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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Tuesday, 16 July 2019 20:00

Go, Therefore: Praying Before Meals

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“Go, Therefore” posts are quick tips to help Christians live lives of evangelism. At a Restaurant When you go to a restaurant to eat and pray publicly, folks around you will notice. Now this isn’t necessarily evangelism, but when we pray publicly, it does remind people about...

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Sunday, 14 July 2019 20:00

Rules for Worship

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It may be surprising to many but God is not only concerned that we seek Him, but also how we seek Him. You are probably familiar with the story of Uzzah from the Old Testament but just in case you’re not, let’s do a quick review: After David became king, he desired...

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Friday, 12 July 2019 20:00

Psalm 119:69-72 — More Affliction?

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Smearing With Lies Psalms 119:69  The insolent smear me with lies, but with my whole heart I keep your precepts; We’ve seen throughout Psalm 119 that the psalmist is no stranger to affliction. He is humble, honest, and strives to serve the Lord with all his heart. He proclaims this again...

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Thursday, 11 July 2019 20:00

Go, Therefore: Nursing Home

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“Go, Therefore” posts are quick tips to help Christians live lives of evangelism. Nursing Home Visits Visiting a nursing home or assisted living facility is a great way to minister the gospel! In many cases, you may simply walk around and knock on doors, and people will be happy to have...

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Wednesday, 10 July 2019 21:21

Will You go to Hell?

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Hell is a real place filled with real people. It is a place of unceasing conscious torment. It is not an escape from God but a place where the wrath of our Holy God is justly endured for all eternity. It is a place where both the body and soul are constantly punished in fire […]

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Work continues on my evangelistic book. While you wait, here’s another sample chapter as it currently stands. I’d love to get your feedback. All biblical translations here are my own. —GPO Since you’re this far in the book, why should you listen to me? Sure, I do have a...

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Tuesday, 02 July 2019 20:00

Go, Therefore: Thank You Tracts

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“Go, Therefore” posts are quick tips to help Christians live lives of evangelism. Thank You Tracts One of the hardest things about giving out gospel tracts is that people don’t often want to take one. Having something they would actually desire to take can be tricky. Some people...

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Some no-longer-recent Twitter discussion on at least two different threads centered around the necessity or usefulness of seminary. As one who has gone through an entire Th.M. program without a call to ministry, let alone ever being employed by a ministry, I thought I might add my two cents in long...

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Sunday, 30 June 2019 20:00

Why You Should Preach Dressed Up

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I’m sort of snickering as I write this because I know you probably clicked this link thinking I was going to write a post about why you should wear a suit and tie to preach in. As an aside, I don’t think you should look like you just rolled out of bed when you preach. […]

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Wednesday, 26 June 2019 23:07

Balaam and His Donkey as a Historical Event

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In the 22nd chapter of the book of Numbers, we find the story of Balaam and his talking donkey. I want us to think of this portion of Scripture as a piece of actual history. We hear about beasts of burden speaking to humans and we get the urge to chalk this up as a […]

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I’m happy and blessed to have read Allen Nelson’s book, Before the Throne. There aren’t many books about God’s holiness that accurately convey the wondrous truths of God’s manifold holiness in 12 readable, bite-sized, yet satisfying, chapters. It was a breath of fresh...

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Jimmy Hamilton has been a street preacher for thirty-six of his thirty-eight years as a Christian. That’s how his booklet “So You Want to Be a Street Preacher?” begins. Thirty-six years of participation in a Christian task certainly qualifies this author to speak on the topic, but...

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In this series, we’ve been looking at what God’s Word says about adoption as both an earthly call to care for orphans and as a picture of how He saves undeserving sinners in need of a right relationship with Him. You can read Parts I and II here. In this article, we will see how...

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The CSB has fast become one of my favourite translations of the Scriptures. Combining accuracy to the original languages of the Scriptures with clear readability, it’s become my go-to for reading, study and public ministry of the Word. The CSB He Reads Truth Bible, the latest offering from...

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Friday, 14 June 2019 20:00

Six Friends You Need

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One of the things that is most helpful to me is hearing different perspectives from friends and acquaintances. We are constantly opining about the world around us and it is in a multitude of counselors that we find victory (Proverbs 24:5). With that in mind, here are six categories of friends where...

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Wednesday, 12 June 2019 00:30

Christians and the Enneagram

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Christians are notorious for following the whims of the culture. If you want to imitate prophecy, all you have to do is look at what the hot button issues are in the world today and then predict that the church will be preaching on that same topic in 3-5 years. One of the latest fads […]

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GARLAND, TX — A local pastor is taking legal action after he suffered a second-degree burn on his right foot after accidentally stepping on Logos. Unlike a typical dad who might occasionally step on his kids’ wayward toys, Pastor Jimmy Watts says he was walking last Saturday in his home...

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Friday, 07 June 2019 21:00

Psalm 119:65-68 — Afflicted by God

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Here is where we arrive at meat and potatoes of Psalm 119: the Teth octave. Why do God’s people suffer affliction? Are they not to be rewarded for their love and devotion to Him? What message does it portray to the unbelieving world when God cannot even protect His own from evil and...

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None Greater: The Undomesticated Attributes of God Review by Chuck Ivey   Barrett, Matthew, None Greater: The Undomesticated Attributes of God. (Publisher: Baker Books), 2019. 283 pp. $16.99   Biographical Sketch of the Author Matthew Barrett serves at Midwestern Baptist Theological...

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Wednesday, 05 June 2019 20:00

Sweat Shops

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All of us have looked at a tag on a piece of clothing and found the words Made in _____. Typically the name of the country printed on the tag is not the United States or even Canada. It’s China, Indonesia, Malaysia, Vietnam or some other far away country. Companies opt to produce their...

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The 2019 Sparrow Conference feels like ages ago at this point though it’s only been since late March of this year. The conference’s own published materials should have been warning enough, but greater public controversy erupted when Ekemini Uwan stated, “Whiteness is wicked”...

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If you have not read Compromising Calvinist – When We Just Aren’t Calvinistic Enough (Part 1), please do so first. As a refresher, in Part 1, we looked at the 6 points of compromise that some of our brethren in question contend are Arminian compromises. Here they are again. Common grace...

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In my last essay, I talked a great deal about the categories of submission to authority. First and foremost it was important to establish that there are, indeed, categories. Opponents of my view usually deny these categories. Some accept the categories but restrain the distinctions to the point of...

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Friday, 31 May 2019 20:00

Psalm 119:61-64 — Companionship

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The Cords of the Wicked Psalms 119:61 Though the cords of the wicked ensnare me, I do not forget your law. We have seen the psalmist proclaim the excellencies of loving God’s law even in the midst of trouble (Psalm 119:23). Now we find language reminiscent of Psalm 18. You see the same...

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“Compromising Calvinist.” This term has become a fiery dart in the arsenal of some of our Calvinistic brethren. No doubt there are preachers who compromise the truth in many ways. But this term isn’t primarily directed toward social gospel preachers, New Apostolic Reformation...

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