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

Sunday, 02 June 2019 09:58

What does it mean to be devoured by Satan? Featured

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by Mike Ratliff

8 Be of sober spirit, be on the alert. Your adversary, the devil, prowls around like a roaring lion, seeking someone to devour. 1 Peter 5:8 (NASB) 

I have written several posts about heresy and apostasy. However, I have always been puzzled by those believers who were once very...

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21 But now apart from the Law the righteousness of God has been manifested, being witnessed by the Law and the Prophets, 22 even the righteousness of God through faith in Jesus Christ for all those who believe; for there is no distinction; 23 for all have sinned and fall short of the...

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Wednesday, 29 May 2019 08:36

The tragic results of denying the resurrection Featured

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by Mike Ratliff

8 Owe nothing to anyone except to love one another; for he who loves his neighbor has fulfilled the law. 9 For this, “You shall not commit adultery, You shall not murder, You shall not steal, You shall not covet,” and if there is any other commandment, it is summed up in...

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Tuesday, 28 May 2019 07:41

The Heart of Man Featured

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15 Ἀποκριθεὶς δὲ ὁ Πέτρος εἶπεν αὐτῷ· φράσον ἡμῖν τὴν...

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5 Therefore consider the members of your earthly body as dead to immorality, impurity, passion, evil desire, and greed, which amounts to idolatry. 6 For it is because of these things that the wrath of God will come upon the sons of disobedience Colossians 3:5-6 (NASB)

In Ephesians...

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Saturday, 25 May 2019 07:11

Christian maturity and discernment Featured

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by Mike Ratliff

12 Οὐχ ὅτι ἤδη ἔλαβον ἢ ἤδη τετελείωμαι, διώκω δὲ εἰ...

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Thursday, 23 May 2019 06:58

Do you really know my Lord? Featured

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by Mike Ratliff

6 For a child will be born to us, a son will be given to us;And the government will rest on His shoulders;And His name will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God,Eternal Father, Prince of Peace. Isaiah 9:6 (NASB) 

Isaiah 9:6 is part of a magnificent prophecy given to the...

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Wednesday, 22 May 2019 10:05

If we confess our sins Featured

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by Mike Ratliff

9 ἐὰν ὁμολογῶμεν τὰς ἁμαρτίας ἡμῶν, πιστός ἐστιν καὶ...

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Tuesday, 21 May 2019 10:49

El-Shaddai and His people Featured

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by Mike Ratliff

1 Now when Abram was ninety- nine years old, the Lord appeared to Abram and said to him,“I am God Almighty;Walk before Me, and be blameless.2 “I will establish My covenant between Me and you,And I will multiply you exceedingly.” (Genesis 17:1-2 NASB)

In these...

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Monday, 20 May 2019 06:00

What’s Wrong with Pragmatism? Featured

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Because of some very severe weather in Oklahoma where I live I am reposting an article from 2013. Be blessed and pray for us my brethren.

by Mike Ratliff

1 I charge you in the presence of God and of Christ Jesus, who is to judge the living and the dead, and by his appearing and his kingdom:2 preach...

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Sunday, 19 May 2019 11:45

Give attention to Featured

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by Mike Ratliff

13 ἕως ἔρχομαι πρόσεχε τῇ ἀναγνώσει, τῇ παρακλήσει, τῇ...

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Saturday, 18 May 2019 08:02

No pardon, no salvation! Featured

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4 “Behold, I have made him a witness to the peoples,A leader and commander for the peoples.5 “Behold, you will call a nation you do not know,And a nation which knows you not will run to you,Because of the Lord your God, even the Holy One of Israel;For He has glorified...

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Thursday, 16 May 2019 06:00

Sanctity of Life Featured

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Passages to instruct us as we reach out, pray, vote and respond. Take time this week to pray for our nation’s leaders that their hearts would be turned to govern in the light and clarity of Holy Scripture.
God is the Creator of Life
Genesis 1:27 – So God created man in his own image,...

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Wednesday, 15 May 2019 10:17

God’s providence and His inheritance Featured

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by Mike Ratliff

11 Ἐν ᾧ καὶ ἐκληρώθημεν προορισθέντες κατὰ πρόθεσιν...

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14 What shall we say then? There is no injustice with God, is there? May it never be! Romans 9:14 (NASB)

The natural mind, plagued with selective rationalization, demands that God be fair in His dealings with all humankind. Fairness speaks of justice. One of the tenets of our...

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Monday, 13 May 2019 08:59

The gospel that is believed and saves Featured

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by Mike Ratliff

8 Therefore do not be ashamed of the testimony of our Lord or of me His prisoner, but join with me in suffering for the gospel according to the power of God, 9 who has saved us and called us with a holy calling, not according to our works, but according to His own purpose and grace...

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16 We know love by this, that He laid down His life for us; and we ought to lay down our lives for the brethren. 1 John 3:16 (NASB) 

What differentiates a genuine Christian from one whose religion is only skin-deep? Jesus said that He knows those who are His. He calls them His...

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41 Therefore the Jews were grumbling about Him, because He said, “I am the bread that came down out of heaven.” 42 They were saying, “Is not this Jesus, the son of Joseph, whose father and mother we know? How does He now say, ‘I have come down out of...

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1 God, after He spoke long ago to the fathers in the prophets in many portions and in many ways, 2 in these last days has spoken to us in His Son, whom He appointed heir of all things, through whom also He made the world. 3 And He is the radiance of His glory and the exact...

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Wednesday, 08 May 2019 08:06

John 1:1 and the Holy Trinity Featured

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by Mike Ratliff

1 εν αρχη ην ο λογος και ο λογος ην προς τον θεον και...

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Tuesday, 07 May 2019 06:33

Love of the world Featured

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by Mike Ratliff

1 I appeal to you therefore, brothers, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and acceptable to God, which is your spiritual worship. 2 Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may...

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Tuesday, 30 April 2019 08:23

What does it mean for Christians to draw near unto God? Featured

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7 You hypocrites, rightly did Isaiah prophesy of you:8 ‘This people honors Me with their lips,But their heart is far away from Me.9 ‘But in vain do they worship Me,Teaching as doctrines the precepts of men.’” Matthew 15:7-9 (NASB)

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Thursday, 25 April 2019 09:21

Do you love the Lord or are you simply being religious? Featured

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by Mike Ratliff

16 We have come to know and have believed the love which God has for us. God is love, and the one who abides in love abides in God, and God abides in him. 1 John 4:16 (NASB) 

As the elect draw closer and closer to Christ in obedience and fellowship the more and more they will be...

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37 But in all these things we overwhelmingly conquer through Him who loved us. Romans 8:37 (NASB) 

How often have you heard Romans 8:37 in support of the concept of a “higher Christian life?” I have heard it in that context, but I have also heard it in its proper...

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Tuesday, 23 April 2019 08:07

Worldly Wisdom vs God’s Absolute Truth Featured

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by Mike Ratliff

1 But false prophets also arose among the people, just as there will also be false teachers among you, who will secretly introduce destructive heresies, even denying the Master who bought them, bringing swift destruction upon themselves. 2 Many will follow their sensuality, and...

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