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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Saturday, 16 September 2017 01:25

5 Reasons Ministry Staff Conflict Can Be Good

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Rebekah Hannah:

Conflict among ministry co-workers is inevitable. A staff of sinners trying to pour themselves out in service will be susceptible to many temptations. They can be tempted to not believe the best of one another, to disagree with the direction of ministry, or to be...

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Wednesday, 13 September 2017 14:44

How Not to Walk by the Spirit

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Adam Mabry:

“I feel like the Lord is leading me to do it.”

Those were my friend’s parting words to me. I told him not to follow this leading, but he’d had an experience he “really felt was from the Lord.” I tried to explain what the Bible had to say about his...

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Tuesday, 12 September 2017 21:18

What is preaching?

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Erik Raymond:

In the excellent book Preach the Word, which is a collection of essays in honor of R. Kent Hughes, D.A. Carson writes a most helpful chapter entitled Challenges for the Twenty-first-century Pulpit. When I pulled this book from my shelf today I saw the note I wrote after reading...

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Tuesday, 12 September 2017 17:14

Protestant and Catholic: What’s the Difference?

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Kevin DeYoung:

Ask a serious Protestant today what is the biggest threat to orthodox Christianity today, and he might mention cultural hostilities, the sexual revolution, or nominalism in our churches. But if you would have asked a Protestant the same question a hundred years ago, he would have...

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Monday, 11 September 2017 16:40

What God Is Doing in the World Today

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Travis Myers:

What is God doing in missions?

SEVEN WAYS HE MOVES IN GLOBAL MISSIONS

Today many debate the correct definition of Christian missions as well as the right understanding of what faithful missionaries should be doing, or prioritizing, in their labors. Answering those important questions...

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Saturday, 09 September 2017 05:23

Serious Sins

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Kevin DeYoung:

Every sin is serious, even the ones that look respectable.

But that doesn’t mean some sins don’t deserve more attention than others.

In fact, when the Bible rattles off a series of sins, it tends to mention many of the same ones. And while we don’t want to do...

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Stephen Wellum:

It’s an understandable question: If we’re justified by faith and forgiven all our sins—past, present, and future—then why is it necessary to continue seeking forgiveness?

Aren’t our sins already forgiven?

Both Saint and Sinner 

There are at least...

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Wednesday, 30 August 2017 01:10

Thinking Like Jesus

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R.C. Sproul:

Several years ago, I was asked to give a convocation address at a major theological seminary in America. In that address, I spoke about the critical role of logic in biblical interpretation, and I pleaded for seminaries to include courses on logic in their required curricula. In almost...

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Tuesday, 29 August 2017 21:53

Why we grow so slowly

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Ray Ortlund:

In his Thoughts on Religious Experience, Archibald Alexander asked why we grow so slowly as Christians.

First, he rounded up the usual suspects: “The influence of worldly relatives and companions, embarking too deeply in business, devoting too much time to amusements, immoderate...

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A rich and wise answer from Abraham Kuyper:

Dwelling in the elect, the Spirit does not slumber, nor does He keep an eternal Sabbath, in idleness shutting Himself up in their hearts; but as divine Worker He seeks from within to fill their individual persons, pouring the stream of His divine...

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Tuesday, 29 August 2017 16:46

Binding the Strong Man

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Jesus ‘Bound the Strong Man’ and What That Means for You

by Brandon D. Crowe:

All Christians acknowledge that the Gospels are vital for discipleship today. But interpreting and applying the Gospels can be difficult since they’re about things that happened a long time...

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Adapted from “Interview with J.I. Packer,” Modern ReformationJuly/Aug 1993.

I see evangelical strength in America needing desperately to be undergirded by Reformation convictions, otherwise, the numeric growth of evangelicals, which has been such a striking thing in our time, is likely...

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Thursday, 24 August 2017 05:45

Community in the Presence of God

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Tim Keller:

Community exists to the degree people are saying to one another, ‘What’s mine is yours.’ We’re not just talking about money at all. As a matter of fact, you can have communism without any community at all, right?

You can have a forced redistribution of wealth...

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Wednesday, 16 August 2017 02:10

Sanctification Is a Direction

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David Powlison:

Sanctification Is a Lifelong Process

Often our practical view of sanctification, discipleship, and counseling posits a monochromatic answer and takes the short view. If you memorize and call to mind one special Bible verse, will it clean up all the mess? Will the right kind of prayer...

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Tuesday, 15 August 2017 05:02

10 Things You Should Know about Repentance

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Sam Storms:

Repentance is a massively important spiritual issue that calls for careful study and clear articulation. Here are ten things to remember about what it means to repent of our sin.

(1) Genuine repentance begins, but by no means ends, with heartfelt conviction of sin. That is to...

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Sunday, 13 August 2017 19:32

When Should Doctrine Divide?

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Gavin Ortlund:

For various reasons I’ve been thinking about how Christians should relate to each other around secondary doctrines. What partnerships and alliances are appropriate among Christians of different denominations, networks, or tribes? What kind of feelings and practices should...

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Sunday, 13 August 2017 07:15

The Eternal Shore

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Five Things We Forget About Heaven, by Gavin Ortlund:

In 1952, Florence Chadwick tried to swim from Catalina Island to the coast of California. For fifteen hours, she endured choppy waters, possible shark attacks, and extreme fatigue. Then a thick fog set in. She gave up.

Two months later, she...

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Saturday, 12 August 2017 17:17

Must I Join a Church to Be a Christian?

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Jeff Robinson:

In my ministry context, I have heard many versions of this notion over the years, phrased as both a question and also a declaration: “I don’t have to go to church to be a Christian, do I?”

More often than not, it’s put this way: “I love...

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Tuesday, 08 August 2017 16:19

The Role of the Old Testament Law in Galatians

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Tom Schreiner:

Communicating the role that the law played in God’s overall plan of salvation was one of the New Testament church’s biggest challenges. As Jews accepted that Jesus was the long-awaited Messiah, they struggled to understand how to bring their Jewish roots into this new...

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Monday, 07 August 2017 06:36

The Right Kind of Prosperity Gospel

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J.D. Greear:

I recently took a trip with my family to Zion National Park (which is amazing, by the way). To get into the park, you pass through a long tunnel. The tour guide told my kids that if they held their breath the whole way, they would get a wish. That night, one of our kids—who was...

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Friday, 04 August 2017 16:34

God’s Big Picture

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Leadership Resources have released God’s Big Picture: Tracing the Storyline of the Bible by Vaughan Roberts. This is a free video study tool that walks through each of the nine units of the book. An ideal resource for churches and any Christian wanting to dig deeper in...

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Friday, 04 August 2017 06:50

How Do You Get a Revival?

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Jared Wilson:

It is not a miracle, or dependent on a miracle, in any sense. It is a purely philosophical result of the right use of the constituted means–as much so as any other effect produced by the application of means. There may be a miracle among its antecedent causes, or there may not....

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Wednesday, 02 August 2017 05:48

What the Joseph Story Is Really About

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Samuel Emadi:

Moses gives Joseph more time in Genesis than he does any other character—a striking fact given the significance of Genesis’s other main characters: Adam, Noah, and the patriarchs Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob. This prominence is even more striking considering the apparent...

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Tuesday, 01 August 2017 04:58

12 Pastoral Commitments

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Kevin DeYoung:

I love Paul’s description of pastoral ministry in 1 Thessalonians 2:1-12. I find in these verses 12 commitments I need to make as a pastor.

1. I will not shrink back from suffering for the gospel (v. 2). We will carry a cross, just as we call others to do the same.

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John Piper:

I use the word embrace because unconditional election is not just true, but precious. Of course, it can’t be precious if it’s not true. So that’s the biggest reason we embrace it. But let’s start with a definition:

Unconditional election is God’s free choice...

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