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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Thursday, 15 June 2017 16:01

The Problem with Pet Sins

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Yesterday, I mentioned that I would post six brief articles introducing you to the six most common reasons for unanswered prayer, which are explained more fully in the book, Brass Heavens: Reasons for Unanswered Prayer. Here’s the first of those reasons, pet sins.

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Sometimes we’re tempted to wonder if God can hear. After months or even years of praying over a particular person or situation, we look for evidence God is getting our message or even paying attention, and we can’t find much. Why is that? Why do the heavens sometimes seem like brass?...

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Tuesday, 13 June 2017 19:48

Martin Luther’s Confidence in Scripture

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Today’s post is written by a friend and colleague in gospel ministry, Bob Kellemen. Bob continues to be used by the Lord to equip other believers in the personal ministry of the Word, which we often refer to as counseling. The following content is derived from Bob’s forthcoming book, Cou...

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Monday, 12 June 2017 23:38

We Need to Pray for Our Needs

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In 1975, at the Western Open golf tournament near Chicago, the legendary Lee Travino was one of three golfers struck by lightning on the same day. Later, when he was interviewed on television, he was asked what he had learned from the experience which had caused a back injury that hampered the rest...

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image In addition to WORLD magazine’s choice of Ernie Baker’s Marry Wisely, Marry Well as one of their recommended staff picks, the respected magazine included Tim Challies’ new mini-book in their Technology Tamers list.

WORLD says this about HELP! My Kids Are Viewing Pornograpy:

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image This morning, it was a delight to see Ernie Baker’s new book among WORLD magazine “Staff Picks.” Marry Wisely, Marry Well is an important new contribution to the Christian book world, as it focuses on preparing young people to select their lifetime marriage partner with wisdom...

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Thursday, 08 June 2017 00:06

2 Ways to Respond to Gossip

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“You will be gossiped about. If it has not happened yet, get ready, because someday you will find yourself in the crosshairs of gossip,” writes Matt Mitchell. “Sadly,” he continues, “most of the time you will not know that you are a target of someone’s harmful...

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Monday, 05 June 2017 23:37

Don’t Pray Like the Hypocrites

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Without doubt, the model prayer known as The Lord’s Prayer or the Our Father is the best known of all prayers. Many of us memorized it as children, as part of our religious upbringing. When reciting it over the years, however, some of us understood its meaning while most of us were only...

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Wednesday, 31 May 2017 23:17

Jerry Bridges on “Pray About Everything”

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Last year, one of my heroes and spiritual mentors, Jerry Bridges, went home to Glory. There is no doubt in my mind he received the “Well done” commendation from our Savior. For this reason, it was a great honor when he agreed to write the Foreword to one of my books on prayer....

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Tuesday, 30 May 2017 23:00

Jesus Is Not Ashamed of You

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Hebrews 2:11 contains one of the most surprising statements in the New Testament. It says Jesus is not ashamed to call us His siblings. Why does the Bible make this statement, and how can it possibly be true? Before we answer those questions, we need a basic understanding of shame.

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Friday, 26 May 2017 00:24

Yet the Finest Gold Is Yet to Come

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“Psalm 73 contains one of the most rhapsodic [emotionally expressive] and uplifting passages in the whole Psalter, and, indeed, there is hardly need for anything beyond letting their rhythms and sentiments sink into our souls.” So writes Alec Motyer in Psalms By the Day, which I lifted...

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Tuesday, 23 May 2017 00:25

The Holiness of God and Our Happiness

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The leaders of our men’s ministry selected the attributes of God as our theme for this past year, drawing somewhat from A. W. Tozer’s The Knowledge of the Holy and The Attributes of God. Therefore, at our last monthly breakfast of the season it was my turn to teach, and they asked me to...

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Monday, 15 May 2017 23:58

In Pursuit of Christian Womanhood

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Making disciples is the work of the church. Jesus made that clear. But how do we make disciples? As we read the New Testament, we see this pattern: We make disciples by coming alongside one another in the lifelong pursuit of becoming like our Savior. In other words, the work of discipleship takes...

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Wednesday, 10 May 2017 23:43

Our Support Since Birth

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In recent months, I’ve been thinking about the gracious hand of God’s providence in which He has led me the past 33 years of knowing Christ as Lord and Savior. I marvel that to bring me to where I am in life and ministry today took innumerable decisions and experiences—both...

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Sunday, 07 May 2017 23:29

That Adorable Attribute of God

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Yesterday, while preaching on the miracle of the new birth from 1 Peter 1:3-5, I read these words from A. W. Pink on the mercy of God.

Mercy is not a right to which man is entitled. Mercy is that adorable attribute of God by which He pities and relieves the wretched. But under the righteous...

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Wednesday, 03 May 2017 17:53

Pray About Everything

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It’s a joy for me to let you know that Shepherd Press has announced the release of my book Pray About Everything, and are offering a generous pre-order discount. Here’s what others have said about this book:image

…this is one of my favorite books on prayer…—Mark Dever,...

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Sunday, 30 April 2017 23:10

3 Ways We Judge Wrongly

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Jesus instructed His disciples to judge righteous judgment (Judge 7:24), but He also said, “Do not judge, or you too will be judged” (Matt. 7:1). Is this a contradiction? No. We are called to use biblical truth and wisdom to discern rightly, but foolish when we make judgments based on...

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Friday, 28 April 2017 04:44

The Lord Will Provide

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This morning, while driving to Chicago, two of my kids and I listened to Matthew Smith’s All I Owe CD several times. Though I’ve listened to it countless times since Indelible Grace was at our church last fall, the lyrics to “The Lord Will Provide” deeply ministered to me in...

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image “Restore Hope” is the theme for the 1st Annual Biblical Counseling Conference hosted by the Biblical Counseling Center on Saturday, April 29th. This conference will equip and encourage you to restore hopeto the hurting in your church and community. The conference is geared toward all...

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Tuesday, 11 April 2017 22:05

Why Did God Kill Jesus?

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When the Old Testament prophet Isaiah predicted the suffering of Jesus Christ he said, “But the Lord was pleased to crush Him, putting Him to grief” (53:10). Why? Why would God the Father be pleased to kill His only begotten Son? The verse goes on to answer that question, “If He...

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Tuesday, 11 April 2017 22:02

NUGGETS (April 12)

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Mind the Gap – Mike Emlet writes, “There is a gap—a space between the way life is and the way it should be. We notice the gap when we see something painfully wrong.”

The Gospel’s Compelling Uniqueness – Jared Wilson is dead right: “The safe Jesus of modern...

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Wednesday, 05 April 2017 23:16

Give Thanks for the Church

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This morning, I found myself drawn back into Matthew Henry’s A Way to Pray. My post-it note bookmark informed me that it was time to read a short chapter in the thanksgiving portion of the book, which is entitled “Give Thanks for the Establishment of the Church in the World.”...

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Wednesday, 05 April 2017 22:12

NUGGETS (April 6)

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The Particular Temptations of Young Men – “I love to spend time with young men, to counsel them, and to assure them that this time in their lives has great significance. As we speak, I find a number of common temptations they face while passing through their teens and twenties.”

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Wednesday, 05 April 2017 02:30

BCI Ohio’s 28th Annual Conference

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“Real Hope for Suffering, Bitterness, Confusion, and More” is the theme for the 28th annual conference of the Biblical Counseling Institute of Ohio. Heath Lambert is the keynote speaker for this 2-day event, May 5-6, which is hosted by Cornerstone Bible Fellowship in North Ridgeville,...

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Monday, 03 April 2017 23:22

Keep Walking by Faith in Christ

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The Christian life is about walking with God, with our Savior the Lord Jesus Christ. But how do we walk with Christ? How do we walk with our Lord and Savior whom we cannot see? We walk by faith. In 2 Corinthians 5:7, the apostle teaches that as long as we remain in these earthly bodies we for we...

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