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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Tuesday, 16 January 2018 04:23

3GT Episode 68: Cyber Church Lite

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No, we are not encouraging Kyle to start a multisite internet church! Rather, we draw upon the digital dexterity of Aaron, who flips classrooms with ease, to hear how congregations should (and in some cases should not) use the internet for their ministry. Drawing upon his experience in teaching a...

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Monday, 15 January 2018 20:00

The Gospel is Not Paralysed

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The following article is a guest post by Sarmishta “Shammi” Venkatesh. This article is a follow-up to yesterday’s post “Two Broken Hearts, One Love.”

Adoption is risky. As someone who evaded this possibility for several years, I know...

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Sunday, 14 January 2018 23:44

Two Broken Hearts, One Love

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The following article is a guest post by Sarmishta “Shammi” Venkatesh, the wife of a church planter in India. I had the privilege of knowing Venky and Shammi when they were students at Reformed Presbyterian Theological Seminary. They were sent out along with another family from the...

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Wednesday, 10 January 2018 10:00

A Regrettable Future

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Imagine a terrible situation.  Imagine yourself off at some point in the future, and that you have ruined your family or friendships; you’ve brought great pain and misery to those who trusted you.  Imagine yourself in a moment where it hits you:  how much you’ve done, how...

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Wednesday, 10 January 2018 02:01

Speaking Faithful and True Words

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What does it mean to speak truth? What does it mean to be a faithful friend? Is there any tension between the two?

Because Jesus himself is called “Faithful and True” (Revelation 19:11) we know that to be faithful and to be true are not contradictory in the least. Actually, they are...

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Tuesday, 09 January 2018 10:30

3GT Episode 67: On Eternity’s Brink

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The prof heard the pastor preach judgment at a funeral recently. So it got the guys talking along the lines of Ecclesiastes: “It is better to go to the house of mourning than to go to the house of feasting, for this is the end of all mankind, and the living will lay it to...

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Monday, 08 January 2018 23:59

Brief Book Reviews by Russell Pulliam

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The following brief, interesting book reviews are by Russell Pulliam, an Indianapolis Star columnist who directs the Pulliam Fellowship summer intern program for the Indianapolis Star and the Arizona Republic.

1) With Him, A Biblical Model of Discipleship...

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Saturday, 06 January 2018 00:52

Wanting to Silence those who Show us up?

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I’m planning to preach tomorrow on the murder by Cain of Abel. Time is pressing on so I’ll try to be fairly brief.

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John brings out Cain’s main motive for his murderous act, in 1 John 3.12:

“We should not be like Cain who was of the evil one and murdered his...

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Friday, 05 January 2018 11:00

Very Able Servants in the Church?

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There are hundreds of names in the Books of Chronicles, hundreds of those who served the Lord and were a part of the godly heritage making up what we call the church. In the midst of those hundreds of names, there is a short comment from the chronicler making note of one family’s abilities in...

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Thursday, 04 January 2018 02:08

Browse Worthy: Edifying Posts

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Usually my “Browse Worthy” posts are united by a topical theme from posts I’ve read over a period of time. Not so much today. Admittedly, “edifying” is a large catchall!

Memorial Service | R.C. Sproul

This service glorified the Lord even as it reminds us of how He is...

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Wednesday, 03 January 2018 01:27

A Suggestion for Prayer

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In this new year, could I suggest you add to your regular prayer list pastors for the church in Asia? As the Holy Spirit continues growing His great work of enlightening and enlivening the gospel throughout Asia, we continue to see the greatest need being men to preach that gospel and the...

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Tuesday, 02 January 2018 00:39

3GT Episode 66: Learning to Say “No”

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Children learn how to say it pretty early. But when they grow up into busy Christian adults they seem to forget. How do we say “No” to good requests on our talents, time, and treasures when “Yes” seems so much easier?

As the three guys begin discussing this topic, one...

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Monday, 01 January 2018 04:21

A Simple Plan for Congregational Scripture Memory

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As our family was gathered over the holidays, one of the subjects of conversation that arose was our children expressing thankfulness for the Scripture memory program they had growing up. As their pastor-dad, it filled my heart with joy.

When I was a fledgling church planter with a number of young...

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The secret to the spectacular success of Apple has been putting the right idea in the right form.

At Apple’s founding, Steve Wozniak brought the engineering insights, and Steve Jobs brought the knack for packaging those ideas in desirable and usable products.[1] The result was the Mac, the...

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Wednesday, 27 December 2017 19:00

Husbands, Be Good Managers

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1 Timothy 3:4-5 says of those called to the office of ruling elder in the church, “He must manage his own household well, with all dignity keeping his children submissive, 5 for if someone does not know how to manage his own household, how will he care for God’s church?”...

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Wednesday, 27 December 2017 12:11

3GT Episode 65: #MeToo and What to Do

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With the #metoo movement growing in momentum, causing the fall of many in power, the 3Gters wrestle with what to do when accusations arise. When men abuse their authority, we should rejoice when justice is served. Yet given that Satan is the father of lies, believers need to be cautious when...

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Tuesday, 26 December 2017 20:00

Will you pray for laborers in 2018?

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When [Jesus] saw the crowds, he had compassion for them, because they were harassed and helpless, like sheep without a shepherd. Then he said to his disciples, ‘The harvest is plentiful, but the laborers are few; therefore pray earnestly to the Lord of the harvest to send out laborers into...

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Sunday, 24 December 2017 22:43

Christmas Morning Musings

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The Lord’s word regarding the Sabbath has other helpful applications. “The Sabbath was made for man, not man for the Sabbath.” Similarly, a blog is made for man, not man for a blog. Just sharing a few joys this morning before getting to the festivities.

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Friday, 22 December 2017 20:54

And the Word became Flesh…

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The Word of God …the Pre-Incarnate Logos …the Eternal Son …the outward expression of the inward purpose of God …the One who always was God and was always with God …the appointed Mediator …the One by whom, for whom and through whom all things were created...

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Wednesday, 20 December 2017 20:00

Theologian R.C. Sproul | Russell Pulliam

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The following is a guest post by Russell Pulliam, an Indianapolis Star columnist who directs the Pulliam Fellowship summer intern program for the Indianapolis Star and the Arizona Republic. This post is a longer, more detailed, personal account of Russ’ article that appeared in the...

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Wednesday, 20 December 2017 08:26

3GT Episode 64: Rewind (51, 52, 56, 59)

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On this rewind episode, the 3GTers answer questions they received regarding past episodes. Millennial Aaron feels vindicated about electronic giving while Luddite Barry continues to struggle. While discussing again what constitutes plagiarism, Kyle has the audacity to do some freebooting for...

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Last week, I had the distinct honor of participating in the organizing of another congregation here in the greater Los Angeles area. Rev. Hsing Tang was ordained to pastor a Mandarin speaking congregation in Irvine, California, about 50 minutes south of LA.

As the organizing duties were being...

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Wednesday, 20 December 2017 04:27

A Funeral’s Opening Words

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As the prelude music to R.C. Sproul’s funeral service faded, Pastor Don Bailey emerged from the darkness and stepped to the podium.

Great is the Lord and greatly to be praised, and his greatness is unsearchable… My mouth will speak the praise of the Lord, and let all flesh bless...

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Tuesday, 19 December 2017 19:30

Oh How I Love Your Law!

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Oh how I love your law! It is my meditation all the day.

Psalm 119:97

For any number of reasons, this is much easier said and sang than actually done. How do we love God’s law and love it more? Recently I’ve been blessed by a sermon series preached by one of our friends and contributors,...

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