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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When was the last time that you thanked God for some other Christians in prayer? Join Pastor Thomas Overmiller to discover from Ephesians 1 what motivated Paul to thank God for other believers on a regular basis.

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Wednesday, 13 June 2018 10:30

Thanking God for Other Christians

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When was the last time you thanked God for other Christians? When was the last time that you prayed, saying, “Thank you God for [so and so],” naming another Christian whom you know? From his letter to the believers at Ephesus, we learn that Paul did this continually. In the opening...

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Sunday, 10 June 2018 03:03

Lesson 8: Transitioning to the NKJV

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Fulfilling a Promise From the inception of Faith Baptist Church, we have used the King James translation of the Bible for preaching and teaching ministry. For a period of time (I’m not sure exactly when), we used the New King James translation in the children’s ministry. Furthermore,...

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Sunday, 10 June 2018 02:00

Prayer that Leads to Joy

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The night before his crucifixion, Jesus prepared his disciples for the challenges they would experience when he left them (John 16:1-4, 31-33). He assured them that though he would leave them soon through death, he would return to them soon through the resurrection (John 16:19-22). By leaving them,...

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Saturday, 09 June 2018 08:23

Bible Perspective on Suicide

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A Disturbing Trend The recent deaths of celebrity chef Anthony Bourdain and fashion designer Kate Spade raise awareness of a disturbing fact. Even famous and accomplished people commit suicide. What’s more, the New Yorker claims that suicide rates increase following high-profile suicides...

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Sunday, 03 June 2018 02:00

Learning to Forgive

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After riding by horseback around his estate in freezing rain and snow, George Washington woke up with an inflamed throat and was unable to breathe properly. When doctors examined his condition, they prescribed a procedure called “bloodletting,” which followed the prevailing medical...

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Sunday, 27 May 2018 02:00

From Sorrow to Joy

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Life is not a jolly journey through Gum Drop Pass or a sentimental stroll through Pooh Corner. No matter how many childhood summers may have felt that way, you eventually learn what it means to “walk through the valley of the shadow of death” and go about life “in the presence of...

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Sunday, 20 May 2018 02:00

The Holy Spirit and the Apostles Together

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When you buy a house, it is very important to inspect the foundation. Before my wife and I purchased a home for the first time, we enlisted the help of a building inspector to examine the foundation of the house were considering. We also asked for some feedback from friends who had building and...

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Friday, 18 May 2018 02:55

New Testament Tongues

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The Meaning of Speaking in Tongues At Pentecost, the Holy Spirit enabled a group of believers to speak with “other tongues” (Acts 2:4). This was the first time that “speaking in tongues” occurred in the New Testament. People have offered various interpretations about the...

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Friday, 18 May 2018 02:55

New Testament Prophecy

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The Nature of Prophecy The word prophecy in Scripture means “to speak the words of another.” A man-to-man example of this occurred in the Old Testament when Moses gave words to his brother Aaron to speak on his behalf (Exo 4:15). In this arrangement, God described Levi as the prophet of...

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Sunday, 13 May 2018 02:00

A Genealogy of Grace

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Every second Sunday of May, our national calendar encourages us to remember our mothers, and we respond to this reminder in various ways. For instance, you may show appreciation on a surface or external level by giving your mother a corsage or bouquet of flowers, or you might give her some...

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Sunday, 06 May 2018 02:00

The Significance of the Death of Jesus

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Why did Jesus die and what did his death accomplish? Though you may know that Jesus died on the cross, you may fail to understand the significance of what his death accomplished. On one hand, your misunderstanding of this crucial event may be due to a wrong perspective; but on the other hand, it...

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Saturday, 28 April 2018 23:23

Understanding Your Jewish Neighbor

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Defining Terms Before we understand the Jewish faith, it is important for Christians understand how to approach their Jewish neighbors. Christians have certain ideas about what they mean when they refer to Judaism or Jewish people. But those ideas may not necessarily be accurate to how Jewish...

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Wednesday, 25 April 2018 11:00

Praying, Praying, Praying

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Praying at All Times When Paul says, “Praying always,” he encourages believers to pray all the time (Eph 6:18). He further portrays this as “being watchful,” which means to “stay awake.” He also portrays this as “with all perseverance,” which means...

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Paul’s instructions in Titus 2:9-10 provide valuable perspective for Christians who work for non-believing employers, managers, and supervisors today, especially those who are difficult or demanding. Understanding this guidance will enable you to be a compelling influence for the gospel. Join...

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Praying for opportunities to speak about Jesus is an important step in being an effective gospel witness (Col 4:2-4). And living in a way that anticipates such opportunities is another important step (Col 4:5). But when you take these steps, you need to be prepared to speak when...

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To be an effective witness for Christ, you must live in a Christian manner before a watching world. You must also learn to pray for opportunities to share Jesus in a clear and effective manner (Col 4:2-4). But there is another step you need to take to be an effective witness for...

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To be an effective witness for Christ, you must be a consistent example of living out Christlike virtues, at home, at work and in any other place in the world. Being like Christ is the necessary backdrop for speaking about him. But as you seek to live and share Christ with the people you...

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The Nature of Translation A language consists of two important elements, which we may call form and meaning. Form refers to the letters, syllables, words, phrases, and sentence structures of a particular language. People who share a common language use forms that are unique to their language to...

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Sunday, 22 April 2018 02:00

Hated by the World

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As you journey through life as a Christian, you will experience the faithful, loving pruning of the Father. Through painful circumstances and difficult experiences, God will transform your character like a gardener trims the branches on a vine. He will do this so that your life will produce more...

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Wednesday, 18 April 2018 10:00

Make the Gospel Beautiful (at Work)

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At first glance, Paul seems to give irrelevant instructions for Christians in America today when he addressed the social and economic institution of slavery (Tit 2:9-10). Though this institution permeated first-century Greek and Roman culture, it does not permeate our modern society. Though...

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Sunday, 15 April 2018 03:00

Lesson 6: The King James Onlyism Problem

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Understanding this Perspective King James Onlyism refers to the belief that the KJV translation is the only translation that English-speaking people should use. Some forms of this position are more extreme than others. Those who teach this often claim that more recent translations are corrupt...

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Sunday, 15 April 2018 02:00

Friends Who Love Like Jesus

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If given the opportunity to speak to a group of Christians about love and friendship, what would you say? You could present all kinds of illustrations, quotes and anecdotes from standard dictionaries, secular psychology, social studies and statistics, world religions and philosophies, fictional...

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Saturday, 14 April 2018 23:00

Understanding Your Muslim Neighbor

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Introduction While the Islamic faith as a religion was not introduced until the 7th century, Muslims claim that their faith can be traced back to the prophets of the Bible. In the Scriptures, they find many of their prophets, including Abraham, Moses, and Jesus. Muslims agree with the Bible in many...

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Wednesday, 11 April 2018 10:00

Respond to Opportunities to Speak about Jesus

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Praying for opportunities to speak about Jesus is an important step in being an effective gospel witness (Col 4:2-4). And living in a way that anticipates such opportunities is another important step (Col 4:5). But when you take these steps, you need to be prepared to speak when opportunities come...

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