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, 25 July 2017 16:29

History of the NAR cult infiltrating the marketplace.

Since the beginnings of the New Order of the Latter Rain cult, Branham’s influence has left its mark on many in this New Order – that is, Apostles and leaders of the New Apostolic Reformation. Not just in the church but in ‘marketplace ministries’. Os Hillman gives us a...

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Written by churchwatcher
Tuesday, 25 July 2017 16:24

Bill Barrick’s Book Recommendation of the Week

See it here. And I’ll add my endorsement. This is one of the books that are tedious to read, but necessary to understand.

Filed under: Dispensationalism, Library Tips

Authors: Kevin T. Bauder...

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Written by Kevin T. Bauder
Tuesday, 25 July 2017 16:11

19 Odd Musical Instruments

Most defy any brief names. See them at Atlas Obscura.

Filed under: Apropos of Nothing

Authors: Kevin T. Bauder...

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Written by Kevin T. Bauder
Tuesday, 25 July 2017 16:09

At all times, continually

Written by: Ray Ortlund

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I will bless the Lord at all times; his praise shall continually be in my mouth.  Psalm 34:1

It is possible for two psychologies to coexist in our hearts at once--pain and praise. It’s like a football player who plays hurt. He feels bad, but he also feels good, both...

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Written by Ray Ortlund
Tuesday, 25 July 2017 16:00

GOD’S LIVING WORDS OF TRUTH, HOPE, ENCOURAGEMENT, AND WARNINGS, TO START YOUR DAY

INTRODUCTION – FOR THOSE WHO ARE NEW TO THIS SERIES Because there seems to be such a lack of emphasis on God’s Word these days, I wanted to start a new series that will simply focus on God’s Word. So, Lord willing, at the beginning of each and every day I will just be sharing...

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Written by Mary/Living For His Glory
Tuesday, 25 July 2017 15:05

July 26: Alexander McWhorter

A Presbyterian Patriot Pastorby David T. Myers

One of the Presbyterian pastors who was a decided patriot was the Rev. Alexander McWhorter. Born of Scotch-Irish parents on July 26, 1734, his father was a linen merchant and later a farmer. He was also with his wife, a decided Presbyterian. They had...

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Written by davidtmyers
Tuesday, 25 July 2017 15:00

Personal Report – Ephesians 6:21-24

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Authors: Pastor Jeff Seekins...

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Written by Pastor Jeff Seekins
Tuesday, 25 July 2017 15:00

The Way to Purity

Those things which proceed out of the mouth come from the heart….For out of the heart proceed evil thoughts, murders, adulteries, fornications, thefts, false witness, blasphemies. These are the things which defile a man… —Matthew 15:18-20

Initially we trust in our ignorance,...

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Written by RSS | My Utmost For His Highest
Tuesday, 25 July 2017 15:00

Judges 9; Acts 13; Jeremiah 22; Mark 8

Written by: Don Carson

Judges 9; Acts 13; Jeremiah 22; Mark 8

TODAY I WANT TO DRAW attention to a couple of points drawn from opposite ends of Acts 13.

(1) The church leadership in Antioch must have been extraordinarily diverse (Acts13:1). Barnabas's real name was Joseph. He was a Levite from Cyprus...

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Written by Don Carson
Tuesday, 25 July 2017 15:00

Video: "Advice Well Given" By Alistair Begg

What qualifies advice as being “sound?” What establishes an advisor as “trustworthy?” Drawing on teachings from the Apostle Paul, Alistair Begg suggests there is a great responsibility and privilege in offering advice that goes beyond this life. When we are in the position...

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Written by TFL
Tuesday, 25 July 2017 15:00

Like Those Who Dream: An Imagination of the New Creation

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When the new creation comes, it’s going to be unbelievable. Psalm 126 can help you imagine it.

A Song of Ascents.

1 When the Lord brought back the captive ones of Zion, We were like those who dream.2 Then our mouth was filled with laughter And our tongue...

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Written by Bryan Elliff
Tuesday, 25 July 2017 15:00

On How to Choose a Spouse

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Few SI readers are in a spouse-seeking phase of life. What follows is mostly an effort to organize some thoughts for my own kids and, likely, a future teen Bible study or Sunday School opportunity. Perhaps some readers will find these thoughts useful in their own family or ministry setting.

A brief...

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Written by Aaron Blumer
Tuesday, 25 July 2017 14:19

Book Review: This Changes Everything, by Jaquelle Crowe

Sometimes, it takes a teenager to understand a teenager, and that’s what makes Jaquelle Crowe’s This Changes Everything: How the Gospel Transforms the Teen Years unique. When she wrote this book, Crowe was 18 years old and personally concerned with the implications of the gospel for...

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Written by Alex Duke
Tuesday, 25 July 2017 14:01

A Predictable Path

JULY 26
A Predictable Path
“Indeed I also count all things loss for the excellence of the knowledge of Christ Jesus my Lord, for whom I have suffered the loss of all things, and count them as rubbish, that I may gain Christ.” PHILIPPIANS 3:8

For the Christian, Christ is increasing, Christ...

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Written by Chip Brogden
Tuesday, 25 July 2017 13:22

Calmed by the Spirit – Resting in Jesus – Trusting Our Father

Written by: Scotty Smith

     Yes, my soul, find rest in God; my hope comes from him. Truly he is my rock and my salvation; he is my fortress, I will not be shaken. My salvation and my honor depend on God; he is my mighty rock, my refuge. Trust in him at all times, you people; pour...

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Written by Scotty Smith
Tuesday, 25 July 2017 13:17

Is God Simple or Complex?

image Persis Lorenti is a member of Grace Baptist Chapel in Hampton, VA where she serves as bookkeeper and deacon of library/resources. She blogs at triedbyfire.blogspot.com and out-of-theordinary.blogspot.com. You can follow her on Twitter @triedwfire.

Article: Classic Theism: Is God Simple or Complex?...

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Written by John Samson
Tuesday, 25 July 2017 12:14

It’s Almost As Though Christians Don’t Even Know What Christianity Is…

‪Ever notice how ‘christians’ who object to the government paying for health care never complain about the government paying for bombs?‬  

This is because there is a deep and profound and widespread ignorance, among Christians, not to mention the world, as to what...

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Written by Jim
Tuesday, 25 July 2017 11:55

From the Mailbag: “The One Political Rally Christian Americans Shouldn’t Skip”

Christian,

I apologize that I haven’t been able to respond sooner. If you’ll believe it, there are actually times when we professors have to log some hours and do an honest day’s work. You know how grueling it is to crank out a 15-page paper the night before it’s due? Well,...

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Written by Bruce Ashford
Tuesday, 25 July 2017 11:39

Lessons from Little Charlie Gard Featured

You all should know about the short life of little Charlie Gard. His parents – and millions of concerned people worldwide – did all they could to possibly extend his life while some doctors and judges did all they could to prevent that from happening.

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Written by Bill Muehlenberg
Tuesday, 25 July 2017 11:00

Plowing, reaping, sowing.

This is a summation of the Christian message to the world. Those who understand the righteousness of God will see their need for His mercy, which is found only in Jesus Christ. However, there can be no mercy until the hard soil of the heart has been broken up by the plow of the Law (see Rom....

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Written by The Daily Evidence
Tuesday, 25 July 2017 10:26

Why Charlie Should Have Been Permitted a Shot at Life: A Reply to Ian Kennedy

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Ian Kennedy argues that we are wrong to criticize the court's decision to prevent the parents of Charlie Gard to travel to America to seek treatment not available in the UK. He cites a case in which parents of a sick child in Aukland, New Zealand had declined treatment for their sick child. The...

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Written by Ben Holloway
Tuesday, 25 July 2017 09:36

A Brief Summary of Presuppositional Apologetics

This was first posted in 2010.

Many people have maybe heard of what is called presuppositional apologetics but have little idea what it actually is.  This situation is made worse because some defenders of the Faith are labeled presuppositional but, in fact, aren’t.  So how should I...

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Written by Paul Henebury
Tuesday, 25 July 2017 09:36

More on WLC and Apologetic Methodology (First Hour), Karlo Broussard on the Alleged Parallels Between Atheism and Sola Scriptura

First hour we played material relevant to apologetic methodology as William Lane Craig continues his very interesting, if somewhat confusing, interaction with the debate Sye did on the radio.  But we only got halfway through that, as I wanted to review some comments by Karlo Broussard on...

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Written by James White
Tuesday, 25 July 2017 09:34

#*IT Happens? – Steven Furtick – Elevation Church

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Did Steven Furtick just imply some slang profanity while speaking at Elevation Church? You decide. He did say to take it however you want to take it.

Authors: isnotsatire...

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Written by isnotsatire
Tuesday, 25 July 2017 09:33

This sex act symbolizes the fall of America

Warning: Graphic content

When I became a Christian, God’s wondrous design of nature and the human body became a marvel to my “new creation” eyes.

As the Lord miraculously opened my heart, I realized that sadly, my former liberal agnosticism had robbed me of simple joy. Jesus, in His...

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Written by Linda Harvey
Tuesday, 25 July 2017 09:25

God’s Purpose Still Served With False Teachers? Featured

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Have you ever sat and watched a sermon by a pastor like Steven Furtick, or Andy Stanley? Have you ever really just sat and listened to them preach. It’s easy to be drawn in to the charismatic mood changing, emotionally driven style of speech or worship. They quote from Scripture, and speak...

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Written by Jeff Maples
Tuesday, 25 July 2017 08:25

Wouldn’t It Be Nice if Churches Were More Christian?

Wouldn’t it be nice if instead of giving people gas cards and movie passes and haircuts and backpacks and toiletries and pony rides (which anyone anywhere anytime can give), the Church gave people what they really need?  Christ.

Wouldn’t it be nice if the Church were Christian...

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Written by Jim
Tuesday, 25 July 2017 08:07

Why should we prioritize expositional preaching?

Authors: Daniel Gardner...

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Written by Daniel Gardner
Tuesday, 25 July 2017 07:31

Football, Last Chance U, and the two men who battle

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East Mississippi Community College sits in tiny Scooba, MS. Screen grab/NETFLIX

I don’t believe it’s unfair to say football’s become our national pastime. In my household it is, anyway. At the beginning of September the sport all but determines my family’s Saturday calendar,...

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Written by Scott Barkley
Tuesday, 25 July 2017 07:26

David Robertson is What’s the Matter with Tim Keller

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Amy Mantravadi wanted to know what’s the matter with Tim Keller around the same time that David Robertson decided to make Keller the test for loyalty to gospel ministry. Amy makes careful evaluations (charitable) of Keller. Robertson sneers at anyone who takes issue with Keller.

And that is...

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Written by D. G. Hart
Tuesday, 25 July 2017 06:25

Announcing “Got No Beds”

When the appalling videos of Planned Parenthood’s ghoulish activities were first released, there was a truly encouraging reaction from many parts of the American public, particularly from the Christians. And while there is still a great deal of energy pent up from that moment, here we are,...

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Written by Douglas Wilson
Tuesday, 25 July 2017 06:10

Fellowship in Suffering

“…that I may know Him, and the power of His resurrection, and the fellowship of His sufferings…” – Philippians 3:10 A few months ago a statement made by my pastor struck me and helped to spur on the musings below. He said something along the lines of,...

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Written by Full of Eyes
Tuesday, 25 July 2017 06:05

The Work, and Worth, of Writing

I’ve come to fervently believe that, especially as it pertains to the digital age, you get what you pay for. Many of us millennials, reaping the harvest of the emergence of the Internet, have been raised to expect much for free. The democratization of information that led to the “online...

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Written by Samuel James
Tuesday, 25 July 2017 05:56

Watch: William Lane Craig Discredits Himself as a Christian Apologist Featured

Many conservative Christians have been critical of renown apologist, William Lane Craig, and his methodology for defending the Christian faith. Critics cite everything from his apparent denial of biblical authority to heretical teaching on essential doctrines such as the Trinity. We believe...

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Written by Jeff Maples
Tuesday, 25 July 2017 05:20

House Rules

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“If ye have heard of the dispensation of the grace of God which is given me to you-ward” (Eph. 3:2).

God’s Word must be understood in the way God revealed His will to mankind. Therefore, it needs to be understood dispensationally. There is the broad division in Scripture between...

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Written by Pastor Kevin Sadler
Tuesday, 25 July 2017 04:50

The Most Important Things: Have Many Christians Forgotten Them?

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When I created my Word Press site a few years ago, the Lord impressed upon my heart that the front page – the page where readers would land if they came to my site – should be about Salvation.  What is more important than showing a lost person how to be saved?

Is that not why we...

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Written by Geri Ungurean
Tuesday, 25 July 2017 04:48

From a Good Soil Seminar to Uganda with ABWE

We learned about Good Soil Evangelism and Discipleship after our pastor and Sam, another man from our church, attended a Good Soil seminar in Grand Rapids, MI. Sam introduced us to some of the Good Soil materials. And he offered to go with us to ABWE in Harrisburg, PA to participate in Good Soil...

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Written by Good Soil Evangelism and Discipleship
Tuesday, 25 July 2017 04:40

Statement Regarding the Safety Tax and the Ark Encounter

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The following statement from Mark Looy, CCO of Answers in Genesis/Ark Encounter, was distributed to the media today about the Ark Encounter and the safety tax imposed on it by Williamstown, the city in Northern Kentucky where the Ark is located.

Williamstown, Kentucky, July 25, 2017

Unfortunately,...

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Written by Ken Ham
Tuesday, 25 July 2017 04:40

Worship and Eternity

Forever is a word we throw around all the time without thinking about its true meaning. In frustration, we say things like, I’ve been stuck in this traffic forever! In sincerity, we say things like; I will love you forever. In reality, we can’t fully comprehend forever, yet we...

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Written by Byron Wilkes
Tuesday, 25 July 2017 04:34

Union and Communion (7)

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In this penultimate installment of the series on a puritan doctrine of union and communion with Christ, I want to consider the comfort “this glorious union with Christ” brings to dying saints and to “their surviving mourners” (Case).
 
Thomas Jacomb says that we have no...

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Written by Meet the Puritans
Tuesday, 25 July 2017 04:32

You Are Already Dead! So Live!

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“The only way for a soldier to not be afraid of wars is to accept the fact that he is already dead.” — Lt. Col. Ronald C. Speirs, 101st Airborne, E Company as portrayed in “Band of Brothers.”

Speirs gave this remarkable advise to soldiers preparing for battle. He...

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Written by Joel Hess
Tuesday, 25 July 2017 04:30

How God’s Garden Grows: Do You Hear Jesus’ Parable of the Sower?

How God’s Garden Grows

Somewhere in the crowd sat a sower. There was likely carpenter. We know that there were religious leaders. There may have been an older woman who had spent her girlhood helping her father in the fields. Perhaps, there was a boy of ten years old or so, whose young tender...

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Written by Michael Milton
Tuesday, 25 July 2017 03:47

DiM | “Old Church Choir” by Zach Williams Featured

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July 25, 2017. Today we’ll be taking a look at “Old Church Choir” by Zach Williams which currently sits at #5 on 20TheCountdownMagazine.

Today’s song is a nostalgia bomb of Revivalism lacking substance and misusing the term “gospel”. This...

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Written by Faithful Stewardship
Tuesday, 25 July 2017 03:33

Study suggests link between football violence and degenerative brain disease

imageThere is a new study suggesting a link between football violence and degenerative brain disease. Here is the description from The New York Times.

Dr. Ann McKee, a neuropathologist, has examined the brains of 202 deceased football players. A broad survey of her findings was published on Tuesday...

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Written by Denny Burk
Tuesday, 25 July 2017 03:12

Letters on Homosexual Desire

The situation described in the following letters is entirely fictitious, including persons, names, crimes, sins, relationships, circumstances and all particulars. Thekind of situation that is described, however, is all too common and my hope is that biblical principles applied to this fictitious...

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Written by Douglas Wilson