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, 24 June 2018 18:00

The Deadly Dangers of Passive Discernment Featured

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King Solomon was the epitome of discernment. Scripture declares that his wisdom “surpassed the wisdom of all the sons of the East and all the wisdom of Egypt” (1 Kings 4:30). Moreover, God granted him unsurpassed discernment: “Behold I have given you a wise and discerning heart,...

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During the 2016 Christmas season, Answers in Genesis lit up its full-scale replica of Noah’s Ark with the colors of the rainbow. That seemingly innocuous act created a storm of protest from people pushing the LGBT agenda. Homosexuals were incensed that a Christian apologetics ministry would...

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Tuesday, 19 June 2018 18:00

The Source and Supply of All Discernment Featured

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If you could ask God for anything, what would that be? 

We may sometimes fantasize about that question, but for Solomon it was reality. When he became king after the death of David, the Lord appeared to him in a dream and said, “Ask what you wish Me to give you” (1 Kings 3:5)....

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Sunday, 17 June 2018 18:00

Discernment Demands Humility Featured

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If we have no desire to be discerning, we won’t be discerning. Proverbs 2:3-6 says,

If you cry for discernment, lift your voice for understanding; if you seek her as silver and search for her as for hidden treasures; then you will discern the fear of the Lord and discover the knowledge of God....

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Jonah is a famous Bible character for one big reason—the giant fish that swallowed him whole and three days later regurgitated him, alive and well. From Sunday-school flannelgraphs to modern folklore, that astounding event dominates almost every discussion about Jonah. But we shouldn’t...

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Tuesday, 12 June 2018 18:00

Our Duty to Discern Featured

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When Aben Johnson sold his Detroit-based television station in 1997, he began heavily investing in gemstones. While he had dabbled in diamonds since 1988, he now had the capital he needed to purchase the rarest stones money could buy. He spent three million dollars on a blue diamond called the...

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Sunday, 10 June 2018 18:00

Shun What Is Evil Featured

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Evil is always dangerous, but it isn’t always obvious. Its most sinister forms usually require careful discernment. That’s why Paul included a negative command when instructing Christians to be discerning: “Examine everything carefully; hold fast to that which is good; abstain...

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Tuesday, 05 June 2018 18:00

Cling to What Is Good Featured

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Christianity is not a passive or purely academic religion. God’s Word calls us to action and investigation concerning all truth claims: “Examine everything carefully; hold fast to that which is good; abstain from every form of evil” (1 Thessalonians 5:21–22).

Last time we...

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Sunday, 03 June 2018 18:00

Judge Everything Featured

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False teachers flourish where there is no scrutiny. That’s why so many of them set up camp in environments where there is little to no biblical discernment—where God’s Word is nothing more than a supplement to personal experience, anecdote, and embellishment.

Why do the heavy...

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Thursday, 31 May 2018 18:00

The Value of Discrimination Featured

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That’s discrimination!

What immediately comes to mind when you hear that phrase? It’s almost always a pejorative in the modern vernacular, and never confused with a compliment.

To be accused of discrimination nowadays is overwhelmingly synonymous with the sin of partiality—showing...

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Tuesday, 29 May 2018 18:00

All That Glitters Is Not Gold Featured

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Eureka!

It is a simple Greek word, only six letters long. But for a generation of treasure seekers in the late 1840s, it became a life slogan. Meaning “I have found it!” in English, the term purportedly comes from Archimedes, the Greek mathematician who cried out “Eureka!...

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Tuesday, 22 May 2018 18:00

Reconciled by the Work of Substitution Featured

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How can God be both just and the justifier of sinful men (cf. Romans 3:26)? That question represents the true mystery of reconciliation between God and man, and it’s not humanly answerable. A divinely designed solution is required for God to reconcile sinners to Himself without compromising...

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Sunday, 20 May 2018 18:00

Reconciled by the Response of Obedience Featured

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The means of our reconciliation to God—the sacrificial death of Christ, the perfect forgiveness God applies to our sin—are divine works. But there is a human component that goes along with it. We bear some responsibility, too, if we are to be reconciled and redeemed. Paul hints at it in...

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What is your Christian identity based upon? Maybe you attend an excellent church, listen to the best teachers, embrace the right doctrines, and serve in the noblest ministry. Those are all good and integral elements of a healthy Christian walk. But they don’t make you a Christian.

It may seem...

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Tuesday, 15 May 2018 18:00

Reconciled by the Act of Forgiveness Featured

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True reconciliation requires God’s forgiveness; it can occur only if the offended party is willing to forgive and remove the barrier sin creates. The sinner cannot remove that barrier, and so cannot reconcile himself to God. Only the Lord can effect reconciliation by choosing not to count our...

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Sunday, 13 May 2018 18:00

Reconciled by the Will of God Featured

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Reconciliation is difficult with people and impossible with God. We can build bridges to those previously offended and patch the wounds of those we’ve hurt. But God is perfectly righteous and perfectly just. We are powerless to repair the damage done by our crimes against Him.

Put simply, we ca...

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Thursday, 10 May 2018 18:00

Friday’s Featured Sermon: “Two Paths, One Way” Featured

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Hell has many residents who formerly professed faith in Christ. They didn’t “lose their salvation” because that’s biblically impossible (John 10:27–29). They are people who claimed to know Jesus, only to find out that Jesus didn’t know them.

It’s hard to...

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Tuesday, 08 May 2018 18:00

Messengers of Reconciliation Featured

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Our primary ministry as Christians is the natural extension of God’s ministry to us.

Now all these things are from God, who reconciled us to Himself through Christ and gave us the ministry of reconciliation, namely, that God was in Christ reconciling the world to Himself, not counting their...

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Sunday, 06 May 2018 18:00

The Christian's Job Description Featured

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Years ago, a mundane event turned into one of the more interesting and memorable moments of my life. I was flying from Los Angeles to El Paso, Texas, to speak at a men’s conference. I was seated in the dreaded middle seat, slowly progressing toward El Paso. The man in the window seat next to...

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What kind of separation do you practice as a Christian? Do you avoid secular music and movies? Maybe you boycott corporations with liberal agendas. Perhaps you send your kids to a Christian school. The dangers posed by worldly influences seem to be lurking everywhere these days, and God’s...

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Tuesday, 01 May 2018 18:00

Lessons About Worship and Faith Featured

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We don’t often consider the lessons we might learn from the strife between siblings—even when it is recorded in Scripture. But through a brief episode in Luke’s gospel, the Holy Spirit has much to teach us about the nature of faith and worship.

Now as they were traveling along, He...

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Sunday, 29 April 2018 18:00

A Lesson About Preferring Others Featured

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There are no careless or wasted words in Scripture. Under the inspiration of the Holy Spirit, human authors recorded with perfect precision the exact message God intended to deliver to His church.

That means that even simple vignettes—like the Lord’s visit to the home of Martha and...

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The sin that God hates most is the one that comes most naturally to us. It’s not something we learn—it’s a base instinct built into our fallen nature: human pride.

When God ranks the most egregious sins, pride sits atop that list (Proverbs 6:16–17). John MacArthur explains...

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Tuesday, 24 April 2018 18:00

Working and Worshiping Featured

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Siblings often bear distinguishing similarities—physical and emotional evidence of their shared gene pool and upbringing. But they can also sharply diverge in their personality quirks and other character qualities.

In the gospels we meet two sisters who became close friends with Jesus during...

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Sunday, 22 April 2018 18:00

Friends of Christ Featured

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When we think about the life of our Lord, we generally focus on His preaching, His confrontations with religious hypocrites, and His relationships with His disciples. But we can easily overlook the friendships He enjoyed with everyday people—those with whom He found hospitality, fellowship,...

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