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

Wednesday, 25 December 2019 20:00

Nothing Impossible With God

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How could it be this incarnation miracle? Nothing impossible with God. How could it be the Son in human skin? Nothing impossible with God. How could it be Jesus born to a virgin? Nothing impossible with God. How could it be the Messiah child conceived by the Spirit? Nothing impossible with God. How...

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Thursday, 28 November 2019 15:00

No Need To Shop Anymore

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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...

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Wednesday, 30 October 2019 21:00

Six Poetic Meditations

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My Heart Cries Out is my new visually inspiring devotional. 121 poetic meditations are laid across page spreads of beautiful photography and paired with a Bible verse and reflection questions to inspire your devotional life. In the videos below, you'll listen to me read selected meditations,...

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The song that rules your heart will set the agenda for your behavior and your relationships. That's why I love that my friends Keith and Kristyn Getty host an annual worship conference dedicated to song. (Their 2019 Sing! conference in Nashville is coming up soon - I highly recommend you go!)


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My mentor, colleague, and friend, David Powlison, is gone, now home with the One whose love consumed his heart. There are times when words fail to capture the profound impact that one man could have on another. The mind scans the years as the heart struggles to accept the reality that one so...

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Monday, 04 July 2016 03:00

We're Not Independent Featured

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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!


This Article is taken from my new series, "Stories of Faith" - available exlcusively to those who sign up for Paul Tripp Plus.

For only $4.95 a month, you can unlock access to my six new teaching series, both online and on-the-go with the Paul Tripp Plus app for iOS and Android devices.


I was discouraged and defeated. I had moved to

Monday, 20 June 2016 04:00

Why Yesterday Was Special

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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

Sunday, 12 June 2016 04:00

10 Years, 10 Blessings

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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

Monday, 02 May 2016 04:00

Jonah and the God of Grace

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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

Tuesday, 29 March 2016 04:00

Don't Wait Until Next Easter

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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

Friday, 25 March 2016 04:00

A Horribly Beautiful 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 beautiful thing to ever happen.

As we reflect on Good Friday, we turn our somber attention to the bloody cross of the Lord Jesus Christ. Could it be possible for something to happen that was more terrible than this? Could any

Thursday, 03 March 2016 04:00

A Zealous Theologian

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This Article is taken from my new series, "Stories of Faith" - available exlcusively to those who sign up for Paul Tripp Plus.

For only $4.95 a month, you can unlock access to my six new teaching series, both online and on-the-go with the Paul Tripp Plus app for iOS and Android devices.


You probably won't know this man, but generations

Monday, 15 February 2016 15:00

23 Things That Love Is

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Every year around Valentine's Day I post a list of of definitions of what love is - 23 definitions, to be exact.

Since you and I have the tendency to be distracted and forgetful, here's the list again.

This list is excerpted from my book on marriage, What Did You Expect?


  1. LOVE IS... being willing to have your life complicated by the needs
Friday, 12 February 2016 04:00

Hungry For Love

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I live in the city of Philadelphia, and one day I was eating at the Reading Terminal Market, a great American food emporium. Walking up and down the aisles debating over what I would enjoy most, I realized that I shared something in common with everyone else: we were all searching for something to satisfy the cravings of our stomach.

Besides our

Wednesday, 10 February 2016 06:00

The Invitation To Love

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What is it? A quick Google search will produce several billion answers. Billion - with a B. Yet if you were to read through just a few of those websites, you would end up massively confused about this thing called love.

It's an inexhaustible topic, love. Philosophers, musicians, poets, authors, and playwrights have tried to defined it for

Monday, 04 January 2016 02:00

5 Most Popular Posts of 2015

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2015 has been a tough year for me, my family, and for my ministry, but despite the multiple surgeries and hospital visits, God has graciously allowed me to continue to write. By that same grace, PaulTripp.com saw more visitors in 2015 than any other year!

Here were the 5 most popular posts from last year:

1. 23 Things That Love Is

Here's a

Monday, 07 December 2015 06:30

Advent Resources For The Family

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It just doesn't work to start in the middle of a story. You can't walk into a movie theater halfway through the featured film and make sense of what you're watching. There will be conversations and decisions and reactions that make no sense to you because you missed the beginning of the movie.

In the same way, you can't start the Christmas story

Tuesday, 24 November 2015 04:00

How Thankful Are You?

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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 complain, not at all. I'm just saying that it's not very

Thursday, 12 November 2015 03:00

My Birthday

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Today is my birthday.

Why am I writing a post about it? Well, not because I hope you log on to Amazon.com and rush me a gift (although Amazon's delivery system is quite efficient, if you're so inclined). No, today I simply want to share three things I'm reminded of with every passing birthday.

1. Count My Blessings

I have walked with the Lord and

Tuesday, 03 November 2015 04:00

The Dude's Guide To Marriage

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As a pastor and counselor, I have been exposed to many things that make my heart grieve. I'm sure you have experienced the same emotion, if you have tried in any capacity to love, serve and minister to sinful people living in a broken world.

Sometimes this grief is short-lived and easily comforted, but other times, my grief is much deeper and

Monday, 26 October 2015 04:00

The Christian Job Description

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When I was a young seminary student, I had to read an extensive commentary by a Dutch theologian. I had never studied Dutch writing before, and I really struggled to understand the syntax.

I asked an older student for help, and he directed me to an annotated outline of another theologian who had dissected the work of my Dutch theologian. But when I

Monday, 12 October 2015 04:00

Just Like Toddlers

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Our first child was an incredibly active toddler. He spent the early days of his infant development constantly grabbing, clinging and climbing on people and objects as if life were the ultimate jungle gym. Between 8 and 9 months, he took his first steps, and it didn't take long before he was moving throughout the house with dangerous and amazing

Friday, 18 September 2015 04:00

Love One Another Featured

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I've been uploading some sermons from 1st Peter to my website, and I wanted to use this Article as an opportunity to reflect upon one verse that I find incredibly challenging.

For me, 1 Peter 1:22 may be one of the most difficult commands not only in this letter, but in the entirety of Scripture.

Here's what Peter says: "Having purified your souls

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