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, 27 May 2020 02:17

Our Gracious Host: Pursuing and Keeping (Psalm 23:6) Featured

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Throughout Psalm 23, David reveals the personal nature of his close relationship with the Lord. David has said “me” a total of six times, “I” four times, and “my” seven times. In this beloved psalm, David writes a total of seventeen personal references in only...

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God is so vast and infinite that He presents Himself to us in many different ways. No one metaphor can convey the whole of who He is and what He does. Scripture presents God as our powerful Creator, reigning King, and redeeming Savior. Moreover, He is also our loving Father, strong Rock, and safe...

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Some people think that when you become a Christian, all your troubles go away. They naively assume that once you are saved, everything in your life will fall neatly into place. In fact, they think if you have any problems, there must be something faulty with your faith. 

But nothing could be...

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Wednesday, 06 May 2020 01:58

Our Great Shepherd: Restoring and Guiding Featured

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Before he was king of Israel, David had been a young shepherd boy, caring for his father's sheep. Through his experiences, he gained firsthand knowledge about the characteristics of sheep and shepherds. This picture became an apt metaphor for who he was—one of the LORD’s sheep. 

Poss...

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Wednesday, 29 April 2020 03:03

Our Great Shepherd: Feeding and Leading Featured

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All sheep need a shepherd––a sheep without a shepherd is lost and exposed to constant dangers.  Sheep have no sense of direction. They have no ability to care for themselves. They are easily frightened by the slightest disturbance. They are constantly dependent upon a shepherd to...

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Wednesday, 22 April 2020 02:36

Our Great Shepherd: Caring and Supplying Featured

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Every person needs hope for the future as they live their lives. We have to believe there is a brighter day coming. We cannot live in this trouble-filled world without a positive expectation as we move forward. Otherwise, we would become so discouraged that we would give up––and sadly,...

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Wednesday, 08 April 2020 00:00

Six Tips for New Expositors Featured

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As expositors, we all have to start our preaching ministry somewhere. That means beginning at ground zero and then growing our skills in the pulpit for the glory of God.

I remember the excitement when I first began to preach the word of God. There was an immense joy every time I prepared a message,...

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Wednesday, 25 March 2020 04:20

Prayer: The Expositor's Lifeline Featured

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In the early church, two important ministries were joined together: namely, prayer and preaching. When the first believers met to pray, the power of the Holy Spirit came (Acts 1:12-14; 2:1-4). Immediately afterward, Peter preached with unusual power and three thousand souls were saved (Acts...

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Wednesday, 11 March 2020 02:27

Guidelines for Helpful Sermon Illustrations Featured

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Whenever you are delivering a sermon, it is appropriate to use illustrations that help people to see what you are saying. True is the saying––a picture is worth a thousand words.

Charles Haddon Spurgeon compared sermon illustrations to windows that let light stream into a darkened room...

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Wednesday, 26 February 2020 03:56

Improving Your Sermon Delivery Featured

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Whenever the word is preached, the manner with which the sermon is delivered is always important. To be sure, the substance of what we have to say is the greatest priority. Truth is king, and it must reign supremely in our preaching. But how we deliver this truth is also important. Just as no one...

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Wednesday, 12 February 2020 21:00

Why Do I Use A Fountain Pen to Write My Sermons? Featured

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Why do I use a fountain pen to write my sermons? As I travel, people often approach me and ask which fountain pens I use to manuscript my sermons. They know I love fountain pens and use them regularly.

I am not alone in this practice. John MacArthur uses a fountain pen to write his sermons. Al...

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Wednesday, 29 January 2020 02:26

How to Prepare an Expository Sermon Featured

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I am often asked by aspiring preachers how to put together an expository sermon. I teach a semester-long class at The Master’s Seminary entitled “The Mechanics of Expository Preaching,” in which I lecture on this very subject. By way of analogy, as a mechanic must know each...

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Tuesday, 14 January 2020 21:00

Looking at an Expositor's Study Featured

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When I am preparing a sermon, I need a place to study that will energize and maximize my preparation process. A sacred space in the midst of a busy world and hectic schedule is vitally important. 

Choosing a Location

During the early years of my ministry, I did most of my studying in the...

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Tuesday, 31 December 2019 21:00

Spiritual Resolutions for the New Year Featured

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How can we make the most of this upcoming year? How can we most glorify God in a new year? The answer, in part, lies in Joshua 1:6-9:

Be strong and courageous, for you shall give this people possession of the land which I swore to their fathers to give them. Only be strong and very courageous;...

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Tuesday, 17 December 2019 22:00

The Necessity of Christ’s Humanity Featured

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The fact that Jesus Christ came to this earth 2000 years ago is an incontrovertible fact of human history. All human history is marked by His advent. But the key question is: why did Jesus come? More specifically, why did Jesus become a man? Scripture provides us with answers to these pressing...

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Tuesday, 03 December 2019 22:00

Battling Heresy: Athanasius of Alexandria Featured

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God often delights to save the most unlikely people, seemingly far beyond the realm of human explanation. 

Early in the fourth century, an unlikely convert entered the fold of professing Christendom—the Roman Emperor Constantine. 

After accounting a military triumph to God’s...

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Tuesday, 19 November 2019 22:00

Opposing Gnosticism: Irenaeus of Lyons Featured

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In every age, Christianity must battle with differing worldviews and religions––standing firm on the absolute truth of God’s word.

By the mid-second century, only two religions were growing in strength and stature—biblical Christianity and heretical Gnosticism, the greatest...

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In every hour of history, God raises up pivotal figures who are mightily used to advance His kingdom. Such individuals are deeply grounded in the truth and are unwavering in the face of mounting challenges to the gospel. In the second century, one of these significant figures was Ignatius of...

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Tuesday, 22 October 2019 23:00

Confident in Christ: Clement of Rome Featured

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As the early church grew, the need for obedient, steadfast leaders was vital. During this time, God raised up a group of faithful men known as the Apostolic Fathers, who provided first-generation leadership after the apostles.

These important men were living even while the last of the apostles...

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