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

There’s a book popping up on lots of “Best of 2018” lists called Everything Happens for a Reason (And Other Lies I’ve Loved) by Kate Bowler. I had the privilege of hearing Kate Bowler, professor at Duke Divinity School, tell her story at the Festival of Faith and Writing...

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Monday, 03 December 2018 23:20

The True Vine and the True Word

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Jesus makes the startling, exclusive claim in John 15:1, “I am the true vine,” and goes on in verse 7 to say, “If you abide in me, and my words abide in you, ask whatever you wish, and it will be done for you.”

Only One, True Vine

It is important to keep in mind that Jesus...

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Todd A. Wilson has a “church growth strategy” as old as the church itself: follow the advice in Paul’s letter to Titus. In brief, practical terms, Wilson lays out Paul’s advice for the church in his new bookZealous for Good Works.

American evangelicalism, says Wilson, is...

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Monday, 03 December 2018 23:05

A Reason Loss Moms Can Rejoice this Christmas

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Family holiday dinners are something I’ve always looked forward to, especially once I became “Mrs. Allen.” Fellowship and laughter fill the room and joy fills my heart. But in this season of our life, these dinners have become bittersweet as I remember our three babies who never...

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The Holidays are a time when many people have a challenging time with depression. Whether from the reminder of a loss of a loved one at this time of year, a divorce, a broken heart, broken friendships and marriages on the verge of collapse, the Holidays are often tough for a wide variety of reasons...

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Sunday, 02 December 2018 22:52

Five Ways that Susie Spurgeon Encouraged Her Husband

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Faithful pastors are busy. However, occasionally God uniquely gifts a man for extraordinary work in ministry. That man cannot be fully imitated, but he can be learned from. Charles Spurgeon was such a man. Spurgeon authored 135 books, 63 volumes of sermons, and was the pastor of a mega-church and...

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Sunday, 02 December 2018 22:50

The Vines We Cling To

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For many years, I lived in South Florida where a beautiful sunny day can change in a moment, as ferocious storm clouds roll in from what seems like nowhere. And though it happened every summer afternoon, I often found myself caught off guard and unprepared. I never had an umbrella available and...

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Saturday, 01 December 2018 01:25

Weekly Roundup 11/26/2018-12/1/2018

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This is our weekly roundup of posts for 11/26/2018-12/1/2018. 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 11/26/2018

Hope, Peace, Joy, Love by...

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Saturday, 01 December 2018 01:20

Weekly Roundup of Links 11/26/2018-12/1/2018

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This is our weekly roundup of links for 11/26/2018-12/1/2018 from around the web. We hope you find the following articles helpful to your growth in godliness.

Articles from Around the Internet:

  1. The Pastor and Pornography a new journal by 9Marks. https://www.9marks.org/journal/the-pastor-and-pornograph...

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Thursday, 29 November 2018 23:50

#105: King of the Jews[Sermon]

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Join Dave as he looks at John 19:13-22.

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Authors: Dave Jenkins

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Thursday, 29 November 2018 23:45

Three Words of Counsel to Sufferers

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3 Words of Counsel to Sufferers from Crossway on Vimeo

You’re Preaching to Yourself

I think the most powerful way to be a good soldier in your own suffering, to fight the temptations that every sufferer greets, is to be aware that you’re always preaching to yourself some kind of gospel. ...

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Being a bit of a dish maven, I absolutely love a beautifully set table. I could spend hours making a table look like something straight out of the “tablescaping” contests when the mood strikes, but time constraints keep me from going completely table décor hog wild most...

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Wednesday, 28 November 2018 22:55

10 Things You Should Know about Christmas

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1. Jesus is the reason for the season.

The primary purpose for observing Christmas is remembering Jesus’s birth. At Christmas, we celebrate Jesus’s birthday, not the little drummer boy or Santa Claus!

2. Jesus preexisted with God in the beginning before the world began.

Jesus’s birth...

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Wednesday, 28 November 2018 22:55

What God Starts God Completes

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Philippians 1:1-6, ESV, “Paul and Timothy, servants of Christ Jesus,

To all the saints in Christ Jesus who are at Philippi, with the overseer sand deacons:

Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.

I thank my God in all my remembrance of you, alway...

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On today’s Equipping You in Grace Episode, Dave Jenkins and Matt Perman discuss the importance and relevance of the intercession of Christ to the Christian life and ministry.

What you’ll hear in this episode

  • What the intercession of Christ is.
  • Why the intercession of Christ is so...

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Tuesday, 27 November 2018 23:10

The Creation of Man

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We continue our study of Great Doctrines of the Bible by Martyn Lloyd-Jones (MLJ) by examining chapters 14 and 15, which deal with the creation of man in God’s image.

Scripture shows that something special was taking place when God created mankind, which is emphasized with a “kind of...

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Tuesday, 27 November 2018 23:02

Knowing the Joy of Christ During the Holidays

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John 15:11, “These things I have spoken to you, that my joy may be in you, and that your joy may be full.”

Most of you reading this have never met me, but I used to be quite the scrooge during the holidays, especially Christmas. At the time it never felt intentional or overt. I did not...

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I love the institutional church. I believe the local church is God’s plan for saving and transforming the world. Jesus shed His blood for His bride, the church. Nothing will stop Christ from building His church, not even the gates of hell.

I have followed God’s call in my life to make...

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Monday, 26 November 2018 23:05

Holy Sexuality and the Gospel – Christopher Yuan

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Rosaria Butterfield calls Christopher Yuan’s book, Holy Sexuality and the Gospel “the most important humanly composed book about biblical sexuality and godly living for our times.” That is quite a statement from such a respected woman. After a thorough reading, I concur that this...

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Single Christians are distinctly suited to identify with Christ during Advent. Their situation uniquely positions them to challenge the spiritual status quo by meditating on Christ’s Incarnation and demonstrating what they’re learning to other believers. To do so, however, they must...

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Monday, 26 November 2018 22:50

When You Feel Lonely and Misunderstood

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I bent over the kitchen counter and put my wet face into my hands. It was one of those days. A restless night, pregnancy hormones raging, wood stove not cooperating, newly cooked food ruined, back aching, and things falling repetitively. I felt like a fraying cord that finally snapped.

I called my...

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Sunday, 25 November 2018 23:20

Hope, Peace, Joy, Love

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It was a couple of days before Christmas, and I was on a scavenger hunt through Walmart looking for a bottle of bubble bath.

That morning, my daughter commented that she was really looking forward to her Christmas Day bubble bath. This caught me off guard. I hadn’t realized that I had...

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After nearly a decade as a pastor’s wife, I have experienced the unique roller coaster ride that is pastoral ministry. I find much joy in being married to a pastor, but it is certainly not without unique challenges. I want to offer my fellow pastors’ wives five lessons to help us...

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On today’s Equipping You in Grace Episode, Dave Jenkins and Christopher Yuan discuss theological anthropology, union with Christ, relationships, and his latest book, Holy Sexuality and the Gospel: Sex, Desire, and Relationships Shaped by God’s Grand Story (Multnomah, 2018).

What...

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Saturday, 24 November 2018 01:30

Weekly Roundup 11/19/2018-11/24/2018

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This is our weekly roundup of posts for 11/19/2018-11/24/2018. 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 11/19/2018

Spurgeon’s Secret...

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