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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Saturday, 16 February 2019 16:00

WHI-1454 | Climbing Jacob’s Ladder?

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If you ask people today what they think the Bible is about, you’ll probably be told that it’s a collection of morality tales that encourages people to behave. Even many of those raised in Christian homes tend to think of Scripture primarily as a helpful...

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Written by WHI Admin
Saturday, 16 February 2019 15:00

SCRIPTURE SUNDAY – 2 JOHN

INTRODUCTION Sadly, we live at a time when many of us are like sheep without a shepherd. Many once trusted pastors and teachers have forgotten their God-given role of protecting their sheep from ravenous wolves and have instead chosen to willingly join with them wholeheartedly. Therefore, many...

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Written by Mary/Living For His Glory
Saturday, 16 February 2019 14:15

The Lord Was There

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"Whereas the Lord was there."-- Ezekiel 35:10

Edom's princes saw the whole country left desolate, and counted upon its easy conquest; but there was one great difficulty in their way--quite unknown to them--"The Lord was there;" and in his presence lay the special security of the chosen land....

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Written by Charles Spurgeon
Saturday, 16 February 2019 14:05

February 17: School Family Catechist, WSC Q. 7

THE SCHOOL & FAMILY CATECHIST by Rev. William Smith, of Glasgow (1836).

Westminster Shorter Catechism Question 7

Q.7. What are the decrees of God?

  1. The decrees of God are his eternal purpose, according to the counsel of his will, whereby, for his own glory, he hath foreordained whatsoever comes to...

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Written by Wayne Sparkman
Saturday, 16 February 2019 12:49

The History and Downfall of Lobotomies

Fascinating article here: 

The total number of persons lobotomized by Freeman alone was close to 3,500.[24] During the 1940s and 1950s, lobotomies were performed on close to 50,000 patients in the United States, and around 17,000 in Western Europe and 4,500 in Sweden.[25] Most were women and...

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Written by memoirandremains
Saturday, 16 February 2019 12:39

Three Poems by William Carlos Williams, Part Three (A sight of a cynic)

The third poem in what appears to be a triptych of Williams is again named “Pastoral” as was the first in the series. Williams again takes the part of a detached but certainly not disinterested observer. While he does not involve himself in the matter under consideration, he deeply...

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Written by memoirandremains
Saturday, 16 February 2019 12:35

Snopes Says That Abortion is Not the Leading Cause of Death Because Babies Don’t Die in Abortions

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Sometimes I feel like my head will explode………..you too?

I have written about Snopes in the past, and was quickly put in FB jail. Evidently, FB hired Snopes as their fact checker.   OY.

There are still Christians using these Leftists to fact check for them.  You may as...

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Written by Geri Ungurean
Saturday, 16 February 2019 12:33

The a priori argument against sola Scriptura

It is proved finally by reason. God was not ignorant of the fact that many difficulties would arise in the Church concerning the Faith. Therefore he had to provide a judge for the Church. But that judge cannot be Scripture…It is clear that Scripture is not the judge, because it is subject to...

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Written by steve
Saturday, 16 February 2019 11:22

Expedition 38: The Darkest Trial

Here’s the video for Expedition 38 in Exploring the Bible. If you want to bookmark a page where all the videos are posted, you can find them on my blog, on YouTube, or the Facebook page for Exploring the Bible.

If you haven’t started your kids on the...

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Written by David Murray
Saturday, 16 February 2019 11:13

Problems with the real presence

Usually, arguments about whether Jn 6 and 1 Cor 11 teach the real presence revolve around exegetical considerations. However, that's not the only pertinent consideration:
i) Sometimes reality can serve a hermeneutical role. If the bread or wine just is Jesus, then why doesn't it look like Jesus? The...

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Written by steve
Saturday, 16 February 2019 10:36

God upholds us who know Him in the arena of our pain

Authors: Ken Temple...

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Written by Ken Temple
Saturday, 16 February 2019 10:27

Two kinds of Christian apologists

At the risk of oversimplification, there are roughly two kinds of Christian apologists:i) The first kind calibrates the evidence to the plausibility structure of the "sincere truth-seeker" (an ideal abstraction). He seeks common ground with the unbeliever. He leads with a weaker position than his...

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Written by steve
Saturday, 16 February 2019 09:45

Sexual Abuse and the SBC: Albert Mohler Folds, Paige Patterson Doubles Down. Featured

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If someone bet me 1 to a 1,000,000 that we would never see Dr. Albert R. Mohler and Dr. Paige Patterson in a Casino at the same time, I’d take those odds. Nevertheless, I can think of no better metaphors to describe the recent public statements of these two Southern Baptist Luminaries than...

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Written by Seth Dunn
Saturday, 16 February 2019 06:48

Pharisees and works-righteousness Featured

by Mike Ratliff

24 “Strive to enter through the narrow door; for many, I tell you, will seek to enter and will not be able. 25 Once the head of the house gets up and shuts the door, and you begin to stand outside and knock on the door, saying, ‘Lord, open up to us!’ then He will...

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Written by Mike Ratliff
Saturday, 16 February 2019 06:37

United Methodist Church bracing for fallout over vote on LGBT pastors, weddings

GAINESVILLE TIMES — An upcoming vote addressing sexual orientation is threatening to splinter the United Methodist Church, which has a

The post United Methodist Church bracing for fallout over vote on LGBT pastors, weddings appeared first on Reformation Charlotte.

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Written by Reformation Charlotte
Saturday, 16 February 2019 06:30

Teacher Who Read Book About Gay Rabbits to School Children in Florida Under Investigation

LIFESITE — SANFORD, Florida, February 15, 2019 (LifeSiteNews) — A teacher in Florida is being questioned by school authorities for reading

The post Teacher Who Read Book About Gay Rabbits to School Children in Florida Under Investigation appeared first on Reformation Charlotte.

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Written by Reformation Charlotte
Saturday, 16 February 2019 05:42

Reviewing RZIM’s Presentation by Gay Priest: How Can I Know My Gender?

This podcast reviews the recent presentation by Sam Allberry of RZIM, a celibate but gay Anglican Priest, on How I Can Know My Gender. The deconstruction of Christianity continues.

Authors: eddingess...

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Written by eddingess
Saturday, 16 February 2019 05:19

Broken Pieces and the God Who Mends Them (William Boekestein.)

Lois Lowry tells a story about how a utopian state required that all of the community's memories going back through the generations be committed to a single person, a receiver. The elders engineered a society where no one but the receiver had to feel or remember. Life was safe and comfortable. The...

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Written by Reformation21 Blog
Saturday, 16 February 2019 04:32

New Critical Edition of the Harklean Syriac of Revelation

imageBecause it appears in a volume of essays, it might have gone unnoticed that Martin Heide has published his critical edition of Revelation in the Harklean Syriac. I haven’t had time to work through it, but I thought I should at least note it here for others. I did look it over in pre-pub form...

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Written by Peter Gurry
Saturday, 16 February 2019 03:47

True Worship

As a pattern for true worship [Nehemiah 9] should be seriously studied and earnestly followed. Several important elements of worship should be noted. First, it springs from the reading and teaching of the Word of God. Second, it is centered in a knowledge of the greatness, holiness, and...

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Written by Glenn E. Chatfield
Saturday, 16 February 2019 03:21

Quick Devotional from 1 Timothy 4:1 (Observation from the Greek)

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This is from my daily Greek exercise of sight reading many months ago, courtesy of Vincent S Artale Jr.

Our text is from the Greek translation of 1 Timothy 4:1.  Here is my translation:

“SENTENCE 4 [TP Τὸ δὲ πνεῦμα TP]...

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Written by SLIMJIM
Saturday, 16 February 2019 03:21

A little lost

1. I've seen Protestant apologists and theologians struggle with sola scriptura. Is that a damaging admission? No. For one thing, I see Catholic apologists and theologians struggle with their own position. Both sides have struggles.
2. Suppose someone raises an objection to your position, and you...

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Written by steve
Saturday, 16 February 2019 02:12

We Really Want to Thank-You LORD!

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Psalm 100 is one of earth’s best-known songs. For thousands of years, in many lands, it’s been church praise. The theme of Psalm 100 is: ‘Come to Worship God’. Use this praise to say ‘Thank-You LORD!’

Joyful worship commences the Psalm, verses 1-2. All round the...

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Written by Andrew Kerr
Saturday, 16 February 2019 02:04

Canons of Dort (23): God Not Only Sovereignly Gives New Life But He Uses Means To Do It

Christians have often been tempted to fall into one of three great errors when it comes to the doctrine of conversion (or regeneration). Historically, the word regeneration has signified two related but distinct ideas: a) Sanctification, i.e., the progressive Spirit-wrought, graciously given . . . C...

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Written by R. Scott Clark
Saturday, 16 February 2019 00:20

Gay Priest at Ravi Zacharias Event: Jesus Had Dysphoria, Body Issues Featured

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Ravi Zacharias hosted Sam Alberry yesterday, who spoke at the event to explain “How To Know Your Gender.” The answer was not as simple as, “Do a DNA test.” Alberry, the gay Anglican priest, is an editor and writer for The Gospel Coalition, an organization run by Mark Dever,...

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Written by News Division
Saturday, 16 February 2019 00:05

1,000 Scientists Sign Up to Dissent from Darwin | Answers in Genesis

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This past weekend was “Evolution Weekend,” a concept created by the Clergy Letter Project, founded by Prof. Michael Zimmerman. This was the 14th such weekend designed “to elevate the quality of the discussion on this critical topic [religion and science], and to show that religion...

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Written by Kevin Schaal
Saturday, 16 February 2019 00:03

Sam Allberry’s Unbiblical View of Singleness

In his article “Putting the Family First Puts the Church at Odds with Jesus,” Russell Moore said, “In fact, Jesus seemed out of step with the entire thrust of the Bible. The biblical story starts with a family—a man and a woman charged with being fruitful and multiplying...

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Written by eddingess
Saturday, 16 February 2019 00:01

A flourishing United Methodist church considers a way out – Religion News Service

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LEXINGTON, S.C. (RNS) — Mt. Horeb, a conservative evangelical church in the heart of South Carolina, is one of many congregations considering cutting the cord if the denomination relaxes its LGBT rules.

Source: A flourishing United Methodist church considers a way out – Religion News...

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Written by Kevin Schaal
Friday, 15 February 2019 23:59

Colossians as Cornerstone 3

Introduction:

There was a church in Laodicea also, about ten miles from Colossae. Paul mentions that church in this passage, and a lost letter to them is referred to later in this book (Col. 4:16). This church at Laodicea had fallen on hard times by the time the Lord Jesus addresses them directly in...

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Written by Douglas Wilson
Friday, 15 February 2019 23:55

Weekly Roundup 2/11/2018-2/16/2019

This is our weekly roundup of posts for 2/11/2018-2/16/2019. If you have any feedback on how we can serve you our readers better, I would appreciate it. Thank you for reading and allowing us to minister to you throughout this past week through these posts.

Monday 2/11/2018

Tim Chester- The Glory of...

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Written by Dave Jenkins
Friday, 15 February 2019 23:45

Weekly Roundup of Links 2/11/2018-2/16/2019

This is our weekly roundup of links for 2/11/2018-2/16/2019 from around the web. We hope you find the following articles helpful to your growth in godliness.

Roundup of Articles

  1. Ecclesiology for Calvinists by 9Marks. https://www.9marks.org/journal/ecclesiology-for-calvinists/

Our writing team writes...

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Written by Dave Jenkins
Friday, 15 February 2019 23:44

The Latest Issue of the Review of Biblical Literature

The latest issue of Review of Biblical Literature is out. Reviews can be accessed by clicking the links below but unfortunately you must be a SBL member.<!--[if gte mso 10]> /* Style Definitions */ table.MsoNormalTable {mso-style-name:"Table Normal"; mso-tstyle-rowband-size:0;...

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Written by BibleX
Friday, 15 February 2019 23:00

Is the gospel of Mark early? Is it based on eyewitness testimony?

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Sean McDowell tweeted this interesting article from BeThinking.org, written by New Testament historian Peter J. Williams. It contains reasons why Mark is early, eyewitness testimony. I want to focus on the criterion of embarrassment, which says that if a passage contains...

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Written by Wintery Knight
Friday, 15 February 2019 21:55

To Be Cool or to Be a Church? That is the Question Featured

These days, what passes for important argument or debate takes place on Twitter, and a recent Twitter exchange between two prominent actors has sparked a major controversy.

The exchange took place between Hollywood’s Ellen Page and Chris Pratt. Page tweeted, “If you are a famous actor...

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Written by Albert Mohler
Friday, 15 February 2019 21:32

Equipping Eve: The Promises of God: God's Promised Grip

imageGod has set forth for His children a myriad of promises. Perhaps one of the sweetest promises of God to us is found in John 10, where we learn that those who have been saved are safely cupped in the hand of Christ, our Savior, and He is never letting go. Click here to listen to this episode of...

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Written by EBenz
Friday, 15 February 2019 21:25

We Stand by the Power of God

imageThe truth that God never forsakes his people but always preserves and protects them is one of those biblical teachings that is the source of deep comfort.  Nothing can separate us from the love of God in Christ (Rom. 8:39). No one can rip us out of the strong and loving arms of the Lord (John...

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Written by Reformed Reader
Friday, 15 February 2019 21:22

The SBC, Houston Chronicle, and Sexual Abuse in the Church

The week, Rich and Chris discuss the Houston Chronicle’s article series “Abuse of Faith” chronicling sexual abuse within the Southern Baptist Convention. What can this teach the Church at large about how to deal with issues of sexual abuse?

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Albert Mohler’s Article

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Written by Chris Hohnholz
Friday, 15 February 2019 21:00

Weekly Apologetics Bonus Links 2/10 – 2/16

image Kindle deals: Can a Smart Person Believe in God? by Michael Guillen $1.99 The Other Worldview: Exposing Christianity’s Greatest Threat by Peter Jones $3.99 That’s a Great Question: What to Say When Your Faith Is Questioned by Glenn Pearson $.99 To Live Is Christ to Die Is Gain by Matt...

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Written by Steve Domark
Friday, 15 February 2019 20:53

Theology Proper and Mutualism (of any kind)

Previous post on this topic here. First, it is incoherent to say that God is ontologically immutable while denying that He is absolutely immutable, unless one believe there are change in God that are not alterations of actuality or being (which is de facto ontological). But then these changes would...

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Written by Daniel C
Friday, 15 February 2019 20:17

Weekend A La Carte (February 16)

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Today’s Kindle deals include some classics and some newer works.

If you’re looking for something even less expensive, you may want to browse through Nitoy Gonzalez’s latest roundup of free stuff.

(Yesterday on the blog: Has the Bible Been Preserved For Us Today?)

Sex Abuse Among...

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Written by Tim Challies
Friday, 15 February 2019 20:00

5 Myths about Christian Publishing

February 16, 2019 by: Crosswayimage

This article is part of the 5 Myths series.

Myth #1: Sales are the most important thing.

The gospel transforms everything in the universe, including publishing. Christians believe that God owns everything, that any and all we have is a gift from his hand, and...

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Written by Crossway
Friday, 15 February 2019 20:00

Tracts for a New Season

February 16, 2019 by: Crosswayimage

A Better Goal

Many of us use a new season as a clean start to hit refresh on our goals: physical, spiritual, relational, and otherwise. But if we’re after true and lasting change, we must pray that the Lord work out our sanctification by his Spirit.

In his...

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Written by Crossway
Friday, 15 February 2019 19:57

Natural theology and the issue of being

Classical Christian theism is deeply devoted to the absoluteness of God with respect to His existence, essence, and activity. Nothing about God's being is derived or caused to be. There is nothing beyond Him or outside Him that could increase, alter, or augment His infinite fullness of being and...

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Written by Daniel C
Friday, 15 February 2019 19:24

Welcome to the Weekend Roundup! - News Views - 2/16/19

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In response to the escalating revelations of clerical sexual abuse and cover-up, which reach up to the highest levels of Catholicism’s hierarchy, pope Francis called for the upcoming “abuse...

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Written by Tom
Friday, 15 February 2019 19:02

Is Being Rich a Sin? Featured

By Elizabeth PrataNot that I would know, lol. But the question has been raised.Having money is not a sin. Abraham, Job, Nicodemus, and Joseph of Arimathea, Joseph son of Isaac and Moses were either wealthy themselves or lived in wealthy circumstances. Alternately, not having money is not a sin,...

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Written by The End Time
Friday, 15 February 2019 19:00

Answers in Genesis is Certified Transparent

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We’re excited to announce that in addition to being a member of the Evangelical Council for Financial Accountability and meeting the Better Business Bureau’s accountability standards, we’ve now earned the Excellence in Giving Transparency Certificate from Nonprofit Analytics....

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Written by Ken Ham
Friday, 15 February 2019 18:44

Convergence of Catholicism and Islam

The pope and the grand imam of al-Azhar have signed a historic declaration calling for peace between nations, religions and races. There was a concerted effort to make sure all the religions of the world were represented at the gathering. The grand Inman, considered to be the most important imam in...

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Written by Proclaiming the Gospel Blog: PTG Blog
Friday, 15 February 2019 18:37

 Once Again Owning Our Jar-of-Clay-ness

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2 Cor. 4:7 – But we have this treasure in jars of clay to show that this all-surpassing power is from God and not from us.

Lord Jesus, the de-stressing truth of this passage is awesome. You are the treasure Paul is writing about. To have you plus nothing makes us as rich...

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Written by Scotty Smith
Friday, 15 February 2019 18:00

News Weakly - 2/16/19

ConsentIt had to happen. If our version of "right and wrong" is predicated on consent, this was a sure thing. A 27-year-old man from Mumbai is suing his parents for having him. For his being born. He was born, it turns out, without his consent. Lousy parents. They should have asked first.Raphael...

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Written by Winging It