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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How can we be the body of Christ when we are physically separated?

Millions of Christians around the world are answering this question during the increasingly restrictive measures deployed to combat the spread of the coronavirus. The Bible uses the metaphor of a body to describe the church. One only...

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Monday, 23 March 2020 03:28

What Is God Up to with Corona?

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“God is always doing 10,000 things in your life, and you may be aware of three of them.” (John Piper)

I appreciate this quote because it reminds us of our limited perspective. We simply cannot see all that God is doing. But even above blind spots, we have capacity issues. Not only is God...

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Thursday, 19 March 2020 01:45

Christ’s Burden Should Be Ours

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Have you ever watched a sporting event and noticed the coaches talking into their microphones while covering their faces with their laminated sheets? We want to know what they are saying. We wish we could listen in and hear the dialogue between the quarterback and the offensive coordinator. There...

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Wednesday, 18 March 2020 04:37

Recent Reads March 2020

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I love to read. And I like to recommend good books.Over the last 14 years, I’ve written book reviews on this blog but have recently concluded that the process of writing a review takes more time than I have available. In evaluating this, I’ve decided that I can get near the same effect...

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Tuesday, 17 March 2020 06:41

What Hasn’t Changed During a Global Pandemic

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There is no doubt that a lot has changed in the last few weeks. The invisible virus has brought visible change. In many parts of the country, universities, schools, restaurants, and small businesses have closed. In my state (Massachusetts), our governor has banned the gathering of 25 or more...

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Monday, 09 March 2020 03:27

Why Should You Pray Before Eating a Meal?

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Christians have a long tradition of pausing and thanking God before eating a meal. It’s so common that sometimes we can slide into and out of our prayer without much thought. Other times we may blow right by prayer and neglect it altogether. But, I think praying before we eat is a healthy...

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Wednesday, 04 March 2020 02:41

The Most Important Words to Say to Your Kids

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Parenting, like marriage, is usually not characterized by substantial events but hundreds of smaller things that accumulate and shape the relationships between parents and their children.

Personally, it’s hard for me to believe that my wife and I have been parents now for nearly 25 years. We...

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One of the privileges of studying the Old Testament is finding the connections to Jesus. The Scriptures teach that the entire Bible points to him (Luke 24:27; John 5:39; Acts 3:24). While there are possible ways to make connections to the gospel, the challenge for the interpreter is to find the...

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Tuesday, 18 February 2020 23:35

Parenting is Hard, but God is Gracious

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The gospel changes everything. It changes individuals, husbands, wives, parents, and kids. In the previous post, I focused on the negative part of the command, do not exasperate your children, now I’ll focus on the positive side.

Paul instructs parents in Ephesians 6:4, to bring up their...

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Tuesday, 18 February 2020 06:08

How to Exasperate Your Children

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The reality of submitting your life to Jesus, and living under his authority has massive implications.When you become a Christian, all of your relationships are redefined by your relationship with Jesus.

In Ephesians 2-3, we see that people who had substantial personal differences because of the...

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Tuesday, 11 February 2020 03:02

5 Realities of a Wife’s Submission in Marriage

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When we think about God’s Word, we have to remember that it reflects his character. Therefore, the Word of God is good because God is good (Psalm 19:7-11, 119:68). God would never command his people to do anything that would harm them. Instead, he prescribes what is best for us. He loves us...

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Monday, 10 February 2020 04:59

Resources for Studying Ephesians

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I’m finishing up preaching through Ephesians in a couple of weeks. Here are some resources that have proven useful for sermon work. I put my favorites first and then broke them down in categories below. (If you’re thinking about preaching this book see this article)

Favorite Resources

  1. Pete...

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Tuesday, 04 February 2020 06:13

Some Best Practices for Public Reading of Scripture

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I’m convinced that the public reading of Scripture is an important and too often overlooked aspect of our worship services. We spend considerable time preparing sermons, prayers, and music for our gatherings, but often Scripture reading is reduced to something mechanical. Like most things we...

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It seems like a simple command: “Husbands love your wives.” But if you’ve been married for more than five minutes, you realize that it’s a bit harder than it sounds.

There are a few reasons.

The command for the Christian husband to love his wife is not contingent upon her...

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Tuesday, 28 January 2020 04:58

God’s Loving Law

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Wrapped in shiny wrappers, sin promises life but delivers death. Because God is loving, he warns us against sin by instructing us in the path of life.

In the Garden of Eden, God warned our first parents, Adam and Eve, with these sober words that echo through the ages, “the day you eat of it,...

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Thursday, 23 January 2020 01:09

A Breakthrough in Our Family Devotions

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I’m excited about our Bible reading plan for the year. It’s like we’ve had a breakthrough in doing family devotions. It’s yielding fruit and personal encouragement. After talking with several friends, I decided to write this article that perhaps it might bless others looking...

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Wednesday, 11 December 2019 05:18

How Would You Do?

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Like clockwork, each week, my heart would start beating faster, and my hands would grow cold. I knew Sunday school class was about to end, and the teacher, Mike Gibson, was going to call on someone to close the class in prayer. Given the fact that there were only about a dozen of us in the room, my...

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Wednesday, 04 December 2019 05:12

Top Ten Books I Enjoyed This Year

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One perennial blessing of the blogosphere is the list of favorite books of the year. I admit that if I see such a list in a title, I feel almost bound in conscience to click it. It is a way to learn about new books or old ones that continue to deliver.

This year I’m publishing a list of ten...

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Monday, 02 December 2019 04:00

God Can Multitask

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The experts tell us that multitasking is a myth. This is because, for most people, when we divide our attention between multiple tasks, we experience a diminishing return in our productivity.

While this is true for most people, it does not accurately describe God. In God’s sovereignty,...

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Monday, 25 November 2019 01:40

Wisdom Wears a Watch

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Any day now, here in the Northeast, we’re going to begin punctuating our goodbyes with a phrase that would seem out of place any other time of the year. As the snow starts to fall, the icy roads and sidewalks will come with them. People will start telling each other to be careful out there.

We...

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Wednesday, 20 November 2019 04:25

Take Your Medicine

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The other day I took my son to the doctor, and in the course of the visit, the diagnosis of an earache was confirmed. The doctor prescribed some antibiotics be taken twice daily over the next week. After returning home, I put reminders on my phone to make sure he took medicine according to the...

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Picture a pig farmer returning to his house after a long day’s work. He comes in with his work boots on covered with mud, his overalls soiled, his hands filthy, and accompanied by a dominant odor. Imagine that he walks in the house, dressed as he was with the animals, and reclines on the...

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Wednesday, 09 October 2019 03:52

Brothers, We Are Like Mothers

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The Bible provides several similes and metaphors for ministry. Many familiar with the Bible would recall examples such as a shepherd, soldier, athlete, or a farmer (1 Pet. 5:1-4; 2 Tim. 2:3-6). But I wonder how many would immediately think of a nursing mother?

Consider Paul’s words below:

But...

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Wednesday, 25 September 2019 05:08

Created to Clean Toilets

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“We are looking for volunteers for the _______ ministry.”

If you’ve been to church for more than three weeks you’ve likely encountered some sort of announcement asking for help from the church to serve. We understand why: churches have a number of ministries that require...

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Monday, 16 September 2019 23:54

What Does It Mean to Be Sealed with the Holy Spirit?

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In Ephesians 1:13 the Bible says that “when you heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation, and believed in him, were sealed with the promised Holy Spirit.”

What does it mean to be sealed with the Holy Spirit?

A seal is an identifying mark often placed on a letter,...

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