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

Thursday, 26 March 2020 16:00

Judgment on Pre-Judgment

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“Prejudice” is making a (usually negative) judgment about something or someone that is not based on evidence, experience, or reason. Examples of prejudice include racism, nationalism, sexism, etc. Another word for this is “bias,” meaning we favor someone or some group over...

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Wednesday, 25 March 2020 16:00

God’s Heart for the Poor

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What happens if we honor only those who are materially rich.

  • The poor reject us and the church
  • The rich reject us and the church
  • God rejects us and the church

When we prioritize the wealthy, we all lose. But there is a way for all to win. Let’s see how James directs us so that the poor, the rich,...

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Tuesday, 24 March 2020 16:00

Beating Bias to Save Souls

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We have hidden biases which damage our witness to Christ. For example:

  • We bias to the wealthy and against the poor
  • We bias to the powerful and against the weak
  • We bias to our nation/color and against others

Who can deny this problem or the damage it does to our witness to Christ? Can we beat bias and...

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Monday, 23 March 2020 16:00

How valuable is your religion?

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So many wrong ideas of religion abound today. How do we know what is true and what is false religion? How do we know if we have true religion? These are difficult questions to answer today for three reasons.

  • People are confused about what true religion is, leaving them in a state of uncertainty.
  • Peopl...

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Sunday, 22 March 2020 16:00

Change the Pace to Finish the Race

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Trials and temptations can upset our spiritual pace.

  • Our anger and sin speeds up
  • Our listening and obeying slow down

Getting our pace wrong leads to spiritual defeat. But there’s a way to change our spiritual pace right that leads to spiritual victory. In James 1:19-25, James shows us two...

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Sunday, 22 March 2020 00:45

Christless Christianity

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These are dangerous days. Our health is in danger. Our economy is in danger. Our jobs are in danger. Our mental health is in danger. But the biggest danger we are facing today is Christless Christianity. It always has been, is, and always will be.

  • It’s serious because it concerns your most...

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Saturday, 21 March 2020 17:00

Beating Temptation by Worshipping God

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People wrongly blame God for their temptations. This results in:

  • Dark view of God
  • Denial of personal responsibility
  • Diminishing of worship
  • Defeat in temptation

Do you see how false ideas can have so many serious personal consequences? But what if we could correct these falsehoods and replace them with...

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Friday, 20 March 2020 17:00

Role Reversal for Rich and Poor

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We often value and evaluate people by their financial value.

  • We favor the rich
  • We despise the poor
  • We pursue financial value
  • We forget spiritual value

This was a problem in biblical times too. But James addressed it in a surprising way. Let’s hear James’s surprising double answer to this...

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Thursday, 19 March 2020 16:00

I don’t know what to say or do

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Trials reveal our lack of wisdom. We don’t know what to do or say.

  • We make mistakes which make things worse.
  • We become physically, verbally, spiritually paralyzed.
  • We are tossed around like waves on a stormy sea.

Trials reveal our lack of wisdom. We don’t know what to do or say.

But we...

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Wednesday, 18 March 2020 18:00

Joyful Trials

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Trials get us down and drain our joy.

  • Trials canweaken our faith: Go on so hard and long that we wonder where/who God is.
  • Trials can provoke anger: We run out of patience with God, self, and others
  • Trials can be a catalyst for sin: A weakened mind, body, or heart can weaken our will

Trials can get us...

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Wednesday, 18 March 2020 06:12

Living Faith in Testing Times

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These testing times will overwhelm us if we listen to human words (the media, politicians, ourselves) more than God’s Word. Human words leave us:

  • Confused            
  • Depressed          ...

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Tuesday, 17 March 2020 17:00

Living Faith in Testing Times Index

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Sunday, 15 March 2020 08:00

The Coronavirus: This is the Finger of God

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What would Jesus say to us were he living in this world during the Coronavirus pandemic?

That’s the question I’ve been wrestling with the past few days. It sent me to my Bible because that’s the way Jesus speaks to us today. I turned to Exodus chapters 7-11 where we read of another...

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Sunday, 01 March 2020 08:56

Is Christianity worth it?

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Is Christianity worth it? What are the benefits of Christianity? Apart from the promise of eternal life at the end, what good will it do me? How will it help me here and now? To put it more popularly, is it all “pie in the sky when you die” or is there also “steak on the plate...

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Saturday, 29 February 2020 23:35

Welcoming and Walking with Jesus

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If you’ve ever suffered from any long-term illness, you learn many lessons along the way. You learn what makes you better and what makes you worse.

Take diabetes, for example. There’s a figure that’s measured at every clinic visit, it’s called HbA1c. If it has come down,...

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Saturday, 22 February 2020 23:35

Two Defenses Against Spiritual Scammers

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From time to time, we hear and read warnings about scammers in our area. The police or consumer protection groups alert us to the danger, tell us what to look out for, and how to avoid being scammed.

But spiritual scamming is much more widespread and much more dangerous. Many have been taken in and...

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Tuesday, 18 February 2020 05:57

Wisdom University: Proverbs Series

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Recently, I’ve had the great privilege of preaching a series of sermons on Proverbs at First Byron Christian Reformed Church. I’ll post the rest of them here as they become available.

For a video explanation of how I’ve tweaked the Compelling Communicator methodology...

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Monday, 17 February 2020 09:21

Complete in Christ: Colossians Series

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I’ve had the great privilege of preaching a series of sermons on Colossians at First Byron Christian Reformed Church over the past month or so. I’ll post the rest of them here as they become available.

For a video explanation of how I’ve tweaked the Compelling Communicator&nbsp...

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Sunday, 16 February 2020 08:00

Who will have the last laugh?

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Laughter at Christ’s truth, Christs people, and Christ’s morals is common, contagious, and catastrophic.

Such laughter can take the following forms:

Public laughing: in the workplace, yard, classroom.

Private laughing: secretly mocking God’s Word or God’s providences

Practic...

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Saturday, 15 February 2020 23:35

The Danger of Culture-Shaped Gospel Service

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Why is culture-shaped (rather than Bible-shaped) Gospel service so dangerous? My answer is going to consider Gospel ministry in particular. However, the same principles apply to Christian service in general. All Christians are in Gospel service and therefore all Christians are at risk of...

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Saturday, 08 February 2020 23:35

Gospel Motives for Gospel Perseverance

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Do you fear giving up the Gospel because of hostile opposition to it and to believers?

We are living in times of increasing opposition to the Gospel: verbal opposition, economic opposition, workplace opposition, legal opposition, etc.

Many have given up part of the faith, especially in the area of...

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Saturday, 01 February 2020 23:45

Restoring the Supremacy of Christ to our Worldview

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How do you view the world? What do you see first and most when you view the world? Is it President Trump? Is it the USA as the world’s only superpower? Is it yourself? Or is it the Lord Jesus first and most?

How do you view the church? What do you think of first and most when you think of the...

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Thursday, 30 January 2020 00:50

9 Ways to Guard Your Personal Relationship with God

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Like all healthy and satisfying relationships, our relationship with God needs time and energy. But giving time and energy to our relationship with God actually increases free time and energy because it helps us get a better perspective on life and order our priorities better, it reduces the time...

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Sunday, 26 January 2020 07:00

Peers v Parents

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Peer pressure causes many to drop out of Wisdom University. But there is a way to stay enrolled and to graduate with honors, as Proverbs 1 :8-19 demonstrates.

For more, see my sermon notes from my second sermon in the Proverbs series entitled Wisdom University (down...

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Saturday, 25 January 2020 23:40

From People-Pleasing to God Pleasing

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Carol was a people-pleaser? She lived to make other people happy. Her whole life was dominated with questions like: “How can I make my boss happy?” or “How can I make my parents happy?” or “How can I make my husband happy?” or “How can I make my kids...

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