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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April 09, 2018 by: Stephen J. Nicholsimage

This article is part of the This Day in History series.

Bonhoeffer’s Life and Imprisonment

Like a Roman ruin with graffiti, a stretch of 200 meters of the Berlin Wall runs along the Niederkirchnerstrasse in Berlin. Behind that stretch of wall sits...

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April 08, 2018 by: Rosaria Butterfieldimage

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

1. Hospitality reflects the gospel.

Faithful Christians are—and have always been—a strange minority in a hostile world. Redeemed by Christ, we have lost our old lives—and...

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April 07, 2018 by: John Piperimage

A Call to Live for Christ

In his best-selling book that has sold more than 1 million copies, Don‘t Waste Your Life, John Piper makes a passionate plea to the next generation to not waste their lives, but to live wholeheartedly for Christ. Below are 15 of...

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April 07, 2018 by: Nick Roarkimage

A Weighty and Wonderful Responsibility

Pastors have the weighty and wonderful responsibility of preaching Christ from all the Scriptures. Biblical theology, therefore, is a vital help for pastors to faithfully declare the glorious truth that Jesus is the main...

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Thursday, 05 April 2018 21:00

God Taught Us to Pray

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April 06, 2018 by: Crosswayimage

Unity in Prayer

May 3rd is the National Day of Prayer. Across the country, countless people will gather to come before the Lord—a good and necessary practice for all believers. We are invited to approach God’s throne with confidence, knowing that he...

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Thursday, 05 April 2018 21:00

An Open Letter to the Hesitant Host

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April 06, 2018 by: Rosaria Butterfieldimage

This article is part of the Open Letters series.

Dear friend,

Are you busy? Are you important? Do you work on a tight schedule? Are your boundaries well-fortified?

Those are not, in and of themselves, bad things.

But they will become idols if you...

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Wednesday, 04 April 2018 21:00

5 Ways to Use an ‘ESV Scripture Journal’

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April 05, 2018 by: Crosswayimage

Engage with Scripture

Reading and studying Scripture are pursuits that require the attention of both heart and mind. To love the Lord with all our strength, we must actively engage with Scripture—asking questions, learning contexts, making connections, and...

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Tuesday, 03 April 2018 21:00

Introducing ‘ESV Scripture Journals’

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April 04, 2018 by: Crossway

Journal beside the Biblical Text

ESV Scripture Journals pair the entirety of individual books of the New Testament with lightly lined blank pages opposite each page of the biblical text, allowing readers to take extended notes or record insights and prayers...

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Monday, 02 April 2018 21:00

Stop Taking Sin So Lightly

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April 03, 2018 by: John MacArthur

Faced with Sin

There are some people who take sin lightly—it's kind of a trendy thing today. There are lots of churches and lots of churchgoers who are never really confronted by the wretchedness of their own hearts and the sinfulness of their own sin.

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April 02, 2018 by: Andrew Wilson

Our Unique Situation

We have a son and a daughter. My son Zeke was about two and we realized that he was not meeting his milestones, and, in theory, hadn’t developed in line with other children in the way he was supposed to develop. Between the ages of...

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April 02, 2018 by: John Piperimage

The Man Who Taught Me to See

I thank God for professors and writers who devoted tremendous creative energies to render credible the existence of trees and water and souls and love and God. C. S. Lewis, who died the same day as John F. Kennedy in 1963 and who...

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Saturday, 31 March 2018 21:00

When the Sun Rose, the Son Rose

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April 01, 2018 by: Andrew Wilson

Easter Is an Exodus Story

In many ways Jesus’s death and resurrection is an exodus story, just like the exodus, in some ways, is a death and resurrection story.

You see that from Israel’s side. There’s the death of the lamb and they go down...

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Thursday, 29 March 2018 21:00

10 Things You Should Know about the Cross

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March 30, 2018 by: Patrick Schreinerimage

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

1. The cross is a Trinitarian event.

The Christian faith is distinctively Trinitarian and cross-shaped. Therefore, the cross must reveal the Trinity. God the Father sent the Son to save the...

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Wednesday, 28 March 2018 21:00

We Are Barabbas

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March 29, 2018 by: Dave Furmanimage

Pilate’s Ruling

Jesus became a substitute for us in a colossal way.

On Jesus’s final day on this earth he was arrested in a garden and taken for trial. It was a brief ordeal because there was no real evidence. There was no attorney with exhibit A or...

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Tuesday, 27 March 2018 21:00

Sin Didn't Kill Jesus - God Did

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March 28, 2018 by: John MacArthurimage

A Shocking Truth

The reality of Christ’s vicarious, substitutionary death on our behalf is the heart of the gospel according to God—the central theme of Isaiah 53.

We must remember, however, that sin did not kill Jesus; God did. The suffering...

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Monday, 26 March 2018 21:00

How to Go from Fearful to Forgiven

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March 27, 2018 by: John MacArthur

Terrified of Sin

Isaiah 53 has to be the best news for sinners. All of us are sinners. All of us should feel the weight of guilt. It seems to be popular nowadays to make sure nobody feels guilty. True preaching and teaching wants to make the sinner feel...

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Sunday, 25 March 2018 21:00

21 Key Christian Figures You Should Know

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March 26, 2018 by: Crosswayimage

Standing on Their Shoulders

In 21 Servants of Sovereign Joy John Piper details the lives of 21 leaders from church history who have inspired every generation of believers toward a greater passion for God. We stand on the shoulders of the saints who have gone...

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March 25, 2018 by: Crosswayimage

21 Church History Leaders

When Augustine handed over the leadership of his church in AD 426, his successor was so overwhelmed by a sense of inadequacy that he declared, “The swan is silent,” fearing the spiritual giant’s voice would be lost in...

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March 24, 2018 by: Nick Roark, Robert Clineimage

Gather Your Tools

To read the Bible faithfully, we need the proper tools. The discipline of biblical theology is one of those helpful tools.

1. Biblical theology helps clarify the Bible’s main purpose.

Some people approach God’s Word as...

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Friday, 23 March 2018 21:00

Jesus’s Path to the Cross: A 9-Day Devotional

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March 24, 2018 by: Crosswayimage

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

Travel with Jesus

Holy Week is a time in the life of the church to reflect on the days leading up to Jesus’s death—the events that demonstrate his resolute determination to fulfill the will of...

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Thursday, 22 March 2018 21:00

Easter Crafts for Kids

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March 23, 2018 by: Crosswayimage

The Gospel for Young Hearts

With Easter just around the corner, you may be looking for ways to read Scripture, explain the gospel, and celebrate Jesus’s resurrection with the youth in your church or your own children. Scripture-based crafts from Gail...

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Wednesday, 21 March 2018 21:00

Introducing the ‘Big Picture Bible Crafts’

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March 22, 2018 by: Crosswayimage

Reinforcing the Message of Scripture

Combined with reading the Bible, hands-on activities are a great way for small children to engage with and learn truths from Scripture. Gail Schoonmaker, author of Big Picture Bible Crafts: 101 Simple Amazing Crafts to Help...

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Tuesday, 20 March 2018 21:00

Why a Pastor Needs to Learn His Context

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March 21, 2018 by: Jeff Higbieimage

To the North Dakotans, Become as a North Dakotan

To faithfully pastor those who are culturally different from you, the first thing you should do is learn as much as you can about your context. Start by getting to know the people in your church. If possible...

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Tuesday, 20 March 2018 21:00

8 Theses on Christians and Twitter

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March 21, 2018 by: Read Mercer Schuchardtimage

Keeping Words Short and Tweet

This month, Twitter celebrates its 12th anniversary. Short, pithy, snarky statements are the currency of Twitter, but, how should Christians engage? Should Christians use Twitter at all? Is there anything, good, noble,...

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March 20, 2018 by: Matthew McCulloughimage

What is Church?

The Bible describes the local church as the engine of God’s work in the world. It is a kingdom of people who want to honor and serve God as King in all of life (Matthew 16, 18, 28). It is a family of those adopted by God and bound...

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