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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Thursday, 20 July 2017 19:00

Four keys to reading (and teaching) the Psalms

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Stretching from the time of Moses (Psalm 90) to the exile of Israel (Psalm 126 or 137), the Psalms as we know them—150 songs ordered in five books—took a long time to write. So, how do we read them in their historical context? What is their historical context? And how do we sing...

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Wednesday, 19 July 2017 23:13

His Mercy is More

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Authors: Matt Boswell feat. Boyce College Choir...

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Critics of the slogan “faith alone” often point out that Scripture only speaks once about whether we are justified by faith alone—and that text denies it: “You see that a person is justified by works and not by faith alone” (James 2:24, CSB).

What does James mean in...

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What is your plan for communion with God during your vacation? Charles Spurgeon often visited the coast of France for rest and healing.

He wrote:

Go forth, beloved, and talk with Jesus on the beach, for He oft resorted to the sea-shore. Commune with Him amid the olive-groves so dear to Him in many a...

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Tuesday, 11 July 2017 19:00

How young can a child be saved?

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I don’t think that there’s a one size fits all age of when a person can come to faith in Christ. I think with different testimonies, you have different people talking about when they became a believer. I know there are some people who confessed that they believed they were a believer at...

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I’ve been asked this question many times not just through my Practical Shepherding website, but even more recently in my own church by visitors. It is a common scenario. You move to a new area. You get find your new residence and job. You get the kids enrolled in school. Where you settle in a...

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Dear new elder,

I am encouraged by the work God is doing in you and through you in calling you to serve as an elder. As the apostle Paul wrote, “Anyone who aspires to the office of elder desires a noble task” (1 Tim. 3:1).

Noble indeed, but also dangerous.

I use those phrases “in...

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Tuesday, 04 July 2017 20:00

What is the purpose of fasting?

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I think most of the people watching this video would be familiar that fasting is in the Bible. For example in Matthew 4 and Luke 4, it says Jesus fasted 40 days and 40 nights but now let’s talk about how he quoted Scripture to the devil. So we notice that we sort of pass over it. But...

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Tuesday, 04 July 2017 06:06

Praying for Southern mission teams

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A Bible, passport, some gear and a change of clothes. That’s about all Southern Seminary and Boyce College students need as they venture out to support missionaries serving throughout the world.

For ministry leaders in training, missions teams are not tourism, they are training, they are not...

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Perhaps “launch” is not the best term, because they may stay in ministry for many years. But they never seem to do well. They never seem to have a peace. They seem like they are always trying to prove something.

I recently went through my old seminary pictorial directory. I was able to...

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S. Lewis famously said, “It is a good rule, after reading a new book, never to allow yourself another new one till you have read an old one in between. If that is too much for you, you should at least read one old one to every three new ones.”

Similarly, J. I. Packer urged Christians to...

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Tuesday, 27 June 2017 20:00

How do I overcome my fear of evangelism?

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In terms of dealing with fear and evangelism, I think the starting point is to realize that not all fear is bad. Fear reminds us of the significance of the task of sharing the gospel. It’s not something we should take lightly, and it also forces us to depend on the Lord, and in that case,...

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The discipline of memorizing Bible verses pays great dividends in the life of a Christian. Having Scripture stored up in our hearts helps us to remember God’s promises in tough times, flee from sin in moments of temptation, possess greater confidence in sharing the gospel, and give fresh...

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Thursday, 22 June 2017 19:00

Hope for the weary preacher

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Joe thought he’d be a better preacher. Did you?

I don’t mean he had pretensions to glory, necessarily. Just that of the range of things he knew he’d have to do once he started ministry, he figured preaching would come easiest. It’s what drew him to ministry in the first...

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Monday, 19 June 2017 23:46

Should I go to seminary?

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I was on the patio of a Starbucks when I decided I was going to seminary. My wife and I were there with a local pastor to pick his brain on the pros and cons of theological education and before the conversation was over, I knew we were going. By this time, I had been considering seminary for a...

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Thursday, 15 June 2017 23:40

Wherever he leads, I’ll go . . . will you?

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My prayer

In my family church where I grew up, we often sang the hymn, Wherever He Leads, I’ll Go. In my mind, I think I actually meant the words when I sang them. I can clearly remember the mood of the congregation as we sang and the sound of the music from the organ as my mother played....

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Wednesday, 14 June 2017 06:30

Soldier Of Christ

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Authors: SBTS Communications...

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Wednesday, 14 June 2017 00:11

Why do bad things happen to good people?

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Authors: Ted Cabel...

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Tuesday, 13 June 2017 08:32

Parents and children: Read the Bible every day

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I literally don’t remember not reading the Bible every day. Here’s how it happened.

I’m told I started reading fairly early, reading Dick and Jane books sometime before my fifth birthday. But while I remember reading the books, I have no recollection of starting to read them.

I do...

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Authors: R. Albert Mohler Jr., Hershael W. York, Dan Dumas, David E. Prince, Brian Croft, Timothy Paul Jones, Michael A.G. Haykin, Tom J. Nettles, Jeff Robinson, David Schrock, Michael Pohlman...

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Thursday, 08 June 2017 22:21

Give your church the multivitamin of evangelism

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Diagnosis is never as simple as treatment. Not surprisingly, the Christian blogosphere swells every passing day with critical analysis or cutting satire of the church. Biblically illiterate, check. Self-centered, check. Hypocritical rather than holy, check. Stagnant in growth, double check. Quite...

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Tuesday, 06 June 2017 23:54

Did God create evil?

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Authors: Ted Cabal...

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On April 27, 1791, Andrew Fuller preached a message at a Minister’s Meeting at Clipstone. The title of the message was “Instances, Evil, and Tendency of Delay, in the Concerns of Religion.” The text was Haggai 1:2, “Thus speaketh the Lord of hosts, saying, This people say,...

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Monday, 05 June 2017 04:36

DNA of a Christian work ethic

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Entitled, lazy, obnoxious, and presumptuous — words that should only describe a cat, never a Christian.

The believer’s work ethic should be nothing short of exemplary. Yet many of the worst workers also claim to belong to Christ. They see work as a necessary evil, not a means of...

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