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

Paull Tripp Ministries - Apologetic Report

Yesterday I posted a video to Facebook for Father's Day, talking about the two most important lessons a dad can teach his children.

My dad taught me a lot of great life skills, but a father's most important task is to prepare his sons and daughters for life by introducing them to a relationship with...

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A few days ago I said that you and I are at risk of becoming too familiar with the Bible and the stories in it. I think there's another area where you and I are at risk in our Christian faith:

We read the Bible too quickly.

We need to slow down and pay attention to every single word, because there...

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Thursday, 18 May 2017 19:00

Do You Share God's Heart?

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I don't know about you, but sometimes I like to read the Bible with self-righteous glasses and look down on the men and women who make faithless blunders and selfish decisions.

But I can't get very far before God convicts me of my own sin and reminds me that I'm more like these people than unlike...

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I don't know many of you, apart from maybe your name and email address, but I do know something about you:

You're familiar with the story of Jonah.

Who hasn't learned of the man who got swallowed by a big fish!

But are you too familiar? Has the story of Jonah become such a routine part of your...

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I love Mother's Day.

I have such high esteem for the position of motherhood. What could possibly be more important than to be God's tool of the forming of a human soul?

Moms have been through it all. Changing diapers, comforting nightmares, caring for the sick, meeting with the principal,...

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Thursday, 13 April 2017 21:00

The Best Worst Friday

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At the center of a biblical worldview is this radical recognition: the most horrible thing that ever happened was the most wonderful thing that ever happened.

What could be more terrible than Good Friday? Could any injustice be greater? Could any loss be more painful? Could any suffering be worse?

The...

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Watch, listen, download, or read the transcript of Paul Tripp speaking on the topic of communication in his plenary session at the 2008 DesiringGod National Conference.

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I don't know very many of you, but there are three things...

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How would you define ministry?

Maybe you define ministry as leading or participating in a mid-week small group. Maybe ministry means volunteering to feed the homeless after church. Maybe ministry looks like giving up a week of paid vacation and instead going on a missions trip to a foreign...

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You may have heard me say this before, but it's worth repeating again: I'm deeply persuaded that many Christians, myself included, have a big gap in the middle of our gospel theology.

Let me break it down and then apply it in a fresh way:

I think we have a strong understanding of the theology of gospe...

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Earlier this month I opened the Bible to Ephesians 4:1-7 and wrote about three trademarks of a healthy, growing friendship. Here's a quick recap:

  1. Working Hard: Are you eagerly working hard to develop your friendship? Or are you expecting it to grow itself?
  2. Removing Expectations: Where are you...

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A bouquet of roses. A box of assorted chocolates. A bottle of champagne. A handwritten card. A necklace, a bracelet, a pair of earrings. A dinner by candlelight.

I love all of these romantic acts!

What I don't love, though, is how easily we buy into the delusion that acts of romance can form the...

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When was the last time you felt let down by a good friend?

When was the last time you felt misunderstood, or entirely unheard?

When was the last time you struggled to resolve a conflict, and simply agreed to disagree?

When was the last time you felt betrayed, or even used?

When was the last time you...

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How many friends do you have?

I guess your answer to that question will vary depending on how you define a friend. We have best friends, good friends, old friends, family friends, Facebook friends, and everything in between!

Friends are a wonderful thing. They make us laugh and lift our spirit with...

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Thursday, 05 January 2017 04:00

What Is Time?

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We think so much of moments days years times past things to come. We deal with so much regret of the past fear of the future confusion in the present. For us time passes quickly we miss a moment days drag on. We anticipate what's coming hold on to what's gone. Time holds us molds us controls us. Tha...

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I'm not a fan of New Year's resolutions.

While I understand the desire for fresh starts and new beginnings, none of us has the power to reinvent ourselves simply because the calendar has flipped over to a new year.

But since the gospel of Jesus Christ carries with it a message of fresh starts and new...

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Saturday, 31 December 2016 23:00

A New Year Flips Over

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A new year flips over but not new still between already and not yet still grappling with sin within brokenness without still living as an alien still longing for home still facing temptation's draw still hearing the Tempter's whisper still grappling with weakness of body and fickleness of heart stil...

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Friday, 23 December 2016 04:00

Read These Passages On Christmas

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I don't know what your family traditions are, but I would hope that reading the Word of God is included on the agenda for Christmas Eve or Christmas Day.

If it's not, why don't you make 2016 the year to start a new tradition?

Below are three passages that I love to choose from. I also included...

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Tuesday, 20 December 2016 04:00

My Favorite Christmas Hymn

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People always ask me around this time, "Paul, what's your favorite Christmas hymn?" It may be the most difficult question I have to answer all year!

There have been so many beautiful words written that capture the Advent story, and with each new addition, the narrative becomes no less amazing: the...

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Christmas is all about a tree. But it's not the tree that you decorate. There's another tree that Christmas is all about.

Even before the foundations of the earth, there was a tree in Jesus'...

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Monday, 05 December 2016 07:45

A Call To Repentance

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Dear Friends:

We join with others in expressing our shared grief regarding these latest allegations, as well as our thankfulness for the courageous women who came forward to tell their stories. We join our prayers together that they will receive the care and support that they need to heal and move...

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I have parents who talk to me all the time about their struggle with the question, "When should I enforce law and when should I give grace?" The problem with the question is that it treats God’s law and God’s grace as two opposing forces.

Think of biblical...

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Every culture and generation could say, "Parenting is particularly hard because . . ." But I think there is one thing that is particularly unique about the culture in which we live. It is the availability of things—powerful, attractive things—that distract...

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You want to engender a loving relationship with your children. They should know without a doubt that you deeply love them, even on their worst day.

But your job is not to be the best, coolest friend of your child. If you need that kind of peer acceptance from your...

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Friday, 25 November 2016 02:00

The Real Black Friday

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There was only one Black Friday. It was not the day after Thanksgiving. It was not a day when self-oriented consumers bumped into climbed over pushed into screamed at and hated the other consumers who were in their way. No, all the action of the one Black Friday was on a hill of death outside the...

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Every day of your life, you can find reasons to complain.

After all, you exist in a broken world, and life doesn't operate the way it was meant to. Family and friends will wrong you, good health will elude you, authority will exploit you, and so on and so forth.

I'm not giving you a license to...

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