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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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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Tuesday, 07 February 2017 07:39

Scripture’s Threefold Cord

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I don’t know if you’ve ever really thought about it, but scripture has three unique qualities which make it more special than anything else ever written…

Inspiration, Inerrancy, and Authority

These three traits, together, remind me of the words of King Solomon…

Ecclesiastes...

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Tuesday, 31 January 2017 19:18

Put Off/Put On (Embracing its Responsibility)

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Luke 14:18a (ESV) “But they all alike began to make excuses.”

The above quote is from a parable that Jesus told in order to illustrate an example of those who fail to participate in the building of His kingdom. In the parable, excuses were given to the man who had sent his slave to...

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Sunday, 22 January 2017 12:10

Rise Up and Walk… With Him!

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My wife and I rode together with another couple in their car to go out to dinner. At an intersection on the way (while stopped at a traffic light), a man was going from car to car with a sign looking for a hand out. I am always a little torn as to whether or not to give money to such people. I have...

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Friday, 13 January 2017 13:58

Watching the Wicked Prosper

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Psalms 73:3-12 (HCSB) “For I envied the arrogant; I saw the prosperity of the wicked. They have an easy time until they die, and their bodies are well fed. They are not in trouble like others; they are not afflicted like most people. Therefore, pride is their necklace, and violence covers...

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Saturday, 07 January 2017 10:17

A Fool Answered

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How do we respond?

The...

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Monday, 02 January 2017 07:15

Valuable to God

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Unlike how the Bible describes how God values human beings, atheism is not able to treat us as important...

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Wednesday, 21 December 2016 10:31

The Small Miracles

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The above photo is a picture of an unexpected “property tax relief” check which my wife and I received in the mail. I will get to its significance in a moment. But first, I want to share another story of a small miracle…

My oldest son is now a college baseball player. For most of...

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Thursday, 15 December 2016 13:43

Choice

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While going through the book of Jeremiah, I came across an interesting phrasing which accurately describes what a woman transforms into as a result of abortion. In other words, the way in which Jeremiah laments his being persecuted for prophesying against Israel (due to its utter lack of reverence...

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Thursday, 01 December 2016 09:15

Called for Sympathy

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Hebrews 4:15-16 (HCSB) “For we do not have a high priest who is unable to sympathize with our weaknesses, but One who has been tested in every way as we are, yet without sin. Therefore let us approach the throne of grace with boldness, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help us at...

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image The above photo is a picture my oldest of three kids. It was taken last summer at “Perfect Game.” Perfect Game is an organization which showcases and scouts the top high-school aged baseball talent around the country. My son has played organized baseball since the age of five, and from...

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Friday, 11 November 2016 09:33

The Election and Complacency 

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The Presidential Election of 2016 will certainly be considered to be one of the most significant causes of contention, as far as election years go, within the body of Christ here in America. Who to vote for, and also just whether to vote at all, have led to far to many arguments and divisions...

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I originally created the above visual in order to teach my 12 year-old daughter more deeply about how salvation works, and to also show her the difference between the Old and New Covenants with respect to salvation. This blog article was inspired by it. There are three sections: God to Adam, God to...

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Friday, 28 October 2016 18:36

Are You Righteous, or Are You a Sinner?

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Luke 5:21b (HCSB) “…Who can forgive sins but God alone?”

Jesus Christ (who is God) came in the flesh 2,000 years ago in Palestine to be executed on the cross, where He (instead) suffered the deserved wrath for those...

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Saturday, 22 October 2016 17:12

A Better Inheritance, A Better Covenant

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imagePsalms 105:44-45a (HCSB) “He gave them the lands of the nations, and they inherited what other peoples had worked for. All this happened so that they might keep His statutes and obey His instructions.”

At the time of the Old Covenant, God gave the Old Covenant people (the children of...

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The above picture is from the recent protest in Poland, which led to the overturning of a near-total ban on abortion. What grieves my heart is utter the lack of recognition of the obvious… the humanity and personhood of the unborn.

Man (left to his own devices, uninfluenced by the virtue of...

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Saturday, 01 October 2016 07:47

A New Commandment?

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I have a question…

But first, check out these two verses, one from Leviticus and one from the Gospel of John…

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...

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