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, 13 July 2017 21:31

NUGGETS

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How Much Sleep Do Fitbit Users Really Get? – “These findings further support the general recommendation that most adults need to consistently sleep 7 to 9 hours per night, and illustrate why a good night’s rest is so important for your overall well-being.”

Teen Vogue...

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Wednesday, 12 July 2017 22:09

Features and Fruits of Heavenly Wisdom

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Godly wisdom stands in stark contrast to hellish wisdom. First, we saw this in James’ admiration of the meekness of wisdom. Then we learned what hellish wisdom looks like and the rotten fruit it produces. Today, we wrap up this 3-part series by taking a look at heavenly wisdom which comes...

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Wednesday, 12 July 2017 22:02

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How Much Do You Need In Your Emergency Fund? – Since we own two old, high-mileage cars, the establishment of an emergency fund years ago has been a life-saver.

Staring at Dementia, Fighting for Joy – This older article was passed on to me earlier this week. So good!

6 Surprises Every...

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Tuesday, 11 July 2017 16:34

The Features and Fruits of Hellish Wisdom

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Continuing from yesterday, we are considering a key New Testament passage on wisdom, James 3:13-18. We already noted that meekness is a key mark of the wise person. Today we examine the features and fruits of worldly wisdom explained in verses 14-16.

14 But if you have bitter jealousy and...

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Tuesday, 11 July 2017 12:38

14 Steps to Financial Freedom

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This past weekend, Jim Rickard from Stewardship Services Foundation taught four times at our church. Here’s a quick bullet point list from the one on financial freedom.

  1. Give God a chance first.
  2. Learn to save money.
  3. Learn to spend less than you earn.
  4. Don’t finance pleasure items.
  5. Have cash in...

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Monday, 10 July 2017 22:46

The Meekness of Wisdom

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The difference between godly wisdom and worldly wisdom is the difference between righteousness and unrighteousness, heaven and hell, God and Satan. The contrast is that great. Yet God has made His wisdom readily available to those who seek it.

In the book of Proverbs, King Solomon personifies wisdom...

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Monday, 10 July 2017 00:35

8 Action Points When Facing Terminal Illness

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Our life in this fallen world will be filled with many expected and unexpected forms of suffering. The curse in the Garden announced this, Jesus confirmed it in His teaching, and the experience of the New Testament church testifies of it. Therefore, as long as we live–awaiting the glorious...

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Thursday, 06 July 2017 23:24

If You Truly Know God, Then You Will Love

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There are many virtues we see in the Scriptures, but the highest and grandest virtue is love. Faith, hope, and love are Christian virtues, but the greatest is love (1 Cor. 13:13). Jesus summarized all the commandments of God in two—love God and love your neighbor (Matt. 22:4). Additionally,...

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Tuesday, 04 July 2017 21:44

You’ve Got a Friend

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The Essential James Taylor, two-disc set, was among the CD’s I enjoyed listening to (again) on our road trip last week. This singer-songwriter’s ability to craft an unforgettable melody and marry it to thoughtful words is legendary. His website biography rightly says, “For more...

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Tuesday, 27 June 2017 22:07

5 Reasons God Prunes Us

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According to John 15:1-8, our interpretation of the sanctifying work that God accomplishes in our lives—especially during times of trial—is directly related to our understanding of pruning. This in turn affects our response to personal suffering and to others in their time of trial. If...

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Monday, 26 June 2017 16:38

The Throne of Grace

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In our Older Testament, there is the account of a spiritual leader named Nehemiah who, in the providence of God, assumed a tough assignment. His burden was to regather the Jews who had returned to Judah after the exile to Babylon in order to rebuild God’s city, Jerusalem, and return the...

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This is the final post in a series drawn from Matt Mitchell’s book entitled Resisting Gossip: Winning the War of the Wagging Tongue. Today, I summarize the Bonus Chapter written to church leaders, which gives counsel as to how to cultivate a gossip-resistant church. Matt recommends 10 ways...

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As God performs his sanctifying work in us—conforming us to the image of his Son, “the founder and perfecter of our faith” (Hebrews 12:2)—there will be times when answers to prayer seem out of all possible reach. When we try to discern the cause for this, we may find that...

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Thursday, 22 June 2017 16:48

Stubbornness Closes God’s Ears

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God listens to those who listen to him. The proof of this is all over Scripture. Isaiah 66:2 offers a prime example when God says, “this is the one to whom I will look: he who is humble and contrite in spirit and trembles at my word” (Isaiah 66:2). Even more direct is a warning given by...

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Since my conversion from dead religion to the risen Christ in 1984, there is nothing I have wanted more than God’s profound favor upon my life. Therefore as a husband, I find 1 Peter 3:7 deeply sobering: “Likewise, husbands, live with your wives in an understanding way, showing honor to...

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Wednesday, 21 June 2017 01:15

The Challenge to Younger Men in the Church

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As we continue to think about the admonition to Christian men, the word “Likewise” (Titus 2:3, 6) connects to the godly example we thought about in the previous post. Please note: The Bible calls younger Christian men to the same high expectation of character as the older men. However,...

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Tuesday, 20 June 2017 03:07

In Pursuit of Christian Manhood, Part 1

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Our church’s mission is to make disciples of the Lord Jesus Christ, which is not merely to lead people to “make a decision for Christ,” but to bring people to Jesus and help one another grow in Christ, toward maturity and obedience—together as a family. This requires ongoing...

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Monday, 19 June 2017 20:53

Religious Sins

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Hiding beneath the cloak of our perceived goodness are religious sins, those that feed self-awareness of our spirituality. Instead of driving us to God in humble dependence upon his grace, they blind us, fuel self-righteousness, breed spiritual apathy, and often neutralize the Holy Spirit’s...

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Some sins are more passive than active. We may call these sins of omission rather than sins of commission because they are all about what we don’t do. These sins involve neglecting (and sometimes refusing) to do what is right rather than willfully doing what is plainly forbidden. In his...

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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.

We often like having animals...

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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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