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, 17 October 2018 21:00

How Suffering Crushes Our Unrealistic Expectations

October 18, 2018 by: Paul David Tripp

Misplaced Expectations of Self

It probably will make sense to anyone the minute I say it that unrealistic expectations of yourself will worsen your suffering. There’s a lot of spiritual pride that I carried into my suffering. I’m the gospel...

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Written by Paul David Tripp
Wednesday, 17 October 2018 20:24

The Pastor’s Job Isn’t To Fix Things

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You don’t have to look far to find articles about how and why the pastor’s job is uniquely difficult. Having been a pastor for a number of years now (in both paid, full-time and unpaid, part-time capacities) I can attest there are ways in which it is unlike any other vocation. It really...

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Written by Tim Challies
Wednesday, 17 October 2018 20:03

Gay demographics: what are the REAL numbers? Featured

By Elizabeth PrataThis post first appeared on The End Time in June 2012If the homosexual lobby is to be believed, every other person you bump into is gay. At work, at home, in town, in the city, in church, the more vocal activists in the lobby make it seem like people who self-identify as...

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Written by The End Time
Wednesday, 17 October 2018 20:00

Does the Bible Depict Two Different Gods?

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Many people see the Bible as a tale of two different gods: the gracious Godof the New Testament and the moral Monster in the Old Testament.

In his book Farewell to God, Christian-evangelist-turned-agnostic Charles Templeton had this to say:

The God of the Old Testament is utterly unlike the God...

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Written by Tim Barnett
Wednesday, 17 October 2018 20:00

Throwback Thursday ~ A Word Fitly Spoken: 11 Ways to Encourage Your Pastor

imageThe ministry is a tough job, and pastors need all the encouragement they can get.

Authors: Michelle Lesley...

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Written by Michelle Lesley
Wednesday, 17 October 2018 20:00

Did God Really Say ...?

It was the opening shot to the war that was begun way back in the Garden and still rages today. The serpent asked Eve, "Did God really say, 'You shall not eat of any tree in the garden'?” (Gen 3;1) Eve's answer was ... weak. And it was all downhill from there. The next step was obvious. 1)...

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Written by Winging It
Wednesday, 17 October 2018 19:45

A La Carte (October 18)

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It has been a great joy to be at the pastors’ conference for Fiel Ministries here in Brazil, but my part in it is just about done and I’ll be driving back to São Paulo today, then flying home tonight.
Westminster Books has a deal on what they’re calling their “Small...

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Written by Tim Challies
Wednesday, 17 October 2018 19:00

Fear of God Devotional: Christ as King

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What can we learn about Christ as King?

Rob Ventura explains in this video that we are wild by nature. When God converts us, He gives us a new nature. We need a King to rule over us and to lead and guide us. We need a King to worship.

He is the great messianic King, described in Psalm 2. He is a...

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Written by NCFIC Blog
Wednesday, 17 October 2018 19:00

Preach Simple Sermons

For many years, the light of the gospel was veiled beneath Rome’s liturgy that was led by the Latin tongue even when people didn’t understand what was being communicated. The worship of the Roman Catholic Church was filled with obscure phraseology and polished sentences that served as...

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Written by Josh Buice
Wednesday, 17 October 2018 19:00

When God Gave His Holy Spirit to Simple Men in Great Abundance

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On October 31, 1517, Martin Luther, now in his mid-thirties, made his way to the Castle Church in Wittenberg and posted his Ninety-Five Theses on the church door. Originally intended as propositions for public debate, the theses were written in Latin—the language of the scholar, not of the...

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Written by Sinclair B. Ferguson
Wednesday, 17 October 2018 18:57

The main question to professing Christians who claim to be for the repeal of S377A

[Note: S377A, or Section 377A of the Singapore Penal Code, criminalizes homosexual sex acts between men. The exact wording is as follows: Any male person who, in public or private, commits, or abets the commission of, or procures or attempts to procure the commission by any male person of, any act...

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Written by Daniel C
Wednesday, 17 October 2018 18:00

Darwin’s Preservation of Favored Races

October 18, 2018
“And hath made of one blood all nations of men for to dwell on all the face of the earth, and hath determined the times before appointed, and the bounds of their habitation” ( Acts:17:26 And hath made of one blood all nations...

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Written by TBC Staff - EN
Wednesday, 17 October 2018 18:00

God's Final Word

“The Lord shall be king over all the earth: in that day shall there be one LORD, and his name one.” (Zechariah 14:9) God cannot be defeated in His creative purpose for this earth and its pe... More...

Authors: Days of Praise from ICR...

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Written by Days of Praise from ICR
Wednesday, 17 October 2018 17:03

Faithfulness When Progress is Slow

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In 2010, I attended a funeral at Victory Baptist Church in the rural town of Whiteville, NC. I did not know then that in December of 2013, I would become the pastor of this small church and begin praying that God would bring new life to this congregation. But before that could happen, God needed to...

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Written by Gary Ledbetter
Wednesday, 17 October 2018 17:00

Benjamin Laird Reviews Biblical Canon Lists in JETS

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Another review of The Biblical Canon Lists from Early Christianity has appeared. Benjamin Laird of Liberty University's School of Divinity has reviewed it positively in the most recent issue of JETS (61.3; 2018: 617–9). In his introductory remarks, he notes the influx of...

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Written by John Meade
Wednesday, 17 October 2018 17:00

Theology Thursday – Inerrancy is Wrong

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In this excerpt from the book Five Views on Biblical Inerrancy,  Peter Enns shares his initial thoughts about inerrancy from his essay, entitled, “Inerrancy, However Defined, Does Not Describe What the Bible Does.”1

The Bible is the book of God for the people of God. It reveals and...

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Written by TylerR
Wednesday, 17 October 2018 16:51

Our Journey Home from the Ruins of Sexual Abuse

It’s hard for me to imagine something more horrific than the sexual abuse of children. Yet every one of our churches contains precious men and women who have experienced this abuse and, therefore, are in need of our compassionate ministry of grace. Because this need is so great, I am pleased...

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Written by Paul Tautges
Wednesday, 17 October 2018 16:30

Coming Out - Some Advice for Christians

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This time last week the Twittersphere and blogosphere were filling up with posts marking National Coming Out Day. Christians who hold to the traditional historic Christian sexual ethic may find it hard to know how to view such a day. ‘Coming out’ often carries with it connotations of...

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Written by Andrew Bunt
Wednesday, 17 October 2018 15:29

Ministry born out of disaster: a tale of two churches in the wake of Hurricane Michael

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Springfield members Jerry and Cheri Harrell have begun a generator ministry to bring power to water wells throughout the Jakin Community. JOE WESTBURY/Index

JAKIN — The scene outside Springfield Baptist Church Wednesday afternoon was very misleading compared with what the congregation had...

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Written by Joe Westbury
Wednesday, 17 October 2018 15:15

Authenticating Glory in Scripture

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Though the Scripture may be shown to be trustworthy by many historical and logical proofs, it is essentially received as true because of the revelation of God’s glory experienced through it.

Just as nature reveals God (Rom 1:19-21), and some receive or reject his glory, so man receives or...

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Written by Jim Elliff
Wednesday, 17 October 2018 15:10

Restoring True Heresy – Again

When books or articles feature questions such as, “When Did Jesus Become the Christ?” or “When Did Jesus Become the Son of God?” it usually indicates that we are about to be introduced to a heretical view about the identity of Jesus. Most often the proposed answer to the...

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Written by Don and Joy Veinot
Wednesday, 17 October 2018 15:10

3 Reasons We Should Pay Attention to What We Sing in Church

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I only have vague memories of the “worship wars,” those days in the particular stream of evangelicalism that I stream in when there was intense and bitter disagreement regarding worship in the church. But from what I remember, and from what I’ve since learned, many of those...

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Written by Michael Kelley
Wednesday, 17 October 2018 15:05

October 18: Clarence Edward Macartney

The Pastor’s Familiar Sermon
by Rev. David T. Myers

imageHave you ever had the experience of  having your pastor preach the same sermon to your congregation of which you are a member, every fall of the year, for 37 years? And...

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Written by Wayne Sparkman
Wednesday, 17 October 2018 15:05

Why Doctrine Still Matters

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In the world of ministry and ministers, and also Christians in general, there can be a love/hate relationship with theology.

On the one hand, we love theology because it gives us an ordered, systematic, and storied picture of the sixty-six books of the Bible. We might say that theology packages...

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Written by Scott Sauls
Wednesday, 17 October 2018 14:10

Why Is Expressive Individualism a Challenge for the Church?

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In my previous column, we looked at the term “expressive individualism.” Today, I want us to see why a society captivated by this view of the world presents a challenge for the church in our efforts to be faithful to the gospel.

Me vs. God

The first reason why expressive individualism...

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Written by Trevin Wax
Wednesday, 17 October 2018 13:58

Beth Moore: False Teacher Leading Many Astray

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“Thine heart was lifted up because of thy beauty, thou hast corrupted thy wisdom by reason of thy brightness: I will cast thee to the ground, I will lay thee before kings, that they may behold thee” (Ezekiel 28:17).

Of course, we know that this passage of Scripture speaks of Lucifer, the...

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Written by Geri Ungurean
Wednesday, 17 October 2018 13:21

Our Woeful Churches Featured

Anyone who says Jesus was only about preaching a message soaked in happy, uplifting and positive vibes has clearly not read the four gospels. Everywhere in them we find Jesus speaking about hell and judgment to come more than anyone else; warning about hardships and persecution for his followers;...

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Written by Bill Muehlenberg
Wednesday, 17 October 2018 13:19

A catalogue of evils

In his written debate with Alvin Plantinga, secular philosopher Michael Tooley has "A brief catalogue of some notable evils", Knowledge of God (Blackwell 2008), 109-15. Since Tooley is a high-level atheist, and this is an impressive list, I'd like to interact with his examples.  ...

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Written by steve
Wednesday, 17 October 2018 12:56

Refuting Homosexuality

By Ben Russell
Introduction
Many people believe homosexuality is moral and acceptable. True belief of ontology and epistemology ultimately refutes homosexuality. Ontology is the study of being and existence. Ontology addresses applications, properties, modes, heights, shapes, and similar topics....

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Written by Mike Robinson
Wednesday, 17 October 2018 12:53

Around the Horn (October 18)

According to Nancy Guthrie, often the way we disciple others in the Scriptures is disjoined and lacking the Christological unifying principle. She makes the case that discipleship that teaches Christ from Genesis to Revelation helps us avoid dangers and creates more...

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Written by Staff
Wednesday, 17 October 2018 11:19

(Podcast 10.17.18) The Importance of Christian Community (w. Brandon Lowe)

image On this edition of the Bellator Christi Podcast, we are joined by Brandon Lowe who describes his journey from Christianity, to atheism, and back to the Christian worldview. Brandon describes the importance of Christian community in his journey back to the faith, and notes the importance of...

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Written by Brian Chilton
Wednesday, 17 October 2018 11:00

Or Mayo

“So, for the present, now that we are no longer in the grip of ‘anti-gay h8,’ water is commanded to flow uphill, by order of the Supreme Court, and triangles must have four sides, by order of Congress. On top of that, the president has recently signed an executive order...

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Written by Douglas Wilson
Wednesday, 17 October 2018 10:00

Fragile for the Glory of God

When you set out to shine the light of the gospel into the darkness of this world, you will experience personal adversity. Paul experienced this adversity for himself and he teaches you how to decipher this challenge the right way for yourself. To respond properly when adversity comes your way, you...

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Written by TOvermiller
Wednesday, 17 October 2018 10:00

Witnessing to two people at once

– Episode 2367 –

Witnessing to two people at once

Segment 1 (00:00) – To the Ukraine with the Tomorrow Clubs

Segment 2 (10:01) – Deep questions at the Minnesota State Fair

Segment 3 (19:31) – The conclusion to the Tale of Two Teenagers

Wretched Surprise! (25:34) –...

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Written by samueljroys
Wednesday, 17 October 2018 09:28

Prata Potpourri: Susie Spurgeon, The tone police, female preachers, Accessories, more Featured

Here are a few items for your consideration tonight.It's been a cool fall day here in north Georgia, and I appreciate this season so much. The oppressive heat has broken and the days are crystal clear and bright. One of these fine days, Jesus will blow the trumpet of God and call us home. We will...

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Written by The End Time
Wednesday, 17 October 2018 09:21

210-Doug Riggs - Hitler, Mengele, Antichrist the Transhumanist Agenda

Episode 210 of the A Minute to Midnite Show. Tony is joined by  Doug Riggs, who explains why he believes that Adolf Hitler fled to, and lived in South America until 1962. That Josef Mengele and Hitler carried on the … Continue reading

Authors: Tony Koretz...

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Written by Tony Koretz
Wednesday, 17 October 2018 08:53

A Study In Leadership, Loyalty, And Courage: Sgt Major John Canley Earns The Medal Of Honor

Authors: R. Scott Clark...

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Written by R. Scott Clark
Wednesday, 17 October 2018 08:41

Personal Bible Notes: Psalms

Refer to my 9/25/18 post about the margin notes in my Bible, and why I decided to share them on this blog
4:4: Eph. 4:26
9:14 “Daughter Zion”: Jerusalem
17:14 “You fill their bellies”: Who is “their”? NIV and Tanakh say those who God cherishes.
19:1:...

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Written by Glenn E. Chatfield
Wednesday, 17 October 2018 08:39

The Biblical Case for Discernment

Time to examine the fundamentals and foundation of the need for discernment according to the Bible.

Authors: 828 Ministries...

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Written by 828 Ministries
Wednesday, 17 October 2018 08:30

Ministry Cash Flows Featured

1. Seth continues his review of 2 Thessalonians 3, busybodies. 2. Seth responds to a listener submission about baptism. 3. Seth discusses ministry cash concerns.

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Written by Seth - Host of the Christian Commute
Wednesday, 17 October 2018 07:57

10/17/2018

• Witness Wednesday at Georgia Tech
• Can Todd tell if someone is a new smoker?
• How many years does this guy need to figure out what he is learning?
• This Christian doesn’t want to talk about sin and hell.

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Written by joey
Wednesday, 17 October 2018 06:54

Sermon 2 Corinthians 3:18

Wednesday, 17 October 2018 06:32

What Did Jesus Say about Social Justice? Featured

imageby Colin Eakin 
 
As the "social justice" juggernaut continues to batter the breastwork of the Church, it would seem to be a propitious moment to look deeper into what the Head of the Church thinks about the issue. Scripture actually gives considerable insight into the thoughts of Jesus regarding the...

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Written by Phil Johnson
Wednesday, 17 October 2018 05:55

Transgender bathroom policy leads to sexual assault of 5-year old girl

The U.S. Department of Education’s Office for Civil Rights (OCR) announced last month it was investigating a parental complaint alleging a Georgia school district’s transgender policy led to the sexual assault of a kindergartener.
City Schools of Decatur parent...

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Written by Denny Burk
Wednesday, 17 October 2018 05:27

Knowing God and Scripture Apart From the Church? (Augustine)

image  In the first section of the first volume of his Systematic Theology, Douglas Kelly makes a great point about how God is known by his Word in the fellowship of believers, in a covenantal context.  He puts it like this: faith is caused by truth, faith is the only appropriate...

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Written by Reformed Reader
Wednesday, 17 October 2018 05:11

More Plagiarism from Christine Caine Featured

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[Churchwatch Central] Warren Throckmorton brings to light more evidence of plagiarism by Christine Caine…

“For nothing is hidden that will not be made manifest, nor is anything secret that will not be known and come to light.” Luke 8:17

Warren writes:

Recently Christian motivational...

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Written by News Division
Wednesday, 17 October 2018 05:00

Our Friends in Seattle

For any of our friends in the Seattle area, Nancy and I are going to be doing a marriage conference there soon — the info is here.

The post Our Friends in Seattle appeared first on Blog & Mablog.

Authors: Douglas Wilson...

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Written by Douglas Wilson
Wednesday, 17 October 2018 04:55

Why Christians eat pork

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Leviticus ch. 11 is all about clean and unclean animals and what the Israelites in Old Testament times could and couldn’t eat.

Therefore, every time someone hunted, ate a meal, went to a petting zoo, or came across roadkill, they had to ask themselves, “Is this clean or unclean?”

Lan...

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Written by Pastorfish
Wednesday, 17 October 2018 04:39

The MOST Jewish Thing I Ever Did Was To Believe In Jesus

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A Jewish follower of Yeshua. His video is found in this article

 

There is a Rabbi from Israel who believes that he was called by God to bring Jews back to right Jewish thought and teaching.  Who are these “wayward” Jews?

To Rabbi Singer, they are Jews like me who have received...

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Written by Geri Ungurean
Wednesday, 17 October 2018 04:21

How pastors can avoid becoming “humanism-soaked sponges.”

imageDavid Bahnsen writes about the aftermath of the Kavanaugh imbroglio in which he opines on the situation that conservatives find themselves in—including those conservatives who happen to be Christians. There is one part of Bahnsen’s piece that jumped out at me when I read it. Bahnsen...

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Written by Denny Burk