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, 11 October 2017 03:35

Walking On the Water With Our Eyes Kept Intently On Jesus

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As Peter was overwhelmed when beckoned by Jesus to come out on the water: We must keep our eyes on Him in these perilous times.

 “Now in the fourth watch of the night Jesus went to them, walking on the sea. And when the disciples saw Him walking on the sea, they were troubled,...

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Written by Geri Ungurean
Wednesday, 11 October 2017 03:31

Possessed for Wisdom – 1 Corinthians 3:18-23

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Authors: Pastor Jeff Seekins...

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Wednesday, 11 October 2017 03:18

Who got what from whom?

NT scholars typically assume that if Matthew and Luke are quoting and editing Mark, they are not just literarily dependent on Mark, but substantially dependent on Mark. He's their source of information. Now, let us compare these three statements:
Reynolds (pp. cxxiii-cxxv) lists about 150 words that...

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Written by steve
Wednesday, 11 October 2017 03:00

October 10, 2017 Show with David Miller on “The Need for the Return of the Dying Breed of Country Preachers”

Theme:

October 10, 2017:

DAVID MILLER, a “Country-Preacher-At-Large” from Heber Springs, AR with a keen mind & ability to memorize Scripture, who has been preaching the gospel since the age of 18 in 1965, having preached more than 2,100 revival meetings (in spite of a degenerative...

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Written by Eric Nielsen
Wednesday, 11 October 2017 02:56

8 Questions to Help You Understand and Apply the Bible

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Matt Harmon:

Sometimes the most important things in the Christian life can be the most difficult.

That can certainly be true of understanding and applying the Bible.

As believers we know that reading Scripture is essential to following Jesus. But if we’re honest, we often find it difficult to...

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Written by Peter Cockrell
Wednesday, 11 October 2017 02:24

Heinrich Bullinger: The Day Zwingli Died

So, did Pastor Ulrich Zwingli...

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Written by Acidri
Wednesday, 11 October 2017 02:23

The voice of Jesus and John

1. One issue regarding the authenticity of John's Gospel is similarity between the voice of Jesus and the voice of John (the narrator). Conversely, the difference between the voice of the Johannine Jesus and the voice of the Synoptic Jesus.
Explanations range along a continuum. At one end is the...

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Written by steve
Wednesday, 11 October 2017 02:00

Word Wealth: Sanctification

This week’s Word Wealth is Sanctification
hagiazó: to make holy, consecrate, sanctify

Original Word:ἁγιάζωPart of Speech:VerbTransliteration:hagiazóPhonetic Spelling:(hag-ee-ad’-zo)Short Definition:I make holy, sanctifyDefinition:I make...

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Written by Matt Sherro
Wednesday, 11 October 2017 01:59

The Rats of Moria

You cannot successfully deny in real time what you robustly affirm in the catechism.

For the Christian, because his basic catechetical truths are noble and upright (about how we are supposed to live), the gap between his profession and experience is uphill. Hypocrisy is naturally an embarrassment...

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Written by Douglas Wilson
Wednesday, 11 October 2017 01:56

How to Debunk Liberal Bible Twisting RE: Same Sex Marriage Featured

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Authors: Chris Rosebrough...

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Written by Chris Rosebrough
Wednesday, 11 October 2017 01:55

Disgraced, Drunken Pastor Restores Himself with Filthy Language Featured

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Perry Noble, whose last name is as misleading as it is dishonest, has been trying to find his way back into the spotlight since being fired for drunkenness and unwise “choices” in his marriage. After trying to restore Mark Driscoll to ministry – another filthy mouthed pastor...

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Written by News Division
Wednesday, 11 October 2017 01:54

John Piper – Heading For the Cliff

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John Piper has doubled down on his doctrine of justification by faith and works.  John Robbins first alerted the world about Piper’s rejection of the law/Gospel distinction in his review of Piper’s abysmal Future Grace back in 2002.  Today, Tim Shaughnessy and Timothy...

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Written by Sean Gerety
Wednesday, 11 October 2017 01:41

Taking Ground

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On the evening of May 24th, 1539 Martin Luther stood before a crowd at the Castle Pleissenburg, Leipzig. The following morning would mark the inauguration of the Reformation in Ducal Saxony. Another part of the world had been won over by the Gospel of Jesus Christ.

That ground had not been won...

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Written by Kevin McClain
Wednesday, 11 October 2017 01:18

“But they weren’t bad parties!”

It was a football Saturday at Purdue University in the late 1990s. I had been called on to serve as a student-host at a post-game alumni party that afternoon in the home of one of the vice-presidents. Alumni often knew my grandparents since my grandfather had been a three-sport athlete at Purdue,...

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Written by James Faris
Wednesday, 11 October 2017 01:10

Francis Chan and Todd White Headline Upcoming IHOP Festival of False Teaching

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Museum of Idolatry (MoI) includes a video trailer that promotes International House of Prayer’s (IHOP) annual convention, Onething 2017.  In the video we see IHOP- KC founder Mike Bickle shouting to the crowd: “God is raising up a church that is going to be prepared to be the...

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Written by Marsha West
Wednesday, 11 October 2017 00:58

3GT Episode 55: Real Preachin’

Our parishioner knows good preaching when he hears it, but he wants to know why. Why do some sermons move and humble listeners to reverence and obedience, whereas others simply seem to fall flat? These inquiries lead to a discussion about the differences between preaching and teaching, the...

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Written by Barry York
Wednesday, 11 October 2017 00:58

John Frame on the Relationship Between Divine Sovereignty and Human Freedom

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It often comes as an exciting discovery that doctrines that seem at first glance to be opposed are actually complementary, if not actually dependent one on another.

For Calvinists, for example, divine...

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Written by Joseph Torres
Wednesday, 11 October 2017 00:36

1 Corinthians 14:34-35 Again

I recently posted about the recently renewed interest in the text-critical issue involving 1 Corinthians 14:34-35 (see here). Richard Fellows has now posted on the issue and questions Payne's measurements of the bars in Vaticanus. I wont take the time to explain it further, but this is wonderful...

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Written by BibleX
Wednesday, 11 October 2017 00:17

What Does “General Equity” Mean?

I. As the ceremonial law was concerned with God, the political was concerned with the neighbor. II. In those matters on which it is in harmony with the moral law and with ordinary justice, it is binding upon us. III. In those . . . Continue reading →

Authors: R. Scott Clark...

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Written by R. Scott Clark
Wednesday, 11 October 2017 00:07

Westminsterian Aristotelianism: Marriage (5)

In the last post we looked at Samuel Willard’s discussion of the first of the “mutual duties” husbands and wives owe to each other in the context of his exposition of Westminster Shorter Catechism Q/A 64, which he calls “conjugal love.” In today’s post, he...

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Written by E.J. Hutchinson
Wednesday, 11 October 2017 00:01

Did Jesus Really Claim to be God?

image Does the NT present Jesus as God? How did Jesus understand himself? Sean briefly answers these questions.

Authors: Sean McDowell...

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Written by Sean McDowell
Wednesday, 11 October 2017 00:00

Project Veritas captures New York Times video editor admitting to anti-Trump bias

Real Clear Politics reports:

In the latest installment of “American Pravda” from James O’Keefe and ‘Project Veritas,’ Nick Dudich, Audience Strategy Editor for NYT Video, is caught on camera saying the Times “always” slants news with an anti-Trump...

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Written by Wintery Knight
Tuesday, 10 October 2017 23:30

Why Shouldn’t We Trust the Non-Canonical Gospel Attributed to John?

The Gospel of John is a reliable addition to the New Testament Canon, but this ancient document isn’t the only text attributed to this disciple of Jesus. Another slightly less ancient text called the The Apocryphon of John claims to have been written by the same man who wrote the gospel we...

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Written by J. Warner Wallace
Tuesday, 10 October 2017 23:28

15 Answers to Evolutionist Misconceptions

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Recently, someone sent me a link to an article appearing in Scientific American – a popular science magazine. The article is entitled “15 Answers to Creationist Nonsense.”[1] The article was extremely revealing, but not in the way the...

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Written by John Samson
Tuesday, 10 October 2017 23:18

Why Shouldn’t We Trust the Non-Canonical Gospel Attributed to Mark?

The Gospel of Mark is a reliable account of the life and ministry of Jesus, but this ancient document isn’t the only text attributed to this companion of Paul, Peter and Barnabas. Another slightly less ancient text called the Secret Gospel of Mark claims to have been written by the same man...

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Written by J. Warner Wallace
Tuesday, 10 October 2017 23:08

ICYMI: Luther on immigration

Concordia Seminary Professor Leopoldo Sánchez recently published an article with the Jesuit (Catholic) magazine America, entitled “What Would Martin Luther Say about Today’s Migrant and Refugee Crises?”. Yes, you read that right. The Jesuits wanted to know a little more...

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Written by Editor
Tuesday, 10 October 2017 23:00

The matrix of all matter.

God made all things with the utterance of His voice. He spoke creation into existence by His Word. Then this same “Word” became flesh and dwelt among us (see John 1:1–3). How incredible.

Max Planck, the father of Quantum Mechanics and Nobel Prize winner in physics, stated,...

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Written by The Daily Evidence
Tuesday, 10 October 2017 22:49

DBG Spotlight (10-11-17)

In less than 3 weeks, the rates for the 2018 G3 Conference will increase. Take this opportunity to secure your seats, form your groups, and make your reservations. Also remember as seats are reserved, people are also reserving their hotel rooms. If you are interested in staying on campus, you need...

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Written by Josh Buice
Tuesday, 10 October 2017 22:13

How To Tell When Someone Truly Loves America (Hint: Mark 1:15) Featured

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With all the talk, pressure, and propaganda flying around these days on the subject of what it means to properly love or respect America, this seems like a good time to consider the question: How can we tell when someone truly loves America? And how can we know when someone, regardless of what they...

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Written by FireBreathingChristian
Tuesday, 10 October 2017 22:00

Is there an age of accountability?

Authors: Stephen J. Wellum...

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Written by Stephen J. Wellum
Tuesday, 10 October 2017 21:55

A Tale of Two Christendoms

In May, a group of pro-democracy thinkers and activists issued “The Prague Appeal for Democratic Renewal.” It was a call for religious revival: an invitation for uncertain citizens to renew their faith at the altar of democracy.

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Tuesday, 10 October 2017 21:40

Is Baptism “Because Of” or “For” the Forgiveness of Sins?

In Acts 2:38 Peter told a crowd of people, “Repent and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins, and you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit.” The question we will consider today is this: Was Peter telling the...

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Written by Wes
Tuesday, 10 October 2017 21:00

The Art of Godliness, Episode 5: Music in the Church

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Today I bring another episode of The Art of Godliness, the podcast that attempts to think out loud and in public about how to lead a peaceful and quiet life, godly and dignified in every way. Paul and I discuss the always-controversial topic of music in the church. Isn’t it ironic...

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Written by Tim Challies
Tuesday, 10 October 2017 21:00

Why Determination Isn’t Enough

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God’s Guidance Is Sure

Psalms 120–134 are called Songs of Ascent, which means they were likely sung as God’s people went up to Jerusalem to participate in sacred festivals and special times of worship. Psalm 121 was composed to encourage...

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Written by Lydia Brownback
Tuesday, 10 October 2017 20:52

The Bewitched Church

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In our final segment today we cover a news story from our legal system that could have a huge impact on Christian Churches and pastors financially. It appears a form of religious persecution against pastors has just been declared law. For leaders who have not been speaking up about religious...

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Written by comments@standupforthetruth.com
Tuesday, 10 October 2017 20:47

Why Does God Allow Evil?: Compelling Answers for Life’s Toughest Questions w/ Clay Jones

Our intelligence is not static. It’s something that can expand, evolve, and develop as long as we are alive and kicking. But, your brain (being the complex muscle that it is) needs exercise. If you don’t use it, you lose it. And I mean that quite literally. Neuroplasticity shows us that...

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Written by MicroAssit
Tuesday, 10 October 2017 20:23

Growing In Communion With Christ

“Seek every day to have closer communion with Him who is your Friend, and to know more of His grace and power.True Christianity is not merely believing a certain set of dry abstract propositions: it is to live in daily personal communication with an actual living person – Jesus Christ.&...

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Written by The J.C. Ryle Archive
Tuesday, 10 October 2017 20:22

Are You Celebrating the Reformation?

Evidently, it’s nearly 500 years since old Martin defaced the door at Wittenberg. image

A lot of Baptists are celebrating this anniversary of the Reformation. There have been conferences and symposiums (symposia?) honoring and studying and analyzing every aspect of the work of Luther, Calvin,...

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Written by Dave Miller
Tuesday, 10 October 2017 20:00

Sharing Christ with Trick-or-Treaters

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In just a few weeks here in America, kids will come knocking on our doors—are you ready? Halloween can present a fantastic opportunity to share the saving gospel with your friends and neighbors. And we have special gospel booklets and tracts to help you.

A Biblical and Historical Look at...

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Written by Ken Ham
Tuesday, 10 October 2017 20:00

Mark: Lesson 22

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Authors: Michelle Lesley...

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Written by Michelle Lesley
Tuesday, 10 October 2017 20:00

Article: Faith and Facts by Greg Koukl

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What is a good definition of biblical faith? How does it relate to science? What is the relationship for the follower of Christ between faith and facts?In this article, Greg Koukl of Stand to Reason considers these questions. You can find it here.I encourage our readers to checkout more...

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Written by Chad
Tuesday, 10 October 2017 20:00

Revival

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I've always been amused by these kinds of signs and ads, like they have some sort of direct line with the Holy Spirit:"So, we can pencil you in for ... let's see ... the week of January 1st and you'll be there for this revival, right?""Sure! I've got an opening then. Lucky you asked me for that...

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Written by Winging It
Tuesday, 10 October 2017 20:00

Actions Have Consequences

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I wrote on Monday about our freedom and how that freedom is real whether or not the government approves of my behavior or not. I have to, of course, be prepared to deal with the consequences of my actions, but when we think about my actual freedom, it is in no way impinged by government policy...

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Written by Zak Schmoll
Tuesday, 10 October 2017 20:00

Ecclesiology and the Zombie Pastor Problem

A brief note on the furor surrounding Patheos’s decision to add Mark Driscoll to their Evangelical channel: One of the common responses when something like this hits the press is for evangelicals, self-lacerating sorts that we are, to say that we need more institutional accountability, more...

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Written by Jake Meador
Tuesday, 10 October 2017 20:00

An Evangelical Guide to Transgenderism (4): Relating to Individuals with Gender Dysphoria

Experts estimate that roughly 700,000 Americans identify as transgender. Based upon that number, it is reasonable to believe that most Christians will interact, and perhaps become well-acquainted with, several transgender persons over the course of their lives. In the course of our interactions and...

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Written by Bruce Ashford