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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Saturday, 15 December 2018 18:00

Inexpressible

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In Romans 7 Paul speaks about the problem of sin and law. The law, Paul said, served the function of defining sin for us (Rom 7:7). The problem was that defining sin for us produced sin in us (Rom 7:8). Paul believed in the law -- good, holy, righteous (Rom 7:12) -- but bemoaned the consequences --...

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Friday, 14 December 2018 18:00

News Weakly - 12/15/18

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Sadly, Not News For LongMeet Peter Vlaming. Peter is a French teacher at West Point High School (in Virginia, I think). Oh, sorry, was a teacher. He has been fired. You know what for. "Sexual impropriety?" No. "Racism?" No. "Anti-science positions?" No. He refused to use the "preferred pronoun" for...

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Thursday, 13 December 2018 18:00

I Mean, WOW!

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Back in 2013 I wrote The Christmas Carol Conspiracy where I kind of had a laugh at the expense of popular, secular singers who, with no genuine faith or intent to preach the gospel, were preaching the gospel by singing popular Christmas carols. I concluded with Paul's statement.
Some ... are...

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Wednesday, 12 December 2018 18:00

The Problem of Belief

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You remember the story (John 11). Jesus and His disciples were informed of Lazarus's illness. Jesus didn't go. When He heard Lazarus was ill, "He stayed two days longer" (John 11:6). And Lazarus died. So they went to see him. Well, there is the whole sad exchange with Martha. "If You had been here,...

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Tuesday, 11 December 2018 18:00

A Fundamental Error

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Don't stop me if you've heard this. "My wife won't have sex with me anymore and I don't know what I'm going to do." Don't stop me because I'm pretty sure you have. You've heard it on TV, heard it in the papers and the journals, heard it from friends and/or family, maybe even said it yourself. If...

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Monday, 10 December 2018 18:00

Is Christmas Dead?*

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I've heard it for years. You know, the complaints from Christians about Christmas. They range from "It's too commercial" to "It's too pagan." Is it true? Is Christmas a mistake for Christians to recognize? I mean, look, no one knows the date of Jesus's birth. December 25th? Well, maybe, maybe not....

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Sunday, 09 December 2018 18:00

Desires

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Paul writes to the Ephesians about Christian living. He contrasts the unbeliever with the believer when he says "you must no longer walk as the Gentiles do, in the futility of their minds" (Eph 4:17). They operate in darkened understanding and alienation from God due to internal ignorance and...

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Saturday, 08 December 2018 18:00

Unto Us a Child is Born

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She wasn't from this country. She was a Jewish convert. "What's all this stuff about Christmas?" she asked. "I worship Yeshua, my Savior. Why all this stuff about His birthday, wise men, angels, shepherds? Seems like a waste of time." Interesting question.Christmas is important to me. Not December...

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Friday, 07 December 2018 18:00

News Weakly - 12/8/2018

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Official Democrat Statement on the Religious The Massachusetts Democratic Party has passed a resolution "regarding the religiously unaffiliated demographic" that, I think, says a lot about the Democrats and their view (as a group) of Christianity. The resolution states that the largest religious...

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Thursday, 06 December 2018 18:00

Countercultural

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Counterculture (noun): the culture and lifestyle of those people, especially among the young, who reject or oppose the dominant values and behavior of society.You know this one, right? In my day they were the hippies. Now they're the "goths" or the gangs, the KKK or the homeschooling movement, the...

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Wednesday, 05 December 2018 18:00

Success and Failure

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You know the story by now of John Chau. He was a young man who fervently intended to take the gospel to a group of people on a remote island who had never heard it. He wanted to "evangelize" them -- to take them the good news. From all indications, he failed ... miserably. He visited once, escaped...

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Tuesday, 04 December 2018 18:00

Ministry of Reconciliation

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This week I wrote how "God was in Christ reconciling the world to Himself" (2 Cor 5:19). We've run over that so many times that I suspect we aren't even seeing it. So let's look.What is "reconciliation"? Basically, it is the restoration of friendly relations. Included -- required -- in that concept...

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Monday, 03 December 2018 18:00

If I Got What I Wanted

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Have you ever imagined if the world was exactly what we all seem to want it to be? You know, what they call "the best possible world." I doubt that any of us would actually want it if we got it.You know what I'm talking about. Bad things happen. Or good things don't. Loved ones die. Dear people get...

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Sunday, 02 December 2018 18:00

Burden of Proof

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The term, "burden of proof", refers to the obligation to prove one's statements. In our legal system, the burden of proof -- the obligation to prove their claims -- rests on the prosecution. Without sufficient proof, the defendant is innocent ("innocent until proven guilty"). Here's the problem....

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Saturday, 01 December 2018 18:00

In Recognition of Christmas

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In his epistle to the Romans, Paul writes, "While we were still weak, at the right time Christ died for the ungodly" (Rom 5:6). That is remarkable. He goes on to talk about how it is reasonable that someone might give their life for a good person, "... but God shows His love for us in that while we...

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Friday, 30 November 2018 18:00

News Weakly - 12/1/18

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Filed Under "How Is This News?"So, horror of horrors, it appears that Jack Ma, richest man in China and founder of e-commerce giant, Alibaba, is ... wait for it ... a member of the Communist Party. Yeah. Take that in. Because that's bad, right? And it's news that someone who is high up in China is...

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Thursday, 29 November 2018 18:00

Circumcision

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In the Old Testament if you wanted to be among the "saved", among the chosen, among "God's people", you had to be circumcised. In the New Testament there is a specific time when they quit demanding it (Acts 15). After that, Paul indicated that "Circumcision is a matter of the heart, by the Spirit"...

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Wednesday, 28 November 2018 18:00

Born Again?

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I recently heard a woman complaining about "those darn Christians" (of course, I cleaned that up) and their "born again" thing. "What makes them think you have to be born again to go to heaven? What about Mother Theresa? What about the good people of this world? What about me? How ridiculous!" So...

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Tuesday, 27 November 2018 18:00

A Hill to Die On

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You know that phrase, right? "This isn't a hill to die on" means "Let's not fight about this." It means, "I believe a certain way about this and you don't, but I don't believe it is important enough to fight about." So, when it comes to Christian living, what constitutes "a hill to die on"? What...

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Monday, 26 November 2018 18:00

Hungry

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You know all the Beatitudes, right? No? Well, I'm sure you're familiar with this one. "Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they shall be satisfied" (Matt 5:6) Note the quote marks; I'm quoting Jesus. So Jesus said that those who "hunger and thirst for righteousness" will...

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Sunday, 25 November 2018 18:00

Sinner or Saint?

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So, let's think this through.I'm sure you heard. American missionary, John Allen Chau, apparently hired some fishermen to take him illegally to North Sentinel Island off the coast of India. (I've found only one outlet that references his Christian mission there. Most refer to him as an...

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Saturday, 24 November 2018 18:00

The Prayer That Got Away

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Have you ever prayed a prayer so big it got away from you? You know, you're talking to God about something and the magnitude of it overwhelms you. Paul has such a prayer in his letter to the Christians in Ephesus.He talked about his mission of taking the gospel to the Gentiles (Eph 3:1-13). "For...

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Friday, 23 November 2018 18:00

News Weakly - 11/24/18

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The Rule of the DayAn Argentine submarine went down a year ago with 44 hands aboard. They found it this week. The government said they do not have the technology to raise the submarine. Following our current position of "If I want it you must give it," families of the lost sailors are demanding...

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Thursday, 22 November 2018 18:00

Doubting John

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We all remember the story of Doubting Thomas. Doubting John isn't as prevalent.In Matthew we read, "Now when John heard in prison about the deeds of the Christ, he sent word by his disciples and said to Him, 'Are You the one who is to come, or shall we look for another?'" (Matt 11:2-3) Now, if you...

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Wednesday, 21 November 2018 18:00

Thanksgiving, 2018

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Give thanks to the LORD, for He is good; His love endures forever. (1 Chron 16:34)Give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you. (1 Thess 5:18)Whatever you do, in word or deed, do everything in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father...

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