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

Friday, 17 January 2020 18:29

Why didn't God stop Eve from eating the fruit? Featured

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By Elizabeth PrataI was listening to a Grace Community Church Question and Answer session. I always appreciate how John MacArthur can sum up complex theological thoughts and issues so succinctly. I also enjoy the variety of questions. There came a question from what sounded like a very young boy.
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Friday, 17 January 2020 11:35

G3 Conference second impressions Featured

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By Elizabeth PrataDay 2 of attending the G3 Conference in Atlanta is over and in the books. It's an aggressive schedule, with sessions back to back, with hymns in between and few breaks. Be ready to drink spiritual nourishment from a fire hose.I missed out on the Breakout sessions because by the...

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Thursday, 16 January 2020 19:59

First impressions of the G3 conference Featured

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By Elizabeth PrataMy church generously paid for my admission and the hotel for two nights. We are blessed to have elders who are so approachable and willing to subsidize further learning for their members. They buy boxes of books for the church members to take for free, they pay for scholarships to...

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Thursday, 16 January 2020 19:08

How to Visit Heaven Featured

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By Elizabeth PrataI visited heaven last Sunday.Am I going to write a book about it? No. A book has already been written about what I saw there. It's called the Bible.I'm fascinated with glimpses of heaven. I love to read the visions Ezekiel had, and Isaiah, and John. (Ezekiel 1, Isaiah 6,...

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Wednesday, 15 January 2020 18:04

Transcendence- what is it? How is God transcendent? Featured

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By Elizabeth PrataTranscendence of God
"For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways," declares the LORD. "As the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways and my thoughts than your thoughts." (Isaiah 55:8-9, NIV) 
The transcendence of God is...

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Wednesday, 15 January 2020 08:44

We made it to Atlanta for the G3 Featured

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By Elizabeth PrataWe traveled to the G3 conference today. It is my first big conference. About 4000 believers will be in attendance, all here to learn about worship and to glorify God. It's hard to think of what it will be like to sing and pray and learn among such a large group of people who love...

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Tuesday, 14 January 2020 18:06

Many mercies go unnoticed in the course of providence Featured

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By Elizabeth PrataThis video has been going around for a while. I might have even commented on it before.Bear sneaks up on oblivious elderly couple, 55 secondsBefore I was saved, I used to wonder about providence a lot. I didn't know that was what it was called at the time, though. I just used to...

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Monday, 13 January 2020 18:38

There's singing, and there's singing Featured

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By Elizabeth PrataPaul was going about doing his business preaching the Gospel and ministering, and a demon-possessed slave girl kept following them and shouting that they were from God showing the way to salvation. Irked at having a demonic forerunner, Paul finally exorcised the demon from her....

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By Elizabeth PrataThe Atlanta Passion Conference is a Christian conference aimed at older teens and college-aged students. I live not too far from Atlanta, and I live near a University town. Lots of young folks around here flock to the annual Passion Conference in Atlanta at this time of year. This...

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Saturday, 11 January 2020 19:58

Word of the week: Fruit of the Spirit- Patience Featured

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By Elizabeth PrataBut the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, 23 gentleness, self-control; against such things there is no law. (Galatians 5:22).The fruit of the Spirit is singular. It's all one fruit. It's not like the believer works on love one...

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Saturday, 11 January 2020 04:18

Our ridiculous baby cries Featured

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Dad to Mom: The baby's cryingThat's his wet diaper cry, I'll go.LaterMom to Dad: The baby's cryingThat's his hungry cry. I'll go warm a bottle.Next dayTeen to Babysitter: The baby's cryingHe's tired, I'll put him downIsn't it funny how you know your child so well, so intimately,...

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By Elizabeth Prata
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Never Enough: Confronting Lies About Appearance and Achievement With Gospel Hope, at 128 pages, is readable and relatable.Published August 2019 by Reformation Heritage Books, it's written by Sarah Ivill (ThM, Dallas Theological Seminary), a Reformed author, mother, homemaker,...

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Wednesday, 08 January 2020 18:21

What About Humility Featured

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By Elizabeth PrataHe must increase, but I must decrease. (John 3:30)I was listening to a devotional on the radio as I drove down the road. The announcer said,"Humility is the one quality you lose the moment you think you have it."It's true, if you think about it.Humility is elusive, but keeping our...

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Tuesday, 07 January 2020 20:24

Is our social media presence edifying and Christlike? Featured

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By Elizabeth PrataI love the Redeeming Productivity blog and podcast. Here is the author, Reagan Rose's summary of its raison d'être:
A Christian Approach to Getting Stuff Done- timeThis is Redeeming Productivity, a blog and podcast, where we talk about technology, techniques, and theology in...

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Monday, 06 January 2020 18:38

Whispers from the Dust: Isaiah and Necromancy Featured

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By Elizabeth PrataI've been reading Isaiah through the Advent season. This time I've been appreciating the poetic language Isaiah uses. Isn't it amazing how, each time you read through a book of the Bible, the Spirit orients our mind toward a different aspect? He can and does do this infinitely,...

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By Elizabeth Prata
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My cat. Don't let the sweetness fool you, he is running around like a nut yelling his head off. I'll miss him as I head back to school this morning. Many of us are returning to our regular routines after the holidays. We say, well, 'back to real life!' but the real life we have is...

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Saturday, 04 January 2020 20:48

Word of the Week: Fruit of the Spirit, Joy Featured

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By Elizabeth PrataOn Sundays I usually post a theological word with its definition, then an explanation, and use it in a verse. I also use a picture to represent the concept. This is my effort to maintain a theological literacy among the brethren and between generations, something I believe is...

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imageBy Elizabeth PrataHave you seen these beginning-of-the-year encouragements online about how little time it takes to read a book of the Bible, or comparisons saying that it takes only as long to read 1 Thessalonians as it does to fold the laundry, or something? Like this infographic-
 
Or this tweet:
I...

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Thursday, 02 January 2020 21:38

Take a Tour of my Office with Me! Featured

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By Elizabeth PrataI often see folks' photos of their bookcases or their offices or their podcast studios. I like to see where it all happens. Maybe you would like to see how I manage here, living tiny, and what my office looks like. Let's be casual for a moment here on The End Time before I return...

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Wednesday, 01 January 2020 20:27

2020 Christian Reading Challenge: My Big, Fat Book List! Featured

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By Elizabeth PrataI love to read. But as much as I love it, my fleshly sinful nature will rear up to divert me from any wholesome activity, even one I love. My eyes tire more quickly too as I've gotten older so I struggle against the pull to just watch TV. I motivate myself to maintain this...

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Wednesday, 01 January 2020 03:37

What to listen for in a (false) teacher Featured

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By Elizabeth PrataFalse Teachers (as are politicians) are selling something. Will you buy?It was a startling moment when at the October 2019 Truth Matters Conference, in reply to interviewer Todd Friel's query to answer in one or two words to the name Beth Moore, John MacArthur forthrightly said...

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Monday, 30 December 2019 22:28

When Every Minute is Golden Hour Featured

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By Elizabeth PrataAging isn’t easy. I’m entering my 60th year of age. My teeth are crumbling, my joints are aching, arthritis is thriving, my hair is graying, and my eyes are weakening. Yet my faith given by Jesus is growing, the Light is nearer, and the life He sustains is sweeter...

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Sunday, 29 December 2019 21:27

Challies Reading Challenge 2019: How did I do? Featured

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By Elizabeth PrataSince it's year-end and I'm concluding the Challies Christian Reading Challenge, the next couple of days will be about books and bookish things. I already wrote about a Bible Reading Plan.I like a challenge. I like to have goals. I need them in order to stay on track and be...

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Saturday, 28 December 2019 20:33

Word of the Week: Angel Featured

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By Elizabeth PrataThe thread of Christianity from generation to generation depends on a mutual understanding of our important words. Hence the Word of the Week. Past Words of the Week have included Justification, Transcendence, Immanence, Propitiation, Sanctification, Glorification, Orthodoxy,...

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By Elizabeth Prata
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This 3-part series looks at Jen Wilkin's "Redefining Rahab" lessons from 2014 and 2018. We have a background & intro part 1, a look at her gender emphasis in the Rahab lesson part 2, and finally this part 3, a look at her academic ethics & her situational ethics from that...

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