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

Do Not Be Surprised - Apologetic Report
Tuesday, 05 September 2017 23:30

Unshakeable Joy in Times of Trial

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imageThe devotional that follows, as well as subsequent posts in this series, originally were written for and appeared as anonymous publications in the bulletins of a local church. Considering the joy (no pun intended) which resulted from the composition of this series, and the limited audience to which...

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Saturday, 02 September 2017 23:30

Sunday Morning Praise

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imageBe Thou My Vision

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Friday, 01 September 2017 02:30

This 'n' That

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image'Well, Hurricane Harvey has wreaked some massive destruction this week. In times like this, it seems trite and, to some, perhaps even inappropriate, to remind of God's power and sovereignty over even the storms, wind, and waves. I get that. Disaster is not the time to exercise our flowery...

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Wednesday, 30 August 2017 00:00

Unshakeable Joy

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imageThe devotional that follows, as well as subsequent posts in this series, originally were written for and appeared as anonymous publications in the bulletins of a local church. Considering the joy (no pun intended) which resulted from the composition of this series, and the limited audience to which...

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Saturday, 26 August 2017 23:30

Sunday Morning Praise

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imageJoyful, Joyful, We Adore Thee

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Friday, 25 August 2017 02:30

This 'n' That

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imageSo peaceful! The past few weeks have been a dichotomous rollercoaster of stress and delight, uncertainty and hesitancy, doubt and determination. My faithfulness has ranged from unwavering gratefulness to unbecoming grumbling. It has all culminated in a great display of God's care and provision. To...

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Saturday, 19 August 2017 23:30

Sunday Morning Praise

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image'Tis So Sweet to Trust in Jesus

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Friday, 18 August 2017 02:30

This 'n' That

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imageSummoning two of his disciples, John sent them to the Lord, saying, “Are You the Expected One, or do we look for someone else?” (Luke 7:19) Standing on this side of the cross, most of us of Gentile origin, we may easily overlook this bold question set forth by the disciples of John the Bap...

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Saturday, 12 August 2017 23:30

Sunday Morning Praise

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imageHe Leadeth Me

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Friday, 11 August 2017 02:30

This 'n' That

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imageUse it as a vase today, serve lemonade in it tomorrow! I remember a pre-Pinterest world. I remember when people had opinions, likes, and dislikes, and decorated their homes accordingly. Sure, there were trends and fads, but if you didn't like chickens, then you didn't decorate your kitchen with...

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Saturday, 05 August 2017 23:30

Sunday Morning Praise

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imageIt Is Well With My Soul

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Friday, 04 August 2017 02:30

This 'n' That

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imageOne of my worst nightmares has always been that I will be that person who holds up a line boarding a plane. That my boarding pass will cause the scanner to screech and flash red. That I will be left standing in a strange and obnoxious city watching my ride home literally fly away. Well, a few...

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Monday, 31 July 2017 23:00

Crammed Full of the Gospel

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imageI believe that those sermons which are fullest of Christ are the most likely to be blessed to the conversion of the hearers. Let your sermons be full of Christ, from beginning to end crammed full of the gospel. As for myself, brethren, I cannot preach anything else but Christ and His cross, for I...

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Saturday, 29 July 2017 23:30

Sunday Morning Praise

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imageCrown Him With Many Crowns

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Friday, 28 July 2017 02:30

This 'n' That

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imageI'm concluding listening through a study of the book of Genesis and, I have to say, I think I am going to miss these people! I have throughly enjoyed getting to know the men and women whose lives are shared with us in this book. Yes, I've read Genesis before, many times. Yet for some reason,...

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Sunday, 23 July 2017 22:30

On the Dangers of Distorting God's Grace

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imageThe unrighteousness of men cannot nullify the grace of God. This is a paraphrase from a sermon I recently heard, and I was struck by the importance of this simple truth. And yet, even in its simplicity, it is a truth far too often ignored in some Christian circles. It seems that, in our sweeping...

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Friday, 21 July 2017 02:30

This 'n' That

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imageI bought a power washer. That thing is amazing. My concrete has never looked so clean, and I have never enjoyed cleaning concrete or siding more. The only question is—why did I wait so long to purchase one of these fantastic contraptions? All of that cleaning makes me think of a terrifying p...

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Saturday, 15 July 2017 23:30

Sunday Morning Praise

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imageRedeemed, How I Love to Proclaim It

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Saturday, 15 July 2017 03:00

Equipping Eve: The Discipline of Grace (Part 2)

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imageIn this episode, we continue our discussion of God’s disciplining by grace, and examining the distinction between law and gospel. The Law is good, but salvation is by grace. Click here to listen to this episode of Equipping Eve. Click here to listen to Part 1. Additional Resources Equipping Eve: H...

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Friday, 14 July 2017 02:30

This 'n' That

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imageSometimes I use talk-to-text to compose these introductions during my Thursday evening commute. What follows are my observations from last night. Why is this person riding his brake? There's no reason to and yet there he is braking all the way down the street. Why is he driving in the middle of...

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Saturday, 08 July 2017 23:30

Sunday Morning Praise

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imageBlessed Assurance

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Friday, 07 July 2017 02:30

This 'n' That

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imageDuring the warmer months, I like to go for a walk in the evening. Nothing strenuous, just a peaceful walk around the neighborhood after being cooped up in an office all day. Last night, though, required a bit of maneuvering. It had rained most of the day and was still sprinkling when I stepped...

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Thursday, 06 July 2017 00:30

Relieved by the Thought of Jesus

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imageIf we compare our best performances with the demands of the law, the majesty of God, and the unspeakable obligations we are under; if we consider our innumerable sins of omission, and that the little we can do is polluted and defiled by the mixture of evil thoughts and the working of selfish...

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Tuesday, 04 July 2017 23:30

Equipping Eve: The Discipline of Grace (Part 1)

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imageIn his book, "The Discipline of Grace," author Jerry Bridges has noted that God disciplines by grace, not law. Yet, is this how we perceive our Christian walk? Might we be trapped unknowingly in a subtle cycle of dangerous legalism? How does it help us to “preach the gospel to ourselves e...

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Saturday, 01 July 2017 23:30

Sunday Morning Praise

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imageAmazing Grace

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