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, 16 October 2018 17:00

When the Bible Conflicts with Our Culture

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Here’s another great post from one of my sons-in-law, Dan Franklin, who’s married to my daughter Karina. (Make sure you don’t miss this video and article I shared from him recently, about The Problem with “Speak Your Truth.”) While I admit I am biased about not only my...

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Sunday, 14 October 2018 17:00

When It Comes to Our Suffering, God “Gets It”

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In all human history, who has paid the highest price for evil and suffering? Poll a hundred people on this question and only a few would come up with the right answer: God.

“This is love: not that we loved God, but that he loved us and sent his Son as an atoning sacrifice for our sins”...

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Thursday, 11 October 2018 17:00

John Piper on Identifying and Fighting Besetting Sins

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Having turned 64 this year, this post from John Piper got my attention. It concerns what he learned about himself on a leave of absence at age 64. I prayed for him then, and now as I read this I also pray for myself.

Since I consider John, and many others, my betters in countless areas, I look at...

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Tuesday, 09 October 2018 17:00

The War on Unborn Black Children in the U.S.

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Recently prolife advocate Abby Johnson shared the picture below on her Facebook page, along with this caption: “The abortion war against black women is so real. This is on a billboard in Dallas.”

Several years ago, John Piper preached on the question of “When Is Abortion...

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Sunday, 07 October 2018 17:00

Authentic Love Is a By-Product of Brokenness

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We first got to know our dear friend Tami Yeager when she was a part of our EPM staff.  She is a dear sister with a big heart for the Lord and for people, especially believers who are suffering and being persecuted. That heart for others leads her to periodically leave her job at a nearby...

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Thursday, 04 October 2018 17:00

My Newest Book: Face to Face with Jesus

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Do you remember the day, the moment, you met the Son of God for the first time? No matter how long we’ve walked with Christ, there’s always more to discover and learn about Him. To truly know Jesus and follow His example, it’s essential that we continually study and contemplate...

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I love to read Scripture, but I also love to listen to it on audio. There are free apps that offer you audio, including YouVersion, but I’ve used Audible.com to purchase and download the Bible read by actor and Christ-follower David Suchet, whose voice and inflections I love. Whatever audio...

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I loved this post below from author and pastor Ray Ortlund, and asked his permission to share it on my blog. It’s a great reminder that we need to examine ourselves and correct ourselves. We who are truth-oriented, or in Ray’s words, “all certainty,” when it comes to every...

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For years people have told me, including some who’ve read my novel Safely Home, that there is no more persecution of Chinese Christians. True, compared to earlier decades, religious persecution in some parts of China has not been as extreme. In some places there may be little or no...

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I’ve been reflecting on pride and humility recently. Here are some thoughts:

When we’re prideful, we make God our opponent: “God opposes the proud but gives grace to the humble. Humble yourselves, therefore, under God’s mighty hand, that he may lift you up in due time”...

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Sunday, 23 September 2018 17:00

Why We Don’t Need to Be Anxious and Worry

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Worry is the product of high stakes and low control, coupled with expecting the worst. There’s no greater enemy of happiness.

There’s a subtle aspect to worry: if we care, we think we should worry, as if that will help somehow. In fact, worry has absolutely no redemptive value. When good...

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Thursday, 20 September 2018 17:00

Scripture Invites Us to Praise God through Singing

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Recently, feeling a weight about Nanci’s fight with cancer, I also felt a great need to sense God’s presence and joy. The Lord led me to Psalm 100. When I read verse 2, which says “come before Him with joyful songs,” I realized I rarely sing to Him in my quiet time.

So to get...

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Today’s guest post is by our dear friend Diane Meyer, who tells a great and fun story that really fits with the character of our generous, delightful God. Most giving stories I hear don’t involve a dice game and a Harley Davidson motorcycle. But that’s what makes this one so...

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Sunday, 16 September 2018 17:00

The Problem with “Speak Your Truth”

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My son-in-law Dan Franklin is teaching pastor at Life Bible Fellowship in Upland, California. Dan is married to my daughter Karina, and the father of three of my grandsons, but that’s not the main reason he’s one of my favorite teachers. He was one of our speaking pastors at...

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This article by Greg Morse is vitally important. Its message, which has been on my heart a long time, is this: on the one hand, it’s true that we are sinners saved by grace, meaning for now we are still sinners:  “If we claim to be without sin, we deceive ourselves and the truth is...

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I think Charles Spurgeon comes as close as anyone I’ve read to articulating what Scripture as a whole reveals. Sadly, though I attended both a good Bible college and a good seminary, I never read Spurgeon or learned anything about him. I’d been a pastor for ten years before I discovered...

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Relativism dominates the thinking of most educated people (which means sometimes that uneducated people are morally smarter). The “it all depends” morality, controversial fifty years ago when called situational ethics,denies the existence of any objective standards of right and wrong....

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Thursday, 06 September 2018 17:00

Will We Work and Have Jobs in Heaven?

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Genesis 2:15 tells us, “The Lord God took the man and put him in the Garden of Eden to work it and take care of it.” Work wasn’t part of the Curse. The Curse, rather, made work menial, tedious, and frustrating (Genesis 3:17-19). Because work began before sin and the Curse, and...

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Tuesday, 04 September 2018 17:00

On Choosing Wisely When to Say No and When to Say Yes

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When we’re asked to do worthless or unprofitable things, it doesn’t take much wisdom to say no, does it? Especially not when you do one of those things and think, “Okay, that was a waste…I’m never doing that again.”  

The real problem is all the good thi...

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Sunday, 02 September 2018 17:00

Our Problem, God’s Solution

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The problem of how we could possibly be reconciled with a God who hates evil is the greatest problem of history. Before we can see God in Heaven, something must radically change. This calls for no less than the greatest solution ever devised.

Here is what we need to know:

1. “God created...

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Nearly all Christians believe that God is good, but it seems that many don’t believe that He’s good natured. Does it really matter whether we believe that God is happy? Yes—it matters more than anything has ever mattered, or ever will. Upon it hinges, for instance, whether or not...

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I’ve shared before my appreciation for Joy Hlavka Forney, who along with her husband Dave and their children, serves with Mission Aviation Fellowship in Uganda, East Africa. Joy grew up at our church, Good Shepherd Community Church, along with her sisters and our daughters. I served for years...

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Recently a well-known writer and speaker at writer’s conferences, who was also a long-time Christian university professor, was found to have had a decades-long history of attempting to seduce young women. Over twenty-some women have come forward, independently telling similar tales. The...

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Unfortunately, in this world under the Curse, there’s often hostility and division between races and nations. But Christ died for our sins of racism and nationalism (I’m not speaking about patriotism—it’s usually healthy for people to be proud of their countries). The...

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I exchanged texts with a friend recently who shared he’s trying to focus on his identity in Christ. That’s a great subject to give thought to, as we tend to let our jobs, relationships, material possessions, abilities, and other things define who we are, when they shouldn’t....

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