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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I’m a great fan of Charles Spurgeon, the famous 19th century London preacher. One of my books on Heaven, We Shall See God, contains selected segments from his sermons on Heaven, so about 60% of the book is Spurgeon. I’ve found that most of his richest words can be found in his...

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Thursday, 18 May 2017 17:00

If I Have Enough Faith, Will God Heal Me?

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Okay, first let me say this: if you don’t have much time, just skip through what I’ve written below and go to the video at the end where Joni Eareckson Tada is interviewed by Todd Wagner. What Joni says in this video is more important than what I say below (though I wouldn’t say...

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Barry Corey has written an important book, Love Kindness: Discover the Power of a Forgotten Christian Virtue, which I thoroughly enjoyed. He advocates true kindness without reducing it to mere cosmetic niceness. Too many Christians choose between standing for truth and demonstrating grace, and the...

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Jesus said, “Beware of false prophets, who come to you in sheep’s clothing but inwardly are ravenous wolves” (Matthew 7:15 ESV). He also promised, “False messiahs and false prophets will appear and perform great signs and wonders to deceive, if possible, even the...

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Years ago, I interviewed a young man from Burundi who told me something profound: “If I fear death as unbelievers do, I have nothing to offer unbelievers. Only when you are free from the fear of death are you really free.”

Though as believers we know that Heaven awaits us after death,...

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Last week I traveled to Oklahoma City, where I had the opportunity to speak on truth and happiness to the staff at the Hobby Lobby and Mardel Bookstore headquarters.

My books 60 Days of Happiness(Tyndale House)and Truth(Harvest House) were given away to employees, courtesy of those two great...

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Sunday, 07 May 2017 17:00

The Cumulative Effect of Our Little Choices

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Have you ever seen a sink hole? Cars can be parked on a street day after day, and everything appears normal, then one day the asphalt caves in and cars disappear into a gigantic hole.

Everybody says, “That hole came out of nowhere.” But they’re wrong. The hole appears suddenly but...

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Perhaps you’ve heard the term “divine appointments.” Dennis Rainey describes them as “supernaturally scheduled meetings.” I agree, and am a firm believer that many of life’s inconveniences involve divine appointments with people the Lord brings into our...

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To sin is to break relationship with God. Therefore, sin is the biggest enemy of happiness, and forgiveness its greatest friend. Confession reunites us with the God of happiness.

If we believe that sin is never in our best interests, it will clarify many otherwise hard decisions in which we imagine...

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Sunday, 30 April 2017 17:00

God’s Truth Is as Relevant and Vital as Ever

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In a world of clashing claims and competing worldviews, where our own feelings and circumstances change from day to day, nothing is more important than God’s truth. Given some of the books and movies that countless Christians are reading and viewing, and the growing biblical illiteracy,...

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Earlier this year on his blog, Tony Reinke interviewed author and podcaster Alastair Roberts about smartphones and how they change us.Alastair shared ten helpful questions to help us think through whether our personal smartphone habits are healthy, or need adjustment. He writes:

Do our particular...

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Since reading John Piper’s book Desiring God the month it came out in 1986, I became interested in everything he writes. In 1991, the year after we started Eternal Perspective Ministries, he came out with The Pleasures of God, which was updated in 2000. This is a truly great book that I...

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Some people wonder, “If the New Earth will be full of the light of God, does that mean we won’t see any more sunrises and sunsets?” Do you love sunrises and sunsets? Are you disappointed to think you might not see any again? Our sun is one of countless billions of suns. I think...

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Thursday, 20 April 2017 17:00

Why I Love to Read

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This Sunday, April 23 is World Book Day, a global celebration of reading, authors, and books, recognized in over 100 countries worldwide.

Books and bookstores have had an enormous influence on my own life. My first youth pastor did me a huge favor—he gave me a key to his office, so I could go...

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A character in the movie Pirate Radio says, “You know, a few months ago, I made a terrible mistake. I realized something, and instead of crushing the thought the moment it came . . . I'm afraid it's stuck in my head forever. These are the best days of our lives. It’s a...

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I appreciated this post from my friend Ron Blue, author of the new book Never Enough?: 3 Keys to Financial Contentment:

In the Bible, Jesus says that Satan comes to steal, to kill, and to destroy (John 10:10). He also says that Satan is the father of lies (John 8:44). One of the greatest blessings...

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I had the pleasure of sharing at last weekend’s services at Harvest Christian Fellowship in Riverside, California, in a Q&A with my friend Pastor Greg Laurie. Each time I’ve visited over the years, Harvest has felt like a second home, and I’m always glad for my time there.

Greg...

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The human ability to rationalize is demonstrated in the lengths we will go to redefine what it means to be a person. First, we commit ourselves to do something we think is in our best interests. We start with our conclusion, the place we want to end up. Then we look for ways to get there while...

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Sunday, 09 April 2017 17:00

Are Short-Term Mission Trips Valuable?

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I’m a strong believer in missions, and in my travels I’ve seen firsthand God’s wonderful work through missions and national churches.  If there’s anything I could do to encourage those who feel their hearts being touched by God to spend the rest of their lives on the...

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Thursday, 06 April 2017 17:00

Husbands, Your Wife Is Your God-Given Assignment

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Likewise, husbands, live with your wives in an understanding way, showing honor to the woman as the weaker vessel, since they are heirs with you of the grace of life, so that your prayers may not be hindered. —1 Peter 3:7 (ESV)

We must take seriously that God’s Word tells us to live with...

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I want to share about a new book, This Changes Everything: How the Gospel Transforms the Teen Year, written by a teenager specifically with teenagers in mind. It’s grounded in God’s Word, interesting, and well-written.

Jaquelle Crowe is an outstanding writer, not just “for a...

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Sunday, 02 April 2017 17:00

Looking for Real Happiness in a World of Worry

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Happy are you when people hate you, reject you, insult you, and say that you are evil, all because of the Son of Man! Be glad when that happens and dance for joy, because a great reward is kept for you in heaven.—Jesus (Luke 6: 22-23, GNT)

“Live, then, and be happy,...

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I had the pleasure of meeting Shai Linne, who is both a rapper and a pastor, at the terrific Canvas Conference last summer, where we were speaking the same night. Here are some reasons I love this guy:

1) His emphasis on solid doctrine.

2) His classic rap bio of Charles Spurgeon, which I blogged about...

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In 50 Days of Heaven, I write:

If we are honest, we must admit that we are not daily and consciously looking forward to Heaven, much less to a New Earth. We’ve reduced Heaven to an otherworldly state, and we’ve ignored the clear biblical promise of a redeemed universe over which we will...

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I’ve long appreciated Justin Taylor’s great blog Between Two Worlds. A while ago he shared a helpful summary of Peter Kreeft’s logical analysis of the prochoice position that “we don’t know whether an unborn child is a person or not.”

It’s a good reminder...

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