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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Thursday, 18 January 2018 18:00

R.C. Sproul's Warning Concerning Prayer

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I need to sound a warning. In our day, many people have rediscovered the power of prayer. This is a good thing; there’s nothing more thrilling in the Christian life than to pray specifically, to express a desire, to make a request or a petition to God, and then see Him answer that request...

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Thursday, 18 January 2018 13:00

$5 Friday: Scripture, Baptism, Providence

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Our weekly $5 Friday sale has returned. This week's resources include such topics as worship, heaven, church history, Scripture, covenants, providence, baptism, and more.

Sale runs through 12:01 a.m. — 11:59 p.m. Friday ET.

View today's $5 Friday sale items.

Authors: Nathan W. Bingham...

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Wednesday, 17 January 2018 23:30

Everyone Wants to Be More Productive

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Whether you are a student or a professional, working from home or raising a family, everyone wants to be more productive. Some of us have even made resolutions to do so in 2018. But do we know what we’re aiming for? Do we know what it means to be “productive” and how to make it...

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Wednesday, 17 January 2018 18:00

The God Whom We Are to Fear

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Here's an excerpt from The God Whom We Are to Fear, K. Scott Oliphint's contribution to the January issue of Tabletalk:

Christians need not fear God because they fear eternal punishment; Christ has taken that fear away. We need not fear God because we fear He will go back on His promises, or will,...

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Tuesday, 16 January 2018 18:00

A Calvinist Evangelist?

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If I have heard it once, I've heard it a thousand times: "A Calvinist evangelist? Isn't that an oxymoron? Calvinism undermines evangelism." This accusation has been repeated so many times that few make the effort to argue it. Instead, it is simply assumed. Never mind that some of the church's...

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Everything the Bible has to say about the gospel is about Him: Jesus Christ lived and died to save sinners, and this is good news. In his new book,Good News: The Gospel of Jesus Christ, John MacArthur examines the Bible’s revelation of Christ and encourages Christians with the vast...

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Monday, 15 January 2018 18:00

God’s Good Pleasure in Election

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Here's an excerpt from God's Good Pleasure in Election, R.C. Sproul's contribution to the January issue of Tabletalk:

If we are going to take the Bible seriously, we have to have some doctrine of predestination. The idea of predestination wasn’t invented by Calvin or Luther or Augustine. Paul...

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We live in a world that needs awakening. What is awakening? It is a powerful movement of the Spirit of God to convert many people to Christ and to renew in His church a zeal for His truth, for spiritual growth, and for missions. This was Dr. Sproul’s passion, and in the final years of his...

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Sunday, 14 January 2018 18:00

A Catechism on the Heart

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Sometimes people ask authors, "Which of your books is your favorite?" The first time the question is asked, the response is likely to be "I am not sure; I have never really thought about it." But forced to think about it, my own standard response has become, "I am not sure what my favorite book is;...

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Thursday, 11 January 2018 18:00

What Does it Mean to Fear God?

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We need to make some important distinctions about the biblical meaning of "fearing" God. These distinctions can be helpful, but they can also be a little dangerous. When Luther struggled with that, he made this distinction, which has since become somewhat famous: He distinguished between what he...

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Tuesday, 09 January 2018 23:30

God Alone Has Aseity

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From his teaching series Moses and the Burning Bush, R.C. Sproul explains that God alone exists by His own power.

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We have the idea of self-existence or what we call in theology the concept of aseity. When I see that word on a blackboard or when I see it in a textbook, I know that...

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Tuesday, 09 January 2018 18:00

The Importance of What We Do in Secret

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According to Jesus, it is what we do in secret that matters most. Jesus is not suggesting that the outward is unimportant—far from it. "What good is it, my brothers, if someone says he has faith but does not have works? Can that faith save him?" (James 2:14).

The answer is emphatically no....

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Monday, 08 January 2018 23:00

Announcing Ask Ligonier: A Place for Answers

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Maybe you’re leading a Bible study tomorrow. Maybe you’re just beginning to dig deeper. It’s good to know that you can always ask Ligonier.

Have You Ever Asked Things Like:

  • Do we have free will?
  • Is it true that God controls everything?
  • Why did God kill Uzzah?

For more than forty-five...

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"Those who have received salvation are to attribute it to sovereign grace alone, and to give all the praise to Him, who makes them to differ from others." —Jonathan Edwards

The doctrines of grace are so called because these five major headings of theology, often identified as the five points...

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Deep within the soul of every expositor, there must reside an unwavering commitment to the preaching and teaching of God's Word. Regardless of the cultural currents of the day, and regardless of the changing of the times, the preacher must be persuaded that the truth of Scripture is the only hope...

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Thursday, 04 January 2018 18:00

Faith Repentance

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When the gospel is proclaimed, it seems at first sight that two different, even alternative, responses are called for. Sometimes the summons is, "Repent!" Thus, "John the Baptist came preaching in the wilderness of Judea, 'Repent for the kingdom of heaven is at hand'" (Matt. 3:1–2). Again,...

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Tuesday, 02 January 2018 18:00

What Is the Gospel?

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Many Christians, churches, and organizations regularly use the word gospel to describe their convictions. Theological controversies have occurred and do occur over the meaning of the gospel and who preaches it faithfully. What does that familiar word gospel mean? The best way to answer that...

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Sunday, 31 December 2017 13:00

Get a Basic Overview of the Bible

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Virtually every Christian at some point has resolved to read the entire Bible. If we believe the Bible is the Word of God, it's natural not to want to miss a word of it. If God delivered a letter to your mailbox, I am sure you would read it. But the Bible is a pretty big letter, and its sheer bulk...

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It seems that every new year, we are caught up in a whirlwind of well-intentioned resolutions. With premeditated bursts of enthusiasm, those closest to us begin to take part in peculiar, and sometimes public activities that even cause neighborhood children to look puzzled. We find ourselves bearing...

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Thursday, 28 December 2017 05:00

The Eternal Perspective

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At our 2011 Fall Conference, R.C. Sproul warned us not to lose the eternal perspective.

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What is the good if it works only for now? What good is it if your goals, and your plans, and your ambitions are accomplished in this world, and you lose your soul? Or 'What would a man...

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Monday, 25 December 2017 13:00

Bible Reading Plans for 2018

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Many Christians take the beginning of a new year to evaluate their Bible reading habits, and then change or begin a Bible reading plan.

Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light to my path. (Psalm 119:105)

For your convenience, we've compiled a list of Bible reading plans for you to choose from....

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Saturday, 23 December 2017 04:00

We Will See Him As He Is

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At our 2010 Winter Conference, R.C. Sproul shared this incredible promise Christians are given in the New Testament.

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The highest hope, the most incredible promise that we are given in the New Testament is the promise that John in his earlier epistles says. 'Beloved we don't know yet...

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Friday, 22 December 2017 18:00

The Glory of Christmas

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On the night Jesus was born something spectacular took place. The plains of Bethlehem became the theater for one of the most spectacular sound-and-light shows in human history. All heaven broke loose.

Luke tells us what happened:

And there were shepherds living out in the fields nearby, keeping watch...

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On December 14, 2017, Dr. R.C. Sproul went home to be with the Lord. This week on Renewing Your Mind, we are airing a series of special broadcasts with Christian leaders and friends of Dr. Sproul as we reflect upon his life and legacy. Listen below.

Monday: Beloved Founder: Remembering R.C.

Tuesday: P...

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Thursday, 21 December 2017 13:00

Do You Believe in a Santa Christ?

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In Sinclair Ferguson's book, In Christ Alone, he shares the sad reality that many Christians have a Christology that is more informed by Santa Claus than Scripture. For them, the message of the incarnation has been so twisted or diluted that they have in fact created for themselves a savior who is...

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