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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Saturday, 22 July 2017 23:58

4 Incredible Blessings of Giving

image by Jordan Standridge (original source here)

By the time the average human being reaches the age of 20, he will have watched one million commercials. 1,000,000. Think about that. Most people will watch almost four million commercials in their lifetime, and that’s only talking about regular...

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Written by John Samson
Saturday, 22 July 2017 23:19

Psalm 1:1-2: It All Begins Here (Psalm of the Day, 1/365)

Since acquiring a copy of the ESV Interleaved Bible inspired by Jonathan Edwards’s famous Blank Bible, I have been doing my Bible reading with a pen in hand to jot down my thoughts, prayers, and meditations. Although I originally intended these only for personal devotion and...

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Written by Jonathan Kleis
Saturday, 22 July 2017 22:47

Joy in Lord's Day worship Featured

Valley of Vision: Lord's Day Evening
MOST HOLY GOD,
Animate me with joy that in heaven praise
    will never cease,
  that adoration will continue for ever,
  that no flesh will grow weary,
      no congregations disperse,
      no affections flag,
 ...

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Written by The End Time
Saturday, 22 July 2017 22:16

The Importance of Your Conscience

Conscience is a most powerful part of our natural constitution. It cannot save our souls. It never leads a man to Christ. It is often blind, and ignorant, and misdirected.Yet conscience often raises a mighty testimony against sin in the sinner’s heart, and makes him feel that “it is an...

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Written by The J.C. Ryle Archive
Saturday, 22 July 2017 21:43

Sunday Praise: King of My Heart - Kutless

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Stand firm in Christ,Chase

Authors: Chase...

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Written by Chase
Saturday, 22 July 2017 20:36

Letters to the Editor (Commentaries, Rape on Television, Funerals, Hospitality, etc)

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Letters to the editor continue to roll in. My gratitude goes to each reader who takes the time to write in. Here are a few of the most noteworthy I’ve received recently.

Letters on Logos New Testament Commentary Collection

I recently purchased your NT commentary recommended bundle on Logos, and...

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Written by Tim Challies
Saturday, 22 July 2017 20:00

NASA Scientist “Reality Is an Elaborate Hologram Creation by an Alien Race”

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Is everything in our world just some kind of computer program? A recent article claims that Dr. Rich Terrile, the director of the Center for Evolutionary Computation and Automated Design at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory, believes “that our reality is an elaborate hologram created by an...

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Written by Ken Ham
Saturday, 22 July 2017 20:00

The Will of God for You

"What is God's will for my life?"If you're a Christian, it is a genuine question to be asked. There is an answer. Of course, the broadest answer is "It's in God's Word." But one of the direct answers is in Paul's letter to the Thessalonians.
In everything give thanks; for this is God's will for you...

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Written by Winging It
Saturday, 22 July 2017 18:32

NARpostle Brian Simmons – the William Hung of Christianity

He can’t sing.

He can’t dance.

Yet the world will always remember William Hung from American Idol.

“You know I have no professional training of singing or dancing.” – William Hung

He can’t translate.

He can’t even read well.

Yet the biggest cults in the New...

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Written by churchwatcher
Saturday, 22 July 2017 18:09

A Tale of a Kantian and a Christian

And it came to past that as the paths between a Kantian and a Christian converged an angel of the Lord appeared in all its heavenly glory and he sternly commanded the both of them:

“This is the command of the Lord unto you, you shall both sprout wings and take flight, or at the Day of the...

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Written by Rubati
Saturday, 22 July 2017 18:01

Nuggets from An Urgent Call to a Serious Faith by Dave Hunt - Understanding the Incarnation

July 23, 2017
“And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us.” — John:1:14 And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us, (and we beheld his glory, the glory as of the only begotten of...

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Written by tbc staff - bl
Saturday, 22 July 2017 18:00

With Christ

“And if children, then heirs; heirs of God, and joint-heirs with Christ; if so be that we suffer with him, that we may be also glorified together.” (Romans 8:17)

One of the greatest doctrines of the Christian faith is the identification of Christ with His people in all the key events...

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Written by Days of Praise from ICR
Saturday, 22 July 2017 17:48

Sunday Morning Motivations for Preachers and Teachers: You are given spirit of Self-Discipline

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It is Sunday!  I know teaching, preaching and ministering is not always easy.  Among those things that can be difficult is getting everything done that’s on your plate.  Of course that requires self-discipline.  How can we preachers and teachers be encouraged and properly...

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Written by SLIMJIM
Saturday, 22 July 2017 17:45

God of the Hills and Valleys

Tauren Wells – Hills and Valleys (Acoustic Video)

Hills and Valleys

I’ve walked among the shadows You wiped my tears away And I’ve felt the pain of heartbreak And I’ve seen the brighter days And I’ve prayed prayers to heaven from my lowest place And I have held Your...

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Written by John Samson
Saturday, 22 July 2017 17:00

WHI-1372 | Does Faith Conflict with Science?

PROGRAM AUDIO & RESOURCES

Are faith and science at odds with each other? The way the story is often told, science is empirical, rational, and objective, whereas faith is experiential, subjective, and dogmatic. While it’s certainly true that many of the world’s religions think of...

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Written by WHI Admin
Saturday, 22 July 2017 16:00

GOD’S LIVING 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
Saturday, 22 July 2017 15:59

The Eternal Generation of the Son

Frederick William Faber

Amid the eternal silences God’s endless Word was spoken None heard but He who always spake, And the silence was unbroken.

Chorus: Oh marvellous! Oh Worshipful! No song or sound is heard, But everywhere and every hour, In love, in...

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Written by Kevin T. Bauder
Saturday, 22 July 2017 15:34

Uncontainable, Magnetic, Transforming Joy in Our Worship

Written by: Scotty Smith

     Praise the Lord. Sing to the Lord a new song, his praise in the assembly of his faithful people. Let Israel rejoice in their Maker; let the people of Zion be glad in their King. Let them praise his name with dancing and...

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Written by Scotty Smith
Saturday, 22 July 2017 15:15

Don't Side with the World

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"Even thou wast as one of them."-- Obadiah 1:11

Brotherly kindness was due from Edom to Israel in the time of need, but instead thereof, the men of Esau made common cause with Israel's foes. Special stress in the sentence before us is laid upon the word thou; as when Caesar cried to Brutus, "and...

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Written by Charles Spurgeon
Saturday, 22 July 2017 15:05

July 23: Van Horn on WSC Q. 19

STUDIES IN THE WESTMINSTER SHORTER CATECHISM by Rev. Leonard T. Van Horn

Q. 19. — What is the misery of the estate whereinto man fell?

A. — All mankind, by their fall, lost communion with God, are under his wrath and curse, and so made liable to all miseries in this life,...

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Written by archivist
Saturday, 22 July 2017 15:00

Sanctification (2)

But of Him you are in Christ Jesus, who became for us…sanctification… —1 Corinthians 1:30

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The Life Side. The mystery of sanctification is that the perfect qualities of Jesus Christ are imparted as a gift to me, not gradually, but instantly once I enter by faith into the...

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Written by RSS | My Utmost For His Highest
Saturday, 22 July 2017 15:00

Judges 6; Acts 10; Jeremiah 19; Mark 5

Written by: Don Carson

Judges 6; Acts 10; Jeremiah 19; Mark 5

THE ACCOUNT OF THE CONVERSION of Cornelius occupies much space in the book of Acts. As the Gospel moves outward from its Jewish confines, each step is carefully charted. First it was the Samaritans, a mixed race with a peculiar view of...

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Written by Don Carson
Saturday, 22 July 2017 14:59

Trans Activism and State-Mandated Mass Psychosis Featured

To really understand what the gender bender activism is all about, we need to look at some standard medical terminology. Let me offer a few terms we don’t seem to use very much anymore but which are incredibly germane to all things in the trans revolution. Here are a few online definitions of...

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Written by Bill Muehlenberg
Saturday, 22 July 2017 14:25

High Elf in Lord of the Rings Online: A Review

To preface this post, I’ve been playing LOTRO since 2008. I’m a massive LOTR fan – enough so that our Rebekah’s middle name is Luthien. One aspect of LOTRO’s IP that can sometimes be frustrating is the fact that they can only use The Hobbit and the LOTR Trilogy –...

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Written by RazorsKiss
Saturday, 22 July 2017 14:10

Him We Preach

(Note: The essence of this message was delivered by the author as an introduction to our first School of Christ on March 12, 2005 in Wilson, North Carolina.)

Paul is writing to the Colossian Christians. He is writing to brothers and sisters in Christ whom he has never met face-to-face, and he is...

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Written by Chip Brogden
Saturday, 22 July 2017 14:01

Hindered by False Humility

JULY 23
Hindered by False Humility
“Stir up the gift of God which is in you through the laying on of my hands. For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind. Therefore do not be ashamed of the testimony of our Lord.” 2 TIMOTHY 1:6-8

Paul does not...

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Written by Chip Brogden
Saturday, 22 July 2017 13:57

Rethinking Church | Session 8 | Church Membership Featured

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Dr. Randy White thinks it’s time to rethink church. Have we gotten so far away from the Scripture that we don’t even know what the church is? Join us on a journey of questioning the assumptions in this “Rethinking” series.

Church membership has become “old...

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Written by Randy White
Saturday, 22 July 2017 12:25

Ken Ham’s ‘Ark Encounter’ Exhibit Issues Call For Christians To ‘Reclaim The Rainbow’ From The LGBT

The man behind the world-famous Ark Encounter has decided to reclaim “God’s rainbow” – announcing the massive ark exhibit will be permanently bathed in rainbow lights.

And God said, This is the token of the covenant which I make between me and you and every...

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Written by Geoffrey Grider
Saturday, 22 July 2017 11:50

The Stick Ceremony

I had the privilege of serving a chaplain for Stone Week 2 this year at Stepping Stones Bible Camp. My camp name was Gimli. It is such a blessing to be able to be a part of this amazing camp. Teresa and Noah came up and stayed with me in the Maple Cabin.

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Noah became a sort of mascot for the week,...

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Written by One Christian Dad
Saturday, 22 July 2017 11:43

LBM Episode 71 | Open Air Preaching, James White and Yasir Qadhi, 1689 and Westminster Federalism Featured

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In this episode Jason covers an assortment of topics. First there is a discussion on open air preaching and Spurgeon’s comments on it from his Lectures to my Students. Next Jason gives his opinion on the James White and Yasir Qadhi controversy. Jason also discusses the future...

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Written by Jason Mullett
Saturday, 22 July 2017 09:58

Review: The Victorian Internet

A weekend nonfiction book review.  Because Pastors need a break from heavy theological reading too.

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Tom Standage.  The Victorian Internet: The Remarkable Story of the Telegraph and the Nineteenth Century’s On-line Pioneers.  New York, NY: Bloomsbury USA, February 25th...

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Written by SLIMJIM
Saturday, 22 July 2017 09:39

CFTP | Episode #59 | The 3 Pillars | The Eighth Distinctive – The Doctrines of Grace Featured

In this episode Chris and Paul discuss a somewhat controversial topic within NCT circles and that is what we call The Eighth Distinctive or better yet The 3 Pillars of NCT. Does NCT necessitate a belief in the Doctrines of Grace (Otherwise known as Calvinism)?  Tune in and find out if our...

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Written by Paul Kaiser
Saturday, 22 July 2017 07:13

The ‘New Breed’ Among Us (Part 2): Matt Sorger.

As you are now aware from part 1, New Apostolic Reformation (NAR) leaders genuinely believe that little ‘gods’ actually walk the earth. We’ve already given examples of Todd Bentley, Bob Jones, Bill Johnson and Kris Vallotton trying to teach people to tap into their divine natures...

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Written by churchwatcher
Saturday, 22 July 2017 07:00

EChurch@Wartburg – 7.23.17

A Promise Above All Other Promises

Authors: deb...

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Written by deb
Saturday, 22 July 2017 06:36

Man Cannot Live on Spiritual McNuggets Alone

You have probably heard that the Bible is the number one best selling book of all time.  But did you know that it’s the number one best seller every single year?  There is no shortage of Bibles in the land.  In fact, we are inundated with them.  

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Written by Jennifer Oshman
Saturday, 22 July 2017 06:25

Polemics Report 010 | Ergan Caner | SBTS Featured

Original Air Date December 31, 2013

In today’s episode, JD discusses Ergun Caner’s Sunday night tweets alleging that the videos of him lying are altered, edited or fabricated. Considering the most recent video of his lying is from Southern Seminary with Al Mohler and Russell Moore...

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Written by Coleen Sharp
Saturday, 22 July 2017 06:20

Polemics Report 009 | Firearms | Montana House Representative Alan Doane joins JD Featured

Original Air Date December 30, 2013

In today’s program, JD discusses a recent article he wrote and posted at Pulpit & Pen entitled, “Are Christians Obligated to Register or Surrender Their Firearms” and discusses it in light of Romans 13. He also discusses a post on Peter...

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Written by Coleen Sharp
Saturday, 22 July 2017 06:17

Romans 13 — Civil Government or Church Government?

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“Is Romans 13 about obeying civil government or church government, as some are saying?”

In the context, it is true that Paul just finished speaking about “he that ruleth” in the local church (12:8). But the “rulers” in Chapter 13 bear a “sword” (v. 4)...

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Written by Pastor Ricky Kurth
Saturday, 22 July 2017 06:13

Polemics Report 008 | Sermon By JD Hall | Reformation Sunday Featured

Original Air Date December 26, 2013

Today’s Thursday-lite episode includes a sermon delivered at the Fellowship Baptist Church by JD Hall on Reformation Sunday and includes topics related to Catholicism and the so-called “Sinner’s Prayer.”

The post Polemics Report 008 | Sermon...

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Written by Coleen Sharp
Saturday, 22 July 2017 06:07

Polemics Report 007 | The Incarnation | JD Interviews Two Abolitionists Featured

Original Air Date December 25, 2017

In the Christmas edition of the Pulpit & Pen program, JD asks the question if Jesus only became the incarnate Son of God at his birth, or from conception. In this commentary-lite episode, JD interviews two abolitionists, one who was recently accosted outside...

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Written by Coleen Sharp
Saturday, 22 July 2017 05:44

Polemics Report | E006 | Josh Williamson Joins JD | Open Air Preaching | Hillsong Church NYC Featured

Original Air Date December 24, 2013

In today’s episode JD interviews street preacher, Josh Williamson from Perth, Scotland. They discuss the theology of open air preaching, why it should be done and how to do it well. In the downgrade segment, JD discusses Hillsong Church NYC and their refusal...

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Written by Coleen Sharp
Saturday, 22 July 2017 04:30

Prayer, providence, and Dunkirk

Then another thing that has focused attention on the doctrine of providence is what we call 'special providences'. Now special providences are special interventions of God on behalf of individuals or groups of people. For instance, at Dunkirk during the War a kind of mist came down to protect the...

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Written by steve
Saturday, 22 July 2017 04:19

Why Evangelical SJWs Draft Everyone to War

Classical two-kingdom theology distinguishes the merit of each kingdom. Civil merit is, to put it simply, the ability to lead a civil community to its natural end. The order of this civil realm then is a hierarchy of sorts based on the order of civil merit, at least in theory. The order of the...

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Written by Stephen Wolfe
Saturday, 22 July 2017 04:18

Racial Reconciliation Dodgeball – Responsibility and Solutions

I am old enough to have played dodgeball before it was declared unhealthy to children’s self-esteem. I have watched with dismay as many in our midst have played what seems to me to be a form of dodgeball with issues related to racial reconciliation.

Let me be clear. I believe with all my heart...

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Written by Dave Miller
Saturday, 22 July 2017 04:12

More of Those (were the) Days

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And we think contemporary public schools suffer. They had challenges even before Richard Nixon:

The super-science of pedagogy, that fairest flower of the New Thought, has achieved its greatest triumphs in the reclamation of the erring, or, as the old-time schoolmasters had it, the bad. Those...

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Written by D. G. Hart