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

Counseling On Another - Apologetic Report

In Sunday School, a boy makes a disparaging remark about another boy. A girl reveals private information in the classroom. Another child does or says something embarrassing. While each of these situations may be challenging and uncomfortable to us, they can be wonderful teaching opportunities. As...

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God Made Me Unique – This little book introduces young children to the heart of God toward those with special needs and disabilities. Whether or not special needs are part of your family’s life, it’s important to help young children to appreciate the unique way in which God has...

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Yesterday, the Holy Spirit ministered deeply to my heart through what may be the best sermon I’ve heard on the book of Job. An area pastor graciously responded to my request to preach to our congregation on the subject of suffering. After giving an overview of the book of Job, he drew out...

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Friday, 15 November 2019 18:29

Will You Pray for Me and My Next Book?

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Dear Friend,

The fact that you are reading this post is a great encouragement to me. Writing, for me, is a necessity—a means to personal growth and soul survival in this fallen world. It’s part of the way that God has wired me, in order to help me to refine my thinking processes....

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Friday, 15 November 2019 18:02

Nuggets

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Having a Meaningful Christmas on a Tight Budget – “The key to celebrating well is to plan early and ignore the world’s take on Christmas. The example we, as parents, set for our children is enormous. Many of my sweetest memories cost nothing.”

4 Members Who Tear Down the...

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Thursday, 14 November 2019 20:40

Peacemaking in the Home

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When two sinners marry one another, conflict is inevitable. The important question is: How will you handle it when it shows up?

If there is anything we must learn in order to foster a peaceful and joyful marriage, we must learn how to work through our conflicts biblically and learn how to...

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How to Talk to Your Depressed Child – I enjoyed listening to this radio interview with Christine Chappell, author of the forthcoming mini-book HELP! My Teen Is Depressed (coming March 2020).

Parenting and the Bullied Child – On this Truth in Love podcast episode, Tim Keeter addresses the...

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Monday, 11 November 2019 15:05

The 7 Laws of Correction

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The book of Proverbs unmistakably calls for the physical discipline of children, that is, spanking, as a necessary part of wise and effective parenting. For instance:

He who withholds his rod hates his son, but he who loves him disciplines him diligently.

Proverbs 13:24

This verse alone refutes the...

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Sunday, 10 November 2019 17:11

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When Should I Buy a New Car? – Thinking of buying a new car? Read this wise and helpful counsel.

Should I Give or Get Out of Debt? – Another wise and godly response from Chuck Bentley.

12 Benefits of Thanksgiving – “The act of giving thanks is perhaps one of the most...

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What words could we use to describe God’s grace toward sinners like us? Amazing? Yes. Extravagant? For sure. Astonishing? Absolutely!

The apostle Paul was a man who never got over the grace of God…and neither should we. As the Holy Spirit guided him along, he edified the believers at...

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Wednesday, 06 November 2019 18:34

Nuggets

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Here are two articles and two podcast episodes that are filled with sound counsel:

Manage Your Household Well – “One of the greatest needs wives and children have, and all the more in our relentlessly distracting age, is dad’s attentiveness.”

How Counseling Helps Churches...

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Tuesday, 05 November 2019 17:13

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Insufficient Evidence that Cannabinoids Improve Mental Health – “The most comprehensive analysis of medicinal cannabinoids and their impact on six mental health disorders — combining 83 studies including 3,000 people — suggests that the use of cannabinoids for mental health...

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Tuesday, 05 November 2019 02:44

Equipping You in Grace Podcast

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Recently, I had the joy and privilege to talk with Dave Jenkins of Servants of Grace. We talked about anxiety and how the promises of God work in our hearts and minds to bring us peace. Listen here.

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Sunday, 03 November 2019 03:30

36 Purposes of God in Our Suffering

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Joni Eareckson Tada has given us many books on the subject of God’s tender care for His children in times of suffering. She strikes the chord of authenticity with us so well because suffering is the world she lives in 24/7. My personal favorite is When God Weeps: Why Our Sufferings Matter to...

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Friday, 01 November 2019 03:00

NUGGETS

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“What Do Christians Put on Their Headstones?” – Rosa and Lydia’s growth in grace and their sincere desire to honor the Lord is a tremendous encouragement. But their story is also emblematic of the question faced by first-generation believers all over Croatia. “How...

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Tuesday, 29 October 2019 00:58

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Want to Be like Jesus? Be Gentle. – “As we picture what it means to man up and be a leader in the home and in the church, gentleness isn’t, for many of us, a defining element of that picture.”

Wrestling with Forgiveness – “It is only when Christ truly lives in...

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Monday, 28 October 2019 22:55

The Admirable Patience of God

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Since my conversion to Christ in 1984, I have enjoyed and benefited from reading books about the attributes of God. I’ve also been drawn to the writings of the Puritans. So, a couple months ago, I purchased a little book by George Swinnock.

In a short chapter entitled Patience, Swinnock...

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Last week, I posted a brief review of John Kitchen’s new book, He Is Able. This morning, while in a hospital waiting room, I paged through the book again, rereading my highlighted sentences. Here are five of my favorites.

The amen of your obedience tamps the soil of truth around your life,...

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Tuesday, 22 October 2019 15:35

Jesus Became a Curse for Us

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If a man has committed a sin worthy of death and he is put to death, and you hang him on a tree, his corpse shall not hang all night on the tree, but you shall surely bury him on the same day (for he who is hanged is accursed of God), so that you do not defile your land which the Lord your God...

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Tuesday, 22 October 2019 15:30

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The Attributes of God: Faithful – Lara d’Entremont writes: “Even the most loyal person is still an imperfect human being. But God is perfect in all His ways, including His faithfulness. What can we proclaim, other than God is trustworthy?”

MONEY: Seeking God’s Wisdom...

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Monday, 21 October 2019 22:00

3 Reasons to Shun the Gospel According to Works

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The gospel of grace is true and magnifies the works of God. The gospel of works is false and magnifies the efforts man. The gospel of grace runs against-the-grain of man’s innate pride and sense of self-achievement—giving evidence of the depth of his depravity and inability to save...

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Monday, 21 October 2019 21:35

NUGGETS

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Seeing God’s Goodness in the Midst of Grief – “Seeing new life in the shadow of death points us daily to the bigger reality of redemption that paints God’s glory in bold, bright colors over a world darkened and grayed by sin.”

Psalm 126: When We Hit Rock Bottom –...

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Wednesday, 16 October 2019 03:17

Parenting Seminar in Wisconsin Rapids, Nov. 2nd

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Biblical Counseling Ministries (BCM) is a ministry of Calvary Baptist Church in Wisconsin Rapids, WI. The focus of BCM is to equip Christians to give sound biblical advice to others. With that purpose in mind, BCM offers a fall seminar each year.

Next month, I have the privilege to teach at this...

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Tuesday, 15 October 2019 18:35

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For the Baby I Didn’t Get to Hold – This choked me up. Even if you have not experienced miscarriage or stillbirth, you need to read this so that you learn to be compassionate, to weep with those who weep.

Manipulation: The Subtle and Enslaving Sin – “A manipulator will at...

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Monday, 14 October 2019 16:55

He Is Able

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Innumerable voices in the media relentlessly tell us, “You can do it!” But if we are honest with ourselves, we know deep down that we can’t. We fail often. We are not invincible. Life’s challenges reveal to us that we are not as strong as we thought we were. But there is...

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