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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Wednesday, 16 August 2017 04:28

New Online BA Degree from The Master’s University

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Over the summer, I’ve been busy with a number of ministry projects which I never looked for, but were brought to me in the Lord’s providence. One of these projects was to design a course entitled The Theological Basis for Biblical Counseling for a new online Bachelor of Arts in Biblical...

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The book of Jonah contains one of the most famous of all Bible stories, which is the historical account of a rebellious prophet who is swallowed by a great fish, gets vomited onto the beach, and then preaches an eight-word sermon to a wicked city and everybody repents. But that’s not...

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Thursday, 10 August 2017 23:06

Counseling Training in Cleveland, Ohio

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Are you discontent with the spiritual progress you are making in your walk with Jesus Christ? Have you ever felt ill-equipped to minister the grace and truth of Jesus to others who are experiencing life’s various challenges? Would you like to experience personal growth and be trained to help...

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Tuesday, 08 August 2017 23:50

How to Walk into Church

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“I suppose it must have happened upwards of 2000 times by now. I exit the car, usually with a wife and various kids in tow, and amble in the front door, tossing off a quick greeting to whomever is handing out the folded sheets of paper that in church-speak are called ‘bulletins.’...

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Tuesday, 08 August 2017 22:49

NUGGETS

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Do You Regret Your Dating History? – “Does your regret about your dating history lead you to God and away from sin? We will never attain perfection in this life, but forgiven children of God are men and women who increasingly hate their sin and prefer righteousness.”

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Monday, 07 August 2017 23:28

The Unfailing Love of the Good Shepherd

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According to God’s Word, our condition as sinners before God is that we are lost sheep, but God in Jesus Christ has provided the one-and-only way to enter God’s fold and remain under the care of the Good Shepherd (Isaiah 53:6). For the Lord to be your shepherd, you must repent and...

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Thursday, 03 August 2017 20:29

Collateral Damage

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imageCollateral Damage is a new book released today. It is the fruit of a ministry partnership of Christian Focus Publications and Practical Shepherding, the ministry of my friend Brian Croft.

At twelve years old, James Carroll became the collateral damage of his pastor father’s infidelity and his...

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Tuesday, 01 August 2017 03:34

How “Online” Is Your Prayer Life?

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Last summer, Wiredmagazine featured an article entitled, “UK now spends more time online each day than sleeping” (August 4, 2016). The article begins, “The average adult in the UK spends nearly nine hours of each day on media and communication, outstripping even the amount of...

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Tuesday, 25 July 2017 19:11

Four Reasons Job Stumbled

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Job started so well. His faith was as invulnerable to Satan’s onslaughts as a turtle snuggled up inside its shell is to the frantic pawings of a dog. Job tucked his head and feet inside his faith in God and said, “The Lord gives, the Lord takes away. Blessed be the name of the...

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Tuesday, 25 July 2017 19:09

NUGGETS

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Pray Them Home – “By God’s grace, my parents did not give up on me—despite how tempting it must have been at times. Instead, they entrusted my life to God, prayed for my brokenness, and fought for me in prayers that God eventually answered.”

Why Moralism Is Not the...

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Monday, 24 July 2017 23:42

Stubbornness Hinders Prayer

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Hearing aids are a significant blessing to our family. In God’s gracious providence, these electronic devices have given the gift of hearing to four of our children. Whether it’s the typical battery-powered hearing aid, which became popular in the 1950’s, or the newer bionic...

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Thursday, 20 July 2017 21:51

The Blessings of Seeking Wisdom

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Over years of reading through Proverbs, it’s impossible to estimate how many times this biblical book of wisdom has amazed and rebuked me. It is both simple and profound, filled with warning and promise. For these reasons, and many more, I never grow tired of it and so often am fed a nugget...

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Thursday, 20 July 2017 20:49

NUGGETS

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Trust When Your Illusion of Safety Shatters – “God doesn’t expect me to convince myself that the world is safe or that everything will turn out just as I’d hoped. But He does want me to trust that He is powerful and strong, even when He doesn’t prevent disaster.”

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Wednesday, 19 July 2017 19:07

NUGGETS

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Should Christians Cremate Their Loved Ones? – For many years, I’ve wanted to preach or write on this subject. However, there’s not much that I would say differently than John Piper has said in this article.

Loving the People You Love to Hate – “Do you love to hate...

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Tuesday, 18 July 2017 23:31

Strength Equal to the Task

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This morning, in preparation for our weekly staff meeting, I picked up C. H. Spurgeon’s devotional Checkbook of Faith and was encouraged. I hope you will be, too.

“Thy shoes shall be iron and brass; and as thy days, so shall thy strength be”   (Deuteronomy 33:25). Here...

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Tuesday, 18 July 2017 00:05

4 Ways to Pray When Bad News Comes

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When you receive bad news what is your first response? Do you get angry? Do you get depressed? Or do you experience a little of both? Does disappointment provoke you to become angry with God? With others whom you perceive to get in your way? Do you panic? How do you respond when bad news comes?...

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Tuesday, 18 July 2017 00:00

NUGGETS

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Are All Your Friends Your Age? – Here’s why I’m regularly calling our church to ministry that is intentionally multi-generational.

If You Are Watching the Game of Thrones You Are Watching Porn – New post from Covenant Eyes.

Why You Will Join the Wrong Church – “Our...

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Thursday, 13 July 2017 21:40

The Prophetic Ministry of Jesus

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The biblical title Christ means anointed one. “In the old covenant, three particular people were anointed for the service of God: the prophet, the priest, and the king. These three dimensions reveal more fully both his person and his work.”

These words are from a chapter that blessed me,...

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Thursday, 13 July 2017 21:31

NUGGETS

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How Much Sleep Do Fitbit Users Really Get? – “These findings further support the general recommendation that most adults need to consistently sleep 7 to 9 hours per night, and illustrate why a good night’s rest is so important for your overall well-being.”

Teen Vogue...

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Wednesday, 12 July 2017 22:09

Features and Fruits of Heavenly Wisdom

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Godly wisdom stands in stark contrast to hellish wisdom. First, we saw this in James’ admiration of the meekness of wisdom. Then we learned what hellish wisdom looks like and the rotten fruit it produces. Today, we wrap up this 3-part series by taking a look at heavenly wisdom which comes...

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Wednesday, 12 July 2017 22:02

NUGGETS

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How Much Do You Need In Your Emergency Fund? – Since we own two old, high-mileage cars, the establishment of an emergency fund years ago has been a life-saver.

Staring at Dementia, Fighting for Joy – This older article was passed on to me earlier this week. So good!

6 Surprises Every...

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Tuesday, 11 July 2017 16:34

The Features and Fruits of Hellish Wisdom

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Continuing from yesterday, we are considering a key New Testament passage on wisdom, James 3:13-18. We already noted that meekness is a key mark of the wise person. Today we examine the features and fruits of worldly wisdom explained in verses 14-16.

14 But if you have bitter jealousy and...

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Tuesday, 11 July 2017 12:38

14 Steps to Financial Freedom

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This past weekend, Jim Rickard from Stewardship Services Foundation taught four times at our church. Here’s a quick bullet point list from the one on financial freedom.

  1. Give God a chance first.
  2. Learn to save money.
  3. Learn to spend less than you earn.
  4. Don’t finance pleasure items.
  5. Have cash in...

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Monday, 10 July 2017 22:46

The Meekness of Wisdom

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The difference between godly wisdom and worldly wisdom is the difference between righteousness and unrighteousness, heaven and hell, God and Satan. The contrast is that great. Yet God has made His wisdom readily available to those who seek it.

In the book of Proverbs, King Solomon personifies wisdom...

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Monday, 10 July 2017 00:35

8 Action Points When Facing Terminal Illness

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Our life in this fallen world will be filled with many expected and unexpected forms of suffering. The curse in the Garden announced this, Jesus confirmed it in His teaching, and the experience of the New Testament church testifies of it. Therefore, as long as we live–awaiting the glorious...

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