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, 26 May 2016 11:00

A Turtle and a Chipmunk

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Friday, 08 April 2016 14:58

Well, this is done.

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 Finally. My dissertation is printed and I have the official diploma in hand. Will this mean that I will have more time for blogging? That is hard to say. My church, family, and teaching have a way of using all my time and more. Still, I think there is something beneficial about putting content down in writing as a permanent resource for
Wednesday, 25 November 2015 13:20

The Best Portion

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The correct answer is pecan pie. At least, that would be my answer if you asked me what portion of pie I would like to be served at my Thanksgiving Day meal. Because I am an adult, I will probably get some say-so in whatever portion of the food items get put on my plate. If you’re a kid you might have your portion chosen for you and handed
Thursday, 26 March 2015 09:22

Killing Lazarus

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imageI don’t remember ever hearing a message about “the plot to kill Lazarus.”
What happened earlier is more familiar. The death and resurrection of Jesus’ close friend Lazarus is recorded in John 11:1-44. Jesus heard that Lazarus was dying but waited an extra two days before he...

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Friday, 06 February 2015 04:06

Don't Be a Baby: Marks of Spiritual Maturing

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imageJesus taught that we must be born again. We start our Christian lives as spiritual babies but we shouldn’t stay there. But unlike physical growth, spiritual growth does not happen automatically. Too many Christians grow up to be “adult babies.” Paul complained about this with the...

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Thursday, 05 February 2015 01:28

Isaiah 40 and Our Incomparable God

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I recently finished a series of teachings from the book of Isaiah. In the last four messages I preached through Isaiah 40, focusing on the incomparable greatness of God. (The third one, "Incomparable Craftsmanship" is probably the best of the bunch.)

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Tuesday, 03 February 2015 23:48

Pulling Down Idols

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An idol is anything in our lives that has more of our ultimate loyalty than God. Idols need to be recognized, repositioned and replaced. 
image“To whom will you liken me and make me equal,
    and compare me, that we may be...

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Monday, 19 January 2015 05:56

If Matt Stafford was a Cartoon Character...

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Just something I noticed.
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Wednesday, 31 December 2014 06:39

2014

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I haven't blogged much in 2014 but I have an excuse.2014 was a crazy year. It was a year I could not have predicted. When 2014 started I was between ministries and in the middle of writing my PhD dissertation on the Providence of God. We were living off of savings and I had no idea what to expect...

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Thursday, 05 June 2014 04:36

The Most Beautiful Painting in the World

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imageImagine that you were the owner of the most beautiful painting in the world. Without a doubt, this is the most beautiful work of art ever to be created. It brings joy and delight to everyone who looks at it. When people behold this magnificent work of art, their lives are forever changed because of...

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Behold! Here is another video from back in my superhero days. This is part three in Powerman and Mosquitoboy: Robot Invasion. You can watch part one on the blog or on youtube, and you can watch part two on the blog or on youtube
In the previous episode, Powerman learned...

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Wednesday, 30 April 2014 01:20

If Scripture is Clear, Why Don't We Agree?

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imageThe fact that Christians disagree about so many issues seems to be an argument against the clarity ("perspicuity") of Scripture. If Scripture is clear, then why don't we all agree?[Click here for the previous article on The Perspicuity of Scripture.]Something that helped me with this question...

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Monday, 28 April 2014 07:01

The Perspicuity of Scripture

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Satan hates God’s Word and he will do whatever he can to keep people out of that book. One of his most successful lies is the myth that the Bible is too complicated to be understood by normal people. Don’t bother. Be afraid. Leave it to the experts. “Don’t try this at...

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Monday, 31 March 2014 08:59

The Sufficiency of Scripture

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If you want to write a bestselling Christian book, tell people about hidden truth that isn't in the Bible. Write about your trip to heaven. Write about the personal information that Jesus channeled to you during your time of listening. Give people something newer and fresher than the dull pages of...

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