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, 18 August 2019 13:31

White People Are Edomites??

Hebrew Israelites claim the white people are descendants of Esau. What is the premise of their argument and does it hold up to scripture?? Prescribed Truth Podcast | Episode 75 Link to quick notes here: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1lyCzbjAAgiPWRMYIkkiFGa65E6E3-B23AYE-cNTvGQg/edit?usp=sharing...

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Written by Jamal Bandy
Sunday, 18 August 2019 12:28

Misunderstanding Jesus’s kingship—Mark 15:16-20

“And the soldiers led Jesus away inside the courtyard of the palace (i.e., the governor’s headquarters), and they called together the rest of their unit. And they draped him in a purple robe, and weaving together a garland of thorns, they placed it on him. And they began applauding him:...

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Written by Craig Keener
Sunday, 18 August 2019 11:54

Death be not proud

Bill Mounce reflects on the death of his father.

I am going to interrupt my normal Greek blogs to share some thoughts about my dad, funerals, and death.

Dad passed away due to complications from two surgeries, broken hip, shoulder, and elbow, all from falling. He was 97. His obituary is on his...

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Written by Hawk
Sunday, 18 August 2019 11:50

Nobel laureates vs. evolution

This looks like a useful compilation, though it's from Vincent Torley:

"Seven Nobel Laureates in science who either supported Intelligent Design or attacked Darwinian evolution"

Authors: Hawk...

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Written by Hawk
Sunday, 18 August 2019 09:04

Christian News Weekly Recap Aug 12 – 17, 2019 Featured

Christian News Weekly Recap Aug 12 – 17, 2019 This is a recap of the past week’s daily news items from our Christian News Section. Monday Aug 12, 2019 New York Times Columnist David Brooks Finds God, Deliverance in New Testament Cuban political police detains and questions evangelical...

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Written by Alesia Cengia
Sunday, 18 August 2019 08:18

Are There Critical Text Readings in the NKJV after All? A Nerdy and Detailed Response to a Set of Fair Questions.

Sometimes it takes people with the skeptical eye provided by a minority viewpoint to see things the majority cannot, comfortable as it is in its unquestioned worldview. Who questions what all “sane” people believe? We actually need a few conspiracy theories out there, and a few...

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Written by Mark Ward
Sunday, 18 August 2019 08:12

The Ongoing Financial Crisis of 2008, Part 2: Debt and Big Government

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“In his book…A Christian View of Men and Things [Gordon] Clark comments that the growth of government is the greatest tragedy of the twentieth century.”

    – John W. Robbins, “The Growth of Government in the United States

The thesis...

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Written by Steve Matthews
Sunday, 18 August 2019 07:04

Theology Gals Rewind – Guilt, Grace, Gratitude

Theology Gals | Episode 126 On this episode of Theology Gals, Coleen and Angela talk about guilt grace and gratitude and the Heidelberg catechism.  You can purchase Theology Gals merchandise here.  You can find the Five Solas Christmas ornaments  in her Etsy shop or through her...

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Written by Coleen Sharp
Sunday, 18 August 2019 07:00

Make your Calling and Election Sure Featured

by Mike Ratliff

22 Since you have in obedience to the truth purified your souls for a sincere love of the brethren, fervently love one another from the heart, 23 for you have been born again not of seed which is perishable but imperishable, that is, through the living and enduring word of God. 24...

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Written by Mike Ratliff
Sunday, 18 August 2019 05:27

Contend for Your Faith (Jude 17-23)

Sunday, 18 August 2019 05:07

093: A Byzantine Fragment of Acts from the 500s in Egypt

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           Today, let’s take a close look at part of 093 – a small fragment that contains text from Acts 24:22-26, and text from First Peter 2:22-3:7. (I will focus here especially on the text from Acts. 093 is a palimps...

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Written by James Snapp Jr
Sunday, 18 August 2019 03:25

Blood on my hands

In theodicy, freewill theists lean on the notion that God merely permits evil to happen. The intuition is that if an agent directly causes or determines an event, then that makes him morally complicit in a way that just allowing, or not preventing, an event caused by another agent does not. A...

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Written by steve
Sunday, 18 August 2019 02:28

Arthur W. Pink: The Great Giver

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“He who spared not His own Son, but delivered Him up for us all—how shall He not with Him also freely give us all things?” (Romans 8:32) The above verse supplies us with an...

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Sunday, 18 August 2019 02:17

Johnson: Adversity and God’s Sovereignty 

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(From When Grace Comes Home by Terry L. Johnson) In 1858, a gifted young Presbyterian missionary named John G. Paton sailed with his wife and infant son to the New Hebrides in the South...

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Sunday, 18 August 2019 02:00

Discover the Old Testament: Ezra Nehemiah Featured

Do you ever get your hopes up, only to be disappointed again and again? In the U.S., we get our hopes up every four years for a President who will finally solve…

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Sunday, 18 August 2019 02:00

From Pilgrim’s Progress: Christian and Hopeful Converse

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A Dialogue Between Hopeful And Christian From Bunyan’s Pilgrim’s Progress CHRISTIAN: How came you to think at first of doing what you do now? HOPEFUL: Do you mean, how I came at first to look after...

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Sunday, 18 August 2019 01:27

Jonathan Edwards: Heaven a World of Love 

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An Extract from Charity and Its Fruits by Jonathan Edwards. That we may the better see how heaven is thus a world of holy love, I would consider first, the great cause and fountain of...

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Sunday, 18 August 2019 00:00

How to Deal with Joshua Harris with Justin Peters and Jim Osman

Rapp Report Daily 0083 Pastor Jim Osman and Justin Peters join Andrew Rappaport to discuss Joshua Harris's claim that he left the faith and how we should respond to it. Below is the full sermon from Pastor Jim Osman referred to in the podcast. Podcasts promoted:  Prescribed Truth What Are...

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Sunday, 18 August 2019 00:00

William Lane Craig debates Daniel Came: Does God exist?

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The video of the debate was posted by ReasonableFaith.org – Dr. Craig’s organization. This debate occurred in March 2017 at the University of Dublin, in Ireland.

The video: (91 minutes)

My non-snarky summary is below.

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Written by Wintery Knight
Saturday, 17 August 2019 23:32

Résumé stuffer

Democrat presidential hopeful Mayor Pete Buttboy touts his military record. I'd just point out that there's a difference between serving in the military and using the military to use yourself. It's clear from how he brags about his military record on the campaign trail that his military service was...

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Written by steve
Saturday, 17 August 2019 22:42

Does the Bible Contain Errors?

This excerpt is adapted from R.C. Sproul’s foreword in The Inerrant Word: Biblical, Historical, Theological, and Pastoral Perspectives by John MacArthur

“The Bible is the Word of God, which errs.” From the advent of neoorthodox theology in the early twentieth...

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Written by John Samson
Saturday, 17 August 2019 22:19

Romans in 40 Minutes

After a brief introduction, starting around the 9 minute mark, Dr. Sinclair Ferguson attempts to provide an overview of the book of Romans in 40 minutes:

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Written by John Samson
Saturday, 17 August 2019 21:20

On Preparing Your Hands for Church

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Sometimes I almost prefer not to tell who I am quoting. Sometimes people see the name and either tune out altogether, or they respond so enthusiastically they fail to exercise due discernment. But in this case, this quote is so good and helpful that I wanted to share it with you. I will even tell...

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Written by Tim Challies
Saturday, 17 August 2019 21:00

Why Study the Book of Daniel?

August 18, 2019 by: Todd Wilson

This article is part of the Why Study the Book? series.

Who’s Story Is This?

The book of Daniel is a favorite for Sunday school teachers and students alike. And for good reason. It has all the makings of a great story—memorable characters,...

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Written by Todd Wilson
Saturday, 17 August 2019 20:43

Kay Cude Poetry: Jesus, Crucified but Risen! Featured

Kay Cude is a Texas Poet. Used with permission. Click to enlarge
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Saturday, 17 August 2019 20:00

Truths for Grandparents Workshops at the Creation Museum

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My wife, Mally, and I have seventeen grandchildren, and we love it! Being a grandparent is a wonderful blessing, but it’s also something of a responsibility. With the blessing of our children, we have the privilege and responsibility, with the encouragement of their parents, of pouring into...

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Written by Ken Ham
Saturday, 17 August 2019 20:00

Pastors and Elders

I am part of a denomination that holds that "pastors" and "elders" are essentially one and the same. They don't actually recognize "elders" as a category without them also being "pastors." If you ask, "Does your church have elders?" they would answer, "Yes!" and point to the pastors at the church....

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Written by Winging It
Saturday, 17 August 2019 19:27

The Fine Dark Chocolate of the Gospel

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May the Lord direct your hearts into God’s love and Christ’s perseverance.2 Thess. 3:5

May our Lord Jesus Christ himself, and God our Father, who loved us and gave us eternal comfort and good hope through grace, comfort your hearts and establish them in every good work and word...

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Written by Scotty Smith
Saturday, 17 August 2019 19:00

Come, Let Us Worship: Serious Worship

“Come, let us worship and bow down, Let us kneel before the LORD our Maker.“ Psalm 95:6   God's Glorious Revelation God’s glorious revelation to us in Scripture is, among many wonderful things, a history of worship.  While we see Scripture’s grandest theme in the...

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Written by Bud Ahlheim
Saturday, 17 August 2019 18:52

This Sunday at Church: Greet Others

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This Sunday at Church I want to encourage you to do the following:  Greet Others.

Do you greet others?

Hear Romans 16:16: “Greet one another with a holy kiss. All the churches of Christ greet you.

Did you hear that?  Greet one another.  Now today we don’t normally...

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Written by SLIMJIM
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

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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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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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