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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Sunday, 09 July 2017 12:37

Good News for Difficult Times

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When difficult times come along, is your first instinct to remember the goodness of God and rest in him, or to allow panic mode to set in? If we’re all honest, our first instinct is not to stop, think, and reflect on great and glorious truths when times are hard. All too often, it takes time...

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Wednesday, 28 June 2017 01:04

Why I Need My Friends to Judge Me

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The other day I was on a drive through a part of my city that I have not been to in a while and saw a billboard for a church. In bright letters, their sign said something like “Where you are always loved and never judged.”

This sounds good to us initially because we have been trained to...

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Tuesday, 13 June 2017 06:51

How to Remember the Bible Verses You Memorize

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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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Wednesday, 17 May 2017 11:33

The Best Quotes from Reset

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Some books land in your hands at just the right time. This was definitely true for me with David Murray’s new book Reset: Living a Grace-Paced Life in a Burnout Culture. Dr. Murray tells the story of his own struggle with overwork and burnout then helps men...

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Monday, 15 May 2017 08:22

How to Read the News Like a Christian

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When I was younger, if you wanted to know what the latest news was, you read the newspaper in the morning or watched the national news at 5:30 and the local news at 6:00 and 10:00. Then CNN and Headline News showed up and you could get a feel for what was going on every 30 minutes. Even then...

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Parenting certainly has been different than I imagined it would be as we prepared to welcome our first daughter into the world a dozen years ago. For one thing, I grew up with nothing but brothers, so I never imagined having three daughters and one son. I also figured that by the time I was an...

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Tuesday, 25 April 2017 13:00

The Best Quotes from Momentum

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At our church right now, we are working through the Gospel of Matthew. I’ve enjoyed preaching through this moving narrative of the life of Jesus the last six months. A few months ago we came to the Beatitudes, which I was glad to do because there is so much good literature out there to...

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Sunday, 23 April 2017 09:40

5 Things You Must Make Time For

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One of the ironies of our present moment is that our lives are filled with time-saving devices, yet we find ourselves with less and less time and energy. The noise starts the second we wake up. Many of us check our phones before we do anything else. Our phones allow work to follow us home and one...

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Monday, 20 March 2017 11:48

Why Christians Should Read History

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imageI breathed a sigh of relief when the clock struck midnight to take us from December 31, 2016, to January 1, 2017. 2016 seemed to be an anomaly, a strange year dominated by a contentious, unconventional, and surprising Presidential election. I thought that turning the calendar to a new year...

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Monday, 27 February 2017 19:23

The Blessing of Selective Ignorance

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A few weeks ago, my social media feeds blew up with discussions about Meryl Streep’s acceptance speech at the Emmys.  Apparently, she used her time to take President Trump to task about his demeanor and policies. Naturally, the people who love President Trump were angry about the...

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Wednesday, 22 February 2017 13:39

How to Grow in Humilty

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When we think about what it looks like to live as a Christian, we often forget many of the inner heart virtues that lead to the outward behaviors that would make our list. In the Beatitudes, which describe the character of the person who is a citizen of God’s kingdom, Jesus starts with...

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Wednesday, 15 February 2017 07:33

Why Silence is Golden

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Two weeks ago, I wrote, “7 Questions to Ask Before Posting about Politics on Social Media.” It would have been impossible to anticipate the response. More people read it than anything I have ever written and got feedback from more places than I have ever received.

Much of the feedback I...

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Political discussions have dominated social media for several years now and only seem to be getting more heated. With every executive order issued by President Trump or protest aimed at changing a current practice, social media will generate a plethora of links and opinions. These opinions often...

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One of my earliest memories of church as a young boy was working on memory verses. Though my middle and high school years I was devoted to anything but Scripture, the verses I learned during early years stuck with me. I became a believer during my second year of college and the men who taught me...

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Tuesday, 17 January 2017 06:22

The Best Quotes from Wordsmithy

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Last week I devoured Douglas Wilson’s book Wordsmithy: Hot Tips for the Writing Life. My copy of the book is marked up from cover to cover with notes and underlines. While the book is specifically aimed at those who want to write, Wilson also offers wonderful advice about reading, thinking,...

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Tuesday, 10 January 2017 10:43

3 Areas in Which Parents Must Persevere

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At the beginning of a new year, we often think about the things we want to do well for the next three hundred sixty-five days. We often prove ourselves to be great at applying ourselves to our resolutions for a season, but we struggle to persevere in doing these things for the long haul.

There are...

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Wednesday, 04 January 2017 09:36

What if 2017 is Your Worst Year Ever?

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When I was in middle and high school, CBS aired a show called Rescue 911 that dramatized the events surrounding actual 911 calls. While this never bothered me when I was younger, in adulthood I would see the show in syndication and started noticing that almost every reenactment began with the...

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Friday, 30 December 2016 04:51

Most Popular Posts of 2016

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My great passion for writing here at One Degree to Another is to see people formed into the image of Jesus Christ. This means growing slowly in every area of our lives each day. As I looked back over my most read posts from this year,...

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Tuesday, 27 December 2016 14:57

My Favorite Books of 2016

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For the last few years, I have organized my reading based on a system I ran across from Al Mohler. Dr. Mohler encourages those who are serious Christian readers to read across six categories- Biblical Studies, Theology, History, Literature, Cultural Studies, and Church Life. My favorite books...

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Tuesday, 13 December 2016 22:28

How Can I Know that I am a Christian?

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For the first three months of 1997, I wrestled with whether or not I knew Christ on a daily basis. Every night before I closed my eyes to sleep I prayed the sinner’s prayer hoping that this would be the time I finally felt like a Christian.

The problem was I wasn’t a...

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Tuesday, 06 December 2016 15:18

Why You Should Wage War Against Your Sin

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Every Christian, no matter how long he has walked with Jesus, struggles with temptations to sin. Our sinful flesh, the world with its allurements, and the enemy of our souls bombard us with temptations to walk in that which the Lord forbids or to ignore those things he has told us to do. We...

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Wednesday, 30 November 2016 07:16

A Few Good Reads

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The Sunday After: A Post-Election Lesson from Jimmy Carter Jennifer Crossley Howard made the trek to Maranatha Baptist Church in Plains, Georgia the Sunday after the Presidential Election to attend former President Jimmy Carter’s Sunday...

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Monday, 28 November 2016 12:50

You Need to Fire Life Coach Jesus

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Several years ago, Home Depot used the slogan, “You can do it. We can help.” A lot of what I hear in popular evangelicalism reminds me of these words. We present Jesus as the one who can help you fulfill your...

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Tuesday, 22 November 2016 10:02

A Few Good Reads

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We Cannot Complain about America if We Do Not Listen to Others This year’s Presidential election revealed not just the divides between Americans, but also our complete lack of understanding about those on the other side of the divide. Lore...

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Sunday, 20 November 2016 20:14

How to Do Advent Devotions with Your Family

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Sunday begins the Advent season, which is the four Sundays leading up to the celebration of Christmas. Advent looks back at Christ’s first arrival and anticipates the time when he will come again. Just as the light came into the darkness when Jesus was born, so he will appear again in...

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