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

Already Not Yet - Apologetic Report
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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Andrew T. Walker:

The transgender debate is becoming all-encompassing. Issues such as education, law, government, entertainment all fall in the crosshairs of the transgender debate, and our culture moves with such speed that working out how to respond seems overwhelming, if not impossible.

So here...

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Friday, 28 July 2017 03:36

The Cure for a Superficial Faith

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Sam Storms:

I’ve been a subscriber to World magazine for as long as I can remember. Some have referred to it as the Christian version of Time magazine. Actually, it’s a lot better than Time ever was and not simply because it is faith-based. But...

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Tuesday, 25 July 2017 19:47

A Gospeled Church

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Jared Wilson:

May the God of endurance and encouragement grant you to live in such harmony with one another, in accord with Christ Jesus. — Romans 15:5

The gospel cannot puff us up. It cannot make us prideful. It cannot make us selfish. It cannot make us arrogant. It cannot make us rude....

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Sunday, 23 July 2017 06:14

The Bad News of the Kingdom

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Michael Lawrence:

What Is the Good News? Biblical Theology’s Answer

Let’s consider how both biblical theology and systematic theology are important and relate to each other when we try to answer the most basic of ministry questions: What is the gospel? What is the good news that the Bible...

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Sunday, 23 July 2017 04:15

Passive Christianity Is Dead Christianity

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Jon Bloom:

What do you want? What do you desire? What is your ambition?

Do you really want to know? Look at your behavior. You do what you want.

This is a devastatingly simple psychology of motivation. But it’s what the Bible teaches:

James: Faith without works is dead. Don’t tell me you...

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Tom Schreiner:

The Backbone of the Bible’s Storyline

The covenants are crucial, as Peter Gentry and Stephen Wellum have argued, because they are the backbone of the storyline of the Bible. The Bible isn’t a random collection of laws, moral principles, and stories. It is a story that goes...

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Friday, 21 July 2017 05:57

How Can I Forgive Myself?

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H.B. Charles:

The most faithful response to this question is to reject it as an illegitimate question.

The biblical teaching about forgiveness can be summarized in two main ideas:

  • God forgives sinners freely, completely, and sacrificially. Ultimately, divine forgiveness is paid for by the cross of...

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Tom Schreiner (author of Covenant and God’s Purpose for the World)

1. Covenants are the backbone of the biblical story.

Peter Gentry and Stephen Wellum have argued that the covenants advance the storyline of the Bible in their book Kingdom through Covenant: A Biblical-Theological...

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Thursday, 13 July 2017 01:39

Entertainment and Worship

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Joe Thorn:

In every church and every generation of Christians, there is the potential to lose our focus on the things that are most important (Heb. 2:1). We must constantly remind ourselves and re-center our churches lest we find ourselves trusting in something other than the gospel of God and the...

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Jon Nagle:

I’ll always remember two of the most incredible moments of my life. The days that my wife and I discovered she was pregnant with our two boys were breath-taking experiences. With our firstborn, I was sitting in the bedroom of our first apartment; and with our second-born, I was...

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Tuesday, 11 July 2017 05:04

Seven ways delighting in God benefits us

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Ray Ortlund:

Richard Baxter, in A Christian Directory (Ligonier, 1990), page 140, lists seven benefits of looking by faith to the Lord, as to no other, for our deepest delight. Updating the language a little:

1. Delight in God will prove that we know him and love him and that we are...

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Tuesday, 11 July 2017 02:25

Why We Dare Not Seek God without Christ

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Mark Jones:

Too Much for Us

We believe that thou art a being than which nothing greater can be conceived. —Anselm, Proslogion

Whoever has seen God and has understood what he saw, has seen nothing. —Maximus the Confessor, In Epistula Dionysii

The majesty of God is too high to be scaled up to...

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Sunday, 09 July 2017 19:43

The Real Reason We Don’t Read Our Bibles

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Brandon D. Smith:

Through my work with the Christian Standard Bible, I came across some stats about Bible reading. Eighty-eight percent of American households own a Bible, but only 37 percent of people read it once a week or more. People said they don’t read their Bibles...

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