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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August 23, 2017 by: Thabiti Anyabwile

Every Neighborhood, Every Neighbor

I believe it’s important that every local church, in some way, focuses on church planting. As local churches, we don’t want to be concerned with the gospel only in our context. We actually want to see the...

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August 22, 2017 by: David Powlisonimage

Dear friend,

Sex is like fire. When it blazes in the fireplace, a good fire warms and brightens the room, enhancing joy and companionship. But when fires ignite in the wrong places, the house burns down. Is your sexuality igniting in the wrong places? Are...

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August 21, 2017 by: David Powlisonimage

Dear friend,

What do you do when you are still struggling? What do you do when repeated failure, guilt, and shame weigh heavily on your conscience?

Let me begin with a story about a friend of mine. He had come to faith in Christ when he was in his late...

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Thursday, 17 August 2017 21:00

10 Tips for Your Next Short-Term Missions Trip

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August 18, 2017 by: Andy Johnsonimage

A Common Problem

One problem with many short-term trips is how we plan and promote them. Not infrequently churches promote short-term trips by talking about the good of getting “missions experience” or the opportunity “to make a difference...

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Wednesday, 16 August 2017 21:00

Foreign Missions in Your Own Hometown

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August 17, 2017 by: Andy Johnsonimage

International Missions Might Be Right on Your Doorstep

Many of us don’t have to board international flights to reach people from other religions and cultures. We just need to open our eyes, look around, and engage the nations in our own cities and...

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Tuesday, 15 August 2017 21:00

Sanctification Is a Direction

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August 16, 2017 by: David Powlisonimage

Sanctification Is a Lifelong Process

Often our practical view of sanctification, discipleship, and counseling posits a monochromatic answer and takes the short view. If you memorize and call to mind one special Bible verse, will it clean up all the mess?...

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August 15, 2017 by: Crosswayimage

Learn to Give Wise Counsel to Others

Given the apparent insufficiency of modern psychotherapies and a growing discomfort with pharmacological strategies, many churches are reaffirming the unique power of Scripture to change lives.

Through careful...

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Sunday, 13 August 2017 23:25

7 Back-to-School Prayers for Students

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August 14, 2017 by: Jaquelle Croweimage

That Time of Year

It’s back-to-school season. And that’s weird to me.

This is only my second year of not going back to school, but it still feels strange. My heart and mind are in sync with the school calendar. And as a student, September seems...

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August 13, 2017 by: Jonathan Gibson

There are four things that put people off the doctrine of atonement:

1. It is defined incorrectly.

J.C. Ryle said that the absence of accurate definitions is the very life of religious controversy. Often people reject definite atonement because they...

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Friday, 11 August 2017 21:00

2 New Bible Study Resources for ESV.org

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August 12, 2017 by: Crosswayimage

Resources to Help You Study, Apply, and Teach God's Word

Today we’re excited to make available two new resources on ESV.org:

Both of these resources—as well as many others,...

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Friday, 11 August 2017 21:00

Why Study the Books of 1–2 Peter

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August 12, 2017 by: Jonathan K. Dodsonimage

Feeling Disoriented?

A friend recently confessed political views in her church are so tense and divided, she can’t bring up political issues with her fellow Christians. A member in my own church asked me if it was okay to not call himself an...

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Thursday, 10 August 2017 21:00

Why Study the Books of 1–2 Thessalonians?

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August 11, 2017 by: Matt Smethurstimage

From Ancient Thessalonica to Us Today

Two thousand years have passed since Paul penned 1–2 Thessalonians. The Roman Empire, and the ancient city of Thessalonica, have been reduced to rubble. You can buy a ticket to tour the ruins. The Greco-Roman...

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Wednesday, 09 August 2017 21:00

Is Sexual Renewal a Simple or Complex Process?

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August 10, 2017 by: David Powlison

Sexual Renewal Isn’t Easy, but It’s Good

In principle, the idea of sexual renewal very simple. Here’s darkness, here’s light. Here’s bad, here’s good. Here’s being dirty, here’s being clean. But in process,...

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August 09, 2017 by: Thabiti Anyabwile

A Thoughtful Acceptance

I hope we're seeing a resurgence in the embrace of reformed theology among African Americans. I hope the glorious doctrines of Scripture are spreading more widely, rapidly, and deeply among all of God's people, in particular my...

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Monday, 07 August 2017 21:00

Does the Bible Teach Definite Atonement?

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August 08, 2017 by: Jonathan Gibson

Playing Bible Ping-Pong

To support the doctrine of definite atonement, I don't think it's as simple as providing a set of biblical texts. For example, as someone who believes in definite atonement, I could bring all the particularistic texts to the table...

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August 07, 2017
by: David Powlison

Pressing through Shame to God

There is a story in Scripture of a woman whose life was ruined by sexual victimization. It's one of David's daughters, Tamar, who was raped by her stepbrother. That someone can be absolutely crushed under a feeling of shame,...

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Saturday, 05 August 2017 21:00

9 Ways Music Can Glorify God

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August 06, 2017 by: Bob Kauflinimage

Use Music Well

Music is meant to be a means of bringing glory to God, one more way in which we can “proclaim the excellencies of him who called [us] out of darkness into his marvelous light” (1 Pet. 2:9). I want to suggest specific steps to help us...

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Friday, 04 August 2017 21:00

How to Engage Emotionally with the Bible

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August 05, 2017 by: Jen Wilkin

Letting Deep Feeling Follow Accurate Thinking

Women in particular sometimes approach their time in Scripture looking to receive some sort of emotional dose of something from it. That's not necessarily wrong, but sometimes it's a little out of order.

When you...

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Thursday, 03 August 2017 21:00

Bible Study Resources for Men

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August 04, 2017 by: Crosswayimage

Receive. Study. Share.

In 2 Timothy 2:2, the apostle Paul instructs his young disciple, Timothy, "What you have heard from me in the presence of many witnesses entrust to faithful men, who will be able to teach others also." God intends for his Word to be...

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August 03, 2017 by: Thabiti Anyabwile

The Inconceivable

It is important for Christians to be members of a local church because the New Testament apostles can't conceive of anything called a Christian that's not connected to Christ's body. Sometimes people spiritualize that reality and only...

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Wednesday, 02 August 2017 21:00

Bible Study Resources for Women

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August 03, 2017 by: Crosswayimage

Making Time to Study God's Word

As summer winds down, it's time to gear up for the fall. With new routines, commitments, and plans filling the calendar, one of the most important things you can schedule is consistent time in the Bible. How will you prioritize...

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Tuesday, 01 August 2017 21:00

3 Tips for Starting a Bible Study

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August 02, 2017 by: Jen Wilkin

A Common Question

I'm often asked the question, What is necessary to have an effective Bible study? I know that people usually expect I'll say you need good content. But I don't know many people who, when they start out with Bible study, intend to use bad...

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Monday, 31 July 2017 21:00

Christian, What Are You Watching?

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August 01, 2017 by: Craig Cabanissimage

Sound Familiar?

Consider a day in the life of a typical American adult. The waking moments begin with the radio alarm reporting weather, traffic, and headlines. Breakfast is gulped down with a side of business news and features from the morning newspaper.


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Monday, 31 July 2017 03:15

Are You a Healthy Church Member?

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July 31, 2017 by: Thabiti M. Anyabwile

Not Your Ordinary Membership

A healthy church member is someone that, in one sense, shares all the sensibilities of a good pastor. They're going to have a concern for the spiritual growth of others, they're going to have a concern for the right teaching...

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Thursday, 27 July 2017 21:00

What to Do If You're Bored by the Bible

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July 28, 2017 by: Matthew S. Harmon

Our God Still Speaks

If we're honest, almost every Christian will admit that sometimes when we sit down to read our Bible, we find it a little bit boring. Or else it doesn't seem to connect—it can feel like it doesn't relate to our own lives.


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