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, 18 August 2018 08:11

Pastor Gino Jennings | Philadelphia’s New Cult Leader Featured

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Meet Philadelphia’s New Cult Leader Pastor Gino Jennings

The label “cult” should not be thrown around flippantly. But when the slithering serpent of old, who long ago deceived Eve by his cunning, gathers professing to himself to carry their thoughts away from a sincere and pure...

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Written by Tim Hurd
Saturday, 18 August 2018 07:59

Book Review 32: “Clear Winter Nights” by Trevin Wax

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Clear Winter Nights by Trevin Wax represents the first book review I have done on a fictional story. Despite its being fiction, the book informs the reader about the reality of tough, theological conversations that one may have with another. Furthermore, the great details Wax uses in this story...

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Written by C.T. Adams
Saturday, 18 August 2018 06:29

Calvin: Arrested and Imprisoned Jerome Bolsec, Then Wanted Him “Rotting in a Ditch ?

Here's a tidbit from a blog entry entitled, John Calvin: Heresy Hunter with an Axe to Grind:In addition to Servetus, Jerome Bolsec was arrested and imprisoned for challenging Calvin during a lecture, then banished from the city. Calvin wrote privately about the matter saying that he wished Bolsec...

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Written by James Swan
Saturday, 18 August 2018 06:26

A Day in the Life of a Seller of Purple Featured

By Elizabeth PrataFirst in a series.What was a day in the life like for a person who lived in New Testament Bible times? It depended on what trade the person made their living. Let's look at the woman of Thyatira, Lydia, a seller of purple.Lydia is mentioned only a few times in the New Testament,...

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Written by The End Time
Saturday, 18 August 2018 06:04

“The ‘me’ in the Womb”

The Psalmist, in Psalm 51, verse 5, writes of what we often refer to as ‘original sin’. This is one of the most unpopular doctrines of Christianity. The verse says, “Behold, I was shaped in iniquity; and in sin did my mother conceive me”. This does not indicate that the act...

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Written by Allan Murray
Saturday, 18 August 2018 05:41

System of Doctrine?

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Many reformed and presbyterian bodies use the phrase "system of doctrine" in their ordination vows. The particular branch of Christ's Church of which I am a minister has as its fourth ordination vow:

Do you believe in and accept the system of doctrine and the manner of worship set forth in the...

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Written by Nathan Eshelman
Saturday, 18 August 2018 05:10

“Social justice” = politically correct, virtue-signaling gibberish

I’m used to the “Christian” Left prattling on about “social justice,” even as they advocate for the ultimate injustice of abortion to the child’s 1st breath, but now a lot of previously sound evangelicals are saying the same sorts of things.  Justice and...

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Written by Eternity Matters
Saturday, 18 August 2018 04:14

Correct Error Without Radicalizing Doubt

The first time I got called a heretic, I think I was about 19. I had just started getting into theology, biblical studies, N.T. Wright, that sort of thing, and was slowly walking away from the default dispensationalism of Orange County Evangelicalism. Well, at the time I also happened to be in a...

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Written by Derek Rishmawy
Saturday, 18 August 2018 03:06

Is he able…He is able

I met a man the other day who asked me a straightforward question: “Tell me this, is God able to save me?”

“Yes, he is able,” I answered, to which he responded, “No, you don’t know me, God can’t save me.”

“You’re right, I don’t know...

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Written by Mark Loughridge
Saturday, 18 August 2018 02:33

Cosmic simulation

I was asked a follow-up question on this post:
What you would say if an atheist said for the sake of argument that he accepted that the transcendental argument is valid and reason and logic do need a transcendent source, but that...

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Written by steve
Saturday, 18 August 2018 02:32

Weekly Roundup 8/13/2018-8/18/2018

This is our weekly roundup of posts for 8/13/2018-8/18/2018. 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 8/13/2018

God’s Word for the...

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Written by Dave Jenkins
Saturday, 18 August 2018 02:30

Weekly Roundup of Links 8/13/2018-8/18/2018

This is our weekly roundup of links for 8/6/2018-8/11/2018 from around the web. We hope you find the following articles helpful to your growth in godliness.

Articles from Around the Internet:

  1. Why Your Church Should Pray for Revival by David McLemore over at Banner of Truth. https://banneroftruth.org/u...

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Written by Dave Jenkins
Saturday, 18 August 2018 02:29

A. A. Hodge On Christian Liberty

These Sections teach the following propositions: 1st. God alone is Lord of the human conscience, which is responsible only to his authority. 2d. God has authoritatively addressed the human conscience only in his law, the only perfect revelation of which in this . . . Continue reading →

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Written by R. Scott Clark
Saturday, 18 August 2018 01:46

Honest With God/Growth in Grace

Introduction:

We are considering the two components of growth in grace. The first is getting rid of impediments to that growth, which is a necessary thing—but preliminary. The second thing is actual growth in grace. This growth in grace is a form of life, and like all life it requires food....

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Written by Douglas Wilson
Saturday, 18 August 2018 01:07

More than Conquerors? (Carson)

imageWhat does it mean in Romans 8:37 when Paul says that followers of Christ are “more than conquerors” (ESV) or “have complete victory” (NET)?  D. A. Carson gives some good answers to this question based on the context of Romans 8:

First, the “us” to whom the...

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Written by Reformed Reader
Saturday, 18 August 2018 00:09

The Cost of a Good Sermon

David Mathis here asks and answers the question, "What does a good sermon cost?" 

Authors: BibleX...

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Written by BibleX
Saturday, 18 August 2018 00:05

Udderly transgender

The boy wipes his forehead and takes a chair at the breakfast table. "'Morning, Dad," he says, while he heaps up his plate with pancakes. "Elsie calved last night."
"Is she all right?""She seems so." The boy is fairly gulping down hunks of pancake...

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Written by steve
Saturday, 18 August 2018 00:02

Interview with Former Freemason Pastor Ralph Jenkins Featured

In this special episode of the Christian Commute, I interview a local pastor who used to be a Freemason. (The interview took place in a Japanese Restaurant, hence the background noise and occasional interaction with a waitress.)

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Written by Seth - Host of the Christian Commute
Saturday, 18 August 2018 00:01

The One True Gay Bathhouse

The first reason is that men with homosexual tendencies find it particularly difficult to live out the demands of chastity. The vast majority of scandals in the Church since 2002 involve homosexual priests profoundly failing in chastity. This is no surprise to me. Chastity, I’m convinced (and...

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Written by steve
Saturday, 18 August 2018 00:00

Are you ready for marriage? 10 questions to find out how prepared you are

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Would you like your marriage to be long-lasting and fulfilling? Well, check out the questions below and see if you are ready for life-long wedded bliss.

1. Are you opposed to no-fault divorce laws?

No-fault divorce laws allow one spouse to leave the marriage at any time, for any...

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Written by Wintery Knight
Friday, 17 August 2018 23:31

NUGGETS

image 10 Ways to Comfort a Grieving Person – Beautiful counsel from Nancy Guthrie.

Social Injustice and the Gospel – John MacArthur nails it.

De-Mystifying PTSD – Part 1 of a helpful podcast from the BCC.

Pastoring Amid Depression – Helpful counsel from the For the Church blog.

New...

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Written by Paul Tautges
Friday, 17 August 2018 21:30

Sin Postpones God’s Purposes – 30 Days to Victory Devotional

Sin separates you from God. Also, it separates you from God’s will and delays God’s work in your life.   Romans 13:14  “But put ye on the Lord Jesus Christ, and make not provision for the flesh, to fulfil the lusts thereof.” God has a will for you and work for you...

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Written by admin
Friday, 17 August 2018 21:00

Is Substitutionary Atonement Unbiblical and Unjust?

image The atonement has come under criticism from both skeptics and progressive Christians? Should it be abandoned? Sean reviews the recent book by William Lane Craig

Authors: Sean McDowell...

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Written by Sean McDowell
Friday, 17 August 2018 21:00

2018 Fall Resource Guide

August 18, 2018 by: Crosswayimage

Back to the Books

As the summer winds down and school and small groups recommence, find some resources to get back into your study of God and his Word.

For High School Students

F...

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Written by Crossway
Friday, 17 August 2018 21:00

The Coming Social Justice Storm

This week, Chris and Rich accidentally derail their intended topic when they discuss John MacArthur’s blog post about social justice.  Tensions are getting high as anticipation builds about what biblical expositors will say as they step into the arena and address the issue of social...

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Written by Chris Hohnholz
Friday, 17 August 2018 20:27

Fresh, Robust, Liberating Joy

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     … full of joy …

     They came to John (the Baptist) and said to him, “Rabbi, that man who was with you on the other side of the Jordan—the one you testified about—look, he is baptizing, and everyone is going to him.” To this...

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Written by Scotty Smith
Friday, 17 August 2018 20:08

Gordley’s New Book on NT “Christological Hymns”

While I’m temporarily at home, I can’t resist drawing attention to a splendid new book by Matthew Gordley, New Testament Christological Hymns:  Exploring Texts, Contexts, and Significance (IVP Academic, 2018).

He  carefully discusses all the passages in the NT often...

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Written by larryhurtado
Friday, 17 August 2018 20:00

News Weakly - 8/18/18

You're Not Welcome HereAs has been done for decades, Greg Laurie's Harvest Crusade was advertised for this week in a variety of malls and billboards in southern California. This year, however, it was deemed unacceptable. They first said it was because of the nondescript book he was holding. You and...

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Written by Winging It
Friday, 17 August 2018 19:09

A Very Good Suggestion for Combining Learning and Holiday Time: VTBS

The brochure for the 2019 Vacation Term for Biblical Study is just out, and there is an impressive lineup of lecturers.  The VTBS is a unique opportunity to have lectures from top-notch scholars in biblical studies (and related subjects), and a lovely setting in Cambridge (UK).  I give...

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Written by larryhurtado
Friday, 17 August 2018 18:05

1 Samuel 10; Romans 8; Jeremiah 47; Psalms 23–24

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1 Samuel 10; Romans 8; Jeremiah 47; Psalms 23–24 

WHAT DOES IT MEAN FOR Christians to be “more than conquerors” (Rom. 8:37)? A considerable body of thought pictures a special group of illustrious Christians who “live above it all,” powerful in confronting temptation,...

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Written by Don Carson
Friday, 17 August 2018 18:00

Follow Righteousness

“Follow righteousness, faith, charity, peace, with them that call on the Lord out of a pure heart.” (2 Timothy 2:22) The word “follow” is frequently translated “persecute” in other passages. Jesus used the word this way: “The servant is not greater than his...

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Written by Days of Praise from ICR
Friday, 17 August 2018 17:36

Dealing with Disappointment Part 2: Looking at Problems God’s Way

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I’ve been thinking a bit on the topic of dealing with disappointments mainly for the guys that I love in my church who are going through things.  Lord willing there might be future posts.  This is my second post on this topic.  You might want to read part 1 first.

 

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Written by SLIMJIM
Friday, 17 August 2018 16:00

Weekend A La Carte (August 18)

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As you know, I am on vacation this week and am posting only A La Carte articles. Regular articles and videos will resume on Monday.

Doctrine Is Inevitable

“Many of the writers and spokespeople who talked about prioritizing relationships over doctrine have actually become quite adamant about...

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Written by Tim Challies
Friday, 17 August 2018 15:57

Beware Theological Dangers on Both Left and Right

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Tom Schreiner:

Paul charges Timothy to “guard the good deposit” (2 Tim. 1:14), which is the gospel of Jesus Christ. We’re to remain vigilant in guarding the gospel because both the Scriptures and also church history remind us that many have swerved from the truth. Even a cursory...

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Written by Peter Cockrell
Friday, 17 August 2018 15:29

Weekly Apologetics Bonus Links (8/12 – 8/18)

LOGOS BIBLE SOFTWARE: Free Logos Bible Software Offer KINDLE DEALS: Making Sense of God: Finding God in the Modern World by Timothy Keller $2.99 Foxe’s Book of Martyrs, Expanded Edition by John Foxe $.99 From Jesus to the Church: The First Christian Generation by Craig A. Evans $1.99...

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Written by Steve Domark
Friday, 17 August 2018 15:05

August 18: Meditate Upon God’s Word

A good reminder was we prepare our hearts for times of worship this Lord’s Day:

“What is the reason there is so much preaching and so little practice? For want of meditation.  Constant thoughts are operative.  If a hen straggles out from her nest, she brings forth nothing, her...

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Written by Wayne Sparkman
Friday, 17 August 2018 15:00

Purity of His People: Wallpaper

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"God takes the purity of His people seriously." - Alistair Begg

What is my screen resolution?

Click Below to Download your Image:

Apple Devices: iPhones and iPod touch iPads

Android Phones: Galaxy S Series, Edge, Nexus 5X, 6P, Google Pixel, Pixel XL, LG G5, Windows Phones

Tablets: Amazon FireMicrosoft...

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Written by TFL
Friday, 17 August 2018 14:06

Transgender and Trans-Truth Featured

The prefix “trans” means to go beyond, or over, or across. Today the transgender movement is having a great run at going well beyond the truth. And this is primarily being done by not allowing any debate on the issue. The activists are getting a free run in the media, in academia, and...

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Written by Bill Muehlenberg
Friday, 17 August 2018 13:42

The Israel of God

Now available on Amazon Kindle, The Israel of God by Randy Seiver

Authors: gracewriterrandy...

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Written by gracewriterrandy
Friday, 17 August 2018 12:21

TIM KELLER’S LGBTQI+ INCLUSION AUDIT FOR YOUR CHURCH

Tim Keller and “Living Out” LGBTQI+ London Conference Produces Inclusion Audit for Churches. Does Your Church Measure Up?

Rev Thomas Littleton Aug 15, 2018

In light of the controversial Revoice Conference in July 2018 and the trouble sparked by Tim Keller’s speaking at the Living...

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Written by watch-pray
Friday, 17 August 2018 12:09

Question 35: Does Satan speak in tongues?

image***DISCLAIMER***The following is far from an exhaustive answer to the question. It is simply an answer nonetheless.

Recently, someone asked me if Satan speaks in tongues. What follows is the question followed by my response to it.

QUESTION

Does Satan speak in tongues?

ANSWER

Greetings,

No biblical text...

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Written by C.T. Adams
Friday, 17 August 2018 11:00

God’s Bistro

“The world is God’s bistro, and the menu is enormous. The bottles in the middle of every table at God’s bistro are full of righteousness, peace, joy and thanksgiving. It is a special sauce, and it goes on anything” (Confessions of a Food Catholic, p. 199).

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Written by Douglas Wilson
Friday, 17 August 2018 10:59

Joyce the Discerner Featured

An Exemplary Discerner of the Times
“But speak thou the things which become sound doctrine:(Titus 2:1)
By Sarah H. Leslie
Joyce Priebnow has gone home now to be with the Lord. The story of what we now call the “Discernment Research Group” dates back to Joyce in the early...

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Written by Discernment Research Group
Friday, 17 August 2018 10:57

The Song of Songs

The Song of Songs has always been controversial in some circles. To some degree it retained its canonical status through the auspices of the allegorical interpretation. The motivation for the allegorical interpretation is the dubious that it would be unfitting for Scripture to celebrate erotic love...

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Written by steve
Friday, 17 August 2018 10:40

Achan, the Foot Soldier Featured

1. Seth continues his review of 1 Thessalonians 3, examining the faith and love of the church. 2. Seth responds to a listener submission about missions. 3. Seth discusses the equality of church members.

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Written by Seth - Host of the Christian Commute
Friday, 17 August 2018 09:20

Camp followers endanger the church

Jonathan is a self-labeled Christian. He listens to CNN every day and never questions that he’s getting a reliable version of the truth.

What’s wrong with this picture?

Jonathan has a worldview issue but also a “camp” issue.

Which camp are you in? Have you decided?

Right now,...

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Written by Linda Harvey
Friday, 17 August 2018 09:02

Historical Fiction Comics: Read in Summer 2018

Here’s my weekend reading review, this time it is a post reviewing three comic books that are historical fictions…because Pastors also need a break from heavy theological reading!

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Patrick Weber.  1066: William the Conqueror. Paris, France: Europe Comics, November 10th...

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Written by SLIMJIM
Friday, 17 August 2018 08:53

How Can We Chose God?

Response to a question regarding “How can we choose God?”
Matthew:1:21 doesn’t say that Christ will save only His people from their sins—or most of us wouldn’t be saved. “His people” refers to Israel. They were the first to be called God’s elect (Is...

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Written by Glenn E. Chatfield
Friday, 17 August 2018 07:22

198- Prophetic word of Warning - Practical advice S.R.A. Testimony - Kim Weir Joanie Stahl

In Episode 198 of the A Minute to Midnite Show we hear more of Kim Weir’s testimony of being a survivor of Satanic ritual abuse. We also hear prophetic words of warning from both Kim and Joanie Stahl, as well … Continue reading

Authors: Tony Koretz...

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Written by Tony Koretz
Friday, 17 August 2018 07:22

Euthanasia tourists, especially from France, flocking to Belgium for a lethal dose

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Euthanasia tourists are flocking to Brussels to get a lethal dose. Doctors at hospitals and clinics at Belgium’s capital are seeing an increase in number of euthanasia tourists who are travelling from across the world to their accident and emergency rooms. Olivier Vermylen, an emergency...

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Written by Kevin Schaal