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

Eternal Perspective Ministries - Apologetic Report
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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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Few Christian books have sold as well and been shared as widely as Sarah Young’s devotional Jesus Calling. It has inspired a number of spinoffs, including Jesus LivesDear JesusJesus Calling for Little OnesJesus Calling Bible StorybookJesus Calling: 365...

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On Sunday, June 10, at 10:45 a.m., Karen Stout Coleman went to be with Jesus. Nanci and I have known many Christlike people, but she’s on the shortlist. This amazing sister has been a dear friend to us, full of grace and truth in the face of hardships, never losing her wit and humor, quietly...

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Tuesday, 12 June 2018 17:00

God’s Presence Is the Essence of Heaven

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The 1998 movie What Dreams May Come portrays Heaven as beautiful but lonely, because a man’s wife isn’t there. Remarkably, someone else is entirely absent from the movie’s depiction of Heaven: God.

That movie’s viewpoint mirrors numerous contemporary approaches to Heaven...

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Early women’s rights advocates were prolife, not proabortion. Susan B. Anthony was a radical feminist in her day. Her newspaper, The Revolution,made this claim: “When a woman destroys the life of her unborn child, it is a sign that, by education or circumstances, she has been greatly...

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Recently someone asked a great question about God hardening people’s hearts in Scripture.

Fourteen times in Scripture a statement is made that God hardens someone’s heart (15 if we count John 12:40 where the “He” may be read as a reference to God or perhaps to Isaiah...

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Tuesday, 05 June 2018 17:00

Guidelines for Talking to Your Kids about Sex

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Every child receives a sex education. The only questions are: (1) When? (2) Where? (3) From whom? Parents should be their ultimate sex educators.

Here are some guidelines parents may find helpful in teaching their children about sex:

If you don’t know the facts, don’t be...

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Over the years, I’ve spoken at a number of NFL chapels with the great benefit of having Nanci, my football-loving wife, sometimes attending the chapel, and always coming with me to the games. In recent years, God has given me the opportunity to give input to and mentor a number of...

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imagePhilip Hallie’s marvelous book Lest Innocent Blood Be Shed tells the true story of Le Chambon, a French town where Pastor André Trocmé’s church, under the Nazi occupation, provided Jews with food, shelter, protection, and means of escape. Despite the disapproval of many,...

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Recently teacher and author Beth Moore wrote an article about the prevalence of misogyny in the evangelical world.

misogyny:hatred, dislike, or mistrust of women, or prejudice against women. —Dictionary.com

Though I don’t know Beth...

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Sunday, 27 May 2018 17:00

What About Authors Using Pen Names?

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Over the years I’ve been asked my opinion about authors using pen names. My concern would be in two areas: intent and effect. If the intent is to deceive, to disguise the fact that the writer is producing three books a year (making some people leery of their quality), or to disguise the fact...

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Thursday, 24 May 2018 17:00

Will We Have Desires in Heaven?

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We’ll have many desires in Heaven, but they won’t be unholy desires. Everything we want will be good. Our desires will please God. All will be right with the world, nothing forbidden. When a father cooks steaks on the barbecue grill, he wants his family to listen to them sizzle and...

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My friend Tony Reinke has written a terrific article that I think is right on target concerning sarcasm and snark and its profound effect on us, both outside and inside the church. —Randy Alcorn

My generation was raised on The Simpsons.

The popular cartoon is postmodern TV at its finest:...

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Recently I listened to John Piper answer the question, “Why Do We See So Few Miracles Today?” on his Ask Pastor John podcast.

His answer is great. It also got me thinking about something else I would add to what John says: that visible miracles are reminders of the reality of greater...

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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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