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, 22 September 2019 18:01

The Cost of the Kingdom Featured

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Geoffrey Chaucer wrote his famous Canterbury Tales in the 14th century. One of the stories in this narrative is the Knight’s Tale. As a group of pilgrims is on its way to Canterbury, the knight tells his tale about two rival knights, Arcite and Palamon, both vying for the hand in...

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One of the wildest criminal proceedings in the history of legalized abortion is happening this week in San Francisco. David Daleiden and Sandra Merritt are on trial for posing as potential buyers for the body parts of aborted babies. As part of their investigation they recorded conversations in...

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Tuesday, 10 September 2019 17:02

Is the Rod of Proverbs Literal or Metaphorical? Featured

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It’s a question parents sometimes ask. “Is the rod of discipline in Proverbs talking about an actual rod of sorts? Or could I instead discipline my child with a metaphorical rod of my choosing?”

Proposed rod substitutions are numerous. You’ve probably heard of many. Hot...

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Monday, 09 September 2019 18:01

God Doesn’t Need You Featured

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image There is a constant danger that people face who are involved in ministry, and that is the thought that God needs us. Of course, we wouldn’t say it just like that, but we are often battling this thought whether we like it or not. 

Some might be tempted to think this more than others,...

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Sunday, 08 September 2019 18:00

Devotional Minimalism Featured

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By Clint Archer

I consider myself to be an aspiring minimalist. (My wife says I’m a “non-practicing” minimalist.) Nevertheless, in my scrounging, I uncovered some bewildering facts…

  • There are 300,000 items in the average American home.
  • 1 out of every 10 Americans rents...

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Thursday, 05 September 2019 18:01

Pulpit Pointers from Past Preachers Featured

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Here are ten reminders for those who preach and teach the Word of God, as confirmed by some of history’s greatest preachers.

1. Effective ministry consists not of fads or gimicks, but of faithfully preaching the truth.

Charles Spurgeon: Ah, my dear friends, we want nothing in these times...

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Wednesday, 04 September 2019 18:09

Unlikely Converts: a must read book Featured

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Unlikely Converts is a new book on evangelism which I encourage every believer to read. Author Randy Newman argues that most “outsider conversions” (those not raised in the church, but instead won to faith through evangelism) share a few characteristics. Understanding these will make...

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Monday, 02 September 2019 18:01

He’s Just Blind Featured

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image It doesn’t matter how many times you share the Gospel, you still need encouragement from time to time.

After over an hour-long conversation with a young Roman Catholic named Jimmy, we ended the conversation with a hug. It was obvious, though, as he walked away that spiritually we were...

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Sunday, 01 September 2019 18:01

8 Elements Common to Answered Prayers Featured

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By Clint Archer

Eos fell in love with the mortal man, Tithonus, and asked Zeus to make him immortal. Zeus granted the request—with a catch. Eos forgot to specify her request as wanting eternal youth for her beau. So Tithonus did live forever but kept aging until he was so old that he...

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Thursday, 29 August 2019 08:58

Was Jesus a person of color? An immigrant? A Palestinian? Featured

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Recently I’ve watched three claims about Jesus worm their way into popular discourse: That Jesus was A). a person of color, B). an immigrant, and C). Palestinian.

Obviously, the increase in these claims coincides with their perceived political value. Last Christmas, Rep. Ocasio-Cortez made...

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Monday, 26 August 2019 22:41

ACBC annual conference: Suicide Featured

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Suicide may be the tenth leading cause of death for Americans, but it is the second leading cause of death for teenagers. Its frequency has risen by 25% in the last twenty years. In the US, there are twice as many suicides as murders.

To follow Christ is to be led by our shepherd the through the...

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Thursday, 22 August 2019 17:11

What book am I? Featured

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Let me describe the plot of a book, and you guess what book it is:

It begins with God speaking his word with power and clarity.

Surprisingly, God’s word is ignored and rejected.

God creates a covenant people to guard his word, and ultimately to be a light to the nations. Meanwhile, the nations...

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Wednesday, 21 August 2019 18:24

MIA: the Kingdom of God Featured

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When was the last time you heard about the kingdom of God? What was the last sermon you listened to that spoke about the kingdom of God, in more than passing terms? What was the last Christian book you read that said anything about the kingdom of God that was more than lip service? When was the...

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Monday, 19 August 2019 18:01

If I Share The Gospel, I Might Ruin Our Relationship Featured

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We all know people who don’t know Christ.

Sadly, most Christians know people whom they’ve never told about Christ.

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They...

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Sunday, 18 August 2019 18:01

Loving the Law Featured

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by Clint Archer

When I was in the 5th grade, my family moved to a small town. To make friends I went to the school rugby practices. This strategy backfired a bit. I had come from a school where I had only played soccer. I had never watched a rugby game before and had no idea what the rules were, but...

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Tuesday, 13 August 2019 17:02

Overcoming the Fear of Evangelism Featured

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God has tasked every Christian with communicating the good news of the gospel to the lost. For some of us, it comes naturally. It’s easy and effortless. If that’s you then you probably don’t need to keep reading.

For others, not so much. It’s a struggle. It feels unnatural,...

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Sunday, 11 August 2019 18:00

Does God want all people saved? Featured

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Hungarian sculptor, Ernő Rubik, invented his colorful 3-D puzzle in 1974 and Rubik’s Cube has been frustrating children and adults alike ever since.

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I did not grow up in Awana. But I’m willing to guess that it wasn’t one of the weekly verses.

“Do I not hate those who hate You, O Lord? And do I not loathe those who rise up against You? I hate them with the utmost hatred; they have become my enemies” (Ps. 139:21-22).

How...

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Sunday, 04 August 2019 18:01

Praying for Presidents: Evangelistic Prayer Featured

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For the first 300 years of Christianity there was barely a breather from violent persecution. Roman emperors harangued Christians by confiscating church property, arresting worshippers, and even executing them in arenas like the Colosseum as entertainment. That persisted until the...

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Thursday, 01 August 2019 07:08

MacArthur’s 6 marks of a truly educated person Featured

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This month The Master’s Universitywelcomes back students for their 102nd school year, but it will be their first in 35 years without John MacArthur as the University’s president. He marked his final presidential commencement with an address on the essence of true education. In it, he...

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Tuesday, 30 July 2019 17:02

The Tragedy of Apostasy – Refresher Featured

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Anyone who has been in local church ministry for any amount of time is well-acquainted with disappointment. Things like criticism, gossip, and less-than-ideal fruit are normal. And, in some sense, you get used to that.

But there is one thing that never gets easier: when an individual who...

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Monday, 29 July 2019 18:01

When The One who Led You to Christ Walks Away Featured

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“The information that was left out of our announcement is that I have undergone a massive shift in regard to my faith in Jesus. The popular phrase for this is ‘deconstruction,’ the biblical phrase is ‘falling away.’ By all the measurements that I have for defining a...

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Sunday, 28 July 2019 18:01

The Devil You Know Featured

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THE DEVIL YOU KNOW: STAYING SAFE FROM SATAN

Nineteen-year-old David Playdell-Bouverie was from a prestigious family in Britain and came to Africa in 1999 in search of adventure. He toured Zimbabwe for six months and signed up for a safari through the Matusadona National Park on the shores of Lake...

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Friday, 26 July 2019 09:02

Practical Eschatology Featured

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“If you read history you will find that the Christians who did most for the present world were just those who thought most of the next. . . . It is since Christians have largely ceased to think of the other world that they have become so ineffective in this.” (C. S. Lewis, Mere...

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Thursday, 25 July 2019 15:11

Discerning fear-based repentance Featured

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There are two conversion stories in the Old Testament where Gentiles “convert” out of fear. In one, commentaries generally agree that the conversion is not salvific—in other words, the people are not suddenly “believers”—and in the other the conversion seems...

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