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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Thursday, 21 September 2017 21:00

What’s the Purpose of … Children?

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It used to be so straightforward. We got married, then we had children. It’s just what we did. But then something changed, so that today both marriage and having children have become optional, matters of preference. Countless millions are choosing to delay marriage or take a pass on it...

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Written by Tim Challies
Thursday, 21 September 2017 21:00

3 Reasons to Make Systematic Theology Part of Your Bible Study

September 22, 2017 by: Fred Sandersimage

An Invitation

“Oh dear,” he muttered, his features rearranging themselves into a mask of poorly-concealed dismay.

All I had said, in response to him asking what subject I taught, was “systematic theology.” But those two words, those...

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Written by Fred Sanders
Thursday, 21 September 2017 21:00

Don’t waste your leisure

I know he meant well, but he came off sounding a little pompous, more like a professional wrestler on Saturday afternoon TV than an ordained man of God: “The Devil doesn’t take a day off. He doesn’t take vacations, and I don’t either.”

I’d been speaking to...

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Written by Jeff Robinson
Thursday, 21 September 2017 20:17

Prata Potpourri: Hate watching, Loving our neighbor, Four reasons why, Bible books in 1 word, more

He said He will come, He said to look up when we see these things come to pass, and He IS coming soon. When the rapture happens, the unbelieving world will be left confused, injured, unhinged, and devastated. Now is the time to urge those who do not believe to seek truth. Truth resides in Jesus and...

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Written by The End Time
Thursday, 21 September 2017 20:00

New Ark Signs Book Now Available

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I hope you’ve had an opportunity to visit the Ark Encounter here in Northern Kentucky. Not only will you see the massive 510-foot-long Ark structure itself (the largest freestanding timber frame structure in the world!), but you’ll also experience three decks filled with...

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Written by Ken Ham
Thursday, 21 September 2017 20:00

Women and False Teachers: Why Men Don’t Get It, and Why It’s Imperative That They Do

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Men may enjoy a particular false teacher, but women worship them.

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Authors: Michelle Lesley...

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Written by Michelle Lesley
Thursday, 21 September 2017 20:00

Article: If You Think Racism is Wrong, You Should be a Christian by Tim Stratton

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I greatly appreciate the work of Tim Stratton of Free Thinking Ministries.  Stratton most often argues using syllogisms and this is  how I best understand arguments.  Further, he is able to put difficult concepts "on the lower shelf" for those who are struggling to understand an...

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Written by Chad
Thursday, 21 September 2017 20:00

Down the Wrong Road

But the Spirit explicitly says that in later times some will fall away from the faith, paying attention to deceitful spirits and doctrines of demons, by means of the hypocrisy of liars seared in their own conscience as with a branding iron. (1 Tim 4:1-2)
This is a stunning statement from Paul to...

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Written by Winging It
Thursday, 21 September 2017 20:00

You Must Choose between Orders and the Life of Faramir

Beregond is one character that I am upset they did not include in the film version of The Return of the King. We first meet him as Pippin’s tour guide around Minas Tirith, but he becomes much more prominent during the insanity of Denethor.

Denethor, due to the visions he had seen through the...

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Written by Zak Schmoll
Thursday, 21 September 2017 19:58

A La Carte (September 22)

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Readers may want to check out deals from Westminster Books on Our Secular Age from The Gospel Coalition or the ESV Thinline Bible from Crossway.

If you’ve never tried Logos before, the barrier to entry is lower than ever: They now have a free, browser-based version anyone can try.

Efficient or...

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Written by Tim Challies
Thursday, 21 September 2017 19:00

The Costly Consequences of Fear in the Workplace

Do you think fear has consequences? What are the consequences of fear at work?

To some degree, the consequences of fear depend on the type of fear. But, generally, we need to be careful not to lie to ourselves about fear.

It’s easy to believe that we can be alone with our...

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Written by John Kyle
Thursday, 21 September 2017 19:00

Fear of God Devotional: Repentance: Fleeing From My Own Ways

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What does repentance involve?

Mike Davenport explains in this video that repentance is fleeing from and leaving behind your old ways and taking on God’s ways and thoughts. It involves meditating on the things of God instead of dwelling on sinful or idle things. 

Repentance involves the...

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Written by NCFIC Blog
Thursday, 21 September 2017 19:00

How Should We Then Worship?

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Three-quarters of the way through the twentieth century, Francis A. Schaeffer asked the question, “How should we then live?” His book of the same name answered the questions raised by the radical shift in our culture from modernity to post-modernity. The question that we face in our...

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Written by R.C. Sproul
Thursday, 21 September 2017 18:56

Review: Transforming Grace by Jerry Bridges

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Jerry Bridges.  Transforming Grace: Living Confidently in God’s Unfailing Love.  Colorado Springs, CO: NavPress, April 22nd, 2008. 266 pp.

5 out of 5

Purchase: Westminster Amazon

Over the last few years my appreciation for the writings of Jerry Bridges has...

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Written by SLIMJIM
Thursday, 21 September 2017 18:21

Recent Studies on Early Christian Textual Transmission

In light of my recent postings about the textual transmission of early Christian texts (especially, but not exclusively, the Gospels), I note again two other recent volumes that are rich in data and intriguing in analysis.

Alan Mugridge, Copying Early Christian Texts: A Study of Scribal Practice,...

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Written by larryhurtado
Thursday, 21 September 2017 18:15

Why Is God So Hidden?

image As a young atheist, I denied the existence of God for practical, experiential reasons. During my elementary school years, I found it difficult to understand why anyone would believe in God without visible evidence. I knew my parents, teachers and friends were real, because I could see them and I...

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Written by jwallace
Thursday, 21 September 2017 18:00

How God Spoils His Children

God’s overflowing grace and love for his believers who are united with his own Son Jesus Christ causes him to shower his children with good gifts. Here are just a few of the ways God spoils his children.

A New Family Name

God loves to extravagantly shower his family with good gifts, starting...

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Written by Leah Baugh
Thursday, 21 September 2017 18:00

How to Kill Your Neighbor Featured

image It’s not a controversial statement to observe that our culture is morally bankrupt. Western society has barreled through the checkpoints of God’s judgment of abandonment as outlined in Romans 1:18–32. From the denial of God’s existence to pervasive idolatry, from unfettered...

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Written by Mike Riccardi
Thursday, 21 September 2017 18:00

Things to Be Aware

“Beware of false prophets, which come to you in sheep’s clothing, but inwardly they are ravening wolves.” (Matthew 7:15)

There are three Greek words translated “beware,” all of which stress watchfulness and potential danger. In a world under the control of Satan,...

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Written by Days of Praise from ICR
Thursday, 21 September 2017 18:00

Friday’s Featured Sermon: “The Freedom of True Discipleship” Featured

The only thing postmodernists are certain about is that nobody can be certain about anything.

That idea isn’t only a logical fallacy. It’s also antithetical to the teaching of Jesus Christ. He promised that His true disciples “will know the truth, and the truth will make [them]...

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Written by Grace to You Blog
Thursday, 21 September 2017 17:03

Making Arguments in Public

Don Johnson

David French of the National Review has a short piece under the headline, “Never Stop Making Moral and Religious Arguments.” In it, he advocates for making moral (even religious) arguments in the public square, despite the gainsaying of opponents. He notes that those on the...

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Written by Don Johnson
Thursday, 21 September 2017 17:00

What About Animals and Pets in Heaven?

One question I’m frequently asked related to myHeaven book is whether there will be animals on the New Earth, and specifically whether it’s possible that our pets might be there too. (I devoted two chapters of the book to animals.) Nanci and I love animals, and especially the pets...

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Written by Randy Alcorn
Thursday, 21 September 2017 17:00

The Centre Must Hold

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Here's a wonderful couple of paragraphs from Jake Meador at Mere Orthodoxy, explaining why the centre needs to hold in the evangelical church. He is addressing the PCA in particular, but it's not hard to see the relevance for everyone else (emphasis added):

When irresponsible conservatives run...

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Written by Andrew Wilson
Thursday, 21 September 2017 15:10

Institutional Humility

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“Beware of practicing your righteousness before other people in order to be seen by them, for then you will have no reward from your Father who is in heaven.Thus, when you give to the needy, sound no trumpet before you, as the hypocrites do in the synagogues and in the streets, that they may...

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Written by Jared Sparks
Thursday, 21 September 2017 15:05

September 22: Preparation for Ministry

Recently in processing the Papers of Dr. Morton H. Smith, the first Stated Clerk of the PCA, I came across this letter written to Smith when he was just twenty-five years of age and considering a call to ministry and pondering which Seminary to attend.  The pastor of his home church, the Rev....

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Written by archivist
Thursday, 21 September 2017 15:05

The Church Commute: Why Where You Live Matters

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A nose hopped into his car and pulled out of his driveway this last Sunday at 9 am. At the same time about 20 miles away, a mouth was talking to his family in a minivan as it got onto the highway. Approximately 13 miles away from them both, a foot pressed the brake at a stop sign. At 9:45 am, they...

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Written by Bryan Elliff
Thursday, 21 September 2017 15:00

The Missionary’s Master and Teacher

You call Me Teacher and Lord, and you say well, for so I am ….I say to you, a servant is not greater than his master… —John 13:13, 16

To have a master and teacher is not the same thing as being mastered and taught. Having a master and teacher means that there is someone who knows...

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Written by RSS | My Utmost For His Highest
Thursday, 21 September 2017 15:00

2 Samuel 18; 2 Corinthians 11; Ezekiel 25; Psalm 73

Written by: Don Carson

2 Samuel 18; 2 Corinthians 11; Ezekiel 25; Psalm 73

IN THE CONTINUING PRESSURE he felt to respond to those who were undermining his authority in Corinth, Paul finds he must "boast" while not "boasting" (see yesterday's meditation). In 2 Corinthians 10 Paul climaxes his...

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Written by Don Carson
Thursday, 21 September 2017 15:00

A Missions Trip to Remember

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When my wife Toni and I first came to Arizona with three small sons almost nineteen years ago to pastor what today is Southeast Valley Bible Church, the believers there agreed that I would invest several weeks a year in international mission’s work. As we’ve grown over the years, SVBC...

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Written by Joel Tetreau
Thursday, 21 September 2017 14:00

$5 Friday: Guilt, Forgiveness, Repentance

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It's time for our weekly $5 Friday sale. This week's resources include such topics as Charles Spurgeon, love, guilt, repentance, forgiveness, Jesus, the Bible, providence, and more.

Sale runs through 12:01 a.m. — 11:59 p.m. Friday ET.

View today's $5 Friday sale items.

Authors: Nathan W. Bingham...

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Written by Nathan W. Bingham
Thursday, 21 September 2017 13:59

Our Blessed Hope: He Will Come At Just the Right Time

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I am writing this in hopes that it will be read especially by the brethren who are hoping to be gathered up on September 23rd.

That would be absolutely heavenly!

But Jesus said this:

“But of that day and hour no one knows, not even the angels of heaven,but My Father only. But as the days of...

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Written by Geri Ungurean
Thursday, 21 September 2017 13:26

Who Gets to Be Your Heart Boss?

Written by: Scotty Smith

Let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, since as members of one body you were called to peace. And be thankful. Col. 3:15

Gracious Jesus, today, like every day, somebody or some entity is going to claim "dibs" on the attention and affection of our hearts. Our hearts willb...

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Written by Scotty Smith
Thursday, 21 September 2017 12:53

Flanking Romans: To Bring About the Obedience of Faith Featured

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Several months ago, I had noticed something at the start of the book of Romans which I had not noticed before. It was the phrase, to bring about the obedience of faith.

Now, this phrase might not seem like an earth shattering concept to most, but for whatever reason, it was to me, and it simply...

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Written by theidolbabbler.com
Thursday, 21 September 2017 12:26

Orange County Residents Stunned When TV Programming Interrupted With ‘End Of The World’ PSA

Some Orange County residents were stunned Thursday, Sept. 21, when television programming was interrupted with a message predicting the end of the world.

The post Orange County Residents Stunned When TV Programming Interrupted With ‘End Of The World’ PSA appeared first on Now The End...

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Written by Geoffrey Grider
Thursday, 21 September 2017 11:28

Steve Gaines: Enough is Enough Featured

Steve Gaines is the President of the Southern Baptist Convention. Steve Gaines is featured as a speaker at Southern Baptist events. Steve Gaines is the pastor of thousands of people at Bellevue Baptist Church. He matters, a lot.

That’s why Pulpit & Pen published a critical article abou...

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Written by Seth Dunn
Thursday, 21 September 2017 11:11

Singing in Parts

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I love plainsong chant and the power of unison singing. This type of singing fulfills particular roles in worship that part-singing cannot. However, I would suggest that the current status of congregational singing is not lacking in unison options but is in fact neglecting the benefits of singing...

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Written by The Christward Collective
Thursday, 21 September 2017 11:07

Spirituality as Neurology and Movement

The New York Times has a story entitled How to Hack Your Brain (for $5000). The article discusses the psychological states of “flow” and a man named Wheal who sells his technique for “hacking” the nervous system, to create a physical, psychological, spiritual state...

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Written by memoirandremains
Thursday, 21 September 2017 10:20

The Cheap Way to Bless Your Pastor

Written by: Kevin DeYoung

imageThis is the sort of post I can write only because my church doesn’t need to read it. My church allows for ample vacation time and more study leave than most pastors would dare to ask for. I’m blessed and extremely thankful.

But many pastors are not so fortunate.

So...

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Written by Kevin DeYoung
Thursday, 21 September 2017 10:08

The Theocratic Kingdom | Session 9 Featured

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Dr. Randy White teaches the principles found in The Theocratic Kingdom by George N.H. Peters. This session begins with proposition 85.

If you are interested in the purchase of the three-volume set written in 1863 by George Peters, click here.

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Written by Nathan White
Thursday, 21 September 2017 10:00

Dr Michael Brown capitalizing on Qureshi’s death to push demonic doctrine?

In a recent article Dr Michael Brown promoted a false (and dangerous) gospel that confesses a false Christ – a confession that even the demons would not recognize. Before tackling Brown’s article we address two issues:

  1. Why the NAR confession of Christ is worsethan that of the confession...

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Written by churchwatcher
Thursday, 21 September 2017 09:53

The Judgment Of A 1574 Dutch Provincial Synod On Organs And Alms

50. As to the playing of organs in the church, it is maintained that this should be completely discontinued in accordance with the teaching of Paul in 1 Corinthians 14:19. And although some of these churches still use it at the end . . . Continue reading →

Authors: R. Scott Clark...

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Written by R. Scott Clark
Thursday, 21 September 2017 09:03

Nabeel Qureshi’s Funeral

This is the video of Christian apologist Nabeel Quershi’s funeral.

Filed under: christian apologetics, Christianity, Nabeel Qureshi, Theology Tagged: christian apologetics, Christianity, Nabeel Qureshi, Theology

Authors: SLIMJIM...

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Written by SLIMJIM
Thursday, 21 September 2017 08:58

When the Gospel is preached correctly, it divides Featured

by Mike Ratliff

34 Μὴ νομίσητε ὅτι ἦλθον βαλεῖν εἰρήνην ἐπὶ τὴν γῆν·...

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Written by Mike Ratliff
Thursday, 21 September 2017 08:06

Is the Bible the “letter” that kills us? Not at all!

2 Cor 3:6 – “the letter killeth, but the Spirit giveth life.” A verse that is frequently misused and misapplied to mean that we should focus on our feelings as a source of light superior to the Bible (here’s one example). To my surprise, Calvin wrote about this almost 500...

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Written by Gary Shogren
Thursday, 21 September 2017 07:58

Kris Vallotton -- Following the Bible is Small Minded

Kris Vallotton of Bethel Church brilliantly displays his complete idolization of this world...

Authors: 828 Ministries...

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Written by 828 Ministries