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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Friday, 01 April 2016 09:30

This 'n' That

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imageimageIn 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

Friday, 25 March 2016 19:00

This Is What Matters

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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

Friday, 25 March 2016 09:30

This 'n' That

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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

Sunday, 20 March 2016 06:30

Sunday Morning Praise

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All Glory, Laud, and Honor

Authors: EBenz

Friday, 18 March 2016 09:30

This 'n' That

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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

Monday, 14 March 2016 08:30

May Our Sole Aim Be Sound Doctrine

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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

Sunday, 13 March 2016 11:00

Equipping Eve: Equipped to Evangelize, Part 2

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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

Sunday, 13 March 2016 06:30

Sunday Morning Praise

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Thine Is the Glory

Authors: EBenz

Friday, 11 March 2016 09:30

This 'n' That

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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

Sunday, 06 March 2016 06:30

Sunday Morning Praise

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Hallelujah, What a Savior! (Man of Sorrows)

Authors: EBenz

Friday, 04 March 2016 09:30

This 'n' That

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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

Monday, 29 February 2016 08:30

Equipping Eve: Equipped to Evangelize, Part 1

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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

Sunday, 28 February 2016 06:30

Sunday Morning Praise

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Blessed Assurance

Authors: EBenz

Friday, 26 February 2016 09:30

This 'n' That

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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

Sunday, 21 February 2016 06:30

Sunday Morning Praise

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What a Friend We Have in Jesus

Authors: EBenz

Friday, 19 February 2016 09:30

This 'n' That

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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

Sunday, 14 February 2016 06:30

Sunday Morning Praise

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Holy, Holy, Holy

Authors: EBenz

Saturday, 13 February 2016 08:03

Equipping Eve: Crayolas and Quiet Time

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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:

Friday, 12 February 2016 09:30

This 'n' That

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So, I was doing a little perusing of proper office and computer ergonomics (I know, I'm weird and boring, but I had my reasons) and noticed a trend, not just at the website of the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), but also at sites like Apple. They were all displaying pictures of those old, huge, really, really deep,

Sunday, 07 February 2016 06:30

Sunday Morning Praise

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Be Thou My Vision

Authors: EBenz

Friday, 05 February 2016 09:30

This 'n' That

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What are the signs of true "repentance" in the sight of God? First, I tell you, there is always sorrow with it. No man ever repents of sin without having some kind of sorrow with it. More or less intense, it may be, according to the way in which God calls him, and his previous manner of life, but there must be some sorrow. We do not

Ah, the church sign. Who would have thought it was possible to cram so much bad theology into such a small space! One church sign recently caught my eye and read, "You make the choice, God makes the change!" Is this what the Bible says about conversion? Click here to listen to this episode of Equipping Eve. Click here for a list of

Monday, 01 February 2016 07:17

Do You Know?

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Do you know that you are converted? Can you find this wonderful change upon your souls? Have you been thus born again, and made anew? Are not these strange matters to many of you? And such as you never felt upon yourselves? If you cannot tell the day or week of your change, or the very sermon, that converted you, yet, do you find that the work is

Sunday, 31 January 2016 06:30

Sunday Morning Praise

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The Church's One Foundation

Authors: EBenz

Friday, 29 January 2016 09:30

This 'n' That

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photo: Squad Car @ The Bridge via photopin (license) I found myself driving first behind, and then in front of, a police officer most of the way home last night. On a road full of commuters anxious to get home, there was this dear policeman, driving at least 5 mph slower than the speed limit. And you know how it is when there is a policeman on the