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, 05 December 2017 14:05

December 6: Death of Francis Herron

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Can we find a sermon by Francis Herron for this day?

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Tuesday, 05 December 2017 14:00

Building A Theological Library (Part 1)

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Recently I read an essay on theological library building written by someone from a software company that sells good materials for digital Bible study. This brought to mind a lecture I have given to students and pastors on theological library building for about 15 years. I thought I might pass on...

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Written by Jeff Straub
Tuesday, 05 December 2017 14:00

Covenant in Amos

imageThe Prophet Amos. Engraving by Gustave Doré, 19th century.

Amos (active c.765-760 B.C.)

Amos is a simple shepherd and gatherer of figs to whom the word of the LORD (dabar YHWH) comes. He cries against both Israel (2:6) and Judah (2:4; 3:1). A major concern of his is social justice. Amos...

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Written by Paul Henebury
Tuesday, 05 December 2017 13:53

Augustine: Refuting the Pelagians

image‘But these brethren of ours, about whom and on whose behalf we are now discoursing, say, perhaps, that the Pelagians are refuted by this apostolical testimony in which it is said that we are chosen in Christ and predestinated before the foundation of the world, in order that we should be holy...

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Written by John Samson
Tuesday, 05 December 2017 13:01

The Meaning of the Cross

December 6

“I am the resurrection and the life. He who believes in Me, though he may die, he shall live.” -JOHN 11:25

The Cross does not represent Death – it represents Life out of Death. Jesus does not refer to Himself as the Crucifixion and the Death, but He calls Himself the...

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Written by Chip Brogden
Tuesday, 05 December 2017 13:00

“My Rainbow in the Cloud”

I set My rainbow in the cloud, and it shall be for the sign of the covenant between Me and the earth. —Genesis 9:13

It is the will of God that human beings should get into a right-standing relationship with Him, and His covenants are designed for this purpose. Why doesn’t God save me? He...

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Written by RSS | My Utmost For His Highest
Tuesday, 05 December 2017 13:00

How do we answer attacks by militant and intolerant atheists?

“How do we answer an attack by militant and intolerant atheists on a high school in Georgia and a church in Texas?

The aggressive Freedom From Religion Foundation threatened East Coweta High School in Newnan with a lawsuit because the coach had the audacity to pray with his football players....

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Written by Paul Baxter
Tuesday, 05 December 2017 11:42

Perry Noble Calls Pulpit Pen"Idiots, White Washed Tombs, Brood of Vipers." Featured

Perry Noble had a few choice words for us in a selfie video done from his car. He did not like our sermon review. Or, at least, the last line about his appeal for money.

“I tend to stay away...

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Written by News Division
Tuesday, 05 December 2017 11:23

Mother of Sorrows

They say that a mother is only as happy as her saddest child. In my experience this is 100% true. How many times have I searched the faces of my children, wondering how they are feeling? Trying to gauge how hurt or disappointed or discouraged they are? How many times have I cried hot tears…...

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Written by Melissa
Tuesday, 05 December 2017 10:03

Charismatics Prophesy of Terrorism (Captain Obvious Rolls His Eyes) Featured

Charisma Mag wants you to know that the nation’s “intercessors” and prophets are predicting terrorism. Predictions of precipitation, winter, and political unrest are forthcoming.

We know what you’re thinking. How brave and cutting edge is a prediction of coming terrorism or...

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Written by News Division
Tuesday, 05 December 2017 10:00

Not the Same Thing at All

“Theocracy is necessary and inescapable. Ecclesiocracy is, among other things, quite an appalling thought” (Empires of Dirt, p. 56).

The post Not the Same Thing at All appeared first on Blog & Mablog.

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Written by Douglas Wilson
Tuesday, 05 December 2017 09:48

Break With Tradition

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The early part of my Christian experience was closely identified with a denominational church that held dogmatically to the Acts 2 position. They were resting comfortably on the bed of tradition, and used its covers as security blankets to insulate themselves from the reality of God’s Word,...

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Written by Pastor Paul M. Sadler
Tuesday, 05 December 2017 09:40

Watch this Video of a Glory Cloud. Also…What is a Glory Cloud? Featured

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A supposed glory cloud appearing at Bethel Church in Redding, California.

What is a “glory cloud?” For starters, the only people who talk about the phenomenon of a “glory cloud” are charismatics. The term has been popularized in recent years, and so much so, that the term is...

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Written by News Division
Tuesday, 05 December 2017 09:14

Sermon: His Spirit Was Provoked Featured

From Acts of the [Only] Apostles sermon series, this message is taken from Acts 17:15-20. Paul goes to Athens, and the idols present in the city agitate his spirit. He then preaches to the idolaters. Topics covered include God’s hatred for idols, preaching to idolaters, and desiring to...

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Written by JD Hall
Tuesday, 05 December 2017 09:10

The Sexual Militants, the Assault on Morality, and the Inversion of Reality Featured

You know the end is near when good is called evil, wrong is called right, and fantasy is declared to be reality. And when the expansionist state is fully involved in the inversion of morality and sanity, you know we are in perilous times indeed.

And all this is especially being fomented by the...

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Written by Bill Muehlenberg
Tuesday, 05 December 2017 09:06

Sermon: The Bereans Featured

**Notice** The first part of this audio message is missing. Blame the multi-media creative ministries team: IE the teenage girls in the sound booth (just kidding).

This message is from Acts of the [Only Apostles] Sermon Series from Acts 17:10-15 on the topic of the Bereans.

You can listen at SermonAud...

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Written by JD Hall
Tuesday, 05 December 2017 08:35

3GT Episode 62: The Sanctification Scene

With the Christian blogosphere aflame once again, this time with discussions regarding justification and sanctification, the 3GT men join in the fray. With Aaron pumping the questions, and Kyle and Barry responding energetically, they discuss current controversies then tackle the latter subject of...

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Written by Barry York
Tuesday, 05 December 2017 08:25

Fake news stories push mutilation of kids

A Holiday Inn in Austin, Texas, just hosted an “all-ages” event where transvestites and children openly mingled. One headliner was an 11-year-old boy dressed in “drag” (as a girl) who danced suggestively to the applause of a mixed adult/child audience.

And children clapped...

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Written by Linda Harvey
Tuesday, 05 December 2017 08:00

Judaism’s View of Jesus | The Rapp Report daily 023 | SFE | Andrew Rappaport Featured

This podcast evaluates the view of Jesus 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
Tuesday, 05 December 2017 08:00

Why doesn’t Judaism accept the Christian Messiah – Response to Rabbi Tovia Singer | The Rapp Report weekly 006 | SFE | Andrew Rappaport | Striving for Eternity Featured

Andrew Rappaport Responds to Rabbi Tovia Singer’s video titled “Why doesn’t Judaism accept the Christian Messiah?”

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0zNpKvu9ghU&feature=youtu.be

This podcast is a ministry of Stri...

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Written by Andrew Rappaport
Tuesday, 05 December 2017 07:46

SAL#63 Exalted: Putting Jesus In His Place Featured

Putting Jesus In His Place

I’m joined this week by Pastor Doug Goodin to talk about his book, Exalted.  He has an immense passion to help Christians live lives that are obsessed with Jesus.

Created By Him And For Him

Everything is literally about Jesus.  His book and our...

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Written by Adam Staub
Tuesday, 05 December 2017 07:30

Together, You and I Can Seize This Moment for the Gospel

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Together, you and I can seize this moment for the gospel. I believe God allows unsettled times like these we’re experiencing today to drive people to Christ, who alone grants true peace, meaning, and reconciliation. More people have reached out to Ligonier Ministries this year than ever...

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Written by R.C. Sproul
Tuesday, 05 December 2017 07:23

First Apocalypse of James

Apparently, a 1500-year old copy of the First Apocalypse of James has been found in the Egypt Exploration Society's archives at Oxford. This text is part of the larger Gnostic Nag Hammadi library. Here is one of several articles out there.

Authors: BibleX...

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Written by BibleX
Tuesday, 05 December 2017 07:14

Reflections on Reactions to the Summer Issue of Concordia Journal

The Summer 2017 issue of the Concordia Journal in partnership with Concordia University, Nebraska, on faith and science has elicited a range of responses and reactions from pastors and lay people. I am thankful for such responses, in part because it means people took the time to read the journal!

On...

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Written by Charles Arand
Tuesday, 05 December 2017 07:13

“In the Space of Six Days”

I recommend listening to Dr. James Renihan’s recent lecture on the meaning of “in the space of six days” in 2 LBCF 4.1

“1. In the beginning it pleased God the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, for the manifestation of the glory of His eternal power, wisdom, and goodness, to...

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Written by brandonadams
Tuesday, 05 December 2017 07:05

Almost Mega Length DL with Five Major Topics

Started off with the MSM’s hyping of the First Apocalypse of James, a well known gnostic work from, at the earliest, the late second century, most probably the third.  Had a “Story Time with Uncle Jimmy” where I read the entirety of the work so you can respond to co-workers...

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Written by James White
Tuesday, 05 December 2017 06:40

Trump Informs Abbas and Jordan’s Abdullah That Embassy Will be Moved to Jerusalem!

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OY VEY!  WHAT CAN I SAY?

This is a MOST historic day!!!

Brethren, can you believe that we are alive to see Bible prophecy unfolding right before our eyes?   I’m SO excited!

But don’t for a minute think that Satan’s world of Jew haters are going to take this lying down....

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Written by Geri Ungurean
Tuesday, 05 December 2017 06:39

Undesigned coincidence: A sword shall pierce through thine own soul

Tuesday, 05 December 2017 06:23

Would Jesus Bake a Gay Wedding Cake? Featured

The Supreme Court of the United States listened to arguments today from a case formally known as Masterpiece Cakeshop vs. Colorado Civil Rights Commission. Jack Phillips, owner of Masterpiece Cakeshop, was approached by two gay men, Charlie Craig and David Mullins, and asked if he would make them a...

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Written by FSBCJC
Tuesday, 05 December 2017 06:22

The Holy Spirit Will Make You Holy

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There is nothing in your life that is evil, corrupt, wrong, dirty, that can withstand the Spirit. This is a mighty Spirit of God and He is let loose in the life of God’s people and He will accomplish the perfecting of you. – Tim Conway

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Tuesday, 05 December 2017 06:10

Practical Inspiration from New Testament Greek for 2018

imageThere is no shortage of inspiration for making 2018 your best year yet. May I suggest another, if not unusual source for inspiration?

New Testament Greek.

Not the Greek scriptures, per se, but the Greek language. A brilliant new devotional book offers inspiration for practical living...

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Written by Jeremy Bouma
Tuesday, 05 December 2017 05:50

Discernment and man-made religiosity Featured

by Mike Ratliff

10 When I entered the house of Shemaiah the son of Delaiah, son of Mehetabel, who was confined at home, he said, “Let us meet together in the house of God, within the temple, and let us close the doors of the temple, for they are coming to kill you, and they are coming to kill...

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Written by Mike Ratliff
Tuesday, 05 December 2017 05:45

Bestselling eBook Sale

Right now, 11 of our bestselling eBooks are on sale. (Deals end December 10, 2017).

This includes deals from:

  • Greg Koukl (Tactics and The Story of Reality)
  • Wayne Grudem (Christian Beliefs)
  • Tim Keller (Shaped by the Gospel)
  • Pete Scazzero (The Emotionally Healthy Leader)
  • Clay Scroggins’s recent book H...

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Written by ZA Blog
Tuesday, 05 December 2017 05:45

That’s An Awfully Low Threshold

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Tim Challies identifies the marks of a false teacher, including this one:

Third, false teachers teach their own wisdom rather than God’s wisdom. False teachers always teach their own foolishness instead of divine wisdom. This means then, that the ultimate source of their teaching is their own...

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Written by D. G. Hart
Tuesday, 05 December 2017 05:35

Christ, Forgiveness, and the Cross

“And Jesus said, ‘Father, forgive them, for they know not what they do.’” (Luke 23:34)

Jesus Christ, the God-Man, committed the most scandalously humble act in human history: He made Himself nothing, taking the form of a servant, being born as a man who was obedient to the...

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Written by Chris Poblete
Tuesday, 05 December 2017 05:21

The Default in Disagreement for Climate Change/Abortion Advocacy

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As informed citizens, we utilize the available tools around us to help make wise decisions on public policy. And public policy, of course, codifies how people are to interact with one another, the environment, and the government. Many issues wind up being a scientific/ethical/legal debate...

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Tuesday, 05 December 2017 05:01

Ten Things You Should Know About The Gospel

imageArticle by Dr. Sam Storms (original source here)

As much as we hear about the gospel of Jesus Christ one would think that everyone is on the same page when it comes to defining this word. Sadly, that is not the case. So just what is the gospel? How might we define it? Here are ten things to keep in...

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Written by John Samson
Tuesday, 05 December 2017 03:35

If Christian Moms Looked for Guidance as Much as Encouragement, Kids Would Have a Deeper Faith

By Natasha Crain I haven’t blogged in a few weeks because I’ve been especially busy since the release of Talking with Your Kids about God. Speaking events and interviews take a lot of time! But it’s been a truly encouraging few weeks, as I’ve had the opportunity to hear...

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Written by Guest
Tuesday, 05 December 2017 03:21

Do Not Just Listen but Meditate!

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Some listen to thousands of sermons, but never meditate on the truth and live out what they have heard.

Authors: Jesse Barrington...

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Written by Jesse Barrington
Tuesday, 05 December 2017 03:09

What does a healthy church look like?

Watch this video for Mark Dever’s answer to that important question.

Would you prayerfully consider joining 9Marks as we seek to build healthy churches among the nations? Click here for more info.

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Written by Daniel Gardner
Tuesday, 05 December 2017 02:58

Jack Phillips’ religious freedom under assault

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Jack Phillips is a believer who for almost four decades has worked in the cake industry. During the course of his career he has had a desire to honor the Lord through his business in Colorado. However, in 2012 when a couple walked into his store asking Jack to design a...

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Written by Gerald Harris
Tuesday, 05 December 2017 02:29

Being A Good Apologist Is More Than Knowing The Right Answers

By Evan Minton 1 Peter 3:15 says to “Always be ready to give a defense to anyone who asks you to give a reason for the hope that you have, yet do so with gentleness and respect” and 2 Corinthians 10:5 says “We demolish argument and every pretension that sets itself...

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Written by Guest
Tuesday, 05 December 2017 02:18

The Ravi imbroglio

Some off-the-cuff impressions of the Ravi imbroglio. 
From what I've read, he's probably guilty of resume inflation. The whole tradition of honorary doctorates is a scam. 
As for the alleged sex scandal, I haven't seen enough details to have an informed opinion on that. And it really...

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Written by steve
Tuesday, 05 December 2017 02:00

Undesigned coincidence: A sword shall pierce through thine own soul also

As we have discussed several times in threads here at W4, the infancy narratives in Luke and Matthew come in for a lot of unnecessary doubt from New Testament scholars. Michael Licona has even suggested that whatever is not overlapping in Luke and Matthew might be a "midrash" (aka made up), an...

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What's Wrong with the World
Tuesday, 05 December 2017 01:58

A Brief Excursus Related to Roy Moore

Another round of allegations came out over the last several days. These are allegations that Moore is now contradicting himself—i.e. that he acknowledged more in his Hannity interview than he is acknowledging out on the stump now. Now if he said in one place that he knew some of the girls and...

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Written by Douglas Wilson