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, 12 September 2018 09:53

The Silence of the Lamb

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Matthew 27:14 (HCSB)But He didn’t answer him on even one charge, so that the governor was greatly amazed.

When Jesus was before Pontus Pilate (the fifth prefect of the Roman province of Judea), though false charges were greatly stacked up against Him, He remained silent.

Think about it….

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Sunday, 09 September 2018 14:16

Social Justice and the Fear of God

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“Social Justice” is about changing the plight of a group of people who are being treated unfairly by the powers that be. Usually, the battle for fairness is about wealth distribution, unachievable opportunities, and/or privileges which are nearly impossible to obtain by the non-elite....

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James 2:8 (HCSB)Indeed, if you keep theroyal law prescribed in the Scripture, Love your neighbor as yourself, you are doing well.

According to “Blue Letter Bible,” the “royal law” (in its most literal form) means… the “law of our king.” Here is a picture...

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“How great the value which this truth teaches us to attach to each single day! We are so easily led to look at life as a great whole, and to neglect the little to-day, to forget that the single days do indeed make up the whole, and that the value of each single day depends on its influence on...

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Monday, 02 July 2018 09:46

Loving His Manner

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Psalms 119:97 (ESV)Oh how I love your law!It is my meditation all the day.

When I became a Christian, I suddenly had an affinity for righteousness. I was instantly drawn towards all that is good, what is holy. I was drawn to God Himself. The above verse expresses what only those who have been...

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Do you ever shy away from evangelizing, because you are not sure how to make it clear to non-Christians that they are culpable to God? I know that I have. Sharing the Gospel can be scary stuff. In order to make encounters a little less frightening, here is an easy way to explain to an unbeliever...

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Wednesday, 13 June 2018 05:46

That Helpful Tension

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Matthew 22:34-40 (HCSB)When the Pharisees heard that He had silenced the Sadducees, they came together. And one of them, an expert in the law, asked a question to test Him: “Teacher, which command in the law is the greatest?” He said to him, “Love the Lord your God with all your...

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Friday, 08 June 2018 11:34

God is Jealous?

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Exodus 34:14 (NASB)—for you shall not worship any other god, for the Lord, whose name is Jealous, is a jealous God—

Jealousy describes the experience of not being loved by the one you love. Of course, God is jealous! His image bearers reject Him, even though they know better…

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Friday, 01 June 2018 21:28

4:17… An Address With Many Answers

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Who is God?

God…

Romans 4:17b (HCSB)…gives life to the dead and calls things into existence that do not exist.

What is sin?

James 4:17 (HCSB)So it is a sin for the person who knows to do what is good and doesn’t do it.

What does God’s judgement of sin look like?

1 Peter 4:17...

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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.

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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?

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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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