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

Grace To You - Apologetic Report

The only thing postmodernists are certain about is that nobody can be certain about anything.

That idea isn’t only a logical fallacy. It’s also antithetical to the teaching of Jesus Christ. He promised that His true disciples “will know the truth, and the truth will make [them]...

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Tuesday, 19 September 2017 18:00

Rationality Without the Rationalism Featured

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The world changed when the Berlin Wall fell in 1989. From a practical perspective, the physical barrier separating communism from capitalism had been removed. But the worldview shift it signified had far greater ramifications for all of us. That momentous event in Germany sounded the death knell...

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Sunday, 17 September 2017 18:00

Modernity to Postmodernity: From Bad to Worse Featured

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We rejoice when evil dictators are brought to justice. But all too often it creates a void waiting to be filled by an even worse ruler.

The same can be said for worldviews as well. The fall of one dominant secular philosophy invariably paves the way for an even more ungodly belief system to follow....

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The world has enshrined tolerance as perhaps the greatest of all virtues. This new zeitgeist suppresses all who would call anything wrong or sinful. Exclusive truth claims appear to be headed for rapid extinction in this new world order.

As Christians who worship “the way, the truth and the lif...

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Tuesday, 12 September 2017 18:00

No God, No Truth (Know God, Know Truth) Featured

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Truth has no meaning apart from God.

Truth cannot be adequately explained, recognized, understood, or defined without God as the source. Since He alone is eternal and self-existent and He alone is the creator of all else, He is the fountain of all truth.

If you don’t believe that, try defining...

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Sunday, 10 September 2017 18:00

Can Truth Survive in a Postmodern Society? Featured

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Is truth subjective? Does it hinge on our preferences and perspective?

Many today would answer yes to both questions. That’s why most social media platforms today are weighed down with endless debates that boil down to “my truth” versus “your truth.” But that kind of...

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Those of us who grew up in a hot and dry climate know the value of tall, established trees. Their canopies are a glorious and desirable haven from the blazing desert sun. Those great trees are a profound reminder of an earlier generation who planted them with foresight for our present benefit.

In...

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Tuesday, 05 September 2017 18:00

Hermeneutics for Parenting: Teach the Word Featured

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I vividly remember the first time I laid my eyes on each of my four children, and the joy that rushed over me. Each time that joy was followed quickly by the humbling weight of responsibility. If you’re a parent, you’ve no doubt experienced the same mix of emotions. Children are...

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Sunday, 03 September 2017 18:00

Hermeneutics for Parenting: Obey the Word Featured

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When it comes to training and influencing your kids, it’s true that “more is caught than taught.” Especially in the formative years, your children are going to learn at least as much from what you do as what you say. You’ve no doubt seen this in the way your children mimic...

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How are you doing serving in the mission field under your own roof? For those of us with children, we have a solemn biblical responsibility to evangelize them—“to train up a child in the way he should go” (Proverbs 22:6).

The nature of evangelism in the Christian home is unique. We...

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Tuesday, 29 August 2017 18:00

Hermeneutics for Parenting: Study the Word Featured

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As I struggled to watch my beloved football team losing a playoff game, my young son sat beside me. As he often does, he began a string of questions. “Who are they playing, Daddy?” In a moment of depressed sarcasm, I replied, “A bunch of lousy cheaters!” After a few more...

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Sunday, 27 August 2017 18:00

Hermeneutics for Parenting: Set Your Heart Featured

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Few people have experienced the providential blessing on their lives that Ezra enjoyed. He found favor in the court of the Persian king and was among the leaders of Israel’s return from captivity. His dedication to the Lord and brokenness over the people’s sin led to one of the great...

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Thursday, 24 August 2017 18:00

Friday’s Featured Sermon: “The Theology of Sleep” Featured

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The world of consumerism is in a constant state of restlessness. Manufacturers and marketers relentlessly search for improved results. Those who achieve the greatest success become the latest benchmark for results-driven methodology. And there’s no shortage of people who flock to these...

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Tuesday, 22 August 2017 18:00

The Four Soils: The Fertile Ground Featured

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Our approach to evangelism shouldn’t be influenced by the way people respond to the gospel.

When the gospel is preached faithfully and clearly, acceptance of the message is never the result of the skill of the messenger or the marketing of the message. As we have seen throughout this series,...

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Sunday, 20 August 2017 18:00

The Four Soils: Among the Thorns Featured

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Most of us have endured the tragedy of watching people we counted as spiritual brothers and sisters leave the church and turn their backs on Christ. It is heartbreaking to see friends and loved ones reject the Savior and instead pursue sin.

When we think of apostasy, we generally think of blatant...

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Perhaps the most ignored mission field is the one right under our noses. Fluency in Christianese and regular church attendance doesn’t necessarily mean a person is born again. In fact, external religiosity can be the most effective way to hide internal carnality.

This fact shouldn’t be...

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Tuesday, 15 August 2017 18:00

The Four Soils: The Rocky Ground Featured

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Just a short drive from the freeways and congestion of Los Angeles you’ll find barren hills and mountains. During the rainy season they suddenly spring to life with luxuriant-looking greenery. But they quickly revert to a parched brown. The green that looked so promising turns into lifeless...

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Sunday, 13 August 2017 18:00

The Four Soils: Beside the Road Featured

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Ineffective evangelism can cause a lot of soul searching for the one evangelizing. Some re-evaluate the message while others question their methodology. But those are only worthwhile endeavors insofar as the message remains faithful to the one true gospel (Galatians 1:8–9) and the methodology...

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What does it mean to follow Christ? Is it the product of a momentary emotional decision, or a lifelong pursuit marked by sacrifice and self-denial?

In his sermon “Barriers to True Discipleship,” John MacArthur explains what Christ meant when He said, “Follow Me.”

“Followi...

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Tuesday, 08 August 2017 18:00

The Parable of the Sower and Bad Evangelism Featured

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One of the dominant myths in evangelicalism is that the growth of Christianity hinges on its popularity. The idea that more people will repent if only the preacher were cooler or funnier invariably causes the church to suffer through a ridiculous parade of entrepreneurial types who act as though...

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Sunday, 06 August 2017 18:00

The Seismic Shift in Christ’s Teaching Featured

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One very busy day near the end of Jesus’ second year of public ministry, the whole character of His teaching changed. The continual rejection of His teaching by hostile Pharisees triggered a massive and sudden shift. He stopped preaching straightforward sermons peppered with key prophetic...

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Thursday, 03 August 2017 18:00

Peter: The Compassionate and Courageous Leader Featured

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The apostle Peter was not an obvious candidate for leading the early church. He was impulsive, reckless, and vacillated between chest-beating bravado and cowardly retreat—not exactly the kind of guy you’d want to have responsible for your own well-being.

But Jesus Christ spent three...

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Tuesday, 01 August 2017 18:00

Peter: The Servant Leader Featured

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Restraint, humility, and servanthood aren’t obvious leadership qualities in the corporate world. Nor are they character traits that readily spring to mind for modern churches focused on growth and vision. But Christ prioritized those three qualities as he cultivated future leaders of the...

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Sunday, 30 July 2017 18:00

Peter: The Submissive Leader Featured

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The nineteenth-century pastor and author J. R. Miller wrote, “The only thing that walks back from the tomb with the mourners and refuses to be buried is the character of a man. What a man is survives him. It can never be buried.” That is a true sentiment, but there is something more...

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Thursday, 27 July 2017 18:00

Peter: Learning from Life Experience Featured

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How did the Lord take Peter, a man cut from such rough fabric, and refine him into a leader? For one thing, Christ made sure Peter had the kind of life experiences that would shape him into a godly leader. It is in this sense that true leaders are made, not just born.

Experience can be a hard...

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