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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Ever heard of a “gospel patron”? Most probably haven’t, yet it’s a revolutionary concept that has the potential to encourage God’s people to pursue greater, eternity-impacting generosity.

John Rinehart is the author of a book I highly recommend: Gospel Patrons: People...

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Thursday, 22 June 2017 17:00

Will All People Be Equal in Heaven?

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All people are equal in worth, but they differ in gifting and performance. God is the creator of diversity, and diversity means “inequality” of gifting (1 Corinthians 12:14-20). Because God promises to reward people differently according to their differing levels of faithfulness in...

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Today's guest post is from Kathy Norquist and Stephanie Anderson, who are both on staff with Eternal Perspective Ministries.

Last month, The New York Timesran a feature story about Maddi Runkles, a high school senior and straight A-student at a private Christian school in Boonsboro, Maryland, who...

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This interview on happiness and the Christian life, and specifically related to my devotional60 Days of Happiness, originally appeared on Lifeletter Café.

What is the most important thing you are hoping to accomplish in 60 Days of Happiness?

 My hope is that readers will experience some...

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Before I get to today’s blog, thought I’d share this photo I posted on my Facebook page last weekend. So, Nanci and I get junk mail from Verizon and others, nothing new about that. And occasionally we get mail addressed to somebody else. But this came last Saturday, and it was a first:

Ac...

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As I’ve written and talked about happiness, I’ve heard from lots of people wondering how we can experience true, heartfelt, and Christ-honoring happiness in a broken world where life can be difficult. They often ask something like, “What should I do when I just don’t feel hap...

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Ten years ago today, EPM shared my first blog post, “There is a God,” which featured Bryant Young, then defensive tackle for the San Francisco 49ers. We’ve since shared over 1,300 posts on a wide range of topics, including Heaven, suffering, giving, prolife issues, happiness,...

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A Barna survey found that 59% of American adults believe that “Christians and Muslims worship the same God even though they have different names and beliefs regarding God.” And it’s not just secular people who believe that “all religions are basically the same”:

One...

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The last 27 years I’ve been with Eternal Perspective Ministries. Before that I was a pastor for 14 years, and I have a number of close friends who are pastors. I feel like I understand their worlds.

I understand why pastors struggle with the many political issues people want them to address in...

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I’ve blogged before about the Logos Hope, a ship owned and operated by OM Ships International. The ship ministry, the brainchild of one of Operation Mobilization’s founders, George Verwer, began in 1970 as part of OM’s global Christian training and outreach movement. Since...

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Thursday, 01 June 2017 17:00

God’s Works of Art Point to Him

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If you go to an art gallery, you can watch people sit for hours staring at a single great work of art. They’ve seen it and pondered it before, perhaps many times, for dozens or even hundreds of hours. The human artist unleashed his or her creative instincts on a canvas, for months—if...

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image My long-time friend Barry Arnold, one of the pastors at Cornerstone Church, shared this video of his 4-year old granddaughter Ellery. After a conversation with her dad Brian, Barry’s son and also my friend, Ellery prays for a member of their church, April, who was a youth leader at...

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Paul warned the elders of the church in Ephesus, “I know that after my departure fierce wolves will come in among you…and from among your own selves will arise men speaking twisted things, to draw away the disciples after them” (Acts 20:29-30).

These “twisted things”...

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I have the greatest appreciation for the world-impacting ministry Generous Giving (see www.generousgiving.org). I recommend checking out the resources on their website, including their testimonials from brothers and sisters who have found the life-changing joy of generosity.

One of those...

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Tuesday, 23 May 2017 17:00

Can Self-Forgetfulness Make Us Happier?

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“Let each of you look not only to his own interests, but also to the interests of others. Have this mind among yourselves, which is yours in Christ Jesus, who, though he was in the form of God, did not count equality with God a thing to be grasped, but emptied himself, by taking the form of a...

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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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