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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Tuesday, 24 April 2018 19:10

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image The Empty Pursuit of Forgiving Yourself – “If you can free yourself from guilt by forgiving yourself, then you are doing a work you were not called to do. Jesus says that no work is sufficient to take away your guilt, only His perfect sacrifice.”

J.D. Greear on Signs of a...

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image The Biblical Counseling Center is hosting their 2nd Annual Biblical Counseling Training Conference this Saturday at Bethel Baptist Church in Schaumburg, Illinois.

Conflict is all around us and too often in us, yet God offers to us and challenges us to pursue restoration and peace. At this...

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Monday, 23 April 2018 18:15

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image Spring Sports and Sunday Church – “…there’s no doubt that amateur athletics have claimed a central place in the pantheon of our culture’s false gods, and youth athletics is a further subset of the idolization of children.”

The Film You Have Been Waiting For:...

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Sunday, 22 April 2018 20:30

Hope for the Person Contemplating Suicide

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image “There is ultimately only one reason why people commit suicide. Most of them have not lost their minds, but all of them have lost hope. They have developed tunnel vision and cannot see any other workable options. Suicide is the only choice left that makes sense – i.e., the only option...

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Wednesday, 18 April 2018 22:59

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image Practical Advice for Family Devotions – “So, do it, keep it simple, at least initially. You can add later, but keep it simple initially and just keep doing it for 18 or 20 years and see the Lord work through the preaching of His Word and through prayer.”

Technology and Our...

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Tuesday, 17 April 2018 17:15

Smelling Salts for Weary Pastors

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image Yesterday, I was blessed to attend a pastor’s appreciation event hosted by the Salem Radio Network, and two of their local Cleveland stations (1220AM and 95.5FM). The keynote speaker was Philip DeCourcy, pastor of Kindred Community Church and preacher on the Know the Truth radio program.

The...

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Monday, 16 April 2018 21:01

A “Ten Commandments” Prayer

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Lorimage d, please counsel us by revealing the subtle deceptions of the human heart. We pray:

  1. . . . that we will have no other gods before You.That we will not dishonor Your uniqueness. That we will not put anything or anyone in Your place, nor fall prey to the schemes of the devil by replacing the...

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Monday, 16 April 2018 20:55

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image Is God Mad at Me? – “Do your kids think that God is only pleased with them if they obey? Do your kids think that the gospel means that they must be good so God will love them? Do your kids think that they must be good for you to like them, for you to love and delight in them?”

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Sunday, 15 April 2018 22:25

Who is the Factious Man of Titus 3:10?

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image Reject a factious man after a first and second warning, knowing that such a man is perverted and is sinning, being self-condemned(Titus 3:10-11).

If believers, specifically church leaders (as was Titus, the original recipient), are to obey this Scripture we must understand what is meant by the...

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Sunday, 15 April 2018 22:22

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image What Happens to Your Body on No Sleep – “Details aside, one thing’s for sure: When you don’t sleep, your body revolts.”

The Power of Our Criticism – “When we criticize our brothers and sisters in Christ under the guise of insight, we pollute the...

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Thursday, 12 April 2018 18:26

After an Affair: Rebuilding Trust

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image After an Affair is a new book about rebuilding trust, then rebuilding and maintaining a marriage devastated by adultery. Cheating on a spouse and lying to cover it up naturally breeds distrust and suspicion. A couple can, however, rebuild trust. The speed and degree of recovery are greatly...

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Thursday, 12 April 2018 18:10

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image The Heartbeat of My Social Media Addiction – “I sat down for my morning devotions with the Lord, opened my Bible, and immediately heard a ding on my phone alerting me that I had received an email. My mind began the well-rehearsed inner dialogue that goes on whenever my prayers or Bible...

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image Yesterday, I was blessed and convicted by a message Joel Beeke preached at the Desiring God 2011 Conference for Pastors. As Beeke reflected upon the prayer lives of the Puritans, he expounded on seven principles for private prayer.

TAKE HOLD OF YOURSELF

  • Remember the Value of Prayer.
  • Maintain the...

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image One way of learning how to do something is by watching someone else do it poorly. When I swam in triathlons, I had a friend who worked out in the same pool. In his freestyle stroke, he had a habit of putting his hand in the water too far toward the centerline of his body, turning his body slightly...

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Tuesday, 10 April 2018 17:30

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Racism, Sin & Scripture: A Response to Thabiti Anyabwileimage – “Any teaching or encouragement to look on any human as less than an image-bearer of God who has dignity and is worthy of respect is guilty of bearing false witness and breaks the 9th Commandment. Anyone who subjects another...

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image Last week, I was blessed to teach a two-hour seminar in our church’s discipleship counseling training center on the subject of depression. First, I shared my own personal experience with depression and anxiety, and then drew attention to the experiences of people in the Bible. Together, we...

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Monday, 09 April 2018 17:03

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image Leaders Are Readers – reading is a pipeline for ideas

Strength for Today, Hope for Tomorrow – encouraging thoughts on holding on to God

You Were Born to Fight – “It is time to stop being surprised that you and the people you love are inclined to fight.”

Are There Degrees...

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Sunday, 08 April 2018 17:01

Every Member Ministry

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image One of the unique qualities of a biblical church is the understanding and application of what we may call every member ministry.

Let me briefly explain what I mean.

According to Scripture, every person is uniquely created by God, and every believer in Christ is spiritually gifted by the...

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Saturday, 07 April 2018 11:30

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image Does Your Heart Run on Hype? – “In corporate worship we find something far better than a typical rush of feeling.”

Jonathan Edwards and Why I’m a Cessasionist – “Scripture demands we test the spirits to discern if they originate with God (1 John 4:1).”

Be a...

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Friday, 06 April 2018 00:05

The Holy Spirit Is Praying for You

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image We need God’s grace in our times of weakness. But we also need the Spirit to pray for us because our knowledge is not complete—we are ignorant of some things. Matthew Henry writes, “We are not competent judges of our own condition … We are short-sighted, and very much...

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Wednesday, 04 April 2018 19:44

Pondering the Horrors of Hell

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“A lot of Christians today want to say, ‘Surely it is better to think of hell as a place where there will be some temporary punishments until eventually people simply lose all consciousness: annihilation.’ Others think that it is manipulative and cruel to think of hell at all:...

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Wednesday, 04 April 2018 19:23

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3 Attributes of the Truly Victorious Christian Life – “Victory in Jesus is not equivalent to an exemption from trouble.”

If They Fell, So Can You – “Our sinful weaknesses need not lead us to despair. Instead, they can lead us to hope in the one who is greater than our...

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Tuesday, 03 April 2018 22:34

Raising Teens in a Hyper-Sexualized World

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Raising Teens in a Hyper-Sexualized World is a simple, 45-page book that gives parents immediate help. The author, Eliza Huie, is a parent and Christian counselor who takes you through, practically, how to walk with your teen in the midst of this hyper–sexualized world. This book is for...

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Monday, 02 April 2018 17:02

For the Love of Discipline

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Sara Wallace, a mother of five, has written a new parenting book that I’m excited about. In For the Love of Discipline: When the Gospel Meets Tantrums and Time-Outsbrings you a personal, frank account of her own journey with discipline—and introduces an entirely new way to look at it....

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Sunday, 01 April 2018 17:16

The Power of Daily Meditation

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Our spiritual growth in holiness, and breaking free from sin’s dominion, are directly dependent upon our daily interaction with Scripture. As ingrained sin habits are being cast aside through the Put Off/Put On process, the follower of Christ must also develop the new habit of craving His...

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