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

Thursday, 16 January 2020 03:00

The Source of True Joy Featured

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by Mike Ratliff

21 “Not everyone who says to Me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter the kingdom of heaven, but he who does the will of My Father who is in heaven will enter. 22 Many will say to Me on that day, ‘Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in Your name, and in Your name cast out...

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Wednesday, 15 January 2020 04:00

Unity in the Body of Christ Featured

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1 Therefore I, the prisoner of the Lord, implore you to walk in a manner worthy of the calling with which you have been called, 2 with all humility and gentleness, with patience, showing tolerance for one another in love, 3 being diligent to preserve the unity of the Spirit in the...

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Monday, 13 January 2020 03:00

True Godliness Comes Only From True Contentment Featured

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10 But I rejoiced in the Lord greatly, that now at last you have revived your concern for me; indeed, you were concerned before, but you lacked opportunity. 11 Not that I speak from want, for I have learned to be content in whatever circumstances I am. 12 I know how to get along with...

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Sunday, 12 January 2020 05:00

The Sower and the Soils Featured

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1 That day Jesus went out of the house and was sitting by the sea. 2 And large crowds gathered to Him, so He got into a boat and sat down, and the whole crowd was standing on the beach.3 And He spoke many things to them in parables, saying, “Behold, the sower went out to sow; 4...

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Saturday, 11 January 2020 03:00

The Authority of the Christ of God Featured

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16 But the eleven disciples proceeded to Galilee, to the mountain which Jesus had designated. 17 When they saw Him, they worshiped Him; but some were doubtful. 18 And Jesus came up and spoke to them, saying, “All authority has been given to Me in heaven and on earth. 19 Go...

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Thursday, 09 January 2020 05:00

Be Filled by the Spirit Featured

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18 And do not get drunk with wine, for that is dissipation, but be filled with the Spirit, Ephesians 5:18 (NASB) 

What does it mean for a Christian to be “filled” by the Holy Spirit? In Ephesians 5:18 (above) the preposition “with” renders the Greek word...

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Wednesday, 08 January 2020 03:00

Unbelief, Disobedience, and Hatred Featured

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24 If I had not done among them the works which no one else did, they would not have sin; but now they have both seen and hated Me and My Father as well. 25 But they have done this to fulfill the word that is written in their Law, ‘They hated Me without a cause.’ John...

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Tuesday, 07 January 2020 03:00

Saving Faith is a Self-Renouncing Faith Featured

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24 Τότε ὁ Ἰησοῦς εἶπεν τοῖς μαθηταῖς αὐτοῦ· εἴ τις...

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Monday, 06 January 2020 03:00

Rightly Handling the Word of Truth Featured

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14 Remind them of these things, and solemnly charge them in the presence of God not to wrangle about words, which is useless and leads to the ruin of the hearers. 15 Be diligent to present yourself approved to God as a workman who does not need to be ashamed, accurately handling the...

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Sunday, 05 January 2020 05:00

Unbelief and Sola Scriptura Featured

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Sola Scriptura       In Sacred scripture alone we find

Sola Gratia           Salvation is by grace alone

Sola Fide             Through faith...

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Saturday, 04 January 2020 05:00

False Accusers Featured

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11 “Blessed are you when people insult you and persecute you, and falsely say all kinds of evil against you because of Me. 12 Rejoice and be glad, for your reward in heaven is great; for in the same way they persecuted the prophets who were before you. Matthew 5:11-12...

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Friday, 03 January 2020 05:00

The Enemy Within Featured

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15 “Beware of the false prophets, who come to you in sheep’s clothing, but inwardly are ravenous wolves. Matthew 7:15 (NASB) 

False prophets have infiltrated the Church since the very beginning. Also, disingenuous professors have always plagued churches. There has not...

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Thursday, 02 January 2020 12:09

Betrayed: An Open Letter to the Church Featured

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As many of you know, I have been writing and posting on this blog since 2006 and CRN since 2007. Over the years we have covered the “Great Downgrade” going on in the visible Church in the U.S. trying to put the pieces together. The following article is a long one, but well worth...

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Thursday, 02 January 2020 06:49

Let us make our calling and election sure Featured

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2 Grace and peace be multiplied to you in the knowledge of God and of Jesus our Lord; 3 seeing that His divine power has granted to us everything pertaining to life and godliness, through the true knowledge of Him who called us by His own glory and excellence. 4 For by these He has...

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Tuesday, 31 December 2019 05:00

The Big Lie Featured

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7 Do not be deceived, God is not mocked; for whatever a man sows, this he will also reap. 8 For the one who sows to his own flesh will from the flesh reap corruption, but the one who sows to the Spirit will from the Spirit reap eternal life. 9 Let us not lose heart in doing good, for...

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Monday, 30 December 2019 05:00

Do not love what Jesus died to deliver us from Featured

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3 Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ, 4 who gave Himself for our sins so that He might rescue us from this present evil age, according to the will of our God and Father, 5 to whom be the glory forevermore. Amen. Galatians 1:3-5 (NASB) 

Much of...

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Believers are called to role of reconciliation, forgiveness, loving our enemies, and turning the other cheek by being humble and Spirit-filled. Also, the genuinely humble believer will not be timid, but bold.

Part of being bold because of the moving of the Holy Spirit within us is to...

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Sunday, 22 December 2019 05:00

The Curse of Mediocrity Featured

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28 And we know that God causes all things to work together for good to those who love God, to those who are called according to His purpose. 29 For those whom He foreknew, He also predestined to become conformed to the image of His Son, so that He would be the firstborn among many...

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Wednesday, 18 December 2019 05:00

Believers are Heirs with Christ Featured

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16 The Spirit Himself testifies with our spirit that we are children of God, 17 and if children, heirs also, heirs of God and fellow heirs with Christ, if indeed we suffer with Him so that we may also be glorified with Him. Romans 8:16-17 (NASB)

Even through as Christians we are...

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Tuesday, 17 December 2019 05:00

Create in Me a Clean Heart, O God Featured

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10 Create in me a clean heart, O God,And renew a steadfast spirit within me. Psalms 51:10 (NASB) 

Perhaps the number one teaching missing in the Compromised Church is that of how horrible sin is in the eyes of God. The Gospel is good news only if it includes how our sin is...

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Monday, 16 December 2019 05:00

Alive in Christ Featured

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6 Therefore as you have received Christ Jesus the Lord, so walk in Him, 7 having been firmly rooted and now being built up in Him and established in your faith, just as you were instructed, and overflowing with gratitude. Colossians 2:6-7 (NASB) 

When God saved us He justified us...

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Sunday, 15 December 2019 05:00

Christian Freedom and Antinomianism Featured

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28 For we maintain that a man is justified by faith apart from works of the Law. 29 Or is God the God of Jews only? Is He not the God of Gentiles also? Yes, of Gentiles also, 30 since indeed God who will justify the circumcised by faith and the uncircumcised through faith is one.31...

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Saturday, 14 December 2019 05:00

A Better Rest Featured

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7 For He is our God,And we are the people of His pasture and the sheep of His hand.Today, if you would hear His voice,8 Do not harden your hearts, as at Meribah,As in the day of Massah in the wilderness,9 “When your fathers tested Me,They tried Me, though they had seen My work.1...

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Thursday, 12 December 2019 03:00

Glory Praise and Worship Featured

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28 Some eight days after these sayings, He took along Peter and John and James, and went up on the mountain to pray. 29 And while He was praying, the appearance of His face became different, and His clothing became white and gleaming. 30 And behold, two men were talking with Him; and...

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Wednesday, 11 December 2019 03:00

What is religious externalism? Featured

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25 “Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! For you clean the outside of the cup and of the dish, but inside they are full of robbery and self-indulgence. 26 You blind Pharisee, first clean the inside of the cup and of the dish, so that the outside of it may become clean...

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