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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Wednesday, 22 January 2020 05:00

Assurance of Salvation Featured

by Mike Ratliff

10 Therefore, brethren, be all the more diligent to make certain about His calling and choosing you; for as long as you practice these things, you will never stumble; 2 Peter 1:10 (NASB) 

How can we know if we are truly in Christ? Or you may ask, “What is the fruit which...

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Written by Mike Ratliff
Wednesday, 22 January 2020 04:57

Son of Former SBC President Says the Bible Teaches Escaped Sex-Trafficking Victims Should Be Returned to Masters

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Jonathan Merritt is an LGBTQ activist who was outed for a gay encounter he had with another man at a Christian conference in 2012. Merritt is the son of former Southern Baptist Convention (SBC) president, James Merritt. Jonathan has been an open advocate for homosexual inclusion and...

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Written by Jeff Maples
Wednesday, 22 January 2020 04:13

What Happens When the Holy Spirit Converts a Person? Featured

BY THEODORE VANDERGROE

First, he who truly knows the Lord Jesus to be his savior has been convicted by the Holy Spirit of his sins, misery, and wretchedness. He has learned to know himself as one who is an utterly unholy, ungodly, abominable, and hell-worthy sinner, who is fully subject to the...

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Written by john_hendryx
Wednesday, 22 January 2020 02:35

Vices Masquerading as Virtue Featured

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Jan 22, 2020
I stumbled upon something Gregory the Great wrote warning how vices often masquerade as virtues.* It made me pause and reflect. Here are some of his words: Often, for instance, a niggard passes himself off as frugal, while one who is prodigal...

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Written by Aimee Byrd
Wednesday, 22 January 2020 01:52

America’s Looming Debt Crisis Could Spark The Next Great Awakening

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The total of U.S. federal, state, and local debt, in combination with future spending commitments, foreshadows the most predictable financial disaster in human history. Washington’s obligations, growing at an estimated $1 trillion annually, now exceed $23 trillion, while neither of...

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Written by Kevin Schaal
Wednesday, 22 January 2020 01:47

Are You Trying to be Like the World to Win the World? Featured

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The world is not going to be drawn to Christ by seeing Christians live just as worldly as they can. They’ll be drawn to Christ by seeing a new life and radical change that Christ has so wonderfully worked in us.

This excerpt is from the full sermon, “Children of Light, Awake!“.

Autho...

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Written by Tim Conway
Wednesday, 22 January 2020 01:45

The Cure For the Impure

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“Unto the pure all things are pure: but unto them that are defiled and unbelieving is nothing pure; but even their mind and conscience is defiled” (Titus 1:15).

The “pure” here are people whom God has saved by His grace (Eph. 2:8,9), “purifying their hearts by...

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Written by Pastor Ricky Kurth
Wednesday, 22 January 2020 01:44

Rainbow Cake Girl: The True Story | The American Conservative

Whitefield Academy is being smeared by the liberal media. It’s Covington Catholic, Part II

Source: Rainbow Cake Girl: The True Story | The American Conservative

Authors: Kevin Schaal...

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Written by Kevin Schaal
Wednesday, 22 January 2020 01:00

Did They Really Say That?!?

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From that great treasure of all graces, which the Lord has brought, nothing, according to the will of God comes to us except through Mary, so that, as nobody can approach the Supreme Father except through the Son, similarly nobody can approach Christ except through the Mother.
Pope Leo XIII, Rosary...

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Written by Glenn E. Chatfield
Wednesday, 22 January 2020 00:55

What Kind of Parent Are You?

Helicopter parenting, lawnmower parenting, free-range parenting, tiger parenting, attachment parenting, baby-led, and serenity parenting—the list of descriptive parenting terms is endless. Or here is one of mine: janitorial parenting—letting your children do whatever they desire and you...

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Written by Jimmy Adkins
Wednesday, 22 January 2020 00:52

Princeton Historian Rebukes 1619 Project: The Facts Still Matter

No effort to educate the public in order to advance social justice can afford to dispense with a respect for basic facts. In the long and continuing battle against oppression of every kind, an insistence on plain and accurate facts has been . . . Continue reading →

Authors: R. Scott Clark...

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Written by R. Scott Clark
Wednesday, 22 January 2020 00:47

Desiring to Live Longer?

In those days Hezekiah became mortally ill. The prophet Isaiah son of Amoz came to him and said, “This is what the LORD says: Put your house in order, for you are about to die; you will not recover.”

Then Hezekiah turned his face to the wall and prayed to the LORD, “Please, O LORD,...

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Written by modres
Wednesday, 22 January 2020 00:21

He Leadeth Me!

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Sam Storms:

In 1862 Joseph Gilmore wrote one of the more familiar of our traditional hymns: He Leadeth Me.

He leadeth me, O blessèd thought! O words with heav’nly comfort fraught! Whate’er I do, where’er I be, Still ’tis God’s hand that leadeth me.

He leadeth...

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Written by Peter Cockrell
Wednesday, 22 January 2020 00:06

Turns Out, TobyMac’s Son Died From Illicit Drug Overdose

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In October of last year, Reformation Charlotte reported that popular Christian Contemporary artist, TobyMac’s son had passed away in his home. At the time, the cause was unknown. Truett Foster McKeehan, who was 21-years-old at the time of his passing, was an aspiring rapper who released...

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Written by Jeff Maples
Wednesday, 22 January 2020 00:01

Did the Apostle Thomas Die A Martyr in India?

image Are the stories true about the apostle Thomas dying a martyr in India? What is the evidence for the tradition? Sean briefly addresses these questions.

Authors: English...

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Written by English
Tuesday, 21 January 2020 23:37

127: Primal Screams

Get your copy of Martin Luther’s The Bondage of the Will with an introduction by Douglas Wilson here: https://canonpress.com/products/the-bondage-of-the-will

This week on the Plodcast Podcast Doug chats evangelical fascism, or the lack thereof, unpacks the greek work asophos, and reviews Mary...

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Written by Douglas Wilson
Tuesday, 21 January 2020 23:26

Psalm 8 Links

I have been working on a commentary on the Psalms. I have decided to compile some of my favorite links that I discovered during my research. There is a mix of exegetical and sermonic links. Here is what I have for Psalm 8 (in no particular order). Feel free to mention any that you find helpful...

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Written by BibleX
Tuesday, 21 January 2020 23:21

Strengthen your brothers

Luke 22:31-32 records Jesus telling Peter "Satan demanded to have you, that he might sift you like wheat but I have prayed for you that your faith may not fail; and when you have turned again, strengthen your brethren". The original Greek in the passage shows that Satan demanded to sift "you", or...

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Written by steve
Tuesday, 21 January 2020 23:00

Luke Barnes on the fine-tuning of the strong force and fine structure constant

By now, anyone who has had discussions about scientific evidence for the existence of God knows about the fine-tuning argument. In a nutshell, if the fundamental constants and quantities given in the Big Bang were even slightly other than they are, then the universe itself would not be hospitable...

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Written by Wintery Knight
Tuesday, 21 January 2020 22:59

Islamic Militants Behead Prominent Christian Leader in Nigeria After Kidnapping Him After Refusing to Denounce Christ

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BARNABAS FUND — Boko Haram has announced that it has killed Pastor Lawan Andimi, a leading Church figure, kidnapped in north-east Nigeria by the Islamist terrorist group on 2 January.

A video announcing the pastor’s execution, which took place on 20 January, was released today by Boko...

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Written by Curated News
Tuesday, 21 January 2020 22:53

John 1:1 “. . . and the Word was God”

John 1:1, from “The Daily Dose of Greek” by Dr. Rob Plummer: After the video, see the detailed explanation of the issues of the grammar, Dan Wallace’s comments, and how John 1:1 guards against both Modalism and Arianism:

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Written by Ken Temple
Tuesday, 21 January 2020 22:26

Our Clay Pot Ministry Credential

“What is the argument for Christian missions?” It was a sincere question from a professing Christian. My response was, “What is the argument against Christian missions? The entirety of the biblical revelation of God in Christ, from beginning to end, is the argument. The reason for...

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Written by David Prince
Tuesday, 21 January 2020 22:00

Design and Function Come Only from Intelligence Featured

Information does not self-originate. In this brief clip, John MacArthur explains that design and function come only from intelligence.

Transcript

Back in the nineteen forties there was a scientist by the name of VonNeumann. He is famous for what is known as the VonNeumann machine. And the Von Neumann...

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Written by Nathan W. Bingham
Tuesday, 21 January 2020 21:25

The Chariturgical Guide to Loitering

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It is with very real, though truly humble, excitement that I can announce my forthcoming book (the latest of dozens), The Chariturgical Guide to Loitering.

As my many faithful readers will know, I have in recent years been urging the more shallow waters of the church towards a deeper experience of...

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Written by Saint Stuffed Shirt
Tuesday, 21 January 2020 21:00

Is This True of Your Life?

'I will rain bread from heaven for you." Exodus 16:4

Authors: NCFIC Blog...

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Written by NCFIC Blog
Tuesday, 21 January 2020 21:00

First World Problems

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by Lizzy Nerr

Have you ever heard the phrase “first world problem”? Deciding how to spend your extra cash or what (or where) to eat for dinner can seem burdensome to those who have only lived in relatively good conditions. Even though I live with problems others would pray to have, it...

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Written by George Brahm
Tuesday, 21 January 2020 21:00

Assemblin’, Carryin’, n’ Sayin’ Stuff

Introduction

So last Monday there was a huge rally in Virginia to protest the declared intentions of Gov. Ralph “Blackie” Northam regarding guns. The rally was supposed to erupt into World War III, or maybe that was Iran, but anyway really bad stuff was going to happen. We were promised t...

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Written by Douglas Wilson
Tuesday, 21 January 2020 20:00

Displaced Moralism

Doug Wilson refers to the often, "displaced moralism" in our world. "Thus we have a man who screams at his wife, but who drives a Prius with a smug look, a man who uses porn, but who is fastidious about avoiding gluten, a woman who has a botoxed face and siliconed chest, but who eats plenty of...

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Written by NCFIC Blog
Tuesday, 21 January 2020 19:35

Kazan Redux: Elia Kazan’s first film: “A Tree Grows in Brooklyn”

Today, we begin our series re-reviewing all of director Elia Kazan’s nineteen films. We begin with Kazan’s excellent debut, “A Tree Grows in Brooklyn.” In preparation for this post, I watched the movie once again and my wife happened to walk in at the tail end. She asked to...

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Written by Tom
Tuesday, 21 January 2020 19:14

My friend listens to false teachers and goes to events where there are false teachers Featured

By Elizabeth PrataThe false teachers and events draw many thousands of people. I was astounded in 2011, when attending a Beth Moore Living Proof Weekend event, 20,000 women filled the stadium. The pillars shook with thunderous applause when she walked out on stage. Yet the teaching was completely...

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Written by The End Time
Tuesday, 21 January 2020 19:02

Training a New Generation of African Pastors and Church Leaders

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Central African Baptist College & Seminary in Kitwe, Zambia, is deeply involved in training up a new generation of African pastors and church leaders. My recent travels through Africa took me to the school and allowed me to see how it is impacting Zambia and many other countries in central...

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Written by Tim Challies
Tuesday, 21 January 2020 19:01

A La Carte (January 22)

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There is once again a substantial collection of Kindle deals for you to consider.

Westminster Books is offering a deal on Dave Harvey’s new book I Still Do. I’ll have a review of it on Friday, and will be recommending it then.

Yesterday on the blog: Looking for Something Good To Read? (10...

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Written by Tim Challies
Tuesday, 21 January 2020 19:00

Celebrating National Sanctity of Human Life Day

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Today is recognized as National Sanctity of Life Day in the United States. It’s a day set aside to honor the sanctity of every human life and to remember the over 60 million children who have lost their lives to abortion since the horrific Roe v. Wade US Supreme Court decision of 1973. I...

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Written by Ken Ham
Tuesday, 21 January 2020 19:00

No Regrets Featured

Sometimes the providence of God is especially kind. In the same week I was preparing for our 32nd sermon in our Genesis 1-11 series on Genesis 5:1-5, I received an email. Turned out to be a valuable sermon illustration. (I hope) BOOM shakalak! That was the subject line. And the first line of the...

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Written by Allen Nelson IV
Tuesday, 21 January 2020 19:00

Living Stones: A Study of 1 2 Peter: Lesson 1- Introduction Featured

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1 & 2 Peter- Lesson 1: Introduction

Authors: Michelle Lesley...

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Written by Michelle Lesley
Tuesday, 21 January 2020 19:00

The Freedom of the Trad

Freddie De Boer has a typically sharp post up at his personal blog analyzing the ‘trad’ trend in some (mostly culturally elite) social circles. Do read the whole thing, but this graf gets at the main critique nicely:

Here’s the problem: you cannot choose to be premodern. If you are...

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Written by Jake Meador
Tuesday, 21 January 2020 18:52

Treasuring Our Savior, Master, and Inheritance

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I said to the Lord, “You are my Master!

Every good thing I have comes from you.” The godly people in the land are my true heroes! I take pleasure in them. Troubles multiply for those who chase after other gods. I will not take part in their sacrifices of blood or even speak the names of...

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Written by Scotty Smith
Tuesday, 21 January 2020 18:00

In His Image

KFC had to apologize for their sexist ad. The ad had a young woman in a low-cut outfit using a nearby reflective car window to check herself out. The window rolls down and a mom with a couple of teenage boys are looking back from inside the car. Mom as not pleased; the boys are agape. Embarrassed,...

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Written by Winging It
Tuesday, 21 January 2020 18:00

Pro-Choice: What Does It Mean? Featured

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What is the substance of the pro-choice position? If a woman says that she personally would not have an abortion but does not want to deny someone else's right to do it, on what grounds would this woman hesitate to get an abortion? Perhaps she simply wants to have as many babies as possible and...

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Written by R.C. Sproul
Tuesday, 21 January 2020 17:29

The Church’s Responsibility, Marriage, and Wooing Kids to the Gospel (Podcast)

In this podcast, J. Warner is interviewed by Aaron from the Dad in the Trenches Podcast and discusses the role that evidence and apologetics can play in establishing our responsibility as fathers. For more GREAT podcasts and blog posts, please visit Aaron’s website and subscribe to his...

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Written by J. Warner
Tuesday, 21 January 2020 17:27

Presuppositional Apologetics’ Links: Third Week of January 2020

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Here are the links related to Presuppositional apologetics gathered between January 15th-21st, 2020.

1.) Cave to the Cross’ Ep. 55 – One Shot – Five Views On Apologetics & Faith Has Its Reasons

2.) Quick Thought: The Bible Doesn’t Promote Consent?

3.) Presuppo...

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Written by SLIMJIM
Tuesday, 21 January 2020 17:00

Science Professor Calls for Fewer Humans to ‘Strengthen Human Rights’

 
January 22, 2020
Will there be “untold human suffering” if humans do not stop having children in order to avoid a “climate emergency?” More than 11,000 scientists signed a paper authored by an...

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Written by TBC Staff - EN
Tuesday, 21 January 2020 17:00

Defeating the Rats: How a Biblical Worldview Inspires Entrepreneurship

Our teenage son once worked at a Christian bookstore to learn biblical principles of business. Or maybe not.

The store ran a Christmas raffle where customers put names into a bowl. At the end, the staff drew the winning name.

And tossed it out.

The staff had hoped to reward one of their loyal...

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Written by Nancy Pearcey
Tuesday, 21 January 2020 16:03

What If One Lifetime Were Like One Year?

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Moses wrote in Psalm 90:12 “So teach us to number our days, that we may apply our hearts unto wisdom.” All of us prepare for the seasons of the year.  (If you don’t believe me, check the mall parking lots at certain times of the year.) All of us know how to plan for New...

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Written by Gordon Dickson
Tuesday, 21 January 2020 16:02

Be Excellent as Christ Is Excellent

Be Grounded in God’s Own Glory and Excellence As Daniel Harrington and James Keenan contend, “From an ethical viewpoint, the end is the quintessential point of departure, since strong ethical systems always start with the end. The goal always defines the agenda being pursued. The...

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Written by Andreas Köstenberger
Tuesday, 21 January 2020 16:02

A Story of Eschatological Readiness Featured

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Christians look forward to the return of Jesus Christ and his restoration of all things. The consummation of history is the reason for the great hope that we have who trust in the Person and work of Christ. Writing near his death, the apostle Paul said, “[I]n the future there is laid up for...

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Written by Eric Davis
Tuesday, 21 January 2020 16:01

The Necessity of the Atonement

We’ve been looking at the atonement in our study of Great Doctrines of the Bible by Martyn Lloyd-Jones. First, we looked at a few theories of the atonement that don’t do justice to the teaching of Scripture. Then, we looked at the biblical teaching of the substitutionary death of...

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Written by James Williams
Tuesday, 21 January 2020 16:00

Christians Grieve the Death of Believing Loved Ones, But We Don’t Grieve Without Hope

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Death is not a natural part of life as God intended it. It is the unnatural result of evil. And yet through Jesus’ death and resurrection, God has removed the ultimate sting of death, which explains the appropriate sense of peace and triumph that accompanies grief at a Christian’s...

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Written by Randy Alcorn
Tuesday, 21 January 2020 16:00

No Opposition Featured

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Someone has said that God plus one equals a majority. The truth is that God alone makes a majority. If every creature in the material and immaterial universe combined to oppose God together, still He would not be defeated. He is infinitely greater, and holier, and wiser, and more powerful than the...

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Written by Grace to You Blog
Tuesday, 21 January 2020 16:00

We, Being Many

“For as we have many members in one body, and all members have not the same office: So we, being many, are one body in Christ, and every one members one of another.” (Romans 12:4-5) All too fr... More...

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