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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Friday, 17 November 2017 23:41

"What does this verse mean to you?" Not manifold meanings, but one Featured

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"What does this verse mean to you?" is a phrase oft-heard at Bible Study groups and the like. It suggests that Bible verses and passages can be interpreted variably, or that there can be multiple meanings to one text.This is not so. The question should be "What does this verse mean?" Period.The...

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Written by The End Time
Friday, 17 November 2017 23:38

Can the Gospels Be Integrated Together? One Scholar Says Yes.

The claim that the Gospels contradict is one of the most common objections raised against the Christian faith. In the updated Evidence that Demands a Verdict, my father and I list dozens of books that aim to answer this charge.

And yet since the publication of Evidence this fall, I came across a...

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Written by Sean McDowell
Friday, 17 November 2017 23:30

Personent hodie

Classical music was ubiquitous in my childhood. I first heard this hymn as a young boy:
At the time I found it too modern and dissonant to my youthful ear, but nowadays I like the vigorous, angular melody. A modern musical setting of a Latin Christmas...

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Written by steve
Friday, 17 November 2017 23:04

Another book to pass

This book for giving away has no cover to show — it’s just blank greenish cloth (hardbound).  The spine has the title.  It’s a book that ended up with me when a good friend passed away, and I already have an expanded version.
The title of this one is Unger’s Bible...

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Written by Glenn E. Chatfield
Friday, 17 November 2017 23:01

Jesus’ Victory Over Death: Joy in Our Tears, Hope in Our Loss

“…Our Savior, Christ Jesus, who has destroyed death and has brought life and immortality to light through the gospel.” 2 Tim. 1:10

     Jesus said to her, “I am the resurrection and the life. Whoever believes in me, though he die, yet shall he...

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Written by Scotty Smith
Friday, 17 November 2017 23:00

New Visual Theology: Subway-Style Prints

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Our collection of Visual Theology material continues to grow. Most recently we have added some beautiful and informational subway-style prints that may be of interest to you or to somebody on your holiday shopping list. There are three in the collection so far: Apostle’s Creed, Elder...

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Written by Tim Challies
Friday, 17 November 2017 23:00

New study: decline in mainline church attendance linked to progressive theology

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This study was reported in the Weekly Standard, of all places.

Excerpt:

A literal reading of scripture and faith in an interventionist God strengthen church attendance. According to a new academic study of what drives a mainline Protestant...

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Written by Wintery Knight
Friday, 17 November 2017 22:41

Simplicity and necessity

Recently I asked some Reformed Thomists a couple of questions:
I've read a number of sympathetic expositions of the Thomistic understanding of divine simplicity, which I'll dub Thomistic simplicity for short. I've also read some criticisms. I have a couple of interpretive questions for the group:
One...

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Written by steve
Friday, 17 November 2017 22:30

Mind-games

A recent exchange I had with an atheist:
There are a few issues here, first a pedantic one, calling the apparent evils "mysterious" somewhat begs the question, as on many hypotheses said evils are not mysterious at all, but instead exactly what one would expect, e.g. an evil god hypothesis, or an...

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Written by steve
Friday, 17 November 2017 22:04

God’s Delight in Being God: The Foundation of Christian Hedonism

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Sam Storms:

You are all aware, I’m quite sure, that there is an eternity of difference between saying, “Delight yourself,” and “Delight yourself in the Lord” (Psalm 37:4). The former is pagan or secular hedonism. The latter is Christian Hedonism. So let’s unpack...

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Written by Peter Cockrell
Friday, 17 November 2017 21:44

God Upholds Marriages

One of the privileges of my position is that I get the opportunity to conduct marriages. Yesterday, once again, I enjoyed that privilege. Two lovely young people, male and female,  made the most amazing promises regarding their future together. These promises were made in the context of a...

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Written by Allan Murray
Friday, 17 November 2017 21:29

The Greatest Gift God Can Give

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John Piper:

If you have something that you know will give others full, lasting pleasure and instead of showing it to them you elevate and exalt yourself, are you a loving person? No. You’re most definitely not a loving person. And so it is with God.

If God has something and he doesn’t...

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Written by Peter Cockrell
Friday, 17 November 2017 21:00

With Abounding Grace Radio On Justification By Grace Alone, Through Faith Alone

When Scripture uses the verb “to justify” (δικαιόω) as it does in Romans 3:20, “wherefore out of the works of the law will no flesh be justified before he, for through the law comes the knowledge of sin,” it means to say, . . . Continue...

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Written by R. Scott Clark
Friday, 17 November 2017 20:59

The Father’s Grace (Bunyan)

image The phrase “saved by grace” is one that is rich with meaning and comfort.  John Bunyan noted well that saying “saved by the grace of God” means “saved by the grace of the triune God.”  He then took some time to explain the grace of the Father, the...

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Written by Reformed Reader
Friday, 17 November 2017 20:38

Weekend A La Carte (November 18)

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I am in (on?) Rhode Island today, speaking at a little church-based conference here. If you are in the area, feel free to drop by Perryville Bible Church as it’s an open event. Meanwhile, here are some items to read or watch…

Amy Carmichael: A Soldier’s Life

Here’s a short...

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Written by Tim Challies
Friday, 17 November 2017 20:34

Polemics Report 198 | Peter Lumpkins’ Historic Blunder Featured

On today’s program, JD discusses Peter Lumpkins’ embarrassing use of an apostate Christian’s deviation from Limited Atonement to attack Limited Atonement. Then, Spurgeon is Calling.

Original Air Date: October 21, 2014

Hear More Archived Episodes of The Polemics Report...

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Written by Justus Zenas
Friday, 17 November 2017 20:00

10 Things You Should Know about Thanksgiving

November 18, 2017 by: Nathan A. Finnimage

1. Numerous nations celebrate a Thanksgiving holiday.

Many Americans consider Thanksgiving to be the quintessentially American holiday. It marks the beginning of our “holiday season,” a period that lasts into Christmas and through New...

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Written by Nathan A. Finn
Friday, 17 November 2017 19:16

Translations, Translations

I’ve recently been asked again about “the best” translation of the Greek NT.  The answer isn’t simple.  All translations of all texts involve multiple factors and decisions to be made.  There is the aim of conveying the source text in a different language, and...

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Written by larryhurtado
Friday, 17 November 2017 19:00

Museum of the Bible Opens in Washington, DC

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The remarkable Museum of the Bible is now open in Washington, DC, just blocks from the Capitol building (you can see it from the museum’s top floor). The building itself is stunning, and, as you walk through the museum, you’ll feel as if you are walking through any one of the...

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Written by Ken Ham
Friday, 17 November 2017 18:00

News Weakly - 11/18/17

This Day in HistoryOn November 13, 1998, then-President Bill Clinton agreed to pay Paula Jones $850,000 to drop her lawsuit claiming that he espoxed himself to her in a hotel room in 1991. He admitted no wrongdoing and offered no apology. Of course, Clinton finished out his term. He was impeached...

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Written by Winging It
Friday, 17 November 2017 18:00

What Role Do Good Works Play in Salvation?

Human good works play a tremendously important role. There can be no salvation whatsoever without good works, and your good works are crucial to your salvation. Now, how can a Protestant make a statement like that?

First of all, good works are absolutely crucial and are, indeed, necessary for...

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Written by R.C. Sproul
Friday, 17 November 2017 17:09

Discussion Guide: The Ultimate Proof of Creation Chapter 5

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As I’m going over this with a group of guys from my church I thought the following questions might be helpful for individuals and small groups to facilitate discussions and learning based upon the apologetics’ book “Ultimate Proof of Creation” by Jason Lisle.  It is a...

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Written by SLIMJIM
Friday, 17 November 2017 16:00

Jesus Christ, Our Hope

“This charge I commit unto thee, son Timothy, according to the prophecies which went before on thee, that thou by them mightest war a good warfare; Holding faith, and a good conscience; which some having put away concerning faith have made shipwreck.” (1 Timothy 1:18-19)

Paul had been...

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Written by Days of Praise from ICR
Friday, 17 November 2017 14:39

The Preaching of John MacArthur: Expository Polemical

A new MP3 sermon from The GraceLife Pulpit is now available on SermonAudio.com with the following details:
Title: The Preaching of John MacArthur: Expository & Polemical
Speaker: Phil Johnson
Broadcaster: The GraceLife Pulpit
Event: Teaching
Date: 1/13/2017
Length: 55 min. (64kbps)
Overview: A...

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Written by The GraceLife Pulpit
Friday, 17 November 2017 14:05

November 18: Dr. John Mason

The Rev. John Mitchell Mason [1770-1829] was an Associate Reformed pastor who served for many years in New York City. The following anecdote was published in The Evangelical Guardian, vol. IV, no. 6 (November 1846): 285. The story is related on those pages by the editor of the magazine, as part of...

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Written by archivist
Friday, 17 November 2017 14:00

A Grateful Heart

There are three main holidays which we will be celebrating in these coming days. Each one of them bears a particular message that we will find to be important to us and to the world in our time. The first of these is Thanksgiving. In a world of indignation, resentment, hatred, ungratefulness,...

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Written by admin
Friday, 17 November 2017 14:00

Our Soul Dwells Secure:Wallpaper

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"Our hearts find rest in God when, wearied with life's conflict, we turn to Him, and our soul dwells secure." -Spurgeon

What is my screen resolution?

Click Below to Download your Image:

Apple Devices: iPhones and iPod touch iPads

Android Phones: Galaxy S Series, Edge, Nexus 5X, 6P, Google Pixel,...

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Written by TFL
Friday, 17 November 2017 13:00

Winning into Freedom

If the Son makes you free, you shall be free indeed. —John 8:36

If there is even a trace of individual self-satisfaction left in us, it always says, “I can’t surrender,” or “I can’t be free.” But the spiritual part of our being never says “I...

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Written by RSS | My Utmost For His Highest
Friday, 17 November 2017 12:24

Why I Disagree With John Piper When He Uses Physical Strength to Differentiate Gender Roles

John Piper misuses physical strength as a marker for gender roles.

Authors: dee...

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Written by dee
Friday, 17 November 2017 11:04

Homosexual Marriage Always Trumps Religious Freedom Featured

Here are some home truths on the homosexual revolution sweeping the West, and implications for all sorts of freedoms, including religious freedom, freedom of speech and freedom of conscience:

-Whenever the state enacts something into law, corresponding duties and obligations are imposed on everyone,...

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Written by Bill Muehlenberg
Friday, 17 November 2017 11:00

The Lonely Road by Trevor Baker – The Cost of Following Jesus

The Lonely Road by Trevor Baker – The Cost of Following Jesus

LTRP Note: The following lyrics are written by song writer and singer Trevor Baker from his CD The Lonely Road. These lyrics below are to the title song, “The Lonely Road.” If you would like to listen to 30 second clips...

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Written by Lighthouse Trails Editors
Friday, 17 November 2017 10:48

The Deadliness of Slander

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Using the instance of Jesus’ good works being attributed to Satan, Denney gets at the basis of why some slander those who do good. While one may take exception to his statement that this is essence of “blaspheme of the Holy Spirit”, he does get at the spiritual and psychology root...

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Written by memoirandremains
Friday, 17 November 2017 09:18

Hillsong’s Carl Lentz Tells Christians Labeling Him a Coward: ‘You and I Know a Different Jesus’

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Brian Houston says that Hillsong started with his father Frank Houston back in 1977, known then as Christian Life Centre. In 2014, a Royal Commission discovered that the founder Frank Houston was a serial pedophile and had his crimes covered up by his son, Brian Houston from as early as 1999 (see...

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Written by churchwatcher
Friday, 17 November 2017 09:05

Debate Review: Hernandez Zachariades v. Flowers Pritchett

There has been some attention given to the recent debate on the subject of free will between Dr. Sonny Hernandez, Dr. Theodore Zachariades and Dr. Leighton Flowers and Dr. Johnathan Pritchett. The debate took place at the First Evangelical Lutheran Church in Houston Texas. I am not a man with...

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Written by edingess
Friday, 17 November 2017 08:37

The Attributes of God (17-Part MP3 Series)

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The Attributes of God (MP3 Series) Sydney Anglican Network Audio Sermons. The following files are in MP3 format.

To download MP3, right click and save the file to your hard drive.

Language About God - Part 1

Language About God - Part 2

The Character of God

The Concept of God - Part 1

The...

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Written by john_hendryx
Friday, 17 November 2017 08:03

Random Bits


image"I walk through this sinful world as a pilgrim in a foreign country" - CH Spurgeon

I apologize for falling behind this week but it's been a very busy month so far, but first I need to open with a prayer of praise: Dear Father in Heaven, your power and Majesty are beyond comprehension, and when...

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Written by Doug Evans
Friday, 17 November 2017 07:26

Boys and their toys

One of the stock objections to the local flood interpretation is that if Noah's flood was merely regional in scale, the ark was unnecessary. Humans and animals could survive outside the flood zone. 
That's a reasonable question. I've addressed that from various angles. 
Now I'd like to...

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Written by steve
Friday, 17 November 2017 07:13

On Abandoning Moral Principles for Political Power

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For almost two years, evangelicals and non-evangelicals have accused other evangelicals of “abandoning moral principles for political power.” This was a popular line throughout 2016, especially after Trump was nominated for and then elected President. This accusation has intensified...

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Written by SW
Friday, 17 November 2017 07:01

There can only be one

http://www.proginosko.com/2017/11/why-one/#more-3176As Duncan MacLeod of the Clan MacLeon was wont to say.

Authors: steve...

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Written by steve
Friday, 17 November 2017 06:46

Did Jesus Think He Was God? The Answer is Obvious… Featured

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Did Jesus Think He Was God?

I’ve come across people who say that Jesus never claimed to be God, because He never explicitly said these specific words…

“I am God.”

Now, IF it is true that there must be a direct quote in the Bible of Jesus saying “I am God” (in order...

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Written by theidolbabbler.com
Friday, 17 November 2017 05:58

How Much Endeavor Is Necessary?

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Mark Jones responds to the question of how many good works are necessary for salvation. He thinks the question is a tad misplaced:

Such questions (i.e., “How many?”) may actually reveal a legal spirit, not a gospel spirit, that needs mortifying. From those who should know better, to ask...

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Written by D. G. Hart
Friday, 17 November 2017 05:30

10 surprising places to see a pastor

Every once in a while, I’m in a conversation where a church member has expressed “surprise” to see his or her pastor in a given place. I thought you might enjoy hearing some of those conversations:

  1. “My pastor was the greeter in the parking lot this past Sunday.” He had...

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Written by Chuck Lawless
Friday, 17 November 2017 05:19

Throwback Friday: A Tale of Two Shepherds Featured

This essay first appeared on The End Time on November 17, 2011
 
imageProphecy of the ShepherdsThe LORD said to me, “Take again for yourself the equipment of a foolish shepherd. For indeed I will raise up a shepherd in the land who will not care...

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Written by The End Time
Friday, 17 November 2017 05:15

Why One?

Earlier this year I received the following thoughtful question from DG (as I will refer to him) about the argument for God from logic, which I quote in full:

In his essay [in Beyond the Control of God?] Professor Welty points out that in TCR [Theistic Conceptual Realism] “objectivity is...

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Written by James