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, 14 January 2018 22:00

4 Reasons Why God Isn’t Answering Your Prayers

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imageGod answers every prayer — but he often says “no.” Why does God sometimes not answer your prayers the way you want him to?

There’s more than just four reasons, I’m sure. But below are a few things that come to mind. Some may apply to you, some of them won’t. ...

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Monday, 08 January 2018 22:00

What Did Jesus Do During His Earthly Ministry?

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What did Jesus do? Space here does not allow me to answer this question in depth. While there is much, much more we can say, after a quick look at the Gospels, we can see that Jesus intended to: (1) usher in the Kingdom of God; (2) bear witness to the truth; (3) fulfill Old Testament prophecies and...

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Sunday, 07 January 2018 21:00

The Tools I Use in Every Day Life

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Recently, I had a conversation with a friend about the tools and resources I use in every day life. He seemed intrigued and asked if I would write down all of the tools and send them to him. I figured if he was interested in these tools, perhaps others would be, too. Which is why I wrote this post.

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Don’t leave your spiritual growth up to spontaneity. Make a plan. Now that we’re in 2018, here are some questions to ask as you formulate ways to grow.

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In no particular order:

1. Am I going to make regular devotions with the Lord a priority and remove all obstacles that prevent me...

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Monday, 01 January 2018 01:42

10 Christian Books to Look Out for in 2018

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Now that it’s finally 2018, here are some books to check out that are set to release this year. Some of these I’m going to try to read; others I’m sure I won’t have the time to read. Either way, they’re books I’ve stumbled upon that may or may not interest you. 1

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Monday, 25 December 2017 23:58

The Top 10 Posts of 2017

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Hope you had a great Christmas!

Thank you to everyone who took the2017 Blog Reader Survey. Wow, the responses have been incredibly helpful, and I’m already making some changes based on the feedback.

Please take the survey if you haven’t. It should take you less than 3...

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Thursday, 14 December 2017 08:53

My Tribute to R.C. Sproul

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I found out earlier today that R.C. Sproul is now with the Lord. I was getting ready to post something on twitter and that’s when I saw the many tributes and tweets about the news of his passing. I stopped and went to the couch in my living room and read more of the tributes. I’m sure...

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Sunday, 10 December 2017 22:34

My Top 10 Books of 2017

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It’s that time of the year where I give you my top 10 books of the year. Curating this list is always fun and difficult. It’s fun because I love reading and recommending books. It gives me great joy to recommend a book that I think will help a brother or sister out. On the flip side,...

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Sunday, 03 December 2017 14:36

Books, Resources, and Bible Reading Plans for Teens

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This was originally supposed to be an article filled with specific Bible reading plans for teens. After searching around, however, I realized that, well, there aren’t many. Nevertheless, I was able to muster up a few, along with other books and resources that may be of interest to Christian...

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Sunday, 26 November 2017 23:36

The Bible is About Jesus

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An important aspect of understanding the Bible is understanding it as a story. One crucial aspect of understanding this story is how the story’s hero — Jesus Christ — relates to certain figures, events, and institutions in the Old Testament. Without understanding how these figures...

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Sunday, 19 November 2017 12:46

3 Ways Jesus Transforms Holiday Stress

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*This is a guest contribution from Bryan Stoudt who blogs regularly at bryanstoudt.com.

All of a sudden, the holidays are here.  As the popular song reminds us, “It’s the most wonderful time of the year”. . . right?

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I lovethe holidays and guess that many of you do, too. ...

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Have you ever wondered why some pastors make it and others don’t?

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One of the best books I’ve read so far in 2017 has been Resilient Ministry: What Pastors Told Us About Surviving and Thriving.Co-authored by Dr. Bob Burns, Dr. Tasha Chapman, and Dr. Donald Guthrie, the book seeks to...

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What would you want by your side toward the end of your life? For many, it’s family and friends. And it should be. But for the Apostle Paul, he had no wife or kids, and he was stuck in prison during the writing of his second letter to Timothy. And even though he was about to die soon, the...

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Thursday, 26 October 2017 03:34

5 Common Misconceptions of Reformation Day

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For many people the date October 31 is significant not only for being the Eve of All Saints (All Hallows Eve, Halloween) but as the day in 1517 when Martin Luther nailed his95 theses to the door of the Castle Church in Wittenburg. These theses were a list of arguments against the abuses of the...

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Monday, 23 October 2017 00:35

25 Bible Reading Tips

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Looking for some Bible reading tips? Below you can find 25 of them.

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In no particular order:

1. Use a Bible reading plan. Here’s some to check out. 2. Read your Bible even when you don’t feel like it. 3. Don’t get down on yourself if you skip a devotional time. 4. Read your Bible...

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A few years ago, I read an articlethat outlined 25 Classic Christian books. Bad news: most of the books are expensive. Good news: many of the books are ridiculously cheap on Kindle. What do you do?

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For you e-readersreading on a budget, here are 10 classics you can add to your arsenal right away...

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Sunday, 08 October 2017 13:57

Do We Have Free Will?

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Do we have free will? Well, sorta, kinda, not really. Actually, it depends.

The question about free will is not a new one. Christians have discussed this for years. As opposed to me writing about free will, I’d like to point you to Wayne Grudem who, in his book, Systematic Theology: An...

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The engagement season is the time when, as they say, you get all of the responsibilities but none of the benefits of marriage.

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Like many Christians, I found the engagement season to be difficult. I was elated when my girlfriend (now wife) said “yes” when I asked her to marry me. But...

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Sunday, 24 September 2017 13:20

Loving God More by Taking Better Care of Your Body

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I have a theory, and it goes something like this: the better I take care of my physical body, the better I am able to love God. Of course, God’s love for you never changes, but your love for him can. And if you take good care of your physical body, you will love God more. I’ve seen this...

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Sunday, 17 September 2017 11:42

Why Pray if God is in Control?

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Why pray if God is in control? It’s an interesting question, isn’t it?

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After all, the Bible tells us that:

  • God predetermines all things from eternity past (Ephesians 1:11).
  • God knows what we need before we ask him (Matthew 6:8).
  • God is unchanging in his character (Hebrews 13:8).

So that begs...

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Sunday, 10 September 2017 12:37

Christian Resources on Homosexuality

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This is a guest contribution from Kyle Keating. Kyle is a MDiv graduate of Covenant Theological Seminary and now works full-time at FirstLight St. Louis. The following is a list of Christian resources on homosexuality that Keating curated, though he does not endorse or agree with everything in each...

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Sunday, 03 September 2017 12:06

Practical Study Tips for Overwhelmed Students

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I have two undergraduate degrees. I also have a nutrition specialist certification, and I’m a former certified personal trainer. I’m working on a MDiv (Master of Divinity) right now. I’ve probably done more schooling than I ever wanted to and, as a result, have had to learn how to...

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Friday, 25 August 2017 04:05

10 Pieces of Advice for Seminary Students

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Before starting biblical Hebrew this past summer, I asked a friend how his break between classes was going. “It’s going well,” he said. “I feel like I can finally read my Bible again and not be anxious about it,” he added. We both enjoyed a good laugh at his comment....

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When asked in this book what he would do if he could do it all over again, Tim Keller gave a simple, yet alarming response: “do less surfing on the internet.”

“I think the internet is the friend of information but the enemy of thought,” Keller said. “There are a hundred...

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Sunday, 13 August 2017 12:13

John Calvin’s Joy in Suffering

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“There is nothing in afflictions which ought to disturb our joy,” proclaimed John Calvin. The fact that John Calvin said these words might not surprise you. But what you may not know is thatCalvin sufferedfrom chronic asthma, migraine headaches, pleurisy, kidney stones, hemorrhoids,...

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