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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Friday, 13 July 2018 00:49

Book Review: The Gospel Comes with a House Key, by Rosaria Butterfield

Butterfield, Rosaria. The Gospel Comes with a House Key: Practicing Radically Ordinary Hospitality in Our Post-Christian World.Crossway, Wheaton, Ill. 2018. 240 pages.

 

Raw. Unvarnished. Personal. Real. These are some of the words which scrolled through my head as I put down...

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Written by 9Marks
Friday, 13 July 2018 00:41

Coptology Job, WWU-Münster

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Coptologists often lurk around as New Testament professors or the like, since only a handful of institutions dedicate a position to the subject area.  Stephen Emmel, whose ground-breaking work has fostered reconstruction of the disbursed fragments of Shenoute of Atripe's (Wikipedia article)...

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Written by Christian Askeland
Friday, 13 July 2018 00:17

Position of Privilege

1 Peter 1:10-12, “10 Concerning this salvation, the prophets who prophesied about the grace that was to be yours searched and inquired carefully, 11 inquiring what person or time the Spirit of Christ in them was indicating when he predicted the sufferings of Christ and the...

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Written by Rick Hanna
Friday, 13 July 2018 00:15

You Will Die, But Will You Live?

There’s a famous saying that goes that in this world nothing can be said to be certain, except two things: death and taxes. Don’t worry we won’t be talking about taxes, but you might not be that excited about that other thing either which is death. But we know like the quote goes...

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Written by Wei Feng Ho
Friday, 13 July 2018 00:00

Why are so many women with good careers being forced to freeze their eggs?

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The New York Times says that more and more women are having to freeze their eggs because they can’t find good men to marry. The NYT doesn’t think that women are doing anything wrong. They blame the men for refusing to...

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Written by Wintery Knight
Friday, 13 July 2018 00:00

#91: The Spirit’s Ministry To The Church[Sermon]

Join Dave as he continues the study of the Gospel of John by looking at John 16:12-15.

The post #91: The Spirit’s Ministry To The Church[Sermon] appeared first on Servants of Grace.

Authors: Dave Jenkins

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Duration: 1254 secondsSize: 38.27 Mb...

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Written by Dave Jenkins
Thursday, 12 July 2018 23:53

Augustine: Infant Baptism Is The Apostolic And Universal Practice Of The Church

What the universal Church holds, not as instituted by councils but as something always held, is most correctly believed to have been handed down by apostolic authority. Since others respond for children, so that the celebration of the sacrament may be complete . . . Continue reading →

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Written by R. Scott Clark
Thursday, 12 July 2018 23:43

Kuyper: The Introduction Of Hymns To Dutch Reformed Worship Was Done Unlawfully

Here we come to the issue of psalms versus hymns. Our fathers ruled that, with a few exceptions, only the singing of psalms was permitted in the assembly of believers. When hymns were introduced in 1807 (by unlawful ecclesiastical might) many people . . . Continue reading →

Authors: R. Scott...

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Written by R. Scott Clark
Thursday, 12 July 2018 23:36

4 Simple Ways to Transform Your Church Worship Services

When I speak at churches I am constantly amazed by how many services are designed and executed in a way that excludes everyone but the twenty-percent of members who are the most active. Worship services in the local church are rightly designed for the gathered community of believers to grow in the...

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Written by David Prince
Thursday, 12 July 2018 23:26

Your opportunity to reverse the political consequences of being an uninformed voter

LAWRENCEVILLE — The airways are filled with political announcements, some boosting one candidate and some booing another. Your mailbox has also likely been loaded with political flyers for months taunting one candidate or touting another.

Mike Maciag, writing for Governing, declares,...

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Written by Gerald Harris
Thursday, 12 July 2018 23:17

Has Humanist Psychology Infiltrated the Church?

imageThis is one of your questions we discuss today on air.  Other topics you want to discuss include: Should Every Christian be a teacher of the Word? What doctrines must true Christians believe in and which can we have disagreements over? What is Arianism? The changing face of Youth Ministry What...

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Written by comments@standupforthetruth.com
Thursday, 12 July 2018 23:00

Together in the net.

Notice the good fish and the bad fish, in Matthew 13:47-51, were in the net together. The world is not caught in the dragnet of the kingdom of heaven; they remain in the world.

The “fish” that are caught are those who respond to the gospel—the evangelistic “catch.” They...

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Written by The Daily Evidence
Thursday, 12 July 2018 22:49

Andrew Fuller Friday: Fuller on the Needfulness of Creeds

It has been very common, among a certain class of writers, to exclaim against creeds and systems in religion as inconsistent with Christian liberty and the rights of conscience; but surely they must be understood as objecting to those creeds only which they dislike, and not to creeds in general;...

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Written by Staff
Thursday, 12 July 2018 22:44

Weekly Apologetics Bonus Links (7/8 – 7/14)

image LOGOS BIBLE SOFTWARE Free Logos Bible Software Offer KINDLE DEALS: Spiritual Equipping for Mission: Thriving as God’s Message Bearers by Ryan Shaw $3.99 Gospel-Centered Teaching: Showing Christ in All the Scripture by Trevin Wax $2.99 What Every Christian Ought to Know: Solid Grounding for a...

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Written by Steve Domark
Thursday, 12 July 2018 22:37

Four Important Facts About Eternity

God loves you. Here are four facts about the afterlife that He wants you to know. 1.  Eternity is a long time. Eternity is defined as “without end of existence.” That’s a long time! The Bible uses synonyms such as everlasting, forever, and immortality.  Eternity is a...

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Written by admin
Thursday, 12 July 2018 22:05

Justification: A Fundamental Human Need

“If you have justification, you are not only free from moral guilt but although you die, you are free from the sting of death and will be found with him [Christ] in heaven forever in fellowship with him.” –Dr. William Edgar.

Watch Dr. Edgar describe the fundamental human need for...

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Written by Victor Kim
Thursday, 12 July 2018 21:00

Why Study the Book of Numbers?

July 13, 2018 by: Michael LeFebvreimage

This article is part of the Why Study the Book? series.

Stubborn Unbelief

It is one of the great ironies of Scripture that the generation that saw God’s works most vividly became the epitome of those who refuse to believe him.

The generation of the...

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Written by Michael LeFebvre
Thursday, 12 July 2018 20:11

The History of Nothing, No One, and Nowhere

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As I’ve traveled the world this year, I’ve been reading voraciously. Before I visit a country I try to read about its history—its key events, its key victories and failures, its key personalities. I’ve read complete histories of a number of the world’s great nations,...

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Written by Tim Challies
Thursday, 12 July 2018 20:04

Take Heed of Your Little Sins and Repent!

Keep a jealous watch over your repentance. Keep it up, and let not the fire burn low. Whenever you find a slackness coming over your soul—whenever you feel slow, dull, heavy, cold, and careless about little sins—look to your own heart then, and take heed lest you fall. Say to your...

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Written by The J.C. Ryle Archive
Thursday, 12 July 2018 20:01

A La Carte (July 13)

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Today’s Kindle deals are a little bit sparse, but there are still a couple.

(Yesterday on the blog: False Converts & Confrontational Blogging)

How to Spot a False Teacher 

Here is how you spot a false teacher:a false teacher confesses false doctrine and harms others...

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Written by Tim Challies
Thursday, 12 July 2018 20:00

New DVD Featuring Ken Ham and Dr. Georgia Purdom Now Available

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Several months ago, I was invited by a student group to speak at the University of Central Oklahoma. However, after the LGBT group on campus complained about me coming (because I believe marriage is between one man and one woman—which is deemed as hate speech by this group), I was...

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Written by Ken Ham
Thursday, 12 July 2018 20:00

How Can We Be Friends? 4 Biblical and Practical Considerations for Co-Ed Christian Friendships

imageHow can we biblically pursue friendships with members of the opposite sex?

Authors: Michelle Lesley...

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Written by Michelle Lesley
Thursday, 12 July 2018 20:00

Deny Yourself

Jesus was clear. "If anyone would come after Me, let him deny himself and take up his cross daily and follow Me." (Luke 9:23) Not ambiguous at all. But ... what did He mean?The monks thought He meant "Deny yourself any pleasures, possessions, comforts, whatever you may want." That doesn't quite...

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Written by Winging It
Thursday, 12 July 2018 19:57

Enjoying God’s Multiple Good Gifts

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     So I commend the enjoyment of life…

    … because there is nothing better for a person under the sun than to eat and drink and be glad. Then joy will accompany them in their toil all the days of the life God has given them under the sun. Eccles. 8:15

He...

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Written by Scotty Smith
Thursday, 12 July 2018 19:00

Five Star Links

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Each Friday, we share links we found especially interesting or inspiring during the previous week. Kim:Helpful thoughts from the article "I'd Like to Have an Argument, Please."
Many pundits have rued the widespread lack of courtesy on social media. Here, then, is a fundamental mode of courtesy...

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Written by Kim Shay
Thursday, 12 July 2018 19:00

Beware the “Spiritual Danger of Doing Good”

“I have seen friends and mentors throw themselves into the causes of justice and do extraordinary work for Jesus. I admired their passion, their devotion, and their sacrifice. But despite their extraordinary dedication, things went wrong. Burnout. Infidelity. Lost faith. Financial compromise....

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Written by Kristie Eshelman
Thursday, 12 July 2018 19:00

Passing Down the Truth

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I learned a vital spiritual lesson while participating in a track meet during my college years. I was running in the 4x400-meter relay at the Orange County Invitational. As a baseball player moonlighting in track and field, I wasn’t the fastest runner on our team. So, I ran the second leg.

Our...

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Written by Dr. John MacArthur
Thursday, 12 July 2018 18:50

The Inevitable Consequence of An Atheistic Worldview

imageA few years ago, a gentleman (we’ll call him “John”) replied to a blog I posted at CrossExamined.org. As a skeptical non-believer, John wasn’t responding to what I had posted, but to fellow atheists who had been interacting with Christians in the comment section....

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Written by jwallace
Thursday, 12 July 2018 18:05

Joshua 18-19; Psalms 149-150; Jer. 9; Matt. 23

Joshua 18-19; Psalms 149-150; Jeremiah 9; Matthew 23

THIS (JOSH. 18-19) IS A GOOD TIME TO reflect on the many chapters of Joshua that have been devoted to the dividing up of the land.

(1) Focusing on the division of the land, these chapters implicitly focus on the land itself. After all, the land was...

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Written by Don Carson
Thursday, 12 July 2018 18:00

Nuggets from Occult Invasion—The Death of Materialism

July 13, 2018
What was modern man to do? He didn’t roll over, pinned to the mat of life by the overwhelming strength of truth. There was no great turning to the God of the Bible. Yes, there was an upsurge of Islamic and Christian...

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Written by TBC Staff - CR
Thursday, 12 July 2018 18:00

He Became Poor

“For ye know the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, that, though he was rich, yet for your sakes he became poor, that ye through his poverty might be rich.” (2 Corinthians 8:9) The doctrine of Christ’s kenosis, or self-emptying, is one of the most amazing of all biblical truths. The...

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Written by Days of Praise from ICR
Thursday, 12 July 2018 18:00

Friday's Featured Sermon: "Facing Death Confidently, Part 2" Featured

Have you ever met anyone who expects to live forever? Though they might not verbalize that expectation, the way some people live suggests they are unmoved by the unstoppable march of time, and unconcerned about the inevitability of the grave. Others obsess over death, and take extreme measures to...

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Written by Grace to You Blog
Thursday, 12 July 2018 17:47

Bible Contradiction? When (at what time of day) was Jesus crucified?

This alleged Bible contradiction took some time to write.  I had to sleep on it and do more research to respond to it.

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For today’s post we will tackle the question the Skeptic Annotated Bible asked: When (at what time of day) was Jesus crucified?

Here are the two answers which the skeptic...

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Written by SLIMJIM
Thursday, 12 July 2018 17:03

The Relation of Young-Earth Creationism to Fundamentalism

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Young-Earth Creationism and Modern Fundamentalism: A Historical Study (Part 3)

Analyzing fundamentalism and its relationship to the Young-Earth Creationism (YEC) movement is necessary as both movements interact with another in the present and the future. The driving concern of Fundamentalism remains...

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Written by Jacob Reinhardt
Thursday, 12 July 2018 17:00

Believe It by Nick Foles, a Great New Book, #5 on the NYT Best Sellers List

imageOf the many fine young men I’ve gotten to know through the ministry of Pro Athletes Outreach (PAO), quarterback Nick Foles stands out as one of those most serious in his Christian faith. (See my past blog on Nick and Case Keenum, as well as some of Nick’s Eagles teammates who...

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Written by Randy Alcorn
Thursday, 12 July 2018 17:00

Writing as Measurement

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Here's Peter Leithart on the word κάλαμος ("reed") in Revelation 11:1 (emphasis added):

κάλαμος can refer to a writing implement, a pen. Having eaten and digested the heavenly book, [John] is ready to take up the...

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Written by Andrew Wilson
Thursday, 12 July 2018 15:10

3 Reasons to Give Away Our Books

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Four years ago an older, frail, gentlemen walked into the bookstore I worked at when I was a college student. He came in and requested some books for him and his wife. I struck up a conversation with him and we talked about theology. It turns out he was a pastor at a small church outside of the...

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Written by Taylor Cain
Thursday, 12 July 2018 15:05

July 13: A Plea for Toleration?

A Plea for Tolerance or a Plan for Liberal Takeover—Which?

That was the fundamental question which was being debated in the Presbyterian Church, U.S.A., in the early decades of the twentieth century in the United States.  Should this historic church be allowed to have all sorts of...

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Written by Wayne Sparkman
Thursday, 12 July 2018 15:05

The Pastor’s Wife: Exposing Lies and Redeeming Them (Part 2)

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In Part One of our Pastor’s Wife series, we exposed four lies: don’t be anyone’s friend, don’t reveal your weaknesses, be available to everyone at all times, and my husband is important; I am not.

There are more lies to explore and bring into the light. Though they are worth...

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Written by Whitney Putnam
Thursday, 12 July 2018 15:00

From the Archives: A Wonderful Creationist Heritage

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It is so important that we focus on God’s perspective concerning ultimate origins. Human theories, hypotheses, speculations and opinions come and go. But the God “who cannot lie” (NKJV, Tit. 1:2), who was there when the world began, has written a perfect book—the...

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Written by John C. Whitcomb
Thursday, 12 July 2018 14:19

Daniell Association extends Yucatan Partnership, undergirds new church plant

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Brewton Parker students Austin Pounds in blue shirt, Jake Vinson in black shirt, and Lydia Clements in grey baseball cap engage in street evangelism on the Yucatan Peninsula. DBA/Special

AILEY —The partnership between Georgia Baptists and the Yucatan Peninsula that thrived nearly a dozen years...

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Written by Joe Westbury
Thursday, 12 July 2018 14:00

$5 Friday: Faith, Repentance, God’s Glory

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It's time for our weekly $5 Friday sale. This week's resources include such topics as repentance, the atonement, William Tyndale, God’s law, money, eternal security, faith, God’s glory, and more.

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

View today's $5 Friday sale items.

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Written by Nathan W. Bingham
Thursday, 12 July 2018 12:27

The Cultural Revolution 50 Years On Featured

A half century ago America and much of the West was engulfed in the counterculture movement. It had other names, such as the hippy movement, the Woodstock generation, the cultural revolution, the peace and love generation, and the radical 60s. Already things like the free speech movement and the...

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Written by Bill Muehlenberg
Thursday, 12 July 2018 11:00

What Regulation Does

“But to call for regulation of industry is to call for just this kind of crony capitalism, what I have elsewhere called crapitalism. This is what regulation does. This is hair of the dog that bit you reform, which is to say, no reform at all, no solution at all.” (Confessions of a Food...

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Written by Douglas Wilson
Thursday, 12 July 2018 10:46

Thai cave rescue: Don’t forget man who made ultimate sacrifice so that boys, coach could live

Prayers from around the world were answered this week with the daring rescue of 12 youth soccer team members, ages 11 to 16, and their coach from a flooded cave in Thailand. But we must not forget that one courageous diver sacrificed his own life to keep them alive.

The diver, 38-year-old Saman...

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Written by Bruce Ashford
Thursday, 12 July 2018 10:00

Fire and water worship

– Episode 2185 –

Fire and water worship

Segment 1 (00:00) – Names for Todd’s worship song

Segment 2 (11:11) – Mr. Preborn talks about the need for ultrasounds

Segment 3 (17:43) – Mr. Preborn talks about the need for ultrasounds part 2

Wretched Surprise! (25:27)...

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Written by samueljroys
Thursday, 12 July 2018 09:53

SBC Scuttlebutt Featured

Pulpit & Pen Daily Update for June 12, 2018

SBC Scuttlebutt

More Archived Episodes of The Pulpit & Pen Daily Updates & Polemics Report – HERE

Visit JD Hall’s Polemics Report Page – HERE

Visit JD Hall’s Pulpit and Pen Page – HERE

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Written by social element
Thursday, 12 July 2018 09:37

Judaism and exceptions to abortion

Ben Shapiro writes:

But for the sake of clarity, here is my position on the morality and law of abortion: (1) I believe abortion is murder because life begins at conception; (2) I believe that the government has an interest in stopping murder; (3) I believe that there should be exceptions for when...

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Written by Patrick Chan
Thursday, 12 July 2018 08:20

Operation Mincemeat

On April 30th, 1943, the corpse of Major William Martin washed up on a beach in Spain. When the body was examined, the Nazi authorities discovered not only the typical wallet litter (license, receipts, bills, pictures, etc.) but a letter from a General to the now-deceased Major Martin alluding,...

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Written by Patrick Chan
Thursday, 12 July 2018 08:17

Walk in the Light and leave spiritual darkness far behind Featured

by Mike Ratliff

1 See how great a love the Father has bestowed on us, that we would be called children of God; and such we are. For this reason the world does not know us, because it did not know Him. 2 Beloved, now we are children of God, and it has not appeared as yet what we will be. We know that...

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Written by Mike Ratliff