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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Wednesday, 17 January 2018 04:51

Lessons in Evangelism from Old Testament Israel

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As we learn to be a witness for the gospel, we give a lot of attention to what we say and how we say it. This is important because you cannot be a witness for the gospel without giving people the message of the gospel in a clear and accurate way (Rom 10:17). But in […]

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Saturday, 13 January 2018 22:00

God is Loving, People are Loved

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Up to this point, you have thoroughly dealt with the problem of sin and its horrific consequences. The lost person should sense their need for deliverance from sin. This is what the gospel intends to do. From this point on, you will focus on the concepts of God’s love and grace as...

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Tuesday, 09 January 2018 06:05

Preparing for a God-Honoring Marriage

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As a teenager becomes an adult, he or she eventually faces the question of whether to marry and whom to marry. Perhaps you are facing this question right now, or perhaps your child, a friend, or someone you know is doing so. Whatever the case, a believer should approach this significant decision in...

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Saturday, 06 January 2018 05:10

Reconsidering Your Approach to Evangelism

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God entrusts the ministry of evangelism to every believer. It is the way that he has chosen to spread the message of life and redemption to a lost and dying world. Yet how many believers faithfully participate in this crucial endeavor? Do you? In Matthew 9:37, Jesus taught that the great challenge...

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Saturday, 30 December 2017 22:01

God is Just, People are Condemned

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You began your gospel presentation with a careful look at the problem of sin. Sin is the opposite of God’s holiness. Therefore, sinful people cannot have a relationship with him. But the lost person may be thinking, “What is the big deal about my sin? What is the problem if I...

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Monday, 25 December 2017 23:32

Think On These Things Book Available for Pre-Order

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The book, Think On These Things, is now available for purchase. You can pre-order the paperback edition or download the eBook version immediately. This book provides 32 Bible devotional readings for Christian life and ministry from the following 19 contributing authors:    

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Monday, 25 December 2017 23:05

Top Posts in 2017

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What was your favorite post from this year? The 20 most-read posts are: Why Did the Magi Go to Herod? Wearing Suits to Church Jesus and the Woman Caught in Adultery What Happens When I Don’t Confess My Sin Should Christians Save Money for the Future? The First Step Was … Not a Wall...

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Sunday, 10 December 2017 02:00

Parental Affirmation

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Children need parents to warn them against wrong behavior and to provide them with consequences when they make wrong choices. But they need more than warnings and consequences related to bad behavior. They also need parents to encourage good behavior and to recognize when they make good choices. We...

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Saturday, 09 December 2017 22:00

God is Holy, People are Sinful

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If the person you are witnessing to has agreed to let you share the gospel, you have a wide-open door of opportunity. You want to take advantage of it by sharing the gospel thoroughly and clearly. In your presentation, there are four key points you want to articulate. The first of these is...

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Join Pastor Thomas Overmiller to consider six ways that you should allow the doctrine of the Trinity to impact your relationship with God, your approach to life, and your mission to the world.

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Wednesday, 06 December 2017 14:10

Personal Application for the Doctrine of the Trinity

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Worship in Greater Awe The believer who begins to comprehend the incomparable nature of the triune God soon realizes his extreme unworthiness to approach the supreme majesty of God. Like Isaiah in the presence of the Godhead, he must bow down to worship in humility and awe (Isa 6:1-8). Sharing this...

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Having considered that God is one and that there are three distinct persons within the Godhead, join Pastor Thomas Overmiller to discover where Scripture presents the members of the Godhead as sharing in the divine nature equally, meaning that one is not somehow more divine than another and...

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Wednesday, 06 December 2017 14:00

The Three Members of the Godhead are Equally Divine

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Having considered that God is one and that there are three distinct persons within the Godhead, it is important to know where Scripture presents the members of the Godhead as sharing in the divine nature equally, meaning that one is not somehow more divine than another and underscoring that all...

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Having recognized the equally divine and eternal nature of each member of the Godhead, join Pastor Thomas Overmiller to learn how Scripture also portrays them as persons, each having the attributes of a personal being and not merely an abstract force or emanation of some kind.

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Wednesday, 06 December 2017 03:41

Episode 128: The Father, Son and Spirit are God

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Having established the three-in-oneness of God, join Pastor Thomas Overmiller to learn how Scripture also teaches that each member of the Godhead is equally and eternally God, no more and no less than the others.

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Wednesday, 06 December 2017 03:38

Episode 127: A Plurality in the Godhead

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While Scriptures clearly teach that there is one God, they also intimate that somehow there is a plurality within the Godhead. Join Pastor Thomas Overmiller to discover what this means and where the Bible teaches this idea.

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Wednesday, 06 December 2017 03:36

Episode 126: God is One

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To understand the Trinity properly, it is necessary to observe that the Bible reveals one God and not three. Join Pastor Thomas Overmiller to discover what the Bible teaches about the oneness of God.

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Wednesday, 06 December 2017 02:53

The Father, Son, and Spirit are God

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The Father is God Having established the three-in-oneness of God, it is necessary to establish that Scripture also teaches that each member of the Godhead is equally and eternally God, no more and no less than the others. This begins by recognizing the deity and eternality of God the Father....

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Wednesday, 06 December 2017 02:53

The Three Members of the Godhead are Distinct Persons

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Having recognized the equally divine and eternal nature of each member of the Godhead, it is necessary to recognize that Scripture also portrays them as persons, each having the attributes of a personal being and not merely an abstract force or emanation of some kind. As such, Scripture reveals...

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Sunday, 03 December 2017 02:00

The Priority of Obedience

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Hearing and Doing The word obey means doing something in response to hearing something (Eph 6:1; Col 3:20). More specifically, it means to hear what you are told to do and do it. In the most literal sense, the word is a combination of two words, hear and under, meaning to place yourself under the...

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Sunday, 03 December 2017 01:00

Learning to Serve from the Master

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In John 13, we get an inside look at a personal ministry of Jesus to his disciples. Altogether, this time spent with them took place in less than a day. Yet, from John 13-17, John records many things that Jesus taught them in those hours. As John 13:2 mentions, this happened after the disciples had...

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Thursday, 30 November 2017 20:42

Episode 125: A Basic Definition of the Trinity

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Join Pastor Thomas Overmiller to learn a basic definition of the Trinity as taught by the Bible. Memorizing this definition will be an excellent way to strengthen your faith and to grow in your knowledge of God and your relationship with him. In this episode, you will also learn two misconceptions...

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Wednesday, 29 November 2017 14:00

A Basic Definition of the Trinity

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A Basic Definition Any description of the Trinity must include two basic elements. First, it must affirm that there is one eternal God. Second, it must affirm that this God has always existed as three persons. That is why theologians use trinity to describe this...

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Wednesday, 29 November 2017 04:59

Alliance or Reliance?

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A Serious Problem The nation of Judah faced a serious problem. They were a small nation at the time and by no means a major world empire. Meanwhile, the reigning superpower of the world, Assyria, was planning a military attack against them. To prepare for this battle, Judah sent a diplomatic envoy...

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Tuesday, 28 November 2017 14:05

Episode 124: More Misunderstandings about the Trinity

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Does the word trinity appear in Scripture? Did the Catholic Church invent the doctrine of the Trinity? Join Pastor Thomas Overmiller to discover the answers to these questions and more.

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