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, 13 February 2018 20:43

God’s People Go to War: What I Noticed When I Read Joshua

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Many people struggle to understand the story of Joshua and the conquest of Canaan. They understandably wonder, “Is Jesus of Nazareth, who told His followers to love their enemies and turn the other cheek, really the exact representation of the God who ordered warfare in the book of...

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Tuesday, 06 February 2018 11:28

A Few Things I Noticed When I Read Deuteronomy Today

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I sat down and read the book Deuteronomy while waiting for, and while on board, a flight to Memphis this week. This project of reading whole books in one sitting gets easier and more exciting every time I do it. It makes me wonder why I haven’t read every book this way. So let’s talk...

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Tuesday, 30 January 2018 20:47

A Few Things I Noticed When I Read Numbers Today

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We call it “Numbers,” but the Jews call it, “In the Wilderness.” I much prefer their title. The title “Numbers,” makes it sound like the book is just about the censuses that were taken; it is so much more than that. As you know, I am reading each book of the Bible...

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Tuesday, 23 January 2018 20:49

A Few Things I Noticed When I Read Leviticus Today

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As most of you probably know, my 2018 Bible reading plan calls for me to read each book of the Bible in one sitting. You can find my thoughts on Genesis and Exodus in previous posts. This week I would like to share with you some of the thoughts I had when I sat down and read the book of Leviticus....

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A lot of people seem to believe that on the Day of Judgment, all of their good deeds will be weighed against all of their sins to see whether or not they have been good enough to be saved. 2 Corinthians 5:10 says, “We must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ, so that each one...

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Thursday, 11 January 2018 21:26

The Most Important Thing I Noticed When I Read Exodus Today

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I just finished the book of Exodus, as part of my 2018 reading plan and I wanted to share with you my most important takeaway. There are certainly a lot of things which could be said about this book and there were several things I noticed this time I had not noticed before, but I consider this to...

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Tuesday, 09 January 2018 20:22

LUKE 22:36 RE-EXAMINED: Sell Your Cloak to Buy a Sword

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It’s time for us to resume our “Re-Examined” series by considering Luke 22:36, in which Jesus says, “Let the one who has no sword sell his cloak and buy one.” Many Christians use this passage as a proof-text for the use of deadly force in self-defense. But is that...

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Saturday, 06 January 2018 04:37

7 Things I Noticed When I Read Genesis Today

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As I read through Genesis, as part of my 2018 reading plan, I tried to assume I didn’t know how the grand narrative of the Bible would end. I tried to carry as few biases and preconceived notions with me as possible. Though it’s important to attempt to do just that, I’m not sure...

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Tuesday, 02 January 2018 20:51

Slavery, the Civil War, and Why It Still Matters to Me

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In August, I wrote an article encouraging Christians to love their neighbors more than Confederate monuments. That post was met with a considerable amount of opposition and even anger. Most of the opposition surrounded one sentence, “The Confederacy was fighting to protect the...

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Tuesday, 26 December 2017 20:42

A New Sort of Bible Reading Plan

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I need a better way to read the Bible this year. And if you know me, you know I believe in reading through whole books of the Bible in one sitting. So, the following is my Bible reading plan for the new year. It may seem a bit daunting at first, but think about it this way, following this plan...

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Tuesday, 19 December 2017 20:23

Followers of Jesus Must be Committed to Meekness

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One of the most important, but yet misunderstood and ignored words in the Bible is meekness. I often hear Christians boldly protest, “Meek does not mean weak.” Even if that sentiment is accurate, it still doesn’t tell us what it means to be meek. What is meekness? Why does Jesus...

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Tuesday, 12 December 2017 20:27

Some Implications of Being Pro ALL Life

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I believe human beings are the pinnacle of God’s creation; God’s image-bearers in the world. There is absolutely nothing on the planet more valuable than a single human life. Therefore, I consider myself pro ALL life. I believe all humans ought to be loved, valued, and protected. But...

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Tuesday, 28 November 2017 20:31

What Do You Do When Family Members Persist in Sin?

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To be honest, I would rather not write this post, but it needs to be written. It needs to be written because this problem plagues nearly every Christian family in the world. In nearly every one of our families there is someone who at one point pledged his or her allegiance to King Jesus by being...

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Today’s post is part four of our “Re-Examined Series,” in which we are taking a look at some well-known passages that may not mean what we’ve tried to make the mean over the years. Today we will re-examine Proverbs 22:6, “Train up a child in the way he should go; e...

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Welcome to part three of our “Re-Examined Series,” in which we are taking a closer look at some familiar passages, discovering why they may not mean what you thought they meant. Today we will examine Romans 10:10, “For with the heart one believes and is justified, and with the...

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Tuesday, 31 October 2017 21:44

HEBREWS 10:25 RE-EXAMINED: Don’t Forsake the Assembly

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Last week we started a series of posts in which we are re-examining well-known passages of Scripture. This week we will look at Hebrews 10:25, “not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as is the manner of some…” (NKJV). This passage is often cited to...

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Over the next few weeks, I want to do a series of posts in which we “re-examine” some familiar verses of the Bible. Today we will consider Psalm 127:3-5, “Behold, children are a heritage from the Lordthe fruit of the womb a reward. Like arrows in the hand...

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In Acts 2:38 Peter told a crowd of people, “Repent and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins, and you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit.” The question we will consider today is this: Was Peter telling the...

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Tuesday, 03 October 2017 21:40

Are We Saved by Faith Alone?

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As this is a very well-known and oft-used phrase, let’s pretend someone asked me, “Wes, do you believe a person is saved by faith alone?” I actually would not answer with either a “yes” or a “no” answer. Here is how I would answer the question of whether or...

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Tuesday, 19 September 2017 21:22

Are We Raising Athletes or Christians?

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If you know me and my family personally, you probably know my nine-year-old son loves baseball. He watches nearly every Texas Rangers’ game on television (or lies in bed listening to them on the radio), he pitches for his Little League team, he could sit and talk about baseball for hours on...

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Tuesday, 12 September 2017 21:13

How to Mark Up the Bible without Marking in Your Bible

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I find it incredibly difficult to study the Bible without underlining, circling, highlighting, drawing arrows, and writing notes. However, once a passage is all marked up, it’s hard to make any additional notes or highlights. Furthermore, if I am highlighting and emphasizing one particular...

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Tuesday, 05 September 2017 21:09

Does the Bible Condone Slavery?

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When it comes to slavery and the Bible, it can be quite an uncomfortable conversation. Does the Bible condemn slavery? Does it approve of slavery? Were Christian slave-owners in the United States justified in owning slaves? Let’s discuss that topic briefly.

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I just finished preaching a month-long sermon series on love. This series has really impacted the way I think about things. I have not come away thinking that loving people is the only thing in the world that matters, but I have come away thinking that of all the things that matter, love matters...

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Tuesday, 15 August 2017 21:53

Love Your Neighbor More Than a Monument

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Most of you are probably aware of the horrible recent events in Charlottesville, VA. Thirty-seven people were violently injured and one young woman lost her life. It all started with a group protesting the removal of a Robert E. Lee statue. There are obviously many racist hate groups who want...

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Tuesday, 08 August 2017 21:34

Is it Wrong to Say, “Oh My God”?

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To be honest, I feel even a little bit guilty typing the words, “Oh my God.” Of course, it is certainly not wrong to use the phrase “Oh my God” when you are actually talking to God or about God (2 Chronicles 6:40). But countless people (including many Christians) use this...

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