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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Wednesday, 06 June 2018 23:10

The Transformative Power of the Love of God

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1 John 4:7-8, “Beloved, let us love one another, for love is from God, and whoever loves has been born of God and knows God. Anyone who does not love does not know God, because God is love.”

Has the gospel changed you? That’s a question the Apostle John wants his...

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On the latest Equipping You in Grace episode, Dave Jenkins, and Jason Duesing discuss fighting against cynicism and for joy, along with his book, Mere Hope: Life in an Age of Cynicism (B&H, 2018)

What you’ll hear in this episode

  • Preaching the gospel to ourselves and fighting against...

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Tuesday, 05 June 2018 23:04

Do You Struggle to Discern God’s Will?

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Do You Struggle to Discern God’s Will? from Crossway on Vimeo.

Asking the Wrong Question

So often when we think about What is God’s will for my life? we’re wanting to know, “What should I do?” That’s the question most of us are asking in the back of our minds or...

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Tuesday, 05 June 2018 23:00

Biblical Counseling Basics by Jeremy Lelek

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Biblical counseling has been going through something of an identity crisis as of late. What exactly is “Biblical counseling,” what is its relationship to extra-biblical content, how is it best practiced?: Answering these questions requires nuance, careful articulation, and thoughtful...

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The Church in Modern Culture

Francis Schaeffer’s view of the church in modern culture is multifaceted yet cuts straight to the point.  He does not mince words or play clever evangelical games. He believes one major problem with Christians is that they see things in bits and...

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Tuesday, 05 June 2018 22:45

Whoever Knows God

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1 John 4:5-6, “They are from the world; therefore they speak from the world, and the world listens to them. We are from God. Whoever knows God listens to us; whoever is not from God does not listen to us. By this we know the Spirit of truth and the spirit of error.”

One of the...

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On the tenth episode of the Ask Us Anything Podcast, Dave Jenkins answers Matt’s question, “Why does reading the Old Testament matter to the Christian?

What you’ll hear in this episode

  • Learning to read the Old Testament.
  • The promises of God and the Old Testament.
  • The importance...

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In 2 Timothy 3:16 we find the clear teaching that all Scripture is given by God, or is “God-breathed.” 2 Peter 1:20-21 again explains that no passage of Scripture came from man’s own private musings or meditations, but was written as men were moved by the Holy Spirit. These two...

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Monday, 04 June 2018 23:15

Greater is He

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1 John 4:4, “ Little children, you are from God and have overcome them, for he who is in you is greater than he who is in the world.”

In studying 1 John, one of the General Epistles, we need to keep in mind the original context, so that we might understand and be faithful to the intent...

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Where is the source of the “voice“ that is calling you to church planting?

For some, the “Macedonian call” to plant a church is seen in the same way as a call to an existing, already formed Christian community. Yet, this is not the call to the apostolic-like ministry of...

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Monday, 04 June 2018 00:15

If You Met God

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Isaiah 6:1-8 (ESV)

  • In the year that King Uzziah died, I saw the Lord sitting upon a throne, high and lifted up; and the train of his robe filled the temple. Above him stood the seraphim. Each had six wings: with two he covered his face, and with two he covered his feet, and with two he flew. And one...

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1 John 4:2-3, “By this you know the Spirit of God: every spirit that confesses that Jesus Christ has come in the flesh is from God, and every spirit that does not confess Jesus is not from God. This is the spirit of the antichrist, which you heard was coming and now is in the...

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On today’s episode of the Equipping You in Grace Podcast, Dave Jenkins and John Crotts talk about the place and practice of graciousness in the Christian life and John’s latest book, Graciousness: Tempering Truth with Love (Reformation Heritage Books, 2018).

What you’ll hear in...

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Saturday, 02 June 2018 09:42

Weekly Roundup of Links 5/28/2018-6/1/2018

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This is our weekly roundup of links for 5/28/2018-6/1/2018 from around the web. We hope you find the following articles helpful to your growth in godliness.

Articles from Around the Internet:

  1. TGC Course: Parenting: Equipping for Life https://www.thegospelcoalition.org/course/parenting-equipping-life/#...

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Saturday, 02 June 2018 09:00

Weekly Roundup 5/28/2018-6/2/2018

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This is our weekly roundup of posts for 5/28/2018-6/2/2018. 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 5/28/2018

Hospitality and the...

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In recent days, we’ve seen the resurgence of conversation on whether one can be a Christian and be gay. Also, in recent days, Dr. Owen Strachan has commented on this subject with a helpful article I recommend you read explaining the Revoice Conference from a biblical worldview. Furthermore,...

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Thursday, 31 May 2018 23:35

Discerning Truth from Error

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1 John 4:1, “Beloved, do not believe every spirit, but test the spirits to see whether they are from God, for many false prophets have gone out into the world.”

There are many false teachings and false teachers in our culture today. We only need to turn on the TV or peruse a bookstore or...

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1. While we can’t become God, we can become like him by imitating his communicable attributes.

God is holy, loving, just, good, merciful, gracious, faithful, truthful, patient, and wise. When we talk about being “conformed to the image of Christ,” this is the list we are...

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Wednesday, 30 May 2018 23:25

Love God, Love Others

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1 John 3:23-24, “And this is his commandment, that we believe in the name of his Son Jesus Christ and love one another, just as he has commanded us. Whoever keeps his commandments abides in God, and God in him. And by this we know that he abides in us, by the Spirit whom he has given...

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On today’s episode of the Equipping You in Grace Podcast, Dave Jenkins talks with Brian Hedges about his book With Jesus: Finding Your Place in the Story of Christ(Shepherds Press, 2017)

What you’ll hear in this episode

  • Why Christians should learn to read the story of Jesus in the...

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Tuesday, 29 May 2018 23:45

Assurance of Faith

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1 John 3:21-22, “Beloved, if our heart does not condemn us, we have confidence before God; and whatever we ask we receive from him, because we keep his commandments and do what pleases him.”

Today we see the Apostle John addressing a believer’s assurance of faith. As a Pastor, I...

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They were reclining at the table when they were hit with the shocking news. On the last night with his disciples, Jesus revealed the terrible truth: “One of you will betray me, one who is eating with me” (Mark 14:18). With raised brows and shrugged shoulders, the disciples looked around...

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Monday, 28 May 2018 23:55

Precision and Theological Language

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On the ninth episode of the Ask Us Anything Podcast, Dave Jenkins answers Andy’s question, “Does it matter that we use precise language when explaining theology?”

What you’ll hear in this episode:

  • Theological precision matters because people matter.
  • Theological precision...

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1 John 3:19-20, “19 By this we shall know that we are of the truth and reassure our heart before him; 20 for whenever our heart condemns us, God is greater than our heart, and he knows everything.”

“Doubt” is the perfect word to character my young, Christian faith....

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The baccalaureate sermon and service are, of course, quite distinct from the proceedings that will happen as graduates head down the aisle to receive their degrees. There is also quite a lot of difference between a baccalaureate sermon and a graduation speech. This service is a tradition in higher...

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