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
When I decided to post today, I intended to write something along the lines of “Hey, there. So I moved cross country to Denver! Surprise. Life is full of working and job hunting, so please pray for me and understand why I’m not blogging regularly.”
That was the plan anyway. But...
Should the expectation of the return of Jesus Christ cause us to live differently than we would otherwise? The answer from Scripture is yes. As Pastor John MacArthur exegetes in this two-part message “Living in Anticipation of Christ’s Return.” Part 1. Part 2.
MacArthur says that knowing Jesus will return and grant us
I had the incredible privilege last week to attend an event (The Bridge conference put on by International Christian Concern) focused on the persecuted church in the Middle East specifically. I also was able to attend a separate discussion regarding the refugee crisis and how Christians should think about it and how to help them.
Concerns about Together 2016 from the Reformed Nazarene blog
In less than a week, Together 2016 will happen in Washington, D.C. (where I live). Bringing together a wide range of speakers and musicians. Reformed Nazarene delves into who is speaking and performing and brings up some reasons to be wary. Which begs the question, when is unity
What is the role of good works in the life of a Christian? Titus chapter three shows us:
Remind them to be subject to rulers, to authorities, to be obedient, to be ready for every good deed,to malign no one, to be peaceable, gentle, showing every consideration for all men.For we also once were foolish
Happy Independence Day, to my fellow Americans. Here’s a quick, Don’t Miss List for you.
Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Happiness – Kevin DeYoung (via TGC)
DeYoung remains one of my favorite writers. This timely piece about the “self-evident” truths which the U.S. was founded upon, and the declaration that rights are
Have nothing to do with irreverent, silly myths. Rather train yourself for godliness; for while bodily training is of some value, godliness is of value in every way, as it holds promise for the present life and also for the life to come. The saying is trustworthy and deserving of full acceptance. For to this end we toil and strive, because we have
Today was the first day of Saddleback Pastor Rick Warren’s latest “Purpose Driven Church” conference. It’s been a few years since, he’s held one, but as far as I can tell from the tweets (#PDChurch) it’s all just more of the same he’s peddling.
Here’s the video teaser they made for the conference.
While we can’t go back in time and be eyewitnesses to the historical events, whether they be the creation of the world, the exodus from Egypt, or the resurrection of Christ, I do not believe that the Christian faith is a 100% blind faith. There is logic, rationality, historical evidence and more that supports our faith in Jesus Christ.
This is now, beloved, the second letter I am writing to you in which I am stirring up your sincere mind by way of reminder, that you should remember the words spoken beforehand by the holy prophets and the commandment of the Lord and Savior spoken by your apostles.
Know this first of all, that in the
Which political leaders and authorities should we pray for? The Bible has a clear answer:
First of all, then, I urge that supplications, prayers, intercessions, and thanksgivings be made for all people, for kings and all who are in high positions, that we may lead a peaceful and quiet life, godly and dignified in every way.This is good,
I happened to see a tweet today from Joyce Meyer, referring to her devotional for today “Keep Your Peace.” Below you’ll see that Meyer quotes Colossians 3:15 (adding plenty of her own words to it which makes it nearly impossible to read). She then goes on to use this verse as a proof text for learning how to say no.
I’m a cessationist. I think anyone who has been reading my blog for any time at all realizes that.
But I hope that whether you are also a cessationist or are a charismatic (and especially if you aren’t sure) you’ll watch this video of Phil Johnson explaining from Scripture why he is a cessationist.
In this message, Johnson
“The true gospel is an announcement that Jesus Christ lived, and died and rose again to make a perfect, once for all, atonement for sin and thereby purchase full justification and a right standing before God for everyone who trusts in Him as Savior. That’s really good news. It’s eternal good news,” – Phil Johnson
God’s grace is a scandalous thing. It offers to rescue even the worst offenders and breakers of God’s laws, if they only repent and believe. There is something in this that offends our merit-based mindsets.
That’s why I appreciated the reminder and discussion of the “Scandal of Grace” from No Compromise radio. The audio
I love the book of Colossians and it was great to read this passage this morning during my Bible reading.
We always thank God, the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, when we pray for you,since we heard of your faith in Christ Jesus and of the love that you have for all the saints,because of the hope laid up for you in
Why does the Bible tell us to be a part of a local church? Why should we find a good local church and become a part of it?
Pastor Dan Phillips (@BibChr on Twitter)of Copperfield Bible Church in Houston, Texas, seeks to address that from the pages of Scripture in this message: What Do I Have To Do With Christ’s church? I encourage
Sudan remains one of the most difficult places in the world to be a Christian. Once again, two pastors face prosecution there on false charges.
Sudan frees one pastor, plans to prosecute two others
Just weeks after releasing one pastor, Sudanese officials may prosecute two others for crimes that could carry the death penalty. One of the
I’m back in Ephesians again this week in my regular Bible reading. I love the description of new life in Christ found in Chapter 4 and 5, and am greatly convicted at the same time. How often I sin in anger, or say something impure, how often I fail to show gratitude. My life so often fails to look like this:
“They have become
I recently reread the book of Galatians, which emphasizes again and again that salvation in Jesus Christ is found through faith and specifically states “a person is not justified by the works of the law …”
But what does that really mean and how essential is it? Here’s a two-part message on the subject from Grace to You and
To those who have received a faith of the same kind as ours, by the righteousness of our God and Savior, Jesus Christ:Grace and peace be multiplied to you in the knowledge of God and of Jesus our Lord; seeing that His divine power has granted to us everything pertaining to life and godliness, through
The next time someone like Joel Osteen (author of Your Best Life Now) claims God just wants to make you happy, or healthy or rich and try to claim that is what the Bible promises, ask them why Paul writes in 2 Corinthians 11:
“Are they servants of Christ? I am a better one — I am talking like a madman — with far greater labors,
My church has been studying the book of Acts verse-by-verse for months now. We finally wrapped up Acts 11 today, and I was extremely grateful that my pastor has been pointing out how both Acts 10 and 11 condemn racism and elitism of any kind. In Acts 10, a gentile (non-Jewish) man named Cornelius was seeking the true God and God sent the Apostle
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