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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Sunday, 23 September 2018 15:05

Links For The Church

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The Long Road Home

Heidi Johnston shares about her struggle with long-term community. When things get hard, it's easy to run away, but great community comes from longevity.

How Can I Live A Diverse Life?

In this helpful article, Cameron Triggs provides seven different suggestions for how to create...

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Saturday, 22 September 2018 15:15

Accepted in the Beloved

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"Accepted in the beloved."-- Ephesians 1:6

What a state of privilege! It includes our justification before God, but the term "acceptance" in the Greek means more than that. It signifies that we are the objects of divine complacence, nay, even of divine delight. How marvellous that we, worms,...

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Thursday, 20 September 2018 15:15

4 Important Lessons from Charles Spurgeon's Conversion

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On January 6, 1850, a 15-year-old young man wandered into the Primitive Methodist Chapel of Colchester. A snowstorm prevented him from attending church with his father. Apparently, the snow was so severe that the pastor of this little Methodist chapel didn't even show up that day! That young...

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Thursday, 20 September 2018 15:10

Trust God With The Spiritual Gifts He Gives

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Do you trust God in the area of spiritual gifts?

While talking to my brothers and sisters at church or scrolling social media, I want what other people have—specifically, their spiritual gifts, opportunities, and influence. I hear about that wonderful ministry event she spoke at, or I see how...

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Wednesday, 19 September 2018 15:15

Say it in a Sentence

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When I was 21, I started preaching once a month at The Santa Barbara Rescue Mission. I didn’t know how to preach and I wanted to learn (I preached my first sermon at age 16 without a clue of what I was doing).

On Thursday nights, 100 or more homeless people filled the pews...

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Wednesday, 19 September 2018 15:10

Emotional Intimacy

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Early on in my marriage, when I was playing baseball, I would go out of town for a week or ten days for a series on the road. When I would cam back home, it would take my wife a day or two to warm back up to me—to feel connected emotionally.

Even scientifically, this is a reality....

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Wednesday, 19 September 2018 15:05

The Day I Blew Up the Children’s Ministry Meeting

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“All Scripture is breathed out by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness, that the man of God may be complete, equipped for every good work.” - 2 Tim. 3:16-17

“No concerning our brother Apollos, I strongly urged him to...

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Tuesday, 18 September 2018 15:10

5 Exercises in Theological Humility

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In 1 Corinthians 13, Paul penned some of the most famous words on love. This passage is quoted at weddings, among friends, and about our posture toward our neighbors. And it’s not wrong by any means to appropriate this passage in those settings. But it seems that Paul was directly addressing...

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Tuesday, 18 September 2018 15:05

A Guide to Finding the Goodness of God

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When difficult circumstances arise or life becomes mundane, we find ourselves either overwhelmed or numb or a combination of the two. I find in my own life these are the very seasons when I most struggle to see and acknowledge God's presence and goodness. Instead of worshiping, I grumble. Instead...

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Monday, 17 September 2018 15:15

Subduing and Being Subdued

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Dominion Enjoyed​

The triune God rules supremely and perfectly as the happy God (cf. 1 Timothy 1:11). During Creation, everything that exists was created by him and now exists by and for his will (Revelation 4:11). All of creation was created and declared good by him (Genesis 1:31; 1 Timothy...

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It’s a common mistake among those who feel called to plant and pastor churches: some men are willing to lead the church before they lead their families. In fact, some guys seem willing to lead the church to the detriment of their families! Both options are unacceptable to God. He poses a...

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Sunday, 16 September 2018 15:15

5 Better Ways to "Argue" About Social Justice

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This will be a short post, not about social justice per se, but about why some of us are having trouble seeing any fruitful conversations taking place online about it -- or any other subject of controversy within the Church -- and are reluctant to contribute.

First, one thing I think...

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Sunday, 16 September 2018 15:10

God Delights in the Gospel

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It took me years to overcome the thought that God was a frustrated and irritable Father that was constantly disappointed in me. I would see other Christians casually walk in faith and sweet spiritual bliss while I was burdened by the thought of Sodom and Gomorrah – divine punishment that all...

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Sunday, 16 September 2018 15:05

Links For The Church (9/16)

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Think Before You Speak: 4 Tips For Dialoguing With Non-Christians

Brady Weller writes a helpful piece on building a more patient system of apologetics. He shares ways to love and serve others while you're discussing doctrine with them.

No Excuses For Preaching Bad Sermons

There are many helpful tools...

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Saturday, 15 September 2018 15:15

Partakers of the Divine Nature

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"Partakers of the divine nature."-- 2 Peter 1:4

To be a partaker of the divine nature is not, of course, to become God. That cannot be. The essence of Deity is not to be participated in by the creature. Between the creature and the Creator there must ever be a gulf fixed in respect of essence; but...

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Thursday, 13 September 2018 15:15

It’s Not Enough to Have Your Sins Forgiven

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When the reformer Martin Luther was first confronted by Paul’s phrase “the righteousness of God” in Romans 3, he was overwhelmed and lost all hope. He knew he couldn’t match up to the perfect standard of God’s righteousness. Such righteousness, he thought, would be...

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Thursday, 13 September 2018 15:10

Reflections on Josiah's Life and Legacy

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Josiah is one of my favorite kings mentioned in the Bible (2 Kings 22-23). Josiah began his ruling at the age of 8 and eventually went on to initiate one of the greatest reform movements in Israel’s history. The catalyst for this reform was none other than the power of the Word of God. The...

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Wednesday, 12 September 2018 15:15

Why Every Christian Should Read Mere Christianity

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C.S. Lewis loved old books. In a short piece he wrote to introduce Athanasius’s On the Incarnation to a modern audience, he admonished that Christians who only read new books are joining “at eleven o’clock a conversation which began at eight” and “will often...

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Wednesday, 12 September 2018 15:10

On the Road to Emmaus

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I remember how dark it looked inside. It was mid-morning. The sun was hot in the sky, and my skin felt it, but the tomb looked cold, as if it had been robbed of it’s purpose. As my eyes adjusted, I saw the linens. And that was it. Nothing else. 

Were the women lying? I wasn't sure. I...

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Wednesday, 12 September 2018 15:05

Pastor, Have You Been With Jesus?

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A friend and I talked about a conference we both attended during different years. I told him about the year I attended, then he told me about the year he attended. As he listed the speakers he heard, I asked about a particular name. I knew of this man’s ministry, but had never heard...

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Anyone who plays or follows sports knows it takes an entire team to win.

To be sure, winning teams usually have both star players and role players. Star players are relied on to carry the squad. Role players have lesser-known yet still significant roles. They don’t receive all the credit or...

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Tuesday, 11 September 2018 15:05

Innocent As To What Is Evil

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It was such a simple little phrase, but it rocked me to my core. It halted me in my tracks and set my mind whirling. Just a few words and yet they cause great contemplation and introspection. It made me wonder where I was putting the focus of my mind. It made me consider my life from a new angle....

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Monday, 10 September 2018 15:15

The Gospel Gets the Last Word

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"All flesh is like grass and all its glory like the flower of grass. The grass withers, and the flower falls, but the word of the Lord remains forever." - 1 Peter 1:24-25

And this word is the good news that was preached to you.

Picture a scene. You are standing before the...

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When I speak at churches, I am constantly amazed by how many services are designed and executed in a way that excludes everyone but the twenty-percent of members who are the most active. Worship services in the local church are rightly designed for the gathered community of believers to grow in the...

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Sunday, 09 September 2018 15:15

Experience KC at FTC

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In two weeks, we'll welcome pastors, ministers, and missionaries from across the country to our annual For The Church Conference, "The Mission & Majesty of the Church."

We know you'll probably have some free time, so we want to offer you our best suggestions for barbeque, food, coffee, and...

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