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, 02 December 2018 14:15

On Stuff and Stinginess

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“I hope that everyone gets to rich and famous and have everything they ever wanted so they could see it isn’t the answer.”

This quote, most often attributed to actor Jim Carrey, has become a popular meme on social media over the last few years. Its frequent sharing is rather...

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Saturday, 01 December 2018 14:15

The Beautiful Church

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"Thou art all fair, my love."-- Song of Solomon 4:7

The Lord's admiration of his Church is very wonderful, and his description of her beauty is very glowing. She is not merely fair, but "all fair." He views her in himself, washed in his sin-atoning blood and clothed in his meritorious righteousness,...

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Thursday, 29 November 2018 15:10

Surviving With Hope

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Memory from trauma is an unpredictable beast—lying dormant for weeks, months, or years. Then, without warning, it rears its head. The untamed roar breaks into our consciousness and temporarily severs our hold on the present. We lose our grip—suddenly launched back to a time we wish we...

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Thursday, 29 November 2018 15:05

Preacher, Study the Text—But Also Study Your People

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I’m sitting in my office working on my sermon for Sunday. The text is Malachi 1:2–5, and it’s about God’s love. A softball, right? Not really. This text deals with the “love” of choosing, the “hate” of rejection, and the Lord being angry with a people...

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Wednesday, 28 November 2018 14:15

What It Means to Love Christ

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Do you love Christ?

Let’s start to answer that question by asking another: Is love something you feel, or something you do?

Love is undoubtedly seen in action, even when feelings are fugitive. We all believe we should obey the Lord even if our heart isn’t necessarily warm toward...

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We feel, therefore we are.

That seems to be the cultural mantra we are all living under whether we recognize it or not. We use that gauge to determine nearly every decision we make, from the restaurant we want to eat at for lunch, to the person we choose or do not choose to remain married...

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Wednesday, 28 November 2018 14:05

Seeking the 'Real Face of Jesus'

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Several years ago, an article in Popular Mechanicsreported that forensic scientists had reconstructed the “real face of Jesus.” Their reconstruction differed sharply from the typical portraits of Jesus that portrayed Christ with graceful features, light skin and flowing, brown...

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Tuesday, 27 November 2018 14:15

Preacher, Feeling Good is Overrated

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“Feeling good is overrated.” Those were the words of a sports psychologist speaking to a group of athletes. He was explaining that focusing on feeling good to perform well is problematic for any athlete. Occasionally, an athlete feels great, is in the zone, and perform at their highest...

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Tuesday, 27 November 2018 14:10

Pastors: Preach, Don't Rant

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Pastors are called to preach sermons, not deliver rants. Too often God’s people are subjected to the latter, but it is the former they truly need. This distinction struck me several years ago while co-preaching a conference with several other pastors.

I sensed we were in for a rant when one of...

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Monday, 26 November 2018 14:15

Becoming Your Grandchildren's Church

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There is a picture of me when I was little in the high school wrestling room where my dad coached. In the photo, I’m sitting down on the wrestling mat with my legs crossed, drinking a chocolate milkshake. But what strikes me as I look at it now, many years later, is the fact...

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Monday, 26 November 2018 14:10

Learning to Preach from the Reformers

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Just as the gospel of justification by faith in Christ alone was the central message of the Reformation, so the preaching of the Word was central to the work of the Reformers. Like the Apostles, the Reformers gave themselves to the ministry of the Word. Preaching came to be recognized early in the...

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Sunday, 25 November 2018 14:15

Sleep with Your Boots On

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Do you know that the devil is fully aware of your weaknesses? He knows your particular blind spots, your vulnerabilities. He knows which sins you struggle with the most. He knows what things irritate you, frustrate you, and distract you. He knows exactly what desire or longing is specific to your...

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Sunday, 25 November 2018 14:10

When You’re Sick of Yourself

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My life is like a swinging pendulum. My constant aim is to keep my pendulum in the middle, centered on the gospel, but every day it swings one way or the other. Conviction will come, my pendulum will fall into balance as I repent of it, but by the next day my pendulum has swung into sin on the...

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Sunday, 25 November 2018 14:05

Links For The Church (11/26)

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Talking With Our Children About Homosexuality 

Lucy Olson writes that we cannot avoid conversations about sexuality with our children. However, she explains how to have the conversation and how to "build bridges" to those who live different lives than us. 

2 Dangers In Doing The Lord's Work

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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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