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

Saturday, 07 December 2019 21:34

Advent Sunday Praise

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But you, O Bethlehem Ephrathah, who are too little to be among the clans of Judah, from you shall come forth for me one who is to be ruler in Israel, whose coming forth is from of old, from ancient days. (Micah 5:2)

In those days a decree went out from Caesar Augustus that all the world should be...

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Thursday, 05 December 2019 13:20

This ‘n’ That

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At Christmastime, I often drink my coffee from a mug decorated simply with the word, “hope.” It’s a word, I think, that perfectly describes this season. More than that, it’s a word that essentially defines the Christian life.

Therefore remember that at one time you Gentiles...

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Saturday, 30 November 2019 13:32

Advent Sunday Praise

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Behold, the days are coming, declares the LORD, when I will fulfill the promise I made to the house of Israel and the house of Judah. In those days and at that time I will cause a righteous Branch to spring up for David, and he shall execute justice and righteousness in the land.In those...

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Thursday, 28 November 2019 13:12

This ‘n’ That

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Well, ’tis the season for Christian bloggers to ruin our favorite Christmas carols because the songs don’t live up to their standard of perfection. You’ve likely seen posts like this (perhaps I even wrote one long ago!). The criticism ranges from lambasting ‘Away in a...

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Saturday, 23 November 2019 13:11

Sunday Morning Praise

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How Sweet the Name of Jesus Sounds

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Thursday, 21 November 2019 13:02

This ‘n’ That

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As I’ve been listening to Christmas music over the past week or so (yes, by now you know that I’m that person who loves Christmas music!), something has struck me, namely, the insincerity of it all. Consider how many songs speak of a time of happiness and laughter, smiles and pleasant...

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Saturday, 16 November 2019 13:06

Sunday Morning Praise

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This is the Day the Lord Has Made

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Thursday, 14 November 2019 13:13

This ‘n’ That

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I’m not a big fan of traveling. People are disgusting and airplanes are like big, airborne petri dishes carrying their bacteria and viruses thousands of miles in mere hours. Still, sometimes we must travel and while we’re busy not thinking about the nastiness that’s surrounding us...

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Monday, 11 November 2019 20:42

Equipping Eve: Knowing Your Identity

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It’s Equipping Eve’s 100th episode and 5-year anniversary and we are celebrating! Join Erin as she examines a favorite topic—our true identity as Christian women. And don’t miss the details of our 100th episode/5-year anniversary giveaway!

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Saturday, 09 November 2019 13:02

Sunday Morning Praise

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I Sing the Mighty Power of God

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Thursday, 07 November 2019 13:22

This ‘n’ That

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Well, I had to do it. I was well overdue for a cell phone upgrade and circumstances demanded that I upgrade now. So here I am, the poor—I mean, proud—owner of a new cell phone. Every time this happens, I’m a little apprehensive. What if my data doesn’t transfer? What if I...

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Saturday, 02 November 2019 14:55

Sunday Morning Praise

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O, For a Thousand Tongues to Sing

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Thursday, 31 October 2019 15:23

This ‘n’ That

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I hope everyone had a nice Reformation Day and/or Halloween and/or Fall Festival and/or make-your-own-holiday-because-that’s-what-everyone-does-on-the-last-day-of-October day. As for me, October 31 was a busy day and I didn’t have time to worry about tricks, treats, or Martin Luther...

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Saturday, 26 October 2019 15:11

Sunday Morning Praise

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To God Be the Glory

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Thursday, 24 October 2019 15:28

This ‘n’ That

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Like most of you, I’ve had several opportunities in my life to be exceedingly grateful for modern medicine. Another one of those opportunities presented itself recently (as in, this week) and once again, I find myself thankful for doctors and, perhaps more controversially, the industry that...

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Saturday, 19 October 2019 15:09

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Great Is Thy Faithfulness

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Thursday, 17 October 2019 15:30

This ‘n’ That

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Confession time: I have a bit of a mug addiction.

It’s true, I have difficulty walking away from a sturdy, adorable, functional mug. Thankfully my frugality keeps me in line, and when I do make a purchase, I tend to only buy reasonably-priced drinking vessels. I also have limited cupboard...

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Tuesday, 15 October 2019 15:35

Employ Wisdom Wisely

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Wisdom. The word appears in approximately 200 verses in our English Bibles. Many of these occurrences of “wisdom” or the word “wise” appear in the book of Proverbs. When we add synonyms to that list, the number of verses addressing this topic increases. Indeed, the verses...

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Saturday, 12 October 2019 15:01

Sunday Morning Praise

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I Need Thee Every Hour

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Thursday, 10 October 2019 15:05

This ‘n’ That

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Can you believe it’s already almost the middle of October? Think back to when you were a child. If you were like me, this time of year seemed to absolutely drag by. It seemed to take eons to get to Halloween, and then to Thanksgiving (which, let’s face it, we were never really excited...

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Saturday, 05 October 2019 15:15

Sunday Morning Praise

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Rejoice, the Lord Is King

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Saturday, 05 October 2019 15:15

Strangled and Burned: Remembering William Tyndale

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Each day, millions of Christians open a Bible and read the written Word of God that is graciously given to us by the Creator of the universe. Many of these same Christians possess multiple copies of this Word. Various translations and bindings, sizes and formats may fill the bookshelf of any...

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Thursday, 03 October 2019 15:18

This ‘n’ That

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Yesterday morning, I was remembering and reflecting on God’s goodness to me even before He saved me.

Erroneously believing I was a Christian, I attended a Christian university and majored in Religious Studies. But, though the school identified as Christian, it was of a liberal bent, and I...

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Saturday, 28 September 2019 15:39

Sunday Morning Praise

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The Old Rugged Cross

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Friday, 27 September 2019 15:57

Equipping Eve: How to Get Home

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Death and dying are unpleasant subjects, but are realities nonetheless. Still, this world is not our final destination and our death will usher us into our final home. And since all of us will experience death one day—first perhaps the death of loved ones and ultimately our own...

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