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, 15 August 2019 19:59

The Power Over Christian Publishing We’ve Given To Amazon

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A few days from now, or maybe a few months, or even a year, Amazon will pull a book from its site. One day it will be there available for purchase with all the rest, and the next it will be gone. One day people will be able to order it and have it shipped to their homes, and the next day it will...

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Written by Tim Challies
Thursday, 15 August 2019 19:37

A La Carte (August 16)

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Today’s Kindle deals aren’t the lowest prices we’ve ever seen, but there are some really solid books there.

(For another solid book, check out The Whole Armor of God, on sale at Westminster.)

Have You Considered Trying Harder: The Theology of Rachel Hollis

Anne Kennedy: “In the...

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Written by Tim Challies
Thursday, 15 August 2019 19:14

Roundup

Source: Trump Administration to Allow Religious Employers Freedom From Hiring Homosexuals — Great news!  You wouldn’t get this from a Hillary administration, and it will be the first thing rescinded if a Democrat wins in 2020.  It will be easy to spot the fake Christians by...

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Written by Eternity Matters
Thursday, 15 August 2019 19:00

Francis Schaeffer’s Call to End the Sacred-Secular Divide

In the Alps of Switzerland, a wise man once lived out his religion as faithfully as he knew how. He was not a hermit who sought isolation, but an evangelist who invited many people into his home to converse and try to think God’s thoughts after him.

That man was Francis Schaeffer. That home...

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Written by Dr. Andrew Spencer
Thursday, 15 August 2019 19:00

Does the Bible Have Errors? Featured

"The Bible is the Word of God, which errs." From the advent of neoorthodox theology in the early twentieth century, this assertion has become a mantra among those who want to have a high view of Scripture while avoiding the academic liability of asserting biblical infallibility and inerrancy. But...

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Written by R.C. Sproul
Thursday, 15 August 2019 18:58

Who or What Do We REALLY Trust?

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Some trust in chariots and some in horses, but we trust in the name of the LORD our God. Psalm 20:7 (ESV)

Heavenly Father, the battle for our heart’s trust is unrelenting. On this August Friday, we affirm that you, alone,are worthy of our worship, love, and trust. But we also...

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Written by Scotty Smith
Thursday, 15 August 2019 18:44

Questions and Answers about Pastoral Ministry

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A couple of months ago a young man considering pastoral ministry sent me (and several others) a list of excellent and searching questions about ministry. I thought the answers might provide useful insights for others thinking about Christian ministry, as well as a window into the life and soul of a...

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Written by Warren Peel
Thursday, 15 August 2019 18:20

Nine Steps to Presenting the Case for Christianity

imageAfter many years investigating and presenting criminal cases here in Southern California, I’ve learned a few important strategies. These simple principles are also valuable to those of us who want to defend what we believe as Christians. Last week I outlined eight steps to investigating the...

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Written by J. Warner
Thursday, 15 August 2019 18:00

Asa or Asaph in Matthew 1: A Teaser for the THGNT Textual Commentary

Yesterday morning, I was reading a sermon by Charles Haddon Spurgeon (1834–1892) titled "Concealing the Words of God." No, the sermon is not about textual criticism, but Spurgeon made a remark that sent my mind back to the arguments surrounding Asa or Asaph in Matt. 1:7–8. Spurgeon said...

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Written by Elijah Hixson
Thursday, 15 August 2019 18:00

What Christ's Death Meant to Him

“[Christ] gave himself for us, that he might redeem us from all iniquity, and purify unto himself a peculiar people, zealous of good works.” (Titus 2:14) If one were to ask why Jesus died, the av... More...

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Written by Days of Praise from ICR
Thursday, 15 August 2019 17:54

SlimJim’s Interview on AfterThought Podcast

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I was recently interviewed for the AfterThought Podcast.  This is hosted by Lauren of Biblical Beginnings.  What did we talk about?

We discussed first my testimony then we moved on to the topic of being a blessing to missionaries and stories from missionaries and local pastors and...

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Written by SLIMJIM
Thursday, 15 August 2019 17:03

The Baton of Faith

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Hands Passing Baton at Sporting Event

Becoming a common heartbreak for youth pastors are young people who, though having been reared in a Christian home, come up through years of Sunday school and church but fail to really embrace the Faith. They squander their teenage years, coming to church out of...

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Written by Dan Zeller
Thursday, 15 August 2019 17:00

Five Ways God Can Use Your Stress for Great Good

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A while back I shared some things I’ve written about how God uses stress in our lives with some guys I’ve been mentoring. It was timely for me both then and now, because I’m in a time of stress, and indeed God is using it!

1. God uses stress to get our attention. God created our...

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Written by Randy Alcorn
Thursday, 15 August 2019 17:00

King of the Wind, Sea, Earth and Fire

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Some of you know that I preached four messages at Newday this year on the fear of God, looking at Jesus as King of the Wind, Sea, Earth and Fire. (Jennie wrote a good piece on the first theme yesterday, as it happens; she has also been an enthusiastic Twitter advocate for the Gruffalo impersonation...

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Written by Andrew Wilson
Thursday, 15 August 2019 16:00

Life Lessons from Habbakuk

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I love the Minor Prophets. I think they are the hidden gems of the Old Testament. I recently preached on Habakkuk as part of a series on the Minor Prophets in which we're seeking to draw out what we can learn from these books about God and the gospel. But as I read and digested Habakkuk, I was...

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Written by Andrew Bunt
Thursday, 15 August 2019 15:30

5 Reasons Why You Must Read the Old Testament Featured

All Christians should be reading the Old Testament. Here are 5 must reasons why you should.

All those who claim to be Christians also claim – or certainly should claim – to take the Bible seriously. Christians should be people of the book. They should have a high view of Scripture and...

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Written by Bill Muehlenberg
Thursday, 15 August 2019 15:05

August 16: Asa Dodge Smith [1804-1877]

Back When Presbyterians Seemed to Run Everything

Dartmouth College, located in Hanover, New Hampshire, was founded in December of 1769 (We will mention in passing that Samuel Miller was born that same year, less than two months earlier). Eleazar Wheelock served as the first president of the school...

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Written by Wayne Sparkman
Thursday, 15 August 2019 15:05

This ‘n’ That

“People are not going to be impressed by our theological grasp, but they may be impressed by our expressions of practical godliness.”

I’ve been thinking a lot about this quote because it is so true. Unfortunately, many doctrinally sound churches miss its truth,...

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Written by E Benz
Thursday, 15 August 2019 15:00

Does He Know Me? Featured

He calleth…by name. — John 10:3

When I have sadly misunderstood Him? (John 20:17). It is possible to know all about doctrine and yet not know Jesus. The soul is in danger when knowledge of doctrine outsteps intimate touch with Jesus. Why was Mary weeping? Doctrine was no more to...

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Written by Classic RSS Feed | My Utmost For His Highest
Thursday, 15 August 2019 15:00

Are You Familiar with George Whitefield? Read His Inspiring Biography.

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“The whole world is now my parish. Wheresoever my Master calls me I am ready to go and preach the everlasting Gospel.” —George Whitefield

Our Christian “family tree” branches across the centuries to include many heroes of the faith, such as servants like George...

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Written by TFL
Thursday, 15 August 2019 15:00

Illustrations in Preaching, Part 7

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Third Series of Lectures to My Students

The Art of Illustration: Being Addresses Delivered ot the students of The Pastor’s College, Metropolitan Tabernacle

By C. H. Spurgeon, 1905

Lecture 1: Illustrations in Preaching [Continued. Read the series.]

Elaboration into minute points is not commendable...

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Written by SharperIron
Thursday, 15 August 2019 14:10

Trevin’s Seven

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Kindle Deal: Theology Questions Everyone Asks: Christian Faith in Plain Language by Gary Burge and David Lauber. $4.99. 

Seven of the best articles I came across this week:

1. Brandon Vogt – Visiting G. K. Chesterton, C. S. Lewis, J. R. R. Tolkien, and John Henry Newman: An...

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Written by Trevin Wax
Thursday, 15 August 2019 14:00

Lights for God's Glory

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How can we be salt and light in our world, so that instead of being “trodden under foot” or “hidden under a bushel” (vv. 13, 15), we can resist evil and do good, and moving unbelievers to glorify God as our Father in heaven?  To answer that question, let’s...

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Written by Meet the Puritans
Thursday, 15 August 2019 14:00

$5 Friday: Joy, Grace, Scripture Featured

It’s time for our weekly $5 Friday sale. This week’s resources include such topics as Scripture, covenants, joy, apologetics, preaching, evangelism, George Whitefield, grace, and more

Sale runs through 12:01 a.m. — 11:59 p.m. Friday ET.

View today’s $5 Friday sale items.

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Written by Nathan W. Bingham
Thursday, 15 August 2019 13:58

A Simple Rejoinder To The Roman Catholic Marian Interpretation Of Luke 1:28

  • Discussion:
          -Roman Catholics commonly appeal to the text of Luke 1:28 as biblical evidence for their Mariology, which is presented as follows:
          "And the angel came in unto her, and said, Hail, thou that art highly favoured, the...

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Written by Jesse
Thursday, 15 August 2019 10:40

261- Stan Deyo – Quakes, Volcanoes, Strange Weather, Cosmic Events – What On Earth’s Going On

  Episode 261 of the A Minute to Midnite Show. Stan Deyo joins Tony K. Record heat, record snowfalls, earthquakes, volcanic eruptions, CME’s, pole shift, economic recession, and preparing for disasters.These and other subjects are covered in this very informative … Continue...

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Written by Tony Koretz
Thursday, 15 August 2019 10:23

Lecture on Depression Part 2

(Again, notes not text of a lecture. There would be a lot of fill-in between discrete notes)

IV       Causation

There are three potential types of causation for depression: physiological, environment, or spiritual. Often these three elements will affect one-another.

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Written by memoirandremains
Thursday, 15 August 2019 10:22

Smelling in the Spirit?

This article is not satire – but you could be excused for thinking it is. We know Satan is always targeting the faithful, however it’s not the ‘faithful’ falling for this nonsense, it’s the ‘faithful’ exposing the foolishness for what it is.

“The...

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Written by churchwatcher
Thursday, 15 August 2019 10:15

DO NOT BE DECEIVED BY “UNITY” AND “THE REAL PRESENCE”

Time does not permit me to write a lengthy post because of circumstances in my life right now. However, I put aside doing some other things because I see a serious need to write this post in order to draw your attention to what has happened — and what is presently happening — that is...

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Written by Mary/Living For His Glory
Thursday, 15 August 2019 09:34

Do not love the world

An excerpt from Karen Jobes' 1, 2, and 3 John (Zondervan Exegetical Commentary on the New Testament series):

2:15 Do not love the world or the things in the world. If anyone loves the world, love for the Father is not in them (Μὴ ἀγαπᾶτε...

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Written by Hawk
Thursday, 15 August 2019 09:02

You Won’t Know You’re Faithful until You’re Tested

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In “Another Pop-Culture Christian Loses His Faith,” David French reminds us that none of us will know we have the courage to remain faithful until we’re tested:

In my travels around the country, one thing has become crystal clear to me. Christians are not prepared for the social...

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Written by Amy K. Hall
Thursday, 15 August 2019 07:27

08/15/2019

•Oscar Navarro from Living Waters joins us
•Getting to the root of Oscar’s disappearing dad
•Missing sons and the dad-shaped hole
•The best of Wretched Radio
•How to disprove Christianity
•Verses that support abortion
•Is there physical healing in the atonement?

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Written by joey
Thursday, 15 August 2019 07:00

The Hatred of the World Featured

by Mike Ratliff

13 Do not be surprised, brethren, if the world hates you. 1 John 3:13 (NASB) 

There are many ministries in our time that are run by people who have either forgotten that friendship with the world is a sin or they are deliberately overlooking it. If a ministry operates in such a...

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Written by Mike Ratliff
Thursday, 15 August 2019 06:08

Feser on simplicity redux

I commented on Ed Feser's reply to Ryan Mullins one before:
In his reply, Feser says he defends Thomistic simplicity at greater length in his book on Five Proofs of the Existence of God. So I'll turn to that. What he says on...

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Written by steve
Thursday, 15 August 2019 06:06

Timelines and Bloodlines Featured

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It turns out that the shift along racial lines among evangelical and Reformed Protestants is remarkably recent. Some have objected to seeing 2014 as the turning point, but Jemar Tisby seems to provide the smoking gun:

remembering Brown on the five-year anniversary of his killing would be incomplete...

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Written by D. G. Hart
Thursday, 15 August 2019 05:54

Sermon: No New Commandment

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This sermon was delivered by Pastor Jordan Hall of Fellowship Baptist Church on August 11, 2019. This message is taken from 1 John 2:7-11 NOTE: Audio fixed several minutes in. As always, you can...

The post Sermon: No New Commandment appeared first on Pulpit & Pen.

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Written by News Division
Thursday, 15 August 2019 05:46

Mysticism in the Church Comes Mainly From Two Sources: Catholicism and Judaism

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This is a revision/update on an article I wrote a couple of years ago.  I felt to do the update after the Lord revealed to me that much of the Mysticism in the church comes not only from Roman Catholicism and the movement to “Return to Rome” but also from Kabbalist Judaism which is...

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Written by Geri Ungurean
Thursday, 15 August 2019 05:26

Remember the Signs Featured

Remember the Signs… This is a line from C. S. Lewis’ Narnia Chronicles story The Silver Chair. The lion Aslan gives Jill Pole four vital signs to remember in order to complete a quest of finding Narnian Prince Rilian, who had disappeared many years earlier. Just before Aslan (a Christ...

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Written by Alf Cengia
Thursday, 15 August 2019 05:14

Around the Horn (August 15)

In this post, Jason Allen, president of Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary, describes his journey into understanding the importance of expository preaching.

How do you go about proclamation that John Flavel described as hissing hot?...

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Written by Staff
Thursday, 15 August 2019 05:00

What's the Greatest Chapter in the Bible? Featured

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What is your favorite chapter in the Bible? My friend and fellow Teaching Fellow Derek Thomas says Romans 8 is the greatest chapter in the whole Bible. That doesn’t mean it is any more God-breathed than Ezra 2, but it is certainly more directly applicable to our lives.

When you support...

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Written by Sinclair B. Ferguson
Thursday, 15 August 2019 03:47

Healing in Dayton (Amy Mantravadi) Featured

Just south of central Dayton, Ohio, in the heart of one of the city's historic districts, is a stretch of road familiar to all the locals: A two block section of Fifth Avenue that is home to an eclectic mix of high-end restaurants, bars, oddity shops, tattoo parlors, a Goodwill, and an adult video...

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Written by Reformation21 Blog
Thursday, 15 August 2019 03:31

Southern Baptist Youth Pastor Arrested for Sexual Molestation

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[News 4] HUGO, Okla. – The Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation says a youth pastor, who is also a former teacher, is facing charges of rape and lewd molestation. Officials say an investigation started...

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Written by News Division
Thursday, 15 August 2019 03:00

Nuggets from Occult Invasion—The Making of Mediums and Channelers

 
August 15, 2019
Even before it became MRA, the Oxford Group emphasized a daily “Quiet Time with the Holy Spirit” during which a pencil and notebook would always be at hand to record “every God-given thought and...

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Written by TBC Staff - CR
Thursday, 15 August 2019 02:58

As ELCA Became “Sanctuary Church,” Illegal Aliens Raped Maryland Child

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Two illegal aliens are accused of raping an 11-year-old Maryland girl on repeated occasions. Police have arrested the subjects, who allegedly raped the girl after befriending her older brother. Montgomery County Police have arrested...

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Written by News Division
Thursday, 15 August 2019 02:56

Some Practical Consequences Of Reformed Covenant Theology (2)

So far we have looked at one  aspect of Reformed covenant theology (as distinct from other kinds of covenant theology), which distinguishes it from those varieties of popular evangelical theology, piety, and practice. Many are excited about the “doctrines of grace” but . . . Continu...

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Written by R. Scott Clark
Thursday, 15 August 2019 02:43

Affirming Ignorance, Certainty and Intellectual Death (Carlton Wynne) Featured

In Col 3:10, the apostle Paul describes one of the most stunning aspects of the Spirit's re-creative work in uniting us by faith to the risen Christ. In that verse, we read that the natural man is, by that Spirit, suddenly and irrevocably "renewed in knowledge after the image of Him who created...

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Written by Reformation21 Blog
Thursday, 15 August 2019 02:37

Sixth Grader Expelled for Properly Identifying Gender of “Transitioning” Classmate

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Some form of Biology or Life Science has been taught by the sixth grade, and it has apparently paid off for at least one sixth-grader in Ohio, who was able to determine the gender...

The post Sixth Grader Expelled for Properly Identifying Gender of “Transitioning” Classmate appeared...

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Written by News Division
Thursday, 15 August 2019 02:10

Trump Administration to Allow Religious Employers Freedom From Hiring Homosexuals

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In what is good news for those who value Religious Freedom and the Liberty of Conscience, the Trump Administration is proposing a new rule change that will allow employers who contract with the federal...

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Written by News Division
Thursday, 15 August 2019 01:53

Problems with Today’s So-Called Prophets

Today, more than ever it seems, society has been inundated with people who either claim to be prophets or have had that title bestowed on them by others. We’re all familiar with the fact that in the Bible, prophets – true prophets – were messengers from God. They were called and...

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Written by modres
Thursday, 15 August 2019 01:46

Roundup

If the Republicans are smart they’ll flip the script on the “trans” nonsense.

Republican candidate: Of course it should be illegal to harm “trans” people and I would never stand for people harassing them, but there is no way that the government should take your money...

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Written by Eternity Matters