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, 30 March 2017 16:01

A Counselor’s Resume

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What should a biblical counselor’s resume look like? What would you list to demonstrate your qualifications? Actually, the Apostle Paul has already written such a resume for us. It’s found in Romans 15:14. I myself am satisfied about you, my brothers, that you yourselves are full...

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Thursday, 30 March 2017 04:24

BJU’s New Philosophy of Biblical Counseling

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Last month, Bob Jones University published a new statement concerning their philosophy of biblical counseling. The statement thoroughly explains the university’s theological view of counseling, their interdisciplinary approach to counseling, and briefly introduces the reader to BJU’s...

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Comedian Jeff Allen has recently capitalized on a humorous and catchy little modern proverb: “Happy wife, happy life.” His comedy is compelling, and his style engaging, but, like many catchphrases in Christian pop culture, his seemingly harmless comedy actually communicates falsehood....

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Tuesday, 28 March 2017 21:12

5 Types of Gossiping People

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“Every small bit of sinful gossip in daily life is an evil echo of what went wrong at the very beginning. In fact, gossip is the same ugly sin played out again and again. Gossip is believing the ancient lie that we can attempt to play God by destroying others with the power of our words....

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Tuesday, 28 March 2017 21:00

NUGGETS (March 29)

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Publishing Is Scary – I totally agree. For me, being a published author is both a blessing and a curse.

5 Marks of a Servant Leader – “No earthly Christian leader is the perfect incarnation of these five fundamental marks of servanthood. Jesus alone bears that distinction.”

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Tuesday, 28 March 2017 00:59

The Urgency of Ministry

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Jesus is coming again. Though we do not know the exact time, and trying to figure that out is warned against in the Scriptures, we know He is coming, and his coming is imminent. We believe this. We also believe that knowing this should lead us to live differently. Our church’s Statement of...

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Thursday, 23 March 2017 16:01

The Key to Spiritual Fruitfulness

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When God saves our soul he doesn’t intend for us to just coast to Glory. Jesus didn’t go to the cross to simply purchase our ticket to Paradise. For the rest of our days, God calls us to bear spiritual fruit. And not just a little; we’re to bear much fruit. When we bear much...

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Thursday, 23 March 2017 15:08

NUGGETS (March 24)

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Marriage: God’s Good Idea? – Many who think about marriage and family wonder if the idea came from the jungle story, “Me Tarzan, you Jane; come with me to live in my tree house.”

Are Homeschool Families More Likely to Experience Divorce? – A challenge from Dannah Gresh:...

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Tuesday, 21 March 2017 16:20

6 Truths about Forgiveness

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“Over and over again in the New Testament, Christians are reminded that God has forgiven all their sins through Christ’s death. And time and again, too, Christians are commanded to forgive.” So writes Julia Marsden, author of the little 10 of Those book entitled Forgiveness. As...

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Tuesday, 21 March 2017 15:04

NUGGETS (March 21)

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Have the Difficult Conversation – Concerning confronting someone you love, Heidi Jo Fulk asks, “What might have happened if during that progression someone had confronted a friend about a change of mind or action they noticed?”

5 Things Infertile Couples Want Others to Know –...

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Monday, 20 March 2017 22:31

Making the Wisest Use of Our Time

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Every week, each of us has 168 hours. If we were to try to account for those hours, we may allocate about 56 hours to sleep and 40-60 hours for employment, including commutes. That leaves 50-70 hours/week for shopping, education, family, church, and household responsibilities. Once all of that is...

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A strong partnership between the home and the church is essential in helping develop young disciples.  Children’s Ministry in general, and especially Sunday School, is one format of discipleship that offers a unique opportunity to bring the joy of the gospel to the younger...

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Friday, 17 March 2017 19:44

NUGGETS (March 18)

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CANCER: “My Diagnosis Led Me to Worship God” – “Now years later and cancer free, I celebrate that the Lord is a continued song in my heart.”

HELP! Someone I Love Has Cancer – A wise, compassionate mini-book from a Certified Hospice and Palliative Nurse.

Why...

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Thursday, 16 March 2017 22:39

The Best Definition of Gossip

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“Gossip” is a hard word to define, almost like trying to nail Jell-O to the wall. Some say gossip is passing along information that is not true, while others say it is simply the passing of anything along which makes it gossip, regardless of the accuracy of its content. But I think Matt...

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Thursday, 16 March 2017 15:01

NUGGETS (March 17)

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Can Christians Marry Non-Christians? – “It’s far better to live without a spouse and within the company of the church, than with someone who is living for a life that’s not eternal.”

He Is My Own Son – A beautiful adoption testimony.

A Definition for Biblical...

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Tuesday, 14 March 2017 20:58

Your Secret Weapon Against Pornography

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In the battle against porn addiction, Tim Challies persuasively argues that there is one secret weapon many men never take advantage of; that is, a mentoring relationship that will provide accountability and encouragement to continue fighting the fight. As I promised a couple days ago, I want to...

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Monday, 13 March 2017 16:01

C. A. S. H.

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We live in a time we could legitimately call “The Age of Discontentment.” People are striving, climbing, grabbing, stepping on others to get more—all the while being ungrateful for the amazing ways God has blessed them, and is blessing them, in their current state.

The glamorous...

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Monday, 13 March 2017 15:16

NUGGETS (March 14)

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New Online Bookstore for Counselors – Steven Yu has just launched a new online bookstore. “Here at Biblical Counseling Books it is our desire to serve our brothers and sisters in Christ by providing a one-stop shop for counseling resources.”

Can You Lose Your Salvation? – A...

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Sunday, 12 March 2017 23:20

Sexual Detox for Men

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While “it has never been easy being a guy, today the challenges to guys who want to be holy, who want to honor God with their minds and bodies, are tougher than ever.” For this reason, Tim Challies was compelled to write his blunt little book Sexual Detox: A Guide for Guys who are Sick...

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Friday, 10 March 2017 20:05

Hope for Lonely People

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“Hope sometimes proves elusive when we experience tough times. We tend to feel that our situation will never improve. But hope will get us through the darkest times. Hope is what keeps us from being overwhelmed by sorrow,” writes registered nurse and grief counselor Deborah Howard. She...

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Friday, 10 March 2017 18:55

NUGGETS (March 11)

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What Does “The Shack” Really Teach? – Paul Young’s new book exposes his heretical doctrine and, thus, his denial of true Christianity.

Christian Unity in the Essentials of the Gospel – “Grounded in the essentials of the gospel, we are willing and eager to partner...

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Wednesday, 08 March 2017 15:01

HELP! My Kids Are Viewing Pornography

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“I hear it so often: ‘Help! My kids are looking at porn!’ Not long ago, one mom wrote to say that she and her husband had allowed their preteen boys access to the Internet to play a video game, thinking they had taught and trained the boys well enough to resist whatever temptation...

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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, 07 March 2017 15:30

The Tender Pity of Jesus toward Sinners Like Us

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Yesterday, I was reading of the tenderness of the Lord Jesus in A Puritan Theology. The particular Puritan, whose writings were the basis of the chapter, is Thomas Goodwin. Goodwin (1600-1680) was an English Puritan theologian and preacher who also served as chaplain to Oliver Cromwell. One of the...

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Tuesday, 07 March 2017 14:01

NUGGETS (March 8)

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Six Ways the Church Can Stand with Women – “Do you know what women need more than anything, though? What everyone needs. We desperately need to know, and be reminded, that Jesus came, died, and rose again so that all women might have life and have it abundantly (John 10:10).”

Am I...

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