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, 15 January 2019 02:34

NUGGETS

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Setting Financial Goals for the New Year (and how to reach them) – ” The ultimate purpose of our financial goals should be that our lifestyles glorify God.”

5 Principles for Reading in 2019 – ” Reading is not just a hobby and it isn’t just a time–killer,...

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Monday, 14 January 2019 16:18

True Praise Flows Out of True Worship

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Praise is one of the most consistent commands found in the book of Psalms. Another name for this book is the Psalter. It is the Hebrew hymnbook. It is the only collection of songs inspired by the Holy Spirit himself and, therefore, is part of our Scriptures. The Hebrew title basically means The...

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Thursday, 10 January 2019 22:16

“Biblical Counseling Today” Podcast

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Biblical Counseling Today is a weekly podcast that I’d like to bring to your attention. The aim of BCT is to dig deeper into the heart of the matter, and is the teaching ministry of Dr. John Kwasny.

John has been a biblical counselor in private practice and church settings since 1990, and is...

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Wednesday, 09 January 2019 22:05

God Is Near

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The Lord is near to the brokenhearted and saves the crushed in spirit.(Psalm 34:18)

Loss comes in many different forms. Loss of a spouse, child, or another loved one to death. Loss of relationships through betrayal, estrangement, divorce, or a move across the country. Loss of security through...

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Monday, 07 January 2019 23:23

Follow One Master

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To be a disciple of Jesus Christ, we must willingly leave behind all that this earthly life may promise, and choose to follow Jesus as our Lord and Master. This requires both a recognition of who Jesus is, and who we are to be, which, when properly understood, should lead to a life of obedience to...

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Thursday, 03 January 2019 21:50

Shepherds Gone Astray

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The book of Jeremiah is essentially a long essay on apostasy. What is of particular interest is its evidence of the incredible power of leaders to influence people for good or for ill. The prophet begins with a pathetic description of the state of spiritual leadership in Judah: “The priests...

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Thursday, 03 January 2019 10:26

8 Books that Helped Me in 2018

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My reading goal for 2018 was 34 books, but I did not make it. But from the 27 that I was able to finish, here are eight that impacted me. They are listed in no particular order.

Psalms By the Day: A New Devotional Translation(Alec Motyer) – I used this for my daily devotions, through the book...

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When thinking and speaking of the good news, always keep the following four truths in mind: God is holy and righteous; we are sinful and rebellious; Jesus is the answer; but we must respond.

God is holy and righteous.Understanding the gospel begins with an understanding of God’s holy...

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Friday, 28 December 2018 18:37

Your Child’s Greatest Need

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Your child’s greatest need is the one you are powerless to meet. The sooner you come to grips with this reality the better. Sometimes parents think of salvation from sin as God throwing a life preserver to people who are drowning, but that is inadequate. Instead, we should picture ourselves...

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Wednesday, 26 December 2018 21:08

Is Everyone Awesome?

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From almost every angle (movies, TV, YouTube, school) our kids are receiving the same basic message. They hear that every child is his or her own independent, self-sufficient, self-directed, self-governing person. Like a scratched vinyl record, the world expresses related mantras:

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I will never forget the first time I sang Hark! the Herald Angels Sing as a genuine believer in Jesus Christ. It was Christmas 1984. I had been saved about seven months. Though I had sung the carol my whole life, for the first time I understood the words I was singing and could feel tears begin to...

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Thursday, 20 December 2018 15:41

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Legalism Is Easier, the Gospel Is Better – ” Legalism allows us many of the benefits of Christianity like community, acceptance, and even grace, but it stops short of true salvation. It doesn’t truly penetrate your heart and change your life.”

The Only Way to Truly Rest &nda...

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Wednesday, 19 December 2018 01:41

Gunpowder Stored Up in Your Heart

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“The source of harsh speech is a harsh heart.” So writes John Crotts in his very helpful book, Graciousness: Tempering Truth with Love. Biblically speaking, all our our speech originates in our heart (Prov. 4:23; Matt. 12:34). Therefore, we must “work backwards” from sinful,...

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Sunday, 16 December 2018 22:52

The King Is Coming

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The past three Sundays, we’ve been in the first chapter of the Gospel of Luke learning from God’s gracious plan for Zacharias and Elizabeth, and their promised son, John. Perhaps you may find a use for these messages, as you prepare yourself and others for a Christ-centered meditation...

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Thursday, 13 December 2018 20:51

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Hard Times at Harvest – This is a long, sad article. Let it be a warning to all pastors and elders as to the destructive power of bullying and financial mismanagement.

The Power of Christ-Centered Joy – a recent preaching series of 26 sermons has been posted to Sermon Audio. 

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Thursday, 06 December 2018 22:46

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The 50% Lie – “You’ve heard it repeatedly on radio, podcasts, and TV. You’ve read it in various books and articles. You’ve even heard it in your pastor’s sermon. The problem: it’s a lie.”

A Hidden Epidemic God Hates – “It seems appropriate...

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Tuesday, 04 December 2018 11:03

Choosing Biblical Subjects for Meditation

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Psalm 1 testifies of the immeasurable value of mediating on Scripture. The person who habitually ponders the truths of God will be like a treeplanted by streams of waterthat yields its fruit in its season,and its leaf does not wither.In all that he does, he prospers. But where does one begin?

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Monday, 26 November 2018 22:50

Responding to the King of Kings

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The last book of the Bible reveals what it will be like when Jesus returns (Rev. 19:11-16). Though containing details not previously revealed, this vision of the future, which John received from the Spirit of Jesus, is not new. Moses said to Israel, “For the Lord your God is God of gods and...

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Sunday, 25 November 2018 21:45

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image How Do Pastor’s Pick Their Fights? – “We need pastors and elders who have enough self-control to avoid needless controversy, and enough courage to move gently and steadily toward conflict.”

5 Discipleship Dont’s – “In the church, discipleship is key to an...

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Friday, 23 November 2018 05:01

A Few More Christmas Book Sales to Check Out

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Here are more Christmas book sales you might want to check out.

Grace Books Online – A large selection of LifeLine mini-books are ONLY $2/each! Be sure to check out their whole site.

Cumberland Valley Bible and Book Service – For Christmas, CVBBS is offering FREE imprinting on Bibles and...

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Thursday, 22 November 2018 21:42

Thanksgiving Is a Spiritual Discipline

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image “In everything give thanks” is God’s command to every believer (1 Thess. 5:18). We must be told this because by nature we are not thankful people. It is more natural for sinners like us to complain and be ungrateful. Regrettably, Jerry Bridges is correct when he writes, “We...

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Just thought I’d pass on some good news. Shepherd Press, publisher of the LifeLine mini-books and several of my books, just announced a Black Friday WEEK of savings: 25% off everything.

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Tuesday, 20 November 2018 15:48

Announcing 3 New LifeLine Mini-Books

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As series editor for the LifeLine Mini-books from Shepherd Press, it’s a pleasure to let you know about three neimage w titles to be released in a couple weeks. These are now available for pre-order.

HELP! I’m Anxious (Philip De Courcy)

An increasing number of us are worrying ourselves...

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This past May, at the Basics Conference at Parkside Church, I picked up a copy of a new book from Reformation Heritage Books. The book’s simple, one-word title caught my eye. Nothing in my memory indicated that I’d ever seen a book on this topic: Graciousness.image

So, I thought, “Why...

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Monday, 12 November 2018 00:39

4 Ways to Return to the Word

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In Nehemiaimage h 8, we see the beginnings of spiritual revival, which comes as the people return to the Word of God. At this point, the Jewish people have been in exile for many years, but they have begun to return to Jerusalem. This return did not come all at once, but in two waves, separated by 58...

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