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

image In a nutshell, biblical counseling is the one-another ministry of discipleship whereby believers wisely speak scriptural truth into each other’s lives while bringing the refreshing hope of Christ (Rom. 15:14; 1 Thess. 5:14). This ministry of the Word is essential for our sanctification in...

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Monday, 16 July 2018 22:34

NUGGETS (for women)

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image As I began to collate helpful articles I’ve read the past week, or so, I noticed most of them are written by, and directed at, women. So, I thought I’d group those together to share.

5 Things I’d Tell My Newlywed Self – “After sixteen years of personal experience, my...

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Tuesday, 10 July 2018 02:28

NUGGETS

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image Being a Friend to those with Mental Struggles/Illness – It’s all pretty heavy stuff to deal with but do you know the single best thing you can do to help someone.

Do We Need a Still Small Voice Before We Obey? – “His Word is all we need for our obedience in a life of...

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Sunday, 08 July 2018 22:46

Six Admonitions from Deuteronomy

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image Picture this. You are among the 40 years old and younger in Israel. You have watched your parents, grandparents, aunts and uncles all die in the wilderness because of their unbelief. You don’t wish to repeat their lack of faith or take numerous laps around Mt. Sinai until you learn your...

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Thursday, 05 July 2018 23:25

NUGGETS

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image When I got saved in the early months of 1984, I met my wife a few months later. That fall we sang in a group called Lightshine. It was the musical outreach of a local Youth for Christ kind of ministry. Before I joined the group, they sang a song that I still hear her sing. As I understand, it was...

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Friday, 15 June 2018 00:15

NUGGETS

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image Here’s a few things I encourage you to read this weekend.

Thoughts on Being a Father – Tedd Tripp reflects on 1 Thessalonians 2, drawing truths about a faithful father’s example and instruction.

5 Marks of a Servant Leader – What traits do we look for in a leader that suggest...

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Thursday, 14 June 2018 01:38

Sermon Notebook

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image Listening well to sermons is hard work. Getting lasting benefit from them even harder. But this spiritual discipline usually pays rich spiritual dividends. So, I’m pleased to tell you about a new resource I picked up from Matthias Media, at a recent pastors’ conference.

The Sermon...

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Monday, 11 June 2018 22:53

Jesus Is Our Scapegoat

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Last Sunday, as part of our current sermon series From Garden to Garden, we looked at Leviticus 16 together. As we learned of God’s inauguration of the Day of Atonement, we focused most of our attention on the two goats which Aaron, the high priest, cast lots over. Here’s what we...

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image Shepherd Press announced last weekend that my newest book is now available for pre-order at 25% off.

Discipling the Flockis a short book to help church leaders bring about heart-based change in the lives of the people they shepherd, through the personal ministry of the Word.

Here is an urgent...

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Wednesday, 06 June 2018 17:46

A Fresh Glance at the Ten Commandments

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image Those whom God redeems, He also sanctifies. Those whom He sets apart to Himself, He also sets apart from the world. That is a theme throughout Scripture (See, for example, 1 Cor. 6:9-11, 18-20; 1 Pet. 1:14-16). Like these, there are many more calls to holiness. But all of them are rooted in the...

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Friday, 01 June 2018 00:30

Discipleship Disability Conference

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image How do we minister the Word of God to those affected by disability so that we may fulfill our calling to make disciples? How do we best demonstrate the love of Christ in community so that disability ministry is part of the normal ministry of our churches? That was the focus of a conference I was...

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Friday, 01 June 2018 00:17

NUGGETS

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image 5 Questions for Choosing Bible Study Material for Women’s Groups – “May God grant you great wisdom and joy as you make these important decisions about Bible study materials, always with an eye toward your principal mission to equip the saints for the work of ministry.”

Why...

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image This Sunday, I will finish a two-part message on the Ten Commandments (as part of a larger, biblical theology, sermon series). So, I’m rereading a book I have found insightful in the past, God’s Rules for Holiness, by Peter Masters, pastor Metropolitan Tabernacle in London. In the...

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Monday, 21 May 2018 22:25

NUGGETS

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image Note: Due to travel and writing projects, I will not be blogging very often this week. In the meantime, remember the category list in the right margin which makes it easier to peruse thousands of previous articles to encourage your growth and one-another ministry.

Only 2% of Deaf People have...

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Thursday, 17 May 2018 23:00

Bitter Root, Rotten Fruit

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image Hebrews 12:15-17 warns,

See to it that no one comes short of the grace of God; that no root of bitterness springing up causes trouble, and by it many be defiled; that there be no immoral or godless person like Esau, who sold his own birthright for a single meal. For you know that even afterwards,...

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Monday, 14 May 2018 23:19

What Is Conversion?

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image Authentic biblical discipleship stands in awe of the power of God’s gospel to convert thoroughly sinful men and women from thoroughly sinful thoughts, actions, motives, emotions, and desires to Spirit-generated new creations that reflect the beautiful love and holiness of Jesus...

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Sunday, 13 May 2018 17:05

4 Traits of a Faithful Mother

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image Clovis Chappel was one of the most effective preachers of the last century. He is especially known for his biographical sermons. In one sermon on Jochebed, the mother of Moses, he said, “When God wants to train a child for the achieving of the best and the highest in life, He sends him to...

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Friday, 11 May 2018 01:31

Six Good Lessons from Disability

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image “Why am I disabled” is a question many people must ask. For Dr. Christopher Ralston, Senior Editor of the Journal of the Christian Institute on Disability at Joni and Friends International Disability Center, the question reflects his choice to view his life through a Godward lens. In...

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image Last evening, I was so blessed by a message from the first chapter of Jeremiah preached by Christopher Ash at this year’s Basics conference. Drawing from God’s call to Jeremiah to be His mouthpiece to Israel, Christopher drew attention to seven words that shed light on the ministry of...

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Friday, 04 May 2018 19:38

Mother’s Day Gift Book Recommendations

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imageGospel Meditations for Mothers – A new 31-day devotional from my favorite series of devotional booklets from Church Works Media.

Devoted: Great Men and their Godly Moms – by Tim Challies

For the Love of Discipline: When the Gospel Meets Tantrums and Time-outs – a new book from Sara...

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Thursday, 03 May 2018 23:22

NUGGETS

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image 7 Ways to Increase Intimacy in Your Marriage – “While the world has distorted the purpose of sex, the Bible, and specifically the Song of Solomon teaches us that sex serves a greater purpose. Sex is a way to increase intimacy that already exists in marriage, which means that without...

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image “The Bible is our owner’s manual for life” is one of the most popular mantras within the biblical counseling world. “Since God created us and designed how we are to best function in His world,” it is argued, “He gave us an owner’s manual (His manual) to...

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Monday, 30 April 2018 23:15

NUGGETS

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image God’s Grace in the Face of Lyme’s Disease – “Desperation changed my relationship with Christ. It was when it seemed like I had nothing that Jesus became everything.”

The Other Side of the Promises of God – “Believing the promises of God propels us to...

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Sunday, 29 April 2018 22:30

NUGGETS

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image The Consequences of Gendercide in China and India – “Men in those countries, the most populous nations on earth, outnumber women by 70 million. That means 70 million men have no prospects for marriage, which is causing unforeseen social, psychological, and cultural problems.”

My...

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