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, 17 October 2019 23:35

Vampirism, original sin, and redemption

There's an interesting parallel between vampirism, original sin, and redemption. In vampire lore, vampires have a genealogical identity. They turn humans into vampires by biting them. Vampirism spreads from one vampire to the next. So there are family trees of vampires. 
In addition, a vampire...

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Written by steve
Thursday, 17 October 2019 22:00

Is Jesus Just One of Many Great Men of History

Rapp Report Daily 0425 Is Jesus Just One of Many Great Men of History Is Jesus just one of many great men in history?  Well, you can never say that about Jesus because Jesus was more than just a man. Jesus made it very clear. He is God. John chapter 8:58, “Jesus said to them […]

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Written by Andrew Rappaport
Thursday, 17 October 2019 21:04

Prominent Social Justice Warrior Dies: Prophet of God or Pernicious Wolf?

In this episode, I rant about the life of Elijah Cummings and how it was an expression of rebellion and wickedness. This is most clearly seen in his work in the areas of abortion and homosexual projects. I also talk about black and white leaders who profess Christ and who continue to give men like...

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Written by edingess
Thursday, 17 October 2019 21:00

You Are in Constant Communication with the Lord

October 18, 2019 by: Paul David Tripp

Grace in the Midst

If you are a true believer in Jesus, you are in constant communication with your Lord in some way. We tend to think that our prayer life, or our communication with God, takes place during an hour of organized personal devotion time in...

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Written by Paul David Tripp
Thursday, 17 October 2019 21:00

Is Rest Just a Dream?

October 18, 2019 by: Paul David Tripp

Rest

Rest: a faint dream for many, a treasured commodity in a fallen world, a thing so needed yet so easily interrupted. The garden was a place of rest— no violence in creation, no weed or thorn, no cleft between God and man, no reason to...

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Written by Paul David Tripp
Thursday, 17 October 2019 20:00

Enjoy a Full-Day of Hands-On Science with a Biblical Worldview

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Do you have a student in grades 4–12? Well, we have an opportunity for them! Here at the Creation Museum, we’re offering Explore Days. These are full days of hands-on science learning with a biblical worldview. There’s nothing like these offered anywhere else!

Explore Days are...

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Written by Ken Ham
Thursday, 17 October 2019 20:00

Putting on the “You Can!” of Complementarianism Featured

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Too often, the message of complementarianism is, "You cant." It's time to change that.

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Authors: Michelle Lesley...

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Written by Michelle Lesley
Thursday, 17 October 2019 20:00

A Family Under Authority

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What should both the Church and families keep in mind as they interact in regards to authority?

Jason Dohm explains in this video that every sphere of life has authority and submission. So, how do you manage that when you have two spheres of life that intersect -- the Church and families? Churches...

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Written by NCFIC Blog
Thursday, 17 October 2019 20:00

Pastoring Is So Much More Than Preaching

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A few days ago I asked “Do We Care for the Sheep or Do We Use the Sheep?,” and expressed concern that pastors may be prone to neglect caring for the people in their churches in favor of using the people in their churches to fulfill personal ambition. The pastor’s calling is to...

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Written by Tim Challies
Thursday, 17 October 2019 19:57

A La Carte (October 18)

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Today’s Kindle deals include a huge collection from Fortress Press. I’m not familiar with most of them, so cannot vouch for them, but thought some might appeal especially to pastors and scholars.

Logos users can use the code SAVE20NOW to get $20 off any item(s). It’s basically $20...

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Written by Tim Challies
Thursday, 17 October 2019 19:53

The pagan's bookshelf Featured

By Elizabeth PrataI grew up in a household that rejected God. I didn't go to church except once in a while as a sputter here and there. I knew nothing of the Bible.imageMy parents were both readers. I'm glad, I turned into a reader then a student of literacy then a teacher of reading. Some of the books...

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Written by The End Time
Thursday, 17 October 2019 19:00

A Redemptive Purpose for Profit in Business

During my first twenty years in the family business (electric power system reliability for industries and utilities), I studied scripture to find a biblical basis for our business’s purpose.

I focused on several parts of scripture:

  1. Jesus’s teachings about the kingdom and his parables...

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Written by Scott Myers
Thursday, 17 October 2019 19:00

What Does the Roman Catholic Church Believe About Justification? Featured

The gospel of Jesus Christ is always at risk of distortion. It became distorted in the centuries leading up to the Protestant Reformation of the sixteenth century. It became distorted at innumerable other points of church history, and it is often distorted today. This is why Martin Luther said the...

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Written by R.C. Sproul
Thursday, 17 October 2019 19:00

Mercy and Gratitude in the Messiness of Life

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Give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you. 1 Thess. 5:18

Fear not, for I am with you; be not dismayed, for I am your God. Isa. 41:10 (ESV)

And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his...

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Written by Scotty Smith
Thursday, 17 October 2019 18:56

Bible Contradiction? Was Mahli the son of Levi?

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For today’s post we will tackle the question the Skeptic Annotated Bible asked: Was Mahli the son of Levi?

Here are the two answers which the skeptic believes indicate a Bible contradiction (along with the wording by the skeptics of  additional thoughts):

Yes, Mahli was Levi’s son. ...

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Written by SLIMJIM
Thursday, 17 October 2019 18:39

Is God the Source of Moral Law or Do Moral Truths Transcend Him? (Video)

Cold case detective, J. Warner Wallace, answers questions following a presentation at Ohio State University. Thousands of years ago, Socrates posed an objection to Euthyphro (often new referred to as the “Euthyphro dilemma”): Is God the source of moral law or do moral truths transcend...

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Written by J. Warner
Thursday, 17 October 2019 18:00

God Knows Me

“O LORD, thou hast searched me, and known me.” (Psalm 139:1) Perhaps the most frightening attribute of God is that He knows everything about us. Everything! He has “searched” (liter... More...

Authors: Days of Praise from ICR...

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Written by Days of Praise from ICR
Thursday, 17 October 2019 17:03

Holding to Dispensational Premillennialism: A Response to Schreiner’s Reasons for Amillennialism

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Introduction

Christians disagree over what Scripture teaches on the millennium. Those that hold to amillennialism don’t think Scripture teaches a future earthly reign of Christ on earth before the last judgment. Instead, they believe “God’s kingdom is now present in the world as...

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Written by Brent Niedergall
Thursday, 17 October 2019 17:00

How “Former Christian” Bart Ehrman’s Testimony Should Encourage Us to Grapple Biblically with the Problem of Evil and Suffering

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In my last blog post, I shared a video about Vaneetha, a woman with a faith-filled response to the incredible suffering she’s experienced in life. Today, in contrast, I’m sharing some excerpts from a chapter of my book If God Is Good that focused on Bart Ehrman and his best-selling book...

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Written by Randy Alcorn
Thursday, 17 October 2019 17:00

The God Who Heals: All Convergence Sessions Now Available

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The messages from September's Convergence Conference are all available now, and free to view, thanks to the good folk at Bridgeway Church. You can see from the titles what each one is about, but if you only have time to watch one, I recommend Matt Chandler's Friday evening session. (Christine...

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Written by Andrew Wilson
Thursday, 17 October 2019 15:30

This ‘n’ That

Confession time: I have a bit of a mug addiction.

It’s true, I have difficulty walking away from a sturdy, adorable, functional mug. Thankfully my frugality keeps me in line, and when I do make a purchase, I tend to only buy reasonably-priced drinking vessels. I also have limited cupboard...

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Written by E Benz
Thursday, 17 October 2019 15:05

October 18: Our God is Marching On

Is God constrained?

Is God constrained? Will He yet again work in powerful ways? Are we expectantly watching and praying for Him to yet again walk among His people? In 1859, there were mighty acts of God observed and recorded world-wide, with great numbers brought to saving faith in Christ. Much of...

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Written by Wayne Sparkman
Thursday, 17 October 2019 15:00

The Key To The Missionary Devotion Featured

For His name's sake they went forth. — 3 John 7

Our Lord has told us how love to Him is to manifest itself. “Lovest thou Me?…Feed My sheep” — identify yourself with My interests in other people, not, identify Me with your interests in other people. 1...

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Written by Classic RSS Feed | My Utmost For His Highest
Thursday, 17 October 2019 15:00

Review – Healing Together: A Guide To Supporting Sexual Abuse Survivors

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by Anne Miller
Zondervan 2019
Paperback 208

Mark Aderholt. Several of you may recognize the name; his story was noted by SharperIron in 20181, as was the ensuing scandal as the Southern Baptist Convention’s IMB struggled to deal...

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Written by Jay
Thursday, 17 October 2019 14:43

Yoga memory

Such phenomena as instincts, child prodigies, love at first sight, and déjà vu are sometimes said to be evidence for reincarnation, but they obviously have little probative value, since it is quite possible to give convincing explanations of these phenomena that do not involve...

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Written by Hawk
Thursday, 17 October 2019 14:26

Renewing Your Mind Lesson Notes

Opening Remarks: This past week we observed World Mental Health Day and that, along with the recent suicide of someone that I know. Prompted me to consider what, if anything, the Bible might have to say about the mind and mental health, which led me to the Apostle Paul’s counsel to the Church...

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Written by Matt Sherro
Thursday, 17 October 2019 14:26

Renewing Your Mind Lesson Notes

Opening Remarks: This past week we observed World Mental Health Day and that, along with the recent suicide of someone that I know. Prompted me to consider what, if anything, the Bible might have to say about the mind and mental health, which led me to the Apostle Paul’s counsel to the Church...

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Written by Matt Sherro
Thursday, 17 October 2019 14:10

Trevin’s Seven

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Podcast pick for the week:If you use The Gospel Project (and even if you don’t), you’ll likely enjoy The Hero of the Story podcast. Check it out on Apple or Spotify.

Kindle Deal: The Mark of the Christian by Francis Schaeffer. $2.99.

Seven of the best articles I came...

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Written by Trevin Wax
Thursday, 17 October 2019 14:00

$5 Friday: Ethics, Baptism, Sanctification Featured

It’s time for our weekly $5 Friday sale. This week’s resources include such topics as baptism, evangelism, sanctification, George Whitefield, God's will, ethics, abortion, and more

Sale runs through 12:01 a.m. — 11:59 p.m. Friday ET.

View today’s $5 Friday sale items.

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Written by Nathan W. Bingham
Thursday, 17 October 2019 12:44

MacArthur Study Bible, 2nd Edition, Premier Collection

  The premier study bible has been updated after 20 years and two million copies sold and, to celebrate, Thomas Nelson has added it to the Premier Collection. (Note: Thomas Nelson provided this Bible to me free of charge in exchange for an honest review. I was not required to give a positive...

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Written by Matt Sherro
Thursday, 17 October 2019 12:44

MacArthur Study Bible, 2nd Edition, Premier Collection

  The premier study bible has been updated after 20 years and two million copies sold and, to celebrate, Thomas Nelson has added it to the Premier Collection. (Note: Thomas Nelson provided this Bible to me free of charge in exchange for an honest review. I was not required to give a positive...

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Written by Matt Sherro
Thursday, 17 October 2019 12:37

Faith Alone With James D. White

Joining host James Watkins to continue the 5 Solas series is the OTHER James White! Give a listen as the two dive into the fantastic truth of Scripture that justification comes by no human works but by FAITH ALONE!   Visit us online: www.5SolasMinistries.com Become a monthly Patron of 5 Solas...

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Written by James Watkins
Thursday, 17 October 2019 12:06

The Promise

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A friend sent me this song recently.  I knew that I needed to publish the lyrics and the Martins singing it.  I knew that I needed to send this to you!

LYRICS:

I never said that I would give you silver or gold

Or that you would never feel the fire or shiver in the cold

But I did say...

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Written by Geri Ungurean
Thursday, 17 October 2019 11:39

A Revolution in Sermon Preparation

I want to introduce a book to you that has revolutionized my approach to sermon preparation. However, it’s not a book about preaching; it’s a book about improving Powerpoint presentations!

It’s called The Compelling Communicator: Mastering the Art and Science of Exceptional...

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Written by David Murray
Thursday, 17 October 2019 11:05

Conformity Has An Upside

“There are often significant benefits associated with acting like everybody else. Expressing your individuality by wearing a funny tie to work is not the same thing as expressing your individuality by using file formats on your computer that are incompatible with those of your...

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Written by Douglas Wilson
Thursday, 17 October 2019 11:00

A Reasonable Point, I Think

“This is as good a place as any to insist that all the characters in Evangellyfishare fictional, and I made them up out of my own head. Any resemblance to any real people, living or dead, is their own darn fault. If they quit acting like that, the resemblance would cease immediately and we...

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Written by Douglas Wilson
Thursday, 17 October 2019 10:53

More Conference Audio: Q and A On Reformation, Sanctification, Good Works, And More (pt 2)

Here is the third installment of the audio from the conference, So You You Say You Want A Reformation? hosted by Bethlehem Bible Church in West Boylston, MA. This is the question and answer session of the conference from Friday evening. Here . . . Continue reading →

Authors: R. Scott Clark...

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Written by R. Scott Clark
Thursday, 17 October 2019 10:33

Sedevacantism

I'm not a Catholic canon lawyer, so I might be mistaken, but I had a question about the coherence of sedevacantism. In my experience, sedevacantists think there's been a string of antipopes from John XXIII to Francis. John XXIII became pope in 1958. 
To my knowledge, a valid priest must be...

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Written by steve
Thursday, 17 October 2019 10:27

New In Print: Faithful And Fruitful: Essays For Elders And Deacons

There are three major aspects to being Reformed: theology (doctrine), piety (our reverent approach to God), and practice (how we live out our Christian life in the visible church, at work, and at home). Of these three aspects, theology, whether biblical theology . . . Continue reading →

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Written by R. Scott Clark
Thursday, 17 October 2019 10:00

Are All Sins The Same?

-Episode 2551-

Are All Sins The Same?

Segment 1 (00:00) Todd covers a BQSA on “Are all sins the same”? Short answer, no.

Segment 2 (09:05) BQSA on “Can I be forgiven for really big sins?” Todd says yes, but you may not forget about them, even in heaven.

Segment 3 (17:05) BQSA on...

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Written by joey
Thursday, 17 October 2019 09:44

Hydrodynamics

One issue regarding the scope and historicity of Noah's flood is the depth of the flood waters. I recently ran some questions by a field geologist who specializes in fluvial geomorphology. Before reproducing our exchange, I'll quote something I recently said:
Regarding Gen 7:20, the text doesn't say...

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Written by steve
Thursday, 17 October 2019 09:26

Richard Sibbes, Sermons on Canticles 7.3

Knowing that we are beloved, Sibbes draws three “uses” of this doctrine:

First, to be “persuaded of his love”. The result of such persuasion is that it will draw us to him: love creates a reciprocal love in the beloved:

Now this should stir us up to be fully persuaded of his...

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Written by memoirandremains
Thursday, 17 October 2019 09:25

Second Century A.D., Pleading letter from a son to his mother

The letter is found in Loeb vol. 266, Select Papyri and is number 120, “From a Penitent Son.” The translation and notes below are my own.

Antonius Longus

To his mother

tê mêtri: The article functions as a possessive pronoun: literally, the mother

many/much greeting(s).

I’m...

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Written by memoirandremains
Thursday, 17 October 2019 08:17

10/17/2019

•The still-building legacy of Wayne Mack
•The difference between Biblical Counseling and everything else
•The 8 careers people trust more than pastors, thanks to Christianity Today
•The link between violent media and aggressive children

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Written by joey
Thursday, 17 October 2019 07:41

The Glory Of The Son Of God In Hebrews 1:3

By Edward DalcourimageExcerpt from the book of Hebrews (1:8-9) from P46, which is the earliest Greek...

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Written by Jesse
Thursday, 17 October 2019 07:36

NAR Dominionists endorse Paula White and the church gets confused.

In his latest article Reverend Anthony Wade, a credentialed minister with the Assemblies of God, calls for ‘self-professing Christians’ to ‘test themselves’ to see if they are truly in the faith, to be ‘true ambassadors for Christ’ – especially those who...

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Written by churchwatcher
Thursday, 17 October 2019 07:00

Death in Adam Life in Christ Featured

by Mike Ratliff

12 Therefore, just as through one man sin entered into the world, and death through sin, and so death spread to all men, because all sinned— 13 for until the Law sin was in the world, but sin is not imputed when there is no law. 14 Nevertheless death reigned from Adam until...

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Written by Mike Ratliff
Thursday, 17 October 2019 06:22

A Damning Mormon Quotable

"I have a hard time with historians because they idolize the truth. The truth is not uplifting; it destroys. I could tell most of the secretaries in the church office building that they are ugly and fat. That would be the truth, but it would hurt and destroy them. Historians should tell only that...

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Written by Jesse
Thursday, 17 October 2019 05:47

A New Way to Understand Men and Women in Christ? A Review of Rachel Green Miller’s Beyond Authority and Submission

Editor’s Note: The following review by Steven Wedgeworth will appear in the Fall 2019 issue ofEikon, which will be available to read online and in print next month.

Rachel Green Miller’s Beyond Authority and Submission: Women and Men in Marriage, Church, and Society (P&R Publishing,...

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Written by CBMW
Thursday, 17 October 2019 05:19

Satanic Hindrances: Charles Spurgeon Featured

Satanic Hindrances is the title of a little book written by Charles Haddon Spurgeon. In fact he wrote a surprising amount of material covering Spiritual Warfare. His book Prayer & Spiritual Warfare is actually six books in one volume. It shouldn’t be surprising he wrote so much on this...

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Written by Alf Cengia