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 20:30

The New Covenant: Unmixed, Unbreakable, Unconditional (Part 1) Featured

Reread the title again. Let those words burn into your memory like a branding iron. The New Covenant (NC) that our LORD Jesus Christ inaugurated with his own blood (Hebrews 9:14-15) is unmixed, unbreakable, and unconditional. For some, this may seem obvious. But for the many, perhaps these words...

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Written by George Alvarado
Wednesday, 14 August 2019 20:06

In the Beginning – Heresy

Many seem surprised at how easily and quickly blatant false teaching is spreading today throughout the Evangelical church. But in fact, what we are seeing is not something new – heresy and deception have been with us since the beginning. The first deception is that of Satan himself, and that...

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Written by Don and Joy Veinot
Wednesday, 14 August 2019 20:00

Human-Monkey Chimeras Developed in China

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Headlines around the world announced that an international team of scientists working in China had created human-monkey chimeras. These “chimeras,” grown as embryos, have both human and monkey cells, and the goal is to grow organs able to be transplanted into humans waiting for an organ...

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Written by Ken Ham
Wednesday, 14 August 2019 20:00

Good morning, early birds! Featured

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If you’re an early riser, you’re probably wondering where in the world your Throwback Thursday article is. Well, it’s coming…tomorrow. …

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Written by Michelle Lesley
Wednesday, 14 August 2019 20:00

Secular Orthodoxy

"Orthdoxy." We know that word, right? Well, maybe. English is a tough language. So, let's take a look at it. Because I use the word and you might use the word and we should be clear on what we're meaning by it.Orthodoxy is defined as "the quality or state of being orthodox." (Thanks, dictionary....

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Written by Winging It
Wednesday, 14 August 2019 20:00

Unconditional Love in Marriage

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What is one way that our marriages can be strengthened?

Joel Beeke explains in this video that a husband is commanded to love his wife as Christ loved the church. The wife is commanded to respect her husband. One of the key things that we have lost today is that both a husband and a wife must give...

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Written by NCFIC Blog
Wednesday, 14 August 2019 19:59

A La Carte (August 15)

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Today’s Kindle deals include small but diverse collection of books you should check out.

The recent deals from Westminster Books are focused on helping teens see life through three biblical lenses.

(Yesterday on the blog: Missing Elements in Our Discussions about Apostasy)

3 Questions D.A....

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Written by Tim Challies
Wednesday, 14 August 2019 19:40

Interruptions, Changes, and Great Joy

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Dear brothers and sisters, when troubles of any kind come your way,consider it an opportunity for great joy. 

For you know that when your faith is tested, your endurance has a chance to grow. James 1:2-3

    Heavenly Father, I’m sitting here with a confirmed seat...

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Written by Scotty Smith
Wednesday, 14 August 2019 19:20

Cast your cares upon Him; He can handle it Featured

By Elizabeth PrataWe're all going through something. We all have burdens, griefs, and issues to deal with. If not at this moment, we might be coming out of one or going into one. The Lord said that in this life we would have trouble. (Jon 16:33).He cares for us and will be with us every step...

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Written by The End Time
Wednesday, 14 August 2019 19:00

Faithful Kingdom Service

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Before my husband, Mark, and I began working at the Reformed Presbyterian Theological Seminary, he worked for eighteen years at Taco Bell. His passion for tacos remains strong, and he often knows exactly where friends of the Seminary live or have lived based upon the nearest Taco Bell to their...

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Written by Sharon Sampson
Wednesday, 14 August 2019 19:00

Matthew 7:1 Featured

Here’s an excerpt from Matthew 7:1, Tim Witmer's contribution to the August issue of Tabletalk:

Few texts are more misunderstood in our day than Matthew 7:1: “Judge not, that you be not judged.” It often comes up in conversations when one dares to make a moral assessment of another...

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Written by Nathan W. Bingham
Wednesday, 14 August 2019 18:50

Mid-August 2019 Presuppositional Apologetics Links

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Here are the links related to Presuppositional Apologetics gathered between August 8th-15th, 2019.

1.) Cave to the Cross’ Ep. 32 – How To Be An Atheist – Ch.10 – God – The Failed Hypothesis

2.) We can know the words of the Old Testament: Table of Contents

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Written by SLIMJIM
Wednesday, 14 August 2019 18:34

Dealing with Bias – J. Warner Wallace as a Christian vs. J. Warner Wallace as an Atheist (Video)

J. Warner Wallace was interviewed by Stelman Smith of the Unapologetic Apologists and addressed the nature of the atheistic worldview, including the motives that cause us to act badly, deny truth claims and make bad claims. J. Warner also describes his own history as an atheist and how this history...

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Written by J. Warner
Wednesday, 14 August 2019 18:00

Elephants Evolve Smaller Tusks

 
August 15, 2019
“Who knoweth the spirit of man that goeth upward, and the spirit of the beast that goeth downward to the earth?” ( Ecclesiastes:3:21 Who knoweth the spirit of man that goeth upward, and the spirit of the beast that goeth downward to the...

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Written by TBC Staff - EN
Wednesday, 14 August 2019 18:00

The Order of Melchizedek

“The LORD hath sworn, and will not repent, Thou art a priest for ever after the order of Melchizedek.” (Psalm 110:4) The importance of this intriguing verse is indicated both by the fact that it... More...

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Wednesday, 14 August 2019 17:03

God’s Work, God’s Way

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Take ye heed, watch and pray: for ye know not when the time is (Mark 13:33). For we are HIS WORKMANSHIP, created in Christ Jesus unto good works, which God hath before ordained that we should walk in them (Ephesians 2:10).

  1. God trained Joseph over a 13 year period to prepare him for preserving the...

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Written by George Stiekes
Wednesday, 14 August 2019 17:00

Not Sleeping but Strutting

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At Grace London at the moment we are (slowly) working through Mark’s Gospel. A few weeks ago we came to Mark 4:35-41, in which Jesus calms a storm. As we dug deeper into the passage and its lessons in our mid-week Life Group, the question arose, “How should the disciples have...

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Written by Jennie Pollock
Wednesday, 14 August 2019 15:05

August 15: James W.C. Pennington [1809-1870]

“I am an American to the Backbone.”

imageJames W.C. Pennington was born in 1809 and died in 1870, at the age of 63. To my knowledge, his exact birth and death dates are lost to us. But it was on this day, August 15th, in 1849, that he penned the Preface to his autobiography,“”...

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Written by Wayne Sparkman
Wednesday, 14 August 2019 15:05

Activate Your Sanctified Imagination

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What we refer to as the Golden Rule had appeared in other places before Jesus stated it but always in a negative form, such as, “Do not do to others what you would not like them to do to you.” But Jesus provides a positive expression in his Sermon on the Mount, “So whatever you...

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Written by David Prince
Wednesday, 14 August 2019 15:00

Signs Of The New Birth Featured

Ye must be born again. — John 3:7

The answer to the question “How can a man be born when he is old?” is — When he is old enough to die — to die right out to his “rag rights,” to his virtues, to his religion, to everything, and to receive into himself...

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Written by Classic RSS Feed | My Utmost For His Highest
Wednesday, 14 August 2019 14:57

That's a hard question to answer

Today, I had an extended back and forth with atheist video blogger (and actor) Scott Clifton. I wanted to post one bit of the exchange here because I address a very common type of question about the problem of evil.
Clifton: Can you name a good—any good—that can’t be brought about...

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Written by steve
Wednesday, 14 August 2019 12:34

Lessons Learned In God’s School of Affliction

Note: This article is a guest post by Melissa Harrison.  On this, my forty-third birthday, I have been contemplating how gracious and merciful the Lord has been to me, especially lately. Three weeks ago, I was in a hospital emergency room in extreme pain; the most severe pain I’d ever...

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Written by Darrell B. Harrison
Wednesday, 14 August 2019 10:58

Lecture on Depression, Part 1

(I was out of the country on a counseling conference in Chile.  Here is the first half of my notes from a lecture on depression)

Notes on Depression Lecture

Begin with Psalm 88

Psalm 88 (ESV)

I Cry Out Day and Night Before You 88 A SONG. A PSALM OF THE SONS OF KORAH. TO THE CHOIRMASTER:...

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Written by memoirandremains
Wednesday, 14 August 2019 09:39

Jeremiah’s Great Eschatological Vision (Pt. 3) Featured

Part Two

The Guarantee of the Lord of Creation and Providence

Returning to where we left off in Jeremiah 31, after Jeremiah has revealed a New covenant to replace the Mosaic covenant, he is given revelation which underlines its validity.

Thus says the LORD, Who gives the sun for a light by day, the...

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Written by Paul Henebury
Wednesday, 14 August 2019 09:32

Abortion Doctor Admits He’s a Baby Killer Whether It’s In Or Out of the Womb

When it comes to abortion, there is no excuse on planet Earth that could be made for this atrocious act

The post Abortion Doctor Admits He’s a Baby Killer Whether It’s In Or Out of the Womb appeared first on Reformation Charlotte.

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Wednesday, 14 August 2019 09:30

A Disappointing Finish Featured

Apart from David and Solomon, whom the writer of Chronicles presents as exemplary kings, the 1-2 Chronicles names nineteen kings over Judah (the southern 2 tribes of Israel). Eleven of these men…

Authors: TOvermiller...

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Written by TOvermiller
Wednesday, 14 August 2019 08:58

Your understanding of salvation should shape your philosophy of ministry

Authors: Daniel Gardner

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Written by Daniel Gardner
Wednesday, 14 August 2019 08:10

Does Alcoholics Anonymous Contradict Christianity? Part 1

Does Alcoholics Anonymous Contradict Christianity? Part 1 Episode 0006 The Way Ministry Church: TheWayR122.org Recovery Reformation: RecoveryReformation.org Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. On Facebook: The Way Radio Group, The Way R122, Recovery Reformation On Youtube: The Way Ministry Church Youtube...

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Written by Chad Prigmore
Wednesday, 14 August 2019 08:06

We’re looking for for the Harrisburg, PA, pastor born with polio that Todd White healed!

Let’s help find this pastor! ‘The Messed Up Church’ blogger Steven Kozar wants to hear directly from the pastor who was healed of polio by Todd White.

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Steven writes:

Todd White has recently appeared in a video where he tells the story of how he healed a pastor in Harrisburg,...

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Written by churchwatcher
Wednesday, 14 August 2019 07:46

I Pray God Turns the Church Upside Down

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During the Protestant Reformation, the church rediscovered the doctrine of justification, and the world got turned upside down. Today, I think it could be the church that is turned upside down if the application of the doctrine of justification were rediscovered. 

I don’t think I have to...

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Written by Erik Raymond
Wednesday, 14 August 2019 07:13

The Church Under Grace

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An excerpt from Pastor Kevin Sadler’s new booklet, based on episode 70 of Transformed by Grace.  You can also watch episode 70 on YouTube.

“This Moses whom they refused, saying, Who made thee a ruler and a judge? the same did God send to be a ruler and a deliverer by the hand of the...

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Written by Pastor Kevin Sadler
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 →

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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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