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, 15 August 2018 20:30

A Way to Pray for Believers

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Thanking God for Other Christians 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...

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Wednesday, 15 August 2018 13:21

Understanding the Magnitude of God’s Power

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Praying for Other Believers Paul’s heartfelt prayer provides us with an example of how to pray for other believers. First, he thanked God for them (Eph 1:15-16). He also asked for God to give them an understanding spirit (Eph 1:17). He prayed that they would understanding the full scope of...

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Do you understand the magnitude of God’s power? Do you and the believers you love live in a calm and confident way because you are resting in the God with matchless power? Join Pastor Thomas Overmiller to discover how Paul describes the power of God and how you can pray for other believers to...

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Sunday, 12 August 2018 02:00

Praying for the Glory of God

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With the opening line of John 17, John shifts abruptly from teaching to praying. Having devoted four chapters to giving us the lessons Jesus taught the night before his crucifixion (John 13-16), he then turned his attention to an extended prayer which Jesus offered to the Father on that fateful...

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Friday, 27 July 2018 05:33

Episode 150: Take a Break

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Have you ever felt like a goldfish swimming around in a blender full of water – with someone’s finger on the ‘high’ switch? Join Pastor Thomas Overmiller to discover what Jesus said and did about taking a break!

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World, national, and business news touts Top 10 lists, like the Top 10 Companies to Work For, the Top 10 Happiest Countries, and the Top 10 Happiest States. Yet no place on earth can begin to compare in any way to the happiness of God’s people when he redeems them from sin, gives them a...

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A new believer can neither know nor understand all that Christ calls him or her to be, to do, and to experience. Join Pastor Thomas Overmiller to learn from Ephesians 1:18 the importance of praying for other believers to understand more fully the divine invitation which they have received.

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Wednesday, 25 July 2018 11:00

Understanding the Glory of Your Inheritance

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Praying for Other Believers To pray for other believers, you may follow Paul’s example. He thanked God for his brothers and sisters in Christ (Eph 1:15-16). He also asked God to give them an understanding spirit (Eph 1:17). First, he prayed that they would increase in understanding the...

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Sunday, 22 July 2018 02:00

Committed to Mutual Ministry

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Once upon a time, the Little Red Hen found a grain of wheat. “Who will help me plant this grain of wheat?” she asked. “Not I,” said the cat. “Not I,” said the goose. “Not I,” said the rat. “Then I will plant this grain of wheat by myself,”...

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Saturday, 21 July 2018 16:00

The Road to God

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Do all roads lead to God? When you want to go somewhere, you need the right directions. This is especially true in a city like New York, a place with roads, highways, bridges, trains, taxis, and busses everywhere. If you don’t have the right directions, you may easily get lost and arrive at...

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Sunday, 15 July 2018 02:00

Committed to Appropriate Behavior in Worship

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When you read Old Testament books like Leviticus, you realize that worshiping the Lord in the Temple was a serious event. The priests followed a litany of detailed rules, and the people who joined them in worship also followed a lot of meticulous rules. These rules governed personal hygiene,...

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Wednesday, 11 July 2018 11:00

Understanding the Full Scope of Your Calling

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In a long, extended sentence, Paul demonstrated how to pray for other believers (Eph 1:15-21). First, he thanked God for those believers who came to mind. He did this “continually,” which means that whenever they came to mind, he prayed for them; and whenever he prayed for them, he did...

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Sunday, 01 July 2018 02:00

Committed to Gathering Together

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Participating together with your church is incredibly important. We know that from the beginning and beyond, churches have gathered together on the first day of the week (affectionately called “the Lord’s Day” by the Apostle John). We also know that churches have gathered together...

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Sunday, 24 June 2018 02:00

Committed to Lord’s Day Worship

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For more than two-thousand years, churches have been gathering together on Sunday. This happens in Russia and the US, China and Brazil, Israel and Uganda, Iceland and Australia. It happens in cities and farmlands, deserts and jungles, and mountains and valleys. It happens all around the world, but...

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Wednesday, 20 June 2018 11:10

Praying for an Understanding Spirit

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When you’re not sure how to pray for other Christians, you should follow the example of Paul by thanking God for them (Eph 1:15-16). You can also follow his example by asking God to give them a spirit of understanding (Eph 1:17). That is what he did when he “mentioned” them to God...

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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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