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, 06 December 2018 16:01

Advent: The Gentle Powerful Savior Featured

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Isn’t it easy sometimes to lose sight about who Jesus really is? Especially around the Christmas season?

It’s easy to forget that baby Jesus in Luke 2 is the same Jesus in Revelation 19, riding on his white horse with a sword ready to fight and destroy His enemies. The One who has the...

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Wednesday, 05 December 2018 17:01

8 years and $550 million: A pro-life political failure Featured

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Five-hundred and fifty million dollars.

That’s how much Planned Parenthood received in US tax money last year.

This week a government shut-down—or the last-second avoidance thereof—will dominate American news. One story missing will be the fight over federally funding our...

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Tuesday, 04 December 2018 16:02

Love Hurt Feelings – Refresher Featured

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imageInsurance companies amaze me. One little speeding ticket or a minor fender-bender, and everything changes. Your monthly payment sky-rockets. They no longer trust you. Simply for doing the human thing of making a mistake, you henceforth are placed on insurance detention. They not only record the...

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Sunday, 02 December 2018 16:01

Rethinking the Rat Race Featured

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Overwork doesn’t carry a stigma in our society’s currency-lubed, prestige based, multitasking rat race.

Gambling, pornography, cocaine, booze, and most other addictions engender shame associated with weakness or dysfunction. But for some reason, the caffeinated crew of interns at work...

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Thursday, 29 November 2018 17:00

Advent: Hope and Fear Featured

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Over the next few weeks, on Friday’s we will run some short Advent-ish devotionals. I hope these will be helpful as you celebrate the birth of our Savior this year.

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Inside the human heart there is a powerful connection between hope and fear. As expectancy increases, so does fear. The more we...

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Wednesday, 28 November 2018 17:05

The 50% lie Featured

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You’ve heard it repeatedly on radio, podcasts, and TV. You’ve read it in various books and articles. You’ve even heard it in your pastor’s sermon. The problem: it’s a lie.

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“50% of all marriages end in divorce.”

It’s simply not true and never has been....

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Monday, 26 November 2018 16:01

10 Lessons From the Death of John Chau Featured

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That’s a question every Christian needs to ask themselves. And really, it should be a part of our discussions in Sunday school with our kids and everyone we evangelize. We aren’t just calling people to new life, we are calling people to die to...

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Sunday, 25 November 2018 16:01

Plundering the Egyptians: Fundraising for Missions Featured

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This material is adapted from the chapter “That Makes Cents: How To Raise Funds for STM Trips” in my book Holding the Rope: Short-Term Missions: Long-Term Impact.image

As the Short-Term Missions (STM) co-ordinator at Grace Community Church, thoughtful questions about raising funds...

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Tuesday, 20 November 2018 16:02

Burying Myths about Christianity Featured

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imageToday is the eve of one of my favorite American holidays. There’s nothing like pushing pause and gathering together for an annual tryptophan treat.

With Thanksgiving weekend here, the holiday season is officially kicking off. That means time with relatives and friends. And, it probably means...

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Monday, 19 November 2018 16:01

How quickly we lose our Thanksgiving Featured

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image There was a beeping sound that wouldn’t stop.

I mean, what kind of restaurant would seat a party of eight next to this unceasing, annoying sound?

Here we were in an airport terminal. Eating at a nice chain restaurant. And I couldn’t stop complaining in my mind about this nagging sound.

We...

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Sunday, 18 November 2018 16:01

Moths Roaches: Responding to the Light Featured

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My dad was watching TV when he suddenly began shouting in pain. He then, just as suddenly, stopped and looked disoriented. This odd behavior repeated itself a few times. He told my mom that the recurring pain was accompanied by a loud, fluttering sound.

A tiny moth had inadvertently taken a wrong...

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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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image The Christian life is hard.

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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