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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Tuesday, 19 February 2019 14:05

February 20: The Presbyterian Church of New Zealand

A Presbyterian Remnant Remains True to the Gospelby Rev. David T. Myers

The story line was surprising and sorrowful at the same time. Written just last year, it told the story of the dying Presbyterian Church of New Zealand which had decided to attract new members with an approach  of...

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Written by Wayne Sparkman
Tuesday, 19 February 2019 14:05

How to Do Ministry When You Don’t Have Money

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How do you do ministry when you don’t have any money? How do you serve the Lord as a church planter while broke? After 30 years of experience, I assure you I have expertise. But wisdom comes from Scripture:

Keep your life free from love of money, and be content with what you have, for he has...

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Written by Brian Davis
Tuesday, 19 February 2019 14:00

Video: "May the Lord Establish His Word" by Alistair Begg

After years of backsliding, Israel was a spiritually fruitless nation—and, as Alistair Begg explains, Hannah’s barren condition mirrored her people’s predicament. When the Lord granted Hannah a son, then, He answered more than a mother’s prayers: Samuel’s arrival...

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Written by TFL
Tuesday, 19 February 2019 14:00

King Kingdom in Genesis

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This was written as an excursus for a chapter in the book The Words of the Covenant.

I am well aware of the view held by many respected scholars who believe that “the Kingdom of God” is the main theme of the Bible.1 But it must be admitted that it has not been an overarching theme of...

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Written by Paul Henebury
Tuesday, 19 February 2019 13:42

A Baptist Abolitionist Appeals to Thomas Jefferson

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The Rev. David Barrow came of age during a time when white Virginia evangelicals might be opponents of slavery. During the era of the American Revolution—and before the rise of the Cotton Kingdom—antislavery sentiment was not unusual among white Baptists and Methodists. But the depth of...

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Written by Thomas Kidd
Tuesday, 19 February 2019 13:01

The 3 Foot Manuscript

On this episode of 5 Minutes in Church History, Dr. Stephen Nichols introduces us to A.T. Robertson and one of his monumental achievements: a 1500-page grammar of the Greek New Testament.

The post The 3 Foot Manuscript appeared first on 5 Minutes in Church History.

Authors: Ligonier Ministries

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Written by Ligonier Ministries
Tuesday, 19 February 2019 12:38

Praising the Triune God with Bavinck

imageI messed up footnote number eight on page 27 of my 2016 book The Triune God.

It’s a little more interesting than it sounds.

In that section, I’m describing how the structure of trinitarian theology is like the structure of praise:

In the form of simple gratitude, praise may terminate...

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Written by Fred Sanders
Tuesday, 19 February 2019 11:59

How Bad is This Conversion Therapy Thing?

As pro-LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender) voices and values grow louder and more insistent in the culture, what about those people of faith who experience same-sex attraction and don’t want it? What are they supposed to do with feelings and desires at odds with their faith? How are...

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Written by Sue Bohlin
Tuesday, 19 February 2019 11:37

Is Christianity For Suckers?

Someone once said, “There’s a sucker born every minute.” Who first said it is disputed. It has been attributed to P. T. Barnum, to a banker, and to other possible sources. Whoever said it first, it captures the spirit of skepticism perfectly. . . . Continue reading →

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Written by R. Scott Clark
Tuesday, 19 February 2019 11:31

Semi-Devo 7: 1 Timothy 1:15

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This semi-devo stems from the following question I received:

What does the Apostle Paul mean in 1 Timothy 1:15 when he says “of sinners I am chief” or “of sinners I am the foremost”? 

I believe that Paul was speaking here after his conversion. I have seen it before as...

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Written by C.T. Adams
Tuesday, 19 February 2019 11:26

Is God an evildoer?

In theory, there are different ways in which God might relate to evil:
i) Allows 
ii) Determines 
iii) Causes 
iv) Commands 
v) Commits 
Freewill theists grant that God allows evil. And they say Calvinism makes God "causally determine" evil, which they set in contrast to their...

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Written by steve
Tuesday, 19 February 2019 11:23

Question 49: How do I maintain fellowship if my parents no longer take me to church?

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I admire your seeking help in this situation of yours. It seems you have a desire to maintain fellowship with those who attend the same church as yourself. This desire is most definitely biblical (Hebrews 10:19-39; Acts 2:41-47; 1 John 1:5-10).

The actions you need to take depend on the situation...

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Written by C.T. Adams
Tuesday, 19 February 2019 10:19

The SBC and Sexual Abuse: Scandal Featured

1. Seth begins a review of 2 Timothy 3 examining wicked men in the last days.2. Seth responds to a listener submission about the plague of the firstborn.3. Seth discusses how scandals can destroy a church or pastor’s career.

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Written by Seth - Host of the Christian Commute
Tuesday, 19 February 2019 10:00

In An Especially Pernicious Form

“We know this because when Paul discusses the golden calf incident, he calls this worship of YHWH idolatry. . . (1 Cor. 10:7-8). So the apostle Paul condemns a certain form of YHWH worship as idolatry. What? Because of the presence of the calf, not because of the absence of an invocation of...

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Written by Douglas Wilson
Tuesday, 19 February 2019 09:35

Overcoming Road Blocks to Joy in Prayer | Podcast #12

All believers experience roadblocks in their prayer life at one time or another, and many Christians find growing in the area of prayer to be one of their greatest challenges. On this episode, our guest Kevin Halloran discusses common roadblocks we face and provides us with five practical on-ramps...

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Written by Clayton Kraby
Tuesday, 19 February 2019 09:26

3 Ways Michael Horton Has Failed Us Featured

Michael S. Horton is a professing reformed Calvinist and the J. Gresham Machen Professor of Theology and Apologetics at Westminster Seminary California since 1998. He is editor-in-Chief of Modern Reformation (MR) magazine, and President and host of the nationally syndicated radio broadcast, The...

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Written by Toni Brown
Tuesday, 19 February 2019 09:00

The Consequences of Sexual Sin

Episode 2444

The Consequences of Sexual Sin

Segment 1 (00:00) The Point of Intimacy

Segment 2 (08:10) The Impact Upon You

Segment 3 (17:31) The Impact Upon Others

Wretched Surprise! (25:53) The Hidden Talents of John MacArthur

The post The Consequences of Sexual Sin appeared first on Wretched.

Authors:...

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Written by samueljroys
Tuesday, 19 February 2019 08:10

Sin is Accessible, So is God’s Word

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With all the modern technology we have, it could be said that our generation has more access to sexual sin than any other generation in history. But this is no valid excuse because we also have more access to the Bible, good books, and good sermons more than any other generation has.

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Written by Craig Mussulman
Tuesday, 19 February 2019 08:07

Making a map

Catholic apologists generally frame everything in terms of authority. What's your authority for the canon of Scripture? What's your interpretive authority?
Now, there are situations in which that's a legitimate question, but it can't be universal. Is it a general principle that we can't know...

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Written by steve
Tuesday, 19 February 2019 07:03

Can You Ground Objective Morality in a God That Does Not Exist?

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Some questions cannot be answered with a simple “yes” or “no” response. That is, there is some ambiguity in the question that demands more clarification.

A question like this came up in a recent discussion between Greg Koukl and an atheist named Doug on the Stand to Reason...

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Written by Tim Barnett
Tuesday, 19 February 2019 06:51

Radio Free Geneva: NIFB Arguments Reviewed, the Ecclesiastical Text Movement Examined

Did a 100 minute Radio Free Geneva today, looking at the arguments from an NIFB pastor in the Philippines first, and then going into a much more in-depth discussion on the issue of the text of the New Testament in response to the ever present Traditionalists in the Reformed camp.  Important...

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Written by James White
Tuesday, 19 February 2019 06:43

No-body knows when you will die or Jesus will come! And it’s a good thing

Now concerning the times and the seasons, brothers and sisters, you do not need to have anything written to you. For you yourselves know very well that the day of the Lord will come like a thief in the night. 1 Thess 5:1-2

“And further, not to know when the end is, or when the day of the end...

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Written by Gary Shogren
Tuesday, 19 February 2019 06:33

Gender and Sexuality News Roundup (2/19/19)

One mission of CBMW is to help Christians think through secular and ecclesial trends on gender and sexuality. Through this work, we pore over a lot of different news reports and articles as we attempt to wade through the ceaseless flow of information on the web. In our weekly Gender and...

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Written by Jonathan Ahlgren
Tuesday, 19 February 2019 06:24

Can I Know God Personally?

Is God knowable or distant? Is God personal or simply a force? If God is personal can we know and have a personal relationship with God? Join us as we talk with Pastor Gino Geracci from Calvary Chapel South Denver about the this question. … Continue reading

Authors: Don Veinot...

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Written by Don Veinot
Tuesday, 19 February 2019 06:04

The requirement of the Law will not be fulfilled in those walk according to the flesh, but according to the Spirit Featured

by Mike Ratliff

22 For I joyfully concur with the law of God in the inner man, 23 but I see a different law in the members of my body, waging war against the law of my mind and making me a prisoner of the law of sin which is in my members. 24 Wretched man that I am! Who will set me free from the...

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Written by Mike Ratliff
Tuesday, 19 February 2019 05:54

Don’t unhitch from preaching and teaching fullness of the OT

For some Star Wars fans, the Original Trilogy is the story’s only canon. The seven additional movies detailing what preceded those films and what follows are the subject of great controversy, with episodes four through six the default story because they are the ones people generally...

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Written by Andrew J.W. Smith
Tuesday, 19 February 2019 05:35

UTAH MISSION TRIP 2019 - Can you pray, help or go with us?

Good Afternoon , We are gearing up for our 2019 mission trip to Utah and need your help. There are three ways you can participate: PRAY, DONATE, or JOIN. Here is how it works. #1 Pray: For over 25 years, Watchman has had a team of missionaries sharing the true gospel with Mormons in Utah. Each...

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Written by profilesubs
Tuesday, 19 February 2019 05:24

Christalignment Bethel Fortune-Telling New Age Naked with Jesus Extravaganza! Featured

Last year we made a big deal about the Australian organization called “Christalignment” and its pagan practices covered in a sugary Christian coating. Well, there’s more.

Thanks to the Encounter Gospel of Christalignment, one lady had an encounter where “Jesus” petted...

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Written by Steven Kozar
Tuesday, 19 February 2019 04:00

Get FREE Resources When You Pre-Order 'The Gospel-Driven Church'

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We at FTC are really excited about the latest book from managing editor Jared C. Wilson. The Gospel-Driven Church is for ministry leaders interested in transitioning their church away from pragmatism and more toward a conscientious gospel-centeredness. As such, it is full of...

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Written by Staff
Tuesday, 19 February 2019 03:48

Female Deacons?

Tom Schreiner argues "yes" here.

Authors: BibleX...

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Written by BibleX
Tuesday, 19 February 2019 03:45

02/19/2019

•Blasphemy is still a big deal
•Pastors are stressed
•How do we deal with sex-abuse allegations in Church?
•Teens are distancing themselves from parents
•Should a store send out conservative messages in their newsletter?
•Ministering to a widow in pain

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Written by joey
Tuesday, 19 February 2019 03:40

The Mod | Is Reality Secular? An Interview With Mary Poplin (Part 2)

In part one of this interview with Michael Horton, Dr. Mary Poplin discussed her own journey out of secular humanism, the consequences of ideas, and the interesting blend of secular and spiritual that characterizes the religious beliefs of contemporary westerners.  Here, Dr. Poplin outlines...

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Written by Brooke Ventura
Tuesday, 19 February 2019 02:46

Andy Stanley’s Associate Pastor Tells Mom Her Gay Daughter is ‘Saved’

It’s really no secret that Andy Stanley’s Northpoint Church is gay-friendly, as Stanley himself once preached a sermon condemning that

The post Andy Stanley’s Associate Pastor Tells Mom Her Gay Daughter is ‘Saved’ appeared first on Reformation Charlotte.

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Written by JeffMaples
Tuesday, 19 February 2019 02:43

Top 10 Articles of All-Time at “Christianity for the Common Good”

This week marks the beginning of my fourth year blogging at Christianity for the Common Good. I’ve enjoyed blogging and am especially grateful to Trevin Wax, Chris Martin, and Jonathan Howe for helping me get started.

Given that I’m pressed for time and unable to write a post this week,...

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Written by Bruce Ashford
Tuesday, 19 February 2019 02:36

Gundry on Acts

In this post, Robert Gundry discusses some of the basic introductory issues related to the book of Acts. I am not sure there is anything new here but it does a decent job of dealing with some basic issues.

Authors: BibleX...

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Written by BibleX
Tuesday, 19 February 2019 02:08

College Courses Help Prepare for Upcoming Contact with Aliens

We’ll get back to our study in Joseph very soon, but I wanted to highlight something that ties in a bit with our previous article on Ushering in a One World Religion. It’s not a direct tie-in, but more of an indirect tie-in; something that’s been part and parcel of the New Age...

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Written by modres
Tuesday, 19 February 2019 02:05

The price of a clear conscience

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For our boast is this, the testimony of our conscience, that we behaved in the world with simplicity and godly sincerity, not by earthly wisdom but by the grace of God, and supremely so toward you.

2 Corinthians 1:12 ESV

South Africans have been angered the last couple of months by the shocking...

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Written by Pastorfish
Tuesday, 19 February 2019 01:37

"Dear Woman Feeling Called to Ministry" By Ayanna Thomas Featured

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I like what Ayanna Thomas has to say. She makes sense, is humble, insightful, and joyous. Here is the start of her Instagram piece today: Read the rest here.
"I know how you feel. You see so many women around you "stepping into their calling." And you feel this urge to do something too. You scroll...

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Written by The End Time
Tuesday, 19 February 2019 01:02

Southern Baptist Leader Suggests “Transgenders” Can Be Regenerate, Refers to Male Cross-dresser as “a Woman”

One of the new sexually perverted infiltrations in the Church now is the softening stance on gender identity. The influence

The post Southern Baptist Leader Suggests “Transgenders” Can Be Regenerate, Refers to Male Cross-dresser as “a Woman” appeared first on Reformation...

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Written by JeffMaples
Tuesday, 19 February 2019 01:00

February 18, 2019 Show with Pete Orta on “Confessions of a Renowned Christian Recording Artist Who Was Not a Christian” Part 2

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February 19, 2019:

PETE ORTA, lead guitarist (from 1996 – 2000) for renowned Christian Rock group & Gospel Hall of Fame inductees “PETRA”, winner of a Gold Record, a Dove Award, nominee for 3 Grammies & Grammy winner for Gospel Rock Album of the Year for the award...

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Written by Eric Nielsen
Tuesday, 19 February 2019 00:57

Keep the Main Thing the Main Thing Featured

It is so tempting for us to live as if the main thing about ourselves is what others can see on the outside. We know that what’s on the inside is most important—but our old sin nature keeps enticing us to focus on the external. It’s especially crucial for church leaders to avoid...

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Written by Bruce Alvord
Tuesday, 19 February 2019 00:30

Preserving the Bodies of the Baptized Dead

Editor’s note: this is the latest in a series of posts about natural burial co-written by Kent Burreson and Beth Hoeltke. Their book on the subject,Death, Heaven, Resurrection, and the New Creation, is forthcoming from Concordia Publishing House on February 27, 2019.

As we saw in our last post...

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Written by Kent Burreson
Tuesday, 19 February 2019 00:17

J. I. Packer on the One Thing More Important Than Our Knowing God

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J. I. Packer:

What matters supremely, therefore, is not, in the last analysis, the fact that I know God, but the larger fact which underlies it—the fact that he knows me.

I am graven on the palms of his hands [Isa. 49:16].

I am never out of his mind.

All my knowledge of him depends on his...

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Written by Justin Taylor
Tuesday, 19 February 2019 00:07

Tears of a Snake

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Periodically I like to listen to podcasts when traveling on business or at the gym. Recently I came across a number of excellent podcasts by Tim Shaughnessy and Carlos Montijo at the Thorn and Crown Ministries website. On the site, you’ll also find podcasts by Timothy Kaufman, Steve Mathews,...

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Written by Sean Gerety
Tuesday, 19 February 2019 00:06

The Hidden Fences of the Law

  imageFences of the Law are not modern phenomena. They also existed in Jesus’ day. Much of His conversations with the Pharisees...

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Written by Kyle Jones
Tuesday, 19 February 2019 00:00

Helping Your Officers

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Last Sunday, the officers of our church took some time to go over a book on Eldership. It was good to see new and older officers together discussing our ministry and sharing insights and ideas on how we can better lead the local church. As a minister, I know the work that I have been called to do....

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Written by Kyle E. Sims
Tuesday, 19 February 2019 00:00

People Have Forgotten Who God Is

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Have you heard the story behind our ministry’s mission statement? In the 1970s, a consultant ran Dr. Sproul through a gauntlet of questions. What’s the most important thing you can teach non-Christians that they don’t know? R.C.’s answer: “That’s easy. They...

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Written by Stephen J. Nichols
Monday, 18 February 2019 23:20

The Telling Tale of Your Wealth

Today, I would ask you to consider the question: Where are you spending yourself for that which does not profit? A close examination of where you expend the most energy, time and resources will reveal quickly what you prize the most. For some of us, this can be such a comfort as we look at our...

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Written by Hayley Sinclair
Monday, 18 February 2019 23:20

Getting Rest From the God Who Cares

Psalm 127:2, “It is in vain that you rise up early and go late to rest, eating the bread of anxious toil; for he gives to his beloved sleep.”

I confess these past few months have been busy.

My work schedule keeps me busy during the week with its daily early morning demands and last minute...

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Written by Joseph Hamrick
Monday, 18 February 2019 23:18

“Son of God” in NT Writings

Rumaging through notes on some of my tracing of word/phrase usage in NT writings, I came across the data I’d collected on the use of “son of God” with reference to Jesus.  There is an interesting variation in the use of the expression among NT writers.

In an earlier posting (he...

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Written by larryhurtado