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
Monday, 01 October 2018 15:10

The One Thing God Exalts

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God is in the business of opposing and exalting, of bringing down and lifting up.

There is one thing that the Scriptures say God exalts and lifts up. It’s not talent. It’s not effort. It’s not having it all together. It’s not good behavior or good plans. It’s not...

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Sunday, 30 September 2018 15:15

The Romans 8 Driven Life

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How would you live if you realized that nothing you fear could ever have the last word in your life? What would your days look like if you believed, in fact, that the most defining and secure reality of your very existence was not anything you could see?

At the end of Romans 8, we find Paul bringing...

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Sunday, 30 September 2018 15:10

Links For The Church (10/1)

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Cross-Cultural Missions Is Not The Cure For Wanderlust

Anna D. writes about the desire to travel and see the world, and how we should not let this be the sole motivation for doing mission work. 

The Duties Required by the Ninth Commandment in a Social Media World

"You shall not bear false witness...

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Sunday, 30 September 2018 15:05

For The Church 2018 Sessions

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All For The Church Conference plenary sessions are now available to view. If you missed FTC this year, or if you want to hear one of these great sermons again, check them out below. 

The Church Invincible: Jason K. Allen

The Church Domestic: Russell D. Moore

The Church Prophetic: Owen...

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Saturday, 29 September 2018 15:15

Better Anything Than Death

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"A living dog is better than a dead lion."-- Ecclesiastes 9:4

Life is a precious thing, and in its humblest form it is superior to death. This truth is eminently certain in spiritual things. It is better to be the least in the kingdom of heaven than the greatest out of it. The lowest degree of grace...

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Thursday, 27 September 2018 15:10

4 Encouragements To Live A Vulnerable Life

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Before I knew the Lord, I wasn’t very comfortable with my emotions. I didn’t wear my heart on my sleeve and certainly didn’t want others to see what I felt. Or at least didn’t want them to see the feelings I associated with shame. But God made my heart more vulnerable when...

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Thursday, 27 September 2018 15:05

The Only Way You Can Do God's Will

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I can’t.

Our culture despises those two little words. Hatred for weakness and inadequacy is why we tell our kids never to say, “I can’t.” It’s why we love the inspiring words of Thomas the Tank Engine: “Yes, you can!” The belief that we’re capable of...

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Wednesday, 26 September 2018 15:10

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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Wednesday, 26 September 2018 15:05

When the Spirit Comes Down

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When the Holy Spirit comes down, he changes our culture. We go from selfishness to selflessness, from pride to humility, from fear to courage. 

There’s an entry from the journal of John Wesley that proves the truth of Ephesians 5:18-21. Wesley was one of the key men God used in the...

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Tuesday, 25 September 2018 15:10

Preach Less

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Dear Church Planter,

You should preach less! I know that sounds bizarre, but it is nonetheless true. Just a few months ago, I spoke with a church planter who told me that he preached fifty out of fifty-two Sundays a year. That is far too much!

The first year of our plant, I preached almost every...

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Tuesday, 25 September 2018 15:10

The Man Who Died for the Lord’s Supper

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“Amongst all other chances lamentable, there hath been none a great time which seemed unto me more grievous, than the lamentable death and cruel handling of John Frith” – John Foxe[1]

Confined in London’s Newgate prison in the summer of 1533, a young English Reformer penned a...

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Monday, 24 September 2018 15:15

3 Ways the Gospel Changes the Way You Apologize

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There is a particular kind of freedom that comes when you believe the gospel of Jesus Christ. Contrary to the definition of freedom that runs rampant in the culture today, the freedom from moral constraint and self-determination, the gospel frees us at a deeper level. The gospel frees us to be who...

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Monday, 24 September 2018 15:10

The Place of Apologetics

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I was recently listening to the Acts 29/Gospel Coalition podcast, Churches Planting Churches, where my brother Matt Chandler was sharing about his new book, Take Heart, Christian Courage in the Age of Unbelief. You can listen to the episode here. What struck me was their...

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Sunday, 23 September 2018 15:15

Supernatural Comfort When the Days are Dark

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After speaking at a conference once, I spoke with a young man who had suffered from a mental disability all his life. But what he lacked in intellectual capability he did not in theological insight. He said to me that sometimes he asks God why he had to be born with his disability. His brother, he...

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Sunday, 23 September 2018 15:10

Discernment in Marriage

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We met Bob on our family vacation living next door to our house rental. We invited him over for coffee one morning, and he told us about his sixty years of life before he was diagnosed with Parkinson’s. He mentioned how his wife left him after five years of marriage because he wouldn’t...

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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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