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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Sunday, 23 July 2017 16:02

The Shoe Is On the Other Foot

For years, the Left has used the “outrage machine” of the Internet to harass and pillory conservatives. In fact, it’s been used to harass anybody who transgresses the norms that the Left finds acceptable. When a dentist was being persecuted for shooting a lion, nobody cared. When...

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Written by Kevin T. Bauder
Sunday, 23 July 2017 16:00

GOD’S WORDS OF TRUTH, HOPE, ENCOURAGEMENT, OR WARNINGS, TO START YOUR DAY

INTRODUCTION – FOR THOSE WHO ARE NEW TO THIS SERIES Because there seems to be such a lack of emphasis on God’s Word these days, I wanted to start a new series that will simply focus on God’s Word. So, Lord willing, at the beginning of each and every day I will just be sharing...

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Written by Mary/Living For His Glory
Sunday, 23 July 2017 15:24

It Turns Out That Mom Shirts Matter

My Facebook newsfeed is filled with little boutiques that are marketing to moms like me, basic church-going women with 2.5 kids and a dog and the proverbial white picket fence who want to look cute when they’re running errands. I’ve noticed a huge rise in tshirts with little saying for...

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Written by Melissa
Sunday, 23 July 2017 15:15

The Gospel is Like an Old Hymn

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The gospel is an old hymn. The gospel is sheet music printed in antiquarian typeface on a yellowed page in a dusty book. It's the "old, old story" and the "old rugged cross." It is four verses--and please don't skip the third verse to expedite the invitation! The gospel is an invitation to a bygone...

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Written by Jared C. Wilson
Sunday, 23 July 2017 15:10

A Peace-loving Peace-making Lifestyle

Written by: Scotty Smith

Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called children of GodMatt. 5:9

Peacemakers who sow in peace reap a harvest of righteousnessJames 3:18 

If it is possible, as far as it depends on you, live at peace with everyoneRom. 12:18

Lord Jesus,...

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Written by Scotty Smith
Sunday, 23 July 2017 15:05

July 24: Exaggeration in Conversation

“Many have the habit of using the little, but significant words “never,” “always,” and the like, with a perfect looseness.”

Given some of the excesses that we so often see displayed on social media, this might be one helpful corrective, if taken to heart. It is...

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Written by archivist
Sunday, 23 July 2017 15:01

Covenant of Redemption with Tony Arsenal

Jason talks with Trinitarian non-heretic theology person of interest Tony Arsenal. He does a podcast and stuff too. The topic is the Covenant of Redemption, something Jason wasn’t sure on at the beginning of the episode, and is sold on by the end.

Song of the week: Supreme (cut/mixed) by Shai...

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Written by Collective Cast
Sunday, 23 July 2017 15:00

His Nature and Our Motives

…unless your righteousness exceeds the righteousness of the scribes and Pharisees, you will by no means enter the kingdom of heaven. —Matthew 5:20

The characteristic of a disciple is not that he does good things, but that he is good in his motives, having been made good by the...

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Written by RSS | My Utmost For His Highest
Sunday, 23 July 2017 15:00

Judges 7; Acts 11; Jeremiah 20; Mark 6

Written by: Don Carson

Judges 7; Acts 11; Jeremiah 20; Mark 6

WHAT IS STRIKING ABOUT Acts 11: 1-18 is the amount of space devoted to retelling the narrative already laid out in some detail in Acts 10, often in the very same words. Isn't this a rather extravagant use of the space on a scroll?

But Luke...

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Written by Don Carson
Sunday, 23 July 2017 15:00

Links For The Church (7/24)

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Parenting As Narrating

Children are inquisitive and parents are responsible to answer their questions with grace and truth. Abby Perry explains how to share the story of the hard parts of life. 

Real Friendship: Trading 'Likes' and 'Follows' for Love and Authenticity

Scott Sauls writes on the...

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Written by Staff
Sunday, 23 July 2017 14:02

Defending Imputation

image N. T. Wright explains why he denies the doctrine of imputed righteousness and Michael Reeves responds:

N. T. Wright: “If we use the language of the law court, it makes no sense whatever to say that the judge imputes, imparts, bequeaths or conveys or otherwise transfers his righteousness to...

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Written by John Samson
Sunday, 23 July 2017 14:01

Christ My Righteousness

JULY 24
Christ My Righteousness
“But of Him you are in Christ Jesus, who became for us wisdom from God — and righteousness and sanctification and redemption.” 1 CORINTHIANS 1:30

This is a very rich verse. We have already seen how the Lord Jesus is given to be our Life. Upon that...

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Written by Chip Brogden
Sunday, 23 July 2017 13:48

Practical Apologetics | Part 3 Featured

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Van Til doing some street preaching

First a little recap

The first post in my series addressed what I believe is a creeping malaise infecting presuppositionalism. I believe the apologetic is soundly biblical and the most effective for engaging unbelievers. However, it has been my observation that...

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Written by Fredman
Sunday, 23 July 2017 13:47

What Cessationism Is Not

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Cessationism is not anti-supernatural, nor does it deny the possibility of miracles.

When it comes to understanding the cessationist position, the question is not: Can God still do miracles in the world today? Cessationists would be quick to...

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Written by John Samson
Sunday, 23 July 2017 13:35

LITV Episode 19 | Disagreement Featured

In This Episode…

  • We have a special guest today. We welcome the Senior Pastor from our church, Calvary Baptist Church in Riverhead, NY, Dave Cooke.

01:38 – Segment 1

  • The discussion gets started in that disagreements in and of themselves are not...

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Written by John Johnson
Sunday, 23 July 2017 13:15

Latest Issue of Review of Biblical Literature

The latest issue of Review of Biblical Literature is out. Reviews can be accessed by clicking the links below but unfortunately you must be a SBL member.Michael F. Bird The Gospel of the Lord: How the Early Church Wrote the Story of Jesushttp://www.bookreviews.org/bookdetail.asp?TitleId=9962 Revi...

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Written by BibleX
Sunday, 23 July 2017 12:52

The Blatant Bias of the ABC: Easy To Prove Featured

Consider the Australian Broadcasting Corporation, along with the mainstream media as a whole: ‘You’ll never find a more wretched hive of scum and villainy’. Oops, that was actually how Obi-Wan Kenobi described the Mos Eisley Spaceport to Luke Skywalker. But hey, pretty close.

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Written by Bill Muehlenberg
Sunday, 23 July 2017 12:48

Christian News Weekly Recap July 17 – 22, 2017

Christian News Weekly Recap July 17 – 22, 2017 This is a recap of the past week’s daily news items from our Christian News Section. Monday July 17, 2017 Archaeologists Discover Solomon-era Linens Fight against trafficking gains broad House support Netanyahu Warns New Syrian Ceasefire...

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Written by Alesia Cengia
Sunday, 23 July 2017 12:48

United States and Mexico: Cultural and Ethical Belief

The survey we are using asks an interesting question: Please tell me for each of the following actions whether you think it can always be justified, never be justified, or something in between? This question is asked for fifteen different possible actions.

Let’s begin by looking at four...

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Written by Steve Cable
Sunday, 23 July 2017 11:55

5 Books That Influenced Tim Keller During College

A few months ago, Tim Keller posted on his Facebook pagea few books that influenced him during college. I quickly made note of the books (along with Keller’s comments) in hopes of being able to view the list at a later time. After reading through the short list, I thought it may be helpful...

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Written by David Qaoud
Sunday, 23 July 2017 11:33

Calls For Hank Hanegraaff The “Bible Answer Man” To Resign After Converting To Greek Orthodox Religion

Can Hank Hanegraaff continue to be the “Bible Answer Man,” daily answering questions about faith and practice posed by a largely evangelical Protestant audience of radio listeners after converting to the Greek Orthodox Church last spring?

“And what agreement hath the temple of...

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Written by Geoffrey Grider
Sunday, 23 July 2017 11:10

Papal detente

Sunday, 23 July 2017 11:04

Andy Stanley’s Deep and Wide: A Review Featured

Who is Andy Stanley?

Andy Stanley is the founder and senior pastor of North Point Ministries(NPM), which is an organization that started as a single church (North Point Community Church in Alpharetta, Georgia) in the fall of 1995.[1]  The organization now boasts six Atlanta-area churches as...

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Written by Seth Dunn
Sunday, 23 July 2017 11:00

Convert Christians to Christianity.

The world often complains about the hypocrites they think are “in the Church.” Yet hypocrites (pretenders) are not part of the Church, which is made up of true believers. Hypocrites merely dwell as goats among the Lord’s sheep, bad fish among the good, tares among wheat until the...

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Written by The Daily Evidence
Sunday, 23 July 2017 10:59

Passing Inspection

Text: Ephesians 6:10-20

An overview of each piece of the armor God provides for His people. Knowing that it is vital to have each in place so that you may stand against the devil's schemes, the question is, 'Christian, do you have the whole armor on?'

Authors: John Samson...

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Written by John Samson
Sunday, 23 July 2017 10:32

Temple Mount Tensions Ready To Explode Over Israel’s Use Of Metal Detectors To Stop Islamic Terrorists

Israeli officials have said they will not remove metal detectors from outside a Jerusalem mosque, despite their installation triggering rapidly escalating confrontations with Palestinians.

“Behold, I will make Jerusalem a cup of trembling unto all the people round about, when they shall be in...

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Written by Geoffrey Grider
Sunday, 23 July 2017 10:14

A Brief History of the Altar Call

Written by: Thomas S. Kidd

By the mid-20th century, altar calls had become a staple of evangelical and Baptist life in America, especially in the South. Many evangelical and Reformed-leaning churches in recent years have stopped doing altar calls, for a variety of reasons. Critics of altar calls...

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Written by Thomas S. Kidd
Sunday, 23 July 2017 09:59

Passing Inspection

Text: Ephesians 6:10-20

An overview of each piece of the armor God provides for His people. Knowing that it is vital to have each in place so that you may stand against the devil’s schemes, the question is, ‘Christian, do you have the whole armor on?’

Authors: John Samson...

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Written by John Samson
Sunday, 23 July 2017 09:38

A High View of Marriage Includes Divorce

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Rebecca VanDoodewaard is the author of Uprooted: A Guide for Homesick Christians and Your Future ‘Other Half’: It Matters Whom You Marry. She is married to William VanDoodewaard, Professor of Church History at Puritan Theological...

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Written by John Samson
Sunday, 23 July 2017 08:38

Prima Facie Evidence Against Intinction

Intinction is the practice of administering the Lord’s Supper (Holy Communion) by dipping the bread into the wine rather than by giving the cup directly to the laity. It is not in itself a denial of the cup but arguably it is . . . Continue reading →

Authors: R. Scott Clark...

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Written by R. Scott Clark
Sunday, 23 July 2017 07:01

The All Head, No Heart Church (Revelation 2:1-7)

Sunday, 23 July 2017 07:00

Social Media Highlights (7/23/17)

Here are highlights from our various social media accounts over the past week.

You can help support @TGC_IO's effort to distribute @RCSproul's Everyone's a Theologian (Serbo-Croatian Edition). https://t.co/NNq8PBGz1I

Space is filling fast for our...

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Written by Nathan W. Bingham
Sunday, 23 July 2017 06:57

Lessons from the Garden

(Originally printed in the Fall 2004 Issue of the MCOI Journal ) Behold the fowls of the air: for they sow not, neither do they reap, nor gather into barns; yet your heavenly Father feedeth them. Are ye not much better than they? Which of you by taking thought can add one cubit unto his stature?...

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Written by Don Veinot
Sunday, 23 July 2017 06:44

An Abrahamic Alternative to the Benedict Option

In 2006, sociologist Philip Rieff (1922-2006) published My Life among the Deathworks, the first volume of his monumental Sacred Order / Social Order trilogy. In it, he argued that the West in general and the United States in particular is in the midst of an unprecedented attempt to desacralize the...

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Written by Bruce Ashford
Sunday, 23 July 2017 06:14

The Bad News of the Kingdom

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Michael Lawrence:

What Is the Good News? Biblical Theology’s Answer

Let’s consider how both biblical theology and systematic theology are important and relate to each other when we try to answer the most basic of ministry questions: What is the gospel? What is the good news that the Bible...

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Written by Peter Cockrell
Sunday, 23 July 2017 05:49

Jerry Coyne’s Illusions

Radio transcript for the week of July 24-28 | Dr. Ray Bohlin critiques evolutionary biologist Jerry Coyne’s materialistic claim that our brain is only a meat computer.

Jerry Coyne Says Science Proves We Make No Real Choices

image Let’s see. This morning I chose my black t-shirt, tan dress...

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Written by Dr. Ray Bohlin
Sunday, 23 July 2017 04:33

(Podcast) The Formation of the New Testament (w. Dr. Leo Percer) - Bellator Christi

How did we get our New Testament? Was the New Testament canon a development of the Roman Emperor Constantine or did the Canon predate the time of the newly converted ruler? Today’s edition of The Bellator Christi Podcast will cover the development of the New Testament as we are joined by...

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Written by Brian Chilton
Sunday, 23 July 2017 04:15

Passive Christianity Is Dead Christianity

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Jon Bloom:

What do you want? What do you desire? What is your ambition?

Do you really want to know? Look at your behavior. You do what you want.

This is a devastatingly simple psychology of motivation. But it’s what the Bible teaches:

James: Faith without works is dead. Don’t tell me you...

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Written by Peter Cockrell
Sunday, 23 July 2017 03:56

Dear Progressive/Liberal, I Have a Question for You

Dear progressive/liberal, we have been having a very interesting conversation, and to some extent even an enjoyable one. But before we go any further, I do have an important question for you. First, however, I would like to cite a few passages from Scripture. They all come from the New Testament.

Act...

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Written by Jerry Shepherd
Sunday, 23 July 2017 03:49

Truth For Life Ministry

On February 27, 1995, Truth For Life began airing its 25-minute daily program on seven radio stations. Today, Truth For Life can now be heard in every major radio market across the U.S., and also in select Canadian markets, through 1,655 radio outlets. The unique, expositional teaching of Alistair...

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Written by Alesia Cengia
Sunday, 23 July 2017 03:45

Being A Terrorist Pays Well: The Families Of Martyred Terrorists Are Set For Life

Isn’t it always about the money?

In the case of Palestinian terrorists, money and hatred of Israelis are the incentives which keep the terror going – especially in Jerusalem. Did you know that the U.S. government sends money (our taxes) to the PA?  What do you think they use to pay...

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Written by Geri Ungurean
Sunday, 23 July 2017 03:30

The Pilgrim’s Heart Part 12 – The Disciple’s Heart Featured

by Mike Ratliff

25 Now large crowds were going along with Him; and He turned and said to them, 26 “If anyone comes to Me, and does not hate his own father and mother and wife and children and brothers and sisters, yes, and even his own life, he cannot be My disciple. 27 Whoever does not carry...

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Written by Mike Ratliff
Sunday, 23 July 2017 02:20

How to build a gospel culture in your church

Written by: Ray Ortlund

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Galatians 2:11-21 has been unsettling me for forty years.  Paul rebuked Peter publicly — for what?  They agreed on gospel doctrine: “We know that a person is not justified by works of the law but through faith in Jesus Christ” (verse 16).  But...

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Written by Ray Ortlund
Sunday, 23 July 2017 00:10

30 Things You Need to Know About The Ministry of Jesus: #20 The Feast of the Tabernacles Featured

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Broadcast date: July 23, 2017 | 11:15 AM

In John 7:1-39, Jesus made a journey to Jerusalem for the Feast of Tabernacles. The reaction of the people and the words of Jesus tell us a great deal about belief in the Messiah.

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Written by Randy White
Sunday, 23 July 2017 00:00

Is the presuppositionalist approach to apologetics Biblical?

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Here’s J.W. Wartick’s take from Always Have a Reason blog.

Excerpt:

Cornelius Van Til pioneered the field of “presuppositional apologetics” primarily through his works Christian Apologetics and The Defense of the Faith. His...

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Written by Wintery Knight