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
It was always an exciting time for our children. They would hound me about when it was going to happen, and they would commiserate with one another about how big it would be this year. We would load them into the car and go to the place we always went to pick out our family...
Rebellion raises its ugly head then grace comes down darkness covers creation?s light then grace comes down thorns and disease infect then grace comes down people lie and cheat then grace comes down desires lead astray then grace comes down image bearers murder their own then grace comes down power...
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...
Have you ever held a job that you absolutely dreaded going to? Has there ever been a certain task that you had to complete as part of that job that made you want to resign?
What about outside of the workplace, in your Christian life? Has God ever asked you to do something that you dreaded?...
The twelfth chapter of Acts depicts terrible and violent times for the Christians of the early church. If you live in the peaceful West, you'll find it hard to relate to what it was like to live under constant threat and in constant fear simply because of what you believe. Sadly, there are...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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,...
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?
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...
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...
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:
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...
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...
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...
How do you respond when God sends someone your way to correct or confront you?
I tell husbands and wives around the world that if they want to experience lasting change in their marriage, they first need to fire their inner defense lawyer. I joke that I don't have just one lawyer at work; I have an entire law firm practicing on my behalf!
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I was discouraged and defeated. I had moved to
Yesterday was a very special day on my calendar. Yes, it was Father's Day, but something more significant happened.
On June 19, 2006, Paul Tripp Ministries was officially incorporated as a non-profit organization, which means yesterday, my team and I celebrated our ten-year anniversary!
The past decade has been an amazing journey. When we first
It was one of the hardest decisions I ever made.
I loved my work at The Christian Counseling and Educational Foundation (CCEF). I deeply respected the people who worked with me. Many of them had made an indelible impact on my heart and life. But God was producing a restlessness in my heart, and it became clear that He was calling me to a wider
I can't recall how many times I've sat down to study the book of Jonah, but I am confident of this: each time I read through those 48 captivating verses of narrative, the Lord grips my heart, exposes my rebellion, and draws me closer to his presence of mercy and forgiveness.
I want you to walk with me, verse-by-verse, through the story of Jonah.
Why do families fight and break apart? Why do corporations steal and cheat? Why do we struggle with arrogance and anger? Why are we elated one moment and depressed the next?
Why do nations threaten to go to war? Why are others committed to peace or neutrality? Why do societies campaign for liberty, equality, and justice?
Why are certain individuals
I live in downtown Philadelphia, and when the Phillies won the World Series in 2008, the celebration was unlike anything I've ever experienced. Tens of thousands of people spilled into the streets late at night to celebrate the victory. Total strangers became best friends for hours as the city rejoiced in unison.
A few days later, I walked down the
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