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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Today’s guest blog is by Nadia (not her real name), one of many Iranian women who’ve been touched by the liberating and restoring love of Christ. Today she is a key leader serving with Elam Ministries to reach and disciple other Persian-speaking women through their women’s...

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Tuesday, 15 May 2018 17:00

Self-Control and the Battle for Our Minds

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While Scripture does not say as much as we’d like about circumstance-control, it says a great deal more than we like about self-control. Scripture warns, “A man without self-control is like a city broken into and left without walls” (Proverbs 25:28). Such a city, and such a...

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My friend Doug Nichols is the founder of ACTION International, one of my favorite ministries in the world. If you’re wondering about a worthy missions work to support, I highly recommend ACTION. (Doug currently serves as global missions advocate and mobilizer for Commission to Every...

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Thursday, 10 May 2018 17:00

The Truth Starts with God, Not Us

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Left to myself, I don’t think straight. I believe the lies that are currently popular. God gives me His truth as a moral compass, a reference point to guide me.

It’s not my job to fix the compass so it points the direction I want it to. I must believe the truth as it is, thank God for...

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Tuesday, 08 May 2018 17:00

Heavenly Encouragement in the Race of Life

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Life in this world—the way it is now and the way we are now—can be difficult, can’t it? It’s easy to become burdened, discouraged, depressed, or even traumatized when you suffer the loss of a loved one, when your health is failing, or when your dreams—your family,...

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If you haven’t yet checked out John Piper’s amazing LABS (Look at the Book), I encourage you to do so. Here are two that I watched in the past few days and think are terrific:

The Righteous Are Not the Perfect: Piper talks about the difference between the righteous and the wicked, in...

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Thursday, 03 May 2018 17:00

Let Your Kids Experience Failure

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I’ve written before about how failure can be an important part of God’s character-building process in our lives. Here, in his book Navigating Life With More Than Enough, Todd DeKruyter talks about how parents need to let their children experience failure and avoid constantly rescuing...

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imageA few years ago Nanci and I met Earl Smith, former death row chaplain at San Quentin State Prison and author of Death Row Chaplain: Unbelievable True Stories from America's Most Notorious Prison.He has his own story of redemption and a deep heart for men imprisoned in their souls. I have seen...

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Sunday, 29 April 2018 17:00

Four Pieces of Advice for Graduates

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With graduation season almost upon us, here are four pieces of advice for both high school and college graduates (and reminders for all of us, in any stage of life).

You can watch the video or read the edited transcript.

1. Ask God to speak to you through His Word.Something I encourage you to do...

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Nanci and I have been going deep in the character of God as we face her cancer and the treatments. She read a portion of this to me the other day, and I went back and found Spurgeon’s larger context, which we first posted on our site eight years ago, to read to her. We were both encouraged...

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Years ago, the television series “Life Goes On” portrayed a teenager named Corky who had Down syndrome. The starring role was played by a young man with Down syndrome, and many people were touched by his winsome performance. Critics raved. But many of the same critics favor the killing...

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Today’s guest blog is from Shauna Hernandez, a vital and beloved member of our team at EPM. What she has to share here is wise, insightful, and transparent. I think it’s helpful not only for newlyweds, but also those who’ve been married for many years. And I believe husbands of...

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Thursday, 19 April 2018 17:00

A Quiet Place and Our Silencing of the Unborn

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Nanci and I saw The Quiet Place, a unique and unforgettable film which left us instinctively whispering and not wanting to make noises afterward. If you see the movie, which I don’t recommend unless you like 90 minutes of tension and lots of dread, you’ll know what I mean. But for sure,...

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I wrote what follows nearly a year ago. I didn’t post it then because honestly, I hate to get involved in quarrels with the many people who will disagree. But as time goes on, I continue to see people adversely influenced by the theology expressed in this book. While it’s increasingly...

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Sunday, 15 April 2018 17:00

Nine of My Spiritual Heroes

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I have only one Lord, but many spiritual heroes. Here are nine of mine. (This is a repost of an article I shared several years ago; this version has been expanded and updated with links to more on each of my heroes.)

image 1) Pastor Charles Haddon Spurgeon

Even as a twenty year old, Spurgeon...

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Thursday, 12 April 2018 17:00

A Prayer to the Shepherd of My Life

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Earlier this year, my wife and best friend Nanci was diagnosed with colon cancer, and is now beginning a combination of radiation and chemotherapy treatments. (You can read more on her Caring Bridge page; we would really appreciate your prayers.) Nanci recently wrote a prayer based on Psalm 23. It...

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Recently Nanci and I saw the movie Paul, Apostle of Christ. We were both surprised at how dark it was, focusing almost exclusively on Rome’s brutal violence done against Christians and their children. Paul is suffering in prison nearly all the movie, and even the flashbacks are either him...

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Thursday, 05 April 2018 17:00

Why Does the Truth Matter?

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In an age of endless Internet gossip, tabloids, false advertising, lying politicians, and “made up reality,” how important is the truth? Reformer Ulrich Zwingli wrote, “The business of the truth is not to be deserted, even to the sacrifice of our lives.”

Luke makes a profound...

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Tuesday, 03 April 2018 17:00

Full of Grace and Truth, Like Jesus

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Below are some thoughts about grace and truth and our need for both, in an age where some are all truth and no grace and others are all grace and no truth. (In fact, grace without truth is NOT biblical grace, and truth without grace is NOT biblical truth.)

Truth hates sin. Grace loves sinners. Those...

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I’ve mentioned before my profound appreciation for New Orleans Saints tight end Benjamin Watson. I love this brother and admire his willingness to speak out on things that are close to his heart, and that are close to God’s heart too, including racial justice and value of the...

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I grew up in a non-Christian family, with no Bible and no church. When I was around 16 years old, I came to faith in Christ. Having never heard the gospel, I picked up a Bible and started reading. Some people say they get confused when they’re in Leviticus. I was confused from the very...

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Many of God’s people have been entrusted with much, and Jesus said “To whom much is given much will be required” (Luke 12:48). We are all accountable to use what belongs to God, which He has entrusted to us, to help the needy for their good and His glory. All this is also for our...

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Since the time we were young teenagers, many of us have heard lists of reasons for walking in sexual purity. God commands purity and forbids impurity. Purity is right. Impurity is wrong.

True? Absolutely. But it’s equally correct to say purity is always smart; impurity is always stupid.

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Depression can be symptomatic of the deep desolation of our hearts. We are capable of fearing we’ll never again know happiness, and many who love God have suffered from such dread. God’s grace, His promise to never forsake us, His sustaining presence, and His promise of a plan for our...

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If I could give parents one piece of advice, it would be this: When it comes to your children’s lives, no one can take your place. So, don’t wait for someone else to talk to your kids about Jesus. Do it yourself. Read Scripture with them. Memorize it together. Pray with them. Go help...

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