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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Monday, 12 November 2018 00:39

4 Ways to Return to the Word

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In Nehemiaimage h 8, we see the beginnings of spiritual revival, which comes as the people return to the Word of God. At this point, the Jewish people have been in exile for many years, but they have begun to return to Jerusalem. This return did not come all at once, but in two waves, separated by 58...

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Wednesday, 07 November 2018 22:58

The Invisible Hand of Providence

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One of the lesser known Jewish holidays reminds us of the big picture of God’s redemption plan. It’s called the Feast of Purim, and is inaugurated at the end of the book of Esther. Purimliterally means “lots” and gets its name from the way the wicked Haman cast lots to...

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This morning, I met with an engaged couple for the fourth of our eight sessions of premarital counseling. Again, I was reminded of why I switched to Rob Green’s guide, Tying the Knot: A Premarital Guide to a Strong & Lasting Marriage, a couple years ago. And why it is our church’s...

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Sunday, 04 November 2018 22:38

Disabilities Glorifies God

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On September 30th, my wife and I had the opportunity to be part of Disability Sunday at Kindred Community Church in Anaheim Hills, CA. Perhaps you may have use for this video in your one-another ministry to others, or in training those who serve in your church’s disability ministry.

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Thursday, 25 October 2018 01:11

Relax in God

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“Be still, and know that I am God. I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth!”TheLord of hosts is with us; the God of Jacob is our fortress. (Ps. 46:10-11)image

Replacing anxiety with peace involves a choice. We must stopbeing anxious. We must quiet ourselves....

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Sunday, 21 October 2018 21:25

A Gatekeeper for Your Anxious Heart

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image And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. (Phil. 4:7)

God wants us to bring everything to Him in prayer because we need the humility and dependence that prayer effects in us. As a result of prayer, the peace of God protects our...

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Wednesday, 17 October 2018 16:51

Our Journey Home from the Ruins of Sexual Abuse

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It’s hard for me to imagine something more horrific than the sexual abuse of children. Yet every one of our churches contains precious men and women who have experienced this abuse and, therefore, are in need of our compassionate ministry of grace. Because this need is so great, I am pleased...

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Sunday, 14 October 2018 23:22

The Dirty Dozen of Unbiblical Parenting

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*This is the fourth, and final, post from Counsel with Confidence by Joel James.image

In family counseling, you will encounter many unbiblical approaches to parenting. Some common ones to keep your eyes open for are listed below.

  1. Permissiveness. Parents who follow this strategy never tell their children...

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Tuesday, 09 October 2018 23:22

10 Enduring Qualities of Scripture

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This week, I’ve been blogging about a new resource from Joel James entitled Counsel with Confidence. The following is drawn from the third chapter, Sufficiency of Scripture. A sound theology of Scripture includes a recognition of ten enduring qualities of Scripture.image

  1. Inspired(2 Tim. 3:16; 2...

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All counseling must be shaped by the following truths or it is not biblical.image

  1. The gospel of Jesus Christ is the foundation of biblical change (2 Cor. 5:17; Rom. 5:1; 6:16-18; 8:13). The gospel brings spiritual new birth, and it orients, guides, empowers, and dominates all of the Christian life...

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Sunday, 07 October 2018 16:28

Counseling Is Not a Formula

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[Today’s post is written by Joel James, a pastor in South Africa, and is excerpted from the Introduction to a new resource, Counsel with Confidence.]

Counseling Is Not a Formula

There are aspects of every counseling situation that are the same—God, Christ, the gospel, sin, repentance,...

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Friday, 05 October 2018 04:15

New “Counsel for the Heart” Resources

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image At this week’s ACBC conference, Shepherd Press unveiled a new category in their book offerings for biblical counseling and discipleship. It’s called Counsel for the Heart.

Shepherd Press publishes books for the heart. The books have to be gospel centered, heart focused, and life...

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Tuesday, 25 September 2018 06:13

3 Promises God Wants You to Trust

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Jeremiah prophesied to the southern kingdom of Judah before, and as they were, taken away to Babylon by king Nebuchadnezzar. Chapter 32 of this prophetical book, which I preached last Sunday, is the center of a three-chapter section in which God gives hope through prophecies of restoration....

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Sunday, 16 September 2018 17:02

What Is Sacrificial Giving?

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For the past week, I’ve been reflecting on the portion of Scripture where the apostle Paul lifts up certain Christians in the region of Macedonia as an example of sacrificial giving.

We want you to know, brothers, about the grace of God that has been given among the churches of Macedonia, for...

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Wednesday, 12 September 2018 23:58

The Gospel and Grief

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[Note: Today’s post is from Bob Kellemen, and is the Introduction to his new daily devotional on grief.]image

Grief. It comes in all forms and fashions, because loss comes in all shapes and sizes. When we think of grief, our souls tend to focus especially on the devastating grief that accompanies...

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Tuesday, 11 September 2018 23:16

NEW Parenting Book Now Available for Pre-Order

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The world teaches our kids that they are awesome and that they can achieve anything they want. As parents, this can seem an attractive message; we want our children to succeed, to be happy, and to have confidence. But as Christians we also want our children to grow up knowing and loving Jesus. It...

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Yesterday, I was honored to see “Discipling the Flock” included on The Gospel Coalition’s New Books You Should Know. Here’s the brief review:image

Church elders need focus. Their work must be shaped in every way by the priorities and responsibilities given them by the Chief...

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Monday, 03 September 2018 22:17

3 Typical Steps to Spiritual Decline

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The downward spiral of sin is a consistent pattern in human beings. Therefore, we must heed the warnings of Scripture to stay close to the Lord, walk in His ways, and keep short accounts with Him. Every one of us is susceptible to spiritual decline. Unfortunately, this decline is sometimes not...

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Last Sunday, as we continued our From Garden to Garden sermon series, we spent our time with Solomon at the dedication of the temple in 1 Kings 8. Together, we took note of six responsibilities we must embrace in order to maintain God-centered worship.

To be God-centered in our worship we...

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Friday, 31 August 2018 05:19

NUGGETS

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image Pastors and Suicide – “Pastors and congregations, this is what you need to know about your pastor and depression.” A sad, but necessary post from Kevin Carson.

FREE eBook “The Scars that have Shaped Me” – GET THIS BOOK!

New Biblical Counseling Resource Center &ndas...

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Wednesday, 29 August 2018 01:54

Does God Change His Mind?

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image Some Scriptures seem to say God changes His mind:

And the Lord was sorry that He had made man on the earth, and He was grieved in His heart(Gen. 6:6).

So the Lord changed His mind about the harm which He said He would do to His people (Ex. 32:14).

God said to Samuel, “I regret that I have made...

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Tuesday, 21 August 2018 22:42

Anxiety Distracts Us

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image Anxiety is so much a part of our lives that it’s natural for us to frequently talk about it. However, defining it can be another story. Defining anxiety, and understanding how it works, sometimes seems like trying to nail Jell-O to the wall. Our definition doesn’t quite hold. Anxiety...

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Monday, 20 August 2018 23:59

Life-Transforming Worship

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David’s life was transformed by his knowledge and worship of God. That was the point of last Sunday’s sermon from one of our pastors, Ed Fedor. In this exposition of Psalm 145, we learned of three aspects of biblical worship, and two attributes of God which motivate us to worship.image

  • Worship...

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Friday, 17 August 2018 23:31

NUGGETS

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image 10 Ways to Comfort a Grieving Person – Beautiful counsel from Nancy Guthrie.

Social Injustice and the Gospel – John MacArthur nails it.

De-Mystifying PTSD – Part 1 of a helpful podcast from the BCC.

Pastoring Amid Depression – Helpful counsel from the For the Church blog.

New...

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Tuesday, 14 August 2018 18:12

MMR School of Discipleship

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Last week, my family was blessed to attend family camp at Miracle Mountain Ranch in Spring Creek, Pennsylvania. While there, we learned of another of their ministries called the School of Discipleship. This one-year program is a biblically-based Christian discipleship and leadership program...

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