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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Friday, 26 October 2018 00:05

How Suffering Crushes Our Unrealistic Expectations

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Misplaced Expectations of Self

It probably will make sense to anyone the minute I say it that unrealistic expectations of yourself will worsen your suffering. There’s a lot of spiritual pride that I carried into my suffering. I’m the gospel guy. I’m a theologian, so I was thinking I...

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Friday, 26 October 2018 00:05

The Patience of the Lord and the Promises of God

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2 Peter 3:9-10, “The Lord is not slow to fulfill his promise as some count slowness, but is patient toward you, not wishing that any should perish, but that all should reach repentance. 10 But the day of the Lord will come like a thief, and then the heavens will pass away with a...

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Friday, 26 October 2018 00:00

#101: Before the Rooster Crowed[Sermon]

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Join Dave as he looks at John 18:12-27.

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Authors: Dave Jenkins

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Halloween also known as All Hallows’ Eve is just in six days. As a lover of chocolate (especially peanut butter and dark flavors), I’m excited to take whatever candy is leftover from our church kids and adults that weren’t eaten and keep them locked up in my office desk.

The whole...

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Thursday, 25 October 2018 00:15

What Does the Bible Say About Angels?

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We continue our study of Great Doctrines of the Bible by Martyn Lloyd-Jones (MLJ) by examining chapter 10 entitled, “Good Angels.”

The term ‘angel’ means ‘messenger.’ There’s a mysterious element to angels that often leads to either overemphasizing or...

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Thursday, 25 October 2018 00:15

God’s Timing is Better than Our Timing

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2 Peter 3:8, “But do not overlook this one fact, beloved, that with the Lord one day is as a thousand years, and a thousand years as one day.”

Why does it seem that, from our human perspective, God is slow to work? God’s timing often does not sync with our timing. In the midst of...

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Wednesday, 24 October 2018 02:05

God’s Powerful, Judging Word

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2 Peter 3:7, “But by the same word the heavens and earth that now exist are stored up for fire, being kept until the day of judgment and destruction of the ungodly.”

2 Peter was written to stir up his beloved readers’ sincere mind by way of reminder (2 Pet. 3:1). After all, we are...

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To read Ray Rhodes’ recent biography, Susie: The Life and Legacy of Susannah Spurgeon, is to witness a life of utter surrender to service. As much as Susie was able, she offered herself fully and wholeheartedly to supporting her famous husband’s ministry. She made an early vow to...

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Tuesday, 23 October 2018 00:10

The Conviction and Comfort of Coram Deo

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In Luke 12:2-7, Jesus draws from the single truth of God’s omniscience two points of personal application: we ought to fear God, and we ought not to fear anything else. There is conviction in the realization that “nothing is covered up that will not be revealed, or hidden that will not...

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Tuesday, 23 October 2018 00:10

Five Surprising Ways That Enjoying God Benefits Us

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Do you want more of God? Do you want to enjoy him? We all know how we’re supposed to answer those questions. But let’s be honest. We’re not always sure whether we want to spend more time hanging out with God. There are often other things we’d rather be doing.

Or let’s...

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Tuesday, 23 October 2018 00:04

The End is Near

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If you want to mock Christians, just haul out the old stereotype: An eager evangelist wearing a sandwich board that says The End is Near. He or she feels compelled to warn passersby of their impending doom. The passersby, meanwhile, continue to pass by, a stream of humanity moving towards their own...

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Biblical Building Blocks

As a single person and a fan of HGTV, I thoroughly enjoyed Marry Wisely, Marry Well: A Blueprint for Personal Preparation. Dr. Ernie Baker—Professor of Biblical Counseling, certified conciliator with Peacemaker Ministries, pastor, husband, and father—has created...

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Monday, 22 October 2018 00:15

His Coming

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2 Peter 3:3-4, “knowing this first of all, that scoffers will come in the last days with scoffing, following their own sinful desires. They will say, “Where is the promise of his coming? For ever since the fathers fell asleep, all things are continuing as they were from...

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Monday, 22 October 2018 00:02

The Bottom Line

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In my childhood, it was always an exciting annual moment.

On that cold December night, sitting in the sanctuary, surrounded by friends, enveloped by the warmth of a fire, a church elder would approach the podium and speak with authority:

“We’d like to ask Pastor and his family to leave...

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Monday, 22 October 2018 00:00

A Plea for Pastors to Put Away Porn

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It’s Sunday morning, 9:15. You’re sitting in your study with the door closed. Your sermon is done, and the notes are spread in front of you on your desk. Normally you would be excited to step into the pulpit and proclaim the word of God – but not this Sunday because last night you...

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Saturday, 20 October 2018 02:00

Weekly Roundup of Links 10/15/2018-10/20/2018

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This is our weekly roundup of links for 10/15/2018-10/20/2018 from around the web. We hope you find the following articles helpful to your growth in godliness.

Articles from Around the Internet:

  1. The State of Theology https://thestateoftheology.com/

Our writing team writes all over the internet for a...

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Saturday, 20 October 2018 02:00

Weekly Roundup 10/15/2018-10/20/2018

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This is our weekly roundup of posts for 10/15/2018-10/20/2018. 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 10/15/2018

All That’s Good by...

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Friday, 19 October 2018 01:45

Four Traps to Avoid When You Suffer

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4 Traps to Avoid When You Suffer from Crossway on Vimeo.

The 2 Kinds of Doubt

As I thought about my own experience, I wanted to organize my thoughts and experience for others in these two categories of traps that every sufferer faces and the comfort that is offered to every sufferer in the gospel.

The...

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Friday, 19 October 2018 01:42

Regular Pastors Have Regular Devotions

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If you’ve been around church for any length of time, you’ve probably been encouraged to practice “spiritual disciplines.” Pastors want their people to read the Bible, and pastors want their people to pray. The disciplines of Bible reading and prayer are often termed...

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Friday, 19 October 2018 01:30

Remember the Word

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2 Peter 3:1-2, “This is now the second letter that I am writing to you, beloved. In both of them I am stirring up your sincere mind by way of reminder, that you should remember the predictions of the holy prophets and the commandment of the Lord and Savior through your apostles,”

C...

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Thursday, 18 October 2018 00:13

Envy Forgets Eternity

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When Pain Is Inescapable

It’s hard for us. Suffering is so real, so physical, so emotional, and so life-dominating that it’s hard to think of anything but the present moment of pain. Pain in your body can be heart- and life-dominating. It greets you in the morning, it nags you throughout...

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Thursday, 18 October 2018 00:10

Entangled Again

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2 Peter 2:20-22, “20 For if, after they have escaped the defilements of the world through the knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, they are again entangled in them and overcome, the last state has become worse for them than the first. 21 For it would have been better for...

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Thursday, 18 October 2018 00:05

White Picket Fences by Amy Julia Becker

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In White Picket Fences, Amy Julia Becker comes to terms with a lifetime’s worth of privilege. She looks back on her life with newfound ambivalence about the subtle advantages of her childhood. For example, her family employed a nanny, a gardener, and a cleaning person, all three of whom were...

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Wednesday, 17 October 2018 00:35

Unaware of Our Slavery

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If you were a slave, don’t you think you would know it?

In 2 Peter 2:18-19, Peter tells us that false teachers “are slaves of corruption” even though they claim to know the way to freedom. They are enticing people to sin by “speaking loud boasts of folly” about their...

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Wednesday, 17 October 2018 00:30

Lloyd-Jones on the Mystery of the Trinity

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One of the most difficult Christian teachings is the doctrine of the Trinity. For some, its difficulty gives them a reason to abandon studying it altogether. While it’s true, the Trinity is mysterious, and certainly, above our finite ability to completely understand, God has revealed himself...

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