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, 16 August 2018 02:30

Museum of the Bible and Dirk Obbink

Somehow I missed this, but back in June, Michael Press wrote an article exploring the latest mandatory tax filing from the Museum of the Bible. Most of the payments are not terribly surprising although Press sees problems with some of the locations of their funded digs. He seems most troubled that...

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Written by Peter Gurry
Thursday, 16 August 2018 02:26

08/16/2018

•Voddie Baucham addresses pro-homosexual arguments
•Did Jesus never address homosexuality?
•Is there even such a thing as sexual orientation?
•Why do we pick and choose from Leviticus
•Pointing a gay-advocate to the Gospel

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Written by joey
Thursday, 16 August 2018 02:20

Educational Limbo: How Low Can You Go?

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A few months ago Josh Niemi blogged about what he called “educational limbo.” Niemi believes that when tolerating the amount of moral mischief in their child’s school, each parent has a personal limit of how low they will go before removing them. In his piece he quotes...

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Written by Marsha West
Thursday, 16 August 2018 02:18

Truth is Hard

There was a great cartoon that recently appeared in the Wall Street Journal. A bewildered man is depicted in Hell standing in front of...

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Written by Dr. Steven Hein
Thursday, 16 August 2018 02:13

New Bible Study Magazine

Thursday, 16 August 2018 02:06

The Book of Mormon And It Came To Pass - lifeafterministry

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The Book of Mormon And It Came To PassFrom the book by Mark Twain, “Roughing It”, Chapter XVI;"All men have heard of the Mormon Bible, but few, except the elect have seen it or at least taken the trouble to read it. I brought away a copy from Salt Lake. The book is a curiosity to me. It...

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Written by Doug Evans
Thursday, 16 August 2018 01:54

Cosmic programmers

Recently I was asked how I'd respond to this question:
Your recent discussion with the pagan brought back a question I had thought of a year or so back when Elon Musk was making all those headlines for saying he thinks reality is a computer simulation.
What would you say to an atheist who tries to...

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Written by steve
Thursday, 16 August 2018 01:48

Resources On Church Growth And Ordinary Means Ministry

The church growth movement has been one of the more influential movements in modern evangelicalism for the last 40 years. Pastors receive a steady stream of emails and advertisements promising to “grow the church” if only his congregation will buy this product or service. In some...

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Written by R. Scott Clark
Thursday, 16 August 2018 01:06

Children: The Judgement Day (Part 4)

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Jesus Christ owns everything in creation. One day He’s going to come back and history will be over and we will all give account to Him and be judged.

Tim: So children, you still have one more day, but this is my last day. So, what I am doing today is I am wrapping this thing up. We’re...

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Written by Tim Conway
Thursday, 16 August 2018 00:56

The Usefulness Of Enemies As Footstools Featured

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The Lord said to my Lord, “Sit at my right hand,until I make your enemies your footstool.” – Luke 20:42 (quoting Psalm 110)

One oft-neglected aspect of God promising to make Christ’s enemies into His footstool is the utility of a footstool. To be a bit more precise:...

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Written by FireBreathingChristian
Thursday, 16 August 2018 00:34

Book Review: Practicing the Power, by Sam Storms

Sam Storms will not remember the first time I met him. I was a fly-on-the-wall local church pastor invited to join an evening discussion between Storms, John Piper, and Wayne Grudem after a long day of meetings at the Evangelical Theological Society in Toronto. I was struck by two things that night...

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Written by 9Marks
Thursday, 16 August 2018 00:05

Four Things to Remember When You Are Struck by Fear

All of us have been afraid. From children afraid of the dark to adults afraid of death, we’ve all experienced fear. Perhaps that’s why one of the most repeated commands in scripture is “fear not.”

Why are we told not to fear? Aren’t there times in our life when we...

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Written by James Williams
Thursday, 16 August 2018 00:00

The Church in Constant Need of Reforming

Mike and David welcome back Pastor Andy Woods and discuss his latest book, Ever Reforming: Dispensational Theology and the Completion of the Protestant Reformation. We briefly review some past church history and why a reformation was necessary, as well as the fact that even the reformers were not...

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Written by comments@standupforthetruth.com
Thursday, 16 August 2018 00:00

Is the Roman Catholic church serious about stopping child abuse?

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At the risk of alienating my Catholic readers, I feel that I have to say something about the recent news story about the Catholic Church leaders abusing children of both sexes, and then covering it up. Let’s start with a news article, then a reaction from a Catholic...

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Written by Wintery Knight
Thursday, 16 August 2018 00:00

A Tender Heart

1 Peter 3:8-9, “Finally, all of you, have unity of mind, sympathy, brotherly love, a tender heart, and a humble mind. Do not repay evil for evil or reviling for reviling, but on the contrary, bless, for to this you were called, that you may obtain a blessing.”

As we...

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Written by Dave Jenkins
Thursday, 16 August 2018 00:00

One Week Only: Save 50% on over 50 Teaching Series

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From Genesis to Revelation, from apologetics to prayer, our video teaching series apply biblical truth to a broad range of topics.For one week only, you can save 50% on over 50 teaching series.

Millions of Christians have benefited from our vast library of teaching series. With hours of teaching...

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Written by Nathan W. Bingham
Wednesday, 15 August 2018 23:45

Jeff Robinson– 15 Things Seminary Couldn’t Teach Me

On the latest episode of the Equipping You in Grace Podcast, Dave Jenkins and Jeff Robinson discuss the importance of relational maturity in ministry, growing in grace, along with the book he edited with Colin Hansen, 15 Things Seminary Didn’t Teach Me(Crossway, 2018)

What you’ll hear...

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Written by Dave Jenkins
Wednesday, 15 August 2018 23:39

Around the Horn (August 16)

Pastor Andy Stanely continues to show a pattern of dangerous thinking in his approach to Scripture. He continues to treat the Old Testament as less valuable than the New Testament, and even claims that it can be...

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Written by Staff
Wednesday, 15 August 2018 23:22

Euthanasia . . . for Children?

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The European country of Belgium has some of the most permissive laws regarding euthanasia of any nation in the world. Euthanasia, also known as “doctor assisted suicide,” is the idea that a terminally ill patient (or, in some cases, just the very old, or those with predicted shortened...

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Written by Ken Ham
Wednesday, 15 August 2018 23:00

Deliverance and faith.

Egypt’s deliverance depended upon their faith. Had they not believed Joseph, they would not have bothered to store up for the future during the times of plenty. Our salvation rests on faith in Jesus and God’s Word. If we did not believe that there is a coming Judgment Day, we would not...

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Written by The Daily Evidence
Wednesday, 15 August 2018 22:26

Browse Worthy: The Overly Sexualized Church

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One of the great ironies of the modern world is that society bombards us daily with the sexualization of everything, then appears surprised when people act out on these encouraged impulses. The church should stand as a fortress of holiness against this evil madness, acting as a city set on a hill...

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Written by Barry York
Wednesday, 15 August 2018 21:30

Sin Wars Against The Soul – 30 Days To Victory

There is a war occurring in every Christian.  Fleshly desires of the sin nature besiege the redeemed soul.  The battle can be exhausting.  Here’s how to win.   1 Peter 2:11  “Dearly beloved, I beseech you as strangers and pilgrims, abstain from fleshly lusts,...

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Written by admin
Wednesday, 15 August 2018 21:06

Free Video of Historical Jesus Course

Credo Courses is offering free video downloads of Darrell Bock's "The Historical Jesus" course. You can access this limited time offer here.

Authors: BibleX...

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Written by BibleX
Wednesday, 15 August 2018 20:30

A Way to Pray for Believers

Thanking God for Other Christians When was the last time you thanked God for other Christians? When was the last time that you prayed, saying, “Thank you God for [so and so],” naming another Christian whom you know? From his letter to the believers at Ephesus, we learn that Paul did...

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Written by TOvermiller
Wednesday, 15 August 2018 20:12

Being a Friend of the Gospel and a Gospel Friend

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Jude 20 –But you, dear friends, must build each other up in your most holy faith…

Pray in the power of the Holy Spirit, 21 and await the mercy of our Lord Jesus Christ, who will bring you eternal life. In this way, you will keep yourselves safe in God’s love.

Heavenly Father,...

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Written by Scotty Smith
Wednesday, 15 August 2018 20:00

Book Preview: Scientism and Secularism by J.P. Moreland

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About the AuthorJ. P. Moreland (PhD, University of Southern California) is distinguished professor of philosophy at Biola University. He is an author of, contributor to, or editor of over ninety books, including The Soul: How We Know It's Real and Why It Matters.About the BookRigid adherence to...

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Written by Chad
Wednesday, 15 August 2018 20:00

Throwback Thursday ~ I Beg Your Pardon? I Never Promised you a Rose Garden.

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Authors: Michelle Lesley...

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Written by Michelle Lesley
Wednesday, 15 August 2018 20:00

How Can I Know? 1 John

John tells us his purpose in writing his first epistle.
I write these things to you who believe in the name of the Son of God, that you may know that you have eternal life. (1 John 5:13)
The whole purpose was that you may know that you have eternal life. Note that it was written to specific people....

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Written by Winging It
Wednesday, 15 August 2018 20:00

On Dogmatic Virtue

By Matthew Emerson

Much of the current scholarship on theological method concerns itself with prolegomena and/or with practical matters like steps, tasks, and tools. This is right and good – dogmatic inquiry requires right philosophical and theological foundations and right practice. And yet,...

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Written by Guest Writer
Wednesday, 15 August 2018 20:00

Does Old Testament Polygamy Justify Same-Sex Marriage?

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I was recently confronted with a challenge about marriage at one of my events. The claim was that God permits same-sex marriage today because marriage is not clearly defined in Scripture. Adam and Eve were a monogamous heterosexual couple, but later in Scripture God allowed men to marry multiple...

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Written by Alan Shlemon
Wednesday, 15 August 2018 19:19

“Pope Francis”: “We are full of homosexuals”

Here are multiple sources, isolating a key problem in the Roman Catholic Church:Ruth Institute on Clergy Sex Abuse Scandal
Is the current Catholic sex abuse scandal related to homosexuality?Yes. The current scandal includes mostly revelations about male on male sexual abuse of seminarians, where the...

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Written by John Bugay
Wednesday, 15 August 2018 19:00

465 Biblical Counseling Resources: The Annual Guide to Biblical Counseling Resources

Written by Bob
Wednesday, 15 August 2018 19:00

Why the ‘Loneliness Epidemic’ Threatens Human Flourishing

According to news headlines, there’s a growing “loneliness epidemic” in the West. Jeremy Linneman writes that as a society we’ve turned inwards in our search for meaning and wrongly assumed that connecting on Facebook can fill our need for community:

As...

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Written by Hugh Whelchel
Wednesday, 15 August 2018 19:00

The Dangerous False Teaching of Andy Stanley

This is a guest post. Chris King serves as the Senior Pastor of Bayou View Baptist Church in Gulfport, Mississippi. He is an Adjunct Professor of Christian Preaching for Boyce College Online. Dr. King earned his M. Div. and Ph. D. from The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in Louisville, KY.

I...

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Written by Josh Buice
Wednesday, 15 August 2018 19:00

He Makes Me Lie Down in Green Pastures; He Leads Me beside Still Waters

Here’s an excerpt from He Makes Me Lie Down in Green Pastures; He Leads Me beside Still Waters, Michael G. McKelvey’s contribution to the August issue of Tabletalk:

Psalm 23 provides us with a wonderful example of God’s care and protection in imagery that engages the imagination....

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Written by Nathan W. Bingham
Wednesday, 15 August 2018 18:58

Reverend John William Wellinger

My wife and I were married in a civil ceremony on June 1, 1987. But being good Catholics at the time, we wanted to “get married in the Church”. So after a couple of years living in Memphis, with our small son Jeremy, Beth and I traveled back to Pittsburgh, and we re-joined my home...

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Written by John Bugay
Wednesday, 15 August 2018 18:39

Does the Existence of Pain and Suffering Disprove the Existence of God? (Podcast)

In this blast from the past, J. Warner Wallace examines one aspect of the classic “Problem of Evil”. Why would an all-loving and all-powerful God allow anyone to suffer? Doesn’t He have the power to stop it? Doesn’t He care enough about us to stop it? Does pain and suffering...

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Written by jwallace
Wednesday, 15 August 2018 18:37

Was the thief on the cross justified by works? Featured

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James 2:20-26 is the clearest explanation in Scripture of the role of works in our justification. There, James writes that faith apart from works is “useless” (vs 20), “dead” (vs. 26), and that faith is “completed” by works (vs. 22). And, in a manner that makes...

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Written by Jesse Johnson
Wednesday, 15 August 2018 18:20

A Credible “Proposition”

In October 1984, I was accepted into a program to study for the priesthood by the Catholic Diocese of Pittsburgh. As a recent college graduate, who hadn’t majored in philosophy, I would be required to complete a year-long program of philosophy, prior to entering the theological seminary. I...

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Written by John Bugay
Wednesday, 15 August 2018 18:05

1 Samuel 7–8; Romans 6; Jeremiah 44; Psalms 20–21

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1 Samuel 7–8; Romans 6; Jeremiah 44; Psalms 20–21 

WHY PEOPLE ASK FOR SOMETHING is at least as important as what they ask for.

This is true in many domains of life. I know an executive in a midsize corporation who successfully talked his bosses into setting up a new committee. The reason...

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Written by Don Carson
Wednesday, 15 August 2018 18:00

Cats

August 16, 2018
“Judah is a lion's whelp: from the prey, my son, thou art gone up: he stooped down, he couched as a lion, and as an old lion; who shall rouse him up?” ( Genesis:49:9 Judah is a lion's whelp: from the prey, my son, thou art gone up: he stooped...Read more
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Wednesday, 15 August 2018 18:00

Foolish Talking

“Neither filthiness, nor foolish talking, nor jesting, which are not convenient: but rather giving of thanks.” (Ephesians 5:4) In the book of Ephesians are included several guidelines for the Christian’s speech—how we should talk and what we should talk about. These are not...

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Wednesday, 15 August 2018 17:51

Mid-August 2018 Presuppositional Apologetics’ Links

Written by SLIMJIM
Wednesday, 15 August 2018 17:03

Life Is Like a Dickens Novel

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It is a far, far better thing that I do, than I have ever done; it is a far, far better rest that I go to, than I have ever known. – Sydney Carton

This famous line marks the end of the masterful novel, A Tale of Two Cities, by Charles Dickens.If you know the story, you know how fitting this...

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Written by Thomas Overmiller
Wednesday, 15 August 2018 17:00

A La Carte (August 16)

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What I’ve Learned About Leviticus After Studying it for Over a Decade

What a great series from 9Marks. “Every day, I found myself focused on thinking...

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Written by Tim Challies
Wednesday, 15 August 2018 17:00

Theology Thursday - Christians Aren't Atheists!

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Justin was a Christian apologist who wrote in the mid-second century. He wrote his First Apology to the Roman Emperor “in behalf of those of all nations who are unjustly hated and wantonly abused, myself being one of them.”1 Justin eventually suffered martyrdom, according to...

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Written by TylerR
Wednesday, 15 August 2018 16:50

There Goes Another One: Rainbow Capitulation Featured

They are falling like flies. For various reasons, Christians, Christian leaders, Christian schools, Christian churches and Christian denominations are abandoning the biblical witness found throughout Scripture concerning human sexuality and running with the world’s godless and immoral agenda....

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Written by Bill Muehlenberg
Wednesday, 15 August 2018 16:00

The New Testament Chapter by Chapter | Hebrews 13

By: Daniel Goepfrich Carrying Out Love for One Another Hebrews 13 ends the letter with final instructions about carrying out “the greatest of these” (1 Corinthians 13:13) – love. The writer insisted that “brotherly love must continue”(Heb. 13:1). Without giving a...

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Written by Editor
Wednesday, 15 August 2018 15:29

To Their Own Destruction

Out of concern that the First Century believers were susceptible to deception, the Apostle Peter warned in chapter 3 of his second epistle to be careful of those who distort Scripture “…to their own destruction.” The ones Peter warns about here seem to be a different type than...

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Written by Don and Joy Veinot
Wednesday, 15 August 2018 15:10

Sin Doesn’t Take a Summer Vacation

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The minivan was packed, my wife and kids were waiting, and I paced once more through the house, making sure I wasn’t forgetting anything important. It wasn’t long after the van pulled away that I realized what I had missed.

How could I have once again forgotten something so essential for...

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Written by Jonathan Kroeker