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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Tuesday, 25 July 2017 19:11

Four Reasons Job Stumbled

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Job started so well. His faith was as invulnerable to Satan’s onslaughts as a turtle snuggled up inside its shell is to the frantic pawings of a dog. Job tucked his head and feet inside his faith in God and said, “The Lord gives, the Lord takes away. Blessed be the name of the...

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Tuesday, 25 July 2017 19:09

NUGGETS

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Pray Them Home – “By God’s grace, my parents did not give up on me—despite how tempting it must have been at times. Instead, they entrusted my life to God, prayed for my brokenness, and fought for me in prayers that God eventually answered.”

Why Moralism Is Not the...

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Monday, 24 July 2017 23:42

Stubbornness Hinders Prayer

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Hearing aids are a significant blessing to our family. In God’s gracious providence, these electronic devices have given the gift of hearing to four of our children. Whether it’s the typical battery-powered hearing aid, which became popular in the 1950’s, or the newer bionic...

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Thursday, 20 July 2017 21:51

The Blessings of Seeking Wisdom

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Over years of reading through Proverbs, it’s impossible to estimate how many times this biblical book of wisdom has amazed and rebuked me. It is both simple and profound, filled with warning and promise. For these reasons, and many more, I never grow tired of it and so often am fed a nugget...

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Thursday, 20 July 2017 20:49

NUGGETS

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Trust When Your Illusion of Safety Shatters – “God doesn’t expect me to convince myself that the world is safe or that everything will turn out just as I’d hoped. But He does want me to trust that He is powerful and strong, even when He doesn’t prevent disaster.”

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Wednesday, 19 July 2017 19:07

NUGGETS

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Should Christians Cremate Their Loved Ones? – For many years, I’ve wanted to preach or write on this subject. However, there’s not much that I would say differently than John Piper has said in this article.

Loving the People You Love to Hate – “Do you love to hate...

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Tuesday, 18 July 2017 23:31

Strength Equal to the Task

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This morning, in preparation for our weekly staff meeting, I picked up C. H. Spurgeon’s devotional Checkbook of Faith and was encouraged. I hope you will be, too.

“Thy shoes shall be iron and brass; and as thy days, so shall thy strength be”   (Deuteronomy 33:25). Here...

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Tuesday, 18 July 2017 00:05

4 Ways to Pray When Bad News Comes

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When you receive bad news what is your first response? Do you get angry? Do you get depressed? Or do you experience a little of both? Does disappointment provoke you to become angry with God? With others whom you perceive to get in your way? Do you panic? How do you respond when bad news comes?...

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Tuesday, 18 July 2017 00:00

NUGGETS

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Are All Your Friends Your Age? – Here’s why I’m regularly calling our church to ministry that is intentionally multi-generational.

If You Are Watching the Game of Thrones You Are Watching Porn – New post from Covenant Eyes.

Why You Will Join the Wrong Church – “Our...

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Thursday, 13 July 2017 21:40

The Prophetic Ministry of Jesus

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The biblical title Christ means anointed one. “In the old covenant, three particular people were anointed for the service of God: the prophet, the priest, and the king. These three dimensions reveal more fully both his person and his work.”

These words are from a chapter that blessed me,...

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Thursday, 13 July 2017 21:31

NUGGETS

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How Much Sleep Do Fitbit Users Really Get? – “These findings further support the general recommendation that most adults need to consistently sleep 7 to 9 hours per night, and illustrate why a good night’s rest is so important for your overall well-being.”

Teen Vogue...

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Wednesday, 12 July 2017 22:09

Features and Fruits of Heavenly Wisdom

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Godly wisdom stands in stark contrast to hellish wisdom. First, we saw this in James’ admiration of the meekness of wisdom. Then we learned what hellish wisdom looks like and the rotten fruit it produces. Today, we wrap up this 3-part series by taking a look at heavenly wisdom which comes...

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Wednesday, 12 July 2017 22:02

NUGGETS

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How Much Do You Need In Your Emergency Fund? – Since we own two old, high-mileage cars, the establishment of an emergency fund years ago has been a life-saver.

Staring at Dementia, Fighting for Joy – This older article was passed on to me earlier this week. So good!

6 Surprises Every...

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Tuesday, 11 July 2017 16:34

The Features and Fruits of Hellish Wisdom

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Continuing from yesterday, we are considering a key New Testament passage on wisdom, James 3:13-18. We already noted that meekness is a key mark of the wise person. Today we examine the features and fruits of worldly wisdom explained in verses 14-16.

14 But if you have bitter jealousy and...

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Tuesday, 11 July 2017 12:38

14 Steps to Financial Freedom

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This past weekend, Jim Rickard from Stewardship Services Foundation taught four times at our church. Here’s a quick bullet point list from the one on financial freedom.

  1. Give God a chance first.
  2. Learn to save money.
  3. Learn to spend less than you earn.
  4. Don’t finance pleasure items.
  5. Have cash in...

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Monday, 10 July 2017 22:46

The Meekness of Wisdom

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The difference between godly wisdom and worldly wisdom is the difference between righteousness and unrighteousness, heaven and hell, God and Satan. The contrast is that great. Yet God has made His wisdom readily available to those who seek it.

In the book of Proverbs, King Solomon personifies wisdom...

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Monday, 10 July 2017 00:35

8 Action Points When Facing Terminal Illness

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Our life in this fallen world will be filled with many expected and unexpected forms of suffering. The curse in the Garden announced this, Jesus confirmed it in His teaching, and the experience of the New Testament church testifies of it. Therefore, as long as we live–awaiting the glorious...

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Thursday, 06 July 2017 23:24

If You Truly Know God, Then You Will Love

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There are many virtues we see in the Scriptures, but the highest and grandest virtue is love. Faith, hope, and love are Christian virtues, but the greatest is love (1 Cor. 13:13). Jesus summarized all the commandments of God in two—love God and love your neighbor (Matt. 22:4). Additionally,...

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Tuesday, 04 July 2017 21:44

You’ve Got a Friend

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The Essential James Taylor, two-disc set, was among the CD’s I enjoyed listening to (again) on our road trip last week. This singer-songwriter’s ability to craft an unforgettable melody and marry it to thoughtful words is legendary. His website biography rightly says, “For more...

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Tuesday, 27 June 2017 22:07

5 Reasons God Prunes Us

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According to John 15:1-8, our interpretation of the sanctifying work that God accomplishes in our lives—especially during times of trial—is directly related to our understanding of pruning. This in turn affects our response to personal suffering and to others in their time of trial. If...

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Monday, 26 June 2017 16:38

The Throne of Grace

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In our Older Testament, there is the account of a spiritual leader named Nehemiah who, in the providence of God, assumed a tough assignment. His burden was to regather the Jews who had returned to Judah after the exile to Babylon in order to rebuild God’s city, Jerusalem, and return the...

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This is the final post in a series drawn from Matt Mitchell’s book entitled Resisting Gossip: Winning the War of the Wagging Tongue. Today, I summarize the Bonus Chapter written to church leaders, which gives counsel as to how to cultivate a gossip-resistant church. Matt recommends 10 ways...

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As God performs his sanctifying work in us—conforming us to the image of his Son, “the founder and perfecter of our faith” (Hebrews 12:2)—there will be times when answers to prayer seem out of all possible reach. When we try to discern the cause for this, we may find that...

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Thursday, 22 June 2017 16:48

Stubbornness Closes God’s Ears

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God listens to those who listen to him. The proof of this is all over Scripture. Isaiah 66:2 offers a prime example when God says, “this is the one to whom I will look: he who is humble and contrite in spirit and trembles at my word” (Isaiah 66:2). Even more direct is a warning given by...

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Since my conversion from dead religion to the risen Christ in 1984, there is nothing I have wanted more than God’s profound favor upon my life. Therefore as a husband, I find 1 Peter 3:7 deeply sobering: “Likewise, husbands, live with your wives in an understanding way, showing honor to...

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