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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Wednesday, 19 July 2017 21:00

Guard Your Health

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As a young man, I often heard older people talking about their declining bodies and failing health. I grew weary of hearing them tell how their strength had diminished and how their aches and pains had increased. They insisted that they used to be able to eat anything they wanted without ill...

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Tuesday, 18 July 2017 21:00

Doers and Delegators

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We tend to associate the highest godliness with the humblest service. Jesus proved his holiness when he stooped to wash the filthy feet of his disciples. He proved his submission to God when he willingly faced the unjust suffering of the cross. In both cases, it is what Jesus did that displayed his...

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Monday, 17 July 2017 21:00

An Army Without Supplies

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I am an avid reader of books related to the Second World War. In my estimation, no conflict in history has been more interesting than this one. It has generated a wealth of fascinating stories and riveting accounts of unbelievable heroism. And even though countless thousands of books have already...

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Sunday, 16 July 2017 21:00

Master Your Finances

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I have a love-hate relationship with money. I love the good things money can accomplish. I love how it can be used to provide for my needs and the needs of my wife and children. I love how it can be used to support God’s work in the world. I love being the contributor and the recipient of...

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Sunday, 16 July 2017 20:00

A La Carte (July 17)

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This is going to be the sole A La Carte this week. I am on vacation for the next seven days and, as part of that, will not be doing all the daily reading and linking that’s part of A La Carte. They will resume, as normal, a week from today. However, I’ve got brand new articles queued up...

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Parents love to buy their children good books. Christian parents love to buy their children good Christian books. Thankfully, we are well-served with excellent titles geared to children. Many of them come from the pen of Marty Machowski. I recently asked him about writing great books for kids (and...

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Once again, I’m going to attempt answers to a selection of the questions I have received through my Ask Me Anything feature. This week’s questions involve sleepovers, miracles, reading the Bible in church, and the clarity of the Bible. But I am going to begin with an answer to what is...

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Friday, 14 July 2017 20:00

Weekend A La Carte (July 15)

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Despite an early start and a thorough search, I was unable to track down any new Kindle deals today. So you’ll have to content yourself with reading articles like these ones:

Why I Like to Sit by Young Children

One of the most memorable flights I’ve ever had I was seated next to a...

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Friday, 14 July 2017 02:01

Free Stuff Fridays (Tabletalk Magazine)

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This week’s Free Stuff Fridays is sponsored by Ligonier Ministries. As you know, Ligonier also sponsored the blog this week.

Request your free copy of Tabletalkmagazine’s special issue, The Heart of the Gospel,featuring contributions from Kevin DeYoung, Sinclair Ferguson, John...

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Growth in Christlikeness is a lifelong, active progression. We are holier on the day we die than we were on the day we came to Christ. We are holier on the day we die than we are on the day before we die. Yet this long progression is peppered with seasonal lulls, drudgery, and complacency. We know...

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Thursday, 13 July 2017 19:50

A La Carte (July 14)

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Today’s Kindle deals include a few fairly minor deals. Still, check them out and see if something fits…

Westminster Books is offering a book on the Reformation they hope you’ll buy in bulk and distribute.

Keller, Allberry and Stott

Here are three interesting and appropriate...

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Wednesday, 12 July 2017 20:30

The Damning Devastation of a Single Coddled Sin

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We can never be ambivalent. We who are Christians have no right to allow any sin to persist. We must go hard after every sin and to pursue each one until it has been completely crushed, for even one sin left alone is enough to do terrible damage to our souls. A recent study of one of my favorite...

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Wednesday, 12 July 2017 20:13

A La Carte (July 13)

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Today’s Kindle deals include a couple of titles that may interest you.

If your children are in Canadian, and especially Ontario public schools, you may be interested in reading My Child, My Chance.

The Selfishness Behind Environmentalists’ Call for Fewer Children

“Selfishness is much...

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Tuesday, 11 July 2017 21:00

Are You in the Dangerous Time In Between?

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It is a thought that troubles me. It leads me to observe again the seduction of sin, to grapple once more with the weakness of the human heart, to consider anew the sheer darkness of depravity. It makes me wonder, could we, could I, be in the time in-between? Could I be oblivious to the reality...

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Tuesday, 11 July 2017 20:13

A La Carte (July 12)

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I sorted through hundreds of Kindle deals dealing with healing crystals, ouija boards, and seances (Amazon lumps together everything “spiritual”) to find just a few that actually have some value.

Westminster Books has some discipleship resources on sale, including one for dads...

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Monday, 10 July 2017 21:00

Pursue Your Vocation

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Why do we work? For five or six days of every week, most of us spend at least half of our waking hours doing a job. We take time away from our families and away from worldly pleasures to pursue an occupation. It’s simply what humans do. But why?

Some say we work so that we don’t have to...

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Monday, 10 July 2017 19:59

A La Carte (July 11)

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As you may know, it’s Prime Day at Amazon, so there are lots of deals to be had. You’ll find many of their Kindle devices deeply discounted (Voyage, Paperwhite, etc). They are also offering a deal where if you buy an Amazon book, 40% of the price is returned as a credit toward...

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Sunday, 09 July 2017 21:00

5,000 Days

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Today is my 5,000th consecutive day of blogging. A one-year challenge I began back in 2003 has somehow morphed into a 5,000-day marathon and a full-time vocation. I love what I do and am honored that I get to do it. Before I say or do anything more, please accept my gratitude for reading the site....

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Sunday, 09 July 2017 19:51

A La Carte (July 10)

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Today’s Kindle deals include several important books from Crossway.

Stage Fright

A video has been making the rounds that shows a ballet performance during a service at Redeemer Presbyterian in New York. Wes Bredenhof sets this in historical context and makes an astute observation: “This...

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Saturday, 08 July 2017 21:00

How We Worshipped: One Sunday in July

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Every few weeks I like to share an example of one of our services at Grace Fellowship Church. I hope that by doing this others will follow suit! I love to learn how other churches worship and often find myself both challenged and encouraged as I see how other congregations worship God in their...

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Friday, 07 July 2017 21:31

Angered At and Angry With

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It’s the time of year when my Bible-reading plan takes me through the book of Proverbs. There’s something almost absurd about reading this book at a pace of three chapters per day. That’s like quickly crunching through a whole bag of peppermints rather than slowly savoring each...

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Friday, 07 July 2017 20:03

Weekend A La Carte (July 8)

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We are right in the heart of summer here. It’s warm, it’s sunny, it’s beautiful. We’ve had one of my sisters and her family visit us already with a second one en route. Then, starting next week, we are going to enjoy some vacation both home and away. But for another week...

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Thursday, 06 July 2017 21:00

Joy Is for the Generous

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Money can’t buy happiness, right? We have all heard the maxim and on an intellectual level know it’s true. But still, it certainly looks like money could purchase us a little fix of joy. We have no trouble conjuring up a fantasy in which we are both filthy rich and overwhelmingly happy....

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Thursday, 06 July 2017 20:06

A La Carte (July 7)

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Today’s Kindle deals include a handful of deals on Christian books.

Want to get caught up in your church history? Ligonier will send you Robert Godfrey’s massive video series for a donation of any amount.

Spiritual Growth Comes From Community

Solid advice: “My encouragement to young...

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Wednesday, 05 July 2017 21:00

The Joy of Walking with God

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Christians enjoy the inestimable privilege of walking with God. As we proceed through life, we do so in fellowship with the Creator and Sustainer of all that is. We enjoy a relationship of true familiarity and intimacy. God pleads with us to tell him our cares and to make known to him our concerns,...

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