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 January 2016 00:00

Traveling Mercies

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by Gabriel Powell

“Please pray for traveling mercies as we go to . . .”

I don’t eat a lot of sushi, but when I do, one of the ingredients is usually imitation crab. To me, “traveling mercies” is imitation crab in Christian lingo. The phrase communicates something, but it’s a cheap substitute for biblical truth.

A

Friday, 22 January 2016 00:00

The Lord Told Me Featured

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by Cameron Buettel

The church has fallen into a dangerous pattern when it comes to divine direction. Too many believers today are trying to hear directly from God—whether through an audible voice or a stirring of their souls. Worse still are the people who legitimize everything from heresy to fundraising schemes to simple personal decisions

Wednesday, 20 January 2016 00:00

Does Jesus Need Your Invitation? Featured

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by Cameron Buettel

One doesn’t simply invite himself over to the White House for a night in the Lincoln Bedroom, or into Buckingham Palace for tea with the Queen. No matter how earnest your desire or assertive your request, you will be denied access.

And that’s no surprise to most people. We understand that monarchs and heads of state

Monday, 18 January 2016 00:00

John MacArthur on the Danger of Christian Clichés Featured

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If an unbeliever with no religious background walked into your local church, what sense—if any—would he or she be able to make of phrases like “Ask Jesus into your heart,” “I felt led,” or “Let go and let God”? Taken at face value, what should any of that mean to an outsider? And more importantly,

Friday, 15 January 2016 00:00

How to Live in a Pagan Culture Featured

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by Jeremiah Johnson

As believers, we know we’re called to be salt and light in the world (Matthew 5:13-16). But are you ever discouraged or underwhelmed by what little difference your life seems to make? Are you concerned that your influence as salt and light might not reach very far or go very deep?

In a society obsessed with global impact

Wednesday, 13 January 2016 00:00

The Impotence of the False Church Featured

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by Jeremiah Johnson

Imagine you see a drowning man, and the life preserver in your hand is all that stands between him and certain death. You wouldn’t disguise the flotation device to resemble the water in which he was drowning. You wouldn’t openly question the efficacy of the life-preserver, or debate the relative merits of other

Monday, 11 January 2016 00:00

Hope for a Doomed Culture Featured

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by Jeremiah Johnson

This world is racing to hell. In a full sprint and with the hearty approval of their unsaved peers, unrepentant sinners chase down every temptation, indulge every lust, and gleefully invite their own destruction (Romans 1:28-32).

The book of Judges succinctly describes such aggressive godlessness and wanton self-indulgence with

Friday, 08 January 2016 00:00

The Futility of Political Change Featured

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by Jeremiah Johnson

Another election year is upon us, and with it, renewed hopes of favorable political change. While you don’t have to look hard to find cynicism about government and the electoral process, people of all political stripes greet this political season with heightened interest and great expectations.

That includes the church, as

Wednesday, 06 January 2016 00:00

The Pathology of a Doomed Culture Featured

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by Jeremiah Johnson

Do you ever forget how sinful the world is? Not that any believer could mistake this place for an untouched paradise—but do you ever lose sight of the depth and breadth of this ruined world’s corruption?

I think if we’re honest, it’s easy to get caught up in our everyday routines and temporarily forget or

Monday, 04 January 2016 00:00

Kicking at God's Restraints Featured

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by Jeremiah Johnson

In the aftermath of a tragedy, the unbelieving world is always quick to voice their spiritual skepticism with the question, “Where was God?” The underlying accusation is that God must not be so good or powerful if He can’t hold back wickedness and restrain evil. Even believers in moments of deep suffering and

Monday, 21 December 2015 00:00

Separation, Purity, and Christmas Featured

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by Jeremiah Johnson

Christmas is a study in contrasts.

Snow is one of the prominent themes of the holiday, but most of the world doesn’t get snow in December, so people decorate with inflatable snowmen and twinkle lights meant to imitate icicles.

Christmas is hailed as a time of joy, love, and peace, but many feel profound sadness and strife

Friday, 18 December 2015 00:00

Son of the Most High Featured

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by John MacArthur

The angel said to her, “Do not be afraid, Mary; for you have found favor with God. And behold, you will conceive in your womb and bear a son, and you shall name Him Jesus. He will be great and will be called the Son of the Most High; and the Lord God will give Him the throne of His father David; and He will reign over the

Wednesday, 16 December 2015 00:00

The Child of Prophecy Featured

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by John MacArthur

The Christmas story in the Bible begins several hundred years before that night in Bethlehem. One Old Testament prophecy after another promised a coming Savior—the Messiah, the Anointed One—who would redeem the people of God. The centerpiece of all the Christmas prophecies, Isaiah 9:6, was written nearly six hundred

Monday, 14 December 2015 00:00

And His Name Shall Be Called Featured

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by John MacArthur

For such an aggressively godless culture, we still tend to hear the name Jesus Christ with surprising frequency. It’s tragic that the world has turned the Lord’s name into a blasphemous exclamation, but it should not surprise us. Satan can’t erase the truth about Christ, but he will happily settle for turning the

Friday, 11 December 2015 00:00

God Is Not Fair and Christmas Proves It, Part 3 Featured

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by Cameron Buettel

That’s not fair!

That plaintive wail echoes across playgrounds, dining room tables, sports arenas, comment threads, and opinion pages. Built into each of us is a strong sense of what is and isn’t fair, and we’re often quick to complain when inequity appears.

Never mind that—apart from the illuminating work

Wednesday, 09 December 2015 00:00

God Is Not Fair and Christmas Proves It, Part 2 Featured

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by Cameron Buettel

From an early age, we learn to spot hypocrisy—especially in the lives of our parents, teachers, and any other authority figures we hope to undercut. It’s a childish tactic for avoiding rules we don’t like and consequences we don’t want, and it’s one that many grownups still employ. Especially when it

Monday, 07 December 2015 00:00

God Is Not Fair and Christmas Proves It Featured

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by Cameron Buettel

When the daytime temperatures in Southern California dip below 75 degrees, we know that Christmas will be fast upon us. The holiday is a joyous time—particularly for Christians—as it provides us with an outstanding opportunity to talk about Christ.

But the good news of Christ’s birth is increasingly lost on our

Friday, 04 December 2015 00:00

Anna: The Aged Evangelist Featured

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by John MacArthur

Few people paid attention to Christ’s birth, and fewer still were aware that He was the fulfillment of Israel’s hope for Messiah. That spiritual insight was granted to just a small circle of faithful men and women—most of whom we know very little about.

Anna is a particularly mysterious figure—she’s

Wednesday, 02 December 2015 00:00

Anna: The Prophetess from Asher Featured

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by John MacArthur

Scripture wasn’t written carelessly. There are no throwaway verses and no filler. Every word was inspired by the Holy Spirit (2 Timothy 3:16), free from error (cf. Titus 1:2), and profitable for the people of God. It’s all divinely intended for our spiritual growth.

That means God included even minor characters like

Monday, 30 November 2015 00:00

Anna: The Faithful Witness Featured

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by John Macarthur

It is truly remarkable that when Jesus was born, so few people in Israel recognized their Messiah. It was not as if no one was watching for Him. Messianic expectation in the early first century was running at an all-time high.

Scripture records that when John the Baptist began his ministry, “The people were in expectation,

Monday, 23 November 2015 00:00

Separation, Purity, and Thanksgiving Featured

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by Jeremiah Johnson

Thanksgiving is upon us, and your preparations are likely underway. Maybe you’re cleaning your home in anticipation of the friends and family who will soon arrive. Maybe you’re cooking and baking in advance for all the mouths you’ll need to feed. Or perhaps you’ve simply staked out a comfortable place to

Friday, 20 November 2015 00:00

The Fundamentals Personified Featured

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by Cameron Buettel

Fundamental doctrines are fundamental because they are essential to believe and damnable to deny. They bring conviction and provoke rebellion. They affirm truth and expose error. They are preached by those who love the truth and rejected by those who hate it. Either way they demand a response from everyone who claims faith in

Wednesday, 18 November 2015 00:00

Fundamental Doctrines Cannot Be Denied Featured

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by Cameron Buettel

Scripture isn’t all good news—it also conveys some serious threats.

As we consider the fundamentals of our faith, it’s clear the Lord has set forth some truths that cannot be trifled with. While God’s Word offers many glorious promises for believers who affirm and embrace essential gospel truths, it also

Monday, 16 November 2015 00:00

Getting the Gospel Right Is Fundamental Featured

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by Cameron Buettel

The gospel of Jesus Christ is a sacred message. It is God’s chosen means for reaching all who would come to saving faith (1 Corinthians 1:21). Whether you preach to a congregation or witness to your neighbor, eternal destinies hinge on the proclamation of Christ crucified. It’s why the apostle Paul asks the rhetorical

Friday, 13 November 2015 00:00

Is God a Bad Communicator? Featured

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by Cameron Buettel

God is not the author of confusion, as Scripture tells us (1 Corinthians 14:33). But confusion nevertheless reigns in many corners of the modern evangelical church. When it comes to understanding the truth of God’s Word, too many believers are content with subjective interpretations and fluid doctrinal statements. And even