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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Tuesday, 14 August 2018 17:00

When the Pastor Came to Dinner

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The adorable girl in the photos is my wife Nanci, who is still just as adorable. When I was dating her in high school, and had dinner with her parents, her dad and mom first told me this story. In years to come, I heard it a number of other times. I found it charming and funny, and just like Nanci!...

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A friend shared this story and blog with me, about a precious family, the Simaos, who lost their son Isaiah last year after a tragic horseback riding accident. Isaiah’s oldest sister Sydney has written about their family’s experience and grief:

When tragedy strikes, faith does not make...

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I share some advice for men about spiritually leading their families in this brief video:

I would challenge men to be the spiritual leaders of their homes. What does that look like on a daily basis? Open God’s Word with your wife, your children, and your grandchildren. Pray with them, talk...

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I’ve been spending some time in Psalm 1 recently and have been reminded just how important delighting and meditating on God’s Word is. Here’s how the CSB renders it (note the use of “happy” in verse one for the Hebrew asher, often translated “blessed”):

1&nbs...

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Mountain climbers could save time and energy if they reached the summit in a helicopter, but their ultimate purpose is conquest, not efficiency. Sure, they want to reach a goal, but they desire to do it by testing and deepening their character, discipline, and resolve.

God could create scientists,...

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Thursday, 02 August 2018 17:00

While You’re Waiting on God, He’s Working

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In a time of suffering, David affirmed this: 

The LORD is my light and my salvation—whom shall I fear? The LORD is the stronghold of my life—of whom shall I be afraid?... Though an army besiege me, my heart will not fear; though war break out against me, even then will I be...

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Recently someone asked me, “When you have concerns about a book, and disagree with it, shouldn’t you talk directly to the author rather than posting about it on your blog?”

In some cases, yes. I’ve gone directly to authors when I have a relationship with them, in the spirit...

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There are few things in life as difficult and painful as watching your children walk away from Christ. For those whose hearts have been broken by their children’s rebellion, never give up on them. No matter how difficult their struggle, as long as they’re alive, God can change them....

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Thursday, 26 July 2018 17:00

Some Day, Jesus Will Make It Plain

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When I’m asked who my favorite character from my novels is, I always say it’s Obadiah Abernathy in Dominion, who played baseball in the old Negro leagues. He modeled dignity, grace, wisdom, and humor. My sports inspiration for Obadiah was Buck O’Neil of the Kansas City Monarchs,...

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Many Bible-believing Christians today are crippled by their unbiblical view of the life to come. This is why I have written at length on the subject of Heaven, putting primary emphasis on the resurrection and eternal state centered on the New Earth.

Ironically, there are believers who would die...

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Today’s guest post is by EPM staff member Shauna Hernandez. I so appreciate the thoughts she shares about saying goodbye just a few weeks ago to Karen Coleman, our beloved coworker and friend. —Randy Alcorn

Recently, I was preparing to visit my friend and coworker, Karen, who was dying...

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Thursday, 19 July 2018 17:00

Who Is the Happiest Human Being Who Ever Lived?

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Though the answer wouldn’t be obvious to unbelievers or even to most Christians, the Bible is clear on this: it’s Jesus. Psalm 45:6-7 is quoted in direct reference to the Messiah, in Hebrews 1:8-9, where the Father says of His Son: “You have loved righteousness and hated...

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Many of you read and shared your appreciation for EPM’s tribute to our staff member Karen Coleman, who went to be with Jesus in June. Thank you to those who have prayed for our staff in this time of grief, and for Randy as he prepared to speak at Karen’s memorial service. Please also...

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Here are portions of Psalm 18 that I meditated on recently before Nanci and I met with her doctor. (You can read an update on her health, and some good news we’re grateful for, on her Caring Bridge page.) God spoke to me through them, and I hope they speak to you:

I love you, Lord, my strength....

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imageOf the many fine young men I’ve gotten to know through the ministry of Pro Athletes Outreach (PAO), quarterback Nick Foles stands out as one of those most serious in his Christian faith. (See my past blog on Nick and Case Keenum, as well as some of Nick’s Eagles teammates who...

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Tuesday, 10 July 2018 17:00

Will Our Bodies Shine in Heaven?

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Some people have asked me if our resurrected bodies will shine. They cite two passages: “The righteous will shine like the sun in the kingdom of their Father” (Matthew 13:43) and “Those who have insight will shine brightly like the brightness of the expanse of heaven, and those...

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Sunday, 08 July 2018 17:00

Get into God’s Word with The Bible Project

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One of the best things to come out of Portland, Oregon (where I live) in the last few years is The Bible Project, which is done by a couple of creative brothers here that know God and His Word. Nanci and I often watch one of their 5 to 10 minute videos at dinner, and our discussion takes off from...

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This question was answered a few months ago by Karen Coleman, an EPM staff member now with Jesus. I appreciate her response. As I shared in our tribute to Karen, she is truly one of my heroes. —Randy Alcorn

Question from reader:

I’m reading Managing God's Money and my question is...

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On my bike rides I’ve been listening to the wonderful audio version of a book that deeply affected me when I was a young teenage Christian in the 1970s. It’s J. I. Packer’s classic, Knowing God. (As a printed book or an audio to listen to as you drive or work out, this book is...

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Here’s an amazing truth: “Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you” (1 Peter 5:7). God, the Creator of the universe and fountainhead of all marvels, caresfor you? Think about that for a few million years.

The Lord does not call us merely to release our anxiety to Him,...

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On June 10, our beloved coworker and dear friend Karen Coleman went to be with Jesus. Prior to working at EPM, she and her family spent 23 years as missionaries in Africa. Her missionary heart never changed and her greatest desire was for people to know Jesus as their Savior. Even during her final...

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Seeing positive outcomes of somesuffering should lead us to trust that God can bring good from all suffering. Consider three people who through suffering became extraordinary:

Doctors once thought that Joseph Merrick, “The Elephant Man,” had elephantiasis, though now they believe he...

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In The Magician’s Nephew, C. S. Lewis portrays two children, a few adults, and a horse transported from Earth to an unknown place. It’s the darkness and silence that precedes the day of Narnia’s creation. They watch in wonder as this beautiful new world is masterfully shaped by...

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Suppose a professor or inspirational speaker says, “What’s important isn’t finding the truth, it’s searching for it.” Try applying the same logic to your search for a life preserver when you’re drowning!

Or, “Truth is whatever you believe, as long as...

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In this two-minute video, teacher and author Jen Wilkin answers the question, “Which book do you wish every Christian would read, and why?” Watch her answer:

I agree with Jen—Tozer’s book is an important one for Christians today to read. Why? Because he speaks of the...

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