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

Apologetic Report - Servants of Grace
Sunday, 26 March 2017 06:15

The Triune God (Fred Sanders)

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Let’s face it: the Trinity is without a doubt the most important, complex, and debated doctrine in all of Christian thought. For thousands of years, Christians have been attempting to define the Trinity, and nothing is new under the sun. Even today, despite all of the exegesis and the...

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Welcome to the seventy-second episode of Equipping You in Grace. On today’s episode, Dave Jenkins interviews David Murray– Reset: Living a Grace-Paced Life in a Burnout Culture (Crossway, 2017)

What you’ll hear in this episode:

  • David’s life, ministry, marriage, and...

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Saturday, 25 March 2017 10:00

Weekly Roundup 3/20/2017-3/25/2017

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This is our weekly roundup of posts for 3/20/2017-3/25/2017. 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 3/20/2017

Episode 70- ...

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Friday, 24 March 2017 21:10

Weekly Dose of Apologetics – 19-25 March 2017

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Current Issues

Albert Mohler – The Gathering Storm: Religious Liberty in the Wake of the Sexual Revolution

“Human rights and human dignity are temporary abstractions if they are severed from their reality as gifts of the Creator. The eclipse of Christian truth will lead inevitably to a...

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Friday, 24 March 2017 07:15

What Is Gospel-Centered Counseling?

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What is gospel-centered counseling? It seems today that as Christians we’re always using the words “gospel” and “gospel-centered,” but what does that mean, especially related to counseling and one-another ministry?

What Gospel-Centered Counseling Is Not

I don’t...

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Friday, 24 March 2017 07:12

Praying the Redemptive Story

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Scripture has instructed and formed my prayer life in a myriad of ways. I’ve learned from the Lord’s Prayer the glorious truth of what it means to pray “My Father” and “Thy Will be Done.” Paul’s prayers have taught me to look beyond immediate physical needs...

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Fairly recently Lifeway Research conducted an in-depth examination of the problem of ministry burnout and concluded through its research that only ten percent of pastors left the ministry because of burnout.[i] Whether it’s ten percent or more, ministry burnout is an issue, and it’s...

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Welcome to the seventy-first episode of Equipping You in Grace. On today’s episode, Dave Jenkins and James Forbis talk about  the importance of Reading Godly Books in the Christian Life

What you’ll hear in this episode:

  • The Great Commandments and the need to read books.
  •  What...

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Thursday, 23 March 2017 07:00

What Biblical Counseling is NOT: Simply Spiritual

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What Biblical Counseling is NOT: Simply Spiritual

At some level all our problems are theological. A more controversial statement cannot be made in the realm of counseling, but it’s a statement that I truly believe. Since we live in God’s world everything about us, our lives and our...

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Wednesday, 22 March 2017 23:55

NIV Faithlife Study Bible by Zondervan

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Today I want to share with you an incredible resource that will not only enhance your study of God’s Holy Word, but also increase retention and understanding of difficult passages, doctrines, and give you tools to utilize in teaching others the basics of the Christian faith. The NIV Faithlife...

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Wednesday, 22 March 2017 07:33

Spiritual Warfare in the Life of a Man

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Do you really believe in the spiritual realm? Do you believe there is a battle raging for the souls of men? It is hard to imagine that this is true if we are living in relative comfort and ease. But no matter our earthly situation, we need to think and live like soldiers.

In Ephesians 6:10-20, Paul...

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Wednesday, 22 March 2017 07:32

Fear God, Keep His Commandments

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Ecclesiastes 12:9-14

What do you want on your tombstone? It was the catchphrase of a commercial a few years back for Tombstone Pizza.  It is also a phrase that we relate to what is the way someone wants to be remembered. It signifies a message that is to be communicated long after the person is...

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The word “desire” has become a misnomer of sorts. In the Christian life, we too often equate desire with sinfulness, like jealousy or sexual temptation. At best, we view desire as something that should be merely suppressed or given up in the pursuit of holiness. It’s wanting, and...

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Tuesday, 21 March 2017 07:33

Take Care How Far You Go Down the Rabbit Hole

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I love to research. In fact, what I am often drawn towards when it comes to matters of theology are what some would label as more fringe topics such as the Nephilim for example. The command given to us in Scripture to “Test all things; hold fast what is good” (1 Thessalonians 5:21) is...

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Tuesday, 21 March 2017 07:30

Before the Evil Days Come

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Before the Evil Days Come

Ecclesiastes 11:1-12:8

Ecclesiastes 11:9-12:1, “Rejoice, O young man, in your youth, and let your heart cheer you in the days of your youth. Walk in the ways of your heart and the sight of your eyes. But know that for all these things God will bring you into...

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Monday, 20 March 2017 07:50

The Blessing of Humility by Jerry Bridges

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When we think of being blessed thoughts of financial abundance and success naturally fill our minds. Job promotions, smart children, luxurious vacations, and material possessions make us feel blessed. But what if this isn’t what Scripture means when it talks about being blessed? Vaneetha...

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Monday, 20 March 2017 07:46

Good News for the Unwanted

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Good News for the Unwanted 

Exclusion, expulsion, alienation, and forsakenness—these were major themes in the ancient Jewish world.[1] The “impure” could be expelled from the community. The carcasses of sacrificed animals had to be burned outside the camp. The scapegoat was...

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Monday, 20 March 2017 07:43

The Need for Character in Leadership

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“Woe to you, O land, when your king is a child, and your princes feast in the morning! Happy are you, O land, when your king is the son of the nobility, and your princes feast at the proper time, for strength, and not for drunkenness! Through sloth the roof sinks in, and through indolence the...

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Recently I was in ministry leadership meeting at my local church. During this meeting, it struck me how many of the words out of the participant’s mouths, including my own, focused on how many people were coming to our events. There’s nothing wrong with trying to reach more people in...

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Sunday, 19 March 2017 05:30

The Sovereign Handiwork of the Lord

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But all this I laid to heart, examining it all, how the righteous and the wise and their deeds are in the hand of God. Whether it is love or hate, man does not know; both are before him. It is the same for all, since the same event happens to the righteous and the wicked. . . (Ecc....

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Go around the circle at your small group this week. Ask the folks on your staff and leadership team. Pitch this question to your spouse or your children, “Have you talked to someone about Jesus this week?” When we’re not stretching the truth or embellishing, most of us reply,...

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Sunday, 19 March 2017 05:20

Go Back to the Local Church

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Go Back to Church

Perhaps a Pastor painted a poor picture of Pastors for you. Maybe a church staffer didn’t elevate your ministry the way you thought it deserved. Did a fellow member rebuke you harshly instead of with gentleness and in love? Cultural Christians and their hypocrisy, possibly,...

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Welcome to the seventieth episode of Equipping You in Grace. On today’s episode, Dave Jenkins interviews Gerald Hiestand about his book The Pastor Theologian: Resurrecting an Ancient Vision with Todd Wilson (Zondervan, 2015)

What you’ll hear in this episode:

  • Gerald’s life,...

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Saturday, 18 March 2017 03:20

Weekly Roundup 3/13/2017-3/18/2017

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This is our weekly roundup of posts for 3/13/2017-3/18/2017. 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 3/13/2017

Episode 68- Alex...

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Friday, 17 March 2017 20:23

Weekly Dose of Apologetics – 12-18 March 2017

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Bible Study/Preaching/Family Issues/Apologetics

Owen Strachan – Scandalized by the Substitute: A Response to Young and Gungor

“The atoning work of Christ is not an optional add-on to our doctrine of God. The cross displays the very heart of the divine. It shows us the burning center of...

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