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, 06 March 2017 23:07

Living Single in a Married World

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According to a 2015 article in Christian Women Today, more than 50 percent of the adult population (older than age 16) is single. And yet, when you are the one who is single, it can feel like you are the oddball, that everyone else is married. Living single in a married world presents its...

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Thursday, 02 March 2017 15:02

Courage, Conviction, Compassion

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Courage, conviction, compassion. These are the words that come to mind as I think about biblical ministry in this age. We live in a day that is increasingly hostile to the authority of Scripture, a time in which speaking God’s truth on any given subject requires courage. However, this is not...

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Thursday, 02 March 2017 14:04

NUGGETS (March 3)

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The Antidote for Apathy – “The moment our salvation becomes ordinary, we open the door for something else to captivate our hearts. Apathy toward God is a perilous position.”

22 Problems with Multi-Site Churches – “I love my gospel-loving friends in multi-site...

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It is a pleasure to inform you that all 8 sessions from our recent conference with Tim Challies and Jay Younts are available for FREE. Here’s what you will hear:

  • The Glory and Goodness of God in Creation (Paul Tautges)
  • How Temptation Works (Tim Challies)
  • The Internet: Applying God’s Wisdom...

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Wednesday, 01 March 2017 14:15

NUGGETS (March 2)

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The Kindness of Reasonable Expectations – “As if the expectations of Scripture aren’t daunting enough, today’s church culture often adds intense pressure on pastors to see their churches grow, to enlist more people in programs, to raise more funds and to have better...

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Tuesday, 28 February 2017 15:11

Unexpected Good

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When you are in the midst of a whirlwind of calamity that could only have been sovereignly overseen by God, it is hard to believe that anything good may ever come out of it. But it can. Satan’s diabolical agenda, our own sin and weakness, and the evil of other sinners can be mixed together...

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Tuesday, 28 February 2017 14:01

NUGGETS (March 1)

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7 Writing Tips from Charles Spurgeon – “He can make you laugh, cry, and become awestruck with God with the stroke of his pen and eloquent prose.”

5 Ways Porn Lies to You – Having Tim Challies speak at our church last month on the subjects of Internet wisdom and pornography...

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Last week, I had the joy of attending a regional EFCA gathering at which Greg Strand gave us a wonderful refresher on the doctrine of Christ. While reviewing the deity of Jesus Christ, we discussed how often the divine title “God” is used of Jesus Christ, the Son. Since Jehovah’s...

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Friday, 24 February 2017 15:23

The Book of Books

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We are privileged to live in a day in which there is an abundance of excellent resources to encourage biblical ministry. However, one gap that remains is in the area of small books to use with curious unbelievers or brand new believers. Matthias Media is doing their best to help fill the gap with...

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Thursday, 23 February 2017 14:07

The Christ-Centered Employer

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In yesterday’s post, we considered what it means to be a Christ-centered employee. Today, let’s continue on the theme of work by focusing on the Scriptural instructions to employers: Masters, do the same to them, and stop your threatening, knowing that he who is both their Master and...

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Wednesday, 22 February 2017 15:15

The Christ-Centered Employee

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Viewing work from a truly Christian perspective requires that we build our thinking upon four foundation stones. A biblical theology of work rests upon the following:image

  • God was the first worker.

The very first sentence of the Bible makes this clear. In the beginning, God created the heavens and the...

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Tuesday, 21 February 2017 21:22

RESOURCES: Pornography/Masturbation

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Due to the popularity of today’s post on masturbation, people are requesting more help. Here’s a quick list of recommended resources. I will expand it when I have more time.

BOOKS/MINI-BOOKS

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Tuesday, 21 February 2017 15:01

A Dad Talks with His Son about Masturbation

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This is the third and final installment from a new book by Jay Younts, Everyday Talk about Sex and Marriage: A Biblical Handbook for Parents.

One of the unique features of this little book is the final section, which consists of real-life conversations between parents and their kids about sexuality....

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Tuesday, 21 February 2017 14:06

NUGGETS (February 22)

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A Subtle Symptom of Legalism – Stephen Altrogge opens his heart and demonstrates how becoming irritable and frustrated at God’s grace poured out to others.

Lessons from the Broken Road – “My oldest daughter was dead. Her struggle with drug addiction, that had robbed her of so...

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Monday, 20 February 2017 15:05

Everyday Talk about Sex and Marriage, Part 2

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Any conversation with your children about sex and marriage would be incomplete without discussing sexual attraction. This topic often lacks biblical clarity for Christians because it is most commonly discussed outside its biblical context. The Bible is clear: sex is reserved for marriage. If one is...

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Monday, 20 February 2017 02:50

Everyday Talk about Sex and Marriage, Part 1

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This past weekend, our church was blessed to host a very important conference we called Redeeming the Gift: God’s Design for Sexuality. To help us present the topic in a manner that was biblical and practical in application to every believer we invited two faithful Bible teachers to join us,...

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Monday, 20 February 2017 02:46

NUGGETS (February 20)

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Pride Still Matters in Ministry – The day after ministry success, Andy Farmer reflects on Augustine’s insights.

Why It’s Terrible News that Millenials Are Having Less Sex– This interesting article from The Federalist reveals how porn and the anti-social results of social...

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Wednesday, 08 February 2017 03:11

A Double Remedy for a Downcast Spirit

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For as long as I can remember, Psalms 42 and 43 have been a refuge for my soul and the souls of brothers and sisters whom I have helped work through times of spiritual depression. The honesty of the psalmist is startling to those who have the impression that the Bible only speaks in platitudes...

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Wednesday, 08 February 2017 02:38

NUGGETS (February 8)

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How much better to get wisdom than gold!  – Proverbs 16:16

Adorned – Here’s Tim Challies’ review of wonderful new book from Nancy Demoss Wolgemuth of Revive Our Hearts.

Take a Younger Woman Under Your Wing – Speaking of Revive Our Hearts ministries, here’s an...

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Friday, 03 February 2017 04:29

Sermon on Bitterness

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image A gentleman in our church told me that he has listened to this sermon many times and it has changed his life. It’s called Bitter Root, Rotten Fruit and has been downloaded 7,230 times since it was first preached it in 2011. Bitterness is often a subtle sin that exists undetected in our...

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Thursday, 02 February 2017 22:15

NUGGETS (February 3)

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How much better to get wisdom than gold!  – Proverbs 16:16

Blessed Are the Merciful – “In short, mercy withholds the kind of abusive, manipulative, vengeful, and selfish ways people frequently treat one another. In fact, our relationships ought to be marked by a consistent...

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Thursday, 02 February 2017 05:22

The Great Horizon for Marriage

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“What, then, is marriage for?,” Tim Keller asks in The Meaning of Marriage. He answers, “It is for helping each other to become our future glory-selves, the new creations that God will eventually make us.  The common horizon husband and wife look toward is the Throne, and the...

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Wednesday, 01 February 2017 22:06

NUGGETS (February 2)

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How much better to get wisdom than gold!  – Proverbs 16:16

4  Steps to Building a Bible Reading Rhythm – If your 2017 Bible reading resolution is waning already, here’s some encouragement.

Already, Not Yet, Right Now – And God doesn’t say, “Hey, look...

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Tuesday, 31 January 2017 23:01

Why the Bible Compares False Doctrine to Gangrene

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image False doctrine has the power to undermine faith and damage believers if we are not discerning and, consequently, allow man-centered, Christianized self-help theory to permeate our churches and thus redirect the eyes of believers off of Christ, and onto self. That which common man may consider good...

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Tuesday, 31 January 2017 22:30

Nuggets of Wisdom (February 1)

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How much better to get wisdom than gold!  – Proverbs 16:16

Encouraging the Weary Saint – “The ‘path to perfection’ that some embark on only amounts to various self-improvement projects, distracting them from Christ, who makes them better.”

Overcoming 5...

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