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, 16 January 2020 13:59

Two reasons white supremacy is sinful Featured

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Yesterday the FBI arrested a group of “white-supremacists” in the DC area. They had an apartment full of ammunition as well as illegal weapons, and were on their way to a political rally in Richmond.

These men are part of a group called “The Base.” In their own words, their...

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Tuesday, 14 January 2020 16:02

The Puritan Call to the Ministry Featured

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Rightly understood, the Puritans are known for captivating preaching, unwavering conviction, and towering godliness. God has left his people with a trove of shepherding-care from the pens and pulpits of Puritan ministers.

In a recent doctoral lecture on Puritan ministry, Dr. Sinclair Ferguson...

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Sunday, 12 January 2020 21:09

Dining in the Dark: Is Communion Christ’s Flesh? Featured

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By Clint Archer

“Transubstantiation of the Eucharist” is terminology with which I was au fait by age ten. My family was decidedly Roman Catholic; my uncle had trained in theology at The Vatican, under Pope John Paul II. My dad was a minister of the Eucharist, which is to say he was one...

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Thursday, 09 January 2020 23:39

3 keys to being a life-long friend Featured

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There is a dearth friendship in our culture. Despite being increasingly connected on-line, there is much research which points to the scarcity of personal friendships as one of society’s main ails. People are mobile, and often raise their children in several cities through their life, making...

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Wednesday, 08 January 2020 16:02

I Will Build My Church – Registration Now Open Featured

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The church of the Lord Jesus Christ is in a category of her own. No other organization as Christ as its head (Eph. 1:22). The church is Christ’s body (Eph. 1:23). He died for the church (Eph. 5:25). He is her husband (Eph. 5:25). He nourishes and cherishes the church (Eph. 5:29). That cannot...

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Sunday, 05 January 2020 17:01

Treasures of the Christian Life, Pt 6 Love Featured

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I love chocolate. I love the beach. I love airports and traveling. I love fountain pens and swords. I love books. I love learning languages. I love coffee.  I love singing the old hymns of the faith. I love scuba diving. I love writing. I love preaching. I love wooden floors.

I also love my...

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Thursday, 02 January 2020 10:37

It’s 2020 and you are not using Logos? For free? Featured

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It is now officially the year 2020, which means there is also officially no excuse for you to not have Logos Bible software installed on your computer.

For those not familiar with Logos: it is a Bible program that holds Bibles, as well as a library. You buy books electronically through Logos, and...

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Tuesday, 31 December 2019 16:02

2020 Your Political Cage Match Featured

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Much could be said as we turn yet another calendar year. Resolutions, plans, things that lie ahead. One brief word is offered here, with a focus on our American readers.

For the United States, 2020 is an election year. Americans will go to the polls on November 3rd for our nation’s 59th quadre...

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Monday, 30 December 2019 17:01

Trust the Bible Above Your Experience Featured

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Whether it is catching a big fish, or winning a big game, or, more seriously, witnessing the birth of your child or thinking back to your wedding day.

Some claim to have had religious experiences where God told them something to do, or where He revealed...

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Sunday, 29 December 2019 17:01

Treasures of the Christian Life, Pt 5: Hope Featured

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When I travel I often place my hope in the goodwill of other travelers. I find someone who can speak English and who looks reliable, I put on my most pitiful lost tourist face, and then I just hope for the best. They sense the responsibility of my welfare (they can tell I have put my hope in them...

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Wednesday, 25 December 2019 17:32

Top 10 posts of 2019 Featured

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This is our blogs’ ninth year, and we are grateful for all of our readers. We hope our posts continue to be helpful and edifying, and are thankful that so many people subscribe and make a habit of reading. It is always humbling to hear from people who use our blog as a regular part of...

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Sunday, 22 December 2019 17:01

The Nine Words of Christmas Featured

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Many companies have a mission statement framed in the lobby. Some are very complex and comprehensive, such as Advance Auto Parts (VA): “It is the Mission of Advance Auto Parts to provide personal vehicle owners and enthusiasts with the vehicle-related products and knowledge that fulfill their...

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Wednesday, 18 December 2019 17:00

Is Luke’s genealogy through Mary? Featured

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One of the hardest interpretive issues in the gospels is found in something that seems to Western readers as if it should be mundane—Jesus’ genealogy.

Clearly his genealogy is important. It is critical that we understand Jesus to be truly human. For the Son of God to take on a human...

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Tuesday, 17 December 2019 16:02

Sorrow, Depression, the Holidays Featured

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Depression and discouragement are not respecters of the holidays. For many reasons, the normal sorrow of life can reach a highpoint this time of year for some.

It may be a reminder that we are without a loved one. It may be financial stress, or loss, in a time where the pressure is to purchase. It...

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And I have found that Christians in particular become more evangelistic.

I know this because I get more prayer requests and get asked for advice more around...

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Sunday, 15 December 2019 17:01

Treasures of the Christian Life Pt 4: Faith Featured

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René Descartes had some trouble believing in things. “I think therefore I am,” he said. Which is why it’s so interesting that he supported the notion of luminiferous ether.

Ether (well, either ether or æther) is a substance that Descartes believed filled all of outer...

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Wednesday, 11 December 2019 12:31

Lessons from a genealogy: expect the unexpected birth! Featured

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Matthew divides Jesus’ genealogy into three sections: Abraham to David, David to exile, and exile to Joseph. His goal in doing this is to show that Jesus is the fulfillment of the promise to Abraham (that the savior would be Jewish) and that Jesus is the fulfilment of the promise to...

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Monday, 09 December 2019 01:01

Treasures of the Christian Life Pt 3: Thankfulness Featured

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If you ever find yourself hitchhiking in Israel, there are two things you need to be aware of: you will not get a ride if you are walking, and you will not get a ride of you are known for not being thankful. The former lesson I learned on my first day in Israel when overdressed and burdened by too...

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Wednesday, 04 December 2019 17:09

Advent lessons in a genealogy: Jesus is for Gentiles too Featured

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The gospel of of Matthew was the first biblical book to be written in over 400 years. And Matthew breaks the centuries of silence with…a genealogy.

He has a strategic reason for doing so—the goal of his book is to persuasively argue that Jesus is the Messiah, and so he starts by...

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Tuesday, 03 December 2019 16:02

Plumbing, Self-Esteem, the Great Love of God Featured

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I recently noticed that the floor around my toilet looked stained with water. Knowing very little about plumbing, I contacted my trusty father-in-law. He knew what to do right away. “The wax seal is broken.” When he was in town for Thanksgiving, he held my hand through changing the...

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Monday, 02 December 2019 17:01

A Pastoral Response to the Saugus High School Shooting Featured

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On November 14th a terrible tragedy struck the city of Santa Clarita as a student at Saugus High School shot and killed classmates before turning a gun on himself. Two students were killed a few more injured and the shooter himself was killed by suicide.

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Sunday, 01 December 2019 17:01

Treasures of the Christian Life Pt 2: Peace Featured

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by Clint Archer

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On the 11th hour of the day, on the 11th day of the month, on the 11th month of the year 1918 – the fighting halted. After ten hours of driving, two German generals were ushered across the border into France into the forest of Compiègne into a little...

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Thursday, 28 November 2019 17:00

Advent lessons in a genealogy: Faith Featured

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The first book of the New Testament begins with a bang, and follows with a list.

“Jesus is the Messiah, the Son of David and the Son of Abraham!” it blares, in what might as well be ALL-CAPS.

Mark follows his world-changing declaration by jumping right preaching, John the Baptist, and...

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Tuesday, 26 November 2019 16:02

Thanksgiving Quantified Featured

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That beloved American holiday is upon us. It’s almost Thanksgiving. Today is considered the busiest travel day of the year for Americans as we herd ourselves around friends and family. So, whether you’re catching a connecting flight, waiting for TSA, sitting in a traffic jam,...

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Sunday, 24 November 2019 17:01

Treasures of the Christian Life, Pt 1: GRACE Featured

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The great prince of preachers – Charles Spurgeon – tells this story in a sermon entitled “All of Grace”, which he preached a little over 100 years ago, on Ephesians 2:8 For by grace you have been saved through faith. And this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God,

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