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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Monday, 31 December 2018 18:00

Columns from Tabletalk Magazine, January 2019

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The January issue of Tabletalk covers the Synod of Dort. Reformed soteriology is typically summarized using the five points of Calvinism, which come from the answers that the Synod of Dort (1618–19) gave to the Arminian Remonstrants four-hundred years ago. While many Christians are familiar...

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It seems that every December, many people make well-intentioned resolutions for the new year. With premeditated bursts of enthusiasm, they are caught up in a whirlwind of peculiar, and sometimes public, activities that puzzle even neighborhood children. We witness surprising promises and new...

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Before the Israelites departed for the Promised Land, God commanded Moses to oversee the construction of an enormous tent—the tabernacle—and to fill it with sacred vessels. But why? And what can we learn from its design and the special items it contained?

In today’s message from...

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Thursday, 27 December 2018 18:00

Humiliation and Exaltation

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It just hangs there. It dangles as if it were simply an afterthought attached to the second chapter of Genesis. But we know there are no afterthoughts in the mind and inspiration of the Holy Ghost. Thus, we look at this passage to give us a clue about our condition prior to the misery of sin....

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Thursday, 27 December 2018 13:00

$5 Friday: God's Will, Predestination, Joy

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It’s time for our weekly $5 Friday sale. This week’s resources include such topics as church history, Richard Sibbes, Scripture, abortion, God’s will, parenting, predestination, joy, and more.

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

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Wednesday, 26 December 2018 18:00

Paying Attention in Worship

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Here’s an excerpt from Paying Attention in Worship, John R. Muether’s contribution to the December issue of Tabletalk:

A dear friend took my wife and me to dinner last week. We went to an expensive restaurant that served a fabulous meal. But that is not why he chose it. Rather, it was a...

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Wednesday, 26 December 2018 00:00

You Can Send More Teaching to More People in 2019

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As Christians, we come to our Father knowing that He has provided for us. He is generous and intends good for His people. The grace of God in Jesus Christ provides all we need to bear with this world’s troubles and our failures.

This is why the Apostle Paul could exclaim, “Thanks be to...

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Tuesday, 25 December 2018 13:00

Bible Reading Plans for 2019

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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...

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Monday, 24 December 2018 18:00

A Shadow of Christ

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Here’s an excerpt from A Shadow of Christ, R.C. Sproul’s contribution to the December issue of Tabletalk:

It’s safe to say that the greatest mission ever accomplished, in the history of the world, is that which was accomplished by the Lord Jesus Christ in the redemption of His...

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Monday, 24 December 2018 18:00

Merry Christmas

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Merry Christmas, 

The Ligonier team

Fear not, for behold, I bring you good news of great joy that will be for all the people. (Luke 2:10)

Authors: Nathan W. Bingham...

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Monday, 24 December 2018 00:00

Is It a Sin Not to Pray?

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Is it a sin not to pray? From one of our live Ask Ligonier events, W. Robert Godfrey reminds us that prayer is a blessing we must not neglect.

Get answers to your biblical and theological questions online as they arise at Ask.Ligonier.org.

Authors: Nathan W. Bingham...

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Sunday, 23 December 2018 21:00

Last-Minute Gift Ideas

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If you're looking for last-minute Christmas gift ideas, here are three suggestions:

Provide a gift that lasts all year with a Tabletalk gift subscription. Buy one and get up to nine more for 50% off.

Encourage discipleship and personal growth with a Ligonier Connect gift...

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Sunday, 23 December 2018 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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Saturday, 22 December 2018 04:00

Last-Minute Gift Ideas

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If you're looking for last-minute Christmas gift ideas, here are three suggestions:

Provide a gift that lasts all year with a Tabletalk gift subscription. Buy one and get up to nine more for 50% off.

Encourage discipleship and personal growth with a Ligonier Connect gift...

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Friday, 21 December 2018 18:00

God and the Ten Commandments

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The Israelites were slaves in Egypt until God intervened to rescue them under the leadership of Moses. God brought them miraculously through the Red Sea and then to the foot of Mount Sinai. But what was His purpose in bringing them there?

In today’s message from his video teaching series Dust...

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How is the exclusivity of Christ under attack in different cultural contexts? From our 2017 National Conference, Leonardo De Chirico, Sinclair Ferguson, Augustus Lopes, Burk Parsons, Michael Reeves, and Stephen Tong consider the difficulties of sharing the gospel around the world.

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Thursday, 20 December 2018 18:00

The Peace We All Long For

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In order to understand the story of Christmas, we have to go back. Not back just a few thousand years to the birth of Jesus, but all the way back, back to our first parents, Adam and Eve. God placed them in the lush and perfect garden of Eden. They had everything they needed. It was perfect. Then...

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It’s time for our weekly $5 Friday sale. This week’s resources include such topics as justification, Jonathan Edwards, parenting, God's will, providence, the Holy Spirit, prayer, and more.

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

View today’s $5 Friday sale items.

Au...

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Wednesday, 19 December 2018 18:00

A Ruler from Bethlehem

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Here’s an excerpt from A Ruler from Bethlehem, Jonty Rhodes’ contribution to the December issue of Tabletalk:

According to legend, King Arthur lies on the mystical island of Avalon, waiting to return to rescue Britain at her hour of greatest need. One day, the darkest of days,...

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Tuesday, 18 December 2018 18:00

What Does the X in Xmas Mean?

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The X in Christmas is used like the R in R.C. My given name at birth was Robert Charles, although before I was even taken home from the hospital my parents called me by my initials, R.C., and nobody seems to be too scandalized by that.

X can mean so many things. For example, when we want to denote...

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Tuesday, 18 December 2018 05:30

An Advent Call to Pray for the Chinese Church

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About eighteen months ago, an elder from our church and I were privileged to travel from Atlanta and teach at an incredible seminary in China. In recent weeks, this seminary has been targeted and persecuted. Some of those young, brave student-warriors we taught have been recently and regularly...

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Monday, 17 December 2018 18:00

Of the Virgin’s Womb

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Here’s an excerpt from Of the Virgin’s Womb, Brandon Crowes’ contribution to the December issue of Tabletalk:

The virgin birth of Jesus is an important part of the Christmas message. “Late in time behold him come, offspring of a virgin’s womb.” This doctrine is...

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It might surprise many today to find out that Saint Nicholas (spoiler alert) is a real person after all. Is he the white-bearded man with a red suit, a cap, and a sleigh?

Not quite, but he probably was bearded, did wear a hat, and did travel in horse-drawn, not reindeer-drawn, transportation. The...

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Friday, 14 December 2018 18:00

What Is the Meaning of Passover?

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God is holy and we are sinners. Can God show mercy to sinners and at the same time uphold His justice? The events of the Passover demonstrate that He can, as R.C. Sproul explains in today’s message from his video teaching series Dust to Glory.

In the book of Exodus, the tenth and final plague...

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Thursday, 13 December 2018 18:00

The Nature and Wonder of Heaven

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In the book of Revelation, the Apostle John records the vision he received on the island of Patmos. In that vision, Christ showed John many things, including the new heaven and the new earth:

Then I saw a new heaven and a new earth, for the first heaven and the first earth had passed away, and the...

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