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, 02 March 2019 14:15

Blessed Spirit

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"He saw the Spirit of God descending like a dove."-- Matthew 3:16

As the Spirit of God descended upon the Lord Jesus, the head, so he also, in measure, descends upon the members of the mystical body. His descent is to us after the same fashion as that in which it fell upon our Lord. There is often a...

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Thursday, 28 February 2019 14:15

5 Confessions of a Preacher

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I’ll never forget the call I received one Wednesday afternoon as I was wrapping up my sermon preparation for our college service. North Phoenix Baptist Church was asking me to pray about coming to be their Senior Pastor. I was honored; I couldn’t believe they were interested in me.

Immedi...

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Thursday, 28 February 2019 14:10

Sexual Abuse in Student Ministry

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Over the past few weeks, Southern Baptists across the country are grieved over the findings in the Houston Chronicle investigation of sexual abuse in our local churches. I joined in the lament in an even more personal way as the third and final part of their series uncovered the role youth pastors...

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Wednesday, 27 February 2019 14:15

The Circular Mission of the Church

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My family and I walked into Green Pond Bible Chapel back in the year 2000. We didn’t walk in regularly; back in those days, my goal was to slip in and slip out. Do not make direct eye contact and definitely do not engage anyone in conversation. Just get the kids from...

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Wednesday, 27 February 2019 14:10

Rebooting Those New Year’s Resolutions

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Every year, beginning around the holidays, everyone begins to think over their past scars, present struggles, potential new hobbies to pick up, rekindled ambitions, and ignited passions. Now, at the beginning of another year, we begin to strive for healing, victory, rest, joy, meaning, and...

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Wednesday, 27 February 2019 14:05

The Father Himself Loves You

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"...for the Father himself loves you...” (John 16:27)

It’s too easy for us to misunderstand the heart of God. From the beginning, the enemy has come with his damning question, “Did God really say…?” Since Adam and Eve answered, “No,” it’s been a...

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Tuesday, 26 February 2019 14:15

Maturing in the Faith-One Decision at a Time

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The decisions you make impact every area of life. As a rural church planter with limited means, I undertook a habit of prayer prior to purchase. When my wife and I took our monthly shopping trip to Grand Forks, North Dakota, it was astonishing how many times I picked something up at Walmart the...

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We’ve got to move dialogue with believers beyond a superficial level if we are going to really know and encourage one another. But where do we even start?

Here are seven questions you might ask. They might be useful in a variety of settings, such as when you have someone (or a family) over for...

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Monday, 25 February 2019 14:15

Pitting the Mission Against Itself

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"And Jesus came and said to them, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you. And...

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Monday, 25 February 2019 14:10

5 Callings More Noble than that of Pastor

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"The saying is trustworthy: If anyone aspires to the office of overseer, he desires a noble task." – 1 Timothy 3:1

God has used few men more in my life than "The Doctor" Martyn Lloyd-Jones. If you're not familiar with MLJ, let me encourage you to familiarize yourself with him as soon as...

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Sunday, 24 February 2019 14:15

3 Principles for Christian Political Engagement

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St. Augustine’s classic The City of God (426 AD) is a great piece of theology and philosophy. Ever since the Visigoths sacked Rome in 410 AD, the Romans had been questioning how their empire had become so weak. They decided to blame the Christians. Since by that time Christianity...

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Sunday, 24 February 2019 14:10

Numbering Our Days

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8 more summers.

50 gardens.

10 Christmases.

I’ve been counting lately. Each day, I feel the tick-tock rhythm of a life that is heading from dust to dust. I promise you, not in some dark and dismal sort of way. Something struck me this year as I planted and worked the soil around my old house.

It&r...

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Sunday, 24 February 2019 14:05

Links For The Church (2/25)

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Where Are All the Single Pastors?

Sam Allberry provides four reasons that churches prefer married pastors to single pastors. He points out that the problem may not be with single pastors but with singleness itself. 

Three Biblical Prayers to Say for Your Parents

We don't often think to pray for...

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Saturday, 23 February 2019 14:15

Approach Him

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"O Lord of hosts, how long wilt thou not have mercy upon Jerusalem? ... And the Lord answered the angel ... with good words and comfortable words."-- Zechariah 1:12-13

What a sweet answer to an anxious enquiry! This night let us rejoice in it. O Zion, there are good things in store for thee; thy...

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Thursday, 21 February 2019 14:15

The Gospel is Better Than Amnesty

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Good paintings tell stories.

Think of the Last Supper by Leonardo da Vinci. It tells the story of Jesus and his disciples sitting down for the final meal before the crucifixion. Jesus would drink the Passover cup before being sacrificed as the Passover lamb.

The good news of Jesus is more...

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Thursday, 21 February 2019 14:10

Hold Out The Story

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What’s your story? The concept of narrative seems to drive our culture. Facts don’t do it anymore. Data points are okay, but where is the story? Championships are good and all but a good story will grab the people’s attention. We see this when the Olympics come around.

It is not...

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Wednesday, 20 February 2019 14:15

3 Reasons to Fight Self-Pity

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If I look hard enough, I can always find some reason to feel sorry for myself. I bet you can, too. Whether your gaze drifts to your bank account, your work, your health, your relationships – there is always some circumstances in our lives that can make us feel victimized.

And it feels...

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Wednesday, 20 February 2019 14:10

Open-Door Discipleship

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If you were to visit my house on a Friday night around 10 o'clock, you would likely find our floors and couches full of people. Friday in our family is Family Movie Night, a night we treasure having each week. Something my wife and I love is that our kids have come to...

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Wednesday, 20 February 2019 14:05

10 Things to Know About Ministry Among the Poor

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1. Please stop thinking of ministry to the poor only in terms of mercy ministry.

Often, well meaning rich churches and/or middle-class Christians come into financially poorer communities to do good works, usually in the form of a handout or some form of debt counseling....

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When my mom walked into the room there was dust in the air. Draped over the ceiling fan, filling the curtains, imbedded in the carpet and all over my little brother and sister. It was soot from the cast iron stove—lots of it, strewn all across the living room. They had decided it was fun to...

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Tuesday, 19 February 2019 14:05

How to Do Ministry When You Don’t Have Money

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How do you do ministry when you don’t have any money? How do you serve the Lord as a church planter while broke? After 30 years of experience, I assure you I have expertise. But wisdom comes from Scripture:

Keep your life free from love of money, and be content with what you have, for he has...

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We at FTC are really excited about the latest book from managing editor Jared C. Wilson. The Gospel-Driven Church is for ministry leaders interested in transitioning their church away from pragmatism and more toward a conscientious gospel-centeredness. As such, it is full of...

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Monday, 18 February 2019 14:15

Refuting the Irrefutable Laws of Leadership

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September 18th, 2018 marked the twenty-year anniversary of a book that many have read or at least heard of: John Maxwell’s 21 Irrefutable Laws of Leadership. If you haven’t heard of him, John Maxwell is a fairly famous former pastor and leadership expert. In 1998, I...

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Monday, 18 February 2019 14:10

Equip Your People to Counsel Each Other

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I remember hearing a pastor of a fairly large church saying—at a counseling conference no less—that he wasn’t going to hire any more counselors on the church pastoral staff. What he meant was this: he had hired fine counselors whose schedules quickly filled with counseling,...

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Despite a short roster of popular sitcoms aimed at younger audiences, there is a reason TV network CBS has carved out a niche among older viewers. Owing largely to the success of forensic procedurals like the various iterations of “CSI” and “NCIS,” the network has become...

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