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

Already Not Yet - Apologetic Report

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Sam Storms:

You are all aware, I’m quite sure, that there is an eternity of difference between saying, “Delight yourself,” and “Delight yourself in the Lord” (Psalm 37:4). The former is pagan or secular hedonism. The latter is Christian Hedonism. So let’s unpack...

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Friday, 17 November 2017 21:29

The Greatest Gift God Can Give

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John Piper:

If you have something that you know will give others full, lasting pleasure and instead of showing it to them you elevate and exalt yourself, are you a loving person? No. You’re most definitely not a loving person. And so it is with God.

If God has something and he doesn’t...

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Tuesday, 14 November 2017 16:32

8 Ways to Help Depressed Christians

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David Murray:

Many of us struggle with what to do when someone we know is depressed. We want to help but fear, confusion, or misunderstanding holds us back. So, let me suggest eight guidelines for helping depressed people.

1. Prepare for it.

Eventually, someone in your church or in your family is...

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Sunday, 12 November 2017 22:58

Trinity – God Is One and Three

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J.I. Packer:

“This is what the LORD says—Israel’s King and Redeemer, the LORD Almighty: I am the first and I am the last; apart from me there is no God” (Isaiah 44:6).

The Old Testament constantly insists that there is only one God, the self-revealed Creator, who must be...

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Sunday, 12 November 2017 16:18

5 Tips for Reading the Book of Revelation

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Leah Baugh:

The book of Revelation is a tough book to read. It is full of strange and often scary imagery, confusing numbers, time references, and much more. However, with just a few tips for understanding certain confusing elements, the book opens up as an important and helpful book for Christians.

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Sunday, 12 November 2017 05:19

The Mystery of the Gospel

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Al Mohler:

The essential content of Christian preaching, Paul says, is the mystery of the gospel. He writes that the preaching of the Word of God is seen in “the mystery which has been hidden from the past ages and generations, but has now been manifested to His saints” (Col. 1:26). A...

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Saturday, 11 November 2017 15:15

How Satan Serves God

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John Piper:

Behold, we consider those blessed who remained steadfast. You have heard of the steadfastness of Job, and you have seen the purpose of the Lord, how the Lord is compassionate and merciful. (James 5:11)

Behind all disease and disability is the ultimate will of God. Not that Satan is not...

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Thursday, 09 November 2017 03:33

How Should We Interpret the Book of Revelation?

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Sam Storms:

Perhaps the single greatest controversy surrounding Revelation and the most important issue when it comes to interpreting the book, is the question of its structure. Many, perhaps most, evangelicals read Revelation as if it is describing a short period of time that is still in the...

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Tuesday, 07 November 2017 15:29

True Repentance

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Michael Lawrence:

False Repentance Leads to False Conversions

Repenting means exchanging our idols for God. Before it’s a change in behavior, it must be a change in worship. How different that is from how we often think of repentance.

Too often we treat repentance as a call to clean up our...

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Monday, 06 November 2017 00:14

Replacement theology or inclusion theology?

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Sam Storms:

I was recently asked by a member at Bridgeway if I believe in what is called “replacement” theology. Although this is a massively complex subject, I tried to provide a brief answer. Here it is.

All biblical interpreters recognize that there is development between the Old...

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Sunday, 05 November 2017 22:01

Gleaning Daily Wisdom from Proverbs

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Once upon a time—I think it was the summer of 2004—I was a camp counselor, and one of the boys in my cabin handed me a CD with a single sermon on it. He said his mom loved the preacher, and I should check it out. So on my day off, I listened to the message that...

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Tuesday, 31 October 2017 00:45

The Very Heart of the Reformation

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R.C.Sproul:

At the very heart of the controversy in the sixteenth century was the question of the ground by which God declares anyone righteous in His sight. The psalmist asked, “If you, O Lord, should mark iniquities, O Lord, who could stand?” (Ps. 130:3). In other words, if we have to...

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Monday, 30 October 2017 16:37

Soli Deo Gloria

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John Piper:

We use the phrase glory of God so often that it tends to lose its biblical force. But this glory, like the sun, is no less blazing— and no less beneficial—because people ignore it. Yet, God hates to be ignored. “Mark this, then, you who forget God, lest I tear you...

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What Is the Greatest of All Protestant “Heresies,” according to Roman Catholic doctrine?

Sinclair Ferguson:

Let us begin with a church history exam question. Cardinal Robert Bellarmine (1542–1621) was a figure not to be taken lightly. He was Pope Clement VIII’s personal...

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Sunday, 29 October 2017 16:40

The Aesthetic Beauty of the Gospel

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Mark Mattes:

To be human is to be captivated by someone or something, and this is no less true for Christians. We sing “Fairest Lord Jesus” because Jesus has captivated our hearts. We experience the gospel as beautiful—that God would reach out to rebels to forgive...

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Matt Harmon:

Sometimes the most important things in the Christian life can be the most difficult.

That can certainly be true of understanding and applying the Bible.

As believers we know that reading Scripture is essential to following Jesus. But if we’re honest, we often find it difficult to...

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Scott R. Swain:

1. Systematic theology exists because the God who knows and loves himself in the bliss of the Trinity is pleased to make himself an object of creaturely knowledge and love through holy Scripture.

Theology in its essence is “wisdom”—a knowledge that is ordered to love...

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Tuesday, 10 October 2017 00:51

How to Resolve Most Relational Conflict

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Jon Bloom:

Few things sap more of our joy, are as emotionally demanding and mentally distracting, as relational conflict. And few things wreak as much havoc and destruction on lives as relational conflict. And so much of it is avoidable.

Of course, not all conflict is avoidable. Some disagreements...

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Monday, 09 October 2017 16:23

10 Things You Should Know About the Church

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Sam Storms:

It’s both amazing and deeply distressing that I continue to hear of people who are supposedly “in love with Jesus” but not with the church. “We like you, Jesus, but we don’t care for your wife!” Really? The so-called “organized” church is...

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Monday, 09 October 2017 05:45

What’s the Purpose of Pastors?

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Tim Challies:

The Bible knows nothing of lone Christians, of believers who are willfully independent from a local church. Rather, Christians gather in communities to worship together and serve one another. And as God commands his people to gather in community, he also commands them to be...

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Sinclair Ferguson:

Luther’s story is well known; Calvin’s less so. Luther was wrestling with the concept of the righteousness of God, and had come to hate it; Calvin had an immense thirst for a secure knowledge of God, but had not found it. While not the whole truth, there is something...

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Friday, 06 October 2017 05:27

Why We Must Earnestly Desire Spiritual Gifts

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Jon Bloom:

The clear teaching of the New Testament is that God gives spiritual gifts to the church for the common good of the saints (1 Corinthians 12:7) and to empower her mission to evangelize the world (Luke 24:48–49Acts 4:29–311 Corinthians 14:24–25).

The most...

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Wednesday, 04 October 2017 02:10

What Is Faith?

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Eric B. Watkins:

This article is the first of twelve that will serve as an overview of the great “Hall of Faith” in Hebrews 11. In this introductory article, I would like to address the question, “What is faith?” It might seem like this little word faith, so familiar to every...

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Sunday, 01 October 2017 23:52

What’s the Purpose of the Church?

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Tim Challies:

Whatever else we may know about Christians, we know this: Christians are supposed to go to church. Every Sunday, Christians gather together to worship God and spend time in fellowship. But do we actually know why we do this? Do we pause to consider the purpose of the local church? In...

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Monday, 25 September 2017 01:28

Does God Really Save Us by Faith Alone?

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John Piper:

The first great Reformers like Martin Luther, John Calvin and Ulrich Zwingli never summed up their teaching with the tidy set of five phrases we now know as the five solas. The solas developed over time as a way of capturing the essence of what the Reformation was mainly...

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