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

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Monday, 24 July 2017 05:30

The Pilgrim’s Heart Part 13 – The Discerning Heart Featured

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11 Concerning him we have much to say, and it is hard to explain, since you have become dull of hearing. 12 For though by this time you ought to be teachers, you have need again for someone to teach you the elementary principles of the oracles of God, and you have come to need milk...

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Sunday, 23 July 2017 03:30

The Pilgrim’s Heart Part 12 – The Disciple’s Heart Featured

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25 Now large crowds were going along with Him; and He turned and said to them, 26 “If anyone comes to Me, and does not hate his own father and mother and wife and children and brothers and sisters, yes, and even his own life, he cannot be My disciple. 27 Whoever does not carry...

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Saturday, 22 July 2017 03:30

The Pilgrim’s Heart Part 11 – The Assured Heart Featured

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36 He who believes in the Son has eternal life; but he who does not obey the Son will not see life, but the wrath of God abides on him.” John 3:36 (NASB) 

24 “Truly, truly, I say to you, he who hears My word, and believes Him who sent Me, has eternal life, and...

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Thursday, 20 July 2017 02:30

The Pilgrim’s Heart Part 10 – The Enduring Heart Featured

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2 Consider it all joy, my brethren, when you encounter various trials, 3 knowing that the testing of your faith produces endurance. 4 And let endurance have its perfect result, so that you may be perfect and complete, lacking in nothing. James 1:2-4 (NASB)

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Wednesday, 19 July 2017 03:30

The Pilgrim’s Heart Part 9 – The Winsome Heart Featured

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16 “Behold, I send you out as sheep in the midst of wolves; so be shrewd as serpents and innocent as doves. 17 But beware of men, for they will hand you over to the courts and scourge you in their synagogues; Matthew 10:16-17 (NASB)

Winsome: generally pleasing and engaging...

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Tuesday, 18 July 2017 04:30

The Pilgrim’s Heart Part 8 – The Spirit-filled Heart Featured

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1 Therefore be imitators of God, as beloved children; 2 and walk in love, just as Christ also loved you and gave Himself up for us, an offering and a sacrifice to God as a fragrant aroma. 3 But immorality or any impurity or greed must not even be named among you, as is proper among...

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Monday, 17 July 2017 03:30

The Pilgrim’s Heart Part 7 – The Tender Heart Featured

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18 But to the king of Judah who sent you to inquire of the Lord thus shall you say to him, ‘Thus says the Lord God of Israel, “Regarding the words which you have heard, 19 because your heart was tender and you humbled yourself before the Lord when you heard what I spoke...

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Sunday, 16 July 2017 01:00

The Pilgrim’s Heart Part 6 – The Selfless Heart Featured

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18 And it happened that while He was praying alone, the disciples were with Him, and He questioned them, saying, “Who do the people say that I am?” 19 They answered and said, “John the Baptist, and others say Elijah; but others, that one of the prophets of old has...

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Friday, 14 July 2017 23:30

The Pilgrim’s Heart Part 5 – The Contrite Heart Featured

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1 I will bless the Lord at all times; His praise shall continually be in my mouth. 2 My soul will make its boast in the Lord; The humble will hear it and rejoice. 3 O magnify the Lord with me, And let us exalt His name together. 4 I sought the Lord, and He answered me, And delivered...

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Thursday, 13 July 2017 05:30

The Pilgrim’s Heart Part 4 – The Undivided Heart Featured

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1 Incline Your ear, O Lord, and answer me; For I am afflicted and needy. 2 Preserve my soul, for I am a godly man; O You my God, save Your servant who trusts in You. 3 Be gracious to me, O Lord, For to You I cry all day long. 4 Make glad the soul of Your servant, For to You, O Lord,...

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Wednesday, 12 July 2017 04:30

The Pilgrim’s Heart Part 3 – The Worshipping Heart Featured

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1 The Lord reigns, let the earth rejoice; Let the many islands be glad. 2 Clouds and thick darkness surround Him; Righteousness and justice are the foundation of His throne. 3 Fire goes before Him And burns up His adversaries round about. 4 His lightnings lit up the world; The earth...

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Tuesday, 11 July 2017 04:30

The Pilgrim’s Heart Part 2 – Back to Fundamentals Featured

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1 Simon Peter, a bond-servant and apostle of Jesus Christ,To those who have received a faith of the same kind as ours, by the righteousness of our God and Savior, Jesus Christ: 2 Grace and peace be multiplied to you in the knowledge of God and of Jesus our Lord; 3 seeing that His...

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Monday, 10 July 2017 05:32

The Pilgrim’s Heart Part 1 – Introduction Featured

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One of my favorite books outside of the Bible is John Bunyan’s allegory, The Pilgrim’s Progress. Bunyan wrote this wonderful book while in prison for preaching without license from the Church of England. He was a 17th Century Baptist non-conformist preacher who was...

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Sunday, 09 July 2017 07:12

The Compromised Church is a Friend of the World Featured

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1 And when I came to you, brethren, I did not come with superiority of speech or of wisdom, proclaiming to you the testimony of God. 2 For I determined to know nothing among you except Jesus Christ, and Him crucified. 3 I was with you in weakness and in fear and in much trembling, 4...

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Saturday, 08 July 2017 09:03

The Compromised Church and Ungodly Discernment Featured

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1 My little children, I am writing these things to you so that you may not sin. And if anyone sins, we have an Advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous; 2 and He Himself is the propitiation for our sins; and not for ours only, but also for those of the whole world.3 By...

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Thursday, 06 July 2017 09:09

The Compromised Church and Humanism Featured

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13 “But He is unique and who can turn Him?And what His soul desires, that He does. Job 23:13 (NASB) 

2 “I know that You can do all things,And that no purpose of Yours can be thwarted. Job 42:2 (NASB) 

5 For I know that the Lord is greatAnd that our Lord...

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Wednesday, 05 July 2017 10:23

The Compromised Church and spiritual blindness Featured

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22 “The eye is the lamp of the body; so then if your eye is clear, your whole body will be full of light. 23 But if your eye is bad, your whole body will be full of darkness. If then the light that is in you is darkness, how great is the darkness! Matthew 6:22-23...

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Tuesday, 04 July 2017 08:50

Self-Deceived Godliness Featured

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14 “To the angel of the church in Laodicea write:The Amen, the faithful and true Witness, the Beginning of the creation of God, says this:15 ‘I know your deeds, that you are neither cold nor hot; I wish that you were cold or hot. 16 So because you are lukewarm, and...

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20 Each man must remain in that condition in which he was called.21 Were you called while a slave? Do not worry about it; but if you are able also to become free, rather do that. 22 For he who was called in the Lord while a slave, is the Lord’s freedman; likewise he who was...

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Wednesday, 28 June 2017 07:20

Outer Darkness, the Fiery Furnace, the Lake of Fire, and Hell Featured

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12 “Behold, I am coming quickly, and My reward is with Me, to render to every man according to what he has done. 13 I am the Alpha and the Omega, the first and the last, the beginning and the end.”14 Blessed are those who wash their robes, so that they may have the right...

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Tuesday, 27 June 2017 07:58

The road to Emmaus Featured

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1 But on the first day of the week, at early dawn, they came to the tomb bringing the spices which they had prepared. 2 And they found the stone rolled away from the tomb, 3 but when they entered, they did not find the body of the Lord Jesus. 4 While they were perplexed about this,...

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Monday, 26 June 2017 07:34

The Second Blessing and Perfectionism Featured

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50 Now I say this, brethren, that flesh and blood cannot inherit the kingdom of God; nor does the perishable inherit the imperishable. 1 Corinthians 15:50 (NASB) 

It is a very dangerous thing to interpret things extra-biblically that occur in our spiritual growth. For...

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Sunday, 25 June 2017 09:15

Love your enemies Featured

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38 “You have heard that it was said, ‘AN eye for an eye, and a tooth for a tooth.’ 39 But I say to you, do not resist an evil person; but whoever slaps you on your right cheek, turn the other to him also. 40 If anyone wants to sue you and take your shirt, let him...

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18 You shall not take vengeance, nor bear any grudge against the sons of your people, but you shall love your neighbor as yourself; I am the Lord. Leviticus 19:18 (NASB) 

21 If your enemy is hungry, give him food to eat;And if he is thirsty, give him water to drink;22 For...

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Friday, 23 June 2017 10:19

The Way Featured

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1 Ὁ δὲ Σαῦλος ἔτι ἐμπνέων ἀπειλῆς καὶ φόνου εἰς...

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