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, 19 December 2018 19:24

Sin Is Immaturity

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There is a lot bound up in every sin. Sin is missing the mark—an arrow that has veered so far to the left or the right that it has flown past the target. Sin is transgression, disobedience toward a known law or standard. Sin is iniquity, premeditated rebellion against God. And lately,...

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Wednesday, 19 December 2018 19:19

A La Carte (December 20)

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There isn’t much to report for Kindle deals, though don’t skip yesterday’s list since it was pretty amazing.

Logos users: Base packages are on sale until the end of the year. There’s a flash sale on some solid Zondervan products. And there’s just a lot of other...

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Tuesday, 18 December 2018 19:21

10 Ideas and 10 Tips for Family Devotions in 2019

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A new year is just about upon us, and as it dawns, we have a new opportunity to lead our families in devotions. Whether you’ve been utterly consistent or mightily struggling, here are 10 ideas and 10 tips that may help as you consider the year to come.

Ten Ideas for Family Devotions

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Tuesday, 18 December 2018 19:16

A La Carte (December 19)

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Today’s Kindle deals include all kinds of good reading material.

At Westminster Books you’ll find that they’ve created some bundles designed to help you read more and better.

(Yesterday on the blog: Shepherding At Home)

The Stark Difference Between John MacArthur and Bishop...

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Monday, 17 December 2018 19:09

Shepherding At Home

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In this video, which was filmed at a nearby conference, I was asked about some of the concerns related to pastors and their families. I tried to briefly to remind church leaders of the temptations that draw us away from this primary calling.

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Pastors always need to remember that...

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Monday, 17 December 2018 19:04

A La Carte (December 18)

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Today’s Kindle deals include just a couple of titles, but they are pretty good ones.

(Yesterday on the blog: The Collected Best Christian Books of 2018)

Shelter in the Shame Storm

Samuel James: “At some point people like me who grew up with the internet are going to have to reckon...

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Monday, 17 December 2018 01:01

One Life-Changing Week

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This week the blog is sponsored by the Biblical Counseling Training Conference.

Would you like to improve the effectiveness of your ministry? Would you like to improve your ability to help a hurting person using your Bible?

This February 10-15, 2019 in Lafayette, Indiana we are hosting the annual Bibl...

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Sunday, 16 December 2018 18:48

The Collected Best Christian Books of 2018

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For the past couple of weeks my RSS feeder has been humming with list after list of the best books of 2018 (or, if not the best, the favorite books of 2018). It seems that just about every avid reader I follow is eager to share his or her picks for the year that was. I love these lists and decided...

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Sunday, 16 December 2018 18:42

A La Carte (December 17)

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Today’s Kindle deals include a long list of good deals from Crossway and Zondervan with a few others mixed in as well.

(Yesterday on the blog: A Pastoral Prayer from December)

What Happens When an Evangelical Pundit, Armed Only with 58K Twitter Followers and a Reference to the Bebbington...

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Saturday, 15 December 2018 19:15

A Pastoral Prayer from December

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Last week I shared a sample pastoral prayer–one I prayed during one of our worship services at Grace Fellowship Church. In the coming weeks and months I will be sharing some more of these, some prayed by me and some by others. I am doing this primarily as a resource that may help inspire or...

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Friday, 14 December 2018 18:58

Weekend A La Carte (December 15)

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There are a few Kindle deals you may like to take a peek at today. Also, Amazon has select family board games on sale today.

(Yesterday on the blog: Kirk Cameron Wants You To Connect)

Hard times at Harvest

WORLD magazine has a long report on the hard times at Harvest Bible Chapel....

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Friday, 14 December 2018 01:01

Free Stuff Fridays (Christian Audio)

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This week’s Free Stuff Fridays is sponsored by Christian Audio.

They are giving away five prizes this week, each of which will be a $50 gift card that you can use to purchase anything from their site. It’s a great opportunity to load up. As it happens, Christian Audio is in the...

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Thursday, 13 December 2018 19:09

Kirk Cameron Wants You To Connect

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Thursday, 13 December 2018 18:56

A La Carte (December 14)

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There isn’t much to tell you about by way of Kindle deals today. We’ll hope for better things over the weekend.

(Yesterday on the blog:  Reader Feedback: Should We Make a Priority of Diversity in Church Leadership?)

Will John Chau Help or Harm Missions in India?

Two...

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About a week ago I wrote an article titled “Should We Make a Priority of Diversity in Church Leadership?.” In it I asked for feedback from readers before I set out to write the second part of the series. I received some interesting and thoughtful letters to the editor and wanted to...

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Wednesday, 12 December 2018 18:59

A La Carte (December 13)

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Kindle owners may want to check out today’s small (and yesterday’s big) list of Kindle deals.

(Yesterday on the blog: A Book of Comfort for Those in Sickness)

Shame Storm

Here’s a good and important article on public shaming. “No one has yet figured out what rules...

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Tuesday, 11 December 2018 19:17

A Book of Comfort for Those in Sickness

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I woke up far too early and feeling far too discouraged. I had spent a restless night trying unsuccessfully to get comfortable through pain. I eventually gave up, slid out of bed, went downstairs, and got my coffee brewing. I knew this would be a day in which my hands would hurt too much to get any...

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Tuesday, 11 December 2018 19:11

A La Carte (December 12)

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Today’s Kindle deals include lots of good books with the highlight being all kinds of great stuff by J.R.R. Tolkien.

There’s lots of good books from Christian Focus on sale at Westminster Books.

(Yesterday on the blog: The 2019 Christian Reading Challenge)

A Different Kind of Profanity...

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Monday, 10 December 2018 19:00

The 2019 Christian Reading Challenge

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Do you love to read? Do you want to learn to love to read? Do you enjoy reading books that cross the whole spectrum of topics and genres? Then I’ve got something that may be right up your alley—the 2019 Christian Reading Challenge.

Whether you are a light reader or completely...

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Monday, 10 December 2018 18:57

A La Carte (December 11)

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I know there are some who are in the habit of praying for me. If that’s you, I’d love prayer as I continue to turn my attention to the book that is coming out of all my travel this year. I am praying for the ability to express myself well and the ability for my hurting hands to stand up...

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Monday, 10 December 2018 01:01

5 Audiobooks That Speak to Suffering

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This week the blog is sponsored bychristianaudio.com, and this post is written by Carissa Arend.

Suffering is an inevitable part of the Christian life, and we need reminders of gospel hope in everyday difficulties as well...

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Sunday, 09 December 2018 18:50

Get To Know CityAlight (and Their New Album)

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For the past few years I’ve been enjoying the music of CityAlight both on a personal and congregational level (as we’ve added several of their songs to our worship services). They have just released a new album and, to mark the occasion, I asked them (Richard Thompson and Jonny...

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Sunday, 09 December 2018 18:43

A La Carte (December 10)

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Today’s Kindle deals include a pretty good collection of books from Crossway and other publishers.

(Yesterday on the blog: A Pastoral Prayer)

Oh, The Sweet Irony of Jordan Peterson’s Fame

This comes from a mainstream publication (and includes a bad word or two) but is an interesting...

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Saturday, 08 December 2018 19:15

A Pastoral Prayer

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One of the missing elements of modern worship is prayer, and especially prayers that are more than perfunctory. Especially lacking is the traditional pastoral prayer in which a pastor represents the congregation in praying for their needs and concerns. At Grace Fellowship Church we maintain this...

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Friday, 07 December 2018 19:44

Weekend A La Carte (December 8)

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Today’s Kindle deals include some pretty good deals for the weekend. You’ll find books new and old!

(Yesterday on the blog: Reading the Bible Fast and Slow in 2019)

Porn Stars Bear God’s Image

Porn is meant to dehumanize people, but they, too, are made in God’s image and are...

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