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 05:13

Your church music is incomplete if…

Everyone has an opinion on the topic of Church music. Should we have loud music or quiet music? Should there be lights and fog? Should we use hymns, psalms, or modern songs? What instruments should we use? The reality is that tons of great Christians will answer these questions differently, and...

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Written by David Appelt
Friday, 17 November 2017 04:58

Did you miss The Index video report at the annual meeting? Here it is.

LAWRENCEVILLE — As one Mike and Mike was calling it quits, another appeared at the 2017 Georgia Baptist Convention annual meeting. 

Temporarily borrowing the moniker of a popular ESPN morning show, Web Content Editor Scott Barkley and Editor J. Gerald Harris walked viewers through an...

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Written by christianindex
Friday, 17 November 2017 04:27

Grace Efficacious, Grace Unlosable (Hoekema)

image God’s saving grace is sovereign grace. That means so many things!  It means that election is gracious rather than meritorious (Eph 1:6); election is unconditional because it is all of God’s gracious good pleasure.  Regeneration is gracious: we were dead in sin, but God...

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Written by Reformed Reader
Friday, 17 November 2017 04:25

Arabia Mountian and Religious Liberty

Arabia Mountain is a seemingly endless plain of granite outside Lithonia that used to be a rock quarry. This granite is a continuation of the same system of granite that makes up Stone Mountain. It’s hard to pin down exactly how far that system spreads but some reports claim it goes...

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Written by Mike Griffin
Friday, 17 November 2017 04:20

The Reformation’s Recovery of Biblical Worship

imageAt a recent Pastors’ Conference I attended in California, I got to hear a teaching I would rank as in the top ten messages I’ve ever heard. It was that good!

The teaching was entitled “The Reformation’s Recovery of Biblical Worship” and taught by Pastor Travis Peterson...

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Written by John Samson
Friday, 17 November 2017 03:55

Is Russia Mentioned in Bible Prophecy?

Here’s a very interesting article on the subject by Gary DeMar.

Authors: John Samson...

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Written by John Samson
Friday, 17 November 2017 03:43

Gleanings from Judges [19] Featured

imageThe Outrage at Gibeah (Judges 19)

The last five chapters of Judges are better treated as appendices. They set the overall theme of the book that speaks to Israel’s canaanization. The events recorded in them take place early in Israel’s history in the land. Shortly after Joshua had died....

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Written by fivepointer
Friday, 17 November 2017 03:09

The Father’s Love

Enjoy this brief excerpt from John Murray’s sermon on Romans 8:32. PreorderO Death, Where Is Thy Sting? today to read more from the first full collection of Professor Murray’s sermons and prayers.

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He that spared not his own Son, but delivered him up for...

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Written by Dan Adams
Friday, 17 November 2017 03:00

The Fruits of Bethel Church – Ashamed of the Gospel, Flirting with the Occult.

 Our good friend Rick Decker from ‘Famine In The Land’, continues with the third article in his series on the New Apostolic Reformation, examining the fruits of Bethel School of Supernatural Ministry:

The false doctrines of Bethel church are well documented.  Word of faith...

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Written by churchwatcher
Friday, 17 November 2017 02:25

True Prosperity

Promotional emails and full-color mailers for Black Friday, Cyber Monday, and other holiday sales are coming your way, and so are the urges to buy more things, a lot more things. But step back and inhale a nice, slow, deep breath. Don’t let the tidal wave of holiday marketing and cultural...

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Written by TOvermiller
Friday, 17 November 2017 01:11

Reiki in the Church! – Is Disciples of Christ An Indicator of Things to Come for the Evangelical Church?

Reiki in the Church! – Is Disciples of Christ An Indicator of Things to Come for the Evangelical Church?

The denomination, Disciples of Christ (aka The Christian Church or The Disciples) is a mainstream evangelical group that has ties with the World Council of Churches and is known for its...

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Written by Lighthouse Trails Editors
Friday, 17 November 2017 01:04

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

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In a piece we posted by Pam Frost titled  The Interface of Medieval Mysticism and Buddhist Mindfulness Meditation we wrote in the intro: What is the goal of mysticism? According to [Pam] Frost, “the goal is ‘to alter one’s perception of reality, redefining the self, the...

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Written by Marsha West
Friday, 17 November 2017 01:01

Free Stuff Fridays (Missional Wear)

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This week’s Free Stuff Fridays is sponsored by Missional Wear. There are some very unique items up for grabs! You are among the first to see these brand new limited edition products for the season. One predestined winner will take home a Spurgeon ugly Christmas sweatshirt, another will get a...

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Written by Tim Challies
Friday, 17 November 2017 00:27

Letter to the Editor: Pastor of 50 Years Beholds His Beauty and Dwells in the House of the Lord In the Midst of Changing Times

Letter to the Editor: Pastor of 50 Years Beholds His Beauty and Dwells in the House of the Lord In the Midst of Changing Times

One thing have I desired of the Lord, that will I seek after; that I may dwell in the house of the Lord all the days of my life, to behold the beauty of the Lord, and to...

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Written by Lighthouse Trails Editors
Friday, 17 November 2017 00:15

My Favorite Books Part V

(Volume 23, Issue 6,November/December 2017) Since I began writing book reviews a number of years ago, it seemed to some that the majority of these reviews dealt with books that were either errant or at best mixed in their biblical accuracy.  So in August 2004 I began listing, by category, the...

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Written by Gary Gilley
Friday, 17 November 2017 00:12

When a trip to Sam’s Club became a worship service for millions

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Slade Alday, in black shirt, is joined by others at a Dothan, AL Sam’s Club singing “Our God is Awesome” in a video since seen by more than 7 million people on Facebook. At right is a Sam’s Club employee who joined in, Christian Melton. MICHELLE HOLLAND CONNER/Facebook

DOTHAN,...

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Written by Scott Barkley
Friday, 17 November 2017 00:09

Video: Luther Under The Gospel

Video courtesy the Lynden United Reformed Church (Lynden, WA) where Bob Godfrey and I spoke earlier this month for their Reformation Conference: Luther Nailed It.

Authors: R. Scott Clark

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Written by R. Scott Clark
Friday, 17 November 2017 00:09

Who’s Right: Peter or Your Emotions?

3 His divine power has granted to us all things that pertain to life and godliness, through the knowledge of him who called us to his own glory and excellence, 4 by which he has granted to us his precious and very great promises, so that through them you may become partakers of the divine nature,...

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Written by modres
Friday, 17 November 2017 00:09

CCM Changes the Gospel

Though the acceptance of popular culture (and in the case of music, pop music) within the Christian church is now an established fact, its very normality across the face of virtually every variety of Christian theological persuasion is telling.  In a climate of extreme multiculturalism,...

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Written by Glenn E. Chatfield
Thursday, 16 November 2017 23:34

Sundays are for Babies

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“Sundays are hard for babies,” a church member said sympathetically as she handed back my crying daughter. It’s a truth universally acknowledged. On Sundays, the carefully orchestrated nap schedule of the other six days bends and then snaps under the constraints of morning and...

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Written by The Christward Collective
Thursday, 16 November 2017 23:17

(Podcast 11.17.17) Answering Viewers’ Questions, Vol. 1 (Religions, Ebionites, Nazarenes, and Paul) - Bellator Christi

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You’ve got questions? We’ve got answers. Today, Brian Chilton answers some of your questions submitted to Bellator Christi. We will discuss the following topics:

Is Christianity exclusive?

Who were the Ebionites and the Nazarenes?

Did Paul have irreconcilable differences with Peter and...

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Written by Brian Chilton
Thursday, 16 November 2017 23:08

Passover and Last Supper

Here's how one scholar resolves the apparent contradiction between John and the Synoptics on dating the crucifixion:
We must begin with what is (emphatically) clear in the narrative before moving to what is unclear. The biggest and most traditional "constant" in the exegetical equation is the...

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Written by steve
Thursday, 16 November 2017 23:00

When feminists defended an accused rapist by attacking the character of his victims

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Huma Abedin (left), Harvey Weinstein (center), Hillary Clinton (right)

I think that the history of the presidency of Bill Clinton is important, because we have to really understand what the “feminism” of feminists really means. Does it mean protecting the equal rights of women? Or does...

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Written by Wintery Knight
Thursday, 16 November 2017 22:02

Beautiful Boasting

Jeremiah 9:23: This is what the Lord says: “Let not the wise boast of their wisdom or the strong boast of their strength or the rich boast of their riches…

Heavenly Father, your Word anticipates every dead end we’re tempted to enter, when you don’t seem to be...

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Written by Scotty Smith
Thursday, 16 November 2017 22:00

Good and faithful.

God Himself said that Moses was His “faithful servant.” What an unspeakably high honor—to be called a faithful servant. These are the words that we should all live to hear on the day we stand before the Lord: “Well done, good and faithful servant”

Numbers 12:7 Not...

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Written by The Daily Evidence
Thursday, 16 November 2017 22:00

DBG Weekend Spotlight (11-17-17)

In this video, James White explains the core doctrines of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints (Mormons).  This is a helpful explanation, especially in our day when people are trying to embrace Mormons as another denomination of Christianity.

And so-and-so Begat so-and-so &m...

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Written by Josh Buice
Thursday, 16 November 2017 21:51

November 17: Dr. Rice’s Childhood

imageJohn Holt Rice, the second son of Benjamin and Catherine Rice, was born near the small town of New London, in the county of Bedford, on the 28th of November, A.D. 1777. From the first dawn of intellect, he discovered an uncommon capacity for learning, and a still more uncommon disposition to piety....

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Written by archivist
Thursday, 16 November 2017 21:45

Andrew Fuller Friday: Resurrection and Adoption

The following excerpt is from Andrew Fuller’s sermon, “The Magnitude of the Heavenly Inheritance” (Romans 8:18–23):

The terms by which the resurrection of believers is expressed, namely, “the adoption,” and “the redemption of our body,” serve to...

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Written by Staff
Thursday, 16 November 2017 21:15

How God Wrote 2017 in Such a Way as to Vindicate the Pence Rule

While some might wonder why I write so much about life between the sexes, you have to admit that when your culture is a teeny kayak on the swirling lip of a huge sexual maelstrom, it is hard not to. Not only does a new scandal break every day or so, but in response to each new scandal, armies of...

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Written by Douglas Wilson
Thursday, 16 November 2017 20:53

What’s wrong with the Occult?

I’m giving a talk this evening to some of the young people of our Presbytery about the Occult, so I thought I’d kill two birds with one stone today… Eastern Presbytery CY members look away now!!

 

In his introduction to TheScrewtape Letters, C.S. Lewis wrote ‘There are...

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Written by Warren Peel
Thursday, 16 November 2017 20:14

Teaching Professionalism

Angela Keaton has a good word here about teaching our students professionalism. But I would also hasten to add that teachers should model that same professionalism.

Authors: BibleX...

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Written by BibleX
Thursday, 16 November 2017 20:00

Spurgeon’s advice for suffering Christians

Charles Spurgeon’s body slumped beneath the cruel pain of gout and kidney disease. He was downcast in the dark valley of depression. And, he was embroiled in the last great theological battle of his life, the Down-Grade Controversy (1887-1890). During that time, he picked up his Bible to...

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Written by Ray Rhodes Jr.
Thursday, 16 November 2017 20:00

Logic: The Importance of Definitions

One of the most important tools in logical reasoning is a dictionary.  Correct reasoning requires that we use words properly – according to their meaning.  Failure to use words correctly often results in miscommunication, but it can also result in errors in reasoning.  One of...

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Written by Dr. Lisle
Thursday, 16 November 2017 20:00

Study the Greek New Testament for Free at ESV.org

November 17, 2017 by: Crosswayimage

Study the Greek New Testament . . . for Free

Did you know that you can read and study the Greek New Testament for free at ESV.org?

Crossway is pleased to announce that the full text of The Greek New Testament, Produced at Tyndale House, Cambridge—a...

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Written by Crossway
Thursday, 16 November 2017 20:00

7 Reasons to Use 'The Greek New Testament, Produced at Tyndale House, Cambridge'

November 17, 2017 by: Crosswayimage1. Significant discoveries have been made related to the Greek New Testament in the last few decades.

Soon after the publication of Erasmus’s first edition of the Greek New Testament in 1516, multiple editions of the Greek New Testament began to be...

 

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Written by Crossway
Thursday, 16 November 2017 20:00

How We Illuminated All 66 Books of the Bible

November 17, 2017 by: Crosswayimage

Thoughtful Design

Throughout the creation process of the ESV Illuminated Bible, Art Journaling Edition, artist Dana Tanamachi, along with a small team of researchers, pored over the biblical text, gathering themes, motifs, symbols, and imagery to use as a...

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Written by Crossway
Thursday, 16 November 2017 19:39

Five Big Deceptions, Listener Comments, and Church Security

There can be little doubt the LGBTQ movement has gained both momentum and power in America and sadly, within too many churches. Now with the transgender part of the LGBTQ being rolled out, the Left is winning the battle for the public square in part by having successfully shaped public opinion over...

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Written by comments@standupforthetruth.com
Thursday, 16 November 2017 19:10

Victims and Victimizers and a Sin-Sick World

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Aileen and I have developed a shared passion for photography, especially for landscape photography. A little while ago, she began to follow various landscape photographers on Instagram and made an interesting observation: almost all of them are men. She began to wonder why, so asked Google and...

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Written by Tim Challies
Thursday, 16 November 2017 19:00

The Promise and Limits of Covenant Polity

Liberal order is under siege. Populist and nationalist movements in the U.S. and across Europe challenge the entrenched mainstream. Polish philosopher Ryszard Legutko performs a meticulous exorcism of the “demon in democracy,” and the Radically Orthodox articulate a...

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Thursday, 16 November 2017 19:00

Australia Votes “Yes” to Same-Sex “Marriage”

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The results of Australia’s postal survey are in. This survey was sent to Australian voters, asking them to vote “yes” or “no” on the issue of gay “marriage.” This survey is not binding, but the results determined if Parliament would introduce a bill on...

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Written by Ken Ham
Thursday, 16 November 2017 19:00

Basic Training: Baptism

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What is baptism, and why is it important for every Christian to be baptized?

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Authors: Michelle Lesley...

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Written by Michelle Lesley
Thursday, 16 November 2017 19:00

Remembering the Consequences of Freedom

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As we come to the end of the series, I hope that it has been of some use to you and provoked some thought. I know there are probably questions I haven’t answered, and there are probably things I have written that you probably disagree with. You might not even agree with me on the point that...

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Written by Zak Schmoll
Thursday, 16 November 2017 19:00

A La Carte (November 17)

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I dug up just a handful of new Kindle deals for today. I expect we will see a lot more of them in the next week.

Westminster Books has a sale on some new books for kids.

Doing Spiritual Warfare Without All The Weirdness

“People tend to talk about spiritual warfare in one of two ways: 1) Not at...

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Written by Tim Challies
Thursday, 16 November 2017 19:00

The Pragmatic Benefits of God-Given Sexual Boundaries

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If God exists and He created us, He designed our sexuality. And if God is good, then He designed our sexuality for our benefit. Not only is this true, it has pragmatic benefits when we align our lives and behavior with our design. And recent sex scandals illustrate the destructive nature of doing...

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Written by Melinda Penner
Thursday, 16 November 2017 18:22

Review: Creation, Evolution and Intelligent Design

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Guillermo González and Jay W. Richards. Creation, Evolution, and Intelligent Design.  Phillipsburg, NJ: Presbyterian and Reformed Publishing, August 16th, 2013. 32 pp.

3 out of 5

Purchase: Westminster Amazon

In the opening of this work the book noted that...

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Written by SLIMJIM