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, 18 September 2018 23:50

Our Prowling Adversary

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1 Peter 5:8-9, “Be sober-minded; be watchful. Your adversary the devil prowls around like a roaring lion, seeking someone to devour. Resist him, firm in your faith, knowing that the same kinds of suffering are being experienced by your brotherhood throughout the world.”

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Tuesday, 18 September 2018 23:45

A Puritan Theology and Approach to Prayer

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INTRODUCTION

The Puritans understood prayer as “the vital breath of our spiritual life unto God.”[1] The practice of private prayer and meditation was common amongst all Puritans; however, little has been written on the Puritans theology of prayer. This article seeks to develop a Puritan...

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Monday, 17 September 2018 23:55

He Cares For You

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1 Peter 5:6-7, “Humble yourselves, therefore, under the mighty hand of God so that at the proper time he may exalt you, casting all your anxieties on him, because he cares for you.”

Whenever Christians face discrimination or persecution, they experience pressure that may...

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For the first ten years of my life, I took electricity for granted. I flipped on light switches and turned the dial to change channels on my TV without thinking twice about how easy and available it was. It wasn’t until fourth grade that I received a basic education in how electricity worked....

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Monday, 17 September 2018 23:33

The Necessity of Perseverance

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Paul told Timothy “by the Holy Spirit who dwells within us, guard the good deposit entrusted to you” (2 Timothy 1:14). This “good deposit” that Paul was referring to is the gospel, and this supernatural message, Paul says, must be guarded with supernatural power. The church...

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Monday, 17 September 2018 00:02

Clothed in Humility: Following the Footsteps of Our Lord

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1 Peter 5:5, “Likewise, you who are younger, be subject to your elders. Clothe yourselves, all of you, with humility toward one another, for God opposes the proud but gives grace to the humble.”

Coming off the heels of Peter’s exhortation to the elders, he briefly shifts his focus...

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Depression and anxiety are no strangers to most of us, although some of us experience it to greater degrees than others. Many of us are silent strugglers, afraid to verbalize our thoughts, feelings, and emotions for fear of being judged, rejected, and considered crazy. And the church at times can...

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Sunday, 16 September 2018 23:45

Introduction to Pastors’ Wife Series

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When I married my husband, I knew I was also marrying my pastor for life. While others might get to go “church shopping,” I was already committed to the church that would one day hire him. We chose Ruth’s famous promise to her mother-in-law as our wedding verse: “Where you...

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On today’s Equipping You in Grace Episode, Dave Jenkins and Dr. Bryan Chapell discuss what expository preaching is, challenges facing pastors today, along with the third edition of Christ Centered Preaching Redeeming the Expository Sermon (Baker Academic, 2018).

What you’ll hear in...

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Saturday, 15 September 2018 09:21

How to Set Up Your Desk: Basic Principles

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On today’s Getting Unstuck With Matt Perman Podcast, Matt discusses basic principles about how to set up your desk and why it matters to the effectiveness of your work and your productivity as a whole.

What you’ll hear in this episode

  • The importance of a clutter-free workspace.
  • Desk...

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Saturday, 15 September 2018 02:00

Weekly Roundup 9/10/2018-9/15/2018

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This is our weekly roundup of posts for 9/10/2018-9/15/2018. If you have any feedback on how we can serve you our readers better, I would appreciate it. Thank you for reading and allowing us to minister to you throughout this past week through these posts.

Monday 9/10/2018

The Sufficiency of...

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Saturday, 15 September 2018 01:55

Weekly Roundup of Links 9/10/2018-9/16/2018

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This is our weekly roundup of links for 9/10/2018-9/16/2018 from around the web. We hope you find the following articles helpful to your growth in godliness.

Articles from Around the Internet:

  1. Ministering Without R.C. Sproul by Burk Parsons on the Ask Pastor John Podcast https://www.desiringgod.org/in...

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Friday, 14 September 2018 00:15

The Gospel According to Ecclesiastes

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The book of Ecclesiastes is about living with joy because of the grace of God. Many miss that fact because of how sober-minded and honest “the Preacher” (Ecc 1:1, Heb., qohelet) of Ecclesiastes is about genuine pain, heartache, and suffering in this fallen and fleeting world. Martin...

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Friday, 14 September 2018 00:10

#98: Sent Into The World[Sermon]

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Join Dave as he continues the study of the Gospel of John by looking at John 17:18-19.

The post #98: Sent Into The World[Sermon] appeared first on Servants of Grace.

Authors: Dave Jenkins

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Thursday, 13 September 2018 00:00

Gay Girl, Good God by Jackie Hill Perry

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A new memoir, Gay Girl, Good God, tells the very personal story of how Jackie Hill Perry came to be a Christian.

Based on the title, readers may expect a bold conversion but actually the moment when Perry finally recognizes God’s goodness is a rather ordinary moment. What follows afterward is...

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On today’s episode of the Equipping You in Grace Podcast, Dave Jenkins, and Ray Rhodes discuss the life and influence, Susannah Spurgeon, along with his book, Susie: The Life and Legacy of Susannah Spurgeon (Moody, 2018).

What you’ll hear in this episode

  • Cultivating friendship in...

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Wednesday, 12 September 2018 00:00

10 Things You Should Know about Christian Ethics

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1. Christian ethics teaches us how to live.

Christian ethics asks what the whole Bible teaches us about which acts, attitudes, and personal character traits receive God’s approval and which ones do not.

This means that Christian ethics teaches us how to live. It is important to study Christian...

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Tuesday, 11 September 2018 23:45

Encouraging a Depressed and Discouraged Friend

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On today’s episode, Alex writes in and asks, “I have a friend who is really struggling with depression and discouragement. Can you please help me to encourage him and even myself when I get discouraged and depressed?”

What you’ll hear in this episode

  • Facing discouragement...

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Tuesday, 11 September 2018 00:35

How To Prepare A Devotional

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Introduction

No less than Benjamin Breckenridge Warfield of Princeton Theological Seminary wrote, in his still-popular article of 1864:

“Christendom has always reposed upon the belief that the utterances of this book are properly oracles of God. The whole body of Christian literature bears...

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Tuesday, 11 September 2018 00:25

Openness Unhindered by Rosaria Butterfield

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Growing up in an evangelical church, I heard a lot of dramatic testimonies. At summer camp or during a church service, someone would occasionally stand up and tell the story of how lost and sinful they had been before Jesus transformed their lives. As powerful as these stories were, I almost got...

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1 Peter 5:4, “And when the chief Shepherd appears, you will receive the unfading crown of glory.”

In the previous verses, Peter has given the elders their charge as well as explaining the heart and manner in which to carry out their task. He also called them to not be motivated by...

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Monday, 10 September 2018 00:18

The Elder’s Charge and Heart

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1 Peter 5:1-3, “So I exhort the elders among you, as a fellow elder and a witness of the sufferings of Christ, as well as a partaker in the glory that is going to be revealed: shepherd the flock of God that is among you, exercising oversight, not under compulsion, but willingly, as God...

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Monday, 10 September 2018 00:15

The Preacher’s Catechism by Lewis Allen

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Pastors are not immune to spiritual depression and burn-out. According to a survey conducted by Lifeway Research in 2015[1]:

84% of percent of pastors say they’re on call 24 hours a day.

80% expect conflict in their church.

54% find the role of pastor frequently overwhelming.

53% are often...

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Sunday, 09 September 2018 23:55

The Sufficiency of Scripture

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On today’s Equipping You in Grace Episode, Dave Jenkins and Matt Perman discuss how the sufficiency affects how we approach the Christian life and ministry, and respond to attacks to the sufficiency of Scripture.

What you’ll hear in this episode

  • A definition of the sufficiency of...

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Saturday, 08 September 2018 02:45

Weekly Roundup of Links 9/3/2018-9/8/2018

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This is our weekly roundup of links for 9/3/2018-9/8/2018 from around the web. We hope you find the following articles helpful to your growth in godliness.

Articles from Around the Internet:

  1. Is Christianity “Unhitched” from the Old Testament a conversation Owen Strachan had with Albert...

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