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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Wednesday, 10 April 2019 15:15

How to Sleep When You’re Afraid

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It is happening again. Lit by the soft chartreuse glow of a baby monitor, my mind will not allow me to close my eyes. I am scared. I know that if I close them, I might not open them again. 

I try to comfort myself with the fact that my family will be alright. I have life insurance, enough...

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Wednesday, 10 April 2019 15:10

Seen by the Unseen

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“For a man’s ways are before the eyes of the Lord, and he ponders all his paths.” Proverbs‬ 5:21‬

Perhaps you do not consider the implications of being watched. Among the panoply of spiritual beings said to see into our world, none is more pervasive, interested,...

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Wednesday, 10 April 2019 15:05

Commitments of a Great Commission Church

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"And Jesus came and said to them, 'All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you. And behold, I am with...

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Tuesday, 09 April 2019 15:10

When You Make Your Bed In Hell

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It was a dark and stormy night. Quite literally. Texas thunder, apocalyptic lightning, and a frightened 23-year-old girl pacing the carpeted hallways of her apartment.

I traced my finger along the words of scripture. As if I could read it again and find a different edge, a different meaning, a...

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Tuesday, 09 April 2019 15:05

Simply Profound Yet Profoundly Simple

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A paradox, G.K. Chesterton quipped, is “a truth standing on its head, waving its legs to get our attention.” In the Bible, such paradoxes abound. Paradoxically, Jesus is both God and man; and, paradoxically, the Bible was given by both human inscription and divine inspiration. One such...

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Monday, 08 April 2019 15:15

You're Dead, Start Acting Like It

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Or maybe I should have led with, “You’re Alive, Start Living Like It!” Both statements are true. At least that’s what Paul argues in his short gospel-rich book to the Colossian believers.

As the fragmentation of our modern, Western culture breaks its banks and washes...

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Monday, 08 April 2019 15:10

Giving Ourselves Fully to God

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"God does not ask us to bring in our livestock and burn it on the altar; he asks us to give ourselves, to put ourselves alive on the altar. To be a Christian means to live a life of sacrifice, a life of presentation, making a gift of ourselves to God. Some people think that all it takes to be a...

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Sunday, 07 April 2019 15:15

Love Actuarially

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Love bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things. — 1 Corinthians 13:7

Love is fulfillment by way of emptiness. It would not seem to work that way. This is why nearly every worldly notion of love—and even some churchy notions of love—try to...

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Sunday, 07 April 2019 15:10

Who Is God, Anyway?

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Imagine just one concept encompassing all of God, or one word describing every aspect of his being. What about a single motive underlying his every action?

God is love.

His very nature — his primary language — is love, and he is its source (1 John 4:16). In everything he does, he...

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Sunday, 07 April 2019 15:05

Links For The Church (4/8)

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The Joy of Angels and the Person of Christ

Dustin Benge writes on the Puritans and their writings on angels. He surveys Jonathan Edwards' angelology and how it relates to his understanding of Jesus Christ. 

4 Ways Churches Can Serve Adults With Special Needs

Families with members who have special...

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Saturday, 06 April 2019 15:15

Freed From Sin

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"Deliver me from bloodguiltiness, O God, thou God of my salvation; and my tongue shall sing aloud of thy righteousness."-- Psalm 51:14

In this solemn confession, it is pleasing to observe that David plainly names his sin. He does not call it manslaughter, nor speak of it as an imprudence by which an...

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Thursday, 04 April 2019 15:15

The God Who Heals

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She trails behind the crowd, uncertain if she should approach. The mass of people surrounding him overwhelms her; she can’t see what he’s doing, where he’s going, let alone hear him speak.

She’d heard the reports about Jesus, amazing reports. Of healing, demon-expulsion,...

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Thursday, 04 April 2019 15:10

Big Reflections on Small Phrases

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Thank You, Puritans

Not many people read the Puritans, though I am immensely thankful for the recent revival of great books (thank you Banner of Truth and Monergism.com) by who I call the "old dead guys." There is tons of truth, deep theology, and soaring treatises on the holiness of...

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Wednesday, 03 April 2019 15:15

Christ Fulfilled the Law

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“Don’t think that I came to abolish the Law or the Prophets. I did not come to abolish but to fulfill.” (Matt 5:17)

God created Adam and placed him in the garden, created a wife for him, gave them work to do, and, together, they lived in God’s presence, naked, and...

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Wednesday, 03 April 2019 15:15

Rebuilding Together

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"Now these were the people of the province who came up out of the captivity of those exiles whom Nebuchadnezzar the king of Babylon had carried captive to Babylonia. They returned to Jerusalem and Judah, each to his own town. " - Ezra 2:1

God made us emotional beings, but we must anchor those...

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Wednesday, 03 April 2019 15:10

3 Reflections on Turning 40

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Last month, I celebrated my 40th birthday. As I sit here with my feet firmly planted in middle age, I find that I am joyful rather than fearful. Don’t get me wrong, I’m not a stoic. The other day I typed “my forties” for the first time and I felt sick to my stomach. But...

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Tuesday, 02 April 2019 15:10

Antinomianism and the Modern Church

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“The simplest way to think of antinomianism is that it denies the role of the law in the Christian life.”

Antinomianism may be an unfamiliar term in most 21st century churches, but antinomianism as reality is as present today as it was during the Marrow Controversy of the 1700s. The...

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Tuesday, 02 April 2019 15:05

Trusting God In Your Waiting Season

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When I was about 8 years old, my family had a bunch of people over for a pool party. I was so excited to jump in with the crowd until my parents told me that since I’d just gotten over being sick, I’d have to sit this party out. (Between the colds and earaches we got to know the...

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Monday, 01 April 2019 15:10

The Kingdom of God is for Sinners

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Jesus goes down by the sea and calls Levi, the tax collector, to follow him. Soon after, Jesus is sitting in Levi’s house, reclining at the table with his friends. The Pharisees want to know “Why does he eat with tax collectors and sinners?”

Jesus’ answer is...

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Imagine two church members. Let’s call them Bob and Bill. Bob is a Bible student. He likes to know what the Bible says about everything. He can even explain the doctrine of the Trinity if you ask him to. Some of his actions may not seem to show he’s a Christian. In fact, his life...

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Sunday, 31 March 2019 15:30

You Believe the Prosperity Gospel

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You believe the prosperity gospel. 

We all do, actually. Or, at least, we all believe some version of it at various points in our lives. Oh, I know you aren't cheerleading the charlatans on religious television or sending "seed money" for Creflo's private jet. But the essential theology of the...

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Sunday, 31 March 2019 15:10

Links For The Church (4/1)

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In Praise of the Plateaued Church

Zach Barnhart questions the traditional understanding that a stagnant church is a disobedient church, and asks whether this might be something worthy of praise. 

3 Reasons To Preach From The Old Testament

The Old Testament is the foundation for all that takes...

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The first trip I took for ministry outside of the United States was to the Philippines. On the plane ride from Tokyo to Manila, we skirted a typhoon. The plane was shaking so violently at times that people would occasionally screech and even grab the person sitting next to them (even if they...

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Saturday, 30 March 2019 15:15

By His Stripes We Are Healed

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"With his stripes we are healed."-- Isaiah 53:5

Pilate delivered our Lord to the lictors to be scourged. The Roman scourge was a most dreadful instrument of torture. It was made of the sinews of oxen, and sharp bones were inter-twisted every here and there among the sinews; so that every time the...

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Thursday, 28 March 2019 15:20

The Quietly Poured-Out Life of Lilias Trotter

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If we pour everything out, every last portion of our life, and no one notices, is it worth the sacrifice? Is it worth it if we gain nothing but Jesus?

Over the last two years, I’ve studied and read everything I could about the 19th-century missionary, Isabella Lilias Trotter. She is not known...

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