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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On a fairly regular basis, I have people who reach out to me for local church recommendations as they’re planning a big move across state lines. Sometimes I have connections to that area and sometimes I have no church that I could recommend. When I evaluate a church for recommendation, there...

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This past week, my family and I witnessed the kind and meticulous providence of God at work in a terrible situation. While I typically don’t spend much time writing about personal matters on this blog, today I felt that I should tell the story of God’s providence and miracle working...

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If you attend many evangelical churches in America, you are likely to see the entire church worship center arranged around a stage for a band so that the people can see the show that happens on a weekly basis. At North Point Community Church in Atlanta where Andy Stanley serves as pastor,...

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If you’ve been a member within a local church for any length of time, you know that being engaged with a church family has both highs and lows associated with it—much like your nuclear family. 

This past week, as we gathered for our quarterly membership meeting, we reviewed items of...

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One of the great tragedies of our day has been parade of testimonies of women who have been abused by men within the corporate world, the political world, and yes, even within the Church. These women bear deep wounds as a result of sexual assault, rape, and various other forms of sexual misconduct....

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Thursday, 03 October 2019 00:20

The Fruit and Root of Slander Featured

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Perhaps you remember the little line, “Sticks and stones may break my bones, but names will never hurt me.” I was taught that idea in my elementary school as a boy by well-meaning teachers. However, that little line is simply not true. Names do hurt people and in fact, they can leave...

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Tuesday, 01 October 2019 00:08

Two B’s That Must Accompany Our Evangelism Featured

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When we become followers of Christ, it’s often the case within many evangelical circles that a very shallow and pragmatic approach to evangelism is immediately taught and modeled. So, what should our evangelism look like and why is this such a vitally important thing to get right from the...

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Wednesday, 25 September 2019 23:50

Discipleship Necessitates a Teachable Spirit Featured

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Little boys grow up playing baseball with the big dream of making it to the professional league some day. A very small percentage of boys actually see that dream realized. However, upon arriving at their first big league ball practice—they suddenly discover that they still have coaches. In...

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Tuesday, 24 September 2019 00:00

You Pray Not Because You Read Not Featured

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Far too often, Christians complain that they’re not praying enough. Statistics point to the reality that many evangelicals find time for recreation, physical fitness, soccer practices, and business responsibilities—but they spend precious little time in prayer. In fact, according to Barn...

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Thursday, 19 September 2019 00:21

PURITAN: All of Life to the Glory of God Featured

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imageWe are often introduced to the Puritans through the lens of Nathaniel Hawthorne’s The Scarlet Letter. However, if your view of the Puritans is centered on a group of religious people who were hunting down witches—you don’t know the Puritans at all.

In the documentary PURITAN:...

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Monday, 16 September 2019 22:52

Yes, God Still Performs Miracles Featured

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After a healing service among a group of charismatics in our community was held in our city’s convention center, I publicly critiqued it—pointing to their unbiblical doctrine and practices. It didn’t take long to start receiving hate mail, and one of the people asked me why I had...

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Wednesday, 04 September 2019 22:31

Psalm 119: The Psalmist Who Was Fixed on God’s Word Featured

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Recently we finished a fence project on our property where we have now placed some goats. Three of these goats are so small that our children are feeding them with bottles a few times each day. The last feeding of the day is at night just before bed, and my two oldest have to make their walk down...

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Monday, 02 September 2019 23:23

Why all Pastors Should Look to Epaphroditus as a Worthy Example Featured

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When you visit a baseball park for a game, it’s common to see boys and men wearing their favorite player’s jersey. Complete with their ball cap, glove, and jersey—they enjoy the experience of watching their favorite ball player play the game. It’s good to set before your...

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Thursday, 29 August 2019 00:29

What If the Church Today Followed the Message of Ezra? Featured

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As I grew up in an evangelical setting, specifically in a Southern Baptist Church, I would hear the preaching of pastors and evangelists thundering the need for revival. I can remember when the liberals had overtaken the SBC and infiltrated many other evangelical denominations. I have also heard...

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Monday, 26 August 2019 23:48

How Should Sanctification Affect the Tongue? Featured

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Edward Hall, born January 15 1988, is a former professional strongman—known for his world record deadlift of 1,102 lbs in the 2016 World’s Strongest Man competition. The training and lifting that’s required to arrive at an elite level strongman competition requires a balance of...

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Wednesday, 21 August 2019 22:01

The Results of True Worship Featured

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What do you think of when you consider the weekly and regular worship of God by the gathered church on the Lord’s Day? Do you think of the singing or the preaching or the praying? What happens when God’s people worship him rightly? 

In his book titled, Worship: The Ultimate...

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Tuesday, 20 August 2019 01:01

9 Lessons on 9 Years of Ministry at PMBC Featured

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Just a couple of weeks ago, I celebrated my ninth anniversary as pastor of Pray’s Mill Baptist Church. I am not “the” pastor, but one of several pastors who love and serve this local church. My title is “senior” pastor, but I’m not the senior among our elders who...

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Wednesday, 14 August 2019 22:24

Three Reasons Why Jesus Did Not Go to Hell When He Died Featured

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Anyone who has studied 1 Peter 3:18-22 understands that it’s a challenging passage of Scripture to exegete and teach. There are some rather difficult passages to unpack and yet, there is one specific line in that section of verses that has caused many people to embrace a false teaching about...

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Tuesday, 13 August 2019 00:41

Stop Using Michael Brown as a Social Justice Tool Featured

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On August 9, 2014 Michael Brown was shot and killed by officer Darren Wilson in Ferguson Missouri. Soon enough, the city erupted in rage against law enforcement and Twitter exploded with the hashtag #Ferguson. Today, the names Michael Brown and Ferguson are inseparably connected with the Black...

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Wednesday, 07 August 2019 23:11

Applying a Big God Theology to Your Life During Trials Featured

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When you first come across the theology of God’s absolute sovereignty over all things—it’s like you see the world through new eyes. Every page of Scripture, as you turn it, it’s as if the truth of the bigness of God leaps off the pages. Soon enough, you find yourself digging...

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Tuesday, 06 August 2019 02:04

Is a Particular Lived Experience Necessary? Featured

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The social justice train continues to roll through evangelicalism, and one of the core tenets of this ideology is an elevation of lived experience. Proponents of the social justice movement are pressing the idea that a particular lived experience is necessary in order to navigate the challenges of...

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Tuesday, 30 July 2019 00:15

Do Not Miss the Theology of the Song Featured

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One of the great ways we’re called to worship God is by singing. All through the Old Testament, we find passages where God’s people are called to sing to the LORD. In Psalm 9:11, we find these words, “Sing praises to the LORD, who sits enthroned in Zion! Tell among the peoples his...

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Thursday, 25 July 2019 01:07

The Work of the Word in Worship Featured

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The world is filled with manuals for almost everything imaginable. We have manuals for vehicle repair, lawn equipment operation, and computer usage. So, when it comes to the worship of God, we have a sufficient manual in the sacred Scriptures that we call the Word of God. If the Word of God is the...

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Monday, 22 July 2019 23:45

By What Standard? Featured

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Today a big announcement is being made by Founders Ministries regarding a very important documentary that chronicles the story of how we’ve arrived at the very juncture of the modern downgrade of the SBC. I want to explain why this is so important and how you can get involved.

By What...

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Tuesday, 09 July 2019 00:20

Quiz: How Much Do You Know About Predestination?

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I know it’s summer, and quizzes are the last thing most people want to think about, but take the quiz below and share the online quiz with your friends!

Can you make a perfect score?

 

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