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What Does Philippians 4:13 Mean?

Jason C. Meyer

This verse is well-loved and often quoted, but frequently misunderstood and thus misapplied. This verse is not a promise that God will enable believers to do whatever they want whenever they want it.

Resources Related to Abortion and the Sanctity of Life

In light of the recent ruling by the Supreme Court to overturn Roe v. Wade, we wanted to highlight a number of resources that will help Christians to understand the truths of the pro-life position, to articulate that message, and to truly reflect on the sanctity of life.

Why We Need the Puritans

J. I. Packer

Spiritual warfare made the Puritans what they were. They accepted conflict as their calling, seeing themselves as their Lord’s soldier-pilgrims.

5 Myths about Discipleship

Jonathan K. Dodson

There is not an uninfluenced day, hour, or minute in our lives. We are constantly discipled by the cultural, relational, and spiritual forces around us. Which discipling forces influence you the most?

What Does 1 Corinthians 16:13 Mean?

Jay S. Thomas

“Act like men” is a phrase that could be easily misunderstood in light of modern sensibilities. For many, at first blush, it could read as a sexist statement by Paul. So, what does it mean?

What Did Jesus Teach about Prayer?

Mark Jones

As mediator, Jesus brings us to God, but he does so by pouring out his Spirit upon us so that our own prayer life is to replicate his prayer life in terms of how the Holy Spirit binds us to our Father in heaven.

We Are Both Job and Job’s Friends

Eric Ortlund

One important question in reading any biblical text is who you, as a reader, identify with. This is easier for some texts than for others. Who do we identify with in the book of Job?

A Call for Theological Humility

Gavin Ortlund

There are plenty of issues over which Christians will be tempted to divide. We must even be willing to make sacrificial adjustments for the sake of our unity with others in the body of Christ.

Life Is a Glory War

Paul David Tripp

What glory right here, right now, has captured your heart, and how is it shaping the way you respond to the situations, locations, and relationships in your life?

Innovation Exists by God’s Design

Tony Reinke

Innovators—both virtuous ones and nefarious ones—are created by God. Scripture protects us from the myth that God is trying his best to stifle and subdue the unwieldiness of human technology.

5 Myths about Sin

Sam Storms

Sin is deceptive, both in its capacity to tempt us to follow its lead and in the way it confuses and clouds our thinking.

Discipline Your Body—for Christ

Sam Allberry

The Bible is littered with cautionary tales of those who seemed spiritually vibrant but in the end showed themselves to be disqualified. The key to it all is the body. It needs to be disciplined.

3 Christmas Gifts for You

John Piper

If Christ came to die so that when you do sin, there is a propitiation, a removal of God’s wrath, then what does this imply for living your life? Three things.

The Glory Meant for Us

Abigail Dodds

You and I and all those who belong to him and are his children are indeed called to his glory, and we shall become partakers of his divine nature.

The Unresolved “Why” of Suffering

When tragedy strikes, almost everyone who believes in God, along with almost everyone who claims they don’t, asks the same question: Why does God allow suffering?

What Does 1 Corinthians 10:13 Mean?

Jay S. Thomas

This verse promises that God will never allow a temptation that we cannot stand under because he will provide the power to escape through endurance. But what is Paul getting at here in particular?

10 Key Bible Verses on Giving

God loves joy-motivated giving to others because it expresses contentment in God’s gracious giving to the believer.

The Food of Christian Survival

Abigail Dodds

When you understand Bible reading as the means, the food, the fuel, the sustenance of your Christian life, then you will consume it with joy, like a hungry person eats bread.

The Church Is Not a Metaphor

Edward W. Klink III

As much as a church does facilitate and organize relationships and practices, the church is more than a means to an end, a utilitarian resource for an individual Christian’s needs.

How to Be Sustained by Crumbs

Abigail Dodds

The Lord has a storehouse of blessing and honor for his people—the question is, are we humble enough to enter as unworthy characters in his story, humble enough to beg for crumbs?

10 Key Bible Verses on Fear

We are encouraged not to fear, but trust in the Lord with all our hearts, leaning not on our strength and understanding, but on his.

4 Ways to Prepare for Ministry

Brad Wheeler

Perhaps you’re looking for boxes to check, some way to easily measure your progress toward the pastorate. Now you’re left feeling a bit frustrated. So what now?

Why God Saved You

Paul R. House

God saves people for a purpose. Salvation in Christ begins a life spent growing into being like him and serving him faithfully.

7 Notable Quotes from Surviving Religion 101

The college years can challenge your faith and belief in the Bible, so it’s important to equip yourself to engage secular challenges with intellectual honesty, compassion, and confidence.

Do You Feel Alone?

Paul David Tripp

We forget who we are, and when we do, we begin to give way to doubt, fear, and timidity. Identity amnesia makes you feel poor when in fact you are rich.

7 Tips for Being a Good Friend

Drew Hunter

As we emerge from this pandemic, we have a fresh opportunity to embrace essential relationships, not just returning to our pre-pandemic status-quo, but moving forward into something even better.

5 Myths about Body Image

Sam Allberry

Unrealistic standards of beauty are being pushed on us almost constantly by the media, and the cumulative effect is that it can leave us thinking about our bodies in a seriously distorted way.

Make Psalm 51 Yours

Dane C. Ortlund

God gave his own Son as the final sacrifice so that your brokenness could be the only prerequisite to receiving God’s abundant mercy.

10 Key Bible Verses on Freedom

As Christians, we’ve been released from the power of sin and death by Jesus and his substitutionary death on the cross.

11 Notable Quotes from Everyday Faithfulness

What does Christian faithfulness look like when life feels unpredictable, hard, or just plain ordinary? Be encouraged by these quotes from Everday Faithfulness by Glenna Marshall.

4 Ways to Redeem Your Time

We each have a blink. We can waste it in sinful busyness or laziness or discontentment or distraction. Or the gospel of Jesus Christ can change how we spend our time.

9 Notable Quotes from Lead

Ministry leadership, at its core, is about a community of leaders practicing together the presence of the Lord.

Luke: A 10-Day Devotional Reading Plan

See how the Gospel of Luke presents Jesus as the promised King of kings, showcasing how Jesus’s earthly ministry is good news to the downtrodden, the hurting, and the outsider.

Is All Rest Sabbath Rest?

Jen Wilkin

The practice of remembering the Sabbath requires Israel (and us) to remember what God has ordained for his children from the earliest moments of human existence: a pattern of work followed by rest.

10 Key Bible Verses on Anger

What is righteous vs. unrighteous anger? What does the anger of God look like? Glean insight about the right time and application for anger by reading these verses and commentary.

5 Myths about Deacons

Matt Smethurst

Deacons are not the church’s spiritual council of directors, nor the executive board to whom the pastor-CEO answers. They are a cavalry of servants.

Hope Means Resting

Paul David Tripp

Because your world is not out of control but under God’s careful redemptive control, you can have hope even when it looks to you as if darkness is winning the day.

Artist Spotlight: Peter Voth

Learn more about German designer and illustrator, Peter Voth, and his work on the ESV Single Column Journaling Bible, Artist Series.

The 5th Commandment Is for Adults Too

Jen Wilkin

The fifth commandment is found in the middle of a list of commands clearly addressed to adults, targeting issues that are, developmentally speaking, primarily the concerns of adulthood.

When Grace Dances

As we savor the good news of the sin-bearing servant of the Lord, we learn to enthuse. The gospel of a surprising salvation can only make us laugh, sing, and cheer.

9 Notable Quotes from Providence

The providence of God is his purposeful sovereignty by which he will be completely successful in the achievement of his ultimate goal for the universe.

Preview: R.C. Sproul: A Life by Stephen Nichols

Today, we are pleased to share a special hour-long audio preview of R. C. Sproul: A Life by Stephen J. Nichols, including the book's prologue and first chapter, on The Crossway Podcast.

5 Myths about Anger

Christopher Ash

We live in an angry world, and most of it is obviously destructive. But anger is not intrinsically evil, essentially evil, or necessarily evil.

10 Key Bible Verses on Love

The biblical picture of love can differ wildly from how the world defines it. Be set aright and encouraged by these verses and commentary.

50 Ways to Be Thankful

Sam Crabtree

Why do we need suggestions on how to express gratitude? Shouldn’t a truly grateful heart just naturally overflow in expressing that gratefulness?

5 Myths about Singleness

John Piper

Many unmarried people have strengthened their hands with the truth that no one has left anything for the sake of the kingdom, says the Lord Jesus, who will not receive back far more.

How to Pray about Aging

Susan Hunt

In God’s sweet providence, I began studying Psalm 90 about a year before my eightieth birthday, asking the Lord to teach me how to glorify him in old age.

10 Key Bible Verses on Joy

Joy is the gift of God to those who trust in Christ—not circumstantial, but the result of a deep trust in and love for Jesus.

Give Them Jesus

Jeff Vanderstelt

It is God’s intent that every person who comes into a relationship with him through Jesus Christ eventually will grow up into maturity. And maturity looks like Jesus.

10 Key Bible Verses on Hope

As believers, we put our ultimate hope not in this world, but in what is unseen. We trust and wait expectantly for God to usher forth the promised King and kingdom.

10 Key Bible Verses on Peace

May the God of peace be with believers—now and always—as we seek to usher in his kingdom here and now.

10 Key Bible Verses on Contentment

A believer’s contentment is not to be affected by circumstances, but firmly rooted in the good news of Christ and what he has accomplished for sinners.

We Cannot Domesticate Jesus

John Piper

Look at the Jesus of the Bible. Look at him. Don’t close your eyes and hope for a word of confirmation. Keep your eyes open and fill them with the full portrait of Jesus provided in the Bible.

9 Notable Quotes from Weep with Me

In the Bible, lament is a prayer that leads to trust, which can be a starting point for the church to “weep with those who weep."

How Grace Lets You Have It All

Paul David Tripp

The more you understand the magnitude of God’s grace, the more accurate will be your view of the depth of your unrighteousness; and the more you understand the depth of your unrighteousness, the more you will appreciate the magnitude of God’s gift of grace.

10 Key Bible Verses on Hardship

With the power and presence of Jesus in our lives, we are called to endure and thus shine the light of Christ in a dark world.

How to Pray for the African Church

Conrad Mbewe

Major news outlets in the world tend to concentrate on the economic poverty and social deprivation that characterizes much of Africa, but then many believers miss what God is doing in his church across the continent.

7 Questions about Conversion

Michael Lawrence

To be converted as a Christian is to have changed your thinking and your believing about Jesus Christ, and to be changed into a person who is no longer an enemy of God but a beloved child of God.

The Demise of the Deified Self

Jen Oshman

Truly, we are lost in a darkness of our own making, and we got here by dethroning God and enthroning ourselves. We’ve deified ourselves. And it’s led to our demise.

God Is Infinite and Personal

Francis A. Schaeffer

On the side of God’s infinity, there is a complete chasm between God on one side and man, the animal, the flower, and the machine on the other. On the side of God’s infinity, He stands alone.

10 Questions about Spiritual Gifts

Sam Storms

Spiritual gifts are capacities or abilities imparted to Christians by the Holy Spirit to enable them to exceed the limitations of their finite humanity in order to serve other believers to the glory of God.

10 Key Bible Verses on Humility

Christ set the ultimate example of humility by submitting himself to life on earth and then death on the cross on behalf of sinners.

10 Key Bible Verses on Discipleship

Christ calls us to himself and then invites us to lead others to follow him in obedience and trust. We are called disciples when we love each other in this way.

Esther: A 10-Day Reading Plan

Over the course of 10 days, dig deeper into the book of Esther and learn how God is faithful to keep his promises and deliver his people.

How the Psalms Teach Us to Sing

Kristyn Getty

God’s people have always been a singing people. There must be a robust expression of our testimony to his grace, something not just seen in our lives but heard from our voices.

12 Notable Quotes from Enough about Me

Self-care may produce happiness and temporary relief from stress or hardship, but real joy comes when we stop serving ourselves and find meaning and purpose in something outside of ourselves.

Ask for Grace and Go to Church

David Gundersen

The reasons you don’t feel like going to church might be good, bad, or ugly. But, as a fellow sheep loved by the same Shepherd, I’m asking you to trust God, ask for grace, and go.

J. I. Packer: In His Own Words

As we look back on the life of J. I. Packer, join us in thanking God for his humble writing ministry and the legacy of his service to the church.

5 Questions about Mental Illness

David Murray

Mental illness is an old problem; as old as the fall. Although God made everything very good, when sin entered, humanity—together with the rest of the creation—came under the divine curse.

10 Key Bible Verses on Serving

Christ set the ultimate example of service and sacrifice when he condescended to us and submitted to death on our behalf.

5 Myths about Hell

Mark Jones

The realities of hell give us all the reasons in the world to persuade sinners to put their faith in the one who experienced hellish despair on the cross.

The Power of Double Listening

Tim Chester

Double listening . . . is the faculty of listening to two voices at the same time, the voice of God through Scripture and the voices of men and women around us.

A Prayer for Racial Reconciliation

Mark Vroegop

Divisions of mistrust and historical bias run deep. Without God, nothing will ever change. In our pain and our weariness, we know that only Jesus can change our hearts and unite the church.

10 Key Bible Verses on Salvation

Because of Christ, believers are granted salvation from sin and the promise of eternal life. What hope we have in the life, death, and resurrection of Jesus!

Fasting = Homesickness for God

John Piper

Christian fasting is not only the spontaneous effect of a superior satisfaction in God; it is also a chosen weapon against every force in the world that would take that satisfaction away.

10 Key Bible Verses on Patience

God is unendingly patient with us, his children. In turn, we can exhibit grace and patience with others through the help of the Holy Spirit.

How Jesus Changes Sinners

Nancy Guthrie

My friend, as you are united to Christ and the life, death, and resurrection of Jesus Christ is applied to your life, you will experience the change that you long for.

What Is True Worship?

Bob Kauflin

It’s the Spirit who brings life to our spirits and enables us to know, love, and worship God the Father through Jesus Christ.

Rich in Mercy

Dane C. Ortlund

If God sent his own Son to walk through the valley of condemnation, rejection, and hell, you can trust him as you walk through your own valleys on your way to heaven.

How to Pray about Your Sin

Bryan Chapell

Praying in Jesus’s name is an acknowledgement of our total dependence on his provision. We push away from any personal claim on God’s blessing and lean entirely on Christ’s provision.

Our Advocate

Dane C. Ortlund

Do not minimize your sin or excuse it away. Raise no defense. Simply take it to the one who is already at the right hand of the Father, advocating for you on the basis of his own wounds.

Saved to the Uttermost

Dane C. Ortlund

The doctrine of the atonement reassures us with what Christ has done in the past, the doctrine of his intercession reassures us with what he is doing in the present.

Grace Reigns

Dane C. Ortlund

Just as we can hardly fathom the divine ferocity awaiting those out of Christ, it is equally true that we can hardly fathom the divine tenderness already resting now on those in Christ.

Never Cast Out

Dane C. Ortlund

The atoning work of the Son, decreed by the Father and applied by the Spirit, ensures that we are safe eternally.

Beset with Weakness

Dane C. Ortlund

Rather than dispensing grace to us from on high, Jesus gets down with us, he puts his arm around us, he deals with us in the way that is just what we need.

10 Key Bible Verses on Money

Scripture tells us that we cannot serve two masters and that the love of money is the root of all evil. What is the proper way to use our money for the glory of God and the good of others?

Draw Near

Dane C. Ortlund

It is in “our weaknesses” that Jesus sympathizes with us. His is a love that cannot be held back when he sees his people in pain.

For the Joy Set Before Him

Dane C. Ortlund

When you come to Christ for mercy and love and help in your anguish and perplexity and sinfulness, you are going with the flow of his own deepest wishes, not against them.

10 Key Bible Verses on Endurance

The Christian life requires strength, fortitude, and endurance. The path marked out for believers is never promised to be easy or smooth.

Eschatology 101

John MacArthur

The Bible presents the greatest story ever told: the ultimate good-versus-evil storyline—the great cosmic battle between God and Satan.

10 Key Bible Verses on Faith

Faith is a necessary part of the Christian life and allows us to live as people of hope, even when we cannot always see the fruits of our hope.

5 Marks of Contentment

Erik Raymond

With our course marked out for learning contentment, let’s think about how we might evaluate where we are in our own personal progress.

10 Key Bible Verses on Courage

The Christian life isn’t guaranteed to be without struggle and strife—and it undoubtedly requires courage. God’s Word invites us to trust in God’s power and strength, and not our own.

Creeds and Confessions 101

Creeds and confessions are useful only to the extent that they reproduce faithfully the teaching of Scripture itself.

The Lost Art of Catechesis

Catechesis is meant to be a robust witness to biblical faith and practice, a tool which in the hands of skilled practitioners to be used to instruct, form, and make mature disciples.

The Contagion of Grace

Rosaria Butterfield

When Jesus walked the earth, he wasn’t afraid to touch hurting people. He drew people in close. He met them empty and left them full and turned everything upside down.

No More Passive Fathering

Tony Evans

Fathers are called upon to choose not only between our children and our work, but between our convenience and the inconvenience of keeping a promise.

We Were Made for Intimacy

We were made for closeness to others and to God through Christ, and yet it doesn’t always feel as though we can grasp God’s nearness to us.

Podcast: Help! I Hate My Job (Jim Hamilton)

Jim Hamilton discusses what to do when you hate your job, offering encouragement for those frustrated in their work and explaining the difference between a job and a vocation.

The Duality of Your Calling

David Mathis

Why has there arisen this impulse in our day toward pastor-scholars and scholar-pastors? Why are so many in the younger generation reluctant to let the pastoral and scholarly roads diverge?

5 Ways to Flourish in Journaling

David Mathis

It can be helpful to hear that there’s essentially no wrong way to go about journaling, and no real rules for it, but that it’s something you can really make your own.

Why Do Traditions Matter?

Noël Piper

Although we cannot bequeath God to our children, we can help them know him and understand him in ways that prepare them to believe in his name.

5 Myths about John Calvin

Michael A. G. Haykin

Like many larger-than-life figures in the history of the church, the memory of the French Reformer John Calvin has been subjected to various distortions that amount to urban legends.

4 Truths about Pentecost

Robert Letham

Our faith and all that flows from it in the Christian life is due to the Spirit, who renews us in the image of God and transforms us into Christ.

5 Myths about C. S. Lewis

Harry Lee Poe

In spite of C. S. Lewis’s fame, several myths have attached themselves to him which might give an unbalanced view of the man who wrote the Chronicles of Narnia.

Infographic: How Is Your Prayer Life?

We recently asked over 14,000 people about the state of their prayers lives and gathered some stats about established habits as well as some common pain points.

What Did Jesus Teach about Evangelism?

Jerram Barrs

When we look at Jesus’s life and ministry we also see that he was the greatest evangelist. In his earthly ministry he was the light of the world, the one who always lived in a way that was pleasing to his Father.

Christian Economics 101

Greg Forster

With a Christian perspective, we can see the economy as a social web that God has created for people to serve each other with their work.

Why Giving 10% Isn’t Enough

Greg Forster

Human beings—as image-bearers of the God who made the world—are responsible to take care of the world and to use their time, talent, and treasure in everything they do for the Lord.

The Key to True Grit

R. Kent Hughes

If we have stripped ourselves bare of all besetting sins and every hindrance, and have begun to run with perseverance our race, we are then given the focus that guarantees our finishing well.

Learning Money Management from Jesus

Jerram Barrs

We need to teach much more clearly and with far greater boldness the biblical message that we will have to give an account to God, and that the choices we make today have eternal consequences.

Pain Is a Megaphone

Gloria Furman

When human beings are delivered through pregnancy and birth pain, there is more going on than biological processes and physiological mechanics.

The Promises of God: A 7-Day Devotional

We are to treat a promise of God as reality, as someone treats a check. We are to take the promise and endorse it with our own name by personally receiving it as true.