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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Wednesday, 08 August 2018 18:12

Redefining Addiction to Pornography

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Christians are in a dangerous predicament today: we do not know where to look in God’s word for the solutions to our problems. So writes, Rachel Coyle in HELP! She’s Struggling with Pornography. She continues, “this is often because we use non-biblical words to describe problems...

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Tuesday, 07 August 2018 21:50

Pornography and Women

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Too many pastors and counselors teach that lust is primarily a male problem. I hope they don’t really believe this, but sometimes it sure comes across that way. So where does that leave the women in our churches? How should they think about lust? And, for example, if lust has become a...

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image “Living in a screen-saturated world means our use of screens can either help us or hinder us in our call to love God and others.” So writes Eliza Huie in the Introduction to her latest book, Raising Kids in a Screen-Saturated World. She continues, “We must also consider how we...

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Friday, 03 August 2018 17:54

Raising Kids in a Screen-Saturated World

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image Our lives are influenced by technology like never before. Screens and devices have become a part of our daily lives bringing many benefits, as well as challenges – not least to the area of parenting. Our kids are digital natives, never having known a world that wasn’t saturated with...

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Moving the eyes of your counselee’s heart away from you, as their helper, to God, the everlasting Helper, should be the primary goal of your first counseling session. How can you do this, practically speaking? Here’s some basic guidance.

Direct Them to the Ever-present Helper and...

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In the quietness of the morning, the past few weeks, I’ve been slowly reading A Little Book on the Christian Life. This particular passage ministered to me. It’s from the fourth chapter, Meditations on our Future Life.image

“In order to resist this wickedness [our soul’s...

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image People are looking for hope that there are answers for their hurts, their difficulties, and the challenges they face. The Bible is inspired by God and is sufficient to instruct us in living a life that is pleasing to Him. It has God’s answers for our personal and relational problems.

Fundament...

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Friday, 27 July 2018 23:05

NUGGETS

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image 9 Ways to Optimize Your Time Away – “If you are going to vacation, you might as well get the most out of it. Perhaps these nine ways will serve you as well as they have served me.”

How to Distinguish a True Christian from a Hypocrite – Wisdom from the Founder’s blog.

The...

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Tuesday, 24 July 2018 00:49

God’s Way to Success

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The Bible is an intimidating book. Let’s not deny it. But it’s also a simple book—a book we receive by faith, and act upon in obedience. In his book entitled The Good Book, Deron Spoo says it this way,

The Bible is like the ocean…[it] is so deep in places that no person,...

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Thursday, 19 July 2018 23:33

The Heart of a Truly Effective Leader

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image The past couple weeks, our pastoral staff read through Jerry Wragg’s book on leadership with our two interns. Having previously read through Jerry’s book when it first came out in 2010, this was my second read-through. It remains among my Top 5 books on spiritual leadership. In the...

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Wednesday, 18 July 2018 23:55

God’s Backhoe

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“Delaying the fulfillment of our dreams seems to be part of refining and rescuing ambition,” writes Dave Harvey in Rescuing Ambition, which I finished reading while on vacation last week. It’s a really helpful book about the lost virtue of ambition and its contrast with sinful...

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Tuesday, 17 July 2018 17:25

Are You Thriving or Diving?

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image We all go through times of trial. We are all tossed here and there by the storms of life. But how can we ride through the storms without sinking or drowning? Psalm 46 directs us to shift our focus from our troubles to the faithful care of God.

Last Sunday, our associate pastor Ed Fedor preached an...

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image In a nutshell, biblical counseling is the one-another ministry of discipleship whereby believers wisely speak scriptural truth into each other’s lives while bringing the refreshing hope of Christ (Rom. 15:14; 1 Thess. 5:14). This ministry of the Word is essential for our sanctification in...

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Monday, 16 July 2018 22:34

NUGGETS (for women)

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image As I began to collate helpful articles I’ve read the past week, or so, I noticed most of them are written by, and directed at, women. So, I thought I’d group those together to share.

5 Things I’d Tell My Newlywed Self – “After sixteen years of personal experience, my...

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Tuesday, 10 July 2018 02:28

NUGGETS

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image Being a Friend to those with Mental Struggles/Illness – It’s all pretty heavy stuff to deal with but do you know the single best thing you can do to help someone.

Do We Need a Still Small Voice Before We Obey? – “His Word is all we need for our obedience in a life of...

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Sunday, 08 July 2018 22:46

Six Admonitions from Deuteronomy

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image Picture this. You are among the 40 years old and younger in Israel. You have watched your parents, grandparents, aunts and uncles all die in the wilderness because of their unbelief. You don’t wish to repeat their lack of faith or take numerous laps around Mt. Sinai until you learn your...

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Thursday, 05 July 2018 23:25

NUGGETS

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image When I got saved in the early months of 1984, I met my wife a few months later. That fall we sang in a group called Lightshine. It was the musical outreach of a local Youth for Christ kind of ministry. Before I joined the group, they sang a song that I still hear her sing. As I understand, it was...

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Friday, 15 June 2018 00:15

NUGGETS

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image Here’s a few things I encourage you to read this weekend.

Thoughts on Being a Father – Tedd Tripp reflects on 1 Thessalonians 2, drawing truths about a faithful father’s example and instruction.

5 Marks of a Servant Leader – What traits do we look for in a leader that suggest...

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Thursday, 14 June 2018 01:38

Sermon Notebook

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image Listening well to sermons is hard work. Getting lasting benefit from them even harder. But this spiritual discipline usually pays rich spiritual dividends. So, I’m pleased to tell you about a new resource I picked up from Matthias Media, at a recent pastors’ conference.

The Sermon...

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Monday, 11 June 2018 22:53

Jesus Is Our Scapegoat

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Last Sunday, as part of our current sermon series From Garden to Garden, we looked at Leviticus 16 together. As we learned of God’s inauguration of the Day of Atonement, we focused most of our attention on the two goats which Aaron, the high priest, cast lots over. Here’s what we...

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image Shepherd Press announced last weekend that my newest book is now available for pre-order at 25% off.

Discipling the Flockis a short book to help church leaders bring about heart-based change in the lives of the people they shepherd, through the personal ministry of the Word.

Here is an urgent...

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Wednesday, 06 June 2018 17:46

A Fresh Glance at the Ten Commandments

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image Those whom God redeems, He also sanctifies. Those whom He sets apart to Himself, He also sets apart from the world. That is a theme throughout Scripture (See, for example, 1 Cor. 6:9-11, 18-20; 1 Pet. 1:14-16). Like these, there are many more calls to holiness. But all of them are rooted in the...

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Friday, 01 June 2018 00:30

Discipleship Disability Conference

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image How do we minister the Word of God to those affected by disability so that we may fulfill our calling to make disciples? How do we best demonstrate the love of Christ in community so that disability ministry is part of the normal ministry of our churches? That was the focus of a conference I was...

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Friday, 01 June 2018 00:17

NUGGETS

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image 5 Questions for Choosing Bible Study Material for Women’s Groups – “May God grant you great wisdom and joy as you make these important decisions about Bible study materials, always with an eye toward your principal mission to equip the saints for the work of ministry.”

Why...

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