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

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Bob Kauflin:

Only God could have ordained that I would be writing an article on the benefits of corporate worship during the COVID-19 pandemic. My church in Louisville hasn’t met since March 15, and we’re still trying to decide what the process of meeting together again will look like....

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Tuesday, 26 May 2020 15:33

Divine Sovereignty and Human Freedom

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ByJohn M. Frame:

DEFINITION

Divine sovereignty, which is that God exercises efficacious, universal, and loving control over all things, is compatible with human freedom in that humans are free to do what they want to do, although God is sovereign over our desires.

SUMMARY

The sovereignty of God...

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Tuesday, 19 May 2020 23:05

Finding God in the Darkness

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Derek Thomas:

Four times in Genesis 39 we read that God was with Joseph (39:2-3, 21, 23). The statements form a set of pillars at either end of the story of Joseph’s initial experience of Egypt. On the one end, they come at the beginning of the story after Joseph has been sold by the...

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Thursday, 14 May 2020 01:25

How Suffering Reveals Your True Self

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Paul David Tripp:

Trust Issues

Here’s what happens in times of suffering. When the thing you have been trusting (whether you knew it or not) is laid to waste, you don’t suffer just the loss of that thing; you also suffer the loss of the identity and security that it provided. This may not...

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Conrad Mbewe:

Prosperity gospel preachers all over the world claim that Christianity, when well understood and applied, is meant to give you a long life of health and a lot of wealth. I often tell friends in the West that the prosperity gospel in Africa has a slightly different texture and emphasis...

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Tuesday, 28 April 2020 15:37

His Delight Is Not in Your Strength

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Marshall Segal: 

We discover where we really find our strength not when we feel strong, but when we feel weak.

Exhaustion and frustration have a way of blowing away the fog, revealing what’s really happening inside of us: Have we been leaning on God for all that we need, or have...

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Saturday, 25 April 2020 04:55

8 Reminders in These Days of Panic

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Dane Ortlund:

These are strange days, days of fear, days of hysteria—in other words, days that simply bring all our latent anxieties up to the surface, anxieties that were there all along and are now made visible to others.

What do we need to remember in these days of alarm?

  1. The World of the...

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William Lane Craig:

In considering the historical evidence for the resurrection of Jesus, it is important to avoid giving the impression that the Christian faith is based on the evidence for Jesus’ resurrection.

The Christian faith is based on the event of the resurrection.

It is not...

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Saturday, 11 April 2020 19:20

Why Did Jesus Rise from the Dead?

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Brian Rosner:

Why did Jesus rise from the dead?

According to 1 Peter 1:3, his resurrection brings us at least two life-changing benefits: a living hope and a new life. Let’s consider these twin truths—twin promises—from the New Testament’s broader witness.

Raised...

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Father,

At our best moments, by your grace, we are not sleeping in Gethsemane. We are awake and listening to your Son’s prayer. He knows, deep down, that he must suffer. But in his perfect humanity, he cries out, “If it is possible, let this cup pass.” In the same way, we sense,...

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Thursday, 09 April 2020 14:42

2 Reasons Jesus Died on the Cross

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Brian Rosner:

Why did Jesus die?

Historically, from a human perspective, the answer is straightforward enough. The Jewish leaders plotted against him, Judas betrayed him, Herod and Pilate tried him, and the Roman soldiers executed him.

A number of individuals and groups were responsible for his death....

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Thursday, 09 April 2020 04:40

The Imperative-Indicative Balance

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Brian Chapell:

Right application of Scripture necessitates Herman Ridderbos’s famous insight into Paul’s theology. Every imperative of Scripture (what we are to do for God) rests on the indicative (who we are in our relationship with God), and the order is not&nbs...

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Tuesday, 07 April 2020 18:41

Is God Sovereign over Viruses?

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Gene Edward Veith:

The coronavirus epidemic has disrupted our lives, shut down the economy, and killed thousands of people. If God is sovereign and good, some are asking, why doesn’t He stop it?

There are often, at the heart of such questions, misconceptions about both God and the world.

The...

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Monday, 06 April 2020 06:08

What No Virus Can Take

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John Piper:

Romans 8 — “the great eight” — is a text I think everybody in this isolation period should be memorizing. I’m making that as a suggestion: it’s the best thing you could do with your time. Romans 8 gives greater foundations for this...

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Sunday, 05 April 2020 19:59

Jesus Became a Curse for Us

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R.C. Sproul:

One image, one aspect, of the atonement has receded in our day almost into obscurity. We have been made aware of present-day attempts to preach a more gentle and kind gospel. In our effort to communicate the work of Christ more kindly we flee from any mention of a curse inflicted by God...

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Sam Storms:

Bridgeway Church likely is no different from other gospel-centered churches when it comes to the frequency and variety of suffering that people endure. On top of all it all, we can now add the emotional instability and, on the part of some, panic that has set in as we watch the spread of...

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Saturday, 28 March 2020 20:19

What Is God Up to with Corona?

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Erik Raymond:

“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....

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Friday, 27 March 2020 03:05

4 Ways to Care for Fearful Church Members

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Jonathan Rourke:

The familiar voice of a pastor can bring peace in times of trouble. Your consistent ministry of the Word and love for your people create a strong bond. It’s often easily overlooked in the good times, but when circumstances suddenly change, so does our people’s...

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John Frame:

DEFINITION

The three “omni” attributes of God characterize him as all-powerful, all-knowing, and everywhere present. Each of these involves the other two, and each provides a perspective on the all-embracing lordship of the true God.

SUMMARY

Omnipotence means that God is in...

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Monday, 23 March 2020 18:26

Give Me Doctrine or Give Me Death

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Greg Gilbert:

In recent years, a number of books have been published that urge Christians to rethink a traditional understanding of “doctrine.” The discussions surrounding this question are many and varied, and they take place on every level of theological sophistication. At the highest...

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Sunday, 22 March 2020 19:36

Is God in Control of Everything?

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R.C. Sproul:

One of Scripture’s most difficult concepts is that God can bring good out of evil. We remember that Joseph’s brothers betrayed him and, upon being reunited with him in Egypt, feared his revenge. But Joseph said to them, “You meant evil against me, but God meant it for...

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Friday, 20 March 2020 02:56

Theological Reflections on the Pandemic

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Brian Tabb:

So thou, sick world, mistak’st thy self to be

Well, when alas! thou’rt in a lethargy. . . .

There is no health; physicians say that we,

At best, enjoy but a neutrality.

And can there be worse sickness than to know

That we are never well, nor can be so?

—John Donne, “An...

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David Mathis:

I will take my stand at my watchpost and station myself on the tower, and look out to see what he will say to me, and what I will answer concerning my complaint.

And the Lord answered me:

“Write the vision; make it plain on tablets, so he may run who reads it. For still the vision...

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Saturday, 14 March 2020 04:43

God’s Sovereignty Over Leviathan and Behemoth

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Christopher Ash:

G. K. Chesterton suggests that as Job listens to God’s speeches, “he feels the terrible and tingling atmosphere of something which is too good to be told. The refusal of God to explain his design is itself a burning hint of his design.”

What is conveyed to...

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Friday, 06 March 2020 01:37

What Does it Mean to Abide in Christ?

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Sinclair Ferguson:

The exhortation to “abide” has been frequently misunderstood, as though it were a special, mystical, and indefinable experience. But Jesus makes clear that it actually involves a number of concrete realities.

First, union with our Lord depends on His grace. Of...

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