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, 19 August 2019 06:32

Why I'm Not a Continuationist

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Sometimes, to be a leader, you need to be defined not only by what youarebut also by what youare not. This article is meant to describewhat I am not. In this article, I want you to know thatI am not acontinuationist. I’m not writing this to persuade you to my camp, but just to explain...

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Thursday, 01 August 2019 03:29

Faith that Endures

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It seemed like such an odd detail. In a list praising Abraham for being willing to sacrifice his son, Moses for giving up a life of luxurious living, and Noah for building a boat and saving all of humanity, the statement about Jacob really stood out to me. “By faith Jacob, when dying, blessed...

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The day is coming closer. The day you dread every year. The day you wish would never come. If you could just snap your fingers and skip this day completely, you would. The day that will find you constantly thinking about the loved one you lost. Grief is already hard to bear, but facing the...

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Merriam-Webster defines the wordreckless as “marked by lack of proper caution; careless of consequences.” A while back, I got into a small (and probably unnecessary) online debate on whether or not God’s love should be described asreckless. While one can make a fair...

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It has been several years ago now, but I was once speaking with a children’s director at a church in Maryland about kids ministry.  While talking, this man pointed to a picture on the wall in a classroom that really bothered him.  It was a picture of Noah’s Ark,...

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Our day is a day of controversy. Our society is plagued with gender dysphoria, the loss of basic human rights, and the total misperception of personal identity. Many of these issues, along with countless others, would have been outrageous to suggest a few decades ago, and while the church largely...

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When I was in college and grad school, people would often ask what I wanted to do with my Bible degree. At the time, I would tell them, “Youth pastor.” They would normally then ask, “Interesting. So why do you think we’re losing the next generation?” It’s a...

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Eight years ago, I tried to watch Game of Thrones: Season 1.  A few episodes in, I put the DVDs back in the case and returned them.  I had seen enough. Besides being disturbed by the nihilistic violence and rape, I felt the story of Westeros wasn’t going anywhere meaningful, and I...

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One of my favorite passages of Scripture is Hebrews 4:15, “For we do not have a high priest who is unable to sympathize with our weaknesses, but one who in every respect has been tempted as we are, yet without sin.” It reminds me that Jesus Christ, the very Son of God, understands my...

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In case you missed it, HBO just broadcasted the eighth and final season of their show, “Game of Thrones,” which is based off George R.R. Martin’s books. This show (and the books) have now become a sort of cultural phenomenon. The show was the most expensive TV show produced in...

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I believe homosexuality is a sin.In today's culture, that statement sounds as backward and narrow-minded as if I said, "I'm pro-slavery" or "women shouldn't vote." When viewed through the lens of today's culture, a stance against homosexuality is synonymous with homophobia.More than just backward...

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Tuesday, 29 January 2019 13:00

7 Proverbs for the Newlywed Wife

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When my husband and I got engaged, two particular sentiments dominated the congratulatory discussions - the “Oh, you’re going to love marriage, it’s so wonderful. Such a blessing” comments, and there were also the “Get ready. It’s not as easy as it seems”...

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Monday, 14 January 2019 13:00

Check Your Christian Liberty

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“Christian liberty.”What does that bring to your mind? Perhaps you’re thinking of those facebook debates over the Christian’s use of alcohol or arguments over personal standards. Perhaps it conjures bitter memories of judgmental Christians and legalistic churches.What if,...

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“Oh boy, they’re at it again!” That was the reaction I saw all over social media when a radio station decided to stop playing “Baby It’s Cold Outside” for fear that it encouraged date rape. The ensuing discussion was interesting. Should the song be banned? Does...

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Tuesday, 18 December 2018 02:37

The Empty Seat at Christmas

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One of the chairs will be empty around the table for many this Christmas season. A wife will celebrate the holidays without her husband for the first time. A son will read Luke 2 without mom sitting there alongside him. There will be those not-so-distant memories of a friend’s voice we still...

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Monday, 10 December 2018 23:54

10 Most Read Articles in 2018

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This time of year is a time of both anticipation and reflection—anticipation for the New Year, and reflection on everything God has done in the past year. 2018 has definitely introduced a lot of changes for the four of us! In this last year, Caleb was called to be the Senior Pastor of Faith...

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A troubling reality that the church faces today is the alarming number of young adults who forsake the faith, despite their Christian upbringing. If you were raised in church or attended a Christian school, I’m sure you can think of some examples (I know I can). We could spend a lot of time...

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Friday, 16 November 2018 03:30

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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Tuesday, 30 October 2018 14:00

Desperate Times, Faithful God

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Whether it’s your overwhelming responsibilities, family pressures, or uncertainty about your future, desperate moments leave you feeling hopeless and helpless—drowning in a sea of anxiety. All you want to do is escape, and you’re on the verge of doing something crazy to get out.&#...

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