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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When the job you love hurts you: exploring burnout in the workplace “According to Merv Gilbert, an adjunct professor of health sciences at Simon Fraser University, workplace burnout has three components. “You’re just wiped out. You don’t have any energy. The second thing...

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Written by David Murray
Monday, 18 September 2017 15:00

Honor True Widows: 1 Timothy 5:3-16 with Implications for the Church’s Social Responsibilities, Part 3

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From DBSJ 21 (2016); posted with permission. Read the series so far. This installment continues the exegetical study of 5:3-16.

Enrolling Widows in the Church: Verse 9–10

Χήρα καταλεγέσθω μὴ...

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Written by Ben Edwards
Monday, 18 September 2017 14:15

Wary, Weary, and Weak?

Written by: Scotty Smith

     Have you not known? Have you not heard? The Lord is the everlasting God, the Creator of the ends of the earth. He does not faint or grow weary; his understanding is unsearchable. He gives power to the faint, and to him who has no might he increases...

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Written by Scotty Smith
Monday, 18 September 2017 14:05

Sound of Sanity, Ep 7: God Sends Hurricanes

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God is sovereign over storms. That means He sent the recent hurricanes that have caused so much devastation. What’s with that? And if the might and power of God is revealed in a devastating hurricane, is there a way in which...

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Written by The Warhorn Editors
Monday, 18 September 2017 13:15

We Are Called to Be Faithful, But Only God Can Make our Efforts Fruitful

imageHere’s one thing I know about women in the church: we tend to wear many hats.  Each and every day we have a variety of roles and responsibilities and places we need to be.  We have passions and giftings and callings from the Lord that we are committed to day in and day out....

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Written by Jennifer Oshman
Monday, 18 September 2017 13:00

A Pedophile Scandal Implodes Iceland’s Government

American evangelical leaders have much to learn from secularists in Iceland

Authors: deb...

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Written by deb
Monday, 18 September 2017 12:59

2017 National Symphony of Prayer for Revival

A “symphony of prayer” involves God’s people coming together to “agree” (lit. symphonize) regarding that for which they “ask” (Matt. 18:18-20). This symphony of prayer is specifically to pray for revival and another great awakening. To prepare our...

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Written by John Van Gelderen
Monday, 18 September 2017 12:38

Setting the Tone in Your Home

I will never forget the day that little five year old Sawyer looked up at me and said, “Mama, you’re always mad.” It was a wake up call like no other. The truth is that I hadn’t realized how irritable I had become in that phase of life. But, when he said it, scenes...

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Written by Melissa
Monday, 18 September 2017 12:13

Affirm Traditional Marriage and You Can Lose Your Job for “Hate Speech” Featured

Let me cut to the quick: if you dare to question the radical homosexual agenda, or if you dare to publicly defend what the institution of marriage has always been about, chances are very good that you can lose your job, be fined, or face other heavy-handed penalties for your views.

All over the West...

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Written by Bill Muehlenberg
Monday, 18 September 2017 11:39

Premillennial Pretribulationism as a Consequence of the Protestant Reformation

Editor’s Note: Dr. Ron J. Bigalke is the author of the brand new book, When? The Biblical Timing for Prophetic Fulfillment, from Dispensational Publishing House. The book is now available for presale, and it has the potential to become a go-to resource for years to come in the realm of...

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Written by admin
Monday, 18 September 2017 11:32

President Trump In New York At United Nations Slams Globalist Group For Squandering Money, Calls For Reform

President Trump used his inaugural address at the United Nations on Monday to criticize the globalist world body for not living up to its “potential”.

The post President Trump In New York At United Nations Slams Globalist Group For Squandering Money, Calls For Reform appeared first on Now...

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Written by Geoffrey Grider
Monday, 18 September 2017 10:47

A Quick Argument Against Libertarian Calvinism

Monday, 18 September 2017 10:05

Free to Love

Written by: Erik Raymond
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What is love? And how do we love others?

There is unlikely a word that is more familiar and unfamiliar at the same time. We love pizza and our spouses. What do we mean?

The Bible is helpful in pointing us back to the greatest demonstration of love:

By this we know...

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Written by Erik Raymond
Monday, 18 September 2017 09:54

How to become humble

Humility flows not from thinking badly about oneself (that is still pride that I am not better); rather it flows from not thinking of oneself. It is not obtained by looking to oneself, but is obtained by looking one greater.  True humility before God and worship are inextricably linked:

Poverty...

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Written by memoirandremains
Monday, 18 September 2017 09:42

Sipping wine in the place where the grape is grown Featured

In the late 1980s I was inspired by the movie Shirley Valentine, a film that depicted a middle-aged London wife unhappy with her boring husband and her dreary life. "I want to sip wine in the place where the grape is grown" Shirley had said. So she chucked her husband and her life and jetted off...

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Written by The End Time
Monday, 18 September 2017 09:10

STROKE OF GENIUS: President Trump Authorizes Opening Of First-Ever American Military Base In Israel

Israel and the U.S. inaugurated the first American military base on Israeli soil on Monday, which will serve soldiers operating a missile defense system.

The post STROKE OF GENIUS: President Trump Authorizes Opening Of First-Ever American Military Base In Israel appeared first on Now The End Begins.

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Written by Geoffrey Grider
Monday, 18 September 2017 08:59

The Necessary Evidence Of The Rebirth.

Concerning the word of life – the life was made manifest, and we have seen it, and testify to it and proclaim to you the eternal life, which was with the Father and was made manifest to us – that which we have seen and heard we proclaim also to you, so that you too may have fellowship...

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Written by brianschoonmaker
Monday, 18 September 2017 08:29

What Are Appropriate Acts of Worship?

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What are proper bodily postures we should have when we are worshiping God? What expressions should we give in our worship? We need to be sure that our bodily postures and expressions are true reflections of our heart. We don’t want to contain our emotions when we genuinely want to worship and...

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Written by Tim Conway
Monday, 18 September 2017 08:13

The First Commandment (Fall Convocation 2017

Watch our newly appointed Old Testament Assistant Professor, Dr. Stephen Coleman, deliver the Fall Convocation message on the first of the Ten Commandments.

The post The First Commandment (Fall Convocation 2017 appeared first on Westminster Theological Seminary.

Authors: Dan Adams...

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Written by Dan Adams
Monday, 18 September 2017 08:00

Covenant and God’s Purpose for the World – Thomas Schreiner (2017)

Biblical theology is the discipline that reveals the storyline of Scripture. It looks at the big picture, which begins at creation and culminates with the new earth, where God makes all things new. “The purpose of biblical theology,” according to James Hamilton “is to sharpen our...

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Written by David Steele
Monday, 18 September 2017 07:50

Seven Questions about Books, Life, and Ministry with Jason Garwood

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

My name is Jason, and I serve as the teaching pastor and church planter at Cross & Crown Church, located in Northern Virginia. As I type this, we’re closing on our house...

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Written by Matthew Adams
Monday, 18 September 2017 07:35

Council of Google Plus: Discussing Suffering w/ Amy Mantravadi Featured

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Her Blog site: http://amymantravadi.com/

End Song: https://youtu.be/b8SOhxZzS1Y

The post Council of Google Plus: Discussing Suffering w/ Amy Mantravadi appeared first on Bible Thumping Wingnut.

Authors: John Wilkinson

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Written by John Wilkinson
Monday, 18 September 2017 07:32

FALSE PROPHECY ALERT: The So-Called ‘Great Sign’ That’s ‘Happening’ On September 23rd Is 100% Not True

I am talking of course about the upcoming 'Great Sign' prophecy which is set to take place on September 23rd, just 5 days from this writing.

The post FALSE PROPHECY ALERT: The So-Called ‘Great Sign’ That’s ‘Happening’ On September 23rd Is 100% Not True appeared first on...

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Written by Geoffrey Grider
Monday, 18 September 2017 06:45

The Fish and the Grace of God

It was all his fault, and he knew it. Jonah pleaded with the sailors to throw him over. He could see the fear in their eyes as the waves continued to pound against the ship. These sailors were seasoned professionals and had seen storms before, but never anything like this. This was something...

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Written by James Williams
Monday, 18 September 2017 06:42

Nabeel Qureshi, author of Seeking Allah, Finding Jesus, passes

(Nashville, TN) September 18, 2017—It is with deep sympathy for family and loved ones that HarperCollins Christian Publishing recognizes the passing of Nabeel Qureshi, who lost his year-long battle with stomach cancer on Saturday, September 16, 2017, and entered into the presence of Jesus,...

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Written by ZA Blog
Monday, 18 September 2017 06:39

Where is your treasure? Featured

by Mike Ratliff

16 So because you are lukewarm, and neither hot nor cold, I will spit you out of My mouth. 17 Because you say, “I am rich, and have become wealthy, and have need of nothing,” and you do not know that you are wretched and miserable and poor and blind and naked, 18 I advise...

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Written by Mike Ratliff
Monday, 18 September 2017 06:35

Biblical Manhood and Womanhood Q A | Theology Gals | Episode 33 Featured

This week Coleen and Ashley wrap up their series on complementarianism and answer voice-mail questions.

Episode Resources

Podcasts from this series: 
ESS with Rachel Miller, Complementarianism Part 1Genesis 3:16 with Wendy AlsupWomen and the Church with Aimee Byrd

Episode Music from Castle...

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Written by Coleen Sharp
Monday, 18 September 2017 06:19

Lessons from the conversion of Zaccheus

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Written by Acidri
Monday, 18 September 2017 06:12

Are You Truly Born Again? Church Attendance And Good Works Do Not Save You

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The author of confusion and the father of lies, continues to work in the minds of people all over the world. The mind is the devil’s battlefield and playground.  He does not have to yell.  The thoughts which he puts into the minds of people – especially church going people...

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Written by Geri Ungurean
Monday, 18 September 2017 05:54

The Connection between Baptists and Revivals

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Charles Hodge explained that Christianity rooted in the covenant favors Presbyterianism and rejects credo-Baptism as well as revival:

. . . what we think is plainly taught in Scripture, what is reasonable in itself, and confirmed by the experience of the church, is, that early, assiduous, and...

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Written by D. G. Hart
Monday, 18 September 2017 05:21

3 Pivotal Questions on the Reformation and the Doctrine of Justification

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This sponsored post was prepared by Zondervan Academic and includes material written by Frank James, Douglas Moo, and Peter H. Davids for Zondervan Academic Online Courses.

One of the decisive doctrines to emerge from the Protestant Reformation—and central to Luther’s theology—was...

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Written by Tim Challies
Monday, 18 September 2017 05:00

Dr. Michael Brown Refutes "Weather Warriors" (Like Lance Wallnau) But Still Supports Jennifer "Sneaky Squid" LeClaire Featured

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Well this is interesting.

Dr. Michael Brown has no problem believing in the "Sneaky Squid Spirit" because his senior editor at Charisma Magazine, Jennifer LeClaire, claims that this demonic creature exists. Brown believes that the Reformation principle of "Sola Scriptura" (Scripture Alone)...

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Written by Steven Kozar
Monday, 18 September 2017 04:57

Israel Again Failing to Rely on God

Pet Peeve #1: People who are constantly looking for “signs” of the return of Jesus, the Rapture, the beginning of the Tribulation, and the end of the world! Apparently, this Saturday, September 23, the world “might” experience the Rapture of the saints, immediately followed...

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Written by modres
Monday, 18 September 2017 04:43

Ready To Run

Ravi Zacharias has a piece in the Washington Post about Nabeel Qureshi. In the opening of the article, Zacharias refers to a characteristic Qureshi had that few other Christians have in this culture:
The first time I saw him, he sat at a table across from me, one of his legs constantly moving almost...

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Written by Jason Engwer
Monday, 18 September 2017 04:10

Jim Bakker Claims “Every Prophecy I’ve Made Has Come True.” Also, Donald Trump Watches His Show. Featured

A few things you’ll learn from this clip.

First, Bakker claims that Trump watches the Jim Bakker Program.

Secondly, Bakker claims Trump admires Bakker for “getting back up.”

Third, the applause you hear after Bakker says the above is a sound effect. You can hear the few (25-30)...

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Written by News Division
Monday, 18 September 2017 04:06

The Half-Way Covenant Whole-Hearted Youth Ministry

Baptists and Presbyterians can agree regarding one application of child baptism in church history. What was known as the Half-way Covenant was a bad idea. Yet from it we can gain a valuable lesson regarding the church’s gospel duty to young people.

Jonathan Edwards was the pastor during...

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Written by Barry York
Monday, 18 September 2017 03:30

Vatican Shields Pedophile from American (and probably any) Prosecution Featured

imageThe Roman Catholic priesthood attracts – or creates – pedophiles. Whether it’s forbidding priests to marry or its general satanic corruption, there has perhaps been no religion on Earth more associated with the molestation of children. To this day, the systemic and...

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Written by News Division
Monday, 18 September 2017 03:20

Mere Protestantism

I'll comment on this:
I guess the best thing that can be said for it is the pertinent reminder that the Reformation isn't over. It says a lot of things I can...

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Written by steve
Monday, 18 September 2017 03:16

What Are the Synoptic Gospels, and Where Do They Come From?

The Bible’s four gospels paint four portraits of Jesus. While each gospel follows him on the same journey, they recount it a little differently. They had their own methods, styles, purposes, audiences, and (probably) sources—making each portrait of Jesus uniquely valuable.

Despite their...

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Written by ZA Blog
Monday, 18 September 2017 03:11

Interpretive levels

This is a prequel to a post on "A Reforming Catholic Confession". As I was thinking about it, it raised a number of preliminary questions.
i) Because Christianity is a bookish religion, centered on biblical revelation, hermeneutics is a central feature of Christianity. The interpretation of a text....

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Written by steve
Monday, 18 September 2017 03:07

Does the Bible Teach Definite Atonement?

“To support the doctrine of definite atonement, I don’t think it’s as simple as providing a set of biblical texts. For example, as someone who believes in definite atonement, I could bring all the particularistic texts to the table and speak about Christ’s death for me, for...

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Written by Dan Adams
Monday, 18 September 2017 03:03

‘He Hath Made My Tongue a Trumpet’: John Knox’s Humble Obedience to the Call and Word of God

The Scottish Reformer John Knox was far from a perfect man. He was, in fact, very flawed, as he himself was willing to admit (see below: ‘the inconsiderate sharpness of my tongue’). Yet he is a part of that great cloud of witnesses that now cheers us on, and there is much of value that...

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Written by Jonathan Kleis
Monday, 18 September 2017 02:55

Jory Micah Added to Female Preachers Conference Featured

You might know Jory Micah.

Most recently, Micah denied inerrancy on Twitter, and in defense, doubled-down by denying the Trinity. She’s gained attention after being dismissed from her teaching position at a school that believes in ordaining women, and claimed that it was because she was a...

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Written by News Division
Monday, 18 September 2017 02:25

Religious pedigree

This post is occasioned by the question of whether Ahmadis are real Muslims. Because the late Nabeel Qureshi was the most high-profile Muslim convert to Christianity, Muslim apologists attempt to discredit his witness by claiming that Admadis aren't real Muslims. 
Since I'm not Muslim, I don't...

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Written by steve
Monday, 18 September 2017 02:19

Spiritual Disciplines and the Appearance of Wisdom

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Spiritual Formation….Contemplative/Centering/Apopathic/Breath Prayer….”Christian Yoga“….Enneagram (you’ll learn about this below) are terms Bible believing evangelicals must become familiar with. All of these practices have been introduced into mainstream...

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Written by Marsha West