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
've been thinking a lot lately about grace. And law. Grace and law and the required balance between the two. A gospel without grace is no gospel at all (Acts 20:24). And without a proper presentation of the law, we cannot understand our need for the gospel of grace (Romans 3:20). Both are...
My house sits a few doors up from a small pond, and each year there are one or two pair of ducks that come to nest. By now they've learned that they can find food in our backyard, so I watched again last night as they waddled through the grass to munch on some corn. I love observing these...
“The mission of amusement produces no converts.” These words are starkly true, yet today’s evangelicalism sees this “gospel of amusement” spreading more rapidly day by day and year by year. What are the consequences? Click here to listen to this latest episode of Equipping Eve. Further Listening Equipping Eve: Making Abortion Convenien
photo credit: Garage Sale Sign via photopin (license) Well, I'm sorry to say that I don't have much availability to draft an introduction for this week's This 'n' That. You see, it's Garage Sale Weekend at my house and as you are reading this, I am in the driveway selling off all of my treasures. Depending, of course, on your definition of &qu
An evil is in the professed camp of the Lord, so gross in its impudence, that the most shortsighted can hardly fail to notice it during the past few years. It has developed at an abnormal rate, even for evil. It has worked like leaven until the whole lump ferments. The devil has seldom done a cleverer thing than hinting to the church that part of
Now for this very reason also, applying all diligence, in your faith supply moral excellence, and in your moral excellence, knowledge, and in your knowledge, self-control, and in your self-control, perseverance, and in your perseverance, godliness, and in your godliness, brotherly kindness, and in your brotherly kindness, love. (2 Peter
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
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