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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Tuesday, 16 October 2018 19:00

Fear of God Devotional: The Significance of Christ Being God

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Why is it important that Jesus is God?

Sam Waldron explains in this video that when we speak of the deity of Christ, we should ask ourselves what do we mean when we say that He is God? Why is that important?

Jesus has the same nature as God. It is significant that Christ is called God in the Old...

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Written by NCFIC Blog
Tuesday, 16 October 2018 19:00

Where Does Ultimate Authority Lie?

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There is a science in theology and in biblical studies that we call hermeneutics. It is the science of biblical interpretation. It teaches objective principles and rules that govern our treatment of the text, lest we turn the Bible into a piece of clay that we can shape and form for our own...

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Written by R.C. Sproul
Tuesday, 16 October 2018 18:00

Nuggets from Occult Invasion—Demonic Possession?

October 17, 2018
That demonic possession could result from entering an altered state of consciousness is being increasingly acknowledged by scientists and psychologists and other researchers into para psychology . Jon Klimo, author of one of the...

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Written by tbc staff - bl
Tuesday, 16 October 2018 18:00

Farewell, Willow Creek: Where the “Regular” Churches Can Go From Here

October 17, 2018
It looks like the beginning of the end at Willow Creek. They aren’t saying that, but I feel like that’s what’s happening. If so, good riddance. Stanley Hauerwas said that the church...

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Written by TBC Staff - EN
Tuesday, 16 October 2018 18:00

The Valley of Blessing

“And on the fourth day they assembled themselves in the valley of Berachah; for there they blessed the LORD: therefore the name of the same place was called, The valley of Berachah, unto this day.” (2 Chronicles... More...

Authors: Days of Praise from ICR...

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Written by Days of Praise from ICR
Tuesday, 16 October 2018 18:00

An Apostle in Exile Featured

We often think of Revelation as a prophetic look at the second coming of Christ. We think of the judgment that awaits the world because “He is coming with the clouds, and every eye will see Him, even those who pierced Him; and all the tribes of the earth will mourn over Him” (Revelation...

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Written by Grace to You Blog
Tuesday, 16 October 2018 17:40

Bible Contradiction? Was Zechariah Iddo’s son or grandson?

For more of our posts responding to alleged Bible contradictions check out our Collection of Posts Responding to Bible Contradictions.

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For today’s post we will tackle the question the Skeptic Annotated Bible asked: Was Zechariah Iddo’s son or grandson?

Here are the two answers...

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Written by SLIMJIM
Tuesday, 16 October 2018 17:03

Dealing with the Wiggleworm: Tips on Keeping Children Engaged

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Children must be discipled with care and devotion. A child is no less a citizen of God’s kingdom than their parents; they are not second-tier after thoughts to God like so many of our ministries seem to reflect. On the contrary, children seem to be some of the most esteemed members of...

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Written by George Binoka
Tuesday, 16 October 2018 17:00

When the Bible Conflicts with Our Culture

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Here’s another great post from one of my sons-in-law, Dan Franklin, who’s married to my daughter Karina. (Make sure you don’t miss this video and article I shared from him recently, about The Problem with “Speak Your Truth.”) While I admit I am biased about not only my...

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Written by Dan Franklin
Tuesday, 16 October 2018 17:00

Counterpoint Reading

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You may already do this, but I’ve only just realised how useful it is, so bear with me: it can be really illuminating to read books in pairs, where each provides a counterpoint to the other. That doesn’t necessarily mean books which explicitly disagree with each other, although of...

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Written by Andrew Wilson
Tuesday, 16 October 2018 15:10

How To Respond When You Get Punched In The Face

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“…you will perhaps find it a heavier trial than you are aware of…”

That heavy trial, to which Newton is referring to, is the trial of having your preaching of the gospel met with opposition. I’ve found the words of Mike Tyson to be true of pastoral ministry....

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Written by Mike Leake
Tuesday, 16 October 2018 15:05

October 17: Machen and the IBPFM

Time and Again, God Triumphs Over Our Sin

Attempts to reform the Mission Board of the Presbyterian Church, USA were led in part by some of the faculty and board members at Westminster Theological Seminary. When those efforts failed, it was on June 27th in 1933 that the Independent Board for...

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Written by Wayne Sparkman
Tuesday, 16 October 2018 15:05

Christ, The Wisdom And Righteousness Of God

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Studying the history of the church and of Christian theology can enrich your understanding of Scripture. This has been one of the most exciting aspects, for me, of studying church history and historical theology. Because I am only a finite human, rooted in a particular place and culture and in...

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Written by Benjamin Hawkins
Tuesday, 16 October 2018 15:00

Sermons on Pastoral Ministry

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Those in pastoral ministry have a great responsibility in preaching the Gospel to their congregation. Paul repeatedly encouraged Timothy and Titus to teach the good news with clarity and to model humility, integrity and godly character. In these sermons, Alistair Begg encourages pastors to stay...

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Written by TFL
Tuesday, 16 October 2018 15:00

The Book of Psalms and the Biblical Covenants (Part 5)

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Read the series.

The Christology of the Psalms continued …

Christ’s Resurrection and Ascension

Christ’s Resurrection and Ascension in Psalms 16:10 (resurrection), and 68:18 (ascension).

Psalm 16:10: “For You will not leave my soul in Sheol, Nor will You allow Your Holy One to...

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Written by Paul Henebury
Tuesday, 16 October 2018 14:04

‘Christine Caine appears to be harvesting what Joel Osteen planted’ – more plagiarism?

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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 author Christine Caine settle...

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Written by churchwatcher
Tuesday, 16 October 2018 14:01

Church History in Stained Glass

Stained glass windows are not just beautiful works of art; they also teach us about our past. On this episode of 5 Minutes in Church History, Dr. Stephen Nichols looks at the windows inside Santee Chapel at Lancaster Theological Seminary.

The post Church History in Stained Glass appeared first on 5...

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Written by Ligonier Ministries
Tuesday, 16 October 2018 12:42

What Passes for a Miracle Featured

1. Seth continues his review of 2 Thessalonians 3, examining discipline. 2. Seth responds to a listener submission about prayer. 3. Seth discusses miracles.

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Written by Seth - Host of the Christian Commute
Tuesday, 16 October 2018 12:13

The Perilous State of Our Theological Illiteracy Featured

Time was, those who were the most concerned about good theology, who most stressed the importance of biblical truth, and who most sought to order their lives under the Word of God were evangelicals. Sadly it seems like this is no longer the case – not by a long shot.

We see a million bits of...

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Written by Bill Muehlenberg
Tuesday, 16 October 2018 12:08

Strategic inscrutability

There's a family of objections to God as an explanatory principle. There's Elliott Sober's objection that you can't draw a design inference unless you know the intentions of the designer. There's a related objection to skeptical theism as a double-edged sword: it relieves the problem of evil at the...

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Written by steve
Tuesday, 16 October 2018 11:13

Podcast #5: Sharing the Good News with Mormons

On this episode of the Reasonable Theology podcast we are joined by Eric Johnson of Mormonism Research Ministry to talk about how we can effectively witness to those in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Together with Sean McDowell, Eric has recently released a book titled Sharing the...

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Written by Clayton Kraby
Tuesday, 16 October 2018 11:09

Gay Priest Speaks at Southern Baptist Event Featured

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ERLC AND RUSSELL MOORE ADVOCATE REDEFINING FAMILY AND PROMOTE GAY PRIEST WHO WANTS TO BABYSIT YOUR CHILDREN.

[Thirty Pieces of Silver] The ERLC just completed its 2018 “Cross Shaped Family Conference” in Dallas, which was the second of an annual event. This year’s conference...

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Written by News Division
Tuesday, 16 October 2018 11:00

Meum Tuum

“We . . . live in a time when the social justice gimme, gimme graspers have a poorer understanding of property rights than a dog with a chew toy does” (Same Sex Mirage, p. 129).

The post Meum & Tuum appeared first on Blog & Mablog.

Authors: Douglas Wilson...

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Written by Douglas Wilson
Tuesday, 16 October 2018 10:55

Russell Moore Compares ‘Social Justice Statement’ Signers to Racists, Bigots Featured

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Frankly, Russell Moore started this whole mess.

The left-of-center Communitarian, former Democratic staffer, George Soros acolyte and social progressive leader of the Southern Baptist’s Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission (ERLC) mainstreamed Critical Race Theory and Cultural Marxism among...

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Written by News Division
Tuesday, 16 October 2018 10:52

Platonic realism to the rescue

Platonism is the view that there exist abstract (that is, non-spatial, non-temporal) objects (see the entry on abstract objects). Because abstract objects are wholly non-spatiotemporal, it follows that they are also entirely non-physical (they do not exist in the physical world and are not made of...

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Written by steve
Tuesday, 16 October 2018 10:00

The Many Degrees of Social Justice

– Episode 2366 –

The Many Degrees of Social Justice

Segment 1 (00:00) A Worldview Thermometer

Segment 2 (08:36) The Social Justice Points

Segment 3 (16:38) The Anti-Social Justice Points

Wretched Surprise! (26:52) 1 John 4:20

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Written by samueljroys
Tuesday, 16 October 2018 09:49

First Amendment rights upheld in Kelvin Cochran case

By Gerald Harris

ATLANTA – Kelvin Cochran, a fellow Georgia Baptist and current Chief Operating Officer of Elizabeth Baptist Church in Atlanta, has won his case with the city of Atlanta. The Alliance Defending Freedom (ADF), who had represented Cochran in his lawsuit against former Atlanta...

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Written by Gerald Harris
Tuesday, 16 October 2018 09:35

God-pleasing sacrifices Featured

by Mike Ratliff

1 Παρακαλῶοὖν ὑμᾶς, ἀδελφοί, διὰτῶν οἰκτιρμῶν...

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Written by Mike Ratliff
Tuesday, 16 October 2018 09:22

What Madness Is This?

What madness is this? What unholy and devilishly complex word could contain such a multitude of meaning? Merriam-Webster, “Words at Play” on the etymology, history, and meanings of “nice.”

Authors: R. Scott Clark...

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Written by R. Scott Clark
Tuesday, 16 October 2018 08:55

Catching Up on Events Since Travels to Scotland and Israel: Russell Moore, Brandi Miller, and Andy Stanley

Talked a bit about my trip to Scotland and Israel, and then moved into listening to Russell Moore’s comments on the Statement on Social Justice and the Gospel, listened to Brandi Miller at Reunion2018 illustrating everything we have been warning about with clarity, and then finished up by...

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Written by James White
Tuesday, 16 October 2018 08:01

Don’t Use 1 Corinthians 13:8 to Argue for Cessationism

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Longtime readers will know that I am not a young-earth creationist (I think there are exegetical weaknesses I haven’t been able to overcome), but one of the things I appreciate about the young-earth-only ministry Answers in Genesis is that they have a section on their website entitled Argument...

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Written by Justin Taylor
Tuesday, 16 October 2018 07:57

Word Meanings Change

Here are eleven English words that used to mean something significantly different. This is one reason that translations are important and why new translations are needed.

Authors: BibleX...

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Written by BibleX
Tuesday, 16 October 2018 07:51

Babies Were Murdered, Women Injured, Media Yawned

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Two of the main reasons you don’t really know about convicted murderer, Kermit Gosnell are, first, a complicit media covered-up the news and second, America has become apathetic about the abortion industry. At least Christians who are pro-life should care! For the moment, let’s set...

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Written by David Fiorazo
Tuesday, 16 October 2018 07:40

Perfectionism and God and Grace

This article helps illustrate the relationship between our spiritual state before God and our subjective psychological state

A much better explanation, I would argue, is the eclipse of Christianity in this demographic.  Those who know nothing of grace, God’s love, or Christ’s...

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Written by memoirandremains
Tuesday, 16 October 2018 07:34

A Day in the Life of A: Potter Featured

By Elizabeth PrataPrevious essays in the series:

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Written by The End Time
Tuesday, 16 October 2018 07:28

Free Gold

Vast explosions, throwing out gold, platinum and many of the world’s most precious elements, could be happening throughout the universe.

Nasa scientists have spotted what they think are immense explosions caused by neutron stars colliding into each other in distant space.

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Written by memoirandremains
Tuesday, 16 October 2018 07:19

Closing the Facebook (Adam Parker)

It's been two weeks since I deleted my Facebook account. I do not see myself going back. The reasons for leaving have nothing to do with cybersecurity or privacy - they have to do with what Facebook is doing to me as a person. I began using Facebook about a decade ago. Ten years ago my life was...

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Written by Reformation21 Blog
Tuesday, 16 October 2018 07:15

Stung Again by a Familiar Passage

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When I was younger, I would see a tree and want to climb it. Now, a bit older I may consider the same tree useful to lean upon or as shade to rest. It’s interesting how our perspective changes with time.

I’ve noticed something similar now after twenty plus years of being a Christian. I...

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Written by Erik Raymond
Tuesday, 16 October 2018 06:53

Sermon on Cain and Abel

Tuesday, 16 October 2018 06:45

10/16/2018

•Mormons support medical marijuana. Why shouldn’t Christians?
•Snatch them from the Flames; Where have signs and wonders been for 2000 years?
•The illogical practice of private prayer tongues
•7 things you need to know about the Bible
•John MacArthur joins us
•Why you should be careful with short-term missions
•Is expository preaching the “easy way out”?

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Written by joey
Tuesday, 16 October 2018 06:34

Bible Study for Oct. 21: A Prayer of Praise

Matthew 6:9b; Psalm 96:1-9 Victor Lyons, PastorSecond Memorial Baptist Church, Perry

Who do you revere in your life?

What place does God hold in your life?

Honor and shame were important elements in the ancient world. Deeds that would bring honor were valued, and shame was to be avoided. Shame usually...

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Written by Victor Lyons
Tuesday, 16 October 2018 06:17

Tim Keller: Marxist Change Agent Featured

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In seven previous posts I have laid out clear and concise evidence of the progressive liberalism and Marxist ideology that drives Tim Keller’s false theology; all in his own words. It has been proven beyond any reasonable objection that he has set out to redefine biblical doctrine,...

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Written by News Division
Tuesday, 16 October 2018 06:16

Why is pastoral ministry such a risky pursuit?

image Why is Practical Shepherding important?  Here’s one reason–these staggering stats.  These troubling numbers show the risk of those who set their hands to the plow of this noble, but costly work.

• 70% constantly fight depression.

• 50% feel so discouraged that they...

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Written by Brian
Tuesday, 16 October 2018 06:09

Gay Friar Hosts Hook-Up for Gays at Roman Catholic Church Featured

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This really, really gay friar is turning his parish into a hookup scene for homosexuals

What would you think if a man who identifies as “gay” happens to advertise himself as a “masseur” who specializes in “man-to-man bodywork? You would probably think that man...

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Written by News Division
Tuesday, 16 October 2018 05:33

Atlanta Roman Catholic Priest Caught at Gay Club When Tagged in Photos on Facebook Featured

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Roman Catholic Atlanta-Area priest being kissed by “friend,” recently seen partying at gay club.

ATLANTA, Georgia – A Roman Catholic priest – who happens to be appointed as “spiritual director for victims of sexual abuse by clergy” recently attended a drag show...

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Written by News Division
Tuesday, 16 October 2018 05:32

God’s Grace Is Greater Than Our Past

This post originally appeared on Gregg Potts’ blog on Oct. 16, 2018.

Recently I was talking with a person and the individual began telling me of the past indiscretions of a certain individual. I listened and I admit, it bothered me to hear some of these things. Hearing these things...

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Written by Gregg Potts
Tuesday, 16 October 2018 05:11

Relationship Fallouts and What to Do About Them

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The Lord is interested in us overcoming, and one of the greatest things we will have to overcome in our Christian life is having our feelings hurt and being offended by someone. And no, I am not talking about little minor infractions and common irritations that everyone experiences; but I’m...

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Written by Don Johnson