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, 16 December 2018 16:31

Wolves in Shepherd’s Clothing Again

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I spoke too soon. In commenting in September about the abuse accusations within the Roman Catholic Church, I said that there have not been accusations about wide-spread abuse among independent Baptists. I was wrong. In a series of articles in the Dallas Star-Telegram, Sarah Smith delineates a...

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Thursday, 13 December 2018 16:03

True Prosperity

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Promotional emails and full-color mailers for Black Friday, Cyber Monday, and other holiday sales are coming your way, and so are the urges to buy more things, a lot more things. But step back and inhale a nice, slow, deep breath. Don’t let the tidal wave of holiday marketing and cultural...

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Thursday, 13 December 2018 10:32

Why I Gave Up Alcohol | Christianity Today

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In a rush to shed our separatist past, have young evangelicals forgotten to love their neighbors? …

Perhaps no substance fits the definition of “causing some to stumble but not others” quite like alcohol does. As our contemporary understanding of alcohol abuse grows, so too should...

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Wednesday, 12 December 2018 16:03

Why You Should Love the God of the Old Testament

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In the very earliest days of the New Testament and hardly before the ink was dry, the church already faced a pernicious error. Marcion of Sinope felt that the Old Testament presented an angry, condemning God, not at all like the gracious God of the New Testament. Accordingly, he proposed that there...

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Tuesday, 11 December 2018 16:03

About Prodigals — Who is to Blame?

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Some time ago, I attended the funeral of a Christian gentleman who served his church as both deacon and choir director. Eulogies from family and friends attested to the strength and consistency of this man’s Christian testimony. He was at home and in private exactly what he professed at...

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The internet changed the topics I dip into. Some are more eclectic than others are. A recent e-zine I discovered has an article about the Incas of South America and their non-written language. The article comments on the success of the Incan empire without a written language. You will have to read,...

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Sunday, 09 December 2018 14:02

Dealing with Holiday Blues

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The old timers called it melancholy. Some today call it depression. Modern vernacular calls it the blues. Many face feelings of extreme sadness and melancholy during the Christmas season and Christians are not immune. It might be helpful to understand some reasons why you might feel this way...

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Thursday, 06 December 2018 16:02

A Biblical Formula for Stress

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imageStress has become a way of life for many today. We live in a world of stressed-out people. In the military environment, I have Sailors and Marines who come to me all the time who are really stressed out! With the long work schedules and constant deployments, it takes a toll on the body as...

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Wednesday, 05 December 2018 16:03

A Christmas Lament for a World Adrift

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lament, n.: an expression of grief or sorrow; a formal expression of sorrow or mourning[1]

For many people, Christian or not, Christmas is a time to raise money for your group or cause, help people who need food or clothes or gifts, to see family and friends, and, of course, it has something to do...

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Two fresh missionary deaths have made the news in recent weeks. The first was the unexpected death of missionary Charles Trumann Wesco (1974–2018), an independent Baptist missionary from Indiana. Charles, a father of eight, was accidently caught in the crossfire of civil unrest in Bamenda,...

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Wednesday, 05 December 2018 00:47

Is religion better than atheism as a coping mechanism?

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We obviously do not agree with this article, but we do find it helpful to understand how some people are thinking.  This article does identify an aspect of human need that only God Himself, not religion, can meet.  (KSchaal)

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Many of us have been there in darker moments: You hadn’t...

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Tuesday, 04 December 2018 16:03

Anger in the First Degree

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Murders come in all kinds of ways. They come through violence. They come through domestic squabbles. They come through gang warfare. Unfortunately, records of murder litter the history of the world. In fact, murders are so commonplace that they don’t always make the news cycle unless...

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Monday, 03 December 2018 16:03

Ambushed by Ambition

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Around the same time that Jesus was born in Bethlehem, another boy was born on the faraway untamed Iberian Peninsula (which we call Spain and Portugal today).[1] He was an ordinary countryside boy who dreamed of grander things. Perhaps he played with little toy soldiers in the dirt outside his home...

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Sunday, 02 December 2018 14:57

Why You Need to Send Your Pastor Away

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I want to speak to local church leaders for a moment. Let’s talk to you about the spiritual and emotional health of your pastor.

Charles Haddon Spurgeon spoke of the “Minister’s Fainting Fits” in his Lectures to My Students (p 171-183). His work is a very plain...

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On December 25, Christians around the world will gather to celebrate Jesus’ birth. Joyful carols, special liturgies, brightly wrapped gifts, festive foods—these all characterize the feast today, at least in the northern hemisphere. But just how did the Christmas festival originate?...

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Thursday, 29 November 2018 16:03

Marijuana – How a Christian Should Think

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On October 17, the government of Canada legalized marijuana for recreational use. My purpose in this post is not to argue the political issue but to present Christian guidance under the new regime. I understand that marijuana is illegal federally in the United States, but it is legal in some...

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Wednesday, 28 November 2018 16:03

No judgment, just neighbors

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A post card advertising a local church was delivered recently to my mail box. Printed on this card was a catchy slogan, “No judgment, just neighbors.” I can imagine that this catch phrase would have some appeal to certain people. After all, who wants to be looked down on or condemned?...

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Tuesday, 27 November 2018 22:00

Unity and Purity In The Church

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A Historical Survey

As early as the second century, two contradictory trends had developed that would affect the doctrine of the church until the present time. One trend was toward external unity; the other was toward internal purity. These two directions were present prior to the Reformation, as...

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Tuesday, 27 November 2018 00:58

DBTS » Dispensationalism Unhitched?

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So says the Apostle Paul in 1 Corinthians 10:11. The statement caps a rapid-fire sequence of references to the Old Testament in a timeless warning against moral vices common to both the OT and NT ages—idolatry, sexual immorality, and discontent—and in so doing establishes a certain...

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Four decades ago this Sunday, the Rev Jim Jones, the charismatic leader of an American cult in the Guyanese jungle, ordered his followers to murder a US congressman and several journalists, then commit mass suicide by drinking cyanide-laced fruit punch.The Jonestown massacre was, before 9/11, the...

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Monday, 26 November 2018 16:03

Need Family Time? Church Time is Family Time

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Christians have idols that we love to hate, at least superficially, like materialism or pride. For some reason these are the idols that are the ones that typically get the “amens” and “that’ll preach” comments when the pastor serves up a message about them. But for...

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Sunday, 25 November 2018 15:45

Reaching a Lonely and Confused World

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Two stories from the New York Times struck me this week. Arthur Brooks opened his story on Friday with the words, “America is suffering from an epidemic of loneliness” (here). Then sex change candidate Andrea Long Chu published the article yesterday entitled “My new [female body...

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imageAmerica is suffering an epidemic of loneliness.According to a recent large-scale survey from the health care provider Cigna, most Americans suffer from strong feelings of loneliness and a lack of significance in their relationships. Nearly half say they sometimes or always feel alone or “left...

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Thursday, 22 November 2018 16:03

The Thank Offering

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The first mention of thanksgiving in the Bible comes in Leviticus 7, the concluding chapter of those outlining the Mosaic sacrificial system. The Bible calls the sacrifice described in this section (Lev 7.11-36) the “peace offering.” The distinctive feature of the peace offering is that...

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Wednesday, 21 November 2018 16:05

Now thank we all our God

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1 Now thank we all our God with heart and hands and voices, who wondrous things has done, in whom his world rejoices; who from our mothers’ arms has blessed us on our way with countless gifts of love, and still is ours today.

2 O may this bounteous God through all our life be near us, with...

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