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
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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Saturday, 06 October 2018 07:30

Episode 160: Blind to the Gospel

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Why do nonbelievers frequently reject the gospel when you share it with them? Join Pastor Thomas Overmiller in taking a look at 2 Corinthians 4:3-4 to discover why they rejected the gospel when Paul shared it with them and find encouragement in your own attempts to be a witness for Christ.

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Wednesday, 03 October 2018 11:00

God Shines the Light

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When you set out to shine the light of the gospel into the world, you will experience adversity. Sometimes this adversity takes intense forms, as the apostle Paul himself experienced firsthand. Having gone through this experience, he provides you with a helpful perspective for learning how to...

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Sunday, 30 September 2018 02:00

The Chilling Truth about Peter

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John 18 reveals to us the truth about Jesus through the way he responded to his betrayal and arrest in Gethsemane and through the way he responded to his unethical trial before Annas. But as all this was going on, John gives us a parallel perspective about the way that Peter the disciple was...

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Saturday, 29 September 2018 02:00

Battle Ready Radio: 2018 Teen Retreat Audio Summary

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Don’t miss this helpful conversation with Dan Klaus, Christian Acosta, and guest speaker Nathan Swanson! This Battle Ready Radio episode reviews important thoughts from the preaching of the 2018 teen retreat. It also provides counseling insights that will help teens, parents,...

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Wednesday, 26 September 2018 09:41

Blind to the Gospel

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You may easily lose heart in reaching out to nonbelievers with the gospel (2 Cor 4:1). Sometimes this happens because nonbelievers respond to you in disappointing ways, rejecting your heartfelt overtures or responding to your biblical input in an aggressive manner. When this happens, believers may...

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Sunday, 23 September 2018 02:00

Calm in the Face of Corruption

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We live in a world stained by injustice. One such injustice is the way that an unbelieving world marginalizes and mistreats those who follow Jesus. You may feel this injustice in a mild way when you (1) pray before your meal during lunch-break, (2) tell your science teacher that you believe in...

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Wednesday, 19 September 2018 11:00

A Transparent Approach to Gospel Ministry

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When you set out to shine the light of the gospel to nonbelievers and believers alike, you may not anticipate the adversity that may come your way as a result. The apostle Paul himself experienced an intense degree adversity to his teaching ministry. His candid response to this adversity provides...

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Wednesday, 19 September 2018 07:50

Battle Ready Radio: 2018 Teen Retreat Audio Preview

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We are looking forward to the upcoming teen retreat with Brother Nathan Swanson, who grew up in Queens, NYC! The theme will be “Transformed.” (Romans 12:1-2). To get a jump start on preparing your heart for this gathering, be sure to listen to this special “Battle Ready...

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Wednesday, 19 September 2018 07:00

Episode 156: Responding to Adversity

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When you set out to shine the light of the gospel, you may fail to anticipate the adversity you will face. The apostle Paul himself experienced an intense degree and broad array of adversity. His response to these difficult challenges provides us with an example to follow. Join Pastor Thomas...

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Wednesday, 19 September 2018 05:08

A Good Evangelism Goal

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Paul’s outreach efforts in the first-century city of Ephesus yielded remarkable results, yet Luke did not record these results as a headcount of total converts. He described instead the scope of the surrounding population which had heard the gospel, regardless of how many had believed. Over...

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Wednesday, 19 September 2018 03:55

When the Mountains Sing

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In his book The Magician’s Nephew, C.S. Lewis imagines the creation of his imaginary world. He envisions Aslan speaking that world into existence, as God once created our real world by speaking it into existence. In doing so, he adds a remarkable twist, one that makes me wonder whether...

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Sunday, 16 September 2018 02:00

A Light in the Night

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Though the four gospels provide a variety of information about the life and ministry of Christ, they focus most on the events surrounding his crucifixion. In fact, the events surrounding the crucifixion serve as the climax not only of the four gospels, but also of the entire Bible. The entire Old...

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Wednesday, 12 September 2018 11:00

Responding to Adversity

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When you set out to shine the light of the gospel, the good news about Jesus Christ, you may easily fail to anticipate or appreciate the adversity you will face. The apostle Paul himself experienced an intense degree and broad array of adversity. His response to these difficult challenges provides...

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Sunday, 09 September 2018 02:00

The Unity of Believers

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On the night of Jesus’ betrayal, he prayed that – in his absence – God the Father would guard and guide his followers through a dangerous and unbelieving world. The same world that would crucify him would persecute his followers also. Therefore, he closed his prayer with a...

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Sunday, 02 September 2018 02:00

Sanctified by the Truth of God

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In John 17, we hear how Jesus prayed to the Father on the night of his betrayal and arrest. As we listen, we learn that he didn’t pray very much for himself. Instead, he prayed for the glory and purposes of God to be accomplished through his suffering. In addition to this, he prayed intently...

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Wednesday, 29 August 2018 12:01

Episode 155: Too Wonderful to Understand

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Why do people who know and follow God still suffer excruciating things? This piercing question haunted Job after he had suffered the devastating loss of his resources, family, and health. Join Pastor Thomas Overmiller to discover the great lesson you can learn about God through your suffering.

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Wednesday, 29 August 2018 12:00

Too Wonderful to Understand

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Why do people who know and follow God still suffer excruciating things? This piercing question haunted Job after he had suffered the devastating loss of his resources, family, and health. Three of his so-called friends attempted to answer this question by accusing him of hidden sin. Despite their...

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Charismatic teaching often encourages or requires every believer to seek an opportunity to speak in tongues. Such teaching claims that this experience is the necessary evidence of being filled with the Spirit, or of having the indwelling, baptizing ministry of the Spirit. So, is it true that every...

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Some charismatic teaching indicates that a person must undergo a separate experience of receiving (or being baptized with) the Holy Spirit sometime after conversion. To arrive at this perspective, they lean heavily and sincerely upon instances in Acts when this either did happen (Acts...

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Monday, 27 August 2018 07:37

Should Every Believer Speak in Tongues?

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Charismatic teaching often encourages or requires every believer to seek an opportunity to speak in tongues. Such teaching claims that this experience is the necessary evidence of being filled with the Spirit, or of having the indwelling, baptizing ministry of the Spirit. In another blog post, I...

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Monday, 27 August 2018 06:40

Does Spirit Baptism Occur After Conversion?

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Some charismatic teaching indicates that a person must undergo a separate experience of receiving (or being baptized with) the Holy Spirit sometime after conversion. To arrive at this perspective, they lean heavily and sincerely upon instances in Acts when this either did happen (Acts 2:4ff, Acts...

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Sunday, 26 August 2018 02:00

Protection in a Perilous World

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Whenever a school year begins, parents drop off their children for class (or in the case of college students, at the dormitory or the airport). Sometimes they do this for the first time. Parents may cry. Children may cry, too. In moments like these, something important takes place: the parents take...

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