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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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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Those of you who have stocks may find the following information about a unique way to give to ministries interesting. My thanks to my friend, novelist Athol Dickson, for sharing this:

Give Like a Smarty

By Athol Dickson

Give your taxes to charity!

How would you like to pay your taxes to the...

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This article by Jessi Strong originally appeared in the September/October 2016 issue of Bible Study Magazine.

Growing up in a non-Christian home, Randy Alcorn’s first thoughts of God and spirituality were of emptiness and absence. With only limited exposure to the Bible, Alcorn—now a...

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I’ve long believed that in light of the great number of young people who reject their faith as college students or young adults, we need to ask ourselves two questions: What are we doing to help nominally Christian young people come to a true faith in Christ? And what are we doing to help...

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I deeply appreciate Raymond C. Ortlund Jr., just as I did his father and mother, who I’ve mentioned before. I have really enjoyed Ray’s powerful little book, The Gospel: How the Church Portrays the Beauty of Christ, which I would highly recommend to anyone desiring to start or help...

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Over the last several weeks, I’ve spoken at three great conferences across the country. I thought I’d share a short report on each in today’s post, along with some pictures and videos.

In early February, I spoke at the 2017 Linger Conference in Texas, which was hosted by Stonebriar...

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Recently a reader sent me this question:

What is your perspective on the documentaryPoverty, Inc.? We are giving generously to the Kingdom and are saddened by the waste we see in this film. Do your recommended organizations overcome these issues?

If you’ve not yet heard of the documentary,...

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One of the great ironies of gambling is that the vast majority of people lose money, while the few who win discover money doesn’t make them happy—and often it actually ruins their lives! One study reported that “six months after winning the lottery, you are likely to be no happier...

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Tuesday, 07 March 2017 16:00

The Key to Your Lasting Happiness

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The Christian life is largely won and lost on the battlefield of ideas regarding what makes us happy. If we believe the lie that saying no to sin means saying no to happiness, then no amount of self-restraint will keep us from ultimately seeking happiness in sin. John Piper writes, “You were...

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Before I started Eternal Perspective Ministries, I served as a pastor for 14 years. When I was in the ministry, I found myself spending a great deal of time ministering to dying people and comforting their families. People look to pastors for guidance, help, and perspective during difficult times...

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I love this, from G. K. Chesterton:

How much happier you would be if you only knew that these people cared nothing about you!

How much larger your life would be if your self could become smaller in it; if you could really look at other men with common curiosity and pleasure; if you could see them...

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Do we seek happiness because we’re sinners or because we’re human? Should faith in God be dragged forward by duty or propelled by delight?

Must we choose between holiness and happiness? Much of my time with my wife, Nanci, and our family and friends is filled with fun and laughter. The...

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image A few months ago when we were both speaking at an apologetics conference, I had the privilege of meeting Christopher Yuan, who is an author, speaker, and instructor at Moody Bible Institute. I had read things written by Christopher, and greatly enjoyed having breakfast with him and hearing his...

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