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

The following extract from a letter of a late nobleman, of loose principles, well known in the gay world, and published as authentic by a respectable prelate, deceased, will show the dreadful vacancy and wretchedness of a mind left to itself in the decline of life, and unsupported by Christian...

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Wednesday, 27 May 2020 06:42

Suffering By Grace

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Saved by grace is a term that flows off our lips comfortably. If you have been an evangelical Christian for long, the phrase is as natural as saying your name. Suffering by grace just does not sound correct as it rolls off your lips. It sounds awkward. Nevertheless, we must deal with Paul’s...

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It is impossible to enumerate the various occasions on which the Scriptures introduce the doctrine of atonement by the death of Christ. This is, to the doctrines and precepts of the Bible, as the life-blood to the animal system. The first chapter of the Epistle to the Ephesians is often resorted...

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The mission of Christ and the call of the Christian are directional. Paul got at this when he spoke of straining forward, pressing on (Phil. 3:13-14). The author of Hebrews got at this when he used the analogy of a race (Hebrew 12:2). Sabine Baring-Gould got at this when he wrote the words,...

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Some of the most important writings in the church of Christ have been occasioned by the persecutions of its enemies. The Psalms of David, in which a good man will find all the devout feelings of his heart portrayed, were mostly occasioned by the oppositions of the wicked. Many of Paul’s...

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Tuesday, 12 May 2020 00:37

Sermon Delivery Matters

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“Sermon delivery does not matter. The content of the sermon is what matters,” the student stridently asserted. As his preaching professor, I said, “The delivered sermonis the content.” I pressed a bit further, asking him, “What do you think constitutes the content of...

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Sunday, 10 May 2020 07:59

A Mother’s Day Reflection

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About 2 weeks after our first child was born, David came home from work one day. As I looked up at him, holding our infant son, I said, “I just realized something today.” “What’s that?” he said. “Luke is a person. A living breathing human being with a soul, and a...

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“Unto the pure all things are pure, but unto them that are defiled and unbelieving is nothing pure; but even their mind and conscience is defiled.”—Tit. 1:15.

The apostle had lived to see many who had bid fair to turn aside. Under the impression of these things he writes to Titus...

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Thursday, 07 May 2020 01:59

Around the Horn (May 7)

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How Does COVID-19 Expose the Lie of the Prosperity Gospel?

In this post, Conrad Mbewe asks why all the preachers of the so-called prosperity gospel seem to have fallen so silent in the face of COVID-19. The answer, he argues, is clear.

A Life and Death Decision

“The fork in the road Moses...

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Monday, 04 May 2020 07:01

I Never Do Enough!

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Y’all, I feel like I never do enough. I am a wife. A pastor’s wife. I am a mom. A mom of 8. I am grandmama to 4 precious souls. I am a daughter, sister, friend. Homeschool, laundry, and cooking can fill up my days alone. But I like to teach my BFG. I like to study the Scriptures. I like...

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First, In every sermon we should have an errand; and one of such importance that if it be received or complied with it will issue in eternal salvation.—I say nothing of those preachers who profess to go into the pulpit without an errand, and to depend upon the Holy Spirit to furnish them with...

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Wednesday, 29 April 2020 06:30

Why We Need to Wait

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No one likes to wait. One of the first pieces of advice that I received upon becoming a follower of Jesus was: “Don’t pray for patience; God will just make you wait.” I didn’t pray for patience for a long time.

The quarantined life has been difficult, but it has also had some...

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Friday, 24 April 2020 01:27

Andrew Fuller Friday: On Christian Forgiveness

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Christian Forgiveness

Matt. 18:23, and following verses

The manifest design of the parable is to impress upon us the duty of forgiveness one to another, from the consideration of God’s freely forgiving us. That in the parable, I imagine, which struck the querist* as inconsistent with...

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Twenty-five years of counseling has led me to realize that many people spend ninety-five percent of their energy focusing on things they cannot control and five percent of their energy focused on the things they can control. A major key to living with joy, contentment, productivity, is found in...

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I have been a good deal impressed with a persuasion that in our missionary undertakings, both at home and abroad, we shall not be remarkably successful, unless we enter deeply into the spirit of the primitive Christians; particularly with respect to faith in the Divine promises. I am apprehensive...

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Thursday, 16 April 2020 01:54

Around the Horn (April 16)

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From time to time pastors are faced with accusations and gossip. According to H.B. Charles, one of the worst things a pastor can do is run around attempting to respond to or answer each and every one. In fact, the best thing may be to do nothing.

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Wednesday, 15 April 2020 07:09

The Moral Courage of Jackie Robinson

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An excerpt from In the Arena: The Promise of Sports for Christian Discipleship

On April 15, 1947, Jackie Robinson, a 28-year-old rookie, courageously ran onto Ebbets Field transforming one of the most sacred spaces in American culture by becoming the first black player in Major League baseball....

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Part 1 (see here), focuses on the many challenges pastors face in leading their congregations through this health crisis and time of COVID-19 social isolation. Simply put, churches exist to meet and most are not meeting corporately right now. It is true, the church is the people, not the building...

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Pastors face many challenges in leading their congregations through this health crisis and time of COVID-19 social isolation. None bigger than not being able to gather corporately for worship. Simply put, churches exist to meet. For all of our talk about the church being the people, and not a...

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