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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In John 15:12-17, in preparing for his death, Jesus redefines his relationship with his disciples. Rather than mere disciples, Jesus calls them his friends. This is the relationship that he established with them and that Jesus wants them to have with each other which is why he issues the command...

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Sunday, 25 June 2017 18:00

What is the Image of God?

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Understanding the image of God is important for understanding humanity’s inherent dignity and worth. It’s often mentioned as the basis for civil rights and equality for all men and women. A common understanding of the image of God is that it primarily resides in humanity’s ability...

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“When I first received the call about the OBE, I was pretty surprised. It’s a real honour for our family and for the field of hymn writing, which has been on the decline in recent years…I am very grateful to her Majesty the Queen for this honour. I’ve never met any of the...

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Thursday, 22 June 2017 18:00

Why Does Anyone Become a Christian?

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Many say that Christians who maintain the historic, traditional doctrines are behind the times, are too exclusive, and are “on the wrong side of history.” Two recent books that cast doubt on this view are from historian and biblical scholar Larry Hurtado, Destroyer of the gods:...

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Wednesday, 21 June 2017 18:00

Why You Don’t Have to Worry About the Future

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It’s summer. Graduations are over. Kids are off from school. Vacations are underway. It can be an exciting time. For many people, though, the stress factor rises as they think about the future. For high school students, the start of a new life chapter is on the horizon: going off to college,...

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Tuesday, 20 June 2017 18:00

5 More Reasons Why I Trust the Bible

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Some time ago I wrote a post called “Why I Trust the Bible.” In that article, I gave five reasons why I personally believe the Bible to be trustworthy. There are, of course, many more reasons than that to believe the Bible is true, so I thought it would be a good idea to share five more...

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Monday, 19 June 2017 18:00

Preventing Pastoral Burnout

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Prevent So You Don’t Have to Recover

Burnout is a widespread problem not only in our society but in the church. Pastors are not immune to this, with surveys revealing high levels of stress, depression, and burnout leading to broken bodies, broken minds, broken hearts, broken marriages, and...

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Doveryai, no proveryai is a Russian proverb that is probably more famous in translation than in its original language. “Trust, but verify” was used extensively in various international negotiation settings, and continues to be trotted out as needed. It’s not a bad idea. Trust...

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Friday, 16 June 2017 18:00

How to Honor Your Parent Who Wasn’t There

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I have no clear memory of my parents’ divorce. What I remember is dad having custody and mom living an hour away. I visited occasionally, never longer than a weekend, until she moved out of State when I was nine. Calls and cards became more sporadic until, in my early teens, they ceased...

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Thursday, 15 June 2017 18:00

Is God Necessary in My Life?

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Consider this common routine of many people: They get up from a good night’s sleep. They head into the kitchen for some breakfast. They get ready for work or school. They arrive at their destinations, have a normal day and then come home. They eat dinner, maybe watch some television and then...

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Does the Bible teach that sex before marriage is a sin? A lot of people aren’t sure. This is because we live in a world of tweets and quick soundbites where people rarely have enough time for context.

The thinking often goes: If there is no Bible verse that answers my question, then the Bible...

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Tuesday, 13 June 2017 18:00

What Happens When Christianity Doesn’t Work

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So often, when people come to Christ, they are promised “victory in Jesus.” Smiling, happy people tell about how they once were unhappy, and now they are filled with buoyant exultation. Broken marriages are fixed, wayward children are returned to the straight and narrow, and depression...

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Anyone who has ever grieved over church divisions, and the role that individuals play in creating and fostering them, has probably asked the question, “How should I view other believers who serve the Lord differently than I do?” Is it possible—is it biblical—to thank God for...

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Sunday, 11 June 2017 18:00

3 False Assumptions about Science

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Our modern society celebrates reason and rationality as the pinnacle of man’s virtue and ability. Particularly the field of science has been influenced greatly by the idolization of reason and logic as the source of all meaningful and true knowledge. The scientific method in particular has...

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Friday, 09 June 2017 18:00

5 Attributes God Isn’t Sharing

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God loves to share things with us—life, breath, all of creation—but there are some things that only he has because he is God.We sometimes imagine that God is just like us, only bigger, smarter, and more powerful. God, however, is not just more than we are. He is in a class all by...

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Right before Jesus’ death, he instituted a special meal for his church to observe. Historically, this meal was called the Eucharist, which means “thanksgiving.” Often today we call it communion or the Lord’s Supper. Although churches differ on how frequently we should take...

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What is Pentecost?

The church has a birthday, and it’s called “Pentecost.” Pentecost is a time for Christians to celebrate the descent of the Holy Spirit upon Jesus’ disciples shortly after Christ ascended into heaven (Acts 1:8–9; 2:1–47)....

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In my last year of seminary, almost everything went wrong. I was about to graduate with no job prospects. I was in debt. My wife had just miscarried, and finals were about to begin. My wife wanted me to finish; she wanted us to move out of that stage of life. I didn’t want to let her down,...

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Monday, 29 May 2017 18:00

3 Ways Jesus Cared for Women

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Throughout his earthly ministry, Jesus was not only in the company of men, but he was regularly in the company of women. In fact, Jesus had many female disciples, which would have shocked Jesus’ contemporaries. When we consider the social times Jesus was living in, the way Jesus treated women...

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Grumble, Grumble

In Exodus 15, the Israelites camped by the springs of Elim for several weeks, lingering under the palm trees and taking long drinks of cool water. Then it was time to move on. They were on a spiritual journey—a pilgrimage that reveals the pattern of the Christian life.

The...

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Thursday, 25 May 2017 18:00

Glory through Shame and Victory through Weakness

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The English hymn writer John Newton famously wrote a letter that outlined the “advantages of remaining sin” to a friend who suffered from deep guilt and remorse over his sin. Newton reminds his friend that being aware of the remaining sin in our lives causes us to be humble before the...

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What is the Ascension of Christ?

An often-overlooked aspect of Christ’s work is the period after the Resurrection—what the church has called the Ascension. The Ascension is the specific ascent of the risen Lord Jesus to the throne of authority at the right hand of God (Luke...

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The year 2017 is the year of Martin Luther—or at least it should be. Nearly 500 years ago on October 31, 1517, Luther nailed (or “mailed,” for some historians debate this point) his 95 theses to the door of Wittenberg Castle Church.

Even so, Luther didn’t become a...

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Pontius Pilate was the climax, not the commencement, of [Jesus’] suffering. It is tempting to surmise that because of Jesus’ inner strength he was able to rise early above the pressures and continue on his way unruffled and serene. But Jesus’ endurance and courage were not those...

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Sunday, 21 May 2017 18:00

7 Ways to Resist Temptation

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Each one of us have certain sins that are particularly troubling to us. Every Christian faces temptation, and the devil is very good at finding our weakest points and seducing us with them, whether that be sexual sin, sins of anger, jealousy, covetousness, laziness, pride, insecurity, worry, or any...

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