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

Shepherd Thoughts - Apologetic Report
Sunday, 09 December 2018 01:00

The Inconvenient Love of Christ

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Tucked away in the record about the crucifixion of Jesus is a touching, intimate moment that includes a little-known statement by Jesus (John 19:25-27). This statement is the third saying of Christ…

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Thursday, 06 December 2018 07:11

Looking Beyond the Visible Horizon

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In the previous verse (2 Cor 4:16), Paul has already used two opposites to make a point. He contrasted the outward (external) aspect of being a person with the inward (internal) aspect. He also…

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Wednesday, 28 November 2018 10:00

Encouragement from Within

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For 15 verses, Paul has described his attitude towards suffering as a believer (2 Cor 4:1-15). He did not view his recurring bouts with suffering as a bad omen, as a sign…

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Wednesday, 21 November 2018 10:01

Episode 168: The Ripple Effects of Your Suffering

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Have you considered the ripple effects that happen when you rely on God’s grace in your suffering? Discover from 2 Corinthians 4:15 with Pastor Thomas Overmiller how depending on God’s grace ultimately…

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Wednesday, 21 November 2018 10:00

The Ripple Effects of Your Suffering

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Ten Reasons for Continuing to Spread the Gospel Throughout 2 Corinthians 4, Paul explained why he had continued to spread the gospel message despite the suffering that he endured as a result.…

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Sunday, 18 November 2018 01:00

The King of Suffering

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I remember two workbenches from childhood. The first was my father’s in the garage of our home. He kept all the surfaces clean and every tool and container in its place. The…

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Wednesday, 14 November 2018 10:01

Episode 167: Timeless Perseverance that Speaks

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Do you ever feel like you are suffering in a way that is unique and more unbearable the suffering that anyone else endures? Join Pastor Thomas Overmiller to consider how Paul felt…

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Wednesday, 14 November 2018 10:00

Timeless Perseverance that Speaks

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If I received a dollar for every time another believer said to me, “No one goes through what I am going through,” or, “My situation is unique,” or, “No one else suffers…

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Monday, 12 November 2018 05:50

Some Thoughts about Thanksgiving

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As you look ahead to Thanksgiving, take a look back at some posts and podcasts related to the important theme of gratitude in the Christian life. Some Posts Recognize People, but Magnify…

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Sunday, 11 November 2018 01:00

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…

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Saturday, 10 November 2018 05:21

Episode 166: Showing Life Through Suffering

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Do you struggle to understand the purpose for your suffering? Join Pastor Thomas Overmiller to discover from 2 Corinthians 4:2 how Christian suffering is a precious opportunity to reveal the truth about…

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Wednesday, 07 November 2018 10:00

Showing Life Through Suffering

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We easily misunderstand the role that suffering plays in our lives as Christians. In some cases, suffering occurs as judgment and discipline from the Lord due to our persistently disobedient behavior (1…

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Sunday, 04 November 2018 01:00

The Great Exchange

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In 1881, the famous author Mark Twain published The Prince and the Pauper. In this story, two identical-looking boys are born on the same day, but they represent two very different sides of life. One, a prince named Edward, is born into the royal palace of England. The other, a poor boy named Tom,...

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Sunday, 28 October 2018 02:00

Truth and Politics

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During lunch at school, a classmate asks you, “Are you a Democrat or Republican?” During a break, your coworker or colleague asks, “Who are you voting for on Tuesday?” As you walk past your neighbor to go shopping, she asks, “What do you think about the immigrant...

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Saturday, 27 October 2018 03:22

Episode 165: Resolute in Suffering

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Do you experience intense and difficult suffering as a Christian? Join Pastor Thomas Overmiller in discovering the kind of suffering that Paul endured and learn how Paul remained resolute and serene as he endured these ongoing challenges.

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Thursday, 25 October 2018 01:12

Unparalleled Gospel Opportunity in Queens

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The Queens Borough offers an unprecedented opportunity for gospel outreach and ministry. The following demographics of our community will demonstrate why this is the case. Population and Diversity Queens has the largest land area of the five New York City boroughs and is situated east of...

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Wednesday, 24 October 2018 11:00

Resolute in Suffering

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Having described himself as a fragile, breakable clay pot containing the glorious and powerful light of the gospel, Paul described the kind of suffering he endured in his service to God. He said, “We are hard-pressed on every side, yet not crushed; we are perplexed, but not in despair;...

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Monday, 22 October 2018 08:06

Episode 164: Fragile for the Glory of God

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It is easy to embrace the mistaken idea that Christian growth will somehow make you a more powerful and attractive person. Together with Pastor Thomas Overmiller, learn from 2 Corinthians 4:6-7 how to view yourself properly so that the bright light of the gospel may shine through your life more...

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Monday, 22 October 2018 08:04

Episode 162: Seeing God in the City

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When you live in an urban environment like New York City, you cannot see the natural revelation of God as readily and directly as you may in a more rural setting. Join Pastor Thomas Overmiller to consider the challenge and benefit of this unique challenge.

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Monday, 22 October 2018 08:04

Episode 163: You Become What You Worship

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You are a worshipful being by nature who becomes like whatever you choose to worship. Are you worshiping the true God and becoming more like him? Or are you worshiping and becoming like someone or something else instead? Join Pastor Thomas Overmiller to consider some interesting observations from...

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Thursday, 18 October 2018 00:38

The Road to God

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Do all roads lead to God? To go somewhere, you need the right directions. This is especially true in a place like New York City, a tangled sprawl of highways and exits, roads and intersections, bridges and ferries, subway lines and trains, buses, taxis, Lyfts, and Ubers in every direction. Without...

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Wednesday, 17 October 2018 10:00

Fragile for the Glory of God

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When you set out to shine the light of the gospel into the darkness of this world, you will experience personal adversity. Paul experienced this adversity for himself and he teaches you how to decipher this challenge the right way for yourself. To respond properly when adversity comes your way, you...

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Wednesday, 10 October 2018 09:34

You Become What You Worship

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Reflective Creatures According to Genesis 1:26, you are made in the image and likeness of God. The word image (צֶ֫לֶם) refers to something like a carved statue and the word likeness...

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Sunday, 07 October 2018 02:00

A Crucial Contradiction

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Throughout church history, believers have faced resistance from two persistent rivals: traditional religion and secular government. These rivals have taken many different forms. In John 18:28-32, for instance, we find traditional religion in the form of orthodox Judaism, and we find secular...

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Saturday, 06 October 2018 07:58

Episode 161: God Shines the Light

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Join Pastor Thomas Overmiller in looking at 2 Corinthians 4:5-6 to learn both how Paul preached the gospel and what he depended on God to do when he ministered this way!

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