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
The internet truly is a double-edged sword, isn't it? Yes, it can be used to communicate great truth and proclaim the saving gospel of Jesus Christ, but it can also be the ultimate time-waster. Don't misunderstand, there are undoubtedly a myriad of ways we find to needlessly waste time but the internet seems to trump them all. All of the time
God is faithful. In the midst of trials, whether they be work-related, health-related, money-related, or relationship-related, God is faithful. Always. No exceptions. He is good and gracious and kind and merciful, and He is all of these things even as He desires to refine and shape us through earthly, temporary trials. Perhaps the worst effect of
Have you ever met a theological fence-sitter? These are those who like to have their proverbial cake and eat it too. They epitomize the old adage, "love the one you are with" so as not to anger any. This phenomenon is found in various circles and even in many professing Christian circles, but the ones of whom I write today are those who
It's no secret that I am not the biggest fan of Facebook. A primary reason for this disdain is the ease with which people can post—and gullible or naïve people can believe—nonsense. One article disseminates inaccurate information and others pounce on that information and accept it as truth just because someone from their favorite Facebook group pro
I have some shocking news for you. Those with food allergies, beware. If you look at the photos to the right you will notice something very peculiar. Are you ready? A bag of cashews contains...are you ready for it? CASHEWS! Oh, horror of allergen horrors! Who would have ever suspected such a thing? Is this what we've come to in our society?
Now, let me say a word or two in reply to certain questions. But must not a man repent as well as believe? Reply: No man ever believed but what he repented at the same time. Faith and repentance go together. they must. If I trust Christ to save me from sin, I am at the same time repenting of sin, and my mind is changed in relation to sin, and
Narcissism is rampant in the world today. Unfortunately, it’s also prevalent in the visible church, and that is true of more than simply celebrity pastors and seeker-sensitive churches. Ladies, let’s examine ourselves. Let’s examine our social media pages. Are we engaging in selfie righteousness? Click here to listen to this episode of Equipping E
In spite of Hobby Lobby's role in gifting land to seeker-sensitive-ideology-proliferating pastors like Rick Warren and James MacDonald, (thereby allowing these men to expand their empires), overall, I like Hobby Lobby. It's a fun store. The selection of flowers is fantastic, and sales there far exceed those of the competitors. I like that I usu
It's that time of year again—time for many in professing Christendom to exploit the death and resurrection of the Lord Jesus Christ. Just as it is at Christmas, in the visible church today, the days surrounding Resurrection Sunday are often filled with narcissistic self-celebrations. The seeker-sensitive megachurches might well be more advised to
Well, it feels as though I should have an Easter or Good Friday themed introduction, but most of my thoughts on that will likely be expressed in a separate post to be published later today or tomorrow. Wait. Never mind, I take it back. Let me rant a bit here and save that next post for some slightly more edifying thoughts. What has
My daily commute takes me past a lot of different churches. From large Roman Catholic churches, to small Pentecostal congregations, I pass by a bizarre spectrum of places of worship each day. One of these church buildings catches my eye nearly daily. With its old but stately stature and vines climbing its sides, its double doors are oddly
John Calvin John Calvin's exposition of the book of Titus is an important read for all Christians, not just pastors. Though Titus is known as one of the pastoral epistles, written by the Apostle Paul to Titus as he ministered in Crete, it nevertheless is part of God's holy and inspired Word, and thus contains truths and treasures for all
Every person who has been born again is equipped to evangelize the lost. So why is it that some of us are hesitant to engage unbelievers with the gospel? Ladies, let's continue to be encouraged by what God's Word says about evangelism. Click here to listen to this episode of Equipping Eve. Click here for a list of resources used on this episode
Let's face it, many Christians seem to dread the early months of the year, mainly because they feel like their Bible reading plan of choice is punishing them by forcing them to wade through the Old Testament for so many weeks. I am thankful, however, that in the early days of my Christian life, I was studying the Pentateuch and it was there that I
Okay, it has been a long and arduous week. I am sure I am not the only one who is ready to see it end! And all that stress and craziness has me craving some serious sugar. Under the circumstances, then, it seems fitting that I forgo any further discussion, even lame sermon illustrations, to simply present you with this: And
Every person who has been born again is equipped to evangelize the lost. So why is it that some of us are hesitant to engage unbelievers with the gospel? Ladies, let's see what God's Word says about evangelism, and then let's be faithful to follow that Word. Click here to listen to this episode of Equipping Eve. Click here for a list of
When I am at a restaurant, I do everything possible to keep the silverware from touching the table. Think this through: the silverware has been run through a hot, disinfecting dishwasher. The table was wiped down with a germ-infested rag by the busboy who has also touched everyone's used, dirty dishes. The conclusion we must draw, then, is that
Are any of you as weary of all the political talk as I am? It is absolutely astonishing to me how caught up Christians get in these matters every single time another election rolls around. And all the worry and the commentary simply prove to demonstrate a functional doubt of God's sovereignty. I hate to break it to you, but even if Trump does get
There's a new trend making a colorful splash among Christian women. It's called Bible Art Journaling. What is it, and should you join the movement? Click here to listen to this episode of Equipping Eve. Click here for a list of resources used on this episode of Equipping Eve. Additional Resources Equipping Eve: Thou Changest Not Equipping Eve:
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