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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Sunday, 25 June 2017 18:01

How to Make an Effective Preacher – Author Unknown Featured

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image John MacArthur, as the President of our seminary, read this out at my graduation ceremony. It has haunted me and inspired me since I became a pastor eleven years ago. When I am tempted to rethink and retool the focus of my ministry, I read and reread this lyrical piece of sage advice, and I...

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Thursday, 22 June 2017 18:00

Ecumenical vs. Evangelical Featured

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One of the most devastating attacks on the life and health of the church throughout all of church history has been what is known as the ecumenical movement—the downplaying of doctrine in order to foster partnership in ministry between (a) genuine Christians and (b) people who were willing to...

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Wednesday, 21 June 2017 17:01

Analyzing Annihilationism: Will Those in Hell Cease to Exist? Featured

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imageOne of the most difficult truths to grasp is the eternality of hell. The misery of it all is simply unfathomable. It is one that must move us to the deepest reverence before God and compassion towards sinners.

In yesterday’s post, the miseries of hell were briefly described. When the...

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Tuesday, 20 June 2017 17:01

The Shock of Eternity Featured

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imageIf there is anything that Christ made overwhelmingly clear, it is the fact that there will be an unending afterlife for all humanity. Jesus spoke unmistakably of two different eternities for all people; heaven and hell. All will experience forever upon exiting this life, in one of two places. One...

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Monday, 19 June 2017 18:01

One Way Featured

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I recently had the privilege of preaching on Romans 1:16-18. I wrote these words that morning inspired by that sermon.

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One way to heaven and that is all

One way to avoid the consequences of the fall

On...

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Sunday, 18 June 2017 18:01

A Model of Courage: The Pluck of Esther Featured

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King William IV unexpectedly became monarch of the UK, Ireland, and Hanover in 1830. With two older brothers he had not anticipated ascending to the throne. When they both died William was shouldered with the burden of leadership he had hitherto evaded. Instead of the requisite stately life of a...

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Wednesday, 14 June 2017 18:01

It Happens After Prayer Featured

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Prayerlessness plagues our evangelical culture. We are too quick to talk about politics and too quick to enter theological debates. Meanwhile, we are too slow to pray.

If someone says something about us online, our phone vibrates. If we get an email, it interrupts whatever we are doing. Yet how...

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Tuesday, 13 June 2017 17:01

From Every Tribe: A Day with the Quechua People Featured

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imageOur short-term missions team hopped in the car at during afternoon rush hour. Pastor Guapi navigated us through the chaotic streets of Quito, in and out of valleys, tunnels, and streets hardly wide enough for our compact car. Bunches of frayed wires and cables hung down freely from the...

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Monday, 12 June 2017 18:01

The Moment that Changed Eric Liddell’s Life Featured

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“Hey Eric, would you come speak at our event?”

image That simple question would prove to be monumental in the life of an incredible man in church history.

Of course, most people know about the life of Eric Liddell, the great Scottish runner who would go on to win a gold medal at the Paris...

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Sunday, 11 June 2017 18:01

Saving Lies: Schindler and the Hebrew Midwives Featured

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image Steven Spielberg’s masterpiece motion picture, Schindler’s List, is a true-life chronicle of the German Nazi, Oskar Schindler, who used his connections with the Nazi regime in the Second World War to preserve the lives of hundreds of Jewish prisoners. When Hitler set his unstable mind...

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Thursday, 08 June 2017 18:00

Reprobation Rejoinder Featured

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image I’m thankful for Jesse’s post yesterdayon the doctrine of reprobation. It’s a subject that is very seldom spoken of even among those who believe in God’s absolute sovereignty in salvation. I think that’s largely because it is a difficult doctrine for many people to...

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Wednesday, 07 June 2017 18:01

Reprobation: Does God elect people to hell? Featured

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The doctrine of “reprobation” is the teaching that God is sovereign not only over those who will come to eternal life, but also over those that will resurrect to eternal death (John 5:29). The Oxford Dictionary of the Christian Church defines reprobation as “The act by which God...

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Tuesday, 06 June 2017 17:01

Book Review: The Mentoring Church Featured

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imageIn a pastoral ordination exam, John MacArthur once posed the question: “What is the first thing you should start doing when you begin local church ministry?” The candidate gave various answers. Dr. MacArthur responded: “Train up men.” Of course, the idea has been around for...

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Monday, 05 June 2017 18:01

Two Ways to React When Death Comes Featured

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My buddy’s dad died a few days ago. He was a wonderful dad, husband, and grandfather. As I gave my friend a ride to the airport, I was reminded yet again of a simple truth that will never get old–when Christians die, it is an upgrade and a blessing to see. Not only do they spend...

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image Yesterday marked the 92nd Comrades Marathon Race in South Africa. Since the first race in 1921 the Comrades Marathon has become one of the most famous and prestigious of all ultra-marathons. Winning the race is a coveted achievement. But there are many ways to win the Comrades Marathon.

As I...

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Proponents of the pre-tribulational rapture usually defend their view from John 14:3, 1 Corinthians 15:51-53, 1 Thessalonians 4:15-17, and Revelation 3:10. But often left out of the typical pre-triublation defense is the passage that perhaps started it all—Revelation 12:1-6.

While it is an...

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Monday, 29 May 2017 18:01

Memorial Day and My Church’s Bold Request Featured

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“Father, give us one more moment, one more day, just one more year.”

These words crushed me this past Sunday.

As a congregation, we asked the Lord to wait to return.

image I love Memorial Day Sunday. Maybe it’s different in other parts of the country, but here in DC, people know how to...

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Sunday, 28 May 2017 18:01

Rapture: it’s no secret Featured

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The concept of a ‘secret rapture’ is a notion that has been left behind by pulp rapture fiction books and movies about the return of Christ. The use of the term is outmoded and ambiguous and should be buried and never resurrected. The ‘secret...

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Thursday, 25 May 2017 18:00

Resurrection Hope: Strengthened to Serve Featured

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image Over the last two weeks, I’ve looked to the opening verses of 2 Corinthians 5 for the Christian to draw strength from as we aim to lay our lives down in sacrificial ministry in service to the body of Christ. Two weeks ago, we looked at what we might call the minister’s persuasion—...

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Wednesday, 24 May 2017 18:01

5 verses used to justify abortion Featured

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Four years ago Dr. Kermit Gosnell began serving his life-sentence for the murders he committed as an abortion doctor in Philadelphia. Gosnell was one of the most well-known abortion doctors in the country. He is also the most prolific serial killer in American history, and his abortion clinic...

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Tuesday, 23 May 2017 17:01

Every Christian a Minister Featured

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We live in a day of outsourcing. As a society, we outsource things like our lawn, home improvement, childcare, shopping, cooking, and more. Sometimes this can be good, sometimes not so much.

When it comes to the Christian life, there is one thing that God has commanded us to not...

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image For the last two years, students from around the world have come to Washington D.C. to be immersed in God’s Word for 10 weeks at Immanuel Bible Church. These students either postponed college, took a semester off while in college, or came right after finishing college in order to grow in...

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Whenever missionaries speak at our church my heart leaps in my chest. Their PowerPoint slides get my spiritual adrenaline pumping. There is something undeniably compelling about the thought of being on the front lines of the Great Commission. And yet, the reality is that we cannot all go. Some need...

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Thursday, 18 May 2017 18:00

Life, Death, Resurrection: The Minister’s Priorities Featured

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“For indeed in this house we groan, longing to be clothed with our dwelling from heaven, inasmuch as we, having put it on, will not be found naked. For indeed while we are in this tent, we groan, being burdened, because we do not want to be unclothed but to be clothed, so that what is mortal...

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Wednesday, 17 May 2017 18:01

What does the Bible teach about abortion? Featured

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Here are eight biblical truths about abortion:

1. The Bible teaches that a baby in the womb is alive, and is a person whom God is making. Those I know who have had an abortion all say this is the most critical issue for them. If they believed their fetus was a real person which an abortion would...

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