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, 21 March 2017 21:08

What to Expect When Jesus Returns

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If we are going to restore New Testament Christianity, then I believe we need to restore a biblical emphasis on the Return of our King. As Christians, the Return of Jesus is our hope. It is what we should be longing for (2 Timothy 4:8). But many of us don’t long for...

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Tuesday, 14 March 2017 20:53

Creating an Incredible Evangelistic Tool

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I started this blog several years ago in order to use twenty-first century tools to tell a first-century story, the Good News of Jesus Christ. Anytime I find other Christians doing the same thing, I want to support, encourage, and promote their efforts. Today I want to tell you...

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Tuesday, 07 March 2017 20:07

Some Bible Verses to Consider When Using Social Media

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Facebook, Twitter, and other social media platforms can be beneficial and enjoyable, but only if they are used in a way that honors God. Sadly, we all know there is a lot that happens online which does not honor God; some of it is even done in His name. We must be incredibly careful before we...

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Tuesday, 28 February 2017 20:19

Is the Greater Threat to the Church Liberalism or Legalism?

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Liberalism says something like this, “Because I am accepted by God, I can do pretty much whatever I want.” On the other extreme, legalism says, “I am accepted by God because I am a good and obedient person.” Both of these positions are wrong, yet you...

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Tuesday, 21 February 2017 20:06

One Simple Tip to Improve the Way You Study the Bible

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There are many good Bible study, and Bible reading, practices that you could implement to improve your study of the Bible. However, there is one simple thing I have found that makes a huge difference in a person’s overall understanding of Scripture. Unfortunately, it is also a...

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Wednesday, 15 February 2017 04:55

What is Vain Worship?

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In Mark 7:7 Jesus quoted Isaiah, saying, “In vain do they worship me, teaching as doctrines the commandments of men.” But what did Jesus mean about worshiping in vain? I’ve heard many people explain that “vain worship” is worshiping God in unauthorized...

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People tell me all the time, their main goal in life is to go to heaven when they die. In fact, I’m quite certain I’ve said the exact same thing before. I’ve always thought that was the very best goal a person could have, but I’ve changed my mind. The more I think about that...

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Wednesday, 18 January 2017 04:21

Be Careful Calling Someone a “False Teacher”

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The term “false teacher” gets thrown around a lot; but the definition might not be as obvious as it seems. Many people probably assume a false teacher is simply someone who teaches something that’s false. But that’s not really how the Bible uses that term. And I believe...

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Wednesday, 11 January 2017 04:38

Why You Probably Need to Stop Calling Yourself a Sinner

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We often say things like, “We’re all sinners.” Or, “I’m a sinner, the same as anyone else.” There is certainly some truth to those statements. We are certainly all guilty of sin and we all still struggle with sin. However, the Bible doesn’t really use the...

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Wednesday, 04 January 2017 04:59

4 Reasons to Give to the Church Every Sunday

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While there are certainly “churches” and preachers who are taking advantage of the generosity of their members and giving Christianity a bad name, we should not allow that to stop us from talking about how and why Christians should give money to the church regularly. The New Testament...

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Wednesday, 21 December 2016 04:40

Why Christians “Are Not Under Law But Under Grace”

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When the children of Israel were going into the Promised Land, God gave them a law. The law was part of His covenant relationship with them. But after Jesus came, many Jewish Christians wanted to know what role the law should continue to play in their lives. Were Christians obligated to keep the...

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Wednesday, 14 December 2016 04:08

Healing the Divisions Between Churches of Christ

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We might say the beginning of the Restoration Movement in the United States was in 1809 when Thomas Campbell uttered these now famous words, “Where the Scriptures speak, we speak; and where the Scriptures are silent, we are silent.” This wasn’t the beginning of the church, but it...

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Wednesday, 07 December 2016 04:40

What’s the Whole Point of Christian Teaching?

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We attend Bible classes, Bible studies, devotionals, and worship services. We read our Bibles and listen to sermons. We memorize passages of Scripture. But do we ever stop and ask ourselves, “What’s the point of all of this? What are we really trying to accomplish?” Is the...

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Wednesday, 23 November 2016 03:46

Four Reasons I am Thankful for the Church

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As a member of the Millennial generation, I am painfully aware that many in my age group are leaving the church. While I certainly understand why life in the church can be difficult and even frustrating at times, I love the church so much that I have devoted my life to her and to her mission....

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Wednesday, 16 November 2016 04:27

You’re Never Finished Obeying the Gospel

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It is biblical to speak of “obeying the gospel,” although I’m sad to say that the way I’ve most often used that phrase is not very biblical. I’ve often said, when someone was baptized, “He obeyed the gospel,” as if obeying the gospel was something that was...

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Wednesday, 09 November 2016 04:27

My Prayer for the United States of America

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I must say I am completely surprised. I truly did not expect Donald Trump to be elected president. The next four years will undoubtedly be interesting times in the United States of America. I believe this is a time for prayer and I want to share with you some of the things I’m...

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Wednesday, 02 November 2016 04:13

What Does It Mean to Work Out Your Own Salvation?

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In Philippians 2:12 Paul wrote, “Work out your own salvation with fear and trembling.” That phrase is quoted a lot, but I wonder how many of us have ever stopped to consider what it actually means. I know I have personally failed to appreciate the context of this passage and have...

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Wednesday, 26 October 2016 04:19

Why Learning to Forgive Yourself is NOT Your Problem

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If you’ve ever been overwhelmed by guilt, you’ve probably heard someone say, “God has forgiven you, but now you need to learn to forgive yourself.” In fact, you may have even tried to comfort someone else by telling them, “You’ve got to learn to forgive...

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Wednesday, 19 October 2016 04:33

When a Christian is Married to a Non-Christian

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I have received several e-mails and messages asking me to write a blog post about Christians marrying, and being married to, non-Christians. This can be an incredibly difficult situation and a sensitive subject. So I want to address this issue from a couple of different angles. First I want to...

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Wednesday, 05 October 2016 03:42

Don’t Let Your Politics Trump Your Christian Principles

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During the political season some of us seem to say and do things unbecoming of Christians. I suppose it has always been this way, but I believe fear and anxiety have been exacerbated by social media and the 24 hour news cycle. So this is a friendly reminder to not allow your...

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Wednesday, 28 September 2016 04:25

6 Tips for Teaching Better Bible Classes

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Whether you’re teaching teenagers, adults, women, or men, I know you want your Bible class to be as effective as it can possibly be. I know you want people to see the relevance of Scripture. I know you want people to learn and to grow. But sometimes, let’s face it, it’s hard to...

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Wednesday, 21 September 2016 04:16

Why You Need to Try to Understand Other People’s Perspectives

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If someone’s behavior or opinion seems completely absurd to you, you could tell them they are wrong or even idiotic. You could tell them they should stop thinking that way and see things your way. Or, on the other hand, you could start by trying to understand their perspective. You...

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Tuesday, 13 September 2016 20:54

Let’s Talk About Being Justified by Faith

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The concept of “justification by faith” is one of the most important doctrines in Scripture. Unfortunately, some misunderstand it, some scoffingly dismiss it, and some ignore it completely. But let me tell you something (and I don’t think I’m overstating the...

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Tuesday, 06 September 2016 21:32

Four Reasons I Don’t Drink Alcohol

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I don’t want to beat anyone over the head. I don’t want to come across as “holier than thou.” And I don’t want to debate whether or not the wine into which Jesus changed the water was alcoholic. My thoughts on how we should handle this conversation have...

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