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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Thursday, 17 January 2019 14:15

How the Lord Rewards His Laborers

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But he replied to one of them, “Friend I am doing you no wrong. Did you not agree with me for a denarius? Take what belongs to you and go. I choose to give to this last worker as I give to you. Am I not allowed to do what I choose with what belongs to me. Or do you begrudge me my...

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This post is part of a series by Dr. Chipman. You can read Part 1 here

If you plan to foster or adopt a child in the coming months, you can set yourself in the right path by cultivating five relationships along the way. See this process as part of your training for welcoming children into...

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Wednesday, 16 January 2019 14:15

The Necessity of the Local Church (Part 1)

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There is literally nothing better than listening to presidential campaign promises. Wait. That’s literally not true at all is it? Every four years Americans are afforded the opportunity to watch debates, commercials, and rallies in which presidential candidates make one promise after another...

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Have you read a good biography or autobiography lately? If not, there are good reasons why you should. Bible teacher and author John Piper testifies:

When you are surrounded by a society of emotionally fragile quitters, and when you see a good bit of this ethos in yourself, you need to spend time...

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Wednesday, 16 January 2019 14:05

You Don't Want What You Actually Deserve

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When was the last time someone said to you, “You deserve better”? Or when did you last think, I don’t deserve this…?

These are common statements in American culture. We’re told by the media, and by society at large, that we’re entitled to certain...

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Tuesday, 15 January 2019 14:20

Gospel Driven Sin Fighter

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My soul was eternally secure, though doubts and fears raged at times. I believed my theology was sound, though I still had many questions. There I was on my knees again in tears because of the brokenness of my life and the sinfulness of my heart waging war against the new self that I was...

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In John Stott’s classic Between Two Worlds, he depicted the preacher as a man positioned between two civilizations—tasked to bridge the ancient world with the modern one, and the ancient text with modern hearers.

Stott argued that the preacher is a bridge, and if he is to be...

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Monday, 14 January 2019 14:15

Sola Scriptura or Nuda Scriptura?

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On a number of occasions, I have crossed paths with instructors of the Bible, whether they be a Sunday School teacher or professor in a Bible college, who disapprove of historic creeds and confessions and their use within the church. This suspicion (sometimes repudiation) of historic creeds,...

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Monday, 14 January 2019 14:10

The Debt We Owe to the Past

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The Lord called me to preach in 1951. I preached my first sermon one week later at the First Baptist Church of Mixon, TX. Carol Ann and I were called to our first church 4 weeks after we married in 1956. My grandfather, L.M. Keeling, preached for 54 years before his death. My father, James T....

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Lately I’ve had numerous discussions with ministry leaders about why it’s so difficult to find truly gospel-centered preaching. Even among those who otherwise affirm the biblical necessity of prioritizing Christ in our preaching, it is sometimes rare to encounter sermons that do not...

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Sunday, 13 January 2019 14:10

Rest For Your Soul

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I’ve been thinking a lot about rest recently. Mostly because I am in a season right now where rest seems elusive and hard to come by. If I’m being honest, rest is something that is often on my mind. As a mom of three, I crave rest, longing for just a few minutes of uninterrupted...

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Sunday, 13 January 2019 14:05

Links For The Church (1/14)

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How to Love a Prodigal Son or Daughter

Ed Stetzer writes about the struggles of a child who isn't following Jesus. He encourages parents to trust in God's sovereignty. 

I Lost Mom, but I’ll Never Lose the Church

After losing his mom, Ronni Kurtz reflects on the comfort he found in the...

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Saturday, 12 January 2019 14:15

The Iron Did Swim

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"The iron did swim."-- 2 Kings 6:6

The axe-head seemed hopelessly lost, and as it was borrowed, the honour of the prophetic band was likely to be imperilled, and so the name of their God to be compromised. Contrary to all expectation, the iron was made to mount from the depth of the stream and to...

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Thursday, 10 January 2019 14:15

What Bible Stories Mean

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“The whole story is the meaning.” - Flannery O’Connor

In college I worked at my university’s recruitment office and was often paired with the same young woman for office hours, we will call her “Kendra.” There were days with more downtime than others so...

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Recently I have been reflecting on the process of foster care and adoption. My wife and I began the foster-to-adopt journey in August 2014. In November 2017 we adopted two girls out of the Missouri foster care system. Fostering and adopting has opened my eyes to the needs of kids around the globe...

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Wednesday, 09 January 2019 14:15

How to Forge a Friendship

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Friendships are an amazing discovery in life, but strong friendships don’t just spring from nothing. Friendships require wise effort. They require forging. And, in his grace, God has given us wisdom in the book of Proverbs to understand this forging process.

A good summary always helps. No one...

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Wednesday, 09 January 2019 14:10

Cling to Christ

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As a young teen, one of my favourite pastimes when the wind blew strong from the north was to head down to the jagged shoreline near my home and cling to a rock.

Don't judge; there wasn't a lot to do in my sleepy coastal town!

My mates and I would head down to the beach, find a spot where...

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Wednesday, 09 January 2019 14:05

5 Ways to Last 20 Years in the Same Church

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In January, I begin my twenty-fourth year as founding and current pastor of my church here in northwest Houston.

Statistics reveal that lasting this long in one church is rare. Thom Rainer and George Barna state that a pastor’s average tenure in a local church is about four years.[1] Rainer...

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Tuesday, 08 January 2019 14:05

How to Counsel Couples Through Past Sexual Sin

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Remember when doing pre-marital counseling with young couples regarding sex involved a brief warning about temptation and supplementing their education about the birds and the bees that their staid or embarrassed parents had neglected to mention?

Yeah, me neither.

If you’re reading this...

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Tuesday, 08 January 2019 14:05

The Power of Showing Up

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Most people want to make a difference.

Many people want to serve.

A large portion of people say they want to change lives.

Honest people admit they want to be a world changer or key player.

Most of us think this comes from immense talent. We think that to be the person that makes a difference we need...

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In the mid-18th century, Henry Scougal wrote, “True religion is a union of the soul with God, a real participation of the Divine nature, the very image of God drawn upon the soul, or in the apostle’s phrase, ‘it is Christ formed within us’.”[1] Amen, Brother...

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In my study at church, just above my desk, hangs a wood-crafted plaque with older English words from 2 Timothy 2:15: “Study to show thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth.” The plaque formerly hung in the study of Gleason...

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Sunday, 06 January 2019 15:30

Fully Known and Fully Accepted

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I spent a good part of my life hiding, ashamed of sins I had committed in thought, word, and deed—desperate for people to accept the false identities I fought hard to maintain. Right up to the day of my conversion, one of the most often reviewed fears in my heart was that people would find...

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Sunday, 06 January 2019 14:15

Why Christian Movies Are So Terrible

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Last month, while out at the movies, my wife and I happened to see trailers for two new movies produced by and for the Christian market -- "faith-based films" they call them these days. Both trailers distilled their respective stories down to about 3 minutes of earnest dialogue snippets,...

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Sunday, 06 January 2019 14:05

Links For The Church (1/7)

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How Protected Is Your Teen From Finding Pornography Online?

Julie Masson provides an incredibly practical quiz for how to ensure your teen does not gain access to pornography. She explains the statistics and then encourages parents to be involved with smartphone usage. 

Living To Die

"Just as...

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