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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Thursday, 15 November 2018 19:17

New: Challies Daily Podcast (Audio Blog)

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Through the years I’ve been asked a number of times if I’d consider releasing the content of this blog in audio format. I’ve thought about it often, but have never quite been able to make the pieces come together. That was the case, at least, until recently. I think I’ve now...

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Thursday, 15 November 2018 19:11

A La Carte (November 16)

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Once a year or so Westminster Books puts the ESV Church Bibles on sale with prices getting as low as $5. That sale is running now, so it’s a good time for churches to stock up!

(Yesterday on the blog: Is It Worth a Trip to The Holy Land?)

What Difference Does it Make for Your Anger That...

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Wednesday, 14 November 2018 18:25

Is It Worth a Trip to The Holy Land?

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You want to walk where Jesus walked. You want to see what Jesus saw. Is it a good use of your time and resources to visit the Holy Land? I was asked the question and took a crack at an answer.

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Today I want to take on a question that was sent to me by someone who’s seen one of my...

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Wednesday, 14 November 2018 18:11

A La Carte (November 15)

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It has been a little slow for Kindle deals lately, but I expect things to pick up by next week when we head into the Black Friday and Cyber Monday deals. For today, there’s just one new deal to consider.

(Yesterday on the blog: 5 Songs by CityAlight I Think You’ll Enjoy)

What...

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Wednesday, 14 November 2018 18:00

The First Two Minutes Matter Most (Episode 1)

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Today’s episode is titled “The First Two Minutes Matter Most.” It reminds us that the first two minutes offers each Christian a unique opportunity to serve one another.

Today’s sponsor is church websites by Mere. They are the people and technology behind hundreds of churches...

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Tuesday, 13 November 2018 19:19

5 Songs by CityAlight I Think You’ll Enjoy

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There has probably never been as much Christian music created as there is today. It can be a chore to sort through the vast amounts of noise to find the few songs that present timeless truth in fresh ways. One group that does this well is Australia’s CityAlight. They are creating music that...

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Tuesday, 13 November 2018 19:15

A La Carte (November 14)

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Today’s Kindle deals include the Gospel for Life series of short books. Over at Westminster Books you’ll find deals on some Counseling 101 material (in print format).

There are lots of games and puzzles for sale on Amazon today in case you’re doing some early Christmas...

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Monday, 12 November 2018 19:47

This is the Church in China

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While in China last week, we met a local church pastor and took the opportunity to visit him. We did it on the train where we could speak with him discreetly. This is the church in China.

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Q: What’s the danger of being identified?

A: I would be, I’m afraid that if like some...

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Monday, 12 November 2018 19:41

A La Carte (November 13)

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I’ve returned home from my recent journey to Asia, having spent time in China, the Philippines, and Korea. I was blessed to be there and am, as always, very glad to be home.

Today’s Kindle deals include actually just a single book. But it’s a good one!

(Yesterday on the blog: Fo...

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Monday, 12 November 2018 01:01

2018 Reformed Gift Guide – Find the Best Unique Gifts

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This sponsored post was prepared by Missional Wear

The time has come to begin making your list and checking it twice. My friends at Missional Wear have been hard...

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Sunday, 11 November 2018 15:55

Four Categories to “Act the Miracle”

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So much of the Christian life comes down to the matter of identity. At heart, who are we? Who or what has the right to define us? What is our deepest identity? Identity is at the core of many issues, not the least of which is same-sex attraction. In her book Gay Girl, Good God, Jackie Hill Perry...

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Sunday, 11 November 2018 15:50

A La Carte (November 12)

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Today’s Kindle deals include some solid titles from Crossway as part of their weekly deals.

(Yesterday on the blog: How We Worshipped on One Sunday in November)

Lucy Hutchinson’s Theological Reflections on Motherhood

Here is a thoughtful recommendation to read the poetry and letters...

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Saturday, 10 November 2018 15:09

How We Worshipped on One Sunday in November

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Every few weeks I like to share an example of one of our worship services from Grace Fellowship Church. I hope it serves as simply one model of how we can worship the Lord in a distinctly biblical way. It’s been a joy to hear from people around the world as they tell how they’ve enjoyed...

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Friday, 09 November 2018 20:17

Weekend A La Carte (November 10)

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Today’s Kindle deals include a couple of “can’t go wrong” deals.

(Yesterday on the blog: Think of the End to Motivate the Action)

Four Things That Remain Solidly True No Matter the Mid-Term Election Results

“No matter the results, here’s a perspective we should...

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Friday, 09 November 2018 01:01

Free Stuff Fridays (The Good Book Company)

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This week’s Free Stuff Friday is sponsored by The Good Book Company who also sponsored the blog this week. They have 5 packages of their latest releases to give away, which means 5 winners will each receive the following titles:

Enjoying God, by Tim Chester

What is the key to actually...

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Thursday, 08 November 2018 20:10

Think of the End to Motivate the Action

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I believe in the value of Sunday evening services. But my belief in their value is not evenly distributed across the Lord’s Day. I believe in them a lot at 7:00 PM, just after the service has come to a conclusion. I believe in them far less at 4:30 PM when I have to pry my weary body off the...

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Thursday, 08 November 2018 18:43

A La Carte (November 9)

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We are one day into the Live it Well conference here in Manila. I’m thankful to have met so many people who read the blog and/or watch the videos. And as I’ve met them and others, it has been a joy to hear how the Lord is at work through his church in the Philippines.

(Yesterday on the...

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Wednesday, 07 November 2018 17:40

New and Notable Books for November

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I get books–lots and lots of books. As I’m sure you know by now, once a month or so I like to try and thin the pile a little bit and distill it down to the ones I think may be of most interest to you. Here are my picks for November. I hope you find at least some of them worth checking...

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Wednesday, 07 November 2018 17:21

A La Carte (November 8)

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Good morning from the Philippines! I am here to speak at the Live it Well conference–and to do a bit of research on church history, and because I heard that McDonald’s here serves spaghetti which is something I just need to try.

Today’s Kindle deals include a few good books; you...

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Tuesday, 06 November 2018 16:20

Gay Girl, Good God

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I admire any Christian author who is willing to take on the subjects of homosexuality or same-sex attraction, and especially those who choose to take a “traditional” rather than “progressive” view of it. The subject is so raw and so controversial that any serious discussion...

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Tuesday, 06 November 2018 16:01

A La Carte (November 7)

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Westminster Books has a good deal on Ligonier’s Crucial Questions series of booklets. Scroll down and you’ll find a lot more deals as part of a clearance sale.

(Yesterday on the blog: Division, Jesus, Unity)

Some Things to Consider When You Consider Your Calling

This is helpful:...

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Monday, 05 November 2018 19:45

Division, Jesus, Unity

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At this year’s G3 Conference I had the opportunity to share some of the lessons my church has learned as we’ve grown into a congregation that reflects many different kinds of diversity. In this video I explain how one passage has been meaningful to us.

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Monday, 05 November 2018 17:43

A La Carte (November 6)

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Hello from China where I’m spending a couple of days while transiting to the Philippines. It struck me today: It took Hudson Taylor 165 days to get from England to Shanghai. It took me 14 hours. What a world!

Today’s Kindle deals mostly include the NIV Application Commentary set,...

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Monday, 05 November 2018 01:01

Christmas is all about love. But how…and why?

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This week the blog is sponsored by The Good Book Company and this post is written by Sinclair B Ferguson.

It’s almost Christmas time again and, to borrow the words of John Paul Young’s song, “Love is in the air”.  (“Oh, oh, oh, oh, oh” was how the chorus...

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This summer Aileen and I celebrated our twentieth anniversary and I can say with honesty that few things in life have thrilled or honored me more than the fact that she chose to spend her life with me, of all people. All those years ago she agreed to link her life to mine and we’ve been...

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