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

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Author, speaker, and apologist Ravi Zacharias went home to be with Jesus last week. He was a humble, Jesus-loving brother who spoke to millions of people but, in my experience, made everyone he talked with feel like they are the only one around. I thank my Lord Jesus for showing me his humility...

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Our family has continuously sponsored a number of children through Compassion for over 30 years, since our daughters were small (I believe they were six and four when we first started!). It seems the photos of Compassion children, and their letters to us, have always been on our refrigerator. Those...

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I have the greatest appreciation for Trillia Newbell, the author of United: Captured by God’s Vision for Diversity. She is a delightful, godly, and wise woman, with a perspective that is needed in the church today.

One of the many things Trillia does is provide a commentary for the podcast The...

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Tomorrow, May 21, is Ascension Day. A reader asked me, “I hear talk about Christ’s death and resurrection, but seldom about his ascension. Why is that?”

The ascension was considered more important to earlier generations of Christians than it is today. Gotquestions.org explains:

Accor...

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Flight crews routinely announce, “If you’re traveling with a child or someone who requires assistance, in the case of an emergency, secure your own oxygen mask first before helping the other person.” Those instructions may sound selfish, just as it sounds selfish to say that one...

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Three weeks ago I did a 45-minute video chat with my friend Scott Lindsay of Faithlife, the makers of Logos Bible Software. We discussed suffering, God’s sovereignty, and the coronavirus crisis, and also talked about the good things that God is doing through this time.

Scott opened up some...

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I listened to this video with a recording of Ravi Zacharias and astronomer Hugh Ross, who were guests on Ohio State University’s radio program. It was recorded in 1994, but what both of them have to share and how they answer questions from callers,  many of them antagonistic toward...

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I met Keith and Kristyn Getty at a worship conference I spoke at many years ago. When they sang their recently composed (with Stuart Townsend) song “In Christ Alone,” my heart soared in worship, and I came home and told people, “You’ve got to hear this song!”...

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I was recently listening to Chris Tomlin’s version of “Is He Worthy?”, and that prompted me to share some thoughts related to two favorite passages of mine, Revelation 5 and Daniel 7. But before I do so, please take a few minutes to watch this video of a precious little girl...

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This video, from my son-in-law Dan Franklin, married to my daughter Karina, is terrific. Some believers on both sides of the debate of when we should reopen are dismissive of the specific and very different circumstances that inform people’s viewpoints. For example, there’s the business...

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Sunday, 03 May 2020 17:00

Heaven: Headed Home

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God’s people are aliens and strangers, looking for a country of their own. This world, as it is now, under the curse, isn’t our home. But one day not only we but the earth itself will be remade. That earth, the New Earth, will not only be a place made for us but the place we were made...

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Thursday, 30 April 2020 17:00

Mincaye Is Now with Jesus

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On Tuesday afternoon, Mincaye, the former warrior who in 1956 speared to death Nate Saint and Ed McCully, two of the five missionary martyrs in Ecuador, passed from this life to the next.A member of the once fierce Huaorani tribe,Mincaye had come to Christ, and was a transformed man, a delightful...

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Note from Randy Alcorn: This is an expanded version of a book review I did for The Gospel Coalition a few weeks ago. For word count purposes, I needed to edit out some important things I wanted to say in that article, but I have included them in this one (hence it is 40% longer). This is more than...

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I recently read these words from one of Charles Spurgeon’s sermons, and found them both timely and encouraging:

It will sometimes happen that where there is the most sorrow in the antecedents, there will be the most pleasure in the sequel. As the furious storm gives place to the clear...

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I grew up in a non-christian home and learned love reading through comic books: Archie and the Marvel comics among them, especially the Fantastic Four. But mainly I was a DC fan, my favorites being The Justice League of America (Green Lantern was my hero) and The Legion of...

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I put these verses together for a wonderful young man who loves Jesus, and was struggling with getting angry during sports, especially with referees. (Of course, some who are just spectators, even in their own living rooms, struggle with perpetual complaining and whining about bad calls which they...

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Nanci and I have been reading Paul David Tripp’s book New Morning Mercies: A Daily Gospel Devotional.It is just terrific, and we highly recommend it.

In his March 31 entry, Paul talks about how Christ’s darkest moment gives us hope when we face our own dark times. Even though we already...

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Today’s guest blog is by Stephanie Anderson, EPM staff member. Steph is one of the most Christ-centered, biblically-grounded, and highly skilled people I know. I marvel at the work she does, and the same is true of the rest of our staff. But when you’re a hard worker, as a mom, nurse,...

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Tuesday, 14 April 2020 17:00

Losing Your Faith May Be God’s Gift to You

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Two weeks ago, I was asked to be a guest on the Chris Fabry show. I always enjoy talking with Chris, and we had a good conversation about some perspectives related to the coronavirus crisis. (You can listen to our 21-minute conversation here.)

One thing that came up as we talked was that Scripture...

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There are many Americans who are anticipating receiving their coronavirus stimulus check from the government because they truly need the money in order to pay bills and care for their families right now. But if you’re in a position where this money would just go into your savings account or...

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Both of our daughters, Karina and Angela, are Christ-centered women and wonderful wives and moms who serve their families and churches remarkably well. They are very wise, and I have learned a lot from both of them. 

Angela Stump is a part-time nurse, and the women’s ministry director...

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Tuesday, 07 April 2020 17:00

Reflections on Christ’s Resurrection

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I’ve been thinking lately about the resurrection of Jesus. It is the rock-solid foundation for our faith, and we should ponder it not just at Easter, but throughout the year. It is, among other things, essential to Christ’s victory over sin and death, and therefore essential to our...

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Last week Breakpoint’s John Stonestreet shared this commentary related to abortion and the coronavirus crisis:

All crises reveal what’s truly important to us.

For example, in Massachusetts, hospitals are postponing all “‘non-essential surgeries’ in order to prepare for...

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Matthew Henry said, “Happy are those who have the Lord for their God, for they have a God that they cannot be robbed of. Enemies may steal our goods, but not our God.”

Joshua 1:9 offers this encouragement: “The Lord your God is with you wherever you go.” Jesus promised His...

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The verse “Make good use of every opportunity you have” is sometimes translated as “Redeem the time” (Ephesians 5:16). Here are some resources that I hope will help you now when you may have more time than ever to dive into them.

First, check out this article that talks about...

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