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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Thursday, 07 December 2017 22:05

Two Prayers For When Advent Is Hard

One of the most difficult things to navigate Christmas season is expectations. Parents need to find out how to get presents their children would like within their budgets and sensibilities, spouses need to decide when and how to spend time with each side of the family, churches need to work through...

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Written by Faith Chang
Thursday, 07 December 2017 22:00

Accusing God of wrongdoing.

Skeptics often point to this passage and accuse God of wrongdoing. However, God didn’t sanction this incident. The Bible is filled with strange, foolish, and wicked acts of men: Lot foolishly offering his daughters to homosexuals, Jephthah’s rash vow (see 11:30–34), and many...

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Written by The Daily Evidence
Thursday, 07 December 2017 21:59

Resistance is Futile

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The Jerusalem Embassy Act of 1995 is a public law of the United States. It was passed by the 104th Congress on October 23, 1995  it passed in the House of Representatives by a vote of 374 to 37 and in the Senate it passed with a vote of 93 to 5. 
It was passed for the purposes of...

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Written by Doug Evans
Thursday, 07 December 2017 21:51

The Impossible WILL Come to Pass

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“How will this be,” Mary asked the angel, “since I am a virgin?” The angel answered, “The Holy Spirit will come on you, and the power of theMost High will overshadow you. So the holy one to be born will be called the Son of God. Even Elizabeth your relative is going...

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Written by Scotty Smith
Thursday, 07 December 2017 21:45

Andrew Fuller Friday: On Esteem Due Men

“Benevolence is a very distinct thing from complacency or esteem. These are founded on an approbation of character; the other is not. I am bound by the law of love to bear good-will to men, as creatures of God, and as fellow creatures, so as, by every means in my power, to promote their...

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Written by Staff
Thursday, 07 December 2017 21:00

Dating in the Fifties, Sex in the Sixties

image Probing thoughts from Kenneth Woodward, long-time religion correspondent for Newsweek(as in 1964–2002!), in his fascinating memoir, Getting Religion:

Most adolescents in the Fifties were raised to observe certain sexual limits—just as lovers did in the movies from which we took our...

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Written by Mark Ward
Thursday, 07 December 2017 20:30

Where I’ll Be, Winter 2018

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Every now and then, for those who are interested, I share selections from my upcoming speaking dates. If you’re in any of these areas and able to attend, would be great to meet you.

January 21, 2018Christ Redeemer Church (at Sunapee). New London, NH. I’ll be preaching the 9...

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Written by Jared C. Wilson
Thursday, 07 December 2017 20:09

Listener Questions and Comments

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Today the show belongs to you our listeners.  We answer your questions and read your comments you sent in this week.  Among the topics you wanted to discuss: Leadership, or the lack of, in our churches. Should Christians celebrate Christmas? Is the Church prepared to address potential...

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Written by comments@standupforthetruth.com
Thursday, 07 December 2017 20:00

Creation 101: Geology Part 2

In part one, we examined the basics of geology, and found that scientists generally agree on the observational aspects of geology regardless of their respective positions on origins.  Creation geologist and secular geologists largely agree on the composition of rocks, where they are found, the...

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Written by Dr. Lisle
Thursday, 07 December 2017 20:00

Announcing a New Series of Booklets

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I am excited to announce a new series of booklets based on popular blog series I’ve written. It also marks the start of a new effort called “Cruciform Quick.”  These booklets began as blog series I published right here, then received significant editing and, at times, had...

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Written by Tim Challies
Thursday, 07 December 2017 20:00

Simply Read: Day 6

December 08, 2017 by: Crosswayimage

Beyond Jerusalem

It's day 6 of Simply Read, an 8-day Bible reading challenge adapted from ESV Reader’s Bible, Six-Volume Set aimed at helping us set aside time—prolonged time—to immerse ourselves in God’s Word as we enter this holiday...

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Written by Crossway
Thursday, 07 December 2017 20:00

Putting Health in Its Place

December 08, 2017 by: Bob Cutillo, MD

Walking Miracles

Whenever we pause, which we don't do enough, we have to realize that the body is a miracle. If I was to ask you to take your hand and squeeze it tightly and then release it, and then do it again seventy-two times a minute, within five...

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Written by Bob Cutillo, MD
Thursday, 07 December 2017 20:00

Why your church should support less missionaries

Like many families, churches are trying to balance their monthly budgets and make those valuable dollars stretch in a way that best honors God. Churches that are involved in missions want to make a huge impact in global outreach and be good stewards of God’s resources. As churches explore...

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Written by Mike Pettengill
Thursday, 07 December 2017 19:31

The ‘Miracle’ of Christmas

Christmas is almost with us again. The excitement and fever is building up, as the stress levels of adults and children increase by the day, ramped up by the retail trade, who have come to depend on big sales at Christmas to increase their profits. It should be a time when Christ is at the...

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Written by Allan Murray
Thursday, 07 December 2017 19:00

What’s the Best Part of Christmas?

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What’s the best part of Christmas? Is it the lights, traditions, beautifully decorated trees, presents, festive food, or the gathering of family? No! I think the best part of Christmas is that during this time of year we have unique opportunities to present the gospel message! And we do so...

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Written by Ken Ham
Thursday, 07 December 2017 19:00

Jerusalem, Above Our Chiefest Joy

Jerusalem was last a recognized capital city exactly 830 years ago, when in 1187 the Crusader Kingdom of Jerusalem surrendered the city to Saladin. The conqueror did not make the city his capital, and neither did any of the Muslim Arab, Mameluke, and Ottoman rulers who followed him. (Nor did a...

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Thursday, 07 December 2017 19:00

Scripture Matters Podcast Guest Appearance: Women In Ministry

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Interview on women's ministry on the Scripture Matters podcast.

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Authors: Michelle Lesley...

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Written by Michelle Lesley
Thursday, 07 December 2017 19:00

Choosing God More and Ourselves Less

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I wrote about humility on Monday and Wednesday. Joseph was humble and did not need all those around him to see his faithfulness. Mary was humble as she went on this adventure with God, and even though she knew the ultimate purpose was going to be excellent, the journey was going to be difficult.

The...

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Written by Zak Schmoll
Thursday, 07 December 2017 19:00

A La Carte (December 8)

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Today’s Kindle deals include a couple of titles. I’ll keep hunting to see what else I can find.

When Sinners Adopt It’s Beautiful…and Really Difficult

Katie Hughes shares a few things her family has learned through the adoption of two of their children.

Eight Ways to Become...

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Written by Tim Challies
Thursday, 07 December 2017 19:00

The Connection between Daniel and the Christmas Story

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I love this.

King Nebuchadnezzar assigned the prophet Daniel to the high office of “chief of the magicians, enchanters, astrologers and diviners” (Dan. 5:11). In other words, Daniel was appointed Chief of the Magi.

Why is this important?

As Christmas approaches, we will see images and hear...

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Written by Amy K. Hall
Thursday, 07 December 2017 18:54

Thirty Days of Jesus: Day 12, The Son! Featured

imageWe've flowed through the first section of this series, in looking at a few verses that prophesy Jesus' coming, His arrival, and His early life.Starting today, from Day 12-16 we will look at verses that focus on Jesus as The Son
Further Reading

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Written by The End Time
Thursday, 07 December 2017 18:00

East Meets West - Mark Mittelberg

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Recently, I read Mark Mittelberg's "expert contribution" from Nabeel Qureshi's best selling book, Seeking Allah, Finding Jesus.  It reinforces Qureshi's assessment that generally speaking, Eastern Islamic cultures assess truth through lines of authority as opposed to individual...

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Written by The Other Chad
Thursday, 07 December 2017 18:00

How can these things be?

Sure, Mary asked the question when the angel told her she would be pregnant, but that's not the question here. Since the collapse of biblical marriage and sexual morality, it appears that Christians have lost their minds. (Okay, sure, I'm using the word, "Christian", generously.) I came across this...

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Written by Winging It
Thursday, 07 December 2017 18:00

Fear of God Devotional: The False Repentance of Jeroboam

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What is an example of false repentance?

Paul Thompson explains in this video that we see instances of false repentance in Scripture. Jeroboam was king and God sent a man to call him out of the ungodly things that he has done.

The man of God comes and warns Jeroboam and Jeroboam immediately attempts...

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Written by NCFIC Blog
Thursday, 07 December 2017 18:00

Far as the Curse is Found Featured

Many Christians would be surprised, and perhaps even disappointed, to learn that the song often cited as our favorite Christmas carol is not actually a Christmas carol at all. The famed hymn writer Isaac Watts published “Joy to the World” in 1719. Millions of Christians sing this great...

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Written by Albert Mohler
Thursday, 07 December 2017 18:00

The Church Adorned with Beauty

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The week before Christmas, when I was in third grade, my grandmother took me to downtown Pittsburgh so that I could buy gifts for my family and, for the first time in my life, my girlfriend. I wanted to buy something romantic for her, so I selected a small decorative pin. It looked to me as if it...

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Written by R.C. Sproul
Thursday, 07 December 2017 17:50

Why Shouldn’t We Trust the Non-Canonical “Sophia of Jesus Christ”?

image There are a number of ancient, non-canonical texts used by sect leaders or heretical groups in the early history of Christianity. One of these is called The Sophia of Jesus Christ.Is this non-biblical text reliable? Was it written by an eyewitness who accurately captured the actions and...

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Written by jwallace
Thursday, 07 December 2017 17:01

The worst gift to give a middle-school student Featured

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What is the worst Christmas gift you can give your middle-school student? I don’t mean that spiritually—as in unbelief—or theologically—as in The Jesus Calling Student Edition. I mean it seriously. What is the worst gift that you can give your middle-school student?

This...

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Written by Jesse Johnson
Thursday, 07 December 2017 17:00

Three Biblical Examples that Disprove the Prosperity Gospel

Is the prosperity gospel biblical? Last week, I introduced the “prosperity gospel”—what it is and why it’s harmful. Today, I’d like to address a biblical response to this teaching.

In their book, When Helping Hurts, Steve Corbett and Brian Fikkert write,

At its...

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Written by Dr. Andrew Spencer
Thursday, 07 December 2017 16:33

Early December 2017 Presuppositional Apologetics Links

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These are links concerning Presuppositional apologetics gathered from December 1st-7th, 2017.

1.) Review: Thomas Aquinas (Great Thinkers) by K. Scott Oliphint

2.) Updated: Van Til Articles

3.) Book Review: Logic by Vern Poythress

4.) Doctrine and evidence

5.) Atheistic...

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Written by SLIMJIM
Thursday, 07 December 2017 16:03

Virtue

Don Johnson

An article at The American Conservative explores virtue in our modern culture. Virtue no longer is a matter of character, where the individual controls his passions while pursuing an ideal higher than he is. Virtue is instead now found in the measure of empathy for victims, whether they...

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Written by Don Johnson
Thursday, 07 December 2017 16:00

Open Your Eyes to All the Gifts God Has Given You This Christmas

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Sometimes focusing on God’s “big miracles”—like curing cancer and making brain tumors disappear—causes us to overlook His small, daily miracles of providence in which He holds the universe together, keeps our hearts beating, provides us with air to breathe and lungs to...

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Written by Randy Alcorn
Thursday, 07 December 2017 16:00

Mt. Ararat and the Resurrection

“And the ark rested in the seventh month, on the seventeenth day of the month, upon the mountains of Ararat.” (Genesis 8:4)

The story of Noah’s preservation through the awful Flood has been recognized by all Bible students as a beautiful picture of the resurrection. It is, of...

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Written by Days of Praise from ICR
Thursday, 07 December 2017 16:00

Friday’s Featured Sermon: “The Nature of the Incarnation, Part 1” Featured

What do you think about as Christmas approaches? Do you anticipate the gifts you’ve been hoping for—all neatly wrapped under a shiny tree? Maybe you’re excited about time off work and the gathering of family members.

For many of us, it’s the more spiritual traditions that...

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Written by Grace to You Blog
Thursday, 07 December 2017 15:36

Union with Christ in the Gospels (Brian Hedges)

imageHere’s an endorsement I wrote for Brian Hedges‘ new book, With Jesus: Finding Your Place in the Story of Christ(Shepherd Press, 2017):

When we think about the Christian life as union with Christ, we often turn to Paul’s letters where the doctrine is explained so clearly. But this...

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Written by Fred Sanders
Thursday, 07 December 2017 14:30

Response to Dave Armstrong’s response to my article on his taking Irenaeus out of context

I begin with a link to an article by Anthony Lane, that David Waltz linked to at his blog. (see at the very bottom of his side bar, right above the famous Newman quote)  This article by Anthony Lane is really good for understanding what tradition is and its relationship to Scripture and...

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Written by Ken Temple
Thursday, 07 December 2017 14:25

How to Watch a Movie (6): FAQs about Christianity and the Movies

Over the course of the years, I’ve taught countless seminars on “How to Watch a Movie.” This installment of the series will address several of the questions and issues that often arise in those seminars, before concluding with a brief challenge.

What are some alternative Christian...

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Written by Bruce Ashford
Thursday, 07 December 2017 14:05

December 8: Macartney and Machen

While searching out a question today for a patron of the PCA Historical Center, I came across this letter to the editor ofCHRISTIANITY TODAY [the new series, for a change!] In this letter, Ned B. Stonehouse, professor at Westminster Theological Seminary and biographer of Dr. J. Gresham...

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Written by archivist
Thursday, 07 December 2017 14:05

Silly Philology | “I Could Care Less”

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I mean, I guess I know what they’re trying to say, they’re trying convey their disinterest in whatever they’re interlocutor has said or asked. But in actuality, the phrase “I could care less” doesn’t...

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Written by Parker's Pensées
Thursday, 07 December 2017 14:05

A Wise Woman Builds Her Home on Sola Scriptura

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Laura Ingalls Wilder is known for making the observation that “home” is the nicest word there is. Indeed, there is an inherent beauty and sweetness to the idea of home that can almost be felt in the sound of the word itself. Surely this is because that lovely place of shelter, comfort,...

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Written by Jessalyn Hutto
Thursday, 07 December 2017 14:00

Video: "Submitting to One Another" by Alistair Begg

Everyone is naturally inclined to proud self-assertion, but humility and mutual submission should be evident in the lives of believers. Alistair Begg urges us to consider that real unity is a response of reverence for Jesus, who gave Himself for us. As we are increasingly under the control of God's...

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Written by TFL
Thursday, 07 December 2017 14:00

Pastoral and Personal Evangelism, or Winning Men to Christ One by One

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CHAPTER II — PASTORAL AND PERSONAL EVANGELISM, OR WINNING MEN TO CHRIST ONE BY ONE

BY REV. JOHN TIMOTHY STONE, D. D., CHICAGO, ILLINOIS, EX-MODERATOR GENERAL ASSEMBLY PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH, U. S. A.

The story of evangelism is the specific history of the Cross of Christ. Great movements and...

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Written by SharperIron
Thursday, 07 December 2017 13:40

Simplicity, Scholasticism, and the Triunity of God

Article by by Mike Riccardi (original source here with helpful comment thread). Questions such as these are answered:

1. Why should I bother myself with learning about metaphysics? 2. Does the incarnation “interrupt” the simplicity of God? And relatedly, does the Son remain incarnate...

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Written by John Samson
Thursday, 07 December 2017 13:29

Looks Good, Until We Check Context

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Earlier today I retweeted Ligon Duncan’s recommendation of Dr. Needham’s fine little book of daily readings from early church fathers. Well, (Roman Catholic Apologist) Patrick Madrid follows me on Twitter (as I follow him), and he replied that he surely hopes...

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Written by John Samson
Thursday, 07 December 2017 13:29

Nine Questions to Ask Yourself to Prepare for 2018

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Most people say they hate Mondays, but I’ll be honest, I love them. Mondays give me an opportunity to start the new week with a blank slate. If last week went poorly, I have the chance to start over and refocus. This is also the reason I love the first day of the month. So, as you can...

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Written by Scott Slayton