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

Apologetic Report - Wit's End
Monday, 20 March 2017 15:00

Is My Desire Sour? 4 Questions To Consider

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imageAs people living in a fallen world, we know what it is to have desires. We experience physical pain, witness injustice, suffer under various trials, and ache with loneliness and grief. Even when all is going relatively well, our minds imagine how wonderful it would be if we had just a tad more.

We...

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image In June of 2015, about 20 women gathered in London for a meeting to discuss women’s ministries in complementarian contexts around the world. Our hope was to learn from one another and encourage each other in our task.

We heard from women in Australia, South Africa, Europe, UAE, and the USA....

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Monday, 06 March 2017 13:00

Wrestling with God

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The following article is a guest post from Winfree Brisley:

image Being the mom of two little boys, I hope and pray my boys will not only be brothers, but best friends. We try to foster their friendship in various ways, but the way they seem to prefer to bond at this stage is not something my...

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Whether it’s through story, song, or artwork, I’m thankful for the variety of creative ways God’s people reflect the beauty of our Creator. Today I’m sharing an interview with Quina Aragon. She’s a spoken-word artist and poet with a deep love for God and a desire...

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Monday, 20 February 2017 13:00

Three Questions: Spiritual Growth

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image I like to be asked thought-provoking questions. However, in our busy lives it is difficult to take time to still our minds and follow Paul’s simple instruction to Timothy, “Keep a close watch on yourself and on the teaching” (1 Tim. 4:16).

Jesus also instructed his disciples,...

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Monday, 13 February 2017 21:05

Recovering from Perfect Mom Syndrome

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imageThere’s a mom I know. She makes homemade meals every evening for her family. Her children’s birthday parties are Pinterest pin-worthy. She’s patient with her children’s faults. She reads stories every evening at bedtime. She nursed all her babies for a full year. She does...

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I always like to know a little something about an author before I sit down and open up his or her book. Today I’m excited to share about Nancy DeMoss Wolgemuth’s new book, Adorned: Living Out the Beauty of the Gospel Together.  Throughout the years,...

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Monday, 30 January 2017 21:10

Facing Troubles, Finding Peace

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I cried a lot last week.

On Monday my husband looked across the breakfast table and gave me the news I knew was coming, but didn’t want to hear: “Ruth just died.” She’d been battling cancer for months, and we knew that without a miracle her body would fail.

Knowi...

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Monday, 23 January 2017 21:00

Abortion’s Guilt

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image Tears filled her eyes as she told me her story: an older boyfriend, pressure to have sex, pregnant at fourteen, and an abortion to cover the shame. Even though she’d been raised in a Christian family, the weight of guilt that followed these early choices led to years of wandering.

She...

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Monday, 16 January 2017 21:00

Of Lice and Men

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imageMy daughter called me over with a simple request. Mommy, can we cuddle?

I was in the midst of rushing around and preparing for my day, but her sweet appeal stopped me in my tracks. In just a couple of days, I was heading out of town for a conference. I knew I wouldn’t have these...

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Today’s Sneak Peek is with a friend who embodies the theme of her new book. Trillia Newbell is one of the most enjoyable ladies I know, with a warm smile and infectious laugh that makes you want to stay and chat a little bit longer.

Her new book Enjoy: Finding the Freedom to...

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Sunday, 01 January 2017 21:00

Reading Goals For 2017

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image It’s the time of year many of us are making resolutions and lists to restructure our schedules, organize our homes, exercise and eat right, and spend time with the people who matter the most.  We also regularly reassess spiritual growth at this time of year. I’ve been thinking a...

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Monday, 19 December 2016 21:00

Saying Yes to God’s Unexpected Plan

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At Easter, I shared about a pen and ink drawing from our Lessons & Carols Christmas service that made me consider in new ways the pain of the Father’s choice. I ended up purchasing it at an auction for a local RUF ministry.  That evening I also came home with a second painting.

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Monday, 12 December 2016 21:00

A Few of My Favorite Things from 2016

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image My stocking was always my favorite thing to open on Christmas morning. I think it was the randomness of the items inside: candy, socks, chocolates, toothpaste (probably to alleviate some of the damage done by the candy and chocolate), fingernail polish, razors, and all kinds of other...

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Monday, 05 December 2016 20:45

A Resource You Don’t Want to Miss

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image A couple of years ago, I chatted on the phone with Shannon Basso about a project she was working on called BECOMING magazine. She had a vision to encourage women in their study of Scripture by combining strong theological content in a beautiful format. She succeeded.

I’ve given...

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image In June of 2015, about 20 women gathered in London for a meeting to discuss women’s ministries in complementarian contexts around the world. Our hope was to learn from one another and encourage each other in our task.

We heard from women in Australia, South Africa, Europe, UAE, and the USA....

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Monday, 21 November 2016 21:00

Three Questions: Thankfulness

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image I like to be asked thought-provoking questions. However, in our busy lives it is difficult to take time to still our minds and follow Paul’s simple instruction to Timothy, “Keep a close watch on yourself and on the teaching” (1 Tim. 4:16).

Jesus also instructed his disciples,...

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Monday, 14 November 2016 21:01

Glorifying God in the midst of Stage IV Cancer

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When we moved to Charlotte our lives were up in the air. We didn’t know how long we’d be staying, nor where we’d be going after my husband’s temporary teaching post concluded.  We had little in the way of savings or income since he was finishing the final year of his...

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Monday, 07 November 2016 21:00

An Election Day Prayer

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imageBefore we vote today, may we pray.

Our Father, who art in heaven Father, it’s good to remember this day where you dwell.  Heaven is your throne and the earth is your footstool.  You reign over all. You are mighty, sovereign, and just. And, you are loving, kind, and good. You are...

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Monday, 31 October 2016 22:00

Three Adoptions That Changed My Life

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In 1947, on a September day in Altadena, California, a young couple brought their baby in for adoption. The adoption was immediate, and customary for that time, records were closed. The little girl grew up with a sister, riding horses in the desert canyons of Southern California.

In 1973,...

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Last winter, more than 70 women ventured out on a chilly evening to attend a women’s leadership event. Our pastor led the discussion, and I left the evening thankful for a church that fully supports, trains, values, and encourages the ministry of women in their midst.

My church...

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Monday, 17 October 2016 22:00

Three Questions: Fighting Sin

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image I like to be asked thought-provoking questions. However, in our busy lives it is difficult to take time to still our minds and follow Paul’s simple instruction to Timothy, “Keep a close watch on yourself and on the teaching” (1 Tim. 4:16). Jesus also instructed his disciples,...

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Monday, 10 October 2016 22:00

Sneak Peek: Author Interview with Nancy Guthrie

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I always like to know a little something about an author before I sit down and open up his or her book. Today I get to share about not just one, but three(!!!) books coming out this fall from Nancy Guthrie. Nancy’s an encourager, mentor, and loving friend and I relish every...

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Recently, my Bible plan placed me in two parallel passages (2 Samuel 24 and 1 Chronicles 21). Both accounts tell the story of David’s sinful choice to take a census of the Israelites. As I read, I wrestled again with the notion of divine sovereignty and human...

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Monday, 26 September 2016 22:00

Sneak Peek: Author Interview with Hannah Anderson

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I always like to know a little something about an author before I sit down and open up his or her book. Hannah Anderson’s new book, Humble Roots: How Humility Grounds and Nourishes Your Soul, is a delight. Anderson masterfully weaves together agrarian images with...

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