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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Sunday, 17 September 2017 06:04

Following Jesus in Port William

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For the past several years, I’ve been reading through Wendell Berry’s Port William novels. Berry, who is a writer and farmer from Kentucky, uses the stories of life in the fictional town of Port William from 1888 through 2008 to show the importance of responsible farming, avoiding debt,...

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This year I have been giving time to reading on the effects that our digital culture is having on our lives. This journey is taken me through some works that are not explicitly Christian like Deep WorkThe Lonely AmericanIrresistible, and Alone Together. (This week I...

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Tuesday, 12 September 2017 14:15

Five Areas in Which Husbands Must Grow

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Like most things in life, marriages are not static. It may feel like there are times when we settle into comfortable seasons, but marriages aren’t like McDonalds’ chicken nuggets. If we ignore them for a week, they will not look the same when we come back. Every marriage is growing...

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Tuesday, 05 September 2017 10:00

When Affliction is a Gift

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A few weeks ago, I experienced my first panic attack in over a year. My hand went numb, it felt like someone was sitting on my chest, and I had no idea why I felt this way. This didn’t start happening to me until about a decade ago. Now, this unwelcome friend rears its ugly head without...

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Sunday, 03 September 2017 13:14

How to Cultivate a Lifelong Love of Learning

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I turned 40 a few months ago and have started experiencing some of the things associated with growing older that I have heard about for most of my life. For example, I have noticed that my physical health is something that I have to stay on top of. If I don’t actively work at getting in...

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Do you sometimes find yourself being envious of the people who start a Bible reading plan, follow it faithfully, and stick through until the end? Then, they start the same Bible reading plan the next year and persevere to the end again. I’m sorry, I just struggle with doing that. Sometimes I...

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Thursday, 10 August 2017 13:28

Why We Struggle to Pray in the Digital Age

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At no time in human history has the practice of prayer been easy. Even in Paul’s day, he had to instruct the Colossian church to devote themselves to prayer and to stay alert in it. The disciples who were with the Lord Jesus on the night before he died succumbed to sleep instead of giving...

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Sunday, 06 August 2017 11:39

How Can I Help My Child Grow as a Christian?

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By God’s grace, we have seen one of our daughters come to faith in Jesus and will be baptizing her in a few weeks. For the first nine years of her life, the major question in how we raised her has been how we can help her see her need for Jesus. Now, the question is changing into how we can...

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Tuesday, 01 August 2017 12:20

How to Keep Your Sanity in the Ministry

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For those who labor in service of the church, the ministry can become all-consuming. You never feel as if the job has been completed, because it never is. Every time you close out the day and lay your head on the pillow, you do so with the knowledge that there are more people to share the Gospel...

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Sunday, 09 July 2017 12:37

Good News for Difficult Times

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When difficult times come along, is your first instinct to remember the goodness of God and rest in him, or to allow panic mode to set in? If we’re all honest, our first instinct is not to stop, think, and reflect on great and glorious truths when times are hard. All too often, it takes time...

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Wednesday, 28 June 2017 01:04

Why I Need My Friends to Judge Me

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The other day I was on a drive through a part of my city that I have not been to in a while and saw a billboard for a church. In bright letters, their sign said something like “Where you are always loved and never judged.”

This sounds good to us initially because we have been trained to...

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Wednesday, 28 June 2017 01:04

Why I Need My Friends to Judge Me

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The other day I was on a drive through a part of my city that I have not been to in a while and saw a billboard for a church. In bright letters, their sign said something like “Where you are always loved and never judged.”

This sounds good to us initially because we have been trained to...

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Tuesday, 13 June 2017 06:51

How to Remember the Bible Verses You Memorize

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The discipline of memorizing Bible verses pays great dividends in the life of a Christian. Having Scripture stored up in our hearts helps us to remember God’s promises in tough times, flee from sin in moments of temptation, possess greater confidence in sharing the Gospel, and give fresh...

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Wednesday, 17 May 2017 11:33

The Best Quotes from Reset

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Some books land in your hands at just the right time. This was definitely true for me with David Murray’s new book Reset: Living a Grace-Paced Life in a Burnout Culture. Dr. Murray tells the story of his own struggle with overwork and burnout then helps men...

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Monday, 15 May 2017 08:22

How to Read the News Like a Christian

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When I was younger, if you wanted to know what the latest news was, you read the newspaper in the morning or watched the national news at 5:30 and the local news at 6:00 and 10:00. Then CNN and Headline News showed up and you could get a feel for what was going on every 30 minutes. Even then...

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Parenting certainly has been different than I imagined it would be as we prepared to welcome our first daughter into the world a dozen years ago. For one thing, I grew up with nothing but brothers, so I never imagined having three daughters and one son. I also figured that by the time I was an...

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Tuesday, 25 April 2017 13:00

The Best Quotes from Momentum

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At our church right now, we are working through the Gospel of Matthew. I’ve enjoyed preaching through this moving narrative of the life of Jesus the last six months. A few months ago we came to the Beatitudes, which I was glad to do because there is so much good literature out there to...

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Sunday, 23 April 2017 09:40

5 Things You Must Make Time For

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One of the ironies of our present moment is that our lives are filled with time-saving devices, yet we find ourselves with less and less time and energy. The noise starts the second we wake up. Many of us check our phones before we do anything else. Our phones allow work to follow us home and one...

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Monday, 20 March 2017 11:48

Why Christians Should Read History

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imageI breathed a sigh of relief when the clock struck midnight to take us from December 31, 2016, to January 1, 2017. 2016 seemed to be an anomaly, a strange year dominated by a contentious, unconventional, and surprising Presidential election. I thought that turning the calendar to a new year...

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Monday, 27 February 2017 19:23

The Blessing of Selective Ignorance

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A few weeks ago, my social media feeds blew up with discussions about Meryl Streep’s acceptance speech at the Emmys.  Apparently, she used her time to take President Trump to task about his demeanor and policies. Naturally, the people who love President Trump were angry about the...

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Wednesday, 22 February 2017 13:39

How to Grow in Humilty

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When we think about what it looks like to live as a Christian, we often forget many of the inner heart virtues that lead to the outward behaviors that would make our list. In the Beatitudes, which describe the character of the person who is a citizen of God’s kingdom, Jesus starts with...

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Wednesday, 15 February 2017 07:33

Why Silence is Golden

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Two weeks ago, I wrote, “7 Questions to Ask Before Posting about Politics on Social Media.” It would have been impossible to anticipate the response. More people read it than anything I have ever written and got feedback from more places than I have ever received.

Much of the feedback I...

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Political discussions have dominated social media for several years now and only seem to be getting more heated. With every executive order issued by President Trump or protest aimed at changing a current practice, social media will generate a plethora of links and opinions. These opinions often...

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One of my earliest memories of church as a young boy was working on memory verses. Though my middle and high school years I was devoted to anything but Scripture, the verses I learned during early years stuck with me. I became a believer during my second year of college and the men who taught me...

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Tuesday, 17 January 2017 06:22

The Best Quotes from Wordsmithy

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Last week I devoured Douglas Wilson’s book Wordsmithy: Hot Tips for the Writing Life. My copy of the book is marked up from cover to cover with notes and underlines. While the book is specifically aimed at those who want to write, Wilson also offers wonderful advice about reading, thinking,...

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