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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As God performs his sanctifying work in us—conforming us to the image of his Son, “the founder and perfecter of our faith” (Hebrews 12:2)—there will be times when answers to prayer seem out of all possible reach. When we try to discern the cause for this, we may find that...

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Thursday, 22 June 2017 16:48

Stubbornness Closes God’s Ears

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God listens to those who listen to him. The proof of this is all over Scripture. Isaiah 66:2 offers a prime example when God says, “this is the one to whom I will look: he who is humble and contrite in spirit and trembles at my word” (Isaiah 66:2). Even more direct is a warning given by...

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Since my conversion from dead religion to the risen Christ in 1984, there is nothing I have wanted more than God’s profound favor upon my life. Therefore as a husband, I find 1 Peter 3:7 deeply sobering: “Likewise, husbands, live with your wives in an understanding way, showing honor to...

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Wednesday, 21 June 2017 01:15

The Challenge to Younger Men in the Church

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As we continue to think about the admonition to Christian men, the word “Likewise” (Titus 2:3, 6) connects to the godly example we thought about in the previous post. Please note: The Bible calls younger Christian men to the same high expectation of character as the older men. However,...

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Tuesday, 20 June 2017 03:07

In Pursuit of Christian Manhood, Part 1

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Our church’s mission is to make disciples of the Lord Jesus Christ, which is not merely to lead people to “make a decision for Christ,” but to bring people to Jesus and help one another grow in Christ, toward maturity and obedience—together as a family. This requires ongoing...

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Monday, 19 June 2017 20:53

Religious Sins

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Hiding beneath the cloak of our perceived goodness are religious sins, those that feed self-awareness of our spirituality. Instead of driving us to God in humble dependence upon his grace, they blind us, fuel self-righteousness, breed spiritual apathy, and often neutralize the Holy Spirit’s...

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Some sins are more passive than active. We may call these sins of omission rather than sins of commission because they are all about what we don’t do. These sins involve neglecting (and sometimes refusing) to do what is right rather than willfully doing what is plainly forbidden. In his...

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Thursday, 15 June 2017 16:01

The Problem with Pet Sins

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Yesterday, I mentioned that I would post six brief articles introducing you to the six most common reasons for unanswered prayer, which are explained more fully in the book, Brass Heavens: Reasons for Unanswered Prayer. Here’s the first of those reasons, pet sins.

We often like having animals...

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Sometimes we’re tempted to wonder if God can hear. After months or even years of praying over a particular person or situation, we look for evidence God is getting our message or even paying attention, and we can’t find much. Why is that? Why do the heavens sometimes seem like brass?...

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Tuesday, 13 June 2017 19:48

Martin Luther’s Confidence in Scripture

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Today’s post is written by a friend and colleague in gospel ministry, Bob Kellemen. Bob continues to be used by the Lord to equip other believers in the personal ministry of the Word, which we often refer to as counseling. The following content is derived from Bob’s forthcoming book, Cou...

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Monday, 12 June 2017 23:38

We Need to Pray for Our Needs

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In 1975, at the Western Open golf tournament near Chicago, the legendary Lee Travino was one of three golfers struck by lightning on the same day. Later, when he was interviewed on television, he was asked what he had learned from the experience which had caused a back injury that hampered the rest...

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image In addition to WORLD magazine’s choice of Ernie Baker’s Marry Wisely, Marry Well as one of their recommended staff picks, the respected magazine included Tim Challies’ new mini-book in their Technology Tamers list.

WORLD says this about HELP! My Kids Are Viewing Pornograpy:

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image This morning, it was a delight to see Ernie Baker’s new book among WORLD magazine “Staff Picks.” Marry Wisely, Marry Well is an important new contribution to the Christian book world, as it focuses on preparing young people to select their lifetime marriage partner with wisdom...

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Thursday, 08 June 2017 00:06

2 Ways to Respond to Gossip

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“You will be gossiped about. If it has not happened yet, get ready, because someday you will find yourself in the crosshairs of gossip,” writes Matt Mitchell. “Sadly,” he continues, “most of the time you will not know that you are a target of someone’s harmful...

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Monday, 05 June 2017 23:37

Don’t Pray Like the Hypocrites

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Without doubt, the model prayer known as The Lord’s Prayer or the Our Father is the best known of all prayers. Many of us memorized it as children, as part of our religious upbringing. When reciting it over the years, however, some of us understood its meaning while most of us were only...

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Wednesday, 31 May 2017 23:17

Jerry Bridges on “Pray About Everything”

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Last year, one of my heroes and spiritual mentors, Jerry Bridges, went home to Glory. There is no doubt in my mind he received the “Well done” commendation from our Savior. For this reason, it was a great honor when he agreed to write the Foreword to one of my books on prayer....

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Tuesday, 30 May 2017 23:00

Jesus Is Not Ashamed of You

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Hebrews 2:11 contains one of the most surprising statements in the New Testament. It says Jesus is not ashamed to call us His siblings. Why does the Bible make this statement, and how can it possibly be true? Before we answer those questions, we need a basic understanding of shame.

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Friday, 26 May 2017 00:24

Yet the Finest Gold Is Yet to Come

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“Psalm 73 contains one of the most rhapsodic [emotionally expressive] and uplifting passages in the whole Psalter, and, indeed, there is hardly need for anything beyond letting their rhythms and sentiments sink into our souls.” So writes Alec Motyer in Psalms By the Day, which I lifted...

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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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