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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Monday, 23 July 2018 17:03

FrontLine: Membership Matters

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FrontLine May/June 2018 | VOLUME 28 | NUMBER 3

Membership Matters

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Church membership, graphically portrayed here as a flock of sheep under their shepherd, is one of the most important and practical areas of theology. Church is where almost all the rest of the “-ologies” are put into...

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Tara Burton posted an article for Vox today suggesting that Maria Butina (the young Russian woman recently indicted as a spy) used the National Prayer Breakfast to gain access to US Governmental leaders. Burton interviewed Jeff Sharlet regarding one of the most secret and influential Christian...

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Friday, 20 July 2018 12:17

Always Ask About the Tattoo

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I recalled this story while reading an example from Good News for Change: How to Talk to Anyone about Jesus, by Matt Mikalatos. At the end of chapter 11, Mikalatos writes, “Every time you see a tattoo this week, ask the person, ‘Why is that significant to you?’ It’s one of...

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Friday, 20 July 2018 05:03

It’s Summertime, Take a Break!

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“Have you ever felt like a goldfish swimming around in a blender full of water – with someone’s finger on the ‘high’ switch? Many of us are altogether too busy, running on overdrive, overextended in our schedules and underdeveloped in our souls. Instead of green...

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Wednesday, 18 July 2018 17:03

A Life Worth Living

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According as his divine power hath given unto us all things that pertain unto life and godliness, through the knowledge of him that hath called us to glory and virtue: Whereby are given unto us exceeding great and precious promises: that by these ye might be partakers of the divine nature, having...

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Tuesday, 17 July 2018 17:03

What To Do When You Disagree with God

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Have you ever read your Bible and come across something that bothered you? Something that made you uncomfortable? Something you disagreed with? I hope you have.

Many people mistakenly assume that everything they read in their Bibles should line up with how they see the world. God should behave the...

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Monday, 16 July 2018 17:03

God’s Hungry Children

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A.W. Tozer wrote in the preface of his outstanding book, The Pursuit of God (p. 8), “It is a solemn thing, and no small scandal in the kingdom [the church], to see God’s children starving while actually seated at the Father’s table.”

What he was getting at was that the...

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imageBrett Kavanaugh’s Supreme Court nomination is the consummation of one of the big bets behind the 2016 election. Many white Christians voted for Donald Trump because they believed he would appoint conservative justices who would protect religious liberty and advance the pro-life cause. Now,...

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Sunday, 15 July 2018 16:57

Opposing Satan’s Whisperers

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God is still in the soul-saving business, but that does not mean there is no opposition.

When Saul and Barnabas entered the court of Sergius Paulus in Paphos on that first missionary journey (Acts 13:4-12), there was no doubt that they were involved in spiritual warfare. I am not trying to sound...

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Young-Earth Creationism and Modern Fundamentalism: A Historical Study (Part 3)

Analyzing fundamentalism and its relationship to the Young-Earth Creationism (YEC) movement is necessary as both movements interact with another in the present and the future. The driving concern of Fundamentalism remains...

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Wednesday, 11 July 2018 17:03

Fundamentalism and Young-Earth Creationism

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Young-Earth Creationism and Modern Fundamentalism: A Historical Study (Part 2)

The fundamentalist movement began as early as the 1850s. It has been divided into at least a non-conformist period (1850-1930) and a separatist period (beginning in 1930 with solidification by the 1950s). Non-conformist...

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Young-Earth Creationism and Modern Fundamentalism: A Historical Study (Part 1)

The launch of the modern Young Earth Creationist (YEC) movement dates to 1961, with the publication of The Genesis Flood by Dr. Henry M. Morris and Dr. John C. Whitcomb. Dr. Morris began the Institute for Creation...

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Monday, 09 July 2018 17:03

Food Pharisees?

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There’s a lot of talk about gluttony out there. I mean a lot. Billy Graham wrote a Q&A about it. Joe McKeever rebukes it. John Piper tells people how to conquer it. Rachel Held Evans has compared it to homosexuality, and Kevin DeYoung has weighed in for the Gospel Coalition. Besides...

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As we were doing some intensive self-evaluation as a church a few years ago about our evangelistic effectiveness, we began wondering what our goal should be for the congregation regarding evangelistic activity. Would 50% of the congregation participating in soul-winning evangelism be sufficient?...

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This four-part article 1) clearly defines the dangerous threat inherent to the LGBTQ movement on the Church and the culture.God’s Design is Clear and Specific

Source: The LGBTQ Movement and Christianity (Its Threat and Our Response): Part 1

Authors: Kevin Schaal...

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Amy Coney Barrett, now a judge on the 7th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, became a heroic figure to some religious conservatives during her confirmation hearing before the Senate Judiciary Committee last fall. Sen. Dianne Feinstein challenged the Catholic law professor about her religious beliefs,...

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Thursday, 05 July 2018 17:03

Why Are Christians Warned from Idols?

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“Why did he do that?” “I can’t believe he acted like that, it seems so out of character!”

If you have been observing other Christians for any length of time, you have no doubt said something similar because of bizarre behaviour from someone whom you thought knew better....

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Wednesday, 04 July 2018 17:03

Evangelizing the Cold-Hearted

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We live in a cold place. Winter in Calgary can last 6-7 months of the year. Neighbors often don’t see neighbors during those days, except for the occasional greeting here and there from the mailbox or a snow-shoveled driveway. Most people are content to keep to themselves.

Calgary is also a...

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Tuesday, 03 July 2018 17:03

Christian Love for Country

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Let every soul be subject unto the higher powers. FOR THERE IS NO POWER BUT OF GOD: THE POWERS THAT BE ARE ORDAINED OF GOD. Whosoever therefore resists the power, resists the ordinance of God: and they that resist shall receive to themselves damnation. For rulers are not a terror to good works, but...

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When you buy a house, it is very important to inspect the foundation. Before my wife and I purchased a home for the first time, we enlisted the help of a building inspector to examine the foundation of the house were considering. We also asked for some feedback from friends who had building and...

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“The ability to successfully create a ‘new ovary’, by removing any tissue that might potentially reintroduce the cancer and fashioning a scaffold on which to grow the egg-containing follicles​, allows the reimplantation of a ‘safe’ ovary, with the potential...

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Sunday, 01 July 2018 17:46

Can We Make Seminary More Effective?

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A few months ago, I finished preaching a long series through the gospels and I loosely used A.B. Bruce’s The Training of the Twelve for the structure of the series of messages. As I preached it, I was reminded of the stark differences in how we prepare men for ministry and how Jesus did it. I...

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Thursday, 28 June 2018 17:03

Beating First World Syndrome

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imageDo your kids ever manifest symptoms of First World Syndrome? Recent generations of young people have been groomed to have a certain sense of entitlement about them. That something is owed them. That they deserve more. An expectation of accolades, convenience, and ease. It is grievous and unkind to...

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Wednesday, 27 June 2018 17:03

Parenting Resources

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This spring, I taught a class on parenting at our church. In preparation for the class, I interacted with a number of different parenting resources. Here are five of the resources I found most helpful.

1. Shepherding a Child’s Heart – Outside of the Bible, this is the best overall book...

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Tuesday, 26 June 2018 17:03

Christians Must Handle Conflict Biblically

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imageWe cannot escape conflicts because we cannot escape people, including Christians, who struggle with sinful pride and their sinful flesh. For this reason, conflicts will arise between individuals.

Conflicts can be between church members, parents and children, spouses, and other combinations of...

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