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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Tuesday, 18 July 2017 04:13

The Key to Loving Others

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Contrary to public opinion, the key to loving others does not lie in loving ourselves, but in loving God. –Alistair Begg

  Listen to, Ground Rules for Christian Freedom (Part 5 of 6)

How do we keep a biblical balance between license—doing whatever we like without...

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Written by TFL
Tuesday, 18 July 2017 04:09

Some brief thoughts on Hebrews 13:17

(These notes are brief and not “tidied-up”.)

Hebrews 13:17 is often and easily abused passage. It has been more than once to justify lording over the congregation and making the pastor and other leaders beyond question.  However, that is not what it means.

Summary:

The congregation...

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Written by memoirandremains
Tuesday, 18 July 2017 03:49

Nothing Could Possibly Go Wrong

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In 1872 the Protestant churches in Scotland handed over all their schools to the State on the explicit condition that Scottish State Education should continue to be Christian. From that day on the Scottish Education system (unlike the American one) has officially been Christian. The Catholics,...

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Written by D. G. Hart
Tuesday, 18 July 2017 03:33

Bible Study for July 23: A Fresh Start 

John 18:15-18, 25-27; 21:15-19 Tom Rush, staff evangelist Liberty Baptist Church, Hartwell

For the next six weeks we will look at God’s grace in restoring “Broken Vessels: How God uses Imperfect People.” There are two things God’s people often pray about and long for. One is...

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Written by Tom Rush
Tuesday, 18 July 2017 03:11

God created roles for Men from Genesis 2: Why this study?

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This is an introduction to our series of posts that we will be doing on “God created roles for Men from Genesis 2.”

To begin with, why this series?

Answer: It is worth studying this topic because we should ask the question of what is the difference between a man and a boy.  We should...

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Written by SLIMJIM
Tuesday, 18 July 2017 02:53

DiM | “Broken Things” by Matthew West Featured

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July 18, 2017. Today we’ll be taking a look at “Broken Things” by Matthew West which currently sits at #8 on 20TheCountdownMagazine.

I dislike this song very much. It’s an anthem of synergism with a focus on “me”. It’s a pious humble-brag...

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Written by Faithful Stewardship
Tuesday, 18 July 2017 02:50

Ironic providence

Finally Pharaoh now decides to take action more directly. The Hebrew midwives had not killed Israelite babies at birth, so Pharaoh ordered his own people to kill newborn Israelite males (1:22). (Aaron was three years older than Moses, and would not be among the children affected by the king’s...

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Written by steve
Tuesday, 18 July 2017 02:24

Mental Disorders, Free Will, and Romans 7

Preface:

In responding to someone concerning the existence of what is known as “Libertarian Free Will”, I decided to sketch a quick flow chart that could aid one in recognizing whether or not one free will exists. (See Chart Below)

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In my current book project “Why I’m Not an...

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Written by Eric Hernandez
Tuesday, 18 July 2017 02:12

Find True Christianity in the Verbs

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First, the elephant in the room. All my articles are about Christ for you as gift. In fact, you would be hard pressed to find an article on this blog that isn’t about Christ for you as gift. Why is that? It sometimes appears as though there are as many confessions of Christianity on the...

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Written by Donavon Riley
Tuesday, 18 July 2017 02:11

Corpus of Christian Palestinian Aramaic online

imageNYU’s Ancient World Digital Library has the Corpus of Christian Palestinian Aramaic now online for free. This includes both volumes of the Christian Palestinian Aramaic New Testament Version from the Early Period by Christa Müller-Kessler as well as the Christian Palestinian Aramaic Old...

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Written by Peter Gurry
Tuesday, 18 July 2017 02:00

Motives at Work in Sexual Sin (Powlison)

image Last week I mentioned David Powlison’s forthcoming book, Making All Things New.  Today I want to highlight part of it that is quite helpful in thinking of the nuts and bolts of sexual sin, whether it be adultery, pornography, homosexuality, or lust (and so on).  Below are various...

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Written by Reformed Reader
Tuesday, 18 July 2017 01:52

Seeing the Unseen: The Nature of Spiritual Warfare

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Did the Lord Jesus teach his followers to “bind” the powers of darkness?  Should the emphasis on spiritual warfare be on prayer-infused power encounters? What exactly does the Bible teach on the nature of spiritual warfare? Well, according to Christian apologist Greg Koukl of...

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Written by Marsha West
Tuesday, 18 July 2017 01:48

Leading versus Lording: An Examination of the Extent of “Pastoral Authority”

Often I hear people refer to “pastoral authority”? Is this a legitimate terminology? Is it a correct concept? Is it right to connect the word authority with the word pastoral?

It depends on how you define it—like the world, no; like the New Testament, yes. “Feed the flock of...

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Written by John Van Gelderen
Tuesday, 18 July 2017 01:17

Now He Is Become Luther, the Destroyer of Civilization

Everyone knows that Martin Luther hated reason and thereby destroyed Europe, culture, kittens, and organic farming. After all, he once called “holy reason” a “mangy, leprous whore.” Again, “reason is the devil’s prostitute and can do nothing else but slander and...

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Written by E.J. Hutchinson
Tuesday, 18 July 2017 01:02

ICYMI: An Atheist Likes Learning about the Reformation

Tonight, the feature-length documentary produced by Concordia Seminary, St. Louis, “500: The Impact of the Reformation Today” premieres at the St. Louis Filmmakers Showcase. That’s no small feat, since the Cinema St. Louis jury screens and selects the 15 films with local ties from...

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Written by Charles Arand
Tuesday, 18 July 2017 01:00

What Does the Bible Say? – The Mystery – Part 3

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Authors: Pastor Ken Lawson...

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Written by Pastor Ken Lawson
Tuesday, 18 July 2017 00:51

Learning Generosity with a Tune

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Recording artists Kristyn Getty, far left, leads in special music along with her husband, Keith (not shown) at the opening session of the 2015 Georgia Baptist Convention session. The couple are known for their contemporary style which includes a foundation in hymn writing. JOE WESTBURY/Index

Even a...

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Written by Buck Burch
Tuesday, 18 July 2017 00:48

A. W. Tozer Sermon: The Strength of Humility

In the kingdom of heaven, weak things become mighty and mighty things often prove to be useless. God seeth not as man seeth, and the things that are held in high esteem among men may be scorned by the Most High God, maker of heaven and earth. That carnal courage so prized in the kingdom of Adam may...

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Written by revival-library
Tuesday, 18 July 2017 00:31

Looking for advice on “Categorizing MSS”

Good morning from St Paul, where we finally got some rain on our parched gardens,I am re-writing a textbook for beginners on TC of the Bible. The OT part was pretty good, but the NT part needed to be re-done. I’m now in the section that introduces some of the important MSS. We only introduce...

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Written by Amy Anderson
Tuesday, 18 July 2017 00:30

Eternal Subordination of the Son- Podcast with Theology Gals

Last week, I had the great pleasure of being interviewed by Coleen and Ashley at Theology Gals for their podcast. We talked about the Eternal Subordination of the Son controversy. If you’re curious about what ESS is, why it matters, what impact it has practically in our churches, etc, you can...

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Written by Rachel Miller
Tuesday, 18 July 2017 00:28

When the Words of my Mouth are Pleasing Mostly to Me

I've always been a fast thinker, deducing concepts, abstracts, illustrations, and material quickly—on almost everything except math. Sadly, that quick thinking gave me a smart mouth and I don't mean a studied, intelligent, and wise mouth, I mean the kind that got slapped, taped shut, and soap...

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Written by Lore Wilbert
Tuesday, 18 July 2017 00:21

10 Things You Should Know about the Biblical Covenants

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Tom Schreiner (author of Covenant and God’s Purpose for the World)

1. Covenants are the backbone of the biblical story.

Peter Gentry and Stephen Wellum have argued that the covenants advance the storyline of the Bible in their book Kingdom through Covenant: A Biblical-Theological...

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Written by Peter Cockrell
Tuesday, 18 July 2017 00:08

3 Ways to Define Biblical Theology

July 18, 2017 by: Michael Lawrenceimage

Geerhardus Vos's Definition

The grandfather of biblical theology amongst evangelicals, Geerhardus Vos, defined biblical theology this way: “Biblical Theology is that branch of Exegetical Theology which deals with the process of the self-revelation of...

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Written by Michael Lawrence
Tuesday, 18 July 2017 00:05

4 Ways to Pray When Bad News Comes

When you receive bad news what is your first response? Do you get angry? Do you get depressed? Or do you experience a little of both? Does disappointment provoke you to become angry with God? With others whom you perceive to get in your way? Do you panic? How do you respond when bad news comes?...

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Written by Paul Tautges
Tuesday, 18 July 2017 00:00

NUGGETS

Are All Your Friends Your Age? – Here’s why I’m regularly calling our church to ministry that is intentionally multi-generational.

If You Are Watching the Game of Thrones You Are Watching Porn – New post from Covenant Eyes.

Why You Will Join the Wrong Church – “Our...

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Written by Paul Tautges
Tuesday, 18 July 2017 00:00

Free Ebook: 'The Gospel and Personal Evangelism' by Mark Dever

July 18, 2017 by: Crosswayimage

Addressing a Tough Topic

Evangelism is not only largely misunderstood, it is often all but neglected among Christians today. Many of us want to share the gospel with others, but feel intimidated and incapable of doing so. Yet God has given us answers in the Bible...

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Written by Crossway
Tuesday, 18 July 2017 00:00

Should government get out of the marriage business?

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Here are three articles by Jennifer Roback Morse posted at The Public Discourse. The articles answer the charge from social liberals and libertarians that government should “get the government out of marriage”.

Here’s the first article&nb...

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Written by Wintery Knight
Monday, 17 July 2017 23:58

Fatherhood Meetings in Montgomery July 21-22

This friday evening a small group of church, community and civil leaders will be gathering to consider the recovery of Biblical fatherhood. This is a critical topic for the health of church and family.

Location: Hilton Garden Inn, Eastchase Parkway, Montgomery, AL 36117

5:30  ...

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Written by NCFIC Blog
Monday, 17 July 2017 23:48

Horse-racing

I've discussed this before, but I'd like to provide a couple of examples to illustrate the principle. Unbelievers allege that Christians succumb to sample-selection bias. When we appeal to miracles or answered prayer or fulfilled prophecy or archeological corroboration, we only count the hits and...

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Written by steve
Monday, 17 July 2017 23:39

Is This the Future of America’s Churches?

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Today we cover an intriguing article from Denver, Colorado about an "atheist church of free thinkers." What is very interesting about the article is the words they use to describe their "community" are the same words that appeal to many young Christians these days: Free-thinking, questioning,...

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Written by comments@standupforthetruth.com
Monday, 17 July 2017 23:38

What Is the Relationship Between Science and Religious Belief? (Video)

J. Warner Wallace discusses the relationship between faith, reason and scientific discovery in this interview with Jon Morrison. Are science and faith hopelessly opposed to one another? Can the scientific method assist believers in determining if God exists? This clip is from Jon’s podcast...

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Written by jwallace
Monday, 17 July 2017 23:30

Four Facts about American Revival Theology

Revivals are sometimes said to be a thing of the past, a holdover from an earlier era of the church that is no longer practical in our postmodern age. Well, the last time I checked, God is still in the business of converting souls, whether it be one at a time or through large-scale awakenings. If...

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Written by Robert Caldwell
Monday, 17 July 2017 23:29

Introduction to Covenantal Apologetics

Here’s one of our archived series you may find helpful:

Introduction to Covenantal Apologetics by C.L. Bolt

Authors: C. L. Bolt...

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Written by C. L. Bolt
Monday, 17 July 2017 23:15

Parenting And The School of Sanctification

When my daughter was a toddler, she did something to warrant discipline and though I have long forgotten the offense, I will always remember her response. Sensing from the tone of my voice she was about to face the consequence of her disobedience, she protested. Her defense? “But everyone...

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Written by Faith Chang
Monday, 17 July 2017 23:08

Take Heed How You Hear

“The parable of the sower is preeminently a parable of caution, and caution about a most important subject,—the way of hearing the word of God.It was meant to be a warning to the apostles, not to expect too much from hearers.It was meant to be a warning to all ministers of the Gospel,...

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Written by The J.C. Ryle Archive
Monday, 17 July 2017 23:00

Brother, You Are Single for a Purpose

The following article is a guest post by Andy Landrum, Ph.D. candidate in Church Revitalization at Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary. 

Being single in a coupled world can be awkward and a lonely. You look around and it appears that everyone around you is coupling. When you are in a...

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Written by Guest Writer
Monday, 17 July 2017 22:58

Why Did Jesus Need the Holy Spirit? (Nick Batzig)

As we make our way through the Gospel records, we quickly discover that Jesus needed the Holy Spirit at every step and in every stage of His life and ministry. While the human nature of Jesus was inseparably united to the Divine nature of the second Person of the Godhead, Jesus...

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Written by Reformation21 Blog
Monday, 17 July 2017 22:51

A Teaching Resource on the Cross

image Mike Riccardi has served on staff at Grace Community Church since 2010. He currently serves as the Pastor of Local Outreach Ministries, which includes overseeing Fundamentals of the Faith classes, six foreign language outreach Bible studies, and evangelism in nearby jails, rehab centers, and in...

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Written by John Samson
Monday, 17 July 2017 22:50

The Weapons Of Our Warfare Are Not Carnal: How We As Believers Are To Be Equipped To Stand For Truth In An Evil Age, Part 1.

 “Finally, be strong in the Lord and in the strength of his might. Put on the whole armor of God, that you may be able to stand against the schemes of the devil. For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the cosmic powers over...

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Written by brianschoonmaker
Monday, 17 July 2017 22:40

Building a deeper relationship with God is focus of Camp Pinnacle

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Girls at Camp Pinnacle learn the importance on prayer and listening to God’s voice away from the distractions of the outside world. JOE WESTBURY/Index

CLAYTON — On a warm summer afternoon, a half-dozen young girls sit in a large swing, Bibles open. The silence is deafening as the only...

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Written by Joe Westbury
Monday, 17 July 2017 22:20

War of the Worlds: The Threat of Sexual Sin

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H.G. Wells’ 1898 novel, The War of the Worldsopens with these words:

No one would have believed in the last years of the nineteenth century that this world was being watched keenly and closely by intelligences greater than man's and yet as mortal as his own; that as men busied...

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Written by The Christward Collective
Monday, 17 July 2017 22:03

Preaching in Jesus name Featured

Therefore thus says the Lord concerning the men of Anathoth, who seek your life, and say, "Do not prophesy in the name of the Lord, or you will die by our hand" (Jeremiah 11:21).and when they had called in the apostles, they beat them and charged them not to speak in the name of Jesus, and let them...

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Written by The End Time
Monday, 17 July 2017 22:00

Discussing Doctor Who: The 13th Doctor

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You just thought you were done with Kevin and I talking all things Doctor Who. With the recent announcement of the 13th Doctor, we thought we share some thoughts—since everyone else on the internet has.

Kevin Harvey is the author of All You Want to Know About The Bible in Pop Culture ...

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Written by Aaron Earls
Monday, 17 July 2017 22:00

How You Can Translate Mark 1–4 On Your Own

image A few weeks ago we introduced you to an approach to reading biblical Greek that Mark Strauss calls “interesting and innovative.”

Reading Biblical Greek, ideated and designed by Richard J. Gibson and Constantine R. Campbell, introduces first-year Greek students to the essential...

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Written by Jeremy Bouma
Monday, 17 July 2017 21:07

William Loader on Jesus in John’s Gospel

Enjoy.

Biblical Studies Online

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William Loader, Emeritus Professor of New Testament at Murdoch University, discusses his most recent book Jesus in John’s Gospel: Structure and Issues in Johannine Christology (Eerdmans, 2017) with Dr Robert Myles, current Lecturer in New Testament...

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Written by Jim