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, 23 May 2017 00:25

The Holiness of God and Our Happiness

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The leaders of our men’s ministry selected the attributes of God as our theme for this past year, drawing somewhat from A. W. Tozer’s The Knowledge of the Holy and The Attributes of God. Therefore, at our last monthly breakfast of the season it was my turn to teach, and they asked me to...

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Monday, 15 May 2017 23:58

In Pursuit of Christian Womanhood

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Making disciples is the work of the church. Jesus made that clear. But how do we make disciples? As we read the New Testament, we see this pattern: We make disciples by coming alongside one another in the lifelong pursuit of becoming like our Savior. In other words, the work of discipleship takes...

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Wednesday, 10 May 2017 23:43

Our Support Since Birth

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In recent months, I’ve been thinking about the gracious hand of God’s providence in which He has led me the past 33 years of knowing Christ as Lord and Savior. I marvel that to bring me to where I am in life and ministry today took innumerable decisions and experiences—both...

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Sunday, 07 May 2017 23:29

That Adorable Attribute of God

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Yesterday, while preaching on the miracle of the new birth from 1 Peter 1:3-5, I read these words from A. W. Pink on the mercy of God.

Mercy is not a right to which man is entitled. Mercy is that adorable attribute of God by which He pities and relieves the wretched. But under the righteous...

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Wednesday, 03 May 2017 17:53

Pray About Everything

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It’s a joy for me to let you know that Shepherd Press has announced the release of my book Pray About Everything, and are offering a generous pre-order discount. Here’s what others have said about this book:image

…this is one of my favorite books on prayer…—Mark Dever,...

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Sunday, 30 April 2017 23:10

3 Ways We Judge Wrongly

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Jesus instructed His disciples to judge righteous judgment (Judge 7:24), but He also said, “Do not judge, or you too will be judged” (Matt. 7:1). Is this a contradiction? No. We are called to use biblical truth and wisdom to discern rightly, but foolish when we make judgments based on...

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Friday, 28 April 2017 04:44

The Lord Will Provide

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This morning, while driving to Chicago, two of my kids and I listened to Matthew Smith’s All I Owe CD several times. Though I’ve listened to it countless times since Indelible Grace was at our church last fall, the lyrics to “The Lord Will Provide” deeply ministered to me in...

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image “Restore Hope” is the theme for the 1st Annual Biblical Counseling Conference hosted by the Biblical Counseling Center on Saturday, April 29th. This conference will equip and encourage you to restore hopeto the hurting in your church and community. The conference is geared toward all...

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Tuesday, 11 April 2017 22:05

Why Did God Kill Jesus?

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When the Old Testament prophet Isaiah predicted the suffering of Jesus Christ he said, “But the Lord was pleased to crush Him, putting Him to grief” (53:10). Why? Why would God the Father be pleased to kill His only begotten Son? The verse goes on to answer that question, “If He...

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Tuesday, 11 April 2017 22:02

NUGGETS (April 12)

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Mind the Gap – Mike Emlet writes, “There is a gap—a space between the way life is and the way it should be. We notice the gap when we see something painfully wrong.”

The Gospel’s Compelling Uniqueness – Jared Wilson is dead right: “The safe Jesus of modern...

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Wednesday, 05 April 2017 23:16

Give Thanks for the Church

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This morning, I found myself drawn back into Matthew Henry’s A Way to Pray. My post-it note bookmark informed me that it was time to read a short chapter in the thanksgiving portion of the book, which is entitled “Give Thanks for the Establishment of the Church in the World.”...

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Wednesday, 05 April 2017 22:12

NUGGETS (April 6)

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The Particular Temptations of Young Men – “I love to spend time with young men, to counsel them, and to assure them that this time in their lives has great significance. As we speak, I find a number of common temptations they face while passing through their teens and twenties.”

His...

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Wednesday, 05 April 2017 02:30

BCI Ohio’s 28th Annual Conference

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“Real Hope for Suffering, Bitterness, Confusion, and More” is the theme for the 28th annual conference of the Biblical Counseling Institute of Ohio. Heath Lambert is the keynote speaker for this 2-day event, May 5-6, which is hosted by Cornerstone Bible Fellowship in North Ridgeville,...

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Monday, 03 April 2017 23:22

Keep Walking by Faith in Christ

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The Christian life is about walking with God, with our Savior the Lord Jesus Christ. But how do we walk with Christ? How do we walk with our Lord and Savior whom we cannot see? We walk by faith. In 2 Corinthians 5:7, the apostle teaches that as long as we remain in these earthly bodies we for we...

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Thursday, 30 March 2017 16:01

A Counselor’s Resume

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What should a biblical counselor’s resume look like? What would you list to demonstrate your qualifications? Actually, the Apostle Paul has already written such a resume for us. It’s found in Romans 15:14. I myself am satisfied about you, my brothers, that you yourselves are full...

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Thursday, 30 March 2017 04:24

BJU’s New Philosophy of Biblical Counseling

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Last month, Bob Jones University published a new statement concerning their philosophy of biblical counseling. The statement thoroughly explains the university’s theological view of counseling, their interdisciplinary approach to counseling, and briefly introduces the reader to BJU’s...

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Comedian Jeff Allen has recently capitalized on a humorous and catchy little modern proverb: “Happy wife, happy life.” His comedy is compelling, and his style engaging, but, like many catchphrases in Christian pop culture, his seemingly harmless comedy actually communicates falsehood....

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Tuesday, 28 March 2017 21:12

5 Types of Gossiping People

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“Every small bit of sinful gossip in daily life is an evil echo of what went wrong at the very beginning. In fact, gossip is the same ugly sin played out again and again. Gossip is believing the ancient lie that we can attempt to play God by destroying others with the power of our words....

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Tuesday, 28 March 2017 21:00

NUGGETS (March 29)

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Publishing Is Scary – I totally agree. For me, being a published author is both a blessing and a curse.

5 Marks of a Servant Leader – “No earthly Christian leader is the perfect incarnation of these five fundamental marks of servanthood. Jesus alone bears that distinction.”

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Tuesday, 28 March 2017 00:59

The Urgency of Ministry

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Jesus is coming again. Though we do not know the exact time, and trying to figure that out is warned against in the Scriptures, we know He is coming, and his coming is imminent. We believe this. We also believe that knowing this should lead us to live differently. Our church’s Statement of...

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Thursday, 23 March 2017 16:01

The Key to Spiritual Fruitfulness

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When God saves our soul he doesn’t intend for us to just coast to Glory. Jesus didn’t go to the cross to simply purchase our ticket to Paradise. For the rest of our days, God calls us to bear spiritual fruit. And not just a little; we’re to bear much fruit. When we bear much...

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Thursday, 23 March 2017 15:08

NUGGETS (March 24)

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Marriage: God’s Good Idea? – Many who think about marriage and family wonder if the idea came from the jungle story, “Me Tarzan, you Jane; come with me to live in my tree house.”

Are Homeschool Families More Likely to Experience Divorce? – A challenge from Dannah Gresh:...

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Tuesday, 21 March 2017 16:20

6 Truths about Forgiveness

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“Over and over again in the New Testament, Christians are reminded that God has forgiven all their sins through Christ’s death. And time and again, too, Christians are commanded to forgive.” So writes Julia Marsden, author of the little 10 of Those book entitled Forgiveness. As...

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Tuesday, 21 March 2017 15:04

NUGGETS (March 21)

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Have the Difficult Conversation – Concerning confronting someone you love, Heidi Jo Fulk asks, “What might have happened if during that progression someone had confronted a friend about a change of mind or action they noticed?”

5 Things Infertile Couples Want Others to Know –...

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Monday, 20 March 2017 22:31

Making the Wisest Use of Our Time

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Every week, each of us has 168 hours. If we were to try to account for those hours, we may allocate about 56 hours to sleep and 40-60 hours for employment, including commutes. That leaves 50-70 hours/week for shopping, education, family, church, and household responsibilities. Once all of that is...

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