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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Monday, 20 November 2017 08:21

Gazing At Heaven Is Practical Now

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“But he, full of the Holy Spirit, gazed into heaven and saw the glory of God, and Jesus standing at the right hand of God” (Acts 7:55).

The scene into which we are breaking is this: Stephen, “full of grace and power” (Acts 6:8), has been proclaiming the gospel with great...

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Monday, 20 November 2017 07:50

5 Ways Adult Children Can Honor Their Parents

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How should an adult grown (presumably married, but not necessarily) child relate to his or her parents? There is a tension in Scripture between obeying the Scripture which says to “leave and cleave” in forming your own adult identity and family (Genesis 2:24; Matthew 19:5) and...

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Saturday, 18 November 2017 07:43

Weekly Roundup Links 11/13/2017-11/18/2017

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This is our weekly roundup of links for 11/13/2017-11/18/2017 from around the web. We hope you find the following articles helpful to your growth in godliness.

A Dozen (or So) Things I’ve Learned about Blogging and Opinion Writing by Bruce Ashford. http://bruceashford.net/2017/a-dozen-or-so-thi...

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Saturday, 18 November 2017 02:40

Weekly Roundup 11/13/2017-11/18/2017

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This is our weekly roundup of posts for 11/13/2017-11/18/2017. 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 11/13/2017

Two Truths and a...

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Wednesday, 15 November 2017 04:32

The Five Solas: God’s Glory Alone

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The Roman Catholic Church of Martin Luther’s day would have outright denied the concepts of Scripture alone and faith alone; it did not deny the concept that glory belonged to God alone. They certainly wouldn’t have suggested that God shared His glory, and yet the reality of practiced...

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Wednesday, 15 November 2017 04:31

Yes Christian, You Need the Local Church

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It happens to be one of the more popular traps along the journey of faith—the idea that somewhere along the path of righteousness we somehow outgrow our need for the church. Perhaps you’ve met someone who was too busy for the church.  Maybe you’ve encouraged someone who...

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Focus on the Gospel and Read Scripture

If you’re a husband and wife and you want to have some kind of gospel incarnation sanity during Christmas, you’re just going to have to be intentional. Nothing in the surrounding culture is going to reinforce that—nothing you will see at the...

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Wednesday, 15 November 2017 04:25

Five Hard Truths for Parents

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I hesitate to write a parenting article, only because I’m not an expert, just a father trying his best to parent the way God wants me to. Our kids are still young, so there is no “finished product” to evaluate to see if what I’m saying even makes sense. So when you read the...

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Let’s start out by telling our readers a little about you. (Current ministry context, family, joys in life, etc.)

My name is Joshua Mills. This past September I began my studies in the Master of Divinity program at Toronto Baptist Seminary. In my local church, I have been responsible for...

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Monday, 13 November 2017 05:23

God Hears Us

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Life is full of both hills and valleys. And when we’re in the valley, it can often feel dark and lonely. We wonder if anyone sees our sorrow. Does anyone notice our sadness? Does anyone care? There is something in human nature that longs to be noticed, cared about, loved. This is one reason...

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Monday, 13 November 2017 05:20

Two Truths and a Lie

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When I was a child, the devil felt like an evil character in a fairy tale, complete with horns and a pitchfork. When I was a teenager, he seemed like someone whose name you never mentioned – almost as if speaking his name would serve as a summons. As a younger woman, I rarely gave the devil...

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Monday, 13 November 2017 05:15

The Exaltation of Humility

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Are we who we portray ourselves to be? And does it matter?

In Hamlet: The Tragedy of the Prince of Denmark, the chief counsel to the murderous king, Claudius, tells us his son, Laertes:

This above all: to thine own self be true, And it must follow, as the night the day, Thou canst not then be false...

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Saturday, 11 November 2017 03:40

Weekly Roundup Links 11/5/2017-11/11/2017

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This is our weekly roundup of links for 11/5/2017-11/11/2017 from around the web. We hope you find the following articles helpful to your growth in godliness.

The Revisionist History of the Gospel by Jared C. Wilson:

So by faith we are counted righteous, and God remembers our sin no more. In Christ,...

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Saturday, 11 November 2017 02:40

Weekly Roundup 11/6/2017-11/11/2017

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This is our weekly roundup of posts for 11/6/2017-11/11/2017. 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 11/6/2017

Glorifying Christ in...

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Friday, 10 November 2017 03:30

Living with Hurt

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From my perspective as a pastor, it seems like churches go through seasons of crises. One year it’s marital problems, and it seems like every marriage is falling apart. The next year its illness and death, and it seems like every family is suffering loss. Other times its just people who are...

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Friday, 10 November 2017 03:19

Saying Goodbye Well Is Hard to Do

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Here this Sunday, my wife and I will attend our local church for the last time as members. While the Lord alone knows about the future, the present is what I’m referring to here in this article. Over the past five years, we’ve developed many friendships and have been involved in many...

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Thursday, 09 November 2017 06:31

What is the Will of God?

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It’s a question that many of us ask: “What is God’s will for my life?” After all, what child of God does not want to know the answer to this? The question of purpose—who we are, why we’re here, what God wants of/from/for us—is fundamental to human existence....

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Thursday, 09 November 2017 06:25

Connecting the Church and Family

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We believe that God has created the church and the family as complimentary institutions—designed to function together and support one another. The church I pastor (Wayside Presbyterian Church) has a desire to be a multigenerational, family supporting, family integrated church—where...

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Wednesday, 08 November 2017 06:58

Encourage the Fainthearted

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In 1 Thessalonians 5:14, the apostle Paul instructed his readers to, “…admonish the idle, encourage the fainthearted, help the weak, be patient with them all.” This verse is a rallying cry within the biblical counseling movement.

Counseling those who suffer across a broad spectrum...

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The Protestant Reformation of the 16th century opened much dialogue between parties on both sides of church history. Church doctrine, confessions, purgatory, catechism, the sacraments, the authority of Scripture, papal authority and even structures of economics and culture were suddenly points of...

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Monday, 06 November 2017 23:25

The Five Solas: Christ Alone

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“Who do people say that the Son of Man is” (Mat. 16:13)? This question remains as pertinent a one today as it was when Jesus asked it of the disciples. Historically the Roman Catholic Church and the Reformers didn’t disagree with each other on the person of Christ. Instead,...

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Monday, 06 November 2017 23:22

Anniversaries Are About God, Not Gifts

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When people in our society think of wedding anniversaries, they typically think of gifts. We’ve seen the exhaustive (and exhausting) list of what each anniversary year represents. Year one is paper; year two is cotton, year three is leather, and so on. According to tradition, you should buy...

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Monday, 06 November 2017 23:03

Six Ways to Pray After Sutherland Springs

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It happened this past Sunday again violence was unleashed on an unsuspecting group of people. We’ve seen it happen at concerts, nightclubs, schools, restaurants, and churches. On this past Sunday, it was Sutherland Springs Baptist Church, a small church east of San Antonio.

In the aftermath of...

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Christian books are easy to find. They can be found in used bookstores, new bookstores, or garage sales. But it takes wisdom, effort, and research to find the right ones which can be nourishment to your soul. The other day my wife and I were strolling through one of our city’s used...

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Saturday, 04 November 2017 02:58

Weekly Roundup Links 10/30/2017-11/4/2017

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This is our weekly roundup of links for 10/30/2017-11/4/2017 from around the web. We hope you find the following articles helpful to your growth in godliness.

Here We Stand by Albert Mohler:

The churches of the Reformation understand that a true church is always reformed by the Word of God.

How One...

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