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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Saturday, 17 November 2018 14:15

A Secret Spring

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"A spring shut up, a fountain sealed."-- Song of Solomon 4:12

In this metaphor, which has reference to the inner life of a believer, we have very plainly the idea of secrecy. It is a spring shut up: just as there were springs in the East, over which an edifice was built, so that none could reach...

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Thursday, 15 November 2018 14:15

Don’t Apologize For The Bible

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“I wish it wasn’t in here, but it is…”

“I don’t like it, but I have to stay true to what the Bible says.”

“If it were me I probably wouldn’t have it this way, but this is what God says.”

I’m hearing more statements like this as our...

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Thursday, 15 November 2018 14:10

10 Things I Wished I Learned in Seminary

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My time in seminary was perhaps one of my sweetest moments, yet the hardest time of my life. Seminary isn’t for everyone, but it was crucial for me and was a formative time in my own spiritual journey. It has prepared me tremendously for the calling into full-time ministry.

But seminary...

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Wednesday, 14 November 2018 14:15

When It's Hard to Be a Patient Parent

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There are many challenges to parenting, some of which are innate. Some parental challenges just come with the territory. Every parent knows there will be days of exhaustion in the battle to teach our offspring the rights and wrongs of this life. Even just the common decency...

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Wednesday, 14 November 2018 14:10

When a Father Wound Defines You

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I have said it before and I will say it again.

I am comforted—deeply so—by the fact that God put so many misfits and insecure people in the Bible and then accomplished beautiful things through their lives.

The ancient Jewish patriarch, Jacob, is one of these people.

Jacob was haunted by...

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In his sermon, “Forgiveness Made Easy,” Charles Spurgeon rejoiced over the full and final forgiveness we have in Jesus Christ:

All our transgressions are swept away at once, carried off as by a flood, and so completely removed from us that no guilty trace of them remains They are all...

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Tuesday, 13 November 2018 14:15

The Unfamiliar Beauty of a Familiar Sentence

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An Unfortunate Division

A beautiful aspect of Scripture is that it, as Spurgeon once said, “widens and deepens with our years.” Sentences and clauses that meant little to us in previous readings can erupt with significance and splendor. Verses we once glossed over can stand out as...

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Tuesday, 13 November 2018 14:05

God Knows When You Don't

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Right now, there’s a lot I don’t know.

I don’t know what today will bring. Or tomorrow, for that matter. I don’t know how long I will live, or when I will die. I don’t know how many kids my husband and I will raise, or if we’ll be able to have them at all. I...

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Monday, 12 November 2018 14:15

Attempt Great Things for God?

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Very few of us enter the ministry with a desire to be famous. But the heart is deceitful, and it’s easy for our hearts to become proud.

I thought of this recently as I preached from Mark 3:13-19 . Jesus calls twelve disciples; seven of the twelve make their only appearance in Mark’s...

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Monday, 12 November 2018 14:10

Why Does Church Membership Matter?

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Why does church membership matter? Isn’t it just a formal structure we can take or leave? What’s the big deal, anyway?

You may say, “I can be part of Christ’s cosmic church without joining a local church.” To that, I would say, “Try it.” Try being a...

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Sunday, 11 November 2018 14:15

Let Your Internet Yes Be Your Real-Life Yes

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Perhaps the shift began when children stopped saying they wanted to be doctors, firemen, and teachers when they grow up and started saying actors, singers, and sports stars. Maybe it began with the manufactured reality of reality TV. Maybe it began when we stopped “going onto the...

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Sunday, 11 November 2018 14:10

Her Stillborn, Him Sovereign

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There in the ground was a pristinely carved—yet, stark—rectangular hole. Lowered into it was a pink casket far too pretty for this spot and not nearly pretty enough for the body inside. Within was my darling newborn’s frame.

The day her body lowered into the ground, we sang,...

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Sunday, 11 November 2018 14:05

Links For The Church (11/12)

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7 Steps To Getting (And Keeping) Loyal Volunteers

Volunteers often make up a small percentage of the church body. Ryan Sanders gives seven practical ways to maintain a regular and committed group of volunteers.

Love And Marriage Goes Together Like...

Ed Stetzer writes about three different issues that...

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Saturday, 10 November 2018 14:15

Your Inheritance

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"He shall choose our inheritance for us."-- Psalm 47:4

Believer, if your inheritance be a lowly one you should be satisfied with your earthly portion; for you may rest assured that it is the fittest for you. Unerring wisdom ordained your lot, and selected for you the safest and best condition. A...

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Thursday, 08 November 2018 14:15

Why We Don’t Send More Missionaries

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The math of missions doesn’t add up.

If about 7,000 people groups are unreached, and there are as many as 350,000 evangelical churches in the U.S. alone, that if each church sent just one missionary, every people group could be engaged.

True, statistics never tell the complete story. As a...

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Thursday, 08 November 2018 14:10

Does Pornography Use Ever Justify Church Discipline?

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At what point, if ever, does a persistent pattern of pornography warrant church discipline?

It’s an all-too-familiar scene. They’re sitting right across from you: their shoulders sag, their head hangs low in shame. If you can even see their eyes, you notice they look empty and exhausted.

B...

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“After all, a family car is not just a car. It is a whole culture... The car (is) much like a living room with large windows on street level or the front yard.” (The Guardian, November 22, 2013)

Only a few years ago my wife was picking up my eldest son from kindergarten. He climbed in...

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Wednesday, 07 November 2018 14:10

Reflecting on Love Incarnate

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We live in a society that continually measures the depth of love based on the pleasure and comfort that someone or something brings.

I love chocolate. I love this mattress. I love this movie. I love my spouse (until I don’t). I love my job.

Love is an emotion for many of us, and by using...

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Wednesday, 07 November 2018 14:05

Common Questions Christians Ask About Forgiveness

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Forgiveness is central to our experience as Christians. It is at the heart of our relationship with God and our relationship with others. Jesus talks about forgiveness a lot and even inscribes it on the template for our prayers (Matt. 6:9-13). At the same time, forgiveness is hard. It’s...

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The scene is astonishing. Jesus has just given his magnum opus, the Sermon on the Mount. The people are amazed at his teaching. He begins to walk down the mountain, and great crowds follow him. His teaching ministry coupled with his healing ministry seems to make many wonder if he is...

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Tuesday, 06 November 2018 14:10

3 Big Questions For A Big Promise

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For the Lord God is a sun and shield; the Lord bestows favor and honor. No good thing does he withhold from those who walk uprightly. – Psalm 84:11

Psalm 84 is about the heart of a true worshiper. It reads like a Song of Ascent (Psalms 120-134). But it is actually a song of trust. It is a...

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Monday, 05 November 2018 14:15

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 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 sediment into our...

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Monday, 05 November 2018 14:10

How the Church Does Good

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We all want to see the people in our churches bear fruit. We want to see our churches filled with people who are filled with the character of Jesus. We want our people to do good works for the glory of God. So, the question many of us ask on a regular basis is: How can we as pastors,...

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Sunday, 04 November 2018 14:15

Preaching a Church Toward Mission

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How do we preach toward good evangelistic engagement? If, as many younger evangelicals of the gospel-centered persuasion believe, we aren’t to turn our Sunday service into a seeker-targeted evangelistic event, in what sense might the sermon time fuel the missional impulse in our churches to...

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Sunday, 04 November 2018 14:10

Grave to Groom

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Recently we sat with a dear brother and kept watch with his family and friends as he walked the narrow road from this life to the next. We listened to sacred breaths. The curtain between this world and the other so thin, blowing gently in the silence. Time has run out and we could not make it stay...

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