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, 15 January 2020 01:15

Iranian Video Shows Assassination of Trump, Pompeo, Netanyahu in the White House

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MEMRI TV — The Iranian Fars News Agency aired a short video on January 10, 2020, titled “Severe Revenge,” dramatizing an Iranian assassination of U.S. President Donald Trump. In the video, Iranian officials are seen planning their revenge for the killing of Qods Force commander...

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Written by Jeff Maples
Wednesday, 15 January 2020 01:13

On State Constitutions and Restrictions Against Tuition Tax Credits – The Atlantic

This has implications for Christian Schools across the country.  (KSchaal)

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Later this month, the U.S. Supreme Court will hear one of the most significant education cases in decades: Espinoza v. Montana Department of Revenue. Centering around a modest tax-credit scholarship program in Montana,...

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Written by Kevin Schaal
Wednesday, 15 January 2020 01:09

The Evangelical Problem with Pieces and Bits

Introduction

A fragmented worldview is one that is made up of pieces and bits, and all of it thrown into a cardboard box. When something happens that calls for a response, what you do is rummage in the box until you find something that feels right in your hand, and you pull it out. And by...

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Written by Douglas Wilson
Wednesday, 15 January 2020 01:04

What is the Worldview of the Sexual Revolution?

image What are the beliefs driving the sexual revolution? Sean explains the ideology behind the sexual revolution and how it answers 3 key questions.

Authors: English...

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Written by English
Wednesday, 15 January 2020 01:02

Why Christology Matters

Article “Does Christology Matter?” by Dr. Sinclair Ferguson (source – https://www.ligonier.org/blog/does-christology-matter/)

“We all unanimously teach that our Lord Jesus Christ is to us one and the same Son, the self-same perfect in Godhead, the self-same perfect in...

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Written by John Samson
Wednesday, 15 January 2020 00:06

How A Fifth-Century Church Father Saved My Faith

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This article originally published at The Gospel Coalition: “Do not hide your face away from me, for I would gladly meet my death to see it, since not to see it would be death indeed.” — Augustine Confessions is an autobiography, yet it’s much more. It’s a...

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Written by Alisa Childers - Blog
Wednesday, 15 January 2020 00:02

The Corinthian Epistles During the Patristic Period

Michael Kok has a brief but helpful survey here of the reception history of 12 Corinthians during the Patristic period.

Authors: BibleX...

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Written by BibleX
Tuesday, 14 January 2020 23:53

126: Ball of Collusion

This week Pastor Wilson talks the compartmentalization of hypocrites, the greek word aselgeia, and recommends the book Ball of Collusion. Don’t forget to grab his brand new book, Ploductivity at https://canonpress.com/products/ploductivity 

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Written by Douglas Wilson
Tuesday, 14 January 2020 23:10

On God’s Existence

Written by John Samson
Tuesday, 14 January 2020 23:00

I’m learning about Bernie Sanders from his employees and supporters

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One way to learn about a political candidate is by looking at the kinds of people who work for them. Candidates don’t say anything in their campaign speeches or campaign ads that might hurt their chances of being...

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Written by Wintery Knight
Tuesday, 14 January 2020 22:40

Video: "As a Man Thinketh - Part One" by Alistair Begg

Our thoughts don’t always align with our words. We see this truth illustrated in Saul, who showered David with generous invitations even as he eyed him with increasing envy and hostility. Giving the appearance of civility, Saul even offered God’s anointed king his daughter’s hand...

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Written by TFL
Tuesday, 14 January 2020 22:17

On Alliteration

Personally, I am not a huge fan of alliteration. It is not something I attempt to do in my sermons. This is not to everyone’s taste, and I understand that. Some love alliteration; some feel they need it and others go further by saying that a lack of alliteration amounts to a lack of...

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Written by John Samson
Tuesday, 14 January 2020 22:00

Kindness of the Law Featured

The laws of the Old Testament can be severe, but they are meant, at their core, as a kindness of God. In this brief clip, W. Robert Godfrey examines how God's law is a kindness to His people.

TRANSCRIPT

In verse 15 of chapter 19, "A single witness shall not suffice against a person for any crime or...

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Written by Nathan W. Bingham
Tuesday, 14 January 2020 21:00

Looking at an Expositor's Study Featured

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When I am preparing a sermon, I need a place to study that will energize and maximize my preparation process. A sacred space in the midst of a busy world and hectic schedule is vitally important. 

Choosing a Location

During the early years of my ministry, I did most of my studying in the...

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Written by Dr. Steven J. Lawson
Tuesday, 14 January 2020 20:05

How to Love One Another, A New Series

Happy new year, everyone! It has been awhile since I have written a new blog post and I apologize for the delay. I am looking forward to another year of learning and growing with all of you. Today, I’m excited to briefly introduce an upcoming series of blog posts. I hope and pray it will be...

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Written by Wes
Tuesday, 14 January 2020 20:00

What the Bible Says about Wine/Alcohol

What the Bible Says about Wine

The Bible speaks of wine quite frequently, especially in the Old Testament. There are four primary contexts in which God’s word speaks of wine.

 

First, wine is called, “a blessing.”

There are many references to wine in the Bible speak of it as...

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Written by NCFIC Blog
Tuesday, 14 January 2020 20:00

A fathers testimony to his son

Jacob blesses his son Joseph testifying to God’s care for him, fortifying him in the goodness of God, “The God who fed me all my life long to this day, The angel who has redeemed me from all evil...”

Authors: NCFIC Blog...

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Written by NCFIC Blog
Tuesday, 14 January 2020 20:00

How Our Theology Shapes Our Prayers

January 15, 2020 by: Graham A. Cole

Turning Meditation into Prayer

How does our theological awareness show up in our prayers? That is a very good question.

I think it shows itself in how we address God and it shows itself in what we pray about and for. When our Lord prayed in the garden in...

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Written by Graham A. Cole
Tuesday, 14 January 2020 20:00

What the Bible Says about Wine/Alcohol

What the Bible Says about Wine

The Bible speaks of wine quite frequently, especially in the Old Testament. There are four primary contexts in which God’s word speaks of wine.

First, wine is called, “a blessing.”

There are many references to wine in the Bible speak of it as a...

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Written by NCFIC Blog
Tuesday, 14 January 2020 20:00

Life of the Mind, 2

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[See the first installment here. There I argued for four simple ideas: Your thought life matters. Your mind and heart are never really separate. You are called to a sanctified mind. And you are responsible for your thoughts.]

To grasp the importance of our call to a sanctified mind, let's consider...

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Written by Jared Olivetti
Tuesday, 14 January 2020 19:11

Navigating the job market and being let down by “friends” and colleagues

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I was an employee of Eastman Kodak and Kodak Alaris for a combined 43 years. Once an industrial giant, Kodak battled foreign competition and the switch to digital technology and has been in a downward spiral for the past 35 years. I was hoping for three more years with the company to reach Medicare...

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Written by Tom
Tuesday, 14 January 2020 19:00

Sneak Peek at the Topics Coming to Answers for Women 2020

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Our annual Answers for Women conference is coming up quickly! March 27–28, 2020, women from across the nation will gather at the Ark Encounter south of Cincinnati for a wonderful time of in-depth “meaty” teaching from God’s Word. It’s going to be a great time of...

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Written by Ken Ham
Tuesday, 14 January 2020 19:00

New Bible Study Kickoff and Title Pic Contest Featured

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New Bible study and title pic contest.

Authors: Michelle Lesley...

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Written by Michelle Lesley
Tuesday, 14 January 2020 19:00

Children’s Book Review – The Barber Who Wanted to Pray Featured

The Barber Who Wanted to Pray by R.C. Sproul Summary (from the Ligonier website) This imaginative tale from the late R.C. Sproul, based on a true story, begins one evening with Mr. McFarland leading family devotions. When his daughter asks him how she should pray, Mr. McFarland shares a...

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Written by Michael Coughlin
Tuesday, 14 January 2020 18:58

Get To Know Onthatile Children’s Ministries

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My recent journey through Africa led me to Onthatile Children’s Ministries in Johannesburg, South Africa (the second time I’ve visited the ministry, which is pronounced OWN-ta-tee-lay). There are nearly 3 million orphans in South Africa and Onthatile exists to rescue those that have...

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Written by Tim Challies
Tuesday, 14 January 2020 18:57

A La Carte (January 15)

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Today’s Kindle deals include a whole list of biographies as well as a couple of other titles.

The lowest-cost Kindle as well as the best-value-for-money Kindle (Paperwhite) are both on sale just now.

The Eleven Commandments For Long Winded Preachers

There is lots of stuff in this list of eleven...

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Written by Tim Challies
Tuesday, 14 January 2020 18:26

No Abba-less Days

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The LORD replied, “My Presence will go with you,

and I will give you rest.” Ex. 33:14

Heavenly Father, on this mystery-laced, mercy-graced journey Home, you’re always with us and completely for us—even when circumstances may seem to contradict that affirmation. We will never...

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Written by Scotty Smith
Tuesday, 14 January 2020 18:06

Many mercies go unnoticed in the course of providence Featured

By Elizabeth PrataThis video has been going around for a while. I might have even commented on it before.Bear sneaks up on oblivious elderly couple, 55 secondsBefore I was saved, I used to wonder about providence a lot. I didn't know that was what it was called at the time, though. I just used to...

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Written by The End Time
Tuesday, 14 January 2020 18:00

Does Christology Matter? Featured

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“We all unanimously teach that our Lord Jesus Christ is to us one and the same Son, the self-same perfect in Godhead, the self-same perfect in manhood; truly God and truly man … acknowledged in two natures, unconfusedly, unchangeably, indivisibly, inseparably … the properties of...

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Written by Sinclair B. Ferguson
Tuesday, 14 January 2020 18:00

Death in the Family

Last week friends at church went to the funeral of a family member. "It's okay," they said. "He is with the Lord." This week we were notified of the passing of one of the oldest members in my father's considerably large family, memorial services to be held ... well, you get the idea.Death is a...

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Written by Winging It
Tuesday, 14 January 2020 18:00

Did Jesus Make a Mistake about His Disciples Seeing the Kingdom Come in Their Lifetimes?

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The following response is from the helpful website Defending Inerrancy.  You can find more solutions to Bible difficulties here.PROBLEM: Jesus told His disciples that some of them would not see death until they saw Him coming in His kingdom. Yet during the life of the apostles, Jesus...

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Written by Chad
Tuesday, 14 January 2020 17:36

Mid-January 2020 Presuppositional Apologetics’ Links

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Here are the links related to Presuppositional apologetics gathered between January 8th-14th, 2020.

1.) Eli Ayala Interview: Conversation on Today’s Presuppositional Apologetics

2.) Bible Contradiction? Should we believe everything?

3.) Reforming Apologetics (Transcendental...

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Written by SLIMJIM
Tuesday, 14 January 2020 17:29

How Developing a “Hands On” Faith Can Increase Your Passion for God (Podcast)

In this episode of Incarnate Investigation, Jimmy Wallace (J. Warner’s son) taps into his experience as a police officer and pastor’s kid (PK) to discuss the relationship between action and passion. Can you restore your Christian passion by simply developing a more interactive faith?...

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Written by J. Warner
Tuesday, 14 January 2020 17:00

Understanding God’s ‘Calling’ to Us in Life and Work

What do I mean by “calling”? For the moment let me say simply that calling is the truth that God calls us to himself so decisively that everything we are, everything we do, and everything we have is invested with a special devotion and dynamism lived out as a response to his summons and...

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Written by Os Guinness
Tuesday, 14 January 2020 17:00

Moloch at the Colosseum

 
January 15, 2020
If you visit the Colosseum in Rome, where thousands of Christians were martyred, you will pass at the entrance an enormous image of Moloch , the gruesome Canaanite deity that demanded the sacrifice of infants and small children. The idol, modeled after a...

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Written by TBC Staff - EN
Tuesday, 14 January 2020 16:03

The Substitutionary Death of Christ

Today we’ll continue our study of “Great Doctrines of the Bible” by Martyn Lloyd-Jones by examining chapter 29, “Substitution.” In our last post, we looked at some of the false theories of the atonement. However, while some of these theories had elements of truth in...

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Written by James Williams
Tuesday, 14 January 2020 16:03

The Body Is One

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“The eye cannot say unto the hand, I have no need of thee: nor again the head to the feet, I have no need of you” (1 Cor. 12:21).

Of course they cannot! Either would be absurd: the eye alone cannot handle what it sees, nor can the head go without the feet. Yet Paul writes the sentence...

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Written by Brendon Johnson
Tuesday, 14 January 2020 16:02

5 Things Your Children Need from You

Lies Children Believe It is important to understand that every child ever born believes two dangerous and destructive lies. If you pay attention, you can see these lies operating in the lives of your children. The power of these lies should be way more important to you than one bad and frustrating...

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Written by Paul Tripp
Tuesday, 14 January 2020 16:02

The Puritan Call to the Ministry Featured

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Rightly understood, the Puritans are known for captivating preaching, unwavering conviction, and towering godliness. God has left his people with a trove of shepherding-care from the pens and pulpits of Puritan ministers.

In a recent doctoral lecture on Puritan ministry, Dr. Sinclair Ferguson...

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Written by Eric Davis
Tuesday, 14 January 2020 16:01

The Gospel Under Guard

Philippians 1:12-14, “I want you to know, brothers, that what has happened to me has really served to advance the gospel, so that it has become known throughout the whole imperial guard and to all the rest that my imprisonment is for Christ. And most of the brothers, having become confident...

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Written by James Forbis
Tuesday, 14 January 2020 16:01

Genesis 16; Matthew 15; Nehemiah 5; Acts 15

In all of ancient Near Eastern literature, so far as I am aware, Hagar is the only woman whom Deity directly addresses by name (Gen. 16:8; 21:17). The woman in question is not one of the great matriarchs of the Old Testament—Sarah, perhaps, or Rachel, or Rebekah—but a slave who resents...

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Written by D.A. Carson Posts – The Gospel Coalition
Tuesday, 14 January 2020 16:00

Unmasking Unbelief Featured

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Love is intrinsic to God’s character. It is also a critical arbiter for distinguishing who is—and who isn’t—one of God’s people.

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Authors: Grace to You Blog...

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Written by Grace to You Blog
Tuesday, 14 January 2020 16:00

The Holy Spirit's Ministry: God's Fail-Safe Plan--Glorification

“Moreover whom he did predestinate, them he also called: and whom he called, them he also justified: and whom he justified, them he also glorified.” (Romans 8:30) God “glorifies” tho... More...

Authors: Days of Praise from ICR...

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Written by Days of Praise from ICR
Tuesday, 14 January 2020 16:00

The Imprecatory Psalms with Trevor Laurence

Christians are told to love their enemies and pray for those who persecute them, but should we also pray for justice and judgment to befall our enemies? Trevor Laurence joins Derek and Andrew to discuss the imprecatory psalms and their implications in the Christian Life, their biblical-theological...

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Written by Caleb Wait
Tuesday, 14 January 2020 16:00

When It Comes to Parenting Your Teenage Children, No One Can Take Your Place

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If we don’t think strategically about parenting, then we’ve made a statement: our children aren’t important, or parenting comes so naturally that it happens without our attention. My advice is to get more involved in your teenagers’ lives, and be more alert to youth culture....

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Written by Randy Alcorn
Tuesday, 14 January 2020 15:41

Recent Review of “ANXIETY: Knowing God’s Peace”

Life is scary. As soon as we wake up in the morning, we are bombarded by all the anxiety-producing demands we place on ourselves or that are imposed upon us by others. Frightening things happen that lead to anxiety, including violence in our cities and nation, political and racial division,...

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Written by Paul Tautges
Tuesday, 14 January 2020 15:24

Bad Catholic Apologetics On Ephesians 2:8-9

  • Discussion:
          -Quite simply, the purpose of this article is to rebut assertions made by Catholic Nick on the meaning of boasting in Ephesians 2:8-9. Following are a handful of excerpts from the author alongside with a critique:
        "Protestants...

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Written by Jesse
Tuesday, 14 January 2020 15:04

Catholic Nick's Contorted Reading Of Philippians 3:8-9

  • Discussion:
          -Quite simply, the purpose of this article is to rebut a number of claims that Catholic Nick has made regarding the text of Philippians 3:8-9 as it relates to imputation. Following are excerpts from the author alongside with a critique:
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Written by Jesse
Tuesday, 14 January 2020 15:00

Eucharismatic Signs

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There are seven signs in the Gospel of John, and they follow a 1-2-1-2-1 pattern. (I'm excluding miracles which John does not identify as signs, such as the walking on water and the miraculous catch of fish.)

1. The wedding at Cana (2:1-12)   2. The healing of the centurion’s son...

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Written by Andrew Wilson
Tuesday, 14 January 2020 14:05

January 15: Philip Livingstone

One of the Twelve Signersby Rev. David T. Myers

Many Presbyterians know that the Scotch-Irish had a pivotal part in the birth of our country.  But they may not be aware that there were twelve Presbyterians who put their names on the line as well as their sacred honor to actually sign their name...

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Written by Wayne Sparkman