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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Monday, 16 July 2018 03:00

July 13, 2018 Show with Les Lanphere on “CALVINIST”

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July 13, 2018:

Les Lanphere, Independent Film Maker who will discuss his film: “CALVINIST”

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Written by Eric Nielsen
Monday, 16 July 2018 03:00

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Pulpit & Pen Daily Update for June 16, 2018

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Written by Tim Hurd
Monday, 16 July 2018 02:54

Trump’s Supreme Court Nominee Unites Evangelicals – The Atlantic

imageBrett Kavanaugh’s Supreme Court nomination is the consummation of one of the big bets behind the 2016 election. Many white Christians voted for Donald Trump because they believed he would appoint conservative justices who would protect religious liberty and advance the pro-life cause. Now,...

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Written by Kevin Schaal
Monday, 16 July 2018 02:50

And Very Grateful for This . . .

In the midst of a great deal of confusion on sexuality and gender (see the previous post), I am very grateful that the denomination Christ Church belongs to (the CREC) has issued a statement on one of the basic issues involved. That statement can be accessed here.image

For those unfamiliar with the...

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Written by Douglas Wilson
Monday, 16 July 2018 02:01

Keep Planting: Student Ministry and the Gospel

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This week the blog is sponsored by The Gospel Project. This post is written by Emma McLeod, who shares how Christ-centered Bible study changed how she disciples teens.

Seventeen tenth-grade girls and I sit in a circle of chairs lining our small group room, which is warm and almost humid-like from...

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Written by Tim Challies
Monday, 16 July 2018 01:55

Jimmy Carter: Jesus Would Approve of Gay Marriage

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Can we know Jesus’ thoughts on gay “marriage”? Recently, former US President Jimmy Carter, a professing Christian and Sunday school teacher at his Baptist church in Georgia, was asked in an interview for his thoughts on gay “marriage” and if he thought Jesus would...

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Written by Ken Ham
Monday, 16 July 2018 01:42

This Cavalcade of Concupiscence

Introduction

I believe that it is past time for us to add the P to our conga line of kink. The reason we must add the P, standing in for pedophile, is that we have already in principle added the P. This already happened, with virtually no one noticing when it happened exactly. There is a difference...

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Written by Douglas Wilson
Monday, 16 July 2018 01:15

Shock Video: Billy Graham Was For Abortion in Cases of Rape, Incest Featured

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We know that Billy Graham denied the exclusivity of Christ and taught a form of Universalism. Those videos have made their way around the Internet for years (video 1 and video 2). But did you know that Billy Graham also “made acceptions” for abortion in the cases of rape and incest?...

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Written by News Division
Monday, 16 July 2018 00:57

Psychics And Charismatic “Prophets” Use Same Cold Reading Method Featured

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There is virtually no difference between parlor-trick psychics (who have been proven fraudulent in a plethora of scientific studies but still have enjoyed success employing their carnival-show trade for hundreds of years) and charismatic prophets. They use the same method of “cold...

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Written by News Division
Monday, 16 July 2018 00:35

10 Things You Should Know about the New Heaven and New Earth

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Sam Storms:

Where will believers in Jesus spend eternity? It won’t be on a cloud or a star in some distant galaxy. It will be on the sanctified and redeemed soil of the new earth. Here are ten things you should about what eternal life will be like in the new heaven and new earth.

(1) According...

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Written by Peter Cockrell
Monday, 16 July 2018 00:32

Brannon Howse Scurries to Cover Lies, Justin Peters Responds Featured

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We originally highlighted this story in a post on July 11. However, we then had to update the post on July 13, after Howse filed a copyright claim against Justin’s response video (in a stunningly hypocritical move, considering Brannon used a snippet of a recording that he did not own, also...

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Written by News Division
Monday, 16 July 2018 00:26

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";...

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Written by BibleX
Monday, 16 July 2018 00:23

Dennis Prager and Ben Shapiro on the Bible

imageMany years ago I was blessed with the opportunity to study Genesis and the book of Ruth under a rabbi. It was a truly eye opening semester, and I wish it could have continued, but it truly instilled a love for the bible in my heart. Any chance I get to hear a discussion of the Torah, be it a Jew or...

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Written by Doug Evans
Monday, 16 July 2018 00:13

Bible Study for July 22: Pray

Nehemiah 1:11Harris Malcom, state missionaryMiddle Georgia Region

What are those things that God has placed deeply in your heart? Those things that cause you to lie awake at night and ponder? There comes a time when you have to do something about it because it is such a strong moving thing within...

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Written by Harris Malcom
Monday, 16 July 2018 00:09

How Can We Be Friends? 4 Biblical and Practical Considerations for Co-Ed Christian Friendships

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In this piece, Bible study author, speaker and blogger Michelle Lesley tackles co-ed friendships between Christians. Some Christians feel strongly that co-ed friendships could  lead to adultery. Others strongly disagree.  So the question is, “Which levels of friendship are...

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Written by Marsha West
Monday, 16 July 2018 00:00

What Every Christian Should Know about the End Times

In the course of most church services, Christians will commonly say “Maranatha,” or “Come, Lord Jesus.” This...

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Written by Dr. Dan Van Voorhis
Monday, 16 July 2018 00:00

Patient-killing replacing palliative care in Canada’s single payer health care system

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Canada has a pure single-payer health care system. That means that Canadians are taxed (average family pays $12,057 per year), and then the government decides who will get health care. As you might expect, when health care is free, the demand for it...

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Written by Wintery Knight
Sunday, 15 July 2018 23:59

Setting Our Hope on Grace

1 Peter 1:13, “Therefore, preparing your minds for action, and being sober-minded, set your hope fully on the grace that will be brought to you at the revelation of Jesus Christ.”

Each of us has a variety of things about which we must think on a regular basis. For example, we must think...

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Written by Charlie Handren
Sunday, 15 July 2018 23:57

Confession ≠ Repentance

It’s beautiful when Christians humbly confess their sin to one another and cling to the gospel yet again (James 4:7–10).

Maybe we were repulsed by our sin after a gospel-centered sermon, a Christ-anchored Bible study, or a meaningful time of prayer. Perhaps we’ve been confronted...

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Written by 9Marks
Sunday, 15 July 2018 23:50

The Providence of God and Suffering

It was C. H. Spurgeon, the Prince of Preachers, who once said that “the Sovereignty of God is the pillow upon which the child of God rests his head at night, giving perfect peace.”[1] To know that God is completely in control of all things is the greatest comfort for the Christian. This...

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Written by Joshua Mills
Sunday, 15 July 2018 23:40

Marriage Is An Act of Preservation

If you want to eat jam all winter, now is the time to pick strawberries.

I’ve been putting off jam making because I know the work involved. After the hunched-over picking, there is washing, destemming, and crushing to do. Then I’ll put my two sons down to nap and let my two daughters...

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Written by Laura Lundgren
Sunday, 15 July 2018 23:23

5 Ways to Waste Your Reading

This is a post prepared by Alex K from AccelerateBooks.com

What if there is a right way to read a book, and a wrong way to read one?

What if there’s a way in which we approach our reading, that causes us to either waste our time reading or maximize it?

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If you’re reading this article, you...

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Written by David Qaoud
Sunday, 15 July 2018 23:23

Boasting Only in the Work of Jesus

Yestserday, I had the privilege of preaching from Romans 3:27-31 in our Sunday morning series. In this passage, Paul drives home the point with crystal clarity that justification is by faith alone apart from any human merit. As Paul has established that all people have sinned against God, he then...

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Written by Josh Buice
Sunday, 15 July 2018 23:20

Andreas and Margaret Kostenberger- Equipping for Life: A Guide for New, Aspiring Struggling Parents

On the latest Equipping You in Grace episode, Dave Jenkins and Andreas and Margaret Kostenberger discuss strategies to help parents help their children navigate technology, conflict, fight for purity, communicate expectations, and grow in grace, along with their book, Equipping for Life: A Guide...

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Written by Dave Jenkins
Sunday, 15 July 2018 23:18

Don’t count us old folks out yet

Since I am a senior citizen, I am always encouraged by those in my peer group who excel in life. The most recent example of elder excellence is JoAnne Carner. She is 79 years old, the oldest golfer in the inaugural U.S. Senior Women’s Open at the Chicago Golf Club, and this week her golf...

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Written by Gerald Harris
Sunday, 15 July 2018 23:17

Video: Understanding the Sign Gifts

Today’s video responds to the following question: “What is your view of the miraculous gifts (like prophecy and the gifts of tongues) in the New Testament period? Did these discontinue with the closing of the Scriptural Canon or, maybe, they took on a new form after this? And how did...

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Written by Alastair Roberts
Sunday, 15 July 2018 23:03

The Importance of Biblical Apologetics

Today, we are joined by Jay Seegert of The Starting Point Project to discuss the importance of solid Biblical Apologetics and the rise of the religion of "Love." We discuss the ideas behind 'coexist' and 'we are the world' philosophies. People have favorite loves and we all may be passionate about...

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Written by comments@standupforthetruth.com
Sunday, 15 July 2018 23:00

God’s Love Before Time and God’s Love In Time

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Thou hast ravished my heart, my sister, my spouse; thou hast ravished my heart with one of thine eyes, with one chain of thy neck.” (Song of Solomon 4:9).

Samuel Rutherford The Trial and Triumph of Faith Sermon 24, pp. 260-261.

A Twofold Love of God, one of Good-will to the Person,...

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Written by Paul J. Barth
Sunday, 15 July 2018 23:00

Preaching 10x…

“I believe I never was more acceptable to my Master than when I was standing to teach those hearers in the open fields… I now preach to ten times more people than I would if I had been confined to the churches.” George Whitefield 

Get your own copy of The Evidence Bible.http:/...

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Written by The Daily Evidence
Sunday, 15 July 2018 22:55

9Marks at 9: Women and the Local Church

During TGC’s Women’s Conference, 9Marks hosted “9Marks at 9: Women and the Local Church.” The event sought to equip women to know what a healthy church looks like, and how they can work to build up the local church as faithful members.

Panelists

Karen McCutcheon (Covenant...

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Written by Daniel Gardner
Sunday, 15 July 2018 22:36

A Prayer for the Church (Galatians 5:16-26) (Chad Van Dixhoorn)

Our Father in heaven, we rejoice to remember that hidden in the holiness of your Son, you count us holy in your sight. Not only as we pray, but as we live each day, you see us as saints, set apart by our Savior, for our Savior. And yet we live in the hope that what we see by faith, we will one day...

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Written by Reformation21 Blog
Sunday, 15 July 2018 22:25

Believing, Marinating, and Abiding in Jesus’ Love

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     As the Father has loved me, so have I loved you. Abide in my love.John 15:9 (ESV)

Lord Jesus, how can it be? How is it possibly that you love us as much as the Father loves you? Everything in our culture, world, and experience tells us we get what we deserve and earn. But...

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Written by Scotty Smith
Sunday, 15 July 2018 22:20

The New Edition of Acts - Listing the Differences between ECM and NA28

At this year's British New Testament Conference, the Acts group organises a panel discussion on the new Acts volumes in the Editio Critica Maiorseries (ECM). I thought I share some of my boring preparation so that others need not go through the same tedium (warning, nearly 1,500 words; mainly...

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Written by Dirk Jongkind
Sunday, 15 July 2018 22:00

Confessions Of A Former Online Social Justice Warrior

Within the world created by the various apps I used, I got plenty of shares and retweets. But this masked how ineffective I had become outside, in the real world. The only causes I was actually contributing to were the causes of . . . Continue reading →

Authors: R. Scott Clark...

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Written by R. Scott Clark
Sunday, 15 July 2018 21:52

In Reply to a Beloved Brother Regarding the Kavanaugh SCOTUS Nomination

I recently came across an article on Christianity Today by John C. Richards, Jr., a self-described “Christian person of color”, entitled ‘Brett Kavanaugh Is a Troubling Supreme Court Pick For Black Christians‘. As the article’s title suggests, Richards is...

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Written by Darrell B. Harrison
Sunday, 15 July 2018 21:06

A Sober Warning from the Earliest Christians

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When I was a kid, my family once watched a movie that included vivid scenes of persecution against the earliest Christians. I remember lying awake at night, terrified by these images of Christians burning in the streets and being fed to the lions. I couldn’t help but imagine myself in the...

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Written by Tim Challies
Sunday, 15 July 2018 21:00

43 Questions for Preachers

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The Value of Catechesis

Catechisms are almost as old as Christianity. In the early Christian centuries a catechism (from the Greek word meaning “teaching”) was a body of Bible truths to be taught to children and new converts. The form developed into...

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Written by Lewis Allen
Sunday, 15 July 2018 20:21

A La Carte (July 16)

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I don’t have anything to share by way of Kindle deals today, partly because I didn’t spot much and partly because I spent all night over the Atlantic on my way to Scotland (hello, Edinburgh!). I’ll hope for better things tomorrow.

I’m posting early today and haven’t yet...

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Written by Tim Challies
Sunday, 15 July 2018 20:15

Len Pettis Joins BTWN for Episode 311 | Purity Holiness Featured

Len Pettis Joins BTWN for Episode 311 | Purity & Holiness
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Written by Tim Hurd
Sunday, 15 July 2018 20:14

Quick Devotional from Ephesians 6:11 (Observation from the Greek)

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

Our text is from the Greek translation of Ephesians 6:11.  Here is my translation:

“SENTENCE 11 ἐνδύσασθε τὴν...

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Written by SLIMJIM
Sunday, 15 July 2018 20:00

The Mailbag: Potpourri (Michelle’s a money-grubber, Still small voice, Husband of one wife…)

imageHusband of one wife, paying for Christian content, using a false teacher's materials, still small voice, an encouraging e-mail

Authors: Michelle Lesley...

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Written by Michelle Lesley
Sunday, 15 July 2018 20:00

God, the Father

I told you about the news item where The Episcopal Church is about to revise the Common Book of Prayer to eliminate God as "Father" -- to make God gender neutral. I told you that it wasn't new, that the Church of Sweden had already discouraged the use of "Lord" and the male pronoun in reference to...

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Written by Winging It
Sunday, 15 July 2018 20:00

When Prevention Is Worse than the Cure

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I have tried this summer to be very true to the spirit of G.K. Chesterton and have attempted, perhaps highly imperfectly, to look at his work in context. Today, I’m going to be writing about Eugenics and Other Evils, and the passage I’m going to talk about really should be considered in...

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Written by Zak Schmoll
Sunday, 15 July 2018 20:00

How Do You Revisit the Gospel with Someone Who Won't Listen? (Video)

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Alan shares how to continue a Gospel-centered conversation with a friend or family member who says, "Enough of that!"

Authors: Alan Shlemon...

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Written by Alan Shlemon
Sunday, 15 July 2018 19:00

Quotes of Note

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Each Monday, we share quotes we found encouraging, convicting, thought-provoking,  or all of the above.Kim:My early instruction as a Christian took place in church circles which were highly dispensational. Study and preaching from Revelation had more to do with talking about the rapture and...

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Written by Kim Shay
Sunday, 15 July 2018 19:00

Should the Biblical Practice of Jubilee Apply to Everyone?

In the last few weeks, we’ve been talking about the biblical practice of Jubilee in Leviticus 25 and specifically addressing incorrect assumptions about its meaning and application. Today, we will look at the idea that Jubilee is a universally applicable principle—that is, it...

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Written by Dr. Art Lindsley
Sunday, 15 July 2018 19:00

Thinking Like Jesus

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Several years ago, I was asked to give a convocation address at a major theological seminary in America. In that address, I spoke about the critical role of logic in biblical interpretation, and I pleaded for seminaries to include courses on logic in their required curricula. In almost any...

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Written by R.C. Sproul
Sunday, 15 July 2018 18:39

Chrissy Teigen Is “Not Good with the Bible,” Just Like Most… Christians

image On Easter Sunday, NBC aired Jesus Christ Superstar Live In Concert, featuring John Legend as Jesus. After watching one of the rehearsals earlier in the week, Legend’s girlfriend, Chrissy Teigen, tweeted: “John said there would be leopards today. But it’s lepers. I uh, am not good...

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Written by jwallace
Sunday, 15 July 2018 18:05

Joshua 23; Acts 3; Jeremiah 12; Matthew 26

Joshua 23; Acts 3; Jeremiah 12; Matthew 26

ACTS 3 INCLUDES A BRIEF REPORT of a sermon preached impromptu. (Though like many impromptu sermons, doubtless it was made up of pieces Peter had used before!) There are many points of immense interest.

(1) Peter repeatedly ties the coming of Jesus the...

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Written by Don Carson
Sunday, 15 July 2018 18:00

Intact Starch Granules in "Ancient" Plant Fossil

July 16, 2018
Fossils keep revealing biomolecules that should be completely deteriorated and disintegrated if they are millions of years old. Scientists have just discovered intact starch granules in plant tissues alleged to be 280 million years old. 1...

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