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

I enjoy children’s books. I did so long before I had children of my own. Some of my favorite literature is written for children. Writing children’s books is hard work  that takes a sharp mind, deep understanding of your subject, and clear, simple communication to write a book...

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Tuesday, 16 October 2018 00:05

Living Water that Satisfies in the Word of God

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Restless and bored at my Grandma’s house, I picked up a magazine and began flipping through pages. I found weight loss tips and decorating ideas for the upcoming season, ads for cosmetics and inspirational stories about reunited families. There was nothing unusual or unexpected, until I set...

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Monday, 15 October 2018 23:55

Sports and the Christian Family

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When my wife and I found out she was pregnant with our oldest son, we quickly realized there were a lot of parenting issues that we spent little to no time discussing beforehand like discipline, education, bedtime routines, etc. The countdown to the due date ends up being filled with conversations...

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Monday, 15 October 2018 23:45

Pastor: Are You a Ceo or a Christian Shepherd?

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This morning I picked up the Wall Street Journal and read about new leadership at the General Electric Company. G.E. has apparently fallen on difficult times recently (as of this writing in October 2018). A new chief executive officer has been chosen. The standard of leadership success in that...

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Monday, 15 October 2018 00:16

Gain from Wrongdoing

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2 Peter 2:15-16, “15 Forsaking the right way, they have gone astray. They have followed the way of Balaam, the son of Beor, who loved gain from wrongdoing, 16 but was rebuked for his own transgression; a speechless donkey spoke with human voice and restrained the prophet’s...

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Monday, 15 October 2018 00:10

All That’s Good by Hannah Anderson

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In her latest book All That’s Good, Hannah Anderson stirs our appetite for goodness. There is a satisfying simplicity to her thesis that we ought to train ourselves in discernment by taking up Paul’s charge to the Philippians and seeking out “whatever is true, whatever is...

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On today’s Equipping You in Grace Episode, Dave Jenkins and Scott Redd discuss the importance of the Christian’s identity in Christ, what it means to truly delight in the Lord and His Word, along with his book, The Wholeness Imperative: How Christ Unifies our Desires, Identity and...

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Saturday, 13 October 2018 04:05

Weekly Roundup of Links 10/8/2018-10/12/2018

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This is our weekly roundup of links for 10/8/2018-10/124/2018 from around the web. We hope you find the following articles helpful to your growth in godliness.

Articles from Around the Internet:

  1. Should We Interpret the Bible Theologically? over at Credo Magazine. https://credomag.com/2018/10/should-we...

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Saturday, 13 October 2018 04:04

Weekly Roundup 10/8/2018-10/13/2018

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This is our weekly roundup of posts for 10/8/2018-10/13/2018. 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 10/8/2018

Four Truths to Hold on to...

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Thursday, 11 October 2018 23:45

Full of Adultery

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2 Peter 2:14, “14 They have eyes full of adultery, insatiable for sin. They entice unsteady souls. They have hearts trained in greed. Accursed children!”

In yesterday’s article, I ended by explaining that the false teachers described in Peter’s second epistle did not...

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Helpful but Hopeless

In times of tragedy and suffering, well-meaning pastors and friends frequently offer a religious word that momentarily appears helpful but proves hopeless in the end. As sufferers wrestle with how a loving, good God could allow such painful, wicked things to occur in our lives,...

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We know we need to pray. We also know the Scripture commands us to “pray without ceasing” (1 Thess. 5:17). After all, the forces of evil will do everything in their power to stop God’s people  from praying. Even though, we know all that (or should know that),  yet we...

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Wednesday, 10 October 2018 23:50

Blots and Blemishes

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2 Peter 2:12-13, “12 But these, like irrational animals, creatures of instinct, born to be caught and destroyed, blaspheming about matters of which they are ignorant, will also be destroyed in their destruction, 13 suffering wrong as the wage for their wrongdoing. They count it...

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On today’s Equipping You in Grace Episode, Dave Jenkins and Kim Riddlebarger talk about the life, ministry, and influence of B.B. Warfield on Reformed theology in his day and today, along with his book The Lion of Princeton: B.B. Warfield as Apologist and Theologian (Lexham Press, 2016).

What...

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Wednesday, 10 October 2018 00:20

The Glorious Ones

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2 Peter 2:9-11, “then the Lord knows how to rescue the godly from trials,[a] and to keep the unrighteous under punishment until the day of judgment, 10 and especially those who indulge[b] in the lust of defiling passion and despise authority. Bold and willful, they do not tremble as they...

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Tim Chester’s has a gift for reframing gospel subjects. His book A Meal with Jesus drew my attention to all the times Jesus’ ministry happened in the context of sharing food through ordinary hospitality and miraculous generosity. Suddenly I saw connections I’d never noticed before...

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Wednesday, 10 October 2018 00:10

A God We Can Trust

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Trusting the unseen isn’t easy. When life seems stacked against us, we naturally lean toward hopelessness. Our ideal of an easy life is chiseled away by our experiences. Another sickness, another loss, another unmet expectation and we find ourselves asking how much more we can take. But, for...

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Tuesday, 09 October 2018 00:10

Condemned to Extinction

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If “the fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom” (Proverbs 9:10), then we are wise to reflect on God’s judgments from the past. Peter reminds his readers of the tragic stories of the burning of Sodom and Gomorrah and the flood that destroyed everyone but Noah’s family....

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Tuesday, 09 October 2018 00:05

Using Evernote in a Productive Way

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On today’s Getting Unstuck With Matt Perman Podcast, Matt discusses how to use Evernote to help you increase your productivity.

What you’ll hear in this episode

  • The wrong way to use Evernote.
  • Keeping documents on your computer instead of in Evernote.
  • Using Evernote for ongoing...

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For five years, I lead a Bible study at my previous church in Boise, Idaho. There was one guy in my Bible study that didn’t care for me, or at least that is how it seemed to me. I remember sitting in my pastor’s office talking about him often and saying how he frustrated me. Each time...

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Monday, 08 October 2018 00:32

A Peculiar Orthodoxy by Jeremy Begbie

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What Jeremy Begbie offers in A Peculiar Orthodoxy might best be described as “music therapy for theologians” (146). Although there has been a “flourishing of activity at the interface of theology and the arts” over the past 30 years, Begbie still believes many of...

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Monday, 08 October 2018 00:30

When Angels Sinned

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2 Peter 2:4, “For if God did not spare angels when they sinned, but cast them into hell and committed them to chains of gloomy darkness to be kept until the judgment;”

In a day when many older heresies are being repackaged for people by television preachers and authors, it can be easy to...

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A Person You Have Never Met

Imagine a woman named Jane. She is a mature and growing Christian who loves Jesus, gives wise counsel, and helps others come to know more about Jesus. . . but she does not pray, read her Bible, or go to church.

What do you think as I describe Jane to you? Does this sound...

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“Can you please pray for us right now? He’s so discouraged. I don’t know how to help him. I don’t know how much of this I can bear. For that matter, I don’t know how much of this he can bear.”

My shoulders shook as I quietly sobbed in my laundry room. With the...

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Saturday, 06 October 2018 00:50

Weekly Roundup 10/1/2018-10/6/2018

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This is our weekly roundup of posts for 10/1/2018-10/6/2018. 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 10/1/2018

Out of the Mud Pit by...

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