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

Wednesday, 03 June 2020 11:57

Do Not Pass Judgment on One Another

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As congregations of Christians begin to regather, there are challenges and even threats that local churches will face. Here’s an appeal that I wrote to my own congregation, along with a brief teaching from Romans 14. Perhaps you will find it instructive for you and your church as well.

Dear...

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Monday, 01 June 2020 05:49

Bearing the Fruit of Gentleness

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As a fruit of the Spirit is gentleness. Gentleness is an attribute of God (2 Sam. 22:36), a characteristic of Christ (Matt. 11:29; 2 Cor. 10:1, a mark of spiritual maturity (Gal. 6:1), a fruit of biblical wisdom, in contrast to worldly wisdom (James 3:17), and a necessity for church leaders (1 Tim....

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GracePoint Counseling, a ministry of Tri-County Bible Church in Rensselaer, Indiana, has graciously made the recording of Tuesday’s webinar available to the public via this YouTube video.

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Yesterday, we began thinking about the fruit of faithfulness. Before applying it too much to ourselves, as a fruit of the Spirit, we took note of God’s faithfulness, as well as defined this character quality. Here’s our definition:

Defining Faithfulness

Faithfulness is such a rich concept...

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As we continue our series on the fruit of the Spirit, God wants us to think about faithfulness. He wants us to remember His faithfulness and be challenged to bear the fruit of faithfulness as we walk in the Spirit.

Faithfulness Is an Attribute of God

When we are tempted and tested, God is faithful to...

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Friday, 22 May 2020 01:50

Nuggets: Quarantine Temptations

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Help for Quarantined Marriages – As we all navigate uncharted waters—with plans, routines, and expectations being turned on their head—it’s important that we acknowledge the temptations and challenges that will naturally arise in our marriages if we aren’t proactively...

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COVID-19 has piled many new challenges on top of the daily ones we were already facing. This has led to many people becoming anxious about the current situation. At GracePoint Counseling we want to offer some practical help to those who are struggling with anxiety. Please attend our free online...

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Sunday, 17 May 2020 11:48

Bearing the Fruit of Kindness

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As a fruit of the Spirit, and a part of what it means to be like Christ, kindness is also an attribute of God.

  • God is kind to all of his creatures. This is what theologians call common grace; that is, it is common to all—even those who reject God.
  • The words of Jesus in Matthew 5:45 are an...

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Wednesday, 13 May 2020 15:30

The Unsearchable Ways of God

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Oh, the depth of the riches and wisdom and knowledge of God! How unsearchable are his judgments and how inscrutable his ways! Romans 11:33

On October 11, 2002, in the worst automobile accident in Wisconsin history, a thick fog wafted inland off Lake Michigan and settled in a low spot on the...

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People say you are what you eat. Well, songs are food for the soul. What you sing, and don’t sing, changes you. Your heart and mind require a good, balanced diet of gospel truth that will build you up for your working week, your times of trial, and for each season of life.

So begins the fourth...

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Wednesday, 06 May 2020 22:18

God Is Working While We Are Waiting

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What do Jesus, the prophet Isaiah, and David the king have in common? They all taught this simple truth: God is working while we are waiting; God is active when we’re sleeping. What a wonderful truth in times of uncertainty, especially when things are moving slower than we want them to! By...

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Monday, 04 May 2020 00:20

Cast Your Cares Upon the Lord

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Humble yourselves, therefore, under the mighty hand of God so that at the proper time he may exalt you, casting all your anxieties on him, because he cares for you.

1 Peter 5:6-7

Anxiety is sometimes the fruit of pride—especially when it is accompanied by prayerlessness. Though we often...

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Sunday, 03 May 2020 23:51

Trust In the Lord with All Your Heart

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Trusting God is one of those things that we as Christians talk about, but may not necessarily define. We encourage each other to “trust the Lord,” but we are not sure what it really means. And we also tend to view it as something optional, there are times we trust God and times we do...

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Last month, I had the privilege to teach a webinar on anxiety with the Biblical Counseling Alliance. If you are not familiar with this resource ministry, let me introduce you to them.

In January of 2016, out of the efforts of individuals and three local churches the Biblical Counseling Alliance...

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Wednesday, 29 April 2020 05:12

The Refiner’s Fire

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God ordains trials to test the reality of our faith in a way that’s similar to the process of purifying precious metals. Gold, for example, is purified through a process of high temperature heating or chemical exposure. According to Sciencing, an online magazine, “If the gold is a low...

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Monday, 27 April 2020 15:39

A Letter to an Enslaved Brother in Christ

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When we first met several months ago, my heart broke as I read your letter about your addiction to sex, drugs, and alcohol, your loneliness, your lack of purpose, and your discouragement about the fallout of your felony record upon future jobs, marriage, and ministry opportunities. Today, I read...

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Sunday, 26 April 2020 21:11

Can God Bring Good Out of Bad?

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Sometimes we wonder if God can bring good out of the bad things happening all around us, so it’s comforting to know we are not alone in our thinking. The prophet Habakkuk had the same heart struggles and questions. But God said to the frustrated prophet, “Look at the nations. I’m...

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People say you are what you eat. Well, songs are food for the soul. What you sing, and don’t sing, changes you. Your heart and mind require a good, balanced diet of gospel truth that will build you up for your working week, your times of trial, and for each season of life.

So begins the fourth...

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Wednesday, 22 April 2020 15:40

How Jesus Addresses Our Anxiety (Part 3 of 3)

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“Therefore do not be anxious, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’ For the Gentiles seek after all these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them all.”

Matthew 6:31-32

In today’s passage,...

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Monday, 20 April 2020 11:30

WEEK 3: We Sing Because We’re Free

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I’m sorry this post is three days late. Last week, I had a number of migraines, which set back several of my projects. Thanks for your patience.

This one sentence summarizes chapter three: “God’s love for us inspires our response of love for Him and calls forth songs of joy from...

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Sunday, 19 April 2020 15:40

How Jesus Addresses Our Anxiety (Part 2 of 3)

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“But if God so clothes the grass of the field, which today is alive and tomorrow is thrown into the oven, will he not much more clothe you, O you of little faith?”

Matthew 6:30

We are earthbound people who naturally focus on earthly burdens. Our smallness of faith exposes itself in our...

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Saturday, 18 April 2020 16:45

Are You Eating Your Bible Every Day?

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The prophet Jeremiah once prayed to God, “Your words were found, and I ate them, and your words became to me a joy and the delight of my heart” (Jer. 15:16). Jesus echoes this sentiment when He quoted Scripture to Satan, “Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that...

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Thursday, 16 April 2020 23:30

If You’re Interested in Economics

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Recently, I reached out to the folks at Westminster Books to ask if they had any book recommendations for someone who wanted to learn more about economics (not financial stewardship/budgeting/etc) from a biblical worldview. Here’s their response.

Hi Paul, thanks for reaching out! Here are a...

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Wednesday, 15 April 2020 15:38

How Jesus Addresses Our Anxiety (Part 1 of 3)

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“Look at the birds of the air: they neither sow nor reap nor gather into barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not of more value than they? And which of you by being anxious can add a single hour to his span of life?”

Matthew 6:26-27

In today’s verses, Jesus says...

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Tuesday, 14 April 2020 11:30

Made for Friendship

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The Puritan pastor J. C. Ryle described friendship as “the relationship that halves our sorrows and doubles our joys.” I’d never heard that before yesterday! But thanks to Drew Hunter and his new book, Made for Friendship, I’m challenged again to think more deeply about...

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