Peter and John. They want to know what authority gave Peter and John the power to heal someone. Peter takes authority by speaking. They demand obedience and Peter asks whether he should...

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Written by memoirandremains
Wednesday, 06 December 2017 10:07

A God who accepts there are rapists in his universe

He’d much rather have a God who sovereignly decrees a person be raped, than have a God who accepts there are rapists in his universe. 
That comparison is supposed to make Arminianism look good in contrast to Calvinism. 
Suppose the alternatives...

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Written by steve
Wednesday, 06 December 2017 10:00

LITV Episode 31 | The Trinity Featured

In This Episode…

Segment 1

  • Why did we being the episode with the Athanasian Creed...

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Written by John Johnson
Wednesday, 06 December 2017 10:00

Not a Pretty Sight

“The Muslims are coming after the values of our hollow secularism, and watching it is not like watching an actual contest—it is like watching someone take a jackhammer to a soufflé” (Empires of Dirt, p. 57).

The post Not a Pretty Sight appeared first on Blog & Mablog.

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Written by Douglas Wilson
Wednesday, 06 December 2017 09:28

Infallible prophets?

Back in the year 2000, Apostle David Cartledge wrote in his book ‘The Apostolic Revolution’ about globally recognized Apostles such as Frank Houston, Brian Houston and the infamous David Yonggi Cho. In these days, Theo Wolmarans was an apostle, Dave Sumrall was an Apostle, Kong Hee was...

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Written by churchwatcher
Wednesday, 06 December 2017 08:00

Judaism’s View of Sin | The Rapp Report daily 024 | SFE | Andrew Rappaport Featured

This podcast evaluates the view of sin in Judaism

This podcast is a ministry of Striving for Eternity and all our resources http://strivingforeternity.org/

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Written by Andrew Rappaport
Wednesday, 06 December 2017 08:00

2018 Ireland Study Tours

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Join us in Ireland next fall as we consider how the Reformation phrase soli Deo gloria encapsulates the goal of the Reformation. We are offering two tours: a 9-day study tour designed with affordability in mind beginning Sept. 26 with Dr. Burk Parsons, and an 11-day study tour beginning...

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Written by Nathan W. Bingham
Wednesday, 06 December 2017 07:39

The Santa capers

Building on the groundbreaking work of Richard Carrier and Robert Price, who definitively proved that Jesus never existed, scholars have applied the same rigorous historical methodology to demonstrate that Nicholas of Myra never existed. Indeed, there are many exciting theories to account for the...

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Written by steve
Wednesday, 06 December 2017 07:24

Jerusalem, Israel’s Eternal Capital Featured

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Jerusalem, Israel’s Eternal Capital: Why President Trump Did the Right Thing

Dr. Randy White

On December 6, 2017, President Trump finally did what American Presidents and politicians have said they would do for decades. Both Democratic and Republican candidates have said they believe that...

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Written by Randy White
Wednesday, 06 December 2017 07:18

Indonesian seminar on miracles, 7.1

24 minutes, in English and Bahasa

Authors: Craig Keener...

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Written by Craig Keener
Wednesday, 06 December 2017 07:15

Video: Are Sexual Ethics Part of Orthodoxy?

The latest of my videos with the Davenant Institute has just been posted. Within this video, Brad Belschner and I discuss the relationship between sexual ethics and orthodoxy, pointing out the bearing that the creed has upon our use of our bodies.

Authors: Alastair Roberts...

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Written by Alastair Roberts