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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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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Tuesday, 25 September 2018 01:23

Rebuilding Parental Authority

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God places loving authority in the hands of parents. It is a responsibility to lead, oversee, and direct a home in a wise, godly manner. Loving authority is trustworthy; acting on behalf of those it governs and does what is right. It is judicious and benevolent and understands the need to direct,...

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Wednesday, 12 September 2018 02:28

Five Counseling Myths in the Church

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Pastoral care and counsel—that is what we are considering. It is the word counsel that leads to some confusion and differences of opinion. With that in mind, here are a few myths I have heard.

1. Counseling is for the professionals

This myth suggests that counseling is a professional term and...

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Wednesday, 05 September 2018 05:04

The Peace of God or the God of Peace?

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I am an anxious person. I haven’t always known that to be true, but it has become more obvious with each passing year. I am anxious about what I can do—and anxious about what I can’t. I’m anxious about how to love the people in my life—and I’m anxious when I...

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Thursday, 23 August 2018 23:49

Is Reading the Bible a Chore or a Delight?

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A friend is currently reading Tolstoy’s War and Peace. He says it’s taken a good few hundred pages, but at last he is really into it. It’s like that with books sometimes. They take a while to grab your attention. Generally, the turning point happens when you finally start to care...

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Wednesday, 20 June 2018 03:31

Sexual Abuse in Marriage: 12 Ways to Help Victims

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This is part 3 of a 3 part series: Part 1 | Part 2

This is the third in a series of blogs on the sexual abuse of women in marriage. My goal is to help counselors and pastors to recognize when a wife is being sexual abused by her husband and then offer appropriate help. In the first two blogs, I...

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Wednesday, 13 June 2018 03:18

Sexual Abuse in Marriage: The Power of Confusion

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This is part 2 of a 3 part series (Part 3 forthcoming): Part 1

This is the second in a series of blogs on the sexual abuse of women in marriage. My goal is to help counselors and pastors to recognize when a wife is being sexually abused by her husband and then offer appropriate help. In the first...

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