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, 11 October 2018 23:45

Full of Adultery

2 Peter 2:14, “14 They have eyes full of adultery, insatiable for sin. They entice unsteady souls. They have hearts trained in greed. Accursed children!”

In yesterday’s article, I ended by explaining that the false teachers described in Peter’s second epistle did not...

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Written by Dave Jenkins
Thursday, 11 October 2018 23:42

Don’t Let Go of God’s Sovereignty over Your Worst

Helpful but Hopeless

In times of tragedy and suffering, well-meaning pastors and friends frequently offer a religious word that momentarily appears helpful but proves hopeless in the end. As sufferers wrestle with how a loving, good God could allow such painful, wicked things to occur in our lives,...

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Written by Cameron Cole
Thursday, 11 October 2018 23:40

The Story of John Calvin and Martin Bucer

The story is familiar: A bright young theologian agrees to pastor a church torn by factions and needing reform. Before long, however, he’s plunged into controversy and conflict as he seeks to implement change. The congregation appreciates his preaching, at times, but his call to discipleship...

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Written by 9Marks
Thursday, 11 October 2018 23:25

Rejoice Always

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Rejoice always, pray without ceasing, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you. – 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18

Do you know what the shortest verse in the New Testament is? The obvious answer is John 11:35: “Jesus wept.” It is the shortest...

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Written by H.B. Charles, Jr.
Thursday, 11 October 2018 23:15

Knowing The Lord Is God

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"...but what do I know?" 

It's a question that often welcomes itself into my mind, usually at the tail end of a series of thoughts I've just had or judgments I've made. Can I really be sure of that answer? Did I truly assess that situation correctly? This question can be applied to any number...

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Written by Ashlyn Portero
Thursday, 11 October 2018 23:02

AGR on Romans: The Power of God For Salvation (4)

Romans is one of the greatest resources available to the Christian faith and life. Written in the mid-to late AD 50s to the congregation in Rome, Paul sent this pastoral letter to make clear the gospel, that salvation is from the Lord, . . . Continue reading →

Authors: R. Scott Clark...

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Written by R. Scott Clark
Thursday, 11 October 2018 23:00

No Comment or Question Off Limits

So many controversial issues and debates, so little time! Here's what listeners want to discuss today: To what level can a Christian be depressed? How much does our faith play into our emotional and mental health, and how much depends on trusting God? I know spiritual warfare is real...

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Written by comments@standupforthetruth.com
Thursday, 11 October 2018 23:00

A new liberty.

How committed are we to reaching the lost? Too often we creep out into the waters of evangelism, but only up to our ankles. We would find a new liberty if we abandoned ourselves to the task of bringing others to the “pure river of water of life” (see Rev. 22:1).

Ezekiel 47:1 Then he...

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Written by The Daily Evidence
Thursday, 11 October 2018 22:47

Video: 1 Corinthians 14 and Women’s Silence in Church

Today’s question:

I have a friend who is from a non-religious background who is interested in Christianity and is reading the bible for the first time. She asked me to explain 1 Corinthians 14:33b-35. “As in all the churches of the saints, the women should keep silent in the churches....

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Written by Alastair Roberts
Thursday, 11 October 2018 22:00

Biblical Authority Apologetics

What is presuppositional apologetics?  The word ‘apologetics’ refers to giving a rational defense of the faith – in this case, the Christian Faith.[1]  It is a way of demonstrating that Christianity is true, and refuting allegations to the contrary.  The importance...

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Written by Dr. Lisle
Thursday, 11 October 2018 22:00

Breeding Familiarity: The Righteous Suffer

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Since becoming a pastor I've been persuaded that one of the greatest burdens of the ministry is to preach, pray, and shepherd in a way that prepares others to suffer. Even in the small congregation I'm privileged to call my family, I'm continually astonished at how much God's people suffer –...

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Written by Kyle Borg
Thursday, 11 October 2018 21:31

Andrew Fuller Friday: On Ministerial Character

Spiritual light and holy love are necessary in your whole demeanour through life. May you, my brother, shine in holy wisdom, and burn with ardent love. You will need them, wherever you go—in whatever you engage—that you may walk as one of the children of light.

Allow me to point out a...

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Written by Staff
Thursday, 11 October 2018 21:00

Hugh Ross - The Book of Job and Earth's Early Fossils on the Moon

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In this video, Dr. Hugh Ross of Reasons to Believe discusses his book, Hidden Treasures in the Book of Job, and his thoughts on the importance of going back to the moon to discover more about Earth's fossil history.God Bless,

Authors: The Other Chad...

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Written by The Other Chad
Thursday, 11 October 2018 21:00

Why Did God Command Hosea to Marry a Prostitute? (Hosea 1 3)

October 12, 2018 by: George M. Schwab Sr.image

This article is part of the Tough Passages series.

And the Lord said to me, “Go again, love a woman who is loved by another man and is an adulteress, even as the Lord loves the children of Israel, though they turn to other gods and love cakes...

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Written by George M. Schwab Sr.
Thursday, 11 October 2018 20:55

Analysis of Rachel Held Evan’s Book “Inspired” Part 9: Chapter 7 and 8

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This is part 9 of our critique of Rachel Held Evans’ book titled Inspired.  It is the final installment in this series!

Here are the previous posts in this series:

Part 1 click here

Part 2 click here

Part 3 click here

Part 4 click here

Part 5 click here

Part 6 click here

Part 7 click...

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Written by SLIMJIM
Thursday, 11 October 2018 20:47

What Does it Mean to Believe?

This week, Chris and Rich discuss what it means to believe in Christ. Is it a simple mental assent and agreement, or does the Bible reveal there is something more to it than that?

The post What Does it Mean to Believe? appeared first on Slave to the King.

Authors: Chris Hohnholz...

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Written by Chris Hohnholz
Thursday, 11 October 2018 20:40

“Resurrection Cults,” and Early “Material Traces” of Christianity”?

Having praised the recent volume,  The Routledge Handbook of Early Christian Art, in my blog post yesterday, I have to express some surprise at, and dissent from, the statement that opens an otherwise helpful introduction to catacomb art by Norbert Zimmermann (pp. 21-38).  He refers...

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Written by larryhurtado
Thursday, 11 October 2018 20:19

Known, Re-Named, and Greatly Loved

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     He who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the churches.

To the one who overcomes I will give some of the hidden manna, and I will give him a white stone, with a new name written on the stone that no one knows except the one who receives it. Rev. 2:17 (NIV)...

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Written by Scotty Smith
Thursday, 11 October 2018 20:00

Patriotic Film Indivisible Coming to Theaters October 26

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For those wanting to plan a night out at the movies, it can be difficult to find a film without objectionable content. But you can enjoy a night out at the movies, without worrying about what might appear in the film, by going on October 26, 2018, to see the patriotic film Indivisible, brought to...

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Written by Ken Ham
Thursday, 11 October 2018 20:00

A Few Good Men, Again! ~ Again

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Authors: Michelle Lesley...

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Written by Michelle Lesley
Thursday, 11 October 2018 20:00

The Wrong Right Answers

I was listening to a mother concerned about her teenage daughter. The age-old problem: the girl was interested in a "bad boy", a fellow with a less-than-savory character. Now, mind you, both mother and daughter were Christians. It's just that they were butting heads about this guy, and it wasn't...

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Written by Winging It
Thursday, 11 October 2018 19:54

Susie

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If you’ve ever seen a photo of a mountain or a waterfall—something grand and majestic—you know how important it is to also capture an object in the foreground. By putting an identifiable object in front of a mountain, you provide a visual cue as to the size of what’s behind...

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Written by Tim Challies
Thursday, 11 October 2018 19:50

A La Carte (October 12)

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I know a lot of people have been waiting for that amazing leather-bound ESV Reader’s Bible set to get reprinted. Westminster Books is carrying it again and offering it at 50% off. (Here’s my review of it and here’s my video on it.)

As usual, you’ll also find a couple of K...

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Written by Tim Challies
Thursday, 11 October 2018 19:06

New Article on the Codex in BAR

At the invitation of Biblical Archaeology Review, I wrote a modest-size article summarizing data and arguments over the early Christian preference for the codex bookform.  The article, “Early Christian Dilemma:  Codex or Scroll,” is now published.  The table of...

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Written by larryhurtado
Thursday, 11 October 2018 19:00

Video: An Organic Farmer Talks About Christian Stewardship

Joel Salatin is a “beyond organic” farmer in the Shenandoah Valley of Virginia. He sat down with IFWE for a video interview to talk about the biblical view of stewardship and how this translates into his work at Polyface Farms.

Stewardship in Work

To Salatin, stewardship is the Christian...

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Written by Elise Daniel
Thursday, 11 October 2018 18:30

Five Star Links

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Each Friday, we share links we found especially interesting or inspiring during the previous week. Kim:Find some "Encouragement for Bible Reading From Puritan Women." These women always inspire me. They were often said to have been known for "their piety." Is that something I will be...

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Written by Kim Shay
Thursday, 11 October 2018 18:14

Is the Problem of Evil Really a Problem for Christianity?

imageI’m honored to train the adults and students at Green Bay Community Church, investigating the reliability of the New Testament Gospels and the nature of truth. Troy Murphy has done a wonderful job assembling a powerful staff at the city’s largest church. GBCC’s youth pastor, E...

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Written by jwallace
Thursday, 11 October 2018 18:00

The Whole Armor of God

“Wherefore take unto you the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand.” (Ephesians 6:13) This modern age of terrorism, drugs, sex... More...

Authors: Days of Praise from ICR...

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Written by Days of Praise from ICR
Thursday, 11 October 2018 17:03

Making Entertainment Choices

imageFrontLine — September/October 2018 | VOLUME 28 | NUMBER 5

Prove It!

Prove all things; hold fast that which is good. Abstain from all appearance of evil.1 Thessalonians 5:21–22

I have a secret passion. I grew up in Phoenix, Arizona, and as a child of the 1970s I became a rabid Phoenix Suns...

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Written by Proclaim and Defend
Thursday, 11 October 2018 17:00

John Piper on Identifying and Fighting Besetting Sins

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Having turned 64 this year, this post from John Piper got my attention. It concerns what he learned about himself on a leave of absence at age 64. I prayed for him then, and now as I read this I also pray for myself.

Since I consider John, and many others, my betters in countless areas, I look at...

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Written by John Piper
Thursday, 11 October 2018 15:35

November 6th, 2018 Los Angeles County Christian Conservative Voter’s Guide

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We have quite a stream of readers of our blog from Southern California and I thought it would be helpful to post this.

This is courtesy of Craig Huey of Election Forum (HT).

I have gotten less political over the years and while I do not believe salvation or the kingdom of God is achieved by political...

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Written by SLIMJIM
Thursday, 11 October 2018 15:10

The Lord our Rock

(These are from the lecture notes for a course I am teaching at The Master’s College

imageDigression: The Lord our Rock

In this matter of making disciples, you will be overwhelmed; you will be crushed; you will be made weak: so that Christ will alone be seen as strong. You must know this...

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Written by memoirandremains
Thursday, 11 October 2018 15:05

October 12: Dr. Joseph P. Free [1911-1974]

Our post today is excerpted from the Minutes of the 153rd General Synod of the Reformed Presbyterian Church, Evangelical Synod (1975), p. 176-177:

The cause of Bible-believing archaeological study today owes more to Joseph P. Free than to any other individual. It is an honor to the...

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Written by Wayne Sparkman
Thursday, 11 October 2018 15:00

A Case for Cessationism, Part 2

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From Maranatha Baptist Theological Journal, Vol 3, No. 2, Fall 2013. Reproduced with permission. Read the series so far.

Claims for Continuing Gifts with a Closed Canon

Sovereign Grace

The Sovereign Grace movement is an example of this. This movement affirms that the Bible is the authority for faith,...

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Written by Fred Moritz
Thursday, 11 October 2018 14:12

Abortion Spa With Tea and Mints: Perhaps a Relaxing Pedicure?

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Satan’s worker bees have taken Evil and Murder to a whole new level.

They are doing away with sterile surgical surroundings in abortion clinics.  As I looked closely at the photo of the Spa-like room, I imagined soft New Age music that one would associate with Yoga.

And is it just me...

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Written by Geri Ungurean
Thursday, 11 October 2018 14:10

Trevin’s Seven

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Kindle Deal: Unleashed: Being Conformed to the Image of Christ by Eric Mason. $2.99.

Seven of the best articles I came across this week:

1. Ed Stetzer – The Technological Discipleship Gap. New research on Christian engagement on social media platforms. Stetzer shows how new digital...

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Written by Trevin Wax
Thursday, 11 October 2018 14:09

The Book of First Corinthians

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This is a verse-by-verse, chapter-by-chapter audio teaching of this powerful book.

These recordings are offered free of charge, but we welcome donations if you feel led to support the message. Thank you!

Introduction to First Corinthians

The Carnal Spirit-Filled Church

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Written by Chip Brogden
Thursday, 11 October 2018 14:00

The Doctrine of Scripture

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Martin Luther confessed, “The Scriptures are our vineyard in which we should all work.” And work in that vineyard he did. Luther’s formal education initially took him into the fields of the arts and sciences. He was schooled in the subjects laid out and developed by Aristotle. His...

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Written by Stephen J. Nichols
Thursday, 11 October 2018 14:00

$5 Friday: The Holy Spirit, Providence, and Evangelism

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It’s time for our weekly $5 Friday sale. This week’s resources include such topics marriage, Roman Catholicism, Calvinism, providence, the Holy Spirit, the Reformation, evangelism, 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, 11 October 2018 13:42

Três maneiras de negar a ressurreição (sem ser um liberal)

A maioria dos leitores deste site iria se encolher com qualquer sugestão de que eles possam ter crenças teológicas liberais. Mas e quanto a uma aplicação teológica liberal? Todos nós sabemos que a nossa verdadeira teologia é o que é...

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Written by Victor Bimbato
Thursday, 11 October 2018 12:50

Always Wanting More

It’s a common theme in women’s ministry: Don’t play the comparison game. Don’t compare yourself to others, we often say, because you are great just the way you are. You are devaluing yourself, we claim, when you don’t think you’re as awesome as the woman who...

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Written by Melissa
Thursday, 11 October 2018 12:46

The Green Hornet

Recently I watched a couple of presentations by Matt Chandler on race and religion:

1. There's a certain paradox in these presentations. If I want to hear a minority perspective, why would I listen to a white guy presume to educate me on the minority experience? There are black American...

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Written by steve
Thursday, 11 October 2018 11:47

Fathers, Sons Sin Pride

Psalm 147:

5 Great is our Lord, and abundant in power; his understanding is beyond measure. 6 The LORD lifts up the humble; he casts the wicked to the ground.

2 Chronicles 33:9-13:

9 Manasseh led Judah and the inhabitants of Jerusalem astray, to do more evil than the nations whom the LORD destroyed...

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Written by memoirandremains
Thursday, 11 October 2018 11:07

Pastor’s Conferences Featured

1. Seth begins a review of 2 Thessalonians 3, examining God’s faithfulness. 2. Seth responds to a listener submission about religious objects. 3. Seth discusses pastors’ conferences.

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Written by Seth - Host of the Christian Commute
Thursday, 11 October 2018 11:00

Quite the Hailstorm

“Evangelicals are nice, there is no getting around it. It is our besetting sin. That means about the worst thing you can tell us is that we are being mean to somebody. Maybe that meanness is turning someone away from Jesus. Our niceness is the steering wheel that we always want to put our...

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Written by Douglas Wilson
Thursday, 11 October 2018 10:56

Book Review: A Fortunate Universe by Geraint F. Lewis and Luke A. Barnes

image Introduction  Throughout A Fortunate Universe: Life in a Finely Tuned Cosmos, astronomers Geraint F. Lewis and Luke A. Barnes discuss the clam that our universe is governed by laws and constants which appear to be finely tuned for the existence of life. While those familiar with apologetics...

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Written by Lucas Giolas
Thursday, 11 October 2018 10:41

What does the bible actually say about ordination of women?

Many of our readers (and most of our contributors here at ChurchWatch) have had to address the issue of women’s ordination in the body of Christ. Within the charismatic movement you will note that they have many women usurping the pastoral role and as a result, expose their followers to much...

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Written by churchwatcher
Thursday, 11 October 2018 10:30

Wrongly Dividing the Word | Session 3 – The Church in the Book of Acts Featured

Dr. Randy White walks listener's through Dr. Harry Ironside's book, "Wrongly Dividing the Word of Truth" to learn about the battle between Ironside and Bullinger and the charges against hyper and ultra dispensationalism.

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Written by Nathan White
Thursday, 11 October 2018 10:01

Out of Facebook Gulag – Again Featured

I am now free from my month-long stint in the FB Gulag. This is getting to be all rather tedious and habitual, not just for me but for countless other conservatives and Christians. It keeps happening because FB is really NOT a nifty social media site – it is a secular left mob that is pushing...

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Written by Bill Muehlenberg
Thursday, 11 October 2018 10:00

Which Bible Translation is Best?

– Episode 2363 –

Which Bible Translation is Best?

Segment 1 (00:00) Fact or Fantasy?

Segment 2 (08:59) Why Deny?

Segment 3 (17:49) How Do You Know?

Wretched Surprise! (25:43) Paul Washer and TMAI

The post Which Bible Translation is Best? appeared first on Wretched.

Authors: samueljroys...

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Written by samueljroys