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, 20 October 2018 15:15

Why Are You Troubled?

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"Why are ye troubled? and why do thoughts arise in your hearts?"-- Luke 24:38

"Why sayest thou, O Jacob, and speakest O Israel, my way is hid from the Lord, and my judgment is passed over from my God?" The Lord cares for all things, and the meanest creatures share in his universal providence, but...

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Thursday, 18 October 2018 15:10

The Wonderful Accessibility of the Word

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“The unfolding of your words gives light; it imparts understanding to the simple.” (Psalm 119:130)

The Bible often gets a bad rap. Being an ancient book there are cultural, historical, and theological hurdles to mount when we decide to study it. But, we should not take this to mean that...

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Thursday, 18 October 2018 15:05

What I'm Learning About Parenting Teenagers

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When my children were much younger, at any occasion where the subject of parenting teenagers came up in conversation, I paid close attention. I also felt my heart seized by panic at the thought that one day my dear little boys would grow into tall, hairy-legged teenagers who, I assumed, would...

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Wednesday, 17 October 2018 15:15

Authenticating Glory in Scripture

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Though the Scripture may be shown to be trustworthy by many historical and logical proofs, it is essentially received as true because of the revelation of God’s glory experienced through it.

Just as nature reveals God (Rom 1:19-21), and some receive or reject his glory, so man receives or...

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I only have vague memories of the “worship wars,” those days in the particular stream of evangelicalism that I stream in when there was intense and bitter disagreement regarding worship in the church. But from what I remember, and from what I’ve since learned, many of those...

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Wednesday, 17 October 2018 15:05

Why Doctrine Still Matters

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In the world of ministry and ministers, and also Christians in general, there can be a love/hate relationship with theology.

On the one hand, we love theology because it gives us an ordered, systematic, and storied picture of the sixty-six books of the Bible. We might say that theology packages...

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Tuesday, 16 October 2018 15:10

How To Respond When You Get Punched In The Face

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“…you will perhaps find it a heavier trial than you are aware of…”

That heavy trial, to which Newton is referring to, is the trial of having your preaching of the gospel met with opposition. I’ve found the words of Mike Tyson to be true of pastoral ministry....

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Tuesday, 16 October 2018 15:05

Christ, The Wisdom And Righteousness Of God

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Studying the history of the church and of Christian theology can enrich your understanding of Scripture. This has been one of the most exciting aspects, for me, of studying church history and historical theology. Because I am only a finite human, rooted in a particular place and culture and in...

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Monday, 15 October 2018 15:15

When an Average Joe Turns 40

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Even though my name is not Joe, I am a pretty average guy.

I grew up in the capital of Kansas. My dad worked for the railroad for 42 years and my mom is going on her 43rd year of teaching kindergarten. My two older brothers pastor churches in Kansas and Kentucky. I went to a small Bible college. I...

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Monday, 15 October 2018 15:10

In Spirit and in Truth

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In the Christian life, balance can be difficult to achieve. Whether it’s reconciling God’s sovereignty and man’s responsibility, conceptualizing the divine and human natures of Christ, or trusting God without slipping into personal complacency, the one who finds balance finds a...

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“And Nehemiah, who was the governor, and Ezra the priest and scribe, and the Levites who taught the people said to all the people, “This day is holy to the LORD your God; do not mourn or weep.” For all the people wept as they heard the words of the Law. Then he said to them,...

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Sunday, 14 October 2018 15:10

Biblical Theology in Discipleship

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A number of years ago I was teaching a  study of Genesis in my church when one of the discussion group leaders, an older godly woman, came and sat down by me. “How come I’ve never been taught this before?” she said with tears in her eyes. She was beginning to recognize that,...

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Sunday, 14 October 2018 15:05

Links For The Church (10/15)

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The Healthiest Order Of Our Loves

The love of Jesus helps us to arrange all our other loves. Scott Sauls writes that Jesus is the highest of our loves, and all other treasures fade away in light of his beauty.

What Does Your Liturgy Celebrate?

Josh Hedger writes that far too many of our worship...

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Saturday, 13 October 2018 15:15

Be Not Conformed to this World

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"And be not conformed to this world."-- Romans 12:2

If a Christian can by possibility be saved while he conforms to this world, at any rate it must be so as by fire. Such a bare salvation is almost as much to be dreaded as desired. Reader, would you wish to leave this world in the darkness of a...

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Thursday, 11 October 2018 23:25

Rejoice Always

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Rejoice always, pray without ceasing, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you. – 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18

Do you know what the shortest verse in the New Testament is? The obvious answer is John 11:35: “Jesus wept.” It is the shortest...

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Thursday, 11 October 2018 23:15

Knowing The Lord Is God

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"...but what do I know?" 

It's a question that often welcomes itself into my mind, usually at the tail end of a series of thoughts I've just had or judgments I've made. Can I really be sure of that answer? Did I truly assess that situation correctly? This question can be applied to any number...

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Wednesday, 10 October 2018 15:15

The One Who Upholds All Things

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A little over seven years ago, one phrase in the first chapter of the book of Hebrews grabbed my attention: “He upholds the universe by the word of his power.”

Seven years later, I still don’t know exactly what that means. My mind is too small to grasp it all. How does Jesus...

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Wednesday, 10 October 2018 15:10

Some Things Change, Some Things Stay the Same

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Some things change and other things remain the same in every age. 

In 1857, a congregationalist pastor, George B. Cheever, published a book titled, God Against Slavery: And the Freedom and Duty of the Pulpit to Rebuke It as Sin Against God. In the preface Cheever wrote, “I am...

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Wednesday, 10 October 2018 15:05

What "One Another" Means For Our Mission

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For far too long, we whose hearts honor Christ have had no credibility with those whose do not. We are commanded to “always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give a reason for the hope that you have within you” (1 Peter 3). Well, they stopped asking a long...

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Tuesday, 09 October 2018 15:15

On Earth as It Is in Heaven

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WORSHIP AT THE DAWN OF TIME 

Since the beginning of time, there has been worship—in heaven and on earth. In heaven above, seraphim flew before God in the heavens, singing, “Holy, holy, holy is the Lord God of hosts; the whole earth is full of his glory!” (Isa. 6:3); angelic...

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Tuesday, 09 October 2018 15:10

6 Characteristics of a Successful Pastorate

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James Petigru Boyce (1827-1888) is a name all Southern Baptists should be familiar with. Not only was he elected president of the SBC 9 (yes, nine) times, he also almost single-handedly (in some regards) founded and helped keep the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary afloat during its early years....

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Monday, 08 October 2018 15:15

Stop Hijacking Jesus

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There are times when I struggle with Jesus because the picture that has been painted of Him by the world (and let’s face it, some so-called "Christians" as well) is not who He claims to be in the Scriptures. It follows then that the Jesus I am struggling with is not the real Jesus, but a...

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Monday, 08 October 2018 15:10

We Don't Need to Go Back to the Early Church

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You’ve heard people say, “We just need to go back to the early church.” We need to be more like the raw, organic, on-the-go church we see in the New Testament.

I disagree.

Now, I don’t totally disagree. Obviously, there are elements of the early church we should imitate....

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Sunday, 07 October 2018 15:15

We Will Out-Sing the Enemy

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One of my favorite scenes in my all-time favorite movie occurs in the classic Casablanca, when Nazi soldiers mingle uncomfortably with the French occupants in Rick’s Moroccan café. The soldiers begin singing the patriotic German anthem “Die Wacht am Rhein,” which sounds...

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Sunday, 07 October 2018 15:10

Links For The Church (10/8)

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We Collaborate Because We Are Collaborations

Wes Ardis writes about creativity within a community. "We should regularly make art through other trusted artists in the same way that the Father shared every bit of His creative work through Jesus."

Encouragement for Bible Reading from Puritan Women

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