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, 18 August 2019 18:00

Delight in the Lord

“Delight thyself also in the LORD: and he shall give thee the desires of thine heart.” (Psalm 37:4) Psalm 37 provides cures for the fretting (Hebrew charah, “anger”) that com... More...

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Sunday, 18 August 2019 17:24

On Gay Penguins and Apologetics

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On August 14, a New York Times article appeared under the title, “Gay Penguins and Their Hope for a Baby Have Enchanted Berlin” (here). Apparently, a pair of male penguins in a Berlin zoo has taken over the care of an egg. Articles have appeared all over the internet celebrating the...

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Written by Kevin Schaal
Sunday, 18 August 2019 17:23

Psalm 96 Sing a New Song to the Lord Featured

Psalm 96, Sing a New Song to the Lord: 1 Sing to Adonai a new song! Sing to Adonai, all the earth. 2 Sing to Adonai, bless His Name. Proclaim the good news of His salvation from day to day. 3 Declare His glory among the nations, His marvelous deeds among all peoples. 4 For great...

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Written by Alf Cengia
Sunday, 18 August 2019 17:00

Discipleship

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This month, the Alliance is pleased to offer a free MP3 download of Discipleship from the Alliance Teaching Series. Curated from years of biblical teaching, Discipleship presents listeners with thirteen encouraging messages on sanctification, the Church, and the Christian life. Downlo...

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Written by Place for Truth
Sunday, 18 August 2019 17:00

J.C. Ryle on Preparing for Our Dying Hour

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I love these perspectives from Anglican bishop J. C. Ryle (1816–1900) on preparing for death by living well. With every passing year, each of us have more precious family and friends who have gone to be with Christ. As we look forward to the day when we too will see Jesus face to face, may we...

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Written by J. C. Ryle
Sunday, 18 August 2019 16:10

Tozer and the Knowledge of God Featured

The late great A. W. Tozer on knowing God:

There are certain topics that we can never have enough of. And there are certain authors that we can never have enough of as well. In this piece I will run with both. My topic is the knowledge of God, and my author is A. W. Tozer. Let me begin by discussing...

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Written by Bill Muehlenberg
Sunday, 18 August 2019 16:00

Disclosure

imageThe only excuse for broadcasting how one thinks about the upcoming election is that plenty of other people are probably having the same difficulties.  If this sort of disclosure bears no interest for you, try again next week.

The last presidential election was the first in which I did not...

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Written by jbudziszewski
Sunday, 18 August 2019 15:19

Are You an Enemy of God? Featured

Yes this is well worth asking: Am I an enemy of God?

How’s that for the title of an article on a Christian website? Indeed, how’s that for a sermon title or a book title? Some of you are probably thinking only some fightin’ fundie would come up with something like that. Only some...

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Written by Bill Muehlenberg
Sunday, 18 August 2019 15:15

Keep Your Eyes on Jesus

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Do you remember in Matthew 14:22-33 when Jesus came walking on the waves to his friends in the boat? The disciples were terrified at first, until he identified himself. Peter, always impetuous, asks for permission to join his Master on the waves. It is given, and so he does the good work...

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Written by Jared C. Wilson
Sunday, 18 August 2019 15:10

How To Be Lonely (To The Glory Of God)

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Next Sunday when you gather together to worship with your church, I want to challenge you to do something. Pause and survey the sanctuary. There will probably be people who are smiling, shaking hands, praying, and sharing stories. Maybe there will even be some who are radiating with laughter that...

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Written by Cole Deike
Sunday, 18 August 2019 15:05

August 19: Scottish Commissioners to the Assembly

Scotland Sent Her Best by Rev. David T. Myers

It was on this day, August 19, in 1643 that the General Assembly of the Church of Scotland nominated and elected five ministers and three ruling elders to serve as non-voting members of Westminster Assembly.

The Westminster Assembly had convened...

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Written by Wayne Sparkman
Sunday, 18 August 2019 15:05

Links For The Church (8/19)

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Welcoming Single Parents

Wendy Alsup writes about how the church can see and care for single parents in their congregations. She writes that the goal is incorporation and that the community would be a part of the family as well. 

Don’t Use ‘Calling’ to Avoid Serving

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Written by Staff
Sunday, 18 August 2019 15:00

Self-consciousness Featured

Come unto Me. — Matthew 11:28

God means us to live a fully-orbed life in Christ Jesus, but there are times when that life is attacked from the outside, and we tumble into a way of introspection which we thought had gone. Self-consciousness is the first thing that will upset the...

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Written by Classic RSS Feed | My Utmost For His Highest
Sunday, 18 August 2019 15:00

Does Isaiah 53 Support Penal Substitutionary Atonement? (A Response to the Progressive Christian Interpretation of the Suffering Servant)

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In light of my recent podcasts on penal substitutionary atonement (PSA), I'm thrilled to welcome Clark Bates to guest post on the blog today about Isaiah 53, a scripture that is often used to support the idea that Jesus took the punishment for our sins on the cross. Often referred to as "Cosmic...

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Written by Alisa Childers - Blog
Sunday, 18 August 2019 15:00

Video: "The Lord Saved Israel" by Alistair Begg

With God’s help, we can scale a wall! Such faith empowered Jonathan, accompanied only by his armor-bearer, to face the Philistines. His confidence lay not in his own strength and talent but in the Lord’s ability to save—and the Lord did not disappoint. God is not a bystander,...

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Written by TFL
Sunday, 18 August 2019 15:00

The Well-Meant Offer: God May Desire What He Doesn’t Decree (Deut 5:29), Part 1

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Unlike you and me, God has both the power and prerogative to bring all his desires to fruition. “Our God is in the heavens,” declares the psalmist, “he does all that he pleases” (Ps. 115:3). Nevertheless, the Sovereign God of...

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Written by Bob Gonzales
Sunday, 18 August 2019 14:27

Maria Woodworth-Etter – demonstrator of the demonic.

Our friends over at ‘The Messed Up Church’ blog have been sharing resources from ‘Long for Truth’, a website that exists to combat the heresies that have crept into the mainstream Evangelical churches – it’s their desire to see the true Church taken back for our...

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Written by churchwatcher
Sunday, 18 August 2019 14:10

How The Church Became “Missional”

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When someone as prominent as Mark Galli, editor-in-chief of Christianity Today,puts the social gospel and the missional movement in the same basket, claims they both share a fundamental flaw in seeing the purpose of the church in instrumental terms (meaning, the church exists for the world), and...

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Written by Trevin Wax
Sunday, 18 August 2019 14:08

Diet Eman

imageLike Corrie ten Boom, Diet Eman is a Dutch Christian who helped Jews and resisted the Nazis during World War II. She's also honored as a "righteous gentile" by Israel. Her testimony about her time in the war is edifying to listen to and it likewise holds lessons for us today. In the end, in life or...
 

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Written by Hawk
Sunday, 18 August 2019 14:00

Satan’s Strategy #1: Bait and Hook

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This is Satan's most common scheme: He presents the bait and hides the hook. Satan presents sin as fun, satisfying, profitable, and pleasurable, while concealing the miseries and pain that always accompany sin. 

Surely this is part of what Scripture calls the deceitfulness of sin (Hebrews...

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Written by Meet the Puritans
Sunday, 18 August 2019 13:31

White People Are Edomites??

Hebrew Israelites claim the white people are descendants of Esau. What is the premise of their argument and does it hold up to scripture?? Prescribed Truth Podcast | Episode 75 Link to quick notes here: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1lyCzbjAAgiPWRMYIkkiFGa65E6E3-B23AYE-cNTvGQg/edit?usp=sharing...

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Written by Jamal Bandy
Sunday, 18 August 2019 12:28

Misunderstanding Jesus’s kingship—Mark 15:16-20

“And the soldiers led Jesus away inside the courtyard of the palace (i.e., the governor’s headquarters), and they called together the rest of their unit. And they draped him in a purple robe, and weaving together a garland of thorns, they placed it on him. And they began applauding him:...

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Written by Craig Keener
Sunday, 18 August 2019 11:54

Death be not proud

Bill Mounce reflects on the death of his father.

I am going to interrupt my normal Greek blogs to share some thoughts about my dad, funerals, and death.

Dad passed away due to complications from two surgeries, broken hip, shoulder, and elbow, all from falling. He was 97. His obituary is on his...

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Written by Hawk
Sunday, 18 August 2019 11:50

Nobel laureates vs. evolution

This looks like a useful compilation, though it's from Vincent Torley:

"Seven Nobel Laureates in science who either supported Intelligent Design or attacked Darwinian evolution"

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Written by Hawk
Sunday, 18 August 2019 09:04

Christian News Weekly Recap Aug 12 – 17, 2019 Featured

Christian News Weekly Recap Aug 12 – 17, 2019 This is a recap of the past week’s daily news items from our Christian News Section. Monday Aug 12, 2019 New York Times Columnist David Brooks Finds God, Deliverance in New Testament Cuban political police detains and questions evangelical...

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Written by Alesia Cengia
Sunday, 18 August 2019 08:18

Are There Critical Text Readings in the NKJV after All? A Nerdy and Detailed Response to a Set of Fair Questions.

Sometimes it takes people with the skeptical eye provided by a minority viewpoint to see things the majority cannot, comfortable as it is in its unquestioned worldview. Who questions what all “sane” people believe? We actually need a few conspiracy theories out there, and a few...

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Written by Mark Ward
Sunday, 18 August 2019 08:12

The Ongoing Financial Crisis of 2008, Part 2: Debt and Big Government

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“In his book…A Christian View of Men and Things [Gordon] Clark comments that the growth of government is the greatest tragedy of the twentieth century.”

    – John W. Robbins, “The Growth of Government in the United States

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Written by Steve Matthews
Sunday, 18 August 2019 07:04

Theology Gals Rewind – Guilt, Grace, Gratitude

Theology Gals | Episode 126 On this episode of Theology Gals, Coleen and Angela talk about guilt grace and gratitude and the Heidelberg catechism.  You can purchase Theology Gals merchandise here.  You can find the Five Solas Christmas ornaments  in her Etsy shop or through her...

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Written by Coleen Sharp
Sunday, 18 August 2019 07:00

Make your Calling and Election Sure Featured

by Mike Ratliff

22 Since you have in obedience to the truth purified your souls for a sincere love of the brethren, fervently love one another from the heart, 23 for you have been born again not of seed which is perishable but imperishable, that is, through the living and enduring word of God. 24...

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Written by Mike Ratliff
Sunday, 18 August 2019 05:27

Contend for Your Faith (Jude 17-23)

Sunday, 18 August 2019 05:07

093: A Byzantine Fragment of Acts from the 500s in Egypt

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           Today, let’s take a close look at part of 093 – a small fragment that contains text from Acts 24:22-26, and text from First Peter 2:22-3:7. (I will focus here especially on the text from Acts. 093 is a palimps...

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Written by James Snapp Jr
Sunday, 18 August 2019 03:25

Blood on my hands

In theodicy, freewill theists lean on the notion that God merely permits evil to happen. The intuition is that if an agent directly causes or determines an event, then that makes him morally complicit in a way that just allowing, or not preventing, an event caused by another agent does not. A...

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Written by steve
Sunday, 18 August 2019 02:28

Arthur W. Pink: The Great Giver

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“He who spared not His own Son, but delivered Him up for us all—how shall He not with Him also freely give us all things?” (Romans 8:32) The above verse supplies us with an...

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Sunday, 18 August 2019 02:17

Johnson: Adversity and God’s Sovereignty 

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(From When Grace Comes Home by Terry L. Johnson) In 1858, a gifted young Presbyterian missionary named John G. Paton sailed with his wife and infant son to the New Hebrides in the South...

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Sunday, 18 August 2019 02:00

Discover the Old Testament: Ezra Nehemiah Featured

Do you ever get your hopes up, only to be disappointed again and again? In the U.S., we get our hopes up every four years for a President who will finally solve…

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Written by TOvermiller
Sunday, 18 August 2019 02:00

From Pilgrim’s Progress: Christian and Hopeful Converse

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A Dialogue Between Hopeful And Christian From Bunyan’s Pilgrim’s Progress CHRISTIAN: How came you to think at first of doing what you do now? HOPEFUL: Do you mean, how I came at first to look after...

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Written by Guest Post
Sunday, 18 August 2019 01:27

Jonathan Edwards: Heaven a World of Love 

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An Extract from Charity and Its Fruits by Jonathan Edwards. That we may the better see how heaven is thus a world of holy love, I would consider first, the great cause and fountain of...

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Sunday, 18 August 2019 00:00

How to Deal with Joshua Harris with Justin Peters and Jim Osman

Rapp Report Daily 0083 Pastor Jim Osman and Justin Peters join Andrew Rappaport to discuss Joshua Harris's claim that he left the faith and how we should respond to it. Below is the full sermon from Pastor Jim Osman referred to in the podcast. Podcasts promoted:  Prescribed Truth What Are...

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Written by Andrew Rappaport
Sunday, 18 August 2019 00:00

William Lane Craig debates Daniel Came: Does God exist?

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The video of the debate was posted by ReasonableFaith.org – Dr. Craig’s organization. This debate occurred in March 2017 at the University of Dublin, in Ireland.

The video: (91 minutes)

My non-snarky summary is below.

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Written by Wintery Knight
Saturday, 17 August 2019 23:32

Résumé stuffer

Democrat presidential hopeful Mayor Pete Buttboy touts his military record. I'd just point out that there's a difference between serving in the military and using the military to use yourself. It's clear from how he brags about his military record on the campaign trail that his military service was...

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Written by steve
Saturday, 17 August 2019 22:42

Does the Bible Contain Errors?

This excerpt is adapted from R.C. Sproul’s foreword in The Inerrant Word: Biblical, Historical, Theological, and Pastoral Perspectives by John MacArthur

“The Bible is the Word of God, which errs.” From the advent of neoorthodox theology in the early twentieth...

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Written by John Samson
Saturday, 17 August 2019 22:19

Romans in 40 Minutes

After a brief introduction, starting around the 9 minute mark, Dr. Sinclair Ferguson attempts to provide an overview of the book of Romans in 40 minutes:

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Written by John Samson
Saturday, 17 August 2019 21:20

On Preparing Your Hands for Church

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Sometimes I almost prefer not to tell who I am quoting. Sometimes people see the name and either tune out altogether, or they respond so enthusiastically they fail to exercise due discernment. But in this case, this quote is so good and helpful that I wanted to share it with you. I will even tell...

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Written by Tim Challies
Saturday, 17 August 2019 21:00

Why Study the Book of Daniel?

August 18, 2019 by: Todd Wilson

This article is part of the Why Study the Book? series.

Who’s Story Is This?

The book of Daniel is a favorite for Sunday school teachers and students alike. And for good reason. It has all the makings of a great story—memorable characters,...

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Written by Todd Wilson
Saturday, 17 August 2019 20:43

Kay Cude Poetry: Jesus, Crucified but Risen! Featured

Kay Cude is a Texas Poet. Used with permission. Click to enlarge
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Written by The End Time
Saturday, 17 August 2019 20:00

Truths for Grandparents Workshops at the Creation Museum

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My wife, Mally, and I have seventeen grandchildren, and we love it! Being a grandparent is a wonderful blessing, but it’s also something of a responsibility. With the blessing of our children, we have the privilege and responsibility, with the encouragement of their parents, of pouring into...

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Written by Ken Ham
Saturday, 17 August 2019 20:00

Pastors and Elders

I am part of a denomination that holds that "pastors" and "elders" are essentially one and the same. They don't actually recognize "elders" as a category without them also being "pastors." If you ask, "Does your church have elders?" they would answer, "Yes!" and point to the pastors at the church....

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Written by Winging It
Saturday, 17 August 2019 19:27

The Fine Dark Chocolate of the Gospel

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May the Lord direct your hearts into God’s love and Christ’s perseverance.2 Thess. 3:5

May our Lord Jesus Christ himself, and God our Father, who loved us and gave us eternal comfort and good hope through grace, comfort your hearts and establish them in every good work and word...

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Written by Scotty Smith
Saturday, 17 August 2019 19:00

Come, Let Us Worship: Serious Worship

“Come, let us worship and bow down, Let us kneel before the LORD our Maker.“ Psalm 95:6   God's Glorious Revelation God’s glorious revelation to us in Scripture is, among many wonderful things, a history of worship.  While we see Scripture’s grandest theme in the...

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Written by Bud Ahlheim
Saturday, 17 August 2019 18:52

This Sunday at Church: Greet Others

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This Sunday at Church I want to encourage you to do the following:  Greet Others.

Do you greet others?

Hear Romans 16:16: “Greet one another with a holy kiss. All the churches of Christ greet you.

Did you hear that?  Greet one another.  Now today we don’t normally...

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Written by SLIMJIM