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, 15 November 2017 14:09

4 Benefits of Psychiatric Diagnoses to Ministry

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As a follow-up to yesterday’s post, 4 Problems and Pitfalls of Psychiatric Diagnoses, we’ll let Mike Emlet encourage us to think more about the psychiatric diagnoses that are now part of our world. In Chapter 9, Emlet writes, “I want to focus on the potential usefulness of...

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Tuesday, 14 November 2017 15:55

4 Problems and Pitfalls of Psychiatric Diagnoses

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When it comes to psychiatric diagnoses and Christians, we are typically too warm or too cold. Michael Emlet, from the Christian Counseling and Educational Foundation (CCEF), calls this The Goldilocks Principle. Either we are too warm (too accepting) of diagnoses, or too cold (too highly...

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Monday, 13 November 2017 21:48

Comfort from Psalm 18

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As the King of Israel, David had many enemies (as all world leaders do). But chief among them was Saul, the first king of Israel who resented David because he was the divinely chosen one and it was clear God was with him. Every time David gained a victory, Saul’s insecurity deepened and the...

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Thursday, 09 November 2017 22:23

Give All Glory to the Triune God

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God is dependent upon no one, and controlled by no one. He is self-existent and self-sustaining. He needs no one. His sovereignty (absolute power and authority) is forever married to His divine decrees issued forth from eternity. God has an eternal plan. The masterpiece of that plan is His...

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Monday, 06 November 2017 20:28

Loneliness During the Holidays

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Holidays can be the loneliest time of the year for some people. Small or large gatherings often serve as fresh reminders of who’s not there. Whether caused by death, divorce, or something else, the pain of the empty chair is very real. Of this, Deborah Howard writes, “Some might say...

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Monday, 06 November 2017 20:27

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Sex and the Single Girl – Counsel from the Lies Young Women Believe blog.

How to Critique Secular Psychology – “My students usually sleep through my lectures on this subject. Sometimes, I do too.”

Conversations through 95 Theses – Brad Hambrick continues his gracious and...

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Thursday, 02 November 2017 22:23

Elijah’s Tree Ministry for Discouraged Ministers

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Sometimes discouraged, hurting people in ministry feel like they have no one to talk to and are unsure of whom they can trust. As a veteran ministry couple, Carey and Rynette are called to bless pastors and their wives, missionaries, and chaplains with a safe, caring, relational environment in...

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Wednesday, 01 November 2017 22:37

10 Practical Suggestions for People who are Lonely

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Yesterday, during a radio interview about dealing with grief and loneliness during the holidays, I mentioned a wonderful resource from Deborah Howard, RN. She writes, “Loneliness takes many forms and its causes are almost endless. There’s loneliness from:

  • Losing a spouse or other loved...

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Sunday, 29 October 2017 15:35

Why Special Revelation Trumps General Revelation

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Scripture trumps nature. Both the general revelation of God (creation) and the special revelation of God (Scripture) are gifts for which we should be very thankful. However, because of the effects of sin on the mind of man (theologians call this the noetic effect of sin) and the rest of creation,...

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Thursday, 26 October 2017 16:46

Scripture Is the Definitive Authority

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In this fifth of our 5-part series on the sufficiency of Scripture, we come full circle to where we began —to the divine source of the “precious and very great promises” of God from whom we have received “all things that pertain to life and godliness, through the knowledge...

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Wednesday, 25 October 2017 16:36

How God Performs Surgery on Our Hearts

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Continuing our 5-part series on the sufficiency of Scripture for life and godliness, another core text we need to meditate upon is Hebrews 4:12–13. Here we learn of the power of Scripture to perform surgery where true change begins — in the invisible, immaterial heart. Here we are given...

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Tuesday, 24 October 2017 16:08

Scripture Is Our Personal Trainer

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Scripture is our personal trainer for life and godliness. The apostle Paul declared to his young protégé Timothy that the Scriptures are “breathed out by God” (2 Tim. 3:16), which is a more helpful translation than “inspired.” Rather than the writers of...

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In Psalm 19, the choirmaster David exalts the revelation of God. The first six verses, which describe how God’s created works reveal His majesty, wisdom, and power, begin this way: “The heavens declare the glory of God, and the sky above proclaims his handiwork. Day to day pours out...

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Sunday, 22 October 2017 16:33

Sufficient for Life and Godliness (1 of 5)

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We who minister the Word to one another; i.e. counsel, in whatever place and form God has called us, spend significant time with people whose lives, by their own admission, are badly broken. We listen to stories of marriages on the brink of divorce or accounts of childhood abuse that are too...

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Thursday, 19 October 2017 18:52

NUGGETS

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Some articles to read this weekend:

How I Started Down the Road to Pornography and How I Got Free – “From age 13 until 17, sexual sin took more pieces of my soul and more hours from my life.”

5 Things Not to Do in Your Marriage – “As we navigate the joys and the...

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Wednesday, 18 October 2017 16:04

4 Truths You Must Believe About God’s Righteousness

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Alva McClain, founder and first president of Grace Theological Seminary, wrote, “If someone should ask me, ‘Brother McClain, if you could have just six verses out of the Bible, and the rest be taken away, which would you take?’ I would select these six verses. All of God’s...

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This morning, a small group of dads in our church gathered for our Dads’ Reading Group. In this 4-week gathering, we are reading out loud and discussing Jon Nielson’s wonderful little book, Bible Reading with Your Kids (Matthias Media, 2017).

First, we spent some time reading Psalm...

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Monday, 16 October 2017 15:38

95 Affirmations for Gospel-Centered Counseling

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[Today’s guest post is written by my friend and fellow BCC board member, Bob Kellemen.]

On October 31, 1517, Martin Luther nailed his now famous 95 Theses to the door of the All Saints’ Church in Wittenberg, Germany. In doing so, Luther was launching a reformation in how the church...

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Sunday, 15 October 2017 22:16

Grace for Holiness

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Grace propels us toward holiness. It does not lessen its pursuit. According to Titus 2:11–13, this empowering grace compels us to live godly while we look for His coming: “For the grace of God has appeared, bringing salvation to all men, instructing us to deny ungodliness and worldly...

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Wednesday, 11 October 2017 23:50

RESET – Learning the Grace-Fueled Life

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Reset: Living a Grace-Paced Life in a Burnout Culture, by David Murray, is a breath of fresh air. For me, reading it was a refresher course but from a different side of burnout. Five years ago, I received much of the counsel contained in the book from the author himself. David was one of several...

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Tuesday, 10 October 2017 00:21

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The Wrong Way to Read Christian Books – Good stuff from the True Woman blog.

Helping Churches to Better Handle Cases of Abuse – Wise, solid counsel from Jim Newheiser.

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Monday, 09 October 2017 23:25

The Superior Word from God

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This month, as we remember the 500th anniversary of the Protestant Reformation, we are reminded of the priority of keeping the Gospel of Jesus Christ pure and true, free from man’s teachings and religious traditions. Last week, I introduced this series to our church by calling our attention...

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Monday, 02 October 2017 15:55

Saving the Gospel: A Helicopter View of Galatians

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According to the Barna Group’s 2016 State of the Church report,

  • Most people in this country identify themselves as Christian. Almost three-quarters of Americans (73%) say they are a Christian.
  • However, 55% believe that if a person is generally good, or does enough good things for others during...

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Sunday, 01 October 2017 15:48

Free ACBC Conference Live Stream

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Yesterday afternoon, I flew to Jacksonville, Florida for the annual ACBC Conference which begins today. This year’s conference is being live streamed at no cost, thanks to the Master’s University for which I am privileged to teach as an adjunct professor. The theme for the conference is...

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Thursday, 28 September 2017 22:40

NUGGETS

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Take time this weekend to read these nuggets of wisdom.

Worship Is My Life, Not My Role – “We don’t sing because Jesus excuses our sins. We sing because he has freed us from them.”

One Man’s Dream Destroyed Millions – “The fallen human nature, unhinged from...

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