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

Friday, 29 May 2020 21:03

Now the Lord himself of peace give you peace Featured

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By Elizabeth PrataThe other evening I was standing at the edge of the hayfield, and the blue cornflowers gave a wonderful tinge that mirrored the sky, and the burnt sienna hay tips rustled in the breeze, showing where the wind had been. The birds swooped over the field looking for insects and I...

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Thursday, 28 May 2020 22:37

Top 5 books I’d recommend (plus 5 more) Featured

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Yesterday a friend who is doing a project asked me to list top five books I would recommend every Christian to read. I asked, 'modern or older' and he said maybe make two lists, one for each. That's great because I had a hard time excising my 6th book from the top 5 already, lol.I...

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Thursday, 28 May 2020 06:18

It's the 1960s all over again. I hated the '60s Featured

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By Elizabeth PrataOn Twitter, an account named @backcreekpastor posted this:"This sojourn into "online worship" has made me exceedingly glad we will not experience a disembodied eternity."Amen to that! A heartening reminder. We will experience the heavenly eternity on a physical world, bodily. All...

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Tuesday, 26 May 2020 21:14

Living the Ecclesiastes life Featured

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By the 1990's I wasn't tempted by the American Dream anymore. My 90s decade, one in which I was thirty to forty years old were a reaction to the 1980s and 70s and 60s. See, I grew up being taught the American Dream, American exceptionalism, and nationalism. That I could attain...

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By Elizabeth PrataI love the book The Pilgrim's Progress. I have a hard time with allegory and symbolism, being so literal, but I love the book and many of its scenes stick with me in my mind. If you've been wanting to read the book but are unsure of which edition to choose, or are intimidated like...

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I was saved from God's wrath because God in His uninfluenced will decided before the foundation of the world that He would create me and then save me in His perfect timing. Salvation comes through the work of Jesus on the cross, to die for our (my) sin as having lived as the...

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By Elizabeth Prata*On July 6, 1415, Jan Huss was burned at the stake. Excerpted from Foxe's Book of Martyrs. John Huss was killed by the Roman Catholic Church for the 'heresy' of proclaiming that Christ is the Head of the church and that salvation is in Christ alone.Ever since, Christian martyrs...

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Friday, 22 May 2020 20:25

They will be able to go in and come out... Featured

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By Elizabeth Prata*I am the door. If anyone enters by me, he will be saved and will go in and out and find pasture. John 10:9Matthew Henry's Concise Commentary says:
Many who hear the word of Christ, do not understand it, because they will not. But we shall find one scripture expounding another, and...

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Thursday, 21 May 2020 20:37

"It was as if joy was making them speak" Featured

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By Elizabeth Prata*I read an interesting list of points an author made about John Bunyan's conversion. John Bunyan was the writer of Pilgrim's Progress, a book many say is the greatest book ever written, apart from the Bible. It is without doubt a literary masterpiece. It has stood the test of time...

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Tuesday, 19 May 2020 20:56

Faces: Fallen, and angelic Featured

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By Elizabeth PrataOne aspect of relationships I find difficult as an autistic person is faces. I don't understand them, they convey too much emotion for me to process, and they're scary. And forget watching singing, with faces stretched and askew from the effort to belt out a song. I always look...

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Monday, 18 May 2020 23:04

Enriched beyond measure Featured

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By Elizabeth PrataIt rained yesterday. In other news, the cardinals that used to hang round in my yard, are back. About 8 years ago a tenant on the property had an aggressive yard cat, a hunter. Of course I didn't mind that he cleared the yard of the mice. But then he apparently killed a bright red...

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Sunday, 17 May 2020 20:24

Light andlife Featured

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By Elizabeth PrataDuring this Pandemic time, I've had opportunity to go through and look at and scan some of my old 35mm photos. I went to Italy a few times in the '90s. I’d always heard that the light in the region of Italy called Tuscany was unique. My grandmother was from Lucca. Tuscany is...

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Saturday, 16 May 2020 21:15

Sunday Martyr Moment: The Coming Persecution Featured

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Foxe's Book of Martyrs. According to this summary from Christian Book Summaries,Writing in the mid-1500s, John Foxe was living in the midst of intense religious persecution at the hands of the dominant Roman Catholic Church. In graphic detail, he offers accounts of Christians being martyred for...

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Saturday, 16 May 2020 00:48

Encouragement, listen! Featured

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By Elizabeth PrataSisters, you have the keys to the kingdom in your heart, the deposit of the Holy Spirit which guarantees entrance into that great city: the New Jerusalem and the city of God. He will sustain you with strength, grace, and perseverance until the war is over. Our war against sin, our...

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Thursday, 14 May 2020 23:59

Sale! Sale! Sale! All things Puritan Featured

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By Elizabeth PrataHere are a couple of sales to alert you to right now. They are too good to pass up.I love the Puritans. I grew up in Rhode Island, founded by exiled Puritan Roger Williams, and Anne Hutchinson, exiled Puritan woman who founded Portsmouth RI (next to Newport). Our 4th grade field...

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By Elizabeth PrataDiscernment is so important. The original New Testament Bible authors wrote about its importance and urged its honing, in every NT book except Philemon. The Old Testament dealt with the failure to listen to Prophets and the Wisdom literature is rife with warnings about being wise...

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Religion that is pure and undefiled before God the Father is this: to visit orphans and widows in their affliction, and to keep oneself unstained from the world. (James 1:27)How does pure and undefiled religion have anything to do with widows and orphans? In Bible times, widows...

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By Elizabeth Prata
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I absolutely love fresh cut flowers. I think they are so pretty. But they fade quickly, so usually I admire them in the grocery store aisle and leave them where they are. At Kroger they have a marked down section for cut flowers that are a bit wilted. Once in a while I see a...

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Sunday, 10 May 2020 03:04

Motherhood Featured

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By Elizabeth PrataWhen we think of mothers in the Bible, no doubt Jesus' mother Mary comes to mind. Rachel and Rebekah, matriarchs of the tribes. Eve, who lost her son Abel. Sarah, who waited so long after the promise of a son.Does Hannah come to mind?Hannah, who yearned for a child so much.Hannah,...

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Friday, 08 May 2020 22:12

It's hard work to rest, part 2 Featured

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By Elizabeth PrataWhen times are good, be happy; but when times are bad, consider this: God has made the one as well as the other. (Ecclesiastes 7:14a)Yesterday I related a story of how I turned from anxiety and discontent, to contentment and peace in the Lord. In a nutshell, I prayed, turned to...

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Friday, 08 May 2020 06:36

It's hard work to rest Featured

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By Elizabeth PrataYesterday I wrote on my various social media platforms,
The Savior who conquered the grave can handle your budget. The God who sustains the universe every moment by a single word can help your anxiety. Focus on how powerful and perfect Jesus is, not how minuscule your budget is or...

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Wednesday, 06 May 2020 20:37

Keep running the race! Featured

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By Elizabeth Prata*In 1 Corinthians 9:24-27 Paul talks about running the race. In 2 Timothy 4:7 Paul talks about finishing the race well. The race, or the course, is referred to several other times,1 Corinthians 9:24Do you not know that those who run in a race all run, but only one receives the...

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This week's blog essay, Why conspiracy theories shouldn’t matter to the Christian, sparked a question from a reader. I love this, because it means people are reading and thinking about the material I publish. It's all I ask; read, think, consult the Bible, think some...

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By Elizabeth PrataWith the COVID-19 pandemic scare occurring in the world right now, and with quarantines, lockdowns, and discussions of a vaccine, many people are wondering if the promised vaccine will be part of a global plan to introduce a tracking system akin to the long-prophesied mark of the...

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Tuesday, 05 May 2020 03:37

Preaching a pandemic? Featured

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By Elizabeth PrataOn April 19, 2020, a Georgia pastor delivered a sermon about the COVID-19 issue, the biometric chip, mark of the beast, government conspiracy, vaccines, and Hegelian dialectic.Many people lauded the sermon. It is getting a lot of play, re-postings, and comments in my area. Maybe...

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