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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Sunday, 19 November 2017 01:15

Understanding the Message

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Now that you understand Christ’s command to share the gospel, we can explore the content of the message you are sharing. “Gospel” simply means “good news.” In Greek, a “gospel-giver” was someone who brought news of a military or political victory. After the...

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Saturday, 18 November 2017 14:00

The Painful Side of Parenting

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Behavior and Consequences Paul uses a specialized word to describe one essential way that parents should meet the needs of their children (Eph 6:4). This is the Greek word for nurture or discipline, which means “child training.” It focuses on establishing rules for the purpose of...

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Friday, 17 November 2017 02:25

True Prosperity

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Promotional emails and full-color mailers for Black Friday, Cyber Monday, and other holiday sales are coming your way, and so are the urges to buy more things, a lot more things. But step back and inhale a nice, slow, deep breath. Don’t let the tidal wave of holiday marketing and cultural...

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Monday, 13 November 2017 00:49

Understanding the Mandate (Part 2)

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Jesus gave a specific command to fulfill the Great Commission, but he provided no detailed instructions on how to complete it. What methods or means are believers supposed to use to spread the gospel message to all people? Thankfully, the Lord provided us with a record of the early church and how...

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Wednesday, 08 November 2017 04:46

Episode 120: A Biblical Response to Terror and Violence

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How should a Christian respond to news of terror and violence? Should you be afraid? Should you change your plans for service to God? Should you worry that something terrible will happen to you soon, also? In his second letter to Timothy, Paul provides an excellent reminder of how a believer should...

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Wednesday, 08 November 2017 04:11

A Biblical Response to Terror and Violence

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Within the space of only one month and four days, at least three significant events of violence and terrorism have occurred right here in the United States. On October 1, a gunman fired from the Mandalay Bay Resort on a crowd of more than 20,000 gathered on the Las Vegas Strip. The attack killed 58...

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Sunday, 05 November 2017 04:21

Understanding the Mandate (Part 1)

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The motto of Faith Baptist Church is “Loving God, Making Disciples.” Our love for God as a church is shown by our obedience to Christ’s command to make disciples. Our mission as a church is “To demonstrate our love for God in the Queens Borough, leading people of all ages to...

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Sunday, 05 November 2017 01:00

Biblical Child Training

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If you are a Christian parent, you are responsible to eliminate personal behavior in your life that will frustrate and embitter your children over time. Furthermore, you should nourish your children by identifying their needs and meeting those needs, whether they be education and skillset needs,...

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Sunday, 29 October 2017 02:30

Meeting the Needs of Your Children

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Bringing Up Your Children When Paul teaches parents to “bring up” their children, he uses a word that means to feed your children. Feeding children certainly includes giving them food, but it means so much more than this. In a more general sense, it means to provide your children with...

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Sunday, 22 October 2017 03:00

Breaking Bad Parental Patterns

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Repeated Aggravation The biblical instructions that parents “don’t provoke” their children to anger are given in the present tense (Eph 6:4). This indicates that bad feelings develop in a child over time as the result of a parent’s (or parents’) repeated failure or...

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Sunday, 15 October 2017 02:00

Providing Your Children with Presence

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The Need for Present Fathers A man who abandons his family, which is the place where he belongs, is like a bird who flies away from his nest (Prov 27:8). When he does this, he neglects his children, leaving them without the provision, protection, and perspective that God expects him to provide for...

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Sunday, 08 October 2017 03:00

Preventing Anger and Frustration

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Both Parents, but Especially Fathers Paul urges fathers not to cause hurtful feelings in raising their children (Eph 6:4), but mothers also share responsibility in raising children well (1 Tim 5:10). Parenting is joint venture. The Greek word for fathers sometimes refers to both parents, not just...

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Saturday, 07 October 2017 12:49

Six Purposes for the Lord’s Table

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Why do we observe the Lord’s Table? How many reasons can you give? Here are six biblical purposes for this important church practice. 1. To obey Jesus (1 Cor. 11:24) Jesus is Savior, and Jesus is Lord and Master also. He says to do this often, so that is the only reason we need. Do […]

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Saturday, 07 October 2017 08:10

The Trinity in Matthew’s Gospel

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Can you show someone the Trinity from the Bible in a simple and straightforward way? Matthew’s Gospel, the first book you encounter in the New Testament, features two of my favorite references for doing so. Interestingly enough, both involve baptism. The first involves the baptism of Jesus...

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Sunday, 01 October 2017 03:00

Scripture in the Home

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The Basis of Faith All of creation, the natural world, reveals in an obvious way that there is a God (Psa 19:1-6). It teaches us that God is eternal, that he is all-powerful, and that we must answer to him as God (Rom 1:20). Unfortunately, we do not naturally accept these obvious conclusions....

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Saturday, 30 September 2017 11:46

Episode 119: Giving Priority to Your Spiritual Family

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When you choose to follow Jesus, you may find yourself in the middle of a difficult family situation. Unbelieving relatives, especially immediate family members, may place intense pressure on you to withdraw from your faith entirely or to diminish your church involvement and obedience to...

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Saturday, 30 September 2017 11:45

Episode 118: The Process of Appointing Deacons

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The only place in Scripture that provides insight into appointing new deacons is Acts 6:1-6. Since no subsequent teaching in Acts or the NT epistles alters or annuls this example, it is fitting to view this scenario as a biblical case study for appointing deacons in a church. Join Pastor Thomas...

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Saturday, 30 September 2017 11:44

Episode 117: Deacon Responsibilities

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How does the Bible portray the responsibilities of deacons in a church? Join Pastor Thomas Overmiller to discover biblical insights into what kind of needs deacons should meet.

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Saturday, 30 September 2017 04:19

Giving Priority to Your Spiritual Family

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When you choose to follow Jesus, you may find yourself in the middle of a difficult family situation. Unbelieving relatives, especially immediate family members, may place intense pressure on you to withdraw from your faith entirely or to diminish your church involvement and obedience to Christ. If...

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Saturday, 30 September 2017 00:45

Battle Ready Radio: 2017 Teen Retreat Audio Summary

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Don’t miss this uplifting and insightful conversation with Christian Acosta, Carl Lubin, and Dan Klaus. This Battle Ready Radio episode reviews important thoughts from the preaching of the 2017 teen retreat. It also provides counseling insights that will help teens, parents, and pastors...

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Join Pastor Thomas Overmiller to consider some necessary clarifications for appointing deacons in a church. Though Scripture does provide detailed qualifications for this role, there are some things that it does not requires and they are important to understand.

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Friday, 29 September 2017 06:34

Episode 115: Deacon Qualifications from 1 Timothy

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Join Pastor Thomas Overmiller to learn what specific qualities the Bible requires, in 1 Timothy, for a man to serve as a deacon in the church.

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Friday, 29 September 2017 06:10

Episode 114: Deacon Qualifications from Acts

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Join Pastor Thomas Overmiller to learn what general qualities the Bible requires, in Acts, for a man to serve as a deacon in the church.

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Friday, 29 September 2017 05:41

Episode 113: Understanding the Office of a Deacon

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Deacons play an important role in a growing, biblical church. Therefore, it is necessary to understand and practice what the Bible teaches about this office. Doing so will strengthen any church and prepare it for new growth and expansion. Join Pastor Thomas Overmiller for a basic introduction to...

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Thursday, 28 September 2017 00:00

The Process of Appointing Deacons

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Apart from the character qualifications we’ve already considered, the only place in Scripture that provides insight into appointing new deacons is Acts 6:1-6. Since no subsequent teaching in Acts or the NT epistles alters or annuls this example, it is fitting to view this scenario as a...

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