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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Tuesday, 12 September 2017 21:10

3 Reasons God Wants You to Pray for President Trump

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How do national, state, and local leaders bear up under the enormous pressures they face every day? How does the President of the United States continue to perform his appointed tasks without being crippled by weariness? How do our government leaders maintain composure when they become dartboards...

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Monday, 11 September 2017 23:43

God, Give Us a Heart for the Lost

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There is a cultural problem in the evangelical church in America. That is, though we claim to believe the gospel is for all people, the natural tendency is still for us to prefer to gather with people who are like us. Whether it be those who are of the same ethnic background, or have the same skin...

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Thursday, 07 September 2017 23:02

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A few links you should take time to read this weekend…

What’s Changed in Britain Since Same-Sex Marriage? – Four years ago, amid much uncertainty, 400 British members of parliament voted to redefine marriage in the United Kingdom. Here are some of the tragic consequences that are...

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Tuesday, 05 September 2017 23:17

God Is Sovereign Over the Weather

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The Lord is lord of all. Whether rain or snow, cold or heat, wind or stagnant air, hurricane or calm, the Lord is the one who continues to uphold it by the mighty power of His Son. It is Jesus Christ who “upholds all things by the word of His power” (Hebrews 1:3), and God uses all kinds...

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Monday, 28 August 2017 23:47

God Loves U-Turns

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image Imagine you are a long road trip to visit your grandmother for Thanksgiving Day. The low-fuel light turns red on your dashboard indicating you have about 30 miles worth of gas left in the tank, and the next exit is not for another 80 miles. At that moment in time, the most frustrating road sign in...

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Wednesday, 23 August 2017 22:51

7 Reasons to Study Theology

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Every person is a theologian. Due to the fact that we’ve been created in the image of God, with a conscience stirred by an innate God-consciousness, we all have an interest in theology. Theology is what we think about God, which then determines what we think about ourselves and how we live in...

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Wednesday, 23 August 2017 04:49

Counseling Conference in Dublin, Ohio

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What do you say to your friend, neighbor, or co-worker who shares his or her crisis with you? What insights do you share?Instead of offering condolences or clichés, you can offer something far more significant — real hope!  The Bible gives this amazing promise: “His divine...

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Tuesday, 22 August 2017 23:00

The Root of Idolatry

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In Romans 1:21-23, the apostle Paul demonstrates the fundamental guilt of all mankind because of the failure to glorify God. Regarding these verses, R.C. Sproul writes:

[It] is important to note that Paul does not bring a universal indictment against humanity for the failure to know God. That is not...

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Tuesday, 22 August 2017 22:26

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I Don’t Understand Christians Watching “Game of Thrones” – Two weeks ago, Kevin DeYoung voiced his dismay over the popularity of this HBO show among Christians.

One More Time on the “Game of Thrones” – Yesterday, Kevin DeYoung elaborated further on why he...

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Thursday, 17 August 2017 22:57

King David’s Mission Statement

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“Nowadays Psalm 101 would be called ‘David’s Mission Statement’. We can picture him at the start of his monarchy setting out the sort of king he intends to be, the ‘court’ he will assemble, and with what objectives he will rule his people. The fact that—in...

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Thursday, 17 August 2017 16:21

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The Damsel and the Villain – watch this 7-minute video from Desiring God.

A Shack to Impress God – “We are too often tempted to sell our sonship for slavery.”

Workplace Bias Hiding in Exercise Clothes – Sensible, biblical thinking from my favorite disability blog.

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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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