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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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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Today, Books At a Glance published a recent interview that I did with Fred Zaspel. In the interview, Fred asked about the goal and purpose of my book, Discipling the Flock, focusing most of his attention on the second chapter. He then wrapped up the interview by asking what I believe authentic...

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Wednesday, 08 August 2018 18:12

Redefining Addiction to Pornography

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Christians are in a dangerous predicament today: we do not know where to look in God’s word for the solutions to our problems. So writes, Rachel Coyle in HELP! She’s Struggling with Pornography. She continues, “this is often because we use non-biblical words to describe problems...

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Tuesday, 07 August 2018 21:50

Pornography and Women

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Too many pastors and counselors teach that lust is primarily a male problem. I hope they don’t really believe this, but sometimes it sure comes across that way. So where does that leave the women in our churches? How should they think about lust? And, for example, if lust has become a...

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image “Living in a screen-saturated world means our use of screens can either help us or hinder us in our call to love God and others.” So writes Eliza Huie in the Introduction to her latest book, Raising Kids in a Screen-Saturated World. She continues, “We must also consider how we...

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Friday, 03 August 2018 17:54

Raising Kids in a Screen-Saturated World

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image Our lives are influenced by technology like never before. Screens and devices have become a part of our daily lives bringing many benefits, as well as challenges – not least to the area of parenting. Our kids are digital natives, never having known a world that wasn’t saturated with...

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Moving the eyes of your counselee’s heart away from you, as their helper, to God, the everlasting Helper, should be the primary goal of your first counseling session. How can you do this, practically speaking? Here’s some basic guidance.

Direct Them to the Ever-present Helper and...

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In the quietness of the morning, the past few weeks, I’ve been slowly reading A Little Book on the Christian Life. This particular passage ministered to me. It’s from the fourth chapter, Meditations on our Future Life.image

“In order to resist this wickedness [our soul’s...

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image People are looking for hope that there are answers for their hurts, their difficulties, and the challenges they face. The Bible is inspired by God and is sufficient to instruct us in living a life that is pleasing to Him. It has God’s answers for our personal and relational problems.

Fundament...

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Friday, 27 July 2018 23:05

NUGGETS

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image 9 Ways to Optimize Your Time Away – “If you are going to vacation, you might as well get the most out of it. Perhaps these nine ways will serve you as well as they have served me.”

How to Distinguish a True Christian from a Hypocrite – Wisdom from the Founder’s blog.

The...

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Tuesday, 24 July 2018 00:49

God’s Way to Success

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The Bible is an intimidating book. Let’s not deny it. But it’s also a simple book—a book we receive by faith, and act upon in obedience. In his book entitled The Good Book, Deron Spoo says it this way,

The Bible is like the ocean…[it] is so deep in places that no person,...

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Thursday, 19 July 2018 23:33

The Heart of a Truly Effective Leader

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image The past couple weeks, our pastoral staff read through Jerry Wragg’s book on leadership with our two interns. Having previously read through Jerry’s book when it first came out in 2010, this was my second read-through. It remains among my Top 5 books on spiritual leadership. In the...

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Wednesday, 18 July 2018 23:55

God’s Backhoe

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“Delaying the fulfillment of our dreams seems to be part of refining and rescuing ambition,” writes Dave Harvey in Rescuing Ambition, which I finished reading while on vacation last week. It’s a really helpful book about the lost virtue of ambition and its contrast with sinful...

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Tuesday, 17 July 2018 17:25

Are You Thriving or Diving?

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image We all go through times of trial. We are all tossed here and there by the storms of life. But how can we ride through the storms without sinking or drowning? Psalm 46 directs us to shift our focus from our troubles to the faithful care of God.

Last Sunday, our associate pastor Ed Fedor preached an...

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