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 October 2018 02:22

Tragedy’s Warning: Responding Biblically to Evil and Disaster Featured

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As a mercy, God allows tragedies to illustrate sin and serve as a warning to the unrepentant. Yet tragedies also point us back to the cross, where Christ died to rescue sinners from suffering forever.

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Tuesday, 02 October 2018 02:09

Listen Before You Speak: An Essential Attitude for Prayer Featured

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Hearing the Word of God as He has delivered it in Scripture is the starting place for your life of prayer—whether you are new disciple of Jesus Christ or a seasoned prayer warrior. If you find yourself struggling in prayer, it can ultimately be traced to your struggle in the study and...

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Just as the walls are the greatest defense for a city, self-control is our defense as believers. But we must also remember that we are only able to practice self-control as we surrender control of our lives over to Jesus Christ and live in victory over sin as He enables us to practice self-control.

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There are three main areas of our lives we need to practice self-control over: our thoughts, emotions, and body. Athletes go through rigorous training for a trophy—a perishable prize. But as Christians, we are promised an imperishable crown that will never fade away. We must have self-control...

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When we fail to practice self-control, we are like the city of Jericho—open to attacks of the enemy and waiting for destruction. As believers, we face temptation on a daily basis. Self-control is the wall of defense against the sinful desires that wage war against our soul.

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In recent years, the concept of Hell has come under fire. Hell is seen as an antiquated tactic used by preachers of yesteryear to frighten people into making professions of faith. Passages on Hell are being reinterpreted to make them less offensive. But Scripture teaches that Hell couldn’t be...

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Tuesday, 11 September 2018 04:12

The Verse That Makes Every Pastor’s Blood Run Cold Featured

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Imagine having to give an account for the souls of human beings. And having to give that account not to an earthly boss but to the risen Son of God Himself—your Lord and Master Jesus Christ. Well, that is exactly what every pastor is required to do according to Hebrews 13:17. It is that...

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Tuesday, 04 September 2018 02:32

Terms of Service Featured

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In 2 Timothy 2:24-26, Timothy’s father in the faith, Paul, sets before him the terms of service regarding pastoral leadership. In this passage, we find the calling, character, and conduct of the true servant of God.

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Jesus will never leave His bride. Yet, He does more than provide a supreme example of stubborn love for His bride. Part of the good news of the gospel is that believers are given the power to act righteously. Because of Christ's death and resurrection, we can lean into Jesus today to give us the...

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Tuesday, 21 August 2018 01:29

How Can I Know if I’m Saved? Featured

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Many well-intentioned believers are often left wondering, "how can I know if I'm saved?" Although assurance of salvation is available to every believer, it is not promised. It is a complex issue and it is often absent in the Christian’s life.

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Tuesday, 14 August 2018 06:29

When Leaders Fail to Discipline Their Children Featured

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One of the saddest and most damaging ways a leader can fail is when they fail in the raising of their own children. In 2 Samuel, we see how David failed in acting with justice when it was his own children who needed to be punished. There are principles here for all parents and any affected by the...

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Monday, 06 August 2018 23:49

The Heart in Conflict Featured

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In order to handle conflict in a way that glorifies God and promotes reconciliation with others, we must first understand the heart of the issue. The natural propensity of the human heart is to seek the fulfillment of its desires by any means necessary. Each and every conflict you have rises out of...

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Tuesday, 31 July 2018 02:55

The Resurrection: “According to the Scriptures”? Featured

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The resurrection is the centerpiece of the gospel. Without it, Christ’s death would be rendered ineffective. But, was the resurrection of Christ really “according to the Scriptures” as the Apostle Paul claimed? The New Testament authors were not creative innovators of theology but...

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Tuesday, 24 July 2018 02:07

Knowing and Loving Your Leadership Featured

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As a pastor, how you know and love your fellow leaders could make the difference between success or failure in ministry. While imprisoned in Rome, Paul wrote to the Colossian church and sent them a kind of verbal “group photo” of his band of workers. Here we see Paul’s excellent...

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Tuesday, 17 July 2018 09:34

What Ever Happened to Evangelism? Featured

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The hard work of gospel proclamation has taken a back seat in evangelicalism today. We are in the midst of a mission drift, a digression toward greater emphasis on temporal social issues. But if you believe that the church possesses a gospel which is the only hope for the eternal salvation of...

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Tuesday, 10 July 2018 01:48

Overcoming Youth and Inexperience in Ministry Featured

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You can overcome the handicap of youth and inexperience by following the advice given to Timothy in 1 Timothy 5:1-2. Even the youngest servant of the Lord, if diligent in pursuing these virtues, will have both an impact, and an audience.

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Tuesday, 03 July 2018 02:51

Do Your Hermeneutics Hold to Sola Scriptura? Featured

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Our commitment to Sola Scriptura leads to a commitment to hermeneutics—how we study the Bible. We do not want to be people who merely confess Sola Scriptura but those who live it with conviction.

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Tuesday, 26 June 2018 01:53

12 Questions to Ask When Choosing a Seminary Featured

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Choosing the right seminary is crucial, for it will shape your thinking process in all future ministries. As I have always told young men, seminary should be a place where they enjoy spiritual, biblical and theological growth—not a battleground where they try to hold on to a remnant of their...

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Tuesday, 19 June 2018 06:49

Promises for Pessimists Featured

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Christians ought to have the most positive outlook on life. Not because we are blissfully unaware of the pains of life, but because we have a hope grounded in the promises of God. It is by the promises of God, that Christians alone have the sure-rooted optimism that enables them to face the deepest...

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God does not want us to be agnostics on the eternal destiny of babies. Shouldn't we expect that He would give us an answer to something that affects so many? I believe that God is clear in Scripture that He welcomes into heaven each baby who dies, born or unborn.

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Tuesday, 05 June 2018 02:23

How to Make the Most of Your Time in Sermon Prep Featured

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If you are not afraid to be vulnerable and model your process before others, block diagramming during discipleship can help you to make the most of your time in sermon prep. By doing this weekly exercise with men, I discovered I was benefitting just as much as they were, if not more. 

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Tuesday, 29 May 2018 01:44

Our Only Boast: a 3-Part Plan to Brag in Christ Featured

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My aim is to challenge you to make the finished work of Jesus on the cross your only boast. I have a three-part-plan, taken from Galatians 6:14, to ensure that Christ will be the only thing you brag about.

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Tuesday, 22 May 2018 05:35

The Wretched Art of Loveless Discernment Featured

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We must wield discernment like a surgeon’s scalpel. As we contend for right doctrine, we must take care to adorn it with right attitudes and behavior. We must discern with precision, humility, and sorrow. Not to temper the truth, but rather that we might bolster the truth with love.

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Tuesday, 15 May 2018 02:11

Becoming a Praying Church Featured

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Our church is taking steps to becoming a praying church. A praying church is one where private prayer, gathered prayer, and spontaneous prayer are noticeable priorities. For us, disciplined and strategic use of time in prayer fuels the spontaneous and continuous prayer of which Paul writes...

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In many churches today, pastoral authority has been abused and has overreached its God-given boundaries. To be a blessing to the church, leaders need a functional understanding of pastoral authority. We can derive nine principals from the Bible that will help us define this balance.

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