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

Jen Oshman - Apologetic Report

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I’ve served over 1,000 people Thanksgiving dinner and cooked at least 75 turkeys (thanks to our days overseas ministering to the American military stationed in Okinawa, Japan). And I want to let you in on two secrets to make your Thanksgiving Day a success next week.

1.Bake your turkey on...

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Monday, 12 November 2018 01:54

God Will Help You

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I once survived a season of life when three of my daughters were ages three and under. It was nonstop sippy cups and naptimes and potty training and diaper changes and “Hey, that’s mine!” and “Share that toy right now or Mommy is going to take it away.”

My husband was...

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“I will move anywhere but Parker,” I said several times as we were abruptly relocating to the US one year ago (as of this re-run today, November 2018, that was three years ago in November 2015). We were church planters living in the Czech Republic when we found ourselves backed into a...

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We’ve all been there. We’ve all given our children instructions, they’ve asked why, and we’ve responded with neither grace nor eloquence, “Because I said so!”

We’re tired, exasperated, and in search of a quick fix. We don’t have time to...

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What is it that would cause two young Nigerian women to set out—to leave family, home, country, friends, and way of life—and head north, to Europe? Why, at the dawn of adulthood, at the moment that they should be settling down, marrying, forging a living, starting a family, would two...

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And whatever you do, in word or deed, do everything in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him. (Colossians 3:17)

This is one of those verses that appears everywhere. You see it on chalkboards, t-shirts, coffee mugs, even tattoos. It’s so present that it feels...

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A migration crises is once again in the headlines. As I type, over 7,000 Latin Americans are making their way north from Honduras, in hopes of eventually reaching the United States. According to reports, they are walking anywhere from 25 to 45 miles a day and often in flip-flops. They’ve been...

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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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Thursday, 18 October 2018 14:30

Getting to Know the Artist By Studying His Art

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I’m on the plane home from New York City. I was there all week with my mom and daughter—a birthday trip and gift to us from my mom. We visited as many museums as we could and drank our fill of all the art Manhattan has to offer. 

Today, while visiting our last museum, I overheard a...

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Sunday, 07 October 2018 11:48

Who is the Subject of Your Bible Study?

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If that Christian book on your nightstand or if your women’s bible study points you back to you, then may I please encourage you to put it down and give it some thought?  

Based on the shelves at the local Christian bookstore, best-selling lists, and what is conveyed in Christian...

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Planned Parenthood (PP), who receives $530 million in US government funding every year, filed a lawsuit blocking 41 other nonprofits from getting a a combined $19.4 million in federal grants because the organizations teach youth to avoid risky sexual behavior. 

Preventing teen pregnancy sure...

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Wednesday, 26 September 2018 13:17

A Bible Verse for World Daughters Day

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This morning I was struck by a powerful word picture in Psalm 144. It’s a Psalm written by King David asking God to give victory to his son—his heir—and blessing to the people of Israel. Near the end, David asks the Lord to make their children healthy, their granaries full, the...

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This past weekend we hosted the easiest party ever: s’mores on the driveway with our neighbors. If you’ve been wanting to find a way to connect with your neighbors, but you’re not sure about dealing with the cost and work needed for having people come inside your home—then...

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Am I the only who feels this way? I wondered for the umpteenth time.

I was in the midst of a conversation with friends lamenting their iPhones. The complaints were familiar: our smartphones make us more self-focused, short-tempered, less able to interact with real people, eager for the approval...

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We learned last week that a registered sex offender has moved onto our block. We gathered with some neighbors who are dear friends and who have young children to talk about how to handle it. Emotions ranged from anxious to helpless to what-should-we-actually-do-about-it? 

Because of our roles...

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Tuesday, 11 September 2018 15:22

Rescuers Run In

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I was a young wife. Dressed in a navy blue polka-dot dress. The screen caught my eye as I was walking out the door. A plane hit the World Trade Center. I woke my husband. 

“Wow, babe, look at this.”

“Whoa. Tragic.” 

We were preparing to go to the mission field to share...

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I’ve got three book recommendations for you. The first two rank as some of my all-time favorite reads and the third has made an important and helpful impact on my understanding of discipleship. 

Making Sense of God: An Invitation to the Skeptical by Timothy Keller 

Keller is a...

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imageTomorrow I turn 40! I remember 33 years ago sitting on the cold, white countertops of my neighbor friend’s kitchen and saying, “Wow, I can’t believe I’m already seven.” Seven felt so old back then. And now that the number is 40, my primary feelings are, well that was...

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Our family had the remarkable experience of seeing the Dead Sea Scrolls in person today. The scrolls are visiting the Denver Museum of Nature and Science. Always eager to bolster our faith and that of our kids’, we booked tickets and took a once-in-a-lifetime field trip. You can read more...

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Here’s a quick story from church life that seems ho-hum on the surface. But the reality is, God used it to remind of me an important truth that I was veering from. Oftentimes the Lord is at work in the very ordinary. 

Our fairly new church partners with a local Free Food Market, which...

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You’re a good mom. You’re a good dad. You want what’s best for your kids. You sacrifice to provide for them. You forego vacations and skimp on retirement savings to give them good gifts. 

In the affluent West in 2018, those good gifts often take the form of youth sports. In...

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You know I love to see theologically rich resources written by and for women. I’ve recently read three and want to recommend them to you. 

This book is a sequel to Wilkin’s None Like Him: 10 Ways God is...

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Thursday, 09 August 2018 14:38

Purging Evil: Am I Waging War Against My Sin?

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“So you shall purge the evil from your midst.” 

Strong words. And they mean what they say in their historical context: those who commit certain evil acts must be killed. 

Purging Evil in Israel

They appear seven different times in Moses’s record of the law between...

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How does the banished son of a North African become a beloved child of God in Southern Europe? Well, over tea, served under a bridge, of course. 

John’s story is the same as millions of other migrants to hit the shores of Europe in the last three years—until it diverges where he met...

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Wednesday, 01 August 2018 09:33

Our Brokenness: Who We Are or How We Are

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Angry. 
Selfish. 
Greedy. 
Self-absorbed. 
Jealous. 
Addicted. 
Lazy. 
Adulterer.
Substance-abuser. 
Impatient. 
Unkind. 
Gossiper. 
Liar. 

Do these sins define our identity? Are they who we are? Must we bear them like name tags, keep them pasted to...

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