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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Tuesday, 07 August 2018 15:10

For The Love Of The Church

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Sometimes loving the local church is hard. As with any relationship or commitment, there are ups and downs. However, loving other Christians is one of the clear signs of salvation (John 13:35). Unfortunately, many Christians do not have a right love for the church and most aren’t even sure...

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Tuesday, 07 August 2018 15:05

Are We Allergic to Insignificance?

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Can you imagine if all of your conversations were recorded? Certainly, some things we’ve said would embarrass us a bit if they became public record.

The early disciples had one of those conversations. Looking back years later, I’m sure they cringed at the memory. In Matthew 18 they...

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Monday, 06 August 2018 15:15

It Isn’t About Me

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When you meet with the body of believers in which God by his sometimes secret design has put you, remember this great truth: it’s not about “me.”

You don’t gather to be mainly about you, but them. “Let all things be done for edification,” Paul said. That is, do...

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Monday, 06 August 2018 15:10

3 of the Serpent's Lies We Still Believe

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"Now the serpent was the most cunning of all the wild animals that the LORD God had made” (Genesis 3:1).

Everything was good. Very good, in fact. All creation existed in perfect harmony, and at the center of everything was the crown jewel of creation. The man and the woman lived in...

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Sunday, 05 August 2018 15:15

When We're Shocked to Find Sinners at Church

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I have made no secret of how impactful—yes I know that’s not a word—Dietrich Bonhoeffer’s Life Together has been in my life. I have read it a few times over the last several years, but the first time I read it was in the context of a men’s small group in my...

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Sunday, 05 August 2018 15:05

Links For The Church (8/6)

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One Of The Best Things Churches Can Do For People With Mental Illness

Amy Simpson writes about the ways that the church can let those with mental illness serve in their congregations.

The Visible Body Of Christ

"The means of grace are present together is in the church," writes Guy Richard. He...

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Sunday, 05 August 2018 15:05

When You’re Hurt by the Church

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My husband and I grew up in a church which, at the time, felt like a Christian utopia. We thought we had the right doctrine and the right practice of Christian life. We had deep friendships and accountability. Our fortress was safe from strife.

Eventually, our church endured a messy split. Through...

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Saturday, 04 August 2018 15:15

All Things Work Together for Good

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"We know that all things work together for good to them that love God."-- Romans 8:28

Upon some points a believer is absolutely sure. He knows, for instance, that God sits in the stern-sheets of the vessel when it rocks most. He believes that an invisible hand is always on the world's tiller, and...

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Thursday, 02 August 2018 15:10

What the Bible Teaches about Hell

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What does the Bible teach about hell?

To ask this question is to acknowledge that hell is a biblical teaching. That is an appropriate starting point for considering the doctrine of hell.

A discussion about hell is not like a discussion about purgatory. Scripture nowhere states, affirms, or implies...

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Thursday, 02 August 2018 15:00

Hope For Women In Ministry

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It’s been several months now since Beth Moore wrote an open letter to her brothers about being a woman in ministry. While few women have Beth’s platform to speak truth to the masses, I have no doubt many resonated with her experience. Meanwhile, hundreds of thousands of women have...

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Wednesday, 01 August 2018 15:15

3 Ways to Help Revitalize a Church

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If Jesus himself suddenly walked into your church, what would change (Luke 12:35-40)? Better yet, how much would change?

Consider Calvin’s burden for the church and plan for reform: God’s people must hear their God speak.

Here are three thoughts on three key issues that are...

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Wednesday, 01 August 2018 15:10

I Don't Think It, I Feel It

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“I don’t think it, I feel it.”  

This is the climatic line from a movie my daughter watches all too often about small colorful creatures who are happy all the time. I have heard it many times before, but yesterday, it all of the sudden hit me. This is the modern...

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Wednesday, 01 August 2018 15:05

Come Thou Fount - Part 1

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"Come Thou Fount" was written in 1758 and is sung in Christian churches to this day. What is it about this age-old hymn that keeps it relevant to Christians throughout the centuries? In my estimation it is nothing short of rich theological truths put to beautiful penmanship.

Orthodox Christian...

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Tuesday, 31 July 2018 15:10

Theology and Devotion: Friends or Foes?

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Let’s talk about theology.

Let’s begin by stating the obvious: it is entirely possible to read, think, and talk about theology in such a way that one dislocates head from heart. This is the exact phenomenon that occasions many of Jesus’ bouts with the Pharisees throughout his...

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Tuesday, 31 July 2018 15:05

Gazing on His Beauty

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In Psalm 27:4 the Psalmist-Prophet-King David unveils the deepest longings of his heart.

 “One thinghave I asked of the Lord, that will I seek after: that I may dwell in the house of the Lord all the days of my life, to gaze upon the beauty of the Lord and to inquire in his temple.”...

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Tuesday, 31 July 2018 15:00

My First Year Of Pastoral Ministry Was Insane

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My first year of pastoral ministry was insane. I mean insane! I was 24, single, and fresh out of a Pentecostal college (Lee University). All I knew of preaching was what I heard from Mark Driscoll and Matt Chandler. Theologically, I was just rescued from Rob Bell, Greg Boyd, and Open Theism. I went...

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Monday, 30 July 2018 15:15

The Joy of Being a Poor Evangelist

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Recently, I joined a team of college student leaders in midtown Atlanta with our church planting partners at m28 Church. The goal? Starting conversations with the people of Atlanta. Our daily prayer as a team was simple and went something like this: “Father, turn our man-made conversations...

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Monday, 30 July 2018 15:10

When I'm Not Productive, I'm Loved Anyway

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My six year old is the hardest worker I know.

He wakes up and gets right to it. My wife and I try to get up early every day. The alarm goes off at 4:00 AM and we make our way to the coffee pot and then upstairs to our bonus room to read our Bible, other books we’re making our way through,...

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Sunday, 29 July 2018 22:05

Links For The Church (7/30)

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Jesus UnderstandsYourLoneliness

Jon Bloom writes about Jesus' deep homesickness on earth and how his life, death, and resurrection meet us in our loneliness. 

Why The Book of Acts Matters For Your Life

The biblical characters and the story of the mission of the gospel in Acts has deep...

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One of the most sobering passages of Scripture to me is Matthew 7:21-23, which involves the condemnation of some who prophesied in Jesus’ name, cast out demons in Jesus’ name, and did mighty works in Jesus’ name.

What gives? If they could do such things in the name of Jesus, which...

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Saturday, 28 July 2018 15:15

Always With You

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"Nevertheless I am continually with thee."-- Psalm 73:23

"Nevertheless,"--As if, notwithstanding all the foolishness and ignorance which David had just been confessing to God, not one atom the less was it true and certain that David was saved and accepted, and that the blessing of being constantly...

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Thursday, 26 July 2018 15:10

The Tight Grip of Jesus

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Trees are one of my favorite parts of Creation. They speak when the wind blows, stand tall in any season, provide homes to small creatures and shade to larger ones. Some trees even provide food to sustain the life of other living things. They are intricate.

The branches grow and jut, here and there,...

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“We’re expecting a new pastor soon, after many years without one, and I’m worried that some in the congregation will be tempted to dump work on our new pastor. Can you guide us in how to support and protect our new pastor both from his own and others’ expectations, so that...

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Wednesday, 25 July 2018 15:10

Are Students Really the Church of Tomorrow?

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"Students are the church of tomorrow." 

Is this really a true statement? Does the Bible teach that those who are teenagers are not real members of the family of God until they become adults? This could lead to the discussion about the necessity, usefulness, and benefits of youth ministry and...

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Wednesday, 25 July 2018 15:05

Hope Deferred and the Pastor-in-Waiting

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“What do I do while I wait?” 

It’s a question I’ve heard dozens of times. Trained men, ready to rumble for the gospel, can sometimes find they lack immediate opportunity to fulfill their ministry dream. It feels to them like the big game has started and...

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