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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Friday, 13 September 2019 17:05

NUGGETS: Suicide

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What Pastors and Congregations Need to Know About Suicide – “Pastors and congregants must both work together against this tide as this story becomes more and more common.”

Is Suicide a Brain Issue or a Heart Issue? – “In the Bible and Jesus’ teachings, we see that...

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As dark as life gets when you lose someone to suicide, you can truly experience hope. You may have serious doubts today, and wonder how you can possibly go on, but you will survive. Your life will never be the same—that is true. Fellow survivor Albert Hsu wrote,

Those of us who have...

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Wednesday, 11 September 2019 21:55

SLAP DIRT Suicide Assessment

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What do you do when you fear a friend or family member may be suicidal? How do you assess the seriousness of your suspicion or their suicidal comments? The following assessment tool is from the mini-book HELP! My Friend Is Suicidal by pastor and Police, Fire & EMS chaplain Bruce Ray.

Listen to...

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Tuesday, 10 September 2019 21:54

Surviving Suicide Loss

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Most people don’t read about suicide until they have to. Why would they? Yet you are reading this. It’s safe to assume, therefore, that you have been personally affected by the self-inflicted death of someone you love. For that, I am deeply sorry. Losing someone through suicide is so...

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Sunday, 08 September 2019 22:55

Three Characteristics of God’s Gospel

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Identity theft is called by some, The Crime of the New Millennium. An article by that title opens with these words, “It is estimated that identity theft has become the fastest-growing financial crime in America and perhaps the fastest-growing crime of any kind in our society.” In 2012,...

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Saturday, 07 September 2019 08:00

60 Ways the Inerrant Word Blesses Us

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Psalm 119 has been a personal favorite of mine since the early days of my Christian life, studying it was instrumental to my growth. Then, while helping to plant a church in Kansas in the late 1980’s, the Psalm became my choice for the first adult Sunday School class we offered. Working...

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Thursday, 05 September 2019 01:15

NUGGETS

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Once Abused by the Church, Now I Love the Church – “I must not allow my painful story to inform me about Christ or his church. Instead, my painful story has to be informed by Christ’s good character and by his...

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Monday, 02 September 2019 21:03

Thanks for Your Prayers for My Writing Ministry

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IT’S ALMOST HERE! One of the writing projects that you’ve been praying about is currently at the printer, and I’m super excited about it.

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ANXIETY: Knowing God’s Peace is a 31-day devotional from P&R Publishing. I wrote this book to encourage all of us to think more deeply...

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Sunday, 01 September 2019 17:48

Walk in the Way of the Word

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If you’ve ever driven on the turnpike across Pennsylvania then you have driven through the Allegheny Mountains. You’ve admired their constant beauty, no matter the time of day. Whether the morning fog is lifting, the sun is shining, or dark clouds are rolling, the mountains are a wonder...

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Thursday, 29 August 2019 18:29

NUGGETS – Self-Forgiveness

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“I can accept God’s forgiveness, but I just can’t forgive myself.”

How often do we hear this in today’s world? Yet, is this a biblically correct way to think about forgiveness? This week, I helped a counselor-in-training think through this issue. Here are the articles...

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Today, I spent a couple of hours cleaning my desk and office, and found a booklet that I picked up at a conference in early 2016. Immediately, I remembered how much my heart was moved to worship the Savior while I read through it. Here’s the opening statement.

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We confess the mystery and wonder...

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Tuesday, 27 August 2019 16:11

Keep Yourself in God’s Love

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But you, beloved, building yourselves up in your most holy faith and praying in the Holy Spirit, keep yourselves in the love of God, waiting for the mercy of our Lord Jesus Christ that leads to eternal life. (Jude 20–21)

Meditating on the love of our triune God is a remedy for anxiety. We rest...

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I’m thrilled to introduce you to the three newest members of the LifeLine mini-book family. I’m certain you will want to get a handful of each title for your personal one-another ministry, as well as your church or counseling...

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Sunday, 25 August 2019 17:12

Jesus throughout the Bible

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Years ago, someone captured the centrality of Christ in the Bible by identifying the reflection of His image in each book. It goes like this:

  • In Genesis, Jesus is the ram at Abraham’s altar.
  • In Exodus, He’s the Passover Lamb.
  • In Leviticus, He’s the High Priest and the sacrifice.
  • In...

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Saturday, 24 August 2019 07:05

Worship the Boundless God

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It’s Saturday evening, so I hope you are preparing your heart to worship the boundless God, tomorrow, in the gathering of your church family. Understanding God as being without bounds should fill our worship with a measure of awe.

“Canst thou by searching find out God? canst thou find...

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Friday, 23 August 2019 18:07

NUGGETS

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4 Lies that Cause Pastors to Neglect Their Families – I found these reminders helpful to me, personally.

You Can Trust God to Write Your Story – A new resource from Robert Wolgemuth and Nancy DeMoss Wolgemuth that will challenge you to trust God to write your story and use the events...

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Last night, I was drawn back into Ed Welch’s excellent (and convicting) little book, which I had read when it first came out. Paging through A Small Book about a Big Problem, I reviewed all of the sentences that I had underlined. Doing so was like inviting a seasoned counselor into my living...

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Sunday, 18 August 2019 22:24

Be Ready for the Lord’s Return

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Since the time that Jesus ascended into heaven, there have been people who have predicted the month, year, or even the day that He will return. But no knows when Jesus will come again. Jesus himself said,

“But concerning that day or that hour, no one knows, not even the angels in heaven, nor...

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Tuesday, 13 August 2019 21:50

NUGGETS: Medications

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When Medication is Helpful in the Life of a Counselee – “… taking medication for a...

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Tuesday, 13 August 2019 06:12

Counselor’s Toolbox

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I’ve been reminded recently of a unique and fairly new continued-learning guide built by the Association of Certified Biblical Counselors (ACBC). The Counselor’s Toolbox is a box of resources shipped directly to your door 4x/year. Inside every box you will find a book recommended by...

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Monday, 12 August 2019 20:00

Together at Last

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Then I saw a new heaven and a new earth, for the first heaven and the first earth had passed away, and the sea was no more. (Rev. 21:1)

There is much to think about…so much that is packed in that little word “then.” Most immediately, the apostle John is transitioning from...

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Friday, 09 August 2019 20:42

NUGGETS

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How Not to Fall Away – This is a humble warning to all of us concerning apostasy, in light of Joshua Harris’s renouncing of Christ.

The Gospel According to Essential Oils – “I don’t need Jesus + oils. I need the resurrected Christ, from now until I return to the dust...

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Wednesday, 07 August 2019 20:42

How Come No One Is Talking About 1 Timothy 3:6?

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News articles and blog posts about Joshua Harris’s departure from the Christian faith abound, but I’m concerned about a distinct omission. I’m certain I’ve not had time to read every article, but so far something pretty important seems to be missing.

Why is no one talking...

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Monday, 05 August 2019 02:04

Stand Up for the Faith

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False prophets who call themselves servants of God, for their own personal gain, are nothing new. Religious teachers who tweak the Bible’s message in order to build their own kingdoms have always been around. Throughout the Bible there are accounts of God’s truth being distorted by...

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Friday, 02 August 2019 20:30

NUGGETS

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9 Steps to Transform Your Finances – “It’s been said that if you don’t discipline your finances, they’ll discipline you. But, I’ll add that undisciplined spending punishes you.”

Parenting Is about Faith – “Parental instruction focuses on the...

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