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, 26 July 2017 18:01

Visiting an embassy Featured

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Last week, in order to apply for a visa, I had to visit the embassy of a nation that I’m visiting on a future missions trip. Fortunately I live in Washington, D.C., so this trip consisted of a thirty-minute drive from my house, followed by an extended search for parking. This was my first...

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Tuesday, 25 July 2017 17:01

Mandates of Expository Preaching Featured

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Expository preaching is that type of preaching which seeks to approach the word of God in a manner befitting of the God of the word. As such, its aim is to submit to the authorial intent of a passage, unpacking the meaning in its grammatical and historical context, then explaining,...

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Monday, 24 July 2017 18:01

No One is Born a Child of God Featured

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image As I’ve talked to people of other religions, it has dawned on me that most if not all of them teach that everyone is a child of God.

Whether you are Muslim and teach that all children are born Muslim but then are led away by the devil, or whether you are Mormon, and teach that everyone on...

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Sunday, 23 July 2017 18:01

Choosing Elders: Beware the Warren Harding Error Featured

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Author, Malcolm Gladwell, calls this faulty leadership selection factor the “Warren Harding Error.” Warren Harding was the 29th president of the United States. Historians would deem him to be one of the worst US presidents in history. His administration was wracked with torrid scandals,...

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Wednesday, 19 July 2017 18:53

Romans 8 Featured

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I’ve spent the last few years translating portions of the Bible into a language almost nobody outside of Africa has even heard of–and I’ve loved it. This process has renewed my passion to see fresh translations of Scripture in English. They are important for many reasons, but one...

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Monday, 17 July 2017 18:01

4 Incredible Blessings of Giving Featured

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By the time the average human being reaches the age of 20, he will have watched one million commercials. 1,000,000. Think about that. Most people will watch almost four million commercials in their lifetime, and that’s only talking about regular cable television. Four million times you are...

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Sunday, 16 July 2017 18:01

Losing your voice: 4 ways pastors lose pulpits Featured

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I’m on the leeward side of a two month sabbatical, feeling refreshed and rejuvenated, so I wanted to revisit the ways pastors end up vacating their posts.

There are many ways to leave a church honorably. You could die in the pulpit. You might gracefully retire so a younger man can fill...

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Thursday, 13 July 2017 18:00

The Radical Difference between Believers and Unbelievers Featured

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imageLast week, we took a look at the prohibition Paul issues to the church of God in 2 Corinthians 6:14. He uses the agricultural image of animals being yoked together to pull a plow in order to illustrate the fundamental incompatibility between believers and unbelievers. His point, particularly, is...

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Wednesday, 12 July 2017 18:33

7 reasons I love Hymns of Grace Featured

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I’ve been using the newHymns of Grace(HoG) ever since receiving it at the T4G conference last year. I’ve used in my family’s devotional time, and I’ve used it in our church’s evening worship service. The more I’ve used it, the more I’ve learned about it,...

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Tuesday, 11 July 2017 17:01

The Salvation Package Featured

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imageWe say it often in Christian circles. “I’m saved.” “I’m a Christian.” But if we’re not careful, we can utter the phrase with the same alacrity as we would the weather.

Perhaps at times it behooves us to pull over, park, and take a longer look at the sights...

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Thursday, 06 July 2017 18:00

Unequally Yoked Featured

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“Do not be unequally yoked with unbelievers.” – 2 Corinthians 6:14, ESV –

Over the past two weeks, we’ve been considering whom the faithful Christian minister may properly partner with in ministry. Two weeks ago we briefly surveyed the history of the ecumenical movement...

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Monday, 03 July 2017 18:01

3 Reasons it’s Hard to Follow Jesus Featured

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image Recently, I’ve suffered the heartbreak of watching a couple of students choose the world over the Savior. Nothing discourages me more in this life than watching young people walk away from the Lord.

I do take some encouragement from this. They’ve heard the true Gospel. Not a Gospel that...

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Sunday, 02 July 2017 18:01

Heavenites: Our True Citizenship Featured

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image When I was studying in the USA and working as a short-term missions coordinator, I travelled oversees a lot. Once, when I landed at JFK Airport, I was asked by the immigrations officer a routine question I had answered dozens of times: “What is the purpose of your visit to the United...

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Thursday, 29 June 2017 18:00

Idolatry, Demons, and Ecumenism Featured

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Whom can the faithful church of God legitimately partner with in ministry? That question has been a point of contention among professing Christians for the past 100 years. And that’s been illustrated by what is known as the ecumenical movement, the history of which we surveyed last week.

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Wednesday, 28 June 2017 18:01

Lloyd-Jones: Make room for the cross Featured

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image Dr. Martyn Lloyd-Jones was a Welsh pastor whose preaching electrified England. Some claim he was the most powerful expositor of the last century–a sentiment he did not share; at the end of his career he famously remarked, “I can say quite honestly that I would not cross the road to...

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Tuesday, 27 June 2017 17:01

Fictitious Forgiveness: Why We Cannot Forgive Ourselves Featured

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It’s heard often in the throes of life. “I just can’t forgive myself.” “I don’t if I’ll ever be able to forgive myself for this.”

We do something that we never thought we could; a sin against a spouse, child, unborn baby, good friend, or the...

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Monday, 26 June 2017 18:30

A platform for porn and a dialogue with the devil Featured

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image A few years ago my wife and I were invited to what was being called “The Great Porn Debate.” A Christian man who was anti-porn was going around the country with a famous porn actor and they were debating the question: Is porn harmful or helpful? They were debating this on college...

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Sunday, 25 June 2017 18:01

How to Make an Effective Preacher – Author Unknown Featured

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image John MacArthur, as the President of our seminary, read this out at my graduation ceremony. It has haunted me and inspired me since I became a pastor eleven years ago. When I am tempted to rethink and retool the focus of my ministry, I read and reread this lyrical piece of sage advice, and I...

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Thursday, 22 June 2017 18:00

Ecumenical vs. Evangelical Featured

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One of the most devastating attacks on the life and health of the church throughout all of church history has been what is known as the ecumenical movement—the downplaying of doctrine in order to foster partnership in ministry between (a) genuine Christians and (b) people who were willing to...

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Wednesday, 21 June 2017 17:01

Analyzing Annihilationism: Will Those in Hell Cease to Exist? Featured

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imageOne of the most difficult truths to grasp is the eternality of hell. The misery of it all is simply unfathomable. It is one that must move us to the deepest reverence before God and compassion towards sinners.

In yesterday’s post, the miseries of hell were briefly described. When the...

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Tuesday, 20 June 2017 17:01

The Shock of Eternity Featured

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imageIf there is anything that Christ made overwhelmingly clear, it is the fact that there will be an unending afterlife for all humanity. Jesus spoke unmistakably of two different eternities for all people; heaven and hell. All will experience forever upon exiting this life, in one of two places. One...

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Monday, 19 June 2017 18:01

One Way Featured

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I recently had the privilege of preaching on Romans 1:16-18. I wrote these words that morning inspired by that sermon.

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One way to heaven and that is all

One way to avoid the consequences of the fall

On...

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Sunday, 18 June 2017 18:01

A Model of Courage: The Pluck of Esther Featured

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King William IV unexpectedly became monarch of the UK, Ireland, and Hanover in 1830. With two older brothers he had not anticipated ascending to the throne. When they both died William was shouldered with the burden of leadership he had hitherto evaded. Instead of the requisite stately life of a...

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Wednesday, 14 June 2017 18:01

It Happens After Prayer Featured

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Prayerlessness plagues our evangelical culture. We are too quick to talk about politics and too quick to enter theological debates. Meanwhile, we are too slow to pray.

If someone says something about us online, our phone vibrates. If we get an email, it interrupts whatever we are doing. Yet how...

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Tuesday, 13 June 2017 17:01

From Every Tribe: A Day with the Quechua People Featured

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imageOur short-term missions team hopped in the car at during afternoon rush hour. Pastor Guapi navigated us through the chaotic streets of Quito, in and out of valleys, tunnels, and streets hardly wide enough for our compact car. Bunches of frayed wires and cables hung down freely from the...

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