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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Thursday, 21 March 2019 18:08

Jesus: both willing and able Featured

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“I am willing, I am able”

Matthew 8 is sort of a Jesus’-Greatest-Hits section of the Bible. Having finished the Sermon on the Mount, Jesus makes his way back to Capernaum, and he is met by people who in one way or another provide him opportunity to demonstrate that he really does...

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Tuesday, 19 March 2019 17:02

Should Christians Not be Known for What They are Against? Featured

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You’ve heard it said. “I don’t want to be known for what I am against, but what I am for.” “Christians should be known for what they are for, not against.”

It sounds good and noble. After all, a ministry or person that only speaks of what they are against is...

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Monday, 18 March 2019 18:01

What We Learned From the 2019 Shepherd’s Conference Featured

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Every year I’m headed to the Shepherd’s Conference I think to myself that it can’t possibly be better than last year’s, and yet each year I leave thinking this was the best one yet!

The 2019 Shepherd’s Conference was incredible. The teaching was phenomenal, the music...

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Sunday, 17 March 2019 18:01

Francis Chan Can Fix This Featured

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I share the dismay of my trench-buddy, Jordan Standridge, about Francis Chan’s new bedfellows, which include Benny Hinn, Todd White, and others in the lunatic fringe of the charismatic plutocracy. These are the ones even open-but-cautious continuationists agree make up the bathwater that...

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Thursday, 14 March 2019 18:01

Top 10 books from Shepherd’s Conference Featured

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The Shepherd’s Conference is like Christmas morning for pastors. Imagine 5,000 pastors, all herded into a huge circus tent with tables upon tables of books, all sold at unbeatable prices. This is fueled by the conference handing every pastor a box of free books; like drinking salt water,...

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imageIt’s no secret, nor is it unclear. The Bible teaches things about women that clash with our fallen contemporary culture. Women may not function in the role of a pastor/elder (1 Tim. 2:12). Wives are to submit to their husbands as the church does to Christ (Eph. 5:22-24). Seasoned women are to...

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Monday, 11 March 2019 18:01

Farewell Francis  Featured

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I’ll never forget the first time I heard Francis Chan speak. 

I was at a big music conference in California feeling really discouraged. The music was man-centered, the teaching was problematic, to say the least; it just really seemed like no one was there to exalt the Savior. It seemed to...

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Monday, 04 March 2019 17:10

2019 Cripplegate Conference: The Law of God Featured

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It was early in Spurgeon’s ministry when he wisely declared, “There is no point on which men make greater mistakes than on the relation which exists between the Law and the gospel.” Despite his youth and relative inexperience, Spurgeon had already seen the tragic effects in...

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Sunday, 03 March 2019 17:01

The Sweet Exchange Featured

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“It was the best of times. It was the worst of times.”

So starts my favorite Dickens novel, A Tale of Two Cities. The story introduces two men, a virtuous Charles Darnay and a repugnant Sydney Carton. They have only these two things in common: they both possess a profound love for the...

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Thursday, 28 February 2019 21:09

A funeral for a six-year old Featured

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The death of a child is a severe display of sin’s character. This is especially true when the child is full of happiness and humor. Death makes its power clear when it attacks those that bring the most joy to life.

This week I delivered a gospel message at a funeral for a six-year-old boy...

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He’s being called a modern-day Lazarus. This past Sunday, Alph Lukau of Alleluia Ministries in South Africa is reported to have raised a man named Elliot from the dead.

Elliot was carried in his coffin from a hearse to Lukau for the miracle. The supposed dead man lies in the coffin with his...

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Monday, 25 February 2019 17:01

An Interview With Jesus About Forgiveness Featured

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image We are never more like Jesus than when we forgive, and we are never less like Jesus than when we hold grudges.

It is mind-boggling to think about Stephen’s final words as he was being martyred. Here he was being stoned, with people coming up while angrily gnashing their teeth and beating him...

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Sunday, 24 February 2019 17:01

How To Be Less Miserable Featured

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My favorite novel is Victor Hugo’s Les Misérables. The title refers to an untranslatable term used to describe the most wretched and hopeless class of urban poor. Ironically, my snobbish sensibilities were irked when people pronounced it in an Anglicized mangling: “Less...

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Thursday, 21 February 2019 17:39

5 reasons people walk away from church Featured

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In my fifteen years as a pastor, I’ve seen my fair share of people who have left the church. Some have left the churches where I’ve been on staff for other churches—the sort of greener pasture mentality, you could say—and others have left the church all together. Its that...

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Tuesday, 19 February 2019 16:02

What You Can Can't Kill Featured

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It’s been a few weeks since quite a bit of dust was necessarily stirred up over the latest abortion debate in the US. In these recent days, there have been some eyebrow-raising laws and provisions put forth in our nation.

As we consider these, it’s appropriate to take a moment and...

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Monday, 18 February 2019 17:01

Five Reasons Why I’m Going to Italy as a Missionary Featured

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image One of the biggest questions we can face as believers is “where does God want me to serve Him?” Of course, we’re all called to serve the Lord (1 Cor. 15:58), but some of us have a hard time knowing exactly where He is calling us to do that long-term.

That is, perhaps, one of the...

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Sunday, 17 February 2019 17:01

God's Book God's Voice Featured

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image Not many people see heaven and live to tell about it. In Scripture, those who may have (Lazarus, Paul, and the girl we call Talitha), never recorded a word of what they saw. Only John’s Revelation was given for the church. But among certain Christian circles, extraordinary claims of a trip...

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Wednesday, 13 February 2019 12:06

Spurgeon on slander Featured

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To our subscribers: Thanks for your patience while we work on getting our email feature fixed.

While we wait, I wanted to share this quote from Spurgeon I came across while studying for my sermon this Sunday. Concerning slander, suppose someone is saying things that aren’t true about you....

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Sunday, 10 February 2019 17:00

A Sneak Preview of Kingdom Glory Featured

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In the second book of Douglas Adams’ sci-fi “trilogy”, the Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy, the characters decide to get a quick bite to eat at the “Restaurant at the End of the Universe.” Customers invest one penny in an account, make a...

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Tuesday, 05 February 2019 16:01

Faithful for 50: God’s Glory in the Ministry of John MacArthur Featured

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This weekend marks a notable milestone in the providence of God. On February 9th, Dr. John MacArthur will hit his fiftieth year as pastor of Grace Community Church. Fifty years. That’s longer than many of us have been alive. And that’s 600 months, 18,250 days, and 2600 Sundays.

Dr....

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image By now, I’m sure you’ve heard Virginia Governor Northam’s evil statement encouraging infanticide. While they are disturbing to hear, these kinds of statements are shared by many in our country. Recently, the state of New York cheered the passing of a similar bill with applause.

It...

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Sunday, 03 February 2019 17:01

Micah the Therapist Featured

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The son of King George V, Prince Albert, or Bertie as family members called him, had a stammer so severe he could barely string two sentences together. The King enlisted the services of the best speech therapists money could muster to help the Prince overcome his stuttering tongue. The experts of...

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Friday, 01 February 2019 03:40

Problems with our email Featured

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Hey Cripplegate Readers!

We’ve made some changes to our website to ensure that those with Gmail can continue to get our emails. However, the email service we use is not liking those changes. So the short version is….

Our email is not working, and our subscribers haven’t gotten our...

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Wednesday, 30 January 2019 17:02

The real problem with ‘conversion therapy’ Featured

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Last week, in addition to changing their laws to allow full-term abortions, New York State also banned conversion therapy for minors. For the uninitiated, so-called conversion therapy is a form of counseling for students who struggle with same-sex attraction. According to the American Psychiatric...

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Monday, 28 January 2019 17:01

Pope Francis Declares Mary to be the Influencer of God Featured

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Pope Francis made the news for naming Mary “the influencer of God”.

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This should not come as a shock. The Roman Catholic Church has long held the belief that Mary was, and is, someone who can change God’s mind. Their view of Mary is clearly expressed in the Catechism of...

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