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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Saturday, 15 December 2018 14:15

Abide with Me

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"Come unto me."-- Matthew 11:28

The cry of the Christian religion is the gentle word, "Come." The Jewish law harshly said, "Go, take heed unto thy steps as to the path in which thou shalt walk. Break the commandments, and thou shalt perish; keep them, and thou shalt live." The law was a dispensation...

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Thursday, 13 December 2018 14:15

The Christmas Story in a #MeToo Age

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I lived next door to a gal who’s dad would pastor a church and abuse children. The leaders of the church would find out, cover it up, and then quietly ask him to leave—a condemnable sweeping under the rug. And then, of course, he would go do it again at another church. For decades he...

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Thursday, 13 December 2018 14:10

Bad Biblical Theology Leads to Bad Sermons

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Much modern evangelical biblical theology is a gift to the church. It has successfully stemmed the tide of moralistic preaching in many churches and has provided useful theological resources to combat the most egregious theological dangers of our day, such as the prosperity gospel.

But I’ve...

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Wednesday, 12 December 2018 14:15

The 2018 FTC Book Awards

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We are pleased to announce the winners of the 2nd annual FTC Book Awards. A selection of judges from our council, editorial staff, and seminary contributors each recommended a 2018 title that impacted them personally and/or represents a significant contribution to the Church and her...

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In a recent Christianity Today article entitled “The Embodied Church in a Digital Age,” Kara Bettis shares the story of how one church performed a virtual reality (VR) baptism. According to Bettis, the baptism had no water and required no physical, interpersonal contact. On the...

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Wednesday, 12 December 2018 14:10

The Error of Prosperity Theology

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The error of prosperity theology comes down to one question: Does the Christian receive all the benefits of the cross now, or are some benefits of salvation kept for us until Christ returns? That's it. How you answer that question determines if you embrace prosperity theology or not.

Prosperity...

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Tuesday, 11 December 2018 14:10

Christ’s Shocking Pleas for Mercy

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It’s one of the most arresting scenes in the history of literature. It’s filled with instruction and intrigue. But it doesn’t stop with my mind; it also gets after my heart and my will. Every time I read it I am humbled and compelled to change.

“And Jesus said, ‘Father,...

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Tuesday, 11 December 2018 14:05

Reading Scripture Rightly

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When reading a section of Scripture, we will find that a passage almost always comes across weighted on one side of an issue or another. I mean this: a passage is written intended to drive a certain point home, aimed at a particular audience, for a specific reason by an author who knew what was...

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Monday, 10 December 2018 14:15

Why We Shouldn't Change the Gospel

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At times, change can be a good thing. I know it has been for me. Over a decade ago, I made a change and moved to the DFW metroplex. Growing up, I never thought I would live in Dallas, but when the opportunity presented itself, I took it. I took the opportunity because I...

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Monday, 10 December 2018 14:10

Advent: Two Kinds of Waiting at Once

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During the long December weeks of Advent, children anticipate the joy of Christmas morning. And they’re right to do so: our traditional Christmas celebrations—the presents, the food, the songs—properly echo the spiritual joy we feel at knowing that God is with us, Emmanuel, here...

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Sunday, 09 December 2018 14:45

N.A. and the Power of Being Real

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I was a rising Junior in college, sitting outside a coffee shop in my hometown during my summer break. I looked up from my book and noticed a boy, probably three or four years my junior, at the table next to me. He was reading The Catcher in the Rye, and I immediately sized him up as a distraught...

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Sunday, 09 December 2018 14:15

The Gospel According to the Fellowship Hall

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The primary “death” in the fall of mankind is the death of our relationship with God. Because of sin, we are separated from him. But you will notice in Genesis 3, that Adam and Eve’s sin doesn’t just separate them as individuals from God. It separates them from each other...

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Sunday, 09 December 2018 14:05

Links For The Church (12/5)

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4 Boundaries Every Ministry Leader Should Have

In these four areas, including time and speech, Lisa Whittle shares why a leader should have boundaries here, and how to go about creating those boundaries.

The Incarnation And God's Presence At Work

Russ Gehrlein writes about God's involvement with our...

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Saturday, 08 December 2018 14:15

Quiet Resting Places

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"My people shall dwell in quiet resting places."-- Isaiah 32:18

Peace and rest belong not to the unregenerate, they are the peculiar possession of the Lord's people, and of them only. The God of Peace gives perfect peace to those whose hearts are stayed upon him. When man was unfallen, his God gave...

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Thursday, 06 December 2018 14:30

Porn Stars Bear God’s Image

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There are lots of resources out there about the dangers of porn—what it does to your brain, and the evil inherent in the industry—which goes far beyond just people having sex in front of cameras. I won’t rehash all the statistics about pornography or the various mechanisms people...

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Thursday, 06 December 2018 14:20

Cherish, Heed, and Herald God's Word

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God’s Word is a gift to be cherished, heeded, and heralded by God’s people. When we hold the Bible, we hold the word of God. This should be taken seriously.

In the summer of 2017, I was sent to Germany to join a missionary couple supported by my church. From June until August I had...

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Wednesday, 05 December 2018 14:15

Sanctification Through Our Passive Friendships

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I know, you read that title and may be thinking to yourself: “What sort of friendship is passive?” I can explain, but first, let’s look at sanctification and active friendship.

Sanctification, as Wayne Grudem writes in Systematic Theology, is “a...

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Wednesday, 05 December 2018 14:10

3 Lies the Church Believes About Singleness

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“The kingdom of heaven is like treasure hidden in a field, which a man found and covered up. Then in his joy he goes and sells all that he has and buys that field.” Matthew 13:44

It’s sobering to acknowledge how my regrets have changed. At age 25 or so, if you had asked me to name...

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Wednesday, 05 December 2018 14:05

Why Every Day is Thanksgiving

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Which element of prayer is harder to practice? Confession or thanksgiving? This would seem to be an easy question to answer. The confession of sin is obviously more difficult than the offering of thanksgiving, right? Not necessarily. Pride makes our flesh resist both elements.

  • A proud heart...

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Tuesday, 04 December 2018 14:15

Reflections on the Death of John Allen Chau

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Since news of the killing of John Allen Chau at the hands of Sentinelese islanders became public, the blog and Twittersphere have been ablaze with opinions about the actions that lead to his death. Should Chau be lionized as a heroic Christian martyr, or should his memory be pilloried as a...

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Tuesday, 04 December 2018 14:10

We Need Someone to Help Us

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Hebrews 2:10-18 says,

For it was fitting that he, for whom and by whom all things exist, in bringing many sons to glory, should make the founder of their salvation perfect through suffering. For he who sanctifies and those who are sanctified all have one source. That is why he is not ashamed to...

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Monday, 03 December 2018 14:15

The Lamentation of a Sinner

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Most people today have heard of Henry VIII and his six wives. Countless books, television series, and movies have documented and reenacted the conspiracies, adulteries, and executions surrounding the House of Tudor. It is no exaggeration that Henry and his wives are some of the most famous...

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Monday, 03 December 2018 14:05

Parents, Your Tiredness is an Opportunity

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No parent likes to be tired. God created us to need rest to function and raise up our kids another day. A good night’s rest is a gift, and we see this more clearly when it’s lacking—and let’s be honest: For most parents, quality sleep is often lacking

When the nights are...

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Sunday, 02 December 2018 15:00

Backsliding Is Easy

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Backsliding is easy.

Going with the flow only requires letting go.

Our old nature seems to be our default nature.

Knee-jerk reactions seem to be our only reactions at times.

Should we expect it to be any different? I was having a conversation with a friend during a discipleship time when he asked...

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Sunday, 02 December 2018 15:00

Links For The Church (12/3)

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Lift Her Chin With Love

Greg Morse writes about men beholding beauty in their wives in a godly way. He shares about combating against the world's standards for beauty and pointing to the deeper reality of the beauty God creates. 

"Jesus And Me" Christianity

"It’s time to remember that your...

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