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 07:34

Will Saturday, September 23, be the last day for this world?

David Meade, a Christian numerologist, has retreated to his libraries, his supposed knowledge of the Bible, his powerful telescopes, his knowledge of meteorology, astronomy, and who knows what else, and concluded that this coming Saturday we can bid farewell to “The Late Great Planet...

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Written by Gerald Harris
Tuesday, 19 September 2017 07:31

Letter to the Editor: Challenges in Trying To Warn Seniors in My SBC Church – Some Doing Yoga

Letter to the Editor: Challenges in Trying To Warn Seniors in My SBC Church – Some Doing Yoga

Dear Lighthouse Trails: In reading your latest offering, I am agreeing with every word. I’ve received Lighthouse Trails e-newsletters for years now, but have to speak out today. I’m a...

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Written by Lighthouse Trails Editors
Tuesday, 19 September 2017 07:19

What is Practical Shepherding and how did it begin?

Watch this 2-minute video…

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Written by Brian
Tuesday, 19 September 2017 07:05

The Hope of Eternal Life

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“In hope of eternal life, which God, that cannot lie, promised before the world began” (Titus 1:2).

Dr. Tony Evans says this about eternity: “If we were to empty the Pacific Ocean, the largest body of water in the world, we’d be left with a hole that’s beyond...

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Written by Pastor Kevin Sadler
Tuesday, 19 September 2017 06:56

Hand to Hand Combat: Codex D versus 1324

            It’s time once again for hand-to-hand combat!  Today’s combatants are Codex Bezae and minuscule 1324.  The arena is Luke 8:19-25.
            Codex Bezae, also known as Codex 05 and...

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Written by James Snapp
Tuesday, 19 September 2017 06:44

The Gospel and what God does with and through it Featured

by Mike Ratliff

1 Now I make known to you, brethren, the gospel which I preached to you, which also you received, in which also you stand, 2 by which also you are saved, if you hold fast the word which I preached to you, unless you believed in vain. (1 Corinthians 15:1-2 NASB)

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Written by Mike Ratliff
Tuesday, 19 September 2017 06:30

Law and Gospel in the Canons of Dort

image I really like how the Canons of Dort talks about the law and the gospel.  It’s found in the 3rd and 4th points of doctrine:

ARTICLE 5 Neither can the decalogue delivered by God to His peculiar people, the Jews, by the hands of Moses, save men. For though it reveals the greatness of sin,...

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Written by Reformed Reader
Tuesday, 19 September 2017 06:10

God’s Final Sentence and Judgment

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All Scripture points to the suffering of Christ Jesus. As Jesus says (Luke 24:46-47), Scripture holds up a picture of God before us that promises grace and forgiveness of sin through His innocent suffering and bloody death. As a consequence, whoever believes in His words and works will be saved...

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Written by Donavon Riley
Tuesday, 19 September 2017 05:49

Bible Study for Sept. 24: Fear not!

1 John 4:1-6 Tim Riordan, pastor SonRise Baptist Church, Newnan

Our society is filled with phobias. We have the familiar fears like claustrophobia (closed-in spaces) and acrophobia (heights). Some fears seem justified, like ophidiophobia (fear of snakes). Others seem a little bizarre, like...

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Written by Tim Riordan
Tuesday, 19 September 2017 05:49

Bad Boy

“And Pharaoh’s servants said unto him, How long shall this man be a snare unto us? let the men go, that they may serve the Lord their God: knowest thou not yet that Egypt is destroyed?” (Ex. 10:7).

Pharaoh lived so close to the Nile that he was actually in it.

The wreckage that had...

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Written by Douglas Wilson
Tuesday, 19 September 2017 05:45

Revelation 12: What is It Really About?

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In a word, “No.”

There is tremendous hoopla regarding this upcoming Saturday, September 23, 2017, and the stated potential by some who either call themselves prophets or are given that title by others. People are thinking the Rapture might occur followed by the immediate start of the...

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Written by modres
Tuesday, 19 September 2017 05:30

Saints of Zion: A New Collection of Sacred Music from R.C. Sproul and Jeff Lippencott

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The words of Moses and Aaron to Pharaoh recorded in Exodus 5:1-3 are striking. Standing before the king of Egypt, they asked him to release the Israelites, but their release was not only so that they could enjoy freedom. As true as it is that God wants His people to be free, that is not the chief...

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Written by R.C. Sproul
Tuesday, 19 September 2017 05:10

Conversations Fifty Years Ago

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You think having them today is rough, consider Wendell Berry’s experience:

While at Stanford, Berry witnessed several outdoor meetings called by black students for the purpose of establishing a Black Studies program on campus. In Berry’s recollection, the meetings were what historian...

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Written by D. G. Hart
Tuesday, 19 September 2017 04:56

Early Textual Transmission of Christian Texts

No one knows early transmission of texts like Larry- so you should read this.

Larry Hurtado's Blog

Assumptions and claims about the transmission of the texts of early Christian writings continue to require correction.  Old assumptions and claims die slowly, advocates sometimes seeming so wedded...

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Written by Jim
Tuesday, 19 September 2017 04:34

Episode 57: GK Chesterton, Part 1

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Our heroes express their love for the Prince of Paradox himself, Gilbert Keith Chesterton, while also tackling some thorny questions such as whether Chesterton was a racist (pretty much) and if his fiction is any good (not according to at least one grouchy podcaster).

Next week more Chesterton...

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Written by The Warhorn Editors
Tuesday, 19 September 2017 04:34

Seven Questions about Books, Life, and Ministry with Landon Coleman

Let’s start out by telling our readers a little about you. (Current ministry context, family, joys in life, etc.)

I’m the preaching pastor at Immanuel in Odessa, Texas. I’m married to Brooke, and we have four kids. I love Kansas Jayhawk basketball, Rock Chalk!

What are you reading...

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Written by Matthew Adams
Tuesday, 19 September 2017 04:30

Be There

Introduction

“The soldier’s heart, the soldier’s spirit, the soldier’s soul, are everything. Unless the soldier’s soul sustains him, he cannot be relied on and will fail himself and his commander and his country in the end.”[1]

General George C. Marshall spoke...

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Written by Michael Milton
Tuesday, 19 September 2017 04:23

False Teacher of the Day #10: Kyle Martin, Time to Revive Ministry Featured

Pulpit & Pen reported recently on the movement within the church to practice cold readings as an evangelism technique. We showed you how Shawn Bolz, a New Apostolic Reformation false Apostle practiced cold-readings as a method to suck people in and garner support for his false prophecies and...

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Written by Jeff Maples
Tuesday, 19 September 2017 04:20

Strategies for Dealing Appropriately with Frustration

It happened again. It felt like I was losing my mind when in reality I wasn’t. This time I wasn’t dealing with my emotions very well. Instead of dealing with how I was feeling in a healthy way, I let day after day, and this time week after week go by without addressing how I felt. It...

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Written by Dave Jenkins
Tuesday, 19 September 2017 04:15

“Who Am I?” Personal Identity in an Age of Identity Angst

image After certain events changed Brian Rosner’s life dramatically, he had lost his sense of self and was forced to revisit the most personal of questions:

Who am I?

Out from this one question tumbled a number of others: How do your circumstances affect your sense of self? What makes you, you? What...

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Written by Jeremy Bouma
Tuesday, 19 September 2017 04:15

LITV Episode 26 | Purity Part 2 Featured

In This Episode…

00:50 – Segment 1

      • Satan deceives us...

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Written by John Johnson
Tuesday, 19 September 2017 03:29

Molinists in the Matrix

Had an impromptu debate on Facebook with some freewill theists, two of whom are Molinists:
Calvinism makes God the author of evil, even if it is denied.
How does your position square with passages like this:
For it was the Lord's doing to harden their hearts that they should come against Israel in...

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Written by steve
Tuesday, 19 September 2017 03:28

Roman Catholics Fall for the Superstition of Astrology, Omens Featured

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You might have read about an evangelical charismatic who used astrological signs to predict the end of the world on September 9 (it didn’t happen). Another says it’s actually September 23. Guess what…Roman Catholics are falling for the astrological omen-interpretation...

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Written by News Division
Tuesday, 19 September 2017 03:08

Huffington Post’s Double Standards in treatment of Bible and Quran

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I just saw Huffington Post had a recent piece written on their front page for their religion column titled “Former Mayor Of Hell Rewrites Bible To Make It Really, Really Gay (NSFW).”  It has the above picture as its main picture to get people to click on it from the religion column....

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Written by SLIMJIM
Tuesday, 19 September 2017 03:07

Introducing the New Randy White Ministries App! Featured

Nathan White

My father and I have been hard at work thinking of ways to make our content more accessible to the world! His vision has always been to create an online community that is focused on rightly dividing the word of truth. Today it is easier than ever before to join this community, study the...

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Written by Nathan White
Tuesday, 19 September 2017 02:49

A Tale of Two Ordinations Featured

1. About an hour before the scheduled ordination service, a 21-year-old sat in an awkwardly quiet room surrounded by a few other men, some of whom he barely knew. Over the next 45 minutes, this group would decide whether or not the congregation would ordain him at 6:00 that evening.

And you could...

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Written by Jared Longshore
Tuesday, 19 September 2017 02:30

The Book of Romans | Session 24 Featured

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Dr. Randy White teaches the book of Romans verse-by-verse.

In this study, Dr. Randy White will teach the book of Romans verse-by-verse. The study is presented from the pulpit of Taos, New Mexico’s First Baptist Church. It will be broadcast live at 6:15 PM Mountain time each Wednesday.

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Written by Nathan White
Tuesday, 19 September 2017 02:29

Early Textual Transmission of Christian Texts

Assumptions and claims about the transmission of the texts of early Christian writings continue to require correction.  Old assumptions and claims die slowly, advocates sometimes seeming so wedded to them that they exhibit some resistance to the data.

There is, for example, the persistent...

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Written by larryhurtado
Tuesday, 19 September 2017 02:22

Pope says Discernment Means NOT Answering Tough Moral Questions Featured

We notice it happening more and more among Protestants. “Discernment” is being redefined.

Often, those with the most nuance, vagueness and whimsy in the public statements are considered “discerning” because they know what to say and how to say it in order to receive the...

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Written by News Division
Tuesday, 19 September 2017 01:57

Rising sea levels

If the primary objective of Noah's flood was to wipe out the human race, how much dry land would need to be flooded? For instance, consider this map if sea levels rose by about 1500 feet or 0.3 miles (see below)
Depending on the size and distribution of the prediluvian human population, it wouldn't...

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Written by steve
Tuesday, 19 September 2017 01:47

Trueman On Paglia: Liberal Christianity Cannot Cope With Sex As It Really Is

Yet there is another aspect to the essay, and that is Paglia’s barely concealed contempt for the attempts of liberal Christianity and of the gay lobby itself to make homosexuality respectable. For Paglia, sex is powerful and deviant sex reflects that power . . . Continue reading →

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Written by R. Scott Clark
Tuesday, 19 September 2017 01:00

What Does the Bible Say? – Bible Questions – Cain’s Wife

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Authors: Pastor Ken Lawson...

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Written by Pastor Ken Lawson
Tuesday, 19 September 2017 00:44

A Concise Case For Exclusive Psalmody

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This article assumes the Regulative Principle of Worship (RPW), which is the biblical doctrine that everything of religious significance in worship must be prescribed in holy Scripture, either explicitly or by good and necessary consequence, such that “whatever is beside the Word of God is...

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Written by Paul J. Barth
Tuesday, 19 September 2017 00:39

Podcast: The Value of Controversy

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I join Derek and Matt for the latest Mere Fidelity episode, on the subject of the value of controversy. We discuss whether controversy is worthwhile and how to go about it well.

You can also follow the podcast on iTunes, or using this RSS feed. Listen to past episodes on Soundcloud&nbs...

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Written by Alastair Roberts
Tuesday, 19 September 2017 00:16

Capitalism and the Cleveland Browns

Stakeholders in the NFL cannot lose—at least not under the league’s current structure. Owners split money from the league’s massive TV deals and other media revenue streams. That stream is so dependable, so huge, and so guaranteed that it’s done what large, intractable pools...

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Written by Samuel James
Tuesday, 19 September 2017 00:11

Mere Fidelity: On the Value of Controversy

image On this week’s show, Alastair, Matt and I consider the nature, ethics, and benefits of theological controversies. As we seem to get into controversies on a more regular basis than we’d probably like, we wanted to take a week to dig into how and why one might want to do so. Andrew was...

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Written by Derek Rishmawy
Tuesday, 19 September 2017 00:11

DiM | “Hard Love” by Need to Breathe (feat. Lauren Daigle) Featured

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September 19, 2017. Today we’ll be taking a look at “Hard Love” by Need to Breathe (feat. Lauren Daigle) which currently sits at #6 on 20TheCountdownMagazine.

The version that is on the Top20 track isn’t the album version, it is the version done for the...

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Written by Faithful Stewardship
Tuesday, 19 September 2017 00:00

The Abolition of Death

The post The Abolition of Death appeared first on Southern Equip.

Authors: Jim Orrick

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Written by Jim Orrick
Tuesday, 19 September 2017 00:00

Study explains why university women embrace binge-drinking and hook ups

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This study is from the Institute for American Values. Despite their name, they are not conservatives. It was done by Norval Glenn and Elizabeth Marquardt.

If you download the 88 page PDF, the first few pages are an executive summary.

There are a...

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Written by Wintery Knight
Monday, 18 September 2017 23:58

Mere Fidelity: The Value of Controversy

On this week’s show, Alastair, Matt and Derek consider the nature, ethics, and benefits of theological controversies. We can neither confirm nor deny that recent events played a role in helping us choose this topic.

Next week’s show will be a discussion of Book 1 of...

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Written by Matthew Lee Anderson
Monday, 18 September 2017 23:58

Former Atlanta Falcon Jacob Tamme talks about faith, family, and football

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Jacob Tamme, left, participates in the Atlanta Falcons training camp in 2016. COMMONS.WIKIMEDIA.ORG/Special

By Larry Rowell

With four state high school football championships under his belt, four years playing at the University of Kentucky, holding the all-time receiving record at UK for a tight end,...

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Written by christianindex
Monday, 18 September 2017 23:30

Hurricane Harvey – a reminder to endure

It seems as though every year from about mid-August until late September, the East Coast, the Florida Coast and the Gulf Coast are pelted with tropical storms and hurricanes. This year is no different. The city of Houston and the surrounding Gulf Coast areas are facing the task of cleanup and...

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Written by Denny Autrey
Monday, 18 September 2017 23:30

What I Learned About Ministry Came from Football (Part II)

I look back all the time on the lessons I learned from football. Here are a few: The TEAM comes First. The more you focus on helping others the better it becomes for you. Be a servant leader. If you Read More ...

Authors: Alvin Reid...

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Written by Alvin Reid
Monday, 18 September 2017 23:29

How can a young man work towards the qualifications of a pastor?

Whether a young man desires to be a pastor or not, he should pursue the qualifications listed for pastors in 1 Timothy 3 and Titus 1 because they describe lives that honor God and bring him glory.

Authors: Daniel Gardner

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Written by Daniel Gardner
Monday, 18 September 2017 23:19

No man can be saved without the special and immediate intervention of God. Featured

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In twentieth-century evangelism there has been a woeful ignoring of the solemn truth of the total depravity of man. There has been a complete underrating of’ the desperate case and condition of the sinner. Very few indeed have faced the unpalatable fact that every man is thoroughly corrupt by...

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