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
When I left the corporate world and went to seminary, I pictured spiritual leaders as clean cut guys in starched white shirts and blue suits. I understood that spiritual leadership...
Sunday (D.V.), I am preaching on 2 Corinthians 3:12-18, and the pattern of sanctification. Below are some of my favorite passages on sanctification as well as key quotes that summarize what we believe about how Christians are sanctified or increasingly conformed to the image of Christ. It took me...
Wisdom is the saw we use to cut our way through life. Without sharp saws, life is like cutting through a piece of oak with a butter knife. So how do we sharpen our saws? Answer: By spending ongoing time reading and meditating on Proverbs.
All of us make decisions that have great...
In Habits of Grace: Enjoying Jesus through the Spiritual Disciplines David Mathis helps Christians understand how they can grow by God’s grace rather than wearing out in their own strength.
The key to growing as a Christians is to understand how to grow through God’s strength rather...
“Why?” we cry out when we suffer. While we cannot understand all the reasons for pain. There are comforting answers to consider.
Many of you have prayed recently for our niece Michelle who underwent major surgery last week. Michelle (the daughter of one of my wife’s many sisters)...
Our church stresses “meaningful membership” in an ongoing way. Sometimes people counter, “But I don’t find the phrase in the Bible.” Here Trip Lee speaks to this objection.
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As of 12/28/2016, my beautiful wife and I have been married for 10,000 days. While, I could easily list 10,000 ways I am thankful for her. Here I’ll just mention 11.
There is a web site for just about anything including calculating how many days ago something took place.
Last spring, I realized...
Local churches given wonderful gifts to their communities. The gratitude of people who receive those gifts reminds us that the sacrifice of persevering in a local church is worth it.
My pretty wife, Jamie, and I found ourselves with an extra hour on this wintry day. So Jamie put some Christmas...
Often the best strategy for spiritual disciplines is to set very, very modest goals. Hopping over a low bar adds up to a high stack of results.
The new year is fast approaching when people will identify lofty goals for the coming year. People will decide to read through the Bible, memorize 100...
I look forward to starting a new series at the Red Brick Church on 2 Corinthians on January 8, 2016. I always enjoy going through books of the Bible with our church family.
You can a start on 2 Corinthians by watching this overview video from The Bible Project.
For an introduction to The Bible...
If you have grade school age children – – or if you buy presents for them — The Radical Book for Kids: Exploring the Roots and Shoots of Faith order this book and check one item off your list. It JUST came out. So chances are the family you have in mind doesn’t already own a...
Christians horrifically injured by unrepentant offenders should point an onlooking world to the Cross.
It has now been over 10 years since Charles Roberts IV murdered five Amish little girls in Nickles Mines, PA, and injured five others, before killing himself. Two recent articles give an update.
There is about a 70% chance the man who stopped was an angel. . .
It’s that time of year when we again consider Christian morality and lemonade stands. Below find answers to common questions.
“I began to cry. Not out of sorrow for myself, nor because of my wounds, but at the great joy that I felt at being back on French soil.” Commando Robert Piauge, June 6, 1944
Grieving as we are for our fellow image-bearers in France, I was reminded of this D-Day story that
One in ten people struggle with depression. Over the course of a lifetime, one in four will battle this condition. In the below sermon at Bethel Church, pastor, author, and professor Dr. David Murray preaches a sermon on Psalm 77 that surveys depression and offers a broad strategy for battling the blues. The audio for this sermon is available on B
The people at our church know that I am not generally a fan of “fill in the blank” sermon notes. However, given our baptism service on Sunday — and a
Protestants can use the term sacraments. What is important is to define the significance of baptism and the Lord’s Supper in an ongoing way.
Regarding use of the term “sacraments,” Grudem writes:
There is disagreement among Protestants even over the general term that should be applied to [baptism and the Lord’s Supper].
In the context of Christian salvation, the word, “propitiation” means the turning away of wrath or anger usually by an offering. Propitiation appeases the wrath of God rightly brought about by our sin. First John 4:10 summarizes, “In this is love, not that we have loved God but that he loved us and sent his Son to be
Nehemiah 12:43 reads, “And they offered great sacrifices that day and rejoiced, for God has made them rejoice with great joy. The women and children also rejoiced. And the joy or Jerusalem was heard far away.” We are having one of those kinds of weekends — for reasons I explain below — and I am really looking forward to
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