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, 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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Wednesday, 11 April 2018 04:02

Going Down to Samaria

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A Fascinating Question Today a good friend asked me a fascinating Bible study question: “Why does Luke say that Philip went down to Samaria” as he traveled from Jerusalem (Acts 8:5)?” Luke tells us that the man who was vandalized in the parable of the Good Samaritan was also...

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Sunday, 08 April 2018 02:00

His Teaching in Your Heart

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During the earthly ministry of Jesus, twelve men identified with him in a close and public way.  But one of these men, Judas Iscariot, was a superficial follower. Though he presented himself as a believer, he had never believed on Jesus as God and Savior in his heart. In reality, he was an...

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Saturday, 07 April 2018 23:00

Understanding Your Jehovah’s Witness Neighbor

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A Brief History of the Jehovah’s Witness Movement The Jehovah’s Witness belief system originated in the late 1800’s. A man named Charles Taze Russell taught that Jesus had returned to establish his kingdom in 1874, but only in an invisible form. He promoted this and other...

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Saturday, 07 April 2018 15:00

Lesson 5: The King James Bible

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The First Edition King James I of England commissioned fifty-four prominent Hebrew and Greek scholars from the Anglican Church to produce this English translation of the Bible. To make this translation, the committee consulted previous English translations (see here). In their work on the Old...

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Wednesday, 04 April 2018 10:00

Look for Opportunities to Speak about Jesus

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To be an effective witness for Christ, you must live in a Christian manner before a watching world. After all, being like Christ is the necessary backdrop for speaking about him. But as you live in this way, you must also learn to pray for opportunities to share Jesus in a clear and...

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Sunday, 01 April 2018 01:30

A True Story and Why It Matters

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When you consider the resurrection of Jesus, you must remind yourself that this event really happened. It is a true story and not a historical myth, as when George Washington supposedly chopped down a cherry tree (a story which his biographer invented). Nor is it a legend, resembling the imaginary...

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Wednesday, 28 March 2018 10:00

Pray for Opportunities to Speak about Jesus

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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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Sunday, 25 March 2018 03:00

Lesson 4: Early English Bible Translations

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This lesson provides a basic overview of various early Bible translations into the English language. While we may consider neither of these translations to be perfect, we should appreciate the multiple Bibles translations that existed prior to the King James translation. A Backdrop to the English...

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Sunday, 25 March 2018 02:00

Learning to Abide in Christ

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Around 1760, the Western world moved into the Industrial Revolution. This era pulled people away from a rural country life into an urban city life. Less soil, more smog. Less plants and animals, more machinery. Less farms and more factories. Without debating the pros and cons of this social...

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Saturday, 24 March 2018 23:16

Understanding Your Catholic Neighbor

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Introduction The Roman Catholic Church claims its roots in Christ’s declaration to Peter – “And I also say to you that you are Peter, and on this rock I will build my church…” (Matt. 16:18). According to Catholic tradition, the apostle Peter founded the church of...

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Sunday, 18 March 2018 03:05

Lesson 3: Bible Translation and Availability

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The Bible provides us with helpful perspective about what to expect regarding the availability of Scripture throughout history through translations into other languages. Biblical (and Early Christian) Evidence for Translation Since people no longer speak biblical Hebrew and Greek, we rely upon...

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Sunday, 18 March 2018 02:00

The Vine and the Branches

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In John 15:1, we find Jesus walking through the streets of Jerusalem in the evening, joined by his eleven disciples (minus Judas Iscariot). They departed from the house where they had observed the Passover and made their way to the outskirts of the city where Jesus would spend time in prayer before...

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Wednesday, 14 March 2018 11:01

Episode 140: Evangelistic Conduct at Home

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A believer should refrain from marrying a nonbeliever. The principle Paul mentions in 2 Corinthians 6:14 affirms this conclusion. But how should a believer respond who is already married to a nonbeliever? Join Pastor Thomas Overmiller to consider what 1 Corinthians 7:12-16 and 1 Peter...

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Wednesday, 14 March 2018 11:00

Evangelistic Conduct at Home

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A believer should refrain from marrying a nonbeliever. The principle Paul mentions in 2 Corinthians 6:14 affirms this conclusion. But how should a believer respond who is already married to a nonbeliever? Paul answers this question by encouraging the believer to honor his or her vows by remaining...

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Sunday, 11 March 2018 03:12

Lesson 2: Biblical Evidence for Preservation

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The Bible provides us with helpful perspective about what to expect regarding the continuation God’s written words in the world throughout history. This is especially important to understand because the original manuscripts themselves are not available. Some verses which may appear to teach...

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Sunday, 11 March 2018 01:00

Rejoicing with Jesus

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Throughout the world, men and women, boys and girls are suffering. They are troubled and distressed. They are discouraged and depressed. They are nervous, worried, and afraid. Sadly, this is not only true for nonbelievers. It is true for those who believe on Jesus Christ as well, just as it was...

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Tuesday, 06 March 2018 07:25

A Book List for Children of All Ages

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Children not only need to read, but they need good books to read. The following lists provide a compilation of classic, quality literature for children of all ages. You may also download the entire list as a PDF. So, whether you access this list from the internet browser on your phone or carry it...

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Sunday, 04 March 2018 09:18

Napkin Evangelism

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Many Christians feel limited in their witness because they only know one or two ways to share their faith. This series has focused on one presentation of four key truths that a lost person must understand in order to be saved. But this is not the only method that can be used. We will look […]...

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This study provides a biblical, historical and practical overview how God has provided his Word to us in written form.   Three Purposes for this Study To equip our church to handle extensive (and often erroneous) information that is readily available on this subject, especially through the...

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Saturday, 03 March 2018 22:15

Receiving Peace from Jesus

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Like you, everyone is looking for peace. They are trying yoga and meditation techniques, minimalism, expensive Bose or Beats headphones, recreational drugs, Caribbean cruises, or a home in Pennsylvania, or anywhere outside New York City.  But no matter where you look for peace you cannot find...

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