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 00:09

Richard Allen and Absalom Jones: The MLK of Their Day

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Martin Luther King, Jr.

Martin Luther King, Jr. (1929-1968) was, of course, one of the main leaders of the American Civil Rights movement. What is lesser known today is King’s training and ministry as a Baptist pastor. Even fewer people know the long history of African American ministers...

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I’m thankful each year for the annual reminder of the sanctity of life on Sanctity of Human Life Sunday. This day is meant to be a daily reminder every day of the sanctity of life.

On Sanctity of Human Life Sunday, my heart also goes out to the men and women (the mothers and fathers) who chose...

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5 top Christian blog posts of the week. Posts by J.D. Greear, Kevin DeYoung, Trevin Wax, Desiring God, and Ligonier Ministries on finding God’s will, the fruit of the Spirit, treasures in heaven, preaching, and more.

9 Tests for Spiritual Fruit 

At Desiring God, Scott Hubbard outlines 9...

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5 top Christian blog posts of the week—being New Year’s week 2020, this week’s Friday 5focuses on posts related preparing for the new year. You’ll find posts by Ligonier Ministries, Kevin Carson, Tim Challies, Matt Smethurst, and more.  

17 Bible Reading Plans for 2020...

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Monday, 30 December 2019 18:00

A New Year’s Prayer for 2020

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imageAs we enter another new year, this prayer, drawn from the collection of Puritan prayers inThe Valley of Vision, encourages us to entrust ourselves to God’s good heart, infinite wisdom, and affectionate sovereignty.  

I Launch My Bark on the Unknown Waters of This Year

“O Lord,

I...

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A Word from Bob:I’m often asked to provide a summary of my written resources. Finally…I’ve carved out the time to craft this summary of 25 Biblical Counseling & Christian Living Resources. These include my 16 published books, my 3 published booklets, and 6 sample free...

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Tuesday, 24 December 2019 18:00

Who Is Saint Nick (St. Nicholas)?

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imageThe origin of the Santa Claus myth begins with the real-life Nicholas (270-346 AD), who was born during the 3rd century in the village of Patara. At the time, the area was in Greece and is now on the southern coast of Turkey.

His wealthy parents, Epiphanus and Johanna, who raised him to be a devout...

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Monday, 23 December 2019 18:00

Jesus Is Infinitely Better Than Santa Claus

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Santa puts gifts under your tree … JESUS became our gift and died on the tree, for you and for me.

Santa and his little helpers make toys … JESUS pays for and forgives sin, makes a new life, mends wounded hearts, repairs broken homes, and builds mansions.

Santa lives at the North Pole...

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Monday, 23 December 2019 00:07

When Santa Learned the Gospel

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I recently read and thoroughly enjoyed Simon Camilleri’s little book,When Santa Learned the Gospel(10 Publishing). I believe you and your family would be blessed by it, too.

Here’s a synopsis:

Follow Santa’s journey in this unique Christmas fable as he learns about Jesus’...

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Monday, 16 December 2019 22:53

12 Top Book Lists of 2019

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A Word from Bob: Last week I posted a special edition of the Friday 5 to Live By, highlighting blog post about Top Lists of 2019 Top Books. Additional similar lists have been posted this week, so now we have 12 Top Book Lists of 2019. Think of it as my “list of...

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Tuesday, 10 December 2019 17:00

What Do Biblical Counselors Believe Practice?

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As this post publishes, I’m enjoying the fellowship of nearly 75 biblical counseling leaders from around the world. We’re gathered for the Annual Leadership Summit of the Biblical Counseling Coalition.

The Confessional Statement of the Biblical Counseling Coalition

So, I thought it might...

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Monday, 09 December 2019 02:00

137 Top Biblical Counseling Books: 2012-2019

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Every year since 2012, I’ve collated a list of top/most important biblical counseling books. Several people asked me to collate those lists…and here you go. If my math is correct, you have links to 9 posts about the 137 Most Important Biblical Counseling Books: 2012-2019.

I’ve...

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Thursday, 05 December 2019 18:00

Friday 5 to Live By: Top Lists of 2019 Top Books

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A Word from Bob:This week is a special edition of the Friday 5 to Live By. We’re highlighting blog post about Top Lists of 2019 Top Books. Think of it as my “list of lists,” or “my collation of collations.” You’ll find plenty of Christmas gift ideas for the book...

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Wednesday, 04 December 2019 03:14

19 Top Biblical Counseling Books of 2019

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A Fruitful Year for Biblical Counseling Resources 

If you’re a counselor, pastor, student, educator, one-another minister, small group leader, soul care provider, spiritual friend, spouse, or parent, you want to know the most helpful books about biblical counseling—books that seek...

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imageA Word from Bob: You’re reading Part 4 of a four-part blog mini-series on The Forgotten Church Mothers. When we ponder early church history, our minds naturally focus on the Church Fathers. Sadly, we normally fail even to consider the Church Mothers. In our modern Western Evangelical world,...

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5 top Christian blog posts of the week—being Thanksgiving Week 2019 (in the US), this week’s Friday 5will focus on the topic of thanks. You’ll find posts by Kevin Carson, Kevin DeYoung, Scotty Smith, and more.

Start Your Thanksgiving List Here 

Pastor Kevin Carson directs our...

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Wednesday, 27 November 2019 12:00

A Puritan Prayer of Thanksgiving, 2019

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May this Puritan prayer of thanksgiving encourage us to thank and praise our great, holy, loving, and gracious God this Thanksgiving.

O My God, 

Thou fairest, greatest, first of all objects, my heart admires, adores, loves thee, for my little vessel is as full as it can be, and I would pour out...

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imageA Word from Bob: You’re reading Part 3 of a four-part blog mini-series on The Forgotten Church Mothers. When we ponder early church history, our minds naturally focus on the Church Fathers. Sadly, we normally fail even to consider the Church Mothers. In our modern Western Evangelical world,...

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imageA Word from Bob: You’re reading Part 2 of a four-part blog mini-series on The Forgotten Church Mothers. When we ponder early church history, our minds naturally focus on the Church Fathers. Sadly, we normally fail even to consider the Church Mothers. In our modern Western Evangelical world,...

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imageA Word from Bob: You’re reading Part 1 of a four-part blog mini-series on The Forgotten Church Mothers. When we ponder early church history, our minds naturally focus on the Church Fathers. Sadly, we normally fail even to consider the Church Mothers. In our modern Western Evangelical world,...

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Friday, 22 November 2019 23:34

My Prayer for You Today from Ephesians 1:17-23

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“Glorious Father—Abba, Daddy, Father—Good, Glorious Father, Please give all Your children the Spirit of Wisdom and Revelation so that we may all know You better. Please give all Your children enlightened heart-eyes so that we may all know the hope to which You have called...

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5 top Christian blog posts of the week—posts on sexual abuse prevention, blended families, overeating, Satan, and more by Tim Challies, Steve Viars, and more.

Blending a Family of Adopted and Biological Children 

Pastor Steve Viars explains what unites a family that could seem to be quite...

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Wednesday, 20 November 2019 04:51

In Your Suffering, How Do You View God?

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A Crystal Clear Image of God 

Paul uses the Greek word for “comfort” ten times in 2 Corinthians 1:3-7—do you think this may be the theme of these verses?

He begins developing his theme by presenting a crystal clear image of God.

“Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord...

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Sunday, 17 November 2019 18:00

Healing for the Holidays

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A Holiday Message from Bob 

Thanksgiving. Christmas. New Years. It’s that time of year—six weeks of festivities. However, holidays are not festive for everyone. So, in past years, I’ve posted a several-part blog series entitled Healing for the Holidays. By God’s grace,...

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5 top Christian blog posts of the week—posts on physical abuse, sex in marriage, schizophrenia, special needs children, and more by Jim Newheiser, Kevin Carson, Charles Hodges, Desiring God, and more.

Educating Your Elders About Abuse 

What do you do if you are in an abusive relationships,...

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