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, 20 September 2018 00:56

How Do You Know? by Pete Garcia

In Defense of the Faith

I like to think I am a very curious person and always have been. I can be a little obsessive-compulsive (OCD) at times, especially on topics I find intriguing (my wife can attest to that). Recently, it is all about the UFO and strange and unexplainable phenomena we see...

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Written by Geri Ungurean
Thursday, 20 September 2018 00:20

How Should Christians Think about Taking Medicine for Depression?

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From an article on depression by Ed Welch:

The severe pain of depression makes you welcome anything that can bring relief.

For some people, medication brings relief from some symptoms.

Most family physicians are qualified to prescribe appropriate medications. If you prefer a specialist, get a...

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Written by Justin Taylor
Thursday, 20 September 2018 00:16

Goodbye Rusty Boy

imageBear with me with this particular article. It’s about one of our beloved pets. His name was Rusty and he was born June 3, 2012. We brought him into our home about seventeen weeks after he was born, from a local pet shop. Rusty and I bonded almost right away and that bond remained. If...

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Written by modres
Thursday, 20 September 2018 00:15

Quiz: Biblical Knowldge

Can you pass this Bible knowledge quiz? Give it your best shot and then pass it on to your friends!

The post Quiz: Biblical Knowldge appeared first on Christian Blogs - Delivered By Grace.

Authors: Josh Buice...

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Written by Josh Buice
Thursday, 20 September 2018 00:05

After You Have Suffered

1 Peter 5:10-11, “10 And after you have suffered a little while, the God of all grace, who has called you to his eternal glory in Christ, will himself restore, confirm, strengthen, and establish you. 11 To him be the dominion forever and ever. Amen.”

In 1 Peter 5:10-11, Peter...

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Written by Dave Jenkins
Thursday, 20 September 2018 00:05

Troublesome Creek: A Treatment for Spiritual Depression

The Haw River in Alamance County, North Carolina.

Psalm 63:1-2, “O God, you are my God, I seek you, my soul thirsts for you; my flesh faints for you, as in a dry and weary land where there is no water. So, I have looked upon you in the sanctuary, beholding your power and glory.”

The Haw...

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Written by Michael Milton
Thursday, 20 September 2018 00:04

3 Reasons You Should Preach through the Psalms

One of my most enjoyable seasons of preaching was the year I spent in Psalms. The series wasn’t chronological; that is, I didn’t move from Psalm 1 to Psalm 2 to Psalm 3 and so on (though there are benefits to that approach). My selection criteria included an eclectic mix of variables....

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Written by 9Marks
Thursday, 20 September 2018 00:00

Podcast: Family Background and Spirituality (with Judy TenElshof)

Though we recognize that our family background has a major influence on the kind of person we all become, we don't often extend that to our spiritual formation and development. Talbot spiritual formation professor Dr. Judy TenElshof outlines how our family upbringing affects our journey toward...

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Written by Sean McDowell
Thursday, 20 September 2018 00:00

Is Sam Harris successful at rationally grounding objective moral values and duties?

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I just wanted to put out a few snips from this layperson-level article on the Reasonable Faith web site. The article is about atheist scholar Sam Harris, and his attempt to provide a basis for morality on atheism.

Here’s the Harris project:

The...

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Written by Wintery Knight
Wednesday, 19 September 2018 23:55

Video: Does Baptism Save Us?

Today’s question: “In Q&A#46, you seem to say that baptism (with water) is necessary for salvation. Am I interpreting your perspective correctly, and if so, what do you think about the man on the cross next to Jesus going to heaven without baptism?”

If you have any questions...

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Written by Alastair Roberts
Wednesday, 19 September 2018 23:55

Benjamin Quinn—Every Waking Hour An Introduction to Work and Vocation as Christians

On today’s Equipping You in Grace Episode, Dave Jenkins and Dr. Benjamin Quinn discuss how Christians can learn to connect their faith to their work, how to deal with challenging situations in the workplace, along with his book with Walter Strickland, Every Waking Hour An Introduction to Work...

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Written by Dave Jenkins
Wednesday, 19 September 2018 23:50

Around the Horn (September 20)

The preaching of the word of God is a key way that God has ordained to shape men and women into the image of his Son. Hence, preaching is much more than a lecture or talk. It is spiritual war. As Paul Tripp points out in this post, discipleship is not easy for that very...

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Written by Staff
Wednesday, 19 September 2018 23:29

Girl learning she’s being adopted will bring tears to your eyes

Ivey Zezulka’s foster parents Paige and Daniel surprised her with the news that they had finalized plans to adopt Ivey and her biological siblings. This wonderful little video that has been making the rounds the last couple weeks, and it is worth your time to watch. Read more about it here.

Aut...

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Written by Denny Burk
Wednesday, 19 September 2018 23:00

“The Bible says that children were to be stoned to death.”

This refers not to a young child but to a youthwho was a continual drunkard and was persistently rebellious, stubborn, gluttonous, and disobedient (which describes many contemporary teenagers). If a son consistently refused to abide by his parents’ authority, the men of the city were to...

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Written by The Daily Evidence
Wednesday, 19 September 2018 23:00

Sodom and Gomorrah: A Story about Sin and Judgment

Sodom and Gomorrah are two of the Old Testament’s most infamously sinful cities. Genesis 19 tells the story of how God destroyed Sodom and Gomorrah for their wickedness, but spared Lot and his family (mostly).

The New Testament uses these cities as examples of behavior that God’s people...

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Written by ZA Blog
Wednesday, 19 September 2018 22:54

Hillsong just became its own denomination – “the Borg is no longer fiction”. Featured

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Pulpit & Pen is highly appreciative of the work done by Church Watch Central and endorses them as the authority on the activities and dealings of the cult of the New Apostolic Reformation. The following article has been republished and the original can be found here.

Hillsong has officially...

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Written by Pulpit & Pen
Wednesday, 19 September 2018 22:30

Divorce Never Decreed

When the Family Court judge called the next name on the calendar, an elderly couple slowly made their way to the table. Each one sat...

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Written by Haroldo Camacho
Wednesday, 19 September 2018 22:00

Has God Really Said? Featured

“Thy Word is Truth” (John 17:17b).

The most dangerous thing for our holiness is very small, but hugely comprehensive. It’s unassuming and disarming. It appears non-threatening, but actually brings death where ever it goes. It appears hip and relevant, but it’s actually...

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Written by Jon English Lee
Wednesday, 19 September 2018 21:49

The Position, Attitudes, and Objectives of Biblical Separation (Part 3)

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Read the series.

The Biblical Teaching on Separation

There are three major points which the Bible teaches on the subject of separation. First, the position that we must hold. Second, the attitudes that we must maintain. Third, the objectives that we must seek.

The Biblical Position

The position that we...

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Written by SharperIron
Wednesday, 19 September 2018 21:19

The Real Cause Behind the Crisis at Willow Creek

imageWhen you are suffering from a flu, feverish with a soar throat and body aches, are those symptoms the cause of the flu or the effects? They are of course the effects of a virus (the true cause) that has invaded your body causing the illness and suffering. When you treat the cause you get to the...

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Written by comments@standupforthetruth.com
Wednesday, 19 September 2018 21:00

2 Reasons Christians Lose Their Joy (And What to Do About It)

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Faith Alone in Christ Alone in Our Churches

How did you first become a Christian (if you are one)? Remind yourself of the story. Now ask yourself this: did I become a Christian after I’d sorted my life out, or by putting my faith in Christ?...

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Written by Tim Chester
Wednesday, 19 September 2018 20:22

A Day With Amy Carmichael (EPIC: India)

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Nine months into my round-the-world EPIC journey, I finally visited India where I was able to spend a day at Dohnavur Fellowship, the incredible organization founded by Amy Carmichael. Here is a little bit of what I saw and experienced.

This video was sponsored by Zondervan, and they would like you...

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Written by Tim Challies
Wednesday, 19 September 2018 20:14

A La Carte (September 20)

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There are, once again, a few different Kindle deals to check out. It has been a pretty good week!

(Yesterday on the blog: The Joys (and the Limitations) of Male-Female Friendships)

If We Lose the Meaning of “Justice,” We Lose the Gospel

I really appreciate Amy’s careful...

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Written by Tim Challies
Wednesday, 19 September 2018 20:13

Taming Our Inner “Judge-Jury-Executioner”

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Do not judge, or you too will be judged.

For in the same way you judge others, you will be judged, and with the measure you use, it will be measured to you. (Matt. 7:1-2) 

Be merciful, just as your Father is merciful. (Luke 6:36)

Lord Jesus, just when I was starting to feel pretty...

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Written by Scotty Smith
Wednesday, 19 September 2018 20:00

Throwback Thursday ~ Audacious

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Authors: Michelle Lesley...

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Written by Michelle Lesley
Wednesday, 19 September 2018 20:00

Article: Try As We Might, It Won’t Be Easy to Abandon Our Religious Identity by J. Warner Wallace

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In this featured article, author, speaker and cold-case homicide detective J. Warner Wallace reports on data he has been collecting for the past 10 years.  The data he reports on demonstrates that while, "fewer people claim a Christian affiliation than ever before, and those who claim no...

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Written by Chad
Wednesday, 19 September 2018 20:00

The Argument

Hey, it's the Internet. Someone is wrong. And it's your job to hunt them down and correct them. Or so it would seem.The Bible has an interesting take on this concept.
Let every person be quick to hear, slow to speak, slow to anger; for the anger of man does not produce the righteousness of God....

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Written by Winging It
Wednesday, 19 September 2018 20:00

The Bible Never Promises Immediate Physical Healing in the Atonement

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There are many prosperity preachers who teach that physical healing—in this life—is part of the atonement. For example, Kenneth Copeland states,

Sadly, many Christians have been falsely accusing God of being the cause of their troubles. They wrongly believe that trials and tribulations...

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Written by Tim Barnett
Wednesday, 19 September 2018 19:00

What Does the Old Testament Say about Loans and Interest? Part 4

One component of Old Testament (OT) economic social justice was providing interest-free loans for the Israelite working poor. But does the Old Testament (OT) require only interest-free loans? Or, does the OT permit other loans that can charge interest? Well, that’s where key differences arise....

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Written by Dr. Klaus Issler
Wednesday, 19 September 2018 19:00

Fear of God Devotional: His Compassion Draws Us

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What is one characteristic of Jesus Christ?

Rob Ventura explains in this video that Christ is a high priest like no other. We see His compassion throughout the Gospels when He described those He was preaching to as "sheep without a shepherd" (Matthew 9:36).

He is a compassionate High Priest. He is...

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Written by NCFIC Blog
Wednesday, 19 September 2018 19:00

Working unto the Glory of God

Here’s an excerpt from Working unto the Glory of God, Gene Edward Veith’s contribution to the September issue of Tabletalk:

Doing something really well and then giving God credit for it—-this is the antidote to pride. When you achieve something that you can really feel good about,...

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Written by Nathan W. Bingham
Wednesday, 19 September 2018 18:39

Interview with Don Stewart – Apologist, Author and Bible Explorer (Podcast)

In this blast from the past, J. Warner Wallace interviews Christian apologist, Don Stewart and they talk about his long career defending the truth of Christianity.

You can also subscribe to the Cold-Case Christianity Weekly Podcast on iTunes, or add the podcast from our RSS Feed.

Authors: jwallace...

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Written by jwallace
Wednesday, 19 September 2018 18:30

Book Review: God Is Better Than Trucks

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What is God like? When a child asks this question—or a similar one—how should we answer?There’s a real sense in which God is nothing like anyone or anything in a child’s world. (He’s not much like anything in an adult’s world, either.) “To whom then...

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Written by Rebecca Stark
Wednesday, 19 September 2018 18:05

2 Samuel 16; 2 Corinthians 9; Ezekiel 23; Psalms 70–71

2 Samuel 16; 2 Corinthians 9; Ezekiel 23; Psalms 70–71

SECOND CORINTHIANS 9 IS THE second of two consecutive chapters that Paul devotes to the subject of giving.

(1) He resumes with a lovely delicacy (2 Cor. 9:1–5). On the one hand, he assures the Corinthians that they do not really need...

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Written by Don Carson
Wednesday, 19 September 2018 18:00

How Bacteria Helps Our Bodies Survive

September 20, 2018
Within the past 20 years or so, dozens of papers have been written regarding the human microbiome. Microbiota inhabit a variety of niches in the human body, with the gut being the primary location. Remarkably, “The human gut has the...

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Written by TBC Staff - EN
Wednesday, 19 September 2018 18:00

Whom Do You Know?

“For I know whom I have believed, and am persuaded that he is able to keep that which I have committed unto him against that day.” (2 Timothy 1:12) A person who thinkshe is a Christi... More...

Authors: Days of Praise from ICR...

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Written by Days of Praise from ICR
Wednesday, 19 September 2018 17:53

The Virtue of Being Fallible

Recently, I posted an article on Facebook about how the Chinese government is treating Islam as mental illness. As Martin Luther King said, injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere. So while I vehemently disagree with Islam about the nature of God and Jesus, I have no desire to see them...

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Written by Jonathan Miles
Wednesday, 19 September 2018 17:03

A Transparent Approach to Gospel Ministry

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2 Corinthians 4:2

When you set out to shine the light of the gospel to nonbelievers and believers alike, you may not anticipate the adversity that may come your way as a result. The apostle Paul himself experienced adversity to an intense degree in his teaching ministry. His candid response to this...

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Written by Thomas Overmiller
Wednesday, 19 September 2018 16:30

An Orientation to the Old Testament

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Last month I posted about Brent Strawn’s book Is the Old Testament Dying? I suggested that the critical condition of the Old Testament in many churches is not because we don’t believe the Old Testament is important, but because we lack confidence in how to handle it well. And so, to...

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Written by Andrew Bunt
Wednesday, 19 September 2018 16:00

The New Testament Chapter by Chapter | 1 Peter Overview

By: Daniel Goepfrich The Audience Peter’s intended recipients were people scattered throughout Asia Minor. The word διασπορά (diaspora, “dispersion”) is used elsewhere in the New Testament only twice. In James 1:1 the “twelve...

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Written by Editor
Wednesday, 19 September 2018 15:15

Say it in a Sentence

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When I was 21, I started preaching once a month at The Santa Barbara Rescue Mission. I didn’t know how to preach and I wanted to learn (I preached my first sermon at age 16 without a clue of what I was doing).

On Thursday nights, 100 or more homeless people filled the pews...

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Written by Justin Buzzard
Wednesday, 19 September 2018 15:10

Emotional Intimacy

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Early on in my marriage, when I was playing baseball, I would go out of town for a week or ten days for a series on the road. When I would cam back home, it would take my wife a day or two to warm back up to me—to feel connected emotionally.

Even scientifically, this is a reality....

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Written by Jim Essian
Wednesday, 19 September 2018 15:05

The Day I Blew Up the Children’s Ministry Meeting

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“All Scripture is breathed out by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness, that the man of God may be complete, equipped for every good work.” - 2 Tim. 3:16-17

“No concerning our brother Apollos, I strongly urged him to...

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Written by Jared Sparks
Wednesday, 19 September 2018 15:00

KIDScast#18 A Person Of Integrity Featured

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Written by Adam Staub
Wednesday, 19 September 2018 14:46

Improving your relationship with God

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Tim Chester:

Can you improve your relationship with God? People are often unsure how to respond. The promises of grace suggest one answer; the experience of life often suggest another. In the confusion, we often do nothing. We stagnate.

But there is a way forward. Can you improve your relationship...

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Written by Peter Cockrell
Wednesday, 19 September 2018 14:41

It's party time!

For what it's worth, a few more thoughts on the Kavanaugh imbroglio:
1. I think Ford's story is generically credible in the sense that things like that happen at drinking parties with teenagers or college students. It falls right in line a painfully familiar narrative.
Of course, that doesn't make it...

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Written by steve
Wednesday, 19 September 2018 14:10

Resisting the Great Untruths that Hurt Our Society

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When I first read The Atlanticcover story on “The Coddling of the American Mind,” I thought: This should be a book.Now it is. Jonathan Haidt and Greg Lukianoff have expanded the argument of their essay into a full manuscript, and they’ve delivered one of the most important books...

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Written by Trevin Wax
Wednesday, 19 September 2018 12:56

When tomorrow never comes

Although I don't think unanswered prayer casts doubt on God's existence (too much evidence for that), it does cast prima facie doubt on God's benevolence. Ironically, Deists think the problem isn't with unanswered prayer but answered prayer! They think a God who intervenes is a God who lacks...

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Written by steve
Wednesday, 19 September 2018 11:36

God in the coma

Classical theists believe God subsists outside of time and space. So how does God interface with embodied, timebound agents? Take a comparison: suppose a young man suffers severe brain damage from a traffic accident. He's in a coma. 
His mind is still intact. He can dream, remember, imagine,...

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Written by steve
Wednesday, 19 September 2018 11:11

Together with Matt Chandler Featured

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Over two years ago, I wrote a piece here at Pulpit & Pen entitled “Resetting the Evangelical Mindset on Nabeel Qureshi.” Qureshi was, at the time, a darling of the Christian apologetics community and an up-and-coming speaker with Ravi Zacharias International...

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Written by Seth Dunn
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