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, 14 November 2017 16:00

Graphic Abortion Display Evokes Volatile Reactions, But God Is Always at Work Behind the Scenes

image Recently a prolife group at Portland State University (not far from my hometown of Gresham, Oregon), hosted a mobile display for the Genocide Awareness Project (GAP), a project which shows images of aborted children next to victims of historical and contemporary genocides and other injustices. It...

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Written by Randy Alcorn
Tuesday, 14 November 2017 16:00

The Greatest Offense of Indulgences Featured

Where is your theological line in the sand?

As a Christian, how much of an assault on God’s character or His gospel can you endure before your righteous indignation rises up in response? And when that threshold has been reached, are you able to channel that passion in a way that honors God and...

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Written by Grace to You Blog
Tuesday, 14 November 2017 16:00

The Grace of Being Content

“And having food and raiment let us be therewith content.” (1 Timothy 6:8)

The last of God’s Ten Commandments—and probably the most difficult to obey—deals with the sin of covetousness. “Thou shalt not covet . . . any thing that is thy neighbour’s” (E...

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Written by Days of Praise from ICR
Tuesday, 14 November 2017 15:55

4 Problems and Pitfalls of Psychiatric Diagnoses

When it comes to psychiatric diagnoses and Christians, we are typically too warm or too cold. Michael Emlet, from the Christian Counseling and Educational Foundation (CCEF), calls this The Goldilocks Principle. Either we are too warm (too accepting) of diagnoses, or too cold (too highly...

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Written by Paul Tautges
Tuesday, 14 November 2017 15:00

Give To Those Who Beg From You

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Should we give to everyone who begs from us? Jesus said we should, after all (Matt 5:42; Luke 6:30). It's an interesting question, because very few people want to disagree with Jesus; at the same time, very few people actually think you should give to literally everyone who asks you for something...

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Written by Andrew Wilson
Tuesday, 14 November 2017 14:10

Where are the Men in the Church?

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America is in crisis. I weep often as I look around and see the staggering confusion of masculinity and manhood identity crisis. As we look at sociological data and statistics, analysts often point out the root problem in the failure of men. In our fatherless culture, many guys struggle with...

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Written by Jonathan Hayashi
Tuesday, 14 November 2017 14:05

November 15: The Road Much Traveled

The Great Wagon Road for Scotch-Irish Presbyterians by Rev. David T Myers

When this author’s mother moved from Scotland to America with her new husband in 1932, she came through Ellis Island, New York. When Scot-Irish Presbyterians came in the 1700’s to America, they landed at several...

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Written by archivist
Tuesday, 14 November 2017 14:05

There is No "Just" in the Body of Christ

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A couple of months ago, I was invited to a church to help lead their annual leader training. At this annual meeting, they eat dinner together, talk about their overall ministry philosophy and goals, and then break out into age segments for more directed and specific training. During the dinner, I...

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Written by Michael Kelley
Tuesday, 14 November 2017 14:00

A New Edition of the Greek New Testament

Today, the Tyndale House Greek New Testament (THGNT) was released by Crossway. Dr. Dirk Jongkind and Dr. Peter Williams, along with a team of New Testament scholars, spent ten years producing this new edition of the Greek New Testament. The THGNT is unique among modern critical editions of the...

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Written by Center for the Study of New Testament Manuscripts
Tuesday, 14 November 2017 14:00

Featured Resource: "Everyone a Child Should Know"

Perfect for the young child on your Christmas list, the brand new book, Everyone a Child Should Know is available now when you make a sustaining year-end gift to Truth For Life.

Everyone a Child Should Know is the beautifully illustrated sequel to the widely popular book Everything a Child Should...

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Written by TFL
Tuesday, 14 November 2017 14:00

Essential Elements of Young Earth Creationism and Their Importance to Christian Theology (Part 1)

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From DBSJ 21 (2016): 31–58. Republished with permission.

Matthew A. Postiff1

For about 15 years I have had the privilege of studying under William Combs, Bruce Compton, and Robert McCabe. More recently, I have benefited from their advice concerning local church...

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Written by Guest
Tuesday, 14 November 2017 13:49

Blood and soil

Introduction

A major premise of the alt-right is that culture is inseparable from race. In particular, Western culture is inseparable from the white race.

By Western culture, the alt-right mean Western civilization. The alt-right seem to use culture and civilization interchangeably.

By the white...

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Written by epistleofdude
Tuesday, 14 November 2017 13:35

Running from “the Black Dog”

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Last week the time changed and it would be difficult for me to overstate how difficult this time of the year can be for me. Typically, I leave the house before the sun rises in the morning and do not return until after it sets. Because of the nature of my job, most of my time during the day is...

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Written by Scott Slayton
Tuesday, 14 November 2017 13:00

“What Is That to You?”

Peter…said to Jesus, "But Lord, what about this man?" Jesus said to him, "…what is that to you? You follow Me." —John 21:21-22

One of the hardest lessons to learn comes from our stubborn refusal to refrain from interfering in other people’s lives. It takes a long time to...

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Written by RSS | My Utmost For His Highest
Tuesday, 14 November 2017 13:00

Daily Bible Readings: Nov. 16-30

Thursday, Nov. 16 Ezekiel 33:1-34:31 Hebrews 13:1-25 Psalm 115:1-18 Proverbs 27:21-22

Friday, Nov. 17 Ezekiel 35:1-36:38 James 1:1-18 Psalm 116:1-19 Proverbs 27:23-27

Saturday, Nov. 18 Ezekiel 37:1-38:23 James 1:19-2:17 Psalm 117:1-2 Proverbs 28:1

Sunday, Nov. 19 Ezekiel 39:1-40:27 James 2:18-3:18 Psa...

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Written by christianindex
Tuesday, 14 November 2017 12:46

Empty suits

Christian apologist and biologist Jonathan McLatchie recently dueled with a Street Epistemologist: 
Street Epistmology is a wedge tactic devised by militant atheist and hack philosopher Peter Boghossian. His elvish little helpers...

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Written by steve
Tuesday, 14 November 2017 12:44

What You Need to Tell Your Local Public School Officials About Children and Mindfulness Meditation

What You Need to Tell Your Local Public School Officials About Children and Mindfulness Meditation

Today we received a call from a concerned woman who found out that a local public school was about to introduce mindfulness meditation to children at the school. She called the school and has been...

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Written by Lighthouse Trails Editors
Tuesday, 14 November 2017 11:41

Gossip Understood

image“You shall not bear false witness against your neighbor”(Exodus 20:16). The most blatant violation of the ninth commandment is any lie that harms someone else…When the Bible condemns gossip, it means something more than just casual talk about other people’s business. Gossip...

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Written by John Samson
Tuesday, 14 November 2017 11:25

Polemics Report 196 | Voice in the Wilderness Featured

On today’s program, JD answers a sincere question about Calvinism, and then Voice in the Wilderness segment from the Spurgeon of Arkansas, Harold Smith of the Lee Creek Baptist Church.

Original Air Date: October 17, 2014

Hear More Archived Episodes of The Polemics Report – HERE

Vi...

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Written by Justus Zenas
Tuesday, 14 November 2017 11:17

SAL#60 A Little Of Everything | Evangelism, Creation In 3-D, God’s Sovereignty Self-Defense/Pacifism Featured

There’s a little bit of everything in this episode.  We got some evangelism, some Genesis/creation stuff, some chatting about God’s sovereignty and wrap up with a small snippet on the self-defense/pacifism debate.

Cell53 Pacifism Debate Link

Hope you enjoy the show!

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Written by Adam Staub
Tuesday, 14 November 2017 11:14

What is The ‘Vision of the Waves’?

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While traveling in the Bahamas in 1956 as part of a gospel quartet, NAR Apostle Loren Cunningham claimed to receive a vision from God. It is often known as the ‘Vision of the Waves’.

Not only did this vision help launch his YWAM movement, it inspired many...

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Written by churchwatcher
Tuesday, 14 November 2017 10:59

WHAT IS THE TRUE HISTORY OF OUR COSMOS? IS THE BOOK OF GENESIS AN ALLEGORY AS SOME BELIEVE? OR IS GENESIS HISTORY?

There is a growing attack on the Book of Genesis like never before! If a person does not view Genesis as the inspired Word of God, then it will inevitably be simply a matter of time before they begin to start doubting the virgin birth, the deity of Jesus Christ, and even His resurrection from...

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Written by Mary/Living For His Glory
Tuesday, 14 November 2017 10:36

Christian Reflections on the Homosexual Marriage Vote Featured

I have already written an article on the ‘yes’ vote win on homosexual marriage in Australia. Another article will soon appear looking in more detail at the political, social, legal and cultural implications. But here I wish to simply speak to some issues as a biblical Christian.

The...

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Written by Bill Muehlenberg
Tuesday, 14 November 2017 10:02

Grace: Radically Excluding All Merit (Bavinck)

image Here’s a helpful brief discussion of grace by Herman Bavinck:

…His (God’s) election and guidance, his rescue and redemption, and all the benefits that Israel received in distinction from other peoples, can only be attributed to God’s grace (Exod. 15:13, 16; 19:4;...

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Written by Reformed Reader
Tuesday, 14 November 2017 10:00

Sodom and Gomorrah

Bruce Waltke writes in Genesis: A Commentary (p 274):

Once again Lot is compared and contrasted with Abraham. In Scene 3 the angels arrived in the heat of the day, and Abraham the pilgrim was at his tent’s entrance. In Scene 4 they arrive at Sodom in the evening, and Lot, possibly one of the...

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Written by epistleofdude
Tuesday, 14 November 2017 09:30

Free Speech Is Dying on College Campuses. Here Are 5 Ways to Revive and Protect It.

During the past 18 months, college students have engaged in disruptive and even violent activities toward guest speakers whose ideas they considered offensive.

In response, college administrators have tended to capitulate to—or collaborate with—the demonstrators by disinviting scheduled...

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Written by Bruce Ashford
Tuesday, 14 November 2017 09:18

Our moral witness

Controversies like the Roy Moore affair raise two kinds of issues: topical issues specific to that particular choice or situation; in addition, they illustrate general issues and principles in ethics and decision-making. I think the Alabama Senate race is probably a lost cause at this juncture...

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Written by steve
Tuesday, 14 November 2017 08:23

The NAR Teachings On Display in Christo-Politics

A new article asking if a Christian can be a Democrat reveals how far the NAR has infiltrated into the church today...

Authors: 828 Ministries...

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Written by 828 Ministries
Tuesday, 14 November 2017 08:06

Favorite Scripture #7: The Grace of God That Bringeth Salvation

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Titus 2:11-15

11 For the grace of God that bringeth salvation hath appeared to all men,12 Teaching us that, denying ungodliness and worldly lusts, we should live soberly, righteously, and godly, in this present world;13 Looking for that blessed hope, and the glorious appearing of...

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Written by Sola Scriptura
Tuesday, 14 November 2017 08:00

Black Hebrew Israelites and Isaiah 28:10 | The Rapp Report daily 008 | SFE | Andrew Rappaport Featured

Black Hebrew Islaelites use Isaiah 28:10 as a proof of their sytle of interpretation that allows their justification of proof-texting. This is a wrong way to interpret.

This podcast is a ministry of Striving...

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Written by Andrew Rappaport
Tuesday, 14 November 2017 08:00

Sexual Abuse in the Church with Frank Mullis and Coleen Sharp | The Rapp Report weekly 003 | SFE | Andrew Rappaport | Striving for Featured

Hollywood destroys one of itself own with Harvey Weinstein. This should not surprise us because Hollywood has been pushing an anti-Christian agenda for a long time.

Sexual Abuse Occurs even in the Church Body

This episode is not for children. We will be discussing things that children are not ready...

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Written by Andrew Rappaport
Tuesday, 14 November 2017 07:57

9 examples of 'state-funded porn'

(Warning: This column cotains graphic content)

From coast to coast, parents are demanding answers from their schools. No, it’s not about academics. It’s about X-rated sex education that is the product of collaboration between the Planned Parenthood/pro-abortion forces and...

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Written by Linda Harvey
Tuesday, 14 November 2017 07:42

Luther's Happy Discovery

1. Dr. Michael Reeves: Luther's Happy Discovery

Luther's Happy Discovery from Union on Vimeo.

2. Dr. Michael Reeves preaches Luther's early sermon on Luke 18 entitled 'The Pharisee and the Tax-Collector' which gets to the heart of his gospel discovery.

This talk was delivered at Immanuel Nashville's...

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Written by John Samson
Tuesday, 14 November 2017 07:15

Ephesians 4:29-32 Applied to Christian Communication, A Hack-Job Video, and Francis’ Unorthodox Views

Started off with some geeky stuff, a few new books, etc., then moved to Ephesians 4 and how we are to behave as believers, especially in the realm of communication.  Moved seamlessly into a hack-job video that P&P is promoting, a personal attack upon me.  Played the whole thing...

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Written by James White
Tuesday, 14 November 2017 07:12

Marriage Vote: ‘Yes’ Wins Featured

After a long, protracted and often bitter few months of debate, electioneering and controversy, the vote is finally now in: the “Yes” vote has won. The results have just been released, and the percentages are these; 62% yes and 38% no. This is a tremendous disappointment in so many ways....

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Written by Bill Muehlenberg
Tuesday, 14 November 2017 07:09

A Coin Related to Acts 19

I recently saw this silver Cistophorus listed for sale at a coin-selling site. The reverse has a nice image and inscription related to Diana of Ephesus. The obverse is not too bad with images of Claudius and Agrippina. This coin provides a nice background illustration to Acts 19. The price is a bit...

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Written by BibleX
Tuesday, 14 November 2017 06:34

Emotions: Their Origination, Disruption and Restoration

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Emotions are an essential element of how God has created us. However, with the fall and sin entering the world, emotions have been disrupted and corrupted. Yet through Jesus Christ, there is restoration of our emotions and believers grow more and more into the likeness of Jesus Christ.

Authors:...

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Written by Chuck Vuolo
Tuesday, 14 November 2017 06:10

The Nature and Purpose of Baptism

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What does baptism do? A number of different answers have been given to this question. At one end of the spectrum are those who say that it is a converting ordinance. At the other end are those who claim that baptism is a mere sign of our salvation and profession of faith. Although it has been...

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Written by Meet the Puritans
Tuesday, 14 November 2017 05:55

Boldness is not insolence Featured

by Mike Ratliff

7 οὗ ἐγενήθην διάκονος κατὰ τὴν δωρεὰν τῆς χάριτος...

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Written by Mike Ratliff
Tuesday, 14 November 2017 05:40

Seven Questions About Books, Life, and Ministry with Joshua Mills

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

My name is Joshua Mills. This past September I began my studies in the Master of Divinity program at Toronto Baptist Seminary. In my local church, I have been responsible for...

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Written by Joshua Mills
Tuesday, 14 November 2017 05:37

How W-w Liberates

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Dan Hitchens objects to an understanding of religion that sees faith as fundamentally opposed to freedom. Here is one version of it:

loads of us long to know our place and stay in it with strict rules and regulations so that we don’t have to be bothered with choice and can just do as the...

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Written by D. G. Hart
Tuesday, 14 November 2017 05:20

God Actually Spoke To Me

imageArticle by Tim Challies – original source here.

I want to hear God’s voice. I want him to speak to me in a personal way. I want to know that it’s really and truly him. Is that too much to ask?

It’s not too much to ask. In fact, it is God’s joy to communicate to each one...

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Written by John Samson
Tuesday, 14 November 2017 04:55

PROVERBS 22:6 RE-EXAMINED: Train Up a Child in the Way He Should Go

Today’s post is part four of our “Re-Examined Series,” in which we are taking a look at some well-known passages that may not mean what we’ve tried to make the mean over the years. Today we will re-examine Proverbs 22:6, “Train up a child in the way he should go; e...

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Written by Wes
Tuesday, 14 November 2017 04:37

This Theologically Orphaned Generation

For though you have countless guides in Christ, you do not have many fathers . . . — 1 Corinthians 4:15a

Setting – November 1992, an evangelical church in the American South.

Concerned Voter: I don’t know. I can’t believe the American people elected this man.Unconcerned Voter:...

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Written by Jared C. Wilson
Tuesday, 14 November 2017 04:35

Has Facebook become the new confessional?

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By definition, a ‘confessional’ is an enclosed stall in a church divided by a screen or curtain in which a priest sits to hear confessions. Has Facebook become the new confessional? Perry Noble’s latest ‘confession’ on Facebook covered in a new article from our fellow...

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Written by churchwatcher