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

Tuesday, 23 February 2016 07:00

Do You Believe in a "Higher Power"?

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In this excerpt from Moses and the Burning Bush, R.C. Sproul explains the upside and downside of believing in a "higher power."

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It's almost an institution, in our culture, in our nation, to describe God as a higher power, something greater than ourselves. What's that, "the force be with you"? What is this higher power—gravity,

Tuesday, 23 February 2016 02:00

Worldview at Home

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Here's an excerpt from Worldview at Home, John Tweeddale's contribution to the February issue of Tabletalk:

Home is a place for cultivating virtue through meandering conversations, large helpings of laughter, hearty meals, excruciating trials, and loads of hard work. Whether you are a child learning to read, a freshman in a dormitory, newlyweds

Monday, 22 February 2016 02:00

Remember Who Sits Over the White House

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One of the most important events of the life of Christ was His ascension. We celebrate His birth, His life, His transfiguration, His atoning death on Good Friday, and His resurrection. But all of these events moved Jesus inexorably toward that moment when He would be lifted up from this planet, not simply to rise to heaven but to go to His

Saturday, 20 February 2016 02:00

Do You Still Think Your Salvation Is Great?

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Before all time; prior to all worlds; when there was nothing "outside of" God Himself; when the Father, Son, and Spirit found eternal, absolute, and unimaginable blessing, pleasure, and joy in Their holy triunity—it was Their agreed purpose to create a world. That world would fall. But in unison—and at infinitely great cost—this

Thursday, 18 February 2016 21:00

What Does it Mean to Fear God?

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We need to make some important distinctions about the biblical meaning of "fearing" God. These distinctions can be helpful, but they can also be a little dangerous. When Luther struggled with that, he made this distinction, which has since become somewhat famous: He distinguished between what he called a servile fear and a filial fear.

The servile

Here's an excerpt from The Development of the Bible, an interview with Michael Kruger from the February issue of Tabletalk:

Tabletalk: How can Christians be sure that the Bible we have is the one that God wanted us to have?

Michael Kruger: There are lots of reasons to be confident that the books in our Bibles are the ones God intended. First,

Wednesday, 17 February 2016 02:00

Martin Luther’s Death and Legacy

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Martin Luther died on February 18, 1546. One month before, he wrote to a friend complaining of the infirmities of his age, "I, old, weary, lazy, worn-out, cold, chilly, and, over and above, one-eyed man." He then sighs, "Half-dead as I am, I might be left in peace."

Luther, however, would not be left in peace. His hometown of Eisleben faced a

Tuesday, 16 February 2016 05:00

Jesus and His Active Obedience

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In this excerpt from his teaching series, What Did Jesus Do?, Dr. R.C. Sproul explains what is meant by the active obedience of Jesus.

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I don't think there's any more important text in all the New Testament that defines the work of Jesus than this one. That Jesus was sent to fulfill all righteousness. And what that meant to the Jew was to

Tuesday, 16 February 2016 02:00

The Right Kind of Freedom

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Here's an excerpt from The Right Kind of Freedom, Nate Shurden's contribution to the February issue of Tabletalk:

To be fair, some of the views or feelings expressed about membership stem from bad experiences in local churches. It is true that some churches and denominations have a history of using membership as a legalistic billy club. If someone

Monday, 15 February 2016 02:00

6 Advantages of Consecutive Expository Preaching Featured

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While it is, of course, possible (and sometimes desirable) to preach expository sermons textually—in Romans this week, in the Psalms the next, and in Haggai the following week—there is something about the very discipline of exposition that makes it impossible not to pick up the threads of an argument that begins in one chapter and runs

Saturday, 13 February 2016 05:00

Pre-Order These Upcoming Resources

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Secure your copies of the following trusted resources from Ligonier Ministries and Reformation Trust Publishing. Pre-order is now available.

The Reformation Study Bible (NKJV)

The Reformation Study Bible is carefully crafted to offer an unparalleled reading, study, and discipleship experience for every age and stage of the Christian life. It has

Saturday, 13 February 2016 02:00

True Love

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God is love, and love never fails because God never fails. Love cannot be separated from God and cannot exist without Him. God's love is the foundation and definition of love, just as He is the source, fountain, sustainer, and enabler of love. God gives meaning to love, and without Him, love isn't only worthless but meaningless. Without God as its

As we seek to leverage new technology for the advancement of God's Kingdom, we regularly host live Google Hangouts with Christian leaders.

On February 12, we were joined by Dr. Albert Mohler, president of The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, and Dr. Stephen Nichols, president of Reformation Bible College. We discussed some of the issues

Friday, 12 February 2016 02:00

The Advantages of Informal Mentoring

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Jimmy arrived at my house promptly at 8 a.m. to take me to the airport. He has often done this for me. Jimmy and his wife, Natalie, head overseas later this year as missionaries. He has been in a small group that I lead; he and Natalie also lead a small group at our local church.

But Jimmy was doing more than giving me a ride to the airport. This

Thursday, 11 February 2016 02:00

The Journey of Faith

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Here's an excerpt from The Journey of Faith, Albert Martin's contribution to the February issue of Tabletalk:

"Oh God, do it again! Do it in our day! Do it for your glory and praise!" Such are the prayers that instinctively rise from the hearts of serious Christians when they read or hear accounts of true conversions and of Spirit-wrought seasons

Wednesday, 10 February 2016 08:00

Why Attend Our 2016 National Conference?

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Why do thousands of Christians gather each year in Orlando for sound teaching and godly fellowship? Watch and hear from those who have experienced a Ligonier National Conference.

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Tuesday, 09 February 2016 21:00

4 Sermon Types to Avoid Featured

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Alec Motyer has written: "An expository ministry is the proper response to a God-breathed Scripture... Central to it all is that concern which the word 'exposition' itself enshrines: a display of what is there."

There are a variety of sermon types that fail to "display what is there." These include:

1. The "I want to tell you what is on my heart"

Tuesday, 09 February 2016 05:00

The Ultimate Source of Power in the Universe

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In this excerpt from The Consequences of Ideas, R.C. Sproul explains primary causality and affirms that God is the ultimate source of power in the universe.

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I would think it would be a more than safe bet to say that 99% of the people who are alive in the world, and even 99% of Christian people in the world today, think in terms of the

Tuesday, 09 February 2016 02:00

Our Story

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Here's an excerpt from Our Story, R.C. Sproul's contribution to the February issue of Tabletalk:

We've been called to have dominion over the earth to the glory of God, but we want dominion over the earth and over the heavens for the glory of man. That's what was going on at Babel—a distortion, an evil twisting of the legitimate task that God

Monday, 08 February 2016 02:00

A Great Teacher Can Simplify without Distortion

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The K-I-S-S principle is frequently requested in a learning environment. The acrostic stands for "Keep it simple, stupid." It seems we are a people who loathe difficult study. We want easy answers and we want them quickly. Mastery of a subject, however, requires years of diligent labor and study. But once the teacher has mastered his material, how

Saturday, 06 February 2016 02:00

A Failure of Epidemic Proportions

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There is a center to the Bible and its message of grace. It is found in Jesus Christ crucified and resurrected. Grace, therefore, must be preached in a way that is centered and focused on Jesus Christ Himself. We must never offer the benefits of the gospel without the Benefactor Himself. For many preachers, however, it is much easier to deal with

Thursday, 04 February 2016 21:00

John Calvin's 4 Rules of Prayer

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For John Calvin, prayer cannot be accomplished without discipline. He writes, "Unless we fix certain hours in the day for prayer, it easily slips from our memory." He goes on to prescribe several rules to guide believers in offering effectual, fervent prayer.

1. The first rule is a heartfelt sense of reverence.

In prayer, we must be "disposed in

Thursday, 04 February 2016 02:00

True Reformation

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Here's an excerpt from True Reformation, Burk Parsons' contribution to the February issue of Tabletalk:

Awakening is at the very heart of the Christian faith, and it is the reason we are Christians. Awakening is the powerful work of our sovereign and gracious God. When He awakens us, He doesn't simply awaken us from sleep, but from death. Awakening

In the face of scorn and disbelief, Jesus Christ announced His kingdom. In the face of hatred and death, He demonstrated its power. In this twelve-lecture series, Sermon on the Mount, Dr. Sinclair B. Ferguson explains how the Sermon on the Mount equips us to live a kingdom life in a fallen world. Dr. Ferguson highlights Christ's exhortations to

Tuesday, 02 February 2016 21:00

Bad Homiletical Models of Expository Preaching

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Despite the many books on preaching, bad homiletical models of expository preaching still exist. They come from various sources and are influenced by a variety of factors. Often it is not the model itself that is at fault, but the use made of it. They include:

1. The Puritans

With the exception of John Calvin, few men have influenced my thinking