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 May 2020 06:04

Jesus Doesn’t Keep the Receipt

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“Do you have your receipt?” This question is a part of our daily life. We make purchases, and we keep up with our receipts—especially when the items are costly.

I’m afraid that we often apply responsible consumer practices to our spiritual relationship with God. As our...

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Wednesday, 29 April 2020 02:40

How Does God Hide His Face from Us?

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What does the Bible mean when it says that the Lord hid his face? And why would he do this?

One passage we see this in is Psalm 30, when David says in verses 6–7, “As for me, I said in my prosperity, ‘I shall never be moved.’ By your favor, O LORD, you made my mountain stand...

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Tuesday, 21 April 2020 03:46

Recent Reads April 2020

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Some of my favorite posts to read are book reviews and recommendations. It helps broaden out my reading list and keep it fresh. Here is a list of some of my Recent Reads.

Atomic Habits, James Clear. I am drawn like a moth to a flame when it comes to reading books about life hacks, productivity,...

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Tuesday, 14 April 2020 03:49

Why Do Quiet Times Get So Noisy?

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Have you ever noticed how distracted you become when you resolve to pray and read the Bible? Why is it that a million other things suddenly seem more appealing? Why are you suddenly so creative? So curious? So distracted? So motivated to do anything but sit quietly with God?

Why does your quiet...

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Monday, 13 April 2020 03:48

Encouraged by Pandemic Pastors

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I am thankful to God for how many pastors have responded to the changes necessitated by the coronavirus. Judging by my conversations with friends and what I see in my various feeds, many pastors are doing a commendable job caring for the flock. The pandemic brought a gear-shift for pastoral...

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Monday, 06 April 2020 03:49

Is the Pandemic Punishment?

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The coronavirus is taking up most of the oxygen in the public discussion these days. There are drawbacks to this, of course. We can become fixated on it and scarcely think of anything else. There are also benefits. People being thinking comprehensively about it. And as a result, people have some...

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Wednesday, 01 April 2020 14:05

Books That Introduce You to John Owen

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John Owen is one of my favorite theologians. I enjoy reading Owen for the good of my soul and to help me to feed others in the church. Over the years, I’ve found a typical response when I recommend reading the 17th-century English Puritan. People are overwhelmed. Owen’s works are dense....

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Tuesday, 31 March 2020 14:05

Happy Fools on April Fool’s

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Happy April Fool’s Day! As we flip the calendar to the first of April, we do what people have done for centuries, celebrate with a day full of pranks, jokes, and hoaxes.

But why do we do this?

The origin of April Fool’s Day is a bit of a mystery. Some historians trace it back to 1582...

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How can we be the body of Christ when we are physically separated?

Millions of Christians around the world are answering this question during the increasingly restrictive measures deployed to combat the spread of the coronavirus. The Bible uses the metaphor of a body to describe the church. One only...

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Monday, 23 March 2020 03:28

What Is God Up to with Corona?

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“God is always doing 10,000 things in your life, and you may be aware of three of them.” (John Piper)

I appreciate this quote because it reminds us of our limited perspective. We simply cannot see all that God is doing. But even above blind spots, we have capacity issues. Not only is God...

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Thursday, 19 March 2020 01:45

Christ’s Burden Should Be Ours

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Have you ever watched a sporting event and noticed the coaches talking into their microphones while covering their faces with their laminated sheets? We want to know what they are saying. We wish we could listen in and hear the dialogue between the quarterback and the offensive coordinator. There...

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Wednesday, 18 March 2020 04:37

Recent Reads March 2020

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I love to read. And I like to recommend good books.Over the last 14 years, I’ve written book reviews on this blog but have recently concluded that the process of writing a review takes more time than I have available. In evaluating this, I’ve decided that I can get near the same effect...

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Tuesday, 17 March 2020 06:41

What Hasn’t Changed During a Global Pandemic

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There is no doubt that a lot has changed in the last few weeks. The invisible virus has brought visible change. In many parts of the country, universities, schools, restaurants, and small businesses have closed. In my state (Massachusetts), our governor has banned the gathering of 25 or more...

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Monday, 09 March 2020 03:27

Why Should You Pray Before Eating a Meal?

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Christians have a long tradition of pausing and thanking God before eating a meal. It’s so common that sometimes we can slide into and out of our prayer without much thought. Other times we may blow right by prayer and neglect it altogether. But, I think praying before we eat is a healthy...

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Wednesday, 04 March 2020 02:41

The Most Important Words to Say to Your Kids

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Parenting, like marriage, is usually not characterized by substantial events but hundreds of smaller things that accumulate and shape the relationships between parents and their children.

Personally, it’s hard for me to believe that my wife and I have been parents now for nearly 25 years. We...

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One of the privileges of studying the Old Testament is finding the connections to Jesus. The Scriptures teach that the entire Bible points to him (Luke 24:27; John 5:39; Acts 3:24). While there are possible ways to make connections to the gospel, the challenge for the interpreter is to find the...

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Tuesday, 18 February 2020 23:35

Parenting is Hard, but God is Gracious

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The gospel changes everything. It changes individuals, husbands, wives, parents, and kids. In the previous post, I focused on the negative part of the command, do not exasperate your children, now I’ll focus on the positive side.

Paul instructs parents in Ephesians 6:4, to bring up their...

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Tuesday, 18 February 2020 06:08

How to Exasperate Your Children

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The reality of submitting your life to Jesus, and living under his authority has massive implications.When you become a Christian, all of your relationships are redefined by your relationship with Jesus.

In Ephesians 2-3, we see that people who had substantial personal differences because of the...

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Tuesday, 11 February 2020 03:02

5 Realities of a Wife’s Submission in Marriage

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When we think about God’s Word, we have to remember that it reflects his character. Therefore, the Word of God is good because God is good (Psalm 19:7-11, 119:68). God would never command his people to do anything that would harm them. Instead, he prescribes what is best for us. He loves us...

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Monday, 10 February 2020 04:59

Resources for Studying Ephesians

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I’m finishing up preaching through Ephesians in a couple of weeks. Here are some resources that have proven useful for sermon work. I put my favorites first and then broke them down in categories below. (If you’re thinking about preaching this book see this article)

Favorite Resources

  1. Pete...

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Tuesday, 04 February 2020 06:13

Some Best Practices for Public Reading of Scripture

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I’m convinced that the public reading of Scripture is an important and too often overlooked aspect of our worship services. We spend considerable time preparing sermons, prayers, and music for our gatherings, but often Scripture reading is reduced to something mechanical. Like most things we...

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It seems like a simple command: “Husbands love your wives.” But if you’ve been married for more than five minutes, you realize that it’s a bit harder than it sounds.

There are a few reasons.

The command for the Christian husband to love his wife is not contingent upon her...

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Tuesday, 28 January 2020 04:58

God’s Loving Law

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Wrapped in shiny wrappers, sin promises life but delivers death. Because God is loving, he warns us against sin by instructing us in the path of life.

In the Garden of Eden, God warned our first parents, Adam and Eve, with these sober words that echo through the ages, “the day you eat of it,...

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Thursday, 23 January 2020 01:09

A Breakthrough in Our Family Devotions

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I’m excited about our Bible reading plan for the year. It’s like we’ve had a breakthrough in doing family devotions. It’s yielding fruit and personal encouragement. After talking with several friends, I decided to write this article that perhaps it might bless others looking...

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Wednesday, 11 December 2019 05:18

How Would You Do?

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Like clockwork, each week, my heart would start beating faster, and my hands would grow cold. I knew Sunday school class was about to end, and the teacher, Mike Gibson, was going to call on someone to close the class in prayer. Given the fact that there were only about a dozen of us in the room, my...

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