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

Counseling On Another - Apologetic Report

All Christian parents long for their children to trust in Christ and to make their profession of faith public.  It’s not surprising that children raised in Christian homes sooner or later will ask a parent, “When can I be baptized?” The same question is often asked...

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Thursday, 22 March 2018 23:14

Living By Faith with No Regrets

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Sunday mornings, our church is tracing the master story-line of the Bible, through the Bible—the promised redemption brought about in its fullness by the person and work of Jesus Christ. I’ve entitled this sermon series From Garden to Garden, since we began in the Garden of Eden and...

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Wednesday, 21 March 2018 21:10

Addiction Resources [Updated]

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Many solid resources address the issue of spiritual enslavement, i.e. addiction. Here are just a few to consider for personal study, one-to-one discipleship counseling, and your small group.

BOOKS/MINI-BOOKS

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Tuesday, 20 March 2018 22:26

Freedom that Lasts

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Freedom That Lastsis a Christ-centered, Bible-based, local-church-focused discipleship ministry to those enslaved in life-dominating sins or overcome by hurtful events of life. If your church is considering starting an addiction ministry, FTL may be a good option for you. Developed by Jim &...

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Tuesday, 20 March 2018 01:27

Handling Pressure the Way Jesus Did

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Life can become so filled with pressure that it becomes “a matter of doing rather than being,” says Philip De Courcy, pastor of Kindred Community Church in Anaheim, CA, and preacher on the Know the Truth radio program.

There’s no margins, no room to breathe. It seems no matter how...

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Thursday, 15 March 2018 00:34

NUGGETS

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Is Someone You Love Suicidal? – Listen to this recent podcast with Heath Lambert. Also, if you are looking for a good, small resource, check out HELP! My Friend Is Suicidal by police chaplain, Bruce Ray.

7 Ways to Protect and Pass On the Gospel – “If a church affirms someone as a...

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Monday, 12 March 2018 19:20

We Are Glory Hogs

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God alone is worthy of all glory. He is the self-sufficient, holy, infinitely glorious Creator and sustainer of all things. He created all, and all He created was for His glory, and most of all—man. Man was created to be the glory of God. He was made in the image of God. And he was made for...

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Tuesday, 06 March 2018 21:30

You Are Loved by the Good Shepherd

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The Holy Spirit brings comfort and assurance to our sometimes-frail faith through meditating on the love of Jesus Christ for sinners like you and me. Through repentant faith, He is not only our Lord and Savior, but our faithful Good Shepherd. By focusing your mind on the following passage your...

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Monday, 05 March 2018 22:50

4 Truths to Take Away from Noah’s Flood

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Genesis 6-8 may be summarized in two sentences: God was so grieved by the wickedness of mankind that His holiness activated His justice, and He destroyed the world with a universal flood. But, in His great mercy, He also saved some by grace.

Chapter 6 begins with an unclear description of sinful...

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Saturday, 03 March 2018 07:21

Join us for Family Camp this Summer

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Ready for your family to have a fun and spiritually-enriching time this summer? Join my family at Miracle Mountain Ranch for Family Camp!

Miracle Mountain Ranch in Spring Creek, PA is a non-denominational, non-profit, Christ-centered ministry. For more than 50 years, MMR has been striving to uphold...

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Wednesday, 28 February 2018 21:12

Consequences of the Original Sin

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Immediately following Adam’s and Eve’s choice to rebel against God’s singular command, the eyes that were blinded by Satan’s lies were opened (Genesis 3:7).

  • Guilt was known.
  • Shame was felt.
  • They did what they could to hide their sin.
  • And they avoided their righteous Creator.

But...

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Tuesday, 27 February 2018 22:45

The Cycle of Temptation

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When Eve succumbed to the craftiness of the serpent, she gave in to all three major categories of temptation, as described in 1 John 2:16.

For all that is in the world—the desires of the flesh and the desires of the eyes and pride of life—is not from the Father but is from the world.

Three...

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Tuesday, 27 February 2018 22:34

NUGGETS

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Hide, Replenish, and Go – “The Great Commission doesn’t just tell us what we will do. It also tells us what Jesus has already done. Scripture is not about you; it is about Jesus.”

Eight Questions on Addictions for Pastors – “How do you approach addictions in your...

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Monday, 26 February 2018 21:34

Recognizing Satan’s Crafty Scheme

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Genesis 3 opens with the presence of an evil serpent in the garden. He is “more crafty than any other beast of the field.” Sometime between God’s pronouncement of all creation as good, and the temptation of man, was the fall of Lucifer from heaven. Ezekiel 28 describes his fall,...

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Monday, 26 February 2018 21:26

NUGGETS

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Five Reasons Many Pastors Struggle with Depression – “Too many pastors have been taught that depression is a mark of them being a failure in ministry.”

Did You Know Charles Spurgeon Struggled with Depression? – “Spurgeon believed that God had a good purpose in all his...

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This week, another pastor and I were talking about the analogy of faith as a muscle that needs to be regularly exercised in order to grow. This is based upon the simple understanding that true faith is living faith, as opposed to the dead faith warned against in James 2. Therefore, true, living...

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Monday, 19 February 2018 23:23

Designed for Relationships

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As the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit have always lived in relationship, so we were created to live in relationship—first with God and then with others who are made in the image of God. In other words, when God created mankind, He designed us to have relationships with Him and other...

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Thinking theologically about disability is a massive need in today’s church. That’s one reason I’m thankful to the Lord for recently bringing the Beyond Suffering Bible onto my radar, and into my life and home. In addition to many “Connection Points,” application of...

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Saturday, 17 February 2018 02:05

NUGGETS

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Here are two videos that I encourage you to watch, and one article to read, this weekend.

Biblical Counseling and Mental Illness – In their latest podcast, the Biblical Counseling Coalition graciously speaks to the issue of mental illness.

Don’t Let Your Children Choose Your Church –...

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Tuesday, 13 February 2018 14:15

A Wonderful Sermon for the Depressed

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Yesterday morning, through my involvement in the training of another pastor who wants to be more effective in the personal ministry of the Word (counseling), I became aware of a wonderful sermon Ligon Duncan preached at Capitol Hills Baptist Church. In the afternoon, I was drawn to listen to it....

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Sunday, 11 February 2018 22:00

7 Truths to Affirm from Genesis 1:1-2:4

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The Bible begins with a dramatic display of the glory of God. The historical account of creation is nothing short of pure majesty. God is clearly the center. Genesis 1 describes the set which God builds to show the drama of redemption. So, let’s look at the first words of God. As we walk...

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Wednesday, 07 February 2018 22:35

8 Advantages of Heart-Changing, Expository Preaching

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Gospel ministry has been the main vocation of my life for over 25 years and expository preaching has been the main part of my calling. Therefore, I am continually blessed and challenged to read books that aim to help guys like me. One book that I read last week is Saving Eutychus by Gary Millar and...

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Monday, 05 February 2018 21:41

How to Take Communion

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Imagine the Lord Jesus Christ is in attendance when we gather in our churches for worship. Imagine he listens to us sing and pray, and peers into our hearts. I wonder, would He find us prepared to take Communion? Or does He know that some of us walk into church quite flippantly, as if it was any...

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Tuesday, 30 January 2018 21:52

RERUN: Trust in the Lord with All Your Heart

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Trusting God is one of those things that we as Christians talk about, but may not necessarily define. We encourage each other to “trust the Lord,” but we are not sure what it really means. And we also tend to view it as something optional, there are times we trust God and times we do...

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Monday, 29 January 2018 22:23

What about Restitution?

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In the past few weeks, we visited the book of Philemon twice. There we learned of what true, gospel-motivated forgiveness looks like in both heart and actions. One of the actions we saw modeled by the apostle is restitution. Restitution is the act of restoring something lost or stolen, and to...

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