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

Above All Else - Apologetic Report

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Though we have more access to the Bible than any generation before us, most Christians still have never read it all. The abundance of biblical access, on smartphones and bookshelves, generally hasn't resulted in an increased personal knowledge of the Word. And yet our generation speaks very...

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Tuesday, 11 April 2017 22:08

Don't Skim the 'Minor' Bible Stories

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When we read our Bibles, it's tempting to linger over the big stories and hurry past the minor ones. David and Goliath are far more interesting and less complicated than Uzzah's irreverence (2 Sam. 6:6–11) or Phinehas's zeal (Num 25:1–13).

While the amount of "real estate" given to a...

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I'm not sure when I became "spiritually mature," but it happened without me noticing. I simply loved the Bible because it gave me glimpses of the Living God. As my love for God grew, so did an insatiable appetite for all sixty-six books of His Spirit-breathed Word.

Then, somewhere along the way,...

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Thursday, 16 March 2017 02:56

Why Adoption is Worth Every Obstacle

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I wrote this on our flight to India to finally meet and bring home our son. I hope it will serve to encourage you and strengthen your faith. - Kelly

In just a few days we will meet our son. Instead of driving to a hospital, we're flying to India. Instead of bringing home a newborn, we'll be bringing...

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Friday, 03 March 2017 05:52

The Antidote for Apathy

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No Christian hopes to one day find themselves drifting from God. We don’t set goals to love other things most, to serve false gods, or to give in to temptation. But many of us, surprisingly, have found ourselves years into following Christ with an alarming companion: apathy.

Unfortunately, the...

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Wednesday, 01 March 2017 12:11

More Than BFFs: When Friendship Goes Too Far

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Kara seemed to have everything Maddie lacked: she was organized, had great social skills, and was confident in her strong opinions. Maddie was insecure, awkward, and disorganized. Their friendship blossomed on the soccer field sidelines, as they watched their kids run drills at practice every week....

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Wednesday, 01 February 2017 08:51

Are You Using God?

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Being married to a popular songwriter and performer carries its fair share of interesting situations. I am often the target of people’s interest only because of who I am married to, receiving strange comments from fans about how “cute” my husband is and disappointing people with...

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Tuesday, 10 January 2017 08:17

Rely on Your Savior, Not a Resolution

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I’m skeptical of New Year's resolutions. Why? Because some days I don’t like being dependent on God, and a system of reform is an easy way back to self-sufficiency.

Depending on someone else is often painful. This is probably because I lived most of my life dependent on my own ability to...

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Monday, 19 December 2016 06:32

Disappointment in December

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I prayed. I believed. I trusted. I hoped. And in the end, I was disappointed. This December, like many before it, God's response to my prayers is no. No, your son will not be home by Christmas. No, that baby in your womb will not live. No, that marriage will not survive. Dashed hopes and...

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Monday, 19 December 2016 06:32

Disappointment in December

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I prayed. I believed. I trusted. I hoped. And in the end, I was disappointed. This December, like many before it, God's response to my prayers is no. No, your son will not be home by Christmas. No, that baby in your womb will not live. No, that marriage will not survive. Dashed hopes and...

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For as long as I’ve been in church, I’ve known that sexual sin is a guy's struggle. Lust, sexual fantasies, pornography, masturbation. These were all things common to man, not common to woman. So what was I to do when my mom's Victoria’s Secret catalog arrived, and I secretly...

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For as long as I’ve been in church, I’ve known that sexual sin is a guy's struggle. Lust, sexual fantasies, pornography, masturbation. These were all things common to man, not common to woman. So what was I to do when my mom's Victoria’s Secret catalog arrived, and I secretly...

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Friday, 25 November 2016 06:25

[Food the Bible] Do We Give Food Too Much Glory?

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Are we giving food too much glory? The Bible gives us the overarching concept that food is a symbol of a greater reality. Our need for daily sustenance, all the delightful flavors, the satisfaction of a full stomach after hunger are all pointing to Jesus, our Bread of Life, our Living Water, our...

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Friday, 25 November 2016 06:25

[Food the Bible] Do We Give Food Too Much Glory?

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One scroll through Pinterest is enough to convince you that food is a huge part of the holiday season. Feasting has always been an important aspect of celebrating and will continue to be. But many of us have a love-hate relationship with food. We could address the issue of food from many angles,...

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Monday, 21 November 2016 05:00

Why Do We Suffer?

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As [Jesus] passed by, he saw a man blind from birth. And his disciples asked him, "Rabbi, who sinned, this man or his parents, that he was born blind?" John 9:1-2 Suffering produces an insatiable desire to blame. Surely there must be some reason why this poor man must suffer all his life without...

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Monday, 21 November 2016 05:00

Why Do We Suffer?

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As [Jesus] passed by, he saw a man blind from birth. And his disciples asked him, "Rabbi, who sinned, this man or his parents, that he was born blind?" John 9:1-2

Suffering produces an insatiable desire to blame. Surely there must be some reason why this poor man must suffer all his life...

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Tuesday, 01 November 2016 09:19

Grieve to the Glory of God

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Grief is the recognition that something has been lost forever. It forces us into an awareness that we have no control to change or fix the situation. What is gone is gone and can never be regained, at least not fully. Grief is an emotion we don't gladle welcome. We keep it at arms length pretending...

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Tuesday, 01 November 2016 09:19

Grieve to the Glory of God

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The crib in our room mocks me. Since we put it together several months ago we have only faced delays in our efforts to bring home an adopted son. Adoption is a yes to suffering. The only children in need of families are those that have experienced the tragic loss of their own biological...

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Friday, 14 October 2016 07:40

Silencing the Noise

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Is God important enough to us that we'll do whatever it takes to hear Him? In 1 Kings 19, God revealed Himself to Elijah not in an earthquake or fire but in a "low whisper" (v. 12). How can we hear this gentle whisper of God unless we quiet the noise of our lives? To have a listening prayer life,...

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Friday, 14 October 2016 07:40

Silencing the Noise

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For God alone my soul waits in silence; from him comes my salvation. He alone is my rock and my salvation, my fortress; I shall not be greatly shaken. . . . For God alone, O my soul, wait in silence, for my hope is from him (Ps. 62:1–2, 5).

After spending an evening at a friend's home, you've...

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Monday, 05 September 2016 06:19

[Food the Bible] When Eating is Sinful

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I can still feel the shame of being caught sneaking Oreos to my room as a kid. Though not the first time, it embarrassed me to know someone else had seen the grip food had on me. Over the years, I looked for ways to be alone in the kitchen to sneak more handfuls of goldfish or one more spoonful of...

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Monday, 05 September 2016 06:19

[Food the Bible] When Eating is Sinful

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Scripture references: Numbers 11, Psalm 78, John 6, 1 Corinthians 10:31

I can still feel the shame of being caught sneaking Oreos to my room as a kid. Though not the first time, it embarrassed me to know someone else had seen the grip food had on me. Over the years, I looked for ways to be alone in...

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Thursday, 25 August 2016 20:07

3 Metaphors for Mentorship

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"Will you disciple me?" Whether you've asked the question or received it, rightly defining this concept is important. Is a mentor someone who sins less than the mentee? Is discipleship showing someone how to be a better Christian? A better person? Is it formal, like a tutor sitting across the...

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Thursday, 25 August 2016 20:07

3 Metaphors for Mentorship

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"Will you disciple me?"

Whether you've asked the question or received it, rightly defining this concept is important. Is a mentor someone who sins less than the mentee? Is discipleship showing someone how to be a better Christian? A better person? Is it formal, like a tutor sitting across the table...

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Monday, 15 August 2016 08:00

[Food the Bible] Not by Bread Alone

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To choose a knowledge of food over a knowledge of the Word of God is a catastrophic mistake. It is tempting in a world full of the threat of cancer and new diseases or ailments to look to right eating choices to sustain us, but the Bible is very clear that is not the answer. God alone gives and...

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