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, 27 April 2017 18:00

3 of the Greatest Gifts in the Church

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Apart from the primary benefit of being obedient to the command of Jesus Christ, there are many gifts that God lavishes upon us through belonging to a local church. Here are three of them.

1. God gives us grace through his church.

God uses his church to make us into disciples...

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Wednesday, 26 April 2017 18:00

How Not to Be Perfect

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I am one of those tragic figures who is both a perfectionist and a procrastinator. I am such a perfectionist that the very idea of failure terrifies me to the core of my being. I am so afraid of doing things wrong that I am afraid to start because I will probably not do it (whatever...

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My daughter is one and a half now, and she is starting to put words together to form her own thoughts. It’s great to come home and hear her say, “Daddy’s home!” And it’s frustrating when she refuses to eat her eggs, shouting, “No!” But the words that...

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Consumerism wants something from you. Like all “isms,” consumerism is often hard to see and hard to define when you are on the inside. We know it is a problem, but it is hard to know what to do about it. It wants our livelihood and our allegiance, but it will never fulfill our desires....

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Sunday, 23 April 2017 18:00

What’s the Point of Liturgy?

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Ever since Christianity began, Christians have been gathering together for worship (Acts 2:42). This gathering is where God has promised to be present to commune with his people.

For where two or three are gathered in my name, there am I among them. (Matt. 18:20)

And let us consider...

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Thursday, 20 April 2017 18:00

Parenting in the Power of the Gospel

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All Christian parents desire the spiritual well-being of their children. We want our children to be Christians, to get saved, to know God; however we express it, we want our children to be part of the company of the redeemed. We yearn for the blessing of God’s covenant grace to be on our...

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Wednesday, 19 April 2017 18:00

You Won’t Be Perfect in this Life

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In the evangelical 1980s, regular appearances of “The Power Team” at local megachurches were great opportunities for desperate youth pastors to connect with bored young men. In the name of Jesus and by the power of the Holy Spirit, team members would take turns performing feats of...

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Tuesday, 18 April 2017 18:00

Hope When You Face More Than You Can Bear

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Have you ever heard someone say, “God will never give you more than you can bear”? Really? Is this what the Bible teaches? Is this what your own experience confirms? Let’s be honest. In those seasons when we are walking through “the valley of the shadow of death,” this...

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Exodus comes from a Greek word meaning “exit” or “departure.” The Exodus happened around either 1240 or 1440 BC. Tradition holds that Moses wrote the book of Exodus. Though scholars speculate and debate, there is no good reason to deny that Moses wrote the book.

The book of...

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Monday, 17 April 2017 18:00

How God Sees Me

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It is God, not anything in creation, who determines who we are and gives individuals identity, meaning, and purpose. And in Christ, God’s determination of our identity is gloriously liberating rather than stifling. The following are three aspects of every Christian’s identity:

1. I am no...

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Editor’s note:Michael Horton discusses the relationship between a bodily resurrection and the Christian’s call to glorify God in their ordinary work. The point is that we need to avoid an either-or approach to this world. Even our most mundane tasks bring God glory.

In this way when...

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Thursday, 13 April 2017 18:00

What is the Theology of the Cross?

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Editor’s note: Robert Kolb gives a brief description of the theology of the cross that Martin Luther developed through reading the first two chapters of 1 Corinthians.

The theology of the cross directs us away from all attempts to speculate about God as he is hidden behind nature or the clouds...

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There are some facts about the death of Jesus that no one disputes. According to the testimony of both Christian and non-Christian historical documents, it is undisputed that Jesus of Nazareth was a real person who lived, was crucified, died, and was buried in a tomb. (See the Gospels, the...

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And he went out, bearing his own cross, to the place called The Place of a Skull, which in Aramaic is called Golgotha. There they crucified him, and with him two others, one on either side, and Jesus between them. (John 19:17–18)

Jesus died. This short sentence shows Christianity as unique...

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Monday, 10 April 2017 18:00

How Is Jesus Our Prophet, Priest, and King?

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In the Old Testament, three different kinds of people take center stage in the story of God’s salvation of his people Israel: prophet, priest, and king.

These were real offices filled by real people. Prophets rebuked sin, proclaimed mercy to the crushed, and interpreted events of the past,...

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In the ancient world, eyewitness testimony and miracles were considered strong evidence to believe the truthfulness of something. When Moses asked Pharaoh to free the Israelites, he performed various signs to prove the power of God (Exod. 7:8–12). Likewise, the apostles argued that their...

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Friday, 07 April 2017 05:00

How to Bring Gospel-Renewal to Your Church

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The Gospel Coalition wrapped up their 2017 National Conference in Indianapolis this past Wednesday. Once again, the line-up was outstanding and there are many great resources to glean from the whole conference.

Tim Keller did a fantastic job summarizing how the gospel affects us as individuals, as...

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Thursday, 06 April 2017 18:00

Why Should I Believe that Jesus Rose from the Dead?

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In answering this question, it’s helpful for us to return to the “facts of the case.” Here, speculation is useless. It does not matter what we thought reality was like: whether we believed in thirty gods or none. It doesn’t matter what we find helpful, meaningful, or...

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Wednesday, 05 April 2017 18:00

3 Ways to Know You Worship the True God

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The God of the Bible is a strange God—not the kind of God we can manage, manipulate, accommodate, or domesticate to our familiar experience…When God actually confronts us, our speculations are exposed as idols, our experiences judged as little more than a projection of ourselves, and...

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Tuesday, 04 April 2017 18:00

7 Unbiased Facts about Jesus’ Death

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Before asking whether Christianity is true, whether the resurrection happened—or even could— it is helpful to clear away the hype and rhetoric and look at the unbiased facts concerning the death of Jesus. Today, even liberal scholars agree about some very basic data. Moving on in the...

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Monday, 03 April 2017 18:00

Can You Be Disillusioned and Be a Christian?

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In today’s world, many feel fed up with the Christianity they grew up with. Sometimes unanswered questions and a lack of love in the church can easily lead to disappointment and a sense of betrayal. The resulting wave of questions can become overwhelming. Is...

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Sunday, 02 April 2017 18:00

How to Read Shūsaku Endō’s Novel Silence

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At the end of Shisaku Endo’s novel Silence (the silence of God is meant), the Japanese convert Kichjiro comes to a fallen Portuguese missionary priest, seeking absolution for trampling on the image of Christ. The priest, Sebastian Rodrigues, has earned the epithet “the...

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Thursday, 30 March 2017 18:00

When You Are Weak, You Are Strong

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Today, ministry is often cast in terms of strength. Ministers are expected to be self-starters, go-getters, and workhorses. Books on leadership abound. The apostle Paul, being quite familiar with the church’s craving for powerful personalities, often spoke differently. He liked to turn our...

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Tuesday, 28 March 2017 18:00

What Is the Difference Between Guilt and Shame?

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Philosopher Jean-Paul Sartre accurately describes shame as “a hemorrhage of the soul,” that is, a painful, unexpected, and disorienting experience. It is often linked to some painful incident—sin that has been done to us rather than by us. Shame has the power to steal our breath...

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Monday, 27 March 2017 18:00

What to Do When Your Pastor Fails Morally

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In this short video, Tim Keller, John Piper, and Don Carson discuss how to handle or respond to moral failure on the part of your pastor or church leader. They discuss several points that help Christians deal with the disappointment, disillusionment, and anxiety that a church faces when its pastor...

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