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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Wednesday, 14 August 2019 07:00

Glory and Praise Featured

by Mike Ratliff

28 Some eight days after these sayings, He took along Peter and John and James, and went up on the mountain to pray. 29 And while He was praying, the appearance of His face became different, and His clothing became white and gleaming. 30 And behold, two men were talking with Him; and...

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Written by Mike Ratliff
Wednesday, 14 August 2019 06:57

08/14/2019

•Witness Wednesday
•If the Bible is allegorical, none of it really matters.
•Frankie the agnostic is hiding from someone
•A Mormon headed for purgatory?
•Does Julian see his need to be born again?

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Written by joey
Wednesday, 14 August 2019 06:46

The Black Robe Regiment

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The “Black Robe Regiment” was not a regular regiment, platoon, or division of soldiers during the Revolutionary War, but was an insult used toward American clergy (in their characteristic black robes) who supported American...

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Written by News Division
Wednesday, 14 August 2019 05:32

Hxrstory, Cisheteropatriarchy, and the Remaking of America: A New Curriculum Emerges in California Featured

As millions of American students prepare to return to the classroom for a new school year, it is important to reflect on the centrality of education. Every society understands that education shapes the hearts and minds of its youth-which is why education is always political and often controversial....

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Written by R. Albert Mohler, Jr.
Wednesday, 14 August 2019 05:29

Archaeological Discovery Helps Prove Babylonian Conquest Of Israel

The current find is one of the oldest and perhaps the most prominent in its historical significance, as the Babylonian conquest of Jerusalem is a major moment in Jewish history.
Archaeologists have unearthed evidence pointing to the validity of the Babylonian Conquest of the Holy City of Jerusalem...

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Written by Jesse
Wednesday, 14 August 2019 05:21

Family restaurant

A young couple sitting at a table across from you at a family restaurant has been kissing and snuggling for several minutes. Would you be more offended if the couple is of the same sex?
i) Since I wouldn't be offended by the straight couple a...

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Written by steve
Wednesday, 14 August 2019 04:53

The “Beneficent Propensity” of God (Van Mastricht)

image The goodness, kindness, mercy, and love of God are major themes in all parts of Holy Scripture.  It’s always one of my favorite parts of theological reading when I come across good explanations of God’s goodness and love that are very much based on Scripture.  In volume...

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Written by Reformed Reader
Wednesday, 14 August 2019 04:21

Arkansas’ Abortion Ban Over-Turned by Tyrannical Judge

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[Lifesite News] A federal judge continued to block three pro-life laws in Arkansas from going into effect because they are “unconstitutional” and would cause “irreparable harm” for women seeking abortions. Judge Kristine Baker of...

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Written by News Division
Wednesday, 14 August 2019 04:13

Tennessee Baptists Rebuke ERLC for Not Helping in Abortion Fight

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[Capstone Report] Despite a request for aid from local grassroots Christians, the ERLC did not testify at the hearing, says Conservative Christians of Tennessee. ERLC has time for AI, robots & animal fighting but...

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Written by News Division
Wednesday, 14 August 2019 04:08

Those Words of Desolation

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Last April I had the chance to hear D.A. Carson speak at the Philadelphia Conference on Reformed Theology. Speaking on the subject of redemption, Carson made reference to a poem by Elizabeth Barrett Browning (1806–1861) titled “Cowper’s Grave.” The poem opens,

It is a place...

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Written by Meet the Puritans
Wednesday, 14 August 2019 04:07

Melville’s Tennyson

[This post is a little bit of an awkward fit for TCI, but I need somewhere to put it. And Melville…was…raised as a Calvinist…so…I guess it works?]

The 200th anniversary of the birth of America’s greatest writer of fiction just passed.

I mean Herman Melville,...

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Written by E.J. Hutchinson
Wednesday, 14 August 2019 03:42

Students Sign Petition to Ban Oppressive “White Figure” at Crosswalks

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No, this isn’t satire. George Washington University students were asked to sign a petition to ban “oppressive” white figures in crosswalk signage. They happily complied. Ethan Cai, of Campus Reform, visited the college in...

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Written by News Division
Wednesday, 14 August 2019 03:25

Southern Baptists Put Lifeway Profit Above China’s Persecuted Christians

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Acting as greedy colonialists and corporate imperialists indifferent to human suffering in China, the Southern Baptist Convention put Lifeway’s corporate profits above the poor Christian martyrs suffering persecution. China is a lead persecutor of...

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Written by News Division
Wednesday, 14 August 2019 03:13

The One Book: A Heart Set Free: A Journey to Hope through the Psalms of Lament Featured

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Aug 14, 2019
If you could recommend just one book, in addition to the Bible, for believers to read, what would it be? It’s a hard question to answer when you love to read and there are so many great...

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Written by Rachel Miller
Wednesday, 14 August 2019 03:09

God's audible voice

Having done a general commentary on Craig's treatment of Gen 1-3, I'd like to zoom in on one detail:
The anthropomorphic nature of God, which is merely hinted at in chap. 2, becomes inescapable in chap 3, where God is described as walking in the garden in the cool of the day, calling audibly to...

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Written by steve
Wednesday, 14 August 2019 02:56

The Gospel Kind of Christ-Centredness

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Jared Wilson:

“Now I would remind you, brothers, of the gospel I preached to you, which you received, in which you stand, and by which you are being saved, if you hold fast to the word I preached to you—- unless you believed in vain. For I delivered to you as of first importance…&r...

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Written by Peter Cockrell
Wednesday, 14 August 2019 02:34

Close to the Body. Good for the Soul.

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Living close to the local church’s meeting place is good for your spiritual health. Most of the time, when people move closer to the center of the church community, they grow in the Lord. That’s my general observation from nearly two decades of ministry experience.

How can your spiritual...

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Written by James Faris
Wednesday, 14 August 2019 02:28

Some Practical Consequences Of Reformed Covenant Theology (1)

It is exciting to discover what are sometimes called “the doctrines of grace,” i.e., the teaching that even though by nature we are dead in sins and trespasses, we came to faith because God loved us in Christ from all eternity and . . . Continue reading →

Authors: R. Scott Clark...

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Written by R. Scott Clark
Wednesday, 14 August 2019 02:19

Elizabeth Warren Wants Taxpayers to Fund “Gender Reassignment” Surgeries

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The current second-place contender for the Democratic presidential primary, Elizabeth Warren, wants taxpayers to fund so-called gender-reassignment surgeries for people who suffer from gender dysphoria. Gender can’t be reassigned by mutilating the human body...

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Written by News Division
Wednesday, 14 August 2019 02:18

We're Looking for the Harrisburg, PA, Pastor Born With Polio That Todd White Healed! Featured

Todd White has recently appeared in a video where he tells the story of how he healed a pastor in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, of a leg that was three and a half inches too short. We want to hear from that man!

This man was the head pastor of a church in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, that taught against...

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Written by Steven Kozar
Wednesday, 14 August 2019 02:06

WWUTT Wednesday - Coexist

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I saw this logo a couple of years ago and got the t-shirt. In military jargon "I got the t-shirt" once meant that you did something difficult, but this time I mean literally, I got the t-shirt. I wear my Repent! t-shirt mostly in contrast to those that proclaim their self awarded superior tolerance...

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Written by Doug Evans
Wednesday, 14 August 2019 01:44

The zombie snail

Kinda like the relationship between Democrat politicians and voters who elect them:https://www.wired.com/2014/09/absurd-creature-of-the-week-disco-worm/

Authors: steve...

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Written by steve
Wednesday, 14 August 2019 01:23

Is Repentance Necessary For Salvation?

Pre-Release episode - This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. In this interview, I ask Ray Comfort of Way of the Master to answer the question, "Is Repentance Necessary for Salvation?" Watch this Pre-Release screener with Ray Comfort by entering your name and email address below. This interview will be posted...

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Written by Eric Hovind
Wednesday, 14 August 2019 01:17

The Meaning of Meditation Music

In our world, “meditation music” has become popular even in the secular realm. However, the New Age version under this label is not meditation music at all. Meditation involves the mind. Thus, the Scripture urges believers to meditate on God’s Word day and night (Josh. 1:8; Ps....

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Written by John Van Gelderen
Wednesday, 14 August 2019 01:10

Straight Men Must Date “Trans Women” to Combat Hate, Say Activists

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In social posts that are being widely shared in social media, the “Trans Rights Campaign” is demanding that heterosexual men date “trans women” (read that: men pretending to be women) in order to fight...

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Written by News Division
Wednesday, 14 August 2019 00:52

Scripture Is Sufficient

The all-wise God of Scripture has revealed Himself and His will in the completed Protestant canon of Scripture—the sixty-six books of the Old and New Testaments. The Scriptures are sufficient and perspicuous (clear) for matters of faith and practice, life and godliness, including the order of...

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Written by NCFIC Blog
Wednesday, 14 August 2019 00:52

Scripture Is Sufficient

The all-wise God of Scripture has revealed Himself and His will in the completed Protestant canon of Scripture—the sixty-six books of the Old and New Testaments. The Scriptures are sufficient and perspicuous (clear) for matters of faith and practice, life and godliness, including the order of...

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Written by NCFIC Blog
Wednesday, 14 August 2019 00:13

Fearing God and Holding to the Truth

There is a certain injustice in the world that the crummiest guys live long lives and the best are taken from us too soon. And I like that the Bible is honest about this reality. It doesn’t sugar coat things. It doesn’t tell you that if you’re good enough bad things will never...

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Written by Paul Lundgren
Wednesday, 14 August 2019 00:01

When He’s Not the Spiritual Leader of Your Dreams

Have you ever read a Christian romance novel? The one with a misled girl who meets that perfect Christian guy who has it all figured out, and who from the day they met was her spiritual guide to encourage her in a closer relationship with God? They saved their first kiss for the altar, and when...

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Written by Lara d'Entremont
Wednesday, 14 August 2019 00:00

Is There Anything God Cannot Do?

Rapp Report Daily 0378 Is There Anything God Cannot Do? Is there anything that God cannot do? If so, does that mean that he is not omnipotent? Now, this actually is a logical fallacy, Sometimes people word this question as is can God make a rock so heavy he cannot lift it? Well, there are...

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Written by Andrew Rappaport
Wednesday, 14 August 2019 00:00

Why do so many Christian musicians, artists, athletes and celebrities leave the faith?

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Several people send me the story about a former Hillsong worship leader who decided to leave Christianity. Since we’ve had a few high profile departures, I thought it might be worth giving my very controversial view on Christian musicians, artists, athletes and...

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Written by Wintery Knight
Tuesday, 13 August 2019 23:48

The saddest road to hell.

God forbid that any preacher should become merely a pleasant voice, entertaining and tickling the ears of his hearers. Yet many of America’s popular preachers have stripped the gospel of that which is designed to awaken its hearers, and replaced it with a message of life-enhancement. And I...

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Written by The Daily Evidence
Tuesday, 13 August 2019 23:45

What’s So Wrong with ‘Forgiving God”: Four Critical Truths About God and the Gospel

While watching a highly recommended made for television movie last holiday season, I couldn’t believe my ears as the show ended with the stars of the film walking hand in hand into the sunset with the narrator wrapping up the “happily ever after ending” by stating:

“…An...

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Written by Kimberly Cummings
Tuesday, 13 August 2019 23:28

Is God Beginning to Separate the Wheat from the Chaff?

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It seems with regular occurrence lately we see another well known Christian renouncing his faith.  Recently Christian Author Joshua Harris, who wrote important books on sexual purity and dating for Christians, and more recently a leader of Hillsong Music, Marty Harris, announced they are no...

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Written by comments@standupforthetruth.com
Tuesday, 13 August 2019 23:00

Unleashing Your Inner Fundamentalist

Suppose that John R. Rice, during his Sword of the Lorddays, accidentally took a couple hits of acid, and prophesied wildly about what would happen down the road if women quit wearing their hair in a bun, and started wearing slacks like crazy. Suppose he got really outthere, and promised us all...

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Written by Douglas Wilson
Tuesday, 13 August 2019 23:00

Plodcast Ep. 105 – Bernie Sanders’ Campaign Wages

This week pastor Wilson chats Bernies’ campaign wages, unpacks Apelei, and reviews “Pink and Brown People and other Controversial Essays” by Thomas Sowell. 

The post Plodcast Ep. 105 – Bernie Sanders’ Campaign Wages appeared first on Blog & Mablog.

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Written by Douglas Wilson
Tuesday, 13 August 2019 22:58

Heidelberg Catechism

This version authorized by the Canadian and American Reformed Churches)

Introduction

The Heidelberg Catechism was written in Heidelberg at the request of Elector Frederick III, ruler of the most influential German province, the Palatinate, from 1559 to 1576. This pious Christian prince...

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Written by John Samson
Tuesday, 13 August 2019 22:52

The Meaning of Life

Article: Life Has No Meaning? 9 in 10 Young People in the UK Believe That by Ken Ham

A recent poll ( https://www.breitbart.com/europe/2019/08/02/poll-9-10-young-britons-believe-their-lives-have-no-purpose/ ) in the United Kingdom revealed that 89%—nearly 9 in 10—of young people, aged 16...

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Written by John Samson
Tuesday, 13 August 2019 22:31

Teen Vogue Shows Kids How to Get Abortion while Avoiding Parents

TODAY’S DAILY BLESSING — The popular magazine for young people, Teen Vogue, recently used Snapchat to publish content that instructs

The post Teen Vogue Shows Kids How to Get Abortion while Avoiding Parents appeared first on Reformation Charlotte.

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Written by Curated News
Tuesday, 13 August 2019 22:25

Study Shows Only Sixteen Percent of Americans Actually Want to Ban All Abortions

Despite the futile efforts of some states and policymakers to implement total abortion bans around the country, a recent study

The post Study Shows Only Sixteen Percent of Americans Actually Want to Ban All Abortions appeared first on Reformation Charlotte.

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Written by JeffMaples
Tuesday, 13 August 2019 22:00

Open Letter to the Depressed Christian

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by Lizzie Nerr (Being Human)

Dear Friend,

I’ve never been in your shoes, but I’ve met people like you. They’ve told me about what it’s like to be where you are, think what you think, and feel what you feel. You feel stuck, like you’re in a box that no one can get into...

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Written by George Brahm
Tuesday, 13 August 2019 21:58

The Catholic Sacrament of Reconciliation aka Confession

The Roman Catholic sacrament of reconciliation (confession of sins to a priest) is an evil and perverse doctrine. A recent Catholic radio broadcast prompted me to examine this false teaching once again.

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The Roman Catholic church teaches that it administers seven sacraments by which its members...

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Written by Tom
Tuesday, 13 August 2019 21:51

Roundup

The Huffington Post is Horrified When a Lioness Kills Her Own Babies But Cheers When Humans do it — Always a good time to remind people that abortion is the ultimate child abuse.

WaPo: Four Pinocchios to Harris, Warren over Ferguson murder claim — This is a must-read, must-save link to...

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Written by Eternity Matters
Tuesday, 13 August 2019 21:50

NUGGETS: Medications

image I’ve linked to only two articles, because they are so important for you to read. I’m thankful for the kindness, balance, biblical wisdom, and maturity displayed by both authors.

When Medication is Helpful in the Life of a Counselee – “… taking medication for a...

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Written by Paul Tautges
Tuesday, 13 August 2019 21:00

The Difference between Legalism and Discipline

August 14, 2019 by: R. Kent Hughes

Godliness ≠ Legalism

Sometimes when people hear the word “godliness” it transmutes in their mind to legalism. And they say, I’ve been delivered from legalism, doing all these things to gain merit before God. And so they don’t want...

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Written by R. Kent Hughes
Tuesday, 13 August 2019 20:10

Missing Elements in Our Discussions about Apostasy

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For the past few weeks, apostasy has been a trending topic among Christians. Though the discussion has been spurred by the sad news of some well-known men revoking their Christian faith, the discussion is bringing about the positive effect of engaging a crucial but neglected subject. (Apostasy refer...

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Written by Tim Challies
Tuesday, 13 August 2019 20:01

Graced-Up for the Day

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This I call to mind, and therefore I have hope: The steadfast love of the Lord never ceases;

his mercies never come to an end; they are new every morning; great is your faithfulness. “The Lord is my portion,” says my soul, “therefore I will hope in him.” Lam....

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Written by Scotty Smith
Tuesday, 13 August 2019 20:00

Don’t Miss Our Fall Fossil Hunt, September 7

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In less than a month, eager fossil hunters will gather at beautiful Caesar Creek Lake in Warren County, Ohio, for a day of learning, fun, and hands-on adventure. And it’s not too late for you to join them! It’s just 75 minutes away from the Creation Museum.

On September 7, 2019, AiG...

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Written by Ken Ham
Tuesday, 13 August 2019 20:00

Video: True for You but Not for Me by Paul Copan

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Can something be true for you and not true for me?  In other words, is the truth relative or is the truth objective?  How you answer this question shapes the way you look at the world. In this new video, from PragerU, theologian and philosophy professor Paul Copan provides an excellent...

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Written by Chad
Tuesday, 13 August 2019 20:00

No More Holding Back — Kat Armstrong (book review, part 3) Featured

Kat Armstrong’s No More Holding Back: Emboldening Women to Move Past Barriers, See Their Worth, and Serve God Everywhere conveys a certain feminist, idealistic image of a Christian woman who seeks to live out all four aspects of the second greatest commandment. In part 1 of this review,...

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Written by Garrett O’Hara