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

Erik Raymond - Apologetic Report

Most people are aware of the process of church discipline outlined in Matthew 18 (vv. 15-18). In order to promote the purity of the church and the testimony of the gospel, Christians must ensure that the other members of their church are living in a way that reflects submission to Christ’s...

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Sunday, 05 November 2017 02:15

God’s Promises Are Music to Our Souls

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I remember years ago, our oldest son stumbled onto something. He noticed the positive effect of music on his mom. In the course of some of the hard days that accompany life, he would put on certain types of music in the car as they drove. He noticed that he could encourage, cheer, and make her...

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This is a portion of the pastoral prayer by Ron Martina, one of our elders at Emmaus, on this past Sunday. I was so encouraged I figured it was good stewardship to share with others during this 500th year anniversary of the Reformation.

Dear heavenly Father, we praise your name this Lord’s Day...

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Monday, 30 October 2017 04:00

Change Is Good

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It’s been said that people hate change, but I don’t think this is entirely true. While many people enjoy routines and familiarity, they also welcome new things. Among other things, we like new seasons, new restaurants, new technology, new friends, and new adventures. This is why I tend...

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This is a portion of the pastoral prayer by Ron Martina, one of our elders at Emmaus, on this past Sunday. I was so encouraged I figured it was good stewardship to share with others during this 500th year anniversary of the Reformation.

Dear heavenly Father, we praise your...

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Sunday, 29 October 2017 16:35

Change is Good

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It's been said that people hate change, but I don't think this is entirely true. While many people enjoy routines and familiarity, they also welcome new things. Among other things, we like new seasons, new restaurants, new technology, new friends, and new...

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Friday, 06 October 2017 03:52

Endless Blessings Bring Endless Celebration

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Happiness unmitigated by guilt. Joy fueled by acceptance and security. These are true heart cries of all people. We latch on to whatever seems to provide even a whiff of these evasive treasures. At the end of the day, happiness is fleeting, guilt re-emerges, acceptance is out of reach, and security...

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Thursday, 05 October 2017 10:05

Endless Blessings Bring Endless Celebration

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Happiness unmitigated by guilt. Joy fueled by acceptance and security. These are true heart cries of all people. We latch on to whatever seems to provide even a whiff of these evasive treasures. At the end of the day, happiness is fleeting, guilt reemerges, acceptance is out...

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Wednesday, 04 October 2017 03:25

Help for the Beat-Up Pastor

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I’ve seen it far too many times. Upon exchanging general pleasantries, there is a look and a sigh that says it all. This pastor is beaten up. He is hurting. Talking further reveals that he feels as stable emotionally as a Jenga tower engineered by a 5-year-old. Some guys are getting a beating...

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Tuesday, 03 October 2017 10:05

Help for the Beat Up Pastor

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I've seen it far too many times. Upon exchanging general pleasantries, there is a look and a sigh that says it all. This pastor is beaten up. He is hurting. Talking further reveals that he feels as stable emotionally as a Jenga tower engineered by a...

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Yesterday I wrote about the perfect illumination of God’s attributes through the cross of Jesus. The cross is the supreme demonstration of God’s attributes. Do you want to see God’s love? Look at the cross. Do you want to see holiness? Look at the cross. Do you want to see...

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imageYesterday I wrote about the perfect illumination of God’s attributes through the cross of Jesus. The cross is the supreme demonstration of God’s attributes. Do you want to see God’s love? Look at the cross. Do you want to see holiness? Look at the cross. Do...

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Monday, 02 October 2017 03:20

The Attributes of God Displayed at the Cross

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I’ve heard many people detail the ways a study on the attributes of God has affected their spiritual walk. When we see God as he presents himself in the Word, we are truly humbled as God is exalted. This has a tremendous impact.

I recall a similar personal experience. Years ago,...

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Sunday, 01 October 2017 10:05

The Attributes of God Displayed at the Cross

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I’ve heard many people detail the ways a study on the attributes of God has affected their spiritual walk. When we see God as he presents himself in the Word, we are truly humbled as God is exalted. This has a tremendous impact.

I recall a similar personal...

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Sunday, 24 September 2017 14:00

Why Churches Should Have Meaningful Membership

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Church membership is a concept that while not explicitly articulated in the Scriptures is assumed and supported. Many of the New Testament letters were written to local congregations with instructions as to how they were to deal with their life together (for example, 1 and 2...

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Sunday, 24 September 2017 10:05

Why Churches Should Have Meaningful Membership

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Church membership is a concept that while not explicitly articulated in the Scriptures is assumed and supported. Many of the New Testament letters were written to local congregations with instructions as to how they were to deal with their life together (for...

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Recently I was asked a good question about Calvinism. Which of the five points are most difficult for you to believe?

Before giving my answer, let me give a quick summary of what is traditionally called the five points of Calvinism.

  • Total Depravity: Humanity is absolutely...

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Recently I was asked a good question about Calvinism. Which of the five points are most difficult for you to believe?

Before giving my answer, let me give a quick summary of what is traditionally called the five points of Calvinism.

  • Total Depravity: Hum...

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Monday, 18 September 2017 14:00

Free to Love

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What is love? And how do we love others?

There is unlikely a word that is more familiar and unfamiliar at the same time. We love pizza and our spouses. What do we mean?

The Bible is helpful in pointing us back to the greatest demonstration of love:

By this we know love, that he laid down...

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Monday, 18 September 2017 10:05

Free to Love

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What is love? And how do we love others?

There is unlikely a word that is more familiar and unfamiliar at the same time. We love pizza and our spouses. What do we mean?

The Bible is helpful in pointing us back to the greatest demonstration of love:

By this we know...

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Thursday, 14 September 2017 14:00

You Can’t Preach the Gospel without Preaching Christ

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image I have been quite refreshed by the book Feed My Sheep. It is a compilation with contributions from Mohler, Sproul, Piper, and MacArthur (among others). As you might expect, it is a very helpful reminder and instruction into the priority of preaching.

This particular quote is from Sinclair...

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Thursday, 14 September 2017 10:05

You Can’t Preach the Gospel without Preaching Christ

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image I have been quite refreshed by the book Feed My Sheep. It is a compilation with contributions from Mohler, Sproul, Piper, and MacArthur (among others). As you might expect, it is a very helpful reminder and instruction into the priority of preaching.

This...

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Tuesday, 12 September 2017 14:00

What Is Preaching?

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imageI remember my first sermon (sadly, I’m probably the only one who does!). As a new Christian with a lots of zeal, there was far more “heat” than “light.” Looking back I don’t think I would have been able to answer a simple but important question very well: What is...

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Tuesday, 12 September 2017 10:05

What Is Preaching?

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imageI remember my first sermon (sadly, I'm probably the only one who does!). As a new Christian with a lots of zeal, there was far more "heat" than "light." Looking back I don't think I would have been able to answer a simple but important question very well: What is preaching?

In...

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Sunday, 10 September 2017 14:00

Are You Always the Hero of Your Stories?

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image I remember it like it was yesterday. The conversation made such a mark on me, both by stinging my pride and shaping my desire for holiness.

My wife and I were taking a walk, enjoying some nice conversation, and then she lovingly asked me a perceptive question. “Did you ever notice that...

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