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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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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Friday, 26 October 2018 21:00

10 Things You Should Know about Poetry

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October 27, 2018 by: Leland Rykenimage

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

1. God expects you to understand and enjoy poetry.

This is not the controversial claim that it may seem to be. We know that God expects us to understand and enjoy poetry because approximately a...

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October 27, 2018 by: Jon Nielsonimage

Think Biblically

Well, it’s that time of year again. The nights are growing cooler. The leaves are changing colors and falling from the trees. Daylight savings time is just around the corner. And people at your church are arguing about Halloween . . ....

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Thursday, 25 October 2018 21:00

How Embracing Our Depravity Helps Us Suffer Well

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October 26, 2018 by: Cameron Cole

A Hard Truth

One thing that I found to be true is that a lot of the harder doctrines of the Bible are some of the most helpful things in protecting and healing your heart in tragedy. After my son died, a number of other things happened in my life. A friend...

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October 25, 2018 by: Crosswayimage

In this interview, we sit down with Justin Taylor, executive vice president for book publishing and book publisher at Crossway, to discuss the publication of theESV Study Bible, which first released ten years ago this month.

How did you first get connected with...

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October 25, 2018 by: Crossway

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

Suffering Is Inescapable

We all wish to live lives free of trial, suffering, or hardship, but few escape these effects of sin this side of eternity. In fact, John 16:33 guarantees that “in the...

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October 24,

2018

by: Kevin DeYoungimage

The What

So what exactly is forbidden by the third commandment? The word vain (as it’s rendered in the ESV) can mean “empty,” “nothing,” “worthless,” or “to no good purpose.” We are forbidden, therefore,...

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October 23, 2018 by: Kevin DeYoungimage

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

1. Moses never actually refers to them as the “ten commandments.”

Exodus 20:1–2 introduces one of the most famous sections in the Bible—indeed, one of the most important...

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Monday, 22 October 2018 02:58

How to Request a Free Church Resources Kit

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October 22, 2018 by: Crosswayimage

Pastors: Request a Free Church Resources Kit

One of our highest priorities as an organization is to serve the local church and other gospel-centered ministries by providing them with high-quality Bibles and trustworthy Bible-based resources. As we write in our...

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Saturday, 20 October 2018 21:00

10 Things You Should Know about Studying the Bible

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October 21, 2018 by: Drew Hunterimage

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

1. Studying the Bible matters because God matters.

We study the Bible because it is God’s word to the world. We want to hear him. We want to slow down and carefully, thoughtfully, and...

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Saturday, 20 October 2018 21:00

The Greatest Promise in the Bible

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October 21, 2018 by: Nancy Guthrie

Where God Dwells

What we see in Eden is God preparing a home that he intended to dwell in with his holy people. But of course, we know what happens in Eden. His people are no longer holy. They are sinful and so they are exiled from that home because they...

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Friday, 19 October 2018 21:00

Free Ebook: ‘Women of the Word’

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October 20, 2018 by: Crosswayimage

What Are You Becoming?

We consume all day, every day. Between television, radio, podcasts, books, articles, twitter, and Instagram, we're getting news and entertainment from every dimension and from all directions. How much time do we spend holding our devices...

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October 20, 2018 by: Rosaria Butterfield

The Power of Open Invitation

We have not had the problem of people avoiding our invitation, but I’ll tell you some of the things that we’ve done. We do open invitations. We’ll just say to 300 households, “We’re having a...

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Thursday, 18 October 2018 21:00

Glimpsing the Gospel in Every Book of the Bible

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October 19, 2018 by: Crosswayimage

A Part of the Whole

Biblical literacy is ever-important for Christians as we seek to understand how the Scriptures come together to tell the story of the gospel.

In the Knowing the Bible series preface, J. I. Packer and Lane T. Dennis say:

Knowing the Bible, as...

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Thursday, 18 October 2018 21:00

What Is the Rapture? (1 Thessalonians 4)

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October 19, 2018 by: David W. Chapmanimage

This article is part of the Tough Passages series.

13But we do not want you to be uninformed, brothers, about those who are asleep, that you may not grieve as others do who have no hope. 14For since we believe that Jesus died and rose again, even so,...

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