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, 29 March 2020 13:59

Why Capitalism Needs Christianity

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A few weeks ago I wrote an article entitled “Why Socialism Is Not Christian.” However, capitalism also has its flaws. The present world health crisis reveals this in startling detail with things like the hoarding of needed medical supplies.  What drives some to seek profit in a...

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Thursday, 26 March 2020 17:03

Seeing God’s Sovereignty in Our Suffering

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“These are the times that try men’s souls…” the well-known words of poet Thomas Paine came to mind as I drove to the grocery store yesterday in my fearless quest to acquire the rare jewel of toilet paper. Never in my short lifetime has the world faced such so much...

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In “What’s War? The Existential Question of Spiritual Warfare,” pastor Matt Walker introduced the subject of spiritual warfare. In today’s piece he describes an approach to the topic which all Christians ought to reject. We offer it today as something of a respite to the...

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Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam issued an executive order on Monday that is aimed at stopping the new coronavirus — and, in the process, makes it a criminal offense to hold a church service attended by more than 10 people.Yes, his order makes it a crime for more than 10 people to gather in a...

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Just in case people are pushing (KSchaal)

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In early March, before First Assembly of God church in Greers Ferry, Ark., called off all of its activities to prevent the spread of the novel coronavirus, just like other churches across the country, dozens of participants gathered there for a...

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Tuesday, 24 March 2020 17:03

To Live Stream or not to Live Stream

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advice for the small church in a challenging time

What are we to do in a time when government in its wisdom dictates that we curtail all public meetings for reasons of public health? How can the church function as a body of believers in circumstances like this?

One solution already in place for many...

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Monday, 23 March 2020 17:03

What Does the Bible Say about Pandemics?

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The outbreak of the coronavirus disease called COVID-19 has surprised many of us. Yet infectious outbreaks and pandemics are nothing new. They’ve occurred throughout history and the Bible mentions them a lot, especially in the Old Testament (OT). So, what does the Bible say about pandemics?

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We are all televangelists now!

What a Sunday. We had everything ready to go to live stream some sort of semblance of a worship service and our Youtube livestream crashed—along with thousands of other churches nationwide. I hear Facebook’s livestreams still worked, which is just the...

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Friday, 20 March 2020 10:38

Coronaviruses in creation – creation.com

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Most viruses are beneficial to living things, but occasionally one of them escapes whatever is controlling it and it run amok, burning hot but often quickly burning out.

Source: Coronaviruses in creation – creation.com

Good information at Creation.com. For more resources from them on this and...

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Friday, 20 March 2020 08:00

2020 FBFI Annual Fellowship Cancelled

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Dear FBFI Family,

Because of the present health crisis, we are canceling our Annual Fellowship in Indianapolis this year.

We hope that life will return to normal by mid-June but we realize that even if that happens, it will not be in sufficient time for attendees to make appropriate travel plans. We...

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Thursday, 19 March 2020 17:03

Why Does God Allow Death?

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On January 26, 2020, our world reeled, hearing of the tragic death of Kobe Bryant. He was just 41 years old. Bryant’s 13-year-old daughter Gianna died in the crash. Our hearts sink just thinking about the family members still alive who bear the burden of this news. I was personally moved,...

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Wednesday, 18 March 2020 17:03

When Viruses Loom Larger than God

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I (like you, no doubt) am tired of thinking about COVID-19 already, though my browsing history might betray me. I’ll abstain from taking a side on whether COVID-19 merits the panic it has created or not—the question belongs to epidemiologists for now, handed off to historians soon...

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Tuesday, 17 March 2020 17:03

How to Prepare for Hard Times

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Acts 11:19-30

How would you respond if you knew that a disaster would happen soon?

  • Or just for the sake of discussion, let’s say you could be certain that a disaster would occur within eighteen months.
  • What would you do?
  • How would you prepare?
  • What if you did not have all the resources you have...

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Monday, 16 March 2020 17:03

The Sword and the Famine and the Pestilence

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These days, the paramount thing on everyone’s mind is the Corona Virus pandemic. Schools are closing or shifting to “online only” formats. Churches wrestle with how and when to meet, if at all. Stores grapple with panic buying (even hoarding) of staple items. Headlines are...

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A new report reveals how forgers fooled the Museum of the Bible with fake Dead Sea Scroll fragments.

Source: How forgers fooled the Bible museum with fake Dead Sea Scroll fragments – CNN

Authors: Kevin Schaal...

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The zombie apocalypse is coming–guard your toilet paper?

I (along with some family members) hiked bottom of the Grand Canyon early Thursday morning and then out on Saturday. I was out of phone and data contact for three days. The world changed in those three days with sports cancellations,...

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Thursday, 12 March 2020 17:03

George Muller on the Christian Life

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Known for his life of faith, power in prayer, and service to orphans, George Muller (1805-1898) was a man whose depth with Christ stands in stark contrast to the shallowness that dominates our Christian landscape. Recently, I took the opportunity to re-read through Muller’s autobiography. If...

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Wednesday, 11 March 2020 17:03

Blind to the Gospel

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You may easily lose heart in reaching out to unbelievers with the gospel (2 Cor 4:1). Sometimes this happens because unbelievers respond to you in disappointing ways, rejecting your heartfelt overtures, or responding to your biblical input in an aggressive manner. When this happens, believers may...

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Tuesday, 10 March 2020 17:03

Book Review: Superheroes Can’t Save You

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Superheroes Can’t Save You: Epic Examples of Historic Heresies Todd MylesPublisher: B&H Academic (April 1, 2018)Language: EnglishISBN-10: 1462750796ISBN-13: 978-1462750795

imageIt’s rare to find Superman, Batman, and Spider-Man in a book on theology. Theologians typically draw the line at...

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In 2005, American writer David Foster Wallace delivered the commencement address at Kenyon College in Ohio.1 He began his speech with a story about two young fish being greeted one morning by an older fish. “Morning, boys. How’s the water?” As the story goes, the younger fish swam...

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Saturday, 07 March 2020 05:00

A Note from the President

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Over the past few years changes have been occurring at Bob Jones University rather quickly. The FBFI has had a reputation of being in close kinship with BJU since the early 1970’s. Because of that we have received many questions about the changes at BJU in policy, speakers, and alignment....

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NANCHANG, China (AP) — In a lively Muslim quarter of Nanchang city, a sprawling Chinese factory turns out computer screens, cameras and fingerprint scanners for a supplier to international tech giants such as Apple and Lenovo. Throughout the neighborhood, women in headscarves stroll through...

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Thursday, 05 March 2020 16:03

A Church Without God

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Praising God, and having favor with all the people. And the LORD added to the church daily such as should be saved. Acts 2:47

In 1966, English journalist and author, Rev. Ernest Harrison, wrote a book with the title of today’s devotional. In it, he suggested that we abolish the concept of God....

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Wednesday, 04 March 2020 16:03

The Holy Spirit’s Work Prior to Pentecost

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Many refer to the church age in which you and I live as the “Age of the Holy Spirit.” After Christ’s resurrection and ascension, the Spirit came to indwell, empower, and transform believers into the image of Christ (see Acts 1-2).1 Christians everywhere can now enjoy the fullness...

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Tuesday, 03 March 2020 16:03

Rightly Dividing the Word

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FrontLine January/February 2020 | VOLUME 30 | NUMBER 1

As many textbooks state, hermeneutics is the science and art of Bible interpretation. The desire to interpret the Bible correctly must be the focus of every preacher, parent, counselor, professor, and...

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