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

The so-called prosperity gospel has been a virtual “wrecking ball,” inflicting damage on the unsuspecting, infiltrating local churches with a diabolical message of health and wealth, and inviting the wrath of a holy God. The prosperity gospel is not another version of the gospel. It is...

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Thursday, 18 July 2019 23:45

Unshakable Joy in the Pit of Despair

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Psalm 4:7-8, “You have put more joy in my heart then they have when their grain and wine abound. In peace I will both lie down and sleep; for you alone, O Lord, make me dwell in safety.”

I went to church camp every summer during high school. The five days at camp would be filled with...

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Wednesday, 17 July 2019 22:34

The Glory of Closing Words: Part 2

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Ephesians 6:23-24, “Peace be to the brothers, and love with faith, from God the Father and the Lord Jesus Christ. Grace be with all who love our Lord Jesus Christ with love incorruptible.”

 

In the last devotional I mentioned that while we often blow past the opening and closing...

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Wednesday, 17 July 2019 22:20

Bringing Your Baggage Safely Home

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God is acquainted well with every square inch of the baggage we each carry. My baggage is the same as her baggage is the same as your baggage, and so on. Someone’s baggage may look more beautiful on the outside, but on the inside, it is still filled with sin.

I was dusting off some vintage...

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On today’s Equipping You in Grace show, Dave Jenkins and Christina Fox discuss the sufficiency of Jesus, anxiety, and contentment in the Christian life, preaching the gospel to ourselves, supporting mothers in the local church, and her book, Sufficient Hope Gospel Meditations, and Prayers for...

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Wednesday, 17 July 2019 00:18

The Glory of Closing Words: Part 1

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Ephesians 6:21-22, “So that you also may know how I am and what I am doing, Tychicus the beloved brother and faithful minister in the Lord will tell you everything. I have sent him to you for this very purpose, that you may know how we are, and that he may encourage your hearts.”

 

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Tuesday, 16 July 2019 23:55

Finding Grace

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“Now therefore, if I have found favor in your sight, please show me now your ways, that I may know you in order to find favor in your sight”(Exodus 33:13).

I get chill bumps every time I read this verse. Partly because of the surrounding context: in the verse before, Moses quotes...

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Tuesday, 16 July 2019 23:50

Dear Pastor: Please Serve Me Jesus

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Dear Pastor,

I had the honor of visiting your church this past weekend and was warmly welcomed by your flock. We managed with ease into the children’s ministry and found comfortable seating in the sanctuary. The sound of the choir’s harmonies caressed my arms, leaving goosebumps in its...

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Tuesday, 16 July 2019 00:12

The One That Got Away

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Last November, I began meeting regularly with a young man who I’ll call Ali.  Ali is from a Muslim background, but he had grown disillusioned with works religion and requested a New Testament online from a website I am associated with.  A few weeks later, I contacted him, and he...

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Tuesday, 16 July 2019 00:05

Preaching Boldly, As We Ought

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At the end of his letter to the church at Ephesus, Paul makes one request for himself from the church: “make supplication for all the saints, and also for me, that words may be given to me in opening my mouth boldly to proclaim the mystery of the gospel, for which I am an ambassador in...

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I had the opportunity to get my hands on a copy of Crossway’s new Prayer Bible. As you have probably guessed, this is another ESV Bible, but instead of commentary or extensive footnotes, this Bible is designed to show you how the Scriptures devotionally warmed the hearts and souls of men and...

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Monday, 15 July 2019 01:12

Consistent, Persevering Prayer

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Ephesians 6:18, “Praying at all times in the Spirit, with all prayer and supplication. To that end keep alert with all perseverance, making supplication for all the saints.”

Having covered each component of the armor of God, we understand that we cannot succeed against the Devil if...

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Romans 1:16, “For I am not ashamed of the gospel, for it is the power of God for salvation to everyone who believes, to the Jew first and also to the Greek.”

The Age of Authenticity

There is a growing and troubling trend in the Christian community. This trend encourages its followers to...

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On today’s Equipping You in Grace, Dave Jenkins and Dr. Robert Cara have a wide-ranging discussion on justification from the Bible and church history, and how justification relates to the Christian life and ministry, along with The Doctrine on Which the Church Stands Or Falls: Justification...

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Saturday, 13 July 2019 00:30

Weekly Roundup of Links 7/8/2019-7/13/2019

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This is our weekly roundup of links for 7/8/2019-7/13/2019 from around the web. We hope you find the following articles helpful to your growth in godliness.

Roundup of articles from around the internet

  1. Why I Like to Read Biographies, And Why You Should Too by Jason K. Allen over at FTC. https://ftc.co...

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Saturday, 13 July 2019 00:25

Weekly Roundup 7/8/2019-7/13/2019

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This is our weekly roundup of posts for 7/8/2019-7/13/2019. 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 7/8/2019

Darryl Dash- How to Grow:...

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Friday, 12 July 2019 00:10

#14: Long Live the King[Sermon]

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Join Dave as he looks at 1 Samuel 10:17-27.

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Authors: Dave Jenkins

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A pastor’s visits one week included these two. The first was to a home where all was well. Ryan and Steph were prosperous; the home was pleasant; a good car sat on the driveway; the children were being educated in expensive schools; their manners were good; talent abounded.

The second was to a...

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Thursday, 11 July 2019 23:45

Helmet and Sword

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Ephesians 6:17, “and take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God,”

Paul’s description of the various elements of the armor of God concludes in Ephesians 6:17 with his references to “the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit,...

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Thursday, 11 July 2019 00:35

The Shield of Faith

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Ephesians 6:16, “In all circumstances take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming darts of the evil one.”

When the biblical authors wanted to convey a truth about God to His people, they had two basic choices. On the one hand, they could state their...

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Most people have experienced the frustration of trying to untangle the laces on a pair of tennis shoes. Frustration only escalates as the knot tightens which leads to a sense of heightened angst. This normal occurrence vividly depicts how many people approach their emotional lives. People approach...

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Wednesday, 10 July 2019 00:15

Gospel Readiness

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Ephesians 6:15, “As shoes for your feet, having put on the readiness given by the gospel of peace.”

If anything should stick with us after reading the Old Testament, it is the fact that our Creator is an exceedingly patient God. Israel rebelled time after time, and time after time...

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Wednesday, 10 July 2019 00:05

Renewing Your Call To Ministry

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We all love to beat up on old Peter. He is unbridled, braggadocios, embarrassingly bold and at times even aggressive, if not downright violent. But he is also a man who was greatly used of God to preach at Pentecost, to lead the church at Jerusalem, to minister to the church at Rome, to minister to...

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Tuesday, 09 July 2019 00:01

Our Belt and Breastplate

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Ephesians 6:14, “Stand therefore, having fastened on the belt of truth, and having put on the breastplate of righteousness.”

Given his Jewish upbringing, Paul’s thinking is continually informed by Old Testament teaching, especially as he unpacks the armor of God in Ephesians...

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Living in Southern California offers countless opportunities to enjoy God’s creation. In my community alone, there are over forty miles of man-made paseos which promote the enjoyment of God’s beauty. Sure, I also get a little cardio in while I’m at it, but more and more often...

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