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, 26 February 2018 21:34

Recognizing Satan’s Crafty Scheme

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Genesis 3 opens with the presence of an evil serpent in the garden. He is “more crafty than any other beast of the field.” Sometime between God’s pronouncement of all creation as good, and the temptation of man, was the fall of Lucifer from heaven. Ezekiel 28 describes his fall,...

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Monday, 26 February 2018 21:26

NUGGETS

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Five Reasons Many Pastors Struggle with Depression – “Too many pastors have been taught that depression is a mark of them being a failure in ministry.”

Did You Know Charles Spurgeon Struggled with Depression? – “Spurgeon believed that God had a good purpose in all his...

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This week, another pastor and I were talking about the analogy of faith as a muscle that needs to be regularly exercised in order to grow. This is based upon the simple understanding that true faith is living faith, as opposed to the dead faith warned against in James 2. Therefore, true, living...

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Monday, 19 February 2018 23:23

Designed for Relationships

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As the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit have always lived in relationship, so we were created to live in relationship—first with God and then with others who are made in the image of God. In other words, when God created mankind, He designed us to have relationships with Him and other...

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Thinking theologically about disability is a massive need in today’s church. That’s one reason I’m thankful to the Lord for recently bringing the Beyond Suffering Bible onto my radar, and into my life and home. In addition to many “Connection Points,” application of...

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Saturday, 17 February 2018 02:05

NUGGETS

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Here are two videos that I encourage you to watch, and one article to read, this weekend.

Biblical Counseling and Mental Illness – In their latest podcast, the Biblical Counseling Coalition graciously speaks to the issue of mental illness.

Don’t Let Your Children Choose Your Church –...

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Tuesday, 13 February 2018 14:15

A Wonderful Sermon for the Depressed

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Yesterday morning, through my involvement in the training of another pastor who wants to be more effective in the personal ministry of the Word (counseling), I became aware of a wonderful sermon Ligon Duncan preached at Capitol Hills Baptist Church. In the afternoon, I was drawn to listen to it....

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Sunday, 11 February 2018 22:00

7 Truths to Affirm from Genesis 1:1-2:4

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The Bible begins with a dramatic display of the glory of God. The historical account of creation is nothing short of pure majesty. God is clearly the center. Genesis 1 describes the set which God builds to show the drama of redemption. So, let’s look at the first words of God. As we walk...

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Wednesday, 07 February 2018 22:35

8 Advantages of Heart-Changing, Expository Preaching

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Gospel ministry has been the main vocation of my life for over 25 years and expository preaching has been the main part of my calling. Therefore, I am continually blessed and challenged to read books that aim to help guys like me. One book that I read last week is Saving Eutychus by Gary Millar and...

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Monday, 05 February 2018 21:41

How to Take Communion

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Imagine the Lord Jesus Christ is in attendance when we gather in our churches for worship. Imagine he listens to us sing and pray, and peers into our hearts. I wonder, would He find us prepared to take Communion? Or does He know that some of us walk into church quite flippantly, as if it was any...

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Tuesday, 30 January 2018 21:52

RERUN: Trust in the Lord with All Your Heart

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Trusting God is one of those things that we as Christians talk about, but may not necessarily define. We encourage each other to “trust the Lord,” but we are not sure what it really means. And we also tend to view it as something optional, there are times we trust God and times we do...

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Monday, 29 January 2018 22:23

What about Restitution?

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In the past few weeks, we visited the book of Philemon twice. There we learned of what true, gospel-motivated forgiveness looks like in both heart and actions. One of the actions we saw modeled by the apostle is restitution. Restitution is the act of restoring something lost or stolen, and to...

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Saturday, 27 January 2018 00:30

Commendation for the LIFELINE MINI-BOOKS

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It’s a privilege to serve as the series editor for the LifeLine Mini-books from Shepherd Press. Todd Friel of Wretched Radio and TV recently said,

The Shepherd Press Help! series is the single most helpful counseling resource a church can provide for members and visitors. In an era when...

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Wednesday, 24 January 2018 22:11

5 Reasons to Practice Church Discipline

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Although in recent decades the biblical expectation of church discipline has fallen on hard times, there is a renewed understanding of its importance and practice among those whose desire for a faithful church is greater than their desire for a popular church. This is one of many reasons I’m...

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Monday, 22 January 2018 15:20

4th Reason to Study Lamentations

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Previously, we noted three reasons God gave us the book of Lamentations. First, to show us the awful reality of sin so that our hearts will long for reconciliation with God. Second, to remind us how much we need God’s faithfulness, mercy, and love. Third, to reveal his sovereign faithfulness...

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Sunday, 21 January 2018 16:53

3rd Reason to Study Lamentations

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Last week, we noted two reasons God gave us the very sad book of Lamentations. First, to show us the awful reality of sin and its devastating consequences so that our hearts will long for reconciliation with our holy Creator. Second, to remind us how much we need God’s faithfulness, mercy,...

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Thursday, 18 January 2018 21:46

2nd Reason to Study Lamentations

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In yesterday’s post, I encouraged you to study the Old Testament book of Lamentations because of it’s description of the sobering realities of sin. Sin never ultimately delivers its promises. Rather, it brings only pain and misery into our lives. For sure, sin does bring some of its...

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Wednesday, 17 January 2018 05:04

4 Reasons to Study Lamentations in Your Small Group

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[This is the first of four posts encouraging you to study the Old Testament book of Lamentations.]

In truth, all suffering can be traced back to the entrance of sin into our world; that is, before sin entered the world there was no suffering. However, this does not mean that all personal suffering...

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Monday, 15 January 2018 15:01

10 Aspects of Gospel-Centered Forgiveness

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Matthew 6 records some of the most alarming words ever spoken by the Lord Jesus Christ. In the portion of His teaching which has become known as the Lord’s Prayer, He instructed the disciples to regularly pray for forgiveness. He then concluded His teaching with the warning: For if you...

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Thursday, 11 January 2018 21:55

Counseling Training in Sioux Falls, SD

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ACBC is heading back to the Midwest and will be offering the Advanced Methodology Track and Fundamentals Track in Sioux Falls. Join us to become equipped to counsel and disciple others. Faith Baptist Fellowship will host three weekends of training: March 23-24, April 27-28, and May 18-19. The...

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Wednesday, 10 January 2018 22:43

6 Qualities of the Posture of Forgiveness

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The Holy Spirit was kind to include the very personal letter of Philemon in our Bible, as a case study in forgiveness practiced the way Jesus commanded.

Three Main Characters

There are three main characters in this true story of redemption and forgiveness: Paul, the apostle, who was in prison; Philemo...

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Monday, 08 January 2018 00:17

Nuggets of Wisdom [1/8/18]

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A few leadership articles to read…

How to Discourage Your Minister in the New Year – “I recently had someone come to see me who was struggling in their church. In all honesty it would have been hard to be more depressed by what they had to say.”

Receiving Criticism –...

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Thursday, 04 January 2018 22:30

What Is Addiction?

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The word addiction is now a regular part of our vocabulary. But what does it mean? How might we define it biblically? Most simply, addiction may be defined as voluntary enslavement to sin (Romans 6:12-13). This voluntary surrender to fleshly desires becomes more important than glorifying God and,...

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Wednesday, 03 January 2018 17:16

First Ohio Chapter of Addictions Victorious

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Cornerstone Community Church in Mayfield Heights, Ohio, is pleased to become the first local church in our state to partner with Addictions Victorious. For several years, our hearts have been increasingly burdened by our culure’s misunderstanding of the problem of addiction and the...

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Tuesday, 02 January 2018 22:39

Living By Prayer

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O GOD OF THE OPEN EAR,

Teach me to live by prayer as well as by providence, for myself, soul, body, children, family, church;

Give me a heart frameable to thy will; so might I live in prayer, and honour thee, being kept from evil, known and unknown.

Help me to see the sin that accompanies all I do, and...

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