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

Journey of Cross and Quill - Apologetic Report
Saturday, 05 August 2017 07:19

The Fragrance of Christ Midst the Tempest

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imageNow thanks be to God who always leads us in triumph in Christ, and through us diffuses the fragrance of His knowledge in every place. For we are to God the fragrance of Christ among those who are being saved and among those who are perishing. To the one we are the aroma of death leading to death,...

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Wednesday, 19 July 2017 02:02

Joshua Caleb and the Sovereignty of God

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Joshua Caleb and the Sovereignty of God: You will often hear me speak of both. The former is my 13-year-old son who has an intellectual disability and a host of medical problems including a rare disorder called neurodegeneration with brain iron accumulation that is terminal. I previously wrote...

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What do you do when the rain doesn’t subside and the drops drip continously over your head? What do you do when you are treading water during the fiercest tempest yet and still, it keeps coming down? You keep calling out to the One who is your shelter and you trust that He will carry you...

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Tuesday, 04 July 2017 01:01

Book Review: Pray About Everything

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imageIn Paul Tautges book, Pray About Everything: Cultivating God-Dependency, the reader is encouraged to walk away with the conviction that prayer is the life-blood of not only the individual Christian but the church, both locally and universally. Much has been written about prayer. There is a good...

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Tuesday, 18 April 2017 13:48

The Dawn Breaks at Midnight

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November of last year I committed myself to write a novel in spite of everything. From concept to the beginning of the first draft, I struggled to seriously take the idea of my being a writer. Life is full of complications, some ordinary, some exceedingly difficult. But I was determined to push...

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Wednesday, 01 March 2017 12:06

Midnight at the Fountain of Joy

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Midnight at the Fountain of Joy, an inspirational fantasy novel, is the title of my work in progress. Last November I made the commitment to commence writing it despite knowing that crafting a novel is an arduous task. The last two years have been difficult for our family to say the least and I...

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Sunday, 08 January 2017 15:20

To the Melinda Byerleys of the World

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Dear Melinda Bylerley et al.,

Middle America. It’s filled with a diverse people, many of whom are hardworking, decent, and looking to make a honest living to support their families. It’s not eloquent or sophisticated but it is often the backbone of the United States, the foundation if...

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Thursday, 29 December 2016 07:34

The Dawn of Adversity’s Hope

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Hope fills the afflicted soul with such inward joy and consolation, that it can laugh while tears are in the eye, sigh and sing all in a breath; it is called “the rejoicing of hope” (Hebrews 3:6).

William Gurnall

Hope. It is the very thing we yearn for after coming to the end of a...

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Monday, 19 December 2016 21:24

Out of Winter, Spring

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The temperature outside is frigid and the ground cold, dead, and hard. December may conjure up warm memories for many because of the holiday but to me this month symbolizes a turning point. It is the end of one of the most difficult years I’ve ever experienced, especially as a mother and...

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Thursday, 15 December 2016 10:58

Book Review: Martin Luther

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Martin Luther is the tenth title in the Christian Biographies for Young Readers series written by Simonetta Carr and published by Reformation Heritage Books. This hardcover book is beautifully illustrated by Troy Howell and also includes relevant historical drawings and pictures which bring the...

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Sunday, 27 November 2016 19:25

The Art of Writing in Adversity

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The 2016 election results brought uncertainty and fear for many of you. This hurt was compounded by the spiteful vitriol and gloating from many on the right. This grieves me. It should not be so. However, this hateful rhetoric was returned and I cannot help but think how this great divide deepens...

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Thursday, 10 November 2016 11:08

Christ’s Image In Reflection

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It is very rarely that one affliction comes alone; commonly, afflictions are not single things, but they come one upon the neck of another. God may strike one man in his possessions, then in his body, then in his name, wife, child or dear friend, and so it comes in a variety of ways; it is the way...

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Tuesday, 08 November 2016 07:45

The Kingdom of Darkness as Facade

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The Kingdom of Darkness is a facade. It is no kingdom at all. I implore you, dear reader, to look on with renewed vision, a gift given by the grace of our Sovereign LORD and King of Kings!

This kingdom lies in ruins, each brick cast down by man’s own hand, its mortar crumbling under the weight...

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Saturday, 03 September 2016 02:17

Homeschooling in the Chaos of Life’s Storms

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Homeschooling can be difficult enough under normal circumstances.

Relationships and financial concerns, curriculum and scheduling choices, balancing homeschooling with life–these are common struggles within the homeschooling community. Finding the right curriculum to suit my children has been...

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Friday, 02 September 2016 03:43

Biblical Law: An Introduction

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Biblical Law: An Introduction (Part One)

Yesterday, I started listening to R.J. Rushdoony’s lectures at Pocket College. The first lecture is entitled Introduction to the Law, that is, an introduction to biblical law. Rushdoony notes, “…we shall deal with the law, first of all, as...

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Thursday, 01 September 2016 01:47

Broken, Beautiful, Blessed

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O the windings, the turnings, the ups and downs that He has led me through! And even so, it still seems as if it will be a long way to the shore.

~ Samuel Rutherford

O gracious and beautiful Savior, let there no longer be any pretense plaguing my heart. Let not the trials and tempests be for naught....

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In selecting men for office, let principle be your guide. Regard not the particular sect or denomination of the candidate — look to his character as a man of known principle, of tried integrity, and undoubted ability for the office.

It is alleged by men of loose principles, or defective...

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Monday, 06 June 2016 02:50

The Heart of Joshua Caleb

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Joshua Caleb. Our sovereign God has graciously gifted me this precious child. He is such a delight, always presenting with a warm smile and a sparkle in his eye. He knows no stranger, seeing each as made in the image of God and having intrinsic value. His hugs are warm and comforting. His laughter,...

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Friday, 03 June 2016 02:23

Thy Will Be Done

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Here I am again, seeking your presence, asking for your mercy and grace to sustain me. And once more you have provided though I have not easily discerned it. In seeking shelter I have failed to realize your provisions– it is in this storm I have found you. You are the rain that washes over me...

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Sunday, 08 May 2016 03:08

To My Mama With Love

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To My Mama With Love

He who dwells in the secret place of the Most High Shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty. I will say of the Lord, “He is my refuge and my fortress; My God, in Him I will trust.”

Christ is our refuge and fortress, our shelter in the midst of life’s...

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Sunday, 01 May 2016 09:00

Book Review: Portraits of Faith

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Book Review: Portraits of Faith

God is gracious indeed. Through the midst of the storms of life He, being rich in grace and mercy, sends us a word of comfort, of wisdom, of strength in the most unlikely places. This past year has been particularly difficult for our family in the weight and manner of...

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Saturday, 19 March 2016 04:10

Book Review: Pitchin’ A Fit

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Pitchin’ A Fit!: Overcoming Angry and Stressed-Out Parenting

It is the great duty of all Christians to put off anger. It unfits for duty…A man cannot wrestle with God and wrangle with his neighbor at the same time. Short sins often cost us long and sad sorrows.

Phillip Henry

Anger has...

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Thursday, 11 February 2016 02:48

My Refuge, My Strength

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The Lord is my rock and my fortress and my deliverer; My God, my strength, in whom I will trust; My shield and the horn of my salvation, my stronghold. Psalm 18:2 In the tent of my afflictions, Christ is the refuge to whom I flee, laying my weary head upon His breast. He paints upon His magnum opus...

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