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, 21 May 2020 18:00

Joseph: His Role in a Bigger Story Featured

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Joseph’s sudden and shocking promotion to the right hand of Pharaoh was neither karma nor compensation. The betrayal of his brothers, the indignity of slavery, and the injustice of his imprisonment were all experiences ordained by God in preparation for a monumental rescue operation.

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Tuesday, 19 May 2020 18:00

Joseph: The Precision of God's Sovereignty Featured

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It sounds strange, but even in prison Joseph experienced the Lord’s blessing. His administrative skills were noticed by the warden, and soon he was placed in charge of all prison operations. Joseph was so competent and efficient that “the chief jailer did not supervise anything under...

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Sunday, 17 May 2020 18:00

Joseph: God's Sovereignty in Our Trials Featured

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Eleven grim faces stared anxiously at the floor. With eyes on the ground, all their attention was focused on the man at the front of the room. Huddled in tense silence, the eleven knelt before one of the most powerful rulers in the land, knowing he had the authority to execute them.

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Thursday, 14 May 2020 18:00

Unshakable Peace Featured

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Believers often find themselves living in contradiction to the world, and we should. The runaway anxiety and constant fear that grips so much of the world does not have the same hold on us—or at least, it shouldn’t. Over the last few weeks, we’ve been looking at anxiety from a...

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Tuesday, 12 May 2020 18:00

The Only Source of Peace Featured

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It’s only through God’s grace that believers can face every circumstance with calm, assured peace. Anxiety does not have to reign in our hearts—we can hold fast to God’s peace and provision through any of life’s storms.

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Sunday, 10 May 2020 18:00

The Only True Peace Featured

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Any anxious Christian would love to have this prayer offered on his behalf: “May the Lord of peace Himself continually grant you peace in every circumstance. . . . The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you.”

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Thursday, 07 May 2020 18:00

Casting Your Cares on God Featured

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A prideful heart cannot find rest in God’s sovereignty. A person who values his or her own plans, opinions, and desires above all else has nowhere to turn when worry creeps in. In fact, pride paves the way for an anxious heart.

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Tuesday, 05 May 2020 18:00

Humility vs. Anxiety Featured

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The apostle Peter was a worrier. He worried about drowning when he was walking on water, even though Jesus was right there with him (Matthew 14:29-31). He worried about what was going to happen to Jesus in the Garden of Gethsemane, so he pulled out his sword and tried to take on a battalion of...

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Sunday, 03 May 2020 18:00

Replacing Worry with the Right Focus Featured

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God’s Word is clear—believers are not to be given over to anxiety. But it’s not simply a cold, abrupt command to stop worrying. Scripture is clear that we shouldn’t focus on the plans, needs, and uncertainties of tomorrow, but it’s also clear about where our focus...

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Thursday, 30 April 2020 18:00

The Folly of Worry in Light of Our Future Featured

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Much of our anxiety is born out of concerns and uncertainty regarding our future. We get caught up in our plans and programs, overlooking the blessings of today and obsessing over uncontrollable details on the horizon...

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Tuesday, 28 April 2020 18:00

The Incompatibility of Faith and Anxiety Featured

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If you worry, what kind of faith do you manifest? “Little faith,” according to Jesus (Matthew 6:30). If you are a child of God, you by definition have a heavenly Father. To act like you don’t, nervously asking, “What will I eat? What will I drink? What will I wear for...

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Sunday, 26 April 2020 18:00

What Flowers Teach Us About Worry Featured

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God is sovereignly in control of all things. That fact alone ought to dispel much of our anxiety. And when we consider the Lord’s fatherly care for His people, we see just how foolish, unnecessary, and impotent our worry truly is.

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Thursday, 23 April 2020 18:00

Bird Watching and Beating Worry Featured

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One of the most hopeless aspects of unrepentant sinners’ lives is that they have no answer for anxiety. They’re forced to put their hopes in flimsy, fallible plans and institutions. They aren’t able to rest firmly in the unchanging promises of God—they have to ride out every...

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Tuesday, 21 April 2020 18:00

What Did Jesus Say About Worry? Featured

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You probably remember the “What Would Jesus Do?” trend from the late ’90s. It seemed everywhere you looked, plastered across T-shirts, hats, jewelry, and all kinds of other merchandise, the WWJD slogan was a blithe, shallow reminder to live up to Christ’s moral code...

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Sunday, 19 April 2020 18:00

Observing God’s Care Featured

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Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s legendary detective, Sherlock Holmes, is one of the most intriguing creations of literary fiction. He is, quite simply, extraordinary. His famous cohort, Dr. John Watson, is ordinary, at least by comparison. Watson has often been erroneously portrayed as a bumbling...

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Thursday, 16 April 2020 18:00

John MacArthur on Anxiety and God's Sovereignty Featured

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It should be clear by now that unchecked anxiety isn’t good for you. It’s a sin expressly forbidden by the Lord, so there is the spiritual cost to consider. But it’s also harmful to your health, your productivity, and your relationships. It wreaks havoc throughout your life, and...

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Tuesday, 14 April 2020 18:00

Worn Out by Worry Featured

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Sunday, 12 April 2020 18:00

Overwhelmed by Anxiety? Featured

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Anxiety, fear, worry, and stress are familiar words in our day, and familiar experiences to many. More and more we’re hearing of an extreme form of anxiety referred to as a “panic attack.”

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Jesus never promised us lives free of tribulation and calamity. Indeed He warned His disciples, “In the world you will have tribulation” (John 16:33, NKJV). The current COVID-19 pandemic that has engendered so much fear and panic is not the first—nor will it be the...

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Tuesday, 07 April 2020 18:00

God’s Sovereignty and Our Gospel Responsibility Featured

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God is absolutely sovereign in the calling and conversion of His elect. As we have seen previously, the apostle Paul makes that cardinal truth inescapably clear in Romans 9. But why preach the gospel if God is sovereign over His redemptive work? Why call on sinners to repent and believe if the work...

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Sunday, 05 April 2020 18:00

God’s Unimpeachable Sovereignty Featured

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Few chapters in the Bible elicit as much controversy as Romans 9. The subject matter of God choosing to redeem one person over another—based solely on His sovereign choice—is an absolute affront to most modern sensibilities of fairness and justice. But the apostle Paul wasn’t...

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Thursday, 02 April 2020 18:00

God’s Sovereignty in Salvation Featured

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The gospel calls sinners to repentance and faith in the Lord Jesus Christ. But does that mean salvation begins when a sinner responds to the message? Does it hinge on him exercising his faith?

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Tuesday, 31 March 2020 18:00

Divine Sovereignty and Human Responsibility Featured

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Why pray to God if He sovereignly rules and reigns over our lives—isn’t His mind already made up? And if God is orchestrating every event in the universe for His glory, does that mean our choices and decisions are nothing more than pre-arranged manipulations by our Creator? Many...

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Monday, 30 March 2020 18:00

Top Five Ways to Get More from Grace to You Featured

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Sunday, 29 March 2020 18:00

Why God’s Sovereignty Is Not Tyranny Featured

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But any time you deal with the doctrine of God’s sovereignty, it sparks an inevitable question. It’s a very important question, dealing with a specific aspect of God’s sovereignty and how it relates to His grace in election. In fact, it’s probably the most pervasive question...

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