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, 14 October 2018 20:30

Should you attend a Cursillo weekend? (Great Banquet/Walk to Emmaus/Tres Dias etc). These people did Featured

By Elizabeth PrataPart 1 here: The Cursillo TheologyPart 2 here: The Cursillo ExperienceThe plaudits and accolades and gushes of past participants of the many different Cursillo programs are readily available online. Many people have gone through a Cursillo Weekend (in their terminology, "made...

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Written by The End Time
Sunday, 14 October 2018 20:21

Living This October Monday to the Glory of God

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So whether you eat or drink or whatever you do, do it all for the glory of God.1 Cor. 10:31

    Heavenly Father, this is the October 15th, 2018 you have made, and we want to rejoice and be glad in it. There’s a lot going on in our world, in our American culture, and in our...

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Written by Scotty Smith
Sunday, 14 October 2018 20:00

The New Testament: How Do We Know We Have an Accurate Copy? With Dr. Peter Gurry—The Alisa Childers Podcast #35

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How do we know we have an accurate copy of the New Testament? Why don't we have any original manuscripts? What about all the differences between the manuscripts we do have? How can we be sure that what we're reading is what they originally wrote? I was thrilled...

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Written by Alisa Childers - Blog
Sunday, 14 October 2018 20:00

The Mailbag: Potpourri (“Good Luck”, Miscarriage Funeral, Art Azurdia, JMac NOT partnering with false teachers)

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Recommendation on Art Azurdia, MacArthur NOT partnering with false teachers, Funeral for a miscarried baby?, Christian response to "good luck".

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Written by Michelle Lesley
Sunday, 14 October 2018 20:00

Social Engineering

In the mid-20th century we had some scary folks out there. We had the Soviet Communists. On the face of it they were really nice people who just wanted everybody to be equal and have an equal share, but the way they went about it was so terrifying that socialists like George Orwell desperately...

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Written by Winging It
Sunday, 14 October 2018 20:00

Why We Believe Our Political Opponents Hate Us

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I have learned something about the United States of America in the past month or so.

We believe that we hate each other, and that is a major problem.

I would like to say that I am not sure where this idea came from, but I’m pretty confident I know. We are constantly fed the line that the right...

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Written by Zak Schmoll
Sunday, 14 October 2018 20:00

If God Requires Atonement, Does He Lack Something? (Video)

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Is God really God if He needs something? Tim responds.

Authors: Tim Barnett...

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Written by Tim Barnett
Sunday, 14 October 2018 19:19

Please Do Please Don’t Assume Motives

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Though we boast of great things and take confidence in our knowledge, we are actually finite little creatures bound by a million limitations. In fact, our knowledge is so limited we don’t even really know ourselves. We often lack clarity about the motivations behind even our best or worst...

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Written by Tim Challies
Sunday, 14 October 2018 19:18

A La Carte (October 15)

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Today’s Kindle deals include a nice little list from our friends at Crossway.

(Yesterday on the blog: Letters to the Editor (Francis Chan and Prophecy))

How Can You Show Radical Hospitality as an Introvert?

Rosaria Butterfield: “God’s going to use you in all of your differences....

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Written by Tim Challies
Sunday, 14 October 2018 19:05

Does Calvinism Promote Victimhood? Featured

BTWN Responds to Leighton Flowers recent charge that Dr. John MacArthur’s form of Calvinism promotes the Social Justice victimhood mentality.
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Written by Tim Hurd
Sunday, 14 October 2018 19:00

What Bach Teaches Us About Work, Worship, and Service

Ask people who their favorite composer is, and you will get everyone from the “artist formally known as Prince” to Beethoven.

But ask who the best composer of all time is, and a majority of people who know anything about music will tell you it is Johann Sebastian Bach.

Bach lived in...

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Written by Hugh Whelchel
Sunday, 14 October 2018 19:00

Fear of God Devotional: Christ as the Bread of Life

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What does it mean when Christ says that He is the Bread of Life?

Mala Chindongo explains in this video that when Christ says that He is the Bread of Life, He uses that in a spiritual sense. He is what satisfies and fills our hunger for everything that our soul needs to continue life.

When He says...

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Written by NCFIC Blog
Sunday, 14 October 2018 19:00

Four Implications of Martin Luther’s Theology

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What do the sovereignty of God, salvation by grace, justification by faith, and new life in union with Christ mean for the living of the Christian life? For Martin Luther, they carry four implications:

The first implication is the knowledge that the Christian believer is simul iustus et peccator, at...

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Written by Sinclair B. Ferguson
Sunday, 14 October 2018 18:47

Lessons from a Church Building Program

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A few years ago our church, for the third time since I have been a pastor, undertook a major building program. We finished a short time ago.  If you count the purchase of the property on which we now meet, it has been four major financial projects. In every one of these projects the prospects...

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Written by Kevin Schaal
Sunday, 14 October 2018 18:30

Quote of Note

imageEach Monday, we share quotes we found encouraging, convicting, thought-provoking, or all of the above.Rebecca:John Calvin was sure the book of Hebrews belonged in the Bible even though he was also sure it wasn’t written by Paul, but by some other unknown author. In this quote from the...

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Written by Rebecca Stark
Sunday, 14 October 2018 18:20

Mid-October 2018 Presuppositional Apologetics’ Links

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Here are the links related to Presuppositional apologetics gathered between October 8th-14th, 2018.  Enjoy!

1.) Beyond cage stage: Beware of being a Nurmagomedov rage phase Calvinist/Apologist

2.) Evidence for Moses and the Book of Exodus

3.) The Biblical Worldview Against All...

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Written by SLIMJIM
Sunday, 14 October 2018 18:00

Nuggets from Occult Invasion—Materialism Is Dead

October 15, 2018
Lilly was only one of many psychiatrists, anthropologists, and other researchers who realized the connection between drugs and the occult. Here was another powerful factor in the death of materialism. Psychedelic drugs open the...

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Sunday, 14 October 2018 18:00

The Differing Gods of Creation Theistic Evolution

October 15, 2018
Theistic evolution is more than just adding God to the theory of evolution. The picture of God presented by theistic evolution turns out to be very different than the God presented by the creationist view of creation. In fact,...

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Written by TBC Staff - EN
Sunday, 14 October 2018 18:00

The Throne of David

“And thine house and thy kingdom shall be established for ever before thee: thy throne shall be established for ever.” (2 Samuel 7:16) No other ordinary human being, not even the greatest of ... More...

Authors: Days of Praise from ICR...

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Sunday, 14 October 2018 18:00

The Pathology of an Apostate Church Featured

Churches can descend into apostasy on a wide variety of issues. They might succumb to mysticism, feminism, worldliness, works righteousness, or any of the myriad corrupting threats poised against the church. But there is a common thread uniting every church that turns from the truth after error....

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Written by Grace to You Blog
Sunday, 14 October 2018 17:01

How is God the Savior of all people? (in 500 words) Featured

image We looked last week at the question, If God desires all people to be saved, then why aren’t all people saved? I said I’d tackle this frequent follow-up inquiry:

How can Christ’s atonement be limited in extent to the elect when Paul calls God “the Savior of all people,...

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Written by Clint Archer
Sunday, 14 October 2018 17:00

When It Comes to Our Suffering, God “Gets It”

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In all human history, who has paid the highest price for evil and suffering? Poll a hundred people on this question and only a few would come up with the right answer: God.

“This is love: not that we loved God, but that he loved us and sent his Son as an atoning sacrifice for our sins”...

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Written by Randy Alcorn
Sunday, 14 October 2018 16:00

The Good Old Days?

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When people say that the standard of virtue is declining, it is considered shrewd and knowing to reply “Every age thinks it was better in the old days.”

Perhaps every age does think it was better in the old days.  But morally speaking, some ages really have been better, and...

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Written by jbudziszewski
Sunday, 14 October 2018 15:15

The Chocolate-ness of Chocolate and The Coffee-ness of Coffee

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“And Nehemiah, who was the governor, and Ezra the priest and scribe, and the Levites who taught the people said to all the people, “This day is holy to the LORD your God; do not mourn or weep.” For all the people wept as they heard the words of the Law. Then he said to them,...

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Written by Jared C. Wilson
Sunday, 14 October 2018 15:10

Biblical Theology in Discipleship

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A number of years ago I was teaching a  study of Genesis in my church when one of the discussion group leaders, an older godly woman, came and sat down by me. “How come I’ve never been taught this before?” she said with tears in her eyes. She was beginning to recognize that,...

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Written by Nancy Guthrie
Sunday, 14 October 2018 15:05

October 15: What Is The Catechism?

What is the Catechism? An epitome of all the great truths and distinguishing doctrines of the Gospel. He who learns that, has the substance of the Old and New Testaments.

A few thoughts on the value of the Westminster Shorter Catechism,excerpted from THE CHARLESTON OBSERVER, 15 October 1836, p....

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Written by Wayne Sparkman
Sunday, 14 October 2018 15:05

Links For The Church (10/15)

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The Healthiest Order Of Our Loves

The love of Jesus helps us to arrange all our other loves. Scott Sauls writes that Jesus is the highest of our loves, and all other treasures fade away in light of his beauty.

What Does Your Liturgy Celebrate?

Josh Hedger writes that far too many of our worship...

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Written by Staff
Sunday, 14 October 2018 15:00

A Case for Cessationism, Part 3

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From Maranatha Baptist Theological Journal, Vol 3, No. 2, Fall 2013. Reproduced with permission. Read the series so far.

Approaching the Issue

The issue whether the sign gifts continue or have ceased is closely tied to the question of continuing revelation. Is God giving us Scripture today? Are the...

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Written by Fred Moritz
Sunday, 14 October 2018 14:30

Baptism in the Early Church

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Some conclusions from historian Everett Ferguson’s magisterial 975-page tome, Baptism in the Early Church: History, Theology, and Liturgy in the First Five Centuries (Eerdmans, 2009):

Is there evidence for infant baptism exist before the second part of the second century?

“T...

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Written by Justin Taylor
Sunday, 14 October 2018 14:00

Luther s Antisemitism: We are at fault in not slaying them!

In their article, "Martin Luther and antisemitism," Wikipedia currently links to my old article, Martin Luther's Attitude Toward the Jews.  While I appreciate their nod to my paper, there is a quote used that I would like to explore and demonstrate misuse, Luther's antisemitic comment, "we...

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Written by James Swan
Sunday, 14 October 2018 14:00

Daily Bible Readings: Oct. 16-31

Tuesday, October 16 Jeremiah 28:1-29:32 1 Timothy 1:1-20 Psalm 86:1-17 Proverbs 25:17

Wednesday, October 17 Jeremiah 30:1-31:26 1 Timothy 2:1-15 Psalm 87:1-7 Proverbs 25:18-19

Thursday, October 18 Jeremiah 31:27-32:44 1 Timothy 3:1-16 Psalm 88:1-18 Proverbs 25:20-22

Friday, October 19 Jeremiah...

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Written by christianindex
Sunday, 14 October 2018 13:20

Conflict part 1: conflict when needed

Current research shows that conflict is bad for our health (presumably especially for us sensitive people). Recently I have read that marital conflict even correlates with earlier mortality in men.

Of course, there is conflict and then there is conflict. Some conflict is inevitable, or at least...

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Written by Craig Keener
Sunday, 14 October 2018 12:54

Timeout 7: Warning against false teachers/teachings is not being legalistic, a Pharisee or a stumbling block

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I recently shared an article by Costi Hinn on social media. The article is as follows:

http://www.forthegospel.org/should-your-church-sing-jesus-culture-bethel-music/

Someone commented on it. The comment is below, edited for grammar and punctuation:

This sounds very much like the pharisees. It is very...

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Written by C.T. Adams
Sunday, 14 October 2018 12:54

Satanism at the United Nations and the Coming Antichrist

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“Now we beseech you, brethren, by the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ, and by our gathering together unto him, That ye be not soon shaken in mind, or be troubled, neither by spirit, nor by word, nor by letter as from us, as that the day of Christ is at hand. Let no man deceive you by any...

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Written by Geri Ungurean
Sunday, 14 October 2018 11:09

Christian News Weekly Recap Oct 8 – 13, 2018

Christian News Weekly Recap Oct 8 – 13, 2018 This is a recap of the past week’s daily news items from our Christian News Section. Monday Oct 8, 2018 Pakistan postpones ruling on Christian woman Christians Slam ‘Dear Bigots’ Scottish Govt. Campaign for Accusing Them of...

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Written by Alesia Cengia
Sunday, 14 October 2018 10:35

Clueless Christians and the Rainbow Trojan Horse Featured

I must say, about the only thing I find more troubling and disturbing than all the constant assaults on the faith by its various enemies is when folks who claim to be believers basically run with the same ideas, beliefs and rhetoric that the secular leftists do.

That the church of Christ should be...

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Written by Bill Muehlenberg
Sunday, 14 October 2018 10:02

Derogation

Dale [Tuggy]The tone of contempt in the post is obvious. The subject is a direct insult. The first sentence is a passive-aggressive insult in pseudo-question form, which in effect asserts (again) that Dr. Rauser is dumb. Sadly, this is a habit for Steve Hays. And it's exactly the sort of thing...

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Written by steve
Sunday, 14 October 2018 09:19

Video: The Mark of the Beast

Today’s question:

What does the mark of the beast in Revelation refer to historically?

Within this video, I reference Peter Leithart’s recent commentary on the book, Revelation 1-11Revelation 12-22.

If you have any questions for me, please leave them on my Curious Cat...

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Written by Alastair Roberts
Sunday, 14 October 2018 08:52

The Father's Testimony

Passage: John 5:24-31

The Father's testimony concerning His Son is on record. To fail to believe it is a great dishonor to the Father, and carries with it severe, eternal consequences.

Authors: John Samson...

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Written by John Samson
Sunday, 14 October 2018 08:24

Leviathan Spirit Is Now Dead Implies Prophetic Word from Charlie Shamp

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The next time an apostle, prophet, or teacher tells you about the latest attack from Leviathan, or tells you to purchase their latest resource on him, you can tell them that Leviathan is dead now, and you can save your money.

You may also have to question the credibility of said apostle, prophet, or...

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Written by heterodoxresearchinitiative
Sunday, 14 October 2018 07:42

All of the Children of God have a purifying hope in Christ Featured

by Mike Ratliff

11 This was in accordance with the eternal purpose which He carried out in Christ Jesus our Lord, 12 in whom we have boldness and confident access through faith in Him. 13 Therefore I ask you not to lose heart at my tribulations on your behalf, for they are your glory.14 For this...

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Written by Mike Ratliff
Sunday, 14 October 2018 06:51

Sermon 1 John 5:13

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Sunday, 14 October 2018 06:15

The Kingdom’s Righteousness-Part 1 (Matthew 5:21-32)

Sunday, 14 October 2018 05:10

Psalm 121

The Zondervan Blog has an extended excerpt on Psalm 121 from the recent commentary by Tucker and Grant here.

Authors: BibleX...

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Written by BibleX
Sunday, 14 October 2018 04:16

Holy Sprit: Not Welcome Here Featured

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Holy Spirit is a popular and powerful worship song currenty played on Christian radio stations and sung in Sunday Services all across America. The song was first released in 2012 by the band Jesus Cultureand has since made its way westward from Redding, California, the band’s home....

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Written by Seth Dunn
Sunday, 14 October 2018 04:03

Weekly Podcast Roundup (Week of 10/7)

image Veracity Hill Ep118: Minimal Facts w/ Gary Habermas In this brief episode, Kurt talks with Dr. Gary Habermas about the minimal facts argument for the resurrection, its intent, and some objections to it. Trinity Radio S9E12: The Seven Churches of Revelation” This one would be great for anyone...

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Written by Richard Porter
Sunday, 14 October 2018 03:44

J. Robert White new President and CEO of the Health Care Ministry Foundation

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Mission Board Executive Director J. Robert White, center, visits with Cindy Little, seated, and Tommy Fountain, left, before the annual Health Care Ministry Foundation Awards Banquet earlier this year. White, who retires on Dec. 31 of this year,  was elected president and chief executive...

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Written by Gerald Harris
Sunday, 14 October 2018 00:14

Sermon Notes Titus 2:11-14

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Authors: memoirandremains...

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Sunday, 14 October 2018 00:00

Robin Collins lectures on the fine-tuning argument at Pepperdine University

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Dr. Robin Collins is a Professor of Philosophy and Chair of the Department of Philosophy at Messiah College. Collins is the foremost defender of what is known as the teleological argument for the existence of God. He has a background in both physics...

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Written by Wintery Knight
Sunday, 14 October 2018 00:00

Luther and the Thunderstorm

Why did Martin Luther call out to Saint Anne during a terrifying thunderstorm? In this brief clip, Stephen Nichols takes us back to the incident that led Luther to become a monk.

This Reformation Month, watch a short video every day on the history and insights of the Protestant Reformation. And...

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Written by Nathan W. Bingham