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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Snapchat is now showing X-Rated content on its social media platform in a new feature called “Cosmo After Dark.” Immediately after hearing about this update, I deleted my Snapchat account. Technically, my account is deactivated. But it will be deleted in 30 days. Christian, will you...

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Most graduation speeches aren’t actually that helpful. The speakers say things like follow your heart, never give up on your dreams, and be the change you want to see in the world. Some of the things they say are helpful. But it’s mostly fluff. No substance. The same ole stuff people...

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Sunday, 13 May 2018 23:22

What is Historical Theology?

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I once did a genogram of my biological family. I went back and studied my family’s history. I spoke with my mother about my family, my grandparents, my great-grandparents, and many more beyond them. While I was not able to glean information about every single person in the history of my...

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Sunday, 06 May 2018 23:41

The Happy Christians

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I love spending time with other brothers and sisters in the faith. As the old saying goes, some things are caught, not taught. So when I hang out with other believers, I’m constantly catching things. I become more like Christ because of them. And without a doubt, the most encouraging...

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Sunday, 29 April 2018 23:20

How to Remember What You Read

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I love to read books. But few things discourage me more than not remembering what I read. I don’t want to give 6, 8, 10 hours of my life towards a book only to not remember any of it when I’m done. This is frustrating. But I know I’m not alone. Because of the fall, our memories...

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Titus 3:2 tells us “to speak evil of no one, to avoid quarreling, to be gentle, and to show perfect courtesy toward all people.” We should not speak evil of anyone (especially Christians). And we should avoid quarreling at all costs. Does this characterize your social media...

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Sunday, 15 April 2018 23:32

Book Blurbs (January – April 2018)

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Bookblurbs is a segment on the blog where I list books I’m reading along with a brief blurb about each book. The aim is to help you identify new authors and potential books of interests. While I may dabble in more books then I mention, I will only mention books that are at least worth...

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Note: This is a guest post from Trevor Nashleanas. While I’ve entitled this article “Some Practical Christian Marriage Advice for Newlyweds,” I’m sure anyone who is married, regardless of how long, can find some helpful advice.

It was the fall of 2008. I’d met a girl...

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I love listening to sermons. Some preachers I enjoy listening to are Bryan Chappell, C.J. Mahaney, and John Piper, among others. But sermons aren’t the only thing I listen to when I listen to podcasts. Other than sermons, which Christian podcasts do I listen to the most?

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Since I’m a...

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Monday, 26 March 2018 00:05

The Blessing of a Good Example

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“You are a hardcore student of the Word,” he told me. I didn’t think much about it. I just took it as a compliment and moved on. People say these sorts of things to me from time to time. But after thinking about my passion for God’s Word, I remember that it didn’t...

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Sunday, 18 March 2018 22:10

Learning How to Pray Using Index Cards

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If I ask you how your prayer life is going, chances are you’ll say “not great” or “it can be better.” Few of us are truly prayer warriors. I’m not sure I’ve ever met a Christian who cannot grow in his or her prayer life. Over the years, I’ve noticed...

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Sunday, 11 March 2018 23:33

How to Find the Best Commentaries

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I absolutely love reading biblical commentaries. We should be thankful that some are called to Ph.D. studies and dedicate their lives to serious study to bless the church with such resources. But since there are a host of commentaries to choose from, how do you know which ones to buy?

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When it comes...

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Sunday, 04 March 2018 22:02

3 Evangelistic Conversation Starter Questions

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Oh no, not another article on evangelism to make me feel guilty.

Few topics make Christians feel more convicted than the topic of evangelism. Many of us (including me) struggle with this spiritual discipline. I often feel inadequate as an evangelist and get discouraged by my efforts. I realize...

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Sunday, 25 February 2018 21:46

Why Nothing Will Stop the Mission of God

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“The church in America is not doing well,” someone told me. I talked to her about where she wanted to serve as a ministry leader. She was against serving in the U.S.A because, from her perspective, the church is not doing well here. Is that true?

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When we make claims about the current...

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I was surprised yet delighted to see an entire chapter dedicated to Christian singleness in Tim and Kathy Keller’s excellent book on marriage. In a section entitled “Some Practical Counsel for Marriage Seekers,” Keller provides lots of helpful tidbits for singles. I’ve...

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Sunday, 11 February 2018 22:18

9 John Calvin Facts You (Probably) Didn’t Know

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John Calvin is one of my favorite dead guys. Over the years, I’ve made an effort to read both Calvin’s writings and writings about Calvin. Probably the best thing written about Calvin is Bruce Gordon’s excellent biography appropriately entitledCalvinA while back I was...

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Sunday, 04 February 2018 22:06

How to Write and Share Your Testimony

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Sharing your testimony can be a powerful witness for unbelievers and a source of encouragement for those who believe. But how exactly do you share your testimony?

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The answer — my answer, anyway — is that you must provide the answers to three questions:

1. What was my life like before I...

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Sunday, 28 January 2018 23:36

How to Seize Your Commute as a Christian

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How much time do you spend commuting? Whether you’re in a car, bus, airplane, or whatever, you can redeem the time by getting things done while commuting.

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It must be said: the research shows that multi-tasking is not really that effective. So you’re not going to drive with 100% focus and...

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Once I heard a story of a Christian’s method for deciding who and who not to date. An unbeliever asked her out, and she was stuck. She opened her Bible and read an obscure passage in the Old Testament that she believed gave her the green light to say “yes.” As you can imagine,...

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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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