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, 08 July 2019 10:28

The Solid God

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Augustine tried to cast his cares on the Lord (1 Peter 5:6–7), and it didn’t work. That happens all the time with us as well. We ask Jesus to take away our miseries, worries, and despair and nothing happens, so we move on to other strategies. Augustine, however, learned that the problem...

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In one week, our CCEF family experienced the birth of Anne Pettit’s second son on a Thursday, David Powlison’s death on a Friday, and Megan Krimmel’s wedding that Sunday. Our concern was that while we knew it was time to mourn, and we could do that effortlessly, would we also know...

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David Powlison was invited to give the closing comments at the Westminster Graduation Ceremony on May 23, 2019. He was unable to attend personally but CCEF’s Dean of Faculty, Mike Emlet read the following on David’s behalf:

I grieve not to be with you this afternoon. I very much looked...

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Thursday, 30 May 2019 06:27

Left to Their Own Devices

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“Whoever walks with the wise becomes wise, but the companion of fools will suffer harm.” Proverbs 13:20

With the increase of technology in the lives of young people comes a host of concerns. We hear a great deal about the risks of sexting, unwelcomed advances by adults, pornography,...

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Wednesday, 22 May 2019 05:12

Martha as Heroine

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Scripture keeps our eyes on Jesus, yet there are mere human heroes, too, who are intended to capture our attention. Look for those who are identified as people of faith.

Hebrews 11 lists heroes—men and women—from the Old Testament: Abraham, Sarah, Isaac, Jacob, Joseph, Moses, Rahab and...

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Wednesday, 08 May 2019 05:12

#MeToo…( #ChurchToo)

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A movement has risen to both empower and support those who have been victims of sexual assault. The #MeToo movement gives a voice to those who are often silenced, and a face to a pattern that many are tempted to believe isn’t rampant. 

But as with any cause or movement, Christians must...

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There is a growing alertness among parents, educators, and the church about the need to teach kids tangible ways to stay safe. Until children are old enough to keep themselves safe, it is the job of parents and concerned adults to prepare them to navigate difficult situations that may occur when...

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Wednesday, 24 April 2019 06:21

God Comes Close

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“I am with you” is the gift to anxious people. Our worries usually imply that we need someone—the right protector, the right fixer—who is close and is for us. Only those who know Jesus actually have that someone.

The challenge is that God’s closeness does not always...

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Thursday, 04 April 2019 05:47

Doubts

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Scene #1. I had to get blood drawn recently. The blood was to be used for a procedure in which it would significantly aid healing. A small group of phlebotomists tried one arm, then the other, and then back again. For some reason, I had no blood to give that day.

On the final attempt I prayed...

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Tuesday, 19 March 2019 04:03

Help! I Keep Losing My Temper

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Losing your temper is a lot like losing your car keys—you never choose to and it always seems to happen at the worst moments. For some “losing your temper” means yelling, swearing, pounding a fist on the table. For others, lost temper is barely perceptible: a...

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Monday, 18 February 2019 05:46

Fear and Faith Conjoined

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Are fear and anxiety wrong? The answers we hear are not always clear. They can leave us with a resounding, “sort of” or “sometimes,” which does not help people who are already feeling uncertain and less spiritual than others. If you expect that spiritual growth will make you...

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Monday, 18 February 2019 04:13

Fear and Faith Conjoined

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Are fear and anxiety wrong? The answers we hear are not always clear. They can leave us with a resounding, “sort of” or “sometimes,” which does not help people who are already feeling uncertain and less spiritual than others. If you expect that spiritual growth will make you...

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Wednesday, 13 February 2019 00:02

Learning about Sanctification from Groundhog Day

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We recently celebrated that oddest of American traditions, Groundhog Day. Every February 2, the nation awaits a weather prediction from “Phil,” a groundhog who makes his home in Punxsutawney, Pennsylvania. If he sees his shadow that morning, it means six more weeks of wintery weather or...

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Tuesday, 12 February 2019 23:46

Learning about Sanctification from Groundhog Day

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We recently celebrated that oddest of American traditions, Groundhog Day. Every February 2, the nation awaits a weather prediction from “Phil,” a groundhog who makes his home in Punxsutawney, Pennsylvania. If he sees his shadow that morning, it means six more weeks of wintery weather or...

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We—the church—still say foolish things to those who are going through hardships. In response, hurting people still tend to be quick to overlook offenses, under the heading of “well intentioned,” though some comments can veer off from the naïve to the grossly...

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We—the church—still say foolish things to those who are going through hardships. In response, hurting people still tend to be quick to overlook offenses, under the heading of “well intentioned,” though some comments can veer off from the naïve to the grossly...

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Friday, 25 January 2019 02:15

Brokenness

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But this I call to mind, and therefore I have hope:

The steadfast love of the Lord never ceases; his mercies never come to an end;

they are new every morning; great is your faithfulness.

“The Lord is my portion,” says my soul, “therefore I will hope in him.” (Lamentations...

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Tuesday, 22 January 2019 01:31

Cares and Consolations

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What cares and concerns burden you today? What challenges are you facing? Does God seem relevant to them? Do you experience his presence and help in the press of life’s challenges? What happens when anxieties grow within you?

Yesterday, in my Scripture reading, I came to Psalm 94, which...

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Wednesday, 16 January 2019 21:17

Updates From David Powlison

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You may have heard about David Powlison’s recent diagnosis. This landing page will be the place where we provide updates as we receive them. Please continue to keep David, Nan, and the Powlison family in your prayers.

January 18, 2019

During the first ten days of January we said goodbyes to our...

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Thursday, 10 January 2019 04:04

“Love Your Bibles”

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The quote is from Spurgeon. He is saying that Scripture is the very words of God, and who doesn’t love to hear the sound of God’s voice? ¹ The problem is that most of us wantto hear God’s voice, but we don’t crack our Bibles, and we don’t even buy our own excuses...

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A year ago today I embarked on an adventure I’d undertaken several times before—reading through the Bible in a year. The only difference this time was that I was going to read the English Standard Version (ESV). Looking back, it occurred to me that one could trace the history of the...

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Sunday, 16 December 2018 01:00

Unwanted Gifts

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Many years ago, our family went to a Christmas party. A children’s gift shop was offered for kids to shop for family Christmas gifts. You know the type: often stocked with dollar store finds, silly items, or discarded, unwanted gifts no one else claimed.

Our kids enjoyed shopping for gifts,...

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Sunday, 02 December 2018 03:22

Teens and Body Image

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As parents, we teach our children not to lie. Perhaps less discussed and more difficult to identify is when your child believes a lie, especially one that consumes their thoughts and actions. In today’s culture, a common lie that many youth buy into concerns body image. They believe they have...

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Monday, 12 November 2018 05:06

Pastor: Equip Your People to Counsel Each Other

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I remember hearing a pastor of a fairly large church saying—at a counseling conference no less—that he wasn’t going to hire any more pastor-counselors for the church pastoral staff. What he meant was this: he had hired fine pastoral counselors whose schedules quickly filled with...

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This is one of the most frequently asked questions by our students. And, like most questions, context matters. Here are just a few possible reasons for the question.

  • An older child has rejected Jesus and is offended when you speak of him.
  • A neighbor has confided in you about ___________ (depression,...

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