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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Sunday, 25 June 2017 23:45

The Prayer Meeting

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Yesterday evening, our church gathered for a corporate prayer meeting.  Our typical prayer meeting is during our midweek service on Wednesday evening, but we decided several weeks ago to hold one unique prayer meeting on Sunday evening and it was quite refreshing.  The meeting was led by...

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Thursday, 22 June 2017 22:01

DBG Weekend Spotlight (6-23-17)

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In the recent 2017 Ligonier Regional Conference, Discovering the God of the Bible—John MacArthur preached on “The Lord is my light and my salvation” (Ps. 27:1).

In conjunction with the 2017 SBC in Phoenix, Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary held a micro-conference....

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Wednesday, 21 June 2017 19:00

Are You Spiritually Malnourished?

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The Christian life is a long and arduous journey rather than a short swift sprint.  During the journey of faith, we will often face periods of intense struggle.  At one point, Jesus reminded Peter that Satan had asked to sift him as wheat (Luke 22:31).  In short, the Christian...

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Tuesday, 20 June 2017 21:46

DBG Spotlight (6-21-17)

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A few months ago, Les Lanphere interviewed Paul Washer for his own project. In this short (extended) interview, you will hear Paul Washer explain the essentials of the gospel.

Why Refusing to Resolve Conflict Hinders Prayer — Some helpful words about the need to pursue forgiveness.

A&n...

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Monday, 19 June 2017 18:45

Why Your Small Group Cannot Be Your Church

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hen new people enter our church, we encourage them from the beginning to get involved in a small group or two.  The reality is, just attending church on Sunday is not sufficient for spiritual growth and relational growth among the church body.  In order for a family to be healthy, two...

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Sunday, 18 June 2017 20:30

Clothe Yourself for Spiritual Warfare

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esterday I had the privilege of preaching on Ephesians 6:14 in our series through Ephesians on Sunday mornings.  As Paul is coming to the close of his letter to the church in Ephesus and the surrounding cities, he points out the reality that the Christian life is a war—and this war is...

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Thursday, 15 June 2017 19:00

DBG Weekend Spotlight (6-16-17)

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his week the 2017 Southern Baptist Convention’s annual meeting was held in the city of Phoenix.  Since I was in town, James White invited me onto the Dividing Line to discuss the G3 Conference, our upcoming Reformation tour, and SBC issues.  It also happened to be my 40th birthday,...

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Wednesday, 14 June 2017 19:00

Modeling Expository Preaching at the SBC

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‘ve been a Baptist my whole life.  I’ve also been a Southern Baptist—meaning that the churches that I’ve been a member of (3) and pastored have all been associated with the Southern Baptist Convention.  Each year at the annual SBC meeting, the pastors’...

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Tuesday, 13 June 2017 19:00

DBG Spotlight (6-14-17)

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ecently, John Piper delivers the 2017 Commencement Address to graduates of Boyce College. 5 Sermons on Parenting — Some good resources by Alistair Begg on an important subject. Why Substitutionary Atonement Is Necessary for Evangelical Faith — Owen Strachan provides...

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Monday, 12 June 2017 19:00

15 Reflections on 15 Years of Preaching

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his week marks two milestones in my life and ministry.  Beyond the usual Flag Day celebrations (joke), tomorrow marks my 40th birthday.  However, yesterday marked another special day in my life—the 15th anniversary of my first sermon.  Some things preachers never forget, and I...

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n 2014, Voddie Baucham preached on the church’s need for a healthy Christology in the annual G3Conference.  You can view the sermon below. The 2018 G3 Conference will be held in Atlanta in January.  The theme will be centered on discipleship.  For more information and to...

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Thursday, 08 June 2017 23:00

DBG Weekend Spotlight (6-9-17)

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n December of 2016, John MacArthur fielded questions in the chapel service at The Master’s Seminary. I find these Q&A sessions helpful to learn and discern regarding ministry and discipleship. Is a “Churchless Christian” an Oxymoron? — “As Christians become members...

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Wednesday, 07 June 2017 19:02

3 Things Required for Discipleship

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hoever said discipleship was easy was misinformed.  Paul refers to the work of discipleship as a “struggle” in Colossians 2:1-3.  The process of making disciples and discipling disciples is a difficult work, but it’s what Jesus has commissioned us to do.  If we give...

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Tuesday, 06 June 2017 21:53

DBG Spotlight (6-7-17)

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ow does church growth take place and what role does discipleship play in this process?  Mark Dever explains this process in a very helpful manner. 9 Ways to Raise Up Leaders in Your Church — Some really helpful words from Mark Dever on discipleship. Bring the...

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ack in 2011, a book titled Love Wins made a big splash in the evangelical world and beyond.  The author, Rob Bell, who was serving as a pastor at the time, made some very troubling statements that shed some light on his unorthodox theological positions.  The result of the book...

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Sunday, 04 June 2017 21:49

The Church’s Prayer

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esterday evening, I had the opportunity to preach from Matthew 6:5-15 on the subject of the church’s prayer.  We are currently studying the subject of prayer in our Sunday school classes, so the point of the sermon was to reinforce what we’re learning in those classes.  While...

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Thursday, 01 June 2017 21:54

DBG Weekend Spotlight (6-2-17)

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he Reformation battle cry was about bringing the Word of God out of darkness as it had been hidden away in a dark dungeon by the Roman Catholic Church.  Derek Thomas’ sermon titled, “Before Light, Darkness” is really good and worthy of your time. Knowing God: A Biblical...

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Wednesday, 31 May 2017 19:00

3 Ways Social Media Is Helping Your Local Church

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arlier in the week, I wrote an article titled, “3 Ways Social Media Is Hurting Your Local Church.”  In that particular article, I focused on the negative aspects of digital life that actually causes us to be less social than we realize.  Today, I want to look at ways in which...

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Tuesday, 30 May 2017 23:21

DBG Spotlight (5-31-17)

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few years ago, Justin Peters led a session on the spiritual and biblical errors of the Word of Faith movement.  You will find this session helpful. Descartes and the Anatomy of Doubt — “Spiritus sanctus non est skepticus—’The Holy Spirit is not a...

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ith more than 3.26 billion internet users, it’s likely that everyone in your church is connected online in some way.  In fact, globally 52% of all internet users access the internet world from a mobile device.  That makes the internet a good vehicle to deliver ministry tools...

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Sunday, 28 May 2017 20:52

We Are Slaves to a Higher Master

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esterday I was privileged to preach from Ephesians 6:5-9 as we continue to press on toward the end of our series through Ephesians.  As Paul provided practical instruction on how to live in holy and Christ-honoring relationships in the family, at this point he begins to widen the circle to...

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Thursday, 25 May 2017 23:54

DBG Weekend Spotlight (5-26-17)

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hat about justification?  How does God justify the ungodly?  R.C. Sproul explains the dilemma in this short video clip. A Theology of the Home — “The home is not a neutral zone for acting upon baseless desires, nor is it simply a bastion for maintaining traditional...

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Wednesday, 24 May 2017 19:30

The Value of a Membership Class

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ne of the highlights of my year is teaching the membership class to prospective members.  Typically we offer the class during three different months and it lasts 4-weeks each.  During this time, I find great value in interacting with the new members who are pursuing membership in our...

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Tuesday, 23 May 2017 23:29

DBG Spotlight (5-24-17)

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hat is the truth about hell?  John MacArthur points out the truth of hell from the Scriptures. Christian History: How David Barton is Doing it Wrong — “When you read or hear someone like Barton (someone who does not have academic training in history but makes claims about what real...

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Monday, 22 May 2017 19:01

What If I Can’t Find the Perfect Church?

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ne of the greatest decisions of your life will be centered upon what church you should join.  This will be where you receive the teaching of God’s Word, grow in the knowledge of truth, are blessed through the ordinary means of grace, and where your entire family will engage in worship,...

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