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, 15 August 2018 20:00

How Can I Know? 1 John

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John tells us his purpose in writing his first epistle.
I write these things to you who believe in the name of the Son of God, that you may know that you have eternal life. (1 John 5:13)
The whole purpose was that you may know that you have eternal life. Note that it was written to specific people....

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Tuesday, 14 August 2018 20:00

How Can You Know? A Surprise Answer

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Assurance of salvation is a good thing. At least, it's a good thing if it's true. We know there are people with assurance of salvation that shouldn't be so sure (Matt 7:21-23). But we also know that Scripture assures us we can know (1 John 5:13). So we look through the pages of God's Word and we...

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Monday, 13 August 2018 20:00

How Can You Know? One Way

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On yesterday's question regarding assurance of salvation, one of the most popular verses you might find is found in Paul's epistle to the church at Rome.
The Spirit Himself testifies with our spirit that we are children of God. (Rom 8:16)
That's it. Pretty straightforward. We can all see it and...

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Sunday, 12 August 2018 20:00

How Can You Know?

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The Reformation of the 16th century was essentially targeted at the Roman Catholic Church's doctrines. The Reformers held to Sola Scriptura, the sole authority of Scripture on the faith and practice of believers, while the Roman Catholic Church stood on the authority of the Church and Tradition of...

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Sunday, 12 August 2018 05:10

News Weakly - 8/11/18

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New RightsIn August, 2012, then President Obama instituted by executive order a program we know as DACA, the "Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals" program that was intended to provide some relief for children illegally in this country to become legal -- work permit, green card, citizenship ......

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Saturday, 11 August 2018 20:00

A Heart for God

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The Bible uses the word "heart" a lot. The ESV uses the terms "heart" or "hearts" over 900 times. And yet, I'm sure you know that it never refers to the internal organ we know as the heart. What, then?According to Strong's, lêb is the Hebrew word most often translated "heart" and refers to...

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Thursday, 09 August 2018 20:00

Don't Be a Peter

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In Matthew's Gospel we read the famous story of Jesus walking on water (Matt 14:22-32). The 5,000 had been fed and Jesus sent His disciples across the Sea of Galilee while He went to pray. A storm hit, so He decided to walk out to them. In the Mark account we learn "He intended to pass by them"...

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Wednesday, 08 August 2018 20:00

The Problem of Cultural Crisis

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It doesn't take a genius to figure out that things change. Of course they do. And, of course, for most of history the older generation has been saying, "In my day ..." and talking about how things have changed, usually not for the better. On one hand this is to be expected. I mean, entropy is a...

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Tuesday, 07 August 2018 20:00

The Exception

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English is a hard language. Seriously hard. Perhaps some of the Asian languages are more difficult, but English is near the top of hard languages. One of our standard rules in English is "There is an exception to every rule." And no one minds the obvious apparent contradiction. We are really good...

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Monday, 06 August 2018 20:00

Is God Good?

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"She was a Christian, but she was distraught about her daughter's death all those years ago. 'Why would God take my child?' she asked me. I was able to give her comfort. 'It wasn't God's will,' I assured her. 'God never wills that kind of thing.' She felt much better."It was an actual discussion I...

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Sunday, 05 August 2018 20:00

Why Should the Devil Have All the Good Music?

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It is rumored that the likes of Martin Luther or Charles Wesley said it first: "Why should the devil have all the good music?" Turns out we can't find any references to it. Popular notion, but, from all we can find, no ... they didn't. The first documented quote is from Larry Norman. Norman was one...

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Saturday, 04 August 2018 20:00

I Can Only Imagine

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imageMy wife and I saw the recent movie, I Can Only Imagine. It's the story behind the hit song of the same name. It tells why the songwriter, Bart Millard, wrote it. I'm not planning to review the movie. Not the point. It was lacking in a gospel message, but I assume that the number they listed at the...

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Friday, 03 August 2018 20:00

News Weakly - 8/4/18

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Simplified Tax ReturnsThis ought to simplify our tax forms. We've been told that healthcare, especially universal healthcare, is a human right. Thus, Bernie Sanders favors "Medicare for all." The report says this will cost $32.6 trillion over 10 years. "That's trillion with a 'T'."So, the new tax...

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Thursday, 02 August 2018 20:00

Devolution

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They asked "How will it affect you if we redefine marriage to include same-sex couples?" (No, they didn't, actually. While the courts were quite clear that it was a redefinition, that side of the lobby never admitted to it. Still ...) The suggestion is that we could go on being "married" our way...

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Wednesday, 01 August 2018 20:00

Tolerance vs Equality

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Today's loudest voices demand "tolerance" and "equality." While they don't suggest these are the same thing (and they aren't), they do seem to be linked. The problem appears to be that the loudest voices in today's society don't seem to understand what these words mean.If you hear "tolerance"...

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Tuesday, 31 July 2018 20:00

Early Evangelism

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Evangelism (not the same as Evangelicalism) is the word we use to refer to sharing the gospel -- the good news about Christ -- with others. Let me take you to one of the very first evangelists to give you some insights on evangelism.The story comes from the first chapter of John's Gospel. Jesus was...

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Monday, 30 July 2018 23:26

Plain Sense

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Here's the claim: "Absolute faith in the plain sense of Scripture turns a Christian into a fool and the Bible into a graven idol."Here's the problem. Since "the plain sense" of any writing is currently undefined in our world, the claim makes no sense. The modern approach is that words mean what you...

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Sunday, 29 July 2018 20:00

Double-Minded

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James wrote, "A double-minded man is unstable in all his ways" (James 1:8). Double-minded. It seems to be the standard rather than the exception.I was looking at a display of works by a local artist. On a plaque was a quote from the artist. "I am certain that there is no absolute truth," the artist...

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Saturday, 28 July 2018 20:00

Taking God's Name in Vain

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"You shall not take the name of the LORD your God in vain, for the LORD will not leave him unpunished who takes His name in vain." (Exo 20:7)
We all know that one, right? And we all know what it means. Don't use God's name as a swear word. And while a lot of people even in the Christian world these...

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Friday, 27 July 2018 20:00

News Weakly - 7/28/18

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Slippery Slope FallacyI have often said that the slippery slope fallacy -- "If you do X, then Y will happen" -- is not a fallacy if it actually happens. Like what could possibly go wrong by putting a guy who believes he's a girl into a women's prison? "Don't be silly. That's the slippery slope...

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Thursday, 26 July 2018 20:00

Perilous Public Transportation

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I live and work in a major U.S. city. It is the 5th largest city in the U.S. by population and happens to be in the desert. I work in the city center and I live at the outskirts of the city, so my work is 27 miles from my house, but on paper I live and work in the same city. A year and a half ago I...

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Wednesday, 25 July 2018 20:00

Too Much Gospel

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My wife watched me put together my taco -- cheese, meat, lettuce, onions, sauce, cheese, cheese, cheese. "Isn't that a little too much cheese?" she asked. "I'm not sure there's such a thing," I quipped.But I'm talking now about the gospel. We know what it is, right? Right? I mean, we've heard it,...

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Tuesday, 24 July 2018 20:00

God-Honoring

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Paul wrote,
So, whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do all to the glory of God. (1 Cor 10:31)
I read, "Big or little, anything at all that you do, do for the glory of God." I think that's a fair assessment. So ... do you? Do I?I am told that the average adult spends 33 hours a week in front...

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Monday, 23 July 2018 20:00

Word Question

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Okay, nothing spiritual or controversial or even biblical here. Just a grammar question. Maybe someone smarter than me can help me out here.I was considering the question, "How do we get past this?" I ran into a problem. Is it "past" or "passed". Now, I understand that "past" refers to time and...

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Sunday, 22 July 2018 20:00

Motivational Confusion

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The other day I was pondering a concept. In a recent church service I had some difficulties with the "order of worship" -- song selection and such. Now, I know that I'm not alone in this line of thinking. Ask any elderly Christian and they'll likely tell you they're having difficulties with modern...

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