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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Wednesday, 23 May 2018 06:51

Faith… According to Hebrews 11:1

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I have an employee who recently responded to me by saying…

“Just have faith.”

It was in response to a conversation that we were having about an upcoming deadline that we (together) had to meet… and our ducks were not yet in a row. He used the phrase in a colloquial sense,...

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First, read Hosea 2:16-20 by clicking here.

Hosea 2:16-17 (NKJV)“And it shall be, in that day,”Says the Lord,“That you will call Me ‘My Husband,’And no longer call Me ‘My Master,’For I will take from her mouth the names of the Baals,And they shall be...

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Thursday, 26 April 2018 22:41

The Law of Christ… Taking Part in Restoration

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Read Galatians by clicking here.

Paul, an apostle, wrote to the Galatian church in order to give them encouragement, because infiltrators were “troubling” its members by placing a yoke of Judaism upon their shoulders. Whoever these negative influencers were, they must have been quite...

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Thursday, 19 April 2018 10:07

I Am He… Oh, the Irony

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Back in December of 2017, the Church of Sweden made a move to begin using more gender-neutral language when referring to God. (Click here to read the article.) A month later, in January of this year, the same concept was adopted by the Episcopalian Diocese of Washington, D.C. (Click here to read...

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Sunday, 15 April 2018 04:42

Acts 17… A Special Chapter

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Acts 17:22-34 (ESV)Then Paul stood in the middle of the Areopagus and said: “Men of Athens! I see that you are extremely religious in every respect. For as I was passing through and observing the objects of your worship, I even found an altar on which was inscribed:

TO AN UNKNOWN GOD.

Therefore,...

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Wednesday, 04 April 2018 02:58

What is Baptism? (According to Peter)

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Whatever definition we (Christians) might consider for baptism, if an apostle of Jesus Christ has something to say about it, we ought to listen. Not only ought we listen, but we must also consider the implications of what is described, and then change course regarding our own personal views;...

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Sunday, 25 March 2018 08:52

Jeremiah… A Prophet to All Ancestry

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Hebrews 8:7-13 (HCSB)For if that first covenant had been faultless, there would have been no occasion for a second one. But finding fault with His people, He says:Look, the days are coming, says the Lord, when I will make a new covenant with the house of Israel and with the house of Judah — no...

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Sunday, 18 March 2018 06:18

Thoughts on Hebrews 3:7-4:11

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Hebrews 3:7 – 4:11 (ESV)Therefore, as the Holy Spirit says,“Today, if you hear his voice,do not harden your hearts as in the rebellion,on the day of testing in the wilderness,where your fathers put me to the testand saw my works for forty years.Therefore I was provoked with that...

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Thursday, 01 March 2018 06:11

Deuteronomy 8:6… Walking in His Ways

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Deuteronomy 8:6 (HCSB) “So keep the commands of the Lord your God by walking in His ways and fearing Him.”

The Old Covenant Member

Under the Old Covenant, the Old Covenant member was required to “keep the commands of the Lord your God.”

How were they to do this?

“…by...

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Unbiblical

It is common to hear within Christian circles that God would never let us go through a trial or to suffer something which we cannot handle.

But, this is NOT what Paul says.

Instead, Paul says that God would never have us experience a temptation that we could never overcome…

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Tuesday, 26 December 2017 02:53

Nature Itself… Teaches the Obvious

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1 Corinthians 11:14-15b (HCSB) “Does not even nature itself teach you that if a man has long hair it is a disgrace to him, but that if a woman has long hair, it is her glory?”

In teaching the Corinthian Church about the practice of head coverings for women, Paul makes a reference to what...

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The Gospel of Matthew provides a detailed description, given by Christ Himself to a listening crowd, which characterizes those of whom are the citizens of His kingdom. In chapters 5-7, in the “Sermon on the Mount,” Jesus refers to this specific group of people as being...

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Wednesday, 06 December 2017 23:01

Learned and Turned (Christ and Adam… Respectively)

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There is a quality which both Adam and Christ share. They each lacked what we all do not lack… “original sin.”

What is original sin?

Here’s a description of original sin as given by Got Questions?org

“…that sin and its guilt that we all possess in...

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Just before King David had died, he had given his son Solomon some direct orders regarding a few things, which he either wanted taken care of, or continually kept in view, with respect to certain individuals. Some were to be shown kindness, and some not…

1) Joab…

“Moreover you...

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Did Jesus Think He Was God?

I’ve come across people who say that Jesus never claimed to be God, because He never explicitly said these specific words…

“I am God.”

Now, IF it is true that there must be a direct quote in the Bible of Jesus saying “I am God” (in order...

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Monday, 06 November 2017 05:20

A Peculiar People Love the Brotherhood

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The Old Covenant

Deuteronomy 28:9-10 (CSB) “The Lord will establish you as his holy people, as he swore to you, if you obey the commands of the Lord your God and walk in his ways. Then all the peoples of the earth will see that you bear the Lord’s name, and they will stand in awe of...

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Wednesday, 01 November 2017 15:51

Why is Jesus Qualified to be the Savior?

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Jesus Christ actively obeyed any law ever given by God. He actively obeyed both:

1) Positive Law – Explicitly given, direct commands such as: the Law of Moses.

And…

2) Natural Law – Default right and wrong: love God and love man, which is what positive law depends upon…

Matthew...

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Saturday, 21 October 2017 02:18

Wishing They Were Dead: How to Handle Despair

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I love the honesty of scripture. It’s not merely some clinical, “standard operating procedure” for how life works. It’s personal. It gives accounts of real people who suffered struggles of all varieties. And, as a result of these struggles, scripture gives us many examples...

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Tuesday, 10 October 2017 13:08

The Rejoicing Eunuch

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The “Living in the Vine” guys had Pastor, Doug Van Dorn on as a guest on their podcast entitled: Baptism. Click here to listen to episode #29.

The episode has many nuggets. One which really stood out to me took place at about 43:41. Here, Van Dorn (in order to answer a question from one...

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Psalms 26 (ESV) “Vindicate me, O LORD, for I have walked in my integrity, and I have trusted in the LORD without wavering. Prove me, O LORD, and try me; test my heart and my mind. For your steadfast love is before my eyes, and I walk in your faithfulness. I do not sit with men of falsehood, no...

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Wednesday, 13 September 2017 11:59

Flanking Romans: To Bring About the Obedience of Faith

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Several months ago, I had noticed something at the start of the book of Romans which I had not noticed before. It was the phrase, to bring about the obedience of faith. Now, this phrase might not seem like an earth shattering concept to most, but for whatever reason, it was to me, and it simply...

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Back in February of 2015, news agencies from around the world reported about how ISIS was destroying priceless statues and artifacts from the ancient Assyrian world. Historians watched in horror as that era’s past was being reduced to crumbled piles of dust.

It’s not uncommon...

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Thursday, 10 August 2017 06:08

The Christian Walk (It’s Not About Rules)

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Most people in the tennis world would now agree that Roger Federer is the greatest tennis player that ever lived. He represents or embodies what it means to be a tennis player. He is the standard by which all tennis players will be measured by, for (at minimum) at least the near future. What makes...

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Monday, 24 July 2017 12:17

How to Identify a False God

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Isaiah 46:9b-10 (HCSB)"…I am God, and there is no other;I am God, and no one is like Me.I declare the end from the beginning,and from long ago what is not yet done,saying: My plan will take place,and I will do all My will."

Let's face it. There is only one God, and everyone knows it…

Rom...

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Sunday, 16 July 2017 05:40

Get Your Own Dirt

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The secular (atheist) scientist says to God…

“Hey, we scientists have figured out how to make life from dirt, just as described in that book of Yours, Genesis.

God: Oh yeah?

Scientist: Yep

God: Show Me.

Scientist: No problem!

So, the scientist started to gather some dirt, and just as he was...

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