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 words of Moses and Aaron to Pharaoh recorded in Exodus 5:1-3 are striking. Standing before the king of Egypt, they asked him to release the Israelites, but their release was not only so that they could enjoy freedom. As true as it is that God wants His people to be free, that is not the chief...

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Monday, 18 September 2017 19:00

Knowledge without Zeal

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Here's an excerpt from Knowledge without Zeal, Joshua S. Buice's contribution to the September issue of Tabletalk:

If you love to gain knowledge about God, but you lack a proper zeal to serve God, you must examine yourself to see if you are in the faith. We must remember the warning of...

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Sunday, 17 September 2017 19:00

Zurich Revolutionary: Ulrich Zwingli

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Other than Martin Luther, Heinrich Bullinger, and John Calvin, the most important early Reformer was Ulrich Zwingli. A first-generation Reformer, he is regarded as the founder of Swiss Protestantism. Furthermore, history remembers him as the first Reformed theologian. Though Calvin would later...

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Sunday, 17 September 2017 07:00

Social Media Highlights (9/17/17)

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Here are highlights from our various social media accounts over the past week.

How did the ideas of an obscure monk in Germany spread throughout the world? https://t.co/jjFlWQhdxu

Confessional Christianity isn’t a subset of Christian...

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Friday, 15 September 2017 19:00

"Now I Know Who the Holy Spirit Is"

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When I became a Christian in September of 1957, I found myself in a serious quandary. I was engaged to be married, but when I told my fiancée about my conversion, she thought I had lost my mind. That was upsetting enough, but I was also learning that I should not marry a nonbeliever, and so...

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Thursday, 14 September 2017 19:00

The Marks of the Church

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Is a small group Bible study a church? Is the Roman Catholic Church a church? Many people are confused today about what a church is. How do you know if what calls itself a church is indeed a church?

Christians in the past thought about this. They developed the idea of “the marks of the...

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Thursday, 14 September 2017 14:00

$5 Friday: Redemption, Assurance, God's Love

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It's time for our weekly $5 Friday sale. This week's resources include such topics as redemption, the atonement, God's love, Scripture, ministry, assurance, Jesus, the Lord's Prayer, John Calvin, and more.

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

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Wednesday, 13 September 2017 19:00

Winning One Another

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Here's an excerpt from Winning One Another, Carl Robbins' contribution to the September issue of Tabletalk:

God the Holy Spirit turns wanderers back to Himself, but He ordinarily uses people to do so, just as He uses means to bring people to saving faith in the first place. Just as God will use our...

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Wednesday, 13 September 2017 03:00

R.C. Sproul’s Awakening to the Christian Faith

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In September of 1957, the Lord used Ecclesiastes 11:3 to awaken R.C. Sproul’s soul. Sixty years later, watch as he recounts his conversion to the Christian faith.

"...if a tree falls to the south or to the north, in the place where the tree falls, there it will lie." (Ecclesiastes 11:3)

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Tuesday, 12 September 2017 19:00

How the Reformation Spread

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The rapid spread of the Protestant Reformation from Wittenberg, Germany, throughout Europe and across the Channel to England was not spawned by the efforts of a globe-trotting theological entrepreneur. On the contrary, for the most part Martin Luther’s entire career was spent teaching in the...

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Monday, 11 September 2017 19:00

Wisdom New and Old

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Here's an excerpt from Wisdom New and Old, R.C. Sproul's contribution to the September issue of Tabletalk:

Our calling as believers is to be thankful for the many technological and scientific advances that have come to us today, but at the same time we are not to be arrogant and think we have...

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Sunday, 10 September 2017 19:00

Fortress for Truth: Martin Luther

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Martin Luther was a giant of history. Some believe he was the most significant European figure of the second millennium. He was the pioneer Reformer, the one God first used to spark a transformation of Christianity and the Western world. He was the undisputed leader of the German Reformation. In a...

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Sunday, 10 September 2017 07:00

Social Media Highlights (9/10/17)

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Here are highlights from our various social media accounts over the past week.

The Reformers believed that authority belonged to Scripture alone. —@DrStevenJLawsonhttps://t.co/vQR0DMdWHC

Listen today as @RCSproul explains the...

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Friday, 08 September 2017 19:00

The Need for Perfect Obedience

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There are only two ways of salvation: by the law or by grace. If salvation is to happen by the law, perfect obedience is necessary. There can be no blemishes or shortcomings, for the law will never show mercy. It knows nothing of grace or forgiveness. It demands perfection, because whoever...

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You can now stream all of the messages from last month’s regional conference in Wittenberg, Germany for free on Ligonier.org, the Ligonier app, or YouTube. W. Robert Godfrey, Steven Lawson, Matthias Lohmann, Steffen Mueller, Albert Mohler, and Stephen Nichols joined us as we...

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Thursday, 07 September 2017 19:00

The Pastoral Heart and Inevitability of Suffering

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If the aim of preaching is the glory of God through Jesus Christ, and if God is most glorified in our people when they are most satisfied in Him, and if the universal human experience of suffering threatens to undermine their faith in the goodness of God, and thus their satisfaction in His glory,...

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Thursday, 07 September 2017 14:00

$5 Friday: Holiness, Grace, Providence

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It's time for our weekly $5 Friday sale. This week's resources include such topics as grace, Jesus, Scripture, holiness, providence, Isaac Watts, the Trinity, Roman Catholicism, and more.

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

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Wednesday, 06 September 2017 19:00

Rescuing Souls from Death

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Here's an excerpt from Rescuing Souls from Death, Burk Parsons' contribution to the September issue of Tabletalk:

While some Christians in past generations may have had the impression that soul winning is identified exclusively with evangelism, Scripture provides us with a much broader view....

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Wednesday, 06 September 2017 00:00

Declared to be Righteous

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In this brief clip from his teaching series Justified by Faith Alone, R.C. Sproul explains how the Latin translation of the Bible caused confusion surrounding the doctrine of justification. 

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The word—the English word justification comes over from the...

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Tuesday, 05 September 2017 19:00

The Task of Apologetics

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Exodus 3 narrates the well-known account of God’s revealing Himself to Moses in the burning bush and commissioning him to tell Pharaoh to release the Israelites from slavery in Egypt. But that was only part of Moses’ mission. The other task to which the Lord called Moses was to address...

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Monday, 04 September 2017 19:00

Columns from Tabletalk Magazine, September 2017

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The September issue of Tabletalk looks at the concept of soul winning with respect to people both inside and outside the church. In imitation of the Savior, the church is called to seek and to save the lost by evangelizing unbelievers (Luke 19:10) and to save the souls of professing Christians by...

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Sunday, 03 September 2017 19:00

The Reformation and the Men Behind It

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As the 500th anniversary of the Reformation approaches, we will be presenting a series of blog posts, excerpted from Pillars of Grace by Dr. Steven J. Lawson, about some of the major Reformers—Martin Luther, Ulrich Zwingli, William Tyndale, Heinrich Bullinger, and John...

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Sunday, 03 September 2017 07:00

Social Media Highlights (9/3/17)

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Here are highlights from our various social media accounts over the past week.

Faith is the only instrumental cause of justification. —@RCSproulpic.twitter.com/smTGi3YkIT

Today on @RYMRadio, listen as @DrStevenJLawson explores what it...

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Friday, 01 September 2017 19:00

What You Need to Know Before Joining a Church

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Before we attend a church, we should know that it is a legitimate church. Now, obviously, if the sign on the front of the church reads “Church of Satan,” we know it isn’t a legitimate body of Christian believers. But what about churches that are not legitimate for less obvious...

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Thursday, 31 August 2017 19:00

The Priority of Preaching

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Then Paul makes the point in verse 25 that the central purpose of ministry is the preaching of the Word. In the end, everything comes down to this. “Of this church, I was made a minister according to the stewardship from God bestowed on me for your benefit, so that I might fully carry out the...

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