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, 13 May 2018 19:00

The Greatest Joy

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At one point during His earthly ministry, Jesus sent a group of His disciples out on their own to preach the gospel and to heal the sick and those who were under demonic possession. Luke writes:

After this the Lord appointed seventy-two others and sent them on ahead of him, two by two, into every...

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What kind of God does the prophet proclaim in Isaiah 42:18– 43:21? What must God be like if He promises to restore and renew despite the abject failure of His people?

What kind of God is our covenant Lord? The answer is that He is like no other!

I, I am the LORD, and besides me there is no...

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It's time for our weekly $5 Friday sale. This week's resources include such topics as the Psalms, parenting, the Lord’s Prayer, providence, marriage, George Whitefield, the Holy Spirit, and more.

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Wednesday, 09 May 2018 19:00

A Time to Mourn

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Here's an excerpt from A Time to Mourn, Joe Holland's contribution to the May issue of Tabletalk:

am keenly aware that this article may find you at a moment of profound sorrow. Of course, you may just be intellectually interested in the subject of lament, or you may be a practitioner who regularly...

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Tuesday, 08 May 2018 19:00

The Gracious Work of the Holy Spirit

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Many people come to faith in Jesus Christ long before they are able to articulate the theology of regeneration and conversion. Slowly, we realize that what seemed a "simple" act—trusting in Christ—was in fact a complex experience of divine activity. The Holy Spirit needed to be secretly...

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Here's an excerpt from Failure and Disappointment in Scripture, David Murray's contribution to the May issue of Tabletalk:

If we organized a conference on “Failure and Disappointment,” do you think anyone would come? If you wrote a book on that subject, do you think anyone would buy it?...

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Sunday, 06 May 2018 19:00

The Key to the Christian's Joy

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The word joy appears over and over again in the Scriptures. For instance, the Psalms are filled with references to joy. The psalmists write, "Weeping may tarry for the night, but joy comes with the morning" (Ps. 30:5b) and "Shout for joy to God, all the earth" (Ps. 66:1). Likewise, in the New...

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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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Friday, 04 May 2018 05:30

Should Christians Fear the Lord?

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In this brief clip from our 2015 Fall Conference, R.C. Sproul describes the distinction between servile fear and filial fear.

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"We are told again and again to fear the Lord, in the Old Testament, especially in the Psalms, but in the New Testament it is hardly ever mentioned. In...

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For Richard Sibbes, Christianity is a love story: God is essentially a husband to His people: “with the same love that God loves Christ, he loves all his.” “You see how full of love he was. What drew him from heaven to earth, and so to his cross and to his grave, but love to...

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It's time for our weekly $5 Friday sale. This week's resources include such topics as Scripture, Christ, assurance, the Gospel of John, justification, repentance, and more.

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Wednesday, 02 May 2018 19:00

The Reality of Disappointment

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Here's an excerpt from The Reality of Disappointment, Jeremy Pierre's contribution to the May issue of Tabletalk.

Life is one long, steady disappointment. This dawns on most people by their thirties. Childhood is all potentiality. The teenage years are all angst—but even angst betrays some...

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I stood at the graveside of a dear, gentle, gracious, and generous saint and looked around at the mourners. I was puzzled by the presence of a group of people who had been absent from the earlier church service.

Then I remembered--my friend had once belonged to a church that practiced "second-degree...

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Monday, 30 April 2018 19:00

Columns from Tabletalk Magazine, May 2018

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The May issue of Tabletalk considers disappointment, failure, and hope in the Christian life. On the night Jesus was betrayed, He told His disciples, “In the world, you will have tribulation. But take heart; I have overcome the world” (John 16:33). Living in a fallen world, we find that...

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Sunday, 29 April 2018 19:00

The Self-Existent God

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When God revealed His name “I AM” to Moses at the burning bush, He was revealing something very important about Himself, namely, that He is self-existent; He has the power of being in and of Himself. He depends on nothing and no one for His existence. This fact has enormous consequences...

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Thursday, 26 April 2018 19:00

The Holiness of God and the Sinfulness of Man

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One word that crystallizes the essence of the Christian faith is the word grace. One of the great mottos of the Protestant Reformation was the Latin phrase sola gratia—by grace alone. This phrase wasn't invented by the sixteenth-century Reformers. Its roots are in the theology of Augustine of...

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It's time for our weekly $5 Friday sale. This week's resources include such topics as the Holy Spirit, Martyn Lloyd-Jones, confessions, the sacraments, pastoral ministry, worship, sanctification, and more.

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Atheists say that religion is constructed to meet human psychological needs. But could it be that the opposite is true? Is there a psychological bias against God?

InIf There's a God, Why Are There Atheists?, Dr. R.C. Sproul turns the tables, showing atheists’ vested interest in rejecting God....

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Wednesday, 25 April 2018 19:00

Teaching the Truth

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Here's an excerpt from Teaching the Truth, John MacArthur's contribution to the April issue of Tabletalk:

ver the years, I have spoken with numerous pastors—most of them men who labor faithfully under difficult circumstances, doing their best to fulfill the expectations of their people....

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Tuesday, 24 April 2018 19:00

What Judges Teaches the Church

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And there arose another generation after them who did not know the Lord or the work that he had done for Israel. (Judg. 2:10)

It seems incredible that it could happen. Only a generation after Joshua, Israel no longer knew the Lord. How is such a development possible?

This is a very important...

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Monday, 23 April 2018 19:00

False Teaching Out There and In Here

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Here's an excerpt from False Teaching Out There and In Here, Sean Michael Lucas’ contribution to the April issue of Tabletalk:

The recognition that heresies often start from a biblical platform and basis should humble and warn us. It should humble us, even chasten us, to recognize that we...

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Sunday, 22 April 2018 19:00

Is It Necessary to Preach Divine Wrath?

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The Genevan Reformer John Calvin said, "Preaching is the public exposition of Scripture by the man sent from God, in which God Himself is present in judgment and in grace." Faithful pulpit ministry requires the declaration of both judgment and grace. The Word of God is a sharp, two-edged sword that...

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Thursday, 19 April 2018 19:00

The Reality of Living Before God

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I have a good friend who thinks I am too old-fashioned. Through all the years we’ve known each other, he has never ceased to remind me of his observation. And while I certainly try to maintain an age-appropriate outlook on life, I must admit that my old-fashioned tendencies too often get...

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Thursday, 19 April 2018 14:00

$5 Friday: Prayer, Faith, the Gospel

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It's time for our weekly $5 Friday sale. This week's resources include such topics as prayer, Jonathan Edwards, atheism, creeds, faith, Charles Spurgeon, apologetics, the gospel, and more.

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Who was Samson? A man of incredible physical strength and debilitating moral weakness, Samson was nevertheless God’s instrument to rescue Israel from the Philistines during the era of the judges. In light of these contrasts, what are we to make of Samson and his place in the Lord’s...

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