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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Monday, 01 October 2018 02:01

Paul Tripp’s Story of Hope in the Midst of Suffering

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This sponsored post is adapted from theSuffering: Gospel Hope When Life Doesn’t Make Senseby Paul David Tripp.

When Hardship Comes to Stay

It was a surprise visit by an unwelcome visitor like it is for so many sufferers. I didn’t know that day that Mr. Hardship would knock on my...

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Sunday, 30 September 2018 20:31

Girl, Wash Your Face

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My assistant put me up to this. She does a first pass on most of the emails I receive and recently called to say, “There’s a book out there called Girl, Wash Your Face, and you’re getting multiple emails about it every day. You need to review it.” I looked it up on Amazon...

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Sunday, 30 September 2018 20:06

A La Carte (October 1)

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There are lots of Kindle deals today since it’s the first of the month. Enjoy!

Visit Christian Audio to look at their free book of the month–a biography of Steve McQueen. Logos users can check for this month’s free and discounted works at the Logos store.

(Yesterday on the...

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Saturday, 29 September 2018 20:30

How We Worshipped on One Sunday in September

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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.

This service’s cast of characters included Steve as our service leader, Josh as our lead...

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Friday, 28 September 2018 21:09

Weekend A La Carte (September 29)

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There are a few new Kindle deals for you to check out, including a republished work by John Owen that might be good to add to your collection.

(Yesterday on the blog: The Sins Forbidden by the Ninth Commandment in a Social Media World)

Open or Closed Communion

Hershael York explains the...

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Friday, 28 September 2018 02:01

Free Stuff Fridays ( Crossway)

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This week’s Free Stuff Fridays is sponsored by Crossway, who also sponsored the blog this week. They are giving away a brand-new commentary series that I think will be of a lot of interest to you: theESV Expository Commentaryedited byIain M. Duguid,James M. Hamilton Jr., and Jay Sklar.Ther...

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In an article I shared a couple of days ago, we began to take a look at the ninth commandment (“You shall not bear false witness against your neighbor”) and its relevance in a world in which so much of our communication takes place through social media. Specifically, we considered some...

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Thursday, 27 September 2018 19:56

A La Carte (September 28)

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Westminster Books is offering a discount on a new series that looks helpful: 31-day counseling devotionals on a variety of topics.

(Yesterday on the blog: The Joys and Challenges of the Church in India)

The New Gulags?

Carl Trueman: “It is not surprising that gulags appeal to such radicals...

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Wednesday, 26 September 2018 20:07

The Joys and Challenges of the Church in India

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While I was in India, I had the privilege of sitting down with a dear friend who pastors a key local church in northern India. I got to ask him questions about some of the joys and some of the challenges of ministry in that great land. Here is our brief discussion.

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Tim: What are some of...

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Wednesday, 26 September 2018 19:54

A La Carte (September 27)

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There are some Kindle deals today that are worth taking a look at.

(Yesterday on the blog: The Duties Required by the Ninth Commandment in a Social Media World)

Hospitality Doesn’t Have to Be a Burden

I want to encourage you to let go of the heavy expectations that you...

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You must be familiar with the ninth commandment: “You shall not bear false witness against your neighbor.” On a surface level it’s simple enough: Don’t tell lies about other people. But Christians have traditionally understood it to entail far more than this. With the rise...

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Tuesday, 25 September 2018 19:50

A La Carte (September 26)

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Today’s Kindle deals include a number of study Bibles.

Westminster Books has some good deals on books meant to help parents in their task.

(Yesterday on the blog: Entertainment Choices and Compromise)

Supernatural Comfort When the Days are Dark

Jared Wilson: “This is perhaps the chief way...

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Monday, 24 September 2018 20:08

Entertainment Choices and Compromise

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At a recent Ask Me Anything event in India, I was asked if I felt Christians often disconnected their entertainment choices from their faith, especially in the area of watching Hollywood and Bollywood films. Here is my response.

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Do you think that Christians often disconnect their...

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Monday, 24 September 2018 20:00

A La Carte (September 25)

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I would love to see you at next year’s G3 conference (January 17-19 in Atlanta, GA). If you’ve been thinking of going, you’ll want to know that registration pricing rises tomorrow, so you’ll save money by purchasing tickets today.

(Yesterday on the blog: How to Pray Like...

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Monday, 24 September 2018 02:01

Can Christians Lose Their Salvation?

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This sponsored post is adapted from volume 12 (Hebrews–Revelation) of the brand-newESV Expository Commentary—a series designed tostrengthen the global church with a widely accessible, theologically sound, and pastorally wise resource for understanding and applying the overarching...

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Sunday, 23 September 2018 19:58

How to Pray Like a Pastor

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Of all that is unique about the Christian faith, this aspect stands apart: Its leaders are not called to their positions because of rare skill, raw talent, or overwhelming desire. They are not qualified by the charismatic personality, the ability to draw a crowd, or skilled rhetoric. Rather,...

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Sunday, 23 September 2018 19:55

A La Carte (September 24)

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Today’s Kindle deals include quite a lot of interesting books. There is a selection from Crossway, a couple by John MacArthur, and even more besides.

(Yesterday on the blog: Thank God for the IMB)

I Hate That There Has To Be Adoption

“As an adoptive mom who is walking alongside kids...

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Saturday, 22 September 2018 20:58

Thank God for the IMB

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As I continue my year of so much travel, and as 2018 begins to draw to a close, I find myself pondering themes. What are some of the themes I have seen or experienced as I’ve traveled 16 countries across 5 continents? What are some of the common elements I can identify?

I’ll have much...

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Friday, 21 September 2018 20:44

Weekend A La Carte (September 22)

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Today’s Kindle deals include a pretty good list of deals on some new books, some older ones, and a very good study Bible.

(Yesterday on the blog: How We Ordain a Pastor)

What’s the Main Concern for Christian Parents When It Comes to Gender?

“In teaching classes and seminars, I...

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Friday, 21 September 2018 02:01

Free Stuff Fridays (Moody Publishers)

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This week the giveaway is sponsored by Moody Publishers, who also sponsored the blog this week.

Moody is giving away 10 copies to 10 winners, of the new book by Robert Wolgemuth, Lies Men Believe: and the Truth That Sets Them Free. Here’s how they describe the book:

You are being hunted.

Like a...

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Thursday, 20 September 2018 19:42

How We Ordain a Pastor

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One of the solemn-but-joyful events in the life of a church is the ordination of a pastor (or elder, if you prefer). This is a rare event compared to many others, so is a time of special celebration. We have recently been able to enjoy it in our own church and in one of our church plants and have...

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Thursday, 20 September 2018 19:27

A La Carte (September 21)

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To this point we have been thrilled with my son’s freshman experience at Boyce College. If you have children gearing up for college, you may want to consider attending the upcoming Preview Day, since that is what convinced us (and him) it was a place he could thrive. Use the...

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Wednesday, 19 September 2018 20:22

A Day With Amy Carmichael (EPIC: India)

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Nine months into my round-the-world EPIC journey, I finally visited India where I was able to spend a day at Dohnavur Fellowship, the incredible organization founded by Amy Carmichael. Here is a little bit of what I saw and experienced.

This video was sponsored by Zondervan, and they would like you...

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Wednesday, 19 September 2018 20:14

A La Carte (September 20)

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There are, once again, a few different Kindle deals to check out. It has been a pretty good week!

(Yesterday on the blog: The Joys (and the Limitations) of Male-Female Friendships)

If We Lose the Meaning of “Justice,” We Lose the Gospel

I really appreciate Amy’s careful...

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Newton’s third law tells us that for every action there is an equal and opposite reaction. Though this law pertains to physics, it seems equally true in the realm of ideas. Recently, a renewed emphasis on the value of the Billy Graham/Mike Pence Rule as a means of protecting sexual fidelity...

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