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, 12 December 2018 22:06

The Rule Of Love – Jonathan Leeman (2018)

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Submission and authority are hot topics these days. Tragically, however, most people are not flocking to read about it, let alone embrace this important reality. Jonathan Leeman explores this subject in his book, The Rule of Love. The subtitle nicely captures the essence of the book: How the Local...

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Tuesday, 11 December 2018 23:25

Keeping Jesus at the Center of the Season

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Keeping Jesus at the Center of the Season

I love Christmas but the weeks leading up to it are often the busiest and most demanding of the year. As a ministry wife, I can feel pressure to be involved in every church event. As a mom, I want to support my kids by attending their performances and...

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The recent death of Christian Missionary John Allen Chau at the hands of the Sentinelese brought missions to the forefront of both secular and evangelical news outlets.

Rather than adding to the chorus of articles calling into question his motives, dissecting his methods, or diagnosing what went...

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As a young believer, I recall very little Titus 2 discipleship taking place in my own life. I can remember sitting on a couch with another young mom, and she asked, “Where are the older women in our church? We need them.”  It was not until I was in my thirties that I discovered...

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Monday, 10 December 2018 23:15

Sadness and Hope in Christ Alone During Christmas

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“I’m clinically depressed,” she said. One of my family members, who is a lifelong Christian, spoke these words to me one Christmas several years ago. I was surprised to hear her admission because she always seemed so joyful. She and I have been close since childhood. Not once...

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Monday, 10 December 2018 23:10

Our Broken Tongue Points Us to Jesus

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James is famous for his bold, convicting rebukes regarding the use of our tongue. But it is important to see that James’ discussion of the tongue is just one illustration of the many ways that we all offend God: “We all stumble in many ways. And if anyone does not stumble in what he...

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Monday, 10 December 2018 23:03

Don’t Let Suffering Silence Your Prayers

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I called the nurse into the hospital room, “I think I felt her kick. Can we check?”

A shadow passed over her face. Not many minutes prior, the doctor had told me, my husband, and the nurses that my yet-to-be-born, 42-week daughter had no heartbeat.

The nurse gave me the monitor and asked...

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Kristen Padilla may have achieved the impossible with Now That I’m Called.

It is difficult to write a book on women being called to ministry without playing into the obvious conflicts surrounding ordination and eldership, namely: are these roles women are allowed to pursue or not? Given the...

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I’m from the South. I don’t know what it’s like where you live, but I grew up with the very idea of a pastor’s wife being freighted with expectations and assumptions. When my husband was in seminary in the South– before we were married–I went to a “how to...

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Sunday, 09 December 2018 22:50

Breaking In To Community

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I heard it a variety of ways:

“Your church is not very friendly.”

“No one greeted me on Sunday morning.”

“I don’t feel welcomed here.”

“Everyone seems to already have their friends, and they don’t have room for more.”

This familiar critique...

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Sunday, 09 December 2018 22:45

Keeping Focused on Christ During the Holidays

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“Come behold the wondrous mystery, in the dawning of the King; He the theme of heaven’s praises, robed in frail humanity. In our longing, in our darkness, now the light of life has come; look to Christ, who condescended, took on flesh to ransom us.”[1]

As we approach this season of...

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Saturday, 08 December 2018 02:45

Weekly Roundup 12/3/2018-12/8/2018

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This is our weekly roundup of posts for 12/3/2018-12/8/2018. 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 12/3/2018

Depression, Discouragement,...

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Saturday, 08 December 2018 02:45

Weekly Roundup of Links 12/3/2018-12/8/2018

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This is our weekly roundup of links for 12/3/2018-12/8/2018 from around the web. We hope you find the following articles helpful to your growth in godliness.

Articles from Around the Internet:

  1.  New Issue on the Immutability of God by Credo Magazine https://credomag.com/magazine_issue/the-immutabi...

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Friday, 07 December 2018 05:30

#106: Beneath The Cross[Sermon]

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Join Dave as he looks at John 19:23-27.

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Authors: Dave Jenkins

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Thursday, 06 December 2018 23:20

The Bad News about Christmas

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Accepting Our Condition

The baby in the manger came to tell us the worst news ever, because until we accept the worst news ever, we’ll never want the best news ever.

The birth of Jesus was bad news. It wasn’t just your typical piece of bad news; it was the worst news ever. Maybe...

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Wednesday, 05 December 2018 23:10

Why Your Sermons Should Address Believers and Unbelievers

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Why Your Sermons Should Address Both Unbelievers and Believers from Crossway on Vimeo.

Trinitarian Transformation

All biblical preaching should accomplish several things. Number one: it should speak to the believer in such a way that it urges him to be conformed to the image of Christ so that the...

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Wednesday, 05 December 2018 23:06

Advent: Focusing Our Hearts On Christ

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Waiting. We’re terrible at it, aren’t we? We don’t like to wait for anything. What used to take forty-five minutes to bake can now be microwaved in two minutes. We want our internet fast and our shows on demand. I even thought about upgrading to a newer Keurig that can brew a cup...

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I don’t usually get too excited about devotional books. They are typically too short and far too shallow. Such books gain a wide readership, which only adds fuel to my frustration. But when I learned about Dr. Owen Strachan’s new book, Always in God’s Hands: Day By Day in the...

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Wednesday, 05 December 2018 00:56

Good News of Great Joy

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Luke 2:10, “And the angel said to them, “Fear not, for behold, I bring you good news of great joy that will be for all the people.”

We live in a world with 24-hour news cycle. Between TV channels and online newspapers, the news is flying at us constantly. I’m preaching to...

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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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