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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Thursday, 16 January 2020 13:00

The Vocation Of The Natural Life Featured

But when it pleased God…to reveal His Son in me… — Galatians 1:15-16

The call of God is not a call to any particular service; my interpretation of it may be, because contact with the nature of God has made me realize what I would like to do for Him. The call of God is...

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Written by Classic RSS Feed | My Utmost For His Highest
Thursday, 16 January 2020 13:00

$5 Friday (And More): Free Will, the Holy Spirit, Worship Featured

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It’s time for our weekly $5 Friday sale. This week’s resources include such topics as free will, the Holy Spirit, worship, the last days, baptism, the Puritans, assurance of salvation, and more.

Plus, beginning this week, several bonus resources are also available for more than $5. These...

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Written by Nathan W. Bingham
Thursday, 16 January 2020 10:38

Chronological Bible Reading Genesis 12-15

16 Jan 2020, Chronological Bible Reading, Genesis 12-15. My wife, Lori, and I are reading through the Bible in chronological order, which is the order in which the events happened. Her blog on this can be found here. This is not intended to be a lesson or a sermon. It is my thoughts and...

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Written by wbmoore
Thursday, 16 January 2020 10:36

Facing Present Trials and Future Uncertainties with Gospel Hope

Tessa Thompson is one of the most remarkable women I’ve ever met. If you suffer or minister to sufferers, you will benefit hugely from her book, Laughing at the Days to Come: Facing Present Trials and Future Uncertainties with Gospel Hope. I want to present three pieces of evidence to...

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Written by David Murray
Thursday, 16 January 2020 10:03

Yes, the Devil is Real Featured

Contrary to the claims of some, Satan most certainly exists:

Given all that the Bible has to say about the devil, only a cultist or theological liberal could claim to understand Scripture yet state that he does not exist. The Bible everywhere assumes the existence of a real, volitional and personal...

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Written by Bill Muehlenberg
Thursday, 16 January 2020 09:00

Life Lessons for Teenagers’ Parents

-Episode 2606-

Life Lessons for Teenagers’ Parents

Segment 1 (00:00) Todd opens up with 12 lessons for teenager’s parents, in which parents should be merciful and gracious when dealing with a child rather than condescending and demeaning. God never speaks condescendingly to us as his...

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Written by Rebekah Pruett
Thursday, 16 January 2020 08:43

Is MOPS Shifting Toward Progressive Christianity? With Krista Bontrager — The Alisa Childers Podcast #60

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​After receiving several emails from concerned people, I began to wonder if the worldwide ministry MOPS was beginning to adopt progressive Christian theology. Thankfully, my friend and fellow apologist Krista Bontrager played the role of investigative...

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Written by Alisa Childers - Blog
Thursday, 16 January 2020 06:43

Minding the Melody of a Marriage

It was Christmas Eve, and we were spending the morning with my dad, who passes most of the day in his recliner—napping or staring out the window. I looked around for things I thought might interest him, a challenging exercise since he seldom tells you. Questions are usually answered with a...

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Written by wendywidder
Thursday, 16 January 2020 06:30

The Institute for Expository Preaching with Steven Lawson Featured

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Deep within the soul of every expositor, there must reside an unwavering commitment to the preaching and teaching of God’s Word. Regardless of the cultural currents of the day and regardless of the changing of the times, the preacher must be persuaded that the truth of Scripture is the only...

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Written by Steven J. Lawson
Thursday, 16 January 2020 06:26

286- L.A.Marzulli – Dire Warning! -The Coming Great Deception

Episode 286 of the A Minute to Midnite Show. Tony is joined by L.A.Marzulli. The revealing of the so-called extraterrestrial presence will challenge the church in ways that right now are unimaginable. The entire planet will focus on the event. … Continue reading

Authors: Tony Koretz...

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Written by Tony Koretz
Thursday, 16 January 2020 06:23

My Take on the New Covenant (Pt. 3) Featured

Part Two

We all know that sin stops us from inheriting the kind of world God the Creator envisaged for us; a world of peace, joy, righteousness, justice, and glory, not to mention communion with the Lord Himself.

God set the world in  motion, permitting the Fall and the devastation that it has...

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Written by Paul Henebury
Thursday, 16 January 2020 06:02

How to Make the Best Use of Your Time Featured

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One of the hardest decisions we have to daily face as Christians is how to best use our time. We have so many choices to sort through and wrestle with. How can we make the best use of our short time?

Authors: Tim Conway...

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Written by Tim Conway
Thursday, 16 January 2020 05:55

01/16/2020

•The most influential books of all time
•Pat Buchanan views the Death of the West as a political affair
•Abortion minded women aren’t who you might think
•What does it feel like to be the opposite gender?
•Trans activists are ignoring real problems

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Written by joey
Thursday, 16 January 2020 05:32

They Shall Come To Me (Bunyan)

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In John 6:37 Jesus said, “All those the Father gives me will come to me, and whoever comes to me I will never drive away” (NIV). These words of Jesus convey a precious relatity and a comforting promise. They are well worth memorizing! Here’s how John Bunyan commented on these...

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Written by Reformed Reader
Thursday, 16 January 2020 05:29

Arthur Schopenhauer on happiness.2

Schopenhauer explains the heart of his philosophy is to “disown” life and this renunciation is the ultimate basis for his instruction on happiness:

He who has taken to heart the teaching of my philosophy–who knows, therefore, that our whole existence is something which had better...

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Written by memoirandremains
Thursday, 16 January 2020 05:27

The Revenge of the Yankees Upon the Sign-Stealing Astros

As a Yankees fan, I've grown to intensely dislike the Astros.  They are good, smug, and have an edge about them that really makes it hard to lose to them, as the Yankees have.

I am not surprised about the recent revelation that the Astros developed a sophisticated form of cheating, which...

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Written by Kim Riddlebarger
Thursday, 16 January 2020 05:21

Philosophical Approaches to Spirituality and the Good Life

imageIn 2019, Cambridge University Press publishedSpirituality and the Good Life: Philosophical Approaches, edited by David McPherson. McPherson is Assistant Professor of Philosophy at Creighton University, Omaha. His research focuses on ethics and philosophy of religion, and has appeared in...

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Written by EPS Blog
Thursday, 16 January 2020 05:16

The Future -- "The Signs of the End: What Remains to Be Fulfilled?" (Part Twelve)

Here's the audio from the Wednesday Night Bible Study:  Signs of the End: What Yet Remains to be Fulfilled?" (Part Twelve)

Authors: Kim Riddlebarger...

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Written by Kim Riddlebarger
Thursday, 16 January 2020 04:18

Re: Sumpter, White, Wilson on "Federal Vision Baptists?"

TooLong; Didn’t Read synoposis:

  1. Sumpter acknowledged that the Joint Federal Vision Statement (which Wilson still affirms) is incompatible with the reformed law/gospel distinction and must be rejected.
  2. He clarified that he and Wilson agree with Shepherd that eternal life would have been a...

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Written by brandonadams
Thursday, 16 January 2020 04:16

Apostolic Boldness – Acts 4:13-22

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Summary:

“Boldness” (4:13) means courage,the thing the apostles were showing when they went right back to preaching Christ after being jailed for preaching Christ. ...

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Written by Pastor Ricky Kurth
Thursday, 16 January 2020 03:55

Just Discovering Reformed Theology? TheoRecon Is A Toll-Booth You Should Skip

Introduction Arguably Reformed theology has never been more popular among evangelicals than it is right now. There are multiple large parachurch movements that extol the virtues of Reformed theology in a way that was unknown thirty years ago. It has never been . . . Continue reading →

Authors:...

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Written by R. Scott Clark
Thursday, 16 January 2020 03:51

Word and Work: Equipping Caregiving Ministry

In Word and Work: An Intersection, Concordia Seminary, St. Louis, President Dr. Dale A. Meyer chats with Dr. Kenneth Haugk, founder and executive director of Stephen Ministries. Stephen Ministry is the one-to-one lay caring ministry that takes place in congregations that use the Stephen Series...

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Written by Editor
Thursday, 16 January 2020 03:29

Fake Modern Israel Featured

Fake Modern Israel: This is one of many terms I keep hearing from some Christians. Oddly enough, sometimes these are people who have a futuristic premillenial view. In another article I looked at whether the future allegedly “fake tribulation temple” was unholy or not. At the time I...

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Written by Alf Cengia
Thursday, 16 January 2020 03:00

The Source of True Joy Featured

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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Written by Mike Ratliff
Thursday, 16 January 2020 03:00

Gender and Sexuality News Roundup (01/16/20)

One mission of CBMW is to help Christians think through secular and ecclesial trends on gender and sexuality. Through this work, we pore over a lot of different news reports and articles as we attempt to wade through the ceaseless flow of information on the web. In our weekly Gender and...

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Written by Jonathan Ahlgren
Thursday, 16 January 2020 02:54

Quick Thought: The Bible Doesn’t Promote Consent?

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Someone online asked for help for dealing with this statement: “The Bible doesn’t promote consent because marriages were arranged, sometimes against the woman’s will.”

Here’s my quick thoughts.

  1. The person who asserted this has the burden of proof to show this from...

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Written by SLIMJIM
Thursday, 16 January 2020 02:51

What will they do in the end? Featured

An event called Global Awakening is coming to a large city nearby. I saw people I knew personally commenting positively about it, so I posted the truth on their Facebook ad. It was founded by a notorious heretic and emissary of Satan, and its speaker roster is filled with diabolical charlatans....

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Written by C.H. Fisher
Thursday, 16 January 2020 02:50

A Multitude of SBC Leaders Sign Statement of Intention to Nominate Randy Adams to Oppose Al Mohler for Next SBC President

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In October of last year, it was announced that prominent Southern Baptist president, H.B. Charles, intended to nominate seminary president, Al Mohler for the next president of the denomination. Mohler, who currently presides over the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary and is arguably the most...

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Written by Jeff Maples
Thursday, 16 January 2020 02:37

Warfare Prayer

Warfare prayer is without a shred of support in the Old Testament, and is specifically prohibited in the New (2 Pet. 2:10-12; Jude 8-10). Then again, nothing is lost in rejecting this technique, because we do not need to defeat Satan.. Christ has defeated him already, and will one day destroy him....

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Written by Glenn E. Chatfield
Thursday, 16 January 2020 02:14

The spiritual ontology of the Church Featured

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Jan 16, 2020
There is a certain view of church that regards it (especially as expressed in the local congregation) as a ‘voluntary association’. The idea has been notably prevalent among Christians in the United States, but has been...

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Written by Mark Johnston
Thursday, 16 January 2020 02:13

What Does ‘This Rock’ Refer to in Matthew 16:18?

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Gregg R. Allison:

Few verses have caused more controversy than Matthew 16:18, where Jesus says, “And I tell you, you are Peter, and on this rock I will build my church, and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it.” It has led to disagreement over the proper type of church...

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Written by Peter Cockrell
Thursday, 16 January 2020 02:00

Historical-Cultural Context matter? Understanding Hot or Cold or lukewarm…

What does it matter if we understand the historical cultural context in which the bible was written? Because otherwise we might misunderstand what is being said. Revelation 3:15 is a good example. 15 ‘I know your deeds, that you are neither cold nor hot; I wish that you were cold or hot. 16...

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Written by wbmoore
Thursday, 16 January 2020 02:00

TV-MA: For Inhuman Audiences Only

image Popular TV shows such as Game of Thrones are often labeled "mature." But what does it really mean to be mature as a human being? Guest Blog by Timothy Fox.

Authors: English...

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Written by English
Thursday, 16 January 2020 01:56

Tornado Lips: Todd White Thinks Your Lips Might Accidentally Cause A Tornado

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Todd White recently posted a video where he addresses the heat Francis Chan took affirming him, and the heat Todd takes affirming Kenneth Copeland. During his speech White affirmed Copeland’s heretical doctrine about the power of human words, specifically that our unintended words may cause a...

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Written by heterodoxresearchinitiative
Thursday, 16 January 2020 01:11

James 3:1 and the Trembling Teacher

Every Sunday I gather with a group of about twenty or so women and I teach them the Bible. Even writing that here feels strange because I know that there are better Bible teachers out there. I know that there are women and men with more knowledge, more spiritual discipline, more wisdom, more...

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Written by Melissa
Thursday, 16 January 2020 00:46

Current News Views from a Biblical Perspective

There's so much happening in our world, country, and culture today it's hard to know where to start. We cannot possibly tackle all the tough, controversial issues, but we sure can address some of the most recent news stories that affect our lives, our children, or churches. David and Crash go...

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Written by comments@standupforthetruth.com
Thursday, 16 January 2020 00:27

Living with Anxiety Featured

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Jan 16, 2020
As one of the many people living with an anxiety disorder, I hope to use this article to pass along a few things I have learned which might prove beneficial to you, and as always to dispel certain misperceptions. Rather than sticking to my usual essay...

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Written by Amy Mantravadi
Thursday, 16 January 2020 00:01

The Yanging of a Christian Pastor

Intro: The Yanging

Sometime this past summer, a friend from my former church began waxing lyrical online about presidential candidate Andrew Yang (D). I found this odd since I had never known this person to be political in any way prior to this year. And yet here she was urging everyone she was...

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Written by Joe Kim
Thursday, 16 January 2020 00:00

Podcast: The State of the Persecuted Church as a New Decade Begins

With the release of the World Watch List in January 2020, we get a catalog of the most difficult places for the followers of Jesus around the world. Join us for an inside look at some of these places from someone who travels there regularly and has first hand exposure as Scott interviews Rienk and...

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Written by English
Wednesday, 15 January 2020 23:32

Kanye West to Join Host of False Teachers for Awaken 2020 Conference

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I’ve been cautiously optimistic about Kanye West’s supposed conversion to Christianity. While I’ve been hopeful that his conversion is true, I’ve been skeptical about the sincerity of his conversion and have refrained from promoting him or his music to other believers.

While...

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Written by Jeff Maples
Wednesday, 15 January 2020 23:32

How Small Are Your Ten Commandments? Featured

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Jake Meador addresses the question of whether to support impeachment of President Trump on the basis of the Decalogue (as the Christianity Today editorial did implicitly). After all, if you argue that Trump lied and broke the 9th commandment, what about other presidents who were not exactly...

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Written by D. G. Hart
Wednesday, 15 January 2020 23:31

Reading Nahum Theologically

Russell Meek has some thoughts here.

Authors: BibleX...

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Written by BibleX
Wednesday, 15 January 2020 23:22

Dead Baby in a Cooler: Brownsville's "Wake Up Olive" Moment Featured

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As tragic as the Wake Up Olive fiasco was at Bethel, Redding in December 2019 (See our video Wake Up Bethel), turns out that the Brownsville Revival had a similarly tragic moment. Have you heard about the father who took the corpse of his dead 6-week old infant daughter, packed her remains in a...

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Written by Chris Rosebrough
Wednesday, 15 January 2020 23:14

Around the Horn (January 16)

Preaching is far more than “sharing the Word,” “explaining the Bible,” or “giving a Bible talk.” Preaching carries much greater weight than those descriptors. Preachers, according to Adam Ch’ng, need to understand their task.

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Written by Staff
Wednesday, 15 January 2020 23:00

Yale University computer science professor takes a look at protein formation probabilities

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When I was in graduate school, we studied a book called “Mirror Worlds”, authored by famous computer science professor David Gelernter at Yale University. This week, I noticed that Dr. Gelernter had written an article in the prestigious Claremont Review of Books. In...

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Written by Wintery Knight
Wednesday, 15 January 2020 22:30

Can Science Explain Everything? (Video)

J. Warner Wallace is interviewed by Impact 360and describes the limits of science in explaining the universe in which we live. Can physics and chemistry explain everything we see in the universe? If it can’t, are we reasonable in looking to God as an explanation? If you have young believers...

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Written by J. Warner
Wednesday, 15 January 2020 21:54

The Affectionate Pastor Featured

In serious-minded biblical churches, pastors rightly value theological rigor, biblical worship, exegetical preaching, corporate prayer, the right administration of the sacraments and the exercise of church discipline. However, one thing that does not seem to get the same emphasis in such circles...

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Written by Nicholas T. Batzig
Wednesday, 15 January 2020 20:00

Ask Ligonier: A New Podcast Providing Trustworthy Answers to Your Questions Featured

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Have you ever had questions about a passage in the Bible but you didn’t know who to ask? Has a theological issue sent you searching far and wide for answers you can trust?

Ask Ligonier is a new weekly podcast that allows listeners like you to submit questions about the Bible, theology, the...

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Written by Nathan W. Bingham
Wednesday, 15 January 2020 20:00

Do Not Become Troubled Along the Way

Joseph forgave his brothers for throwing him in a pit and selling him to Midianite traders. When they left to get their father and families to come to Egypt, Joseph said to them, "See that you do not become troubled along the way." (Gen. 45:24). In other words, all is forgiven, put it out of your...

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Written by NCFIC Blog
Wednesday, 15 January 2020 20:00

5 Questions about the Sacraments

January 16, 2020 by: Joel Scandrett, J. I. Packerimage

1. What is a sacrament?

A sacrament is an outward and visible sign of an inward and spiritual grace. God gives us the sign as a means by which we receive that grace and as a tangible assurance that we do in fact receive it. (Genesis...

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Written by Joel Scandrett, J. I. Packer