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, 21 May 2018 22:25

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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

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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

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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

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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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Thursday, 26 April 2018 19:44

One Sure Way to Be Unhelpful to Others

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image One of the most important, yet most neglected, biblical principles to remember when counseling others—especially others who are experiencing conflict—is found in Proverbs 18:17, “The one who states his case first seems right, until the other comes and examines him.” This...

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Wednesday, 25 April 2018 22:30

6 De-churching Trends

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image One of the least obvious—and yet most tragic—changes Christianity has experienced in the past fifty years is the diminishing of the centrality of the local church in the life of many Christians. The Lord’s Day, once considered a special day dedicated to the worship and service of...

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Tuesday, 24 April 2018 19:10

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image The Empty Pursuit of Forgiving Yourself – “If you can free yourself from guilt by forgiving yourself, then you are doing a work you were not called to do. Jesus says that no work is sufficient to take away your guilt, only His perfect sacrifice.”

J.D. Greear on Signs of a...

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image The Biblical Counseling Center is hosting their 2nd Annual Biblical Counseling Training Conference this Saturday at Bethel Baptist Church in Schaumburg, Illinois.

Conflict is all around us and too often in us, yet God offers to us and challenges us to pursue restoration and peace. At this...

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Monday, 23 April 2018 18:15

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image Spring Sports and Sunday Church – “…there’s no doubt that amateur athletics have claimed a central place in the pantheon of our culture’s false gods, and youth athletics is a further subset of the idolization of children.”

The Film You Have Been Waiting For:...

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Sunday, 22 April 2018 20:30

Hope for the Person Contemplating Suicide

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image “There is ultimately only one reason why people commit suicide. Most of them have not lost their minds, but all of them have lost hope. They have developed tunnel vision and cannot see any other workable options. Suicide is the only choice left that makes sense – i.e., the only option...

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Wednesday, 18 April 2018 22:59

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image Practical Advice for Family Devotions – “So, do it, keep it simple, at least initially. You can add later, but keep it simple initially and just keep doing it for 18 or 20 years and see the Lord work through the preaching of His Word and through prayer.”

Technology and Our...

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Tuesday, 17 April 2018 17:15

Smelling Salts for Weary Pastors

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image Yesterday, I was blessed to attend a pastor’s appreciation event hosted by the Salem Radio Network, and two of their local Cleveland stations (1220AM and 95.5FM). The keynote speaker was Philip DeCourcy, pastor of Kindred Community Church and preacher on the Know the Truth radio program.

The...

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Monday, 16 April 2018 21:01

A “Ten Commandments” Prayer

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Lorimage d, please counsel us by revealing the subtle deceptions of the human heart. We pray:

  1. . . . that we will have no other gods before You.That we will not dishonor Your uniqueness. That we will not put anything or anyone in Your place, nor fall prey to the schemes of the devil by replacing the...

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Monday, 16 April 2018 20:55

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image Is God Mad at Me? – “Do your kids think that God is only pleased with them if they obey? Do your kids think that the gospel means that they must be good so God will love them? Do your kids think that they must be good for you to like them, for you to love and delight in them?”

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Sunday, 15 April 2018 22:25

Who is the Factious Man of Titus 3:10?

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image Reject a factious man after a first and second warning, knowing that such a man is perverted and is sinning, being self-condemned(Titus 3:10-11).

If believers, specifically church leaders (as was Titus, the original recipient), are to obey this Scripture we must understand what is meant by the...

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Sunday, 15 April 2018 22:22

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image What Happens to Your Body on No Sleep – “Details aside, one thing’s for sure: When you don’t sleep, your body revolts.”

The Power of Our Criticism – “When we criticize our brothers and sisters in Christ under the guise of insight, we pollute the...

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Thursday, 12 April 2018 18:26

After an Affair: Rebuilding Trust

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image After an Affair is a new book about rebuilding trust, then rebuilding and maintaining a marriage devastated by adultery. Cheating on a spouse and lying to cover it up naturally breeds distrust and suspicion. A couple can, however, rebuild trust. The speed and degree of recovery are greatly...

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Thursday, 12 April 2018 18:10

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image The Heartbeat of My Social Media Addiction – “I sat down for my morning devotions with the Lord, opened my Bible, and immediately heard a ding on my phone alerting me that I had received an email. My mind began the well-rehearsed inner dialogue that goes on whenever my prayers or Bible...

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