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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Thursday, 15 November 2018 20:00

Legalism: 5 Questions to Ask Yourself

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November 16, 2018 by: Sam Stormsimage

Defining Legalism

Legalism has been defined in a number of ways, but here is my attempt: Legalism is the tendency to regard as divine law things that God has neither required nor forbidden in Scripture, and the corresponding inclination to look with suspicion...

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Wednesday, 14 November 2018 22:47

Introducing the ESV Church Bible

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November 15, 2018 by: Crosswayimage

A Bible Edition Created Specifically for Churches

As a not-for-profit ministry, one of Crossway’s primary aims is to create outstanding ESV Bibles and Bible resources that bear witness to the gospel and the truth of God’s Word in all of life and...

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Wednesday, 14 November 2018 20:00

The Most Important Message You’ll Ever Receive

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November 15, 2018 by: Nancy Guthrie

From God to Us

God has sent us a message—the most important message we will ever receive. The Bible, though written by human authors, is God speaking. It is not just a record of what God has said in the past. When we read the Bible, it is God...

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Tuesday, 13 November 2018 20:00

5 Reasons to Obey the 10 Commandments

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November 14, 2018 by: Kevin DeYoungimage

Obedience Matters

The Ten Commandments are not to be ignored. It’s important that we study and understand them. But, of course, it’s more important that we obey them. God isn’t impressed by an intellectually careful analysis that puts the...

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Monday, 12 November 2018 20:00

Free Ebook: ‘The Story of Redemption’

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November 13, 2018 by: Crosswayimage

The Unfolding Plan of God

According to pastor and ESV Story of Redemption Bible commentator Greg Gilbert, the Bible records the epic story “from Adam’s first breath in the garden of Eden to the final song of the redeemed in eternity.”...

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Monday, 12 November 2018 20:00

5 Ways to Use the ‘ESV Story of Redemption Bible’

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November 13, 2018 by: Crosswayimage

Five Unique Features

The ESV Story of Redemption Bible: A Journey through the Unfolding Promises of God leads readers on a journey through Scripture’s storyline from start to finish, with conversational commentary written by pastor Greg Gilbert...

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Sunday, 11 November 2018 20:00

Are Love and Authority Mutually Exclusive?

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November 12, 2018 by: Jonathan Leeman

Can Love Make Commands?

When I was in high school in the mid-80s, my favorite rock artist was Sting. He has a song that says if you love someone, set them free.

Love in our view today doesn’t impose any judgments, doesn’t require anything of...

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Saturday, 10 November 2018 20:00

Start Early: Teaching Your Kids the 10 Commandments

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November 11, 2018 by: Kevin DeYoung

Three Sources

If you look at the history of the church, there have been three items that have formed the backbone of the church’s catechesis (which is just a fancy word for discipleship): the Apostle’s Creed, the Lord’s Prayer, and the...

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Friday, 09 November 2018 20:00

5 Myths about Preaching

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November 10, 2018 by: Joel R. Beekeimage

Five False Dichotomies

Which is your kind of preaching—expository or relevant? That is an example of a false dichotomy—a logical fallacy that deceivers use to advance their agenda. False dichotomies operate under the assumption that there is no...

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Thursday, 08 November 2018 20:00

Why It’s OK that God Loves Himself Most

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November 09, 2018 by: Jonathan Leeman

God’s Love Is Different

As fallen human beings, we tend to think that God’s love is just like our love. Certainly, there’s going to be overlap—even as fallen human beings, by God’s common’s grace. Love is having an...

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Wednesday, 07 November 2018 20:00

A Biblical Theology of Cities

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November 08, 2018 by: Nancy Guthrie

The Origin of the City

In many ways, we could say that the story of the Bible is the story of two cities. The story begins not really in a city, but in a garden. But it’s as if the spirit of the city of man enters into the garden.

Immediately after...

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November 07, 2018 by: Jonathan Leeman

An Obsession with Love

People in our culture today love love. We have lots of song lyrics and movies that extol love and romantic endings. Our children pass out stale, heart-shaped candies on Valentine’s Day. You can justify anything in culture...

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Monday, 05 November 2018 20:00

5 Myths about Angels and Demons

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November 06, 2018 by: Sam Stormsimage

This article is part of the 5 Myths series.

Ongoing Interest

There is no indication that our world’s fascination with angels and demons is in decline. Rarely does a day pass that we don’t hear of someone’s alleged encounter with either a...

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Sunday, 04 November 2018 20:00

The Self-Forgetfulness of Real Love

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November 05, 2018 by: Jonathan Leemanimage

Self-Love vs. Real Love

I remember a junior high science teacher telling our class that, were an astronaut to sit somehow on the surface of a black hole and try to signal his spaceship with a flashlight, the black hole would suck the light of the...

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November 05, 2018 by: Sidney Greidanusimage

This article is part of the 10 Things You Should Know series.

1. Genesis 1 uses seven words to describe the good chaos with which God began his creation.

Genesis 1:1 reads, “In the beginning, God created the heavens and the earth,” that is,...

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November 04, 2018 by: Crosswayimage

A Beautiful Tool for Engaging with Scripture

ESV Illuminated Scripture Journals pair the entirety of individual books of the New Testament with a lightly dotted blank page opposite each page of Bible text, providing space to creatively engage with and reflect...

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Friday, 02 November 2018 21:00

Let’s Be Thankful

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November 03, 2018 by: Crosswayimage

A Time for Thanks

As we begin to reflect on reasons for gratitude in preparation for Thanksgiving, it will serve us to remember well that God is good even outside of the gifts he often graciously bestows to his children. In God Is the Gospel, John Piper says:

Gr...

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Thursday, 01 November 2018 21:00

Chaos to Cosmos = Dark to Light

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November 02, 2018 by: Sidney Greidanusimage

When Darkness Is Displaced

Jesus Christ, the Word of God, is not only the maker of the first creation, which is now broken, but also the maker of the coming new creation. With Christ’s first coming, the light began to penetrate the darkness, but...

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Wednesday, 31 October 2018 21:00

The Story of Redemption: A 1-Year Reading Plan

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November 01, 2018 by: Crosswayimage

This article is part of the ESV.org Reading Plans series.

An Epic and True Story

The Bible is the epic story of the unfolding plan of God over the course of the history of the world.

In the introduction to the ESV Story of Redemption Bible, Greg Gilbert writes:

P...

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Tuesday, 30 October 2018 23:13

The History of the English Standard Version

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October 31, 2018 by: Crossway

The Most Valuable Thing That This World Affords

Over twenty years ago, the idea was born for a new translation of the Bible. After many conversations and much prayer, fourteen members of the ESV Translation Oversight Committee began work on the English Standard...

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Tuesday, 30 October 2018 21:00

Justification: The Heart of the Reformation

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October 31, 2018 by: Michael Reeves

Internal vs. External Transformation

The issue at the heart of the Reformation was without a doubt the question of justification. When Luther was growing up, the understanding of justification that he was taught (and which really drove him to despair) was...

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October 31, 2018 by: Matthew Barrett

Centrality of the Altar

If you were alive in the sixteenth century, the first thing you would have noticed as you walked into the church was the architecture. Now, in the twenty-first century, architecture is not as big of a deal as it was then. Our...

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Monday, 29 October 2018 21:00

2 Essential Doctrines of the Reformation

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October 30, 2018 by: Matthew Barrett

Authority of Scripture

The Reformation addressed many different theological issues, and as an entire movement, affected a reformation for the whole church. There were at least two issues—two doctrines —that were at the center of the...

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Sunday, 28 October 2018 21:00

Why the Reformation Isn't Over

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October 29, 2018 by: Michael Reeves

More Than History

People might think that the Reformation is irrelevant today—just a feature on the pages of history. And they may not like history so they might not find that at all interesting. People might think that the Reformation was mainly a...

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Saturday, 27 October 2018 21:00

4 Essential Ingredients of Reformed Preaching

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October 28, 2018 by: Joel R. Beeke

Letting God Speak

The vision for reformed preaching is to bring a comprehensive worldview of what Scripture is presenting in terms of truth. What reformed preaching does is it aims to take all of the Bible into account and it aims to apply that in several...

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