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
Saturday, 24 November 2018 14:15

Deliverance for the Captives

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"To preach deliverance to the captives."-- Luke 4:18

None but Jesus can give deliverance to captives. Real liberty cometh from him only. It is a liberty righteously bestowed; for the Son, who is Heir of all things, has a right to make men free. The saints honour the justice of God, which now secures...

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Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! According to his great mercy, he has caused us to be born again to a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead (1 Pet 1:3)

In the various expressions of contemporary evangelicalism it is often easy to forget that...

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Thursday, 22 November 2018 14:10

Faced With The Impossible

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Frustration was bubbling up. Nothing seemed to be going right. It was not operating like it was designed to. There I was, staring at the latest ‘honey-do’ project from my wife, a simple wire hanger system to display our children’s artwork. But it was refusing to cooperate. And I...

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Wednesday, 21 November 2018 14:15

Happy Thanksgiving from FTC (and Charles Spurgeon)

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From all of us at Midwestern Seminary, Spurgeon College, and For The Church, we want to offer a very special thanks to our readers and offer a prayer of thanksgiving to God for you and on your behalf. We hope the very best for you this day and the rest of the year, as you follow Christ. 

Taking...

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Tuesday, 20 November 2018 14:15

Be Disciples that Make Disciples

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Sometimes I have a negative view of recruiters, particularly military recruiters. I remember how awesome they made the military look when sitting in an Army recruiter’s office in 1999. They took a nineteen-year-old kid and put tanks, machine guns, and a good bit of money in front of him like...

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Tuesday, 20 November 2018 14:10

Encouragement in the Likeliest of Places

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The Apostle Paul writes in 1 Corinthians 4:15, “Though you have countless guides in Christ, you do not have many fathers. For I became your father in Christ Jesus through the gospel. I urge you, then, be imitators of me. That is why I sent you Timothy, my beloved and faithful child in the...

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Concerning the subject of suffering, C.S. Lewis famously said, “Pain insists upon being attended to. God whispers to us in our pleasures, speaks in our consciences, but shouts in our pains. It is his megaphone to rouse a deaf world.”

Countless people, including my family and myself,...

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Monday, 19 November 2018 14:10

Mythbusting "Santa God"

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We love Santa Claus, don’t we? Sure we do, and what’s not to love? He’s a nice, jolly, older, fluffy gentleman whose primary purpose is to try and make us happy by giving us what we want, whether or not it’s what we need.

Unfortunately, this is also how some of...

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Imagine a Christian named Bill. This Bill has decided to submit more of his life to the guidance of the Holy Spirit. He has recommitted to the daily disciplines of Bible study and prayer. He is eradicating noise from his life, mindless busywork from his schedule, and compartmentalization from his...

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Sunday, 18 November 2018 14:10

What Can You Do To Get In The Game?

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Before going off to seminary in Fort Worth, I lived in Dallas and attended FBC Dallas. While I was there, they ran a campaign entitled “Get in the Game.” The purpose of this campaign was to call people off the sidelines and into the game. They ran the campaign because,...

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Sunday, 18 November 2018 14:05

Links For The Church (11/19)

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No One I Loved Had Ever Wounded Me So Deeply: Grieving the Reality of a Marriage

Liz Wann writes about when marriage is more difficult than you expect, and things seem dark.

Are Missionaries Good for the World?

Many have speculated about whether or not a missionary's influence has a positive affect on...

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Saturday, 17 November 2018 14:15

A Secret Spring

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"A spring shut up, a fountain sealed."-- Song of Solomon 4:12

In this metaphor, which has reference to the inner life of a believer, we have very plainly the idea of secrecy. It is a spring shut up: just as there were springs in the East, over which an edifice was built, so that none could reach...

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Thursday, 15 November 2018 14:15

Don’t Apologize For The Bible

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“I wish it wasn’t in here, but it is…”

“I don’t like it, but I have to stay true to what the Bible says.”

“If it were me I probably wouldn’t have it this way, but this is what God says.”

I’m hearing more statements like this as our...

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Thursday, 15 November 2018 14:10

10 Things I Wished I Learned in Seminary

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My time in seminary was perhaps one of my sweetest moments, yet the hardest time of my life. Seminary isn’t for everyone, but it was crucial for me and was a formative time in my own spiritual journey. It has prepared me tremendously for the calling into full-time ministry.

But seminary...

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Wednesday, 14 November 2018 14:15

When It's Hard to Be a Patient Parent

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There are many challenges to parenting, some of which are innate. Some parental challenges just come with the territory. Every parent knows there will be days of exhaustion in the battle to teach our offspring the rights and wrongs of this life. Even just the common decency...

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Wednesday, 14 November 2018 14:10

When a Father Wound Defines You

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I have said it before and I will say it again.

I am comforted—deeply so—by the fact that God put so many misfits and insecure people in the Bible and then accomplished beautiful things through their lives.

The ancient Jewish patriarch, Jacob, is one of these people.

Jacob was haunted by...

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In his sermon, “Forgiveness Made Easy,” Charles Spurgeon rejoiced over the full and final forgiveness we have in Jesus Christ:

All our transgressions are swept away at once, carried off as by a flood, and so completely removed from us that no guilty trace of them remains They are all...

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Tuesday, 13 November 2018 14:15

The Unfamiliar Beauty of a Familiar Sentence

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An Unfortunate Division

A beautiful aspect of Scripture is that it, as Spurgeon once said, “widens and deepens with our years.” Sentences and clauses that meant little to us in previous readings can erupt with significance and splendor. Verses we once glossed over can stand out as...

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Tuesday, 13 November 2018 14:05

God Knows When You Don't

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Right now, there’s a lot I don’t know.

I don’t know what today will bring. Or tomorrow, for that matter. I don’t know how long I will live, or when I will die. I don’t know how many kids my husband and I will raise, or if we’ll be able to have them at all. I...

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Monday, 12 November 2018 14:15

Attempt Great Things for God?

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Very few of us enter the ministry with a desire to be famous. But the heart is deceitful, and it’s easy for our hearts to become proud.

I thought of this recently as I preached from Mark 3:13-19 . Jesus calls twelve disciples; seven of the twelve make their only appearance in Mark’s...

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Monday, 12 November 2018 14:10

Why Does Church Membership Matter?

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Why does church membership matter? Isn’t it just a formal structure we can take or leave? What’s the big deal, anyway?

You may say, “I can be part of Christ’s cosmic church without joining a local church.” To that, I would say, “Try it.” Try being a...

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Sunday, 11 November 2018 14:15

Let Your Internet Yes Be Your Real-Life Yes

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Perhaps the shift began when children stopped saying they wanted to be doctors, firemen, and teachers when they grow up and started saying actors, singers, and sports stars. Maybe it began with the manufactured reality of reality TV. Maybe it began when we stopped “going onto the...

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Sunday, 11 November 2018 14:10

Her Stillborn, Him Sovereign

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There in the ground was a pristinely carved—yet, stark—rectangular hole. Lowered into it was a pink casket far too pretty for this spot and not nearly pretty enough for the body inside. Within was my darling newborn’s frame.

The day her body lowered into the ground, we sang,...

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Sunday, 11 November 2018 14:05

Links For The Church (11/12)

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7 Steps To Getting (And Keeping) Loyal Volunteers

Volunteers often make up a small percentage of the church body. Ryan Sanders gives seven practical ways to maintain a regular and committed group of volunteers.

Love And Marriage Goes Together Like...

Ed Stetzer writes about three different issues that...

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Saturday, 10 November 2018 14:15

Your Inheritance

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"He shall choose our inheritance for us."-- Psalm 47:4

Believer, if your inheritance be a lowly one you should be satisfied with your earthly portion; for you may rest assured that it is the fittest for you. Unerring wisdom ordained your lot, and selected for you the safest and best condition. A...

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