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

For the Church - Apologetic Report
Saturday, 18 November 2017 14:15

What to Do with Dumb Questions

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"Avoid foolish questions."-- Titus 3:9

Our days are few, and are far better spent in doing good, than in disputing over matters which are, at best, of minor importance. The old schoolmen did a world of mischief by their incessant discussion of subjects of no practical importance; and our Churches...

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Thursday, 16 November 2017 14:10

4 Reasons Every Pastor Should Exercise

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When I took my first pastorate, a frequent comment from my congregation was, “You're too skinny to be Southern Baptist. We'll do something about that!” I must admit, over the past five years, remaining healthy has been an uphill battle.

Unfortunately, full-time pastoring can be...

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Thursday, 16 November 2017 14:00

Who Are the Evangelicals?

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What’s in a name? Well, sometimes a lot. People name their kids after a family member, a biblical character, or a favorite theologian. We give names to our sports teams and nicknames to our friends. Names carry weight because they often convey important information or make significant...

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Wednesday, 15 November 2017 14:15

A Praiseworthy Perspective

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Though the fig tree should not blossom, nor fruit be on the vines, the produce of the olive fail and the fields yield no food, the flock be cut off from the fold and there be no herd in the stalls, yet I will rejoice in the Lord; I will take joy in the God of my salvation. God, the Lord, is my...

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Wednesday, 15 November 2017 14:10

The Pronouns Preach

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When reading the Bible, parts of speech make a big difference in our understanding. There are many examples, but here is one that demonstrates my point perfectly. It is found in Ephesians. I will be so bold as to say, if you miss the pronouns, you miss the entire meaning of the...

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Wednesday, 15 November 2017 14:05

The Worst Vacation Ever

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"This was the worst vacation ever!"

That's a quote from my son - his reflections on our recent vacation that was cut short after two days when my mom, who lives with us and was with us on our trip, had medical issues that sent her to a hospital. The complications were still...

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Tuesday, 14 November 2017 16:30

Pre-Order 'Supernatural' for Free Resources

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 FTC Managing Editor Jared C. Wilson's new book Supernatural Power for Everyday People: Experiencing God's Extraordinary Spirit in Your Ordinary Life releases from Thomas Nelson on January 23. And right now Nelson has a great deal going for pre-order purchases. If you pre-order the book,...

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Tuesday, 14 November 2017 14:10

Where are the Men in the Church?

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America is in crisis. I weep often as I look around and see the staggering confusion of masculinity and manhood identity crisis. As we look at sociological data and statistics, analysts often point out the root problem in the failure of men. In our fatherless culture, many guys struggle with...

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Tuesday, 14 November 2017 14:05

There is No "Just" in the Body of Christ

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A couple of months ago, I was invited to a church to help lead their annual leader training. At this annual meeting, they eat dinner together, talk about their overall ministry philosophy and goals, and then break out into age segments for more directed and specific training. During the dinner, I...

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Monday, 13 November 2017 14:15

Why I Welcome Persecution

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I love America! I believe as US citizens, we still live in the greatest country in the world. I am not saying it is not without its historic and current faults; it isn’t. But, we are still the freest of any nation, and we should celebrate that freedom.

However, I also recognize that...

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Monday, 13 November 2017 14:10

3 Reasons to Regularly Let Others Preach

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Preachers love preaching, but they shouldn’t love it too much. A potential idol for preachers is the act of preaching. You can crave the pulpit too much. And while we preachers can talk to the sheep about not finding their identity in their work but in Christ, this is a word we need to preach...

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Sunday, 12 November 2017 14:15

On Getting Un-Dragoned by the Light of Christ

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“This is the message we have heard from him and declare to you: God is light, and there is absolutely no darkness in him. If we say, ‘We have fellowship with him,’ and yet we walk in darkness, we are lying and are not practicing the truth. If we walk in the light as he himself is...

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Sunday, 12 November 2017 14:10

Made Perfect In Union With Christ

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Finally, I saw him. The surgeon’s face looked tired and concerned as he sat next to me and waved to the kids. Over the years, he has become to me a sort of angel of life and death whose presence fills me with either hope or dread. His face told me this was one of the latter. Instantly my head...

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Sunday, 12 November 2017 14:00

Links For The Church (11/13)

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Do You Sleep Less Than Jesus?

David Mathis provides a theology of sleep in this article. He provides two ways to think about sleep, and he explains why both are ultimately about trusting God.

Why You Should Stop Pretending You'll Live Forever 

Ecclesiastes has much to teach about life and death....

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Saturday, 11 November 2017 14:15

A Faith Untried is Little

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"The trial of your faith."-- 1 Peter 1:7

Faith untried may be true faith, but it is sure to be little faith, and it is likely to remain dwarfish so long as it is without trials. Faith never prospers so well as when all things are against her: tempests are her trainers, and lightnings are her...

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Thursday, 09 November 2017 14:10

Pastor: You Are Appreciated

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Dear Pastor,

I’m sure you know that last month was Pastor Appreciation Month. It was the month that Congress declared that you should be appreciated. Actually, that’s not true. I’m not sure how Pastor Appreciation Month came about or how one even declares a month to be set aside...

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Thursday, 09 November 2017 14:05

A Generation Integration Invitation

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After pushing his eyeballs back into their sockets, my retired pastor friend cautioned me against my foolhardy venture: "You can’t just combine their Sunday school classes! The senior adult has nothing in common with the teenager. They have completely different problems."

He is not alone in...

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Wednesday, 08 November 2017 14:15

Days of Darkness

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In the classic work, Holiness, by J.C. Ryle, there is a chapter entitled "Growth in Grace" in which he talks about Hebrews 12:11, which says: "For the moment all discipline seems painful rather than pleasant, but later it yields the peaceful fruit of righteousness to those who have...

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Wednesday, 08 November 2017 14:10

Why I Celebrate Our $300 Advertising Budget

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I continue to be amazed at the growth in our children’s and youth ministry. We shattered our church's previous records for VBS this year with 185 children coming through our doors. We continue to see around 150 kids on Wednesday evenings as well. One of the reasons I am amazed to...

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Wednesday, 08 November 2017 14:05

I Want My Kids to Be Good

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I want my kids to be good people. I want them to know right from wrong. I want them to stand up for the oppressed, the bullied, and the outcast. I want them to be influencers for good in the world. Doesn’t every parent want the same?

But as I teach my kids the Bible every night during dinner,...

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Tuesday, 07 November 2017 14:10

3 Obstacles to Weeping with Those Who Weep

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Rejoice with those who rejoice; weep with those who weep (Romans 12:15).

The second half of Romans 12 is exceedingly practical. You find statements about hospitality, love, perseverance, and then this – a command to rejoice, and a command to weep. There are a couple of things we should not...

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Tuesday, 07 November 2017 14:10

Take in the Beauty

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The day was damp, overcast, and cool. The majesty of the ice-cut valleys of Glacier National Park was largely hidden in low-hanging cloud cover. The spring run-off was calling attention to itself, filling out the edges of Two Medicine Creek, tickling the high water mark, and then careening...

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One of the main things I do as a pastor is to encourage church members to speak. I want them to speak about the gospel to non-Christians. I want them to speak words of encouragement and correction to their fellow church members. Evangelism, discipling, and preaching—three of the nine...

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Monday, 06 November 2017 14:15

Preaching the Psalms to Ourselves

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Over the past decade, one thing has remained relatively constant in my Christian life: my love for the Psalms. At various times in the Psalms, the author is crying out to the Lord (Psalm 18:6) and pouring out the mess of his heart and life to Him. Then, he turns around and praises the Lord...

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Monday, 06 November 2017 14:10

The Trap of Young Adulthood

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When I was a little boy, there was this one paragraph from the novel, Where the Red Fern Grows, that would drive me nuts all day at school. I would sit in my desk and just think about the physics of it. The paragraph detailed how to trap a raccoon: drill a hole in a log, drive nails downward...

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