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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The book of Revelation is generally considered one of the most difficult books to understand, not without good reason. It’s complex imagery and visions can be very difficult to understand and interpret. There is far too much detail to explain in one article so here I will only point out one...

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Thursday, 20 July 2017 18:00

Are You on the Foolish, Shameful Path to Victory?

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Editor’s note:In this post, Eric Landry, drawing upon the story of Jacob, shares his pastoral wisdom about discipleship and the Christian life. In the story of Jacob, God gives Jacob a wound leaving him with a limp. This weakness in Jacob was a sign of God’s power and Jacobs ongoing...

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Editor’s note: Our staff had the opportunity to talk to J.I. Packer about the state of the church. During the interview, church unity became a subject of discussion. Packer argued that for the sake of unity, the church needs to be united around theology, the content of the Christian...

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Tuesday, 18 July 2017 18:00

How to Overcome Fear in the Face of Uncertainty

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In this life, uncertainties abound. Are you looking for a job? Have you recently graduated from school? Or applied to a school? Or perhaps you don’t know when your next meal will be or how you are going to buy your child that pair of shoes or clothing he or she needs.

We may trick ourselves...

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Monday, 17 July 2017 18:00

Is God a Genocidal Maniac?

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A few nights ago, in the midst of a spirited discussion about faith and morality, my friend made a powerful statement. He said emphatically, “I can’t worship a God who would command his people to go kill all the men, women, and children of another nation.” This is one of the more...

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1. They describe how God is not like us.

His incommunicable attributes belong to him alone. They are true of him and no other. His immeasurability, incomprehensibility, self-existence, self-sufficiency, eternality, immutability, omnipresence, omniscience, omnipotence, and sovereignty should elicit...

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Thursday, 13 July 2017 18:00

Life and Death: In the Valley of the Shadow

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We all have days we will never forget. On top of my list is the day when my nineteen-year-old son revealed a new perception of reality. He had always been a top student a little odd and forgetful at times, but also extremely bright and endued with a sharp sense of humor.

Over the course of a few...

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Thursday, 13 July 2017 00:00

What If Job Had Grieved on Facebook?

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imageWhat if the story of Job happened in the era of social media? What would it look like?

It might look a little something like this… 

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What Happens When Christianity Doesn’t Work 

A Funeral Sermon by Michael Horton (Book of Job)

What God Has to...

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Wednesday, 12 July 2017 18:00

This is Why Gossip is the Most Unacceptable Sin

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At the check-out line of any local grocery store, celebrity word vomit is showcased on the cover of People and other like-minded tabloids. Some of the most watched television shows are full of “he said, she said.”

Public Shaming

Perhaps more alarming is the public shaming that takes place...

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Tuesday, 11 July 2017 18:00

Whatever Happened to Sin and Grace?

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Talk of sin and grace is out of style. Now, before we attack the culture, secularism, or those other Christians who are not part of our tribe, it’s important to ask two questions: Do I believe in sin and grace as a reality? Do I recognize sinfulness in my own life, and do I see God’s...

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Monday, 10 July 2017 18:00

Why Can’t We Make Images of God?

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You shall not make for yourself a carved image, or any likeness of anything that is in heaven above, or that is in the earth beneath, or that is in the water under the earth. You shall not bow down to them or serve them, for I the Lord your God am a jealous God, visiting the iniquity...

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Sunday, 09 July 2017 18:00

5 Misconceptions About the Old Testament

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1. Old Testament history is full of inaccuracies and missing information.

The ancient world did history differently than the modern world does. Modern history is focused on reporting all the information and data, like taking a picture of an event in sharp focus. However, the ancient writers of the...

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In the “Fast Money” segment that concluded this particular Family Feud episode, two members of the winning family were each asked to guess the responses to five questions posed to 100 surveyed people. The very first question: How many of the ten commandments have you broken this month?

Wh...

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Wednesday, 05 July 2017 18:00

That’s Just YOUR Interpretation! Really?

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As a new Christian, my Uncle Bart was my nemesis. While other members of my family received the news that I was now a Christian with varying levels of bemusement or offense (my mother: “You were born in America; of course you’re a Christian!!”), my uncle delighted in skewering me...

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Tuesday, 04 July 2017 18:00

8 Ways to Help Depressed Christians

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Many of us struggle with what to do when someone we know is depressed. We want to help but fear, confusion, or misunderstanding holds us back. So, let me suggest eight guidelines for helping depressed people.

1. Prepare for it.

Eventually, someone in your church or in your family is going to get...

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Monday, 03 July 2017 18:00

When God Leaves You in the Pit

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I am clinically depressed and get anxious from time to time. It’s usually set off by major life transitions and hormones running amok. A couple of years ago my circumstances and hormones conspired to send me into the depths. I was crying all the time, when I wasn’t lethargic I was...

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Sunday, 02 July 2017 18:00

Do All Religions Just Teach Love?

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As a pastor, I’m often asked by friends outside the church whether there’s any difference between the major world religions. After all—the thinking goes—aren’t they all communicating the importance of love? Don’t they share a common basis in morality?

With all the...

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Thursday, 29 June 2017 18:00

Who Will We Know in Heaven?

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The great hope of Christians is not that they will go to heaven when they die, but that Jesus will raise them from the dead in an incorruptible body to live with him and the rest of God’s people in the new creation. The physicality of the new creation city that John reveals in Revelation 21...

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Wednesday, 28 June 2017 18:00

How to Become Like Jesus

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Every child of God wants to be more like Jesus. And, by God’s grace, this actually happens. The name the Bible gives to this process of becoming more Christ-like is “sanctification.” To be sanctified is to become more dedicated to God and separated from sin (Rom. 6:22). It is to...

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When we think about the Christian faith, most people today rarely think about creeds, liturgy, or confessions, let alone see them as essential to their relationship with God. Our hesitation concerning creeds is understandable, especially when they are disconnected from our worship and love of God....

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Monday, 26 June 2017 18:00

The Dangers of “Faking It” in Ministry

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When Tim and I first went into the ministry, a wise person said something shocking to us about the dangers we would be facing: “Being in ministry will either make you a much better Christian, or a much worse Christian.” I could easily understand how being in a ministry position could...

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In John 15:12-17, in preparing for his death, Jesus redefines his relationship with his disciples. Rather than mere disciples, Jesus calls them his friends. This is the relationship that he established with them and that Jesus wants them to have with each other which is why he issues the command...

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Sunday, 25 June 2017 18:00

What is the Image of God?

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Understanding the image of God is important for understanding humanity’s inherent dignity and worth. It’s often mentioned as the basis for civil rights and equality for all men and women. A common understanding of the image of God is that it primarily resides in humanity’s ability...

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“When I first received the call about the OBE, I was pretty surprised. It’s a real honour for our family and for the field of hymn writing, which has been on the decline in recent years…I am very grateful to her Majesty the Queen for this honour. I’ve never met any of the...

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Thursday, 22 June 2017 18:00

Why Does Anyone Become a Christian?

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Many say that Christians who maintain the historic, traditional doctrines are behind the times, are too exclusive, and are “on the wrong side of history.” Two recent books that cast doubt on this view are from historian and biblical scholar Larry Hurtado, Destroyer of the gods:...

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