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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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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Tuesday, 01 August 2017 21:09

A Proven Strategy for Memorizing Scripture

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I recently heard a podcast interview of Andy Davis, who has memorized 43 books of the Bible. Can you imagine, 43 books of the Bible? His strategy for memorizing Scripture really isn’t complicated at all. It something any of us could do. Yes, even you. In today’s brief post I will share...

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Tuesday, 25 July 2017 21:03

6 Things Elders Can Do to Encourage Ministers

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Over the last 16 years in ministry, I have served under the leadership of some wonderful elders. They have done so many things to encourage and shepherd me. Sadly, some preachers get little to no encouragement from the elders under whom they serve. So I thought it might be helpful to share some of...

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Tuesday, 11 July 2017 21:39

Losing Faith: 4 Things to do When Doubts Arise

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I would be surprised if there was anyone who had thought seriously about the claims of the gospel and not had some doubts. If we are honest about what the Bible asks us to accept, there will be times when we say, “Could all this really be true?” I’ve experienced times like that...

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Tuesday, 04 July 2017 21:29

Do You Know Why the Church is Supposed to Sing?

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It may seem strange to many people that we gather up on Sundays to sing songs. They may think, “I don’t particularly like to sing.” Or, “I’m not a good singer; I can’t imagine singing in public like that, where other people can hear you.” Actually,...

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Tuesday, 27 June 2017 15:10

Bible Teachings that Unbelievers Love and Hate

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In every culture, there are biblical principles and practices that are culturally acceptable; things to which even non-believers say, “Yes, that’s a great idea. Everyone should live like that.” And there are other principles and practices non-believers find reprehensible,...

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Occasionally I will hear people criticize others in a Bible study for saying things like, “I think this passage means…” I’ve even been criticized for saying, “I think…” in sermons. The critics say, “It doesn’t matter what you think, it...

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Tuesday, 06 June 2017 21:36

A God of Wrath or A God Without Wrath?

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There are many people with an unhealthy view of God. Some people believe God is an angry tyrant with unreasonable expectations for mankind, ready to strike people dead at any moment. They believe His primary characteristics are wrath and fury. While it is sad people feel this way, it is...

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We have a tendency to think of Christianity in very individualistic ways, “If I want to be a Christian, that is between me and God; and if I don’t want to be a Christian, that is between me and God.” But the truth is, your decision to follow Jesus – or not follow Jesus...

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Tuesday, 09 May 2017 21:12

3 Suggestions for the Lord’s Supper

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When the Lord brought His people out of Egyptian bondage, He instituted a meal to remind them annually of what He had done. And when the Lord brought His people out of bondage to sin, He instituted a meal to remind them weekly of what He had done. This memorial meal that we share every week is of...

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Tuesday, 25 April 2017 21:40

Why Christian Unity is So Very Important

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We all know “unity” is a biblical concept. We know Jesus prayed that we all “may become perfectly one” (John 17:23). But in the grand scheme of things, many of us seem to rank unity as a pretty low priority. “It would be nice,” we tend to think, “but...

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Tuesday, 18 April 2017 21:41

Why Don’t We All Understand the Bible Alike?

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How can everyone read the same Bible and come to different conclusions about what it means? If we’re all reading the same book, why don’t we all believe and practice the same things? Here are some thoughts about why we don’t all understand the Bible alike.

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Tuesday, 11 April 2017 21:32

4 Tips to Help You Better Understand the Bible

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There are three basic parts to bible study: observation, interpretation, and application. In other words, when we read a passage, we should ask: What does it say (observation)? What does it mean (interpretation)? What difference does it make in my life (application)? Understanding what the...

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Tuesday, 04 April 2017 21:40

5 Steps for Handling Conflict with Other Christians

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Whether it’s caused by misunderstanding, miscommunication, or downright malevolence, conflict happens. It even happens in the church. People will disappoint you, hurt your feelings, and cause you pain. But how you respond in those situations is of the utmost importance. Consider these 5...

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