But even if you should suffer for the sake of righteousness, you are blessed. And do not fear their intimidation, and do not be troubled, but sanctify Christ as Lord in your hearts, always being ready to make a defense to everyone who asks you to give an account for the hope that is in you yet with gentleness and reverence; and keep a good conscience so that in the thing in which you are slandered, those who revile your good behavior in Christ will be put to shame.  1 Peter 3: 14-16

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Sunday, 09 December 2018 18:00

Do You Believe in a Santa Christ?

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In Sinclair Ferguson's book, In Christ Alone, he shares the sad reality that many Christians have a Christology that is more informed by Santa Claus than Scripture. For them, the message of the incarnation has been so twisted or diluted that they have in fact created for themselves a savior who is...

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Written by Nathan W. Bingham
Sunday, 09 December 2018 17:59

The Good Shepherd Tenderly Cares for Us

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     But you, Bethlehem Ephrathah, though you are small among the clans of Judah,

out of you will come for me one who will be ruler over Israel, whose origins are from of old, from ancient times . . . He will stand and shepherd his flock in the strength of the Lord, in the...

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Written by Scotty Smith
Sunday, 09 December 2018 17:00

The Woman's Husband is Her Path to Heaven

December 10, 2018
In a [September 14, 2018] sermon at the East Plano Islamic Center (EPIC) in Plano, Texas, Imam Hasan Khalil said that the best woman is "the one who submits to the command of her husband," because the husband is the woman's path to heaven....

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Written by TBC Staff - EN
Sunday, 09 December 2018 17:00

How to ‘Seek the Peace and Prosperity’ of Our Cities

Why do cities matter to God? We looked earlier at the nature of cities: this included the aim of God’s redemptive scope—starting in a garden in Genesis and ending in a city in Revelation, the ways our work serves the city and the ways cities serve as a refuge, and the notion of cities...

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Written by Steve Lindsey
Sunday, 09 December 2018 17:00

30+ Sessions of Dan Wallace on Textual Criticism—Free

A student of mine emailed to let me know that Credo House currently has a sale going on for Dan Wallace’s lecture series on textual criticism. I believe you still have to pay if you want the video (with slides?), but all 30+ audio sessions are free! I don’t know what they normally go...

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Written by Peter Gurry
Sunday, 09 December 2018 16:01

Putting the X back in Xmas Featured

image I’m all for putting Christ back in Christmas. And there is no doubt that our secularized culture is working hard at surreptitiously ushering the Baby out, without losing the murky bathwater of gift-giving and commercial celebration. But I’d like to address the misinformed concern that...

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Written by Clint Archer
Sunday, 09 December 2018 16:00

How to Care for Those Who Are Suffering and Grieving at Christmastime

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My mother died in 1981, when I was a young pastor. Ten years earlier, not long after I become a Christian, I had the joy of leading mom to Christ. We grew together, reading and discussing Scripture and great books, praying and laughing together, and later fussing over my children, her...

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Written by Vaneetha Rendall Risner
Sunday, 09 December 2018 16:00

The Man of God

“But thou, O man of God, flee these things; and follow after righteousness, godliness, faith, love, patience, meekness.” (1 Timothy 6:11) There are just two places in the New Testament where a ... More...

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Written by Days of Praise from ICR
Sunday, 09 December 2018 16:00

Nicodemus, the Friendly Pharisee Featured

The gospel of John doesn’t attract much attention during the Christmas season. Instead, we are usually drawn to the birth narratives found in the accounts of Luke and Matthew. However, John captures the essence of Christmas beautifully in the opening prologue to his gospel account: “The...

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Written by Grace to You Blog
Sunday, 09 December 2018 15:49

Bible Study Helps: Thessalonians and Philemon Featured

Three more of Paul’s 13 epistles are covered here. Of interest, they give us what may well be the first and last of his writings. His first epistle to the Thessalonians was likely his first canonical letter (penned in the late 40s or early 50s – but Galatians could also have been penned...

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Written by Bill Muehlenberg
Sunday, 09 December 2018 15:00

(A Smaller Collection of) Books of the Year 2018

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I’m sure that many of us share the same mix of feelings when Andrew posts his annual summary of the best books he has read that year: a combination of gratitude for his hard work, interest in some of the titles mentioned, and a healthy dose of humility as we wonder how a list of almost 100...

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Written by Andrew Bunt
Sunday, 09 December 2018 14:45

N.A. and the Power of Being Real

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I was a rising Junior in college, sitting outside a coffee shop in my hometown during my summer break. I looked up from my book and noticed a boy, probably three or four years my junior, at the table next to me. He was reading The Catcher in the Rye, and I immediately sized him up as a distraught...

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Written by Catherine Parks
Sunday, 09 December 2018 14:15

The Gospel According to the Fellowship Hall

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The primary “death” in the fall of mankind is the death of our relationship with God. Because of sin, we are separated from him. But you will notice in Genesis 3, that Adam and Eve’s sin doesn’t just separate them as individuals from God. It separates them from each other...

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Written by Jared C. Wilson
Sunday, 09 December 2018 14:05

December 10: Gen. William Davidson

Worship and War Described our Featured Presbyterian Todayby Rev. David T. Myers

Patriotism and Presbyterianism went together in the early days of our country. Mix in Scottish stock and Irish heritage, the stage was set for liberty and justice for all. And so, George Davidson, like so many others...

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Written by Wayne Sparkman
Sunday, 09 December 2018 14:05

Links For The Church (12/5)

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4 Boundaries Every Ministry Leader Should Have

In these four areas, including time and speech, Lisa Whittle shares why a leader should have boundaries here, and how to go about creating those boundaries.

The Incarnation And God's Presence At Work

Russ Gehrlein writes about God's involvement with our...

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Written by Staff
Sunday, 09 December 2018 14:02

Dealing with Holiday Blues

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The old timers called it melancholy. Some today call it depression. Modern vernacular calls it the blues. Many face feelings of extreme sadness and melancholy during the Christmas season and Christians are not immune. It might be helpful to understand some reasons why you might feel this way...

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Written by Kevin Schaal
Sunday, 09 December 2018 14:00

What Does My Giving to Truth For Life Make Possible?

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Truth For Life brings the verse by verse Bible teaching of Alistair Begg to men and women around the world by way of your giving. As a 100% listener-funded ministry, it’s your essential financial partnership that covers the cost of producing and distributing Truth For Life through 1,800 radio...

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Written by TFL
Sunday, 09 December 2018 14:00

The Blame Game and Spiritual Preparedness

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I do a lot of reading, as you probably know. Right now, I am reading a splendid book on the subject of apologetics titled, Finding Truth: 5 Principles for Unmasking Atheism, Secularism, and Other God Substitutes, by Nancy Pearcey.

Unfortunately, despite the amazing nature of this book, the...

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Written by Ed Vasicek
Sunday, 09 December 2018 13:00

Luther: “Our bodies are always exposed to Satan. The maladies I suffer are not natural, but Devil’s spells.”

Here's a Martin Luther quote that appeared on the CARM discussion boards:“Our bodies are always exposed to Satan. The maladies I suffer are not natural, but Devil’s spells.” (Martin Luther)This quote appears to have been posted by someone with sympathies to the Mormon...

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Written by James Swan
Sunday, 09 December 2018 13:00

KIDScast#26 Prepare The Way Of The Lord Featured

Preparing The Way

This week we look at the events that lead up to the coming of the Messiah!  The angel Gabriel makes a few appearances to announce the birth of both John and Jesus.

Check out Marty Machowski’s book: The Gospel Story Bible.  We used it as a reference in this episode.

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Written by Adam Staub
Sunday, 09 December 2018 12:57

Truth You Can Sing About – Part 3

Probe radio producer Steven Davis provides spiritual truth in five Christmas carols, backed by new music written and performed by his son Jon Clive Davis.

Coventry Carol

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Written by Steven Davis
Sunday, 09 December 2018 12:50

Gerrymandering naturalism

Ultimately, determination of the comparative theoretical virtues of theories is a global matter: what counts is which theory does better overall, on an appropriate weighting of theoretical commitment, explanation of data, predictive accuracy, fit with established knowledge, and so forth. In...

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Written by steve
Sunday, 09 December 2018 11:40

Immigrants and welfare in Jerusalem—Acts 6:1-6

A conflict arose between the Hellenist and Hebrew Jewish followers of Jesus in Jerusalem in Acts 6:1. Most of the Hellenists spoke only Greek, having originated in the Diaspora. They included “Cyrenians, Alexandrians, and others of those from Cilicia and Asia” (6:9). These immigrant...

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Written by Craig Keener
Sunday, 09 December 2018 09:52

The UN Migration Pact Featured

World leaders are meeting in Morocco as I write this, discussing a UN pact on migration. It is already a highly contentious issue, with many countries not going to the conference, and many not signing up for the pact. A Wiki piece puts it this way:

The Global Compact for Safe, Orderly and...

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Written by Bill Muehlenberg
Sunday, 09 December 2018 09:14

Mexico, Mass Migration and the Example of Moses, Part 15: The Extraordinary Errors of the Evangelical Immigration Table

imageIn last week’s post, we began our look at an organization called the Evangelical Immigration Table (EIT). EIT describes itself as, “a broad coalition of evangelical organizations and leaders advocating for immigration reform consistent with biblical values.”

The organization,...

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Written by Steve Matthews
Sunday, 09 December 2018 08:01

Law Featured

by Mike Ratliff

17 Μὴ νομίσητε ὅτι ἦλθον καταλῦσαι τὸν νόμον ἢ τοὺς...

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Written by Mike Ratliff
Sunday, 09 December 2018 07:49

"The Lion of the Tribe of Judah" -- Revelation 5:1-14

Here's the audio from this morning's sermon for the second Sunday in Advent: 

Authors: Kim Riddlebarger...

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Written by Kim Riddlebarger
Sunday, 09 December 2018 06:46

The Canons Of Dort (10): Unconditional Grace Gives Assurance

The Remonstrants were convinced that the Protestant doctrine of salvation by grace alone (sola gratia), through faith alone (sola fide) did not and could not produce sufficient sanctification (holiness) and obedience. Thus, without admitting to it, they turned the covenant of grace . . . Continue...

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Written by R. Scott Clark
Sunday, 09 December 2018 06:37

Bad News Beth Moore: America’s Most Popular Bible Teacher Makes Troubling Statement About the Gospel Featured

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The English term “evangelize” is derived from the Greek term εὐαγγελίζω.  Christians use the term “evangelize” to describe the Christ-mandated action of sharing the gospel of Jesus Christ with others: His...

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Written by Seth Dunn
Sunday, 09 December 2018 06:23

Weekly Podcast Roundup (12/2)

image Veracity Hill Ep126: Galileo In this episode Kurt talks with Ted Davis, Professor of the History of Science, on the misconceptions about the Galileo controversy. Trinity Radio S9E19: Live From Australia” Things are heating up in the outback, where Braxton is doing evangelistic apologetics...

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Written by Richard Porter
Sunday, 09 December 2018 05:32

Christian News Weekly Recap Dec 3 – Dec 8, 2018

Christian News Weekly Recap Dec 3 – Dec 8, 2018 This is a recap of the past week’s daily news items from our Christian News Section. Monday Dec 3, 2018 Chris Pratt Gives Impassioned Recitation of the Gospel of Luke at Disneyland’s Candlelight Ceremony Uzbek Christians Detained,...

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Written by Alesia Cengia
Sunday, 09 December 2018 05:25

Australia’s Prime Minister duped into endorsing the ‘Awakening Australia’ event?

The New Apostolic Reformation (NAR) is a global cult (similar to Islam and Mormonism), that embraces an ideology of ‘taking over’ world through what is known as the Dominion Mandate. Within this mandate is another sinister agenda known as the Seven Mountain Mandate that is all about...

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Written by churchwatcher
Sunday, 09 December 2018 05:05

What Angels Long to See – Christmas (1 Peter 1:3-12)

Sunday, 09 December 2018 04:26

WILDFIRE: French President Macron’s Stunning Defeat In Paris As Its Citizens Rise Up To Reject Globalism And Climate Taxation

Less than a month ago, French President Emmanuel Macron staked his claim as the flag-bearer for globalism. In a speech to 60 world leaders at the Arc de Triomphe, he eulogized the United Nations and declared nationalism the “betrayal” of patriotism.

Don’t let the fake news media...

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Written by Geoffrey Grider
Sunday, 09 December 2018 03:11

The Latest Issue of the Review of Biblical Literature

The latest issue of Review of Biblical Literature is out. Reviews can be accessed by clicking the links below but unfortunately you must be a SBL member.<!--[if gte mso 10]> /* Style Definitions */ table.MsoNormalTable {mso-style-name:"Table Normal"; mso-tstyle-rowband-size:0;...

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Written by BibleX
Sunday, 09 December 2018 02:54

Corrie Ten Boom: The TRUE Face of Christianity During WWII

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When I read ignorant statements about Christians taking part in the mass genocide of the Jews in WWII, I seriously want to scream.

When people speak of the Vatican’s part in propping up Hitler during those dark years – what they do not understand is that Catholicism is NOT Christianity...

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Written by Geri Ungurean
Sunday, 09 December 2018 01:00

The Inconvenient Love of Christ

Tucked away in the record about the crucifixion of Jesus is a touching, intimate moment that includes a little-known statement by Jesus (John 19:25-27). This statement is the third saying of Christ…

Authors: TOvermiller...

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Written by TOvermiller
Sunday, 09 December 2018 00:58

Bill Johnson Bethel Redding's Massive Influence Over Awakening Australia Remains Despite Clever Semantics

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The director of Awakening Australia, Ben Fitzgerald had an issue with a critique of Awakening Australia written by Stephen Tan Wei Shan (He writes for The Gospel Coalition Australia).

Ben Fitzgerald thought Stephen Tan Wei Shan unfairly put a close link between Awakening Australia and Bethel Redding...

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Written by heterodoxresearchinitiative
Saturday, 08 December 2018 23:09

"If" then, and "If" now Featured

By Elizabeth Prata
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Amy Carmichael was a missionary to India, arriving in 1895 to Dohnavur, just 30 miles from India's southern tip. Once in South India she began evangelizing women and learning the difficult Tamil language. She developed a special burden for the many children who were dedicated by...

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Written by The End Time
Saturday, 08 December 2018 23:00

Michael Behe and Keith Fox debate theistic evolution vs intelligent design

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Michael Behe and Keith Fox debate evolution and intelligent design. (See below for link to video)

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Michael Behe is professor of biochemistry at Lehigh University, Pennsylvania and the founder of the modern Intelligent Design movement. His...

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Written by Wintery Knight
Saturday, 08 December 2018 22:30

Sunday Morning Advent Praise

imageNow in the sixth month the angel Gabriel was sent from God to a city in Galilee called Nazareth, to a virgin engaged to a man whose name was Joseph, of the descendants of David; and the virgin’s name was Mary. And coming in, he said to her, “Greetings, favored one! The Lord is with you.” But she was...

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Written by EBenz
Saturday, 08 December 2018 21:48

A Response To William Lane Craig’s Answer to the Question of Limited Special Revelation

Recently, Dr. William Lane Craig was invited by the undergraduate Christian Union at Imperial College, London, to give a lunch time lecture on the “Evidence for God.” One of the students asked a very good question during the Q&A session: “Why did God limit his prophets to the...

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Written by Ed Dingess
Saturday, 08 December 2018 20:02

Thirty Days of Jesus Redux: Day 13, God is Pleased with His Son Featured

Written by The End Time
Saturday, 08 December 2018 20:00

Introducing The Greek New Testament, Produced at Tyndale House, Cambridge, Reader’s Edition

December 09, 2018 by: Crosswayimage

Smooth Reading of the Text

This reader’s edition of the Greek New Testament text combines The Greek New Testament, Produced at Tyndale House, Cambridge with a running list of glosses of every word in the Greek New Testament that occurs 25 times or less.

Th...

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Written by Crossway
Saturday, 08 December 2018 20:00

Gay Christian Celebrities: A Peculiar and Alarming Development Featured

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Since Old Testament times homosexuality has been an uncontroversial topic among God’s people.  It’s sinful. That’s that; no argument, no debate.

However, recent developments in Western society have caused homosexuality to become a hot-button issue in the public arena.  In...

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Written by Seth Dunn
Saturday, 08 December 2018 19:29

The 2nd Sunday of Advent: The Day of No More Harm

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     The wolf will live with the lamb, the leopard will lie down with the goat,

the calf and the lion and the yearling together; and a little child will lead them. The cow will feed with the bear, their young will lie down together, and the lion will eat straw like the ox. The...

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Written by Scotty Smith
Saturday, 08 December 2018 19:27

God Woke Me Up

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It was a regular day. I got out of bed to an alarm. My warm feet from a night’s sleep recoiled slightly from the cold morning floor. Barely ambulatory, I made my way toward the living room. After making my coffee, I sat down in the chair I sit in nearly every morning, opened my Bible and...

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Written by Erik Raymond
Saturday, 08 December 2018 19:15

A Pastoral Prayer

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One of the missing elements of modern worship is prayer, and especially prayers that are more than perfunctory. Especially lacking is the traditional pastoral prayer in which a pastor represents the congregation in praying for their needs and concerns. At Grace Fellowship Church we maintain this...

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Written by Tim Challies
Saturday, 08 December 2018 19:08

Help! I feel I gave to the church more than it has blessed me

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It’s Sunday.  Church is today!  But I write this post to encourage any Christians who are on the verge of burning out.  May be you silently are crying for help.  May you say “I feel I gave to the church than it has blessed me” and you feel like quitting.

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Written by SLIMJIM
Saturday, 08 December 2018 19:00

Enjoy a Fun Couples’ Night Out at the Creation Museum

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When was the last time you got out as a couple for an evening of delicious food and quality entertainment? If it’s been a while, why not plan for a date night by joining us at the Creation Museum in Northern Kentucky, February 8, 2019, for our annual Evening to Remember. This evening of...

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Written by Ken Ham