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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Wednesday, 21 August 2019 14:31

The work of the Spirit that anticipates the future

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Michael Horton:

Nevertheless, I tell you the truth: it is to your advantage that I go away, for if I do not go away, the Helper will not come to you. But if I go, I will send him to you. (John 16:7)

“It is to your advantage that I go away.” What a strange thing to say. Right at the...

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Written by Peter Cockrell
Wednesday, 21 August 2019 14:10

Is the Church an Instrument?

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In several articles (see the most recent here), I’ve been interacting with Mark Galli’s series “The Elusive Presence,” which makes the point that in our zeal for doing good things for God, our love and passion for God Himself has been eclipsed.

I resonate with this diagnosis...

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Written by Trevin Wax
Wednesday, 21 August 2019 13:15

Bonus: Should You Preach?

Rapp Report Daily 0085 Andrew Rappaport delivers a message from Equip Jersey Conference 2019 challenge people about their marriage and evangelism. This podcast is a ministry of Striving for Eternity and all our resources strivingforeternity.org Listen to other podcasts on the Christian Podcast...

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Written by Andrew Rappaport
Wednesday, 21 August 2019 12:48

Pell loses on appeal

I don't have much to add to what I already said about his original conviction. As an outside observer, it looks to me like Pell was railroaded. I think he was convicted because the allegation plays into such a well-established narrative, where the allegation is usually true, and because the...

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Written by steve
Wednesday, 21 August 2019 12:32

Smack talk

I don't know Donald Trump personally, so I don't know for a fact what makes him tick, but I'm struck by how many people take his tweets so seriously. It's my impression that Trump is trolling and talking smack. It's a psychological tactic. And his critics invariably take the bait.

Authors: steve...

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Written by steve
Wednesday, 21 August 2019 12:18

Gated gardens

Someone reading my contributions to this blog might have a misimpression of my priorities. That's because a lot of what I post on is out of proportion to my personal priorities. Put another way, a lot of what I post on is not intrinsically important, but it's a practical necessity. 
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Written by steve
Wednesday, 21 August 2019 11:50

Around the Horn (August 22)

If the scriptures are a web and pulling on one part will inevitablely lead to all the other parts, then it is inevitable that Old Testament texts fit into the salvation history, according to Matthew Emerson in this post. The...

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Written by Staff
Wednesday, 21 August 2019 10:00

Spiritual Leadership Lessons from Ezra Nehemiah Featured

God used both Ezra and Nehemiah to accomplish significant things on behalf of his people Israel. Ezra guided them back to worshipping at the Temple and observing the Mosaic Law. Nehemiah oversaw…

Authors: TOvermiller...

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Written by TOvermiller
Wednesday, 21 August 2019 09:00

John Piper’s Former Church Promotes Heretic Who Denies Penal Substitution in the Name of “Wokeness”

We’ve been warning you over and over that the “woke church” movement has bred an entirely new gospel altogether —

The post John Piper’s Former Church Promotes Heretic Who Denies Penal Substitution in the Name of “Wokeness” appeared first on Reformation...

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Written by JeffMaples
Wednesday, 21 August 2019 07:51

Seduced by Bethel – because they do not love the truth.

The latest article from one of our favourite polemicists, our good friend Rick Becker from the ‘Famine In The Land’ blog. In this post Rick alerts his readers to what Bethel Church, Redding has done – ‘created another Jesus, another spirit, and another gospel’.

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Written by churchwatcher
Wednesday, 21 August 2019 07:29

Which Name of the Lord?

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“Which name of the Lord do we have to call on to be saved?”

“For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved” (Rom. 10:13).

The Lord had many names, but Paul is quoting Joel 2:32 here, where the name “Lord” means Jehovah. In Romans 10:13, the name...

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Written by Pastor Ricky Kurth
Wednesday, 21 August 2019 07:18

08/21/2019

•Witness Wednesday
•Samir is trying to be the best Muslim he can be
•Will has been born again, but is unclear about the law
•Ray talks to an Imam

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Written by joey
Wednesday, 21 August 2019 07:00

Our Heavenly Dwelling Featured

by Mike Ratliff

22 For we know that the whole creation groans and suffers the pains of childbirth together until now. 23 And not only this, but also we ourselves, having the first fruits of the Spirit, even we ourselves groan within ourselves, waiting eagerly for our adoption as sons, the redemption...

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Written by Mike Ratliff
Wednesday, 21 August 2019 06:53

My Comfort in Affliction

“This my comfort in my affliction, for your word as giving me life.” Psalm 119:50

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Written by NCFIC Blog
Wednesday, 21 August 2019 06:33

Prophet Claims Baby Was Raised from the Dead (and Ray Comfort is There)

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A famous charismatic charlatan and notorious false teacher, Andrew Womack, recently claimed that a baby was raised from the dead in his facilities. Then he interviewed Ray Comfort, who’s not a heretic and appeared...

The post Prophet Claims Baby Was Raised from the Dead (and Ray Comfort is...

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Written by News Division
Wednesday, 21 August 2019 06:02

The Law, The Gospel, Our Salvation (Witsius)

image I like how Herman Witsius ended his discussion on the antinomian and neonomian controversy in Britain around 1700.  In the concluding part of this book Witsius discussed the preaching of the law and the gospel.  Here are the last two sections which I’ve slightly edited for...

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Written by Reformed Reader
Wednesday, 21 August 2019 06:02

Drag Queen Story-Teller Busted for Prostitution

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In what is a total shock, it turns out that another Drag Queen Story Timer is a sexual deviant and poor role model for children. The man who performed in drag for innocent children...

The post Drag Queen Story-Teller Busted for Prostitution appeared first on Pulpit & Pen.

Authors: News Division...

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Written by News Division
Wednesday, 21 August 2019 05:25

Can A Christian Believe in Evolution?

image Can a Christian embrace evolution? What are the key issues Christians need to consider in trying to wed the two? Sean addresses these vital Qs.

Authors: Sean McDowell...

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Written by Sean McDowell
Wednesday, 21 August 2019 05:25

Kansas to Require ‘Transgender’ Foster Teens Share Room with Wrong Gender

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A proposed Kansas Department of Children and Families (DCF) rule change will require the Foster Care Licensing and Background Checks Division to demand that children with gender dysphoria only be placed with foster parents...

The post Kansas to Require ‘Transgender’ Foster Teens Share...

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Written by News Division
Wednesday, 21 August 2019 04:31

Mexican Pastor Shot During Sermon, Congregation Stops Attacker

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A Mexican pastor has been killed after a gunman shot him at point-blank range. The congregation, without the right to conceal carry, was forced to stop the attacker with their bare hands. Christian Solidarity...

The post Mexican Pastor Shot During Sermon, Congregation Stops Attacker appeared first...

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Written by Reagan Hall
Wednesday, 21 August 2019 04:28

Why is an Affair with a Church Member “Clergy Sexual Misconduct?”

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Tullian Tchividjian, when defending his return to the pastorate after being defrocked by his Presbytery and fired from multiple churches for both adultery and subsequent cover-ups, claimed that having sexual relations with a church...

The post Why is an Affair with a Church Member “Clergy...

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Written by News Division
Wednesday, 21 August 2019 04:27

Complementarianism and the Created Order

What is it in Genesis 1 and 2 that Paul appeals to in order to ground male headship in 1 Corinthians 11:1–16 and 1 Timothy 2:8–15? CBMW executive director Colin Smothers recently went on the Remnant Radio podcast to discuss how complementarianism is grounded in the created order.

Authors:...

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Written by CBMW
Wednesday, 21 August 2019 04:08

Pruss on divine simplicity

Alexander Pruss is the smartest Catholic philosopher of his generation, so if anyone can successfully defend divine simplicity, he can: 
The Fourth Lateran Council teaches that God is a “substantia seu natura simplex...

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Written by steve
Wednesday, 21 August 2019 04:07

Shakespeare Sonnet 4

[1]       Unthrifty loveliness, why dost thou spend

[2]       Upon thyself thy beauty’s legacy?

[3]       Nature’s bequest gives nothing but doth lend,

[4]      ...

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Written by memoirandremains
Wednesday, 21 August 2019 03:48

Looking for Lay-Level Videos on the Origins of the NT Canon? Here’s My New @Ligonier Series

image One of the most common questions I am asked is whether I have introductory, lay-level material on the origins of the NT canon that people can use in their churches.  For small group Bible studies or Sunday School classes, most people simply won’t read Canon Revisited or any of my other...

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Written by Michael Kruger
Wednesday, 21 August 2019 03:34

Jana Duggar Photoshops Skirts on Girls at a Public Festival

The stars from the hit Christian reality TV show, 19 Kids and Counting, have been through quite a bit of

The post Jana Duggar Photoshops Skirts on Girls at a Public Festival appeared first on Reformation Charlotte.

Authors: JeffMaples...

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Written by JeffMaples
Wednesday, 21 August 2019 03:34

Does ‘Abba’ mean ‘Daddy’?

In short, no, the evidence suggests that in the first century AD and beyond, it just meant “father”.

Here are the three uses of the term in the New Testament:

For you did not receive a spirit of slavery to fall back into fear, but you have received a spirit of adoption. When we cry,...

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Written by Gary Shogren
Wednesday, 21 August 2019 03:24

Lectionary 1276

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Around 5,600 Greek manuscripts of the New Testament – ranging from small fragments to full 27-book collections – are known to exist. About 2,500 of them are lectionaries.&nb...

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Written by James Snapp Jr
Wednesday, 21 August 2019 01:35

WARNING: Democratic Socialists Want a Healthcare System Like NHS: Obese People Are Targets for Eugenics

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Did you know that 4 of the Democratic contenders for the 2020 presidential race are proponents of a national Socialist medical system, overseen by the government?

Globalists are supporting and counting on a 2020 “win” by one of their comrades.  I wonder if the absolute worst...

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Written by Geri Ungurean
Wednesday, 21 August 2019 01:14

The Guidance of the Holy Spirit, Part One: Does the Spirit Guide Individually?

Satan knows a believer in right relation to the Holy Spirit poses a threat to what he considers his turf. In response, he has orchestrated attacks against the person and work of the Holy Spirit and has influenced some individuals to even deny the specific leading of the Spirit. Is there any...

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Written by John Van Gelderen
Wednesday, 21 August 2019 01:10

Working While We Can

Benjamin Franklin (1706–1790), the great early American statesman, was by no means a believer in Christ, and yet he had great insight that has benefitted many people. Franklin once said that “lost time is never found again,” a concise way of saying that we should make the most of...

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Written by Dave Jenkins
Wednesday, 21 August 2019 01:02

Learn to Study the Bible as a Teacher of the Word

It’s a wonderful aspiration to desire to teach. God’s calls the older women to teach the younger women (Titus 2:3-5), and there is always someone younger than you to pass your wisdom along to. But it’s an aspiration that’s linked to responsibility. There is more to teaching...

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Written by Lara d'Entremont
Wednesday, 21 August 2019 00:59

You Are Responsible

Individual Christians and local churches alike must take responsibility for the styles of leadership they follow. If it is true that Christian leaders are responsible before God for the teaching they provide, the models they display, and the directions they take, it is no less true that Christians...

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Written by Glenn E. Chatfield
Wednesday, 21 August 2019 00:21

Roundup

Victory: Trump Gets Planned Parenthood to Defund ITSELF — I hope this sticks!

Simply put, Planned Parenthood was forced between taking federal money for doing the job they were supposed to be doing with it all along and turning down federal money and still butchering infants.

Planned Parenthood...

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Written by Eternity Matters
Wednesday, 21 August 2019 00:00

Is God Sexist?

Rapp Report Daily 0383 Is God Sexist? Sometimes the question is, is the Bible sexist? The argument here is that a lot of people seem to think that somehow to emphasize one sex or gender over the other is somehow wrong. Now, this is really changed, at least in America in the last 10 years, […]...

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Written by Andrew Rappaport
Wednesday, 21 August 2019 00:00

God: Just and Justifier Featured

In this brief clip from his teaching series Justification By Faith Alone, R.C. Sproul explains why God doesn't unilaterally forgive everyone.

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The biggest problem that the human race has is this: God is holy, He's righteous, He's just, and we're not. And so the question of justification...

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Written by Nathan W. Bingham
Wednesday, 21 August 2019 00:00

New study: As Christianity declines, so do stable relationships and marriage

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Mark Regnerus is a sociologist at the University of Texas, Austin. He publishes a lot of his books with Oxford University Press. So, his research methods are generally seen as reliable. I noticed that he had done a survey of views on religion,...

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Written by Wintery Knight
Tuesday, 20 August 2019 23:41

Sexuality as a Gift From God

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Sexual intimacy between a man and his wife are a great gift from God. This relationship is a human representation of the deep intimacy Jesus wants with His bride, the church.  When a man and his wife are sexually intimate there is a deep physical, emotional and spiritual bonding that God...

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Written by comments@standupforthetruth.com
Tuesday, 20 August 2019 23:00

Without the Boats and Eye Patches

Yesterday was Labor Day, and millions of Americans celebrated it with chips and burgers, grateful for the three-day weekend, and with only a dim awareness of what the difference between Labor Day and Memorial Day might be. In short, Labor Day for most has been scrubbed free of all commie toxins,...

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Written by Douglas Wilson
Tuesday, 20 August 2019 22:06

Man Cries as His Girlfriend Walks Into Abortion Clinic to Kill Their Child

This is what happens in an overwhelming feminist society. The father of this child has absolutely no legal right to

The post Man Cries as His Girlfriend Walks Into Abortion Clinic to Kill Their Child appeared first on Reformation Charlotte.

Authors: JeffMaples...

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Written by JeffMaples
Tuesday, 20 August 2019 22:00

Connecting with Local Churches

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It's easy for reformed churches, and Christians in those churches, to feel isolated from other Christians in their communities. Because of the doctrinal differences, the depth of theological convictions, and the distinctiveness and simplicity of our worship, it can be difficult to connect and...

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Written by Jared Olivetti
Tuesday, 20 August 2019 21:49

Remembering the Summer of 1969: Part 1 – Woodstock

I grew up during the turbulent 1960s and I can remember that decade very well. Just about every day, there seemed to be something in the news about the Civil Rights movement, the war in Vietnam, or the burgeoning youth/counter culture movement.

Towards the end of the decade, young people had the...

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Written by Tom
Tuesday, 20 August 2019 21:00

God’s Commitment to Creation

August 21, 2019 by: Ian K. Smith

God Delights

The astute reader cannot help but grasp the pleasure that God takes in the earth. The world is not just a functional, monochrome, utilitarian machine. It is full of beauty, color, and creativity. God delights in the trees, the fish, the animals,...

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Written by Ian K. Smith
Tuesday, 20 August 2019 21:00

Does Ephesians 5:21 teach mutual submission?

“Submit to one another in the fear of Christ, wives, to your own husbands as to the Lord.” -Ephesians 5:21-22

In Ephesians 5:22-25, Paul directs wives to “submit” to their husbands, and husbands to love their wives as Christ loves the church. Traditionally, this text has been...

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Written by Denny Burk
Tuesday, 20 August 2019 20:30

Ep 106: Marijuana Debunked

This week Pastor Wilson chats the gun control debate, unpacks apisteo, and reviews Ed Gogek’s “Marijuana Debunked.” For more from Doug, please visit us at https://canonpress.com 

The post Ep 106: Marijuana Debunked appeared first on Blog & Mablog.

Authors: Douglas Wilson...

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Written by Douglas Wilson
Tuesday, 20 August 2019 20:27

The Sofa Salesperson Who Did Everything Wrong

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What I wanted was a sofa. What I got was a tale of woe. As I stood in awkward silence, listening to her talk about everything but sofas, I realized she was illustrating a lesson I need to learn as much as she does. I mentioned a couple of days ago that I have been struggling with this ongoing...

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Written by Tim Challies
Tuesday, 20 August 2019 20:10

A La Carte (August 21)

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At Westminster Books you’ll find a great sale on lots of hand-picked Zondervan resources. It includes a number of my books if you’ve been waiting for a sale!

It was a joy to meet so many of you at Sing! 2019 and to hear such kind encouragement. I am heading home this morning, but leave...

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Written by Tim Challies
Tuesday, 20 August 2019 20:00

“We Read Your Book Dinosaurs of Eden nbsp; . nbsp;. nbsp;. by the End nbsp;. nbsp;. nbsp;. He Was on His Knees”

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Since AiG’s beginning 25 years ago (and really, the beginning of an apologetics ministry in our house in Australia 42 years ago), our focus has always been on biblical authority and the gospel of Jesus Christ. That’s always been our ultimate focus, and it always will be. It’s...

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Written by Ken Ham
Tuesday, 20 August 2019 20:00

Video: Why Should I Believe God Exists? Clemson University 2019 by Dr. William Lane Craig

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This lecture was given by philosopher and theologian William Lane Craig in January of 2018.  Dr. Craig was asked to speak on some of the best arguments for the existence of God.  For those familiar with the Reasonable Faith animated videos, he uses many of them in his presentation. En...

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Written by Chad
Tuesday, 20 August 2019 20:00

Go, Therefore: Once a Day Featured

“Go, Therefore” posts are quick tips to help Christians live lives of evangelism. Do the Bare Minimum? We all have busy schedules, but this cannot be an obstacle to taking part in the Great Commission. One way to begin to overcome excuses and fears in giving out the gospel is to set...

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Written by Michael Coughlin