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 May 2018 04:35

Tozer: pathways into revival

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1.  Get thoroughly dissatisfied with yourself.  Complacency is the deadly enemy of spiritual progress. . . . When speaking of earthly goods Paul could say, “I have learned to be content,” but when referring to his spiritual life he testified, “I press toward the...

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Thursday, 10 May 2018 22:18

Stay on the anvil

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When God wants to drill a man And thrill a man And skill a man When God wants to mold a man To play the noblest part

When He yearns with all His heart To create so great and bold a man That all the world shall be amazed, Watch His methods, watch His ways!

How He ruthlessly perfects Whom He royally...

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Tuesday, 27 March 2018 21:48

Blunt Belloc

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“We sit by and watch the Barbarian.  We tolerate him.  In the long stretches of peace we are not afraid.  We are tickled by his irreverence.  His comic inversion of our old certitudes and our fixed creeds refreshes us.  We laugh.  But as we laugh we are watched...

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Thursday, 15 March 2018 06:45

The ministry of advocacy

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In a blog post entitled “4 Types of Mercy”, Matt Perman proposes that four mercies are to be discerned in the parable of the Good Samaritan in Luke 10.  They are:

  1. Advocacy
  2. Assistance
  3. Finances
  4. Spiritual

Matt continues: “When we think of showing mercy and serving others, we...

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Thursday, 22 February 2018 03:50

A legacy worth leaving

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The following is a letter my dad wrote several years before his death, which he left in his desk, where he knew we would find it:

Dear Family,

“The time has come for my departure” (2 Timothy 4:6). It’s strange to write this when I’m feeling well and vigorous, but unless Christ...

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Saturday, 17 February 2018 03:33

Praying might make things worse — at first

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“It is very apparent from the Word of God that he is wont often to try the faith and patience of his people, when they are crying to him for some great and important mercy, by withholding the mercy sought for a season; and not only so, but at first to cause an increase of dark...

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Wednesday, 14 February 2018 21:08

No virtue without a miracle

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“Walking around St James’s Park I thought intensely of the difference between Tolstoy and St Augustine. Tolstoy tried to achieve virtue, and particularly continence, through the exercise of his will; Augustine saw that, for Man, there is no virtue without a miracle.”

Malcolm...

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Wednesday, 07 February 2018 05:25

Seven ways we can guard and repair relationships

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1.  Let’s rejoice in one another, because the Lord rejoices in us.

Psalm 16:3 sets the overall tone: “As for the saints in the land, they are the excellent ones, in whom is all my delight.” There is excellence to admire in every Christian. And it’s easy to discern. Two...

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imageLed by Zwingli, the church in Zurich studied the Old Testament at a level of care which will doubtless amaze us today but which was certainly an evidence of the power of the Spirit in their midst.  A contemporary account paints the picture:

“This gathering began with...

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Friday, 22 December 2017 04:19

Who can fight the Lord’s battles?

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“We should never come to [differences] with true Christians without regret and without tears.  Sounds simple, doesn’t it?  Believe me, evangelicals often have not shown it.  We rush in, being very, very pleased, it would seem at times, to find other men’s...

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Friday, 15 December 2017 03:29

Our crowded mental Board Room

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“We are trying to be several selves at once, without all our selves being organized by a single, mastering Life within us. Each of us tends to be, not a single self, but a whole committee of selves. There is the civic self, the parental self, the financial self, the religious self, the...

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Monday, 04 December 2017 03:50

The blessing we dread

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For when I kept silent, my bones wasted away through my groaning all day long. For day and night your hand was heavy upon me; my strength was dried up as by the heat of summer. Psalm 32:3-4

Martin Luther’s Ninety-Five Theses famously began, “When our Lord and Master Jesus Christ said,...

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Thursday, 16 November 2017 05:44

Movement, monument, mausoleum

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Some years ago a friend of mine used these three simple categories to objectify the sequential stages of a church’s rise and fall.

Movement

A healthy church is born as a burst of positive gospel energy. It’s a Pentecost-like explosion of joy, a vital gospel movement. Such a church has a...

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Wednesday, 18 October 2017 07:23

Your Church Can Be A Gospel Culture: Words

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Here are four categories of speech that church leaders should keep in mind at all times:

1.  Wisdom

Saying only Christ-honoring, life-giving things. Always asking oneself, “Do the words I feel like saying rise to the level of wisdom? If not, they have no place in my mouth. Good intentions...

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Wednesday, 18 October 2017 04:31

Your church can be a gospel culture: words

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Here are four categories of speech that church leaders should keep in mind at all times:

1.  Wisdom

Saying only Christ-honoring, life-giving things. Always asking oneself, “Do the words I feel like saying rise to the level of wisdom? If not, they have no place in my...

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Thursday, 05 October 2017 07:14

Intimacy: Not Repelled

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“‘Intimacy’ is a word that can make you wince. It is used in sentimental settings, and it is sometimes deployed to describe relationships that are unworthy of the word.  But it actually means something important. Intimacy is when I know somebody else as they really are. It is...

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Thursday, 05 October 2017 04:47

Intimacy: not repelled

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"'Intimacy' is a word that can make you wince.  It is used in sentimental settings, and it is sometimes deployed to describe relationships that are unworthy of the word.  But it actually means something important.  Intimacy is when I know somebody else as they...

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Tuesday, 19 September 2017 18:01

Where the battle rages

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“If I profess with the loudest voice and clearest exposition every portion of the truth of God except precisely that little point which the world and the devil are at that moment attacking, I am not confessing Christ, however boldly I may be professing...

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Tuesday, 19 September 2017 14:00

Where the battle rages

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“If I profess with the loudest voice and clearest exposition every portion of the truth of God except precisely that little point which the world and the devil are at that moment attacking, I am not confessing Christ, however boldly I may be professing Christianity.  Where the battle...

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Friday, 08 September 2017 14:00

When the Spirit makes us throw up

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“I could tell you a case of a man back home, forty-five years old – a pagan, illiterate, who knew nothing about Christ.  Then he was brought by grace, through the preaching of the Christians, into the presence of Jesus and Him crucified; and that man was so changed that within a...

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Wednesday, 06 September 2017 22:20

Justification and violence

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“[W]hen classic justification, based on the propitiatory work of Christ, is absent, human beings will grasp for substitutes, often grotesque ones. . . . We have here [in the French Revolution], among much else, a case of secular atonement.  One of the central...

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Wednesday, 06 September 2017 14:00

Justification and violence

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“[W]hen classic justification, based on the propitiatory work of Christ, is absent, human beings will grasp for substitutes, often grotesque ones. . . . We have here [in the French Revolution], among much else, a case of secular atonement.  One of the central rituals within the drama of...

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Tuesday, 29 August 2017 00:01

Brothers together in Christ

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Intensely felt, openly demonstrated love between manly men of God - who wouldn't want to be a part of that?  Three ways to create that culture in our churches:

One, "Outdo one another in showing honor" (Romans 12:10).  No flippant put-downs.  No...

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Monday, 28 August 2017 14:00

Brothers together in Christ

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Intensely felt, openly demonstrated love between manly men of God—who wouldn’t want to be a part of that? Three ways to create that culture in our churches:

One, “Outdo one another in showing honor” (Rom. 12:10). No flippant put-downs. No undercutting. Not even waiting for...

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