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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Monday, 25 March 2019 01:01

The Freedom of Salvation

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Yesterday I preached from Romans 8:1-4 on the subject—”Freedom of Salvation” as Paul pointed to how we are free from the bondage of sin. In this glorious chapter, we see some very important truths emerging to the surface. In this single chapter, we have a summary of our salvation...

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Thursday, 21 March 2019 23:14

How Identity Politics is Changing the Church

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It is no secret that American politics has been overtaken by identity politics—one of the popular layers in the social justice agenda. There is a political agenda involved in using one’s identity group to gain power. The conversation has become so intense, that political groups are...

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Monday, 18 March 2019 23:42

When Was the Last Time You Repented?

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You cannot rightly call yourself a Christian if you haven’t repented. Do you recall the first time you repented before the Lord of glory? No feeling in life can transcend higher and be more satisfying than to be at peace with God. Yet, for many Christians, repentance is merely a thing of the...

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Monday, 18 March 2019 00:51

The Hope of Romans 8:1

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Yesterday I had the privilege to preach Romans 8:1 in our series through the book of Romans. If Romans is the greatest book in all of the Bible, and I believe it is, we should pay close attention to what it says.If Romans is the greatest book in the Bible, what is the greatest chapter in the...

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Wednesday, 13 March 2019 19:00

Words from an Old Man Who Prayed for More Time

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Sometimes we are really good at putting people into little groups in the local church and waling right past one another. Often teenagers walk around in the church with the idea that the older people don’t really care about them. They blink a couple of times and find themselves in a much...

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Tuesday, 12 March 2019 00:27

The Romans 8 Challenge

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In all of the Bible, there is not a more encouraging chapter to me personally than the eighth chapter of Romans. This past week, as I wrapped up the seventh chapter in our study of Romans—I issued a challenge to the church to memorize the entire eighth chapter. We will likely spend 8-10...

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Sunday, 10 March 2019 21:44

The Crisis and Comfort of Romans 7

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Yesterday, in our series through Romans, I had the privilege to preach the concluding verses (24-25) of Romans chapter seven. As you may know, the seventh chapter of Romans is one of the most difficult passages to interpret in all of Romans—indeed in all of the Bible. There are many questions...

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Wednesday, 06 March 2019 23:18

Properly Celebrating Women’s Day

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As our world celebrates “Women’s Day” we are sure to hear many encouraging stories of perseverance and diligence.  We will be pointed to many accomplishments of women around the world. From the arts to politics and within the world of business and academics—we will hear...

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Monday, 04 March 2019 23:19

Different Standards or Genuine Stumbling Block?

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In the Christian life, it’s not uncommon to hear someone referenced as a stumbling block. However, what exactly is a stumbling block and what is the difference between a genuine stumbling block and a violation of a person’s standards on a particular issue? In order to see the difference...

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Sunday, 03 March 2019 23:01

Paul — A Prisoner of War

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In our study through Romans, we are presently in chapter seven. This is one of the most difficult chapters to interpret in Romans, and for that matter, in all of God’s Word. Scholarship has been divided over what Paul is communicating in this chapter. For some, they see it as Paul referencing...

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Wednesday, 27 February 2019 21:11

Knowledge without Zeal

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Unless a person comes to the knowledge of the truth by God’s sovereign grace, he will be forever lost in his unbelief (1 Tim. 2:4; 2Tim. 2:25). So it was with an Augustinian monk named Martin Luther. As Luther focused on Romans 1:17, God caused a divine ray of grace to fall upon the troubled...

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Monday, 25 February 2019 22:23

How to Choose a Good Church

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This past Sunday, we had two guests who drove a good distance to be with us for worship. One drove from the Stone Mountain area while the other drove from Lagrange, Georgia—both are right about one hour from our church campus. As they discussed their situations, each of them are looking for a...

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Wednesday, 20 February 2019 23:28

Ministry Is Not For Sissies

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A question was submitted for the 2019 G3 Conference questions & answers session that asked the following question:

“I’m a young man who is preparing for pastoral ministry in the local church. As a seminary student, what counsel would you give to me as I prepare for the future?”

I...

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Monday, 18 February 2019 18:00

Do You Have an Epaphras?

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Every church would do well to have one, but far too often they labor in secret and are seldom recognized, but how beneficial it is for a church to have a man who labors in prayer on behalf of the church. That was the case for the church in Colossae—and as Paul closed out his letter to them,...

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Yesterday I had the privilege of preaching Romans 7:7-12 in our series through Romans. The key to understanding this passage is to understand Paul’s previous life before Jesus and the intended place of the law of God in our life.

Becoming a great pitcher is a difficult task. You must take the...

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Wednesday, 13 February 2019 20:00

Quiz: How Much Do You Know About the Church?

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Whether or not you’ve been raised in the life of a local church, test yourself to see how much you know about the church. Can you make a perfect score?

The church is God’s will for us as believers. Therefore, our knowledge of the local church and how it should function to accomplish...

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Monday, 11 February 2019 18:00

Public Reading of Scripture as Worship

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Years ago, I was forced to attend a Roman Catholic Church mass to fulfill a requirement for a class I was taking in seminary. At first, I was not too pleased with this assignment, but as it turned out, it was quite an eye-opening experience to be sure. For me, having grown up as a protestant,...

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As we explore church history, we find the pattern of worship for the Roman Catholic Church repulsive and offensive on many levels. One such level is the use of graphic statues, figures, and the prayers to the saints. Beyond the obvious doctrinal truths regarding the need to worship God...

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Monday, 04 February 2019 18:00

Sanctification and the Ordinary Christian Life

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With much talk about being a radical Christian in this life, I would argue that what’s desperately needed is faithful sanctification of believers as they live out ordinary Christian lives in the face of a present evil culture. What should be seen as radical is the acknowledgement of Christ...

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Thursday, 31 January 2019 23:45

Intersectionality — A Brave New Religion

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In the recent social justice conference that was held just before the 2019 G3 Conference, I was given the assignment to speak on the subject of intersectionality. I’ve written on the subject of intersectionality (SBC and intersectionalityliberation theology, sufficiency of Scripture, wh...

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Wednesday, 30 January 2019 20:56

Learning to Pray from Jesus

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When I was in high school, one summer my parents paid money for me to go off to a summer camp for track and cross country runners. It was a special camp held at the University of North Carolina where we would sit under the teaching of an accomplished coach, workout, and be evaluated on form, style,...

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Monday, 28 January 2019 23:03

Worship God

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When we watch a big athletic competition on television, there is no question about the motives of the people who are in the stands. The fans are there for one reason—to cheer on their team and enjoy the entire atmosphere of the big game. When it comes to our worship of God, why are we less...

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Wednesday, 23 January 2019 22:57

G3 Conference Review

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Just one week ago the 2019 G3 Conference kicked-off in Atlanta. As we look back at the conference, I’m reminded of God’s goodness to us for an opportunity to gather with 4,600 brothers and sisters in Christ for three days of singing, preaching, and fellowship in the gospel of King...

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Monday, 07 January 2019 22:44

Why We Are Returning to a Hymnal

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Over the last couple of years, I have written on the subject of singing and the importance of corporate worship through song. As it relates to our local church, we want to be good stewards of tools such as technology and other resources that we have at our disposal. When we consider how we sing and...

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Wednesday, 02 January 2019 20:57

Ethnic Pragmatism

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The classic definition of pragmatism is simply, “if it works, do it.” That has been the motto for many years within evangelical church growth circles. Entire conferences and seminars have been dedicated to the methods of building a church in a specific community. Nearly every...

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