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, 13 October 2018 23:30

Sunday Morning Praise

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Authors: EBenz...

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Written by EBenz
Saturday, 13 October 2018 22:09

Letters to the Editor (Francis Chan and Prophecy)

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I[/dropcap] continue to receive lots of letters from readers. Here is a small collection of them which comment on my review of Francis Chan’s Letters to the Church as well as a recent article on prophecy.

You write that the pastors of...

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Written by Tim Challies
Saturday, 13 October 2018 22:06

Sunday Word of the Week: Fruit of the Spirit, Joy Featured

By Elizabeth PrataOn Sundays I usually post a theological word with its definition, then an explanation, and use it in a verse. I also use a picture to represent the concept. This is my effort to maintain a theological literacy among the brethren and between generations, something I believe is...

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Written by The End Time
Saturday, 13 October 2018 21:00

How Can You Show Radical Hospitality as an Introvert?

October 14, 2018 by: Rosaria Butterfield

How Introverts Fuel

Introverts tend to be people who just need alone time. We also tend to be very focused and we like to do one thing at a time. We don’t like lots of interruptions.

I get up very early. I do that, in part, because I really need...

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Written by Rosaria Butterfield
Saturday, 13 October 2018 20:00

Ways to Show Your Pastor You Appreciate Him

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When was the last time you let your pastor and his family know that you appreciate them? As many pastors will tell you, being a pastor is an intense, difficult calling (serving in ministry always is) that requires hard work and sacrifice. Well, today is considered Pastor Appreciation Day in the...

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Written by Ken Ham
Saturday, 13 October 2018 20:00

Worthy

Paul wrote to the Ephesians, "I, the prisoner of the Lord, implore you to walk in a manner worthy of the calling with which you have been called" (Eph 4:1). What did he mean by "worthy"? It's not some super-secret. He just meant "equivalent," "appropriate" -- walk in a way that corresponds to the...

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Written by Winging It
Saturday, 13 October 2018 19:57

What Shall We Do with Our Thirst?

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Psalm 63:1-5 NLT – O God, you are my God; I earnestly search for you. My soul thirsts for you;

my whole body longs for you in this parched and weary land where there is no water.

Heavenly Father, this Psalm is like an oasis of the desert, always beckoning us to gospel-sanity and...

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Written by Scotty Smith
Saturday, 13 October 2018 18:57

“The Kings – Nebuchadnezzar” | Christ The Rock Church | Pastor Austin Hetsler Featured

The Kings – Nebuchadnezzar
Pastor Austin Hetsler, September 23, 2018 Part of the Kings & Chronicles series, preached at a Sunday Morning service
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Written by social element
Saturday, 13 October 2018 18:21

Analysis of Rachel Held Evan’s Book “Inspired” Series: Table of Contents

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A few days ago I finished our 9 part series critiquing Rachel Held Evans’ new book Inspired chapter by chapter.  I appreciated Monergism.com has also shared this on their website here.

I thought I have a post to have it all in one place as a table of content for convenience of the...

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Written by SLIMJIM
Saturday, 13 October 2018 18:00

The Lord

“Nevertheless the foundation of God standeth sure, having this seal, The Lord knoweth them that are his. And, let every one that nameth the name of Christ depart from iniquity.” (2 Timothy 2:19)
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Saturday, 13 October 2018 17:01

Wanted: Saucy, barking dogs Featured

imageYour weekly Dose of Spurgeon
 
The PyroManiacs devote some space each weekend to highlights from the lifetime of works from the Prince of Preachers, Charles Haddon Spurgeon.  
 
The following excerpt is from C.H. Spurgeon's Autobiography, volume one, pages 271-272, Pilgrim...

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Written by Kerry James Allen
Saturday, 13 October 2018 17:00

WHI-1436 | The Justice Mercy of God

PROGRAM AUDIO & RESOURCES

Let’s face it, we all long for justice. But this longing of ours, if we’re honest, is typically focused on the really big sins of other people. It’s the evil we witness on the nightly news, not the evil lurking in the dark recesses of our own fallen...

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Written by WHI Admin
Saturday, 13 October 2018 15:15

Be Not Conformed to this World

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"And be not conformed to this world."-- Romans 12:2

If a Christian can by possibility be saved while he conforms to this world, at any rate it must be so as by fire. Such a bare salvation is almost as much to be dreaded as desired. Reader, would you wish to leave this world in the darkness of a...

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Written by Charles Spurgeon
Saturday, 13 October 2018 15:05

October 14: Van Horn on WSC Q. 102

STUDIES IN THE WESTMINSTER SHORTER CATECHISM.by Rev. Leonard T. Van Horn

Q. 102. What do we pray for in the second petition?

A. In the second petition, which, “Thy kingdom come,” we pray, that Satan’s kingdom may be destroyed, and that the kingdom of grace may be advanced,...

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Written by Wayne Sparkman
Saturday, 13 October 2018 13:56

Religious Freedom: Not For Religious Schools Featured

There has been a lot of discussion of the government review into religious freedom, even though the Ruddock report has not been officially released yet, and we do not have an official position yet to taken on it. Commissioned last year by Malcolm Turnbull following the homosexual marriage vote, it...

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Written by Bill Muehlenberg
Saturday, 13 October 2018 12:43

Review: The Mirage Factory: Illusion, Imagination, and the Invention of Los Angeles

A late post, but here’s a weekend reading review…because Pastors also need a break from heavy theological reading!

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Gary Krist. The Mirage Factory: Illusion, Imagination, and the Invention of Los Angeles.  New York, NY: Crown Publishing Group, May 15th 2018. 416 pp.

5 out of 5

Pur...

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Written by SLIMJIM
Saturday, 13 October 2018 11:58

I saw the Gosnell movie. You should too.

I hadn’t been to a movie in at least a year.  I can’t even remember what the last one was. But I saw Gosnell: The Trial of America’s Biggest Serial Killer tonight.  I hope you do as well.

You know how it ends, so I can’t spoil that. But these comments might...

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Written by Eternity Matters
Saturday, 13 October 2018 11:43

What happens at The Great Banquet/Walk to Emmaus/Tres Dias etc weekend? Part 2 Featured

By Elizabeth Prata
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This is part 2 of a 3-part series. Part 1 here
Introduction
Please forgive the length. I researched scrupulously and collected a good amount of original source material. I put it together in a way I have not seen widely on the internet, barring one or two books for purchase one...

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Written by The End Time
Saturday, 13 October 2018 11:25

Paul Washer on John MacAurthur Featured

John Fullerton MacArthur Jr. is an American pastor and author known for his internationally syndicated Christian teaching radio program Grace to You. He has been the pastor-teacher of Grace Community Church in Sun Valley, California, since February 9, 1969.

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Written by social element
Saturday, 13 October 2018 11:17

The foolish builder

Commenting on my post:
Dale Tuggy said:
Fun fact: Jesus disapproves of this post. Matthew 5:22
The sort of contempt he [Hays] expresses here is exactly the sort of thing Jesus has in mind. 
Here's the passage in question:
But...

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Written by steve
Saturday, 13 October 2018 09:27

Video: Prayer with President Trump Featured

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Watch this amazing video. President Trump may not be a believer by any discernible standard, but this is why evangelicals love him.

Begin at the six minute mark.

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Written by Cherie Vandermillen
Saturday, 13 October 2018 08:35

Providence is Remarkable Featured

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“If phony miracles and false prophecies or fabricated signs and wonders somehow make you feel more confident that God is imminent and personally involved in your life, then you are hanging your confidence on a false premise and you need to delve into the study of divine providence. It’s...

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Written by Guest Post
Saturday, 13 October 2018 08:16

Is Cultural Marxism America’s New Mainline Ideology? Featured

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Another name for the neo-Marxism of increasing popularity in the United States is cultural Marxism.” This theory says that the driving force behind the socialist revolution is not the proletariat — but the intellectuals. While Marxism has largely disappeared from the workers’...

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Written by Guest Post
Saturday, 13 October 2018 06:50

Sermon 1 John 3:23

Saturday, 13 October 2018 06:37

Do not judge according to appearance, but judge with righteous judgment Featured

by Mike Ratliff

24 Do not judge according to appearance, but judge with righteous judgment.” John 7:24 (NASB) 

What is the definition of the English word “fact?” The following is from the Merriam Webster Online Dictionary.

Main Entry: fact

Pronunciation: \ˈfakt\

Func...

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Written by Mike Ratliff
Saturday, 13 October 2018 06:26

What I’ve Learned From Having a Son That’s an Atheist Featured

When I started having children I was going to do everything right as a mom and my children were all going to grow up and live committed Christian lives. That was the plan at least. So many things didn’t turn out the way I planned, but the Lord has used some of those difficult things in my...

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Written by social element
Saturday, 13 October 2018 05:44

Guns Don’t Kill People: Democrats Do

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Remember when we first started hearing that Islam was the Religion of Peace? The world (except for those whose heads are stuck in the sand) found out quickly that this description of Islam was laughable.

Not only is this blatantly false, but we can safely say that the Qur’an is a book of hate a...

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Written by Geri Ungurean
Saturday, 13 October 2018 05:10

All Those Books You’ve Bought but Haven’t Read

For all of you bibliophiles out there,there is a good essay in The New York Times about the possible benefit of having books that you haven't read (yet?).

Authors: BibleX...

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Written by BibleX
Saturday, 13 October 2018 04:30

A False Church

Martin Luther initially hoped that the Roman Catholic Church would reform from within, but when it would not, he concluded that it was a false church. In this brief clip, W. Robert Godfrey examines some of Luther’s harsh words for Rome.

For October only, when you give a donation of any amount,...

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Written by Nathan W. Bingham
Saturday, 13 October 2018 04:05

Weekly Roundup of Links 10/8/2018-10/12/2018

This is our weekly roundup of links for 10/8/2018-10/124/2018 from around the web. We hope you find the following articles helpful to your growth in godliness.

Articles from Around the Internet:

  1. Should We Interpret the Bible Theologically? over at Credo Magazine. https://credomag.com/2018/10/should-we...

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Written by Dave Jenkins
Saturday, 13 October 2018 04:04

Weekly Roundup 10/8/2018-10/13/2018

This is our weekly roundup of posts for 10/8/2018-10/13/2018. If you have any feedback on how we can serve you our readers better, I would appreciate it. Thank you for reading and allowing us to minister to you throughout this past week through these posts.

Monday 10/8/2018

Four Truths to Hold on to...

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Written by Dave Jenkins
Saturday, 13 October 2018 03:28

Communion of the saints

i) Is there any empirical evidence for life after death? Much has been written about near-death experiences. By comparison, postmortem apparitions are neglected in contemporary Christian apologetics–although that was of great interest in Victorian England. For instance, Cambridge Ghost...

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Written by steve
Saturday, 13 October 2018 03:08

Book Review 34: “Radical” by David Platt

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David Platt’s Radical, which was copyrighted in 2010, attempts to challenge the reader to “consider with an open heart how we have manipulated the gospel to fit our cultural preferences” (back cover).

After some pages of praise from various people, the book wastes no time in...

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Written by C.T. Adams
Saturday, 13 October 2018 02:01

Institutionalizing The Trans Revolution | The American Conservative

 

A top Washington neocon hawk transitions from male to female

Source: Institutionalizing The Trans Revolution | The American Conservative

Authors: Kevin Schaal...

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Written by Kevin Schaal
Saturday, 13 October 2018 01:30

Psalm 96/Our God Reigns

Introduction:

God is worthy of all praise and honor. We know this through special revelation—as we see here in Psalm 96—and we also learn the same thing from the created order itself. God is speaking both places because God is silent nowhere. The creation is an essential part of the...

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Written by Douglas Wilson
Saturday, 13 October 2018 01:13

Excluding Our Righteousness (Buchanan)

image When it comes to justification, the terms “the righteousness of God” and “his righteousness” are very important (Rom 3:21-22, 2 Cor 5:21, etc.).  These phrases have to do with the fact that an ungodly sinner is not justified by his own righteousness, but by the...

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Written by Reformed Reader
Saturday, 13 October 2018 00:31

Maybe the Other Person Is Not the Difficult One

Meals together are to be a time of harmony. We are all of us companions here. The Latin word for companion comes from two words meaning “one who shares bread together with you.”

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As companions, we should want to be companions on more than just one level. We are growing together, being...

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Written by Douglas Wilson
Saturday, 13 October 2018 00:15

Learning Our Lines

You have been exhorted as a people numerous times to remember who you are in the story you are in. You have been asked to think about what kind of character you are. If the day you are having were a movie, what character would you be? And would it be a sympathetic character or not?

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But in order to...

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Written by Douglas Wilson
Saturday, 13 October 2018 00:00

What’s behind the epidemic of false rape accusations on campus?

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Heather McDonald is concerned about the feminist left’s effort to undermine the presumption of innocence for men accused of rape. She makes an argument in the prestigious City Journal that there is actually a reason why we should not believe women’s rape...

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Written by Wintery Knight
Friday, 12 October 2018 23:59

The Latest Issue of the Review of Biblical Literature

The latest issue of Review of Biblical Literature is out. Reviews can be accessed by clicking the links below but unfortunately you must be a SBL member. <!--[if gte mso 10]> /* Style Definitions */ table.MsoNormalTable {mso-style-name:"Table Normal";...

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Written by BibleX
Friday, 12 October 2018 23:29

Video: Reading Revelation

Today’s question:

There seem to be a number of different overall approaches to interpreting the book of Revelation. Can you briefly explain what each of these are and then share your own preferred interepretaive approach? Perhaps some recommended reading too?

Within this video, I mention a...

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Written by Alastair Roberts
Friday, 12 October 2018 23:23

Expedition 33: Water in the Desert

Here’s the video for Expedition 33 in Exploring the Bible. If you want to bookmark a page where all the videos are posted, you can find them on my blog, on YouTube, or the Facebook page for Exploring the Bible.

If you haven’t started your kids on the...

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Written by David Murray
Friday, 12 October 2018 21:54

Podcast: Virtue in a Virtual Society

Last weekend, I delivered a lecture at the English L’Abri, in which I explored the formation of selfhood and virtue in an age of social media. You can listen to it here:

Authors: Alastair Roberts...

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Written by Alastair Roberts
Friday, 12 October 2018 21:12

Prayers and Help in the Aftermath of Hurricane Michael

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If you really keep the royal law found in Scripture, “Love your neighbor as yourself,” you are doing right.James 2:8

     Most merciful Lord Jesus, we come to your throne of grace today on behalf of those impacted by Hurricane Michael. Mexico Beach looks like a...

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Written by Scotty Smith
Friday, 12 October 2018 21:00

What Are the Seventy Weeks of Daniel? (Daniel 9)

October 13, 2018 by: Mitchell L. Chaseimage

This article is part of the Tough Passages series.

24“Seventy weeks are decreed about your people and your holy city, to finish the transgression, to put an end to sin, and to atone for iniquity, to bring in everlasting righteousness, to seal...

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Written by Mitchell L. Chase
Friday, 12 October 2018 21:00

5 Myths about Calvinism

October 13, 2018 by: Greg Forsterimage

This article is part of the 5 Myths series.

Myth 1: We don’t have free will.

The Westminster Confession of Faith, the predominant confessional statement of Reformed theology in the English-speaking world, has a whole chapter called “Of Free...

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Written by Greg Forster
Friday, 12 October 2018 20:42

Bible Contradiction? Did Sarah have faith that she would conceive?

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For today’s post we will tackle the question the Skeptic Annotated Bible asked:  Did Sarah have faith that she would conceive?

Here are the two answers which the skeptic believes indicate a Bible contradiction:

Yes, she had faith.

By faith even Sarah herself...

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Written by SLIMJIM
Friday, 12 October 2018 20:33

What Was the Reformation All About?

Over 500 years ago, a German monk named Martin Luther started a protest that exploded into a worldwide movement. So what was the Protestant Reformation all about? This short video narrated by R.C. Sproul is a tool to help you give an answer. Share it with your family and...

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Written by Nathan W. Bingham
Friday, 12 October 2018 20:22

A tale of two paintings

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Perhaps you saw the news item about the Banksy painting that shredded itself after being bought at auction?

Banksy, real name unknown, is an anarchic artist whose graffiti work often provides a provocative critique of society—whether it is a peace dove wearing a bullet-proof vest, or a Mona...

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Written by Mark Loughridge
Friday, 12 October 2018 20:00

Sharing the Message of Christ This Halloween

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It’s that time of year again. Halloween decorations are popping up in stores and front yards across the country in preparation for the end of the month festivities. This time last year I wrote a blog post encouraging believers to use this opportunity to share the gospel with kids and...

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Written by Ken Ham