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

Tuesday, 26 May 2020 07:12

God Doesn’t Need You

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He is not served by human hands, as if he needed anything, because he himself gives all men life and breath and everything else.” Acts 17

Paul on Mars Hill in Athens proclaimed the entire self-sufficiency of God.

We are his body, it is true, which is the fullness or completion of the...

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Monday, 27 April 2020 05:10

The Fear of Death and God’s Grip

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The Coronavirus itself may have turned out to be more frightful in the projection than the reality of it — unless you or someone you love died from it. Like all things that bring us fear, there is truth behind that fear. The truth that choked us is that all of us will die (unless escaping at...

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Friday, 10 April 2020 09:01

In A Body

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What did the writers of the New Testament mean when they claimed that Jesus Christ was resurrected?

It certainly was not that he only appeared to be resurrected when in fact it did not happen. That is, resurrection to these writers did not mean that he appeared in some apparitional way, or some...

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Wednesday, 08 April 2020 01:29

He Leads for His Sake

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Part of our problem with God in the midst of difficulty is that we continue believing that our lives are all about us. And when we turn inwardly, becoming preoccupied with self, we quickly spiral into fear and anxiety.

But, Psalm 23:3 says, “He leads me in paths of righteousness for his...

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Everybody is talking about it. I can’t stop thinking about it. I am writing this from my bedroom where I’ve been self-isolated, separated from my wife and child for four days, due to certain symptoms. The existence, spread, and devastating effects of COVID-19 over the last couple months...

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Tuesday, 24 March 2020 07:36

What About Untimely Death?

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If God works all things according to the good of those who love Him (Rom 8:28), why do some believers suffer and die? It is helpful to remember when answering hard questions like this that it is always gain for a Christian to die (Phil 1:21). God will sometimes override the good thing of temporal...

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Tuesday, 10 March 2020 23:34

Power: A Sermon from Jim

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Listen to Jim share about the power of God in the gospel here.

Authors: Jim Elliff...

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I don’t quite understand it. Everyone knows that King Solomon was the wisest man in the Old Testament. Yet, he had the most precipitous moral freefall of all the kings.

The early Solomon loved God. “Now Solomon loved the Lord” (1 Kings 3:3).
But the later Solomon was out of control...

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Sunday, 02 February 2020 14:00

Closing With Christ

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When modern evangelical churches seek to bring the unregenerate to Christ (and they should do so with passion), they often fall prey to a formula which produces disappointing results. The pattern runs something like this:

  • Extending a public altar call
  • Praying “the sinner’s prayer”
  • Giv...

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Friday, 31 January 2020 03:12

God’s Continuing Provision | A Letter From Jim

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I recently saw the photo below with the caption, “Online Dating in the 1930s.” You’ve got to laugh at that!

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But this photo also reminds me about what is NOT true for our ministry and our CCW team. We are NOT just hanging on provisionally, or in any other way. And that doesn’t...

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Monday, 20 January 2020 00:50

Walking to Death: Isaac and Jesus

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How beautifully and intricately the Old Testament prefigures Christ. Today I read the following words concerning Abraham and Isaac walking to the mountain where Isaac was to be slain. Some, not all, believe this to be the same mount where the Temple was later to be built and close to the very place...

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Monday, 06 January 2020 02:23

If We Are Faithless

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“If we are faithless, He remains faithful, for He cannot deny Himself,” meaning, “He is faithful to judge you.” (2 Tim 2: 11-13; also see Rom 3:3-8 which clarifies further).

This passage is often misunderstood. He is faithful or true to His character and His word to judge...

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Wednesday, 18 December 2019 08:32

The Surpassing Worth of KNOWING Christ

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Most do not understand the implications and ramifications of KNOWING Christ. It has a comparative value. Notice what one like Paul will forfeit to know Christ. I’m quoting only part of the long sentence, but it conveys what I want you to see:

“But whatever gain I had, I counted as loss...

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Tuesday, 17 December 2019 08:55

What About Your Relatives?

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For many of us, the Christmas/New Year season is a time not only to think about Jesus’ incarnation but also to enjoy our relatives and friends. Perhaps we see them only at this time of the year. Some time ago I wrote this short article to guide us about speaking the gospel to those relatives...

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Wednesday, 04 December 2019 04:00

The Guarantee of Holiness

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“Say not that thou hast royal blood in thy veins and art born of God,” said puritan William Gurnall, “unless thou canst prove thy pedigree by daring to be holy.”

There is no such thing as an unholy Christian (at least in any ongoing sense.) Can Christians commit any sort of...

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Sunday, 01 December 2019 08:40

The Old Ways

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The old ways. Do we want them?

Some of you are older (though I’m glad that hasn’t happened to me). And all of you are older this year than you were last. Was it better before? Do we have the right perspective about the way it used to be?

There is something charming about what things were...

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Tuesday, 19 November 2019 22:00

Disinterestedness

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Disinterestedness. This compelling word is not about what you might expect. We have all seen (and been) the disinterested student, expressionless, gazing into some unknown blank space outside the classroom, waiting out the final eternal moments of the professor’s pedantic, sleep-inducing hum....

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Thursday, 14 November 2019 22:00

The Love of Beauty

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I know beauty when I see it. I am now out-of-doors in the morning on a spring day, drinking coffee with the right kind of cup, a light breeze flowing over my shoulder, the prospect of a useful day (which is the best day for me) and a sense of God’s hand planning all events. It is the...

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Wednesday, 06 November 2019 22:00

The Unrepenting Repenter

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The believer in Christ is a lifelong repenter.  He begins with repentance and continues in repentance. (Rom. 8:12-13) David sinned giant sins but fell without a stone at the mere finger of the prophet because he was a repenter at heart (2 Sam. 12:7-13). Peter denied Christ three times but...

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Thursday, 31 October 2019 06:46

Witness of the Spirit

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“The Spirit himself bears witness with our spirit that we are children of God . . .” Romans 8:16

This “witness” which leads to assurance that we are in God’s family is not a direct or immediate feeling or sense that we are God’s children—some inner...

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Wednesday, 16 October 2019 07:07

She Better Be Careful

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The person who runs from God and does not want to know him lest her motivations and deeds be revealed, had better do all she can to shield herself from any insidious notion that God has in fact displayed himself in nature and in a written revelation. She must tightly grasp evolution (or some other...

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In the first church I served as a pastor, I was the only elder. I was in that position for nearly five years. 

Since 2007, I’ve served as one elder on a team of elders. In the 1990s, I became convinced biblically that this is God’s design for each local church — to be led by...

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Friday, 04 October 2019 05:20

An Amazing Promise NOT for You (Jeremiah 29:10-14)

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10 “For thus says the LORD, ‘When seventy years have been completed for Babylon, I will visit you and fulfill My good word to you, to bring you back to this place.11 For I know the plans that I have for you,’ declares the LORD, ‘plans for welfare and not for calamity to...

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Monday, 16 September 2019 06:04

What Did Jesus Mean by “The Broad Way?”

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In the Sermon on the Mount, the broad way that leads to destruction is the external religious way. The narrow way is the way Jesus taught. This is seen particularly in the “antitheses” section in Mt. 5. For instance, the broad way is fulfilling the command, “You shall not...

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Wednesday, 04 September 2019 15:30

Is Healing in the Atonement?

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It is a valid question to ask, “Is physical healing in the atonement?” The answer is, without equivocation, “Yes.” But maybe not as is commonly perceived.

All good things come to the believer through Christ’s death for us. “By his stripes you are healed” in...

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