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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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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Monday, 26 June 2017 11:59

Listen to Him

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…quoting Peter…

…who was quoting Moses…

…who had heard directly from God…

…regarding Christ…

Acts 3:22 (HCSB) “…listen to Him…”

What else could I possibly add?

Godspeed, to the brethren!

FOLLOW...

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Wednesday, 14 June 2017 07:20

Too Many Parents

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image Right after God commands the “entire Israelite community” to be holy in Leviticus 19:2, the very next thing He mentions in describing what holiness encompasses, is this…

Leviticus 19:3a (HCSB) “Each of you is to respect his mother and father.”

I find it interesting...

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Saturday, 03 June 2017 09:57

A Picture of Heaven: Enemies Becoming One

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During this past baseball season, my son’s college team (which he pitches for) participated in a very unique moment. During the second game of a double header, a sustained wind storm had suddenly kicked up. This caused the game to be constantly halted for the remaining second half, making...

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I am of the firm belief that making sure my kids are without excuse with regards to special revelation is the most important aspect of my parenting of them. What I mean by “special revelation” is: that which God has revealed about Himself through His Word, the Bible. It’s...

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Wednesday, 03 May 2017 12:45

Persuade… With Gentleness and Respect

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2 Corinthians 5:10-11a (ESV) “For we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ, so that each one may receive what is due for what he has done in the body, whether good or evil. Therefore, knowing the fear of the Lord, we persuade others.”

The future evaluation of mankind...

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Friday, 21 April 2017 12:42

The Fear of Christ

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Nehemiah is one of my favorite characters in scripture. He clearly understood the importance of not only being concerned with having a healthy fear of God, but he also understood the importance of being concerned with the well-being of God’s people. Such concerns are the essence of what we...

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Wednesday, 12 April 2017 11:12

Charity… Not Sloppy Agape

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image I do not usually read the King James Version of the Bible. For my personal daily reading, I prefer the Holman Christian Standard Bible. Recently, a close friend of mine, who prefers the “KJV” for his daily reading time, had shared with me and some other brothers in Christ its rendering...

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Friday, 24 March 2017 07:10

Servants (Deacons and Fellow Slaves)

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In the church, there is a distinct difference between two types of servants…

1) Those who are designated to fulfill leadership requirements of church function (which the elders are not designated to fulfill) and…

2) Those who are servants of Christ.

In other words, in the Greek, there...

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Whenever I read Psalm 136 (in my flesh), I am tempted to just skip the second half of every verse, and just focus on the first half of each verse instead (because it just repeats), reading it like this…

“Give thanks to the Lord, for He is good.Give thanks to the God of gods.Give thanks...

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Saturday, 11 March 2017 04:39

In the Name of Love (Pride)

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Back in September of 1984, the band U2 released what became one of its most well-known songs… Pride (In the Name of Love).

According to songfacts.com it is…

“…a tribute to Martin Luther King, Jr. An exhibit dedicated to the civil rights leader was on display at the Chicago...

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Wednesday, 08 March 2017 02:17

The “type” and “antitype” of LOVE

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When I wrote A New Commandment?, I offered an explanation of the difference between these two verses…

Leviticus 19:18 (ESV) “You shall not take vengeance or bear a grudge against the sons of your own people, but you shall love your neighbor as yourself: I am the Lord.”

John 13:34...

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Friday, 03 March 2017 02:58

Where the Scriptures Point

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The Apostle John gives an account in his Gospel about how Jesus responded to those who had criticized Him for healing a lame man on the Sabbath (John 5). It’s a great illustration regarding the difference between His critics, those who live life looking to the law, and Christians, those who...

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Friday, 24 February 2017 01:29

Atheism (Without God in the World)

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According to American Atheists

“Atheism is not a disbelief in gods or a denial of gods; it is a lack of belief in gods.”

(I added the underlines for emphasis.)

“Belief” is synonymous with trust. Therefore, when I read this definition of “atheism,” I then...

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Wednesday, 15 February 2017 13:08

A Better Question

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The above photo is from a Facebook post that someone put up. It’s a common topic of debate within church circles, and the responses to it in this thread were again, no different. At my last look, the response count was at 312. Who knows what it’s up to now?

The debate is always the same....

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