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, 11 July 2016 05:30

Definitions Matter Featured

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I was talking with a church friend the other day about matters of the faith, and he said, "definitions matter." He hit on a really important truth: sloppy definitions lead to sloppy theology. And sloppy theology leads to sloppy life-application and a muddled worldview.
 
The biblical definitions behind the Christian terminology we use matter because
Here's a paradoxical truth: True humility exudes confidence. 
Yep. The most humble person you'll ever meet will at the same time be the absolute most confident, most assured person you'll ever meet!How can this be?Because humility, in its purest form, is to seek your identity not in yourself, but in your Savior. For if you have truly died to
Friday, 24 June 2016 05:27

Confessions of a Recovering People-Pleaser

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...We endeavor—by His grace—to live not as "people-pleasers, but as servants of Christ, doing the will of God from the heart." (Eph 6:6)

...We are not trying to please people, but God, who tests our hearts. (1 Thess 2:4)

I have spent a good deal of my life struggling with people-pleasing. I have wanted people to like me, to accept me,

Thursday, 02 June 2016 15:59

Spiritual Spin-Mastery: A Slippery Slope Featured

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It's common knowledge that news anchors, journalists, political pundits, and the like, often quote a person's statement in partial form, or out of context, in order to put their own spin on it. This use of spin is usually intended to create impact, to sell a story, to push an agenda, or even to slander. In other words, spin is always used with an
Since Rick Warren published his all-time best-selling book, The Purpose Driven Life,[1] over ten years ago, vast numbers of Christians have been on an eager quest to discover their life's purpose. Pastor Warren was careful in his book to make a distinction between worldly goals and godly ones and pointed out that he wasn't urging Christians
 
The voice of darkness makes me shudder. But it's not an eerie moan or ghastly wailing that chills my soul. I do not shudder from fear. I shudder because the voice of darkness tickles my ears pleasantly with cheerful soundsand I know that its siren songs lead many astray (2 Tim 4:3).For the voice might tell us to think positive thoughts. How
Thursday, 17 December 2015 10:37

The Good Dinosaur: Hindu Gods for Children

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Our guest blogger, Marcia Montenegro, is a former astrologer who spent 20 years practicing New Age spirituality. After she became a Christian, she founded Christian Answers for the New Age. Her insights are invaluable in discerning occult influences in mainstream secular society and even within the Church.

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Saturday, 05 December 2015 06:03

The Essence of Advent

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The Latin word, adventus, means "coming." The advent season is about preparing our hearts, minds, and spirits for the coming of the King. But what does this really mean?Is it about celebrating Jesus' birthday? Is it about keeping Christ in Christmas by displaying nativity scenes and retelling the story of Jesus' birth? Is it about singing carols,
Thursday, 05 November 2015 16:41

The Last Lecture: Life or Lie?

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Soon after being diagnosed with pancreatic cancer and being given months to live, 47-year-old Randy Pausch, a computer science professor at Carnegie Mellon, gave a stirring speech to his students in what soon became famously coined as, "The Last Lecture." The lecture went viral. Dr. Pausch appeared on Oprah to deliver a condensed version of his
Monday, 12 October 2015 06:24

The Real Zombie Apocolypse: The Rise of Mindfulness Featured

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What would it be like to live among a generation of people who've grown up in a mild hypnotic state, having been psychologically conditioned not to question what is right or wrong, but instead to ignore their consciences and detach themselves from their thoughts? Perhaps a bit like living in a nation of zombies. And it might not be long before we

Friday, 14 August 2015 05:58

The New Normal and the Future of Sound Judgment Featured

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There is currently war being waged against the practice of sound moral judgment in our society. Secular author and radio host, Tammy Bruce, in her book, The Death of Right and Wrong, puts it this way:

How best to change Americans’ fundamental values? How best to indoctrinate you into a culture that grows sicker and more corrupt by the

Sunday, 29 March 2015 01:54

Loving Our Neighbor, Neglecting Our God

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Jesus said: “'Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.' This is the first and greatest commandment. And the second is like it: 'Love your neighbor as yourself.' All the Law and the Prophets hang on these two commandments.” (Matt 22:36-40)
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Part I: When loving neighbor becomes pleasing [postmodern] people.
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Sometimes, it's tempting to tell people what they want to hear. To make them feel better about themselves. To avoid potential conflict and to smooth things over. But seeking to please people isn't always to serve...

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Saturday, 14 March 2015 22:16

A Christian's Response to ISIS

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As a relatively sheltered Christian (at least for now) living in a relatively free country (at least for now),I've foundthe unconscionable atrocities against fellow believersmen, women, and childrenat the hands of the Islamic State to be literally unthinkable, too horrific to...

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Sunday, 08 March 2015 01:35

The Truth About Joy

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Should Christians feel a sense of joy when others are suffering in the world? When there is poverty, sickness, and children dying at the hands of ISIS? When our newsfeeds are a constant reminder of all that is wrong with the world?Who are we to feel joyful when bad things are happening to others...

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Tuesday, 10 February 2015 22:03

Why I Am Not a Hopeless Romantic

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Don't get me wrong. I love the stuff of classic romance novels...the aloof Mr Darcy's inner torment over Elizabeth...the explosive love of Benedick and Beatrice...and the improper love of George Emerson for Lucy Honeychurch. I also love getting flowers from my husband on Valentines Day and...

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Saturday, 17 January 2015 23:00

Quotes to Change the World

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Today, Oprah's Lifeclass published the following quotes that will "change the world"...
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Anne Lamott—novelist
1.People help you, or you help them and when we offer or receive help, we take in each other. And then we are SAVEDAnne Lamott
In other words: We save each otherso we...

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There is a deadly epidemic that is currently sweeping the Church. The condition primarily affects the heart, mind, and soul of its victim, and can lead to serious, even fatal, spiritual health problems if left untreated. Today, millions of Christians in America are at risk of developing fa...

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