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
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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Friday, 05 October 2018 00:58

Weekly Roundup of Links 10/1/2018-10/5/2018

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This is our weekly roundup of links for 10/1/2018-10/5/2018 from around the web. We hope you find the following articles helpful to your growth in godliness.

Articles from Around the Internet:

  1.  Perfectionism and Control a new issue of TableTalk. https://tabletalkmagazine.com/issue/2018/10/perfect...

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Thursday, 04 October 2018 23:50

#100: The Arrest of Jesus[Sermon]

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Join Dave as he continues the study of the Gospel of John by looking at John 18:1-11.

The post #100: The Arrest of Jesus[Sermon] appeared first on Servants of Grace.

Authors: Dave Jenkins

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Thursday, 04 October 2018 23:45

In Their Greed

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2 Peter 2:2–3, “And many will follow their sensuality, and because of them the way of truth will be blasphemed. And in their greed they will exploit you with false words. Their condemnation from long ago is not idle, and their destruction is not asleep.”

Thousands of...

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Thursday, 04 October 2018 23:40

How to Be a Profitable and Encouraging Church Member

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As a pastor, I genuinely love the local church. In my own context, I love my church that I’m a member of and that I have the privilege of leading. As I often explain to my children when we read the Bible together in the evening—I don’t love the church simply because I’m a...

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Wednesday, 03 October 2018 23:57

2nd Peter 2:1 and the Issue of Effectual Atonement

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2 Peter 2:1, “But false prophets also arose among the people, just as there will also be false teachers among you, who will secretly introduce destructive heresies, even denying the Master who bought them, bringing swift destruction upon themselves.”

While this is a difficult text, it is...

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Wednesday, 03 October 2018 23:55

How Should I Give a Testimony?

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Let’s say you are called upon to share with a small group or a large congregation the recent happenings at Vacation Bible School, a missions trip, or some other event at school, church, or elsewhere. How will you do it? What priorities will inform your 60 seconds or 6 minutes?

In college,...

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On today’s Equipping You in Grace Episode, Dave Jenkins and Josh Moody discuss the place and importance of the Scriptures in the Christian life and ministry, along with his book, How the Bible Can Change Your Life: Answers to the Ten Most Common Questions about the Bible (Christian Focus,...

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Wednesday, 03 October 2018 00:05

The Prophecy of Scripture

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2 Peter 1:19-21, “19 And we have the prophetic word more fully confirmed, to which you will do well to pay attention as to a lamp shining in a dark place, until the day dawns and the morning star rises in your hearts, 20 knowing this first of all, that no prophecy of Scripture comes...

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Wednesday, 03 October 2018 00:02

Six Truths about Parenting That Reorient Everything

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Our Children’s Deepest Need

There is so much help in Psalm 51 for understanding the deepest need of your children that I think you could write a whole parenting book from it alone. The implications of what David confesses and cries out for set a whole new agenda for what God has called us to...

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Wednesday, 03 October 2018 00:00

The Warnings and Comforts of God’s Attributes

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We continue our study of Great Doctrines of the Bible by Martyn Lloyd-Jones (MLJ). We’ve looked at the existence of God, and this week we’ll study chapter 6, “The Attributes of God’s Absolute Personality.”

MLJ begins by making a case for why we need to study God’s...

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Tuesday, 02 October 2018 00:05

More than a Myth

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“Mythology is a search,” said G.K. Chesterton. “It is something that combines a recurrent desire with a recurrent doubt.” Humans have always shared “cleverly devised myths” that explore our relationship with the divine. The most outlandish and implausible myths,...

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Tuesday, 02 October 2018 00:02

Work Smarter Not Harder

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On today’s Getting Unstuck With Matt Perman Podcast, Matt discusses the foundational principle for productivity to work smarter not harder by having right priorities and learning to work with excellence.

What you’ll hear in this episode

  • The importance of working smarter not harder as...

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Monday, 01 October 2018 23:55

Waiting on the Turning Point

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Stories surround us. The more books, television shows, or movies we consume, the more often we can predict the ending. We know the story builds until the ultimate conflict, which offers a turning point. Scrooge sees his tight-fisted “bah humbugs” for what they are; Mr. Darcy is rejected...

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A Plethora of Prosperity

Do you remember that song in 2009 by Toby Keith called I Wanna Talk About Me? The song title gives away the lyrics, “I wanna talk about me, I wanna talk my, I wanna talk about number 1 oh my me my…” and on and one it goes.  Though this song is...

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