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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Friday, 21 April 2017 04:34

Infographic: How Is Your Phone Changing You?

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The Data Is Clear—Our Phones Are Changing Us . . .

In January of 2017, we asked our readers to answer some questions related to their phone usage, a topic Tony Reinke addresses in his new book 12 Ways Your Phone Is Changing You. Like Tony, we were interested in probing the effect that our...

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Thursday, 20 April 2017 23:00

Grace Wild and Free

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Not By Our Own Doing

Our God is lavish in his grace. He’s free to liberally dispense his goodness without the least bit of cooperation or preparation on our part, and often he does. But he also has regular channels through...

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Thursday, 20 April 2017 00:00

Are You Experiencing FOMO (Fear of Missing Out)?

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Nomophobia

Missing a potential spouse, missing a perfect job offer, missing a golden stock tip, or missing a party with our friends—missing out leaves a sting of regret we all hate. Foresight is blurry, but hindsight...

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Wednesday, 19 April 2017 23:00

Super Mom versus Messy Mom

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The Museum of Messy

A few years ago my sister-in-law shared a funny meme that still makes me laugh to this day:

No, my living room is not messy. I just have everything out on...

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Tuesday, 18 April 2017 23:00

How Can We Know We'll Go to Heaven?

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Heaven Is Not the Default Destination

A recent poll indicated that for every American who believes he or she is going to hell, there are 120 who believe they’re going to heaven.

This...

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Tuesday, 18 April 2017 23:00

What Does Gospel Fluency Look Like in Action?

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This is a guest post by Jeff Vanderstelt, author of Gospel Fluency: Speaking the Truths of Jesus into the Everyday Stuff of Life.

Give Them What They Need

I was on an airplane once with a woman, and as we began to share our stories with one another, she opened up about how she had just had an affair....

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Biblical Truth for a Post-Truth World

In this video, Tim Keller briefly explains why resources like The New City Catechism are so important for the church, especially in our "post-truth" age.

He then reads a selection drawn directly from the catechism itself, offering viewers a taste of it's...

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Monday, 17 April 2017 02:00

10 Things You Should Know about Catechesis

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image This is a guest post by Joe Carter, author of How to Argue like Jesus: Learning Persuasion from History's Greatest Communicator, and anticipates the release of The New City Catechism: 52 Questions and Answers for Our Hearts and Minds.

1. Catechesis is a form of instruction.

Catechesis a form of...

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Sunday, 16 April 2017 23:00

Introducing the New City Catechism

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The Lost Art of Catechesis

Throughout the history of the church, Christians have used catechisms—collections of questions and answers designed for memorization and recitation—to teach others the core doctrines of the faith. The New City Catechism is a modern day resource aimed at...

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Sunday, 16 April 2017 23:00

3 Reasons We're Addicted to Digital Distraction

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Yep, There's An App for That

We check our smartphones about 81,500 times each year, or once every 4.3 minutes of our waking lives.1

The impulse is not hard to understand. Our lives are consolidated on our phones: our...

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Thursday, 13 April 2017 01:40

How the Resurrection Changes Everything

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He’s Alive!

Although we talk about the death of Jesus often, for some reason we have tended to only mention the resurrection at Easter time. Christians sometimes even say Jesus died to...

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Thursday, 13 April 2017 01:30

10 Passages to Read on Easter

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1. Matthew 28:1–10

Now after the Sabbath, toward the dawn of the first day of the week, Mary Magdalene and the other Mary went to see the tomb. And behold, there was a great earthquake, for an angel of the Lord descended from heaven and came and rolled back the stone and sat on it. His...

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Thursday, 13 April 2017 01:29

7 Passages to Read on Good Friday

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1. Matthew 26:26–29

Now as they were eating, Jesus took bread, and after blessing it broke it and gave it to the disciples, and said, “Take, eat; this is my body.” And he took a cup, and when he had given thanks he gave it to them, saying, “Drink of it, all of you, for this...

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Thursday, 13 April 2017 01:03

12 Ways Your Phone Is Changing You

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Do You Control Your Phone—Or Does Your Phone Control You?

Within a few years of its unveiling, the smartphone had become part of us, fully integrated into the daily patterns of our lives. Never offline, always within reach, we now wield in our hands a magic wand of technological power we have...

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Wednesday, 12 April 2017 23:00

The Good News of Easter

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Have You Heard the Good News of Easter?

In the past century, the average life expectancy in the United States has risen by more than 25 years. But despite our phenomenal medical breakthroughs, death is still our greatest enemy, the...

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Tuesday, 11 April 2017 23:00

The Amazing Truth at the Heart of the Psalms

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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 Is the Message of the Psalms?

The message of the Psalms...

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Tuesday, 11 April 2017 23:00

Common Mistakes in Evangelism

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This is a guest post by Jeff Vanderstelt, author of Gospel Fluency: Speaking the Truths of Jesus into the Everyday Stuff of Life.

Listen and Learn

I find often that people, when they're trying to speak to someone else about Jesus, don't take the time to listen. They talk too much and listen too...

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Monday, 10 April 2017 23:00

10 Things You Should Know about Your Smartphone

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1. Your smartphone is not all bad.

My smartphone is my untiring personal assistant, my irreplaceable travel companion, and my...

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Monday, 10 April 2017 23:00

Should We Seek to Burn Out for Jesus?

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

Good Intentions Can’t Save You from Burnout

I love energetic, ambitious, zealous young Christian men. What a gift to the church they are! And I want them to do whatever their vocation leads...

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

Rest Assured in God's Sovereignty

Most of us would confess freely that God is sovereign. We wouldn't deny that. But it's the application of his sovereignty—that he's in control of all...

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Thursday, 06 April 2017 23:00

How the Bible Supports Catechesis

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Sharing the Gifts of God

In his letter to the Galatians Paul writes, “Let the one who is taught the word share all good things with the one who teaches” (Gal. 6:6). The Greek word...

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Wednesday, 05 April 2017 23:00

10 Things You Should Know about the Trinity

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1. The Trinity is something God wants us to know.

If you believe the Bible reveals that God is Father, Son, and Holy Spirit,...

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Wednesday, 05 April 2017 23:00

Why Devotional Bible Reading Is Good Bible Reading

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This is a guest post by Dane C. Ortlund, executive vice president of Bible publishing and Bible publisher at Crossway.

Make Communing with God a Priority

Reading the Bible devotionally is just reading the Bible the way it is meant to be read. It doesn’t mean you are reading along in Scripture...

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Tuesday, 04 April 2017 23:00

Introducing the ESV Devotional Psalter

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imageThe Psalms are the only extended portion of Scripture written to God as prayers—uniquely suited to foster communication with God. To help encourage thoughtful interaction with the text, the ESV Devotional Psalter pairs each of the 150 psalms with brand-new devotional content, guiding readers...

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Monday, 03 April 2017 23:00

The Key to Happiness Is More Stuff . . . Right?

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

What Is Enough?

When people don't have very much, they often think that if things would just change, then they would be content. But I would gently ask them if they've ever seen that to be true....

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