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

Servants of Grace - Apologetic Report

Most young people aspire to be like someone. The people they emulate are athletes, rock stars, and actors. These people serve as heroes to the upcoming generation. But Tim Keesee has a different set of heroes in mind. Keesee is thinking about heroes who embrace biblical values, live according to a...

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Wednesday, 24 April 2019 00:05

By the Spirit, We See the Cross

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Is the Cross a Spectacle?

In an ocularcentric culture like ours, is it even appropriate to bring the unseen cross into our conversation? Can the cross be a spectacle for us today? None of us saw it. We now only read about it.

The issues faced by the early Galatian Christians can help us sort these...

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Wednesday, 24 April 2019 00:02

Christ in Our Hearts

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Ephesians 3:16-17a, “… that according to the riches of his glory he may grant you to be strengthened with power through his Spirit in your inner being, so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith.”

The Ephesians church like every other church, Paul wrote to had many...

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Tuesday, 23 April 2019 00:10

Bowing the Knee

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Ephesians 3:14-15, “For this reason I bow my knees before the Father, from whom every family in heaven and on earth is named.”

In Ephesians 3:2-13 Paul refers to his calling and ministry as a brief aside in this epistle. Today in Ephesians 3:14-15 he returns to where he left off in verse...

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Does Doctrine Matter for the Everyday Christian? from Crossway on Vimeo.

Relevant for Christian Living

Sometimes the temptation is to think Doctrine, in general, is just stuff for the head, for the academics, for those in institutions. In the church though, we’re about the heart.

Well, the...

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We live in an increasingly visual culture. As a pastor, I hear the relentless sound of the postmodern drumbeat: “The average person cannot sit through a forty-five-minute sermon,” I’m told. Yet that same person will sit in a dark room for nearly four hours and watch Lord of the...

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Monday, 22 April 2019 00:15

6 Questions To Ask Before Using Social Media

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In 2019, experts estimate that almost 3 billion people will utilize social media in some capacity. In 2017, 71% of internet users engaged with social media.[1] If you are reading this article, the chances are you saw this posted on a social media platform you engage in on your phone.

Social media is...

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Monday, 22 April 2019 00:10

Suffering and Glory

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Ephesians 3:13, “So I ask you not to lose heart over what I am suffering for you, which is your glory.”

Previous generations have not enjoyed the advances in medicines and other technologies that have eliminated much of the previous suffering generations endured. In the West, childbirth,...

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Monday, 22 April 2019 00:02

The Hope of Heaven, the Labor on Earth

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Hope permeates Paul’s letters.

Colossians 1:1-6, “We always thank God, the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, when we pray for you, since we heard of your faith in Christ Jesus and of the love that you have for all the saints, because of the hope laid up for you in heaven. Of this, you...

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On today’s Equipping You in Grace show, Dave Jenkins and Dan DeWitt discuss the importance of sound doctrine and humility in the Christian life, along with his book, Sunny Side Up- The Breakfast Conversation That Could Change Your Life (The Good Book Company, 2019)

What you’ll hear in...

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Saturday, 20 April 2019 02:32

Weekly Roundup 4/15/2019-4/20/2019

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This is our weekly roundup of posts for 4/15/2019-4/20/2019. 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 4/15/2019

Proverbs for the Writer by...

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Saturday, 20 April 2019 02:15

Weekly Roundup of Links 4/15/2019-4/20/2019

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This is our weekly roundup of links for 4/15/2019-4/20/2019 from around the web. We hope you find the following articles helpful to your growth in godliness.

Roundup of articles from around the internet

  1. A new issue of Credo Magazine: The Impassability of God  https://credomag.com/magazine_issue/t...

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Friday, 19 April 2019 00:40

#5: The Wicked Sons of Eli[Sermon]

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Join Dave as he looks at 1 Samuel 2:11-36.

The post #5: The Wicked Sons of Eli[Sermon] appeared first on Servants of Grace.

Authors: Dave Jenkins

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Friday, 19 April 2019 00:30

Confidence and Boldness in Christ

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Ephesians 3:11-12, “This was according to the eternal purpose that he has realized in Christ Jesus our Lord, in whom we have boldness and access with confidence through our faith in him.”

Paul’s initial persecution of the Christian church demonstrates that he had no idea how a...

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Friday, 19 April 2019 00:30

What is the Covenant of Grace?

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Our study of Great Doctrines of the Bible has taken us through the creation and fall of man. Because Adam failed to keep God’s law, mankind has been condemned and enslaved to sin and its eternal consequences. However, our last post looked at God’s eternal plan of redemption and the good...

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Abby Ross Hutto wants us to know that God can reach every single one of us. Using an innovative allegorical approach, Hutto turns the true stories of men and women she knows into characters named after the characteristic that describes them: Distant, Skeptic, Wanderer, Betrayed, Wounded, to name a...

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Thursday, 18 April 2019 00:05

How to Come to God—A Holy Week Message

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Can our sorrows ever be salvaged? Can our tears be turned to the wine of joy?

A gifted troubled older minister came to me one day. He said that he wanted to talk to me about his depression. I ask some usual questions to diagnose his spiritual condition. He seemed to me to be a most faithful man. He...

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Thursday, 18 April 2019 00:03

Making Known God’s Manifold Wisdom

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Ephesians 3:10, “… so that through the church the manifold wisdom of God might now be known to the rulers and authorities in the heavenly places.”

Christians enjoy many benefits in the redemption Christ has purchased. These benefits include:

  • Peace with God.
  • Freedom from sin’s...

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On today’s Equipping You in Grace show, Dave and Jonathan Holmes discuss the biblical basics of counseling, the spiritual disciplines of the counselor and married couples, along with his book, Counsel for Couples: A Biblical and Practical Guide for Marriage Counseling (Zondervan, 2019).

What...

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Wednesday, 17 April 2019 00:31

How to Study Scripture Theologically

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How to Study Scripture Theologically from Crossway on Vimeo.

Theology in Community

Doing theology is a process that involves both study and personal spirituality. And these are not, in our mind, two separate activities, but really two sides of one work done in the presence of the living God. It...

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I was absolutely thrilled to receive a copy of James Durham’s A Practical Exposition of the Ten Commandments from Reformation Heritage Books (RHB) to review. The Ten Commandments have been a particular area of focus for me over the last couple of years, and I’ve been plodding through as...

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Tuesday, 16 April 2019 00:30

Reflections on John 17

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John 17:1-3, “When Jesus had spoken these words, he lifted up his eyes to heaven, and said, “Father, the hour has come; glorify your Son that the Son may glorify you,  since you have given him authority over all flesh, to give eternal life to all whom you have given him. And this...

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Tuesday, 16 April 2019 00:20

Grace for Ministry

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Ephesians 3:7, “Of this gospel I was made a minister according to the gift of God’s grace, which was given me by the working of his power.”

In the last two sections of Ephesians, we’ve learned a great deal about divine election, justification by faith alone, the Holy...

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Tuesday, 16 April 2019 00:10

The Grace That Saves Also Trains

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The grace of God that saves us also trains us: “The grace of God has appeared, bringing salvation for all people, training us…” (Titus 2:11-12).

God’s grace teaches us to adorn the gospel with our behavior (Titus 2:9-10), to deny ungodly desires (Titus 2:12), to live well in...

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Education is made up of two equal, parallel tracks: content and communication. If what is taught does not immediately link with how the subject is taught, learning is downsized. We need more college professors who have been high school teachers, who can right-size teaching. Jane Thayer is one of...

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