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, 17 August 2019 18:00

So Great Salvation

“How shall we escape, if we neglect so great salvation; which at the first began to be spoken by the Lord, and was confirmed unto us by them that heard him.” (Hebrews 2:3) One of the greatest wo... More...

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Saturday, 17 August 2019 17:39

On the Apocryphal Books Featured

Why do some Bibles differ in terms of the number of books they include?

Just today I had this comment sent in to my website (obviously by a Catholic): “According to the Bible I read, it has 46 books in the Old Testament, not 39. This is a Protestant error and falsehood regarding the OT canon...

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Written by Bill Muehlenberg
Saturday, 17 August 2019 17:18

Comments On The Greek Term Kenosis As Found In Philippians 2:5-11

[Philippians] 2:5-11 This passage on the humility of Christ is the high mark of the epistle. Unlike the informal, conversational style of the rest of the letter, verses 5-11 are highly polished. It is also noteworthy in that they convey in a few verses Paul's conception of the uniqueness of the...

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Written by Jesse
Saturday, 17 August 2019 17:05

Thoughts on the Lord’s Supper

Article: What Should I Think About During the Lord’s Supper? by Erik Raymond – original source: https://www.thegospelcoalition.org/blogs/erik-raymond/think-lords-supper/

I remember as a new Christian looking around during communion and wondering what everyone was doing. Everyone looked...

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Written by John Samson
Saturday, 17 August 2019 17:02

Government by algorithm

Matthew B. Crawford’s lengthy essay in the latest number of American Affairs, “Algorithmic Governance and Political Legitimacy,” imposes heavy demands on the reader — it may require several cups of coffee, and it will certainly require setting aside your phone — but...

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What's Wrong with the World
Saturday, 17 August 2019 15:09

Sunday Morning Praise

My Savior First of All

The post Sunday Morning Praise appeared first on Do Not Be Surprised....

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Saturday, 17 August 2019 15:05

August 18: School Family Catechist, WSC Q. 37

imageTHE SCHOOL & FAMILY CATECHIST by Rev. William Smith

The Westminster Shorter Catechism, Question 37 Q. 37.What benefits do believers receive from Christ at death?

A. The souls of believers are, at their death, made perfect in holiness, and do immediately pass into glory, and their bodies, being...

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Written by Wayne Sparkman
Saturday, 17 August 2019 15:00

Have You Ever Been Expressionless With Sorrow? Featured

And when he heard this, he was very sorrowful: for he was very rich. — Luke 18:23

The rich young ruler went away expressionless with sorrow; he had not a word to say. He had no doubt as to what Jesus said, no debate as to what it meant, and it produced in him a sorrow that had not any...

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Written by Classic RSS Feed | My Utmost For His Highest
Saturday, 17 August 2019 13:56

Family ten Boom

image(The ten Boom family in 1895. Top row: Cor (mother), Casper (father), family friend. Middle row: Aunt Jans, Aunt Bep, Aunt Anna. Bottom row: Willem, Corrie, Nollie, and Betsie. Betsie was the eldest child, Willem second, Nollie third, and Corrie the youngest.)

1. It seems to me the ten Boom family...

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Written by Hawk
Saturday, 17 August 2019 12:18

Two doors

I've discussed this before, but I'd like to use a different example to illustrate the point. Freewill theism touts the necessity of having freedom of opportunity. To have "real" freedom or a "real" choice means having alternate courses of action available to you. 
But here's the problem. Say...

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Written by steve
Saturday, 17 August 2019 08:02

Is Calvinism Manichean?

A popular Arminian trope is to say that Calvinism is based on Augustinian theology, and Augustinian theology is colored by Augustine's residual Manichaeism. 
i) It's absurd to claim that all Calvinists are getting their theology mediated by Augustine. Even if Augustine was a major stimulus for...

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Written by steve
Saturday, 17 August 2019 07:00

The Test of True Faith Featured

by Mike Ratliff

16 Do not be deceived, my beloved brethren. 17 Every good thing given and every perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of lights, with whom there is no variation or shifting shadow. 18 In the exercise of His will He brought us forth by the word of truth, so that we...

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Written by Mike Ratliff
Saturday, 17 August 2019 06:21

The Source of Biblical Boldness

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Right now, conservative evangelicals are at an impasse on the issue of boldness. A few months ago, I observed that today there is greater stigma attached to speaking the truth in a tone that seems slightly unnerved or terse than speaking dangerous falsehoods sweetly, politely, and deferentially. A...

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Written by Alex Kocman
Saturday, 17 August 2019 06:00

Holiday Notes 1

“It is time for thee, LORD, to work: for they have made void thy law.” (Psalm 119: 126).

How often we find the Psalms expressing precisely what is in our own hearts. Surely there cannot be a believer in our country in the present age, who does not have this cry in their hearts. The truth...

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Written by Allan Murray
Saturday, 17 August 2019 04:53

So Now… I Created a YouTube Video Featured

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Back in November of 2018, I posted a blog entitled, “What is Sin?”

(You can check it out by clicking here)

The blog contains only verses from scripture. The idea was to offer what the Bible says that sin is, without with my own thoughts getting in the way. I even used this same concept in...

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Written by theidolbabbler
Saturday, 17 August 2019 04:51

The Latest In Exploitation: Down Syndrome Drag Show Will Perform at a Midwest Art Fair

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This must be an all-time cultural low. We are now encouraging those with special needs to imitate the sexual provocations of deluded same-sex impersonators—and calling it “art.” That is exactly what the organizers of...

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Written by News Division
Saturday, 17 August 2019 03:50

Weekly Roundup of Links 8/19/2019-8/24/2019

This is our weekly roundup of links for 8/19/2019-8/24/2019 from around the web. We hope you find the following articles helpful to your growth in godliness.

Our writing team writes all over the internet for a variety of publications like Desiring God, TGC, and much here.

  1. Somehow, My Baby is Turning...

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Written by Dave Jenkins
Saturday, 17 August 2019 03:31

Is ESV Right for Me?

One of the friends of our ministry asked for some thoughts on the English Standard Version (ESV) of the Bible and, since many of you probably have questions about choosing a translation, I thought I would share them here as well as sending to him. I really enjoy the English Standard Version; it has...

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Written by Matt Sherro
Saturday, 17 August 2019 01:41

Bus Driver Suspended for Refusing to Display Rainbow Colors

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(LifeSiteNews) Over 16,000 people have signed a petition insisting that an English bus driver’s employer stand by him after he refused to drive a bus promoting LGBT “pride flag” colors.  CitizenGo launched the petition on...

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Written by Curated News
Saturday, 17 August 2019 01:31

Banned on Amazon: Christian Gay Conversion Books Continue to Disappear

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(Joe Dallas) On July 8 my publisher informed me that my book Desires in Conflict, along with a number of other books on overcoming homosexuality by different authors, has been pulled off the Amazon.com...

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Written by Guest Post
Saturday, 17 August 2019 01:29

Five Generations of the Descendents of Christian Retelsberger [Rotlisperger]

I have posted an updated version of "Five Generations of The Descendents of Christian Reteleberger (Rotlisperger)."  Christian arrived in the New World in September of 1733, and placed his initials in the ship's log (Pink Mary).  See above.

I hope to continue to find new cousins (I have...

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Written by Kim Riddlebarger
Saturday, 17 August 2019 01:23

Abraham: The Example of Faith-Fueled Obedience Featured

A new MP3 sermon from The GraceLife Pulpit is now available on SermonAudio with the following details:
Title: Abraham: The Example of Faith-Fueled Obedience
Speaker: Reagan Rose
Broadcaster: The GraceLife Pulpit
Event: Sunday Service
Date: 8/11/2019
Bible: Genesis 22:1-19
Length: 54 min.
Overview: TheGrac...

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Saturday, 17 August 2019 01:11

Democrats Block Born-Alive Protections; Support Aborting Babies After Birth 

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(LifeNews) We live in strange times when saving the life of a newborn baby is considered controversial. A commonsense, compassionate, and overwhelmingly popular bill that protects newborn babies has now gone six months without...

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Written by Curated News
Saturday, 17 August 2019 00:29

The ERLC Publishes an Article on Women Written by a Feminist Lesbian 

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The ERLC has published an article on Jesus and women written by a lesbian Critical Race Theory / Intersectionality advocate. What could possibly go wrong here? Rebecca McLaughlin recently wrote an article for the...

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Written by News Division
Saturday, 17 August 2019 00:02

50 Bible Verses About Faith That Everyone Should Know

Faith lies at the very heart of Christianity. It encompasses every aspect of the Christian life from the new birth to daily life. Here are Bible verses about faith that everyone should know. Faith is central to the Christian life. Without faith, we cannot please God. With faith, we can move...

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Written by admin
Saturday, 17 August 2019 00:00

New study: Angus Reid Institute analyzes Canada’s single payer healthcare system

imageThe cost of healthcare for average Canadian households

I found two interesting studies from Canada’s Angus Reid Institute describing single payer health care in Canada. I’m very interested in find out what things are like in countries that have true government-run health care. A typical...

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Written by Wintery Knight
Friday, 16 August 2019 23:56

John Owen: The New Covenant Is The Abrahamic Covenant Renewed

18. Thus under the old testament, when God would take the posterity of Abraham into a new, peculiar church-state, he did it by a solemn covenant. Herein, as he prescribed all the duties of his worship to them, and made them many . . . Continue reading →

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Friday, 16 August 2019 23:45

Why Eschatology Matters Featured

By Elizabeth Prata
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I am a fervent believer in the sufficiency of and the importance of all of scripture. Around a quarter to a third of all scripture deals with last things, known as the study of Eschatology. That's a lot.I am also a believer in the clarity of the Word. This is known as the doctrine...

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Written by The End Time
Friday, 16 August 2019 23:00

Ten Theses on Postmodernism

This post originally ran May 10, 2010.

1. Truth is objective, ultimate, absolute, personal, alive, and triune.

2. Because of this ultimate reality, it is possible for creatures who were fashioned by this living God to know Him as the personal and ultimate truth, as well as to know lesser truths in...

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Written by Douglas Wilson
Friday, 16 August 2019 22:42

Explaining Our Knowledge of God (Letham)

  Here’s a helpful section of Robert Letham’s new Systematic Theology.  It has to do with the nature of our knowledge of and language about God.

Our knowledge of God is not univocal, identical to his in manner or content.  If it were, it would yield a precise identity...

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Written by Reformed Reader
Friday, 16 August 2019 22:00

She will be Saved through Childbearing – 1 Tim 2:15

One of the most perplexing verses in the New Testament is 1 Timothy 2:15, “Yet she will be saved through childbearing—if they continue in faith and love and holiness, with self-control” (ESV). Although this is a difficult text to understand, the application of this text is...

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Written by Peter Goeman
Friday, 16 August 2019 22:00

Weekly Apologetics Bonus Links 8/11 – 8/17

image Logos Free Logos software and $80 introductory package Kindle deals Alive: A Cold-Case Approach to the Resurrection by J. Warner Wallace $.99 That’s a Great Question: What to Say When Your Faith Is Questioned by Glenn Pearson $.99 Teaching Others to Defend Christianity: What Every Christian...

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Written by Steve Domark
Friday, 16 August 2019 21:00

How to Pray in Spiritual Warfare

August 17, 2019 by: Iain M. Duguid

This article is part of the How to Pray series.

Armor Isn’t Enough

According to Paul in Ephesians 6, all of life is spiritual warfare. In that conflict, he reminds the Ephesians that—important though it is—the Christian armor is not...

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Written by Iain M. Duguid
Friday, 16 August 2019 20:52

True and Lasting Things

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He (God) has promised, “Once more I will shake not only the earth but also the heavens.”

The words “once more” indicate the removing of what can be shaken—that is, created things—so that what cannot be shaken may remain. Therefore, since we are receivinga...

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Written by Scotty Smith
Friday, 16 August 2019 20:00

Psalm 119:89-92 — Established Featured

Firmly Fixed Psalms 119:89 ESV  Lamedh Forever, O Yahweh, your word is firmly fixed in the heavens. It is hard to believe we are starting the second half of Psalm 119. It has taken over 6 months and anyone involved in this devotion or memorizing this psalm has undergone several changes...

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Written by Michael Coughlin
Friday, 16 August 2019 20:00

The Bible Memory Man Returns

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Tom Meyer, “The Bible Memory Man” as he was first dubbed by us at AiG a few years ago, of Wordsower Ministry and professor at Shasta Bible College in California, travels every year from the West Coast to visit us in Northern Kentucky (accompanied by his wife Sarah and their four...

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Written by Ken Ham
Friday, 16 August 2019 20:00

News Weakly - 8/17/19

No KillDelaware has become the first state to ban killing animals in shelters. Planned Parenthood isn't protesting. The ACLU isn't up in arms. They're still busy protecting the right of mothers to kill their babies. But unwanted pets are safe in Delaware.LGBT: 1 First Amendment: 0Illinois Governor...

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Written by Winging It
Friday, 16 August 2019 19:31

Quick Devotional from Matthew 5:4 (Observation from the Greek)

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This is from my daily Greek exercise of sight reading a few weeks ago, courtesy of Vincent S Artale Jr.

Our text is from the Greek translation of Matthew 5:3  Here is my translation:

“μακάριοι οἱ...

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Written by SLIMJIM
Friday, 16 August 2019 19:06

Weekend A La Carte (August 17)

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Today’s Kindle deals include some newer books and some older ones—not bad for a Saturday!

(Yesterday on the blog: The Power Over Christian Publishing We’ve Given To Amazon)

Evidence of Biblical Story Found in Layers of Jerusalem Ash

“The Bible describes King Nebuchadnezzar of...

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Written by Tim Challies
Friday, 16 August 2019 19:00

Did the Early Church Baptize Children? Featured

In this brief clip from his teaching series A Survey of Church History, W. Robert Godfrey explains how much we can know about the practice of baptism in the first 300 years of church history. Watch this entire message for free.

Transcript

And as is too often the case with ancient church history is we...

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Written by Nathan W. Bingham
Friday, 16 August 2019 18:00

An Approved Workman

“Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth.” (2 Timothy 2:15) Teaching God’s Word of truth properly and effect... More...

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Friday, 16 August 2019 17:00

Wilson and the Heidelberg Cat-astrophe!

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Not content with preaching, blogging, completing a PhD, and writing countless popular level books, our very own Andrew J. Wilson has continued his programme of world domination by branching out into the realm of children’s books, with his latest offering, Sophie and the Heidelberg Cat.

Whilst...

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Written by Saint Stuffed Shirt
Friday, 16 August 2019 16:05

Suffering and Glory – Part One Featured

Everyone wants glory, but few want suffering. But the two are bound together:

Hands up – who wants glory? Hands up – who wants suffering? It is not hard to know which option will be the most popular. We all want the former while not too thrilled about the latter. But for the Christian,...

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Written by Bill Muehlenberg
Friday, 16 August 2019 15:58

Suffering and Glory – Part Two Featured

“No cross, no crown” is how we referred to this matter in Part One. Throughout the Bible our present sufferings are tied in with our glory to come. I have already looked at some key passages on this, but many more can be appealed to. One such important passage is found in the second...

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Written by Bill Muehlenberg
Friday, 16 August 2019 15:30

An Answer For Catholic Answers On Sola Scriptura And 1 Corinthians 4:6

  • Defining The Issues:
          -Roman Catholic apologist Patrick Madrid once wrote an article for Catholic Answers titled Going Beyond in response to a Protestant minister, who apparently claimed in a letter that the text of 1 Corinthians 4:6 "fits the bill"...

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Written by Jesse
Friday, 16 August 2019 15:05

August 17: Simple Meditation

“That truth may work, there are required three things, sound belief, serious consideration, and close application.”

A change of pace today, and but a brief word of encouragement to dwell upon the Word of God, both as you read the page and as you hear the sermon. 

Prepare Your Hearts...

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Written by Wayne Sparkman
Friday, 16 August 2019 15:00

Are You Discouraged In Devotion? Featured

Yet lackest thou one thing; sell all that thou hast…and come, follow Me. — Luke 18:22

“And when he heard this…” Have you ever heard the Master say a hard word? If you have not, I question whether you have heard Him say anything. Jesus Christ says a great deal...

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Written by Classic RSS Feed | My Utmost For His Highest
Friday, 16 August 2019 15:00

Know God: Wallpaper

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"Have you ever been gathered up in the embrace of God the Father? Do you know God? Do you know how much He loves you?" - Alistair Begg

What is my screen resolution?

Click Below to Download your Image:

Apple Devices:iphones and ipod touchipads

Android Phones:Galaxy S Series, Edge, Nexus 5X, 6P, Google...

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Written by TFL
Friday, 16 August 2019 14:53

Random Bits

image"I walk through this sinful world as a pilgrim in a foreign country" - CH Spurgeon
This world is not my home I'm just a'passing through
My treasures are laid up somewhere beyond the blue
The angels beckon me from heaven's open door
And I can't feel at home in this world anymore
Broadcast radio is...

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Written by Doug Evans