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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Friday, 08 February 2019 18:12

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Helping Students Fail Well – “A biblical worldview proposes hardships and failures as designed instruction by which we learn about our God, ourselves, and the world in which we live.”

Economic Consequences of New York State’s Reproductive Health Act – Abortion is...

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Thursday, 07 February 2019 23:43

When God’s Provision Seems Impossible

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When anxiety overtakes us, we become bound up in the small stuff of life, the passing, transitory things, when we should be focused on the eternal. [In Matthew 6] Jesus is saying, “Look, God has taken care of the birds and the lilies. He has taken care of the tiny transitory parts of...

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“Sister, you are not alone,” writes Carrie Foldberg. “As a biblical counselor, I am contacted time and time again by hurting wives who are desperate for help with how to respond to their husbands’ past, or ongoing, sin. I’m also familiar with this pain as a wife. I...

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Monday, 04 February 2019 15:01

By His Wounds We Are Healed

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But He was wounded for our transgressions, He was bruised for our iniquities; the chastisement for our peace was upon Him, and by His stripes we are healed. (Isaiah 53:5, NKJV)

Jesus was tragically wounded, but not every injury was visible. He was bruised because of our sins, but not all of his...

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In Jesus’ teaching on worry, Philip De Courcy writes, “Jesus prescribes a reassessment. He asks, ‘Is not life more than food and the body more than clothing?’ (Matthew 6:25). And then he directs them to “Look at the birds of the air.” Why? He explains,...

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Sunday, 03 February 2019 14:30

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Debt Snowball vs. Debt Avalanche: What’s the Best Method to Pay Off My Debt? – “There are two main approaches to paying off debt – the debt snowball and debt avalanche methods. These methods are similar and reliable to help you get out of debt faster and with less...

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Thursday, 31 January 2019 15:24

Under His Wings

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He will cover you with his pinions, and under his wings you will find refuge; his faithfulness is a shield and buckler. (Psalm 91:4)

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God is attentive to the needs of his children. And he is aware of your fears. Like a mother bird hides her young under the protective covering of her wings, so God...

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Wednesday, 30 January 2019 15:17

5 Ways Listening Helps You Become More Gracious

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For the past few months, I’ve mentioned a couple times (here and here) the profit that our church staff is receiving from reading a book together, Graciousness: Tempering Truth with Love, by John Crotts.

In Chapter 7, “Cultivating a Gracious Mindset Toward Others,” one section in...

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Monday, 28 January 2019 21:24

Why I Wrote “Discipling the Flock”

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Having been in local church ministry for close to 30 years, I’m more and more convinced of how much God’s people need comprehensive soul care, which is provided through both public and personal ministry. So, related to that conviction, here are three reasons I was compelled to write Di...

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Yesterday, was Disability Sunday at Cornerstone Community Church. We opened our hearts to 1 Corinthians 12:12-26 to see what the Lord has to say about living together in gracious community.

The church is not merely like a body, but it is a body. It is a living organism made up of many...

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Sunday, 27 January 2019 20:45

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God’s Purposes for Suffering in Ministry, Part 1 – Pat Quinn draws five purposes of God for ministry suffering from 2 Corinthians.

Brokenness – Julie Lowe asks, “Does brokenness threaten to discourage or undo you? Does it cause you to question God’s goodness or...

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Thursday, 24 January 2019 20:20

God Speaks Life Into Your Loss

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This is my comfort in my affliction, that your promise gives me life. (Psalm 119:150)

Scripture heals. It ministers grace to your deepest hurts, since it is the voice of the one who created and redeemed you.

In the beginning, the voice of God brought the universe into existence—brought life out...

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Wednesday, 23 January 2019 16:24

Teach Your Kids that God Is Awesome

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“Awesome” is one word which has become so commonplace it is at risk of losing its punch. Today, it’s used to describe anything from a chef’s pizza to an artist’s portrait, a baseball team’s double play to a restaurant’s double cheeseburger. For this reason,...

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In his new mini-book, HELP! My Parents Abused Me When I Was a Kid, Joshua Zeichik writes, “As a Christian with a commitment to honor God, you must look to Scripture to evaluate whether your motives and responses reflect your new role as an ambassador of Christ (2 Corinthians...

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A challenge that complicates the journey towards a godly response to abuse is the mass of popular literature which counsels victims from a feelings-centered position. Much of the literature available focuses on self-protection, rather than holiness, as a primary goal. For example, in their book Boun...

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Sunday, 20 January 2019 16:10

3 NEW LifeLine Mini-Books

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As the consulting editor of the LifeLine Mini-Books from Shepherd Press, it is my joy to tell you about the three newest titles created for your personal growth, small-group discussion, and counseling/discipleship ministries.

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HELP! I’m Anxious – An increasing number of us are worrying...

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Sunday, 20 January 2019 00:33

Meditate on God’s Word

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Since our church service was cancelled, due to heavy snow, strong winds, and extreme cold, we gathered in our Family Room to learn from Psalm 1. Here’s the outline that I walked the family through, discussing its truths, and applying it to our hearts. We learned that true success and...

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Saturday, 19 January 2019 23:01

10 Reasons a Christian Must Be Pro-Life

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[Note: Since it’s Sanctity of Life Sunday here in the U.S., I am re-posting an article from 2015.]

My wife has been pregnant 11 times. Ten of those pregnancies ended with the births of precious sons and daughters, all of whom we cherish. Do we love babies? That’s obvious. I’ve...

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Thursday, 17 January 2019 15:10

Worry is Practical Atheism

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There is an important distinction we need to make between good worry and bad worry. There arematters that oughtto concern us, things that deserve our immediate attention and action. Being carefree is not the same as being careless.

The Greek word for “worry” in Matthew 6 is sometimes...

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Thursday, 17 January 2019 04:24

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I Felt the Sun Today – a lovely poem.

The Lie of Perfectionism – “Perfectionism makes everyone miserable, even if it works for a while.”

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But Martha was distracted by all the preparations that had to be made. She came to him and asked, “Lord, don’t you care that my sister has left me to do the work by myself? Tell her to help me!” “Martha, Martha,” the Lord answered, “You are worried and upset...

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Tuesday, 15 January 2019 15:23

3 Reasons the Psalms Encourage Us

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This morning, while meditating on Psalm 1, I read the following inset in the Beyond Suffering Study Bible. The title of the inset is “Suffering and Disability Themes,” but I think these insights are encouraging reasons to spend time in the book of Psalms.

Joy is good medicine. Though...

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Tuesday, 15 January 2019 02:34

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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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