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, 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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Sunday, 06 August 2017 09:58

4 Things God Cannot Do

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“Nothing is impossible for God,” is a common expression used by Christians for all sorts of situations. The idea is that because our God is so big and powerful and wonderful and beautiful, nothing is impossible for him. Nothing is too big for him. He can do whatever he wants, whenever...

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Sunday, 30 July 2017 12:01

Was Jonah Swallowed by a Whale?

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I had a professor in college who made fun of Christians for believing that Jonah was in the belly of a whale for three days and nights. He once said something like Christians can be so exclusive and so prideful for thinking that other religions believe in absurd things. “But you Christians...

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A few months ago, Tim Keller posted on his Facebook pagea few books that influenced him during college. I quickly made note of the books (along with Keller’s comments) in hopes of being able to view the list at a later time. After reading through the short list, I thought it may be helpful...

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Sunday, 16 July 2017 11:36

Why Money is Not The Root of All Evil

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On several occasions, I’ve heard this expression from others: “Money is the root of all evil.” I’ve heard it from Christians, from irreligious people, in the media, and lots of others places. Some seem to think that money is inherently evil, and we should find no delight...

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Sunday, 09 July 2017 10:13

How to Witness at Work

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How can you be a good Christian witness at work?

To be fair, it’s not always easy. The stress and struggle of a hard job can bring the worst out of even the godliest Christian. Still, you are called to work heartily for the Lord and to honor him and in everything that you do which, of course,...

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Wednesday, 28 June 2017 04:05

An Interview on Blogging

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Are you a young writer?

Let me introduce you to The Young Writer’s Workshop — a monthly membership site packed full of writers under 30. Co-founded by Brett Harris and Jaquelle Crowe, YWW, as they call it, exists to help young writers grow in the craft of writing. One VP of a major...

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Friday, 16 June 2017 04:16

Learning from Charles Spurgeon’s Faults

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I don’t have many heroes but Charles Haddon Spurgeon is one of them. Through his personal example, preaching, and writing, he never ceases to point others to the Lord Jesus. God has used him to shape my life in many ways. Few men inspire me more than the prince of preachers.

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Thursday, 01 June 2017 01:29

2017 Summer Reading List for Christians

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Summer is finally here! Well, technically summer officially starts on June 21st in the states. But it’s sunny outside, I’m not in class (yet), and the pool is open. So it’s summer time to me. Which means, of course, it’s time to gather some good books to read. Which ones are...

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Wednesday, 24 May 2017 14:03

Is The Old Testament Still Relevant Today?

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Why should I read the Old Testament if I’m in New Covenant? Is the Old Testament still relevant today? Do all of those rules even matter to me? These are questions that Christians sometimes ask of the Old testament. You might read the Old Testament and feel intimidated, which makes you want...

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I haven’t been a teenager for several years, but I still remember those days like it was yesterday. I reflect back on junior high and high school with mixed emotions. Part of me feels joy for all the things the Lord allowed me to experience. The other part of me feels sorrow for not feeling...

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