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, 23 January 2020 22:58

Anxiety Seminar at Mercy Hill Chapel in Parma, Ohio

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Anxiety is a persistent part of our human condition. It’s so common that an estimated 23 million Americans suffer from panic attacks, while millions more identify themselves as having some form of anxiety disorder. It is, therefore, helpful to realize how honestly the Scriptures:

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Last summer David Powlison, a personal mentor and friend, was taken into the presence of the Lord. In the final months of his battle against cancer he used the energy he had left to give us one more gift. Safe & Sound: Standing Firm in Spiritual Battles is a treasure of practical theology about...

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Tuesday, 21 January 2020 09:01

Grandparenting with Grace

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“When my wife and I were asked to teach a class on gospel-centered grandparenting at our local church, we were taken a bit by surprise. It’s not that we were against the idea. We just hadn’t given it much thought. And I’m a pastor!” so writes Larry McCall in his...

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Monday, 20 January 2020 01:38

Reaping the Harvest of Walking in the Spirit

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The Christian life is not a playground; it’s a battlefield. Since we are in a war, and the world, the flesh, and the devil are always working against the Spirit’s agenda, we must get serious about sanctification, overcoming sin, and becoming like Christ. But we cannot do it without the...

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Thursday, 16 January 2020 20:22

NUGGETS: Abortion, Forgiveness, Gospel Hope

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“Sanctity of Human Life Sunday” is January 19, 2020. In light of this, I thought I’d share a few articles.

Praying for Abortionists and Those in the Abortion Industry Makes an Eternal Difference – “I wonder what would happen if people showed up in droves to simply...

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Life is scary. As soon as we wake up in the morning, we are bombarded by all the anxiety-producing demands we place on ourselves or that are imposed upon us by others. Frightening things happen that lead to anxiety, including violence in our cities and nation, political and racial division,...

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One month ago, on December 14, 2019, our sixth grandchild was born. The 31-weeks of life she enjoyed in the safety of her mother’s womb continued for about 45 minutes after birth. Then she was escorted into the arms of her Creator and Savior. Since that day, I’ve wanted to write down...

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Sunday, 12 January 2020 04:54

Walk by the Spirit, Not the Desires of the Flesh

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“The Christian life is not a playground; it’s a battlefield.” I still remember the grey-bearded guest preacher who first spoke that sentence in a Bible college chapel service in the late 1980s.

If you think the Christian life is a playground then you’ll never get serious...

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Wednesday, 08 January 2020 02:55

Our Top 10 Blog Posts of 2019

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I’m a week behind everyone else in posting a “best of” last year, but here it is.

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Sunday, 05 January 2020 22:56

Beware of the Leaven of Legalism

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It sometimes comes as a surprise to Christians when they realize that Jesus did not get along with everyone, and that everyone did not get along with Jesus. The religious leaders were often at enmity against Him. Chiefly this is because they were blinded by their own sense of self-righteousness,...

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Thursday, 02 January 2020 19:42

Understanding Three Phases of Salvation

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In order to know where you are in the Christian life you need to know where you have been and where you are going. To make progress in Christ you need to understand the three phases of salvation.

If you want to make measurable progress in Christ in 2020 take time to listen to last Sunday’s...

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Tuesday, 31 December 2019 10:31

A Prayer for a New Year

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NEW YEAR, O LORD,Length of days does not profit me except the days are passedin thy presence, in thy service, to thy glory.Give me a grace that precedes, follows, guides, sustains,sanctifies, aids every hour,that I may not be one moment apart from thee,but may rely on thy Spiritto supply every...

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Friday, 20 December 2019 20:42

Was Jesus His Mother’s Savior?

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Mankind’s need for a savior is universal. Each one of us lives in desperate need of someone to rescue us from the wages of our sin, which is eternal death (Romans 6:23). There is no exception. All have sinned and are; therefore, delinquent of the glory of God (Romans 3:23). Every...

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Wednesday, 18 December 2019 02:40

Missing Someone at Christmas

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Loss comes in many forms: loss through the death of a spouse, child, or other loved one; loss of relationships through conflict, betrayal, estrangement, divorce, or a move across the country; loss of financial security due to business failure, foreclosure, or long-term unemployment; loss of health...

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Tuesday, 10 December 2019 22:45

Making the Church a Safe Place for Sorrow

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“Sometimes worship comes by way of weeping in the pew. When the broken enter the sanctuary of God on Sunday mornings, they do so, perhaps, with every fiber of their being tempting them to withdrawal. They drag their grief, depression, and sorrow behind them like a ball and chain, plodding...

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Monday, 09 December 2019 20:36

3 Podcast Episodes to Listen to this Week

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BCC 15:14 Podcast with Dr. Bob Somerville, author of If I’m a Christian, Why Am I Depressed?Depression is one of the “forbidden admissions” among many Bible believing Christians. Many suffer in silence for fear of rejection or, worse yet, personal attack. In the past, I have...

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Monday, 09 December 2019 05:33

Stay Out of the Ditches

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When I was a sophomore in high school, I learned how to drive a car. After I passed the required driver’s education class that fall semester, I enrolled in the behind-the-wheel part of the training. Learning to drive my dad’s 1973 Pontiac Catalina, with its 400 cubic-inch V-8, was more...

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Thursday, 05 December 2019 14:13

Why Every Sunday Is #GivingSunday

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As grateful as we should be for the generosity and charitable giving of thousands of Americans on what has annually become known as #GivingTuesday, I am even more thankful for the New Testament pattern of faithfulness taught by the apostles and modeled by believers bringing their offerings to the...

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Our culture is becoming increasingly confused about all matters related to sexuality and gender. And this confusion is slowly but surely creeping into otherwise solid churches and Christian homes. Now, more than ever, biblical clarity, conviction, and leadership on these issues is vital!

This...

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As a young mom I often wracked my brain at this time of year for just one more gift idea for my children that wasn’t toys or clothes. I got in the habit of giving them each a book at Christmas. In fact, I still give each member of my family a book for Christmas and this year we even have...

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Thursday, 21 November 2019 16:26

Nuggets

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PODCAST: Hope + Help for Pornography Addiction – Solid and really helpful counsel for Christian men and women from Deepak Reju.

How to Read the Bible Better – Many of us started reading the Bible shortly after becoming Christians, but we were never really taught how to read the Bible....

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Wednesday, 20 November 2019 02:26

What’s Wrong with a Little Gambling?

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Ill-gotten treasures have no lasting value, but righteousness delivers from death.

Proverbs 10:2

Many people dream of winning the lottery. In 2016, Americans spent over seventy billion dollars on lotteries alone. Total gambling losses in the United States are estimated at over one hundred forty...

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In Sunday School, a boy makes a disparaging remark about another boy. A girl reveals private information in the classroom. Another child does or says something embarrassing. While each of these situations may be challenging and uncomfortable to us, they can be wonderful teaching opportunities. As...

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God Made Me Unique – This little book introduces young children to the heart of God toward those with special needs and disabilities. Whether or not special needs are part of your family’s life, it’s important to help young children to appreciate the unique way in which God has...

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Yesterday, the Holy Spirit ministered deeply to my heart through what may be the best sermon I’ve heard on the book of Job. An area pastor graciously responded to my request to preach to our congregation on the subject of suffering. After giving an overview of the book of Job, he drew out...

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