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, 22 May 2017 23:30

Help--I Want to Be a Stay-at-Home Mom but Can't

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This is a guest post by Courtney Reissig, author of Glory in the Ordinary: Why Your Work in the Home Matters to God.

God Doesn't Have a Plan B

One of the hardest places to be in life is where you don't want to be. Whether you are working inside the home, and that's not where you ever thought you...

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This is a guest post by Chris Bruno, author of The Whole Message of the Bible in 16 Words.

A Story That Begins and Ends with Creation

When we think about the message of the Bible, we have a story that can be summarized by creation, fall, redemption, and new creation. At the beginning and end of the...

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Monday, 22 May 2017 00:21

Paid Versus Unpaid Work

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Not All Work Needs to Be Paid

A few months ago a friend offered to watch my boys for me as I prepared to lead our women’s Bible study in the fall. A mother of two small...

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Sunday, 21 May 2017 23:04

5 Sources of True Change

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1. God himself changes you.

This is foundational to all. “It is God who works in you, both to will and to work for his good pleasure” (Phil. 2:13).

He intervenes in your life, turning you from suicidal self-will...

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Thursday, 18 May 2017 23:24

A Friend Who Will Never Fail You

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I Have a Friend Who Is Always Faithful

I have a friend who is always faithful; who can meet all your needs; who will never leave you. This friend is Jesus Christ.

Since I have known him, he has been faithful in all his...

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This is a guest post by Dane C. Ortlund, executive vice president of Bible publishing and Bible publisher at Crossway. The ESV Devotional Psalter is a resource designed to help readers thoughtfully interact with and pray through the Psalms.

Learning to Commune with God

The book of Psalms is the only...

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Wednesday, 17 May 2017 23:25

What John Piper Wants You to Know about the Bible

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What Is the Bible?

What do you believe about the Bible? If you believe it is the Word of God, why do you believe? What implications does that belief have for how you approach Scripture?

In two of his newest books, John Piper answers these and other questions, helping us to understand and enjoy the...

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Wednesday, 17 May 2017 00:16

The Vicious Cycle of Idolatry and Loneliness

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This is a guest post by Lydia Brownback, author of Finding God in My Loneliness.

Has Your Escape Become an Idol?

Our conscience is the first tip-off. Do we have freedom in our conscience to indulge in whatever we're doing? Do we have regret after indulging in it? Most people can sense when they've...

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Tuesday, 16 May 2017 00:05

How Stress Undermines Our Relationships

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This is a guest post by David Murray, author of Reset: Living a Grace-Paced Life in a Burnout Culture.

Men: Prioritize Your Family

In general, men are more task oriented, as opposed to people oriented. When men are in a situation of burnout, stress, or overwork, the relational side of things begins...

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Monday, 15 May 2017 23:30

Free Ebook: 'You Can Change' by Tim Chester

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True Change Is Possible

It's about heart change, not behavior change. That's the conviction of Tim Chester in You Can Change: God's Transforming Power for Our Sinful Behavior and Negative Emotions as he seeks to help everyday Christians "connect the truth about God with our Monday-morning...

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Monday, 15 May 2017 23:27

How Work in the Home Reflects God

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This is a guest post by Courtney Reissig, author of Glory in the Ordinary: Why Your Work in the Home Matters to God.

3 Ways We Image Our Creator

I see three ways that we image our Creator in the physical work of the home.

The first way is that we bring order out of chaos. It is almost a no-brainer...

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Monday, 15 May 2017 00:15

Don't Go through Life Overcome with Guilt

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This is a guest post by Dane C. Ortlund, executive vice president of Bible publishing and Bible publisher at Crossway. The ESV Devotional Psalter is a resource designed to help readers thoughtfully interact with and pray through the Psalms.

What Should I Do with My Guilt?

One of the deep values of...

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Sunday, 14 May 2017 23:19

Is There a Silver Bullet of Sanctification?

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“Just . . .”

We are all tempted to oversimplify. We long for one “key” truth, a “secret” principle, the foolproof technique, some life-changing experience that makes everything different...

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Friday, 12 May 2017 03:19

Is Any Love Greater Than a Mother's Love?

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There Is Nothing Better Than a Mother's Love . . .

Skateboarding down the cul-de-sac in front of our home, my ten-year-old son was enjoying a warm, sunny morning of vacation from school. Jordan had just completed fourth grade two days earlier...

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Friday, 12 May 2017 00:49

Download the Free 'Alive in Him' Study Guide

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Go Deeper in Your Study of Ephesians

The message of Ephesians is good news for Christians. God himself has richly showered us with grace, and seated us at the right hand of God. This promise is not just for someday. It's for now.

Study the content of Ephesians alongside themes explored in Gloria...

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Friday, 12 May 2017 00:07

What to Do with Mom Guilt on Mother's Day

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Why Not Every Mother Enjoys Mother's Day

Mother’s Day posts are a dime a dozen it seems like. In the weeks leading up to the big holiday, you may be wondering why another post...

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Thursday, 11 May 2017 23:33

Defining Pastoral Success

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This is a guest post by Zack Eswine, author of The Imperfect Pastor: Discovering Joy in Our Limitations through a Daily Apprenticeship with Jesus.

How to Achieve Pastoral Success

Pastoral success would be doing the work that a pastor is actually supposed to do: pray, open God's Word, be present with...

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Thursday, 11 May 2017 00:10

3 Things To Remember When You're Feeling Anxious

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This is a guest post by David Powlison, author of How Does Sanctification Work?.

Anxiety Is Universal

We have a lot of words in English for anxiety: stress, preoccupation, being burdened, feeling pressured, being obsessed . . . it is a human experience that everybody knows on some level. I'd say a...

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Wednesday, 10 May 2017 23:54

Understanding the Bible Thematically

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This is a guest post by Chris Bruno, author of The Whole Message of the Bible in 16 Words.

Is There Only One Way to Study the Bible?

There are two ways to do biblical theology.

You can trace the story of the Bible from Genesis to Revelation in one continuous narrative. In my first book, The Whole...

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Wednesday, 10 May 2017 01:37

Have You Ever (Really) Read the Bible?

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You Can Be an Expert Bible Reader, and Not Really Read the Bible

Probably in Jesus’s day no one read the Bible more than the scribes and Pharisees. Jesus said,...

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Tuesday, 09 May 2017 23:07

May's New and Notable Books

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Below is a description of the new books releasing this month. Be sure to check out all of our new titles from the last few months and browse by category, series, or author.

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How Does Sanctification Work? David Powlison

Many popular views try to reduce the process of Christian growth to a single...

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This is a guest post by David Powlison, author of How Does Sanctification Work?.

Scripture Is an Orchestra

The reality that Jesus Christ died for us, shed his blood, and bears our sins to give us his righteousness and goodness is absolutely foundational to the fact that we have life. It essentially...

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This is a guest post by Zack Eswine, author of The Imperfect Pastor: Discovering Joy in Our Limitations through a Daily Apprenticeship with Jesus.

No Pastor Is Perfect

When did I realize I was an imperfect pastor? You might think I realized that early on in ministry, and I think I did to some...

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The Fulfillment of the Sanguine Psalm 103

The blessings we have in Christ are more than social niceties like saying “Gesundheit” after someone sneezes. Paul is...

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Thursday, 04 May 2017 23:20

Am I Sinning When I'm Not Content?

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This is a guest post by Erik Raymond, author of Chasing Contentment: Trusting God in a Discontented Age.

Is Discontentment Sin?

Yes, I think it's a sin—but I don't think Christians always view it as such. It's a sin because we're to be content in God. So, whether explicitly or implicitly, when...

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