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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Monday, 12 November 2018 16:01

The 99-year-old who asked for a new heart Featured

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image It’s never too late to give your life to Jesus.

I was reminded of this simple truth last week while on a mission trip to a communist country.

As we entered a village in a remote part of this country,  it was quite obvious that we were going to be talking to people who had had little to no...

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Sunday, 11 November 2018 16:01

Spiritual Drifters Featured

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On Oct 25, 2011 The Herald Tribune announced a mysterious discovery. The body of one, Ego Leonard, was found washed up on Siesta Key Beach, Florida. He wasn’t dead, but he wasn’t alive either.

Ego Leonard was an 8ft tall, 100lb. fiberglass Lego man. The local who found the...

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Sunday, 04 November 2018 16:01

Guy Fawkes Day Other Memorable Rebellion Featured

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image On the evening of the 5th of November 1605, Guy Fawkes and a band of conspirators were arrested for attempting to blow up the British Houses of Parliament. It was difficult for Fawkes to deny his intention, for he was found guarding 800kg of gunpowder in the cellar underneath the Parliament...

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Tuesday, 30 October 2018 17:02

Reformation Day: What Did Martin Luther Protest? Featured

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It has been said that the Protestant Reformation was the greatest movement of God in church history since her birth on Pentecost. The Reformation was the time when God, in effect, said, “Enough,” and rescued the word of God and the church of God out from darkness.

With the...

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Monday, 29 October 2018 17:01

Reformation Day Should be Bible Appreciation Day Featured

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October 31 should be Bible Appreciation Day.

While the world’s children appreciate candy and playing dress up, we Christians ought to appreciate those who shed their blood in order for us to hold the Bible.

If only Wycliffe, Hus, and Tyndale could have seen a vision of my iPhone as they were...

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Sunday, 28 October 2018 17:01

3 Ways October 31, 1517 Affected Your Life Today Featured

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image When Martin Luther pounded the 95 Theses on the door of Castle Church in Wittenberg, Germany, the effects rippled throughout space and time, changing the world then and there, as well as here and now, 501 years later.

We may take for granted the impact that feisty monk’s actions had on Europe...

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Wednesday, 24 October 2018 18:03

Whose spirit strives? Understanding James 4:5 Featured

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James 4:5 is a notoriously difficult passage to understand. Here it is the ESV:

Do you suppose it is to no purpose that the Scripture says, “He yearns jealously over the spirit that he has made to dwell in us”?

The NASB:

Do you think that the Scripture speaks to no purpose: “He...

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Tuesday, 23 October 2018 17:02

How to Leave a Church Featured

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imageIf you’ve been in a church for even a short time, you’ve experienced it. The pain of people leaving a church in an unhelpful manner. Maybe they just suddenly disappear. Maybe they slowly pull away. Perhaps they leave dragging undiscerning sheep with them. Or worse, they depart, leaving...

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Monday, 22 October 2018 17:01

What does it mean to glorify God? Featured

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image You hear it said often, don’t you. You need to glorify God! But what does it mean exactly? How can someone glorify God?

Perhaps one of the best pictures of glorifying God in the Bible is found in Luke 9:9. Herod says, “I beheaded John. Who, then, is this I hear such things about?”

T...

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Sunday, 21 October 2018 17:01

Taste Test: Experiencing God in trials Featured

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image There are important pros and cons to weigh up when deciding whether or not to include in your diet at least some consumption of chocolate.

One pro is that recent studies suggest that cocoa possesses a significant antioxidant action, protecting against LDL oxidation and other studies observed a...

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Monday, 15 October 2018 17:01

Are you becoming more or less of an encourager? Featured

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I know I’m not shocking you right now, but it isn’t easy to be a Christian. We are constantly at war. Mainly against our own flesh (1 Peter 2:11), but the enemy is constantly prowling around like a roaring lion seeking who he might devour as well (1 Peter...

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Sunday, 14 October 2018 17:01

How is God the Savior of all people? (in 500 words) Featured

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image We looked last week at the question, If God desires all people to be saved, then why aren’t all people saved? I said I’d tackle this frequent follow-up inquiry:

How can Christ’s atonement be limited in extent to the elect when Paul calls God “the Savior of all people,...

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Wednesday, 10 October 2018 18:16

Go see Gosnell Featured

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Kermit Gosnell is the most prolific serial killer in American history, and you have the opportunity to go see him. He is currently serving a life sentence (the State agreed not to pursue his execution in exchange for him waiving his right to appeal) so you can’t meet him in person. 

But...

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Tuesday, 09 October 2018 17:02

The Plight of Churchless Christians Featured

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imageSadly, it’s become a norm within American Christianity. Incredibly, it’s a regular thing amid evangelicalism. Embarrassingly, it’s widely accepted among many professing Christians. “I’m a Christian, but I don’t really go to church.”

Churchless Christians....

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image If you sing from the pews on Sundays, you should read Worship Matters by Bob Kauflin. If you play a part in leading music on Sunday, you have to read Worship Matters. I don’t care if you play the flute, run the sound, or sing four solos every Sunday, you need to read this book.

The book...

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image There is a verse that crops up frequently in a question from those who are exploring the Scriptural teaching that God elects who will be saved. This doctrine logically and disconcertingly means that some are not chosen.

Usually, the objection to this teaching is an emotional one: “How can God...

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Wednesday, 03 October 2018 18:42

The Statement on Social Justice vs. the Poor? Featured

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image A few months ago “The Statement on Social Justice” was released. Authored by a group of pastors (including John MacArthur, Voddie Baucham, and James White), the statement declares that the modern concepts of intersectionality, radical feminism, and critical race theory run contrary to...

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Tuesday, 02 October 2018 17:02

Hunting, Animal Management, the Glory of God Featured

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Last week a federal court ruled to cancel Wyoming’s first grizzly bear hunt in about forty years. Many were thrilled at the decision. Many were not. The ruling follows on the heels of a relevant tragedy. On September 14th, local hunting guide Mark Uptain was killed by a grizzly bear in...

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Sunday, 30 September 2018 17:01

Is Meditation permissible for Christians? (in 500 words) Featured

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image The practice of meditation in its many forms (transcendental, mindful, body scan, awareness, zen, etc.) has suddenly metastasized into a lucrative industry, assimilated by Western corporate conglomerates. Even the Marines are taking a stab at the practice.

The frenetic noisiness of modern life has...

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Wednesday, 26 September 2018 18:00

7 books to diversify your seminary reading list Featured

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Today’s post is designed for seminary students.

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Today I want to give seminary students some suggestions on how to diversify their reading list. I believe at the graduate level it is important to read beyond your specific theological camp, and it is therefore helpful to read broadly. C. S....

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image This social justice debate has been interesting to say the least. Many people have spoken out about it. Helpful blog posts and statements have been written as well as countless sermons over the past few months.

There is a lot of confusion though. People have been misunderstood, some people...

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Sunday, 23 September 2018 17:01

Is Jesus currently limited by his incarnation? Featured

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image Jordan Peterson asks this provocative question: what does an omniscient, omnipresent, omnipotent Being lack? The answer is… limitations.

Someone recently asked me if Jesus is limited for all eternity by the human nature he took on. This led to a discussion of where Jesus is now and what he...

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Benny Hinn, John Hagee, Marilyn Hickey, TD Jakes, Jessie Duplantis, Creflo Dollar, Jamal Bryant, Joseph Prince, Joyce Meyer, the Osteens and and the Copelands. These are the most watched, most listened to, and most influential Christian leaders in the United States. When a non-Christian thinks of a...

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Tuesday, 18 September 2018 17:02

The Opportunity of an Eternity Featured

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imageOpportunities. Everyone is looking for them. We travel to far-off places for an opportunity to see that thing or spectacle. We line up at stores in the dark around Thanksgiving for them. We make sacrifices to grab opportunities.

Have you ever had a great opportunity presented to you, only...

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Monday, 17 September 2018 17:01

We Need to Change How We Pray Featured

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image I didn’t have much of a prayer life growing up. I was your typical kid who only prayed before meals and tests, and asked God to make food that was bad for me actually make me healthy and to help me remember things that I never actually studied for.

Over the years, some events happened that...

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