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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Sunday, 21 April 2019 23:00

Christian Missionary Butchered: India Has “No Plans” to Retrieve Body

Although we have collectively moved to the 21st century and our children begin their lives with smartphones in their hands and

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Sunday, 21 April 2019 23:00

A Short Catechism on Baptism

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The Value and Virtue of Baptism in which:

  • The dignity and duty of Baptism

  • The due right of infants to Baptism

  • And their right above that of grown persons by Baptism

  • The degrading and destructive principles and practices of Baptism

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Catechetically propounded, plainly preached and now published as an...

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Written by drdowname
Sunday, 21 April 2019 23:00

Pray a “sinner’s prayer.”

Contrary to Scripture, the modern gospel assures people that if they sincerely pray a “sinner’s prayer,” they should never doubt their salvation. Some go so far as to say that any doubts are from the devil. With eternity at stake, however, Paul admonishes believers to test...

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Written by The Daily Evidence
Sunday, 21 April 2019 22:33

God Does Not Delight to Grieve the Children of Men

For the Lord will not cast off forever, but, though he cause grief, he will have compassion according to the abundance of his steadfast love; for he does not afflict from his heart or grieve the children of men. (Lamentations 3:31-33)

Feelings of rejection may accompany loss. Sometimes you may even...

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Written by Paul Tautges
Sunday, 21 April 2019 22:33

Yes, pray that Rachel Held Evans converts to Christianity and stops misleading people

Rachel Held Evans is apparently hospitalized and in a coma.  Just as I did when false teacher Chuck “Jesus is not the only way but He sure is a bigot” Currie had cancer, I prayed for her healing.  But more so, I prayed that God would heal her physically and make her...

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Written by Eternity Matters
Sunday, 21 April 2019 22:15

Bible Study for April 28: Sell everything you own

Matt. 19:16-26Bobby Braswell, Associational Missions StrategistMiddle Baptist Association, Sylvania

We have a tendency to see wealth and prosperity as a sign of God’s favor. This notion was expressed by some as early as the Book of Job, and we see it still today in preachers and...

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Written by Bobby Braswell
Sunday, 21 April 2019 22:08

Christian News Weekly Recap April 15 – 20, 2019

Christian News Weekly Recap April 15 – 20, 2019 This is a recap of the past week’s daily news items from our Christian News Section. Monday April 15, 2019 Christian Father of 5 Beheaded by Indian ‘Maoist Rebels’ Huge Fire Breaks Out at the Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris...

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Written by Alesia Cengia
Sunday, 21 April 2019 21:00

The Gospel in Titus

April 22, 2019 by: J. D. Greear

Deeper Into the Gospel

The book of Titus is a letter from Paul to a young pastor, urging him to lead his people deeper into the gospel. Paul is concerned about the corrupting influence of false teachers in Crete, and this concern frames the book. He shows that...

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Written by J. D. Greear
Sunday, 21 April 2019 21:00

Who Needs Dogma when Stigma Will Do?

April 22, 2019 by: Kevin DeYoung

Why You Should Care about Theology

If we want to be Christians who care about theology—and I hope that goes without saying if you are a Christian—then you must care about words. Recognize that you have a theology, even if you aren’t a...

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Written by Kevin DeYoung
Sunday, 21 April 2019 21:00

Podcast: Is Christianity on the Decline? (Rebecca McLaughlin)

April 22, 2019 by: Crossway

This article is part of the The Crossway Podcast series.

An Innacurate Hypothesis

In this interview, Rebecca McLaughlin, author of Confronting Christianity: 12 Hard Questions for the World’s Largest Religion, highlights the failure of the...

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Written by Crossway
Sunday, 21 April 2019 21:00

The Gospel in Philemon

April 22, 2019 by: Julius J. Kim

This article is part of the Christ in All of Scripture series.

The Gospel Changes Us

The central gospel themes in Paul’s shortest letter are surprisingly substantial. Philemon teaches us simply yet profoundly that the gospel transforms us from the...

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Written by Julius J. Kim
Sunday, 21 April 2019 21:00

The Gospel in 2 Timothy

April 22, 2019 by: R. Kent Hughes

This article is part of the Christ in All of Scripture series.

A Call to Endure

Paul’s second letter to Timothy is a call to endurance amid opposition and suffering for the sake of the gospel. The theme of endurance is pres­ent throughout the...

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Written by R. Kent Hughes
Sunday, 21 April 2019 21:00

What the Gospel Is

image Evangelicals sometimes have ways of speaking and communicating that actually leave out crucial aspects of the gospel. Perhaps the following scenario will be familiar to you.

A parent comes to me and says, “Pastor, my 8-year old child wants to meet with you about getting baptized.” We...

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Written by Denny Burk
Sunday, 21 April 2019 20:19

We Are All Theologians

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For years now, I have made it my goal to release something every day that will encourage people, or challenge them, or instruct them, or otherwise bring them some kind of spiritual benefit. Not surprisingly, I receive all sorts of feedback, and there are a couple of kinds that, more than any other,...

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Written by Tim Challies
Sunday, 21 April 2019 20:05

A La Carte (April 22)

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Today’s Kindle deals include some good picks from Crossway–among them, titles by Kevin DeYoung and D.A. Carson.

(Yesterday on the blog: How We Worshipped One Day in April)

Christianity and Critical Theory

Neil Shenvi has what I consider a really helpful series of articles on Christianity...

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Written by Tim Challies
Sunday, 21 April 2019 20:04

The Burning Heart Society

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And he said to them, “O foolish ones, and slow of heart to believe all that the prophets have spoken!

Was it not necessary that the Christ should suffer these things and enter into his glory?” And beginning with Moses and all the Prophets, he interpreted to them in all the Scriptures...

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Written by Scotty Smith
Sunday, 21 April 2019 20:00

Did Volcanoes Cause the Biggest Mass Extinction Ever?

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The fossil record is full of (mostly marine) creatures that are now extinct. In an attempt to explain all this biodiversity that has since vanished, evolutionary scientists propose a series of mass extinctions caused by various catastrophes, though they frequently disagree on what those...

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Written by Ken Ham
Sunday, 21 April 2019 20:00

The Rest of the Story: Do Something Great!

imageA Word from Bob:I’ve taken today’s blog post from my 31-day devotional,Grief: Walking with Jesus. 

“And while they were gazing into heaven as he went, behold, two men stood by them in white robes, and said, ‘Men of Galilee, why do you stand looking into heaven?...

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Written by Bob
Sunday, 21 April 2019 20:00

Deserve's Got Nothing to Do With It

(The names and people in this story are fictitious to protect the ... guilty.)A group of friends were sharing prayer requests. One said, "Pray for my granddaughter. She feels like she doesn't deserve God's love and is very depressed." So they did. And I thought, "But ... she doesn't deserve God's...

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Written by Winging It
Sunday, 21 April 2019 20:00

What to Say When You Don’t Know How to Respond (Video)

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Apologetics Tip #5: Alan shares a helpful tip on what to do when you’re stuck in a conversation with someone who has an opposing viewpoint.

Authors: Alan Shlemon...

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Written by Alan Shlemon
Sunday, 21 April 2019 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 Greek professor, Wayne Baxter, has written a book We've Lost. What Now? Practical Counsel from the Book of Daniel. It deals with the issue of coping as Christians in culture when we have...

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Written by Persis
Sunday, 21 April 2019 19:00

Breakfast on the Beach with Jesus

Imagine a breakfast of fresh, grilled fish and warm bread on the beach after pulling an all-nighter at work. You’re watching the sunrise, surrounded by your closest friends, and your host is none other than the newly risen Savior. This is one of my favorite scenes in the Bible, and I dream of...

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Written by Kristin Brown
Sunday, 21 April 2019 19:00

John 3:16 and Man's Ability to Choose God

It is ironic that in the same chapter, indeed in the same context, in which our Lord teaches the utter necessity of rebirth to even see the kingdom, let alone choose it, non-Reformed views find one of their main proof texts to argue that fallen man retains a small island of ability to choose...

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Written by R.C. Sproul
Sunday, 21 April 2019 18:52

The Real Reason Why Fewer Americans Think Religion Matters

imageA recent Gallup Poll (released on December 24th) chronicles the continuing decline of religious influence in America. In 1952, 75% of Americans said religion was very important in their lives. Today, only 51% report this to be true. In addition, most Americans now believe religion is losing its...

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Written by J. Warner
Sunday, 21 April 2019 18:34

Third Week of April 2019 Presuppositional Apologetics’ Links

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Here are links related to the subject of Presuppositional apologetics gathered online between April 15th-21st, 2019.

1.) Leftist Aggression 2) The Correct Name of God YHWH 3) Sugar

2.) Bible Contradiction? What were the David’s last words?

3.) Extraordinary Claims and Rejecting...

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Written by SLIMJIM
Sunday, 21 April 2019 18:01

Buried Alive vs. Buried Dead Featured

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David Blaine might come off as creepy, but he certainly is one of the most impressive magicians today. His career took off in the 1990s with televised performances of freakish acts of endurance. He once stood on a 100-foot high pole in New York for a day and a half. Another time, in London, Blaine...

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Written by Clint Archer
Sunday, 21 April 2019 18:00

Azusa Pacific Christian College Reverses Ban on Same-Sex Student Relationships, Again

April 22, 2019
A Southern California Christian college has again reversed its decision on a ban on “romanticized” same-sex relationships. Azusa Pacific University (APU) has decided to lift the ban from...

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Written by TBC Staff - EN
Sunday, 21 April 2019 18:00

Four Cosmologies

“Nevertheless we, according to his promise, look for new heavens and a new earth, wherein dwelleth righteousness.” (2 Peter 3:13) The cosmosconsists of “all things”—e... More...

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Sunday, 21 April 2019 18:00

Christ Plus Asceticism Featured

One Sunday morning, I was about to finish preaching when suddenly a man approached the pulpit yelling at the top of his voice, “I have something to say. I have something to say!” Before the ushers could escort him out, the tape recorder picked up what he shouted to the congregation:...

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Written by Grace to You Blog
Sunday, 21 April 2019 17:00

20 Years after Columbine, and Thoughts from Darrell Scott, Father of Rachel Joy Scott, on Preparing for Suffering

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Last Saturday, April 20, was the 20th anniversary of the shooting at Columbine High School. Like many of us, I vividly remember the shock as the events unfolded.

As part of my research for my book If God Is Good, I interviewed and exchanged correspondence with many people who shared their stories...

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Written by Randy Alcorn
Sunday, 21 April 2019 16:06

A Marriage without a Sexual Relationship is Unbiblical

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We do not often address this topic openly, but Paul did. I do cover this thoroughly in premarital counseling, but there are so many more people that need to understand this biblical truth. It is absolutely essential, not only to the quality marital relationship but to New Testament sanctification.

Le...

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Written by Kevin Schaal
Sunday, 21 April 2019 16:00

Robinson and Bordalejo on the CBGM and 1 Peter 4.16

A recently posted article on Academia by Barbara Bordalejo and Peter Robinson spends some time on the interesting change in the NA28 at 1 Peter 4.16. There, the ECM and NA28 read ἐν τῷ μέρει τούτῳ instead of ἐν...

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Written by Peter Gurry
Sunday, 21 April 2019 16:00

Western Rite

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On Easter morning, the children were going downstairs, ready to hunt for their Easter baskets before going to church.  They are well instructed in the liturgy.

Spontaneously, their father said “Alleluia!”

Their mother replied, “The...

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Written by jbudziszewski
Sunday, 21 April 2019 15:15

The Gospel of an Australian Easter

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I like to joke with my Australian friends about their living in the future. They are a day ahead of those of us who live in the western hemisphere, you know. So when I talk to them, I like to ask them if we have jet packs yet. And they like to assure me that I'm still alive "tomorrow," which is...

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Written by Jared C. Wilson
Sunday, 21 April 2019 15:10

Does Your Search History Know You?

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I was sure that I’d been hacked. There was no way that could have appeared on my Facebook page…and consequently on several hundred other people’s news feeds. But somehow, through the all-knowing Google Search which connected to an unknowingly employed Yahoo Reader App,...

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Written by Katie McCoy
Sunday, 21 April 2019 15:05

April 22: Jonathan Dickinson [1688-1747]

A Man Fit for the Timesby Rev. David T. Myers

imageJonathan Dickinson shares a lot of credit in the shaping of the early Presbyterian Church in the American colonies.  Born on April 22, 1688in Hatfield, Massachusetts, he graduated from Yale in 1706.  Two years later, he was installed as the...

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Written by Wayne Sparkman
Sunday, 21 April 2019 15:05

Links For The Church

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Every Sin Is A Small One: How To Safely Betray Christ

Joshua Gibbs writes about the betrayal of Judas and the denial of Peter. These two portions of the gospel story show us truths about our own sin and deceit. 

Remembering My Passion For My Husband

"I need to remember who my husband is in those...

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Written by Staff
Sunday, 21 April 2019 15:04

Sri Lanka, Christchurch, Islam and Double Standards Featured

Here is something you can bank on: most Western media personnel, politicians, and commentators will overwhelmingly have one standard for Muslims and another for Christians – both in terms of what they do and what is done to them. The double standards here are as odious as they are obvious....

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Written by Bill Muehlenberg
Sunday, 21 April 2019 15:00

The Qualifications for the Church Treasurer – “Dr. No”?

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Read the series.

I mentioned Gary Blessman in the first article in this series. Gary is the Vice President of Institutional Finances1 at Central Seminary and the Business Administrator2 at Fourth Baptist Church and Christian Schools.

Jim Peet is no Gary Blessman—I will never be a Gary Blessman!...

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Written by Jim
Sunday, 21 April 2019 14:16

Spiritual Gifts in 1 Cor 12—14 (part 1)

Some kinds of church bodies accept only particular kinds of gifts, hence amputate certain kinds of members. Some other kinds of churches pile together the amputated members and celebrate that they are an ideal body. Yet ideally, a body that is whole welcomes all its members.

Some value teaching but...

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Written by Craig Keener
Sunday, 21 April 2019 14:15

Does Luther Condone Premarital Relations for Engaged Couples?

Here's a Luther-related post from a discussion board:
I found this oddity from Luther in my reading...
Secret intercourse of those betrothed to each other can certainly not be considered fornication; for it takes place in the name and with the intention of marriage, a desire, intention, or name...

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Written by James Swan
Sunday, 21 April 2019 14:11

Hebrews 1 And The Divinity of Jesus

"[Hebrews] 1:5-13 The author's use of the OT will appear audacious, or even arbitrary, to anyone which does not share his convictions that: (a) the whole OT is the voice of God; (b) Jesus Christ is very God; (c) the whole OT testifies to Him. (Cf.  Introduction, pars. 12 and 13; Jn 5:39; Acts...

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Written by Jesse
Sunday, 21 April 2019 14:05

The Messianic Kingship Of Jesus Christ

"[Psalm 110:1] The Lord says. For the name the Lord, also in vv. 2 and 4, see Ex 6:3 note. What the Lord says is expressed in the original by the noun "oracle," i.e., a divine communication or revelation which the prophets transmit to their hearers with the introduction: "Thus says the Lord." (2 Ch...

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Written by Jesse
Sunday, 21 April 2019 13:47

A conversation with Bob Russell

Here is a excellent conversation with Brian Croft and Bob Russell about Pastoral Ministry in Mega-Churches (Over 1,000 in attendance).  Bob Russell went to pastor Southeast Christian Church over 50 years ago when it had 120 people.  When he retired after 40 years as Senior Pastor it had...

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Written by Brian
Sunday, 21 April 2019 12:20

Churches Bombed in Sri Lanka, Clinton and Obama don’t refer to victims as “Christians” Featured

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Today is Easter. As a celebration of the resurrection of the Lord Jesus Christ, it is a uniquely Christian holiday. This morning, in a horrific turn of events, three Sri Lankan churches were bombed...

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Written by Seth Dunn
Sunday, 21 April 2019 11:43

Birth strikers

From antinatalism, through feminism and "white privilege"  to transgenderism, it's morbidly fascinating to see atheists adopt a suicidal, self-hating ideology:https://nationalpost.com/news/world/no-children-please-were-birth-strikers-new-growing-trend-against-starting-a-family-gives

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Written by steve
Sunday, 21 April 2019 10:05

How to Fight for Truth Without Being “Wise in Your Own Eyes”

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I try to seek wisdom — I also try not to be “wise in my own eyes.”

Do you see a person wise in their own eyes? There is more hope for a fool than for them (Proverbs 26:12).
Do not forsake wisdom, and she will protect you; love her, and she will watch over you. The...

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Written by Cody Libolt
Sunday, 21 April 2019 09:48

The Benefits of Christ’s Resurrection (Heidelberg Catechism Q.45)

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imageEvery Easter Sunday Christians all around the world turn their attention to what the Scriptures say about the resurrection of the Lord Jesus Christ, and with good reason. Without the resurrection of Christ on the third day, there really is no Christianity.

In 1 Corinthians 15:17 Paul...

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Written by exceptionnoted
Sunday, 21 April 2019 08:03

Book Review: More Than These: A History of How the Pro-Life Movement Has Advanced the Cause of the Roman Catholic Church by Pastor Ralph Ovadal

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“It is my firm conviction that the pro-life movement has been a convenient, effective tool in the hands of the Roman Catholic Church leadership in their drive to desensitize the average Christian to Rome’s heresy, idolatry, and blasphemy.”

    – Pastor...

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Written by Steve Matthews
Sunday, 21 April 2019 07:33

Jesus Said Wolves Are Coming. Do You Have a Plan?

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Jesus said ferocious wolves would come.

How do you plan to keep yourself, your family, your church, and your denomination safe?

What action might you have to take?

Before you repeat a mistaken understanding of “Do not judge” (Matthew 7:1), notice what follows in the...

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Written by Cody Libolt