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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Monday, 04 February 2019 04:40

The Parent’s Daily Commute

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I awoke recently to a nice, fresh snowfall. Curious to see how much we received I ventured outside to take a look. It was a modest amount, maybe 3-5 inches. It was early, and I noticed the sidewalks had yet to see any foot traffic. I made my coffee, resolving to shovel after doing some reading....

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Thursday, 31 January 2019 01:09

Conversion

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Conversion is a doctrine that is often assumed. We assume that most people understand what the Bible teaches about the subject because they have been converted. But when we read the Scriptures we find that many people who claim the name of Christ aren’t actually converted (cf. Matt. 7:21-23)....

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Monday, 28 January 2019 06:12

What Makes a Good Accountability Partner?

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We are not intended to live our Christian lives alone. We are members of a community. Most of this living occurs within the context of our local church. It’s here that strategic relationships emerge with opportunities to provide deeply personal care. Overall these relationships are meant to...

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Sunday, 27 January 2019 05:00

Resources for Preaching through Genesis

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I was blessed to have recently preached through Genesis. For those who may be interested, I’ve included some of my favorite resources for study and preparation below. 

Creation and Blessing, Allen Ross. 

Ross is consistently helpful for expositors by his attention to the overall...

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Thursday, 24 January 2019 02:57

Reading the Sermon on the Mount with John Stott

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I was looking to add some variety to my devotional reading of the Bible and decided to pick up a copy of John Stott’s little book on the Sermon on the Mount. It has been a rich blessing.

God used John Stott (1921-2011) in great ways as a Bible teacher. His knack for making difficult concepts...

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Wednesday, 23 January 2019 05:45

Brothers, We Are Not Talking Heads

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Whenever something significant happens in our day we can count on the fact that the various media outlets will be flooded with both the details of and opinions about the events. There is no shortage of either. But there’s something else we can count on. And I don’t think this is...

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Thursday, 17 January 2019 00:29

The Treasure Principle

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I have heard of Randy Alcorn’s book The Treasure Principle for years. I have meant to read it and, sadly, never actually picked it up. Over the Christmas break I have been studying stewardship and so I picked it up. I wish I had earlier! I very much enjoyed the book. This will be no surprise...

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Wednesday, 09 January 2019 20:07

Some Resources on the Stewardship of Time

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I’ve recently read through a few books to study the topic of stewardship. In the process of reading about the use of time, I was helped by a few resources. I’ll share them below with a brief explanation.

Your Days are Numbered: A Closer Look at How We Spend Our Time & the Eternity...

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Tuesday, 08 January 2019 05:24

No Time to Lose

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Time is not something we instinctively grasp.

When we were young, we had little concept of time. Our parents and those in authority over us made decisions that kept us on time. They made sure we got up on time, ate at the right time, spent time on the right things, and went to bed on time. As we...

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Tuesday, 18 December 2018 09:20

What If I’m Not a Merry Gentleman?

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One of the blessings of holiday season is the opportunity to sing Christmas carols. Each year we dust off many of the old favorites and, for several weeks, get to sing with friends and family. Part of the charm that accompanies these songs is the archaic language. Like a unique and obscure feature...

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Monday, 17 December 2018 06:15

Beautiful Irony in the Manger

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What a striking scene Luke captures with his pen. It’s filled with irony and theological beauty. There is Mary, the mother of Jesus, wrapping up the second person of the Trinity in swaddling clothes.

And she gave birth to her firstborn son and wrapped him in swaddling clothes and laid him in a...

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Tuesday, 11 December 2018 05:00

Focus on What God Has Revealed, Not Concealed

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One of the hidden gems of pastoral ministry is watching God turn the lights on in a Christian’s mind. And, when he turns the lights on, he also turns on the heat. God is kind to open minds to understand the Word of God, and as he does, he enflames hearts to rejoice in the God of the Word....

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Saturday, 08 December 2018 19:27

God Woke Me Up

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It was a regular day. I got out of bed to an alarm. My warm feet from a night’s sleep recoiled slightly from the cold morning floor. Barely ambulatory, I made my way toward the living room. After making my coffee, I sat down in the chair I sit in nearly every morning, opened my Bible and...

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Thursday, 06 December 2018 05:38

Why Must Jesus be both Human and Divine?

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Recently someone who is just beginning to investigate Christianity asked me an important question. As they are wading through the biblical data, the question came up, Why was Jesus both human and divine? Is this an important detail? 

This is an important question. It’s vital that we...

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Monday, 03 December 2018 05:30

Do You Reflect God’s Love?

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Each year the calendar flips to December, and the Advent season arrives. Like waves landing on a beach, the season comes to us with familiarity and beauty. The details of the incarnation are not new to us. But, isn’t true that each year (or each day) there is something fresh to grasp your...

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Wednesday, 28 November 2018 20:30

Run Into the Tension

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If you are like most people you don’t like tension. We usually try to avoid it and keep things nice and smooth. But what I find fascinating is that Jesus doesn’t avoid tension, especially theological tension. He tends to run right into it—and he invites others to do the same. ...

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Wednesday, 28 November 2018 18:49

Logos Bible Software Continues to Excel

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Over a decade ago I faced some questions I felt were very important and would affect many subsequent decisions for ministry training — one of these questions related to my growing library with significant space restrictions. I did not have the room to accommodate my ambition....

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Tuesday, 27 November 2018 06:04

Living on Mission Means Living on Purpose

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Evangelism is something that we know we are called to do but often struggle doing. In a 2012 Lifeway study, 80 percent of those surveyed believe they have a personal responsibility to share their faith, but more than 60 percent have not told another person about how to become a Christian in the...

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When talking about the biblical teaching on justification occasionally people will point back to a Hebrew understanding of the concept and then conclude that the forensic or legal understanding of the doctrine is incorrect. I found Berkhof’s opening words in his section on justification to be...

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Most pastors work hard to preach their sermon with personal application. It’s admittedly a trying task. We may have our exegesis tight but struggle to press home the implications for the widow or teenager sitting in the pew. I have found Keller’s book on preaching, particularly the...

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Wednesday, 24 October 2018 20:50

Christ’s Shocking Pleas for Mercy

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It’s one of the most arresting scenes in the history of literature. It’s filled with instruction and intrigue. But it doesn’t stop with my mind; it also gets after my heart and my will. Every time I read it I am humbled and compelled to change.

“And Jesus said, “Father,...

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Saturday, 20 October 2018 21:03

There Are Burdens We Can’t Bear

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If you are like me, you often overestimate your ability and underestimate your tasks. Giving ourselves too much credit, we bite off more than we can reasonably chew. In time this pattern can not only hurt our productivity and efficiency, but it begins to weigh us down.

If this is true with projects,...

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Thursday, 18 October 2018 20:26

We Hear the Rooster Crow Too

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We’ll likely never walk on water. This is a safe bet.

Often, I read the Gospel narratives and imagine what it would be like to share some of the Apostle Peter’s experiences. He walked on water, watched the dead raised, saw bread multiplied to feed thousands, hosted Moses and Elijah on a...

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Tuesday, 16 October 2018 07:15

Stung Again by a Familiar Passage

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When I was younger, I would see a tree and want to climb it. Now, a bit older I may consider the same tree useful to lean upon or as shade to rest. It’s interesting how our perspective changes with time.

I’ve noticed something similar now after twenty plus years of being a Christian. I...

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Wednesday, 12 September 2018 01:36

It’s Not Fair

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“It’s not fair.”

Can you remember a time when you said these words? They reveal our expectations. We want something to go a certain way and believe it should. We have expectations. And, when it doesn’t, we often utter the familiar phrase, It’s not fair.

I believe...

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