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

Wednesday, 22 January 2020 00:55

What Kind of Parent Are You?

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Helicopter parenting, lawnmower parenting, free-range parenting, tiger parenting, attachment parenting, baby-led, and serenity parenting—the list of descriptive parenting terms is endless. Or here is one of mine: janitorial parenting—letting your children do whatever they desire and you...

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Sunday, 12 January 2020 20:57

10 Things You Should Know about the Priesthood

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When we think about priests in the Bible, we imagine bearded men burning incense and sacrificing animals. However, the priesthood is a premier theme throughout Scripture, and ultimately it is a role shared by all believers—men and women from every tribe and nation. The church doesn’t...

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Saturday, 28 December 2019 13:46

Five Ways to Jump Start Your Devotions

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Spending meaningful time alone with God is one of the most important aspects of the Christian life, but it is also one of the most difficult to sustain. Failure in this area, real or perceived, is common and is guilt inducing for most Christians. We give many different reasons for our struggle: it...

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Wednesday, 25 December 2019 13:37

A Fragrant Offering

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“Be imitators of God, therefore, as dearly loved children and live a life of love, just as Christ loved us and gave himself up for us as a fragrant offeringand sacrifice to God.” (Ephesians 5:1-2)

I have an uncle who is mentally handicapped. Uncle Melly was born in an era when people...

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Monday, 16 December 2019 01:01

Darkness and Light at Christmas

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I’ve always loved the Christmas season. As a child growing up in a family of 13, I treasured the time we spent together for the holiday. We did cleaning and shopping and decorating, all together; there was a constant crowd and constant activity! Dad would find a huge tree (usually over 12...

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Sunday, 01 December 2019 23:54

Pain: Our Present Reality

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Recently, my family set out on an afternoon walk. Beauty surrounded us; the fall colors set the trees aglow, and the sun shimmered upon the lake as it set. There was much glory to behold that day. The display of the changing season was spectacular. Upon returning home, I was reflecting on all we...

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Monday, 18 November 2019 23:44

“Worthy?”

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Recently I read the story of Jesus healing the centurion’s son (Luke 7:1–10) and was struck by the two times “worthy” appeared. Pay attention to the word as you read the story:

After he had finished all his sayings in the hearing of the people, he entered Capernaum. ...

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Tuesday, 12 November 2019 22:57

Desire for Approval

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My wife at I were at odds. We were in the midst of the worst vacation ever. Curiously, the previous worst vacation ever was at the exact same location, so I suggested that the place was cursed and we should leave as soon as possible. We stayed and gradually worked through the conflict, but its...

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Tuesday, 05 November 2019 23:59

When a Command Became a Promise

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I have had a plaque resting over my bedroom door for years. It reads, “Be still and know that I am God” (Ps 46:10). I am a busy homeschooling mother, and I placed it there as a reminder to myself. When I leave my bedroom every morning, I walk into a day that will be filled with...

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Wednesday, 23 October 2019 05:15

Is Scripture Sufficient for Counseling?

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“They just use the Bible.” I have heard people say that about biblical counseling. I wouldn’t think about the comment except for two things. One, this is not a pat on the back; the word just gives that away. If I heard “they use the Bible,” I would be encouraged and...

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Wednesday, 02 October 2019 19:47

Look Up

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Lately I’ve been reading in the Psalms of Ascent. These are the songs sung by the Israelites as they journeyed to Jerusalem for their annual feasts. This morning I lingered over Psalm 123:

To you I lift up my eyes,

O you who are enthroned in the heavens!

Behold, as the eyes of servants

look to...

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Wednesday, 25 September 2019 01:29

Spiritual Abuse in Marriage (Part 2)

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This is the second blog in a two-part series on spiritual abuse in marriage. In the first blog, we looked at the damage done to wives whose husbands use Scripture to control and criticize them. This second installment focuses on how to help.

Spiritual abuse occurs when an oppressor establishes...

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Wednesday, 18 September 2019 05:39

Spiritual Abuse in Marriage

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This is part 1 of a 2 part series.

I often sit with wives whose husbands have used Scripture as a weapon to control them. Beth was one such woman. When I asked her how her husband, Joe, prays for her, she shared the most recent example. “Last week, he prayedMatthew 6:24over me,...

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Friday, 16 August 2019 05:42

The Skill of Living in the Future

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Here are two prominent spiritual skills:

  • live now, in today, rather than tomorrow
  • live in tomorrow rather than in gut reactions and unexamined decisions today.

The first is a familiar rule for anxiety. We live in the grace that God gives us for right now, and we trust our Heavenly Father to worry...

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Monday, 29 July 2019 01:01

Listening is…

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A student had a eureka moment. Key to care and counsel, he wrote, is listening. His words warmed my instructor’s heart. He was not saying, only listen. Instead, he gave listening a place of prominence in daily life.

I know another man who was a pastor. He asked his wife the same question every...

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Wednesday, 24 July 2019 03:59

The Beauty of Unexpected Help

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Have you had a time when things were so hard that you concluded God was too far away to matter? Maybe it seemed like he couldn’t even hear you. Perhaps it felt like he didn’t care about what you were facing. I believe this is a common experience for Christians. It’s challenging to...

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Wednesday, 17 July 2019 03:22

Faith as Sight

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Faith can have different meanings. We who follow Jesus Christ are called people of faith. This faith is something you either have or don’t have: you put your faith and trust in Jesus, or you don’t. Yet there is more. Faith is also a gift from God that can grow. You can have weak or...

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Monday, 08 July 2019 10:28

The Solid God

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Augustine tried to cast his cares on the Lord (1 Peter 5:6–7), and it didn’t work. That happens all the time with us as well. We ask Jesus to take away our miseries, worries, and despair and nothing happens, so we move on to other strategies. Augustine, however, learned that the problem...

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In one week, our CCEF family experienced the birth of Anne Pettit’s second son on a Thursday, David Powlison’s death on a Friday, and Megan Krimmel’s wedding that Sunday. Our concern was that while we knew it was time to mourn, and we could do that effortlessly, would we also know...

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David Powlison was invited to give the closing comments at the Westminster Graduation Ceremony on May 23, 2019. He was unable to attend personally but CCEF’s Dean of Faculty, Mike Emlet read the following on David’s behalf:

I grieve not to be with you this afternoon. I very much looked...

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Thursday, 30 May 2019 06:27

Left to Their Own Devices

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“Whoever walks with the wise becomes wise, but the companion of fools will suffer harm.” Proverbs 13:20

With the increase of technology in the lives of young people comes a host of concerns. We hear a great deal about the risks of sexting, unwelcomed advances by adults, pornography,...

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Wednesday, 22 May 2019 05:12

Martha as Heroine

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Scripture keeps our eyes on Jesus, yet there are mere human heroes, too, who are intended to capture our attention. Look for those who are identified as people of faith.

Hebrews 11 lists heroes—men and women—from the Old Testament: Abraham, Sarah, Isaac, Jacob, Joseph, Moses, Rahab and...

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Wednesday, 08 May 2019 05:12

#MeToo…( #ChurchToo)

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A movement has risen to both empower and support those who have been victims of sexual assault. The #MeToo movement gives a voice to those who are often silenced, and a face to a pattern that many are tempted to believe isn’t rampant. 

But as with any cause or movement, Christians must...

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There is a growing alertness among parents, educators, and the church about the need to teach kids tangible ways to stay safe. Until children are old enough to keep themselves safe, it is the job of parents and concerned adults to prepare them to navigate difficult situations that may occur when...

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Wednesday, 24 April 2019 06:21

God Comes Close

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“I am with you” is the gift to anxious people. Our worries usually imply that we need someone—the right protector, the right fixer—who is close and is for us. Only those who know Jesus actually have that someone.

The challenge is that God’s closeness does not always...

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