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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Wednesday, 13 February 2019 09:30

Misused Bible Verses, Example 7

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As the seventh installment in this “misused verses” Bible study series, this example shows why such a series is important. It takes us back to the beginning of the world and looks…

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Friday, 08 February 2019 07:46

Episode 179: Misused Bible Verses, Example 6

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“All things work together for good” (Rom 8:28). Is this a universal promise? Is it something you can say to any person, at any time, who is facing any kind of hardship?…

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Wednesday, 06 February 2019 09:30

Misused Bible Verses, Example 6

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How many times have you heard someone say this about the word all? “All means ‘all’ and that’s all that all means?” While this is true (the word all does mean “all”),…

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Sunday, 03 February 2019 01:00

The Testimony of Jesus

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In the conclusion to John’s gospel, he says this, “This is the disciple who testifies of these things and wrote these things; and we know that his testimony is true” (John 21:24).…

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Tuesday, 29 January 2019 01:32

A Family Devotional Resource

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Parents occasionally ask me for resources to help them establish a regular habit of family devotions. A good answer to this question is Keys for Kids! My parents used this resource with…

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Monday, 28 January 2019 00:53

What Happened to Fish in the Flood?

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Yesterday a church friend asked me this fascinating question about the Genesis flood: Pastor, what happened to the fish and sea creatures in the Great Flood? Since everything was destroyed, how did…

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Sunday, 27 January 2019 01:00

The Lord Restores

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It seems like everything that’s worthwhile in life is this way. You sign on when you hear a glowing report. Then you face reality when you face some unexpected challenges. But if…

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Wednesday, 23 January 2019 10:00

Misused Bible Verses, Example 5

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How many times have you heard someone say this about the word all? “All means ‘all’ and that’s all that all means?” While this is true (the word all does mean “all”),…

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Sunday, 20 January 2019 01:00

The Lord Provides

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In John 20, we discovered how Jesus had appeared to his disciples on two occasions after his resurrection. He appeared in a locked room to all of them but Thomas on the…

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Wednesday, 16 January 2019 10:01

Episode 176: Misused Bible Verses, Example 4

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When another believer slogs through a series of difficult circumstances, do you ever try to encourage him or her by quoting 1 Corinthians 10:13, at least in part? You might say, “Don’t worry,…

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Wednesday, 16 January 2019 10:00

Misused Bible Verses, Example 4

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When another believer slogs through a series of difficult circumstances, do you ever try to encourage him or her by quoting 1 Corinthians 10:13, at least in part? You might say, “Don’t…

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Sunday, 13 January 2019 01:00

Do You Believe?

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Bertrand Russell (1872-1970) wondered why people were so unhappy all the time. He grew up in a rich, influential family in the United Kingdom, but as a teenager, he was lonely and…

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Friday, 11 January 2019 03:30

Episode 175: Misused Bible Verses, Example 3

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Sometimes we lift right ideas from the wrong places in the Bible. One such example is how we use John 12:32, when Jesus said, “I, if I am lifted up from the…

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Thursday, 10 January 2019 08:56

Misused Bible Verses, Example 3

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Sometimes we lift the right idea from the wrong place in the Bible. This kind of “misuse” can be the most difficult to spot because we have a good, biblical idea, but…

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Sunday, 06 January 2019 01:00

Sent by the Resurrected Jesus

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You know the feeling. For one reason or another, you are speaking in public tomorrow and you’re afraid. Maybe you have a class presentation at your school or you have some lines…

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Wednesday, 02 January 2019 10:01

Episode 174: Misused Bible Verses, Example 2

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“Blood is thicker than water” is a popular phrase, but it is not a Bible verse. But there is one passage of Scripture (among others) that we frequently misunderstand, Matthew 18:19-20, which says,…

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Wednesday, 02 January 2019 10:00

Misused Bible Verses, Example 2

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Blood is Thicker Than Water Sometimes we use phrases in ways that differ from their original meaning. For instance, you’ve heard the phrase, “Blood is thicker than water.” You probably think it…

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Monday, 31 December 2018 04:54

Episode 173: Let Go and Go Tell

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What Jesus said to Mary Magdalene when she saw him at the empty tomb after his resurrection serves as a good reminder for us today as well, especially when we head into…

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Monday, 31 December 2018 02:12

Top Podcast Episodes in 2018

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These are the Top 10 podcast episodes from the year, in order of downloads. Episode 172: Misused Bible Verses, Example 1 Episode 165: Resolute in Suffering Episode 167: Timeless Perseverance that Speaks…

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Sunday, 30 December 2018 01:00

Let Go and Go Tell

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It’s hard to let go of those you love. Yet doing this is a regular experience of life. We let go of our family, friends, neighbors, classmates, cultures, homes, and familiar surroundings…

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Wednesday, 26 December 2018 11:01

Episode 172: Misused Bible Verses, Example 1

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Proverbs 29:18 famously declares, “Where there is no vision, the people perish.” But does this verse teach the importance of what we call “vision casting” today? Join Pastor Thomas Overmiller in discovering…

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Wednesday, 26 December 2018 11:00

Misused Bible Verses, Example 1

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False teachers, cult leaders and charlatans aren’t the only people who misuse Bible verses. Well-intended believers may do the same, but for different reasons. Perhaps we fail to study a verse in…

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Sunday, 23 December 2018 01:00

The Perfect Gift

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When you give a gift at Christmas, for a birthday, or at any other time, you want to give something that the other person needs or will enjoy. You want to give…

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Saturday, 22 December 2018 05:12

Episode 171: Surviving a Lion Encounter

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When you encounter a lion in the wild, how should you respond? I ask this because life in this world as a Christian is more like hiking through an African savanna than…

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Thursday, 20 December 2018 23:00

Top Posts in 2018

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Curious what Shepherd Thoughts readers were looking at this year? Here are the most frequented posts from 2018 in order of most views: Why Did the Magi Go to Herod? Should Christians…

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