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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Tuesday, 19 September 2017 20:00

Mark: Lesson 19

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Mark- Lesson 19

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Written by Michelle Lesley
Tuesday, 19 September 2017 20:00

Judging Rightly

If there's one thing we all know, Jesus did not judge. I mean, He said so, right? Wasn't it Jesus who said, "Judge not"? Wasn't it Jesus who said, "I came not to judge the world, but to save the world"? Wasn't it Jesus who said, "Neither do I condemn you"? Clearly, Jesus didn't have a judging bone...

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Written by Winging It
Tuesday, 19 September 2017 20:00

Deeds Will Not Be Less Valiant Because They Are Unpraised

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Eowyn, shield maiden of Rohan, sat out most of the action in The Two Towers, so as we come into The Return of the King, she is ready for action but is again advised to stay home. Aragorn tries to help her understand that it is still important for her to remain at home and lead her people.

“Then...

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Written by Zak Schmoll
Tuesday, 19 September 2017 20:00

Work and Pray

I’m pleased to publish this guest piece from Dr. Tim LeCroy.

Ora et labora: pray and work.

This was the motto of the medieval monk. This simple phrase moved the life of prayer from the realm of the ascetical heroism of the few to a life that was both accessible to normal Christians and helpful...

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Written by Guest Writer
Tuesday, 19 September 2017 20:00

Predigested Obsolescence Featured

In 1960, John Steinbeck drove across America in a pickup truck, accompanied by his dog, Charley. The book that resulted, Travels with Charley in Search of America, is a touching and melancholy reflection on the state of the nation.

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Tuesday, 19 September 2017 20:00

Will the Punishment in Hell Be Experienced Forever?

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This month’s issue of Solid Ground was written by Greg and Tim on the subject of Hell. Currently, there’s a movement among some members of the church towards annihilationism (or “conditionalism”)—that is, the idea that the punishment given at the end of time to those...

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Written by Amy K. Hall
Tuesday, 19 September 2017 19:07

We have a winner!

Thank you all so much for your interest and response to our Journey into God's Word giveaway. There were 53 entries, and our lucky winner is Ann Snider!Thanks all so much for your interest in the giveaway and the blog!

Authors: Kim Shay...

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Written by Kim Shay
Tuesday, 19 September 2017 19:00

The Mixed History of the Church’s View of Work

Like most things over time, the popular attitudes toward work and calling have not been the same throughout history. In fact, they have changed quite a bit over thousands of years. The culture has often supported a view of work that contradicts the Bible. Understanding the historical context...

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Written by Dr. Art Lindsley
Tuesday, 19 September 2017 19:00

An Evangelical Conservative’s Guide to #BlackLivesMatter

Recently, I composed a brief survey, asking my website readers to tell me what they like and dislike about my articles, and what they’d want to talk about if they had some time to chat with me personally.

I gained valuable insights from the survey, one of which is that many of my readers want...

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Written by Bruce Ashford
Tuesday, 19 September 2017 19:00

God's Sovereignty and Our Responsibility

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God is sovereign in creation, providence, redemption, and judgment. That is a central assertion of Christian belief and especially in Reformed theology. God is King and Lord of all. To put this another way: nothing happens without God’s willing it to happen, willing it to happen before it...

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Written by Derek W.H. Thomas
Tuesday, 19 September 2017 18:58

Review: Batman: The Dark Knight: Master Race

This came out yesterday and is currently #1 Best Seller in DC Comics & Graphic Novels (and rightly so!)

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Frank Miller.  Batman: The Dark Knight: Master Race. Burbank, CA: DC Comics, September 19th, 2017. 376 pp.

5 out of 5

Purchase: Amazon

Wow this work is just incredible. ...

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Written by SLIMJIM
Tuesday, 19 September 2017 18:01

Where the battle rages

Written by: Ray Ortlund

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“If I profess with the loudest voice and clearest exposition every portion of the truth of God except precisely that little point which the world and the devil are at that moment attacking, I am not confessing Christ, however boldly I may be professing...

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Written by Ray Ortlund
Tuesday, 19 September 2017 18:00

Maharashtra [India] Law is a Turning Point for Dalit Christians

September 20, 2017
After the 2016 Maharashtra Prohibition of People from Social Boycott (Prevention, Prohibition and Redressal) Act received presidential assent, the state became the first in the country to adopt a law that seeks to...

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Tuesday, 19 September 2017 18:00

The Church Is More Than People

After believing in Jesus, life can become a little confusing as to what exactly we are called to be and to do. What are we doing here? More importantly, what is God doing?

You may have heard the saying, “Jesus came preaching the kingdom and what arrived was the church.” This statement...

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Written by Timothy Massaro
Tuesday, 19 September 2017 18:00

Who Created God?

image Richard Dawkins, the famous English evolutionary biologist and renowned atheist, revived an objection related to God’s existence in his book, The God Delusion. In the fourth chapter (Why There Almost Certainly Is No God), Dawkins wrote, “…the designer hypothesis immediately...

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Written by jwallace
Tuesday, 19 September 2017 18:00

The House of the Lord

“One thing have I desired of the LORD, that will I seek after; that I may dwell in the house of the LORD all the days of my life, to behold the beauty of the LORD, and to enquire in his temple.” (Psalm 27:4)

The theme of the house of God is prominent in the book of Psalms. The phrase...

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Written by Days of Praise from ICR
Tuesday, 19 September 2017 18:00

Rationality Without the Rationalism Featured

The world changed when the Berlin Wall fell in 1989. From a practical perspective, the physical barrier separating communism from capitalism had been removed. But the worldview shift it signified had far greater ramifications for all of us. That momentous event in Germany sounded the death knell...

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Written by Grace to You Blog
Tuesday, 19 September 2017 17:03

Categories of Truth

FBFI Pulpit: Dr. David Innes, Hamilton Square Baptist Church, San Francisco, CASeries: What is Fundamentalism?

imageWhat doctrines ought to divide Christians? What are those teachings where we ought to allow our brothers to differ? Between that which is essential and that which is preferential, a great...

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Written by Proclaim and Defend
Tuesday, 19 September 2017 17:00

No More Boredom

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Science fiction writer Isaac Asimov said, “I don’t believe in an afterlife, so I don’t have to spend my whole life fearing hell, or fearing heaven even more. For whatever the tortures of hell, I think the boredom of heaven would be even worse.”

Sadly, even among Christians,...

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Written by Randy Alcorn
Tuesday, 19 September 2017 17:00

Announcing THINK 2018: The Future of Complementarity

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It's so exciting to be able to launch next year's THINK Conference on The Future of Complementarity, hosted in London from 3-5 July. I'm hoping that both the topic and the speakers will take us to a new level this year, not just in terms of those who attend, but also in terms of the significance of...

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Written by Andrew Wilson
Tuesday, 19 September 2017 16:15

What Is Biblical Meditation?

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Brad Archer:

Blessed is the man who walks not in the counsel of the wicked, nor stands in the way of sinners, nor sits in the seat of scoffers; but his delight is in the law of the Lord, and on his law he meditates day and night. (Psalm 1:1-2)

What is meditation?

The concept has been corrupted in...

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Written by Peter Cockrell
Tuesday, 19 September 2017 15:10

Remember Whose Name You're Wearing

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“Remember Whose Name You're Wearing.”

When I was in high school, my dad said that to me every time I left the house for a birthday party, summer camp, or any other major event. He would often explain that I bear the name of our family and of Christ, so I should represent those names with...

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Written by Allyson Todd
Tuesday, 19 September 2017 15:05

September 20: Schaeffer Leaves for Europe (1948)

With One Ministry in Mind, Yet God Had a Greater

When Francis A. Schaeffer was called to serve the First Bible Presbyterian Church of St. Louis, his first sermon as the new pastor of the church was delivered on 5 December 1943 and was titled “Believing in the Light of His Coming.” But not...

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Tuesday, 19 September 2017 15:05

4 Things I Love About Jesus

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For a couple of months, I was preaching The Gospel of Mark in our Sunday Worship Service, then teaching Sunday School in the Gospels using The Gospel Project, and then teaching our Men’s Bible Study mid-week in The Gospel of John. Usually, I am teaching from many different areas of the Bible....

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Written by Tim Counts
Tuesday, 19 September 2017 15:02

QSRG: The Ordo Salutis

One of the most important topics a Christian will ever study is the Ordo Salutis, the Order of Salvation. When we study the Ordo Salutis, we are looking at the sequence of events in salvation leading up to the believer being glorified in Heaven. A Summary of the Ordo Salutis is found in Romans...

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Written by Matt Sherro
Tuesday, 19 September 2017 15:00

The Divine Commandment of Life

…be perfect, just as your Father in heaven is perfect. —Matthew 5:48

Our Lord’s exhortation to us in Matthew 5:38-48 is to be generous in our behavior toward everyone. Beware of living according to your natural affections in your spiritual life. Everyone has natural...

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Written by RSS | My Utmost For His Highest
Tuesday, 19 September 2017 15:00

2 Samuel 16; 2 Corinthians 9; Ezekiel 23; Psalms 70–71

Written by: Don Carson

2 Samuel 16; 2 Corinthians 9; Ezekiel 23; Psalms 70-71

SECOND CORINTHIANS 9 IS THE second of two consecutive chapters that Paul devotes to the subject of giving.

(1) He resumes with a lovely delicacy (2 Cor. 9:1-5). On the one hand, he assures the Corinthians that they do not...

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Written by Don Carson
Tuesday, 19 September 2017 15:00

Video: "We Want to See Jesus" by Alistair Begg

The writer to the Hebrews instructed believers to imitate the faith of godly leaders, to be wary of false teaching, and above all to focus on Jesus. In this message, Alistair Begg explores the unchanging nature of Christ’s leadership expressed in His roles as our great High Priest, the...

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Written by TFL
Tuesday, 19 September 2017 15:00

Mysterious Melchizedek: A Working Theory of Hebrews 7 (Part 1)

imageAbraham and Melchizedek. Juan Antonio de Frías y Escalante (1633-1670)

Part One: The Loud Silence

The writer to the Hebrews (perhaps Apollos?) is trying to convince tottering Jewish believers to remain true to Jesus Christ. He is also trying to comfort these believers who are shaken up because...

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Written by Ed Vasicek
Tuesday, 19 September 2017 14:31

Hundreds of Protestant Scholars and Pastors Sign “Reforming Catholic Confession,” But Can the Church Trust This Document?

Hundreds of Protestant Scholars and Pastors Sign “Reforming Catholic Confession,” But Can the Church Trust This Document?

Hundreds of Protestant and evangelical scholars, pastors, and theologians have signed a document called “Reforming Catholic Confession”  to mark the...

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Written by Lighthouse Trails Editors
Tuesday, 19 September 2017 14:08

Five Lessons after 30 Years of Pastoring in Zambia

Goats eating grass on hillsides are a familiar sight here in Africa. The goats concentrate on one blade of grass at a time and are never conscious of how far they wander when the sun sets. That has been my experience as pastor of Kabwata Baptist Church. I have never been conscious of the years...

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Written by Alex Duke
Tuesday, 19 September 2017 14:07

Thankfully, God’s Faithfulness Trumps Our Unbelief

Written by: Scotty Smith

     "He (Peter) went to the house of Mary the mother of John, also called Mark, where many people had gathered and were praying. Peter knocked at the outer entrance, and a servant girl named Rhoda came to answer the door. When she recognized Peter’s...

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Written by Scotty Smith
Tuesday, 19 September 2017 14:00

Why won’t God answer my cries for help?

“If God cares about us, why doesn’t he answer our prayers, especially those that are cries for help?”

We could feel the anger and pain vibrating within the questioner. Renowned preacher Lloyd J. Ogilvie wrote how “unanswered prayer is still one of the most profound problems...

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Written by Paul Baxter
Tuesday, 19 September 2017 12:34

Understanding the Reformation

Lectures by Erwin Lutzer:

(1) John Hus: The Goose Who Became a Swan

(2) Martin Luther: The Wild Boar

(3) John Calvin & Ulrich Zwingli and the Drowning of the Anabaptists

(4) Sola Fide: Justification by Faith Alone, a Gospel that Saves

(5) Questions & Answers on the Reformation

(6) Rescuing the...

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Written by John Samson
Tuesday, 19 September 2017 12:10

BTWN Episode 272 | Matt Maher Leads “Bread Worship” Featured

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Written by Tim Hurd
Tuesday, 19 September 2017 12:04

Conversations with Klavan et al.

My recent interview on Daily Wire’s The Andrew Klavan Show has now been posted. You can hear the audio at the Daily Wire website or at Ricochet, and you can see the video either at the Daily Wire (if you are a subscriber) or on Facebook. We talk about The Last Superstition, mechanism versus teleology, natural law, and Five Proofs of the Existence of God....

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Written by Edward Feser
Tuesday, 19 September 2017 12:00

SAL#54 Come Let Us Sing Featured

Christians Sing

Whether you like doing it or not, the New Testament implies that our singing is important and Christians have been, historically, know as singing people.  In this episode we talk through some points from the introduction to Keith and Kristyn Getty’s new book,...

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Written by Adam Staub
Tuesday, 19 September 2017 11:59

Why Does the Universe Look So Old?

Article by Tim Challies (original source here)

When it comes to the age of the universe, Christians find themselves in a bit of a conundrum. At least, those Christians do who hold to a traditional interpretation of the first two chapters of Genesis—an interpretation that leads them to believe...

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Written by John Samson
Tuesday, 19 September 2017 11:29

Do We Really Believe In The Sufficiency Of Scripture?

While getting coffee the other day, I had a conversation with a local pastor. This pastor talked to me about a church that he had planted four years ago. He explained how they had started, the associations which they are apart of, and who some of the men were that he looks up to in ministry. He...

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Written by brianschoonmaker
Tuesday, 19 September 2017 11:08

Download Caught Up: 1 Thessalonians 4 and the Truth About the Rapture by Danny Hyde

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“We…will be caught up” (1 Thes. 4:17) 

Will you be "left behind?” Evangelical Christianity knows this question well. It has been inundated with the pre-tribulational, pre-millennial, secret rapture of the church for the last century. In fact, just last week Dallas...

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Written by The Christward Collective
Tuesday, 19 September 2017 11:08

One Brave Teenager vs the Rainbow Juggernaut Featured

She is only 18 years old, but she now knows full well what the wrath of the homosexual lobby looks like. For daring to say on her own private media page that she believes marriage is between a man and a woman, young Madeline was fired from her job.

It is a good thing this happened at the hands of...

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Written by Bill Muehlenberg
Tuesday, 19 September 2017 10:05

Which of the Five Points of Calvinism Is Most Difficult for You?

Written by: Erik Raymond
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Recently I was asked a good question about Calvinism. Which of the five points are most difficult for you to believe?

Before giving my answer, let me give a quick summary of what is traditionally called the five points of Calvinism.

  • Total Depravity: Hum...

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Written by Erik Raymond
Tuesday, 19 September 2017 09:33

Revolutionary: Michael Behe and the Mystery of Molecular Machines

Authors: John Samson...

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Written by John Samson
Tuesday, 19 September 2017 09:17

The latest child-indoctrination scheme: SEL

Schools are ground zero for trendy experiments. How many can we name from the past few decades? Whole language, new math, anti-bullying programs, multicultural education, values modification, workforce development, Common Core – the list goes on.

And virtually all of sex education has been a...

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Written by Linda Harvey
Tuesday, 19 September 2017 07:45

Nabeel Qureshi Graduated To Heaven: As Muslims Are Watching – May Many Come To Christ

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Nabeel Qureshi has died, and now is in heaven with his Redeemer.

I followed the ministry of Nabeel Qureshi for a few years.  He was a Muslim who sought truth and found Jesus Christ to be his Lord and Savior. Our Lord came to him in a dream and then another dream. His friend in college shared...

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Written by Geri Ungurean