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
Christians truly are a unique bunch. We are in the world, but not of it. We strive to serve our Lord Jesus Christ well in the midst of a world that is hostile to Him and to His message. We know we have been called out of this world because, in reality, we are citizens of a heavenly kingdom. And yet, we do not hide our faith. We do not silence our
photo credit: If You Have A Bee In Your Handvia photopin (license) So, I just found out that Facebook has some 50+ gender options to choose from when you create your profile. Really? Really. I'm sure some of you have known that for awhile. Me? I suppose I've been blissfully ignorant. Now that I know, I do not understand. God created man in His
[T]he converted man has a new end in his thoughts, and a new way in his endeavors, and therefore his heart and life are new. Before, his carnal self was his end; and his pleasure and worldly profits, and credit were his way; and now God and everlasting glory are his end; and Christ, and the Spirit, and Word, and ordinances, holiness to God, and
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
Warning: I am feeling a little snarky today. I know, some of you who know me well are thinking, "So...what else is new?" Very funny. I think it may be because today is Friday and, not too long ago, I found and purchased this book (don't worry, it was cheap. Very cheap). Now every day is a Friday! That's right, Joel Osteen has
So, I've started a new annual practice: changing the batteries in the smoke alarms. Apparently this is supposed to be done every 6 months or so. At least that's what I'm told. All I know is I once lived in a condo for about 5 years before the smoke alarm started beeping its low-battery warning, so I'm not entirely convinced of this 6 month figure.
Photo: Freeimages.com/AngelNorris It is inevitable. Every year at this time we are bombarded with emails, blog posts, and radio and/or television appeals from so-called Christian ministries begging for money. It seemed extra intense this year, as some ministries sent out emails throughout the day on December 31, reminding that time was running
What is this strange doctrine of regeneration? Nothing, it seems to me, is quite so strange as the way in which man by nature always objects to the doctrine of regeneration. There is nothing also, I sometimes think, that so demonstrates the depth of sin in the human heart as this objection to the doctrine of the rebirth or being born again. Read
A very merry Christmas to you! I pray this day brings you rest, peace, and an edifying time of meditating upon the glorious truths of our Savior's birth. May you proclaim His gospel with boldness to friends and family who are lost, and may you find sweet comfort and joy in His gracious Word this day. On a far more trivial note, may your pie
The twinkling lights, the joyful music, the seasonal scents. The clichéd, but inevitable and very real hustle and bustle of the season. The gatherings, the shopping, the wrapping. The menus, the lists, the crowds. Amid these things, we still find our way to the manger; but, mankind being an easily distracted creature, it is there that we stop. We
For a child will be born to us, a son will be given to us; And the government will rest on His shoulders; And His name will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Eternal Father, Prince of Peace. (Isaiah 9:6)
Mary and Joseph. The angels. The shepherds. The wise men. The innkeeper. And of course, the baby Jesus. These are the people we think of when we remember the Christmas story as told in the gospels. But there is another important character introduced in the early days of the life of Christ who often seems to be forgotten. Open your Bibles to Luke 2
In the same region there were some shepherds staying out in the fields and keeping watch over their flock by night. And an angel of the Lord suddenly stood before them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them; and they were terribly frightened. But the angel said to them, “Do not be afraid; for behold, I bring you good news of great joy which w
Well, it's official. Christmas is only one week away. One week. Hard to believe, isn't it? Now, it is no secret that I love Christmas, in spite of the fact that each year my life seems busier than it was the previous December and, as a result, I barely have a chance to even enjoy the holidays. But there are two things that come with this holiday
But as for you, Bethlehem Ephrathah, Too little to be among the clans of Judah, From you One will go forth for Me to be ruler in Israel. His goings forth are from long ago, From the days of eternity. (Micah 5:2) O Little Town of Bethlehem Now in those days a decree went out from Caesar Augustus, that a census be taken of all the inhabited
These things I have spoken to you, so that in Me you may have peace. In the world you have tribulation, but take courage; I have overcome the world. (John 16:33) In his recent sermon from John 16, John MacArthur asked, "Why do people not run to Christ so they can have one who loves them, who is the sovereign of the universe?" Indeed, why
'Tis the season for angry Christians to boycott secular businesses that don't wish their customers a "Merry Christmas." But who is really waging this so-called "war on Christmas"? Erin considers this question from a biblical perspective on this episode of Equipping Eve. Click here to listen to the latest episode of Equipping
Now the birth of Jesus Christ was as follows: when His mother Mary had been betrothed to Joseph, before they came together she was found to be with child by the Holy Spirit. And Joseph her husband, being a righteous man and not wanting to disgrace her, planned to send her away secretly. But when he had considered this, behold, an angel of the Lord
I am that person. Yes…I love Christmas music. And while I obviously prefer the beautiful hymns and carols of Christmas that exalt our Lord and Savior (my favorite is O Come, O Come Emmanuel), I don't mind the secular classics like White Christmas (I mean, really, who doesn't like a little Bing Crosby? If you don't, I have to question your sanity) o
In the sixth month the angel Gabriel was sent from God to a city of Galilee named Nazareth, to a virgin betrothed to a man whose name was Joseph, of the house of David. And the virgin's name was Mary. And he came to her and said, “Greetings, O favored one, the Lord is with you!” But she was greatly troubled at the saying, and tried to discern what
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