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, 04 November 2018 14:05

Links For The Church (11/5)

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Slow Down, Weary Mom

Chelsea Stanley writes about the daily struggle of caring for children and how moms can grow in the ways that they die to themselves to love their kids.

Trendiness, Busyness, and Biblical Illiteracy

In this interview with Andreas Köstenberger, he shares what happens when...

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Saturday, 03 November 2018 15:15

In His Light, We See Light

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"In thy light shall we see light."-- Psalm 36:9

No lips can tell the love of Christ to the heart till Jesus himself shall speak within. Descriptions all fall flat and tame unless the Holy Ghost fills them with life and power; till our Immanuel reveals himself within, the soul sees him not. If you...

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Thursday, 01 November 2018 15:15

Elders Are to Be Hospitable, Not Just Their Wives

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“Scripture lays out the qualifications for an elder that he must be ‘given to hospitality.’ How is that seen in your life?”

This question is always asked in our presbytery exams early on in the process of examining a man to be a teaching elder. We take seriously the biblical...

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Thursday, 01 November 2018 15:10

3 Questions for Christians on Social Media

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How should Christians engage on social media? We have all seen the carnage. A poorly worded tweet brings confusion; a sharply worded one alienates. The Proverbs tell us much about the tongue, and many of its punchiest verses are applicable to our social media usage. As Christians, we are to bring...

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Wednesday, 31 October 2018 15:15

Won’t You Be My (Muslim) Neighbor?

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Editor's Note: The following is a review of Islam and North America: Loving our Muslim Neighbors, a newly released title from B&H Academic, compiled and edited by Micah Fries and Keith Whitfield. The volume is available today from Amazon or wherever books are sold.

Every year on September...

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Wednesday, 31 October 2018 15:05

Self-Hatred and Sanctification

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I have scars.

These are not just metaphorical scars - they tell a story of my journey down the road of self-hatred. I have them on my chest, my jawline, and my cheeks. These scars are from when I had severe acne when I was in high school and college. "Acne." I hate that word.

My struggle...

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Wednesday, 31 October 2018 15:05

The Mission of Jesus in Homes

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Place matters. A person and a people’s story is impossible to understand apart from their place of origin and life lived in a place. They learn their way in a place, they show their way in a place, and they make decisions to be in a place. We see this in the Lord Jesus Christ. He himself was...

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Tuesday, 30 October 2018 15:10

3 Reasons To Ask For Help

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I am terrible at asking for help. Some people don’t ask for help because they don’t want to inconvenience others. But me? I don’t ask for help because I truly believe that I am capable of handling everything. I like to be the one who has it all together. I give an excessive amount...

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Tuesday, 30 October 2018 15:05

How Do You Respond to God's Word?

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“What do you think? A man had two sons. And he went to the first and said, ‘Son, go and work in the vineyard today.’ And he answered, ‘I will not,’ but afterward he changed his mind and went. And he went to the other son and said the same. And he answered,...

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Monday, 29 October 2018 15:15

Stewards of Our Stories

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I remember the first time I ever sat in a small group setting. It was easy. Show up just before it starts, grab a donut, a Styrofoam cup and some Folgers, find a seat, and get ready to listen. The content? Mostly helpful. The expectations? Minimal. At least they were until Mrs. Billy Jo Mayo...

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Monday, 29 October 2018 15:10

Jesus’ Compassion for the Rich and Powerful

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When our family moved to Nashville from an 850 square-foot New York City apartment, we had hoped for more living space, but not toomuch more. We had grown accustomed to smaller quarters, which drew us together and helped us live more simply. So, we asked our realtor to find us a modest house...

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Sunday, 28 October 2018 15:15

Jerks for Jesus

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It's becoming a common trope on social media -- certain figures who spend an inordinate amount of time arguing, picking fights, insulting other Christians or mocking them with scathing sarcasm or silly memes, when reprimanded, citing the biblical prophets, Paul's harsh words for heretics,...

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Our family vacation could not have arrived at a better time.

I was feeling worn out, discouraged, and depleted from the daily grind. Day in and day out, each 24-hour period seemed packed to the brim with activities, work, and other commitments. There never seemed to be enough time in the day to see...

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Sunday, 28 October 2018 15:05

Links For The Church (10/29)

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Five Ways to Improve at Encouraging One Another and Building Each Other Up

Jared Musgrove explains the need for encouragement and provides specific and practical ways that the church can love and encourage one another. 

Needed: Word-Spreading Women

Women should be sharing the good news of the...

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Saturday, 27 October 2018 15:15

The Joy of Election

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"I have chosen you out of the world."-- John 15:19

Here is distinguishing grace and discriminating regard; for some are made the special objects of divine affection. Do not be afraid to dwell upon this high doctrine of election. When your mind is most heavy and depressed, you will find it to be a...

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Thursday, 25 October 2018 15:15

From the Mundane to Martyrdom

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I am always enamored when I read the last words of missionaries, whether they are self-written or known through a final conversation; often, they leave me in tears. When it comes to the missionary task, many missionaries (and potential missionaries) at some point ask the question: Will my...

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Wednesday, 24 October 2018 15:15

‘The Articles Wherefore John Frith Died’

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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, Book of Martyrs (aka, Acts and Monuments, 1570)[1]

Confined in London’s...

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Wednesday, 24 October 2018 15:10

“I Was Burnt Out—And I Stepped Away”

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This was not going to be a typical members’ meeting at our church. I knew this. Brian and Frank—the pastors I’d served with since the church was planted two years before—knew this as well. But only a few people in our young congregation were aware of the announcement I was...

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"Yes, by all means, let us maintain, undergird, and strengthen our precious Baptist distinctives … but let us do this not so that people will say how great the Baptists are but rather what a great Savior the Baptists have, what a great God they serve." — Timothy George

Whereas Baptists...

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Tuesday, 23 October 2018 15:10

Faithful Preaching According to 2 Chronicles

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A Plethora of Prosperity

Do you remember that song in 2009 by Toby Keith called I Wanna Talk About Me? The song title gives away the lyrics, "I wanna talk about me, I wanna talk my, I wanna talk about number 1 oh my me my..." and on and one it goes. Though this song is thrown into the context...

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Tuesday, 23 October 2018 15:05

4 Keys To Living Faithfully in Exile

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We have all known seasons of exile, in one form or another.

Perhaps you’ve found yourself stuck in a geographical location, and every circumstance — no matter how hard you’ve tried to escape — seemed to hold you there. Maybe you’ve seen all your hopes, dreams, and...

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Monday, 22 October 2018 15:15

Skeptics Don't Hum

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Adam had complete access to God; to the Mystery of the cosmos, the Wonder of all creation. Imagine the conversations:

"Abba, why did you make watermelon?"

"For your joy."

"But I already have grapes and apples and blueberries and bananas. Why is the world so delicious?"

"My goodness can’t be...

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Monday, 22 October 2018 15:10

Dying to Plant a Church

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I died once while planting a church. Yes, I mean literally and it was one of the best things that ever happened to me. It is not every day God lets you really contemplate what your church would look like without you.

How to Kill a Church Planter in 6 Weeks

We were six weeks into our core building...

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Sunday, 21 October 2018 16:30

Links For The Church (10/22)

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The Beauty of Age Diversity in the Church

"The greatest lesson I’m learning is that I’m less tempted to be caught in the selfish web of comparison when I have the wisdom of all ages around me- those both older and younger." - Annie Lavi

When The Downcast Can't Reach Our Hymns

Keith Getty...

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Sunday, 21 October 2018 16:30

Ditch the Kleenex and Let People Cry

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I used to keep a box of Kleenex in my office so people had something to stop their tears.

I’m a pastor, so that means people tell me stuff. Once people feel safe enough, they open up about the pain, sin, wounds, and mess in their lives… and the tears come. I used to think the loving...

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