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, 14 August 2017 18:01

The Five Crowds of Charlottesville Featured

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image Let me say that our hearts are broken over the events that took place in our own back yard in Virginia yesterday. Nazi flags and people with KKK hats walking around on a college campus in broad daylight is insane. You’d think that if you affiliate with those groups you’d want to keep...

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Sunday, 13 August 2017 18:01

Worthless or Worthwhile: Weighing Eli’s Sons Featured

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Geza and Zsolt Peladi are two Hungarian brothers who live outside Budapest. Sadly, these brothers were born to parents who were not very caring. Although their parents were wealthy, they didn’t provide for their boys. At a young age they were abandoned by both parents and grew up orphaned and...

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Tuesday, 08 August 2017 17:01

The Greatest Revival in History Featured

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Revival: “a period of renewed religious interest; an often highly emotional evangelistic meeting or series of meetings.”

There have been many genuine ones throughout history. Pentecost, the Reformation, and the First Great Awakening, to name a few. And there have...

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Monday, 07 August 2017 18:01

Why Joni Eareckson Tada Wants a Glorified Body Featured

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image Recently Joni Eareckson Tada “celebrated” 50 years of being a paraplegic.

Last week, she wrote a wonderful article that where she laid out some lessons she has learned over the past 50 years.

This article reminded me about one of the most impactful sentences I have ever heard.

It was...

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Big Brother is Watching You: Is Elder-rule an Orwellian Nightmare?

George Orwell’s seminal political satire, Nineteen Eighty-Four, portrays a nightmarish world that is inescapably under the oppressive...

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Thursday, 03 August 2017 07:15

6 life-changing sermons Featured

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It has been said that the main benefit of preaching is not the remembering of the facts of a sermon afterwards, but rather the spiritual effects of the word of God on the soul duringthe preaching. In other words, what makes a sermon good is not the ability to recall the details of it later, but...

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Tuesday, 01 August 2017 17:01

They Are Not Blessed Featured

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They are some of the more depressing words in Scripture. “For Demas, in love with this present world, has deserted me” (2 Tim. 4:10).

It wasn’t always that way. Demas was doing great for a while. He was traveling with the ministry elites of the apostolic age; Luke,...

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image I remember the first time I heard someone explain Genesis 3:16. It was in a marriage seminar. Their view of this passage which is popular in conservative circles was simple, Eve, as a result of God’s curse would have pain in child-bearing and that she would want to usurp her husband’s...

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Sunday, 30 July 2017 18:01

Inconspicuous spending: how to be really rich Featured

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image How do you know if someone is rich? For millennia the answer was simple: they tell you. Or more accurately they show you. They wear garish jewelry and drive ostentatious cars, and decorate their homes with antiques and Persian rugs and/or Persian cats. In a word, wealth has always...

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Wednesday, 26 July 2017 18:01

Visiting an embassy Featured

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Last week, in order to apply for a visa, I had to visit the embassy of a nation that I’m visiting on a future missions trip. Fortunately I live in Washington, D.C., so this trip consisted of a thirty-minute drive from my house, followed by an extended search for parking. This was my first...

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Tuesday, 25 July 2017 17:01

Mandates of Expository Preaching Featured

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Expository preaching is that type of preaching which seeks to approach the word of God in a manner befitting of the God of the word. As such, its aim is to submit to the authorial intent of a passage, unpacking the meaning in its grammatical and historical context, then explaining,...

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Monday, 24 July 2017 18:01

No One is Born a Child of God Featured

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image As I’ve talked to people of other religions, it has dawned on me that most if not all of them teach that everyone is a child of God.

Whether you are Muslim and teach that all children are born Muslim but then are led away by the devil, or whether you are Mormon, and teach that everyone on...

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Sunday, 23 July 2017 18:01

Choosing Elders: Beware the Warren Harding Error Featured

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Author, Malcolm Gladwell, calls this faulty leadership selection factor the “Warren Harding Error.” Warren Harding was the 29th president of the United States. Historians would deem him to be one of the worst US presidents in history. His administration was wracked with torrid scandals,...

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Wednesday, 19 July 2017 18:53

Romans 8 Featured

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I’ve spent the last few years translating portions of the Bible into a language almost nobody outside of Africa has even heard of–and I’ve loved it. This process has renewed my passion to see fresh translations of Scripture in English. They are important for many reasons, but one...

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Monday, 17 July 2017 18:01

4 Incredible Blessings of Giving Featured

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By the time the average human being reaches the age of 20, he will have watched one million commercials. 1,000,000. Think about that. Most people will watch almost four million commercials in their lifetime, and that’s only talking about regular cable television. Four million times you are...

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Friday, 29 July 2016 01:00

Does the Doctrine of Hell Make God Unjust? Featured

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Awhile ago, I posted some selections of Jonathan Edwards’ famous sermon, “Sinners in the Hands of an Angry God.” As it happens, three weeks ago was the 275th anniversary of the greatest sermon preached on American soil. If you haven’t read that post, I would invite you to read what I’ve called America’s

Thursday, 28 July 2016 01:01

Lucky Charms and Honey Combs

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One of the most overwhelming figures in Scripture is the giant angel that John encounters in Revelation 10. Between the sixth and seventh trumpet judgements, after witnessing the death of 1/3 of the earth but while waiting for the ministry of the two witnesses, John’s vision is interrupted by a figure with no parallel in the Bible.

This angel

Tuesday, 26 July 2016 00:01

14 Rules for Being a Godly Employee Featured

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One of the saddest statements I heard in college was during a job interview. The owner, a Christian himself said, “I usually don’t hire Christians, they have been some of the worst workers over the years”. Hopefully as I worked for him I didn’t encourage that sentiment.

Of course this isn’t universal. I have also

Monday, 25 July 2016 01:01

Lawschool: what law are we under? Featured

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 Before I travel to a new country I investigate if there are any peculiar laws I need to observe. Luckily I have never had to verify any of these for myself – but they are on the internet so they must be true, right?

In Thailand it is illegal to leave your house without wearing any underwear. In Israel it is illegal to bring bears to the

Sunday, 24 July 2016 12:30

Clouds Without Water

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For more than four decades, John MacArthur has led the fight for the supremacy of the truth and of sound doctrine—not only within the walls of his own church, but also throughout the evangelical church at large. Surrounded by other defenders of biblical teaching, Pastor John has devoted his ministry to safeguarding the inerrancy of

Thursday, 21 July 2016 01:35

Revelation 7 and two major unfulfilled prophecies Featured

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There are two major prophecies concerning the advance of the gospel that remain unfulfilled at this very moment: that Israel would embrace the Messiah, and that the good news of Jesus would reach every tribe and ethnic group in the world.

These are not just isolated prophecies. Instead, they are repeated often, and play a significant role in how

Wednesday, 20 July 2016 00:01

Back to the Early Church? Featured

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You’ve probably heard it many times. “We just need to get back to the days of the early church.” “You know, things would be so much better in contemporary Christianity if we were more like the early church.”

While there were some great things happening then, I’m not so sure that I am eager to get back

Tuesday, 19 July 2016 00:01

Putin Can’t Stop the Gospel Featured

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Every once in a while, a leader, whether it be a judge, a king, or a Czar, tries to do the impossible and shut down the Gospel.

All throughout history many have attempted this impossible feat. Perhaps one of the most famous attempts occurred in 1673. The Lord Judge Magistrate of Bedford was fed up with John Bunyan and his preaching of the Gospel.

Monday, 18 July 2016 01:01

Choose your love love your choice

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Buyer’s remorse often grips people just after they indulge in an expensive purchase. It’s a cognitive dissonance of the “what if” factor. What if what I bought isn’t as good as what I didn’t buy; what if I can’t afford it and will regret the expense later? Marketing pundits have come up with ways to ease

Friday, 15 July 2016 01:00

Pleasing to Him: Our Supreme Ambition Featured

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Therefore we also have as our ambition, whether at home or absent, to be pleasing to Him. – 2 Corinthians 5:9 –

The relationship between this verse and the previous is instructive. The “therefore” signals that this is a consequence of the preceding truth. What is the necessary consequence of having the settled preference&nbs