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

Out of the Ordinary - Apologetic Report
Tuesday, 24 April 2018 19:00

Bend or bring?

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One of the most enjoyable days of my school year was Ministry Leadership Day. In March, a day was set aside for pastors, teachers, and students to learn about an aspect of ministry. The theme this year was doxology; in other words, worship.The session* given by our President, Dr. Reed, focused...

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Tuesday, 03 April 2018 18:30

Hey Jude! — The Fine Art of Illustration

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Now I want to remind you, although you once fully knew it, that Jesus, who saved a people out of the land of Egypt, afterward destroyed those who did not believe. [6] And the angels who did not stay within their own position of authority, but...

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We are thrilled to be able to post this piece written by our dear friend and former contributor Diane Bucknell.
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“There are two things that elderly Christians, who have many long years believed and lived by faith in Christ, long for when they are nearing eternity. The first is, that all...

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Tuesday, 13 March 2018 18:30

Are You a Contender?

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Beloved, while I was making every effort to write you about our common salvation, I felt the necessity to write to you appealing that you contend earnestly for the faith which was once for all handed down to the saints. For certain persons have crept in unnoticed . . . ungodly persons who turn the...

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Tuesday, 06 March 2018 18:00

Hope in a vale of tears

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I just got off the phone with my dad. Today was a rough day for him and my mom. He never knows what the dementia may bring, but the stress ramps up when my mom won't comply with the care that is necessary and good for her. Because of the disease, she will question and argue, and because of the...

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Tuesday, 06 February 2018 18:00

Who's In Charge Here?

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When I was a teenager, the big bad bogeyman of the world was the Soviet Union. While previous generations had been taught to hide under their desks in case of a bomb, my generation watched the nuclear arms' race. Some of my teachers took great pleasure in telling us just how many times over the...

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Tuesday, 23 January 2018 17:30

Book Review: Walking Through Twilight

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imageA Wife’s Illness—A Philosopher’s Lament by Douglas Groothuis
Four years ago, Doug Groothuis’s wife Becky was diagnosed with a rare form of dementia that begins in the language centers of the brain. Becky Groothuis is in her early...

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For the last several years, my daughter and I have been spending Christmas with family. I'm thankful for these times because it's always a joy to be with the people you love. However, there is a practical aspect as well. My parents are aging, so this is an opportunity for their children to reassess...

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Tuesday, 02 January 2018 17:00

They are our children, after all

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In a perfect world, Christian parents would teach their children the gospel, and it would be embraced quickly, and without incident. Children would go seamlessly from childhood to godly adulthood without a blip on the screen.As we know, we don't live in a perfect world. And the reality is that good...

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Tuesday, 12 December 2017 18:00

God makes a home for the lonely

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As I write this, it is a cold and rainy December day not unlike a day nearly 10 years ago. I was going through one of the hardest seasons of my life. My husband had left our marriage, and my daughter and I felt very lost in the world. We had been out of church fellowship for a number of years. My...

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Wednesday, 22 November 2017 17:30

Countless Gifts of Love

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. . . . giving thanks always and for everything to God the Father (Ephesians 5:20 ESV)
We should, of course, be thankful every day for the many blessings we receive from God. His good gifts come in a never-ending stream, so thanksgiving to him should be a constant in our lives.But today,...

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Wednesday, 15 November 2017 18:38

Book Review: Refresh

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Shona Murray is inviting us to step back and look at our lives. In her book Refresh, co-written with her husband, David Murray, she encourages us to live a grace-paced life. In conjunction with her husband's book, for men, Reset, Shona has chimed in with this excellent word for women. It's an...

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Wednesday, 08 November 2017 18:00

Doctrine Matters: Imputation

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For decades as a Christian, I was taught and believed that Jesus got me in the door, but the rest was up to me. This was terrifying. I remember crying as a child wondering if I would have the courage to be a martyr for Christ, and wondering if I would lose my salvation if I failed. I remember...

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Wednesday, 01 November 2017 18:30

Testing, Testing

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. . . you have been grieved by various trials, so that the tested genuineness of your faith—more precious than gold that perishes though it is tested by fire—may be found to result in praise and glory and honor at the revelation of Jesus Christ (1 Peter 1:6-7 ESV).I knew a...

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Wednesday, 18 October 2017 19:00

Think on These Things

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The ease and speed of communication are wonderful things. When my daughter went on a trip this summer, I could track her flights in real time and expect an email on her arrival. There was no waiting for weeks on end for a letter assuring me she had safely crossed the ocean. Just a few clicks was...

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Tuesday, 10 October 2017 19:41

A face I won't forget

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I've told this story before on my personal blog, but I'm too lazy to go looking for the original text. It's a story I will never forget, so it's not hard to remember details.When I was in 8th grade, I was bullied by a group of kids in my grade. I was not the only one. That same crowd of kids...

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Tuesday, 10 October 2017 08:14

We have a new winner!

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Thank you to everyone who entered the giveaway for Closer Than a Sister by Christina Fox. We had 86 entries, and Marilyn C. won the random draw!Thanks to all for your continued interest in our blog!

Authors: Deb Welch...

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Wednesday, 04 October 2017 18:30

The Hole in the World

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There’s a hole in the world tonight.
There’s a cloud of fear and sorrow.
The night my husband died, these words from the song by the Eagles kept running through my head. His death left a big hole that will be forever unfilled, at least in this life.He left a young son to grow through his...

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Friday, 29 September 2017 02:19

Closer Than a Sister: Review and Giveaway

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Closer Than a Sister: How Union with Christ Helps Friendships to Flourish by Christina Fox, Christian Focus, 2017, 191 pages. Release date: October 6, 2017.The desire for real friendships is part of what it means to be human, made in the image of God, and something with which many of us struggle. I...

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Monday, 25 September 2017 21:59

And the winner is....

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Thanks to everyone who entered the giveaway for Finding Grace in the Face of Dementia. We had 43 entries, and the winner is Madel CThank you for your continued interest in our blog!

Authors: Persis...

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Wednesday, 20 September 2017 19:00

Finding Grace in the Face of Dementia: Review and a Giveaway

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Finding Grace in the Face of Dementia, John Dunlop MD, Crossway, 2017, 207 pages.Dementia is a word that can strike fear in our hearts. Over 6 million Americans have dementia, and that number is only going to increase. One-third of seniors will die from this disease. In the face of these grim...

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Tuesday, 19 September 2017 19:07

We have a winner!

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Thank you all so much for your interest and response to our Journey into God's Word giveaway. There were 53 entries, and our lucky winner is Ann Snider!Thanks all so much for your interest in the giveaway and the blog!

Authors: Kim Shay...

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Tuesday, 12 September 2017 19:49

Journey into God's Word - Giveaway

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Last summer, I read and reviewed Journey into God's Word. I've read quite a few "how to" Bible study books, and I believe this is one of the best. You can read the review here.Fall is upon us, and people are getting back into regular schedules, whether it is school, ministry, or study. In...

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Tuesday, 01 August 2017 19:00

Layers of Context

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This summer, I have been going through the bookInductive Bible Study, by Andreas Köstenberger and Alan Fuhr. While it is not a beginner's book, it is worth the effort to read. Köstenberger looks at biblical interpretation through a triad: history, theology, and literature. I find the...

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Tuesday, 25 July 2017 19:00

Even If He Doesn't

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It’s been almost a year since I last posted. I have so much to say, and so much I can’t say. It’s a strange combination that makes blogging difficult.Ministry—along with life in general—can break your heart. The soft-focus promos for small group curricula don’t...

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