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

Monday, 20 January 2020 21:15

3GT Episode 165: When Two Masters Visit

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Once again Barry and Scott had to say Bon Voyage!" to Kyle,  who is off cruising somewhere on the high seas with his wife. So back at the 3GT port,  the guys welcome on the shores of this episode a couple who have taken a trip of a different sort.

For Mark and Sharon Sampson, who show...

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Monday, 20 January 2020 03:08

How Do You Listen to a Sermon?

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Biblically, we are given a pretty clear answer to that question in this familiar passage from James 1:22-25.

But be doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving yourselves. For if anyone is a hearer of the word and not a doer, he is like a man who looks intently at his natural face in a...

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Saturday, 18 January 2020 00:20

Lack of goats made me do it

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A while ago I came across the story of a Swiss man caught speeding on a Canadian highway. His excuse was a classic. He blamed his actions on the lack of goats on the roads. The man was caught driving at 161 km/h in a 100 km/h zone.

The traffic officer recorded that the Swiss driver said he was...

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Thursday, 16 January 2020 18:34

Three Lessons from Simon the Magician

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Last Lord’s Day in our congregation we were confronted by the unsettling figure of Simon the Magician in our series in the book of Acts (8.9-24). Luke seems to include his story in his treatment of the Samaritan church for the same kind of reason he includes Ananias and Sapphira in his...

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Wednesday, 15 January 2020 18:00

Lessons from the Life of Matthew Henry

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Many years ago, I wandered into a Christian book store and laid my eyes on something wonderful – a half price sticker!!  Not knowing the treasure I had purchased, I hauled home Matthew Henry’s Commentary on the Whole Bible, and since that day, I’ve used this mammoth book with...

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Tuesday, 14 January 2020 20:00

Life of the Mind, 2

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[See the first installment here. There I argued for four simple ideas: Your thought life matters. Your mind and heart are never really separate. You are called to a sanctified mind. And you are responsible for your thoughts.]

To grasp the importance of our call to a sanctified mind, let's consider...

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Tuesday, 14 January 2020 03:46

The Struggles of the Christian Life

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Struggles are a significant part of the Christian life. If our view of God and life is too simple, then it can lead to frustration and fear. We are left to wonder, “If God is in control, then why am I facing this struggle? If God’s eternal plan is working, then why did he plan for me to...

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The following article is a guest post by Rebecca VanDoodewaard, author of Reformation Women: Sixteenth-Century Figures Who Shaped Christianity's Rebirth, andis a modified version of an article that first appeared in theBanner of Truth Magazine, June, 2019. Republished here with permission.

The...

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Wednesday, 08 January 2020 13:22

Paternity, Prepositions, and Painful Prayers

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This week while taking a wonderful class in apologetics, I came in the assigned reading to a soul-nourishing statement from Francis Schaeffer, one with loads of import for apologetic methodology.  In his 1968 lecture entitled “Death in the City,” Schaefer reflected on the...

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Wednesday, 08 January 2020 04:32

Learning from the Methodists

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What can we learn from the Methodists? The United Methodist Church seems likely to divide this year over matters of sexuality - at least as the surface issues. Writers like David French and Carl Trueman delve into the deeper causes and lessons to learn from the present circumstances. It’s...

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Monday, 06 January 2020 21:11

3GT Episode 164: The Worship Pattern

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After talking about Hodge and Hebrews in their last episode, the guys get the itch to dig  further into this rich book (You can even hear the Bible pages turning on this episode!). So they look at Hebrews 8:5, where it says that the tabernacle was a copy, shadow, and pattern of heavenly...

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The following post is apersonal testimony of God bringing comfort to a hurting heart. The article was written byChristy Nelson, daughter of Pastor Dave Long who passed away four years ago this month.

Five years ago, I was standing in my grandmother’s kitchen as my dad put one arm around me...

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Saturday, 04 January 2020 02:47

Forgetting what is behind?

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I thought it might be appropriate, as we move on into 2020, to consider, briefly, Paul's zeal for "pressing on" with the Lord.

But whatever gain I had, I counted as loss for the sake of Christ. Indeed, I count everything as loss because of the surpassing worth of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord. For...

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Wednesday, 01 January 2020 18:00

Humpty Dumpty and Our Sanctification

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Humpty Dumpty sat on a wall; Humpty Dumpty had a great fall; All the king’s horses and all the king’s men, couldn’t put Humpty together again.
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As a biblical counselor, I think a lot about sanctification. While few people with whom I interact lack knowledge about the saving work of...

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Tuesday, 31 December 2019 20:17

Why I’m Still in an ‘Evangelical’ Church

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As 2020 begins, the popularity of the label “evangelical” is drifting downward. When quizzed by pollsters last year, only 1 in 4 American adults described themselves as "evangelical."

Some of this decline is due to changing demographics, with recent immigrants less likely to call...

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Tuesday, 31 December 2019 03:30

I Resolve That...

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In my Bible reading: 
Pick a Bible reading plan and personal goals for Bible reading for the new year. Choose the time of day that you will do your reading. 
Choose a verse to memorize from the psalm that corresponds with your age in 2020 (for example, I turn 43 in 2020, so I will...

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Deep within the bowels of the library of Princeton Seminary, with his Indiana Jones fedora firmly upon his brow, Dr. Bill VanDoodewaard pulled out yet another archival box. He blew the dust off and lifted the top. Underneath the glow of the singular light bulb hanging above, his eyes widened. His...

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Monday, 30 December 2019 06:00

Prince of Peace

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Taken out of context this title seems quite bland. Read through historical eyes Christ's claim is quite remarkable.

For to us a child is born, to us a son is given; and the government shall be upon his shoulder, and his name shall be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince...

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Monday, 30 December 2019 02:34

Kings with Jesus

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Whether it is shows like The Crown,the latest news coming out of Buckingham Palace, or, on a personal level, my wife and I looking forward to cracking open gifted books on Queen Victoria and Prince Albert, people are fascinated with royalty. From the opulence they possess to the human frailty...

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Friday, 27 December 2019 20:02

My Predictions for 2020

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The last several years have defied the predictions and wrecked the confidence of the pollsters, soothsayers and prognosticators. How many times over the last 3-4 years have we shook our heads at election results, referenda, political developments etc and thought, “Who saw that coming?”?

I...

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Wednesday, 25 December 2019 15:00

Your Church in the Hand of Christ

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Note: This article is part of a series.

16 He had in His right hand seven stars, out of His mouth went a sharp two-edged sword, and His countenance was like the sun shining in its strength…20 “The mystery of the seven stars which you saw in My right hand, and the seven golden...

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Wednesday, 25 December 2019 07:56

Hope: Somethin' to Work With

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Christmas Day winds to a close now. The much anticipated festivities are past and and the presents have been opened. What is there to anticipate in the days to come? What motivates us as we turn to tomorrow?

I’m reminded of the time I toured a shelter for homeless teens many years ago....

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Tuesday, 24 December 2019 12:26

3GT Episode 162: Gospel-Centered Everything?

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The guys are constantly scanning the evangelical landscape, embracing the Biblical and questioning the suspect. As their eyes settle on what is known as the "Gospel-Centered" movement, with everything from preaching to budgeting being labeled such, they discuss its positive and negative effects.

They...

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Tuesday, 24 December 2019 00:18

Confessing the Incarnation

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Given what time of year it is and how much attention it will be getting from some, it may come as a surprise to some that the birth of Jesus isn’t frequently mentioned in the New Testament. Of the four gospel authors only Matthew and Luke record what is commonly called the nativity. Outside...

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Monday, 23 December 2019 21:33

Finding the Light of God in the Midst of Darkness

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“The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it.”

At this time of year, few verses seem more fitting than these oft-quoted words from John 1:5. Early sunsets make for darker days. Reflections on the incarnation of Christ often funnel to tranquil images of the...

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