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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Thursday, 24 September 2015 09:04

FREE eBook: “How do I Kill Remaining Sin?” by Geoffrey Thomas + other Cultivating Biblical Godliness Series for 99¢

Reformation Heritage Books:

These booklets treat matters that are vital to Christian experience, and each contribution aims to address a wide variety of people and circumstances at a fundamental and introductory level. This includes teaching people what to believe in order to practice personal holiness as well as specific directions on how to

Written by Jason
Thursday, 24 September 2015 08:47

Dressed for Worship Inside and Out Featured

When Christians gather together… how should we be dressed for Worship? While working on this week’s Gospel Wednesday post, my mind kept working on the parable of the wedding feast, particularly focused on the issue of being dressed for the wedding. This past summer we saw a lot of blogs raising the call for modesty (a particular issue

Written by Faithful Stewardship
Thursday, 24 September 2015 08:24

In Which I Toss Another Cinder Block Into the Goldfish Bowl

Well, you’ve gone and put your foot in it now, Wilson. Why, what have I done? It’s all very well to aspire to become the bad boy of Reformed letters, but there are supposed to be limits. But this piques my curiosity. To what might you be referring? Yes, you pretend to be ignorant, but you know very well what you have done. Well, yes, I

Written by Douglas Wilson
Thursday, 24 September 2015 07:30

2 Samuel 20; 2 Corinthians 13; Ezekiel 27; Psalms 75–76

2 Samuel 20; 2 Corinthians 13; Ezekiel 27; Psalms 75–76 

IN MANY CHURCHES AROUND THE WORLD, though comparatively less frequently in North America, the minister at the end of the service will quietly utter the two words, “The grace.” Those gathered know that this is a signal for the entire congregation to pray together, reciting

Written by Don Carson
Thursday, 24 September 2015 07:00

I’ve Got a War Room–Now What Do I Do? Featured

Millions of people have seen the summer blockbuster movie War Room, many of them challenged to be more intentional about prayer. Some have even cleaned out a closet or a corner to make their own War Room.

But the movie, for all its motivation to experience the power of prayer, did not provide instructions on what and how to pray. Other than eating

Written by Sue Bohlin
Thursday, 24 September 2015 06:15

“Contemplative Spirituality – the Source of the Catholic Church’s Expansion” Featured

I had always been confused as to the real nature of this advance in the Catholic church. Was this just the work of a few mavericks and renegades, or did the church hierarchy sanction this practice? My concerns were affirmed when I read in an interview that the mystical prayer movement not only had the […]

Authors: Lighthouse Trails author

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Thursday, 24 September 2015 06:12

Government Founded on Reasons

The Calvinist doctrine of God is sometimes caricature as naked voluntarism, the triumph of the will: God is sheer power and does what he likes–as if to say Calvin comes down on one side of the Euthyphro dilemma, the side that says the pious is pious because it is loved by God, his loving it makes it pious.

This is, of course, wrong.

Written by E.J. Hutchinson
Thursday, 24 September 2015 05:27

Book Review- Mea Culpa

All vocations have their share of land-mines. Experienced, successful, and honest tradesmen will admit to making a ton of mistakes on their trip from journeyman to craftsman. Whenever a peer has the opportunity to listen in to these types of professional flubs they should take the opportunity. This vocational intel is gold. After all, what’s

Written by Erik Raymond
Thursday, 24 September 2015 05:15

Archaic Words and Translational Precision

King James Only apologists insist that the KJV is the most accurate and concise English translation in print. However, when confronted with the reality of archaic, out of use words that make no sense to today’s reader, the apologists will reluctantly admit archaic words do exist in the King James, but then claim there are no words so

Written by fivepointer
Thursday, 24 September 2015 05:11

Search me, O God, and know my heart.....

Search me, O God, and know my heart.....Daily thoughts, musings, rant, prayer requests, and stuff:***Proverbs 24:7  Wisdom seems to be forever beyond the grasp of the fool, something unattainable. Weak and with no capacity for scriptural understanding. Years of sin have made their mind feeble and generally incapable of learning. And when they
Written by Mike Sullivan
Thursday, 24 September 2015 05:00

John Tweeddale – Good Works and the Christian Life

Good works aren’t bad. They are good. As Christians, we should want to do them. Just because we are not saved according to our works doesn’t mean that we shouldn’t be concerned about pursuing a life of joyful obedience to God’s Word. Jesus emphatically states, “If you love me, you will keep my commandments”

Written by Mike Boling
Thursday, 24 September 2015 05:00

Donny Friederichsen – In You, The Orphans Find Mercy

Last month, I boarded a plane to Africa–together with my wife and three kids. We did so in order to become the parents of four kids. Early in our marriage, my wife and I felt a desire to see our family grow through adoption. Circumstances being what they were, we waited several years before initiating the adoption process. Other

Written by Mike Boling
Thursday, 24 September 2015 04:08

David Platt at Liberty

This is powerful!

Count me among those glad a man with this passion is leading our world missions effort.

Authors: Dave Miller

Written by Dave Miller
Thursday, 24 September 2015 03:59

What’s Wrong with the “Joint Declaration on Justification”? (Part 2)

I’ve been in touch with some of the folks who are doing “street evangelization” in Philadelphia, in conjunction the visit of “Pope Francis” there. In response to a “church history” document they are handing out, one muddle-headed Roman Catholic sent this response:
Thanks very much for sharing your handout
Written by John Bugay
Thursday, 24 September 2015 03:00

1 Corinthians 16

Greetings!  This is part of the read-the-New-Testament-in-a-year series running from June 2015 – May 2016.*  Please read and enjoy the word of God and feel free to leave comments and/or ask questions.  Pray that the Holy Spirit will reveal his truths to you.  Don’t just focus on what you don’t understand.

Written by Eternity Matters
Thursday, 24 September 2015 02:45

The Daily Discovery (September 24, 2015)

ARTICLES I LIKE FROM AROUND THE WEB: (Click title to go to full article)

Why Evangelicals and Catholics Cannot be “Together” – “As the evangelical world in America seems rather excited about the Pope’s visit, I can’t help but remember how I felt when I discovered the Evangelicals and Catholics Together document (EC

Written by Landon Chapman
Thursday, 24 September 2015 02:04

A Prayer for Turning from the Idol and Illusion of Self-Sufficiency

     We do not want you to be uninformed, brothers and sisters, about the troubles we experienced in the province of Asia. We were under great pressure, far beyond our ability to endure, so that we despaired of life itself. Indeed, we felt we had received the sentence of death. But this happened that we

Written by Scotty Smith
Thursday, 24 September 2015 02:00

Study Bibles as Theological Tool Kits

Here's an excerpt from Study Bibles as Theological Tool Kits, Justin Taylor's contribution to the September issue of Tabletalk:

When the Apostle Paul wrote to his young friend and pastoral protégé Timothy, he gave him a clear command about how to handle the Scriptures: "Do your best to present yourself to God as one approved, a worker

Written by Nathan W. Bingham
Thursday, 24 September 2015 01:52

How the Cosmological Evidence Points to the Existence of God (Cold Case Christianity Broadcast #44)

In this episode of the Cold-Case Christianity Broadcast, J. Warner Wallace continues his six part mini-series summarizing material from his latest book, God’s Crime Scene: A Cold-Case Detective Investigates the Evidence For A Divinely Created Universe. J. Warner describes two pieces of cosmological evidence: the origin of the universe and

Written by jwallace
Thursday, 24 September 2015 01:40

Propitiation Featured

Although this term is likely not known by most folks – even most Christians – it lies at the heart of the biblical understanding of the work of Christ on the cross. It is such a rich term and such an important term that I can only offer here the briefest of an introduction to it.

Indeed, my library is filled with tremendous volumes

Written by Bill Muehlenberg
Thursday, 24 September 2015 01:02

Why Evangelicals and Catholics Cannot be “Together” Featured

As the evangelical world in America seems rather excited about the Pope’s visit, I can’t help but remember how I felt when I discovered the Evangelicals and Catholics Together document (ECT).

In 1995 the unthinkable happened. Well known evangelical pastors signed a document in which they joined themselves with Catholic priests and

Written by Jordan Standridge
Thursday, 24 September 2015 01:01

Top Ten Roman Catholic Evangelism Books Featured

Since there is so much confusion about Roman Catholicism, many faithful men have stood up and provided helpful tools to equip the Church in reaching Catholics. The more you understand Roman Catholicism the easier it will be to explain the Gospel with clarity. I have been helped by all these books and heartily recommend them to you.

Written by Jordan Standridge
Thursday, 24 September 2015 01:00

Least in the Kingdom

“Whosoever therefore shall break one of these least commandments, and shall teach men so, he shall be called the least in the kingdom of heaven: but whosoever shall do and teach them, the same shall be called great in the kingdom of heaven.” (Matthew 5:19)

The Lord Jesus was evidently speaking here not of the differences between saved

Written by Days of Praise from ICR
Thursday, 24 September 2015 00:01

Not smarter than Paul

by Frank Turk
From 2006 to 2012, PyroManiacs turned out almost-daily updates from the Post-Evangelical wasteland -- usually to the fear and loathing of more-polite and more-irenic bloggers and readers. The results lurk in the archives of this blog in spite of the hope of many that Google will "accidentally" swallow these words and pictures
Written by PyroManiacs Staff
Thursday, 24 September 2015 00:00

Blake Reynolds, Clayton Jennings, and Capturing Weak Women

Out there in evangelical-land there’s a group of young men gaining traction and attention – from TBN, book publishers, revival promoters, and a whole lot of females. The whole thing is giving me the heebie jeebies. A few pulpiteers in the Bunker have posted occasional Facebook videos from these fellas, and not only are they chocked full of really, really bad theology, but there’s something, well…dark about it.

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Written by JD Hall
Wednesday, 23 September 2015 23:00

Same-Sex Marriage is An Opportunity for the Gospel Featured

In a landmark decision, the Supreme Court of the United States has made same-sex marriage legal in all 50 states. There is a lot of shock among Christ-followers. And we are not alone. As Chief Justice Roberts states in his dissenting opinion, “Just who do we think we are?”

The legal and political ramifications are myriad and certainly

Written by For The Church Recently Added Resources
Wednesday, 23 September 2015 22:35

Review - 2015 NIV Zondervan Study Bible

The long awaited NIV Zondervan Study Bible (NIVZ) is finally here! This much anticipated Bible combines the most popular modern translation (NIV) along with a stellar line up of

Written by CPHurst
Wednesday, 23 September 2015 22:35

Knowing and Growing in the Fruit of the Spirit Featured

The second half of Galatians 5 is a study in contrast. We might sum up Galatians 5:16-25 by saying that within every Christian, there are two natures at work: the sinful nature and the Holy Spirit.

These two natures are, not surprisingly, opposed to one another. A life submitted to the flesh--the parts of our mind, will, and emotions that

Written by For The Church Recently Added Resources
Wednesday, 23 September 2015 22:15

The Undercurrent of Temptation in Ministry

There are many around me who are suffering right now, and several are so close by that I am vicariously suffering too. How painful it is to see sin bear its fruit, how disheartening to encounter the stark reality of brokenness, how difficult to watch others suffer!

As a friend to the sufferers, I also recognize a tug of temptation, and this is

Written by For The Church Recently Added Resources
Wednesday, 23 September 2015 22:05

3 Strands of Your Church’s History — And Why They Matter

Does your church have a past?

Of course it does. Your church had a beginning, and the movement that birthed your church has a history also.

But does your church’s past have any meaning or significance in the life of your congregation?

The answer to that question does not come as easily.

Written by Trevin Wax
Wednesday, 23 September 2015 22:00

Hymn: Crown Him with Many Crowns

Crown Him with many crowns, the Lamb upon His throne. Hark! How the heavenly anthem drowns all music but its own. Awake, my soul, and sing of Him who died for thee, And hail Him as thy matchless King thru all eternity.

Crown Him the Lord of love, behold His hands and side, Rich wounds, yet visible above, In beauty glorified. No angel in the sky can

Written by TFL
Wednesday, 23 September 2015 20:11

WARNING YOU WITH TEARS WEDNESDAY

Welcome to another post in the series of posts that I have entitled, Warning You With Tears Wednesdays. Lord willing, at least once a month on Wednesdays I will be writing and sharing one of these posts with you so that I can make you all aware of some important information that I come across […]image

Authors: LivingForHisGlory

Written by LivingForHisGlory
Wednesday, 23 September 2015 20:11

School of Biblical Hermeneutics Lesson #2 | Andrew Rappaport of Striving for Eternity

Watch the youtube video for this lesson here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S3Biw8kxd2Q This lesson discusses the different English translations of the Bible, their history and features. We discuss some of the KJV only issue. An introduction to Biblical hermeneutics that covered the objectives and obstacles to this study. Pastor Andrew provides...
Written by Bible Thumping Wingnut
Wednesday, 23 September 2015 19:14

A necessidade de dificuldade para os jovens (1)

As dificuldades chegam até nós através de todos os caminhos da vida, do início ao fim. Aflição não é mais evitável do que o ar. E, felizmente, as Escrituras tem muito para nos dizer a respeito disto. Mas uma passagem que frequentemente...

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Written by Nayara Andrejczyk
Wednesday, 23 September 2015 17:30

Do not be surprised, brethren, if the world hates you Featured

by Mike Ratliff

13 Do not be surprised, brethren, if the world hates you. (1 John 3:13 NASB)

There are many ministries in our time that are run by people who have either forgotten that friendship with the world is a sin or they are deliberately overlooking it. If a ministry operates in such a way that the world loves it then there is at least

Written by Mike Ratliff
Wednesday, 23 September 2015 16:45

Just What Is “Discernment”?

It seems everywhere we turn these days on the internet, another “discernment” ministry has popped up to grab our attention.  While some do high quality work and actually help Christians... [...]

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Wednesday, 23 September 2015 16:11

What it means to be revival-ready

“I cannot pray but I sin.  I cannot hear or preach a sermon but I sin.  I cannot give an alms or receive the sacrament but I sin.  Nay, I cannot so much as confess my sins, but my very confessions are still aggravations of them.  My repentance needs to be repented of, my tears need washing, and the very washing of my

Written by Ray Ortlund
Wednesday, 23 September 2015 16:02

I Am The Greatest

Recently I was watching a T.V. documentary of Muhammad Ali. Whether it was the Thrilla in Manila when he fought Joe Frazier, or the Rumble in the Jungle when he fought George Foreman, Muhammad Ali was known for his self-proclaimed “I am the greatest.”

BUT…

The only one who could ever say “I am the greatest” and in

Written by Hariton Deligiannides
Wednesday, 23 September 2015 15:41

An Open Letter to IMB Missionaries Considering the VRI (Thomas L. Law)

An Open Letter to IMB Missionaries Considering the VRI:

As one who has been in a situation similar to your own I am writing to share my understanding of what is happening and what may lie ahead. After serving 21+ years with the FMB/IMB we were asked to resign for medical reasons. Leaving the field without any prospects the Lord opened up the doors

Written by Guest Blogger
Wednesday, 23 September 2015 15:35

First day of fall: God's glory in creation continues to awe

The next three months are among my favorites of the year. The hot-hot-hot summer is done. The sticky humidity is over. The skies have cleared of that summer haze, and the stars are again bright at night. There is a new vigor and freshness of the days and a crispness to the evening where it feels just so good to draw up your blanket and cuddle.The
Written by The End Time
Wednesday, 23 September 2015 15:22

Commentary: The Pope’s Visit to America and Yom Kippur – Call No Man Father

By Bill Randles But be not ye called Rabbi: for one is your Master, even Christ; and all ye are brethren. And call no man your father upon the earth: for one is your Father, which is in heaven. Neither be ye called masters: for one is your Master, even Christ. ( Matthew 23:8-10) Isn’t it interesting […]

Authors: A Ministry in

Written by A Ministry in His Service
Wednesday, 23 September 2015 15:09

Thoughts on the Papacy

Dedicated the entire hour to a discussion of the Papacy in light of the visit of Francis to the United States.  Talked about biblical and historical issues relating to the Papacy, and why there are so few today offering a meaningful criticism of Rome’s claims.  Hopefully a helpful reminder!

 

Here is the YouTube link:

The post Thoughts

Written by James White
Wednesday, 23 September 2015 15:00

John C. Sanford’s genetic entropy hypothesis

Apologetics and the progress of science

JoeCoder sent me a recent peer-reviewed paper by John C. Sanford, so I’ve been trying to find something written by him at a layman’s level so I could understand what he is talking about. (I am just a software engineer, not an expert in genetics). His CV is posted at the Cornell University web page.

Written by Wintery Knight
Wednesday, 23 September 2015 14:17

What’s Wrong with the “Joint Declaration on Justification”? (Part 1)

I’ve been in touch with some of the folks who are doing “street evangelization” in Philadelphia, in conjunction with “Pope Francis”’s visit there. In response to a “church history” document they are handing out, one of the individuals received this response:
Thanks very much for sharing your handout
Written by John Bugay