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
Tuesday, 21 August 2018 15:05

A Common But Misguided Perception

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It is misguided and a dangerous misconception to base God’s acceptance of you on your worthiness, or attempt to comfort others with the concept that, “underneath it all, you are actually beautiful in character, and therefore truly deserving of God’s love.”

Why?

1. You...

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Monday, 20 August 2018 15:15

Is Anyone Godly Enough To Be a Pastor?

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When it comes to evaluating the call to pastoral ministry, the first question a man must ask is: Am I godly?

The moral requirements for a pastor are spelled out clearly in 1 Timothy 1:3-7, which says:

The saying is trustworthy: If anyone aspires to the office of overseer, he desires a noble...

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Monday, 20 August 2018 15:10

Be a Missionary, Not a Marketer

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I once served as an interim student pastor at a church about forty minutes from where I lived. A few days a week, I would make the drive away from the city to this small town. During the drive, I would pass through another small town and would see a billboard advertising a...

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Sunday, 19 August 2018 15:15

Is Your Pastor Happy to See You?

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It is hard to pin down what is difficult about pastoral ministry for people unfamiliar with it. Many laypeople see their pastor once or twice a week during Lord’s Day worship or a church activity. A few may see him more frequently if they are involved in volunteer ministry or are being...

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I know, I know, I can already hear the objections and excuses. We pastors are often tired, overworked, and burdened men. That is exactly why I ask you to consider being involved in VBS and/or Christian camp ministry next summer, or this summer if it’s not too late. We need the joy these...

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Sunday, 19 August 2018 15:05

Links For The Church (8/20)

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What Lies Beyond The Welcome?

Michelle Van Loon writes on hospitality in the church. She shares that we are all responsible for welcoming newcomers into our church, even when we don't feel like we can or should.

Make ‘God Talk’ an Everyday Part of Family Life

A child's spiritual education...

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Saturday, 18 August 2018 15:15

Thou Art My Strength

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"Pull me out of the net that they have laid privily for me: for thou art my strength."-- Psalm 31:4

Our spiritual foes are of the serpent's brood, and seek to ensnare us by subtlety. The prayer before us supposes the possibility of the believer being caught like a bird. So deftly does the fowler do...

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Thursday, 16 August 2018 15:15

Avoiding Complacency

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“Complacency is the Devil’s word.” – Lewis Allen

I came across this quote while reading Lewis Allen’s The Preacher’s Catechism. It not only stood out on the page but it burned itself into my mind. I couldn’t shake thinking about it. I couldn’t move...

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Thursday, 16 August 2018 15:10

Pastoring Amid Depression

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I don’t remember all the details of the conversation. My wife and I were sitting together. It was the evening time. We had this corner in our apartment that we called “the nook.” It was between the dining room and the kitchen and it had enough space to fit two armchairs, a table...

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Wednesday, 15 August 2018 15:10

Sin Doesn’t Take a Summer Vacation

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The minivan was packed, my wife and kids were waiting, and I paced once more through the house, making sure I wasn’t forgetting anything important. It wasn’t long after the van pulled away that I realized what I had missed.

How could I have once again forgotten something so essential for...

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I can honestly say that I’ve grown to love visiting my church members when they’re staying in the hospital. I’m surprised to hear myself say that, since there was a time when I positively despised hospital visitation. I’m a rather shy guy by nature who has a...

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Wednesday, 15 August 2018 15:05

Come Thou Fount - Part 3

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Editor's Note: This post is Part 3 of a 3-part series. Click to read Part 1 and Part 2.

Our journey through "Come Thou Fount" comes to a close with this third and final verse. My hope is that the Church at-large will again find great refuge in the rich hymns of old. As we do so, may...

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Every pastor knows the constant weight of sermon preparation. Sunday is a standing, unmovable deadline. It is like living in final exam week, with a massive deadline before you every Lord’s Day. But the preacher’s test is a public one, for all to see. He will be judged by God’s...

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It has been exciting to see a surge in church planting happening around the world. I believe that planting churches, or should I say, planting churches well, is probably the most effective strategy for reaching those without Christ that there has ever been. Now that you know I’m pro-church...

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Tuesday, 14 August 2018 15:05

How Does Praying For Others Help You?

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"[Pray] at all times in the Spirit, with all prayer and supplication. To that end, keep alert with all perseverance, making supplication for all the saints, and also for me, that words may be given to me in opening my mouth boldly to proclaim the mystery of the gospel" (Ephesians 6:18-19).

This...

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Monday, 13 August 2018 15:15

When Christ's Call is Urgent

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"Look carefully then how you walk, not as unwise but as wise, making the best use of the time, because the days are evil. Therefore do not be foolish, but understand what the will of the Lord is." Ephesians 5:15-17

When Christ calls us to himself, he calls us immediately. There is no "ramp-up"...

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Monday, 13 August 2018 15:10

True Preaching is Indispensable! What is it?

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In September 1967, D. M. Lloyd-Jones gave an address for a student conference at Westminster Theological Seminary on the topic, "What is Preaching?" The address is included in the Banner of Truth book Knowing the Times: Addresses Delivered on Various Occasions 1942-1977. I have always been...

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Sunday, 12 August 2018 15:15

He Has Done All Things Well

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And they were astonished beyond measure, saying, “He has done all things well. He even makes the deaf hear and the mute speak.”-- Mark 7:37

But oh, kids, that’s just the beginning! For when he looks up to say “Eph-pha-tha – Be opened” he’s not just talking...

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Sunday, 12 August 2018 15:10

Links For The Church (8/13)

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For The Long Days

Alex Lewis writes about his experience with depression and how the Lord has taught him through his suffering. 

Life Lessons from Ecclesiastes

The book of Ecclesiastes is often misunderstood but gives us a beautiful picture of how we can have hope in the troubles of life.

God's...

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Sunday, 12 August 2018 15:05

Christ as Substitute

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What is the first thing that comes to mind when you think of a substitute?

Consider with me for a moment the famous scene from Indiana Jones. Jones is trying to steal a golden idol, and to take that idol, he must put something of equal weight in its place quickly to spare himself from triggering all...

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Saturday, 11 August 2018 15:15

The Lord Reigneth

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"The Lord reigneth, let the earth rejoice."-- Psalm 97:1

Causes for disquietude there are none so long as this blessed sentence is true. On earth the Lord's power as readily controls the rage of the wicked as the rage of the sea; his love as easily refreshes the poor with mercy as the earth with...

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Doubt is back in the news. We’ve all heard a great deal about postmodernism over the years; one of the ways it continues to influence us as a culture is to make us prize uncertainty and distrust certainty. It seems more authentic, more truly human, even more virtuous, to live in gray areas...

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Thursday, 09 August 2018 15:10

4 Ways Elders Should Seek Accountability

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Guys, let’s face it. If a pastor’s accountability isn’t in the local church, it’s probably not real accountability. It might give the illusion of accountability so he can traffic in the vocabulary without the entanglements of the substance.

Here’s the problem: Not...

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Wednesday, 08 August 2018 15:15

Beware of the Whisperer

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As an 80's kid, Ghostbusters was a big part of my childhood. I would wait with anticipation to watch the cartoons each week, and playing with the action figures got me through the commercials. I even had my own "proton pack" with which I rescued our family from many dangerous enemies.

In...

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Wednesday, 08 August 2018 15:10

When You Want to Put On a Mask

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When Adam and Eve rejected God’s goodness and authority by eating the forbidden fruit, their eyes were opened and they suddenly recognized that they were naked. This new, self-conscious reality set in motion a series of actions, each one a strategy to hide the shame that they felt over what...

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